October 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CB - Titan - Oct - The Lazarus Gate CB - HV - Oct - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms CB - Or - Oct - Swords and Scoundrels CB - Go - Oct - The Cathedral of Known Things CB - To - Oct - The Masked City


Again, September and October are traditionally the months when publishers bring out their big guns ready for the festive season. Amongst other greatness in our picks of the month you’ll find mainstream blockbusters, some highly noteworthy sequels and the first of an intruigingly scheduled trilogy that will be released over the last three months of the year.

So read on and prepare to part with your hard earned primitive Earth money. On presents? Sure – for yourself!

An early merry bah humbug from the land of Carabas to you 😉


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.

* Author ISBN Fm RRP Pub Series Vol
CB - AR - Oct - Empire Ascendant
Kameron Hurley
Angry Robot
The Worldbreaker Saga Series
Loyalties are tested when worlds collide…
Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers. The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy.
Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler and a scullery maid with a powerful – but unpredictable –magic. As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her Empress’s sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with a long-lost secret that they hope is the key to the Empire’s undoing.
But when the enemy shares your own face, who can be trusted?
In this devastating sequel to The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley transports us back to a land of blood mages and sentient plants, dark magic, and warfare on a scale that spans worlds.”
Buy from Waterstones
CB - AR - Nov - The Flux
Ferrett Steinmetz
Angry Robot
Love something enough, and your obsession will punch holes through the laws of physics. That devotion creates unique magics: videogamemancers. Origamimancers. Culinomancers.
But when ‘mancers battle, cities tremble…
ALIYAH TSABO-DAWSON: The world’s most dangerous eight-year-old girl.  Burned by a terrorist’s magic, gifted strange powers beyond measure.  She’s furious that she has to hide her abilities from her friends, her teachers, even her mother – and her temper tantrums can kill.
PAUL TSABO: Bureaucromancer. Magical drug-dealer. Desperate father.  He’s gone toe-to-toe with the government’s conscription squads of brain-burned Unimancers, and he’ll lie to anyone to keep Aliyah out of their hands – whether Aliyah likes it or not.
THE KING OF NEW YORK: The mysterious power player hell-bent on capturing the two of them.  A man packing a private army of illegal ‘mancers.
Paul’s family is the key to keep the King’s crumbling empire afloat.  But offering them paradise is the catalyst that inflames Aliyah’s deadly rebellious streak…”
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CB - AR - Nov - Mythmaker
Marianne de Pierres
Angry Robot
The Peacemaker Series
Not your usual future science fiction urban fantasy mythological buddy thriller…
Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission). Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings and the bounty on her head. Oddly, Hamish is the only one she can rely on. Life is complicated.
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CB - Oct - Trapped in the Bargain Basement
Nick Bryan
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Hobson & Choi
“You’ve heard of conspiracies within conspiracies? I wish conspiracies WOULD hide inside each other, instead of turning up everywhere I go.”
Angelina Choi returns for her final day of work experience at the Hobson Agency – is there a job waiting afterwards? Should she walk away for her own good? While she mulls it over, they’re hired by the massive EastVillage shopping centre to investigate a spate of muggings. But do the management know more than they’re letting on? As Hobson and Choi wrestle with commercialised corruption, will Angelina finally squeeze in her first date with Will the Hot Receptionist? Can anything emerge from the smoking crater of Hobson’s love life?
Trapped In The Bargain Basement plunges grimly comic London crime series Hobson & Choi to new depths, after climbing to #1 in Dark Comedy on Amazon and breaking records on Jukepop Serials.
Also included: Wuff! – The Markus Tail, a book-only bonus short story. Discover the bone-gnawingly tense origin of H&C’s furriest, friendliest character.
Check out our author profile of Nick and his other books on Carabas here!
CB - Titan - Oct - The Lazarus Gate
Mark A. Latham
Titan Books
The Apollonian Case Files
London, 1890. Captain John Hardwick, an embittered army veteran and opium addict, is released from captivity in Burma and returns home, only to be recruited by a mysterious gentlemen’s club to combat a supernatural threat to the British Empire. This is the tale of a secret war between parallel universes, between reality and the supernatural; a war waged relentlessly by an elite group of agents; unsung heroes, whose efforts can never be acknowledged, but by whose sacrifice we are all kept safe.
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CB - HV - Oct - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
George R. R. Martin, Illustrated by Gary Gianni
Harper Voyager
Almost a century before A GAME OF THRONES, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros…  A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R.R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals – in stature if not experience.
Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg – whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lay ahead for Dunk and Egg; as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.
A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS brings together for the first time the first three official prequel novellas to George R.R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire, set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory.
Featuring more than 160 illustrations by Gary Gianni, one of the finest fantasy artists of our time, this beautiful volume will transport readers to the world of the Seven Kingdoms in an age of bygone chivalry.
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CB - DR - Oct - The Secrets of Blood and Bone
