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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

God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha)

God's War - Kameron Hurley This is one of the more original science fiction works I've read in a while, with a thankfully non-western culture that slightly brings to mind George Alec Effinger's When Gravity Fails, although Hurley's invention is purely her own and striking. Brutal actions by these characters sometimes shocked me (in a good way). While the science fiction tech in this book -- rather originally insect based -- makes it feel sometimes like a fantasy, it was again a refreshing change of pace. And given that so few books bother to remember insects, I found using them as a society's technological foundation enthralling.My only quibble with the book is that its plotting structure sometimes feels repetitive, in that the characters continually go from one "hunt-get captured-get released" sequence to another. By the end of the book, that put me off, in addition to some rather confusing fight sequences -- although with these latter Hurlely may merely be reflecting the characters' own diminished information about what exactly has occurred. Those two quibbles aside, I have already bought the sequel, Infidel, and look forward to reading it soon.