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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 31 October 2008 / £14.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy : Gaiman's readers will delight at the prospect of his new novel The Graveyard Book finally being released this coming Halloween. There has been a buzz about it for what seems like months, fuelled no doubt by Gaiman being such a generously visible and contactable personality (his blog is essential reading) and the announcement of the varied and many editions. In the UK alone, The Graveyard Book will be released in three separate states by Bloomsbury - a children's edition, an adult edition and a slip cased gift edition (four, if you count the audio book!) and there will be a similarly varied number of US releases.
Marcus Gipps reviews this title for us in this issue. (see review)
A Dark and Hungry God Arises: The Gap Sequence: 2: The Gap Sequence: v. 2 (Gap Into 3) by Stephen Donaldson
(Gollancz 11 September 2008 / £7.99) - Gollancz reissue a major component of Stephen Donaldson's back list - his Gap sequence, this being the third release in the series (displayed first in this column becuase our database software is an idiot!
"The third instalment in the GAP sequence: Stephen Donaldson's fascinating universe peopled with characters of a passion and intensity only he could create. After a terrifying encounter with the Amnion aliens, Nick Succorso made for the safety of Thanatos Minor, the infamous bootleg shipyard where illegals from all over the galaxy come to repair their ships (and indulge their exotic tastes in entertainment). But the Amnion are waiting, and for Nick, Morn Hyland and her force-grown son Davies, the safe haven has turned into a vision of hell. Now Angus Thermopyle heads for Thanatos Minor, programmed to carry out a secret mission that could have nightmarish consequences for them all ..."
Altered Carbon (Gollancz S.F.) by Richard Morgan
(Gollancz 04 September 2008 / £7.99) - Gollancz are reissuing Richard Morgan's back list with all new cover art. The first of these is the book that launched Morgan's career, Altered Carbon winner of the Philip K. Dick memorial award and a novel destined to become a classic for sure. We re-running all the relevant Sfrevu's of Morgan's work in this issue and follow this link to read the interview I conducted with the author at the time his début novel was first released. (see review)
Broken Angels (Gollancz S.F.) by Richard Morgan
(Gollancz 04 September 2008 / £7.99) - Broken Angels, Morgan's follow-up to Altered Carbon, is the second of his back list to be reissued by Gollancz in mass market paperback. Check out my review of the original 2003 release, rerun this issue.
"Morgan unfurls the twisting plot and counterplot of corporate greed and corrupt politics brilliantly" -- The Times (see review)
Chaos and Order: The Gap Sequence 3: The Gap Sequence: v. 3 (Gap Into 4) by Stephen Donaldson
(Gollancz 11 September 2008 / £7.99) - "The fourth third instalment in the GAP sequence: Stephen Donaldson's fascinating universe peopled with characters of a passion and intensity only he could create. As the planetoid Thanatos Minor explodes into atoms, the Trumpet hurtles into space, just one step ahead of hostile pursures. On board the Trumpet are Nick Succorso, Morn Hyland, her force-grown son Davies and the cyborg Angus Thermopyle, old enemies now thrown together in a desperate bid for survival. The only hope for the exhausted crew is an illegal lab in a distant binary solar system and that means a journey of unpredictable dangers from which they may not return . . ."
Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose: by Glen Cook
(Gollancz 18 September 2008 / £14.99) - Best-sellers in the United States, now courtesy of Gollancz, British readers can get to grips with Glen Cooks Black Company with the release of this omnibus edition. It features three titles, The Black Company,Shadows Lighter and White Rose and is a large format trade paperback.
"With the Black Company series, Glen Cook single-handedly changed the face of fantasy - something a lot of people didn't notice, and maybe still don't. He brought the story down to a human level, dispensing with the cliché archetypes of princes, kings and evil sorcerers. Reading his stuff is like reading Vietnam fiction on Peyote" -- Steven Erikson
Darker Than You Think (Fantasy Masterworks) by Jack Williamson
(Gollancz 21 August 2008 / £7.99) - Gollancz reissue eight wonderful horror novels in paperback, under the umbrella title of The Terror 8 ... and it is quite a bloody feast they lay before us!
First up is the late Jack Williamson's classic 1948 werewolf novel (developed from a novella originally published in 1940), Darker Than You Think.
