Lauren Beukes

A Punk Lolita fighter-pilot rescues Tokyo from a marauding art installation. A young architect's life is derailed by an inquisitive girl who happens to be a ghost. Loyalty to a favorite product can be addictive when it gets under your skin.
In her edgy and satiric debut collection, award-winning South African author Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls) never holds back. Ranging from Johannesburg to outer space, Beukes is a fierce and captivating presence in the literary landscape.

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      Lauren Beukes


"Moxyland does lots of things, masterfully, that lots of sf never even guesses that it could be doing." - William Gibson, author of Neuromancer

"The world Beukes has invented is both eerily familiar and creepily different." - Cosmopolitan

"This fast-paced sci-fi trip has intriguing characters, big ideas, a new lexicon and... serves as a global warning." - GQ

"You don't have to be an SF aficionado to love this novel that is fast, brimming with original ideas and deadly serious." - Mail & Guardian

"George Orwell's 1984 meets Bladerunner. Lauren Beukes breaks new literary ground with effortless hipness." --Margie Orford, author of *Like Clockwork

*"...full of unselfconscious spiky originality, the larval form of a new kind of SF munching its way out of the intestines of the wasp-paralysed caterpillar of cyberpunk." - Charles Stross

"A technicolor jazzy rollercoaster ride into a dazzling hell." - Andre Brink

"Beukes's stunningly original sci-fi thriller chills and thrills to the last breath" - Heat Magazine, South Africa (July 2008)

"Lauren Beukes bleeds her characters of color as effectively as the smear masks they wear for anonymity, not for simple provocation, but to warn of the self-replicating nature of segregation." - Brendan Byrne, *The Brooklyn Rail

"[Moxyland*] is recommended for what might very well be the emergence of a major new science-fiction author. -Alan Cranis,

"After the first hundred pages, I would have to say that reading Moxyland is like riding backward very fast in a convertible." - J. Robert King

Product Description

What's really going on? Who's really in charge? You have NO. FKING. IDEA.*

A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa.  An art-school dropout, and AIDS baby, a tech-activist and an RPG-obsessed blogger live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone's got to stand up to Government Inc. - whatever the cost.  Taking hedonistic trends in society to their ultimate conclusions, this tale paints anything but a forecasted utopia, satirically undermining the reified idea of progress as society's white knight.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Digital Natives | Corporate Wars | Future | Teenage Riot ]

E-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-005-3

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    Broken Monsters

      Lauren Beukes
Broken Monsters

From Arthur C Clarke award-winning author Lauren Beukes comes an unsettling yet compulsive new thriller. Broken city, broken dreams ... 

In the city that's become a symbol for the death of the American dream, a nightmare killer is unravelling reality. A terrifying new thriller from Lauren Beukes, award-winning author of The Shining Girls. 

Detective Gabi Versado no longer believes in justice. She's seen too much stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But never anything like this. And now it's bleeding into her life.

He was a broken man. The dreams which once fueled his ambition have curdled inside him - dreams of recognition, love and family. But now he has new dreams - dreams of flesh and bone made monstrously beautiful.Detroit is the decaying corpse of the American Dream. Motor-city. Murder-city. Now a killer with the touch of an artist is turning it into the worst kind of nightmare ... 

Praise for Broken Monsters: 

"Reading Lauren Beukes is like watching a fireworks display. Her sentences pop, fizz and explode across the page; leaving you oohing and ahhing with your mouth open"Michael Robotham, author of Watching You

"I unhesitatingly urge you to buy it and read it now!" James Ellroy, author of American Tabloid 

"A genuinely unsettling-in all the best ways-blend of suspense and the supernatural makes this a serial-killer tale like you've never seen . . . A truly terrifying horror story." Kirkus (starred review) 

"What Beukes is doing here is using the conventions of the cop novel . . . to do something incredibly clever and incredibly interesting. The plot is slippery and strange, and the tension and the weirdness build and build, to a climax like nothing you've ever read-not in crime fiction, not in literary fiction, not anywhere" Ben H. Winters, author of The Last Policeman 

"Engrossing, thought-provoking and powerful." Sci-Fi Now 

"The wildly talented Lauren Beukes has created a darkly majestic jewel of a novel ... Part harrowing thriller, part urban-Grimm's fairytale, but always filled with a deeply affecting humanity, Broken Monsters is the kind of book you'll find yourself pressing into the hands of everyone you know so they can experience it too." Megan Abbott, author of The Fever and Dare Me 

"Red Dragon meets The Wire. . . . Beukes is a supremely talented author" Library Journal 

"Beukes is a novelist of unflinchingly keen eye and ambitious ideas. Her love of the cityscape is palpable in her work, and her social commentary biting... This is no Red Dragon - this is something more sinister and beautiful than that." Zoe Hinis, The Book Armada 

"Seamlessly fuses the unbridled ingenuity of Stephen King with the master craftsmanship of Michael Connelly's police procedurals. Broken Monsters is an unabashedly contemporary thriller, fresh in its approach and narrated with the stylish prose we've come to expect from Beukes." Simon McDonald, WrittenBySime 

"Beautiful, horrifying, thrilling, and most impressive of all, possessed of a deep and remarkable compassion. I wish I'd written it." Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street 

"Lauren Beukes is a marvel. Broken Monsters is a brilliant genre-defying thriller that breathes humanity and compassion for its rich, complex characters even as it gives you a hair-raising, nail-biting ride through gritty inner-city Detroit. A must-read." Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind

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