Lucas

Lucas

A native of the midwest, Lucas moved to the Bay Area from NYC in 2017 after finishing law school.  Stacks of books have been his friends, his consolation, and at times, the only furniture in his apartment.

He is particularly fond of off-kilter science fiction and fantasy, but can also be found in Kepler’s sections on history, science, animals, and nature writing.

When not working at Kepler’s, Lucas is probably studying, or raising two fur babies – a doodle, Ash, and a golden retriever named Walden (yes, like the pond).

Favorite Genres: 
Fantasy
History
Nature Writing
Science
Science Fiction
Book Recommendations: 
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Stories of Your Life and Others By Ted Chiang Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972120
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

Every single story by Ted Chiang is glittering, economical, and profound.  His genius is the ability to explore deep existential questions (entropy, determinism, or the nature of God) with both rigor and humanistic compassion.  ~Lucas


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At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories By Kij Johnson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781931520805
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Small Beer Press - September 25th, 2012

This eclectic collection of stories explore the common trials and travails of life, with a fantastic or weird twist. The motif of animals and their relationships to humans is woven throughout. ~Lucas


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Sabriel 25th Anniversary Classic Edition By Garth Nix Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063040496
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Published: HarperCollins - August 3rd, 2021

This was one of my favorite books growing up, and I return to it often.  Imagine Hadrian’s wall kept at bay dangerous magic and the unquiet dead, and your best defense was an ancient lineage of necromancers who fought using magical handbells. Strange and wonderful! The world is unique, polished, and dark, and the narrative is fast-paced. ~Lucas


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Prosper's Demon By K. J. Parker Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250260512
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Tordotcom - January 28th, 2020

A quick, darkly humorous read from the POV of an exorcist in renaissance Europe. It’s a perhaps surprisingly thoughtful narrative about the arc of history, the idea of the ‘great man’ and the meaning of good and evil. ~Lucas


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The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying By Nina Riggs Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501169373
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2018

In 2017, the great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson died from cancer, at the age of 39. This is the book she wrote about her experience.  It’s a painfully honest but affirming book about dying young, love, and what matters in the end. ~Lucas


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How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century By Erik Olin Wright Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788739559
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Published: Verso - April 13th, 2021

For anyone who's ever looked around at the grotesque inequality and inhumane practices that characterize modern economies and thought "there has GOT to be a better way to do this ..." ~Lucas


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All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World's Most Beloved Animal Doctor By James Herriot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250057839
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 6th, 2014

The classic memoir of a mid-century veterinarian in rural england; a humble person trying his best to do good, well. It's about animals, but just as much about the people who love and survive by them.  When things are a little too dark, this book is a warm fire to sit beside.  ~Lucas