"Yields sheer enjoyment, generating wonder and suspense as Williamson springs his sequence of trapdoors with the effortless agility of a master" -- Peter Straub
Effendi: The Arabesk Trilogy Book 2: The Second Arabesk (Arabesk Trilogy 2) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
(Gollancz 11 September 2008 / £7.99) - Frustratingly displayed out of sequence due to the idiosyncrasies of the SFrevu database, here's Effendi, the second title in Jon Courtenay Grimwood's Arabesk trilogy, now reissued by Gollancz in mass market paperback (the other two titles in the series are listed below). This sequence has been much lauded, a futuristic detective story set in a Middle east where the Ottoman Empire still dominates.
"All brilliant light and scorching heat... Grimwood successfully mingles fantasy with reality to make an unusual, beleivable and absorbing mystery" -- Sunday Telegraph
Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
(Gollancz 21 August 2008 / £7.99) - Poppy Z. Brite's third novel is the second of The Terror 8 releases. Originally published in 1996, Exquisite Corpse moves between London and New Orleans and tells of two serial killers whose relationship is a match made in hell.
"... held my attention utterly wrapped until its ghastly end... a book to devour" -- The Times
Felaheen: The Arabesk Trilogy Book 3: The Third Arabesk (Arabesk Trilogy 3) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
(Gollancz 11 September 2008 / £7.99) - The final part of Jon Courtenay Grimwood's Ashraf Bey sequence, Felaheen is reissued by Gollancz this month along with the two preceding novels.
"A provocative hard-crime novel, Arabic alternate history, and literary page-turner all in one" -- Entertainment Weekly
Fevre Dream (Fantasy Masterworks 13) by George R.R. Martin
(Gollancz 28 August 2008 / £7.99) - Martin's historical vampire novel is a real tour de force. Set aboard a Mississippi paddle-steamer in the 1850s, it tells an unforgettable story of an unforgettable journey. It's hard to pick a 'best' out of these Terror 8 titles, but this one is a major contender.
"Grace, suspence and just good old-fashioned knock-out storytelling make it the kind of chiller one rereads -- Harlan Ellison
Five Great Novels (LATEST EDITION) (Gollancz S.F.) by Philip K. Dick
(Gollancz 25 September 2008 / £14.99) - Gollancz reissue their 2004 Philip K. Dick omnibus with a new look cover. This one is certainly the best value for money of this month's releases - entitled Five Great Novels it does exactly what it says on the label, serving up an amazing selection of Dick's masterworks. For the bargain price of £14.99 you can read The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik (my favourite of Dick's novels) and A Scanner Darkly. Worth every penny!
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
(Gollancz 28 August 2008 / £7.99) - I remember Straub's Ghost Story leaving me a little cold when I read it some years ago, but many more learned than I rate this as one of the scariest books they've read. A worthy inclusion in The Terror 8.
"The terror just mounts and mounts -- Stephen King
Hater by David Moody
(Gollancz 19 February 2009 / £9.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: This is an interesting one! Originally self-published in 2006 by author David Moody, Hater is described as a mix of 28 Days Later and I am Legend and is destined to be a major title in the Gollancz calendar for 2009. The novel has reached these dizzying heights largely due to the Hollywood flavour-of-the-month director Guillermo del Toro picking up the film rights but equally becuase it is a punchy and brilliantly written piece of apocalyptic fiction. Due to be published in Feb 09.
"... a remarkable and truly shocking novel, playing on the distrust, paranoia and suspicion of modern society. The horrific events play out both through the lives of its everything hero and in a series of powerful and disturbing vignettes which deliver the full extent of the horror raging across every corner of the country. Written with superb flair and emotional punch, Hater will haunt you long after the last page."
Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
(Gollancz 14 August 2008 / £6.99) - Kitty's radio show, Kitty's Midnight Hour, is as popular as ever, and now she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Can she finally settle down to a normal life? Not if this is just the calm before the storm. When her mother falls ill, Kitty rushes back to Denver -- and right back to the abusive pack of werewolves she escaped a year ago. To make matters worse, a war is brewing in the vampire community as Denver's two oldest vampires vie for the city, threatening the whole supernatural community. Though she wants to stay neutral, Kitty is once again drawn into a world of politics and violence. To protect her family, her lover, and herself, she'll have to choose sides . . . and maybe become what she hates most about her kind: a killer.
