Bookmas! with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Bookmas: When even a bag full of money is an unacceptable gift.

Today’s not-so-secret BookSanta: Silvia Moreno-Garcia!

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, sorcery and Mexico City, will be released in February. Her short story collection This Strange Way of Dying was a finalist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her work has also been collected as Love & Other Poisons. She has edited several anthologies, including Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse and Dead North. She’s on Twitter @silviamg.

Due to prior commitments she refuses to speak of (ooh, mysterious!), Ms. Moreno-Garcia will instead recommend books she herself has not read yet but cannot wait to. So it’s Bookmas for everyone!

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn. People have called it mind-bending. It’s a psychological thriller about Jamie Henry and his older sister Cate, who was sent to a juvenile detention facility for burning down a horse barn. Then she comes back home. And there’s a mystery and secrets.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. The latest novel by Nnedi takes places in Lagos and blends science fiction with philosophical and political issues.

Bald New World by Peter Tieryas. Everyone has gone bald and wig-making is a lucrative business. And it’s not about that at all at the same time. Has been compared to Philip K. Dick and Murakami.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. Described as a cross between The Ring and Dexter. Dead Japanese girl hunts criminals.

Non-fiction I intended to buy includes As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride and Spark from the Deep: How Shocking Experiments with Strongly Electric Fish Powered Scientific Discovery.

As for other forms of entertainment I can recommend that you purchase Edge of Tomorrow (yeah, the time loop movie with Tom Cruise) and the original novel it is based on.

As for “What’s the one book you’ve read in your lifetime that you think everyone should read?”

Lolita.