Should Ninjas Mingle with Mermaids on the Battlefield? If you like gooey, surreal prose about a future world destroyed by a semi-satirical war, then you'll be leaping out of your knickers with glee at the U.S. release this month of Nick Harkaway's The Gone-Away World . The novel is a weird swashbuckler about truckers in a post-apocalyptic world putting out a fire and meeting monsters as well as their own tangled memories. Though the UK Guardian's Steven Poole was dubious of the book's merits , New York Magazine thought it was "gripping." I'm excited to dig into my copy, largely because it features brain-eating mermaids and pirates. Plus truckers. [The Gone-Away World

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