Caitlín R. Kiernan is a master of dark fiction, a literary heir to H. P. Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson. The Drowning Girl is her masterpiece, multilayered and complex. India Morgan Phelps - Imp - no longer trusts her memory. She attempts to write down her ‘ghost story’ and her meeting (in July? or in November?) with a woman named Eva Canning (a siren? a werewolf?). This book is about a haunting and is a haunting itself. It stays with you and invades your dreams.
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ISBN: 9780451464163
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Published: Ace - March 6th, 2012

What if Reformation never happened, Roman Catholic Church rules over the Western world, and all forms of technology save for steam engine are forbidden? Keith Roberts's Pavane (Old Earth Books, $17) depicts this alternative history through a series of six loosely interconnected stories, followed by a coda. The characters range from a heretic monk to a Lady who sets in motion a revolution. This 1968 science fiction classic has recently been reissued in a lovely deckle-edged edition and reviewed by Michael Dirda, who called it 'one of the most thought-filled, a book with the glowing but somber majesty of a stained-glass window, constructed from the most disparate bits and fragments, from the tesserae of multiple lives.' It is an exquisite work of fiction that transcends genre, and I would recommend it even if science fiction is not your usual fare. It is the book to read slowly, savor, and contemplate.
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ISBN: 9781882968398
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Published: Old Earth Books - December 1st, 2011

Hannu Rajaniemi has written what is definitely one of the best debuts in the genre. Jean de Flambeur is rescued from a prison where he plays Prisoner’s Dilemma games against endless copies of himself. He is transported to the city of Oubliette, where all personal interactions are encrypted and where time is literally money. The Quantum Thief is a great novel of ideas that immerses the reader in the world from page one and begs for a re-read.
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780765367662
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 31st, 2012

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