April 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends

April brings us another great package of debuts, latest in series, hardbacks and new in paperbacks of the science fictional and fantastical – here’s our top recommends of the month!

As ever our special pick is rather arbitrary and just a little something we wanted to wave a slightly larger flag for after reading an extract of a previous work the author’s editor posted online and blew us away… But whether or not that (no spoilers – read on!) tickles your fancy there’s a whole bunch of treats from which to select your next read…

 

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Author ISBN Format RRP Publisher Series Vol.
CBP - Other Girl
OTHER GIRL
Nicole Burstein
9781783440610
PB
6.99
Andersen Press
N/A
N/A
Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They’re closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers.
When Erica isn’t doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero’s BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can’t win every fight by herself.
Life isn’t a comic book – it’s even crazier than that.
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CBP AR - Dream Stalkers DREAM STALKERS
Tim Waggoner
9780857663719
PB
£8.99
Angry Robot
Shadow Watch
2
A new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.
Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.
Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.
#UrbanFantasy
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CBP - Kill Baxter KILL BAXTER
Charlie Human
9780099580782
PB
8.99
Arrow
Baxter
2
The brilliant follow-up to the critically acclaimed Apocalypse Now Now.
AND HE THOUGHT THE HARD PART WAS OVER…
The world has been massively unappreciative of sixteen-year-old Baxter Zevcenko. His bloodline may be a combination of ancient Boer mystic and giant shape-shifting crow, and he may have won an inter-dimensional battle and saved the world, but does anyone care? No.
Instead he’s packed off to Hexpoort, a magical training school that’s part reformatory, part military school, and just like Hogwarts (except with sex, drugs, and better internet access). The problem is that Baxter sucks at magic. He’s also desperately attempting to control his new ability to dreamwalk, all the while being singled out by the school’s resident bully, who just so happens to be the Chosen One.
But when the school comes under attack, Baxter needs to forget all that and step into action. The only way is joining forces with his favourite recovering alcoholic of a supernatural bounty hunter, Ronin, to try and save the world from the apocalypse. Again.
Charlie Human is a denizen of South Africa’s speculative fiction scene. He has an MA in Creative Writing and lives in Cape Town. His debut novel, Apocalypse Now Now received rave reviews. Kill Baxter is the follow up.
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CBP - Apr - The Honours THE HONOURS
Tim Clare
9781782114765
TPB
12.99
Canongate
TRUE HONOUR IS ENDLESS. JOIN US.
1935. Norfolk.
War is looming in Great Britain and the sprawling country estate of Alderberen Hall is shadowed by suspicion and paranoia. Thirteen-year-old Delphine Venner is determined to uncover the secrets of the Hall’s elite society, which has taken in her gullible mother and unstable father.
As she explores the house and discovers the secret network of hidden passages that thread through the estate, Delphine uncovers a world more dark and threatening than she ever imagined. With the help of head gamekeeper Mr Garforth, Delphine must learn the bloody lessons of war and find the soldier within herself in time to battle the deadly forces amassing in the woods . . .
The Honours is a dark, glittering and dangerously unputdownable novel which invites you to enter a thrilling and fantastical world unlike any other.
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CBP - Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF DIESELPUNK
Sean Wallace (ed)
9781472118752
PB
9.99
Constable
Mammoth Book of
N/A
21 tales of anarchic diesel mayhem
From multiple Hugo Award-winning editor Sean Wallace, a new, cutting-edge anthology of twenty-one vibrant stories that explore the possibilities of history, while sweeping readers into high-powered, hydrocarbon-fuelled adventures that merge elements of noir, pulp, and the past with the technology of today . . . and sometimes a dash of the occult.
Journey into an era when engines were huge, fuel was plentiful and cheap, and steel and chrome overlaid the grit and grease of powerful machines!
Includes stories by Erin Hartshorn, Trent Hergenrader, Tony Pi, Catherine Schaff-Stump, E. Catherine Tobler, Jeremiah Tolbert, Laurie Tom, Genevieve Valentine, A. C. Wise and many more.
