1. William Elliot – The Pilo Family Circus
This acclaimed novel won the inaugural ABC Fiction Award. It was also joint winner of the 2006 Aurealis Award for best horror novel, and was awarded the 2006 Golden Aurealis, Australia's highest accolade for speculative fiction.
The Pilo Family Circus is the darkly comic tale of a young man who is press-ganged into working for the Pilo Circus as a clown with supernatural powers, and who subsequently has to face up to the dark side of his own human nature.
2. Dave Eggars – You Shall Know Our Velocity
Eggers's first novel traces the adventures of two friends as they travel across the globe, struggling with dangerous cars, the International Date Line, and the difficulty of distributing $32,000 in cash. Part romp, part allegory, all-American.
"There's an echolet of James Joyce there and something of Saul Bellow's Chi-town bounce, but we're carried into the narrative by a fluidity of line that is Eggers's own." -Entertainment Weekly
3. Gordon Dahlquist – The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
It begins with a simple note. Roger Bascombe wishes to inform Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. But, Celeste, for all her lack of worldly experience, is determined to find out why her fiancé should have thrown her over so cruelly. Adopting a disguise, she follows her erstwhile lover to the forbidding Harschmort manor, where she discovers a world —by turns dizzyingly seductive and utterly shocking–she could never have imagined, and a conspiracy so terrifying as to be almost beyond belief.
Seething with danger, terror and romance, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is a mammoth work of the imagination, a deliriously readable, heartstoppingly suspenseful, and darkly erotic masterpiece of storytelling.
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