September 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CC - Sep - What Sunny Saw in the Flames
CN - Sep - The Mighty One
CB - Sep - Jerusalem
CG - DH - Sep - Angel Catbird
CN - Sep - Creating Freedom

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for September. 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 and text here is by Tim Bayley (London flagship bookstore buyer for over 6 years, central trade buying committee, sales rep for one of the UK’s largest publishers, then created this website here). These highlights are drawn from publisher submissions next to The Bookseller’s own monthly highlights, their Buyer’s Guides and more.

NB. You can find full biblio details and publisher copy via the online shop link. 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! Some products still being uploaded to the retailers sites – links to come.

So read on and see the many wonders in print coming your way in September.

Enjoy!

 

Fiction

* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub Series Vol
CB - Or - Sep - Chasing Embers
CHASING EMBERS
James Bennett
9780356506647
PB
8.99
Orbit
Sounds like we’ve got some classic Urban Fantasy from James Bennett, though we wouldn’t imagine Orbit would be publishing something partaking of even our favourite tropes if there wasn’t some inventive depths for us to explore in Chasing Embers. Ben Garston’s got a ‘beaten-up leather jacket’ and secrets to keep on our behalf, though even if he knows the truth behind the hidden world of magic a brewing war isn’t on his radar until basically too late. We gather it has something to do with dragons. Whether “Red Ben” is one or something else I’m sure we’ll find out before too long.
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CB - Go - Sep - Thorn of Emberlain
THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN
Lynch, Scott
9780575077058
HB
£18.99
Gollancz
Gentleman Bastards
There’s comparatively few hardback’s these days so it’s always a sign of sales and / or something special; from all accounts – especially grimdark luminaries Martin and Abercrombie – Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards (Locke Lamora) series is both. War is brewing here as well and Locke’s expertise in thievery and deception is unlikely to help against a blade, added to which he’s dealing with uncomfortable revelations about a life he’d rather not be losing…
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CB - Sep - Night Without Stars
NIGHT WITHOUT STARS
Peter F. Hamilton
9780230769496
HB
£20.00
Macmillan
Chronicle of the Fallers
2
Does Peter F Hamilton require inclusion? Will everyone who’d enjoy his work already have heard about him and know about his latest? Well on the off chance the answer is no we’re not going to be responsible for not doing our bit. Night Without Stars is the second in an ever more common phenomena, the duology, and set in ‘The Commonwealth’ universe which, if it’s anything like that of Night’s Dawn, offers a rich, high concept yet relatable combination of setting, character and plot for genre fans and mainstream readers alike. The planet Bienvenido is returned to normal space but the human’s body-snatching adversary is well on its way to complete its mission to exterminate sentient life on the planet. It’s a race then to find the books ‘golden child’ that will determine man’s fate…
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CB - Ho - Sep - Strange the Dreamer
STRANGE THE DREAMER
Laini Taylor
9781444788983
HB
14.99
Hodder & Stoughton
So yes, duologies. And here’s another, this time from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone author, Laini Taylor. Not much to go on so far but “alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage” as Hodder say does sound rather the ticket.
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CB - Sep - The Man Who Spoke Snakish
THE MAN WHO SPOKE SNAKISH
Andrus Kivirahk
9781611855395
TPB
£14.99
Grove Press
Bit of slipstream fiction we’ve snapped from the ‘literary’ category now, because no one should miss out on the likes of David Mitchell or great fantastical, imaginative fiction under the ‘allegorical’ banner if it would appeal to them. Sounds very much like a satire on colonialism and of ‘civilisation’: young Leemut is amongst those who keep to the old traditions, keeping wolves and, yes, talking to snakes. Apparently ‘promiscuous bears’ are involved somewhere as well. One of The Bookseller’s September ‘Top Sellers’ (Literary).
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CB - Sep - Jerusalem
JERUSALEM
Alan Moore
9780861662524
HB
£25
Knockabout
   
