This is an unusual book. Published by Michael Joseph, one of Penguin Random House's literary imprints, I think it makes a difference when reading it to remind yourself that it is a literary book, not a straight fantasy genre book.
Author: Mathias Malzieu (wikipedia) Translator: Sarah Ardizzone (wikipedia) UK Publisher: Vintage Genre: Literary fiction, steampunk(-ish) Edinburgh, 1874. On the coldest night the world has ever seen, Little Jack is born with a frozen heart and immediately undergoes a life-saving operation. But Dr Madeleine is no conventional medic and surgically implants a cuckoo-clock into his chest. Little Jack … Continue reading REVISITED: The Boy With The Cuckoo-Clock Heart – Mathias Malzieu
Author: Hank Green (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Trapeze Genre: Science Fiction, YA, coming-of-age IF YOU CAME ACROSS AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING AT 3 A.M. IN NEW YORK CITY . . . WOULD YOU KEEP WALKING? OR DO THE ONE THING THAT WOULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER? **************** The Carls just appeared . . . … Continue reading REVIEW: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green
Author: Gary Shteyngart (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Granta Books Genre: literary fiction, near-future sci-fi, dystopic fiction Buy Now: ebook | paperback In a very near future a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don't tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, proud author of what may well be the world's last diary. Despite his job … Continue reading REVIEW: Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart
Author: Naomi Alderman (twitter / website) UK Publisher: Penguin Genre: Science fiction, feminism, literary fiction Buy now: ebook | paperback All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain - even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control. … Continue reading REVIEW: The Power – Naomi Alderman
Author: Roxane Gay (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Corsair Genre: short stories, literary fiction, magic realism Buy now: ebook | paperback The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable … Continue reading REVIEW: Difficult Women – Roxane Gay