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Barry Lyga

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Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he's also a "YA rebel-author." Somehow, the two just don't seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wouldn't you?

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl is his first novel. Unsoul'd is his latest. There are a whole bunch in between, featuring everything from the aftermath of child abuse to pre-teens with superpowers to serial killers. He clearly does not know how to stick to one subject.

We’re pretty close to the release date forBlood of My Blood now, and it appears that some early reviewers have gotten their hands on copies. Good for you! I hope you enjoy it.


Look, the whole book is basically a spoiler from page one on. So I’m begging you, down on my knees and everything, please,please don’t talk about specifics until September 9 or thereabouts. Some people have waited area...

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Average rating: 3.89 · 39,057 ratings · 5,474 reviews · 32 distinct works · Similar authors
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Game (Jasper Dent #2)
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Goth Girl Rising (The Aston...
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Career Day (Jasper Dent, #0.5)
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Archvillain (Archvillain, #1)
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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
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I was worried about this one, honestly. I loved THE SHINING so much that I was terrified that decades-later King would retroactively ruin was decades-earlier King had created.

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Replay by Ken Grimwood
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One of my favorite books of all time. No lie. Young Barry was probably a little too when he read it (and some of the sex stuff therefore merely titillated as opposed to conveying character), but damn was it influential. This is the story of a man who...more
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I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
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Maybe I'm biased because Zadoff is a friend, but I really dug this spin on the secret agent thriller, with the gimmick that the agent is a teenager who infiltrates targets' lives by befriending their kids. Talk about cold-blooded!

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I enjoyed this debut thriller quite a bit. Hobbs has done his research...and in some cases he's a little too happy to prove it. But that's a minor offense when the tidbits, facts, and miscellany relate to such nasty goings-on as robbing a casino, eva...more
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“See, forgiveness doesn't happen all at once. It's not an event -- it's a process. Forgiveness happens while you're asleep, while you're dreaming, while you're inline at the coffee shop, while you're showering, eating, farting, jerking off. It happens in the back of your mind, and then one day you realize that you don't hate the person anymore, that your anger has gone away somewhere. And you understand. You've forgiven them. You don't know how or why. It sneaked up on you. It happened in the small spaces between thoughts and in the seconds between ideas and blinks. That's where forgiveness happens. Because anger and hatred, when left unfed, bleed away like air from a punctured tire, over time and days and years. Forgiveness is stealth. At least, that's what I hope.”
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“You won't even know you've crossed the line until it's way back in your rearview mirror.”
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“Medicine cabinets are dangerous. Those doors, man. They'll just spring on you like a ninja.”
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