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Gollancz

Icarus (Gollancz SF S.) by Roger Levy (Gollancz 17 August, 2006 / £18.99) - The long awaited third novel from British SF writer Roger Levy, author of Reckless Sleep and Dark Heavens, both "...grim dystopias set on a failing earth." Icarus is a solid hard SF affair due for release in August.

"The shade of Philip K. Dick is evident behind Levy's polished and luminescent prose." -- Lineone.net

Keeping It Real by Justina Robson (Gollancz 18 May, 2006 / £10.99) - Justina Robson, one of the UK's top drawer female SF writers joins the Gollancz stable. She had four acclaimed novels published with Macmillan (one of which, Mappa Mundi, I reviewed back in our October 2001 issue) but with this change of publishers there has also been a slight alteration in tone. Her new novel Keeping It Real is a much more gutsy and action-packed affair than we've seen before from Robson, though it is a no less thoughtful and incisive work.

"...a fun-filled, energetic and escapist romp in a world warped by magic and weirdness, full of humour and one of the most unique and compelling female characters ever created in an SF novel" -- Publisher's Blurb.

The Braided Path: Ascendancy Veil Bk. 3 (Gollancz SF S.) by Chris Wooding (Gollancz 11 May, 2006 / £6.99) - The final book in Chris Wooding's quite excellent fantasy trilogy, The Braided Path is issued in mass market paperback. This is a hugely impressive series from a writer who though still in his twenties, is already way ahead of the pack. Check out my reviews of the first two books in the sequence, in our May 03 and May 04 issues plus our exclusive interview with this bright young author. (see review)

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gollancz SF S.) by Scott Lynch (Gollancz 20 July, 2006 / £17.99) - One of the year's big releases, this debut fantasy novel by US author Scott Lynch has a lot to live up to, given the hype that has been surrounding it. There's been lots of pre-publicity, news of overseas deals and film options, cover quotes from various top drawer luminaries, but... is it any good? Check out my review in this issue to find out! (see review)

The Va Dinci Cod (Gollancz SF S.) by Adam Roberts (Gollancz 11 May, 2006 / £5.99) - A timely reissue for this A.R.R.R (aka Adam) Roberts parody of the Dan Brown blockbuster. This small format paperback release is subtitled "NOT the film tie-in edition"... course not!

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Salem's Lot by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 10 April, 2006 / £20.00) - A real treat for King collectors - Hodder & Stoughton have released this beautiful illustrated edition of Salem's Lot, the author's extremely creepy second novel. This sturdy hard cover contains fifty pages of alternate scenes, a new introduction by King, photographic images by Jerry Uelsmann that capture the feel of the novel perfectly, a new page layout and two short stories "...that relate to the peopel and the goings-on in Jerusalem's Lot". At £20.00, this is easily the one to spend your book budget on this month!

Orbit

Accelerando by Charles Stross (Orbit 01 June, 2006 / £6.99) - The mass market paperback edition of Accelerando by the prolific and very much man-of-the-moment British SF writer Charles Stross. Stross is one of the most imaginative SF writers to have emerged over the last three or four years. He's been around longer than that of course, but his work seems to typify the now of science fiction. He's winning awards left, right and centre and not without good reason. Recommended.

Across the Face of the World (Fire of Heaven Trilogy) by Russell Kirkpatrick (Orbit 04 May, 2006 / £7.99) - Modern antipodean fantasy has over recent years been a vibrant and ever expanding force in the genre and Orbit has worked admirably hard to bring some truly shining examples of it to British readers - joining the huge talents of Ian Irvine, Trudi Canavan, Fiona McKintosh, Orbit now brings to the UK the work of Russell Kirkpatrick, a new New Zealand writer who's fantasy trilogy The Fire of Heaven has been a huge success down under. The first book in the sequence Across the Face of the World is published in trade paperback and will be followed by books two and three in due course.

Broken by Kelley Armstrong (Orbit 04 May, 2006 / £6.99) - If you caught my review of Mike Carey's superlative debut novel The Devil You Know back in our April issue, you'll have noted my observation that leading UK publisher Orbit is pretty much cornering the market in supernatural thriller type novels right now. These kinds of stories tap directly into the Buffy fan base and are proving an enormously successful niche for Orbit. This month sees two releases from them that fit the bill - the first is Kelly Armstrong's sixth novel, Broken, a paperback original that sees the return of "kick-ass werewolf" Elena Michaels, star of previous novels Bitten and Stolen.