Praise for The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures
‘Smart, provocative . . . reaching out to the edges of steampunk’s mash-up sensibilities . . . an expansive display of creative world-building by thoughtful storytellers’ – Publishers Weekly starred review
Dieselpunk: an emerging retro-futuristic sub-genre, similar to steampunk, based on the era between the First World War and the start of the Atomic Age, merging elements of noir, pulp, and the past with today’s technology . . . and sometimes a dash of the occult.
Award-winning editor Wallace presents a cutting-edge collection of twenty-five vibrant stories that explore the possibilities of history while sweeping readers into high-powered hydrocarbon-fuelled adventures. Join us in an era when engines were huge, fuel was cheap and plentiful, and steel and chrome blended with the grit and grease of modern machines.
Praise for The Mammoth Book of Steampunk:
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CBP - Apr - The Long Mars THE LONG MARS
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
9780552169356
PB
7.99
Corgi
2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives…
Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth.
For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their ‘long childhood’ in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing ‘normal’ human society to turn against the Next – and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable . . .
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CBP - GA Apr 15 A FEW WORDS FOR THE DEAD
Guy Adams
9780091953195
PB
8.99
Del Rey
The Clown Service
2
The Clown Service is back.
While Section 37 Agent Toby Greene’s honeymoon takes an unexpected, and potentially deadly turn, back in London Section Chief August Shining has troubles of his own.
Dragged in by his fellow agents from M-16, Shining is forced to relive an old mission from the 80’s, and pick up where he left off all those years ago to face an old and deadly foe.
As Toby and his new wife Tamar dodge an unstoppable killer across Asia and Europe, August must fight, not just for the future of The Clown Service, but for his very existence.
A thrilling blend of espionage thriller, fantasy and sci-fi in the tradition of The Avengers, The X-Files and Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently series.
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CBP - Apr - The Boy Who Killed Demons THE BOY WHO KILLED DEMONS
David Zeltserman
9780715649893
PB
11.99
Duckworth
My name s Henry Dudlow. I’m fifteen and a half. And I’m cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons.
So begins the latest thriller by horror master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, MA, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow’s 13th birthday, when his neighbour, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage filled demon. Once Henry catches onto the real Mr. Hanley, he starts to see demons all around him, and his boring, adolescent life is transformed.
There s no more time for friends or sports or the lovely Sally Freeman Henry must work his way through ancient texts and hunt down the demons before they kill any more innocent children. And if hunting demons is hard at any age, it s borderline impossible when your parents are on your case, and your grades are getting worse, and you can t tell anyone about your mission.
A very scary thriller written with verve and flashes of great humour, The Boy Who Killed Demons is Dave Zeltserman’s most accomplished and entertaining horror novel yet.
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CBP - Barricade BARRICADE
Jon Wallace
9780575118133
MMP
£8.99
Gollancz
1
A kinetic, violent and hugely intelligent SF road thriller – a desperate journey through a ruined future world.
Kenstibec is a member of the ‘Ficial’ race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland, where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors. Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another.
The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who’s touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that’s just the start of his troubles.
On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant king with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race. He also finds time to uncover a terrible plot to destroy his species for good – and humanity too.
A fast-paced, droll and disturbing novel, BARRICADE is a savage road trip across the dystopian landscape of post-apocalypse Britain; narrated by the cold-blooded yet magnetic antihero, Kenstibec.
CHECK OUT OUR PROFILE OF THE AUTHOR HERE!
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9781473211988 EXPIRATION DATE
Tim Powers
9781473211988
MMP
£9.99
Gollancz
Fault Lines
The second book in the Fault Lines sequence from the WORLD FANTASY AWARD-winning author of THE ANUBIS GATES.
Twelve-year-old Koot Hoomie Parganas’s parents prepared him for a career as a metaphysical holy man – but after they’re brutally murdered one night he finds himself a fugitive in the darkest corners of Los Angeles, pursued by denizens of a dark underworld who want what Kootie’s parents have been hiding for 40 years – the ghost of Thomas Edison contained in a bust of Dante.
