August 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CB - DR - Aug - Return of the Discontinued Man
CB - Corgi - Aug - The Hive Construct
CB - Aug - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
CB - Go - Aug - The House of Shattered Wings
CB - AR - Aug - The Contrary Effect of the Butterfly Girl

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The two months following August are where publishers traditionally bring out their big guns ready for a certain festive season; that said August is a pretty heavyweight month as far as we’re concerned, with some cracking mass market paperbacks, not to mention trades and hardbacks of particular note.

And our top picks aren’t the end of the either, so check out the individual Publisher links for their July to December output: plenty more on those as well!

NB. We’ve saved a BUY panel in each case to link on, but are still working through some final details. If we might we’ll just recommend supporting your local bricks and mortar shops and independents within and beyond that in the meantime.

Enjoy your reading whatever it is!

 

* Author ISBN Bind Pub Price Publisher Series Vol
CB - SB - Aug - The Martian Falcon
THE MARTIAN FALCON
Alan K Baker
9781909679481
PB
7.99
Snowbooks
NEW YORK, 1925 – A city that never was. A world that never was. At least in our universe…
A place where upway trains glide between the skyscrapers and the subway system has long been abandoned to the hideous creatures that dwell beneath the Earth’s surface. A place where Cavorite-powered aircraft soar among the clouds, watched by the sky beasts that inhabit the upper atmosphere. A place where the supernatural is real, and the organised crime of New York is run by Johnny Sanguine, the Vampire King of Brooklyn. Humanity’s first expedition to Mars has ended with the triumphant return of Rocketship X-M, bearing priceless artefacts from a long-dead civilisation.
When the obsidian statuette known as the Martian Falcon is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Al Capone, the cybernetically-enhanced “Diesel-powered Gangster”, is in the frame for the heist. Capone, however, is innocent (for once), and suspects that the Falcon was stolen by Johnny Sanguine in an effort to move in on his Chicago territory. To prove it, Capone enlists the unwilling help of Charles Fort, private investigator and anomalist.
Fort uncovers something far more dangerous than an impending turf war between two gangsters: he uncovers a mystery that stretches back five million years to the destruction of the ancient Martian civilisation, and a timeless evil that could put an end to all life on Earth. One thing’s for certain: Fort has his work cut out trying to prove Capone’s innocence while staying out of the firing line of Sanguine and his vampires. Now may not have been the best time to take on a new research assistant, a struggling writer by the name of H. P. Lovecraft…
Welcome to a yesterday that never was. Welcome to the world of LOVECRAFT & FORT PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS
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CB - AR - Aug - The Contrary Effect of the Butterfly Girl
THE CONTRARY TALE OF THE BUTTERFLY GIRL
Ishbelle Bee
9780857664440
PB
£8.99
Angry Robot
The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart Esq, 
2
The enchanting sequel to The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath.
Two orphans, Pedrock and Boo Boo, are sent to live in the sinister village of Darkwound. There they meet and befriend the magical and dangerous Mr Loveheart and his neighbour Professor Hummingbird, a recluse who collects rare butterflies. Little do they know that Professor Hummingbird has attracted the wrath of a demon named Mr Angel-Cakes.
One night, Mr Angel-Cakes visits Boo Boo and carves a butterfly onto her back. Boo Boo starts to metamorphose into a butterfly/human hybrid, and is kidnapped by Professor Hummingbird. When Mr Loveheart attempts to rescue her with the aid of Detective White and Constable Walnut, they are turned into butterflies.
Caught between Professor Hummingbird and the demon Angel-Cakes, Loveheart finds himself entangled in a web much wider and darker than he could have imagined, and a plot that leads him right to the Prime Minister and Queen Victoria herself…
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CBP - Aug - Regeneration
REGENERATION
Stephanie Saulter
9781782060222
TPB
£16.99
Jo Fletcher Books
(R)evolution Trilogy
3
Check out more on this series and the author herself on our Author Profile of Stephanie Saulter here – and you can also read a preview of REGENERATION on Carabas here!
The gems – genetically modified humans – are thriving, but fear blackens their efforts, and the return of an old enemy could see their fragile peace destroyed.
