Ascension, by Nicholas Binge

Staff Pick

When the world’s largest mountain suddenly appears in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, scientists, explorers, and the U.S. military rush to find out what's happening. Where did this land mass come from, and why did the last expedition to explore it end in a catastrophe of madness and death? As with so many planetary mysteries, the answers lie on the mountain's summit; thus this novel adds adventure to its already astrophysical mind trip of cosmic horror mixed with speculative mystery.

 

 

 

 

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ISBN: 9780593539583
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 25th, 2023

The Dragon Waiting, by John M. Ford

Staff Pick

It's taken me a year to write this, because I can't put into words the experience of reading this book--one I wanted never to end. It's the smartest, strangest approach to alternate history I've ever read, and I adored it. Yet for all the vampires and druids involved, this is not just an “our world but with magic added” kind of vision.  Rather, The Dragon Waiting is a book of seemingly small changes to history that ripple outward to shift the entire scope of reality. Ford’s attention to historical detail is remarkable, and I recommend seeking out the “Draco Concordans” (a free, online, fan-written guide) for help with all you don’t remember about 15th century European history.  I also recommend Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time as a good (non-fantasy) read-along if you’re prepared to become a Richard III apologist.

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ISBN: 9781250269010
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Published: Tor Books - September 29th, 2020

Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock

Staff Pick

Winner of the 1985 World Fantasy Award, Mythago Wood takes place in and around Ryhope Wood, Britain's last fragment of primeval forest. Deeply suffused with a sense of nature's otherness, the book is also obsessed with myths and story-making. Holdstock interrogates the way mythology functions within cultural identity, which includes examining the ways we can't help but reflect our own fears and desires back through these foundational ideas by retelling and reenacting different versions of the same story over and over. If you like your fantasy on the think-y side (and can tolerate some 1985 gender politics), I highly recommend this fever dream of a novel.

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ISBN: 9781250790927
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Published: Tor Books - July 12th, 2022

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