UK Books - August 2007 by John Berlyne
( August 2007 / ) - Following Ern's appearance on a panel at the recent Readercon which discussed the difference between online and print reviews, it's been fascinating to see the amount of heated opinion that has been floating around the internet. In a balanced and thoughtful response to the arguments raised, British writer, editor and one time Clarke award administrator Paul Kincaid published this response on his blog to two discussion threads that had appeared elsewhere - specifically here and here.
What primarily concerns me about all these discussions is the apparent impression out there that SFRevu has a "positive reviews only" policy. If that is the case, then it's news to me!
In the eight years that I've been reviewing here, I've never once been subject any such policy, nor have I sought to enforce one. One of the many pleasures of reviewing for SFRevu is the complete lack of any kind of censorship. Unlike other venues where my views might be tempered by a heavy handed editorial policy, here I get to call it as I see it, not how I am told to see it.
The very idea of a reviewing venue that will only publish fluffy bunny, isn't life wonderful reviews seems ludicrous to me. However, it should be noted that I'd much rather write a positive review than a negative one - my love of writing and fondness for writers makes the idea of trashing somebody's creative endeavours a harsh exercise at best. It takes a hell of a lot of effort to produce a novel, firstly and most obviously on the part of the writer, and subsequently on the part of the agent, the editor, the art department, the marketing and publicity departments all the way up to and including the booksellers themselves. All these folks contribute in some way to production process of a novel and all these folks are in some way responsible if a book is a critical and commercial failure. I have reviewed novels before in which it is the editor and not the writer who has rightly faced the main barrage of my criticism. This notwithstanding, I would much rather not review a novel than set out to take one to pieces for the sake of it. Does that equate to a "positive reviews only" policy? Well, anyone who regularly reads my work will know that simply isn't the case.
On balance, it may well be that the vast majority of my review work indeed does positively recommend novels for our readers and that is due to the simple fact that we here at SFRevu we know our audience and we know good genre fiction. Thus our mission first and foremost is to guide site visitors toward the kind of genre fiction they are most likely to enjoy, and occasionally to guide them away from something they might not.
In conclusion, over and above everything that has bubbled to the surface in this debate, we should all remind ourselves that reviewing is a subjective art. Just because I say something is good doesn't make it so... it just makes it highly likely!
Bantam Books Ltd
Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
(Bantam Books Ltd 01 August 2007 / £6.99) - When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they can often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven't stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess getup complete with whip and wings. And she can't have a decent date without the sucking away part of the guy's life. At least there's her day job at a local bookstore - free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can't. But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle's demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won't help because Georgina's about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny...
ReBody by Clive, Warner
(Citiria Publishing 01 September 2007 / £9.95) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: A satirical SF novel by Clive Warner, a British writer living in Mexico. Due in October from Citiria Publishing.
"Murdered in 2009.
Revived in 2373.
Grafted to a vacuum cleaner.
Enslaved as a domestic robot.
2373: The rat union controls the taxis, the Riverwalk has long been entombed, enhanced animals run the town, and huge bots armed with death rays roam the city.
It's a hell of a time to be ReBodied."
That's Entertainment by Robert Neilson
(Elastic Press 13 July 2007 / £5.99) - A clever collection of "What If" stories focusing on the world of showbiz, from Irish writer Robert Neilson, released in this smart collection published by Elastic Press.
"In these fourteen short stories entertainment is explored in all its forms, subtly twisted into alternate realities where music, boxing, film, and television distort history to sometimes comic, sometimes tragic effect. In Neilson's science fiction, fantasy lives just around the corner from reality.
What if John Lennon had been kicked out of the Beatles? What if Elvis' twin brother had survived? What if we could go back in time to give reality TV a historical perspective? What if the Pope was Irish, a gambler, and needed to bet on a dead cert? Open this book and find out."
