Duels and fantastical creatures await readers of 'The Night Circus' and 'The Circus of Dr. Lao.'
The lure of the sea in Bernd Brunner's 'The Ocean at Home' and Andrea Di Robilant's 'Irresistible North.'
'Breaking Up With God' by Sarah Sentilles; 'Waiting' by Marya Hornbacher.
People ignore a bleak world by hiding in their memories in Dan Simmons' novel 'Flashback.' Plus: Lama Surya Das wants us to make peace with time.
Charles Freeman's "Holy Bones, Holy Dust" is an insightful study of the religious rise of relics during the Middle Ages; plus a relic left behind by C.S. Lewis.
New books on legendary creatures give us fresh glimpses of monsters real and imagined.
In Richard Matheson's 'Other Kingdoms,' a young man wanders into fairy mischief; a view of the sky that's 200 years old.
Magic powers in Deborah Harkness' 'A Discovery of Witches' and 'The Occultist'; if only we didn't need sleep.
A ghost may (or may not) haunt Andrew Taylor's 'The Anatomy of Ghosts'; UFOs continue to hover in popular culture.
An early Christian document, 'Revelation of the Magi,' provides unexpected insights into the Nativity story.