"Black Leopard, Red Wolf"
By Marlon James (Riverhead)
FICTION: Inspired by African mythology, James, a Booker Prize winner, turns a motley group's quest to find a missing boy into a fast-paced, fantastical adventure. These contentious companions explore a hyper-violent world of lush jungles, cities in the sky and dark forests, and they confront a catalog of creatures: ferocious trolls, giant bats and a bloodsucking fiend made entirely of flies. Clearly, Hollywood special effects are still playing catch-up with the magic our very best writers can spin.