May 2018 Book Highlights

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

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 May.

Enjoy!

Tim Bayley

 

Fantastic & Fantastical Fiction

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THE RIG * Roger Levy * 9781785655630 * PB * £7.99 * Titan

Galaxy flung society is connected by social media, via which galactic humanity votes on who lives and dies; features a genius kid and a psychopath. Very intrigued by this…

THE PEACE MACHINE * Ozgur Mumcu (author), Mark David Wyers (translator) * 9781782273943 * PB * £12.99 * Pushkin Press

Literary country-hopping alternate history drama in translation about the deployment of a mind-control machine to prevent war (WW1)…

THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O. * Neal Stephenson and Nicole Gallano * 9780008132590 * PB * £9.99 * The Borough Press

SF legend and author of the stunning ‘Night’s Dawn Trilogy’ (and more) teams with historical novelist Gallano for a near future slash secret history thriller…

THE POPPY WAR * RF Kuang * 9780008239800 * HB * £16.99 * HarperVoyager

Edgy fantasy based on 20th C China centring around opium, the manifestation of god-level abilities, and the young woman embroiled in both…

THE THOUSAND DEATHS OF ARDOR BENN * Tyler Whitesides * 9780356511009 * PB * £8.99 * Orbit * The Wayfarist Trilogy * 1

A rogue’s heist has serious implications in this opening volume of a medieval-esque fantasy series…

 

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THE SOLDIER * Neal Asher * 9781509862399 * HB * £18.99 * Pan MacMillan * Rise of the Jain * 1

New series shout for contemporary SF Major Domo Neal Asher: set in his bestselling mainstay Polity universe…

FURY FROM THE TOMB * S A Sidor * 9780857667618 * PB * £7.99 *
Angry Robot * The Institute of Singular Antiquities * 1

For those who just want a good old adventure romp a la ‘The Mummy’ / ‘Indiana Jones’…

ROTHERWEIRD * Andrew Caldecott * 9781784297633 * PB * £8.99 * Jo Fletcher * Rotherweird * 1

Fantastical anachronistic fiction a la Steampunk set in a weird region of England that’s been cut off for centuries…

WYNTERTIDE * Andrew Caldecott * 9781784298029 * HB * £14.99 * Jo Fletcher * Rotherweird * 2

Follow-up to Caldecot’s Rotherweird steampunk-esque debut…

THE CLOVEN * Brian Catling * 9781473636422 * HB * £20 * Coronet * The Vorrh Trilogy * 3

Third volume to the series that has won fans across the spectrum including Alan Moore, Mike Carey and Terry Gilliam!

 

 

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THE TESTAMENT OF LOKI * Joanne Harris * 9781473202399 * HB * £14.99 * Gollancz

After Loki’s rise and fall – and the Twilight of the Gods – in the Gospel of Loki, the four year wait of fans and the millenia-ish long wait of Loki and co is over…

ONLY HUMAN * Sylvain Neuvel * 9780718189532 * HB * £12.99 * Penguin * Themis Files * 3

High concept conspiracy sequel with giant robots. Smell the approaching film deal.

THE CORE * Peter V Brett * 9780007425730 * PB * £9.99 * HarperVoyager * The Demon Cycle * 5

Mammoth concluding volume of Brett’s major selling dark fantasy adventure series…

LEGENDARY * Stephanie Garber * 9781473629189 * HB * £14.99 * Hodder * Caraval * 2

Adult-slash-YA fantasy sequel around a deadly game of performance…

 

 

Children’s & YA Choice

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STATION ZERO * Philip Reeve * 9780192759146 * HB * £10.99 * OUP * The Railhead Trilogy * 3

Conclusion of Reeve’s galactic train network trilogy…

THE SMOKE THIEVES * Sally Green * 9780141375397 * PB * £7.99 * Penguin

New series by the author of the Half-Bad Trilogy featuring five very different teens in a fantastical medieval setting: A princess, soldier, traitor, hunter and thief. Hardback also available (9780141388311 for £14.99).

