Unseen World is a book that will pull you in quietly and almost imperceptibly, as you follow the lives of homeschooled prodigy Ada and her enigmatic genius father David. It is smart and empathetic story of how people ‘falter, hurt one another’, of how larger history affects people’s lives. If you like your fiction with a nerdy slant, Moore provides much food for thought with her exploration of technology and its connection with us.
Central Station by Lavie Tidhar is filled with echoes of classic sci-fi without its shortcomings. It is a beautifully-written novel of interconnected stories, beliefs, and minds, multifaceted in its style and characters. This book is Gibson-, Bradbury-, Delany-level good.
What are you willing to do for your art? What would you sacrifice? Kat Howard’s Roses and Rot takes you to the dark and older fairy tales, where things are not as they seem and ‘be careful what you wish for’ is the refrain. It is a story of two talented sisters, a writer and a dancer, who attend an artists’ retreat. It seems like the perfect place to create, yet as with all perfect places, something is not quite right. Kat Howard seems to possess a magic of her own, of making characters come alive and scenery so vivid, you forget it exists only on the page. Roses and Rot is both beautiful and dark, lovely and haunting.