Lisa Tuttle, of The Time's Online, has recommended Ian McDonald's Brasylas part of The Times Christmas choice: science fiction / fantasy. She says, "Brasyl is the best novel yet by Ian McDonald, who deserves to be much better known. Audacious in scope and style, the story he tells is very human, full of vividly realised characters. It is a magical alternative history of Brazil and a mind-expanding intellectual adventure in prose bordering on the hallucinogenic."
Meanwhile, Jeff Vandermeer, of Amazon's Omnivoracious blog, recommends Michael Moorcock's The Metatemporal Detectiveas part of Four Great SF / F Gifts. He says, "Put out in a gorgeous hardcover edition from Pyr, featuring the art of World Fantasy Award winner John Picacio, this collection of short fictions will entertain anyone who loves wild imagination wedded to impeccable storytelling, along with liberal doses of humor and suspense. Detailing the exploits of Seaton Begg and his companion Dr. "Taffy Sinclair" as they solve mysteries in alternate universes, The Metatemporal Detective ranges far and wide, from 1960s Chicago to the wild west to Paris and points unknown. Another example of the range and depth of Moorcock's prodigious talent."