August 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CB - SB - Aug - Shakespeare vs Cthulhu
CB - Ho - Aug 16 - Poison City
CN - Aug - This is London
CC - Aug - Here I Stand
CG - Aug - Scotland Yardie

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for August. We take in adult SFF and other Fiction, 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.

Selections and text here is the work of Tim Bayley. Tim was a Buyer at a London flagship bookstore for over 6 years, on the central trade buying committee, then a sales rep for one of the UK’s largest publishers before creating Carabas just over two years ago. You can find full biblio details, extract links, and publisher title description by clicking the link to our Jul-Dec 2016 page for the publisher or subject (all coming soon) or the shop link and heading to their online store.

NB. We believe in supporting bricks and mortar stores whether online or in person and a tiny snippet of any purchase comes our way to go towards site upkeep so any and all support very much appreciated! We hope to have further options to buy from independents up soon as well.

So read on and see the many wonders in print coming your way in August.

Enjoy!

 

Fiction

* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub Series Vol
The Girl with all the Gifts Poster
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
M. R. Carey
9780356507231
PB
8.99
Orbit
Well not a brand new title but we could hardly not mention The Girl with all the Gifts being reissued in its film tie-in format. Author Mike Carey’s been on our radar for many years for his sterling comics work, then for his Felix Castor Urban Fantasy series but this was a fantastic selling title even before the film – scripted by Mike while he wrote the book – was confirmed. We don’t have an actual confirmed cover yet but we’re guessing it’s not unlike the film poster which we’re using here in lieu. #NoSpoilers but #Zombies, an adult and affecting – and widely acclaimed and selling – post-apocalyptic thriller. The film hits screens in September.
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CB - Orbit - Apr - Fellside
FELLSIDE
M. R. Carey
9780356503608
PB
7.99
Orbit
Even allowing for the sense of tie-ing in a paperback release to a film edition it’s one of the fastest shifts from Hardback to Paperback for Mike’s latest, the evocatively titles Fellside. Here Mr Carey puts down the corporeal ‘undead’ and turns to the non-corporeal with something truly disturbing. A woman is incarcerated as a child-killer, a crime she has no memory of, in the titular maximum security prison – only to be visited by the ghost of the dead child in question who needs her help…
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CB - SB - Aug - Shakespeare vs Cthulhu
SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU
Jonathan Green
9781909679863
PB
£8.99
Snowbooks
A very special mention as well to a very special project and anthology. It’s the year of the bard, so what better time for a collection of inspired modern mash-ups of Shakespeare life and plays and Lovecraftian Horror Cthulhu style?
Includes dramatic speculations by James Lovegrove, Graham McNeill, Jan Siegel, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Jonathan Green. Update: also Adrian Chamberlin, Ed Fortune, Andrew Lane, Josh Reynolds, Guy Haley, Jonathan Oliver. Second update: With Poetry by Nimue Brown and Danie Ware! *** The title launch is at Forbidden Planet on the 13th August, 1-2 pm ***
(I might humbly add that there’s a tale from myself, not in the anthology but as a digital bonus to the Kickstarter backers, and possibly downloadable soon to readers everywhere: Lovecraft’s Labour’s Lost (and Wonne))
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CB - DR - Aug - Infernal
INFERNAL
Mark de Jager
9781785033346
HB
16.99
Del Rey
Then it’s Mark de Jager’s debut with Infernal from Del Rey. Now be honest: even if the man-without-a-memory conceit is well established can we really resist it? Especially when this anti-hero boasts supernatural strength and magic – and more especially when it’s a GOLDSBORO BOOKS BOOK OF THE MONTH. Well if Goldsboro say so I can’t see us not reading this…
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CB - DR - Aug - Woman on the Edge of Time
WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME
Marge Piercy
9781785033780
PB
8.99
Del Rey
Also from Del Rey is (one of our rare inclusions of) a 40th anniversary reissue of a classic of feminist SF, Marge Piercy’s Woman of the Edge of Time, the protagonist of which witnesses a utopian and a dystopian future and who might just be the decided factor in which one we inherit…
