Cerebral Fantasy Novels
Annotation:Joe Spork's father was the king of criminal London. His grandfather was a genius with clock work. It's Joe who has to deal with the mechanical bees, religious zealots, and vengeful despots that his family left behind.
Annotation:A sweet story of someone who does not fit in finding her place in the world, with a well-thought-out magic system. Mor, the main character, is a huge reader of 1970s sci fi, so prepare to add many titles to your to-read list.
Annotation:Tara takes a walk in the woods - for twenty years. When she comes back her family is just healing from from the wound she left. And she looks like she is still fifteen. Dark and sweet at once.
Annotation:I avoided this for awhile even though I am a fan of Lethem, due to the misapprehension that this was some story of whining mid-life Manhattanites. It's actually an exuberant alternate reality, with 'reveals' that repeatedly pull the rug out from under you. Enormously clever, with good characters to boot.
Annotation:Succeeds as historical fiction, horror, and adventure. Two ships are frozen in the Arctic in the 19th Century, and there's something out on the ice...
Annotation:Quite a lot of fun, a chunky read about magicians in a London that never was, but feels lived in nonetheless.