UK June 2002 Releases by John
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June turns out to be somewhat less than a bumper month with some of
our major publishers not releasing anything at all. However, all is not
lost, as there are a number of very notable releases hitting UK
book stores this month.
To begin with one of our features books. . . Artemis Fowl: The Arctic
Incident is the follow-up to Eoin Colfer's massively successful 2001
novel, Artemis Fowl. Aimed at younger readers, this is huge fun
and thoroughly enjoyable. Published by Viking Children's books, The
Arctic Incident is a hardcover priced at £12.99 - be sure to check
out my review in this issue (see
My other review this issue is of Sorcery Rising, the new
fantasy novel by editor turned author Jude Fisher. This is an excellent
piece of work and Iain Emsley's interview with the author is a
fascinating insight into how on of the UK's top genre editors is finding
life on the other side of the fence (see
review). Sorcery Rising is published by Earthlight in
both hard cover (£17.99) and trade paperback (£10.99). Earthlight's
other release this month is Lord Soho by Richard Calder.
Described as a "Time Opera" and with "On my twenty-first birthday I
killed a man. It was during my maiden speech in the Lords." as its
tag line, this looks like very interesting prospect indeed. Lord Soho
is a paperback original priced at £6.99.
Macmillan publish The Borrible Trilogy by Michael de Larrabeiti.
This collection of three novels is a long overdue reissue of de
Larrbeiti's seminal urban fantasy series - works hailed by many writers,
including China Miéville, as being a huge influence on their work.
The Borrible Trilogy is issued in trade paperback, priced at £12.99.
From Orbit comes the opening novel in a new epic fantasy series by US
author James Clemens. Wit'ch Fire is the first novel in The
Banned and the Banished series and is a paperback original
priced at £6.99. The second book entitled Wit'ch Storm will
follow in December. More fantasy from Julia Gray is also published by
Orbit - The Red Glacier continues as the fourth book in her
Guardian Cycle. This is also a paperback original priced at
£7.99. One of Orbit's big name writers, the British fantasy humorist Tom
Holt has a new novel out - Little People is a hard cover priced
at £16.99. Also published in mass market is Holt's previous novel,
Falling Sideways. This is priced at £6.99. Finally from orbit in
June comes The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time.
Written by Jordan along with Teresa Patterson, this should provide an
excellent companion piece for the many fans of Jordan's massive (both in
scope and commercial terms) saga (which was re-issued in its entirety by
Orbit only recently). This is a paperback priced at £7.99.
New from HarperCollins/Voyager is book two in the Legends of the
Riftwar series. Murder in Lamut is written by Raymond E.
Feist, this time in collaboration with Joel Rosenberg. This is a hard
cover release priced at £17.99. The Bone Doll's Twin, the highly
acclaimed novel by Lynne Flewelling seen in the US last year receives
its UK release. This is a paperback original priced at £6.99. Also in
paperback comes Peril's Gate, the third book in the
Alliance of Light series by Janny Wurts. This edition is priced
In the Voyager Classics series, more of the excellent HarperCollins back
list is reissued. The Power that Preserves, the third novel in
the unforgettable Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever
by Stephen Donaldson is published priced £8.99 - as is The Ruby
Knight by David Eddings, Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness
and Michael Marshall Smith's Philip K. Dick Award winning debut novel
For alternate history fans, Hodder & Stoughton publish Stars and
Stripes Triumphant - the third novel in the Stars and Stripes
series by Harry Harrison. This one lends a whole new meaning to the
special relationship between our two countries!! A hard cover, this is
priced at £18.99. Also from H&S comes The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer :
My Life at Rose Red edited by Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. Stephen King
wrote Rose Red as a US TV series (it has yet to reach
these shores) and there is indeed some speculation as to who the true
author of this work is. Certainly King fans might want to add this title
to their already, no doubt, groaning book shelves. My Life at Rose
Red is a hardcover published at £12.99.
There is no speculation as to who authored Dreamcatcher. King's
most recent novel length blockbuster (see my review here
review)) is now published in
the UK in mass market paperback, issued by the New English Library at
British writer James Lovegrove receives a long overdue repackage and
reissue from Gollancz this month. Best known for his recent novel The
Foreigners and his association with Peter Crowther (Escardy Gap
and the excellent PS Publishing novella, How The Other Half Lives)
it is his debut novel, The Hope (first published in 1990) that is
released in trade paperback priced at £6.99. Also published is a short
story collection, Imagined Slights. This too is priced at £6.99.
Also from Gollancz comes the brand new novel from their Arthur C. Clarke
Award winning author Gwyneth Jones (see my report on the Clarke's in
see event coverage).
Castles Made of Sand is a direct sequel to Bold as Love and
looks set to be just as successful. It is released in trade paperback
and priced at £9.99. I believe a hard cover may also be released.
Other Gollancz June releases serve to show off their impressive array of
British talent, both new and old. Adam Robert's second novel, On
is published in mass market paperback (£6.99). (His new novel Stone
is scheduled for release next month. British Summertime by
Paul Cornell is published in both hard cover (£16.99) and trade
paperback (£9.99) along with the mass market reissue of his previous
novel Something More (£6.99). The Way of Light by Storm
Constantine is published in paperback at £6.99, and Michael Moorcock's
The Chronicles of Corum becomes the latest title in the
Fantasy Masterworks series (£6.99). Only one lone US author
creeps into the June releases and that is Terry Goodkind with the trade
paperback release of The Pillars of Creation (£11.99) already
seen here in hard cover at the end of last year.
The final Gollancz release is the new novel by Alastair Reynolds - one
of my favorite home grown authors to emerge in recent years. Following
on from the acclaimed novels Revelation Space and Chasm City
(see my review and
interview) Redemption Ark is released on June 27th, in both
hard cover (£17.99) and large format trade paperback (£10.99). I hope to
bring you a review of this one in next months issue.
-- John Berlyne
UK Associate Editor www.SFRevu.com