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Updated: September 27, 2012

These books incorporate elements of more than one genre - mystery, science fiction, romance, horror, historical, and literary fiction - and tell unusual stories that defy expectations.

Morgan, Richard K., 1965-
Call Number: SF
A hard-boiled detective story set in a 25th century where human consciousness can be saved, downloaded, and "resleeved" in a new body.

Gaiman, Neil.
Call Number: Ed.a
Shadow, an ex-convict, is hired to serve as a bodyguard for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday as he travels cross country to visit his colleagues and associates. Soon, Shadow realizes that Wednesday is no ordinary man, and their journey is no ordinary road trip.

Carter, Angela, 1940-1992.
Sophisticated and dark retellings of classic fairy tales.

Leiber, Fritz, 1910-1992.
Call Number: SF
This volume collects two of Leiber's best-known dark fantasy stories: one about a celebrated professor who discovers that his wife's magical powers are responsible for his success, and one about a San Francisco writer who falls under a strange curse.

Gaiman, Neil.
Call Number: Ed.a
Fans of Douglas Adams will appreciate the humor of this giddy story involving satanic nuns, witch-finders, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse, and the end of the world.

Lethem, Jonathan.
Call Number: SF
Lethem's first novel is a detective story set in a surreal dystopian future where animals talk, memory-suppressing drugs are the norm, and asking questions is forbidden.

Rushdie, Salman.
When storyteller Rashid suddenly loses his way with words, his son, Haroun sets off on a quest to recover the lost stories in a book that marks a playful, buoyant departure for Rushdie.

Clarke, Susanna.
Two men revive the lost art of magic in Victorian England, using their powers to defeat Napoleon, among other things.

Lynch, Scott, 1978-
The first installment in the Gentleman Bastard series features daring swindles, wild getaways, and a band of thieves who pull elaborate cons on the city's most powerful citizens. Fantasy fiction meets Ocean's 11.

Frost, Mark, 1953-
A young Arthur Conan Doyle is the main character in this action-packed historical thriller involving a satanic cult, zombies, giant leeches, and a grand conspiracy.

Donohue, Keith.
Seven-year-old Henry Day is spirited away from his family and taken to live with the hobgoblins, while a changeling child takes his place.

Butcher, Jim, 1971-
The first installment of this series about wizard private investigator Harry Dresden involves a double murder committed with black magic.

Link, Kelly.
Link's quirky short stories include elements of fairy tale, gothic horror, and pop culture, brought together seamlessly by her fresh and humorous voice.

Niffenegger, Audrey.
Henry and Clare meet, fall in love, and get married, though not necessarily in that order, in this quirky love story about a man with a DNA mutation that causes him to travel through time without any control where -- or when -- he goes.

Chabon, Michael.
Call Number: M
Chabon's inventive novel offers an alternative history where Alaska, not Israel, becomes the Jewish homeland after World War II.