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CB - Ho - Aug 16 - Poison City
POISON CITY
Paul Crilley
9781473631588
HB
18.99
Hodder & Stoughton
When I caught Hodder Editor Anne Perry at the London Book Fair for a casual interview, Poison City was the next big thing coming through. Pitched cheekily as being perfect for grown-up fans of Harry Potter, written by Scotsman in South Africa Paul Crilley, it looks to be classic darkly whimsical and humorous urban fantasy noir, based in the author’s current nation of residence, avec DCI from Yorkshire and alcoholic spirit dog. Looking forward to this…
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CB - Feb - When the Floods Came
WHEN THE FLOODS CAME
Clare Morrall
9781444736519
PB
£8.99
Sceptre
Then comes the paperback of Man Booker shortlister Clare Morrall’s When the Flood’s Came from fellow Hodder imprint Sceptre. It’s a post-apocalyptic vision of a flood-prone virus-ravaged Britain in which a charismatic stranger shakes the stable if lonely existence of Roza Polanski and her family. Smells to us like one of those mainstream genre break-out hits like Mike Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts and Sarah Pinborough’s The Death House.
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CB - Aug - Crooked
CROOKED
Austin Grossman
9781444730005
PB
£8.99
Mulholland Books
Mulholland Books are another Hodder imprint and they’re offering up Austin Grossman’s Crooked in August. With an anti-hero lead in an alternate reality setting being Richard Nixon it’s tempting to compare it to Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming (Hitler as PI in alternate 40’s London!), but apparently we’re to be treated to a Lovecraftian Cold War in what’s also a satire of American politics and power…
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CB - Aug - Radiance
RADIANCE
Catherynne M Valente
9781472115157
PB
£8.99
Corsair
There’s also the paperback of Catherynne M Valente’s Radiance from the presses of Corsair. It’s as noteworthy for its setting (an alternate solar system with the moon ruled by Hollywood and a wild-west Mars) as the wonderful, seemingly random plot from which we might hope to solve the mystery of the vanished protagonist. Top stuff.
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CB - Go - Aug - The Watcher of Dead Time
THE WATCHER OF DEAD TIME
Cox, Edward
9781473200364
TPB
£16.99
Gollancz
3
And then August brings the conclusion to Edward Cox’s Relic Guild sequence. We remember reading of new weird illuminatus China Mieville’s frustration with the dominance of Tolkien-derivative fantasy as the mainstay of the genre. Well this strikes us as being one of those works that merrily pulls apart the stayed Lego models of these tropes along with those of mythic fiction generally to see what more interesting things can be built in their place. So it’s a last ditch war effort against the enemy Genii featuring the defeated Relic Guild’s Clara, who happens to be a werewolf… Check out our preview of the Relic Guild here and Ed’s article on his musical influences for the series here!
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CB - Or - Aug - Impact
IMPACT
Rob Boffard
9780356505176
PB
8.99
Orbit
3
Our highlights might seem slightly random but one part of the thinking is on those genre titles that reach out to the mainstream, kind of like how people who don’t read SF will quite happily head to the pictures for the latest Alien, Arnie or superhero flick. Well Rob Boffard’s Outer Earth Trilogy seems very much that film albeit in print, touted as ‘The Bourne Identity meets Gravity’. Featuring female lead Riley Hale a Tracer (courier, the title of book one) on a satellite habitat above an inhospitable Earth, then cop (Zero-G), the series concludes with Impact in August where she hits the apparently-inhabitable-after-all planet, up against terrorists and the hidden dangers the Earth holds.
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CB - Ti - Aug - The Empty Ones
THE EMPTY ONES
Robert Brockway
9781783297993
PB
£7.99
Titan Books
The Unnoticeables
2
We really liked the sound of Robert Brockway’s The Unnoticeables so we got hold of an extract to put up last year (have a read, it’s cracking). It flicks between Carey in punk New York in the 70’s to stunt woman Kaitlyn in present day Hollywood (“The survival of the human race is in Carey and Kaitlyn’s hands. We are truly screwed.”) Now in The Empty Ones they’re back, Carey in London to fight more freakish angel-creatures, Kaitlyn in the desert for some revelations of the same and herself…
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Non-Fiction

* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub Series Vol
CN - Aug - The Cyber Effect
THE CYBER EFFECT
Mary Aiken
9781473610231
HB
£20
John Murray
Digital technology is both pervasive and something of an obsession no-one recognises because, well, it’s so pervasive. Mary Aiken is here to give a proper look beneath the surface of digital culture, of the dark web, online relationships, deviant behaviour, internet addiction and more. One of the Bookseller’s August Non-Fiction One’s To Watch, it’s a survey of our digital present and a “guide through a new future that it’s not too late to do something about”.
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CN - Aug - Content Provider
CONTENT PROVIDER
Stewart Lee
9780571329021
PB
£14.99
Faber
We always did like Stewart Lee’s wry, layered comedy but that recent series on BBC2 showed his elevated talent as a comic and elevated his profile, at least amongst the intellectual left. This collection of his Guardian articles in which he attempts to understand modern Britain promises similarly to be “funny, grumpy, provocative, confusing and brilliant”.
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CN - Aug - 24 Hours at Agincourt
24 HOURS AT AGINCOURT
Michael Jones
9780753555460
PB
£9.99
W H Allen
Of all the days in history, few could hold a torch to what would happen in 24 hours in Agincourt on St Crispin’s Day, the 25th October 1415. Henry V of England looks out to an army that dwarfs his own, made up of France’s knightly elite and professional crossbowmen aside from everyone else. Michael Jones narrates the happenings of this time through eyewitness accounts and other evidence. We’ve got four words for you: Low. Born. English *. Longbowmen.
* (and Welsh. Six words)
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CN - Aug - The Illustrated Guide to Viking Martial Arts
THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO VIKING MARTIAL ARTS
Antony Cummins
9780750967457
PB
£14.99
The History Press
From earlier in the broader reaches of the same period we just had to include this from Antony Cummins. The last decade has seen the rise of Historical European Martial Arts and there’s no little interest and practice of those of the Vikings. Here Cummins has assembled a manual through “a feat of textual interpretation” from the sagas, including moves we’d all like to know like knocking down a spear in mid-flight and the shield cleave.
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CN - Aug - Empire of Imagination
EMPIRE OF IMAGINATION
Michael Witwer
9781632862037
PB
£10.99
Bloomsbury (USA)
From one interpretation and use of history to a rather looser one, though a wonderful subject we’re surprised has not already been covered. Even for those of us whose imaginations found a preferable home in other works I can’t imagine anyone failing to appreciate the contribution Gary Gygax’s Dungeons and Dragons made to the worlds of fantasy and gaming. Michael Witwer brings us a narrative biography of this ‘emperor of the imagination’.
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CN - Aug - This is London
THIS IS LONDON
Ben Judah
9781447276272
PB
£9.99
Picador
A big shout out also to Mr Ben Judah who’s This is London arrives in paperback in August. This was The Bookseller Magazine’s (Non-Fiction) Book of the Month for January in HB and unsurprisingly is in their August paperback highlights. It’s the story of the hidden new face of the big city through its diverse immigrants, the author having “had dinner with oligarchs and meetings with foreign royalty, spent nights streetwalking and sleeping rough”.
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CN - Aug - Life After Dark
LIFE AFTER DARK
Dave Haslam
9780857206992
PB
£8.99
Simon & Schuster
Also now in paperback is Dave Haslam’s Life After Dark, his history of nightlife, it’s proprietors, entertainers and punters and shared territory with the illicit underworld from the Victorian Dance Hall to the big clubs of today. It takes in the whole of the country, jazz, the 60’s scene, punk, reggae, acid house, rave and more. What a cracking subject to write about – and to read of course.
Buy from Waterstones
CN - Aug - Foo Fighters Learning to Fly
FOO FIGHTERS
Mick Wall
9780857206992
PB
£9.99
Orion
Dave Grohl, of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, is a really intriguing subject: he’s managed to carve out his own legend as being both solid Rock and one of the most down-to-earth and genuinely nicest guys in the industry. Well we did include Martin James biography of Grohl this time last year but there’s much to say still about the man and the band so we certainly wanted to shout out about Mick Wall’s latest. As Orion puts it: “The unflinching bright sunlight to Cobain’s permanent midnight darkness, Grohl had come from a similar broken home to his erstwhile band leader, but came out of the experience differently – brimming with positivity and a shrewd grasp of opportunities in the music industry.” Distinguished as a literary biog of the group and it’s leader.
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Late Additions 05/08