But Kootie has broken the bust and inhaled the ghost, and now has in his head the lively personality of Edison himself – and together Kootie and Edison must learn the harsh rules of the occult world existing behind the glitter of modern Los Angeles, and find a way to save Kootie’s life and free Edison’s ghost from its earthly Purgatory.
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9781473208292 HARD TO BE A GOD
Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
9781473208292
MMP
£9.99
Gollancz
Another SF Masterwork from the giants of Soviet science fiction, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
Anton is an undercover operative from future Earth, who travels to an alien world whose culture has not progressed beyond the Middle Ages. Although in possession of far more advanced knowledge than the society around him, he is forbidden to interfere with the natural progress of history. His place is to observe rather than interfere – but can he remain aloof in the face of so much cruelty and injustice …?
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9780575132146 TERRA’S WORLD
Mitch Benn
9780575132146
MMP
£8.99
Gollancz
Terra
2
The sequel to the acclaimed TERRA. A perfect novel for fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman alike
TERRA, which Neil Gaiman said reminded him of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Roald Dahl, launched the novel writing career of stand-up comedian and BBC Radio 4 NOW SHOW regular Mitch Benn.
Now Terra is a couple of years older and back on earth. She’s in hiding. And in Terra’s World we find out why. But none of this is known to Billy Dolphin. He’s just annoyed that since Terra returned to Earth Science Fiction has died a death. How wrong could a teenage boy be?
Terra may be back on Earth but the powers of the universe are not finished with her. Her old home faces a terrible threat which possibly only Terra can overcome. Just what is the black planet? To find out first Terra must learn how to survive as there is an alien bounty hunter on her trail. And only Billy Dolphin to help her.
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9780575095618 THE EYE OF WINTER’S FURY
Michael J. Ward
9780575095618
MMP
£12.99
Gollancz
Destiny Quest
3
The third Destiny Quest book – where FIGHTING FANTASY meets WORLD OF WARCRAFT.
The cold north awaits you…
War is coming to Valeron. From the west, the blood-thirsty Wiccans burn and pillage their way towards the capital – where an ill and ineffectual king is beset on all sides by the scheming of ambitious men. His youngest son, Prince Arran, untested in combat and naïve to ways of the world, is sent on a fool’s errand – to convince a cowardly lord to honour his oath and defend the realm from its enemies. But the real threat is yet to be revealed…
You are Prince Arran, son of Leonidas and second heir to the throne of Valeron. They call you the ghost prince – the sickly boy who haunts the palace library, filling your head with dreams of high adventure. Now, as the shadows lengthen and danger threatens your beleaguered kingdom, you must finally prove yourself. It is time to take up your hallowed sword, Duran’s Heart, and forge your own destiny in a cruel and savage world – one that has no mercy for weakling princes. No happy endings.
Will you defy fate and become a great hero of legend? You decide in this epic fantasy adventure – one where you make the decisions. The cold north awaits you… are you ready for the challenge?
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CBP - Apr - Truth and Fear TRUTH AND FEAR
Peter Higgins
9780575130609
MMP
£8.99
Gollancz
Carabas - BPOTM
Already compared to China Mieville by Richard Morgan, Peter Higgins makes an explosive return to his alternate Russia.
Peter Higgins’ Vlast is a superbly imagined ‘other’ Russia, an epic land of trackless forest, sentient rain and deep powers in the Earth. Its capital Mirgorod is home both to a brutal dictatorship centuries old and fleeting glimpses of the houses and streets of another city. Compared to the works of of both China Mieville and John Le Carre WOLFHOUND CENTURY was a hugely original creation. Now Peter Higgins returns to that world.
Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air-raids are a daily occurrance and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defence of the city.
But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.
But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?
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CBP - Apr - The Skull Throne THE SKULL THRONE
Peter V Brett
9780007425686
HB
18.99
Harper Voyager
The Demon Cycle
4
In the grand tradition of George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan, Sunday Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett continues his critically acclaimed Demon Cycle with the next dramatic instalment: THE SKULL THRONE.
The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.
Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.
