Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
The first novel in Davies’s celebrated “Deptford Trilogy” introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross who is destined to be caught in a no man’s land where memory, history, and myth collide.
Mortal Gods by Bonnie Quinn
In the modern era, a small and scattered group of people found they have –for reasons unknown—the ability to reshape reality simply by willing it so. They took the names of the mythological gods for themselves, and refused to answer to the rules and structures of mortal society.
For almost twenty years now, the mortals and gods have lived in relative peace, with a small handful of gods attempting to keep some measure of order among themselves. Among them is Loki, once a woman, now a genderless creation of its own with no ties to its past life, no obligations, and no sense of consequences. When a series of strange events point towards divine power, the trickster god is tasked with investigating the source, and a web of conspiracy quickly develops between groups of gods and mortals, all striving to dictate how humanity will progress. Loki is caught in the middle and irrevocably involved, as it has been named by the Oracle as the one who will be the catalyst that leaves the world forever changed.
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried for murder by his heavenly peers and found guilty. His sentence: to be reborn on Earth as a dog until such time as he carries out the seemingly impossible mission imposed on him.
In his Earth guise, Sirius, renamed Leo, truly lives a dog’s life. Although he is the pet of a girl who loves him, both child and dog are mistreated by the family with whom they live– but even this seems minor when compared with his chilling encounters with the Dark Powers that are set against him. His quest looks hopeless until at last Sol, Moon, and Earth itself come to his aid.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
Abarat by Clive Barker
It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.
When the answer comes, it’s not one she expects.
Welcome to the Abarat.