Carabas January 2016 New Book Recommends!

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Welcome to our new look / new content Monthly Recommends for January 2016! We’re here to champion the wildly imaginative and the thought provoking, worthy titles taking in the hits and those hidden gems and the ground between. As of now we’ll be doing so in a more integrated fashion, bringing you our picks of fantastical fiction, engaging non-fiction, kids books for all ages (ie. adults as well as the target audience), and graphic novels combined into these articles.

Text here is from us, a little taster on the book in question, and you can find full biblio details, extract links, and publisher title description by clicking the link to our page on their output for Jan-Jun 16 or by clicking the Waterstones or Forbidden Planet (for the majority of Graphic Novel’s) link and heading to their online shop. 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 independent’s up soon as well.

That’s it – read on and discover the great fiction and non-fiction coming your way in January; here’s to 2016!

 

FANTASTIC FICTION IN JANUARY

CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - Something Coming Through PB
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January comes with the paperback of SOMETHING COMING THROUGH by Paul McAuley, a restrained thriller with accessible leads through which we explore well-conceived alien mindsets and wildly weird science. It tells a complete story, but leaves you optimistic on getting more of the same; thankfully we now know we get to have just that, the sequel INTO EVERYWHERE being due in Trade in March.
CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - SNUFF
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January also brings Victor Pelevin’s S.N.U.F.F. that appeals to us as much for its setting in a sky city called Byzantium above post-apocalyptic Ukraine as its social relevance in the themes it explores, including the media and entertainment. Looking forward to this one.
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 CB - Go - Nov - The Girl on the Liar's Throne
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Meanwhile co-creator and host of the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club Den Patrick has book 3 of his Erebus Sequence coming, THE GIRL ON THE LIAR’S THRONE. His Italian Renaissance-based High Fantasy intrigues may well be of interest to a more general readership whose appetite has been whet by Game of Thrones while seeking something a little different.
CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - Occupy Me
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Much is promised by Tricia Sullivan’s OCCUPY ME. The set-up – a woman with wings that exist in another dimension tracking a killer-possessed man, all revolving around a briefcase that contains countless possible realities – is undoubtedly fantasy by genre, but with significant appeal beyond the fans. This could be one of the genre’s winners in 2016, showing what it offers to a wider readership.
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CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - Two Great Novels
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While we’re generally focussed on new works, it would seem remiss to not mention the duet omnibus Gollancz are publishing of James Tiptree Jr. The author was actually Alice B Sheldon who adopted the pseudonym in a male dominated industry, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award, which is given for the exploration of gender within SFF, was named for her. After a year where gender identity has been the emerging topic and attention is being given to promote female characters and creators in superhero comics, this collection might well reach out and be picked up more widely.
CB - Jan - Star Wars The Force Awakens
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If we’re highly selective about reissues we’re very much the same with regards to TV and Film tie-ins – there’s so much other greatness out to share. So it’s fortunate that all the novelisation of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS from Century (Random House) requires is to be mentioned. Job Done.
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CB - Jan - Medusa's Web
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More space then for Mr Tim Powers. He’s one of those writers with a loyal following but still lacks the wider acclaim he deserves. He’s lauded as being one of the founding fathers of Steampunk, but crosses also into Urban Fantasy; his works have been termed ‘secret histories’, adhering to historical fact while having a nuanced, usually terrifying, esoteric context.  His prose can be a little dry but his ideas are as wild as they are coherent and his concepts never less than stunning.
CB - HV - Jan - Jimmy and the Crawler reduced
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Medusa’s Web is set in a decaying mansion steeped in the supernatural, and promises to be a creepy and evocative read with lashings of evocative period detail of yesteryear.
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We just have to mention the novella by Fantasy master Raymond E Feist – because, well, it’s Raymond E Feist. JIMMY AND THE CRAWLER will appeal to fans of his world, but sounds to work as a standalone with a straightforward magical mystery set-up that could be picked up and enjoyed by anyone.
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CB - HZ - Jul - The Three Body Problem
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Head of Zeus were undoubtedly canny in their acquisition of Ken Liu’s translation of Cixin Liu’s Hugo Award-winning The Three Body problem. A bestseller in China, this first in a trilogy should get a lot of attention in paperback from its cultural relevance and that its coming as a (Chinese) film in July 2016. It actually looks like its snuck out early, just in time for Christmas.
CB - HZ - Jul - The Red Prince
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And HoZ’s SFF output doesn’t stop there as A.J. Smith’s The Red Prince also comes in January; Sci-Fi now described it as “Lovecraft meets Martin” – is anything further required?
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CB - Orbit - Jan - Zero-G
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Zero-G is the follow-up to Rob Boffard’s TRACER which got some solid endorsements in 2015. It’s a dystopian SF thriller set on an orbital station above a ruined earth and sounds like a high octane Hollywood blockbuster in written form.
CB - Jan - The Great Zoo of China
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And of similar Hollywood tone, January brings the paperback of The Great Zoo of China. Worth noting, not that Gollancz doesn’t have a store of worthy titles with general appeal (Ben Aaronovitch, we’re looking at you), but this was picked up by Orion rather than being passed to their genre imprint. Basically Jurassic Park with dragons in China. No guarantee a movie will be coming but even if it seemed too obvious for development, there was no end to vampire flicks once that got started and if output in the printed word is any gauge of what’s next in film it would hardly be a surprise. An editor has been quite blunt in saying that Dragons are the new vampires. Sounds a romp anyway.
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CG - Jan - The Chimes reduced
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And Sceptre bring out the paperback of The Chimes. The literary SF debut of a professional violinist The Chimes is set in an alternative London where writing is banned and a mysterious music prevents people from forming new memories. A Bookseller Best Debut of 2015. One to Watch 2015 Huffington Post.
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NON-FICTION PICKS IN JANUARY

