May 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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May brings another great package of debuts, latest-in-series, hardbacks and new in paperbacks of the science fictional and fantastical – here’s our top recommends of the month!

Generally if we have to limit our picks (and we do!) we’ll err on the side of new titles and those now in mass market paperbacks. But there’s a bunch of fabulous reissues in May, no less than four, that we just couldn’t not include – one being a top personal favourite: Michael Marshall Smith’s Only Forward. If you haven’t already bought and read you really have to do yourself and favour and do so now! Similarly, and having endeavored to limit ourselves to a single ‘Top Recommend’ over the last months, we just had to go for two in May.

Both have actually been out in a different form before. One has been a YA wattpad phenomenon, now deservedly in print; the other was released by the author in a limited print edition a few years back and now has its mainstream debut.

And if you don’t know what these might be then read on and find out – but don’t go too fast and miss the rest of the awesome publishing in May!

We’ve also now got links within the below to select extracts / previews to the title on question – and then if you see a hyperlink on the authors name, you can click through and check our profile article and find out more about them and their work.

Enjoy your reading whatever it is!


* Author ISBN Format RRP Publisher Series Vol.
CBP May - The Watchman of Eternity THE WATCHMAN OF ETERNITY
Paul Witcover
Bantam Press
In the seventh year of its war against France, England faces threats from abroad and at home, from above – and below.
Buoyed by a series of military victories on land and at sea, French forces are gathering for their final push across the Channel. In Scotland, Jacobites loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie plot to restore the Stuart dynasty to the throne. Beneath the bustling streets of London, a subterranean race prepares to rise. And in the realm known as the Otherwhere – home to dragons, demons and gods – civil war has erupted, causing a great and powerful weapon to be cast into the world.
That weapon is a clock – a watch, to be precise, of a size to fit comfortably in a man’s hand…a watch with a taste for blood – a mechanism that contains the doom of all that lives.
Daniel Quare, of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, was sent by his masters to find that deadly time- piece. But he was not alone in his pursuit: both the mysterious thief Grimalkin and the ruthless French spy and assassin Thomas Aylesford were on its trail. But with the help of Lord Wichcote – an aristocrat of many talents and more disguises – Quare succeeded in seizing the watch.
But not for long: Aylesford took it from him – and with it, Quare’s hand. And now the French spy is on his way back to his masters, Lord Wichcote lies gravely wounded and Daniel Quare has vanished . . . which would seem to mean that all hope for the world is lost…
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Justin Richards
Del Rey
Never Wars
Read an extract on Carabas here!
The Germans have lost control of their most deadly discovery. The alien Vril have awakened and are scouring the Earth for ancient relics.
From the Hollywood lights of LA to the bloody devastation of Stalingrad, Major Guy Pentecross and the team at Station Z must uncover the mystery and stop the Vril and Nazis alike.
Failure will mean the end of life as we know it.
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Liesel Schwarz
Del Rey
Chronicles of Light and Shadow
Read an extract on Carabas here and check out our Author Profile of Liesel Schwarz here!
Whatever it takes…
Eleanor Chance has made it her mission to find her husband who has been cursed to roam the netherworld.
But her plans are scuppered when a band of sky pirates attack, led by a man hell-bent on revenge. And rumour has it the Council of Warlocks has fallen under the sway of the nefarious Shadow Master – who wants her dead at any cost.
Being chased from all sides, Elle will have to channel all of her powers as the Oracle to try to save the man she loves…
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Bete - Adam Roberts BETE
Adam Roberts
Read an extract on Carabas here!
An Island of Doctor Moreau for the 21st century. An SF novel that draws in the never more timely issues of Artificial Intelligence and our relationship with the natural world.
A man is about to kill a cow. He discusses life and death and his right to kill with the compliant animal. He begins to suspect he may be about to commit murder. But kills anyway…
It began when the animal right movement injected domestic animals with artificial intelligences in bid to have the status of animals realigned by the international court of human rights. But what is an animal that can talk? Where does its intelligence end at its machine intelligence begin? And where might its soul reside.
As we place more and more pressure on the natural world and become more and more divorced Adam Roberts’ new novel posits a world where nature can talk back, and can question us and our beliefs.
Roberts is an award winning author at the peak of his powers and each new novel charts an exciting new direction while maintaining a uniformly high level of literary achievement.
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Harry Harrison
The hysterical military SF satire from the creator of the Stainless Steel Rat – one of the funniest science fiction books ever written.
It was the highest honour to defend the Empire against the dreaded  Chingers, an enemy race of seven-foot-tall lizards. But Bill, a  Technical Fertilizer Operator from a planet of farmers, wasn’t  interested in honour – he was only interested in two things: his chosen  career, and the shapely curves of Inga-Maria Calyphigia.
