Books by Matt Ruff

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY by Matt Ruff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"If nothing else, you have to giggle over how this novel's namesake, who held vicious white supremacist opinions, must be doing triple axels in his grave at the way his imagination has been so impudently shaken and stirred."
Some very nice, very smart African-Americans are plunged into netherworlds of malevolent sorcery in the waning days of Jim Crow—as if Jim Crow alone wasn't enough of a curse to begin with. Read full book review >
THE MIRAGE by Matt Ruff
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Not bad, but it won't give you the willies."
A thriller unusual in its concept, combining politics with an alternate reality. Read full book review >
BAD MONKEYS by Matt Ruff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2007

"Despite the metaphysical trappings of Existential Big Themes, it's hard to care too deeply about the characters, who remain intellectual cardboard cutouts."
A dreamlike novel of good and evil mind games. Read full book review >
SET THIS HOUSE IN ORDER by Matt Ruff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2003

"A convenient premise complicated by another convenient premise—but not without its charms despite its crowdedness and (necessary) length."
Ruff (Sewer, Gas and Electric, 1997, etc.) steps closer still to recognizable realism with a tale of dueling multiple personality sufferers. Read full book review >
SEWER, GAS AND ELECTRIC by Matt Ruff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

After an eight-year hiatus (his 1988 novel, Fool on the Hill, became an underground hit), Ruff proves himself still capable of wild-eyed flights of fancy as he pits altruists against antihuman robots in an updated version of Atlas Shrugged above and below the streets of Manhattan. In the year 2023, visionary zillionaire industrialist Harry Gant is building a new Tower of Babel, uptown; his crusading ex- wife Joan is on a search-and-destroy effort in the city sewers, seeking a mutant Jaws-like shark named Meisterbrau; eco-terrorist Philo Dufresne, one of the few blacks remaining after the race- specific pandemic of '04, leads the brilliant, eccentric crew of the submarine Yabba-Dabba-Doo on a nonviolent attack against a Gant-owned ship to save Antarctica; Anderson Teaneck, Wall Street takeover specialist, also with a bead on Gant Industries, is murdered, perhaps by one of his servant robots—who are all carefully programmed, supposedly, to be harmless. Joan has a close encounter with Meisterbrau that leaves them intact but the East River in flames, then is enlisted to solve the Teaneck mystery, a mission that takes her into the heart of a plot hatched by a psychopath and his creation, an artificial brain sheltered in a bunker under Disneyland. Joan also ends up with the querulous companionship of Ayn Rand, reduced to a holograph on a hurricane lamp. Philo and crew, meanwhile, are threatened by the vengeful scheme of a Gant subordinate, as they willingly enter a trap to save what may be the world's last lemurs. Several torpedoes, robot assaults, philosophical debates, and an earthquake later, all is again reasonably right with the world. A careening riot to read, even with all of its zestful improbabilities: Ruff's second novel can only enhance his reputation as a fantasy writer with imagination to burn. Read full book review >