Conqueror by Stephen Baxter
(Gollancz 12 July 2007 / £7.99) - Interweaving the stories of ordinary people caught up in momentous events CONQUEROR tells the story of a desperate battle to keep alive a prophecy kept by the last Roman left alive in the shadows of Hadrian's wall. The prophecy tells of an invasion by dragons a new Christian king and the establishment of an Aryan empire that will last 10,000 years. It is a story that begins in 600AD and ends with the crowning of a new king at Westminster in 1066. In the years in between the prophecy is handed down through the centuries. It is hidden away by the monks at Lindisfarne, lost in a Viking raid, found again. From desperate rivalries amongst the monks at Lindisfarne, to the terror of the Viking raids against Northern England to vicious intrigues at the courts of Harold and William the Bastard CONQUEROR charts the progress of a bid by the mysterious Weaver to influence the past from the far future. This is a fast moving historical thriller that casts a bright light onto a shadowy period of British history and brings it to vibrant life. Steeped in blood and violence this was also a time of artistic endeavour, a time of nation building and law-giving. And it is a time of chance, where history can be shaped by the Weaver ...
Cowboy Angels (Gollancz S.F.) by Paul J. McAuley
(Gollancz 20 September 2007 / £18.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: Paul McAuley returns with a new novel and a new publisher. In September Gollancz will publish Cowboy Angels, the latest in a fascinating series of highly original, SFnal near-future thriller from McAuley that I feel should have him easily rivalling the popularity of Michael Crichton. Alas, the book-buying world is fickle - but McAuley's work is anything but.
"Cowboy Angels combines the high-octane action and convoluted plots of the TV series 24 in a satirical, multi-layered alternate reality thriller."
Fat (Gollancz S.F.) by Rob Grant
(Gollancz 20 July 2007 / £6.99) - Rob Grant, forever identified as the creator of the fantastically successful cult SF comedy Red Dwarf, is also a writer of books that also contain that same streak of humour - I reviewed his novel Incompetence back in December 2003.
Now his latest book Fat has been issued in mass market paperback by Gollancz.
"Incisive, bitingly funny and thought provoking. Grant is a funny writer with a knack for some wicked one-liners. A novel that should make everyone sit up and think." -- Birmingham Post.
Fatal Revenant (Gollancz) by Stephen Donaldson
(Gollancz 18 October 2007 / £18.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: A big release coming this autumn - the second in Stephen Donaldson's Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the continuation of his seminal fantasy series and the second of four books that will make up the conclusion of the sequence.
Gollancz will publish Fatal Revenant in October and the author will be present in the UK for a promotional tour.
The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code (Gollancz S.F.) by Robert Rankin
(Gollancz 19 July 2007 / £14.99) - Robert Rankin, the world's Master of Far Fetched Fiction, takes us on a roller coaster ride in his brand-new bestseller, which focuses on the biggest conspiracy theory in the world, ever. Here, in the Da-Da-Di-Da-Da Code, you will find the music of the angels - and the music of the devil. Aliens, flying saucers from hell, the Multiverse, the Illuminati: every wacky, way-out conspiracy theory you've ever heard: they're all here, wrapped into a plot that will leave Dan Brown fans breathless, Michael Shea readers stupefied, Raymond Khoury lovers incredulous . . . Robert Rankin: the original and the best.
The Stormcaller: Book One of the Twilight Reign (Gollancz S.F.) by Tom Lloyd
(Gollancz 12 July 2007 / £7.99) - The début novel from a new British fantasy author, Tom Lloyd (who now has a blog), the follow-up to which, The Twilight Herald is due to be published shortly. The Stormcaller gets its mass market release this month from Gollancz. I admit to being more than underwhelmed by this novel when I read it - and I have high hopes that the sequel will lift the series out of the mire of mediocrity. My original review is being rerun this issue. (see review)
The Toyminator (Gollancz S.F.) by Robert Rankin
(Gollancz 12 July 2007 / £7.99) - Rankin's latest lunatic ramblings are released this month (see above), and fans also get to squeal with delight at the release of this mass market edition of The Toyminator, Rankin's previous novel and a sequel The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of Apocalypse, voted best novel of 2003 by readers of SFX Magazine.
