Daniel Polansky’s A City Dreaming Has Arrived

We’re pleased to present the next novel from author Daniel Polansky: A City Dreaming, coming October 4th from publisher Regan Arts.

M is an ageless drifter with a sharp tongue, few scruples, and the ability to bend reality to his will, ever so slightly. He’s come back to New York City after a long absence, and though he’d much rather spend his days drinking artisanal beer in his favorite local bar, his old friends—and his enemies—have other plans for him. One night M might find himself squaring off against the pirates who cruise the Gowanus Canal; another night sees him at a fashionable uptown charity auction where the waitstaff are all zombies. A subway ride through the inner circles of hell? In M’s world, that’s practically a pleasant diversion.

Before too long, M realizes he’s landed in the middle of a power struggle between Celise, the elegant White Queen of Manhattan, and Abilene, Brooklyn’s hip, free-spirited Red Queen, a rivalry that threatens to make New York go the way of Atlantis. To stop it, M will have to call in every favor, waste every charm, and blow every spell he’s ever acquired—he might even have to get out of bed before noon.

Enter a world of Wall Street wolves, slumming scenesters, desperate artists, drug-induced divinities, pocket steampunk universes, and demonic coffee shops. M’s New York, the infinite nexus of the universe, really is a city that never sleeps—but is always dreaming.

Polansky’s acquiring editor Ron Hogan tells us why he’s excited about the new novel:

I was one of the many reviewers who was excited by Daniel’s debut with Low Town, and always thought he should be better known by American fantasy fans. So when I learned that he’d turned his imagination to contemporary New York, I jumped at the chance to share A City Dreaming with readers. Like Lev Grossman or Helene Wecker, or the comics team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, Daniel masterfully folds the magical and weird into an emotionally grounded reality much like our own. If you’re looking for supernatural pyrotechnics, there’s going to be plenty of those, but Daniel’s also great at reminding us that sometimes magic is what you discover when you start really paying attention to the world around you.

A City Dreaming is out October 4th from publisher Regan Arts.


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