March 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CBP - The Boy who lost Fairyland 9780575134430 CBP Mar - The Dying of the Light CBP - Sword of the North CBP - unwrapped-sky-978144725236801

 

Another month of amazing books coming up (days away as of time of writing) with a mix of debuts and eagerly awaited follow-ups and conclusions whether as first edition hardbacks and trades, ‘new in paperback’, or straight into mass market PB. This is our shortlist of the great titles coming and, as ever, our pick of the month is a tough call; but similarly something we just thought deserved a good shout out about. This time it’s neither London set or authored, but a writer getting touted by such names as a certain Mr G.R.R. Martin, and of the steampunk genre to boot.

But it’s another incredible month of the fantastical and speculative, so read on and see what delights await in March!

 

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CBP - The Hawley Book of the Dead
THE HAWLEY BOOK OF THE DEAD
Chrysler Szarlan
978-0099584780
PB
7.99
Arrow
   
In the tradition of The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, The Hawley Book of the Dead is the kind of novel that makes you believe that magic really exists.
An old house surrounded by acres of forest.
A place of secrets, mysteries and magic.
This is where Reve Dyer hopes to keep herself and her children safe.
But a mysterious figure has haunted Reve for over a decade. And now Reve knows that this person is on her trail again. In Hawley, where the magic of her ancestors reigns, Reve must unlock the secrets of the Hawley Book of the Dead before it’s too late…
Chrysler Szarlan jogged racehorses and worked as a magician’s assistant before graduating from law school. She was a managing attorney with the Connecticut Legal Rights Project. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family, works part-time as a bookseller at the Odyssey Bookshop and rides her horse in the Hawley Forest whenever possible.
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CBP - The Boy who lost Fairyland
THE BOY WHO LOST FAIRYLAND
Catherynne M. Valente
978-1472119278
HB
12.99
Corsair (Little Brown)
Fairyland
4
The fourth instalment in the bestselling Fairyland series, hailed as ‘one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century’ (Time magazine).
When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling – a human boy – in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes.
Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembers.
Soon, Hawthorn finds himself at the centre of a changeling revolution – until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientist with a very big, very red assistant . . .
With The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, Catherynne M. Valente’s wisdom and wit will continue to charm readers of all ages.
Biographical Notes
Catherynne M. Valente, the acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children’s book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, a New York Times Children’s bestseller and winner of the Andre Norton Award. She lives on an island of the coast of Maine.
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CBP - SKU Mar 15
THE DEVIL’S DETECTIVE
Simon Kurt Unsworth
978-0091956516
HB
12.99
Del Rey
TBC
1
Welcome to hell…
…. where skinless demons patrol the lakes and the waves of Limbo wash against the outer walls, while the souls of the Damned float on their surface, waiting to be collected.
When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool, one of Hell’s detectives, known as ‘Information Men’. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone is guilty of something?
A stunningly original blend of crime, horror and suspense, The Devil’s Detective is a bold new thriller that will shock and amaze.
Paperback coming February 2016 – see our Jan-Jun 2016 Del Rey Books page for details
SENSORAMA
Allen Ashley (Ed)
978-1908125378
PB
9.50
Eibonvale Press
   
