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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Ti­tles out in pa­per­back this month in­clude

THE WA­TER KNIFE ( , 3 March, Or­bit), Paolo Baci­galupi’s first “adult” book since his Hugo- win­ning de­but The Windup Girl. It’s set in a near- fu­ture USA where, thanks to drought, wa­ter is now more valu­able than gold, and fol­lows var­i­ous groups com­pet­ing for the pre­cious wet stuff. We said: “It’s cer­tainly ex­cit­ing, with Baci­galupi prov­ing adept at craft­ing show­stop­per set­pieces… where it falls down is that it doesn’t seem as rad­i­cal or am­bi­tious as The Windup Girl.” Also get­ting an­other run out is Lance Parkin’s

MAGIC WORDS ( , 3 March, Au­rum Press); sub­ti­tle – The Ex­tra­or­di­nary Life Of Alan Moore. Don’t ex­pect scur­rilous gos­sip about the beardy comics cre­ator’s per­sonal life, as this is a bi­og­ra­phy very much fo­cused on the work. We said: “Alan Moore: Sto­ry­teller cov­ered much of this, but this vol­ume beats it for the sheer level of de­tail... Through­out, Parkin is witty and in­formed. He’s a devo­tee of Moore’s work, but not un­crit­i­cal.” Fi­nally, the lat­est en­try in the SF Mas­ter­works se­ries of clas­sic nov­els is Bernard Wolfe’s weird, blackly comic 1952 satire

LIMBO ( 10 March, Gol­lancz). Set in a dystopian 1990, 18 years af­ter a nu­clear holo­caust, it re­volves around a craze for paci­fism which sees young men quite lit­er­ally dis­arm­ing by hav­ing their limbs am­pu­tated and re­placed with pros­thet­ics. Ex­pect much dis­cus­sion of phi­los­o­phy and Freudian con­cepts, shame­lessly aw­ful puns, and some dis­turb­ing rape scenes.

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