Saturday, 21 October 2017

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Author Website | Bibliography & Rights Information

 

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NovelsBiblio. & Rights Info
Signal to Noise
Certain Dark Things
The Beautiful Ones (forthcoming October 2017!)

Short Story Collections
This Strange Way of Dying

Anthologies
She Walks in Shadows
Fungi

REVIEWS

For SIGNAL TO NOISE

“[A] sweet debut…This accurate depiction of outcast teenage life cycles effortlessly between eras. Meche, Sebastian, and Daniela are deeply believable characters, and numerous ’80s musical references make this unusual story a welcome blast from the past.”

Publishers Weekly

“The magic in SIGNAL TO NOISE may be short on spectacle, but it runs deep in what it tells us about pain and alienation. The astute use of music practically gives the novel its own soundtrack — and helps make this one of the outstanding debut fantasy novels this year.”

Chicago Tribune

 “Meche jumps off the page; by turns rebellious, precocious and vulnerable, she wields her magical ability for good and bad – and Moreno-Garcia brilliantly details the consequences of such power in the hands of an unruly teenager…Haunting and beautifully nuanced, Signal to Noise is a magical first novel.”

The Guardian

“Moreno-Garcia employs her back-and-forth structure beautifully, building suspense and emotional resonance between the two parallel storylines. Her main strength, though, is in the voices she gives her characters…SIGNAL TO NOISE feels uncluttered and understated…funny, touching, and engaging…In a poignant, graceful coda, Moreno-Garcia brings the book full circle.”

National Public Radio

“This fast-paced horror tale presents a new, alternate world of vampire-human rivalry and will appeal to those who enjoy rooting for unlikely heroes.”

Booklist

“Beautiful, descriptive language and authentic character banter are bith essential parts of Moreno-Garcia’s lyrical storytelling. Set in Mexico City and switching back and forth between the late 1980s and 2009, SIGNAL TO NOISE is a captivating story that is a wonderful blend of music, magic, friendship and love. Meche is a strong and complex protagonist who moves the story along at a steady pace. Refreshing, lively and unique, Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel is a triumph.”

Romantic Times
Top Pick!

“The book is this rich, elaborate symphony of awesome that defies simple definitions…It is incredible how Moreno-Garcia builds this seamless whole…Meche is a complicated and complex character and to see her arc from teenager to adult was utterly gratifying…It’s a little bit funny how some books grow on you the more you think about them. SIGNAL TO NOISE, with its intricacies and complicated people, is one of them… This book destroyed me into little pieces and then the last page put it all back together in the best possible way. I know it’s very early in the year but I can already tell this is one of the Notable Reads of 2015.”

Kirkus

“Moreno-Garcia uses the trope such an ingratiating way, and with such intriguingly conflicted characters that it seems vibrantly new… [SIGNAL TO NOISE] is one of the most important fantasy debuts of the year so far.”

Locus

“SIGNAL TO NOISE is a perfect young adult crossover novel, full of appeal, diverse characters, setting, wonderful writing–and magic…The author does a wonderful job of pacing the revelations through the narratives. She creates suspense around the fates of her character’s relationships, which propels readers through the book.”

School Library Journal

“Thischarming literary fantasy. . .will resonate for readers of all ages. After all, we were all once teenagers, and can remember a time when we discovered that one band that seemed to be speaking directly to us, transmitting a message so powerful it felt like it could change the world.”

–Barnes and Noble

“The Best Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015”

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a delight; she explores all the insecurities and difficulties of a teenaged life…Moreno-Garcia’s writing is enchanting and engaging. Despite their flaws, it’s difficult not to see a little of yourself in the prose, and this makes the problems the characters face all the more heart aching. If you like well drawn characters, cool tunes, and  lashing and lashings of nostalgia, then you should check this out.”

