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Bklyn BookMatch Strange and humorous Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical Mysteries

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Jo Walton. |

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closests companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.

The rook

Daniel O'Malley. |

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

Kraken

China Miâeville. |

Being chased by cults, a maniac, and the sorcerers of the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit, cephalopod specialist Billy Harrow inadvertently learns that he holds the key to finding a missing squid--a squid that just happens to be an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Susanna Clarke ; illustrations by Portia Rosenberg. |

Because of your interest in Fantasy, Historical Fiction and your mention of Neil Gaiman. In nineteenth-century England, all is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr Norrell's pupil.

The Eyre affair

Jasper Fforde. |

Fantasy, Just Plain Strange (with humor). There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is disappointed by the ending of Jane Eyre. But in this world there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic - and a woman called Thursday Next.

The city of Dreaming Books

Walter Moers. |

Fantasy, Just Plain Strange (with humor). Optimus Yarnspinner, a Zamonian writer, not only falls under the spell of a book-obsessed city, he also falls into the clutches of its evil genius, Pfistomel Smyke, who treacherously maroons him in the labyrinthine catacombs. He finds himself in a world where the mysterious Shadow King rules a murky realm populated by Booklings, one-eyed beings.

Sewer, gas & electric

by Matt Ruff. |

Sci-Fi, Just Plain Strange (with humor). In the year 2023, as a crew of steelworkers works on the construction of a new Tower of Babel, the brainchild of billionaire Harry Gant, Harry's ex-wife Joan Fine, assisted by a resurrected Ayn Rand, sets out to solve the murder of a Wall Street takeover mogul.

Riverworld

Philip Josâe Farmer. |

Classic Sci-Fi. Upon death, every human being who has ever lived awakens on the shore of an endless river on a strange world, and each begins living again, with some searching for answers upstream.

A brief history of Montmaray

Michelle Cooper. |

Historical Fiction. On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in her island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

The uninvited guests

Sadie Jones. |

Historical Fiction, Mystery. While fighting to save their family home, Charlotte prepares for an elaborate birthday celebration for her daughter Emerald, an event that unexpectedly turns into a dramatic evening that forever changes all of their lives.