One of the convenient ways of keeping track of all the new book releases month by month is a great review blog called Fantasy Book Critic. And, thanks to them, I’m on the lookout for another well-established author whose work I’ve yet to read.
Tim Pratt has more than a couple novels to his credit, but his latest really caught my eye with both its premise and its publisher. Briarpatch strikes me as a dark fantasy with some chilling–and quirky–undercurrents. Here’s the write-up via Amazon:
Darrin’s life has been going downhill ever since his girlfriend Bridget walked out on him without a word of explanation six months ago. Soon after losing her, he lost his job, and his car, and eventually his enthusiasm for life. He can’t imagine things getting worse – until he sees Bridget again, for the first time since she walked out, just moments before she leaps to her death from a bridge. In his quest to find out why Bridget took her own life, he encounters a depressive (and possibly immortal) cult leader; a man with a car that can drive out of this world and into others; a beautiful psychotic with a chrome shotgun; and a bridge that, maybe, leads to heaven. Darrin’s journey leads him into a place called the Briarpatch, which is either the crawlspace of the universe, or a series of ambitious building projects abandoned by god, or a tangle of alternative universes, depending on who you ask. Somewhere in that disorderly snarl of worlds, he hopes to find Bridget again… or at least a reason to live without her.
Sounds good to me. It’s being published by Chizine, and I’ve yet to be disappointed by anything of theirs I’ve read. What do you think? Sound like something you’d want to read, too?