But Arlen Bales, the Painted Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honour refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a saviour, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.
In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing one another and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for enough glory to make a claim on the throne.
In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.
Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton – rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.
All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them.
Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…
Reviews, praise & more on the author on our Publishing Jan-Jun 15 HarperVoyager page
Coming in Paperback in Jan 2016!
CBP Apr - The Vagrant THE VAGRANT
Peter Newman
9780007593071
HB
14.99
Harper Voyager
Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.
Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.
As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.
His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.
What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.
But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.
Peter Newman lives in Somerset with his wife and son. Growing up in and around London, Peter studied Drama and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work as a secondary school drama teacher. He now works as a trainer and Firewalking Instructor. He sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes, and which has been shortlisted for a Hugo Award.”
Paperback coming Feb 2016!
CBP - Prince of Fools (Hardback) PRINCE OF FOOLS
Mark Lawrence
9780007531561
PB
£8.99
Harper Voyager
I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, let a friend down. Unless of course not letting them down requires honesty, fair play or bravery.
The Red Queen is dreaded by the kings of the Broken Empire as they dread no other.
Her grandson Jalan Kendeth – womaniser, gambler and all-out cad – is tenth in line to the throne. While his grandmother shapes the destiny of millions, Prince Jalan pursues his debauched pleasures.
Until, that is, he gets entangled with Snorri ver Snagason, a huge Norse axeman and dragged against his will to the icy north…
‘A savage voice which is telling you a good jest while trying to drown you in story’
ROBERT LOW (Author of the Kingdom Series and the Oathsworn Series)
‘Really excellent, gritty fantasy – I’m trying to avoid comparison with GAME OF THRONES, but I’m afraid it’s right there. But funnier. Very funny indeed’
YA and Carnegie-shortlisted author ANTHONY MCGOWAN
Praise for The Broken Empire:
‘Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner. Absolutely stunning… jaw-dropping’ ROBIN HOBB
‘Excellent – on a par with George R.R. Martin’ CONN IGGULDEN
‘Lawrence’s poetic prose is amazing, far and away the best of the modern fantasy authors’ PETER V. BRETT
‘A hard-edged tale of survival and conquest in a brutal medieval world, well told and very compelling’ TERRY BROOKS —
Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.
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BR - Sleeping Late... SLEEPING LATE ON JUDGEMENT DAY
Williams, Tad
9781444738674
PB
8.99
Hodder
Bobby Dollar 3
3
The conclusion of Tad Williams’ brilliant Bobby Dollar series.
Bobby Dollar thinks he’s seen it all – after all, he’s been to Hell and back again. Literally.
But he has another think coming. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day will find Bobby back in his adopted hometown of San Judas, California, trying to stay out of trouble… and failing. His love life is still a mess, there are one too many people who have it out for him, and drowning his sorrows in a nice glass of whisky won’t keep the demons at bay forever.
Bobby’s going to have to pull himself together and make a few tough decisions before time runs out. The problem is, time could run out at any moment. In the final Bobby Dollar novel in Tad Williams’ groundbreaking epic fantasy trilogy, fallen angel Bobby Dollar will finally be force to confront the one problem he can’t talk his way out of: his own.
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CBP - Apr - Clash of Iron CLASH OF IRON
Angus Watson
9780356502625
PB
8.99
Orbit
The Iron Age Trilogy
2
LEADERS ARE FORGED IN THE FIRES OF WAR
Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they have conquered it, they must defend it.
A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to protect their home, the British tribes battle each other – and see Maidun as an easy target.
Meanwhile, Lowa’s spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited bloodthirsty British druids, and Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome’s charismatic general, Julius Caesar.
War is coming. Who will pay its price?
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CBP- Apr - isbn9780356502182-detail
THE HIGH DRUIDS BLADE
Terry Brooks
9780356502182
PB
£8.99
Orbit
*** MTV has a Shannara TV adaptation planned…
Secrets revealed. Powers unleashed. Discover a Shannara you’ve never seen before. * Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once waged war with magical weapons. But those heroes are long gone now, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Paxon leads a quiet life – until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.