Market Forces (Gollancz S.F.) by Richard Morgan
(Gollancz 04 September 2008 / £7.99) - Morgan's third novel, Market Forces, reissued this month by Gollancz in mass marker paperback was his futuristic attack on corporate greed with fast cars thrown in for fun. Boy's with toys will want this for Christmas! Originally reviewed on release, we're re-running the review in this issue. (see review)
Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney
(Gollancz 16 October 2008 / £9.99) - Uncorrected proof copy : This memoir by "William Heaney" is actually the brand new novel by Graham Joyce, one of the best writers out there by far and one whose work I've covered here before (see my reviews of Smoking Poppy, The Facts of Life and The Limits of Enchantment). Heaney/Joyce's new novel is release this month by from, whereupon the reason for the pseudonym will perhaps reveal themselves - in the meantime Mister Heaney has an on-line journal here. (see review)
Pashazade: The Arabesk Trilogy Book 1: The First Arabesk by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
(Gollancz 11 September 2008 / £7.99) - The latest Gollancz reissue of Jon Courtenay Grimwoods acclaimed Arabesk sequence opens with Pashazade, a novel nominated for the BSFA, Arthur C. Clarke, and John W. Campbell awards. We're re-running my review of the original 2001 release in this issue.
"Alternately violent and touching, exotic and strangely familiar. Grimwoods El Iskandryia is a place worth visiting." -- Washington Post (see review)
Selling Out: Quantum Gravity Book Two (Gollancz S.F.) by Justina Robson
(Gollancz 04 September 2008 / £7.99) - The mass market edition of Justina Robson's second Lila Black novels "... combines her trademark themes of the nature of identity and reality, magic and technology, with break-neck plots, a mischievous sense of fun and a seriously sexy new heroine."
We're rerunning Juliet McKenna's review of tyhe original trade paperback release. (see review)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
(Gollancz 21 August 2008 / £7.99) - Perhaps one of the most enduring dark fantasies ever written, Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes is given a richly deserved reissue as part of the Gollancz Terror 8 series. A true masterpiece that evokes "...an unforgetable sense of both fear and nostalgia" and surely required reading for every self-respecting genre fan. Recommended.
Song of Kali (Fantasy Masterworks) by Dan Simmons
(Gollancz 21 August 2008 / £7.99) - Since his début in 1985 with the deeply chilling Song of Kali, winner of the 1985 World Fantasy Award, Dan Simmons has risen to become a genre-hopping writer of immeasurable talent. Take a look at this one and it's really not hard to see why!
"The best horror novel in years and the best first novel in the genre I have ever read" -- Dean Koontz (see review)
The Clouded World: Darkening for a Fall and Empire of Chaos by Jay Amory
(Gollancz 25 September 2008 / £14.99) - Jay Amory - a.k.a the excellent British writer James Lovegrove has the third and fourth novels in his young adult series The Clouded World released as an omnibus edition of the same name. This release includes Darkening for a Fall and Empire of Chaos - check out my review of the first title in the series, The Fledging of Az Gabrielson.
The Green Mile by Stephen King
(Gollancz 21 August 2008 / £7.99) - This King novel - originally released as six small paperback 'episodes' back in 1996 holds a very special place in my book loving heart, for, to this day, it remains the only book I ever read from cover to cover in single unbroken sitting! I started it late one evening and became aware of the dawn chorus as I turned the final page. It was an extraordinary experience made all the more extraordinary by the fact that having already seen Frank Darabont faithful movie version, I actually knew the story already!
This is testament to Stephen King, one of the greatest storytellers of all time - in my opinion - and this novel The Green Mile remains one of the most perfectly plotted pieces of fiction I have ever read. Period.
Not to be missed regardless of whether you have seen the film or not.
The Man With The Golden Torc: Secret Histories Book 1 (Gollancz S.F.) by Simon R. Green
(Gollancz 14 August 2008 / £7.99) - Simon R. Green'e new fantasy adventure sequence opens with The Man with the Golden Torc now released by Gollancz in mass market paperback.
