Beukes, Lauren

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Fans of chase novels and postapocalyptic stories will enjoy.

Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing

Even the early stories, many set in Beukes's native Johannesburg, have a rough energy and imagination that shows why she remains an author to watch.

Broken Monsters

Against the decaying backdrop of present-day Detroit, a series of horrific crimes appear to be the work of a twisted serial killer...

Broken Monsters

Detroit could easily be called the city of broken dreams, but in this highly atmospheric novel, Beukes sketches a metropolis full of hope and vigor, in spite of a monster roaming its streets. A powerful look at our fascination with social media and the transformative power of art and imagination round out this genre-defying chiller's captivating and terrifying narrative. [See Prepub Alert, 3/24/14; also highlighted in "Books for the Masses," Editors' BEA Picks, LJ 7/14, p. 31.]

The Shining Girls

H.G. Wells's The Time Machine set up fiction's basic mode of travel through time with a portal. Strangely for an award-winning sf author, Beukes (Moxyland; Zoo City) uses time travel as a plot vehicle yet neither explains nor expounds upon its magical existence. But readers who enjoy genre-bending fiction will be drawn to her memorable heroine's determination to save her future by resolving her past. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/12.]

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