CN - Aug - Art of the Street Rio de Janeiro
ART OF THE STREET: RIO DE JANEIRO
Andy Cantillio Photos
9780993240744
HB
£9.95
Art of Publishing
Street art is ever more weaving its way into the urban landscape, bringing pleasant surprises and little challenges within the ‘day-to-day’ up to bold, rich, evocative multi-storey works to stand back and admire. We’d never heard of the Art of Publishing before but in August they offer up a third collection of street art in a big city, this one covering Rio De Janeiro. Includes work by Wark Rocinha, NATA, Vida One Love, MEMI, Cranio and Panmela Castro. Looking forward to a look at this.
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CN - Aug - Generation M (final)
GENERATION M
Shelina Janmohamed
9781780769097
TPB
£12.99
IB Tauris
It might well come as a surprise to some but the current generation of Western Muslims – quite aside from those elsewhere – share a generational identity of faith alongside modernity. Award-winning author Shelina Janmohamed delivers a book that arguably should be a compulsory read for any politician and something that should be of real interest to people generally, exploring ‘this growing cultural phenomenon, at a time where understanding the mindset of Muslim youths, and what drives them, is critical.’ A Non-Fiction Highlight in the Bookseller Magazine’s July to December Buyer’s Guide.
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CN - Aug - The Alternative
THE ALTERNATIVE: TOWARDS A NEW PROGRESSIVE POLITICS
Lisa Nandy, Caroline Lucas, Chris Bowers
9781785900495
HB
£12.99
Biteback
Whatever any given person’s political persuasion it’s hard to imagine anyone believing that, at time of writing, that anything’s particularly all right in the world of politics and governance so here’s a couple of titles that offer a potentially more helpful angle on the same or even hope that things can change for the better. Biteback Publishing – ‘Britain’s leading publisher of political and current affairs titles’ offer ‘The Alternative’ which proposes a new progressive politics around which like-minded politicians from across the spectrum can unite and deliver genuine change. Includes contributions by Sian Berry, Mhairi Black, Frances O’Grady, Tim Farron, Peter Hain, Carys Afoko, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson.
Read a chapter for free here…
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CN - Aug - Co-operatives Confront Capitalism
CO-OPERATIVES CONFRONT CAPITALISM: CHALLENGING THE NEOLIBERAL ECONOMY
Peter Ranis
9781783606498
PB
£18.99
Zed Books
Meanwhile Zed Books offer more of a grass roots approach to positive change in Co-operatives Confront Capitalism, in which Peter Ranis tours the co-operative scene across the globe to see how they’ve adapted to the economic  crisis. ‘Combining the work of key radical theorists, including Marx, Gramsci, and Luxemburg, with that of contemporary political economists, such as Block, Piketty, and Stiglitz, Cooperatives Confront Capitalism provides what is perhaps the most far-reaching analysis yet of the ideas, achievements, and wider historical context of the cooperative movement.’ Interesting stuff.
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CN - Aug - Scroobius Pip
DISTRACTION PIECES
Scroobius Pip
9781844039128
HB
£16.99
Octopus Publishing
Scroobius Pip has been on our radar for years now. He just keeps popping up in places you just don’t expect. The Hip Hop we knew about, the poetry and the distinctive beard. Then he’s running his own film club at the fabulous Prince Charles Cinema and… you get the idea. Well we weren’t aware of his Itunes-topping Distraction Pieces podcast, though almost all of us would be aware of the likes of Jon Ronson, Howard Marks, Russell Brand, Amanda Palmer and Simon Pegg who’ve appeared on it. Cassell publishers have cannily picked up this title which collects the best of the podcast along with new material on ‘politics, social media, music, comedy and more’ with ‘illustrated by tattoo artist mr heggie (yes that’s all lower case): rather our flavour of non-fiction in other words. Also a Bookseller’s Buyer’s Non-Fiction Highlight.
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CN - Aug - Strange Victoriana
STRANGE VICTORIANA: TALES OF THE CURIOUS, THE WEIRD AND THE UNCANNY FROM OUR VICTORIAN ANCESTORS
Jan Bondeson
9781445658858
HB
£20.00
Amberley
Aside from appeal from general curiosity and to readers of quirky history we do like to include titles that would be of interest to the steampunk crowd which very much partakes of a sense of ‘Victoriana’ so this virtually went in on its title alone, even if the cover is rather on the grotesque side. Drawing from private archives of ‘Illustrated Police News’ of the period herein you can discover: Dog-Faced Men, the Sleeping Frenchman of Soho, Reincarnated Cats, the Jumping Spectre of Peckham, the Fighting Ghost of Tondu, a beer-swilling white gorilla and the hammer-wielding Rat-Killing Monkey of Manchester – and much more. You’re very welcome.
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Children’s & YA

* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub Series Vol
CC - Aug - Wonderboy
WONDERBOY
Nicole Burstein
9781783444465
PB
£7.99
Andersen Press
A few selections from the world of YA & MG (that’s Young Adult and Middle Grade for the uninitiated). First up is Nicole Burstein’s Wonderboy, the ‘same-world’ follow-up to Other Girl, prose-based superhero fun that zeroes more into living in a world where powers are real than active superheroing. In poor bullied Wilco’s case he’s got telekineses…
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CG - Aug - The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner
THE WITCH’S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES
Terry Pratchett
9780857534835
HB
£12.99
Random House Children’s
And we just had to include The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner. A Hatful of Sky was the last work by the wonderful and much missed Terry Pratchett, but Random House Kids are releasing his early stories from his days at Buck Free Press, Dragons at Crumbling Castle being the first, this collecting 14 more of those stories. Expect magic rabbits, wizards, pirates and food fights.
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CC - Aug - Here I Stand
HERE I STAND (WAS TAKING LIBERTIES?)
Amnesty International UK
9781406358384
HB
£9.99
Walker Books
With such amazing selection of books this month it would be hard to pick an overall Book of the Month – but Here I Stand from Walker Books / Amnesty International might well be it if we had to chose. “Inspired by the 800-year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a selection of writers explore the rights and freedoms still lacking in today’s society. Contributors include: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Russell Brand, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Sabrina Mahfouz, Paul Muldoon, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Brian Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones.” An incredibly worthy subject, charity and list of stellar contributors. Nuff Said.
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Late Additions 05/08

CC - Aug - American Monsters
AMERICAN MONSTERS
Derek Landy
9780008157104
HB
£14.99
Harpercollins
 Demon Road
3
We just had to mention Derek Landy’s conclusion to his Demon Road trilogy. We thoroughly enjoyed his Skullduggery Pleasant series which translates universally while being based in the author’s native Ireland – one of the great kids / YA series since whenever. Demon Road is his take on the great American road trip, supernatural style, and you can hardly grab the US more with a title like American Monsters. Amber’s got parental issues – as in they’re sociopathic human demons well over a century old who were planning on eating her to keep their mojo going. Fortunately (?!) Amber’s a demon as well and she’d rather like to take them down. Unfortunately that’s going to involve something to do with the siblings who came before her and weren’t nearly so lucky…
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CC - Aug - Railhead
RAILHEAD
Philip Reeve
9780192742766
PB
£7.99
OUP
We snapped up Mortal Engines when it first came out, the instant classic series that stamped Philip Reeves name indelibly on YA fiction. He had us at the term ‘Municipal Darwinism’ – that and London travelling around munching up other motive urbanities. Well he hasn’t looked back since, writing, amongst many others, what might be the final word on Goblins for Middle Grade readers. So like Mr Landy his back catalogue is reason enough for a shout out for his latest. Railhead promises sentient space-tunnelling trains, ridden by a young thief who’s rather more than his illicit profession, something that has consequences on a universal scale. Warner Bros have snapped up the rights.
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Graphic Novels

