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Have Yourself A Merry Little Reading Break

Traffic is terrible.  An imminent influx of relatives is wracking your last nerve.  You have a to-do list with far too little crossed off of it.  The forecaster gleefully informs you how few shopping days are left even as she predicts a massive winter storm.  And now some shipful of aliens called the Vogons wants to bulldoze our planet to make way for a hyperspatial express route?!  (Although... the destruction of Earth would take care of your other sources of stress....)  In the words of noted sci-fi humorist Douglas Adams, DON'T PANIC.  The library's Speculative Fiction collection is here to help, with entire realms and galaxies ready for you to escape into! 

Hey, it's hard to make merry when you're tense and distracted.  Humor is a wonderful stress-reliever, and the titles I have listed below will bring tears to your eyes (in a good way).  We have zany space pirat-- er, entrepreneurs, hilariously inept wizzards whose misspellings are legend, and zombies with vegetarian leanings (mmmh.... cabbagggge....) ready to scare you silly.  Take a break, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and curl up with a good book for awhile.  (You can use your to-do list as a bookmark.)  And don't worry, you'll be safe from discovery--  in space, no one can hear you laugh.

Happy holidays, and have a stress-free New Year!

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron (PbkFantasy Aaron)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (SF Adams)
Blood Lite by Kevin J. Anderson, ed. (Horror Blood)
The Sound and the Furry by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson (SF Anderson)
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy by Mike Ashley, ed. (Fantasy SS Mammoth)
Myth Directions by Robert Asprin (Fantasy Asprin)
Magic Kingdom for Sale-- Sold! by Terry Brooks (Fantasy Brooks)
The Unexpected Dragon by Mary Brown (Fantasy Brown)
Play Dead by Ryan Brown (Horror Brown)
Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S. G. Browne (Horror Browne)
The Gates by John Connolly (Fantasy Connolly)
Misspelled by Julie Czerneda, ed. (Fantasy Misspelled)
Betsy the Vampire Queen by MaryJanice Davidson (Horror Davidson)
From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust (SF Faust)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Fiction Fforde)
Forward the Mage by Eric Flint and Richard Roach (Fantasy Flint)
Turn the Other Chick by Esther M. Friesner, ed. (Fantasy SS Turn)
Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost (SF Frost)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen (Horror Grahame-Smith)
Fantasy Gone Wrong by Martin H. Greenberg, ed. (PbkFantasy Fantasy)
Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison (SF Harrison)
Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt (New SF Holt)
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones (Fantasy Jones)
Robots Have No Tails by Henry Kuttner (New SF Kuttner)
Rocket Science by Jay Lake (SF Lake)
Never After by Rebecca Lickiss (Fiction Lickiss)
Gil's All-Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez (Fiction Martinez)
The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills (PbkFantasy Mills)
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (Fiction Moore)
Heroics for Beginners by John Moore (Fiction Moore)
Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore (PbkFantasy Moore)
Strong-Arm Tactics by Jody Lynn Nye (SF Nye)
Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen (PbkHorror Petersen)
Rincewind the Wizzard by Terry Pratchett (SF Pratchett)
The Callahan Chronicals by Spider Robinson (SF Robinson)
The Android's Dream by John Scalzi (SF Scalzi)
To Say Nothing of the Dog, or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis (SF Willis)
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (Fantasy Wrede)
How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (New SF Yu)
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (SF Zelazny)

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