CB - NF - This is London
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The Bookseller Magazine’s (Non-Fiction) Book of the Month for January, Ben Judah’s THIS IS LONDON peers beneath the surface into the hidden new face of the big city through its diverse immigrants. A must read for us and looks to be absolutely fascinating.
CB - NF - Girl in a Band
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On the music side Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon takes centre stage with her autobiography GIRL IN A BAND and presents a picture of New York and the music scene generally as well as her life across the decades; nice one Music Press. * UPDATE: Brought forward to December, out now *
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CB - NF - Irregular War
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Into more difficult territory, January brings us two books on ISIS. Paul Rogers IRREGULAR WAR contextualises ISIS in the world of terrorism and investigates quite how far reaching its activities are, just how asymmetric in impact they are in terms of security.
CB - NF - Empire of Fear
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Meanwhile BBC reporter Andrew Hosken provides the inside story in this updated edition of his acclaimed EMPIRE OF FEAR, their history from their origins through to the picture today, their brutal ideology and the brutal strategies they use. Uncomfortable reading but only too relevant.
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CB - NF - Empire of Things
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From one empire to another Historian Frank Trentmann takes us on a tour six plus century tour of consumerism in EMPIRE OF THINGS to explain how we came to where we are today and what it means. It might just be us but of the many ‘History of’s that have been written, ‘of Consumerism’ might well be the most relevant to us today, and certainly as significant to readers of current affairs as to those of history: Consumerism is at the intersection of human nature and the economic and political climate in which we live after all.
CB - NF - A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System
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And then we’re offered another kind of tour by astronomer Mark Thompson, one of the solar system as a space traveller – what a fabulous idea! A chance to learn about our immediate surroundings, planetary neighbours and astronomical phenomena, while also gaining an insight into what living on a spaceship would be like. Great matter for the general reader as well as fans of Popular Science and, we daresay, more than a few SFF authors, aspiring or otherwise.
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CHILDREN’S BOOK HIGHLIGHTS IN JANUARY

CB - C - Darkest Night
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January kicks off with a bevy of named author New in Paperbacks. First, from Harpercollins, there’s DARKEST NIGHT, Book 5 and the concluding part of Will Hill’s Department 19 series. Department 19 follows the well worn path of ‘there’s truth in the fiction’ and sees young Jamie Carpenter (named in homage to John) aided by Frankenstein’s monster joining the UK governments ultra secret anti-vampire department; but Hill distinguishes himself by his writing and (I happen to remember) some truly visceral, bloody and uncompromising action and scenes.
CB - C - Eternity's Wheel

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We also, and again from Harpercollins, get the conclusion to the Interworld trilogy, written by Michael and Mallory Reaves with luminary Neil Gaiman. It’s a pan-reality epic crossing science and magic.
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CBP - Jun - JD - Arena 13
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Meanwhile masterful Spook’s author Joseph Delaney has a paperback and a hardback out. ARENA 13 is a savage gladiatorial fantasy and tale of vengeance…
CB - C - Spook's The Dark Army
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…while the DARK ARMY continues the adventures of Thomas, being the second in a new cycle of adventures out in January in Hardback.
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CB - C - Martians
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We do like the sound of Blythe Woolston’s MARTians, a dystopian satire on consumerism. Published by independent children’s publisher Walker Books we’re more than happy to say BUY BUY BUY!
CBP - May - The Novice
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And then we have ‘Wattpad Phenomenon’ Taran Matharu‘s excellent THE SUMMONER BOOK 1: THE NOVICE. The set-up is mainstay Tolkienesque fantasy but developed with engaging detail, wonderful ideas and cleverly conceived magic. Thankfully not long to wait for the sequel either – May 16 at time of writing. Great stuff.
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GRAPHIC NOVEL HIGHLIGHTS IN JANUARY

