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Ashley Newberg - Bookseller in Manchester

AshleyMy name is Ashley (She/Her) and I work on the children's floor at the Manchester location. I’m a writer of Romance, Horror, Angst, and Folklore. If you’re coming to the store looking for something along those lines, come find me. Most of my knowledge is in the LGBTQIA+ world of books in young adult but I'd be happy to assist in any way I can :)

“Don’t hurt the flowers…”

We Won't Be Here Tomorrow: And Other Stories by Margaret Killjoy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781849354752
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Published: AK Press - September 20th, 2022

I'm not one for SciFi (which is the common theme of these stories) but I really enjoyed this book. Margaret Killjoy is a trans woman who has written several books. She also runs a podcast on youtube and other platforms where I really enjoy her wit, which shows in her writing. What drew me to this book was the beautiful cover art, along with the summary on the back which reads:
“Spaceships, man-eating lesbian mermaids, swords, spears, demons, ghouls, thieves, hitchhikers, and life in the margins. Margaret Killjoy’s stories have appeared for years in the science fiction and fantasy magazines both major and indie. Here, we have collected the best previously published work along with brand new material. Ranging in theme and tone, these imaginative tales bring the reader on a wild and moving ride. They’ll encounter a hacker who programs drones to troll CEOs into quitting; a group of LARPers who decide to live as orcs in the burned forests of Oregon; queer, teen love in a death cult; the terraforming of a climate-changed Earth; polyamorous love on an anarchist tea farm during the apocalypse; and much more. Killjoy writes fearless, mind-expanding fiction that is redefining the genre.”
This collection of short stories was so enjoyable, I couldn’t put it down. It has the perfect mixture of Sci-Fi, Horror, Queer Romance, and more. I mean… Man-eating lesbian mermaids?? Count me in! If you like wit, drama, or anything really.. I can assure you this book has it all. This book will be shelved in our Fiction section but I would also recommend it to a MATURE young adult. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg

Camp Carnage (Night Terrors) by Joshua Winning - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781500694234
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 8th, 2014

3 years ago, two Campers were murdered at Camp Genesis.
Today, a group of teenagers are sent to the SAME summer camp designed to "Straighten Out" the queer youth. The teens endure humiliating gender-based lessons - on top of fighting off and/or running away from a crazed killer whose sole purpose is to rid the world of all LGBTQIA+ persons at the camp.
Are this years murders related to the murders from 3 years prior?
Could the killer be one of the campers? Or an outside source?
Will our protagonists defeat the antagonistic killer before they take out everyone in their way? Find out in this campy-queer-horror. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

Both of the Aristotle and Dante books are filled with articulate queer wit and passions for various things in their world. Written by Benjamin Alire Saenz, these books will bring you into a world of wonder, fascination, trust and friendship that burns into an everlasting love between two extraordinary boys. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

This book will take you on a wild ride of confusion (in the best way possible) and enamored by the main characters character development. You see the main character wake up everyday in a different body, but the kick is, its the same day being relived over and over until he figures out how to break the loop. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg

Rabbits: A Novel by Terry Miles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984819673
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Published: Del Rey - February 8th, 2022

If you have a knack for conspiracy theories, you'll like this book. It follows the endless road of questions and curiosity for a young theorist named K. K and their friends get involved in a deadly game from the "dark web", a game where the world is known to shift and shape around its players. The question is... What happens when they lose? ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg

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