Killing With the Edge of the Moon – A. A. Attanasio

Flannery’s grandmother is a witch. Charms, herbs, cottage on the edge of town, and all the trimmings. Flannery, on the other hand, is not so keen – until a younger boy with a crush gets hurt running after her, and a handsome fairy on a motorcycle rescues her from death’s dark clutches. Then it gets complicated, and both she and the boy must work to find a way out of fairyland. I’m not a fan…

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Solis – A. A. Attanasio

Charles Outis had his brain frozen post-mortem. A millennium later, he’s reawakened – as a piece of property, first a tool for erotic fantasies, then the control for a mining machine. When he calls for help, he’s answered by Munk, an androne studying humans, and Mei Nili, a disenchanted space worker. Together, they fight to reach the free city of Solis, in the hope that they can all find a place for themselves. A. A.…

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Brave Tails: The Moon’s Prophecy – A. A. Attanasio

Brave Tails #1 As a destructive army of boars seeks to enter the peace of Riversplash Mountain, Thrym the mouse and his companions seek a way to save their homes. In the process, they explore the ancient magic of the legendary Dead Riders, and encounter the evil wizardry of the serpent Vidar. I’m not a big fan of the speaking animal story. After The Wind in the Willows and Watership Down, few such stories have…

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The Conjure Book – A. A. Attanasio

Young Jane Riggs ventures into a deep cave, and finds a book of spells. When she tries some of them out, things go wrong. Attanasio is one of speculative fiction’s more cerebral authors, and I approached this young adult book with some trepidation. In that, I was partly right, and partly wrong. Attanasio tones down both his vocabulary (some) and his customary ethereality to a level appropriate for intelligent youngsters. The story is fairly simple,…

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Demons Hide Their Faces – A. A. Attanasio

A collection of fantasy and science fiction stories from A. A. Attanasio. I lost track of A.A. Attanasio at the end of the last century. I had encountered him through his first novel, Radix, soon after it came out in the early ’80s. I followed up with many of his other books. Then I moved overseas, and hadn’t quite gotten the hang of browsing via Amazon yet. I seem also to have been reading out…

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