When his sister is abducted by a mysterious stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. He is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him – and within his ancestors’ ancient blade.
But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands. Paxon must master it quickly, as his near-fatal clash with a dark sorcerer won’t be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector . . .
From the New York Times bestselling Terry Brooks comes a brand-new stand-alone fantasy novel – perfect for both seasoned fans and those discovering the thrilling world of Shannara for the first time.
Praise for Terry Brooks:
‘If you haven’t read Terry Brooks, you haven’t read fantasy’ – Christopher Paolini
‘I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and re-read) over the years’ – Patrick Rothfuss
‘I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara’ – Peter V. Brett
‘A master of the craft . . . required reading’ – Brent Weeks
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CBP - Apr - The Turnip Princess THE TURNIP PRINCESS: AND OTHER NEWLY DISCOVERED FAIRY TALES
Franz Xaver von Schonwerth
9780143107422
PB
9.99
Penguin (Classics)
A rare discovery in the world of fairy tales – now for the first time in English.
With this volume, the holy trinity of fairy tales – the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen – becomes a quartet. In the 1850s, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traversed the forests, lowlands, and mountains of northern Bavaria to record fairy tales, gaining the admiration of even the Brothers Grimm. Most of Schönwerth’s work was lost – until a few years ago, when thirty boxes of manu­scripts were uncovered in a German municipal archive.
Now, for the first time, Schönwerth’s lost fairy tales are available in English. Violent, dark, and full of action, and upending the relationship between damsels in distress and their dragon-slaying heroes, these more than seventy stories bring us closer than ever to the unadorned oral tradition in which fairy tales are rooted, revolutionizing our understanding of a hallowed genre.
‘Schönwerth’s tales have a compositional fierceness and energy rarely seen in stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm or Charles Perrault’ -The New Yorker
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CBP - Apr - The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies GODDESS OF BUTTERCUPS
Martin Millar
9780349407142
PB
8.99
Piatkus (Little Brown)
New book by cult author Martin Millar with his usual blend of satirical humour and off-beat charm, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Brookmyre and Ben Aaronovitch
Set in ancient Athens, The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies is the new book from the celebrated author of The Good Fairies of New York and the Kalix Werewolf series.
This is Martin Millar at his best, gently poking fun while tugging at our heart strings, surprising us with sudden and sharp insights into the life of the outsider. It comes complete with a struggling playwright (a little-known bloke called Aristophanes), excess cavorting, an assortment of divinities, the odd Amazon and some truly execrable poetry. Fans of Kalix, here you will find no laudanum but a lot of drinking. No carnage, but plenty of intrigue and danger. And humour (of course). And a love story. And a few very troublesome phalluses.
Praise for Martin Millar
‘These mortals do keep on writing.’ – The Goddess Athena
‘It’s not a bad book, I suppose.’ The Poet Luxos (who might have given a more enthusiastic quote if Martin had let him write an introduction to the book LIKE HE PROMISED but unfortunately Martin is a prosaic soul with no true appreciation of lyric poetry)
‘Is there any more wine?’ – Aristophanes
Martin Millar was born in Scotland and now lives in London. He is the author of such novels as Lonely Werewolf Girl, Curse of the Wolf Girl and The Good Fairies of New York. Under the pseudonym of Martin Scott, he, as the Guardian put it, ‘invented a new genre: pulp fantasy noir’. Thraxas, the first book in his Thraxas series, won the World Fantasy Award in 2000. As Martin Millar and as Martin Scott, he has been widely translated.”
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CBP - Apr - isbn9780356502533-detail THE RHESUS CHART
Charles Stross
9780356502526
PB
£8.99
Orbit
Laundry Files
5
Check out our Author Profile of Charles Stross here!
The fifth Laundry Files novel by Charles Stross, and a jumping-on point for readers new to the series, The Rhesus Chart sees hacker and supernatural spy Bob Howard take on the (literal) bloodsuckers running London’s financial district. Now out in paperback!
LONDON CAN DRAIN THE LIFE OUT OF YOU . . .
