Justin's Farewell...Kind Of

Farewell Brilliant Books… well,  kind of.  I am making my exit from behind the counter to go work on the gym floor of the YMCA!  I worked in a gym as an attendant and a trainer through college and I’ve come to miss that line of work.  So, I’m excited to say I’m heading to the YMCA to work as a person trainer!

I’m going to miss Brilliant so much that I’m not going to completely leave.  I’m still going to pop in from time to time and pick books for brilliant book subscribers and do other miscellaneous things. 

Working at Brilliant Books has been a lovely experience.  I will miss my coworkers and being amongst the books regularly. Thankfully I still get to stay involved and see everyone and all the books whenever I stop by!


Are you going to miss Justin's recommendations and book opinions?  Here are a few of his staff picks & book recs:

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A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062363244
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 10th, 2016

When doctors can't help with Marjorie's schizophrenic behavior the family turns to a Catholic Priest who becomes convinced Marjorie's is under demonic possession. This spirals out of control and next thing the family knows their house is filled with camera men turning their lives in to a television show. Marjorie's younger sister, Merry, retells this story for an interview 14 years later and goes well beyond the scope of the television show. This is a gripping story of psychological horror that's filled with to the brim with suspense.

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The Book of Accidents: A Novel By Chuck Wendig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399182136
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Del Rey - July 20th, 2021

A masterful blend of thriller, fantasy, and cosmic horror. This book had me at the edge of my seat the whole way.

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Red X: A Novel By David Demchuk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780771025013
Published: Strange Light - August 31st, 2021

Demchuk doesn't use any cheap scare tactics, but goes for a deep, disturbing plot.  What really makes this book odd, while adding an extra layer of horror, is the authors added personal history in between chapters.  This book has tons of depth and is really fascinating.

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Strange Beasts of China By Yan Ge, Jeremy Tiang (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yan Ge, Jeremy Tiang (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781612199092
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Published: Melville House - July 13th, 2021

Yan Ge creates a hypnotic, dreamy atmosphere in a fascinating look at fictional creatures filled to the brim with down-to-earth emotions.

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The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni By Helene Wecker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062468710
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Published: Harper - June 8th, 2021

The long wait for the follow up to The Golem and the Jinni was worth it. Enchanting magical realism and mythological fantasy with the fascinating historical background of 1900's New York.

House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition By Mark Z. Danielewski Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375703768
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - March 7th, 2000

We see our main character, Johnny, lose himself to an old manuscript that documents a families life in a house that continues to gain new passage ways into the dark.  As the house and Johnny change, so does the text, creating a very dark and surreal experience for the reader.

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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063021426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

F***ing perfect.  Probably has the best character development out of any book I've ever read.