#Indie Pick
The Senses. We’ve all got them and are using them constantly. Even the Pinball Wizard had a couple.
What’s that sound? Did you see that? Don’t let that touch me. Smells delicious. The taste of heaven…
As humans, we are constantly processing our responses to the sensory input. With this in mind, editor Allen Ashley has collected together 21 new stories that explore our relationship with our primary senses. What’s it really like to be invisible? What can we do against sounds that kill? And what do you think is truly in that feely bag? These are stories from British and north American writers that will take you to the far reaches of the sensory world and beyond.
You may not look at / hear / smell /taste / touch reality in quite the same way again.
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CPP - Stephen Hunt
IN DARK SERVICE
Stephen Hunt
978-0575092075
MMP
£8.99
Gollancz
Far Called Trilogy
1
Check out our Author Profile of Stephen Hunt on Carabas here…
Carter has been kidnapped. Enslaved. But he’s determined to fight to the end.
Jacob is a pacifist. His family destroyed. He’s about to choose the path of violence to reclaim his son.
Their world has changed for ever. Between them, they’re going to avenge it.
Carter Carnehan is going out of his mind with boredom. He’s bored by his humdrum life, frustrated that his father won’t live a little, and longs for the bright lights and excitement of anywhere-but-here. He’s longing for an opportunity to escape, and test himself against whatever the world has to offer.
Carter is going to get his opportunity. He’s caught up in a village fight, kidnapped by slavers and, before he knows it, is swept to another land. A lowly slave, surrounded by technology he doesn’t understand, his wish has come true: it’s him vs. the world. He can try to escape, he can try to lead his fellow slaves, or he can accept the inevitable and try to make the most of the short, brutal existence remaining to him.
… unless Jacob gets to him first and, no matter the odds, he intends to. No one kidnaps his son and gets away with it – and if it come to it, he’ll force Kings to help him on his way, he’ll fight, steal, blackmail and betray his friends in the name of bringing Carter home.
Wars will be started. Empires will fall. And the Carnehan family will be reunited, one way or another…
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The sequel Foul Tide’s Turning is now (Jun 15) out in Trade and coming in paperback in January 2016 with book 3, The Stealer’s War due in March: See our Gollancz Jan-Jun 16 page for details…
CPP - Mar - Quantum Mythology
QUANTUM MYTHOLOGY
Gavin G. Smith
978-0575126992
TPB
£16.99
Gollancz
 
2
A fast-moving SF thriller set in a uniquely dark future from a new voice in the tradition of Peter F. Hamilton and Richard Morgan.
Praised by Stephen Baxter and Adam Roberts, reviewed ecstatically by SFX magazine, Gavin Smith is one of the brightest stars of space opera.
In the far future, many years after the loss of earth, humanity has changed. Strength is the only way to survive. And the most vicious man alive has a new con in mind…
Here and now, a man with unnatural powers hunts down a killer with impossible abilities. Infused with a barely-understood alien technology, the two are merely pawns in a bigger game…
A long time ago, the last tribes of Northern Britain face an unimaginable enemy. Demons risen from the sea, absorbing and twisting everything they touch. But there are some among the tribes who have power, who will fight…
And all of these times are connected…
Gavin Smith’s new epic space opera is a wide-ranging exploration of the past, present and future of mankind.
Due in paperback in February 2016
9780575130166
QUEEN OF THE DARK THINGS
C. Robert Cargill
978-0575130166
MMP
£8.99
Gollancz
   
This acclaimed work of dark and magical contemporary fantasy, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, moves into the world of aboriginal myth and story.
Compared by many to Neil Gaiman but also praised for establishing his own unique, powerful yet warm voice, C. Robert Cargill has now moved his brilliant contemporary fantasy into a new world, a new mythology.
Two boys, spirited away into a dark world of myth and folklore that has lived, grown and changed alongside our world, have grown into men and now make their way. But faerie has not forgotten them, it never could, they wield too much power, too much hinges on them, so it reaches out again.
And a trip to Australia becomes a terrifying adventure amongst new gods, new spirits, new embodiments of an ancient land and power.
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9780575134430
TWENTY TRILLION LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
Adam Roberts
978-0575134430
MMP
£8.99
Gollancz
   
