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LAST CALL by Tim Powers
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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
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Voting closed: May 09, 2015, 06:40:41 PM

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[JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - RUNOFF Voting is CLOSED!
« on: April 19, 2015, 11:35:49 PM »
Alright, nomination time for June! What goes better with summer than thrillers, right? So bring out the nominations!



Seconded Nominations:

  • DECLARE by Tim Powers
  • LAST CALL by Tim Powers
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • the Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • Touch by Claire North
  • Viscous by V. E. Schwab
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2015, 12:11:21 AM »
Here are several suggestions; I haven't read two of them.

Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton

Lucan Drakenfeld is a member of the Sun Chamber: an investigative body that is charged with maintaining the fragile political balance of the Royal Vispasian Union, a group of monarch-led nation states. When we open with the novel, he’s summoned to his home city of Tryum, where his father, a prominent member of the Sun Chamber, has been found dead of an apparent heart attack. Promoted to his father’s position upon his return, the sister of the king, is found brutally murdered during a ceremony. The incident thrusts Drakenfeld into the center of a massive political conspiracy that grows. As the body count climbs up, the investigator finds that there's a curious link between his father's death and that of the king's sister, and that to bring the mounting crisis to a close, drastic actions are going to be needed.



Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Simmering within Ealing, Iowa, is a deadly genetically engineered plague capable of unleashing unstoppable soldiers—six-foot-tall praying mantises with insatiable appetites for food and sex. No one knows it, of course, until Austin and his best friend Robby accidentally release it on the world. An ever-growing plague of giant, flesh-hungry insects is bad enough, but Austin is also up to his eyeballs in sexual confusion—is he in love with Robby or his girlfriend, Shann? Both of them make him horny, but most things do. In an admittedly futile attempt to capture the truth of his history, painfully honest Austin narrates the events of the apocalypse intermingled with a detailed account of the “connections that spiderweb through time and place,” leading from his great-great-great-grandfather Andrzej in Poland to Shann’s lucky discovery of an apocalypse-proof bunker in her new backyard.


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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 12:20:47 AM »
And not Fantasy, but certainly medieval, complex and suspenseful,
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Name of the Rose is the first novel by Italian author Umberto Eco. It is a historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327, an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. First published in Italian in 1980 under the title Il nome della rosa [il ?nome ?della ?r?za], it appeared in English in 1983, translated by William Weaver.

Well, that sounds dull as dirt, and the movie was. But the book was fascinating.

Let's try this again: it's 1327, and a special detective monk has been sent to a monastery where the monks keep dying horrible deaths. Part Sherlock Holmes, part literary detective, our rationalist hero must solve the bizarre mystery to save lives and save something maybe even more precious.




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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2015, 06:01:16 PM »
Gun Machine by Warren Ellis, I'm not sure if this is fantasy or not?

Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: GUNS.

After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.

Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil. An unholy bargain that has made possible the rise of some of Manhattan's most prominent captains of industry. A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan, who may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City's history.

Warren Ellis's body of work has been championed by Wired for its "merciless action" and "incorruptible bravery," and steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest novel builds on his accomplishments like never before, announcing Ellis as one of today's most daring thriller writers. This is twenty-first century suspense writ large. This is GUN MACHINE.
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2015, 06:03:51 PM »
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything: A Novel by John D. MacDonald

From John D. MacDonald, one of the enduring American novelists of the twentieth century, comes a science fiction classic with a timeless premise. An aimless young man discovers a way to stop the world in its tracks—and that’s when his life truly begins.

nce an ordinary math teacher, Omar Krepps developed a knack for gambling, amassed a fabulous fortune, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world and giving away his millions. Upon his death, however, Krepps bequeaths nothing to his nephew and only living blood relative, Kirby Winter—nothing, that is, except an antique watch and a sealed letter to be opened after one year.

But Kirby has much more in his possession than he realizes. The watch has the power to manipulate time. Not only does this revelation shed light on the mystery of his uncle’s life, it puts Kirby on the path to unimaginable wealth and a new lease on love . . . as well as a whole host of deadly troubles. Even in a universe where time is no issue, Kirby must tread carefully to stay one step ahead of danger.

