I grew up in rural Rough and Ready California and moved to The Bay Area after getting my degree in Creative Writing at Willamette University. I've been selling books since high school, and my favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, horror, and short stories. When I’m not slinging books at Kepler’s, I love to write, draw, mother my plant babies, watch Miyazaki movies, and hike with my heeler- pitbull pup named Obi. To see mostly photos of my adorable dog and sometimes art, plants, and books, follow me on Instagram @monicalseye.

Favorite Genres: 
Science Fiction
Short Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Book Recommendations: 
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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

If you enjoyed Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca or any of Shirley Jackson's novels, or not, read this elegant and suspenseful mystery set in 1950's Mexico with Mexican folklore woven throughout! I was completely sucked in by pithy and clever Noemi and the mystery of why her cousin needs rescuing from the mist shrouded and possibly haunted High Place. I couldn't get enough of Moreno- Garcia's gothic and dream-like tale. --Olivia


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ISBN: 9781534413504
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 26th, 2018

In this epic dystopian fantasy, a flood has destroyed most of the world, but the Navajo nation endures, and Native American gods and demons walk the earth. Maggie Hoskie, a badass lone wolf with a rough past, is a monster hunter with deadly clan powers. Roanhorse has created an addicting dystopian series like no other, and you will need the sequel immediately!  --Olivia


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By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

An incredibly moving and eloquent collection of short stories, combining multiple genres in each story, mostly historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. My favorite stories are the title story, "The Paper Menagerie", in which origami comes to life, and "Good Hunting", which Liu describes as "a story that begins as a fantasy fairy tale and ends as a gritty piece of steampunk." Each story is completely unique, many of them with anti-colonial themes, and Liu's writing will stun you! --Olivia


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ISBN: 9781594486180
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 6th, 2012

A brilliant and playful retelling of the French fairy tale, Bluebeard, that takes place during the 1930s in New York. The story starts with the writer, Mr. Fox, who can't figure out how to end his novels without killing off the heroine of the story, until his imaginary Muse visits him and challenges him to do better! The line between reality and fiction blurs more and more as the novel goes on, and I just love Oyeyemi's vivid, imaginative retelling. --Olivia


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ISBN: 9781982136451
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

This supernatural revenge story is terrifyingly good. Ten years after a group of young Blackfeet men go on an elk hunting trip that goes terribly wrong, something comes for each of them. Life on the Rez is so well described that the stark, unforgiving setting is a character in itself. My eyes were popping out of my head as I read, completely unable to put it down. One of the best scenes in the book is a basketball game that means life or death for a young Native American woman. Come and get it, horror lovers. --Olivia


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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Very feminist. Very queer. VERY GOOD! Machado's mind blowing, fantastical, and uncanny stories frequently gave me the chills in the best way imaginable. She's one of the most exciting speculative fiction writers out there. These stories are so addicting that the book reads like a fast-paced novel. One of my favorite quotes: "Anything could move out there in the darkness, I think. A hook-handed man. A ghostly hitch-hiker repeating her journey. An old woman summoned from the rest of her mirror by the chants of children. Everyone knows these stories – that is, everyone tells them – but no one ever believes them." --Olivia


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ISBN: 9781534439870
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 4th, 2020

An extraordinary novel with the premise, what if African pregnant women who were thrown overboard by white slave traders evolved to survive underwater? What if they created a society of mer-people who endure, despite their haunting history? What if one of them had to bear the history of where they came from while everyone else was able to forget? This is a beautiful story about the people of the sea and the people of the land, steeped in the history of slavery's trauma. --Olivia


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By Ling Ma
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

An intelligent and mysterious novel about a twenty-something woman named Candace living in New York and working in publishing as a bizarre and fatal disease, Shen Fever, slowly spreads. Some people are immune and Candace ends up joining a small group of survivors after society has crumbled. I found this novel timely, imaginative, and suspenseful with interesting elements of satire and a fascinating story of the immigrant experience within Candace's flashbacks in time. This is like no other apocalyptic literary novel I have ever read! --Olivia