"You know what? It's all true. Everything that ever scared you, from conspiracy theories to monsters under the bed to ghosties & ghoulies & long-leggity beasties. The only reason they haven't taken over the world yet is because my family has always been there to stand in their way. We guard the door, keeping you safe from the big bad wolf, and you never even know our names. Of course, there's a price to be paid. By us, and by you. The username's Bond. Shaman Bond. Licensed to kick supernatural arse. And Bond - real name Eddie Drood - comes from one of the oldest families in England, a family that has been protecting Humanity from the forces of darkness for more centuries than anyone can even remember. And Eddie Drood loved his job - until the day it all blew up in his face ... SECRET HISTORIES is a mix of James Bond and Blade, a fast-paced roller-coaster ride through the dark side." (see review)
The Real Story & Forbidden Knowledge: The Gap Sequence: 1: The Gap Sequence: v. 1 (Gap Into 1 & 2) by Stephen Donaldson
(Gollancz 11 September 2008 / £7.99) - "In the far future, gap drives faster-than-light deep space travel, but sometimes this afflicts some with irreparable brain damage. A Zone Implant can turn such a person into a zombie, to protect his shipmates, but it's highly illegal. Ensign Morn Hyland works for the United Mining Company, which is in charge of law enforcement throughout known space. She lives aboard a police ship, together with most of her family; their job is to chase down pirates and other illegals who prey on the weak, or smuggle goods into forbidden space. Her life is nothing out of the ordinary - until she falls in with the pirate Captain Nick Succorso. All of a sudden, the young, strong, beautiful police officer appears to be falling in love - well, lust at least - with the murdering pirate, or so it appears to the folk at the space station's bar. But the real story was quite different . . ."
The Sweet Scent of Blood: spellcrackers.com Book 1 (Spellcrackers) by Suzanne McLeod
(Gollancz 04 September 2008 / £9.99) - A début paranormal romance. Susanne McLeod's The Sweet Scent of Blood is a new British challenge to this massive marketplace so dominated by American writers. Agent John Jarrold reports that this is the first of three books sold to Gollancz in this Spellcrackers.com series and that two books have seen sold (via Orion) to German publisher Goldmann for "a significant advance"... watch this space! Perfect for fans of Charlaine Harris, Kelly Armstrong and Laurel K. Hamilton.
The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce
(Gollancz 28 August 2008 / £7.99) - One of Graham Joyce's most enduring and disturbing stories is this, his 1996 novel, The Tooth Fairy - which won the 1997 British Fantasy Award and should have scooped a bunch of other awards too in my opinion! This is a great book and Joyce a woefully under-rated (outside the genre at least) writer. Check out my review of his latest novel, Memoirs of a Master Forger elsewhere in this issue.
"Seven-year-old Sam Southall loses a tooth, and that night he's visited by a sinister, rank, foul-mouthed mercurial Tooth Fairy, a demonic being that apparently only he can see, but whose malignant influence spills over onto his family and friends."
This Day All Gods Die: The Gap Sequence: 4: The Gap Sequence: v. 4 (Gap Into 5) by Stephen Donaldson
(Gollancz 11 September 2008 / £7.99) - "The fifth and final instalment in the GAP sequence: Stephen Donaldson's fascinating universe peopled with characters of a passion and intensity only he could create. As the conflict between humankind and the Amnion heads for crisis, Morn Hyland, the cyborg Angus Thermopyle and the survivors on board the crippled starship Trumpet must return from deep space to Earth. Their mission is to prevent all-out war with the aliens, which would leave humanity to pay a terrible price. But the Amnion react with swift fury, and suddenly Earth is threatened with fiery destruction . . .
Warlord (Gollancz S.F.) by Elizabeth Vaughan
(Gollancz 07 August 2008 / £6.99) - A third romantic fantasy title in Elizabeth Vaughan's Warprize sequence - Warlord is released as a paperback original.
"Lara of Xy and her Warlord, Keir of the Cat, have been through much together. Lara left her homeland and her people for him, adopting his tribe as hers and learning their ways. Together they have overcome great trials, faced plague and insurgency, and found joy and happiness in each other's arms.
But now they face their most arduous trial: Keir must take Lara into the Heart of the Plains, where she will be tested and examined by the warrior-priests.
For Lara is the Warprize, but if the elders are to confirm her in her role, she must be accepted by a people who loathe everything she represents. And if she is found wanting, she will lose everything: her new home, her new people - and her Warlord . . ."
Woken Furies (Gollancz S.F.) by Richard Morgan
(Gollancz 04 September 2008 / £7.99) - The final Morgan reissue of the month from Gollancz is Woken Furies, his most recent work featuring the fierce and violently cynical protagonist Takeshi Kovacs. Reviewed once again in this issue.