Then a recruiting robot shanghaied him with knockout drops, and he came to in  deep space, aboard the Empire warship Christine Keeler. And from there,  things got even worse . . .
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9780575092105 FOUL TIDE’S TURNING
Stephen Hunt
Far Called Trilogy
Read an extract on Carabas here!
An exceptional adventure is about to become an extraordinary war . . .
Jacob Carneham rescued his son from slavery but he may have started a war – one in which he is hopelessly overmatched – and his wits and ruthlessness will only take him so far.
Carter Carneham has gone from slave to revolutionary – but what will his ideas be worth when they come under fire?
The Carneham’s are about to find out . . .
Paperback due out in Jan 16 – see our Jan-Jun 16 Gollancz Books page for more…
CBP - Radiant State
Peter Higgins
Wolfhound Century
Read an extract on Carabas here!
The concluding part of the most original science fantasy of recent years. Works perfect for fans of China Mieville and Gene Wolfe.
With his loving evocation of a dark and fantastical realm that owes much to the myth and history of twentieth century Russia, and his rare ability to combine poetic writing and kinetic plotting, Peter Higgins has created one of the most original and critically lauded works of recent years.
Adored by critics and authors such as Hannu Rajaniemi, Ian McDonald and Richard Morgan the Wolfhound Century novels now reach their extraordinary conclusion.
In Radiant State we discover both the glory and the true horror of Joseph Kantor’s plan for the Vast and its people. It is a plan that transcends the boundaries of the world. And out in the depths of the endless forest that borders the Vast the mighty fallen angel and the powers of the earth itself will still have a part to play. Will Vissarion and Maroussia survive the violence of the end game?
Paperback due out in Mar 16 – see our Jan-Jun 16 Gollancz Books page for more…
9780575129665 VALKYRIE’S SONG
M.D. Lachlan
The Harrowing has come to the North and a wolf that will kill a god is on the road…
M.D. Lachlan’s brooding and powerful tales of Vikings, Norse gods and werewolves have already won praise from, amongst others, Joe Abercrombie, Adam Roberts, Mike Carey and Chris Wooding.
With an original and terrifying take on magic, an ability to bring the Norse gods to vivid life on the page, a keen historical eye and a knack for fast-moving and brutally effective plots, M.D. Lachlan’s series has won over critics, fellow authors and readers alike. This is building to be a key fantasy series for the decade.
Volume four moves the action to Norman England and an immortal wolf and an immortal woman on the run, fighting for their lives.
Paperback due out in Feb 16 – see our Jan-Jun 16 Gollancz Books page for more…
CBP - May - The Fall of Arthur THE FALL OF ARTHUR
J.R.R. Tolkien
Harper Voyager
The world first publication of a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the extraordinary story of the final days of England’s legendary hero, King Arthur.
The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skilful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre, in which he brought to his transforming perceptions of the old narratives a pervasive sense of the grave and fateful nature of all that is told: of Arthur’s expedition overseas into distant heathen lands, of Guinevere’s flight from Camelot, of the great sea-battle on Arthur’s return to Britain, in the portrait of the traitor Mordred, in the tormented doubts of Lancelot in his French castle.
Unhappily, The Fall of Arthur was one of several long narrative poems that he abandoned in that period. In this case he evidently began it in the earlier nineteen-thirties, and it was sufficiently advanced for him to send it to a very perceptive friend who read it with great enthusiasm at the end of 1934 and urgently pressed him ‘You simply must finish it!’ But in vain: he abandoned it, at some date unknown, though there is some evidence that it may have been in 1937, the year of the publication of The Hobbit and the first stirrings of The Lord of the Rings. Years later, in a letter of 1955, he said that ‘he hoped to finish a long poem on The Fall of Arthur’; but that day never came.
Associated with the text of the poem, however, are many manuscript pages: a great quantity of drafting and experimentation in verse, in which the strange evolution of the poem’s structure is revealed, together with narrative synopses and very significant if tantalising notes. In these latter can be discerned clear if mysterious associations of the Arthurian conclusion with The Silmarillion, and the bitter ending of the love of Lancelot and Guinevere, which was never written.
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Michael Marshall Smith
Harper Voyager
#PersonalBacklistPick! Reissued with new jacket…
Michael Marshall Smith’s surreal, groundbreaking, and award-winning debut which resonates with wild humour interlaced with dark recollections of an emotional minefield.
May we introduce you to Stark.
Oh, and by the way — good luck.
Stark is the private investigator who goes to work when Something Happens to you. And when a Something happens it’s no good chanting ‘go away go away go away’ and cowering in a corner, because a Something always comes from your darkest past and won’t be beaten until you face it. And that’s not easy in a city where reality is twisting and broken, a world in which friends can become enemies in a heartbeat — and where your most secret fear can become a soul-shredding reality.
And the worst of it is, for this nightmare you don’t even have to be asleep…
