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Fantasy: The Best Otherworldly Fiction from 2015

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Master of Plagues
by E.L. Tettensor Details
Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn't known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city--and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed. With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure. --Provided by the publisher
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro Details
"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay. . ." The Buried Giant begins as a husband and wife set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.
The Invasion of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen Details
The Guardian says this sequel to The Queen of the Tearling is a "hotly anticipated" spring title. Reserve a Library copy today. The evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Queen Kelsea and her realm. With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. This is book two in the series.
The Just City
by Jo Walton Details
"Walton's [book] is explosive, deliberately troubling, and provocative as the gadfly-Socrates." --National Public Radio. Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community modeled on Plato's Republic, populated by more than ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future--all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past. A few years in, Socrates arrives--yes, the Socrates they talk about in schools--to ask all the troublesome questions you would expect. --Adapted from the publisher. This is book one of a forthcoming series, Thessaly.
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The Voyage of the Basilisk
by Marie Brennan Details
Iconoclastic scientist Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, embarks on a two-year global voyage, hoping to determine the relationships among the endless varieties of dragon. "From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella's in ways both professional and personal." --Bibliosanctum. This is book three in the series.
The Whispering Swarm
by Michael Moorcock Details
The New Yorker calls Moorcock "The Anti-Tolkien." Back in the Thirteenth Century, King Henry III granted a plot of land in the heart of London to an order of Friars known as the Carmelites. In return, they entered into a compact with God to guard a holy object. This sanctuary became a refuge for many persons of ill-repute, as the Friars cast no judgment and took in all who were in search of solace. Known as Alsatia, it did not suffer like the rest of the world. No Plague affected it. No Great Fire burned it. No Blitz destroyed it. Within its walls lies a secret to existence--one that has been kept since the dawn of time--a bevy of creation, where reality and romance, life and death, imaginary and real share the same world. One young man's entrance into this realm sends a shock wave of chaos through time. What lies at the center of this sacred realm is threatened for the first time in human existence. This is book one of a new series, Sanctuary of the White Friars.
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
by China Miéville Details
Miéville is often compared to literary and genre-bursting writers such as George Saunders, Karen Russell, and David Mitchell, and this book is to be published August 2015, so you can reserve a copy now. 'Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, saying Miéville "moves effortlessly among realism, fantasy, and surrealism in this dark, sometimes horrific short story collection" and that the stories' characters are "invariably well-drawn and compelling". The review concludes by stating that "what the stories have in common is a sense that the world is not just strange, but stranger than we can ever really comprehend."' --Wikipedia
Updated 05/22/2015

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