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Something for Every Taste
Each monthly promo will feature two complimentary genres. However, books in a promotion may not necessarily qualify for both genres. One title might better fit into one genre description while the next might not seem to fit with the other; but with a spectrum of titles offered, you're sure to leave satisfied that you have found your next great read.
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April 26 - 28, 2019
Mirth and Mischief
Humor and Thrillers
Laughter is the release of tension. Just ask Carl Hiassen or Janet Evanovich; and within the thriller genre, it can be subtle like the movie Ocean's Eleven to broad like Rush Hour. Whichever of these genres you come looking for, you'll find it in this promo.
May 17 - 19, 2019
Questions and Answers
Mystery and Sci-fi
In 1953, Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man won the Hugo award in science fiction, but at it's heart it was a howcatchem mystery novel. Dan Brown's recent Inferno is a detective story about a fictional genetically modified weapon at its heart. This promo explores science and all its mysteries, as well as the science of solving mysteries.
Love and Death
Romance and Military/Historical
From Here to Eternity, The English Patient, Dr. Zhivago, Memoirs of a Geisha, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gone With the Wind... Obviously love makes war tolerable, but maybe in literature, conflict makes love better?
Free and Just
Western and Legal
The Ox Bow Incident is clearly both a story about the law and the old west. But while every great western has a question of justice at its core, so too every great American legal thriller, starting with To Kill a Mockingbird thru Runaway Jury could be set in old Dodge City. What could be more American for Independence Day?
Law and Disorder
Military/Historical and Crime/Noir
Was Bogey better in Casablanca or in The Maltese Falcon? Louis L'Amour could tell the same story set in 19th century Laredo, on the SS Lichenfield or in the mean streets of modern LA. War makes criminals of us all, and every criminal syndicate needs its foot soldiers.
Cloaks and Daggers
Fantasy and Thrillers
George R.R. Martin writes fantastic thrillers. What did Alice have in Wonderland if not an adventure? Every epic fantasy is also an epic adventure, and every thrilling tale leads us to a world of imagination. Whether you fantasize about wizards and dragons or about spies and murder plots, you'll find your heart's desire in this promo.
Monsters and Madmen
Horror and Sci-fi
We all know Stephen King is the master of modern horror, but isn't Under the Dome a science fiction novel? Isn't 11/22/63 about time travel? If War of the Worlds isn't a horror story, then neither is A Quiet Place. Science and scientific exploration are all about the unknown, and what's scarier than not knowing what's going to happen next?
Wit and Wisdom
Humor and Legal
Who doesn't love a good lawyer joke? The law is not usually considered a funny thing, but the more serious a thing is, the more farcical it becomes; and what's more serious than jurisprudence? From The Bon Fire of the Vanities, to My Cousin Vinny, the humor in the law and its absurdities is always just under the surface.
Gunsmoke and Mirrors
Western and Mystery
This promotion should appeal to fans of mysteries, westerns, even police procedurals. Westerns and mysteries have gone together from the beginning with old films like Tex Ritter's The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen, to novels like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Damsels and Knights
Romance and Fantasy
Courts and courtships. Cupid's arrows and the magic in a kiss. Men without shirts and women in need of a knight in shining armor. Even the most hardened epic fantasy or the gentlest tales of magic: be it The Song of Ice and Fire or Harry Potter, rely on love and magic: while the world's greatest love stories: from Romeo and Juliet to Anna Karenina, rely on the magic in love.
Codes and Conspiracies
Sci-Fi and Thrillers
Every epic science-fiction story is a thrilling tale unto itself; but many of the best thrillers - whether focused on spy-tech, biological weapons, or AI run amok - probably has fictional science at its heart.
Death & Taxes
Mystery and Military/Historical
D.B. Cooper, Hitler's gold, Amelia Earhart, the Beale Ciphers, Roanoke; mysteries extend all the way through recorded history, and in some cases (Stonehenge, the Bog People, the Lascaux caves) even before recorded history. In fiction, history colors our mysteries (The Maltese Falcon, The Name of the Rose, The Lost Symbol,) and the best tales of war and history involve the solving of mysteries (The Enigma Code, Jack the Ripper, The Black Dalhia.)