Collecting and dealing in fantasy and science fiction books is our passion - we have a vast range to explore, inspire or purchase. So browse around, hopefully you’ll enjoy yourself.  

Back in 2016 we raved about ‘Red Rising’ and noted that the book had a number of descriptions on Goodreads including : "It's like 'The Martian' marries the 'Hunger Games', then the 'Hunger Games' gets into an affair with ‘A Game of Thrones.’ Fast forward to 2019 and the fifth book (2nd of a new trilogy) in the ‘Red Rising’ series has just been released and apparently it’s brutal and huge and we note that descriptions on Goodreads for this instalment include: "a story where Star Wars meets (finally) Alien”.

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"For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age."

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We have a ‘thing' for heroic fantasy and favour a number of authors including Joe Abercrobie, Scott Lynch and Anthony Ryan, but lets be clear , the greatest of all was David Gemmell. Boy, do we miss getting our annual fix from him! In 2008 the David Gemmell Awards were created by authors who were inspired by Gemmell, and in 2013 the first anthology in honour of Gemmell - ‘Legends'. Limited signed hardcover editions of all three were published with 'Legends 3' (published this year) to be the last unfortunately. Steel yourself, throw caution to the wind, and dare to enter the realm of Legends..

  

And speaking of heroes, although we called out the arrival of Anthony Ryan’s latest 'Vaelin Al Sorna novel last update, we received the UK edition this week and kodos to Orbit for sticking to the same art design as the first trilogy! This guy has always looked the part, the guy on the ACE cover may as well be Roman!                                                                                                                

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We didn’t talk about Andrew Caldecott’s ‘Rotherweird’ trilogy when we got the first two books as we were waiting on getting the third, ‘Lost Acre’ which has just been released. We’re currently reading the first book, having had it recommended by a mate, and early days but good. Love the whole sense of quirkyness.

  

'The town of Rotherweird stands alone - there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused. But secrets have a way of leaking out.

Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town's long-derelict Manor House.

Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time - and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.

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We hope some day to have a place where ‘coffee table’ books are relevant and not just collectors of dust. We have a number of great art and refrence books but rarely get to browse through them as intended, needless to say we still cannot avoid picking them up at sales, like this beauty here:

Bradbury: An Illustrated Life, in this lavishly illustrated labor of love, Jerry Weist -- Sotheby's fantasy and science fiction collectibles expert and longtime Ray Bradbury friend and collector -- gives us a unique "visual biography," a one-of-a-kind celebration of the life, career, and genius of one of America's most beloved literary giants. The works of Ray Bradbury have been read and revered for more than half a century.  The source of "The Martian Chronicles," father of "The Illustrated Man," and master brewer of "Dandelion Wine," Bradbury has penned stories, novels, stage plays, and screenplays that have long demonstrated the limitlessness of the human imagination and pure power of the word.

"Bradbury: An Illustrated Life" features magazine illustrations, movie stills and posters, comic book art, letters, scripts, book jackets, and paintings -- all expertly selected and insightfully explained -- that trace an incomparable artist's journey through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Here also are rare and illuminating gems from some of his renowned compatriots and collaborators, including excerpts from the journal of legendary director Fran ois Truffaut, written during the making of the motion picture version of Bradbury's classic "Fahrenheit 451."

From his groundbreaking involvement with EC Comics -- which would ultimately inspire generations of comic book creators and graphic novel artists -- through his many decades of literary success,as well as his award-winning work in films, theater, and television, to the present day, the world of the incomparable Ray Bradbury comes vibrantly alive in words and pictures, in photo and ink, in conceptual art and bold living color. "Bradbury: An Illustrated Life" belongs in the collection of anyone who has ever been moved, astounded, elated, terrified, or inspired by the tales, ideas, dreams, and magnificent visions of America's preeminent storyteller.

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We’ve refreshed our Gaiman page and finally got round to doing those Absolute volumes properly. 

Howling Dark (Sun Eater #2) by Christopher Ruocchio

Hadrian Marlowe is lost.

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails...the galaxy will burn.

Publisher - Gollancz

Hardcover 

Signed limited- first edition

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Under Heaven (Under Heaven #1) by Guy Gavriel Kay 

"Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles. In recognition of his labors and his filial piety, an unlikely source has sent him a dangerous gift: 250 Sardian horses.

You give a man one of the famed Sardian horses to reward him greatly. You give him four or five to exalt him above his fellows, propel him towards rank, and earn him jealousy, possibly mortal jealousy. Two hundred and fifty is an unthinkable gift, a gift to overwhelm an emperor."

Exquisitely written, completely engrossing and extremely satisfying. Shen Tai is an unusual man--thoughtful, but also a man of action. A scholar, but capable with a weapon. He must decide if he will pursue the dangerous life of a man at court when he returns from his self-imposed exile among the ghosts of the battlefield, and he must make his decision at full speed with assassins pursuing him and members of the Imperial Court trying to use him.

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We will try to list things of interest from the site on eBay, so look for our irregular listings under ‘wyrdbooks’.  

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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

  • Linkin Park - Hits
  • Jackson Browne - Hold On Hold Out
  • Billy Joel - Greatest Hits
  • Rob Thomas

               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

                                                                               




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