Dead Beat (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher (Orbit 01 June, 2006 / £6.99) - Here in the UK we're slightly behind the US in terms of Harry Dresden novels - Dead Beat, published this month as an Orbit paperback original is the seventh in Jim Butcher's popular series featuring his professional wizard detective. The eighth book, Proven Guilty has recently been released in the US (see Gayle's review and exclusive interview with the author in last month's issue) and is due out here soon.

Star Risk (Star Risk S.) by Chris Bunch (Orbit 01 June, 2006 / £6.99) - Orbit releases the first book in the late and much lamented Chris Bunch's SF series Star Risk, described as "The A Team in Space"! Great action hero stuff! The three other books that make up this sequence will be released in subsequent months.

Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow (Orbit 01 June, 2006 / £6.99) - The second supernatural thriller from Orbit this month comes from Lilith Saintcrow, a Vancouver based writer who is being published in the UK for the first time, though she has a good body of work already published on the other side of the Atlantic. Working for the Devil is aimed at the very same fan base as Kelly Armstrong, Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris (all Orbit writers) and is the first novel in a sequence of books featuring Dante Valentine, "... a licensed Necromancer, one of the best to survive training, and she's got an emerald embedded in her forehead to prove it."

Tor

Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton (Tor 02 June, 2006 / £6.99) - Mass market paperback edition of a major new novel from the author of The Outsiders, Rumblefish, Tex and That Was Then, This is Now.

"An orphan and a bastard, Jamie grew up tough enough to handle almost anything. Taking to the sea, he found danger and adventure in exotic ports all over the world.

He's survived foreign prisons, smugglers, pirates, gunrunners and even a shark attack. But what he finds in the quiet seaside town of Hawked Habor is enough to drive him almost insane - and change his life forever." - Cover Blurb

Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton (Tor 05 May, 2006 / £7.99) - The concluding volume in Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga is released in mass market paperback. As we have come to expect from PFH - an author billed by Pan Macmillan as "Britain's No.1 Science Fiction Writer", this is space at its most operatic - a humongous novel, over 1200 pages. The sequel to Pandora's Star.

Voyager

A Feast for Crows (Song of Ice & Fire) by George R.R. Martin (Voyager 2 May, 2006 / £12.99) - It's hard to imagine that any reader, having waited five years for the appearance of this next installment of George R.R. Martin's epic, would not have rushed out (as I did) to grab the hard cover edition the minute it hit the shelves. Nevertheless, as is their pattern, HarperCollins Voyager now issues this trade paperback edition of A Feast For Crows some months after the initial hard cover run. The content is beyond reproach and more than worth the wait, but is it worth the weight? Hmmm. Well, it's big and cumbersome and if you've waited this long, you might wait a little longer for the (hopefully) more manageable mass market edition later in the year.

Devadatta (Buddha S.) by Osamu Tezuka (Voyager 02 May, 2006 / £10.00) - The third volume in Osamu Tezuka's graphic novel rendition of the story of the Buddha. This is simply a work of genius - massively important in terms of culture and of art, it marks, as a reviewer in METRO stated, the "...point after which Manga novels were regarded as a serious form of literature." Though now thirty years old, this extraordinary work remains as vibrant and fascinating as ever and HarperCollins are to be congratulated heartily for this beautiful eight volume release that offers a new generation of readers the chance to experience Tezuka's masterpiece.

The Forest of Uruvela (Buddha S.) by Osamu Tezuka (Voyager 02 May, 2006 / £10.00) - Volume four of Tezuka's Buddha sequence is released simultaneously with volume 3 (see above). Next month will see the release of volumes five and six and July will bring forth the two concluding volumes. Highly recommended.

The Gold Falcon by Katharine Kerr (Voyager 02 May, 2006 / £11.99) - We greedy readers far too often selfishly demand more, more, and still more from our writers. At the same time we forget that is takes far less time to read a novel than it does to write one. For fans of Katherine Kerr's work, the wait for a new novel in her Deverry Cycle has been five long years, but that wait is now over. The Golden Falcon is issued in the UK in trade paperback only. If you're after a hard cover you'll have to wait until the US edition appears later in the year.

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