"Morgan's knack for grisly set-pieces and heart-stopping violence makes for compulsive reading. A superior SF thriller." -- Amazon.com (see review)
Royal Exile (Valisar Trilogy) by Fiona McIntosh
(HarperVoyager 01 October 2008 / £17.99) - Fiona McIntosh moves from Orbit to HarperCollins Voyager with her new fantasy series. Royal Exile is the first novel of The Valisar Trilogy, and is released in royal hardback this month.
"Led by Loethar, an ambitious and ruthless tyrant, a terrifying army of mercenaries and renegades from the great southern steppes threaten to overwhelm the Kingdom of Penraven, having already overthrown its two neighbouring realms, leaving a trail of devastation and broken lives in their wake. Penraven is Loethar's most desired prize, not only because of its wealth, safe harbour, extensive coastline, and abundant natural resources. This time the tyrant wants more than a crown. Driven by dreams of empire, fuelled by his increasing obsession with magic, Loethar's plan to overthrow King Brennus of Penraven, 9th of the Valisars, was cemented the hour upon when he learned that Brennus possessed the power of coercion. All of the Valisar heirs have been blessed down the ages with the sinister ability to bend people entirely to their will and Loethar is convinced that if he consumes these empowered people he will then be imbued with their skills and magics! and be unstoppable."
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The Winter Ground by Catriona McPherson
(Hodder & Stoughton 16 October 2008 / £19.99) - Peripherally genre and certainly more likely to be found in the crime section of your book store, I am nevertheless delighted to have received a copy of The Winter Ground, the latest Dandy Gilver mystery - I'm a sucker for circus stories in any form and this one looks like a cracker!
"McPherson is on to a winner with her 1920s society sleuth Dandy Gilver, who is the most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages. She is gauche but perceptive, married but unromantic (although there's a lovely frisson to her co-solver), sly but endearingly innocent. The period detail is accomplished and convincing, the crime is neatly convoluted and McPherson's prose bristles with clever asides under a lucid surface. I wouldn't be surprised if she is translated on to the small screen soon, and I can't wait for her next adventure.'" -- Scotland on Sunday on AFTER THE ARMISTICE BALL
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Paul of Dune (Legends of Dune) (Legends of Dune) by Kevin J. Anderson
(Hodder & Stoughton General 04 September 2008 / £12.99) - I'm no expert on Frank Herbert's Dune books, but I think I'm right in saying that his son Brian, along with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, has now written more titles in this series than its originator. Clearly the demand for Dune stories remains as high as ever amongst fans and so this latest title Paul of Dune will be a welcome addition. A trade paperback release by Hodder & Stoughton.
"Here at last is the missing history of Dune, its empire and its ruling family during those twelve action-packed years. It is a story of love and idealism; of ambition and intrigue; of war and reconciliation. Above all, it is the story of how Paul Atreides - a young man who achieved absolute power over a thousand planets when scarcely more than a boy - comes to renounce that empire and seek a new way forward for the people he rules."
The Temporal Void by Peter F. Hamilton
(Macmillan 03 October 2008 / £18.99) - The second (huge) novel in Peter F. Hamilton's (huge) Void Trilogy. The Temporal Void is due in hard cover from Macmillan in next month. Catch my review of the first novel in this sequence, The Dreaming Void, back in our August 07 issue.
"The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream's deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity. Countering the various and increasingly desperate agents and factions is Paula Myo, a ruthlessly single-minded investigator, beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues of dubious allegiance - but she is fast losing a race against time. At the heart of all this is Edeard the Waterwalker, who once lived a long time ago deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of Living Dream, and visions of his life are shared by, and inspire billions of humans. It is his glorious, captivating story that is the driving force behind Living Dream's Pilgrimage, a force that is too strong to be thwarted. As Edeard nears his final victory the true nature of the Void is finally revealed."
How to Make Monsters by Gary McMahon
(Morrigan Books 19 September 2008 / £6.95) - A recent trip to Fantasycon here in the UK gave me the chance to meet up with some of the smaller, independent publishers that are flourishing now that print on demand and other such book production opportunities are becoming more affordable. It's easy to be snobbish about this area of publishing and it is not untrue that vanity press and self-publishing produces some pretty crack-pot material. At the same time, there are those folks who are producing quality fiction with excellent production on limited budgets and in the process are bringing forward the next generation of writers, allowing them to hone their skills and gain notoriety.
