The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of coming-of-age, quirky stories about a friendship between a young boy and a Vietnam vet. Fans of characters who don't fit in to mainstream society. Readers interested in a main character who's been struck by lightning AND stopped for carrying marijuana at the beginning of...
On the night that actor Arthur Leander drops dead during a performance of King Lear, the Georgia Flu starts killing off 99% of the population. Jumping back and forth through time, the novel explores the impact of loss and the domino effect that others may have on our lives and...
The Golem and the Jinni
In this whirlwind, fantastical story, Chava (a Golem from Jewish mysticism) and Ahmad (a Jinni from Arab folklore) are stranded, separately, in turn-of-the-century New York City. The ensuing story is too delicious to put here. You know if you’re interested in this kind of book. And if you are, just...
The Hundred-Year House
On the eve of the millennium, Grace Devohr, daughter Zee, and a cast of characters gather at Laurelfield – their estate with a troubled history and a reputed unsavoury spirit. As we move back in time from 1999 to 1900, strange secrets involving a former artist’s colony, a ‘maybe’ ghost,...
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)
Diana Bishop has been in denial about her magical abilities: she is the last in a long line of witches, but wants – no, needs – to believe that she’s come as far as she has as a scholar because of her intellect, not because of her magical legacy. When...
Enticed by code breaking, math, and computers? Then this is your book. Alternating between the 1940s code-breakers in Detachment 2702 and their computer-age decedents in the 1990s, there’s enough geek in this lengthy novel to compete with your web-surfing schedule. Perfect for: Lovers of math geniuses, secret missions, and military...
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Two very different magicians attempt to revive English magic during the Napoleonic wars. The scholarly and cautious, Mr. Strange, takes on the flashier, Mr. Norrell, as a pupil, but the two are too combative to get along. With a leisurely pace and a discursive style (yes, there are footnotes) –...
Jesuits. In. Space. Enough said.Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit linguist who has returned from the planet, Rakhat, is emotionally and physically traumatized: how did things go so wrong on his mission? Science-fiction meets anthropology / religious studies in this intelligent and surprising novel about humans’ first contact with extraterrestrials.Perfect for:Readers usually...
Previously an employee in her small hometown's gas and energy utility company, Mae Holland can hardly believe she's been hired by the world's most influential and powerful internet company - The Circle. The Circle's extensive California campus - complete with a cafeteria, a picnic area, tennis and volleyball courts, a gym...
The Sisters Brothers
Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired assassins. During The Gold Rush Era. Their boss is The Commodore. That’s already too much info. Jump on in.Perfect for:Lovers of the Coen brothers’ movies.Anyone looking for a Western-style book with some added spunk. Those who appreciate dark wit and humour.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1)
In this genre-bending novel, Jacob is the only one who believes that his grandfather, Abe, who survived the Holocaust, was more than a yarn-spinner. After a horrific tragedy occurs in his hometown in Florida, Jacob (accompanied by his father) travels to a small island in Wales where he will come...
The Night Circus
Welcome to the magical world of Le Cirque de Revês (The Circus of Dreams): open only at night, appearing and leaving without warning. It sets the stage for a rivalry between two young love-struck magicians, who will play their game until one wins. Perfect for: • Those looking for a...
Alif the Unseen
Meet Alif: as a brilliant internet hacker in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, he works to protect the government from censoring others unjustly on the web. When an unexpected twist, wrought by a love affair, forces him underground, he encounters the mystical realms of jinnis and the dark side of...
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
What’s going on in Mr. Penumbra’s San Francisco bookshop? Customers come in and never seem to buy anything: when Clay Jannon is hired as the late-night clerk (after losing his software job), he discovers strange happenings in the data he builds to understand the peculiarity of the store. An eccentric,...
The Book Thief
Death narrates this astonishing story of Liesel and her experiences, as a young, German girl, during WWII. Together with the Jewish man hidden in her basement, Liesel adapts to living in a world of horror and loss, punctuated by brief moments of beauty (highlighted through her love of books). An...
The Shadow of the Wind
Few contemporary books rival The Shadow of the Wind’s haunting plot: set in Barcelona, during 1945, the novel follows the story of Daniel, who saves novelist Julian Carax’s parallel titled novel from the ‘Cemetery of Forgotton books.’ As Daniel’s life starts to mirror Carax’s, he finds himself embroiled in a mystery...
If you love a teeny dose of magic or fantasy with your solid reads.