*** LATE ADDITION / SPECIAL CARABAS RECOMMEND ***

CG - Aug - March Book 3
MARCH BOOK 3
Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
9781603094023
PB
£17.99
Top Shelf Productions
March
3
Something really special here that deserves a massive shout. Congressman John Lewis is one of the key figures of the civil rights movement in America, becoming one of its “big six” in his twenties. Inspired by a comic book that informed his own generation in the 50’s he’s been working on his own graphic autobiography as a trilogy with co-author – his Digital Director & Policy Advisor – Andrew Aydin and Eisner award-winning artist Nate Powell. August sees the concluding volume of March arriving. A really worthy piece of work and a big thank you to Gosh Comics for putting it on our radar via Twitter.
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* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub Series Vol
CG - Ma - Aug - Rocket Raccoon and Groot Vol 1
ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT VOL. 1: TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Young, Skottie & Andrade, Filipe
9780785199731
PB
£11.99
Marvel
   
9781846537349
£12.99
Panini
   
Even editing down it’s a really bumper month of Graphic Novels / Comic Collections. First up is the latest from Marvel by Skottie Young of Rocket Raccoon… and now also by Filipe Andrade of Groot as well! The plot is almost less important than the characters and creators: since Guardians of the Galaxy the film, everyone’s been loving both Rocket who Skottie was writing-drawing already, but the addition of expressive mono-worded Groot so his addition will be a draw for many. And Skottie himself is a big fan of Filipe Andrade’s work, so no one should be overly down as he moves for the most to scripting duties. All of which is why Panini – who have the rights to publish Marvel over here as well – have picked it for their one ‘pound cheaper editions’ slightly earlier on July 20th. Oh the plot? Rocket Raccoon’s the newest galactic criminal mastermind…
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(Marvel edition)
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(Panini edition)
CG - DH - Aug - Dream Gang
DREAM GANG
Brendan McCarthy
9781506700007
PB
£10.99
DARK HORSE
We knew of Brendan McCarthy from the early days of 2000AD and more, especially from the basically perfect partnership with Pete Milligan, capturing the latter’s hallucinatory narrative abstractions most memorably (to us) in the uber-chimerical Rogan Gosh. You might be more aware of a film featuring his script and design work – Mad Max: Fury Road anybody? Dream Gang, collecting his series in Dark Horse Presents, takes place purely in dream with a young man turned to a Dream Voyager in order to uncover the bomb in his own psyche…  In other words McCarthy’s gone old school. Colour us pleased.
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CG - DH - Aug - Hellboy and the BPRD 1953
HELLBOY & THE B.P.R.D.: 1953
Mignola, Mike; Roberson, Chris & Stenbeck, Ben
9781616559670
PB
£14.99
DARK HORSE
Then we just didn’t have enough room for all of Mike Mignola’s fantastic Hellboy output so we’re grudgingly limiting ourselves to his and collaborator’s Hellboy & the BPRD: 1953. Horrific supernatural fun in the 50’s with murderous British beasties and something across the pond that might just be connected to an earlier case…
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CG - Aug - Scotland Yardie
SCOTLAND YARDIE
Joseph, Bobby & Samuels, Joseph
9780861662517
PB
£9.99
KNOCKABOUT
We always love to see what independent legend Knockabout have coming for us and this month it’s just classic Knockabout. Scotland Yardie is Jamaica’s most feared policeman, brought onto the force to meet the ethnic quota, smoke the herb, defeat racist police and solve the mysteries of assassinated cats and… addictive blue chicken? Scotland Yardie’s coming to Brixton – we’re off to catch the tube to go and watch! *** Update: Now publishing January 2017 ***
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CG - V - Aug - Red Thorn Vol 1
RED THORN TP VOL 1
David Baillie, Meghan Hetrick
9781401263614
PB
£10.99
Vertigo
