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Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
J.R.R. Tolkien
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension
Michio Kaku
Swords in the Mist
Fritz Leiber
Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals
Bryna Siegel
The Apex Book of World SF
Lavie Tidhar, Dean Francis Alfar, S.P. Somtow, Jetse de Vries, Kaaron Warren, Zoran Živković, Aliette de Bodard, Mélanie Fazi, Tunku Halim, Anil Menon, Jamil Nasir, Nir Yaniv, Aleksandar Žiljak, Han Song, Guy Hasson, Kristin Mandigma, Yang Ping
The Hugo Award Showcase
Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, Kij Johnson, James Alan Gardner, Ian McDonald
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
Jason K. Stearns
The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband
David Finch
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

The Bitch

The Bitch - Les Edgerton Les Edgerton writes a story of real criminals, rather than criminal masterminds. These characters have grit and a large depth of sadness driving them forward, revealed gradually as the plot unfolds.The story put me in mind of others where the complications of a crime keep building on themselves, twisting into a labyrinth with no good exit. Films such as A Simple Plan or One False Move came to mind as I read it, and it also had the flavor, to me, of a Jim Thompson book, given the way we're plunged into the workings of one character's mind as he is forced to deal with one bad situation after another, often making the human rather than the best choice. The pace is faily unrelenting from early on, and I read this book in about 3 days (it would have been faster, but I just don't get much reading time these days).Recommended if you like gritty, character-drive crime stories, such as those written by Jim Thompson or George V. Higgins.