Desolation Road by Ian McDonald
(July 28, 2009/Pyr)
First off this book has the most incredible cover. The Jpeg doesn’t do justice to the art created by Stephan Martiniere compared to the book in your hand. Desolation Road is a trade paperback reprint of a long out of print version of the book from 1988. I’ve only sampled the book so far (having missed it the first go-round) but it strongly reminds of the quixotic Ray Bradbury and his Martian Chronicles.
It all began thirty years ago on Mars, with a greenperson. But by the time it all finished, the town of Desolation Road had experienced every conceivable abnormality from Adam Black's Wonderful Travelling Chautauqua and Educational ‘Stravaganza (complete with its very own captive angel) to the Astounding Tatterdemalion Air Bazaar. Its inhabitants ranged from Dr. Alimantando, the town’s founder and resident genius, to the Babooshka, a barren grandmother who just wants her own child—grown in a fruit jar; from Rajendra Das, mechanical hobo who has a mystical way with machines to the Gallacelli brothers, identical triplets who fell in love with—and married—the same woman.Ian McDonald is the author of many science fiction novels, including Desolation Road, King of the Morning, Queen of the Day, Out on Deep Six, Changa, Kirinya, River of Gods, Brasyl, and Cyberabad Days. He has won the Philip K. Dick Award and the BSFA Award, been nominated for a Hugo Award, and has several nominations for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Medicine Road by Charles de Lint
(June 15, 2009/Tachyon Publications)
First released by Subterranean Press in a limited edition in 2004, it is now available in an affordable trade paperback. I look forward to reading this and you can expect a review next Sunday.
Music, Mischief, and MagicCharles de Lint is the bestselling author of over sixty-five books, including The Blue Girl, Jack the Giant Killer, and Seven Wild Sisters, the first tale of the Dillard girls. He is perhaps best known for his extraordinary urban fantasies set in the mythical city of Newford. A poet, songwriter /performer, folklorist, and literary critic, de Lint is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora Awards. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and long-time musical collaborator, MaryAnn.
Laurel and Bess Dillard are charismatic bluegrass musicians enjoying the success of their first Southwestern tour. But the Dillard girls know that magical adventures are always at hand. Upon meeting two mysterious strangers at a gig, the red-headed twins are drawn into an age-old, mystical wager along the Medicine Road.
One day upon seeing a red dog chasing a jackalope, Coyote Woman gave them human forms. They became Jim Changing Dog and Alice Corn Hair. In return, both of them must find true love within a hundred years or their "five-fingered" forms will be forfeit. Alice has found her soul mate, but trickster Jim is unwilling to settle down until he sets eyes upon free-spirited Bess Dillard.
Yet time is running out for the red dog and the jackalope. In just two weeks they will journey to their reckoning at the Medicine Wheel. Meanwhile, a motorcycle-riding seductress and a vengeful rattlesnake woman are eager to meddle, and Bess and Laurel, caught in a web of love and lies, must find their own paths into the spirit world.
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