Starburst Magazine

“SIGNAL TO NOISE builds to a powerful ending, in both the 1989 and 2009 segments, that I hadn’t seen coming. It’s the sort of ending that makes you glad you stuck around, and it will leave you with a new awareness that books, like records, have the power to make all sorts of things possible.”

io9.com

“This book is wonderfully plotted, and seamlessly melds both the past and present into one amazing story. “

-io9.com

“The Very Best Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015”

“I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, early in 2015 and it became my yardstick for every read after. I love music, even if I can’t play an instrument or sing to save my life, and so reading a coming-of-age story where magic lurks in old records really spoke to me. Set in Mexico City and told in two times, 1988 and 2009, Signal to Noise is a delight from start to finish.

-Shelf Talk

“This book tows that wonderful line between nerdy and hip, balancing good music, cool magic, and fumbling teenagers.”

-Vice

“Why 2015 Was Another Good Year to be a Geek”

“It’s a vivid, poignant, understated take on urban fantasy, and the setting teems with texture and life. But it’s also a family drama, one whose tragic overtones are heightened by the supernatural elements in play throughout the story. It’s one of my favorite novels of the year, and one that doesn’t necessarily take a genre geek like myself to appreciate.”

-A.V. Club

Silvia Moreno-Garcia perfectly captures a realistic teenage voice, which includes all of the optimism and confusion and annoying traits that all teenagers have. Music is also heavily but well integrated into the storyline, which I absolutely adore. This little indie release deserves all the attention.”

BookRiot
“The Best Books of 2015 So Far”

Signal to Noise is an indie book by a debut novelist, so it was bound to be missed by many, but that would be a mistake to anyone who passed this book by. . .If you want a book that will have you feeling feels, this book is for you!”

–BookRiot

“13 of the Best Books of 2015 That You Might Have Missed”

“Charming. . .Meche’s ability to cast spells using songs makes this fascinating read as much a meditation on the incredible power of music as it is an exploration of why some friendships disintegrate, and whether they can be put back together again.”

–Buzzfeed

“The 32 Best Fantasy Books of 2015”

“Meche is a vividly drawn character: abrasive, passionate, and damaged, with a voice like “caramel-coated razors” (one of several great turns of phrase)…Suffused with the music – English-language and Spanis, pop and punk – that Meche and friends use to make their magic and soundtrack their lives, this is both a spiky coming-of-age tale and a charmingly sweet romance of making amends and starting again.

SFX

“SIGNAL TO NOISE is refreshing, innovative and really poignant as it delves into the magic of important music and friendships.”

–RT Book Reviews

“Editor’s Best Books of 2015”

“Exceptional. . .A tale of fathers, daughters, and music set in Mexico City in 1988 and 2009. I loved Meche and her friends, and anything to do with music resonates with me. I can’t wait for her next book.”

–Locus Magazine: 2015 Recommended Reading, Jonathan Strahan

“The portrait of Mexico City in SIGNAL TO NOISE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is so much the better for being written by someone with intimate knowledge of that city. The book is a great piece of urban fantasy too.”

–Locus Magazine: 2015 Recommended Reading, Cheryl Morgan

“Moreno-Garcia is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading her next novel.”

–Tor.com Reviewer’s Choice

“The power of music and its effect on people is at the heart of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’ SIGNAL TO NOISE…I found SIGNAL TO NOISE immensely enjoyable. It made me vividly remember being a weird, alienated, angry teenager. Like a mixtape from a new friend, it introduced me to bands I’d never heard of. It reminded me of the songs that got me through crappy days, when musicians performed their everyday magic on my life.”

Strange Horizons

“One that took me completely by surprise and wrung me out so it could collect all of my emotions in a little tin bucket. This is my favourite book of 2015.”

–The Moor Maiden

“The Best Books of 2015”

“An engaging story about magic and the power of music, set in a vividly realised Mexico City. . .Moreno-Garcia is particularly adept at capturing the feel of life as a teenager. Her characterisations of Meche, Sebastian and Daniela feel believable and honest, without being clouded by nostalgia. 10/10”

–Fantasy Faction

“This is one of those books that stays with you long after you finish it. It’s poignant story that you don’t want to finish and one that will have you thinking about it for a long while after completion. . .Music, magic, family problems, love, and magic — how can you not love a novel that deals in these?”