The gillungs – genetically modified, waterbreathing humans – are thriving. They’ve pioneered new aquatic industries, and their high-efficiency quantum battery technology coupled to tidal turbines in the Thames estuary looks set to revolutionise the energy industry. But as demand grows, so does fear of what their newfound power might mean.
Then a biohazard scare at Sinkat, their London headquarters, fuels the opposition and threatens to derail the gillungs’ progress. Was it an accident born of overconfidence, or was it sabotage?
DS Sharon Varsi has her suspicions, and Gabriel sees parallels in the propaganda war he’s trying to manage: politicians and big business have stakes in this game too. And now there is a new threat: Zavcka Klist is out of prison. With powerful new followers and nothing to lose, she’s out to reclaim everything they took from her.
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CBP - Aug - Veiled
VEILED
Benedict Jacka
9780356504377
PB
£8.99
Orbit
The Alex Verus series
6
CHECK OUT MORE ON THIS SERIES AND THE AUTHOR HIMSELF ON OUR AUTHOR PROFILE OF BENEDICT JACKA HERE!
The latest novel in this compelling urban fantasy series featuring Alex Verus, the Camden-based mage who just can’t stay out of trouble despite his ability to see the future. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher or Ben Aaronovitch
REBEL NO MORE
Alex Verus is a mage who can see the future, but even he didn’t see this day coming. He’s agreed to join the Keepers, the magical police force, to protect his friends from his old master, the Dark Mage Richard Drakh.
Going legit was always going to be difficult for an outcast like Alex, and there are some Keepers who aren’t keen to see an ex-Dark mage succeed. Especially when Dark mages are making a play for a seat on the council, for the first time in history.
Alex finally has the law on his side – but trapped between Light and Dark politics, investigating a seedy underworld with ties to the highest of powers, will a badge be enough to save him?
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CB - SB - Aug - Game Over
GAME OVER
Jonathan Green (ed)
9781909679573
PB
£8.99
Snowbooks
An anthology of horror stories based on classic arcade games, such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Featuring stories from some amazing contemporary horror authors. Full list coming soon. Publication tieing in with the Pixels movie release.
Stories by James Wallis, James Swallow, Simon Bestwick, Michael Carroll, Gav Thorpe, Jonathan OliverSarah Peploe, co-editor of Holdfast Magazine Laurel Sills, Tim Major, Alexandra Peel, George Pickett, and Adam Chillman!
Check out our Author Profile of Jonathan Green here and check out Jonathan’s next Kickstarter Anthology, SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU here!
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CB - DR - Aug - Return of the Discontinued Man
THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN
Mark Hodder
9780091950668
PB
£8.99
Del Rey
Burton & Swinburne
5
Burton and Swinburne return in a new wildly imaginative steampunk adventure, and this time they’re facing their greatest foe…
Leicester Square, London. Blood red snow falls from the sky and a strange creature, disorientated and apparently insane, materialises out of thin air. Spring Heeled Jack has returned, and he is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton.
Burton is experiencing one hallucination after another; visions of parallel realities and future history plague his every thought. These send him, and his companions, on an unimaginable expedition – a voyage through time itself…
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CB - Corgi - Aug - The Hive Construct
THE HIVE CONSTRUCT
Alexander Maskill
9780552170383
PB
£7.99
Corgi
 
 
Winner of the TERRY PRATCHETT PRIZE!
Situated deep in the Sahara Desert, New Cairo is a city built on technology – from the huge, life-giving solar panels that keep it functioning in a radically changed, resource-scarce world to the artificial implants that have become the answer to all and any of mankind’s medical problems.
But it is also a divided city, dominated by a handful of omnipotent corporate dynasties.
And when a devastating new computer virus begins to spread through the poorest districts, shutting down the life-giving implants that enable so many to survive, the city begins to slide into the anarchy of violent class struggle.
Hiding amidst the chaos is Zala Ulora. A gifted hacker and fugitive from justice, she believes she might be able to earn her life back by tracing the virus to its source and destroying it before it destroys the city. Or before the city destroys itself . . .
With its vivid characters, bold ideas and explosive action, The Hive is science fiction at its most exciting, inventive and accessible.
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CB - Aug - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET
Becky Chambers
9781473619791
HB
£18.99
Hodder
 
