Leech

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Tor Publishing Group, Sep 27, 2022 - Fiction - 336 pages
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"[Leech] is The Thing meets The Alienist . . . beautifully written and so strangely humane . . . I will follow this writer anywhere going forward." —Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

A surreal and horrifying debut, Hiron Ennes's Leech defies our understanding of identity, heredity, and bodily autonomy.

An Amazon Book of the Month!

An October "Great Reads" Indie Next Pick!

A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2022!

“A wonderful new entry to Gothic science fiction, impeccably clever and atmospheric. Think Wuthering Heights... with worms!”—Tamsyn Muir

MEET THE CURE FOR THE HUMAN DISEASE


In an isolated chateau, as far north as north goes, the baron’s doctor has died. The doctor’s replacement has a mystery to solve: discovering how the Institute lost track of one of its many bodies.

For hundreds of years the Interprovincial Medical Institute has grown by taking root in young minds and shaping them into doctors, replacing every human practitioner of medicine. The Institute is here to help humanity, to cure and to cut, to cradle and protect the species from the apocalyptic horrors their ancestors unleashed.

In the frozen north, the Institute's body will discover a competitor for its rung at the top of the evolutionary ladder. A parasite is spreading through the baron's castle, already a dark pit of secrets, lies, violence, and fear. The two will make war on the battlefield of the body. Whichever wins, humanity will lose again.

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User Review  - lesindy - LibraryThing

A strange book. This is more sci-fi weird fiction. A doctor goes to a house and takes care of a baron and his family. The world is a dystopia hellscape, and there's a parasite on the loose. A bit confusing, and there is an open ending. Read full review

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User Review  - Verkruissen - LibraryThing

So this was a very bizarre book. It takes place on what I believe was once earth after it has been decimated by climate change and human destruction. People scavenge for remenants of the past (ie ... Read full review

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About the author (2022)

HIRON ENNES is a writer, musician, and student of medicine based in the Pacific Northwest. Their areas of interest include infectious disease, pathology, and anticapitalist healthcare reform. When they're not hunched over a microscope or word document they can be found playing in the snow or playing the harp (though usually not at the same time). They're queer in every sense of the word, and they really want to pet your dog.

Leech is their first novel.

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