Rebecca Alexander
Del Rey
Venice, 16th Century
Having undertaken a mission of the upmost discretion, occultist and scholar Edward Kelley finds his ultimate salvation means confronting the darkest deeds of his past.
England, 21st Century
When Jackdaw Hammond inherits an old house in the middle of nowhere her fresh start is threatened by a wild magic similar to her own. The battle for her soul has just begun…
A stunning follow-up to The Secrets of Life and Death, a gripping supernatural thriller that bridges time, legend and the power of blood.
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CB - Dr - Oct - The Martian
Andy Weir
Del Rey
I’m stranded on Mars.
I have no way to communicate with Earth.
I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.
If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
So yeah. I’m screwed.
The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard and Judy Book Club Selection behind the major new film from Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.
*** Check out an extract of The Martian on Carabas here! ***
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CB - Oct - Lord of Ashes
Richard Ford
The third novel in Richard Ford’s magnificent fantasy series has enough thrills, valour, guts and glory to satisfy any die-hard fan of David Gemmell and Joe Abercrombie.
The queen of Steelhaven has grown in strength. Taking up her dead father’s sword, she must defend the city from the dread warlord Amon Tugha and his blood-thirsty army now at the gates. A vicious, unrelenting four-day battle ensues, the most perilous yet.
No side is immune from danger as all hell breaks loose, with the threat of coups and the unleashing of the deadliest and darkest magick. Loyalty, strength and cunning will be put to test in the quest for victory. What fate awaits the free states?
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CB - Reb - Oct - The Sand Men
Christopher Fowler
Read an extract of The Sand Men on Carabas here… and Mr Fowler will be signing at Forbidden Planet on the 15th October – details here!
Lea, her architect husband Roy and 15 year-old daughter Cara travel from London to the Middle East, where Roy has been hired to deal with teething problems at Dream World, a new resort complex. The thought of living in guaranteed sunshine near a beach excites them, and the ex-pats who live on the employees’ gated estate prove almost too welcoming.
However, the endless heat quickly becomes oppressive. The other wives are happy to follow behind their husbands, cooking and arranging tea parties, but Lea finds her liberty curtailed. Her attempts to find work are thwarted. Her husband is often absent, and she fears that Cara is growing distant.
But at least there are fellow outsiders, misfits who don’t enjoy the conformity of the ex-pat community – until one night, when the most outspoken one, Milo, is killed in a bizarre hit-and-run accident. Milo’s death is only the first in a string of accidents. Lea is given a cryptic warning and starts to fear that someone is committing terrible acts of cruelty – but is there a real threat to her life or is she becoming paranoid?
Fighting for the future of her family and her own sanity, Lea starts to suspect an unthinkable truth. As the secrets come tumbling out, she comes to understand the terrible twin natures of conformity and rebellion…
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CB - Go - Oct - Killing Titan
Greg Bear
War Dogs
A new planet. A new battle. The same war. The new hard SF novel from a master of the genre.
After barely surviving his last tour on Mars, Master Sergeant Michael Venn finds himself back on earth in enforced isolation. Through a dangerous series of operations he returns to Mars to further his investigation into the Drifters – ancient artifacts suddenly reawakened on the red planet.
But another front in the war leads his team to make the difficult journey to Saturn’s moon, Titan. Here, in the cauldron of war, hides new truths about the Drifters, the origin of life in our solar system and the plans of the supposedly benevolent Gurus, who have been “sponsoring” and supporting humanity in their fight against outside invaders.
Killing Titan is the second book in the epic interstellar War Dogs trilogy from master of science fiction, Greg Bear.
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CB - Or - Oct - Ancillary Mercy
Ann Leckie
The Imperial Radch
Ancillary Mercy is the thrilling final volume in Ann Leckie’s space opera trilogy which began with the only novel to ever win all three of science fiction’s biggest awards: the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke winner Ancillary Justice.
For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist – someone who might be a refugee from a ship that’s been hiding beyond the empire’s reach for three thousand years. In the meantime a messenger from the alien and mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq’s enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai – ruler of an empire that’s at war with itself.
Anaander is heavily armed and extremely unhappy with Breq. She could take her ship and crew and flee, but that would leave everyone at Athoek in terrible danger.
Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren’t good, but that’s never stopped her before.
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CB - Or - Oct - Swords and Scoundrels
Julia Knight
The Duellist’s Trilogy
The first book in the Duellist’s trilogy – a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new British talents in fantasy
Gold is for fools, and dying is for amateurs…
Vocho and Kacha are champion duellists: a brother and sister known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. Or at least they used to be – until they were thrown out of the Duellist’s Guild.
Now all that’s left to them is to become reluctant highwaymen. Well – it’s a living, and for Vocho it’s a way to win back some form of notoriety. But when they pick the wrong carriage to rob, their simple plans to win back fame and fortune go south fast.
After facing down three armed men and barely besting a powerful magician, Vocho and Kacha make off with an immense locked chest. Vocho is convinced it must be worth a fortune, perhaps enough to buy him and his sister back the lives he lost for them when he inadvertently killed a priest.