–Best Fantasy Books

“Top 25 Fantasy Books of 2015”

“A stunning exposé of the rich and magical complexities of life, SIGNAL TO NOISE is the best debut of the year.”

The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

“The novel is filled with wishes and regret, and magic, and the words feel like the heavy breeze before rain… SIGNAL TO NOISE is a strong first effort by Moreno-Garcia and by stepping into the lives of these people I get a sense of great things from her in the future. She has a concise, understated writing style I found a pleasure to read.”

The Vauxhall Advance

“[Moreno-Garcia is] a writer with evident gusto for complex storytelling.”

Quill & Quire

“[Moreno-Garcia has] built an impressive body of work that’s distinguished by political mindedness, as well as refreshing takes on a range of calcified genres and conventions…[she] has demonstrated it in her story collections, both of which showcase her unique approach to everything from vampires to steampunk–often with healthy doses of Mexican folklore, reflecting a homesickness for the country she was born and raised.”

Highbeam Business

“The author captures perfectly our ability, as children, to see the wonder and beauty in life, even when it seems elusive, and she does this with magic, friendship, and of course, love. SIGNAL TO NOISE is an utterly gorgeous book, and will make you want to get out your old turntable and records and give them a spin or two (or three.) Don’t miss out on this one.”

My Bookish Ways

“I hope others will give SIGNAL TO NOISE a chance. It is a novel which doesn’t set out to shake the world but rather to present something that is personal and thoughtful; emotional but sometimes guarded. In this, it is much like the box of mixtapes I’ll always keep.”

–Nostalgia for Infinity

“SIGNAL TO NOISE combines magical realism with the kind of love for music that inspired so many people of my generation to spend hours with a record player and a tape deck…a reading experience full of cultural references that are often sorely missing from the genre…SIGNAL TO NOISE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a unique and very welcome entry in the fantasy genre…I’d love to see more novels like SIGNAL TO NOISE.”

Fantasy Literature

“A captivating story about friendship, music and magic…The story has a quite classic double temporal setting that is neatly developed and very clearly managed…SIGNAL TO NOISE is not only an interesting story, it also works perfectly as a time machine. As happens when you listen to an old song, you’re thrown back to your own youth, to your own friends and family.”

Future Fire

“This book is about mood, about adolescence and adulthood, about growing up and accepting loss and a whole lot of other things. It’s solid and intense and I could probably write like five different critical essays about it. But for now I will only strongly recommend it. SIGNAL TO NOISE is an amazing read.”

Nerds of a Feather

“This charming literary fantasy will resonate for readers of all ages. After all, we were all once teenagers, and can remember a time when we discovered that one band that seemed to be speaking directly to us, transmitting a message so powerful it felt like it could change the world.”

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“This book is a beautifully-written love letter to the power of music…[it is] quiet but emotionally powerful literary fantasy…SIGNAL TO NOISE is an original, unique, and compelling debut novel and a wonderful introduction to the work of Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I look forward to reading many more of her novels in the future.”

Urban Fantasy Magazine

“For me, there wasn’t one note, scene, or music selection out of key…Meche is worthy of such celebration for me mainly because she is uncomfortably realistic in both her guarded emotions and her simmering rage at the world around her.”

Luna Station Quarterly

“Moreno-Garcia uses alternating chapters set in 1988 and 2009 to slowly unspool Meche’s story with the careful plotting of a master storyteller…[Moreno-Garcia] gives us a wonderful ending, one that is cinematic in its fulfillment, but sad and lovely at the same time.”

The Spec Fiction Hub

“SIGNAL TO NOISE is a great debut that uses music and magic to bring something a little different to the exploration and struggles of teenage years.”

