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The best recent science fiction and fantasy – reviews roundup

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer; Under the Blue by Oana Aristide; Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki; and All the Murmuring Bones by AG Slatter

“If you received this, I am already gone. You’re on your own. But not alone.” These words are scrawled on an envelope containing a key, a number and an address, left at a coffee shop for the narrator of Jeff VanderMeer’s compelling Hummingbird Salamander (4th Estate, £16.99). The trail takes Jane to a storage unit where she finds a stuffed, extinct hummingbird with a cryptic note signed “Silvina”. Bored by her job, chafing at the predictable routines of home life, Jane seizes the challenge to investigate.

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