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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: 3.91 · 16,885 ratings · 2,350 reviews · 23 distinct worksSimilar authors
Low Town (Low Town, #1)

3.86 avg rating — 5,559 ratings — published 2011 — 35 editions
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The Builders

3.84 avg rating — 2,639 ratings — published 2015 — 13 editions
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Tomorrow, the Killing (Low ...

4.06 avg rating — 2,227 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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She Who Waits (Low Town, #3)

4.31 avg rating — 1,828 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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Those Above (The Empty Thro...

3.66 avg rating — 1,491 ratings — published 2015 — 9 editions
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A City Dreaming

3.81 avg rating — 1,016 ratings — published 2016 — 12 editions
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Those Below (The Empty Thro...

3.90 avg rating — 706 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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A Drink Before We Die

4.22 avg rating — 382 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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The Seventh Perfection

3.75 avg rating — 374 ratings — published 2020 — 4 editions
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meat+drink

3.34 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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An arrogant cat (are there other kinds?) observes the hypocrisy of Meiji society. I'm indifferent to cats as animals and actively dislike them as literary devices, and nothing really happens in these 1200-odd pages, but Natsume's wit sparkles so inca ...more
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Death Is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury
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The author's youthful surrogate searches for the killer of a menagerie of despairing losers in 1950's Venice. Existentialist neo-noir of the highest order. I've never been a huge Bradbury fan and was shocked at how good this was. It's less a mystery ...more
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Death Going Down by María Angélica Bosco
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The Book of Swindles by Yingyu Zhang
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A collection of scams befalling the unlucky and unwise in 16th century China. I now feel myself well equipped to navigate the riverboats and hostelries of the late Ming Empire.
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A Heritage and Its History by Ivy Compton-Burnett
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Several generations feud over a title and estate with the sort of linguistic complexity generally reserved for the House of Commons. As a rule I try not to criticize writers for succeeding in what they've set out in doing, and Ms. Compton-Burnett's d ...more
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Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott
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A brooding German martinet occupies a room in the eponymous apartment of a bourgeois Greek family, to ensuing misfortune. A thoughtful and engaging depiction of a peculiarly parasitic relationship, the national characters of the two nations, and the ...more
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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.”
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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.”
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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!


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