Warprize (Gollancz S.F.) by Elizabeth Vaughan
(Gollancz 12 July 2007 / £6.99) - Xylara is a Daughter of Xy, brought up to do her duty to her country, her king and her people. Her father, the Warrior King Xyron, is dead and her incompetent half-brother Xymund is on the throne; she has chosen to serve her people as a healer, until she is needed to make a marriage of alliance. But the once-great kingdom of Xy is threatened by the Warlord and his barbarian Firelanders, and her brother Xymund is forced to surrender. The terms are fair: the kingdom will remain under Xymund's control, and the taxes and tithes are reasonable. All prisoners and wounded are to be exchanged unharmed. There is just one thing more: to ensure a true peace - no pillaging, no looting, no rapine - the Warlord has claimed tribute. He claims Xylara, Daughter of Xy, to be his Warprize ...
Was by Geoff Ryman
(Gollancz 12 July 2007 / £7.99) - Another trade paperback reissue (following its appearance as part of Gollancz's Fantasy Masterworks series in 2005, of award winning author Geoff Ryman's 1992 novel Was, an intriguing and poignant tale described as a "... dark, inspired riff on The Wizard of Oz".
Was received a nomination for the World Fantasy Award.
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The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
(Hamish Hamilton Ltd 27 September 2007 / £16.99) - This should be interesting! Jeanette Winterson, the highly respected Whitbread prize winning author and journalist tries her hand at science fiction, with the release of her new novel The stone Gods due out in hard cover this September from Hamish Hamilton Ltd.
"An interplanetary love story - of Billie and Spike, of the past and the future; a traveller's tale; a hymn to the beauty of the world. The Stone Gods is Jeanette Winterson at her brilliant best. Playful, passionate, polemical, and frequently very funny, this is a novel which will change forever the stories we tell about the earth, about love and about stories themselves."
The Hills Have Eyes by Jimmy Palmiotti
(HarperVoyager 02 July 2007 / £9.99) - Inspired by the 2006 re-make of Wes Craven's horror movie classic The Hills Have Eyes and the upcoming sequel The Hills Have Eyes 2, this terrifying prequel tells the story of the original families who refused to leave their small New Mexico town once the U.S. government began above-ground atomic testing. Spanning multiple generations, this dark tale reveals how these once good people slowly devolved into murderous mutants.
Something Borrowed by Paul Magrs
(Headline Review 06 September 2007 / £19.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: British author Paul Magrs, received some wonderful comments following the publication of his novel Never The Bride. Perhaps though he is best known for his many Doctor Who related works, which include both novels published by the BBC and dramatic presentations for Big Finish.
Headline now publish a follow up to Never the Bride, entitled Something Borrowed and they describe it, rather intriguingly as "Alan Bennett meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kind Hearts and Coronets meets The League of Gentlemen." - a very British affair it seems... apart from the Buffy reference!
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
(Headline Review 06 September 2007 / £14.99) - I haven't seen Wicked, the hugely successful blockbuster musical based on Gregory Maguire's novel of the same name, but I was struck very much by the book, particularly in how it stripped away the whimsy from Baum's world, and in the process revealed how the witch's heart, though dark indeed, was a product of its environment and experience. All in all, it's a very clever and fascinating appraisal of the modern myth of Oz.
Maguire's sequel novel, Son of a Witch, appeared in the US a couple of years ago to mixed reviews. Headline Review now publish in the UK.
"Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz to follow the story of Liir, the adolescent boy left hiding in the shadows of the castle when Dorothy did in the Witch. A decade after the Witch has melted away, the young man Liir is discovered bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully. Shattered in spirit as well as in form, he is tended by the mysterious Candle, a foundling in her own right, until failed campaigns of his childhood bear late, unexpected fruit. Liir is only one part of the world that Elphaba left behind. As a boy hardly in his teens, he is asked to help the needy in ways in which he may be unskilled. Is he Elphaba's son? Has he power of his own? In "Son of a Witch", Gregory Maguire suggests that the magic we locate in distant, improbable places like Oz is no greater than the magic inherent in any hard life lived fully, son of a witch or no."
