July 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for July.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, 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 are by Tim Bayley and are drawn from publisher submissions, The Bookseller magazine’s own monthly highlights, Buyer’s Guides and more.

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!

So relax and browse on and check out the great reads in print coming your way in July.

Enjoy!

Tim B

Fantastic & Fantastical Fiction

THE HANGING TREE * Ben Aaronovitch * 9780575132573 * PB * £8.99 * Gollancz * Ben A’s latest in his blockbuster London-set Urban Fantasy that’s hit the big time by tapping the police procedural market. Always great stuff…

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THE DELIRIUM BRIEF * Charles Stross * 9780356508283 * HB * £18.99 * Orbit * The latest in UK SF mainstay Charles Stross Lovecraftian Urban Fantasy series, now with the attention returned to core protagonist Bob Howard…

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HANNAH GREEN AND HER UNFEASIBLY MUNDANE EXISTENCE * Michael Marshall Smith * 9780008237912 * HB * £12.99 * Harper Voyager * Michael Marshall Smith is the greatest SF author you’ve (probably) never heard of, being the genius behind Spares, One of Us and, especially, the sublime Only Forward. And now he’s back! More folkloric than Sf this time, with the tale of a girl who’s grandfather befriended the devil. Anyone can say expect the unexpected – where MMS is concerned the unexpected is likely to hit you like a rhinocerous on barbituates.

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HOW TO STOP TIME * Matt Haig * 9781782118619 * HB * £12.99 * Canongate * Matt Haid has firmly established himself in the publishing landscape both as writer and commentator, especially on mental health. He’s back in July with the human tale of an immortal London school teacher who, regretably, falls in love…

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LORD OF THE DARKWOOD * Lian Hearn * 9781509812837 * PB * £7.99 * Picador * Lian Hearn established herself with the fabulously rich Across the Nightingale Floor. Here’s the second part of her return to the Orient, this time saturated with mythic content…

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LUCKY GHOST * Matthew Blakstad * 9781473624757 * HB * 16.99 * Hodder * Matthew Blakstad’s follow-up to Sockpuppet is, we gather, linked thematically in the same world without being an actual sequel; likewise plays in the realm of the dark side of digital culture…

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THE NINTH RAIN * Jen Williams * 9781472235183 * PB * £8.99 * Headline * Brand new series from the creator of the Copper Cat trilogy (and London’s Super Relaxed Fantasy Club!) Sounds a delicious twisted spin on the classic trope of adventurers on a dungeon bash…

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OUR MEMORY LIKE DUST * Gavin Chait * 9780857523686 * HB * £14.99 * Doubleday * The author of Lament for the Fallen continues to stake his territory in real-world political intrigue and hotspots; not entirely clear if there is a fantastical element this time, but an intriguing offering nonetheless…

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THE HIKE * Drew Magary * 9780399563874 * PB * £14.00 * Penguin * Liminal WTF folkoric fiction mashing up monsters, magic, movies and more…

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VIGIL * Angela Slatter * 9781784294045 * PB * £8.99 * Jo Fletcher Books * Jim Butcher has the US. Aaronovitch has the UK. Crilly’s grabbed South Africa. Now Angela Slatter grabs the Australian Urban Fantasy crown with this new series featuring half-fae Verity Fassbinder. Book one in paperback and two in trade boast a proper array of interpreted pan-eurasian entities, the hallmark of any serious UF offering…

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CORPSELIGHT * Angela Slatter * * TPB * £13.99 * Jo Fletcher Books

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Children’s / YA Choice

TIME OF BLOOD * Robin Jarvis * 9781405280259 * PB * £6.99 * Egmont * Supernatural Middle Grade thriller sequel from the keyboard of the creator of the Deptford Mice…

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Non-Fiction Highlights

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH * Paul Duncan * 9783836562416 * HB * £12.99 * Taschen * Doubtless a beautifully imaged work on the film for whom a more appropriate lead could hardly have been picked…

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I’M NOT WITH THE BAND: A WRITER’S LIFE LOST IN MUSIC * Sylvia Patterson * 9780751558708 * PB * £9.99 * Sphere / Little Brown * Autobiographical account of the world of music with all the cameos you can shake a stick at…

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TEN WAYS NOT TO COMMIT SUICIDE * Darryl McDaniels * 9780062368782 * PB * 11.99 * Harpercollins / Amistad * Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC suffered an extended period of his life depressed, wanting to please others in the band and generally but unable to express his own feelings and needs. This is his account of what happened and the hopeful story of how he emerged from those dark times. *** We had the pleasure of interviewing Darryl at the end of last year on music, his comic projects, depression and more. You can read Part 3, on Depression, Self Image and the Good Coming from the Bad (and Michael Jackson?!!! here! (Links to Parts one and two in the article also) ***

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A HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL * Andrew O’Neill * 9781472241443 * TPB * £14.99 * Headline

‘Absolutely hilarious’ – Neil Gaiman’

‘One of the funniest musical commentators that you will ever read . . . loud and thoroughly engrossing’ – Alan Moore

With endorsements like those – of those creators – this has to be one of those books that steps way beyond its genre in terms of appeal. Solid entertainment that just happens to be about Heavy Metal. Of course if you like Heavy Metal you must be chomping at the bit…

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Graphic Novels

EMPRESS * Mark Millar, Stuart Immonen * 9781302902070 * PB * £16.99 * Icon (Marvel) * Mark Millar’s latest A-Grade collaboration, riffing off SF tropes from the last century…

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THE LEOPARD OF LIME STREET * Mike Western, Eric Bradbury * 9781781085974 * PB * £14.99 * Rebellion * Old school British (IPC Magazines) youthful superhero strip finally collected; much affection, even if an almost complete steal of Spiderman. But who cares? 🙂

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THANOS: THANOS RETURNS * Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato * 9781302905576 * PB * £14.99 * Marvel * Everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is building up to a ‘war’ with Thanos; here’s the latest of the ‘mad Titan’ from a top tier creative team…

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INHUMANS VS X-MEN * Charles Soule, Leinil Francis Yu * 9781302906535 * HB * £41.99? * Marvel / 9781846538162 * PB * £15.99 * Panini Edition * Marvel’s latest big event / crossover / versus collection. As Marvel seek to replace their former premiere mutant property for which they don’t own the film rights with the consciously promoted Inhumans… Can anyone survive?

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IRON MAN: IRONHEART * Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli * 9781302906719 * HB * £20.99 * Marvel * Marvel’s head writer chose A-lister Iron Man for his most recent writing project. Now he builds the brand and diversity, adding a young female genius as Tony Stark’s replacement…

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HULK: DECONSTRUCTED * Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon * 9781302905675 * PB * £14.99 * Marvel * Cousin of the now-deceased (Civil War II) Hulk takes on the name and centre stage; always a go-to character beloved of many fans, and a natural choice to keep a diverse superheroic output

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