River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay

In River of Stars (Roc, $26.95) Guy Gavriel Kay returns to Kitai, a country like China, which was the setting for his earlier novel, Under Heaven. But now this grand empire is in trouble. Trade roads are closed off, civil unrest is on the rise, invaders are at the gates, and the former capital is in ruins. The fates of two characters, Ren Daiyan, a warrior, and Lin Shan, a songwriter and calligrapher, are inextricably bound with that of the empire. River of Stars is a magnificent exploration of destiny and the ability of a single individual to change the course of history. Kay once again proves himself a master of subtle dialogue and delicate phrasing, handling multiple characters and a complex plot with grace. This sweeping epic from the best fantasist in the genre reads like a poem.

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ISBN: 9780451416094
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Published: Berkley - April 1st, 2014

Farther Away: Essays - Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen has a bounty of opinions about everything. His latest collection of essays, speeches, and interviews ranges in topics from technology (and its detrimental effect on everything in society) to his deep love of birding to his complex feelings on David Foster Wallace’s death. Whether I agreed with what Franzen had to say in these essays became less and less important the further into the book I got, so taken was I with his prose. Sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes achingly sad, every essay reflects Franzen’s skill as a writer and passion for his subject. Preachy in the best possible way, Farther Away (Picador, $16) is full of both conviction and exquisitely rendered sentence structure.
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ISBN: 9781250033291
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Published: Picador - April 23rd, 2013