Unless you've been living in a cave for the last decade or so, it's nearly impossible that you haven't heard of the Motor City's dramatic decline. The Ruins of Detroit ($125) is a 200-page photographic tour through some of the city's now-decrepit landmarks, interspersed with looks at near-downtown residences that have been trashed, abandoned, and in some cases destroyed completely. It's quite sad, but on the other hand, it provides plenty of hope for the possible PS3 title Fallout: Detroit 2015.
The author behind Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is back to take on another literary classic. Android Karenina ($9) takes Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and adds steampunk elements of robots, cyborgs, androids, and even aliens, all while maintaining the original's ties to nineteenth-century Russia and its less-than-fanciful tone.