Words: Four Very Different Novels

Four very different novels are offered up for your consideration this outing.

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is a tale of what happens when happily ever after turns out not be quite all that it should be. The Magician King is his terrific follow-up to this 2009 novel and you can look for our review of it shortly.

Michael David Lukas’ The Oracle of Stamboul wasn’t what the reviewer quite expected, but that’s not a bad thing, necessarily: ‘I have an abiding fondness for novels set in Istanbul, especially when the action takes  place sometime earlier in history than the present.  So naturally I was drawn to The Oracle of Stamboul when I first saw an ad for it in one of the magazines I read regularly.  While it wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was definitely worth reading!’

Jo Walton’s Among Others is her first work since her Small Change trilogy. It’s magic realism set in a post-industrial Wales, and our reviewer says this ‘is a book for anyone whose best friends have ever been fictional characters.’

Of the latest entry in Elizabeth Bear’s New Amsterdam cycle, Ad Eternum our reviewer says it ‘brings things full circle geographically and thematically. There are no zeppelins here, and the magic is almost entirely offstage (or theoretical and academic). Instead. Sebastien de Ulloa – now calling himself Jack Prior – returns to the city he abandoned years before, alone and wrestling with the crushing weight of years. It’s 1962, his Circle is dead, and there seems to be little point in his going on.’

As I said four very different novels, one of which should hopefully tickle your fancy.

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