But the contents of the chest will bring them much more than they’ve bargained for – when they soon find themselves embroiled in a dangerous plot to return an angry king to power…
Buy from Waterstones
CBP - The Boy Who Wept Blood
Den Patrick
The Erebus Sequence
Check out our Author Profile of Den Patrick here!
A gripping new high fantasy set in the Gormenghast-like castle of Demesne, from the author of the acclaimed THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE.
With his rich evocation of the Italian Renaissance-like realm of Landfall, his uniquely appealing way with flawed yet empathic characters and his ability to write gripping scenes of both action and subterfuge, Den Patrick has already established himself as a new favourite for fans of Scott Lynch and Robin Hobb alike.
Ten years have passed since the disappearance of Lucien and his protege, the young swordsman Dino, is struggling to live up to Lucien’s legacy. Sworn to protect the silent queen Anea as she struggles to bring a new democracy to Demesne, Dino finds himself drawn into a deadly game of political intrigue as the aristocratic families of Landfall conspire to protect their privilege. Always ready to prove himself as a swordsman Dino is anguished to discover that in order to fulfil his vow he must become both spy and assassin.
And all the while the dark secret at the heart of Demesne is growing towards fulfilment.
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CB - Titan - Oct - The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School
Kim Newman
Titan Books
When her mother finds her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is sent to Drearcliff Grange School in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular 1920s boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. When one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted, Amy and her friends must form a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue her.
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CG - Oct - JF - Cemetery Girl Book 2 Inheritance reduced
Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden
Jo Fletcher Books
Cemetery Girl series
In this sequel to Cemetery Girl, Calexa begins to understand her forgotten past.
She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill. She has been living – hiding out – in Dunhill Cemetery ever since someone left her there to die. She has no idea who wants her dead or why, but she isn’t about to hand around for her would-be-killer to finish the job.
Despite her self-imposed isolation among the deceased, Calexa’s ability to see spirits and the memories she receives from them guarantees she’ll never be alone. The only living people she interacts with are Kelner, the cemetery’s cantankerous caretaker, and Lucinda Cameron, an elderly woman who lives in an old Victorian house across the street. With their friendship, Calexa has regained a link to the world beyond tombstones and mausoleums.
Until the night she witnesses a murder that shatters her life: a life now under a police microscope, as their investigation threatens to uncover Calexa’s true identity…
We’ve just included Inheritance here this time for convenience as published by specialist genre book publisher Jo Fletcher books – but you can discover more fantastic Graphic Novels publishing in October on our main page here!
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CB - Go - Oct - The Cathedral of Known Things
Edward Cox
Check out our Author Profile of Mr Edward Cox here – you can also read an extract of the first book in the series on Carabas here!
In the end, all things are known. Return to the world of THE RELIC GUILD with this remarkable fantasy novel.
Divided, hunted and short on resources, the surviving members of the Relic Guild are in real trouble. Their old enemy, the Genii, and their resurrected master have infiltrated Labrys Town and taken over the police force.
So the Relic Guild must flee their home, and set off on a dangerous journey across the worlds of the Aelfir. One that will lead them to a weapon which might destroy the Genii. Or the whole universe…
And forty years before all this, the war which led to the fall of the Genii continues. And what happens to the Relic Guild during that conflict will change the course of their desperate flight.
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CB - To - Oct - The Masked City
Genevieve Cogman
This is a wonderful read for all those who enjoyed Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Jasper Fford’s The Eyre Affair or Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London.
Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
Actually published December 2015 – out now either way!
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CB - HZ - Oct - The Dark Forest
Cixin Liu, tr. Joel Martinson
Head of Zeus
Imagine the universe as a forest, patrolled by numberless and nameless predators. In this forest, stealth is survival – any civilisation that reveals its location is prey.
Earth has. And the others are on the way.
The Trisolarian fleet has left their homeworld and will arrive… in four centuries’ time. But the sophons, their extra-dimensional emissaries, are already here and have infiltrated human society and and de-railed scientific progress. Only the individual human mind remains immune to the sophons. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he’s the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.
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CB - Oct - After Alice
Gregory Maguire
Headline Review
What happened to those left behind when Alice went to Wonderland? From the bestselling author of WICKED…
AFTER ALICE, Gregory Maguire’s ninth novel for adults, returns to the mid-19th century summer day on which Alice disappeared into Wonderland, tracing what happened to her sister left behind on an Oxford riverbank, and also what happened when Alice’s friend Ada follows her down the rabbit hole.
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You might also want to check out our OCTOBER 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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