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Its finally happened, Subterranean Press are working with Anthony Ryan, and it’s about time. We just got our copies of ‘A Pilgrimage of Swords’ and it’s done, read and greatly enjoyed. Now we’ve started ‘Wolf’s Call’, a hard choice given our other new arrivals:

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THE BOOKSNEW ARRIVALS

ENTER THE EXECRATION,

WHERE THE DAMNED AND THE DESPERATE

COME TO PRAY TO THE MAD GOD…

It is two hundred years since the deity known as the Absolved went mad and destroyed the Kingdom of Alnachim, transforming it into the Execration, a blasted wasteland filled with nameless terrors. For decades, desperate souls have made pilgrimage to the centre of this cursed land to seek the Mad God’s favour, their fate always unknown. 

Now a veteran warrior known only as Pilgrim, armed with a fabled blade inhabited by the soul of a taunting demon, must join with six others to make the last journey to the heart of the Execration. Allied with a youthful priest, a beast-charmer, a duplicitous scholar, an effete actor and two exiled lovers, Pilgrim must survive madness, malevolent spirits, unnatural monsters and the ever-present risk of treachery, all so that the Mad God might hear his prayer and, perhaps, grant redemption. But can sins such as his ever be forgiven?

This novella is said to be the prequel to a new series, we certainly hope so. 

Great dust jacket by Didier Graffet.             

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And continuing with Subterranean we received the seventh novel of 'The Expanse'. As with the series to date this is an oversized limited edition, with a wraparound dust jacket by Daniel Dociu. Check out the others at our James A. Corey page. Amazing set.



Persepolis Rising: An old enemy returns.

In the thousand-sun network of humanity’s expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace.

In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it.

New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient patterns of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity—and the Rocinante—unexpectedly and forever. 

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That our next book is not the first book on the page speaks to the quality of stuff that is coming in and not to how excited we are about a second trilogy set in the land of the 'First Law’, and this time it’s the kids!                                                                                                         

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Book One of ‘The Age of Madness'

"The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments.

Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…"

A signed limited edition.

We look forward to the Sub Press edition which is bound to follow.

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And from one favoured publisher to the next, we’ve had two Centipede Press editions come in, this time both classics from the horror genre that have been given the usual Centipede makeover with great results.

Starting with S. P. Somtow’s 'Vampire Junction', universally acclaimed as “…a major reworking of the vampire myth and one of the most original novels of the 1980’s” — Barron (ed.) Horror Literature (4-278).

Timmy is a vampire, trapped in a child’s body but with centuries of wisdom and survival skills honed to a razor sharpness. He’ll steal your heart and then have it for breakfast. One of the most original and powerful takes on the vampire mythos. Indeed, of the many fine books authored by Somtow Sucharitkul (S. P. Somtow), 'Vampire Junction' may well be his masterpiece. 

Oversize presentation of 7 × 10 inches, full color dustjacket printed on gorgeous Mohawk Superfine, elegant typesetting, interior illustrations in color and black & white, a new introduction by J. Gordon Melton, reproductions of old editions of the book, a bonus essay by S. P. Somtow, full cloth binding with stamping on spine and front board, and ribbon marker. This edition is signed by S. P. Somtow. Illustrated, fantastically, by Ivica Stevanovic

The second is almost as obscure as the latter, William Goldman's list of memorable works is impressive to say the least, and of course he holds a special place in our hearts with ’The Princess Bride’. Here Centipede focus on another gem ‘Magic’, which provides ample evidence that Goldman could write a gripping novel of psychological horror. Coupled with the great David Ho artwork, this is another stunning edition

'Corky is a brilliant entertainer with a bright future ahead of him. He has good looks, many women, and enormous talent. He also had a secret and a certainty: a secret that must be hidden from his public at all costs; and a certainty that the dark forces of magic were out to destroy him.'

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The Iron Druid Chronicles:  We have finally managed to get a complete signed limited set of the Sub Press Editions, and we now have a spare set minus the title above. 

                        

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 Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

We’ve finally got the complete trilogy plus Memento!






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                                                               Just finished:                                                                                     What we’re reading: 

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

  • The Stereophonics - Kind
  • The Foo Fighters - Medium Rare
  • Everclear - The albums
  • The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger

               Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

                  The Fifth Season - N.K Jemisin

                  Thin Air - Richard K. Morgan

                  The Deathless - Peter Newman

                  The Book of Skulls - Robert Silverberg

                  Poison City - Paul Crilley

                  Clockwork City - Paul Crilley

                                                                               Hazards - Mike Resnick

                                                                               Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

                                                                               Moon over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

                                                                               The Hod King - Josiah Bancroft

                                                                               Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames

                                                                               Bloody Rose - Nicholas Eames

                                                                               Rotherweird - Andrew Caldecott

                                                                               A Pilgrimage of Swords - Anthony Ryan

                                                                               




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