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Book discussion: THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
Synopsis (via Goodreads): "A vividly imagined fantasy of court intrigue and dark magics in a steampunk-inflected world, by a brilliant young talent. The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend... and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne – or his life. This exciting fantasy novel, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent."

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What we're about

Hello Madison! Are you a lit lover with a penchant for "fringe" subject matter? I'm talking about the darkly humorous, the peculiar, the subtly sardonic. Do phrases like "future noir" and "dystopian fantasy" pique your interest? Maybe you're not an established bibliophile, but looking to expand your love of Blade Runner and Star Trek to a new medium? Join this book club, devoted to all things weird! Some of the authors I'm hoping to cover include:

Margaret Atwood • J.G. Ballard • K.J. Bishop • Roberto Bolaño • Don DeLillo • Philip K. Dick • Dave Eggers • William Gaddis • M. John Harrison • Robert Heinlein • Kazuo Ishiguro • China Miéville • Michael Moorcock • Haruki Murakami • Mervyn Peake • Thomas Pynchon • Carl Sagan • Jack Vance • Jeff VanderMeer

And many more!


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