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Mid-year and some great new arrivals, in particular the Bradbury edition below, such a classic and a little sip of some dandelion wine which we could use about now. 

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THE BOOKSNEW ARRIVALS

In the early1960’s Ray Bradbury published ‘R is for Rocket’, a collection of selected stories intended to appeal to YA readers, and followed four years later with the companion volume ‘S is for Space’. These books were one of the reasons we love SF. PS Publishing have published a combined limited edition (they did a three volume set some time ago, which we wish we’d bought) which is signed by the artists, each story featuring a specially commissioned greyscale illustration from Glenn Chadbourne. ‘R is for Rocket’: Science fiction, fantasy, small town life, and small town people are the materials from which Ray Bradbury weaves his unique and magical stories of the natural and the supernatural, the past, the present, and the future. Seventeen of his most popular science fiction stories, including several that have not appeared before in book form, have been selected by the author for this volume from the best of Bradbury in books and magazines.

‘S is for Space’: Mr. Bradbury has selected twenty-two of his best known stories for this collection, and whether he's writing about space ships, time machines, a picnic on Mars, a human chrysalis, or the people next door, his stories are exciting, challenging, and hauntingly beautiful. A spine-chilling account of inter-planetary invasion, the eerie tale of a dead man who walks from his grave, or of giant mushrooms, the sad story of a boy who never grew up - in Mr. Bradbury's own words, you'll find "not only S is for Space, but D is for Dread and T is for Terrifying, or D is for Delight.”

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We just got our copy of the Cemetary Dance ‘gift edition’ of ‘Sleeping Beauties’. There are a lot of Stephen King books out there, and many tempting editions,  we currently collect the PS Publishing early limited reprints but every now an then an edition comes along that grabs our attention. Cemetary Dance pulled out all the stops with this book, featuring artwork by Jana Heidersdorf, so good that we wish we’d bought the limited signed edition with the moth dust jacket, thankfully there is a fold out illustration in the gift edition.

'In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?' 

Obtaining a copy of ‘The Squirrel on the Train’ by Kevin Hearne we backtracked and realised we’d missed the boat on this series when originally offered by Sub Press and had to therefore pay the piper to get in, done deal, but painful. Here’s the blurb for ‘Hounded’...

 'Atticus O’Sullivan has been running for more than two thousand years and he’s tired of it. The Irish gods who want to kill him are after an enchanted sword he stole in a first-century battle, and when they find him managing an occult bookshop in Tempe, Arizona, the last of the ancient Druids doesn’t want to uproot his life again; he just wants everything to end one way or the other, but preferably the way in which he can continue to enjoy fish and chips.

He does have some small hope of survival: The Morrigan is on his side, and so is Brighid, First Among the Fae. His lawyer is literally a bloodsucking vampire, and he has a loyal Irish wolfhound with opinions about poodles.

But Aenghus Óg has recruited Fir Bolgs, a former king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and a coven of witches to help bring down the Druid, and the local police are cooperating as well. On top of all that, Aenghus has a direct line to the firepower of hell. Atticus will need all the luck of the Irish and more if he’s going to stay alive.'

TRIVIA

Our Lists: We list the top SF/Fantasy books, recommended reading and our personal reading lists from past and present

Wyrd Musings:

Past Front Page Posts:

Book Grading: 

 

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And the other great new stuff...

in focus

The second book of the sequel trilogy to ‘Memory, Sorrow and Thorn’ which was originally published 24 years ago with Michael Whelan artwork. It’s pleasing to see he is the artist  on the sequel all these years later and if anything the covers are better. Obviously the original trilogy is a landmark in the genre.

The October Man:

We are still frustratingly way behind on getting into the ‘Rivers of London’ series but really enjoyed the first for it’s humour and look forward to eventually reading more, it’s now noted that Simon Pegg has obtained the TV rights and is seeking to begin a series, that’ll be cool. Meanwhile here’s the latest, the limited Subterranean Press edition.

'Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.

Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.

Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men – and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history.

. . . so long as that history doesn’t kill them first.'

A Brightness Long Ago:

We love Kay’s work, it’s a slow burn, but rich and always original. We’ll just state for the record that ‘The Fionavar Tapestry’ is a must read if fantasy is your genre.

'In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count--and soon learned why that man was known  as the Beast.

Danio's fate changed the moment he saw and recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the count's chambers one autumn night--intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger--and freedom. Which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place.

Vivid figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more,  two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance.’

Berkley First Edition Hardcover

Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky:

The Sun is bloated, diseased, dying perhaps. Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapur, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls. Built on the ruins of countless civilisations, surviving on the debris of its long-dead progenitors, Shadrapur is a museum, a midden, an asylum, a prison on a world that is ever more alien to humanity.

Bearing witness to the desperate struggle for existence between life old and new, is Stefan Advani, rebel, outlaw, prisoner, survivor. This is his testament, an account of the journey that took him into the blazing desolation of the western deserts; that transported him east down the river and imprisoned him in verdant hell of the jungle's darkest heart; that led him deep into the labyrinths and caverns of the underworld. He will treat with monsters, madman, mutants. The question is, which one of them will inherit this Earth?         

Signed First Edition Hardcover

Great artwork by Leo Nickolls

Limited Wish:

One choice. Two possible timelines. And a world hanging in the balance.

It’s the summer of 1986 and reluctant prodigy Nick Hayes is a student at Cambridge University, working with world-renowned mathematician Professor Halligan. He just wants to be a regular student, but regular isn’t really an option for a boy-genius cancer survivor who’s already dabbled in time travel.

When he crosses paths with a mysterious yet curiously familiar girl, Nick discovers that creases have appeared in the fabric of time, and that he is at the centre of the disruption. Only Nick can resolve this time paradox before the damage becomes catastrophic for both him and the future of the world. Time is running out—literally.

Wrapped up with him in this potentially apocalyptic scenario are his ex-girlfriend, Mia, and fellow student Helen. Facing the world-ending chaos of a split in time, Nick must act fast and make the choice of a lifetime—or lifetimes.

Game on.

47North Hardcover First Edition


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                                                                  Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

  • Kiss - Dressed to Kill
  • Stereophonics - Graffiti on the Train

                  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

                                                                               








                                                         

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