Here’s a difficult one to categorize. Where would you put a book like this?:
“A hurricane sweeps off the Gulf of Mexico and, in the back country of Alabama, assembles a passenger jet out of old bean cans and junkyard waste. This piques the interest of the enigmatic Directorate of the Extremely Improbable.”
This event sets of a series of other weird events. Characters include an eccentric mathematician working on the physics of free will, a lovelorn Cambridge postgrad, and a member of the Directorate with no capacity for imagination. Needless to say, I was intrigued. So I flipped to a random page of the advance copy on my desk and read the following:
Rob was better at it than Alex. Alex thought about this as he chewed his potato. Something something in something something? Something something of something something? Something something to something something? The something something something something?
That set him off thinking about the sentence that Rob had once asked him to make sense of: “Dogs dogs dog dog dogs.” When Rob had explained it–dogs that other dogs pester (dog) in turn pester other dogs–Alex had tried it on Carey. She’d failed to be as impressed as he’d hoped. She’d said, with a sad sigh: ‘Yeah. That’s about the way it goes.’
Well, that one’s in the queue. Congratulations Sam Leith on writing an intriguing first novel. Want it to be in your queue too? We have about 8 ARCs to give out. Comment below to get one!