One such outfit is Morrigan Books, a relatively new name in this area. Publisher Mark Deniz had three fascinating titles on offer at the con, the first of which is this, a collection of stories by Gary McMahon, a British writer who impressed me with his novella Rough Cut, released a year or two by Pendragon Press (another excellent independent publisher run by Welshman Christopher Teague). How to Make Monsters is a tidy trade paperback and is available directly from the publisher's web site (which I note is highly professional and extremely impressive).
"...a very bloody good writer indeed... heartfelt, talented, soulful... serious and mature" -- Tim Lebbon
The Even by Tammy Moore
(Morrigan Books 19 September 2008 / £7.95) - The second Morrigan title available at Fantasycon was The Even, a short novel from Northern Irish author Tammy Moore. This too can be ordered directly via the Morrigan web site and is available as a trade paperback or as a limited signed hard cover.
"In the Even — a city built in the intersection between the real and the not —ruled by the iron whim of the demon Yekum where treachery brewed amidst the ever-changing streets. Ancients dwell in the city who have out-lived their purpose and grown jaded with their immortality. They want only to die and they will take the whole world with them if they have to: suicide by Apocalypse.
Only Faceless Lenith, goddess, cynic and gambler, stands in their way. The fate of the world rests on her shoulders and mankind did not conceive her to be wise."
Voices by Mark S. Deniz (Ed)
(Morrigan Books 19 September 2008 / £6.95) - In every room, there is a story. In this hotel, the stories run to the wicked and macabre. Well-crafted psychological and supernatural horror offerings await you, each written by a master storyteller. Whether you are looking to be shocked, disturbed or out-right frightened, Voices will have something to titillate your nerves and make your hair stand up on end. Leave the lights on and brew a strong cup of tea, the voices in the room plan on keeping you up all night.
The third title from Morrigan this month is Voices an anthology of chilling and disturbing stories hand-picked by editor Mark Deniz and available via the publishers web site. SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENTS, FOLKS!
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 21 by Gardner Dozois
(Robinson Publishing 11 September 2008 / £9.99) - The benchmark publication for consistently excellent SF is this annual anthology published by Robinson. Compiled by Gardner Dozois, this is the book to buy if you want a snapshot of what's hot in today's SF marketplace. This year's Best New SF is the 21st collection and - as it always does - contains some truly stellar writing from old hands and newcomers alike. Includes stories by Alastair Reynolds, Michael Swanwick, Greg Egan, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Ken MacLeod, Kage Baker, Gregory Benford, Neal Asher, Pat Cadigan and - as the saying goes - man, many more!
A Fire in the North: Annals of Lindormyn 2 by David Bilsborough
(Tor 05 September 2008 / £7.99) - Much hyped but falling well short, David Bilsborough's The Wanderer's Tale was one of last year's major genre disappointments, I'm afraid. Now Tor UK release the mass market paperback edition of A Fire in the North, book two in the sequence.
"This second volume picks up the ongoing story in a tunnel leading out of enchanted mountain realm of Eotunlandt. Fighting their way through subterranean dangers, Nibulus and his diminished retinue of 'questers' finally reach the open again, only to discover that their rivals the Thieves have mysteriously disappeared"
Fallowblade (Crowthistle Chronicles) by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
(Tor 19 September 2008 / £7.99) - The climactic final part of Cecilia Dart-Thornton's Crowthistle Chronicles. Fallowblade is published in mass market paperback by Tor UK.
"Weapons glitter, men's voices are raised in battle-song and bright banners crack and flap in a sharp breeze; armies of steel and bronze are marching to war as the ruthless king of the southern realm executes his plan to seize dominion over the Four Kingdoms. With Tir's most powerful protectors slain by treachery and the defenders scattered, it appears nothing can stand in the tyrant's way. Asr thiel, summoner of storms, called 'Weatherwitch' by her wayward, eldritch companion, aids the defenders as best she can, but the invading armies are pushing further north and it seems that all is lost ...Until a new peril unexpectedly looms; a far more dangerous and deadly menace that threatens not merely the balance of power, but the entire human race ...'Dart-Thornton conjures up her world of Tir in the luminous yet hard-edged manner of Jack Vance and Mary Gentle." -- Washington Post
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