Carabas March 2016 New Book Recommends!

Carabas - New Book Recommends CB - Orbit - Mar - The Last Days of Jack Sparks CB - NF - The Secret Lore of London CB - Re - Mar - Jani and the Great Pursuit Miracleman 1 Main CB - NF - Mar - Firefly The Gorramn Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the Verse

*

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 Jan-Jun 16 page for the publisher or subject (some still in progress) or the Waterstones or Forbidden Planet (for the majority of Graphic Novel’s) link and heading to their online shop.

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 independent’s up soon as well.

So read on and see the many wonders in print coming your way in March!

 

FANTASTIC FICTION IN MARCH

CB - Orbit - Mar - The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Intriguing kick-off to March from Orbit: Jason Arnopp’s THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS is a quirky ‘found footage’ account by the titular character, a scandalous pop culture journalist who died in mysterious circumstances while researching the occult.
CB - Or - Mar - The Water Knife
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
They’ve also got the paperback of THE WATER KNIFE, the latest from Hugo and Nebula award-winner Paolo Bacigalupi. Perhaps best understood as Pre-Apocalyptic fiction, Water Knifes are scouts for water in a future America where drought has turned it into a previous commodity. A thriller of corruption, secrets and resultant killings…
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
CB - SB - Mar - Hell's Ditch
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Indie publisher Snowbooks offers Simon Bestwick’s HELL’S DITCH which sounds like it’s leaping from your X-Box via your TV onto the printed page, a Fall Out style post-apocalyptic saga with such evocatively named protagonist classes as Grendelwolves, sociopathic military fascists and mad scientists.
CB - AR - Mar - Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Meanwhile Angry Robot have a divine comedy of sorts with Michael Boatman’s WHO WANT’S TO BE THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS. A retired Lucifer steps up to stop Gabriel’s scheme to repopulate Hell via a reality TV show – which sounds entirely fitting aside from anything else. Update: Brought forward to January
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
CB - Re - Mar - Monstrous Little Voices
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Abaddon are plumbing the works of one William Shakespeare in MONSTROUS LITTLE VOICES, a collection of ‘five stories he never told’ from the electronic quills of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Foz Meadows, Kate Heartfield with magic, faeries and other supernaturalism from the bard’s backlist.
CB - Re - Mar - Jani and the Great Pursuit
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
Their sister imprint Solaris have something with the smell of Steampunk in JANI AND THE GREAT PURSUIT; an alternate earth-based magical chase tale but with galactic dimensions…
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
CBJJ16 - HZ - Mar - The Paper Menagerie
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Then Head of Zeus bring us THE PAPER MENAGERIE, an author-picked short story collection by Ken Liu, triple award winner (for the title story) and translator of award-winner Cixin Liu: 15 of his catalogue of nearly 100 stories…
CBJJ16 - Go SFMW - Mar - Monday Starts on Saturday
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
A special shout to Gollancz and Russian collaborators Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Too many books published for us to cover all the classic reissues but their Roadside Picnic made such a mark on us we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend anything by them; but MONDAY STARTS ON SATURDAY just has a great title and promises to be urban fantasy meets weird science and socialism – very much up our street in other words.
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
CBJJ16 - Go - Mar - Into Everywhere
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Also from Gollancz is Paul McAuley’s INTO EVERYWHERE, the sequel to Something Coming Through and we’d like to tell you to get on the bandwagon. SCT is a restrained thriller with accessible leads through which we explore well-conceived alien mindsets and science that jumps happily between developed present-day tech and Clarke’s Third Law / consciousness / quantum theory weirdness. It works nicely as a self-contained work though we couldn’t be happier to discover there was more to come… Very much looking forward to this.
CB - Mar - Radiance
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Complete title info on this and other great titles from the publisher
More from Catherynne M Valente this month from the presses of Corsair: RADIANCE is 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.
CBP May - The Watchman of Eternity
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
And then we get the paperback of Paul Witcover’s THE WATCHMAN OF ETERNITY which concerns international espionage, fantastical watch-making and the threatened rising of a subterranean race to the streets of London…

 

MARCH NON-FICTION

CB - NF - Mar - Smuggling
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
What a marvellous choice of subject to write a history of, not to mention to read: SMUGGLING. Simon Harvey, via Reaktion, brings us SEVEN CENTURIES OF CONTRABAND, of gold and diamonds, guns and drugs, art and secrets, not to mention the story of globalisation through the lens of the illicit trade of goods of all kinds.
CB - NF - Apr - Switched On
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
And we just had to include John Elder Robison’s SWITCHED ON. Over the last couple of decades, not least from books like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The London Eye Mystery, there’s been a growing public awareness of autism and Asperger’s. Robison had written about the condition which he grew up with in Look Me In The Eye: now he tells of his five-and-a-half year journey as a test subject for experimental treatment with electromagnetism by top neurologists which brought about the awakening of his ‘emotional intelligence’. Oneworld really pick some worthy titles to publish…
CB - NF - Mar - Slow Burn City
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
Then Rowan Moore brings us SLOW BURN CITY: LONDON IN THE 21ST CENTURY from Pan Macmillan. Described as “thought-provoking, lucidly written and often outrageously and uncomfortably funny”, Moore offers a look at the changes experienced by the great city, in part as an exemplar of others, and argues for managed change with a ‘slow burn’.
CB - NF - The Secret Lore of London
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
And staying in the big smoke, here’s a Carabas Special Pick with a work curated by the wonderful folklorist John Matthews: THE SECRET LORE OF LONDON collects essays on the legends of London, accompanied by a gazetteer of its folkloric sites. Particularly looking forward to this.

