Mysterious Galaxy is an independent genre bookstore that is passionate about creating and maintaining a community of readers, authors, and booksellers.


Welcome to Mysterious Galaxy -- books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem (with occasional Masks, Matchmaking, and Munchkins). We are physically a specialty genre store in Southern California with a focus on SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, and Horror. Here on the web we offer a whole world of book choices, some physically on our shelves, some immediately available for your ebook reader, and many more available for special order!

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Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:00am

A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday September 16th.       Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)        Happy Reading!        Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:00pm

Before she was a best-selling novelist, Lauren Beukes wore such hats as documentary filmmaker, television showrunner, and graphic novel writer. She has received numerous accolades for her work, with her 2010 novel Zoo City winning the Arthur C. Clarke award for best novel in 2011. Lauren delivers yet again with Broken Monsters, a tale of “broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people” that begins with Detective Gabriella Versado finding a fused-together body composed of equal parts boy and deer. As more and more disturbing bodies are found, Gabriella, her persistent journalist daughter Layla, and a...

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:00pm

   Mary F. Adams Urashima  Chris Epting   For information and to make reservations, please go to the Huntington Beach Library website.    

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00pm

While YA and adult science fiction author Steven Gould has received numerous awards for his novels and short fiction, he is most proud that his debut novel, Jumper, was placed on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned Books list 1990-1999. As he notes, “Jumper was right there at #94 between Steven King’s Christine and a non-fiction book on sex education. Then that Rowling woman came along and bumped us off the bottom of the list.” Exo, his fourth novel in the Jumper series, focuses on Cent, daughter in the only teleport-able family on Earth. While teleportation allows Cent to shop in Tokyo or...

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:41am

Having facilitated $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals, the Southern California Writers’ Conference (SCWC) is devoted to writers of all levels working to become both exceptional authors and modern, entrepreneurial self-advocates. Whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer looking to get professional feedback on your work, a writer at the ready, or a writer simply wanting to hang with other writers, register now for the Twelfth Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference LA (in Newport Beach), September 19-21 ( Recent SCWC success stories include crime author David...

Our publishers are kind enough to send us Signed First Editions for non-touring authors' works. To see a complete list of Signed First editions, check the menu for signed first editions by genre.

ISBN-13: 9780545522250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Scholastic Press, 9/2014
Signed by both authors.

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ISBN-13: 9780062290366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Harper, 7/2014

Speculative Fiction

The world of Tearling and its many engaging characters is a compulsive read from newcomer Johansen. Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn was smuggled out of the Royal Keep in Tearling as an infant, hidden, and raised and educated by foster parents. Despite her rigorous education, Kelsea has no idea what her life holds for her until she is picked up by the Royal Guard on her 19th birthday in order to claim the throne and be crowned Queen. Her journey to the throne is thrilling, dangerous, and enlightening, and Kelsea is tested at every turn. Her kingdom is in peril, her enemies are many, and it is a treacherous path to save her people, many of whom have no reason to believe that she can do so. Warner Bros. has the rights to the movie … but for me, I can hardly wait for book two. Highly recommended.

– Terry

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