G. Willow Wilson’s energetic Alif the Unseen (Grove, $16), the first literary fiction by the writer of the graphic novels Cairo and Vixen, starts with computer hackers and a forbidden love in a repressive Middle Eastern state, then adds jinns, the only remaining copy of the ancient The Thousand and One Days, and a second love story, ratcheting up the action from adventure to full-scale revolution. “Alif” is the screen handle of a coding genius willing to “help anyone with a computer and a grudge” against the government. His fight for free speech draws the wrath of the chief censor, who wants not only Alif’s programs but his beloved and the mystical text—written by jinns—he believes is the key to a code so powerful it can never be broken. As she deftly intertwines good old-fashioned chases and narrow escapes with fresh ideas about information, faith, and the transformative power of stories, Wilson has crafted a book that offers the immediacy of a thriller, the magic of fantasy, and the depth of philosophy.
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ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

Neil Gaiman’s knack for making the impossible seem all too probable makes The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Wm. Morrow, $25.99), his first adult novel since 2005’s Anansi Boys, worth waiting for. Set in a British village, it features a children’s game that opens a Pandora’s Box of primal horrors in the town. Gaiman tends to focus on the dangerous, often gross, world of grown-ups that children sense they’re approaching, and his vivid narrative makes you remember every time you’ve experienced a prickle of the skin and wondered what wicked thing was hovering near.

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ISBN: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow - June 18th, 2013

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By Neil Gaiman, Monica Faerna (Translator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9788499186573
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Published: Roca Editorial - December 30th, 2013

This is George R. R. Martin before he became famous for Game of Thrones. Journalist Sandy Blair investigates a brutal murder of a former manager of a 60s band called the Nazgûl, while another man is trying to reunite the Nazgûl for a disturbing and dark purpose. It is part supernatural mystery, part ode to the 60s and its counterculture. Most novels about music fail miserably, because it is so hard to put sound down on paper. But Martin does this beautifully, and you can almost hear the music in your head. If you’ve only read Martin’s Game of Thrones series, definitely pick up Armageddon Rag. It is one of Martin’s more unusual novels, and it truly shows how versatile a writer he is.
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ISBN: 9780553383072
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Published: Bantam - January 30th, 2007

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