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CG - Bo - Evil Empire V2
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There’s two from Boom! Studios we particularly like the sound of in January. Max Bemis political thriller EVIL EMPIRE (see here for info on Vol 1) continues – intriguing stuff.
CG - Jan - Curb Stomp
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Meanwhile CURB STOMP looks to be a punked gander into what you might do to protect your own in the bad part of town; with protagonists, all-girl gang The Fever – Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt, led by Machete Betty – we’re expecting something vibrant, poignant and a hell of a lot of fun; something comics lend themselves especially well to. Update: now April…
CG - DH - Jan - Girl Crazy
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The female-led comics goodness continues with GIRL CRAZY from the legendary creator of the much loved (if not rocketed) LOVE AND ROCKETS Gilbert Hernandez! All we know is that it concerns three 16-year olds taking on all of Tijuana to rescue their friend – but whatever it is it’s Gilbert Hernandez!
CG - DC - The Demon Haunted Glory
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Next up a special shout out to a little something of yesteryear. THE DEMON concerned ETRIGAN, devilish half-brother of Merlin. He was pretty popular back in the early 90’s, a rhyming anti-hero never up to any good but taking down the even-worse within it. Anyway Haunted Glory is a collection when comics legend Garth Ennis, legendary especially for his run on DC / Vertigo’s Hellblazer and his own Preacher, took over scripting duties with collaborator on Troubled Souls John McCrea and put Etrigan in the role of Hell’s Assassin. A winner surely!
CG - DC - Action Comics
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DC win big every month with their big two, Batman and Superman, and we’ve picked a collection of the latter’s more recent adventures as a book of note for January, now being in paperback. In ’92 DC killed off Superman to immense interest and sales, bringing in a new villain capable of doing the deed, Doomsday, naturally bringing Superman back (to more sales) about a year down the line. DC rebooted their whole line in 2011: VOLUME 6 OF ACTION COMICS concerns what happens after Superman has beaten Doomsday but takes in a part of the creature that starts taking him over. Written by one of our top-rated writers Greg Pak, Batman also makes an appearance.
CG - Im - Jan - Antistar
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UPDATE – ANTISTAR has been pulled for now; news to follow as and when we get it…
CG - Im - Nov - Southern Cross V1
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Aside from being the home of top notch creator-owned works Image Comics have a real appeal for those who loved Marvel and DC but just want a good complete story or at least one that is self contained. From them this month Gotham Academy’s Becky Cloonan teams up with Andy Belanger and Lee Loughbridge for Southern Cross Volume 1, space-based mystery horror featuring Alex Braith who’s looking for answers around her sister’s death. Looking forward to reading this…
CG - Ma - Oct - Powers
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Marvel are generally busy in January wrapping up SECRET WARS in comic form (now extended to 9 #’s) but there’s some seriously noteworthy collections coming this month. To kick off we’ve got two of TV relevance from lead writer Mr Brian Michael Bendis. The adaptation of his creator-owned (with Mike Oeming) POWERS debuted on the Playstation Network in 2015; this isn’t the first ever volume, rather the first of the latest series that began in 2014 – still a good jumping on point though we gather.
CG - Ma - Jessica Jones Alias V4
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Marvel’s fab Jessica Jones, in case you weren’t aware, debuted on Netflix in November 2015, so while it’s not a first volume we figured you might want to know about Vol 4 of Alias, the Bendis / Gaydos series on which it’s based, coming back out in January.
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Something else you may not know is that Wolverine’s dead! Yes dead and never coming back again ever! Until he does. Naturally a huge seller in comic and, doubtless, HB collection, it comes in paperback for everyone else who’s interested in January (delayed from 2015). This will stay in the Wolverine backlist bestseller’s from here onwards.
CG - Ma - Jan - Daredevil A Touch of Typhoid
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And then there’s a Daredevil collection, especially noteworthy for being in the fab Ann Nocenti’s defining run on the character and introducing Typhoid Mary. There’s also the Inferno ‘event’, a Punisher crossover and a Fabian Nicieza fill-in, introducing Bengal who’d return in his later work.
CG - Titan - Dec - Scarlet Couture
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Lastly, a shout out to Des Taylor whose Scarlett Couture is collected by Titan in January. We take it as kind of a Modesty Blaise with Bruce Wayne background and with a tone of glamour (if you can have such a tone) rather than urban noir – so refreshing for that aside from anything else.
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