Considered a modern classic, and consistently featured in lists of Books To Read Before Your Head Explodes, ONLY FORWARD is a novel you’ll never forget.
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CBP - Zen and the Art of Writing
Ray Bradbury
Harper Voyager
In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing.
The first thing a writer should be is – excited
Author of the iconic FAHRENHEIT 451, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, Ray Bradbury is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
Part memoir, part masterclass, ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING offers a vivid and exuberant insight into the craft of writing. Bradbury reveals how writers can each find their own unique path to developing their voice and style.
ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING offers a celebration of the act of writing that will delight, impassion, and inspire. #WritersPick
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CBP - The Law of Nines THE LAW OF NINES
Terry Goodkind
Harper Voyager
The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a stunningly original , high-octane thriller.
‘Your mother was twenty-seven when it came to her. Now you’re twenty-seven, and it’s come to you.’
The skin of Alex’s arms tingled with goosebumps. By her twenty-seventh birthday insanity had come to his mother …
Turning twenty-seven may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the mid-western United States, it’s cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him – and everyone he loves – into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence…
Where do you turn when your own reflection spells doom?
In Alex, Terry Goodkind, the NEW YORK TIMES #1 bestselling author, brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of stunningly original, high-octane, page-turning thriller.
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CBP - May - End of Days END OF DAYS
Ee, Susan
Penryn and the End of Days
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?
‘Addictive. Seriously and completely addictive.’ Glamour
A #YAPick
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CBP - May - Day Four
Lotz, Sarah
Four planes. Three survivors. One message. It seemed like the end of the world… but it wasn’t. This, however, just might be.
The extraordinary, unforgettable sequel to THE THREE – perfect for fans of The Shining Girls, The Passage and Lost.
Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.
That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There’s a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer… and maybe something worse.
Paperback coming in February 2016 – link to come…
May - isbn9781473606616-detail THE VORRH
Catling, Brian
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*** Joint CARABAS BOOK OF THE MONTH! *** New Weird fantasy…
‘In The Vorrh we have one of the most original and stunning works of fantasy that has ever been my privilege to read.’ Alan Moore
In the tradition of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and Alasdair Gray, B. Catling’s The Vorrh is literary dark fantasy which wilfully ignores boundaries, crossing over into surrealism, magic-realism, horror and steampunk.
In B. Catling’s twisting, poetic narrative, Bakelite robots lie broken – their hard shells cracked by human desire – and an inquisitive Cyclops waits for his keeper and guardian, growing in all directions. Beyond the colonial city of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, the forest which sucks souls and wipes minds. There, a writer heads out on a giddy mission to experience otherness, fallen angels observe humanity from afar, and two hunters – one carrying a bow carved from his lover, the other a charmed Lee-Enfield rifle – fight to the end.
Thousands of miles away, famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge attempts to capture the ultimate truth, as rifle heiress Sarah Winchester erects a house to protect her from the spirits of her gun’s victims.
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Taran Matharu
The Summoner
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*** Joint CARABAS BOOK OF THE MONTH! *** #YoungAdult
In May’s ONE’S TO WATCH in The Bookseller magazine’s May Children’s Preview: Click here to read an extract on Carabas
Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith’s apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning.
The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against the savage orcs. Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family’s interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum’s rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.
Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands …
‘Friendship, loyalty, magic and political intrigue beckon …’ The Bookseller”
Paperback coming Jan 16 – link to come
Sue Tingey
Jo Fletcher
The Soulseer Chronicle
Click here to read an extract on Carabas…
With no family and very few friends, Lucky’s psychic ability has always made her an outcast. The only person she can rely on is Kayla, the ghost girl who has been with her since she was born.
But Kayla is not all that she appears.
And when Lucky is visited by a demonic assassin with a message for her friend, she finds herself dragged into the Underlands – and the political fight for the daemon king’s throne.
Lucky, trapped in the daemon world, is determined to find her way home… until she finds herself caught between the charms of the Guardian Jamie, the charismatic Daemon of Death Jinx – and the lure of finding out who she really is.
Sue Tingey spent 28 years with a major British bank before leaving the corporate life to work as Practice Manager for an Arboricultural Consultancy. She lives with her husband (and Koi carp) in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Marked, Book One of the Soulseer Chronicles, is her first novel.
