December 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CB - JF - Nov - The Mysteries CB - Reb - Dec - The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus V2 CB - Ho - Dec - The Rising CBP - Aug - The Paradox CB - HZ - Dec - The Grace of Kings

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And so to the end of 2015, and what a year of fantastical and speculative publishing! September and October carry some big titles and a lot of, but there’s still some last great books coming your way in the final month of the year.

Enjoy!

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NB. We’re in the process of setting up affiliate links; we’ll just recommend supporting your local bricks and mortar shops and independents in the meantime. Title description from publisher; highlighted notes by us. Links to individual publisher pages covering their wider July to December output beneath, followed by the same to other monthly recommends articles.

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CB - HV - Dec - Belt Three reduced
BELT THREE
Dec
John Ayliff
9780008120467
PB
£13.99
Harper Voyager
 
NOTE: We are mostly about print here but figured we ought to mention e-books of this and certain other Harper Voyager titles are substantially cheaper…
Worldbreakers do not think, do not feel and cannot be stopped.
Captain Gabriel Reinhardt’s latest mining mission has been brought to a halt by the arrival of a Worldbreaker, one of the vast alien machines that destroyed Earth and its solar system long ago. As he and his crew flee they are kidnapped by a pirate to be mind-wiped and sold into slavery, a fate worse than death in this shattered universe.
But Captain Reinhardt is hiding a secret. The real Gabriel Reinhardt died six years ago, and in his place is Jonas, one of the millions of clones produced for menial labour by the last descendants of Earth.
Forced to aid the pirate Keldra’s obsessive campaign against the Worldbreakers in exchange for his life, Jonas discovers that humanity’s last hope might just be found in the very machines that have destroyed it.
Buy from Waterstones
CB - JF - Nov - The Mysteries
THE MYSTERIES
Dec
Lisa Tuttle
9781782069614
PB
£8.99
Jo Fletcher Books
 
A blend of mystery, thriller and fantasy that will leave you looking over your shoulder
Laura Lensky’s daughter, Peri, has been missing for two years. For the police it’s a closed case – she wanted to run away – but for her mother and boyfriend, Hugh, it’s a different story.
When Laura hires private investigator Ian Kennedy, it is a last-ditch attempt to find her daughter before she leaves for America.
Drawn in by strange parallels to an obscure Celtic myth and his first, almost unexplainable case, Ian takes the job. But his beliefs are about to be stretched to their limit – there are darker and more devious forces at work here than any of them imagined.
Buy from Waterstones
CB - Reb - Dec - The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus V2
THE ULYSSES QUICKSILVER OMNIBUS, VOLUME 2
Dec
Jonathan Green
9781781083833
B
£11.99
Abaddon
The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus
In his ongoing adventures in the services of the Empire, Ulysses Quicksilver – hero and dandy – is increasingly confronted with the darkness at the heart of Britannia. This worthy tome collects three tales of desperation:
Evolution Expects: After more than 150 years as the supreme power on the planet, the British Empire has become stagnant and corrupt. The new Prime Minister, Devlin Valentine, promises change, but there are those who lack the patience for politics. With a dangerous vigilante stalking the streets, a monster on the loose in the East End and rival gangs fighting for control, there may be nothing Ulysses – trapped in the notorious Bedlam Hospital – can do to prevent a catastrophic metamorphosis!
Blood Royal: With the city, and the Empire, reeling from the transformations of a month before, a twisted new religion rises from the devastation. In the meantime, in Europe, the spectre of war rears its ugly head; and rumours hint at monsters, things of myth, on both sides. Ulysses Quicksilver, fighting for peace and for reason – for civilisation itself – follows a path that leads him from the shattered streets of London to the icy wastes at the heart of a dark and bloody empire.
Dark Side: Searching for his missing brother Barty, Ulysses heads to the British Lunar colonies. The trail leads him and his faithful butler into the path of unsolved murders, battling robots, shady millionaires and uncanny inventions. Stalled when he ends up on the wrong side of Lunar law and hunted by a mysterious eyepatch-wearing stranger, the dandy adventurer will uncover, in a secret base on the dark side of the moon, truths that will challenge everything he knew about Britannia…
Check out our Author Profile of Jonathan Green here, and see details of his next Kickstarter anthology SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU here!
Buy from Waterstones
CB - Ho - Dec - The Rising
THE RISING
Dec
Ian Tregillis
9780356502335
PB
£8.99
Orbit
 