A sequel to Jules Verne’s classic novel? Or something else entirely? A wonderful collaboration between Adam Roberts and illustrator Mahendra Singh.
It is 1958 and France’s first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. On board, gathered together for the first time, one of the Navy’s most experienced captains and a tiny skeleton crew of sailors, engineers and scientists.
The Plongeur makes her first dive and goes down, and down and down… Out of control, the submarine plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond.
The pressure builds, the hull protests, the crew prepare for death, the boat reaches the bottom of the sea and finds… nothing.
Her final dive continues, the pressure begins to relent, but the depth gauge is useless. They have gone miles down. Hundreds of miles, thousands…
And so it goes on. And on board the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious mania and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere?
Contains 33 full-page pen and ink illustrations by acclaimed artist Mahendra Singh, who previously illustrated an edition of THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK.
Adam Roberts and Mahendra Singh have revisited Jules Verne’s classic SF novel, and together they have come up with a unique vision.
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9780575131200
OLD MAN’S GHOSTS
Tom Lloyd
978-0575131217
TPB
£16.99
Gollancz
Empire of a Hundred Houses
2
Inspector Narin and his motley crew return, as the city is once again under threat. But this time a terror from their past awaits…
Some men can never outrun their ghosts.
Enchei thought he’d found a home at last – a life of quiet obscurity far removed from the horror of his military days. After a decade in the Imperial City his mistakes have been few, but one has now returned to haunt him.
As Narin’s pregnant lover comes to term, life has never been so perilous. There couldn’t be a worse time for a nightmare to be unleashed on the Imperial City, but luck’s rarely been on Narin’s side.
Once, Enchei swore he’d take his own life rather than let his past catch up with him, but now it’s not just his own in the balance. Demons, rogue mages and vengeful noblemen haunt the city – and a man’s ghosts are always watching and waiting…
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Due in PB in March 2016
CBP Mar - The Dying of the Light
THE DYING OF THE LIGHT
Derek Landy
978-0007489282
PB
7.99
Harper-Collins Children’s
Skullduggery Pleasant
9
Does Derek Landy need a gigantic thumbs up from us for the fantastic Skullduggery Pleasant and the series thereof? No, really no. But and so we must grudgingly extend one anyway – because it’s just cracking.
The FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series.
Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain’t big enough for the three of them. The end will come…
The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.
And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals… and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.
The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive…
#Childrens / YA Pick
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CBP - Sword of the North
SWORD OF THE NORTH
Luke Scull
978-1781851555
HB
18.99
Head of Zeus
The Grim Company Trilogy
2
‘Darn good. I loved the gods, the magic, and the world.’ MARK LAWRENCE
The second instalment in the critically acclaimed Grim Company trilogy.
Between the Demonfire Hills and the Shattered Realms, three rich and mighty cities flourished. Each city was protected by the power of their Magelord; each Magelord protected by an ancient truce. But no longer. The City of Shades is drowned. The Grey City enslaved. The barrier between the worlds is failing and only the Magelord of the City of Towers still lives to protect her people.
Until the arrival of a blind wanderer.
A man who calls himself Crow…
LUKE SCULL is the lead designer at game design company Ossian Studios. His first novel was shortlisted for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award, 2014.
He lives and works in Warminster.
‘Darn good. I loved the gods, the magic, and the world. Luke Scull has a very distinct style and an imagination bursting with intriguing ideas.’ MARK LAWRENCE
‘Extraordinary, bold and brilliant. A stellar example of what the genre has to offer today.’ TOR.COM
‘Impressive and thrilling.’ SFX
‘Gripping.’ GUARDIAN
‘The best fantasy you will read this year.’ SFBOOK
‘If you like your gizzards glistening and your mages mean, this rollicking debut willl suit. Hugely enjoyable.’ DAILY MAIL
‘A writer who will hit the genre like an augmented hammer. My favourite fantasy of the year.’ PARMENION BOOKS
‘One of the bright new voices in epic fantasy.’ SPECULATIVE BOOK REVIEW
‘The sort of author you buy on publication date and read on the way home.’ BOOKBAG
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Oct - A Man Lies Dreaming
A MAN LIES DREAMING
Lavie Tidhar
978-1444762945
PB
8.99
Hodder
   
Check out our Author Profile of Lavie on Carabas here!
The next novel from Lavie Tidhar, the award-winning author of THE VIOLENT CENTURY.
Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world – a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets.
An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption, A Man Lies Dreaming is the unforgettable testament to the power of imagination.
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CBP Mar - James Dawson
UNDER MY SKIN
James Dawson
978-1471402968
PB
6.99
Hot Key Books
   
