An amazing writer of "science fiction
", capturing the reader with his dark humor
and creative weirdness
, not unlike Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
. I told the lady in the science fiction section that I was ashamed
calling him science fiction because he smacked
of near perfect liturature
. She replied that he was just what science fiction
needed to wash the crap off its good name. I have to agree. I describe him as "liturature with a sci-fi twist".
His books, in the order I read them:
Amnesia Moon: Got it on sale for 3 dollars hard cover. No description does it justice. BUY IT is all I can say. Don't even read the reviews or the dust jacket, this book is better as a total surprise.
Gun, With Occasional Music:Set in a strange future, starring a "Sam Spade" style detective in a world full of genetically enhanced animals and artificially raised children. Comedy insues. Another one worth owning.
The Wall of the Sky; the Wall of the eye: Stories:
Normally I detest short stories. No one can write them well. This man, again breaks the rules. Weirdness abounds. Buy it.
As She Climbs Accross the Table: A love story. An obsession story. About a science experiment, but thats pretty much the only sci-fi lunacy in the novel. I read it in one sitting at a book store. Not my favorite, but well written. Read the dust cover then buy or dont buy.
Girl in Landscape: Probably my least favorite book of his. Like Little House on the Prarie meets Lost in Space.
Not much of a sci-fi content other than it takes place on mars. Again, a good read, but I am going to have to call this one a loaner.
Motherless Brooklyn: An exceptional piece of liturature. No science fiction content at all. period.
As weird as it sounds, its the story of a Detective with Tourettes syndrom and his search for his mentors killers. Amusing, touching, strange and even a bit chilling.
Apparently Letham co-authored a book called Kafka Americana, with Carter Scholz. This I have not yet picked up, but I will throw it in here as soon as I have.