UK Releases by John
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February already! I can hardly believe it! Given the grim realities
served up already this year, and the promise of perhaps even grimmer
ones to come, the opportunity for an escape into fictional worlds is as
welcome as ever as far as I'm concerned.
kick off this month's column with news of the releases from Gollancz who
deliver a nicely balanced mixed bag of titles. One of their most
important releases is the new novel from British SF writer Roger Levy.
Dark Heavens is a follow on from Levy's debut novel
Reckless Sleep which was published almost three years ago to
some notable acclaim. The long awaited sequel is finally here and is
published in both hard cover (priced at £17.99) and trade paperback
(£10.99). Word is that this one is well worth the wait! The rest of the
Gollancz February titles are all reprints in some form or another. Greg
Schild's Ladder is released in mass market paperback priced at
£6.99, as is
Marco's fat fantasy
Eyes of God (£7.99). The Fantasy Masterworks
series presents its 35th title in the form of
Lyonesse II by Jack Vance - this comprises The Green Pearl
and Madouc and is a trade paperback priced at £8.99. Finally
Gollancz release the fifth title in their Binary series -
these are the mass market editions of some of the novelettes previously
published by Peter Crowther's impressive PS Publishing outfit in smart
limited editions. This new release has Ken Macleod's
The Human Front published back to back with
Writer's Life by Eric brown. If you missed the limited release
of either of these, you'd be well advised to pick up this new edition -
a snip at only £5.99.
Publishing continue their high quality output this month with the
release of two original works.
White Bizango is a brand new short novel by Stephen Gallagher.
In his introduction, Joe R. Lansdale notes that it "...gave me the
kind of sensation I used to have when I was kid, watching some monster
movie late at night, rainy and windy outside, sitting on the couch or in
front of it, tenting a blanket over me, feeling wonderfully and
pleasantly terrified." Well! If it terrified Lansdale it must
be pretty damn terrifying! White Bizango is released in two
states - trade paperback, signed by Gallagher (£8.00) and hard cover,
signed by Gallagher and Lansdale (£25.00.) Also released this month is
The Tain by China Miéville This is a great story by one of the
brightest stars of the British SF scene. With an intro by M. John
Harrison, The Tain is also available in two states, priced as
above. For collectors, here's a tip - buy the hard cover!!! Only 500
copies have been released and the whole run is already sold out. More
info as always is available from
to Orbit who this month publish
The Iron Chain by Steve Cockayne. This is the sequel to
Wanderers and Islanders, Cockayne's wonderful debut novel which I
Feb 02)and considerably enjoyed, last year. Published in
trade paperback, The Iron Chain is priced at £10.99. Look out
also for some great fantasy titles from Orbit in mass market paperback -
L.E. Modesitt Jr's
Shadowsinger is published at £7.99, as is the third novel in
James Clemens' Banned and the Banished series -
Wit'ch War (already released in the US to great reviews). The
final orbit title looks very interesting indeed -
Prince of Ayodhya : Book One of the Ramayana by Bombay
based writer Ashok K. Banker is "Full of action, intrigue and
magic... a page turning adventure based on one of the world's oldest
epics." A mass market paperback, this is priced at £6.99.
sister imprint Time Warner Books publishes
Bitten by Kelly Armstrong. This looks to be one for the Anita
Blake fan demographic - the story of Elena, a 21st century girl, "self-assured,
keenly intelligent, fighting fit... and the only female werewolf in the
world!" The press release for Bitten goes on to say that film
rights have already been snapped up by Warner Bros. with Angelina Jolie
set top play the lead role. Is it hype? Judge for yourself! Bitten
is a paperback original priced at £6.99.
sister imprint to Orbit, Little & Brown publish a noteworthy genre
related title this month.
The Druid King is Norman Spinrad's first go at a historical
piece and covers Julius Caesar's invasion of Gaul. A trade paperback,
The Druid King is priced at £10.99.
Macmillan's sole February release is a wonderful fantasy set in an
The Reliquary Ring is the new novel from Cherith Baldry who has
previously published work in both the realms of children's fiction and
short stories. Published as a large format trade paperback, The
Reliquary Ring is priced at £10.99.
title too from HarperCollins Voyager -
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold is released as a
mass market paperback priced at £6.99. Voyagers parent imprint
HarperCollins offers the mass market edition of Kim Stanley Robinson's
The Years of Rice and Salt (at £7.99) - a title being mentioned
in the short lists for most of the upcoming industry awards.
final title of the month is one I enjoyed very much and highly recommend
- the new novel by British writer Patrick Thompson,
Execution Plan, is a paperback original published by
HarperCollins priced at £6.99. This is a snappy and wry cross genre
piece from a writer I'll be watching closely from now on. Very much a
cross between Iain Banks and Jonathan Carroll, with a dash of Michael
Marshall Smith thrown in, Execution Plan is off the wall, punchy,
full of energy, and has just the right level of weird. In short - a damn
good read and one not to be missed.
More in March.
- UK Associate Editor -