contemporary fantasy/sci-fi literature

A Listmania! list by C. Manucy "babilary"
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The list author says: "most of these books are dark and melancholy--not a pretty picture of the nature of humanity, but beautifully told"
Never Let Me Go
1.  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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  "exquisite and heartbreaking, this story is set in an alternate-1990s reality with clones"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,213 customer reviews) | 23 customer discussions

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Girl in Landscape: A Novel
2.  Girl in Landscape: A Novel by Jonathan Lethem
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  "A kind of sci-fi version of The Searchers."
$11.75   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Mara and Dann: An Adventure
3.  Mara and Dann: An Adventure by Doris Lessing
$11.21   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Pattern Recognition
4.  Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)

Anathem
5.  Anathem by Neal Stephenson
$8.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (659 customer reviews) | 34 customer discussions

Grendel
6.  Grendel by John Gardner
The list author says:
  "a brilliant retelling of Beowulf from the monsters point of view; I love this book"
$11.68   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)

The Road
7.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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  "stark apocalyptic story that gets under your skin and pulverizes you--a chilling, amazing story"
$10.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,741 customer reviews) | 63 customer discussions

Magic for Beginners
8.  Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
The list author says:
  "bizarre and haunting, these stories linger long after you've read them, a beautiful collection of shorts"
$22.96   Used & New from: $2.72
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Willful Creatures: Stories
9.  Willful Creatures: Stories by Aimee Bender
The list author says:
  "in clean, striking prose, characters with keys for fingers or teapots for heads, these shorts are thoughtful and often humorous"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Freddy and Fredericka
10.  Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin
The list author says:
  "epic in size but you won't notice in this hilarious tale of familiar royal characters traipsing across America to find themselves"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
11.  The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter
The list author says:
  "her best-known collection of short stories with good reason. retellings of fairy tales by a master storyteller: exquisite"
$11.76   Used & New from: $1.12
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

Benighted
12.  Benighted by Kit Whitfield
The list author says:
  "who said werewolves weren't literary? these are. wonderfully flawed characters who ache--like a Greek tragedy, they can only howl at the gods and blame themselves. great book."
$13.68   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

The Handmaid's Tale
13.  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "frightening in its truth, this story is a grim satire of the near-future and a compelling read"
$9.99   Used & New from: $1.53
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,715 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Life of Pi
14.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "a strange, beautiful story with one of the best endings in literature"
$10.64   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,145 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Mount
15.  The Mount by Carol Emshwiller
The list author says:
  "told simply and poignantly, this novel has a lot to say about power roles, control, and friendship in a near-future setting"
$7.99   Used & New from: $1.48
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Invisible Cities
16.  Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The list author says:
  "poetic and delightful"
$9.65   Used & New from: $0.59
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

The Mistress of Spices: A Novel
17.  The Mistress of Spices: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The list author says:
  "Mythical India and contemporary America combine in a poetic story."
$12.50   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

Black Wine
18.  Black Wine by Candas Jane Dorsey
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Kindred
19.  Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
$10.06   Used & New from: $0.37
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (641 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Scar
20.  The Scar by China Miéville
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

Oryx and Crake
21.  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
$10.24   Used & New from: $1.22
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (841 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Stone Gods
22.  The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
$12.22   Used & New from: $3.79
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The City & The City (Random House Reader's Circle)
23.  The City & The City (Random House Reader's Circle) by China Miéville
$12.82   Used & New from: $4.79
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Lavinia
24.  Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
$12.34   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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liberal fantasy 0 Dec 22, 2014
Why Richard Parker Did Not Say Goodbye-***(SPOILERS)**** 2 Nov 3, 2014
women in gilead 0 Oct 8, 2014
Realistic ? 5 Aug 11, 2014
Why didn't the author tell us what apocalyptic event took place? 32 Aug 11, 2014
Why didn't the man and boy stay in the bunker? 21 Aug 11, 2014
Where does the story take place? 15 Aug 11, 2014
Would anyone be interested in a sequel / prequel? 7 Jul 29, 2014
Do you think this book is appropriate for young teenagers (9th graders)? 6 Mar 13, 2014
HTW seems based on discredited platonic ideas... 6 Mar 7, 2014
The EK *spoilers* 1 Mar 4, 2014
Why didn't anyone consider leaving? 49 Mar 1, 2014
 
   

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