It's a crappy living, but it's a living. Until a pseudonymous grad student in the crowd accuses Tom of being a cuckoo in his father's nest: the kidnapped son of a Serbian family, "borrowed" to help market the books, and then never returned. Inconsistencies in Tom's life come to light -- inconsistencies even Tom wasn't aware of -- and his adoring fans turn into a lynch mob.
Thus begins the saga of Tommy Taylor, who must answer the riddle of his father's disappearance before his disappointed fans (and insane stalkers) tear him to pieces. Before long, Tommy is at the center of a supernatural puzzle, stalked by far more dangerous things than disgruntled trufen -- shadowy conspirators from an ancient order that has secretly controlled the world by controlling its stories, leaning on writers from Kipling to Twain to force their prose to serve their agenda.
Unwritten manages to tell a fast-paced supernatural horror story while musing philosophically on the role of narrative in our lives and nations. It makes for engrossing and exciting reading, and I'll certainly be on the lookout for the next collection.
(Thanks to Vertigo for sending me a review copy of Unwritten!)
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I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.