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CBP - May - Resistance is Futile RESISTANCE IS FUTILE
Jenny T. Colgan
She’s smart.
She’s funny.
But she’s only human . . .
As a high-ranking mathematician in a male-dominated field – with bright red hair – Connie’s used to being considered a little unusual.
But she’s nowhere near as peculiar as Luke, who is recruited to work alongside her on a top-secret code breaking project.
Just what is this bizarre sequence they’re studying? It isn’t a solution to the global energy crisis. It isn’t a new wavelength to sell microwave ovens. The numbers are trying to tell them something . . . and it seems only Luke knows what.
The truth is out there. Will Connie dare to find it?
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CBP Titan - English Gothic ENGLISH GOTHIC
Jonathan  Rigby
Signum Books
English Gothic was the first book to trace the rise and fall of horror cinema from its beginnings in the 1890s right through to the end of the 20th century, encompassing the lost films of the silent era, the Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi chillers of the 1930s, the lurid classics from Hammer’s house of horror and the explicit shockers of the 1970s. Now it comes complete with an assessment of the remarkable renaissance enjoyed by British horror in the 21st century. This deluxe new hardback edition features a comprehensive section on television horror, a foreword by genre star Barbara Shelley and a wealth of new illustrations.
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CBP - SB - the Realt THE REALT
James Brogden
War has come to the Tourmaline Archipelago. The Amity finds itself threatened by an Elbaite fleet armed with weapons of unparalleled destructive power supplied from our world – the Realt – by the shadowy forces of the Hegemony.
Fleeing from this devastation, Alison Owens – the last survivor of the raft-island Stray – takes refuge in the city of Carden, where she begins to discover the scope of her abilities as a lucid dreamer in this world on the other side of sleep. Meanwhile, Bobby Jenkins must inflitrate the Hegemony itself to find the secret of how to return to Tourmaline and the woman he loves. But there are darker forces than the Hegemony in play.
The Brood of Lilivet have taken hosts, and they seek to awaken an unspeakable evil which lies neither in Tourmaline, nor the Realt, but the dreaming space between.
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CBP - SB - Sharkpunk SHARKPUNK
Jonathan Green
SHARKPUNK: an anthology of killer shark stories.
Sharks – the ultimate predators, masters of their watery domain, a world that is entirely alien and inhospitable to man. So many aspects of the shark are associated with humankind’s most primal fears. The tell-tale dorsal fin slicing through the water, the dead eyed-stare, the gaping jaws full to unforgiving teeth, the remorseless drive to kill and feed…Inspired by such classic pulp movies as Jaws and Deep Blue Sea – as well as such ludicrous delights as Sharknado and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus – the stories contained within are rip-roaring page-turners and slow-build chillers that celebrate all things savage, pulp and selachian.
Jonathan Green (Editor / Writer) plus David Lee Stone * Andrew Lane * Ian Whates * Al Ewing * Steven Savile * Toby Frost * Jonathan Oliver * Kim Lakin-Smith * Alec Worley * Jenni Hill * Laurel Sills * Robert Spaulding
Covering the whole range of speculative fiction genres, from horror and Steampunk, through to SF and WTF, these are stories with bite! Come on in. The water’s fine…
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CBP - May - Titan - Dave vs the Monsters Resistance DAVE VS. THE MONSTERS: RESISTANCE
John Birmingham
Titan Books
David Hooper
Holed up in Las Vegas after the tumultuous Battle of New Orleans, Dave is enjoying the VIP perks afforded a champion monster-slayer. He may be a superhero of swag and the toast of the town, but if some fire-breathing dragons have their way, odds are everyone will soon be toast. The hordes from the UnderRealms are regrouping for their next attack, but first Dave must face off against a ravishing Russian spy with a few superpowers of her own.
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CBP - May - News from the Clouds
Robert Llewellyn
Unbound Press
The News From Trilogy
In the final book of the News from trilogy, Gavin Meckler faces the biggest challenge of all on his journey through time.
He enters the world of the clouds, where the earth’s inhabitants have had to adapt to a planet ravaged by a climate more brutal than anything previously experienced by humankind.
However, he discovers that life floating above the planet’s scarred surface is far from post-apocalyptic anarchy: the indomitable human race has not only faced up and adjusted to this frightening new landscape – they have advanced their understanding of matter, time and space beyond anything Gavin has so far witnessed.
Crucially, this sophisticated society claims to be able to answer the most important question of all: how has Gavin travelled 200 years beyond his own time – and how can he finally get back home?
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We’ve also compiled the Jan-Jun 2015 output of two favourite subgenres here: STEAMPUNK * URBAN FANTASY.

Check out our portal page to all July to December 2015 New Titles


The broader list of excellent publishing from the main imprints and specialists from Jan-Jun are here (click logo):

CPP - Angry Robot CPP - Del Rey Square CPP - Gollancz 1 CPP - Harper Voyager CPP - Hodderscape-logo-dodo
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