 
Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut!
When Rosemary Harper  joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that’s seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.
But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful – exactly what Rosemary wants.
Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years… if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.
But Rosemary isn’t the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
Paperback out in December 2015…
CPP - PM - Confluence The Trilogy
CONFLUENCE – THE TRILOGY
Paul McAuley
9780575119420
PB
£16.99
Gollancz
 
 
CHECK OUT MORE BOOKS AND THE AUTHOR HIMSELF ON OUR AUTHOR PROFILE OF PAUL MCAULEY HERE!
A classic trilogy from a PHILIP K. DICK and ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD-winning author, now available in omnibus form.
Confluence – a long, narrow, artificial world, half fertile river valley, half crater-strewn desert. A world beyond the end of human history, served by countless machines, inhabited by 10,000 bloodlines who worship their absent creators, riven by a vast war against heretics.
This is the home of Yama, found as an infant in a white boat on the world’s Great River, raised by an obscure bureaucrat in an obscure town in the middle of a ruined necropolis, destined to become a clerk – until the discovery of his singular ancestry. For Yama appears to be the last remaining scion of the Builders, closest of all races to the revered architects of Confluence, able to awaken and control the secret machineries of the world.
Pursued by enemies who want to make use of his powers, Yama voyages down the length of the world to search for answers to the mysteries of his origin, and to discover if he is to be the saviour of his world, or its nemesis.
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CB - Go - Aug - The House of Shattered Wings
THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS
Aliette de Bodard
9781473212558
TPB
£14.99
Gollancz
 
 
A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out – literally – of a war in heaven.
Paris in the aftermath of the Great Magicians War. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black, thick with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.
House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.
Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires’ salvation; or the architects of its last, irreversible fall . . .
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CB - HC - Aug - Demon Road
DEMON ROAD
Derek Landy
9780008140816
HB
14.99
Harper Collins Children’s
1
Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.
Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
#YAPick
Coming in Paperback in February 2016 (link to come)
Oct - Abyss beyond Dreams
THE ABYSS BEYOND DREAMS
Peter F. Hamilton
9781447290971
PB
£8.99
Pan
Chronicle of the Fallers
1
Set in the same universe as his popular Commentwealth Saga and Void Trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton’s The Abyss Beyond Dreams is the gripping first voume of the Chronicle of the Fallers.
To save their civilization he must destroy it…
When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void – a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there’s any truth to the visions they’ve received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?
But when Nigel crash lands inside the Void, on a planet he didn’t even know existed, he finds far more than he expected. Bienvenido: a world populated by the ancestors of survivors from Commonwealth colony ships that disappeared centuries ago. Since then they’ve been fighting an increasingly desperate battle against the Fallers, a space-born predator artificially evolved to conquer worlds. Their sole purpose is to commit genocide against every species they encounter. With their powerful telepathic lure – that tempts any who stray across their path to a slow and painful death – they are by far the greatest threat to humanity’s continued existence on this planet.
But Nigel soon realizes that the Fallers also hold the key to something he’d never hoped to find – the destruction of the Void itself. If only he can survive long enough to work out how to use it . . .
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CBP - Iron Ghost
THE IRON GHOST
Jen Williams
9781472211149
PB
£8.99
Headline
 
2
CHECK OUT MORE ON THE FIRST BOOK AND THE AUTHOR HERSELF ON OUR AUTHOR PROFILE OF JEN WILLIAMS HERE!
The three reckless adventurers of THE COPPER PROMISE are challenged with a new quest in Jen Williams’ latest thrilling fantasy epic
From Jen Williams, author of highly-acclaimed fantasy debut THE COPPER PROMISE, comes a brand-new epic fantasy adventure in THE IRON GHOST.
Beware the dawning of a new mage…
Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of being very much in demand for their services.
When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin – retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, making a reappearance, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking…
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CB - Or - Aug - Touch PB
TOUCH
Claire North
9780356504568
PB
£7.99
Orbit
 
