Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fall Recommendations

After a late-summer hiatus, Lobster & Canary is back...eager for a fall of literary and artistic delights.

Here are some of the books we are looking forward to:

* The Other Lands, the second book in the Acacia trilogy by David Anthony Durham (due out September 15th). I heard David read a chapter from the new book at Readercon, and can only say that this effort promises to be as powerful as the first book in the series. At Worldcon, David deservedly won the John W. Campbell Award as best new author in the genre (he is, of course, already an accomplished writer of historical fiction).

* Ray of the Star by Laird Hunt, due out this month as well (Coffee House Press). I am reading the advanced reader's copy right now and it is marvelous, in all senses of the word. How to describe it? Like reading a painting by Klee, or eavesdropping on Eco's table-talk perhaps. Eerie, surreal, maybe more like a De Chirico painting now that I think about it...

* When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster (out this fall from Overlook). I am reading the ARC-- if you like the work of Charles de Lint, Delia Sherman and Alice Hoffman, you will want to buy this book. Warm, funny, and sly...

* Ash by Malinda Lo.

* Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon (out April 28th, but I am backlogged!).

Plus, Canticle by Ken Scholes, and Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson. Looking a little further ahead, into winter/spring 2010: Bestiary by Elise Paschen, and N.K. Jemisin's debut The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

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