Simon the Tech Elf's Favorites

We don't actually know much about Simon the Tech Elf, other than that he's an elf and he's living somewhere in our tech support offices. He spends most of his days chasing bugs, answering tech support questions and watching old re-runs of Big Bang Theory and Eureka. He also reads about 40 books a day. (The average for an elf is 70 books a day, so it's not as impressive as it sounds.)

These are some of his most recent favorites. We'll have more once he comes out of the refrigerator. (He's very angry with whoever or whatever ate his sandwich. He's vowed revenge and is hiding in the vegetable crisper with his trusty sword, "Smaxcalibur."*)

* Smaxcalibur is made of cardboard tubes taped together, so we're not too worried.

Norse Mythology Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393609097
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204624
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: Algonquin Books - February 14th, 2017


Hacked: A Radical Approach to Hacker Culture and Crime (Alternative Criminology #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479869718
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: New York University Press - November 29th, 2016

Inside the life of a hacker and cybercrime culture.

Public discourse, from pop culture to political rhetoric, portrays hackers as deceptive, digital villains. But what do we actually know about them?

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous Cover Image
ISBN: 9781781689837
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Verso - October 6th, 2015

Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.”

Incredibuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler Deluxe Book and Model Set Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781682980613
Availability: Temporarily Unavailable
Published: Incredibuilds - November 18th, 2016

Kids can build their own customizable Niffler with this thrilling hardcover book and 3D wood model set from IncrediBuilds.

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf Cover Image
By Greg Wolfe, Howard McWilliam (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781619635210
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - September 6th, 2016

In this delightfully inventive holiday tale, an elf named Shmelf takes a journey from the North Pole . . . and discovers all the joys of Hanukkah.

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143127048
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Published: Penguin Books - March 10th, 2015

How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?

If our technological society collapsed tomorrow what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors? What crucial knowledge would they need to survive in the immediate aftermath and to rebuild civilization as quickly as possible?

George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143130604
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Sentinel - October 18th, 2016

When George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring.

This Monstrous Thing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062382771
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 22nd, 2015

A wildly creative Gothic fantasy retelling of Frankenstein, This Monstrous Thing is a wholly new reimagining of the classic novel by Mary Shelley and is perfect for fans of retellings such as Cinder by Marissa Meyer, fantasy by Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare, and alternative history by Scott Westerfeld.

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