9780861662548
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£25
*** EXTENDED COVERAGE – SPECIAL FEATURE *** For many Alan Moore will require no introduction. If his name doesn’t ring an especially loud bell then, borrowing a line used of his friend Mr Neil Gaiman, he’s the even more ‘most famous person you’ve never heard of’. Though, like Gaiman, he’s rather moved away from the comic medium that made his name in terms of output, he’s still widely regarded as one of the (at the very least) most influential creators in it. Watchmen. V for Vendetta. Other works of genius that got made into films we’re less inclined to mention. He’s also a man of contrasts with an imagination and social conscience that spans the world and goes well beyond, while being famously provincial. To paraphrase the man ‘I might be writing about another planet or universe, but really I’m writing about Northampton’.
Well this isn’t his prose debut nor his first work about Northampton, having released Voice of the Fire some years back. But Jerusalem is his long anticipated magnum opus, being a beast of wordcount by design, a single hardback or slipcased 3 volume paperback it would have many trilogies feeling inadequate. Set in Northampton, more specifically the underprivileged Spring Boroughs where Moore grew up, it’s plays as a mercurial history in the same vein that Moorcock has written his biography. Paraphrasing again it’s a genetic mythology for a disenfranchised class, a place with ghosts, demons and monsters, an ‘opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in’. Jerusalem is Northampton. Northampton is where you were born or where you know the best.
You can read more about the creation of Jerusalem in this article on, unsurprisingly, the Northampton News. One of The Bookseller’s September ‘Top Sellers’ (Literary).
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CB - Sep - The Star Witness
THE STAR WITNESS
Andy Hamilton
9781783522989
HB
£16.99
Cornerstone
Then to an actual prose debut, this time by someone better known for comedy screenwriting (“Not the Nine O’Clock News”, “Drop the Dead Donkey”). Andy Hamilton’s The Star Witness is a satire of fame and celebrity where an arrogant soap star gets rather more than their just desserts and their real and fictional lives get blurred. Tipped by The Bookseller’s editor in question who’s a fan of Hamilton’s. One of The Bookseller’s September ‘Top Sellers’ (Commercial).
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CB - Sep - The Sound of the Seas
THE SOUND OF THE SEAS
Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
9781471137785
HB
£18.99
Simon & Schuster
The Earth End Saga
3
And then yet another name known better beyond fiction, at least the name you’ll recognise. Gillian Anderson of the X-Files has been writing The Earth End Saga (Trilogy) with Jeff Rovin. Caitlin O’Hara’s son has been knocked back in time and the only way of bringing him back is to use the same exotic alien computer technology and figure out what the aliens themselves are up to in the present. Who says the general reader won’t enjoy SF? Seems like Marie Clare and their readers like this series. We just have to get past the need for ‘names’…
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CB - SEp - The Obsidian Throne
THE OBSIDIAN THRONE
J D Oswald
9781405917803
PBO
£7.99
Penguin
I’d been about to say that it seems like ‘dragons are the new vampires’ when a certain Gollancz editor beat me to it. Well there’s James Bennett above and Genevieve Cogman for another putting the absolute classic fantasy staple to good use, but J D Oswald got in there first before everyone else was doing it in the Ballad of Sir Benfro series. Oh and Sir Benfro himself is the dragon in question, this being book five and the conclusion. The land faces complete annihilation at the hands of dragons or Queen Beulah. It’s up to Sir Benfro and humans Errol and Princess Iolwen to find another way…
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CB - HZ - Sep - Dead Man's Steel
DEAD MAN’S STEEL
Luke Scull
9781781851593
HB
£18.99
Head of Zeus
Also concluding this month is the fantasy series championed by then-new publishers Head of Zeus, Luke Scull’s Grim Company. Mage’s destroyed the gods and claimed their power. Then they were brought down in a drama where the lines of hero and villain were entirely blurred. And gods don’t seem entirely to just die, so now the ‘heroes’ of the Dark Company are faced with the terrible fallout of the Godswar that could end humanity once and for all.
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CB - Go - Sep - Revenger
REVENGER
Reynolds, Alastair
9780575090538
HB
£18.99
Gollancz
Gollancz have Alastair Reynolds latest Revenger, a heist drama of exotic technology in which a scavenger crew seek valuable alien tech nested away behind protections in miniature worlds. But even if the Captain Rackamore and co play fair, it’s hardly an enterprise in which everyone does or where dangerous enemies aren’t made…
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CB - Ti - Sep - The Iscariot Sanction
THE ISCARIOT SANCTION
Mark A Latham
9781783296828
PBO
£7.99
Titan Books
Sequel to the Victorianaic (definitely a word) The Lazarus Gate is Mark A Latham’s The Iscariot Sanction. It’s cross-reality steampunk with the Empire threatened by a coup and supernatural foes. Enter agents Lillian Hardwick and Sir Arthur Furnivall…
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CB - Sep - The Complete Orsinia
THE COMPLETE ORSINIA
Ursula LeGuin
9781598534931
HB
£25.99
Library of America
Thanks also to The Bookseller for the heads up on The Complete Orsinia. The fabulous and much-loved Ursula LeGuin becomes the second living author in the Library of America collection. This collects a novel and the shorts set in her imagined Central European country of Orsinia, collectively spanning over five hundred years of history. Another well-deserved accolade.
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CB - Apr - The Trees
THE TREES
Ali Shaw
9781408862308
PB
£8.99
Bloomsbury
And now in paperback, and of a literary flavour, is Ali Shaw’s The Trees in which, um, trees have spontaneously burst from the ground and transformed every urban area into dark forest. The characters explore the depths of this place finding enemies and unexpected allies and the darkness within themselves. Pretty sure there was a Doctor Who episode of a not dissimilar nature not so long back though publisher’s Bloomsbury are touting Pan’s Labyrinth and Station Eleven as comparisons…
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Late addition…

