Monday, July 25, 2022

Reviewing the Mail: Week of July 23, 2022

Two books this week, both of them from the fine folks at Tachyon and both of them brand-new books being published for the first time in the summer of 2022. Here's hoping at least one of them looks interesting to you.

The Extractionist is, I think, Kimberly Unger's second novel, after Nucleation. The publisher calls it a technothriller, which I guess is what cyberpunk becomes when the world catches up to it: it's about a VR expert whose job, as the title implies, is to pull people out of virtual spaces when they're unable to do that themselves. As you might guess, this is about a job that Goes Wrong, and it sounds like there's action in both virtual and meat spaces, possibly simultaneously. Looks like zippy fun, and it's available as of July 12th in trade paperback and digital formats.

Coming next month (out August 9) is The Bruising of Qilwa, a debut fantasy novel from Naseem Jamnia. (And the back-cover copy is looking very familiar to me...because, as I just realized, James Nicoll reviewed this a couple of months back.) It's about blood magic (the good kind, apparently), non-binary people, found families, political oppression, and the refugee experience - so this one looks quite a bit heavier and more issue-oriented, if you want that in your reading.

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