Stranger Things

‘Stranger Things’ Is Over, Now What? Read Something!

If you’re scrambling for something to fill the post-Stranger Things, post-Halloween void, you’re not alone. I assume you binge-watched season two and now you’re wishing you had taken just a little more time to get through the incredible second season because that’s where I’m at. So! Here are eight book recommendations for fans of Stranger Things.

 

1. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

 

Spoonbenders

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Teddy, a card shark, and Maureen, legitimately a psychic, meet during a series of ESP experiments in the 1960s, and inevitably fall in love and start a family. Naturally, all three of their children have supernatural powers. Teddy and Maureen’s family become reality TV stars until the children get old enough to realize their psychic powers don’t help them cope with the reality of everyday life. 

 

2. An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

 

An Excess Male

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Set in Shanghai in the not-so-distant future, the Chinese government is attempting to deal with the skewed gender ratio from their one-child policy. The government has allowed women to marry and have children with up to three men, as men outnumber women three to one. The novel follows one of these expanded families, where a May-ling and her two husbands search for a third man to complete the household. The world King builds is realistic and shockingly plausible, with political agendas reaching into the most intimate aspects of the characters lives.

 

3. Paper Girls: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

 

Paper Girls Volume 1

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In 1988, in the days after Halloween, four twelve-year-old paper delivery girls stumble upon an alien monster invasion in their hometown. It’s everything great about the extreme camp of an 80s action movie with atypical but strong nonetheless female characters.

 

4. The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

 

The Boy Who Drew Monsters

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Ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has refused to leave his home following near-death experience in the ocean three years prior. Jack Peter draws monsters to pass the time, but the drawings start to take on lives of their own and his family and friends begin to see and hear strange things around their cozy coastal Maine town. Only JP knows the truth behind the mysterious occurrences, while his mother Holly and his father Tim frantically search for answers and apparitions while JP’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the power of the drawings.

 

5. The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox

 

The Boys of Summer

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Wichita Falls, Texas, 1979. A massive tornado levels the city leaving a devastating trail in its wake. Thousands homeless, countless dead, and the nine-year-old protagonist Todd Willis stuck in a coma. Four years later, Todd wakes up to a world that’s different. Barely different, slightly different, but different enough and not in a way he can explain, as lingering hallucinations complicate his reality further. That summer, Todd makes new friends who are mesmerized by his experience and his strange relationship with the world. The five boys come of age in a dark and twisty summer with love, betrayal, and a secret they agree to never speak of again. Twenty-five years later, darkness returns to Wichita Falls and the now-men return to their hometown and confront their past and investigate the events of that summer, events that don’t seem to line up with reality.

 

6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 

The Secret History

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With the help of a charismatic professor, a group of clever yet eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living far beyond the scope of their existence. When things go beyond the boundary of normal morality, their lives permanently change and they discover just how hard it can be to live and how easy it is to kill. Years later, one man reflects on the events that led him to murder one of his closest friends.

 

7. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

 

Midnight Robber

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It’s Carnival on the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint and the whole world is celebrating while masked “Midnight Robbers” distract and disrupt partygoers with weapons and words. Tan-Tan, a young girl, is fascinated by the Robber Queen, while her father, a man corrupted by power, kills a man in a duel. In the wake of his crime, the father-daughter pair are exiled to New Half-Way Tree, a world where mythological monsters are real and human convicts are outcasts, sent to live the remainder of their lives in the wild. Tan-Tan has to dig within herself to become the Robber Queen because her legendary powers could save her life and set her free.

 

8. House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

 

House of Secrets

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First of all, author Chris Columbus has called this series a “cousin” to The Goonies, so you should give it a try just because of that. Siblings Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker must relocate to an old Victorian house, the former home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff, after their father loses his job. Before the creepy house or their sinister neighbor can do them any harm, the family is banished to a primeval forest where bloodthirsty warriors patrol the woods, supernatural pirates sail the nearby sea, and a power-hungry queen rules. The siblings fight to survive in a dangerous new world, a world bringing out their worst impulses.

 

Featured image via the Telegraph.