Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco was the 6th official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: May 23, 2008 - Jun 23, 2008

How/Why was this book chosen:

It was decided to choose an Elf Punk genre fantasy novel. It won a poll of book club members from:

​Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

Ironside:A Modern Faery's Tale by Holly Black

Sword & Laser Podcasts: Kick Off: S&L 8 Wrap Up: S&L 9

Unshapely Things by Mark Del FrancoEdit

In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead. The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has more "important" crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement.

Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator-whose magical abilities were crippled after a run-in with a radical environmentalist elf. As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual. And if Connor can't figure out the killer's M.O., the culmination of the spell might just bring about a worldwide cataclysm.