We’ve been keeping a careful eye on Vertigo. Well we do anyway but we knew the first collections of a new wave of series were due some point this side of 2016 and, as happens, August is when they kick off. So from Scotland Yard to Glaswegian demigods, first up is David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick’s Red Thorn concerning Isla whose drawings come to life and said demigod, the ‘swaggering, often shirtless firebrand’, Thorn.  Pitched for fans of Fables and The Sandman. Very much looking forward to a read of this.
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CG - V - Slash and Burn Vol 1
SLASH & BURN TP VOL 1
Si Spencer, Max Dunbar, Ande Parks
9781401262778
PB
£10.99
Vertigo
Si Spencer was pretty busy in 2015 with the hit Bodies, also from Vertigo, and Klaxon from Self Made Hero. Now he’s back, back with Vertigo, this time with Max Dunbar and Ande Parks on Slash and Burn, featuring pyromaniac turned sleuthing firefighter Rosheen Hayes. She’s kind secrets to hide and more to uncover in this collected first volume. Something more conventional in setting to much of Vertigo’s output but we’ve no doubt it’s no less twisted or entertaining than anything else from them, and it’s ongoing so sounds like Spencer’s got plenty of creative fuel to burn…
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CG - V - Aug - Lucifer Vol 1
LUCIFER TP VOL 1
Holly Black, Lee Garbett
9781401261931
PB
£10.99
Vertigo
Now those are original series – but how horribly nice of Holly Black and Lee Garbett to bring back one of those enduring characters from the early days of Vertigo which just happens to be debuting now as a TV series. Well Neil Gaiman’s achieved many things and even though inventing Lucifer isn’t one of them, this incarnation, the resigned king of hell, certainly did originate in the pages of The Sandman. He was then taken on by Mike Carey who crafted a story of epic proportions and scale. Now Black and Garbett take the reigns as the Lightbringer and Gabriel go on a mission to investigate the deicide of their father. Heaven knows where this is headed – wait, they’ve actually no idea have they? One to watch and to read…
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CG - Im - Aug - Citizen Jack
CITIZEN JACK
Sam Humphries, Tommy Patterson
9781632157058
PB
£10.99
IMAGE COMICS
On to Image but remaining with deviltry we had to include Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson’s Citizen Jack, a comedic horror (horrific comedy?) in which a devil-worshipping small town politician runs for the US presidency with the aid of an ambitious demon. We try to keep the politics out of Carabas, though you might well think Jack to be preferable to many other present political options. You might very well think that but we could not possibly comment.
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CG - Im - Aug - CBLDF Presents Liberty
CBLDF PRESENTS: LIBERTY
See below
9781607069966
PB
£14.99
IMAGE COMICS
Now we do want to give this a big shout. Image released their Liberty Annual from 2008 to 2012 to celebrate creative freedom and raise funds for the Comic Book Defence League which supports creators in an industry that isn’t necessarily set up with their interests at heart. August brings a deluxe collection of the stories from all of these annuals. The credits read like a master list of comics illuminate. Includes A The Walking Dead Tale by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, 100 Words by Neil Gaiman & Jim Lee, Criminal by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips, The Boys by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson, plus stories from Geoff Johns, Mark Millar, JH Williams III, Terry Moore, Howard Chaykin, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Stuart & Kathryn Immonen, Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Pope, and dozens more!
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CG - Im - Aug - Cry Havoc
CRY HAVOC VOLUME 1: MYTHING IN ACTION
Si Spurrier, Ryan Kelly
9781632158338
PB
£10.99
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Of all the copy Image put out on Spurrier, Kelly et al’s Cry Havoc the bit we really like is: “This is not the tale of a Lesbian Werewolf going to war. Except it kind of is.” Actually if Mr Alan Moore has something to say about something, and here he does, we’ll be listening: “An electrifying account of black ops, black dogs and weaponised folklore that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Best in show.” Kind of says it all. Check out our profile on Si S on Carabas here…
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