UK Releases by John
Here's a list of what's coming out in
the UK this month in Science Fiction and Fantasy. If we missed something
or you have a title coming out in the future, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
kicks off with a treat for fantasy readers. Those of you awaiting the
next installment of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time soap
opera can let that held breath out as Crossroads of Twilight has
finally arrived! This is an unbelievable book ten!!! in this
best-selling saga and is published here in the UK by Orbit priced at £17.99.
(Tor has simultaneously published the US release.) I haven't got round
to this series yet (so many books, so little time!) and I'm not sure it
makes sense to jump in with book ten. But if you're a fan of this series
already, my opinion won't make one iota of difference to you buying the
book, so ... enjoy! (I'm waiting for the next George R.R. Martin to get
my fantasy fix....only a few more months!) [Note: See SFRevu's Feature Interview with
Robert Jordan and our Review of this latest
release in this month's issue.]
fantasy mass market releases too from Orbit this month - the excellent Wanderers
and Islanders by Steve Cockayne and the slightly less wonderful Wizard's
Funeral are both issued at £6.99 and Kate Elliot's fifth book
in her Crown of Stars series, The Gathering Storm
(a title used previously by no less a personage than Winston
Churchill!), is published in both hard cover (priced £17.99) and
trade paperback (priced at £11.99). Finally,
Orbit release another novel based on the Superman series Smallville.
Hauntings by Nancy Holder is a paperback original priced at £5.99.
Orbit's parent company Little Brown (whose own parent company is the
massive Time Warner) publish A Song For Nero by Thomas Holt - aka
Tom Holt, comic fantasy writer. This is the fourth novel from this
writer wearing his "historical" hat and is a smart hard cover
priced at £16.99.
feed us a diet of fantasy too this January with their release of the
huge new novel by Katherine Kerr entitled Snare. This is issued
in trade paperback at £12.99 - a hard cover edition may also be
available. The Voyager mass market releases are the concluding titles in
two really excellent fantasy trilogies. Witch's
Honour by Jan Siegel brings to a close a charming series I
enjoyed hugely, the first two novels being Prospero's Children
and The Dragon Charmer. This latest book is priced at £6.99, as
is Child of the Prophecy by Australian writer Juliet Marillier.
Look out for her new novel Wolfskin due from Tor UK in a couple
of months time. In preparation for the aforementioned new George R.R.
Martin novel A Feast for Crows (due in April) , Voyager
reissue both A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. Both
have new covers and are priced at £7.99. Not to be missed!
top tip for this month's (and perhaps even this year's!) debut novel is
released by Macmillan this month. The Meq is a charming fantasy
written by new US writer and country singer Steve Cash. A tale of
immortal children, this is a superbly written work and comes with my
highest recommendation. Released in trade paperback, The Meq is
priced at £10.99.
For Alternative history fans, Hodder Headline's New English Library
imprint publish the mass market edition of Harry Turtledove's American
Empire: The Centre Cannot Hold. Priced at £7.99.
final batch of January books comes from Gollancz. Continuing their
superb Science Fiction Masterworks series, Richard
Matherson's classic, The Shrinking Man becomes title number 51. A
trade paperback, this edition is priced at £6.99. More punchy and
bizarre science fiction from Steve Aylett is released in the form of The
Velocity Gospel : Book Two of the Accomplice Series. This a
mass market paperback priced at £6.99. The Way of the Rose, the
third and final book is Valery Leith's Everien trilogy is
also released in mass market form and also priced at £6.99.
final Gollancz release is by Alastair Reynolds. Two novellas Diamond
and Turquoise Days are published together in one smart
looking hard cover edition. Both these works have been released only as
limited editions - the shocking and hard hitting Diamond Dogs by
PS Publishing and the more pastoral Turquoise Days in the US by
Golden Gryphon. If you missed them last time round, I definitely
recommend both stories. Diamond Dogs / Turquoise Days: Tales from the
Revelation Space Universe is a small format hard cover priced at £6.99.
More next month.
- UK Associate Editor -