Cwtch Books

“SIGNAL TO NOISE conveys the raw emotions of the teenage years without slipping too far into nostalgia or downplaying the emotional struggles of adulthood. It’s a marvelous balancing act. I can’t wait to see what Moreno-Garcia does next!”

Cafe Nowhere

” I am impressed by this book, immensely so. I am in awe of what it achieved, I can’t help by praise the writing, the depictions and the sheer realness of the characters. It was a deep, powerful book that deserves a high fang rating even if it wasn’t fun or what I was looking for.”

Fangs for the Fantasy

“[This story] drew me in so slowly and seductively that I hardly realized it was happening, until I felt compelled to turn page after page. The real world faded away as the vivid colors of Meche’s, Sebastian’s, and Daniela’s Mexico City surrounded me…An evocative, powerful, and beautiful tale of magic, dreams, love and hate, betrayal and redemption, this book is heartbreaking and heartwarming, and one of the best I have read so far this year.”

–Book Adventures

“A magically manifold Mexican mix tape of a novel — SIGNAL TO NOISE will stay lodged in your brain and haunt you for days afterwards like the best kind of tune.”

–Lavie Tidhar
World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama

For CERTAIN DARK THINGS

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS. . .beautifully and powerfully reinvigorates one of the seminal horror fiction monsters in some truly unexpected and sublime ways. Filled with powerful themes of trust, corruption, vengeance, and bloodlust, this novel is by turns sensual and grim, introspective and disturbing, suspenseful and moving, and all told in the sleek and lyrical prose for which Moreno-Garcia is deservedly acclaimed. CERTAIN DARK THINGS is arguably the vampire novel for the 21st century.”

New York Journal of Books

“A bittersweet, satisfying ending confirms that Moreno-Garcia is an author to watch.”

Publishers Weekly

“The Mexican setting is a huge part of the allure of this new novel from Moreno-Garcia (Signal to Noise), as are the fascinating varieties of vampires she sets forth.”

Library Journal, starred review

“One of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s great achievements in CERTAIN DARK THINGS is her representation of Mexico City as a real place, a city with history, districts, subways, with beauty and ugliness, with problems. … The whole is a beautifully balanced portrait of imperfect people making terrible choices and gritting their teeth magnificently through the consequences.”

NPR

“Darkly ironic worldbuilding is the real treat of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s CERTAIN DARK THINGS, which posits that vampires are a species that coexists with humans, most recently amid the human underworld.”

New York Times Book Review

“This is a vampire story unlike any you’ve ever read, beginning with its setting: modern-day Mexico City, where a scrappy kid named Domingo spends his days searching through the city’s trash. . .Vampire gangsters, a messy romance, and distinctive Mexican flavor, in the skilled hands of the author of Signal to Noise, one of our favorite books of 2015? You simply cannot go wrong.”

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Action-packed, endlessly fascinating and thorough in its world building, it won’t be easy for readers to not devour what is hopefully the first of many books in this enthralling version of a Mexico teeming with wonderfully realized predators.”

RT Book Reviews

“With dark and delicious elegance, Moreno-Garcia delivers a satisfyingly bloody vampire story with a tantalizing twist – Aztec mythology – and a romance that warms the heart even as it causes it to pound a little faster out of sheer terror. … Not since my days of reading Anne Rice has a vampire story so wholly delivered such a head-spinning plot combined with true substance of character.”

The Globe and Mail

“A hard-edged, emotionally mature, occasionally heartbreaking example of contemporary fantasy at its finest.”

Vancouver Sun

“This fast-paced horror tale presents a new, alternate world of vampire-human rivalry and will appeal to those who enjoy rooting for unlikely heroes.”

