Caitlín R. Kiernan is a master of dark fiction, a literary heir to H. P. Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson. The Drowning Girl is her masterpiece, multilayered and complex. India Morgan Phelps - Imp - no longer trusts her memory. She attempts to write down her ‘ghost story’ and her meeting (in July? or in November?) with a woman named Eva Canning (a siren? a werewolf?). This book is about a haunting and is a haunting itself. It stays with you and invades your dreams.
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ISBN: 9780451464163
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Published: Ace - March 6th, 2012

What if Reformation never happened, Roman Catholic Church rules over the Western world, and all forms of technology save for steam engine are forbidden? Keith Roberts's Pavane (Old Earth Books, $17) depicts this alternative history through a series of six loosely interconnected stories, followed by a coda. The characters range from a heretic monk to a Lady who sets in motion a revolution. This 1968 science fiction classic has recently been reissued in a lovely deckle-edged edition and reviewed by Michael Dirda, who called it 'one of the most thought-filled, a book with the glowing but somber majesty of a stained-glass window, constructed from the most disparate bits and fragments, from the tesserae of multiple lives.' It is an exquisite work of fiction that transcends genre, and I would recommend it even if science fiction is not your usual fare. It is the book to read slowly, savor, and contemplate.
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ISBN: 9781882968398
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Published: Old Earth Books - December 1st, 2011

What is it like to be a baby? By looking at recent research studies in children’s cognition, Alison Gopnik explores the nature of children’s consciousness, imagination, memory, moral reasoning, and sense of ‘self’. She demonstrates that recent findings refute old claims that children are irrational creatures, incapable of making moral judgments. Gopnik also suggests that human babies need the long time of dependency on their parents in order to learn as much as they can about the world and the minds of others. It is not a how-to parenting book, but it would certainly make a great read for any new parent who wants to know how children’s minds work.
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ISBN: 9780312429843
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Published: Picador - July 6th, 2010