Bob Howard is an intelligence agent working his way through the ranks of the top secret government agency known as ‘the Laundry’. When occult powers threaten the realm, they’ll be there to clean up the mess – and deal with the witnesses.
There’s one kind of threat that the Laundry has never come across in its many decades, and that’s vampires. Mention them to a seasoned agent and you’ll be laughed out of the room.
But when a small team of investment bankers at one of Canary Wharf’s most distinguished financial institutions discovers an arcane algorithm that leaves them fearing daylight and craving O positive, someone doesn’t want the Laundry to know. And Bob gets caught right in the middle.
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CBP - Apr - The Water Knife THE WATER KNIFE
Paolo Bacigalupi
9780356501741
HB
£16.99
Orbit
A highly anticipated new novel from the author of the best-selling The Windup Girl – a novel that swept the board for awards and took the world by storm
In a future hammered by climate change and drought, mountain snows have turned to rain, and rain evaporates before it hits the ground. In a fragmenting United States, the cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas skirmish for a dwindling share of the Colorado River. But it is the Las Vegas water knives – assassins, terrorists and spies – who are legendary for protecting Las Vegas’ water supplies, and for ensuring Phoenix’s ruin.
When rumours of a game-changing water source surface, Las Vegas dispatches elite water knife Angel Velasquez to Phoenix to investigate. There, he discovers hardened journalist Lucy Monroe, who holds the secret to the water source Angel seeks. But Angel isn’t the only one hunting for water, Lucy is no pushover, and the death of a despised water knife is a small price to pay in return for the life-giving flow of a river.
Paperback coming March 2015…
CBP - Apr - Disturbed Earth DISTURBED EARTH
E.E. Richardson
9781781083147
PB
£7.99
Abaddon / Rebellion
Ritual Crimes Unit
This is a gritty, new police procedural urban fantasy series with a strong female detective inspector. Set in the North of England, amongst its industrial cities and famous wild landscape this is a breath of fresh air in amongst the London-obsessed pages of contemporary British urban fantasy. A Northern Prime Suspect with a distrusted, half-discredited world of magic to be policed.
The series was preceeded by an e-only novella, Under the Skin, which is available as an ebook and pdf for advance reading.
A tough, hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Injured in the line of duty, DCI Claire Pierce returns to work to find a new detective challenging her authority. He has brought in a self-proclaimed necromancer to question the victim of a murder, there’s a coven of druids outside protesting the sale of their sacred site, and something in the evidence room has just sent out a signal.
Pierce is going to have to hit the ground running. A suspected ritual murder and a string of puzzling artefact thefts initially seem unconnected, but signs point to something bigger: buried skulls possessed by evil spirits start turning up, and they may only be the beginning. Someone is planning something big, and the consequences if they succeed could be catastrophic. With a rebellious second-in-command, an inexperienced team, and a boss who only cares about potential bad publicity, Pierce has to make the connections and stop the ritual before it’s too late…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
E.E. Richardson has been writing books since she was eleven years old, and had her first novel, The Devil’s Footsteps, picked up for publication at the age of twenty. Since then she’s had seven more young adult horror novels published by Random House and Barrington Stoke. She also has a B.Sc. in Cybernetics and Virtual Worlds, which hasn’t been useful for much but does sound impressive.”
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CBP - Apr - William Shakespeare's The Phantom Menace WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE PHANTOM MENACE
Ian Doescher
9781594748066
HB
£11.99
Quirk Books
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
The popular, NYT best-selling Elizabethan/sci-fi mashup series continues, with a Shakespearean take on the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace.
When the best-selling William Shakespeare’s Star Wars presented the classic George Lucas film in the form of an Elizabethan drama, the results blew the minds of Star Wars fans and Shakespeare buffs alike. Now the curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far away, this time revealing the tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance that will lead to the fall of the Republic and the rise of an Empire. The saga starts here with this reimagining of Episode I, a prequel tale in which a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights clash with a hidden, vengeful enemy.
Masterful meter, Shakepearean soliloquies and intricate Elizabethan illustrations will leave more than a few readers convinced that the Star Wars saga sprang straight from the Bard’s quill.
