Nathaniel's Current Favorites

I've been working for Liberty Bay Books in some form or another since I was sixteen. Now after three years abroad teaching English I have returned to take over the Bremerton store as manager. While abroad I spent a lot of time reading digitally and listening to books on so ask me about audio favorites! I like reading mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy with Non-fiction and History coming close behind. I'm in Bremerton most days, so come on in and let's talk books!

Kings of the Wyld (The Band) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316362474
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Published: Orbit - February 21st, 2017

Kings of the Wyld is all of the reverence and love for hair metal and rock that you could ever want in book form! Clay "Slowhand" Cooper is approached by his old friend Gabe to get their band (of mercenaries) Saga back together to rescue his daughter and her band from a horde of monsters. Along the way they'll have to fend off backstabbing managers, a pesky bounty hunter, and deal with an astounding number of dead bards.

The Library Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481460927
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

I loved the illustrations in this one! As an added bonus there is the sheet music/ full lyrics in the back!

The Ballad of Black Tom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387868
Availability: Special Order
Published: - February 16th, 2016

Hands down one of the best assertions that Lovecraft's mythos is for more than just the narrow definitions of person he would chosen. LaValle brings all of the dread of the best of Lovecraft along with perspective of those who would be a sidenote or one of the others in his stories.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316517911
Availability: Backordered
Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

One of the my favorite modern adventure series! Thomas Senlin is a teacher and he and his new wife Marya are on their honeymoon to the Tower of Babel. He is ready with guidebook in hand when he loses Marya on the first day and finds out that his guide book is rubbish. His wife's last parting words were "If we get lost, meet at the top of the tower." So begins a journey that will put our mild mannered teacher into conflict with actors, port commissioners, and secrets which could bring the tower itself crumbling down.

Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062334978
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Published: Harper - October 28th, 2014

Terry Pratchett is and always will be one of my favorite authors and his Discworld one of my favorite places to go. Whether it's hear from Capt. Carrot Ironfoundersson a six foot six inch dwarf (fantasy dwarf is more a state of mind), see Granny Weatherwax use headology, or watch as Vetinari (Dictator of Anhk-Morpork) find that the right man to get people to use the post office is conman Moist von Lipwig!

Uprooted: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

Nobody Likes a Goblin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626720817
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Published: First Second - June 7th, 2016

Beautiful watercolors and an adorable story of a goblin who lives with his friend Skeleton in a cave. One day, ADVENTURERS STORM THE CAVE! They take everything, including Skeleton!! Goblin must venture out to rescue his friend, even though his neighbor troll warns him to be careful. After all, nobody likes a goblin. Except... :) My favorite baby shower gift, birthday gift, Christmas gift, Easter gift, and just because gift for kids 0-7.

Mighty Jack Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626722644
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Published: First Second - September 6th, 2016

A modern Jack and the Beanstalk featuring Jack, who trades his single mom's car for magic beans, his non-verbal autistic sister, and a strong girl-next-door who trains with swords in her front yard. This is a fun trilogy for kids aged 7-13.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

Ken Liu's short stories will draw you in. I actually prefer this to his novels. With beautiful storytelling and characters, these stories are either sci-fi or based on Asian myths, which creates a really nice balance in the collection.

The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

This book is a cute love story between a prince and a determined young seamstress. Oh, and they meet because the prince, though he is straight, likes to dress as a woman sometimes. Lighthearted graphic novel about accepting yourself and each other for who you are.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250037756
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Published: Picador - September 24th, 2013

San Francisco, secrets and a path to immortality? Robin Sloan creates a story the will draw you in and keep you wanting more!

Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories Cover Image
By Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Haruki Murakami (Introduction by), Jay Rubin (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780140449709
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - March 3rd, 2009

Akutagawa in Japan is known as The God of Short Stories and has had a lasting presence through stories like Hell Screen and In A Bamboo Grove (the story inspiration for Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon). He had a way with words that resonates in the way that only great stories can.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Cover Image
By Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436237
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Published: First Second - April 2nd, 2013

Lucy Knisley smacks it out of the park in this wonderfully illustrated graphic memoir. FIlled with insightful stories and some fun recipes to boot!

A Conspiracy of Truths Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534412811
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 23rd, 2019

I knew that A Conspiracy of Truths, the debut from Alexandra Rowland, was going to be one of my favorite books of the year from it's devotion to stories. At one point, Chant (our main character) is telling a story to a woman responsible in for keeping him in jail when she interrupts and asks what the point is of telling her all of this. I had to set the book down because I was ready to throw the book across the room in anger for breaking me from the trance I had fallen into here. 


For lovers of the power of stories, spoken narratives, change.