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Starred Review. Gregory (Pandemonium) produces a quietly brilliant second novel. As a teen, Paxton Martin left the town of Switchcreek, Tenn., to escape a scandal and the retrovirus that afflicted many of the town's inhabitants. Many died hideously, and most survivors turned into strange creatures: towering argos, parthenogenic betas, enormously obese charlies. A decade later, Pax returns home to attend the funeral of a close friend who has committed suicide. Hoping to avoid his estranged father, Pax plans to leave immediately after the funeral, but he soon finds himself caught up in both the complexities of his old life and the deep quantum weirdness that Switchcreek has become. A wide variety of believable characters, a well-developed sense of place and some fascinating scientific speculation will earn this understated novel an appreciative audience among fans of literary SF. (Dec.)
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Daryl Gregory's first novel, Pandemonium, was published in 2008 and won the 2009 Crawford Award, given each year by critics and scholars of the fantasy field to "an oustanding new fantasy writer whose first book was published the previous year." The book was also a finalist for The Shirley Jackson Award, the Locus Award, and the Mythopoeic Award for best fantasy adult novel. Gregory's short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, several year's-best anthologies, and other fine venues. In 2005 Gregory recieved the Asimov's Readers' Award for the novelette "Second Person, Present Tense." He lives with his wife and two children in State College, Pennsylvania, where he writes both fiction and web code.See all Editorial Reviews
I'm convinced that Daryl Gregory is a warlock. His protagonist, Pax, is very difficult to like; he's uncomfortable, passive, and an addict, but if you can resonate with him like I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kit M
This is more of a drama than anything else. Loved Pandemonium. The idea is not bad but the book takes it to the wrong direction for me. The characters are depressed and sad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nati M.
This isn't brilliantly written, but the ideas are fresh and the book is quite entertaining. The author also does a good job of capturing the flavor of East Tennessee and the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by PJ
This book was very odd in the beginning, but one I got into the odd characters I was hooked. I recommend this book to anyone who does not have a problem imagining things that are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Frank
I loved Raising Stony Mayhall and purchased this book on a recommendation from Frank Ignagni III, who wrote the highly entertaining Riding the Apocalypse. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved Pandemonium so I decided to give this book a try. The story line is definitely original but doesn't flow as easily as Gregory's first book did. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ronni Copeland
What does it take to be human? This book explores that question in an eerie, imaginative, and original way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jfurnee