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Review: Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett I read this book last January and loved it. The ebook is on sale right now for Nook and Kindle, $2.99. (If you don’t have an ereader, check your local library.) It has short chapters on unusual geographic places. Sand that used to be a sea. Land that doesn’t belong to any country, a cemetery that people are living in, politically ambiguous places, the village outside Chernobyl, alleyways that people buy and collect, sovereign countries people have created on offshore platforms, etc. This book is not only about places that are geographically odd, it’s also about the people who live there, who used to live there, or who want (or don’t want) the land (or sea). Each chapter is fairly short, but it’s just fascinating both culturally and geographically. As a writer, I found myself thinking of literally dozens of stories I could write from ideas in this book. You don’t have to go off to Middle Earth, or outer space, or the future, to visit places that are like something out of a science fiction or fantasy novel. Those kinds of places and cultures are right here on earth, right now.

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Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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