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Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
(Michael Joseph Ltd 02 August 2007 / £16.99) - Recently released in the US by Pantheon Books, Austin Grossman's wonderful début novel Soon I Will Be Invincible is now published here in the UK by Michael Joseph Ltd, an imprint of Penguin, UK.
This marvellous piece is Grossman's homage to the comic book Superhero genre that suffused our collective youth and he offers a truly extraordinary examination of what it actually means to be a hero, or a villain for that matter. Fantastic, energised reading. Super, in fact! (see review)
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars by Keith R.A. DeCandido
(Orbit 07 June 2007 / £6.99) - Back in the mists of time, there used to be enough hours in the day for a bit of the old computer gaming... alas no more. Those days are long, long gone. God knows how many hours of my life I wasted playing Command & Conquer, surely one of the best real time strategy games ever created. The original C&C has, over the years, been much improved upon again and again, with each sequel taking advantage of advances in home computer tech. The latest incarnation is Tiberium Wars, and this is the also the title of this official novel of the game by the hugely experienced tie-in Keith R.A DeCandido, a writer who appears to have written novels in just about every media franchise there has ever been!
Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars is a paperback original published by Orbit.
Dying Words by Shaun Hutson
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £6.99) - Orbit have deemed August "Shaun Hutson" month it seems, with this paperback edition of last year's Dying Words being the first of three editions to be issued this month.
Hutson's resume is long and distinguished - find out more about him and his work by visiting his official web site at www.shaunhutson.com.
Evil for Evil (Engineer Trilogy) by K.J. Parker
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £7.99) - Book two in K.J.Parker's Engineer Trilogy is issued by Orbit in mass market paperback.
"The engineer Ziani Vaatzes designed and built a war. Thousands died as a consequence of his elaborate plan. The civil servant Manuo Psellus took the decision that started the war. The very foundations of his world are now threatened. The ruler Duke Valens brought the war on himself. Now he must decide whether to sacrifice his country to save his people. They embarked on war for their own reasons, but as their war takes on a life of its own they find they've become components in their own machine. And the machine, it seems, has one purpose: to render evil for evil."
Lamb by Christopher Moore
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £6.99) - The latest Christopher Moore release from Orbit is Lamb, billed as "The hilarious (and ever so slightly sacrilegious) true story of the New Testament".
A trade paperback release, Lamb reveals to us the "early life of the the Son of God...", as told through the eyes of his "... best bud Biff... who has been resurrected to tell the story in this divinely hilarious, yet heartfelt work 'reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams'." -- Philadelphia Inquirer.
Shaun Hutson Omnibus: by Shaun Hutson
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £8.99) - Hutson's extensive and impressive back list is being reissued by Orbit. This first paperback omnibus edition features two of his early tales of suspence and horror, Shadows (1985) and Nemesis (1989).
"Hutson takes us, breathless, over the finish line at a point where King or Koontz would still be doing their stretching exercises." -- SFX
Sons of the Oak (Runelords) by David Farland
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £7.99) - The Earth King, Gaborn Val Orden, has roamed to the ends of the known world to preserve his people, but the life-draining powers he has embraced have finally taken their toll. His death leaves his young son Fallion at the mercy of his enemies. But Fallion is no ordinary prince, with no ordinary enemies, but is a reincarnation of an immensely powerful immortal. Known as the torch-bearer, Fallion is fated to engage with an ancient evil across the many ages of his existence. Now, without his father's protection, powerful supernatural forces will seek to prevent him waking to his full powers - and the land of the Runelords will become their battlefield. At stake is not just a single world and Gaborn's hard-won legacy of peace, but the very foundations of creation.
The Heart of the Mirage (Mirage Makers) by Glenda Larke
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £7.99) - Stolen from her people as a child and raised as a citizen of the Tyranian Empire, Ligea Gayed is the obvious choice to despatch to her homeland, occupied Kardiastan, with orders to root out a rebel conspiracy. At first, she devotes herself to her new assignment with zeal. Adopted daughter of the Empire's greatest general, and possessing a fearsome reputation within the ruthless Imperial spy network known as the Brotherhood, Ligea views herself as a loyal servant of Tyrans. But blood will out, and with each day she spends among her parents' people, her disciplined self-image crumbles a little. And there are secrets in Kardiastan, secrets that will inevitably force Ligea to choose between her upbringing and her birthright. Secrets that will shape the destiny of two nations...