Praise for John D. MacDonald

“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2015, 06:30:42 PM »
Couple from the same author as I've been meaning to read these for ages and they both won the World Fantasy Award...

DECLARE by Tim Powers



A mesmerising, award-winning, daringly imaginative, multi-levelled thriller for fans of John le Carre or Neal Stephenson

An ultra-secret MI6 codename, a deadly game of deception and intrigue - Dark forces from the depths of history. It is the terrible secret at the heart of the cold war.

Operation: Declare London, 1963.

A cryptic phone call forces ex-MI6 agent Andrew Hale to confront the nightmare that has haunted his adult life: an ultra-secret wartime operation, codenamed Declare.

Operation Declare took Hale from Nazi-occupied Paris to the ruins of post-war Berlin and the trackless wastes of the Arabian desert, culminating in a night of betrayal and mind-shattering terror on the glacial slopes of Mount Ararat.

Now, with the Cold War at its height, his superiors want him to return to the mountain and face the dark secret entombed within its icy summit. Hale has no choice but to comply, for Declare is the key to a conflict far deeper, far colder, than the Cold War itself.



LAST CALL by Tim Powers



Twenty years ago Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player and went into hiding, after a weird high-stakes game played with Tarot cards. But now the cards - and the supernatural powers behind them - have found him again.

Crane's father killed gangster Bugsy Siegel in 1948 to become the Fisher King, and to keep that power he is determined to kill his son. Now Scott Crane must cross the Mojave Desert to his father's Perilous Chapel in Las Vegas, and take up the cards again for one last poker duel. And the stakes are the highest he's ever played for ... his soul.

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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2015, 08:21:51 PM »
I am going to nominate 2 books, although I am not sure they both qualify. The 2nd book is definitely not fantasy but as got excellent reviews, so I thought I would throw it in.



A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.



In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.

Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law, but when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State's obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer--and a country where "crime" doesn't exist.
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2015, 08:29:06 PM »
Can I second Grasshopper Jungle and nominate the Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes? 
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2015, 09:50:23 PM »
I second The Shining Girls

And nominate Touch by Claire North


Kepler had never meant to die this way — viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place.

Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.

Instead of dying, Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into another person’s skin and see through their eyes, live their life -- be it for a few minutes, a few months or a lifetime.

Kepler means these host bodies no harm — and even comes to cherish them intimately like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth — and avenge Josephine’s death.
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2015, 10:04:02 PM »
Ooh. Touch sounds cool. I second it.
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2015, 10:07:40 PM »
LAST CALL by Tim Powers

Spoiler for Hiden:

Twenty years ago Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player and went into hiding, after a weird high-stakes game played with Tarot cards. But now the cards - and the supernatural powers behind them - have found him again.

Crane's father killed gangster Bugsy Siegel in 1948 to become the Fisher King, and to keep that power he is determined to kill his son. Now Scott Crane must cross the Mojave Desert to his father's Perilous Chapel in Las Vegas, and take up the cards again for one last poker duel. And the stakes are the highest he's ever played for ... his soul.

Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, 1993


An article on Pornokitsch.com just listed Last Call as "one of - if not the - best contemporary fantasies ever written." That's certainly a thumbs up, and sounds like a second in absentia from @pornokitsch
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Re: [JUN 2015] SFF Thrillers - Nominations are now OPEN!
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2015, 10:09:55 PM »
Ha! Yes, but this list also includes Drakenfeld, Grasshopper Jungle, Touch, Gun Machine and The Name of the Rose. I second EVERRRRRRRRRYTHING.

(Ok, Last Call and Touch)

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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2015, 08:40:12 PM »
Gonna second Vicious and Declare (out of the two Tim Powers ones that is the one that appeals to me the most.)

Surely as well we must be able to nominate a Lavie book here? Osama?
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2015, 01:18:15 AM »
Don't forget to get any nominations or seconds in! :)
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2015, 01:34:57 AM »
Wow so many good books I can't wait to vote on them!

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