cb-go-sep-the-gradual
THE GRADUAL
Christopher Priest
9781473200548
HB
£16.99
Gollancz
The Dream Archipelago
We just had to add, belatedly, Christopher Priest’s The Gradual after a ‘friend of trusted taste’ waxed lyrical about it the other day along with the rest of the series / authors books. Glad he did as we do keep an eye out for Hardback titles which have become a comparative rarity; in other words if you’re in any doubt as a website championing a scene or genre, err on the side of the publisher knows something you don’t! Anyway, this is set in the author’s shifting Dream Archipelago (conjuring comparisons to Gaiman and Lovecraft maybe?). It’s composer as protagonist, with Alesandro Sussken who’s grown up in a fascist state on a voyage of discovery and change, and, quite possibly, the trail of his brother who was sent to war. From what we understand it’s a voyage that encompasses the fourth dimension with its compass…
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Non-Fiction

* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub
CN - Sep - The Mighty One
THE MIGHTY ONE: A LIFE INSIDE THE NERVE CENTRE
Steve MacManus
9781781084755
PB
£9.99
2000 AD
As everyone knows 2000 AD is edited by Betelgeusian alien Tharg the Mighty, one of whom was Steve MacManus who brought it into what is thought of as its golden age, bringing in – via their creative teams – such classic stories as The Ballad of Halo Jones, Slaine, Bad Company, Rogue Trooper and Nemesis the Warlock. Now he’s written his memoir of his time there in the 70’s and 80’s. So many comic fans will be looking forward to this, not least ourselves.
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CN - Sep - The Science of Game of Thrones
THE SCIENCE OF GAME OF THRONES
Helen Keen
9781473632318
HB
£14.99
Coronet
“Do dragons actually exist? Can you really kill someone with molten gold? Is it possible to crush a person’s head with your bare hands?” As far as we’re concerned all the answers are yes but science may say something else. Helen Keen asks these questions and more and there’s plenty of fans of the show (and books) who’ll want the definitive answer.
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CN - Sep - Zombies A Cultural History
ZOMBIES: A CULTURAL HISTORY
Roger Luckhurst
9781780236698
PB
£9.99
Reaktion Books
From a series of current inordinate popularity to the same for a genre-spanning trope and / or a subgenre in its own right. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead – at least the TV adaptation thereof has elevated the zombie to mainstream stardom alongside Game of Thrones itself. In September Reaktion bring the affordably priced paperback of Roger Luckhurst’s Zombies: A Cultural History so the more casual reader can enjoy the macabre cultural reality (if not the scientific one as above) of the undead celebrity from mythos to mass media. Quite a neat jacket too in our opinion.
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CN - Sep - The Tunnel Through Time
THE TUNNEL THROUGH TIME
Gillian Tindall
9780701188658
HB
£20.00
Chatto
The Tunnel Through Time is, we gather, a zoom in to the history of London along the route of Crossrail, bringing in lives led along it as clarified by archaeological research from its construction. The Bookseller Editor is a fan of Tindall’s, including this in their Editor’s Choice selections, “for her unexpected and exquisite microcosmic approaches to history”. Looking forward to dipping in to this if not consuming it entirely.
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CN - Sep - Another Day in the Death of America
ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
Gary Younge
9781783351015
HB
£16.99
Guardian Faber
A little too on the nose but we felt it too important not to include. In a country where there are still enough people with significant enough voices supporting the right to carry lethal weapons, apparently seven children / teens are killed by guns every day. The author randomly picked a day – Saturday November 23rd – and sought out the families of the ten children so killed on it to tell their stories, not one of which made the national news. Also a Bookseller Editor’s Choice.
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CN - Sep - Called to Account
CALLED TO ACCOUNT
Margaret Hodge
9781408708071
HB
£18.99
Little Brown
Then Margaret Hodge, former chair of the Pubic Accounts Committee, calls out the politicians whose incompetence has wasted billions in public money. Written in a conversational tone it sounds like a very readable title on an aspect of government that really ought to be in the public eye, especially when a government starts on programmes of cuts of public services… In The Bookseller’s Ones to Watch.
