What the staff at Old Firehouse Books suggest for your next good read


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This week’s library: Old Fire Station Books, 232 Walnut St., Fort Collins

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What moves the dead

By T. Kingfisher
Tor night fire
July 12, 2022

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From the editor: When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, learns that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they rush to the Ushers’ ancestral home in the remote countryside of Ruritania. What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wild animals, surrounding a dark, throbbing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and talks in a strange voice at night, and her brother Roderick is plagued by a mysterious nerve disease. Aided by a fearsome British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unlock the secret of House Usher before it consumes them all.

From Elliot, bookseller: Kingfisher modernizes this “Fall of the House of Usher” tale and manages to surpass the original in both atmosphere and creeping terror. With a non-binary main character arriving on stage thoroughly fleshed out and likable, and a setting that makes my hair stand on end, the grotesque has never been so engrossing. This perfectly paced slice of horror was gothic at its finest. I will never look at an unsuspecting bunny again.

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Thick headed

By Jeff VanderMeer
February 27, 2018

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From the publisher: In Thick headed, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half-destroyed by drought and strife. The town is dangerous, littered with abandoned experiments by the company – a now abandoned biotechnology company – and punished by the unpredictable predators of a giant bear. Rachel makes a living from the shelter of a ramshackle sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who tends to her own psychoactive biotechnology. One day, Rachel finds Borne on a recovery mission and brings him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green mass – plant or animal? – but exudes a strange charisma. As Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and endanger the safety of his sanctuary with Wick.

From Heather, bookseller: This post-apocalyptic novel follows scavenger Rachel through a world destroyed by the mysterious Company that left behind its unsettling biotech creations that dominate the landscape. During her retrieval mission, Rachel finds the Abnormal Borne and decides, despite the likely danger, to keep the creature… whatever it is. Perfect for anyone looking for hope in the post-apocalyptic, “Borne” makes us wonder what makes a human, an inhuman, or an animal.

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Never say you can’t survive

By Charlie Jane Anders
August 17, 2021

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From the publisher: This is one of the most practical storytelling guides you’ll ever read. The world is on fire. So tell your story. Things are scary right now. We are all swept away by a tidal wave of history, and it is easy to feel helpless. But we are not helpless: we have minds, imaginations and the ability to visualize other worlds and valiant struggles. And writing can be an act of resistance that reminds us that other futures and other ways of life are possible. Full of memoirs, personal anecdotes and insights on how to thrive during the current emergency, this book is the perfect manual for creativity in unprecedented times.

From Nicole, Marketing Manager: This book made me want to write again, after years of creative exhaustion and exhaustion at the mere thought of opening a blank document. Anders gives fabulous advice on how to intrigue, portray, write, with humor, wit and a say-it-like attitude. Her advice is honest, yet gentle, and she deeply understands how stupid it is to write about spaceships while the world is on fire, but she also tells you why you should do it anyway. And that’s incredibly encouraging.

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