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The Novice (Black Magician Trilogy) by Trudi Canavan (ATOM 06 October, 2005 / £7.99) - Following the release last month of The Magician's Guild, the second volume in Canavan's acclaimed and accomplished Black Magician trilogy, The Novice is published in a smart hardcover release by Atom. Previously given a paperback outing by Orbit, this re-issue is aimed at the YA market.

Corgi Adult

Going Postal (Discworld S.) by Terry Pratchett (Corgi Adult 26 September, 2005 / £6.99) - Discworld fans get their regular fix with Going Postal which is released in mass market paperback on October 6th. Only Pratchett could get away with a protagonist named 'Moist von Lipwig' - a convicted criminal who must either submit himself to the death penalty or alteratively attempt to fix the chaotic Ankh-Morpork postal service. As the press release says in the very best traditions of TP's corniest jokes "...perhaps there's a shot of redemption in tne mad world of the mail, waiting for a man who's prepared to push the envelope..."!


Thud! (Discworld S.) by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday 26 September, 2005 / £17.99) - This this month's Pratchett juggernaut rumbles ceaselessly on with the release of Thud!, the thirty-fourth(!!!!) Discworld novel - there's just no stopping him!

"Koom Valley was where the trolls had ambushed the dwarves, or was it the dwarves who had ambushed the trolls? It was a long time ago, no one could quite remember...

But when a dwarf is murdered in Ankh-Morpork, it looks like Commander Sam Vimes is going to see the whole battle re-enatced if he doesn't find the culprit pretty quickly. With chaos all around him and war-drums sounding, he has much to do and not much time to do it in."

Where's My Cow? (Discworld S.) by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday 01 October, 2005 / £10.99) - A Pratchett picturebook - Where's My Cow? is a short, beautifully illustrated and very silly Discworld book clearly designed to get the next generation of Pratchett readers hooked whilst their still in the crib. Your kids will love it almost as much as you will!

Earthling Publications

Riverside Blues by Erik Tomblin (Earthling Publications September, 2005 / $14.00) - Another great novella published by Earthling Publications, who are turning out some absolutely fantastic work at the moment. Riverside Blues by newcomer Erik Tomblin apprantly came to Paul Miller's attention completely unsolicited and he found himself with no choice but to publish it! He describes it as "...unhurriedly paced, atmospheric, emotionally charged, haunting, and something truly special."

Released as a limited edition perfect-bound chapbook - 300 copies signed by the author. A lettered hardcover edition has already sold out. Further details can be found at the Earthling Publications web site.


Pushing Ice (Gollancz SF S.) by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz 20 October, 2005 / £10.99) - Alastair Reynolds returns with a hum-dinger of a space opera. Pushing Ice is one of the best things I've read in ages. be sure to read my review elsewhere in this issue. (see review)

Stamping Butterflies (Gollancz SF S.) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Gollancz 04 August, 2005 / £6.99) - "Grimwood has written some of the best SF in the world over the past five years and Stamping Butterflies continues his journey to greatness."-- SFX

Mass market edition of the highly acclaimed Stamping Butterflies, British literary SF at its very best. (see review)

The Child Garden (S.F.Masterworks S.) by Geoff Ryman (Gollancz 11 August, 2005 / £7.99) - Following the recent publication of Ryman's latest novel Air, Gollancz add his 1989 work The Child Garden to their SF Masterworks series at #61. A welcome reissue of this excellent, richly written novel.

The Cry of the Newborn: The Ascendants of Estorea Book 1 (Gollancz SF S.) by James Barclay (Gollancz 20 October, 2005 / £18.99) - The start of a brand new fantasy series by James Barclay and this one looks to be a humdinger! At nearly 900 pages, The Cry of the Newborn is a massive and epic work and looks likely to (deservedly) cement Barclay's place amongst the UK's very best fantasy story tellers. Reviewed this issue.

"An empire descending into war is about to discover the wonder and terror of magic..." (see review)

The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C. Clarke (Gollancz 11 August, 2005 / £6.99) - Clarke's 1990 SF mystery/adventure is given an outing by Gollancz. A mass market release.

"It is 2010. In two year's time it will be the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. Two of the world's most powerful corporations race to raise the vessell but there are other powers at work, and chaos theory comes into play as plans progress - and six preserved bodies are found."

The Snow (Gollancz SF S.) by Adam Roberts (Gollancz 11 August, 2005 / £6.99) - Robert's fifth SF novel is released in mass market paperback edition.

"The snow started falling on the sixth of September, soft noiseless flakes filling the sky like a swarm of white moths, or like static interference on your TV screen - whicever metaphor, nature or technology, you find the more evocative... But the snow doesn't stop. It falls and falls and falls. Until it lies three miles thick across the whole of the earth. Six billion people have died. Perhaps 150,000 survive."

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Settling Accounts: Drive to the East by Harry Turtledove (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 10 October, 2005 / £18.99) - The sequel to Return Engagements and the next installment in Turtledove's Settling Accounts section of his saga of The Great War. Brilliantly imagined alternative history by the most prolific writer of this genre.

