November 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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Generally the big publishing for the year comes in September and October but November 2015 is a fine month to say the least! Don’t believe us? Read on and see why you’re very wrong…



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 - Nov - Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman
Global phenomenon and Sunday Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things, which includes a never-before published American Gods story, BLACK DOG.
In this new volume, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction-stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013-as well as BLACK DOG, a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods.
Trigger Warning is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explores the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story-a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane-Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year-stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.
A writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Trigger Warning engages the mind, stirs the heart, and shakes the soul. Neil Gaiman is one of the most original and popular literary artists of our day.
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CB - SB - Nov - Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland updated
Jonathan Green
Check out our Author Profile of Jonathan Green here!
Several years after the events of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alice finds herself back in Wonderland and called upon to save the world of playing cards and talking animals from the increasingly deranged Queen of Hearts. But all is not as it first appears in the fluctuating dream world and soon Alice is battling to save herself from the nightmare that is rapidly overtaking the realm.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Alice hadn’t drunk from the bottle labelled ‘Drink Me’, or if she hadn’t joined the Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse for tea? Well now you can find out. In Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland, YOU decide which route Alice should take, which perils to risk, and which of Wonderland’s strange denizens to fight. But be warned – whether Alice succeeds in her quest or meets a dire end as the nightmare escalates will be down to the choices YOU make.
Are you ready to go back down the rabbit-hole?
See also from Jonathan Green in 2015 anthologies SHARKPUNK and GAME OVER! And check out his next anthology Kickstarter… SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU!
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CB - Ti - Nov - Made to Kill
Adam Christopher
Titan Books
The LA Trilogy
When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the Los Angeles offices of Raymond Electromatic PI turned hit man and the worlds last robot he takes on the case of a missing movie star, and is soon plunged into a glittering world of 1960s Hollywood: fame, fortune, and secrecy. But when he uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen, this robot is in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
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CB - AR - Nov - The Ark
Patrick S. Tomlinson
Angry Robot
All humanity has left is one giant spaceship. Why do some of its inhabitants want to destroy it?
In Patrick S. Tomlinson’s debut far-future space epic, humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship — the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.
But when a crewmember goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard.
As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.
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CB - DR - Nov - Dark Sky
Mike Brooks
Del Rey
For the crew of the Keiko, their stay at the Grand House casino on New Samara was supposed to be a well-deserved rest.
It didn’t last.
Captain Ichabod Drift promised that the side-trip to the mining planet Uragan would be a quick in and out – a data retrieval job then back to the tables.
He was wrong.
When the revolution comes, all you can do is choose a side and hope to get out alive.
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CB - HV - Nov - Unexpected Rain
Jason LaPier
Harper Voyager
The Domed Trilogy
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…
In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard’s Star, a recently hired maintenance man named Kane has just committed murder.
Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.
Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him.
His only ally is Runstom, the rogue police officer charged with transporting him to a secure off-world facility. The pair must risk everything to prove Jax didn’t commit the atrocity and uncover the truth before they both wind up dead.
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CB - DR - Aug - The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats
Mark Hodder
Del Rey
Burton & Swinburne
Burton and Swinburne return for their final thrilling adventure!
Sir Richard Francis Burton’s expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies which must remain secret for history to follow its natural course. Betrayed by one of their own, Burton and Swinburne watch in horror as the Empire’s elite use this knowledge to secure their positions for all eternity, branding any who oppose them as enemies of the State.
Can their band of hunted revolutionaries overthrow the ultimate automated autocrat – their King?
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CB - JF - Nov - Your Resting Place
David Towsey
Jo Fletcher Books
The Walkin’ Trilogy
Is there a future for those already dead?
Rumours of the Drowned Woman are rife. She hunts down wanted men but never collects on the bounty. Some say she can’t be killed, not in the usual ways. The Drowned Woman is looking for one man in particular: he killed her husband and stole her daughter.
Her family has been wronged.
 There will be a reckoning.
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CB - JF - Nov - The Return of Arinn
Frank P. Ryan
Jo Fletcher Books
The Three Powers Quartet
War grips Earth as well as Tír as the Tyrant seeks to control the legendary Fàil. Can Alan, Kate, Mark and Mo prevent him from assuming complete power?
As London falls under the hand of the Tyrant, war grips Earth as well as the magical land of Tí­r. The fate of both lies in the hands of five teenagers.
As Mark and Nan attempt to save the life of one of their friends in London, Penny is lost in the eerie confines of the Black Rose, where her expanding imagination is being manipulated by dark forces.
On Tí­r, Alan leads his Shee army towards the Tyrant’s capital city, Ghork Mega, but his advance falters. As Kate flies in to help him, a heartbroken Mo fears that she is not brave enough to prevent the Tyrant from assuming full control of the Fàil – the item that will allow him to cement his power forever.
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CB - JF - Nov - Limit
Frank Schätzing
Jo Fletcher Books
An elevator that links the Earth to the Moon; A rare element that promises to solve all the world’s energy problems; a secret society that has its own plans for both. This is the limit – how far would you go?