2
Following The Mechanical comes the second novel in this thrilling and heart-breaking new series about one individual’s struggle for freedom – perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi, Ann Leckie and Neal Stephenson. It is a series poised to catapult Ian Tregillis into the company of the most exceptionally talented, award-worthy authors of the science fiction and fantasy genre. George R. R. Martin called Ian Tregillis “a major new talent.”
They called me Jax.
That was the name given by those who built and enslaved me. But a miracle has happened, and now my bonds are broken.
I must flee – because to be free is to be dangerous.
But I will not run forever.
Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, this is the second novel in a stunning new series by Ian Tregillis, confirming his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
PRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLIS
‘A major new talent’ George R. R. Martin
‘Tremendous’ Cory Doctorow
‘Addictively brilliant’ i09
‘Exciting and intense’ Publishers Weekly
‘Eloquent and utterly compelling’ Kirkus
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CBP - Aug - The Paradox
THE PARADOX
Dec
Charlie Fletcher
9780356502885
PB
£9.99
Orbit
The Oversight
2
The Paradox is a gothic fantasy adventure that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, A Discovery of Witches and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, from the author of The Oversight
The last members of the secret society known as the Oversight still patrol the border between the natural and supernatural, holding a candle to the darkness. But the society’s new members are unproven, its veterans weary and battle-scarred. Their vulnerability brings new enemies to London, and surprising new allies from across the sea.
But most surprising of all are revelations about the Oversight’s past, secrets that will expose the true peril of the world in which their friends Sharp and Sara are trapped – the riddle of the Black Mirrors, and what lies beyond. And the catastrophic danger that will follow the duo home, if they ever manage to return.
The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains. For now . . .
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CBP - HV - Oct - The Devious Dr Jekyll
THE DEVIOUS DR JEKYLL
Dec
Viola Carr
9780062363107
PB
£9.99
Harper Voyager
Electric Empire
2
Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.
Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.
It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.
As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.
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CB - HZ - Dec - The Grace of Kings
THE GRACE OF KINGS
Dec
Ken Liu
9781784973216
HB
£20.00
Head of Zeus
The Dandelion Dynasty
1
Emperor Mapidéré was the first to unite the island kingdoms of Dara under a single banner. But now Mapidéré is on his deathbed, his people are exhausted by his vast, conscriptive engineering projects and his counselors conspire only for their own gain.
Even the gods themsleves are restless.
A wily, charismatic bandit, and the vengeance-sworn son of a deposed duke cross paths as they each lead their own rebellion against the Emperor’s brutal regime. Together, they will journey to the heart of the Empire, witnessing the clash of armies, fleets of silk-draped airships, magical books and shapeshifting gods. Their unlikely friendship will drastically change the balance of power in Dara… but at what price?
THE GRACE OF KINGS is the debut novel by Hugo-, Nebula-, and World Fantasy Award-winner Ken Liu, and the first in an monumental new epic fantasy series.
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CB - HV - Dec - Winter be my Shield
WINTER BE MY SHIELD
Dec
Jo Spurrier
9780732292539
PB
£8.99
Harper Voyager
Children of the Black Sun
1
Sierra has a despised and forbidden gift she raises power from the suffering of others. Enslaved by the king’s torturer, Sierra escapes, barely keeping ahead of Rasten, the man sent to hunt her down. Then she falls in with dangerous company: the fugitive Prince Cammarian and his crippled foster-brother, Isidro.
But Rasten is not the only enemy hunting them in the frozen north and as Sierra’s new allies struggle to identify friend from foe, Rasten approaches her with a plan to kill the master they both abhor. Sierra is forced to decide what price she is willing to pay for her freedom and her life.
Original, dramatic and unputdownable, WINTER BE MY SHIELD is the first in an epic fantasy trilogy from brilliant new Australian talent Jo Spurrier.
Buy from Waterstones
CB - Ho - Dec - Warlords and Wastrels
WARLORDS AND WASTRELS
Dec
Julia Knight
9780356504117
PB
£8.99
Orbit
The Duellist’s trilogy
3
The final book in the Duellist’s trilogy – a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new British talents in fantasy
Vocho and Kacha may be known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes, but they’ve found themselves backed into a corner too often for their liking.
Finally reinstated into the Duellists guild for services rendered to the prelate, who has found himself back in charge, Vocho and Kacha are tasked with bring a prisoner to justice. But this prisoner is none other than Kacha’s old flame Egimont. The prelate wants him alive, and on their side. However the more they discover of Egimont and his dark dealings with the magician, the more Kacha’s loyalties are divided. Soon she must choose a side – the prelate or the king, her brother or her ex-lover.
The fate of Reyes is balanced on a knife-edge . . .
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CB - Go - Dec - The Thing Itself
THE THING ITSELF
Dec
Adam Roberts
9780575127722
TPB
£16.99
Gollancz
 
 
It seems we are alone in the Universe. How can that be? Adam Roberts brings his own unique literary take to Science Fiction’s greatest question.
Adam Roberts turns his attention to answering the Fermi Paradox with a taut and claustrophobic tale that echoes John Carpenters’ The Thing.
Two men while away the days in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build as they argue over a love-letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book – by the philosopher Kant.
As a storm brews and they lose contact with the outside world they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. The come to hate each other, and they learn that they are not alone.
Read an extract of The Thing Itself on Carabas here!
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CB - Aug - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET
Dec
Becky Chambers
9781473619814
PB
£8.99
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.
Read an extract of A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet on Carabas here!
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Check out also our DECEMBER 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
JO FLETCHER ORBIT REBELLION TITAN TOR

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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