REAMDE - Neal Stephenson

Take Richard Forthrast, ex-smuggler and now owner of a multi-player online game called T’Rain; REAMDE, a virus designed by Chinese hackers; Russian gangsters; a fantasy writer; a Welsh Muslim terrorist; add Forthrast’s niece, Zula, who’s caught in the middle of it all, and you have REAMDE (Wm. Morrow, $18.99), by Neal Stephenson, the most engrossing thriller you’ll read this summer. True to his style, Stephenson also masterfully weaves in information on a number of subjects, including the Chinese city of Xiamen, with descriptions of its architecture, guns, and international air traffic. REAMDE is an ambitious novel, and the plot comes together in an intense, all-guns-firing finale that will leave you incredibly impressed with Stephenson’s talent and erudition.
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ISBN: 9780062191496
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 15th, 2012

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu

This is not simply a science fiction novel. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe exists within the meme and metaphor of speculative fiction, but should not be confused with a parable of time travel. Charles Yu’s novel is meta-fiction, and in some ways closer in spirit to Barth, Calvino, Coover and Borges than to a genre-straddling novel from Junot Diaz. The narrator is author Charles Yu, time machine technician. He is a man living a universe where, given the limitless possibilities of time-places to visit, the first place people inevitably choose to go is their own very worst experience. Using humor, physics and literary word play, Yu embarks upon a sorrowing adventure about how people dwell on the past and fail to appreciate the present.

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ISBN: 9780307739452
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2011

The Book of Heroes - Miyuki Miyabe

This is one of my favorite books to recommend both to sci-fi experts and recent converts to the worlds of Coraline and The Hunger Games. Armed only with the powerful Book of Heroes, the young Yukiro races into an unknown world to save her brother. She is not fighting magical monsters, though, but cruel bullies. Miyabe’s writing is sparse, witty, and deeply invested in the mystical, while her topics are painfully rooted in the real world.   
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By Miyuki Miyabe, Miyuki Miyabe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781421540832
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Published: Haikasoru - November 15th, 2011