Miguel S.

Miguel S.

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The written word really inspires Miguel’s paintings and, as a result, he has the longest reading list ever! Among his favorite writers are visionaries like Octavia E. Butler (Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind), Christopher Pike (The Blind Mirror, Thirst) and Clive Barker (Hellbound Heart). Mainly, he looks for books where vampires, werewolves, plagues and catastrophes of the human soul horrify lovable characters for pages on end. Good times!

Would you like other recommendations? Email me at staff+miguel@strandbooks.com

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Seed to Harvest by Octavia E. Butler

Seed to Harvest.

By Octavia E. Butler

I read this book about once a year - it's that great! These four novels are Octavia Butler's masterworks. Here you meet Doro and Anyanwu, two immortals engaged in an epic battle of wills. Together they travel history loving and hating each other. Needing each other. They become mother and father to a race of new humans - madmen, telepaths, and shape-shifters. An empire they can belong to. Bulter's themes of power, race, and gender are beautifully illustrated here. Her prose is lean and exquisite, at times heartbreaking. Read this book - you're welcome!

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 The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. By Suzy Menkes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nathalie Bondil

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

By Suzy Menkes

Fashion bad boy Jean Paul Gaultier shows off in this beautiful tribute to androgyny, cone bras, Madonna, stripes, and the avant-garde. This tome contains sketches and stories from behind the scenes of his notorious runway shows. Generously illustrated with never before seen photos this monograph is a must for your coffee table!

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 Princess of Mars By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Princess of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man who created Tarzan is as comfortable in space as he is in the jungle. The hero here is John Carter, a Virginia gentleman mysteriously transported to the planet Mars. There he meets dangerous green men and falls for the beautiful red skinned Dejah Thoris. Burroughs is a man of action and romance. If you like epic pulp fiction you'll love this title. If you can still breathe when you finish this book check out the next (12) equally exciting books in the series.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm

By George Orwell

The farm animals are fed up and they are not going to take it anymore. They will work for themselves now. Forget the humans! In this biting satire George Orwell lets the minority rise up, and find it's collective voice. A must have for any library.

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The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen steps in for her young sister to compete in the Hunger Games, a kill or be killed competition that the ruling Capitol forces on the young people of the nation. Katniss is unintentionally likable, strong and smart. You will find yourself cheering and screaming at the pages when the bow and arrow are in her very capable hands. Get the two sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay!

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Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and now supplemented with new stories, this volume is author Octavia E. Butler’s only collection of shorter work and features the Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories “Bloodchild” and “Speech Sounds.” These works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. Butler proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature’s strongest voices. Seven stories and two essays. 214p.
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Combining exquisite aerial photography and detailed street atlas, this spectacular book provides a state-of-the-art perspective. The breadth of area covered is phenomenal: all five boroughs as well as several New York and New Jersey suburbs. Both photography and cartography share the same standard grid system, to facilitate quick cross-reference between the two elements (every street in the area shown is indexed for both types of maps). 'Map accurate,' each of the photographs has been geo-corrected, a process that removes the distortions in the original aerial photo. Each street is indexed with two page numbers: one relating to photos, one to the cartography. In color! 400p.
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Borges's whimsical compendium of more than a hundred of 'the strange creatures conceived through history by the human imagination.' Imbued with the author's characteristic wit anderudition, this unique contribution to fantasy literature ranges widely across the world's mythologies and literatures to bring together in one delightful encyclopedia the fantastical inventions, ranging from the Kabbalah through Kafka. Notes. B&W illus. 236p.
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Black Hole

By Charles Burns

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Suburban Seattle in the mid-1970s: A strange plague has descended upon the area's teenagers, manifesting itself in unpredictable ways, from the hideously grotesque to the almost undetectable. Enter the minds of a group of brilliantly realized characters - some who have the disease, some who don't, and some who will. And through them, experience the savagery, the petty cruelty, the anxiety, the ennui, and the desperate desire for escape that mark the nature of all teenage alienation. And then the murders start...! Black-and-white drawings throughout. 352p. Shelf worn and stains to the fore edge.
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The electrifying comic book that traces the odyssey of the author's father from prosperous Polish businessman to victim of the Holocaust. Hailed on its original publication in 1986 as one of the most gripping accounts of Nazi horror ever produced. Illus. 159p. Pap.
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The founder of STRATTFOR - the preemiment private intelligence and forecasting firm - focuses on what he knows best: the future. Positing that civilization is at the dawn of a new era, George Friedman offers a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes to anticipate around the world during the 21st century, all based on his own thorough analysis and research. For example, the U.S.-Jihadist war will be replaced by a new cold war with Russia; China's roleas a world power will diminish; Mexico will become an important force on the geopolitical stage; and new technologies and cultural trends will radically alter the way we live (and fight wars). 288p.
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Beloved

By Toni Morrison

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Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, Morrison's spellbinding novel transforms history into a story on a biblical scale as well as a lullaby. Sethe, the protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. There are too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things occurred. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Morrison is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The New York Times Book Review Fiction Survey finds Beloved 'the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.' 324p.
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Neruda, a Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, finished writing The Captain's Verse in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri - the paradisal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postimo (The Postman). Surrounded by sun, sea, and Capri's natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but didn't publish them publicly until 1963. This complete, bilingual edition has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world - passionate, sensuous, and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love. 160p.
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