"Turtledove [is] the standard-bearer for alternate history." -- USA Today

Hodder & Stoughton Paperbacks

Homeward Bound by Harry Turtledove (Hodder & Stoughton Paperbacks 24 October, 2005 / £7.99) - The climax to Turtledove's Worldwar saga is release in mass market paperback. "...finally recognising that the humans must previal, the Race prepares to withdraw. But will they - or we - survive the final epic battles?"


Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton (Macmillan 07 October, 2005 / £18.99) - Time to reinforce those already groaning bookshelves to house this new Peter F. Hamilton novel. Judas Unchained forms the second half of Hamilton's massive Commonwealth Saga and at 950 pages, it should keep you busy for a while!

Looking for Jake and Other Stories by China Mieville (Macmillan 02 September, 2005 / £17.99) - The first collection from China Mieville, and one that reveals the shadowy and highly imaginative depths of one of the genre's hottest talents. Looking For Jake contains thirteen shorts and the novella, The Tain originally published as a limited edition by PS Publishing . Highlights include Reports of Certain Events in London - a brilliant piece of dark and playful meta-fiction and Familiar, a stomach-churning story that makes one truly fear what might be lurking in the rubbish tips of London. The city - and London in particular remains a central fascination in Mieville's work, always prominent and always frightening. This collection will doubtless receive a lot of deserved attention. Highly recommended.


Grave Peril (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher (Orbit 06 October, 2005 / £6.99) - The third title in Butcher's Dresden Files continues the adventures of Chicago's only professional wizard detective, Harry Dresden.

"All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone- or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself..."

Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time S.) by Robert Jordan (Orbit 11 October, 2005 / £20.00) - The Wheel of Time grinds relentlessly on with the release of Knife of Dreams, the eleventh title in the series. Many of forest has perished to bring this series to our bookselves and Jordan fans will revel in this latest 700-odd page installment, released in a beautiful hard cover edition by Orbit.

Lion of Senet (Second Sons Trilogy) by Jennifer Fallon (Orbit 06 October, 2005 / £7.99) - Lion of Senet marks the start of a new fantasy trilogy by Jennifer Fallon, author of Medalon, Treason Keep, and Harshani. Lion of Senet has been released previously in Australia and the US and was reviewed by Madaline Yeah back in our April 04 issue.

Summer Knight (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher (Orbit 06 October, 2005 / £6.99) - "Ever since his girlfirend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresen has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can;t even recall the last time he took a shower."

Ewwww! Book four of The Dresden Files is released in the UK as a paperback original. Look out for two further titles in this excellent series next month.

Warhead by Andy Remic (Orbit 06 October, 2005 / £6.99) - Remic returns with his third Spiral novel, action packed, high-tech thrillers, chock-full of high energy and high body counts. These are the archetypal books for boys. Check out our reviews of Remic's previous two novels, Spiral and Quake .

Orion Children's

Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin (Orion Children's 06 October, 2005 / £5.99) - If you one of the millions who enjoyed Le Guin's classic Earthsea novels, then check out Gifts, the first novel in a new Le Guin series - The Annals of the Western Isles - aimed towards younger readers.

Telos Publishing Ltd

Back to the Vortex: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who by Philip David Segal (Telos Publishing Ltd 20 October, 2005 / £30.00) - Following the long-awaited and triumphant return to our TV screens of Dr Who earlier this year, J Shaun Lyon has written the ultimate guide to the Doctor's latest adventures. Back to the Vortex tells the story of the show's ressurection, from the choosing of the writers and the casting of the actors, right through the entire creative process of the series. The book also offers detailed background and guides to the individual episodes. In short, this really is a terrific release for all Dr Who fans, and completists will revel in the attention to detail. Hats off to Telos for publishing this as a beautiful hardcover, signed, limited edition - if £30.00 is too rich for you, it is also available in trade paperback, priced £12.00, ISBN 1903889782. Recommended.

Parish Damned by Lee Thomas (Telos Publishing Ltd September, 2005 / £7.99) - A deliciously creepy and original vampire story by Lee Thomas and another fine release from Telos, a publisher whose output continues to impress. Be sure to check out their web site - for their back catalogue and news of upcoming releases.


Flight of the Nighthawks: Darkwar (Conclave of Shadows S.) by Raymond E. Feist (Voyager 05 September, 2005 / £18.99) - A new series by Raymond E. Feist begins with this release of Flight of the Nighthawks. This one ties in with his previous works "...revisiting the exotic political intrigues of Great Kesh, (touched upon in the classic Riftwar books) and carrying the reader into a dark underworld of crime and black magic."

Ironcrown Moon (Boreal Moon Tale) by Julian May (Voyager 03 October, 2005 / £7.99) - The second novel in Julian May's Boreal Moon Tale sequence is release in mass market paperback by Voyager. Reviewed twice by us! Here by Collen Cahill and here by Rafe Conn. Check out Rafe's review of the first book in this series, Conquerer's Moon.

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