The first space elevator connects the Earth to the Moon, prompting a breathless race between the Americans and Chinese to get to the Moon’s helium-3 – the rare element that promises to solve all the world’s energy problems.
 In Shanghai, cyber-detective Owen Jericho has been hired to find Yoyo, a missing girl, but what started as a routine investigation soon develops into a nightmarish hunt. There’s a crazed assassin hot on his heels, all because Yoyo accidentally stumbled onto a secret society called Hydra – and now it’s not just her life at risk.
Following the Hydra trail takes Jericho and Yoyo round the world and finally to The Gaia, the Moon’s very first hotel, where a billionaire entrepreneur is entertaining some of the world’s richest and most influential men and women.
But the secret society that is Hydra has its own plans for the Earth – and the Moon. And nothing and no one will be allowed to stand in its way.
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CB - Reb - Nov - The Night Clock
Paul Meloy
And still the Night Clock ticks…
Phil Trevena’s patients are dying and he needs answers. One of the disturbed men in his care tells him that he needs to find Daniel, that Daniel will be able to explain what is happening. But who is Daniel?
Daniel was lost once, broken by the same force that has turned its hatred on Trevena. His destiny is greater than he could ever imagine. Drawn together, Trevena and Daniel embark on an extraordinary journey of discovery, encountering The Firmament Surgeons in the Dark Time, the flux above our reality. Whoever controls Dark Time controls the minds of humanity. The Firmament Surgeons, aware of the approach of limitless hostility and darkness, are gathered to bring an end to the war with the Autoscopes, before they tear our reality apart.
Paul Meloy’s extraordinarily rich debut novel introduces us to a world just beyond our own, shattering our preconceptions about creativity and mental illness, presenting us with a novel like no other.
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CB - Reb - Nov - Europe at Midnight
Dave Hutchinson
Europe is crumbling. The Xian Flu pandemic and ongoing economic crises have fractured the European Union, the borderless Continent of the Schengen Agreement is a distant memory, and new nations are springing up everywhere, some literally overnight.
For an intelligence officer like Jim, it’s a nightmare. Every week or so a friendly power spawns, a new and unknown national entity which may or may not be friendly to England’s interests; it’s hard to keep on top of it all.
But things are about to get worse for Jim. A stabbing on a London bus pitches him into a world where his intelligence service is preparing for war with another universe, and a man has come who may hold the key to unlocking the mystery.
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CB - Or - Nov - Legends and Liars
Julia Knight
The second book in the Duellist’s trilogy – a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new British talents in fantasy
Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they’ve got quite a reputation.  They were once known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duellist’s Guild for accidentally killing a man they were sworn to protect, it seems everyone wants them dead. Including a dark magician whose plans they recently scuppered…
Now Vocho and Kacha are in the midst of an uneasy truce, not sure whether to trust each other, or anyone else for that matter. What’s more, the sinister magician is rumoured to have returned. Now he knows who was behind the failure of his last plan, he’s determined to put a stop to Vocho and Kacha permanently.
And this time, the flash of steel may not be enough to save them.
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CB - Titan - Nov - Ecko Endgame
Danie Ware
Winter has come to the Varchinde and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, the cities are falling and the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe. Betrayed by his own forces, Rhan will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation. As battle rages round him, Ecko realises that to save the Varchinde, he must face the greatest threat of all the one that has come from his own world.
In The Bookseller magazine’s Editor’s Choice for November…
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CB - Go - Oct - The Sorcerer Heir
Cinda Williams Chima
Heir Chronicles
Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.
The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.
Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find a way to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.
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CBP - The Death House
Sarah Pinborough
You can read an extract of The Death House on Carabas here – also do check out our Author Profile of Sarah Pinborough here!
A heart-breaking, heart-stopping tale of love, life and death which will take your breath away.
This is an exceptional, contemporary, heart-breaking novel.
Toby’s life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.
Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium.
No one returns from the sanatorium.
Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and <i>everything</i> changes.
Because everybody dies. It’s how you choose to live that counts.
Also available in Hardback from February 2015 – see our February New Book Recommends for details…
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CB - HV - Nov - Among Wolves
Nancy K Wallace
Harper Voyager
Wolves of Llisé
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…
Young Devin Roché is about to graduate as an Archivist from the prestigious Llisé’s University, and there is just one more task he wants to complete – to preserve a complete history of Llisé.
The history of Llisé and its fifteen provinces are a peaceful affair, filled with harmony, resolution and a rich oral tradition of storytelling. Nothing untoward ever happens in this peaceful land. Or does it?
Trainee archivist Devin Roché has just taken his finals at the prestigious Académie. As the sixth son of the ruler of Llisé, his future is his own, and so he embarks on an adventure to memorize stories chronicling the history of each province.
As Devin begins his journey with only his best friend Gaspard and their guardian Marcus, he hears rumors of entire communities suddenly disappearing without a trace and of Master Bards being assassinated in the night.
As the three companions get closer to unearthing the truth behind these mysteries, they can’t help but wonder whether it is their pursuit that has led to them.
But if that is the case, what do Llisé and Devin’s father have to hide?