—Booklist

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS is a gorgeously (dark) emotionally gripping thriller. Moreno-Garcia’s characters are vivid and compelling, as is her prose. As a novel, it’s fantastic: honest, wrenching, compassionate, and brutal. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Tor.com

“With CERTAIN DARK THINGS, Silvia Moreno-Garcia demonstrates that there is always more to be done with familiar figures such as the vampire, and that in the hands of a talented writer, the creatures can rise to new (un)life.”

“Moreno-Garcia weaves together Aztec mythology into her vampire lore, and situates the clans in the drug world of Mexico. There’s a cast of sympathetic and layered characters, and the writing is equally effortless even when describing gory action scenes and contemplative moments considering moral dilemmas. This is a new favorite.”

Book Riot

“If you’re looking for a rather romantic read that still manages to crush about every trope from vampire romances, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for blood and death and awesome genetically modified dobermans, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a nuanced examination of hunger and longing, corruption and hope, this is the book for you. Go read it.”

Nerds of a Feather

“If you enjoy these darker vampire stories, I’d definitely recommend picking this up.”

That Wild Soul

“If you haven’t read any of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work yet then I don’t quite know what you’re doing with your life, she’s a fantastically fresh voice in the world of speculative fiction and CERTAIN DARK THINGS is proof of her creativity.”

The Moor Maiden

“This one earned a spot on my favorites shelf, and I’m sure to read it again multiple times in the future.”

Here’s to Happy Endings

“A unique urban fantasy that’s brimming with folklore, legend, and the magic of Mexico City, this will not disappoint. … It’s tight, well-executed storytelling.”

Stacked Books

“It is in those moments, when blood lust and corporeal lust commingle and hang like perfume, that CERTAIN DARK THINGS is at its most frightening.”

Paste Magazine

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS is fantastic; it’s a calculated tale accompanied by charming morally gray characters. You need to pick up this book, you won’t be disappointed.”

Hollywood News Source

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS gives us a reason to love vampire novels again. It’s something new, with a fresh perspective I’ve not seen before. It’s a slick, smart, bloody novel with characters that are all too human–even when they’re not. “Stylish, bloody, dark and HARD, not a sparkle in sight, I read this book quick.”

Pop Culture Beast

“Silva Moreno-Garcia did something impossible in my world. . .she made me like, (nay…love) a vampire novel. Stylish, bloody, dark and HARD, not a sparkle in sight. . .This tale is smart, fast paced and while in my opinion, skirts young adult territory (mostly from a character prospective) it is a awesome October read. A great world and probably did more to make me interested in vampires than anything else did in media in a while.”

Shelf Inflicted

“This is an elegant, modern, dark take on classic vampire lore…it’s the vampire tale I did not know I was waiting for.”

Book Smugglers

“There is solid building of the different types of vampires.  You can actually see how the city looks by her descriptions.”

Latina Book Club

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’sCERTAIN DARK THINGS is the book I wish had been my introduction to vampires in literature back when I was a kid.”

Strange Horizons

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia offers a whole new world to discover in CERTAIN DARK THINGS, a novel that offers rock solid world-building and compelling characters that are guaranteed to charm you and open your eyes.”

The BiblioSanctum

“This is completely Moreno-Garcia’s world, her characters, and a very well-told story. … If you think nothing new can be done with vampires, then I suggest you read CERTAIN DARK THINGS.”

Fantasy Literature

“CERTAIN DARK THINGS is an excellent example of what a vampire novel can be. The characters are strong, the writing is fast-paced, and it paints a vision of a world we have not seen before.”

Monster Librarian

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia weaves together a great story centered around vampiric gang politics with a dash of history all the while integrating Mexican folklore and other cultures in this up-tempo and fast-paced read. If you’re looking for a refreshing and new spin on the vampire lore I highly recommend CERTAIN DARK THINGS.”

Creatyve Books

“With its vibrant prose and stellar world building, CERTAIN DARK THINGS is one of the best books I’ve read in years.”

