Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

The first half of Ninefox Gambit, the first book in the Machineries of Empire series, confused, frustrated, and intrigued me in equal measures; Raven Stratagem had none of its predecessor's confusion or frustration, and all of it's intrigue . There was just enough really gut-punching character work in the last half of Ninefox for me to decide to give the series another shot, and thank goodness I did--I would not have wanted to miss reading this. 

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Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

Like Annihilation before it, Borne is a slow book, a rich book. It's intense, it demands that you take your time with it, because every word has been painstakingly chosen and put together to create not only meaning, but feeling that runs deep, and an intuitive understanding that runs even deeper. Every instant that you spend reading it is worth it and more, though.

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Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Hey, did you guys know that I really like weird fiction? Like, really really like it. Give me your straight fantasy, yes. Give me your hard sci-fi, your space opera, your military sci-fi. But also, also-the weird ideas. The strange worlds. Your trucks powered by bugs, your aliens that can only speak the truth and only through two mouths, your strange creeping invasion, your hippo plantations in the Mississippi; I want them all. I make the grabby hands at them.

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