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CB - Nov - What Could Possibly go Wrong
Jodi Taylor
Accent Press
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series
Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail – to go wrong! Take one interim Chief Training Officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang! Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary’s series.
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Oct - Slow Regard of Silent Things
Patrick Rothfuss
A Kingkiller Story
This is a stunning new novella in the Kingkiller universe, and a genuine must-read for fans, showing us a little of the world from the perspective of Auri, one of its best-loved characters.
The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways – and in the heart of it all lives Auri.
Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.
At once joyous and haunting, THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS is a rich, atmospheric and lyrical tale, featuring one of the most beloved characters from Rothfuss’ acclaimed fantasy series.
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CB - Go - Nov - The Hanging Tree
Ben Aaronovitch
PC Peter Grant
Check out our Author Profile of Ben Aaronovitch here!
The sixth outing for PC Peter Grant in this bestselling series sees him back in London and facing up to the terrifying legacy of London’s hangings.
Another gripping and hilarious adventure through the secret streets of London. A tour of what remains and an insight into what once was with a liberal sprinkling of folklore, myth and violent crime. Each of Ben Aaronovitch’s previous Peter Grant novels have been Sunday Times Top Ten HB bestsellers and The Hanging Tree looks set to repeat the feat.
The Hanging Tree was the Tyburn gallows which stood where Marble Arch stands today. Oxford Street was the last trip of the condemned. Somethings don’t change. The place has a bloody and haunted legacy and now blood has returned to the empty Mayfair mansions of the world’s super-rich. And blood mixed with magic is a job for Peter Grant.
Peter Grant is back as are Nightingale et al at the Folly and the various river gods, ghosts and spirits who attach themselves to England’s last wizard and the Met’s reluctant investigator of all things supernatural.
You can also check out our preview of Peter Grant Book 5 Foxglove Summer on our page here, and of the canonical comic that happens between books 4 and 5 Rivers of London Body Work from Titan Comics here!
CB - Go - Nov - The Promise of the Child
Tom Toner
The most important debut SF novel in five years – the arrival of an astonishing young talent.
An extraordinarily inventive and hugely original SF novel that charts a compelling vision of a future and spins an hypnotic narrative around it. A novel that could command the same amount of attention and furore that met the publication of The Quantum Thief. The richness and originality of its vision combined with its playful take on hard science make this a novel with real commercial potential that will be talked about for years and should launch a major career in SF.
In the far future man has spread out into the galaxy. And diversified. Some have evolved physically into strange new forms, some have become immortal. Some hark back to the old ways. We have built a glorious new future. One that stretches from the sleepy Old World, to new terraformed planets and Dyson spheres built around artificial suns. For as long as we can remember (and some have lived 12,000 years) we have delighted in a rich new existence. Yes there have been wars but we are content in our splendour. Art is revered, life is easy, death forgotten for many. But now there are rumours of a bid to oust the Emperor and a worrying story that our history is not as we remember it – not only man left Earth…
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CB - Nov - The Flicker Men reduced
Ted Kosmatka
Michael Joseph
What if science proved the existence of the human soul?
‘If Stephen Hawking and Stephen King wrote a novel together, you’d get The Flicker Men. Brilliant, disturbing, and beautifully told’ Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of the Wool series
The Man
Eric Argus, a washed out quantum physicist given one last shot at redemption
The Experiment
An investigation into the mysterious composition of light and matter
The Discovery
Unexpected and unprecedented evidence for the existence of the human soul
The Consequences
A staggering revelation about the hidden structure of the universe. And an unimaginable reality that should never have been uncovered . . .
Praise for Ted Kosmatka:
‘A well-written, utterly convincing thriller that left my mind reeling for days. It latched on after the first chapter and didn’t let go until the last word … as thoughtful as it is thrilling. It kept me up way, way past my bedtime.’ Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse
‘Prophet of Bones contains some incredibly tantalizing glimpses of hard science in a world constrained by theological received truth, and the detailed discussions of scientific methodology just add to the fascination’
‘A masterwork of intrigue and menace … I was enthralled … An eye-opening and page-turning read without parallel’ Clive Cussler
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CB - HZ - Nov - Warheart
Terry Goodkind
Head of Zeus
The Sword of Truth
The epic finale to the THE SWORD OF TRUTH series: 16 volumes 20 years in the making, 26 million copies sold.
Soulmates, pawns of prophecy and inheritors of an ancient conflict, Richard and Kahlan’s destinies have been bound together since their first encounter in Wizard’s First Rule. But now Richard lies on a funeral bier – suspended between the worlds of life and death and Kahlan faces her greatest challenge.
She must fight for Richard’s very existence, and Richard, trapped in the underworld, must fight to keep the world of life from ending. Desperate sacrifices are required. This is the final battle in a war three-millennia old, a war that saw the Sword of Truth forged, a war that could mean the end, not only of their lives, but of their world.
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You can also check out our NOVEMBER 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!

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We’ve also got special pages to round up all July to December publishing in two favourite subgenres, URBAN FANTASY and STEAMPUNK!

And you can discover our top picks of the year so far on these pages:


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