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Things Unseen (Metamor City) Paperback – February 28, 2014
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"Things Unseen will wrap you in a world of magic and science you won't want to leave. Lester has packed his story with characters you won't forget, concepts that will have you thinking long after the book is done, and enough noir to placate even the most rabid hardboiled fan." --Philippa Ballantine, author of Harbinger and Kindred and Wings
"Easily the best of its genre. ... Five out of five elf ears." --Scott Roche, author of Two Steps From Hell and Coming Home Again
"Great story! Lots of wonderful humor and some fantastic action sequences." --Abigail Hilton, author of Jager Thunder and The Scarlet Albatross
"I resented everything that took me away from this book, including going to the toilet. It's rich, it's leveled. it's funny. It's people. It's events. It's honesty. It's lies. It's a Russian nesting doll." -- Karryn Nagel, author of Stockings Required: Tales of a Cigarette and Candy Girl
About the Author
Chris Lester has tried his hand at many trades: marine biologist, title insurance officer, high school science teacher, writer, editor, clinical researcher, microbiologist. Through many ups, downs, derailments, and right-angle turns, two things have remained constant: a passion for storytelling, and the drive to change how people see the world. Whether behind the microphone, at a keyboard or in front of a classroom, Chris never feels more alive than when he's introducing others to new perspectives and new ideas.
Born in Michigan, trained as a scientist in California and Montana, Chris now makes his home in Madison, Wisconsin. When he isn't writing, he enjoys hiking trails, paddling down rivers, exploring national parks, reading through an ever-growing pile of books, and playing piano and acoustic guitar. He lives with his partner Melanie, their dogs Dulcy and Marco, and three deranged but adorable cats.
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This is Urban Fantasy done right: there is no skulking in corners with a largely oblivious mundane majority nor is this your typical magic users in a medieval world. This world - roughly contemporaneous with our own - is one where magic and technology have evolved side by side; each has pros and cons and each is used when it's the best tool for the job. This makes for a fascinating, deep, and complex setting and characters; and room for telling many, interesting stories, sometimes familiar problems with novel twists, sometimes an entirely different class of challenge.
Chris Lester's stories steal beautifully from high fantasy, science fiction, murder mysteries, police procedurals, hard boiled detective stories, and more. It sounds like it should be a mess, but Chris gives each genre their due and writes characters that are faceted, fascinating and believable.
This book takes Chris' writing to a new level. The story covers a lot of ground and, at first, parts seem only loosely connected, but it soon comes nicely together with no unnecessary bits left over... but you'll want the next book :)
I always seem to go months or years between reading Lester's works, and when I invariably come back, I'm always awed at how great they are. His words are captivating, the plots detailed but not over-complex, and the characters ridiculously real. I'll be back to Metamor City soon (hopefully not months or years from now).
All in all, this is simply a fantastic book.