City of Bohane - Kevin Barry

Welcome to the new Irish literature: its capital is the City of Bohane (Graywolf, $15), Kevin Barry’s dystopian vision of a town in the West of Ireland. This decrepit and malevolent metropolis is ruled by gangs, and its streets are full of people doing whatever they can just to survive. At the center of the book is the gang leader who is ready to step down, and the power struggle such a transition precipitates. Bohane’s language and street slang might give you pause, but Barry’s novel is more than worth the effort. Barry himself calls this book a “weird kind of Neo-Western”: a tale intended for entertainment, with a cast of colorful characters wearing elaborate (and meticulously described) costumes. This melancholic yet funny novel will both challenge and amaze you.
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ISBN: 9781555976453
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2013

NOS4A2 - Joe Hill

“….and there was something awful about Christmas music when it was almost summer.” This sense of unease permeates Joe Hill’s new novel, NOS4A2 (Wm. Morrow, $28.99). Charles Manx likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith (with the vanity plate NOS4A2; read it out loud). He drives them to a place he calls Christmasland, and only one person, Victoria McQueen, manages to elude him. But then Charlie abducts her son. Vic has a Triumph motorcycle and a secret, and she is just the person who can put a stop to Manx’s kidnappings. Hill has written a truly terrifying yet exhilarating book, with a villain to keep you up at night and vehicles that play roles as pivotal as those of the human characters. NOS4A2 is, without a doubt, Joe Hill’s best book to date. Yes, it feels wrong to read about Christmas in July—but that is exactly the point.

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ISBN: 9780062200587
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 15th, 2013

2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson

The plot of 2312 (Orbit, $10), by Kim Stanley Robinson, is simple: Swan Er Hong, a former biosphere designer, investigates the death of Alex, her step-grandmother, which may not have been accidental. She meets Alex’s colleagues, and one, Wahram, becomes Swan’s awkward companion. Gradually, mutual affection and trust build between these two seemingly incompatible people. Robinson sets this love story against a dizzying vision of the future, where humankind colonizes planets and terraforms asteroids. There’s much to ponder here, from human gene augmentation to personal AIs to gender fluidity; like all good sci-fi novels, this is a meditation on humanity. The novel is also brimming with emotion and awestruck at the beauty of planetary landscapes. 2312 once again proves that Robinson is a master of world-building as well as one of today’s most radical and talented sci-fi writers.

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ISBN: 9780316098113
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Orbit - June 25th, 2013