Meet Molly Sue. Once she’s under your skin there’s no getting rid of her…
Seventeen-year-old Sally Feathers is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally’s about as shy and retiring as they come – but all that’s about to change.
Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour – and once inside, Sally is quickly seduced by its charming owner, Rosita, and her talk of how having a secret tattoo can be as empowering as it is thrilling. Almost before she knows what she is doing, Sally selects sexy pin-up Molly Sue, and has her tattooed on her back – hoping that Molly Sue will inspire her to be as confident and popular as she is in her dreams.
But things quickly take a nightmareish turn. Almost immediately, Sally begins to hear voices in her head – or rather, one voice in particular: Molly Sue’s. And she has no interest in staying quiet and being a good girl – in fact, she’s mighty delighted to have a body to take charge of again. Sally slowly realises that she is unable to control Molly Sue… and before long she’s going to find out the hard way what it truly means to have somebody ‘under your skin’.
#YoungAdultPick
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CBP - The Ghosts of Heaven
THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN
Marcus Sedgwick
978-1780622217
PB
7.99
Indigo
   
A cleverly interlinked novel written in four parts by PRINTZ AWARD-winning author, Marcus Sedgwick, about survival and discovery, and about the effect of the spiral, a symbol that has no end, on all our lives.
The spiral has existed as long as time has existed.
It’s there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin.
There centuries later in a pleasant green dale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch.
There on the other side of the world, where a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.
Each takes their next step in life.
None will ever go back to the same place.
And so their journeys begin…
‘Marcus Sedgwick’s beguiling novel about human longing, The Ghosts of Heaven, is a triumph… The four stories in themselves are engrossing and fluently written but what makes this book something special is that, as a whole, it is also a beguiling and philosophical account of human longing and the unknown.’ Martin Chilton, THE TELEGRAPH
#YoungAdultPick
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CBP - Spira Mirabilis
SPIRA MIRABILIS
Aidan Harte
978-1780871554
PB
£8.99
Jo Fletcher
The Wave Trilogy
3
In the 1347th year of Our Lady the engineers of Concord defeated the fractious city-state of Rasenna using the magical science of Wave Technology. The City of Towers fought back, and for a while Concord’s plans for domination were halted.
But First Apprentice Torbidda regrouped, and reformed Concord to his own design. Now he is in absolute control, and plotting the final battle that will pacify Etruria… permanently.
Contessa Sofia Scaligeri could rally her people once again, but she is far away in the Crusader Kingdom of Akka, trapped with her son by the tyrant Queen Catrina.
Darkness is falling. The final battle must be fought and the tide must be turned, lest evil reign forever.
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BR - Gleam
GLEAM
Tom Fletcher
978-1848662551
PB
£8.99
Jo Fletcher
The gargantuan Factory of Gleam is an ancient, hulking edifice of stone, metal and glass ruled over by chaste alchemists and astronomer priests.
As millennia have passed, the population has decreased, and now only the central district is fully inhabited and operational; the outskirts have been left for the wilderness to reclaim. This decaying, lawless zone is the Discard; the home of Wild Alan.
Clever, arrogant, and perpetually angry, Wild Alan is both loved and loathed by the Discard’s misfits. He’s convinced that the Gleam authorities were behind the disaster that killed his parents and his ambition is to prove it. But he’s about to uncover more than he bargained for.
‘Alan’s sidekicks are beautifully grotesque and Fletcher isn’t too precious about keeping all of them alive, which I find quite refreshing in this sort of book. 555/666′ The Horror Hothouse.
‘The idea for the story was partly inspired by Mervyn Peake’sGormenghast. Fletcher manages to do justice to this fantasy legend with a tale that is well imagined, fascinating, intensely strange, and that is sure to make many critics of speculative fiction swoon. 8/10′ Avid Fantasy Reviews.
‘A very impressive book and sure to be enjoyed by those who like their world dark and their characters insane. 4 Stars’ Fantasy Review Barn.
‘Gleam‘s combination of dystopia, mythic quest, music and squishy monsters is hugely entertaining. Fletcher’s distinctive prose – alternating barogue description and brutal action – is spiced with witty dialogue and eccentric characters. 4/5′ SFX.
‘Gleam is simply beyond fascinating … I quickly fell in love with this book. 4 stars’ The BiblioSanctum.
‘A very accomplished novel. The tapestry of the Alan’s world is extremely rich and is filled with immaculately planned details … it’ll be a long wait for the sequel!’ Upcoming4me.
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PRUDENCE
Gail Carriger
978-0356501796
PB
£7.99
Orbit
The Custard Protocol
1
From New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti
ON BEHALF OF QUEEN, COUNTRY . . . AND THE PERFECT POT OF TEA
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances – names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea.
But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?
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CBP - Mar - isbn9780356500904-detail
SKIN GAME
Jim Butcher
978-0356500966
PB
£8.99
Orbit
Dresden Files
 
