November and December 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for November, plus a couple added from the quieter (in publishing release terms only!) December.

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 August.

Enjoy!

Tim Bayley

Fantastic & Fantastical Fiction in November

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THE SUN’S DOMAIN * Rebecca Levine * 9781444753790 * HB * £17.99 * Hodder * The first book of Rebecca Levine’s The Hollow Gods – Smiler’s Fair – was one of our first ever recommends on Carabas: in November her leftfield fantasy trilogy comes to its conclusion!

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BALL LIGHTNING * Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen (Tr) * 9781786694683 * HB * £18.99 * Head of Zeus * China’s biggest name and hugo Award Winner is back with a new story of unethical science (fiction)…

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DOGS OF WAR * Adrian Tchaikovsky * 9781786693884 * HB * £18.99 * Head of Zeus * The unstoppable Adrian Tchaikovsky is back again, this time with a tale of a supersoldier called Rex in future Mexico who might just go against his programming… Looking forward to a read of this…

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CARAVAL * Stephanie Garber * 9781473629165 * PB * £7.99 * Hodder * Folkloric fantasy concerning sisters who’ve run away to get involved in a week-long conceptual performance – what could possibly go wrong?

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THE COMPLETE ACK-ACK MACAQUE * Gareth L Powell * 9781781086056 * PB * £10.99 * Solaris * The lovely folk at Solaris offer you Gareth L Powell’s complete adventures of a sweary pilot monkey, now in their Classics line…

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CLOCKWORK CITY * Paul Crilley * 9781473631632 * HB * £18.99 * Hodder * Paul Crilley’s been all kinds of sneaky with his Urban Fantasy series the Delphic Division: he kicked off in Poison City, refreshingly based in outh Africa. Now his protagonist Gideon Tau, called also London based on where he’s from, returns – this time in… London? Oh we see what you did their Crilley. We see what you did. 😉

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MISSISSIPPI ROLL * George RR Martin et al * 9780008239565 * PB * £8.99 * Harpercollins * George RR’s shared universe twisted ‘superhero’ shorts collection featuring the likes of Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, and Carrie Vaughn…

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Children’s & YA Choice

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NEPHILIM * John Barrowman and Carol E Barrowman * 9781781856437 * PB * £7.99 * Head of Zeus * Barrowman and Barrowman serve up the sequel to last year’s Conjuror featuring a trio of friends who can variously manipulate the world through images and music: sounds like it’s a race against time to prevent the rise of fallen angels, and the dilemma of trusting a half-human one…

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Graphic Novels

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NORTHERN LIGHTS: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL * Philip Pullman et al * 9780857535429 * HB * £18.99 * Doubleday Children’s * You can hardly have missed the arrival of Philip Pullman’s return to the world of ‘His Dark Materials’ with the arrival of La Belle Sauvage in October. You might well have also spotted his essays – Daemon Voices – on this very page. Not a bad time then to rerelease Melchor and Oubrerie’s graphic adaptation of the original work then!

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FACEACHE VOL 1: THE FIRST HUNDRED SCRUNGES * Ken Reid * 9781781086018 * HB * £14.99 * Rebellion * Not perhaps the usual comics highlight you’ll find here but just had to give a nostalgic shout for the irresistable, creepy face-twisting adventures of Ricky Rubberneck, compiled for the first time since their appearance in the Buster comic. Rebellion dig into their cannily acquired archives and continue serving up British Comic Classics…

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Non-Fiction Highlights

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A SHORT HISTORY OF DRUNKENNESS * Mark Forsyth * 9780241297681 * HB * £12.99 * Viking * Need we say more? Anything? Raise a glass to this little chestnut (and by a bestselling author if you needed to know 😉 )

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SWEARING IS GOOD FOR YOU * Emma Byrne * 9781781255773 * TPB * £12.99 * Profile * We’ll just let the publisher speak for this one: “Swearing, it turns out, is an incredibly useful part of our linguistic repertoire. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, help stroke victims recover their language, and encourage people to work together as a team. Swearing Is Good For You is a spirited and hilarious defence of our most cherished dirty words, backed by historical case studies and cutting-edge research. From chimpanzees creating their own curse words, to a man who lost half his brain in a mining accident experiencing a new-found compulsion to swear – Dr Emma Byrne outlines the fascinating science behind swearing; how it affects us both physically and emotionally, and how it is more natural and beneficial than we are led to believe.”

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WHY HORROR SEDUCES * Mathias Clasen * 9780190666514 * PB * £19.99 * Oxford University Press * Continuing our mission to serve up the latest works on fantastical genres, here’s Mathias Clasen relates how evolutionary social science explains a love of horror – reflecting on the favourites and greats naturally

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DAEMON VOICES: ESSAYS ON STORYTELLING * Philip Pullman * 9781910200964 * PB * £20 * David Fickling * For fans and for aspiring writers likewise, one of our greatest writers shares his ideas on story-telling in over 30 essays written over 20 years…

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OCCULT LONDON * Merlin Coverley * 9780857301345 * TPB * £8.99 * Oldcastle Books * Sounds like a nifty little guidebook on around 500 years of arcane and mythological London including occult architecture, legendary characters and historical practitioners…

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BOHEMIAN LONDON * Nick Rennison * 9781904048305 * HB * £12.99 * No Exit Press * Meanwhile Nick Rennison offers up a historical guide to non-comformist London, through people and places, drink and drugs and general excess…

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