MIDNIGHT * Derek Landy * 9780008284565 * HB * £14.99 * Harpercollins

Return of Valkyrie Cain and skeleton wizard detective Skullduggery Pleasant

SUMMONER: THE OUTCAST * Taran Matharu * 9781444939064 * HB * £12.99 * Hodder * Summoner * Prequel

Prequel to Taran Matharu’s Wattpad-sensation-come-Hodder-Highlight Summoner series. Pokemon meets Lord of the Rings – something like that 😉

WITCHSIGN * Den Patrick * 9780008228132 * HB * £12.99 * HarperVoyager * Ashen Torment * 1

Den Patrick moves over to HarperVoyager and to YA in his latest series which concerns agents of a regime who track and imprison all those born with the taint of magic

 

Non-Fiction Highlights

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HOW BRITAIN (REALLY) WORKS: THE IDEAS AND INSTITUTIONS OF A NATION * Stig Abell * 9781473658394 * HB * £20 * John Murray

Possibly the must-have guidebook for any resident who gives a damn…

HOW DEMOCRACY ENDS * David Runciman * 9781781259740 * HB * £14.99 * Profile

How to prevent the collapse of democracy and find a better way of doing politics

NO IS NOT ENOUGH * Naomi Klein * 9780141986791 * PB * £9.99 * Penguin

Things seemed to be getting better in the world – and then they really weren’t. No 1 bestseller Naomi Klein explains how everything went wrong and how we can get things back on track.

THE LIFE AND RHYMES OF BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH * Benjamin Zephaniah * 9781471168925 * HB * £20 * Scribner

Autobiography of someone who can justifiably be called a ‘national treasure’ who set out to popularise poetry and reach peopl who didn’t read books

LONDON’S STRANGEST TALES * Tom Quinn * 9781911622024 * HB * £9.99 * Portico

Brings together some of the weird and fascinating stories of the big smoke…

 

       

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HITLER’S MONSTERS: A SUPERNATURAL HISTORY OF THE THIRD REICH * Eric Kurlander * 9780300234541 * PB * £12.99 * Yale University Press

Trade-end supernatural history with the authority of a university press…

 

Graphic Novels

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NOBROW 10 (Link to come) * Various * 9781910620397 * PB * £18.00 * NoBrow

Not our usual kind of inclusion – not that we don’t routinely include the wild and great stuff NoBrow put out – but this is their 10th Anniversary celebration magazine book, an anthology of creator’s dream studio spaces. Happy Birthday guys!

THE SHADOW: LEVIATHAN * Simon Spurrier & Dan Watters (authors), Daniel Hdr (artist) * 9781524105693 * PB * £17.99 * Dynamite

Old school Mystery Man character is given the contemorary treatment by some of the industries established / rising stars…

FIGHT CLUB 2 * Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart et al * 9781506706283 * PB * £16.99 * Dark Horse

Now in paperback, the Graphic Novel only sequel to the legendary Fight Club!

MILK AND CHEESE: DAIRY PRODUCTS GONE BAD * Evan Dorkin * 9781506705712 * PB * £16.99 * Dark Horse

Seminal idiotic genius from Evan Dorkin: one of our favourite indie strips ever…

REBORN VOL 1 * Mark Millar, Greg Capullo * 9781534306523 * PB * £14.99 * Image Comics

Top global talents Millar and Capullo serve up a dark fantasy of posthumous adventure, now in paperback

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DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY * Garth Ennis, Mauricet * 9781401274610 * PB * £14.99 * DC

Some twisted genius at DC thought it might be a good idea to let certain top level twisted comic creators play with Hanna Barbera properties. We happen to think it was an excellent idea 😉

TORCHWOOD VOL 3 (Link to come) * John & Carole Barrowman with Neil Edwards & Nicola Righi * 9781785858550 * PB * £13.99 * Titan

Latest in the Dr Who spin-off continuation by the lead actor and his crime-writing sister…

RIVERS OF LONDON VOL 5 (Link to come) * Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero * 9781785861727 * PB * £13.99 * Titan

From the Doctor Who TV and Comic talent-stable comes the latest in Ben Aaronovitch’s canonical Rivers of London urban fantasy book tie-in series. Involves Russian mafiosa and a Russian sorceress – and fox people we gather…

RUNAWAYS VOL 1: FIND YOUR WAY HOME * Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka *
9781302908522 * PB * £14.99 * Marvel

The torch of Brian K Vaughans superb off-key Marvel series is passed to top YA talent Rainbow Rowell and highly talented comic art mainstay Chris Anka. Definitely looking forward to a read of this…

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER (Link to come) * Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub (Writers), Pepe Larazz, Kim Jacinto, and Paco Medina (Artists) * 9781846538971 * PB * £19.99 * Panini / Marvel

The latest major Marvel event: not a crossover being purely Avengers focused, it concerns a battle across a displaced Earth with two factions of villains you may or may not have met before. Sets the stage for Marvel’s latest relaunch

 

 

@TimBayley1

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