 
The electrifying new thriller from the ingenious voice that brought you THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
The electrifying new thriller from the acclaimed author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
He tried to take my life. Instead I took his.
It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn’t see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That’s when the first switch took place.
Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die.
Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone.
Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both.
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CB - Aug - A Better Way to Die
A BETTER WAY TO DIE
Paul Cornell
9781907069840
PB
£12.99
NewCon Press
Paul Cornell has written Doctor Who for the BBC, Batman & Robin for DC, and Wolverine for Marvel. He has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, the Eagle Award for his comics, and shares a Writer’s Guild Award for television. He is one of only two people to be Hugo Award nominated for all three media.
A Better Way to Die is his first ever short story collection, providing a comprehensive overview of his work. Featured here are both his contributions to George RR Martin’s Wildcards series and all the Jonathan Hamilton stories, including “One of Our Bastards is Missing”, shortlisted for the Hugo Award in 2010, and “A Better Way to Die”, winner of a BSFA Award in 2011.
Contents: 1. Introduction by John Scalzi 2. The Deer Stalker 3. Michael Laurits is: DROWNING 4. Global Collider Generation: an Idyll 5. Secret Identity 6. The Occurrence at Slocombe Priory 7. The Sensible Folly 8. More (Wild Cards) 9. The Elephant in the Room (Wild Cards) 10. A New Arrival at the House of Love 11. The Ghosts of Christmas 12. Tom 13. Ramesses on the Frontier 14. Zeta Reticuli 15. Catherine Drewe 16. One of our Bastards is Missing 17. The Copenhagen Interpretation 18. A Better Way to Die
Check out also our Author Profile of Paul Cornell here!
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CB - Ti - Aug - Koko the Mighty updated jacket
KOKO THE MIGHTY
Kieran Shea
9781781168622
PB
£7.99
Titan Books
 
 
After narrowly escaping death, Koko Martstellar (ex-corporate mercenary) and Jedidiah Flynn (depressed former sky-cop) are busy putting their lives back together, running a saloon/brothel on The Sixty Islands – the world’s most violent and decadent resort.
But when bounty agent Jackie Wire comes to collect the outstanding price on Koko’s head, it’s time again for Koko and Flynn to make tracks. Fleeing pell-mell across the Pacific and shipwrecking along a thought-to-be uninhabitable coast, things only go from bad to worse for our heroes… but, hey, that’s the 26th century for you.
Buckle up, buttercup. Only the mighty survive.
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CBP Titan - AM
HALLOW POINT
Ari Marmell
9781781168257
PB
£7.99
Titan Books
A Mick Oberon Job
2
Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand.
The Spear of Lugh is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Those chasing it include an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts- the very last people PI Mick Oberon would want getting hold of the spear…
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Check out also our AUGUST 15 GRAPHIC NOVEL RECOMMENDS, not to mention some brilliant NON-FICTION TITLES on our JULY-DECEMBER round-up here. And you can discover even more fantastic publishing from July to December by clicking the publisher logos below!

CPP - Angry Robot CPP - Del Rey Square CPP - Gollancz 1 CPP - Harper Voyager CPP - Hodderscape-logo-dodo
ANGRY ROBOT DEL REY GOLLANCZ HARPER VOYAGER HODDERSCAPE
JF Logo Orbit Logo (with border) CPP - Rebellion Publishing CPP - Titan Square CPP - Tor
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We’ve also got special pages to round up all July to December publishing in two favourite subgenres, URBAN FANTASY and STEAMPUNK!

And you can discover our top picks of the year so far on these pages:

OUR MONTHLY RECOMMENDS!

July to December 2015:

BOOKS: SF & FANTASY JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
GRAPHIC NOVELS JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER

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January to June 2015:

BOOKS: SF & FANTASY JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
GRAPHIC NOVELS JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE