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?
Wish List Wednesday is a weekly meme I started in July ’09, in which I put the spotlight on a book that is on my wish list–whether new release, blast from the past, or hidden gem.
Night Shade Books has come out with some good anthologies recently. In fact, I recently read and reviewed The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 2, edited by Ellen Datlow (click here to read that). One of their latest, edited by Tim Pratt, looks to be especially promising. Sympathy for the Devil collects short stories from a wide array of others, featuring no less than the likes of Stephen King, Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Scott Westerfeld, China Mieville, and Michael Chabon. And all of the stories feature the Devil in one way or another.
The table of contents is massive with thirty-five stories included in the anthology’s pages. And when Satan himself is the central theme of the book, I can only imagine where each author’s imagination leads them. Yeah, this one definitely goes on the wish list.
Have you heard about this anthology? Sound like something you’d want to read too?