Cerebral Fantasy Novels

Angelmaker By Harkaway, Nick Book - 2012 FICTION HARKAWAY 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Among Others
Among Others By Walton, Jo Book - 2011 FICTION WALTON 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 7 copies

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.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale
Some Kind of Fairy Tale A Novel By Joyce, Graham Book - 2012 FICTION JOYCE 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Chronic City
Chronic City A Novel By Lethem, Jonathan Book - 2009 FICTION LETHEM 2009 Available in some locations

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.

The Nonexistent Knight & The Cloven Viscount
The Nonexistent Knight & The Cloven Viscount By Calvino, Italo Book - 199? FICTION CALVINO Available in some locations

Annotation:Fairy tales by one of the greats of the 20th Century.

The Terror
The Terror A Novel By Simmons, Dan Book - 2007 FICTION SIMMONS 2007 Available in some locations

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...

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell By Clarke, Susanna Book - 2004 FICTION CLARKE Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 12 copies

Annotation:Quite a lot of fun, a chunky read about magicians in a London that never was, but feels lived in nonetheless.

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they're not epic, they're not urban, they are well written.