The Servants by Michael Marshall Smith
For Fans of… Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting.
Bottom Line: This moving parable delivers strong psychological insights into a child’s powerlessness and anger.
Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan
For Fans of… Gattacca‘s DNA-driven dystopia; the subversive fury of Chester Himes’ If He Hollers Let Him Go.
Bottom Line: Morgan’s bare-knuckle procedural plot makes room for provocative takes on race, gender, and religion.
Exposure by Kurt Wenzel
For Fans of… Philip K. Dick; Neil Postman.
Bottom Line: Lots of alarming ideas – some fresh, many stale – and too many late-game twists. Exposure is intriguing, but often as artless as the culture it decries.
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
For Fans of… Adult Swim’s Venture Bros. cartoon.
Bottom Line: Although too affectionate to be an effective parody, Grossman’s book has it’s fun moments, as when Dr. Impossible bemoans, “Henchmen are no use in a situation like this. Don’t get me started about henchmen.”