Fantasy

THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS / Michel Faber

Summary from Goodreads: It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC.   His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are ...
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THE NIGHT CIRCUS | Erin Morgenstern

Summary from Amazon: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing...
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PERDIDO STREET STATION | China Mieville

I read this tome of a book last February with buddies from the book club and I've been sitting on a review since. Not an avid fantasy reader, I was blown away by the world created by China Mieville that I felt that I needed more time to gather my thoughts before I write down my thoughts. And then as always, life got in the way and I had to postpone my write up which extended until, well, today. The reason why I decided to finally sit down and come up with a post is because I declared this book as one of my favorite reads this year and I feel that I owe it to the book (and to my feelings) to a...
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COURAGE AND OTHER DEMONS | Jill Daugherty

Summary from Goodreads: The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about th...
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UN LUN DUN | China Mieville

[caption id="attachment_2179" align="aligncenter" width="197"] image from Goodreads[/caption] Summary from Goodreads: What is Un Lun Dun? It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes s...
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