The latest instalment in the Dresden Files comes to paperback – Skin Game is a number oneSunday Times and number one New York Timesbestseller
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.
This time, it’s worse than that. Mab’s involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world – which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess – assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance . . .
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IF NOT ALREADY CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH JIM, A PINT WITH JIM BUTCHER, HERE!
CBP-Mar IT
THE MECHANICAL
Ian Tregillis
978-0356502328
PB
£8.99
Orbit
Alchemy War
 
Carabas - BPOTM
My name is Jax.
That is the name granted to me by my human masters.
I am a slave.
But I shall be free.
A novel of extraordinary vision, both heart-breaking and thrilling, from one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
PRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLIS
‘A major new talent’ George R. R. Martin
‘Addictively brilliant’ i09
‘Exciting and intense’ Publishers Weekly
‘Striking’ Locus
‘Eloquent and utterly compelling’ Kirkus
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Already read it or just interested in the sequel? Check out The Rising on our December 2015 New Book Recommends!
CBP Titan - Steampunk Style 2
STEAMPUNK STYLE – VOL. 2
Steampunk Oriental Laboratory
978-1783294961
PB
16.99
Titan Books
Steampunk Style
2
THE SECOND VOLUME OF THE POPULAR STEAMPUNK STYLE SERIES! A gorgeously illustrated book of inspiration and projects to create for all Contraptors, Gizmologists and Primocogglers living the Steampunk lifestyle! Featuring gas masks, apparel, and step-by-step guides.
Delayed until 2016
CBP Titan - SJ
DARK DETECTIVES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SUPERNATURAL MYSTERIES
Stephen Jones, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Kim Newman
978-1783291281
PB
8.99
Titan Books
   
Eighteen stories of supernatural detective fiction, featuring sleuths who investigate fantastic and horrific cases, protecting the world from the forces of darkness. Each writer offers a tale of a great fictional detective, including Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Talbot, Clive Barker, Harry DAmour, and the eight-part Seven Stars adventure by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula).
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ANTI-HERO
Jonathan Wood
978-1781168110
PB
7.99
Titan Books
Arthur Wallace
3
When it rains it pours… monster machines. That attack during a funeral and ruin everyone s day. MI317 the government department devoted to defending Britain from cosmic horrors is under siege, so Arthur Wallace and his team must travel to Area 51, ably and oddly assisted by Agent Gran. But their travels don t end there, not when there s an Arctic town populated entirely by spore zombies and the 2.0 version of Clyde has some funny ideas about how to save the world.
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CBP Titan - DG
HARRISON SQUARED
Daryl Gregory
978-1783297641
PB
7.99
Titan Books
   