—V.E. Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic

“Not since Anne Rice’s seminal Interview with the Vampire has the vampire story been so radically reimagined. Silvia Moreno-Garcia reinvents it for the 21st century in this high-concept, explosive tale of narco-vampires in Mexico City and just when you thought it was safe to step out of the coffin. CERTAIN DARK THINGS is dark, inimitable, and so very, very cool. Unmissable.”

—Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award Winning Author of Osama

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s gritty novel is steeped in the history of Mexico City and vampire lore and yet manages to deftly re-invent the bloodsucker. The wonderfully complex Atl and her 21st Century Renfield, Domingo, are revelations.CERTAIN DARK THINGS packs a wallop.”

—Paul Tremblay, Author of A Head Full of Ghosts

“If The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo met (and devoured) Interview with a Vampire to the twined rhythms of Octavio Paz, Bram Stoker, and Ozomatli, you might come close to the layers and textures of CERTAIN DARK THINGS. Set in a beautifully and heartbreakingly rendered Mexico caught up in Narco-Vampire wars, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel lets us fall in love with many perspectives before she breaks our hearts and puts us back together again. I cannot wait for the movie.”

—Fran Wilde, Author of Updraft

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia carves out the heart of Mexico City, and then eats it, in this riveting noir-punk reinvention of vampire lore. CERTAIN DARK THINGS is exquisitely vicious and brutally beautiful.”

—Ann Aguirre, New York Times Bestselling Author

CERTAIN DARK THINGS is a delicious, elegant, gritty vampire noir. Moreno-Garcia has created a world that pulses with life and terror and honesty.”

—Daniel José Older, Author of the Bone Street Rumba series and Shadowshaper

For THE BEAUTIFUL ONES

“Moreno-Garcia fills her fantastic novel of manners with sumptuous language and plausible romantic complications in a setting that appears to be based on 19th-century France and is lightly garnished with minor magic…Readers who enjoyed Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories magical Regency series will be particularly enthralled by the genuine emotions evoked in the course of the unsustainable love triangle.”

Publishers Weekly

“The telekinesis…adds a fantastical spin to a story that would otherwise be a great fit for fans of the 18th-century French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Valerie is an especially compelling character to watch… The talented author of Certain Dark Things and Signal to Noise returns with a novel that is light on fantasy but overflowing with delicious melodrama.”

Library Journal

“Truly one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance, grace and just the right touch of magic.”

—M.J. Rose New York Times bestselling
author of The Secret Language of Stones

For SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS

“What I love more than anything about this collection, and which I think blows out of the water that Lovecraftian fiction belongs to a certain niche, is the varied settings, characters and mythical interweaving into such a variety of cultures of this collection.”

SQ Mag

“Several of the stories stuck with me long after I finished reading the anthology, and some may linger in my nightmares for a very long time.”

Mad Scientist Journal

“The women (and generally similar beings) represented defy easy categorization. Sometimes they win and sometimes they lose. Sometimes they are recognizable Lovecraftian characters in their own right and sometimes they merely encounter them. Some are monsters and some are victims, though more often, both and/or neither. She Walks in Shadows has garnered itself a well-deserved World Fantasy Award nomination for Best Anthology.”

Princeton University’s Figments

“All of these pieces are well written, and the description contained in these pages is something to be admired. As with their inspiration, this book is a perfect read for when you have a few moments to spend diving into another reality. Lovecraft fans will appreciate the numerous allusions to his work or direct references to events or characters from the tales we already love.”

Horror Fuel

“It is a cornucopia of imaginative force and literary talent, and each of the fictions it contains works, in some way, to simultaneously expand and interrogate the limits of what “Lovecraftian” can mean.”

Postscripts to Darkness

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY & RIGHTS INFORMATION

Signal to Noise (Solaris, 2015)

Certain Dark Things (Thomas Dunne, 2016)

This Strange Way of Dying (Exile Editions, 2013)

She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press, 2015)

Fungi (Innsmouth Free Press, 2012)

  • Japanese rights sold to P-Vine