Unmarked Graves by Shaun Hutson
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £17.99) - Hutson's latest novelUnmarked Graves is published by Orbit in hard cover. I note the repacked artwork is garishly eye-catching is is a big improvement on the previous clichéd velvet, black and gilt look.
Hutson's web site gives details of an author tour for this release that takes place this month - interestingly, most of Hutson's appearances appear to be at prisons (!), but the more law abiding of us will be able to catch him at Borders on Charing Cross Road, WC2 on August 2nd, or at the Birmingham New Street branch of Waterstones on August 17th.
Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
(Orbit 02 August 2007 / £7.99) - This impressive début fantasy from British writer Brian Ruckley was hailed by both readers and critics when it first appeared back in October last year. Orbit UK now issue it in mass market paperback, and in a highly significant move, Orbit's forthcoming US incarnation, due to launch in September 07 have chosen Ruckley's book as one of their lead titles. This is great news for both author and readers, and shows that Orbit are really backing this book to the hilt. I'm sure the American market will receive it eagerly. A follow-up novel is in the works.
Blue Moon by Lori Handeland
(Pan Books 03 August 2007 / £6.99) - Paranormal romance is a huge growth area in genre publishing with a glut of titles swamping the market right now - and there's no end to this trend in site.
Blue Moon is one of Pan's latest forays into this field, and is published this month as a paperback original. Author Lori Handeland is known already to many US readers. A follow up novel Hunter's Moon will be published next month.
Darkest Days by Stanley Gallon
(Pan Books 03 August 2007 / £6.99) - A harrowing and relentless political thriller in which début author Stanley Gallon piles on one disaster scenario after another. A paperback original from Pan - great holiday reading!
"Air Force One crashes into the sea, with the US President aboard. Is it an accident? Yellowstone National Park erupts in the most devastating volcanic catastrophe ever known. But, when evidence points to foreign terrorists, vengeance is swift and merciless. Guided by ruthless commercial interests, a new American President imposes martial law on a starving, demoralized population and plunges the nation into an overseas race against Russia and China to seize control of the world's most valuable remaining natural resources. Darkness falls across the globe, society collapses, liberty vanishes, and soon forces wielding unfettered power are transforming the United States into the greatest threat to global survival. After months of isolation in the Sudanese desert, Lieutenant Adam Burch learns that his parents have gone missing. Risking execution, he deserts his post and journeys back home to a shocking new American landscape. There he uncovers the chilling truth behind an imperialistic agenda responsible for casually extinguishing the lives of millions through starvation, enforced slavery and nuclear reprisal. Despite what Adam learns, it may already be too late, to rescue the world from its ...darkest days."
The Waking by T.M. Jenkins
(Pan Books 03 August 2007 / £6.99) - Los Angeles, 2006: Dr Nate Sheehan is casually murdered in a parking lot. His wife, also a doctor, hopes to rescue at least a part of him for cryonic preservation. She performs an unprecedented operation. Gamma Gulch Penitentiary, California, 2069: twenty-six-year-old Duane Williams is about to be sent to the death chamber for the rape and murder of a young woman. Icor Regrowth Programme, Arizona, 2070: sixty-four years after his own violent death, Nate is resuscitated using the body of an anonymous donor. Despite the advances in science, neurotechnologist Dr Persis Bandelier and her colleague Garth Bannerman never expected their covert operation to be a success. So when the patient responds to their treatment, no one is ready ...And all too soon, an investigative journalist blows the cover of the sensational "waking". The news story threatens to expose the identity of both the mysterious donor and unravel the truth behind Sheehan's murder all those years ago ...