Harrison is a lonely teenager, terrified of the ocean since a childhood sailing accident took his father and his right leg. One of the sensitives who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local school. When Harrison’s mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea, his attempts to find her puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones… It will take all his resources and an unusual host of allies to defeat the danger and find his mother.
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CBP - unwrapped-sky-978144725236801
UNWRAPPED SKY
Rjurik Davidson
978-1447252382
PB
8.99
Tor
   
Caeli-Amur: an ancient city harbouring hidden mysteries, ruled by three warring Houses. Once, the gods used magic ­- or thaumaturgy – to create reality. Now, under the oppression of the controlling classes, that magic seems like a dream.
But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun and New-Men bring wondrous technology from their homeland. Hideously disfigured Wastelanders stream into the city and strikes break out in the factory district.
Three very different people may hold the key to the city’s survival but only if they can put aside their own personal vendettas.
The philosopher-assassin Kata has debts that need settling and will do anything to ensure they’re met – but can she put a price on the ultimate betrayal? Meanwhile the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks, turning his back on everything he once believed, and soon his private life turns to ashes. Elsewhere, the idealistic seditionist Maximilian resolves to overturn the tyranny dominating the city, and hatches a mad plot to unlock the secrets of the Great Library of Caeli Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea.
In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three individuals risk everything for a future they can only create by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition. As their destinies collide, the destruction will either transform the ancient city . . . or ruin it.
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CBP - Bryant & May The Bleeding Heart
BRYANT & MAY – THE BLEEDING HEART
Christopher Fowler
978-0857502346
PB
8.99
Trans-world / Bantam
Bryant & May
11
It’s a fresh start for the Met’s oddest investigation team, the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
Their first case involves two teenagers who see a dead man rising from his grave in a London park. And if that’s not alarming enough, one of them is killed in a hit and run accident. Stranger still, in the moments between when he was last seen alive and found dead on the pavement, someone has changed his shirt…
Much to his frustration, Arthur Bryant is not allowed to investigate. Instead, he has been tasked with finding out how someone could have stolen the ravens from the Tower of London. All seven birds have vanished from one of the most secure fortresses in the city. And, as the legend has it, when the ravens leave, the nation falls…
Soon it seems death is all around and Bryant and May must confront a group of latter-day bodysnatchers, explore an eerie funeral parlour and unearth the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard. More graves are desecrated, further deaths occur, and the symbol of the Bleeding Heart seems to turn up everywhere – it’s even discovered hidden in the PCU’s offices. And when Bryant is blindfolded and taken to the headquarters of a secret society, he realises that this case is more complex than even he had imagined, and that everyone is hiding something. The Grim Reaper walks abroad and seems to be stalking him, playing on his fears of premature burial.
Rich in strange characters and steeped in London’s true history, this is Bryant & May’s most peculiar and disturbing case of all.
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CBP - Bryant & May The Burning Man
BRYANT & MAY – THE BURNING MAN
Christopher Fowler
978-0857522047
HB
16.99
Trans-world / Doubleday
Bryant & May
12
Contemporary crime fiction’s answer to Holmes and Watson or Mulder and Scully – Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit embark on their most pyrotechnic case yet, and the denouement is devastating…
London is under siege. A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police.
But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him. Using their network of eccentric contacts, elderly detectives Arthur Bryant and John May hunt down a murderer who adopts incendiary methods of execution. But they soon find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, rebellion, punishment and the legend of Guy Fawkes.
At the same time, several members of the PCU team reach dramatic turning points in their lives – but the most personal tragedy is yet to come, for as the race to bring down a cunning killer reaches its climax, Arthur Bryant faces his own devastating day of reckoning. ‘I always said we’d go out with a hell of a bang,’ warns Bryant.
Christopher Fowler is a Londoner born (in Greenwich) and bred. For many years he jointly owned and ran one of the UK’s top film marketing companies. He is the author of many novels and short story collections, from the urban unease of cult fictions such as Roofworld and Spanky, the horror-pastiche of Hell Train to the much-praised and awardwinning Bryant and May series of detective novels – and his two critically acclaimed autobiographies, Paperboy and Film Freak. He lives in King’s Cross.
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