 

YA / CHILDREN’S PICK

CB - C - Mar - Half Lost
Buy from
Waterstones_logo
We’re definitely here to bring the best of Children’s and YA to readers of all ages. Not that there aren’t other worthy titles of those bands this month but January and February just happened to have some of our top picks of the season. Regardless we must just mention Sally Green’s HALF LOST from Penguin, the conclusion to her Half Bad trilogy of which book one netted sufficient acclaim that it was nominated for the Bookseller Magazine’s inaugural YA Book Prize. It’s dark and hard-edged and offers a sufficiently original play on witch law to be on a lot of radars.

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS

CG - Im - Mar - Phonogram 3
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
On the Graphic Novel front March brings Gillen and McKelvie’s PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL, the third volume of Phonogram though it doesn’t require the first two to be read. It’s a love affair with music to the tune of urban occultism. Phonomancer Emily Aster has been replaced by the half of her personality she sold for power. Now she’s running for her existence chased by demonic versions of the bikers from the video of ‘Take On Me’ with only sketchy guest appearances from the bloke from A-Ha to claim any chance of what’s left of the life she’d built.
CG - JC - Mar - Patience
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
More luminary stuff comes from Jonathan Cape in the form of Daniel Clowes PATIENCE ‘an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story’. Jack Barlow travels back in time to before he’d met his girlfriend who was later murdered. Beyond that we’ve no idea but Clowes is a master of the form and we wait with baited eyes for what sequential wonders await in March.
CG - TT - Mar - Goldtiger
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
Very special shout out to Guy Adams, collaborating with James Hodkins on GOLDTIGER, a treat if visual nostalgia and wry homage to newspaper comics of the 1960’s. Adams and Hodkins have ‘discovered’ material of iconic 60’s strip GoldTiger, the adventures of Lily Gold and Jack Tiger deemed to sensational for the pages of newspapers, and its creators. Can’t wait to feast our eyes on this. [More to come on our imminent preview page]
CG - Mar - Wormwood Gentleman Corpse Omnibus
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
Ben Templesmith’s Wormwood comes in Omnibus form at only £22.50 this month. It’s tongue-in-cheek science fantasy with a protagonist from the realms of horror: a debauched immortal worm-thing that wears corpses as suits. Not on the Booker shortlist (as far as we’re aware) but sounds a hell of a lot of fun.
Miracleman 1 Main
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
And finally – rights acquired by Marvel, industry legend Alan Moore’s seminal run now collected – it’s time for the subsequent run by other-grandmaster Neil Gaiman’s MIRACLEMAN stories to return to collected print, with art by Mr Mark Buckingham! Randomly we snagged an imperfect copy back when first available and remaindered(!) and can thoroughly recommend. It works very much like The Sandman which he was working on at the same time, the postmodern superhero taking the god-entity role – through which to explore mind-twisting ideas – while acting as a mirror on which to reflect human-level drama in a series of shorts.
CA - ANAD Uncanny Inhumans
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
It’s all the more noteworthy as it’s followed by previously unpublished (due to one of the most insane legal wrangles) Gaiman & Buckingham Miracleman material!
Comes in official Marvel Hardback in March and slightly cheaper Panini Hardback in May.
If the dual-published thing is confusing, the brief version is that Panini picked up the insanely lucrative UK reprint rights when Marvel went through bankruptcy, Fox then snapping up the film rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
All of which is relevant to the also dual-published UNCANNY INHUMANS, significant as a little piece of corporate history aside from the story. In the super-big business of superhero movies Disney-Marvel’s Exec fell out with Fox to the point that the Comic-side staffers were instructed to cancel the Fantastic Four as a comic – so as not to support the latest FF film – and to seek an alternative product to promote next to Mutants (ie. The X-Men).
Cue spotlight last year turning to the Inhumans, now entering a new phase with UNCANNY INHUMANS which features the supernormal royal family of old along with the FF’s Human Torch and the X-Men’s Beast (and Uncanny adjective)! Well there’ll be a narrative rationale behind it and the title’s in the capable hands of Charles Soule and Steve McNiven, collected in PB in March.
CG - Nov - Tabatha
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
Back across the Atlantic and we’ve got TPub’s Tabatha. Written by TPub owner Neil Gibson and very nicely drawn by Caspar Wijngaard (co-creator with writer Dan Watters of Limbo from Image Comics) Tabatha follows the in-house publishing model: one free issue online, then pay to read the rest online or wait to buy the trade collection. L.A. mailman Luke and co are committing burglaries based on postal info – until the discovery of a severed arm leads to a further involuntary amputation and a more general fight for life. So from Limbo (for Mr Wijngaard at least) to limb-less… but just who is Tabatha? Not the sex doll they find in the prop store along with the dismembered corpse surely… Update: delayed until June 2016
CG - Mar - The Opportunity
Buy from
Forbidden Planet logo
Lastly on the graphic novel front originally touted for Oct 15, we can look forward to Brighton’s Myriad Editions publishing University of Brighton graduate Will Volley’s The Opportunity: “A modern-day Death of a Salesman”, a graphic indictment of American sales philosophy imported to “the rain lashed estates of southern England”. Intriguing.

 

*

Check out our portal page to discover more great books publishing January to June 2016 here!

Or click one of the below for our top fantastical adults & kids YA, graphic novels and non-fiction…

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE

 

If you’d like us to keep you in the loop on more Book, Music, Film and Alternative Culture greatness and more please just enter your details below to subscribe to our (upcoming) weekly newsletter!