(#Anditsprobablybetterthantheactualfilm ;))
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CBP Titan - Kim Newman THE NIGHT MAYOR
Kim Newman
9781781165669
PB
7.99
Titan Books
Welcome to the City made from a dream. But this isn’t any dream; it is the dark and haunting nightmare of a killer.
It is the near future and old-fashioned movies, or “flatties”, have been replaced by Dreams, virtual reality scenarios written by professional Dreamers. When infamous criminal Truro Daine escapes imprisonment, he flees into the City, an artificial world of his own creation, where he rules as the all-powerful Night Mayor. Now, detective Dreamer Tom Tunney and Susan Bishopric, author of romance Dreams, must join forces to track him down.
But how do you hunt the Night Mayor in a city populated by a dense crowd of strangely familiar characters, where it’s always two-thirty in the morning, shots never kill and the creator is omnipresent in every drop of falling rain?
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CBP Titan - Machine THE MACHINE AWAKES (THE SPIDER WARS 2)
Adam Christopher
9781783292035
PB
7.99
Titan Books
The Spider Wars
2
As humanity fights a destructive mechanical race, a government agent finds a conspiracy far closer to home in this far future space opera set in the Spider War universe of The Burning Dark.
In the decades since the human race first made contact with the Spiders—a machine race capable of tearing planets apart—the two groups have fought over interstellar territory. But the war has not been going well for humankind, and with the failure of the Fleet Admiral’s secret plan in the Shadow system, the commander is overthrown by a group of hardliners determined to get the war back on track.
When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral’s replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet’s own, a psi-marine and decorated hero—a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front.
As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims linked to terrorist atrocities across the whole of Fleetspace, is determined to uncover.
But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry.
The Spiders are near.
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CBP Titan - Dave 1 DAVE VS. THE MONSTERS: EMERGENCE (DAVID HOOPER 1)
John Birmingham
9781781166215
PB
7.99
Titan Books
David Hooper
1
* This just sounds great fun… READ AN EXTRACT ON CARABAS HERE!
Dave Hooper has a hangover from hell, a horrible ex-wife, and the fangs of the IRS deep in his ass. The last thing he needs is an explosion at work. A real explosion. On his off-shore oil rig.
But this is no accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren’t to blame. He knows because he killed one of the things responsible.
When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realizes this is more than just a bad acid trip. Yeah, Dave’s had a few. This trip is way weirder.
Killing a seven-foot-tall, tattooed demon has transformed the overweight, balding safety manager into something else entirely. An honest-to-goddamned monster slayer.
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CBP Titan - TheSilencesales.jpg.size-230 THE SILENCE
Tim Lebbon
9781781168813
PB
7.99
Titan Books
Check out our Q&A with Tim Lebbon on The Silence and more here!
In the darkness of a underground cave system, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed…
Swarming from their prison, the creatures thrive and destroy. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death. As the hordes lay waste to Europe, a girl watches to see if they will cross the sea. Deaf for many years, she knows how to live in silence; now, it is her family’s only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others, to find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague.
But will it ever end? And what kind of world will be left?
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CBP - Apr - Starborn
STARBORN
Lucy Hounsom
9781447268451
HB
16.99
Tor
Kyndra’s fate holds betrayal and salvation, but the journey starts in her small village. On the day she comes of age, she accidentally disrupts an ancient ceremony, ending centuries of tradition. So when an unnatural storm targets her superstitious community, Kyndra is blamed. She fears for her life until two strangers save her, by wielding powers not seen for an age – powers fuelled by the sun and the moon.
Together, they flee to the hidden citadel of Naris. And here, Kyndra experiences disturbing visions of the past, showing war and one man’s terrifying response. She’ll learn more in the city’s subterranean chambers, amongst fanatics and rebels. But first Kyndra will be brutally tested in a bid to unlock her own magic.
If she survives the ordeal, she’ll discover a force greater than she could ever have imagined. But could it create as well as destroy? And can she control it, to right an ancient wrong?
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