First off, The Future Is Japanese is a anthology based around Japan, with Japanese and Foreign Writers. If you read Unwritten, the cover is by the same artist - the incredibly talented/gifted Yuko Shimizu.
Second, anyone have more detail on Mongoliad? I'll admit that reviving the Yellow Menace trope seems a bit dodgy to me, but I can't say more having read only a fraction of an excerpt.
It's been mentioned by me a few times in the Valente thread, but if you are interested in Russian mythology and history check out Valente's Deathless.
“You can see there a firebird on the door, and Master Grey Wolf on the chimney, and Ivan the Fool scampering over the walls, with Yelena the Bright in his arms, and Baba Yaga running after them, brandishing her spoon. And that’s a leshy, creeping in the garden, and a vila and vodyanoy and a domovoi with a red cap. And there–they’ve put a rusalka near the kitchen window.” Kseniya turned to Marya. “And Koschei the Deathless is there, too, near the cellar. You can see him, painted on the foundation stones.”
Lingua Fatastika has more on this mix of myth and history here.
Someone else's review of Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber. [edit: added link] I know Verboten liked it, kinda sad she hasn't been around as much.
Naturally, like every other book, I have yet to finish it but this sounds good (I quote the non-spoilerly parts):
Note: This review has a few spoilers.
Midnight Robber is one of the best science fiction novels I've read in years. Hopkinson seems to have approached this novel with many ambitions, and, marvellously, all of them are achieved. Midnight Robber is an intricately detailed hard science fiction novel, with plausible speculation set in a consistent and interesting far future society. Hopkinson gracefully evades the recurring flaw of hard science fiction, the lack of real characters, and the book is as much a vividly realized character piece as canny speculation about the future. Certainly this mix of the human and the technological does happen in some of the best science fiction, notably books like Zettel's Fool's War, but Hopkinson goes one further than even such rare achievements. Midnight Robber is written with the linguistic and mythological underpinnings of the Caribbean, which provides a welcome and exhilarating texture to the prose and, not coincidentally, dovetails neatly with the protagonist's story. All in all, quite the achievement, as I've said.
The story begins on the planet Toussaint, which is as near utopia as human nature would allow. The society is a vigorous hybrid of social customs passed along from the Caribbean and of nanotechnology, although the tech underlying the achievements of Toussaint is integrated to the point of complete submersion and it's quite some time before the nature of the technology in this future becomes clear. The main character, Tan-Tan, is a young girl at the beginning of Midnight Robber. Her mother, Ione, is having an affair with a man named Quashee, and the story begins with Tan-Tan's father, Mayor Antonio, on his way home to confront Ione about her lover...
I'll post more stuff later.
Edited by sciborg2, 26 April 2012 - 09:28 PM.