Bud's Take Ten

That friendly face and welcoming southern accent that greet you when you walk in the door? It’s our Take Ten staff member, Bud Willis. Bud is a reading enthusiast who loves a good read, is endlessly entertained by pop culture media, and has a wide variety of interests. Is it any wonder that he loves working at Quail Ridge Books where he gets to indulge in all of them at once? Bud says, “My picks for November’s Take Ten are just a few of my favorites. I’ve enjoyed reading each and every one of them. Feel free to ask me about them and other books in the store!” (PS If you love Neil Gaiman, Bud’s your go-to staff member for recommendations!)

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062472106
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Published: William Morrow - August 16th, 2016

American Gods is an entertaining story that hooks readers from the beginning and does not let go of them until the tale is done. For anyone who has ever wondered whatever became of the old gods of myths and legends once their reign had passed, the answer is both deceptively simple as it is complicated: They came to America.

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ISBN: 9781524759841
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Published: Crown Archetype - November 7th, 2017

Abbey Williams has come home. Having been away for nearly ten years, the young environmentalist lawyer undertakes a case that brings her face to face with her past and sets her on a path toward uncovering the disturbing truth of her hometown.     

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ISBN: 9781501141522
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2017

New Jersey native son, Springsteen shares the story of the foundations of one of the biggest musical acts in modern music industry. Written in a disarmingly easy-going style, Springsteen successfully relates to audiences regardless of their exposure to his music. Whatever your starting point, BORN TO RUN makes for an entertaining read.    

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345404473
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Published: Del Rey Books - May 28th, 1996

What does it mean to be human? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? challenges readers to pause and reconsider the basic meaning of the word “human”. Considering the growing presence of technology within our world, it is a question with increasingly disturbing implications for the future.  An excellent read for anyone looking to re-examine the way they look at the world around them.

Dune (Remembering Tomorrow) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780441172719
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Published: Ace Books - September 1st, 1990

Far from now, humanity is teetering on the edge of darkness and despair. Society is nearing a breaking point. A spice, Melange is the fuel of life; without it, the universe would fall. The only place the spice is found? A little desert planet, Arrakis—also known as Dune—where a storm is brewing that will change everything.

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ISBN: 9780802130303
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Published: Grove Press - February 1st, 1994

Argentinian writer Borges is a master of the short story. These stories make use of literary devices used as a metaphor to represent the overwhelmingly complex nature of worlds and the systems that exist on them, human enterprises, the physical and mental aspects of humans, and abstract concepts such as time.           

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060853976
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2007

The Apocalypse! And it’s a problem for a pair of friends who also happen to be celestial beings (an angel and a demon) charged with keeping an eye on humanity. What follows is a comedy of errors as the two combine their efforts to stop things from getting out of hand. Before afternoon tea if at all possible!

It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062476050
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

A quiet little town, out in the middle of nowhere, where people live and die. Nothing really special except for the fact that Night Vale is not exactly your ordinary community and everyday life here is a bit strange and unusual. A wonderful blend of science, religion, humor, mystery, with just a bit of “huh?”

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ISBN: 9780441790340
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Published: Ace Books - May 15th, 1987

Do you grok? It appears to be a rather simple question. However, there are many layers beneath that apparent simplicity which must first be fully understood and felt. The sole survivor of a doomed expedition, Valentine Michael Smith grew up among the Martians and learned their ways. Now, he is coming home and he is bringing Mars to Earth.

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ISBN: 9780735224803
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Published: Viking - October 24th, 2017

Buy this book. Just buy it. A funny, charming, and witty read on various observances and experiences of noted humorist John Hodgman. Here, he looks back upon the years and decides that life is never what you think it is going to be, while coming to the realization that living in Maine contains challenges unique to that corner of the world.