October 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for October.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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A Game of Tropes: Roles and Reality in George RR Martin’s Epic Fantasy by Tim Bayley

Anyone who’s taken more than a passing interest in Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire will be aware that George RR Martin bases much of his fantasy on elements of history. It’s rather the approach I’ve taken in a certain project of my own, but it struck me that there’s also something more particular that Mr Martin is doing in his epic series.

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What I’m referring to is that George is not just basing fantasy on history and the harsher reality thereof. Because it seems to me that he’s also, in his characteristic uncompromising style, expressing how treasured unrealistic fantasy tropes might actually be realised in a historical setting. I’m particularly talking Tolkien-derivative characters, and tropes common to lower grade fiction and role-playing games which – whether we love them still or just remember them fondly – George RR Martin is subjecting to what Alan Moore might call an ‘affectionate character assassination’. Read the rest of this entry »

September 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for September.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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August 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for August.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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YA & Children’s Book Recommends Jan-Jun 2017 – for Independents

Car YA & Childrens with text As we all know, anyone who thinks they’re too old for Children’s Books has a lot of growing up to do. So for those of us who know better, here are our picks of the vibrant and fantastical Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) titles publishing January to June 2017!
(NB. Our Jul-Dec 2016 Children’s / YA Round-up can be found here…)

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Progressive and Socially-Minded Books publishing Jan-Jun 2017!

So Carabas is here to champion ‘all the good stuff’: imaginative, fantastical and cult fiction and film, alternative music, comics and graphic novels across genres, worthy non-fiction of and around the same – especially those books which provide an insight into the social concerns of today. This page is for readers and retailers to discover great titles that challenge perspectives and raise awareness they may wish to buy or stock and sell.

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We believe in supporting bricks-and-mortar and you’ll find book links to a preferred chain (rather than a certain global online retailer) on other pages but all links here go to the title on Hive. Hive supports independent bookshops by enabling customers to order online with some great offers to match more corporate suppliers and nominate their local independent to receive a cut of the sale value or pick it up from them.

CP - Hive So please find our round-up of socially minded and progressive non-fiction, and fiction in prose and graphic novel form, from January to June 2017 below (Jul-Dec 2016 titles can be found here). If you’re a customer please support independents (especially if they’ve been good enough to tweet / RT us) by purchasing direct from them or choosing them on Hive – we get a small percentage of the latter which will help pay site costs and keep us going. Carabas - Logo

Cheers for reading and hope you enjoy!

Tim B

@timbayley1

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July 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for July.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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Carabas Jan-Jun 17 Non-Fiction Picks: Culture, Current Affairs, History, Music & Film

At Carabas we’re about many things: the fantastical certainly, but we’re more generally about championing alternative culture and counter-culture; the marvelous, the wonderful and the creative; and certainly the things that will help bring a bit more understanding into the world.

So here’s our top non-fiction book recommends from titles publishing July to December: Alternative & Street Art, Biography, Music, Popular Science (General), Fact Behind the Fiction (our round-up of Non-Fiction on fantastical subjects), History, London titles and Ethical Politics / Awareness Raising titles – the vibrant, the quirky, the worthy and the enlightening. There’s something here for everyone…

 

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Record Store Day 2017!

Saturday April 22nd is 2017’s Record Store Day, a date to celebrate and support independent bricks-and-mortar music outlets – very much our kind of thing then!

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There’s so much great stuff being released / re-released for the occasion but we just had to knock together something by the way of our ‘If money was no object’ highlights for your consideration – just some established favourites, intriguing morsels discovered on our browsing and, more generally, musical items that chime with our overall alternative culture remit.

Below that we thought we’d drop in the vids from RSD 2017’s Champions and it’s 10th Anniversary LEGEND and you can find all of this and more at the Record Store Day website (UK, you’ll find others easily enough) and follow the celebration on Twitter via the hashtag #RSD2017!

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Rebels and Empires: The Future of the British Comic – Panel Coverage of the London Book Fair 2017

11.30 on Day 3 of the London Book Fair 2017 and we’re at the Rebels and Empires: The Future of British Comics panel. I arrive as host Bleeding Cool’s Richard Johnston notes that in the panelists left to right we have a “history of British comics right here”.

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Graphic Novels: The Last Ten Years (and the Next) – Panel coverage at the London Book Fair 2017

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the Cross Media Theatre is so packed – this is only one of two panels ton comics / graphic novels this year. But SelfMadeHero MD Emma Hayley, writer David Hine, Nibbies Bookseller of the Year nominee Gosh!’s Steve Walsh, and host Panel Borders broadcaster Alex Fitch recline rather more comfortably and are ready to go.

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Preview: Mr Men Dr Who (Dr Who Mr Men?!!!) by Adam Hargreaves!

In this era of pop culture mash-ups few, whichever finally hit the bigtime mainstream market, leap out as anything special. But MR MEN DR WHO? Oh we were onto this without seeing a single image.

The much loved – and still hilarious at any age – Mr Men were of course the creation of Roger Hargreaves, subsequent characters and adventures created and curated by his son Adam. This is his latest and arguably – okay to those of us older than 5 – greatest MM venture, debuting the last week of April 2017 (link below to launch event at Forbidden Planet).

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We spoke to those nice folk at Random House and asked for some preview pages to share. We were onto this without seeing a single image having no doubt how much fun they would be. Damn were we right… 🙂

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June 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for June.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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May 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for May.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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April 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for April.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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March 2017 Book Highlights

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C - Mar - The Devil's Paintbox
B - Mar - The Djinn fall in Love
NF - Mar - Sound System
B - Mar - The Erstwhile
B - Mar - Wild Chamber

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for March.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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