Quick Pick: April 29, 2016

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the people in the castle by joan aikenThe People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories by Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken stories handpicked by Small Beer Press and Aiken’s daughter, and with an introduction by Kelly Link?!! YES PLEASE. I couldn’t read this fast enough! Aiken, probably best known for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wrote over 100 books in her lifetime (1924-2004), including 28 story collections. HOLY CATS. These selected stories are wildly inventive, fantastical, and funny, and certainly for fans of Link. I am so delighted this exists. They gave me that feeling where you’re nostalgic for something you aren’t even familiar with yet. That’s magic.

Backlist bump: The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken