MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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The Poison Master (2003)
Liz Williams
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This is one of those fantasy novels in which mathematics and magic are intertwined. As usual, it is nice to see mathematics portrayed as being simultaneously powerful and beautiful...but there isn't much more to the role of mathematics than that.

The plot follows Alivet Dee, inhabitant of a planet where humans are controlled by a demonlike enemy. The plans of her distant ancestor, the famous mathematician and alchemist John Dee, eventually join up with her own plans to free her sister from slavery.

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Works Similar to The Poison Master
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Threshold by Sara Douglass
  2. Counting the Shapes by Yoon Ha Lee
  3. The Dark Lord by Patricia Simpson
  4. Coyote Moon by John A. Miller
  5. Voyage of the Shadowmoon by Sean McMullen
  6. Mathemagics by Margaret Ball
  7. The Last Page by Anthony Huso
  8. Your Magic or Mine by Ann Macela
  9. Phantom by Terry Goodkind
  10. Little People by Tom Holt
Ratings for The Poison Master:
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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GenreFantasy,
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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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