Hanging Mountains (Cataclysm) by Sean Williams
(Prometheus Books 24 June 2007 / £12.20) - The latest instalment of this multiple award-winning series. Ancient enemies stalk ghostly fog forests as legends come to life ...
The Divide is flooded. Habryn Kail and the Homunculus are missing, presumed dead. Sal and his companions seek the source of the flood in the legendary Hanging Mountains, hoping to head off a crisis that was put in motion a thousand years ago. As conflict erupts between two long-forgotten civilisations, the outsiders find allies are hard to come by. Taken captive and separated, they uncover uncomfortable truths about the world and how it relates to the one that came before - our world.
Something dark and deadly is stirring in the heart of the mountains. And the closer it comes to waking, the more certain it seems the Homunculus may not have been the enemy at all ...
Starship Summer by Eric Brown
(PS Publishing Mid 2007 / ) - Eric Brown's recent novel Helix published by Solaris has received some deservedly fantastic reviews and this fine novella due shortly from PS Publishing is an equally impressive display of Brown's talents.
"David Conway leaves Earth and settles on the backwater planet of Chalcedony, Delta Pavonis IV, in search of a quiet life away from the haunting reminders of his past. Living aboard a derelict spaceship in the quiet coastal community of Magenta Bay, he meets artist Matt Sommers, beachcomber Maddie Chamberlain and ex-starship pilot Hawksworth, and things seem about as perfect as he could hope... until he discovers that his ship is haunted by an alien spectre.
What follows will change Conway and his friends - and the future of humankind's destiny in space - for ever."
Starship Summer is a limited edition that will be published in two states. 500 PPC hardcover copies will be signed by Brown, along with 300 trade hard covers, signed both by Brown and by Peter F. Hamilton, who wrote the introduction. Recommended.
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Sins of the Fathers (Woodend) by Sally Spencer
(Severn House Publishers Ltd March 2007 / £9.99) - "Politician spills his guts - all over the road!"
Severn House have launched a new line of trade paperbacks featuring a good number of titles that will be of interest to Sfrevu readers. This first title however, might be more suited for readers of our sister publication, Gumshoe Review - Sins of the Father, by Sally Spencer, a prolific writer of police procedurals.
Time to Kill by Brian Freemantle
(Severn House Publishers Ltd May 2007 / £9.99) - Time to Kill is a powerful thriller by Brian Freemantle, the veteran British writer whose books have sold a mere ten million copies worldwide.
" Jack Mason, once Russia's most successful CIA embedded traitor, has spent the last fifteen years in a penitentiary planning his vengeance on the defector who exposed him. Former KGB Colonel Dimitri Sobell has made a life for himself in America. Until he gets an official letter advising him of the man's impending release, he'd virtually forgotten Jack Mason.
But Mason hasn't forgotten, and when these two men are pitted against each other, only one outcome is possible – the death of whoever makes the one fatal mistake."
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
(Tor 17 August 2007 / £6.99) - "A novel with one foot in the future"
I love this tag line - and it's perfectly suited to this novel by one of SF's cast-iron masters of the craft. Vernor Vinge's 2006 novel Rainbow's End gets a UK release by Tor, who publish it this month as a paperback original.
"In the grand tradition of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge just turned the future upside-down in Rainbow's End" -- Charles Stross.
The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy 1) by Peter F. Hamilton
(Tor 03 August 2007 / £17.99) - The new and customarily huge novel by British SF colossus Peter F. Hamilton. The Dreaming Void is the first in a new space opera trilogy taking place in Hamilton's Commonwealth universe, some thousand or so years following the events of Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. (see review)
The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
(William Heinemann 05 July 2007 / £11.99) - Plenty of readers may well have been awaiting for the latest instalment of that Potter fellows adventures, but there are plenty out there who will be eager to get their hands on this release too. Of course, Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch Trilogy has only sold a paltry two million hard covers copies in his native Russia, and has yet to be translated into Latin, but it's done pretty well considering. The third and final volume, The Twilight Watch now gets its UK release, in time for the release of the multi-million dollar movie due out in October.
Publisher Randomhouse has set up a dedicated web site for the trilogy.
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