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Daniel Polansky

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Daniel Polansky is the author of the Low Town trilogy, Empty Throne duology, the Hugo-nominated novella The Builders, and A City Dreaming. He can be found in Los Angeles, mostly.

A City Dreaming Out Now

Friends! Would you believe it or not, I have a new book out. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... It's called A City Dreaming, and it's a ramble through an impossible New York, courtesy of a fast talking lush who prefers quiet beer bars to world saving. It's strange, it's funny, you could do a lot worse. Take a look! Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 04, 2016 21:59
Average rating: 3.89 · 18,667 ratings · 2,598 reviews · 25 distinct worksSimilar authors
Low Town (Low Town, #1)

3.85 avg rating — 5,893 ratings — published 2011 — 36 editions
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The Builders

3.82 avg rating — 3,006 ratings — published 2015 — 13 editions
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Tomorrow, the Killing (Low ...

4.06 avg rating — 2,366 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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She Who Waits (Low Town, #3)

4.31 avg rating — 1,935 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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Those Above (The Empty Thro...

3.66 avg rating — 1,571 ratings — published 2015 — 9 editions
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A City Dreaming

3.79 avg rating — 1,098 ratings — published 2016 — 13 editions
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Those Below (The Empty Thro...

3.90 avg rating — 762 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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The Seventh Perfection

3.66 avg rating — 614 ratings — published 2020 — 4 editions
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A Drink Before We Die

4.23 avg rating — 409 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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meat+drink

3.32 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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The Dunciad by Alexander Pope
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Alexander Pope shitting on his rivals in rhymed verse. It was funny if unsurprising to be reminded of the universal pettiness of writers as a class, but in retrospect I’m not sure why I read this
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The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
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A precocious genius storms the 70’s NY art scene, meets some radical Roman revolutionaries. Of a type.
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Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka
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Part satire, part noir, Nigeria’s favored son’s final work is a blistering rejoinder to the hopes of post-colonial African society, portrayed herein as having degenerated into an orgy of hyper-capitalist excess covered with a patina of national custo ...more
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The Jungle Is Neutral by F. Spencer Chapman
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History’s most phlegmatic Englishman recounts his history as a guerilla in WW2 Malaysia. Engaging stories of daring-do.
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El desfile del amor / The Love Parade by Sergio Pitol
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A historian investigates a 30 year old murder via interviews with a mottled cast of Mexico City literati, with the running joke being they’re all so self-obsessed as to be incapable of viewing the thing except through their own narrow prism—the histo ...more
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The Widow by Georges Simenon
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A murderer takes up with a hard-bitten widow with a large house. Horror ensues, though never quite in the fashion one suspects. As usual, Simenon’s little noirs are masterclasses in sketching characters and developing tension—this one was really stro ...more
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South Wind Through the Kitchen by Elizabeth David
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Recipes and food writing from the grand madam of midcentury English cooking. Charming.
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Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy
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Collections of horror stories and loosely related pictures from a small town Wisconsin paper, intermixed with snippets of writing from the time. Felix Feneon did the first part better and Frederic Tuten the second. Unoriginal and uninspired.
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The History of Italy by Francesco Guicciardini
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A history of the Italian invasions by a man who helped cause some of them.
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Woman Running in the Mountains by Yūko Tsushima
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One of Tsushima’s spare, lyrical evocations of single motherhood, not that dissimilar from h ser other pare, lyrical evocations of single motherhood.
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“It’s a dangerous thing, pretense. A man ought to know who he is, even if he isn’t proud to be it.”
Daniel Polansky, Tomorrow, the Killing

“I remember the lightning in the air, and the lovers bidding goodbye to each other in the streets, and I can tell you what I think. We went to war because going to war is fun, because there's something in the human breast that trills at the thought, although perhaps not the reality, of murdering its fellows in vast numbers. Fighting a war ain't fun - fighting a war is pretty miserable. But starting a war? Hell, starting a war is better than a night floating on daeva's honey.”
Daniel Polansky, Low Town
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“The dangerous men were still asleep, their blades sheathed next to their beds. The really dangerous men had been up for hours, and their quills and ledgers were getting hard use.”
Daniel Polansky, Low Town

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Tracey the Lizard Queen Thanks for accepting! Very excited for Those Above!


Daniel Polansky Tabitha wrote: "Daniel wrote: "Tabitha wrote: "Flipping fantastic...I hope theres more in the works!"

There is more in the works...glad you liked it!"

Wonderful to hear! I'm getting my brother in law who is dep..."


That's all great news...thanks!


Daniel Polansky Tabitha wrote: "Flipping fantastic...I hope theres more in the works!"

There is more in the works...glad you liked it!


Daniel Polansky Tabitha wrote: "Daniel! I won - I won! I will be reading it as soon as it arrives. Glad you decided to join Goodreads! Now add more books mister so we can cyber stalk your shelves - that is what its all about!"

Ha - I'll do my best! Hope you like the book!


Daniel Polansky When did Nikola Tesla become the person that really stoned people want to ramble about at parties?


Daniel Polansky Shellie (Layers of Thought) wrote: "Welcome to Goodreads Daniel!!!"

Thanks! Happy to be here!


Shellie (Layers of Thought) Welcome to Goodreads Daniel!!!


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