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CN - Sep - Creating Freedom
CREATING FREEDOM: POWER CONTROL AND THE FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE
Raul Martinez
9781782111818
HB
£20.00
Canongate
If Young and Hodge are bringing to light important realities Raul Martinez is delivering something which seems hugely important in reworking our understanding of politics and society in an era where, regardless of political persuasions, it’s painfully clear that things are not alright. Creating Freedom takes the premise that the political – also economic – dimension of society is built around ensuring freedom though, whether we’re aware of it or not, doesn’t necessarily fulfil this purpose. It’s about how the world shapes us, including ‘the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power’, and how we can create the truer freedom we deserve as individuals and societies if we can only work together. This could be one of the most significant works of our time and if it only half-delivers on its promise it’s still a title that should be on everyone’s radars if not their shelves. Helpfully also from solid, successful independent publisher Canongate.
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CN - Sep - Gilliamesque
GILLIAMESQUE
Terry Gilliam
9781782111085
PB
£14.99
Canongate
And just have to mention (from the same house of publishing) the paperback of Terry Gilliam’s illustrated autobiography Gilliamesque. Not a man we have to introduce and there’s probably not a name in entertainment you can imagine who won’t be in here somewhere. We actually saw a finished copy of the hardback (at time of writing) last night and it looks absolutely smashing; so wait for or buy the cheaper paperback if you want, but you may just want to rush out and grab a hardback for your shelf before they’re gone…
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Late Additions (8th August)

CN - Sep - Street Art Anthology
STREET ART ANTHOLOGY
Magda Danysz
9788416504459
PB
£19.99
Promopress
Gallery owner Magda Danysz takes us on a journey into the world of street art, looking at how a lesser esteemed and urban focused form has exploded onto the wider streetscape and entered galleries. A “unique, richly illustrated anthology, interspersed with the portraits of the big international names” publishers Promopress promise.
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CN - Sep - In Heroes We Trust
IN HEROES WE TRUST: STREET ARTISTS AND THEIR HEROES
Neely Shearer (Ed)
9781601068521
PB
£11.95
Knock Knock
And remaining on the same Knock Knock and editor Nealy Sheerer have commissioned and collected the thoughts of sixty street artists on heroism, incorporating of course street art from around the world. A smashing and affordable title to gift to yourself and possibly to others.
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CN - Sep - 3D Skateboarding
SKATEBOARDING.3D
Sebastian Denz Photos
9783791382951
HB
£29.99
Prestel
And on a not unrelated urban topic here’s something quite unique from Prestel. They’re exceptionally well known for their art books so we’ve no doubt they’ve put a great deal into something which is something of a departure from the conventional art scene to make sure there’s a real treat for all. Skateboarding 3D is exactly what it sounds like and probably more. Skater and photographer Sebastian Denz built his own large-format camera to take high definition 3D photographs of the Carhartt skate team across Europe in formal and informal skating environments…
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CN - Sep - Superwomen Gender Power and Representation
SUPERWOMEN: GENDER, POWER AND REPRESENTATION
Carolyn Cocca
9781501316579
PB
£19.99
Bloomsbury Academic
In case it wasn’t apparent Carabas is here in part to make sure you get to know about the best of the latest genre fiction in prose and comic form and also non-fiction works on the same, all in one place – so this was an instant inclusion from Bloomsbury Academic. After decades of Anglophone superhero comics being dominated by white male creators and characters we’re finally seeing a commitment to diversity and representation. Carolyn Cocca looks at what has changed and how, what it means more widely and where parity is still to be approached. Examines the likely ladies of DC and Marvel along with those of Star Wars and Buffy.
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Young Adult & Middle Grade (9-12ish)

* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub Series Vol
CC - Sep - The Singing Bones
THE SINGING BONES
Shaun Tan
9781406370669
HB
£19.99
Walker
This is one of those really unique offerings we all but created Carabas to shout out about. Grimm’s fairy tales are brought to three dimensional life through extraordinary sculptural work by Shaun Tan. Really looking forward to a look at this – noteworthy also for the duo writing the introductions: Neil Gaiman and Jack Zipes! The launch title of Walkers Studio imprint..
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CC - Sep - Mark of the Plague
MARKS OF THE PLAGUE
Kevin Sands
9780141360669
PB
£6.99
Puffin
Marks of the Plague is Kevin Sands follow up to the Waterstone’s Children’s Award shortlisted The Blackthorn Key. Young detective duo Christopher and Tom get to the investigating when the one man who can save London from the plague is threatened by assassination…
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CC - Sep - I'll be Home for Christmas
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Various
9781847157720
PB
£7.99
Stripes (Little Tiger)
September also brings something so worthwhile we’d probably make it children’s / YA book of the month if we hadn’t done ourselves a favour of abdicating responsibility of making such near impossible decisions with so many fabulous books coming. The stories herein centre on the idea of home to raise awareness of homelessness and raise money (£1 from each book sold) for Crisis in the festive season. Kudos to writers Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah et al and to Stripes / Little Tiger for a such a worthy book, endeavour and for compiling such a stellar list of contributors.
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CC - Sep - Crooked Kingdom
CROOKED KINGDOM
Leigh Bardugo
9781780622309
PB
£9.99
Orion
We touted Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows back in our June highlights and just three months later comes the sequel. We’d not heard of her first series, The Grisha Trilogy, but by all accounts it was a setting people loved. These are set in the same, albeit a new location, Ketterdam City. It’s a YA heist thriller, fantasy style.
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CC - Sep - Cogheart
COGHEART
Peter Bunzel
9781474915007
PB
£6.99
Usborne
*** NB. Brought forward to August *** You can hardly get more Steampunk a name than Cogheart – or clockpunk perhaps for those who insist. It’s got some absolutely classic yet original ingredients in what promises to be a cracking read: the daughter of a missing inventor, a clockmaker’s son, and a ‘wily mechanical fox’ to complete the team. London-based of course and complete with airships (you’ve got to have a few airships). Wild adventure, secrets to uncover and ‘dastardly plots’. An Editor’s Choice title from the Bookseller’s own September highlights and definitely on our reading list.
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CC - Sep - What Sunny Saw in the Flames
WHAT SUNNY SAW IN THE FLAMES
Nnedi Okorafor
9781911115106
PB
£7.99
Cassava Republic
We certainly enjoyed Nnedi’s Lagoon (adult SF from Hodder) and we’ve been keeping tabs on what’s coming from her keyboard because she brings a very different voice – a Nigerian-American voice to be specific – to the genre. Familiar with Nigeria from regular family visits she brings the country to vivid life in Lagoon and now in What Sunny Saw in the Flames. Sunny is an albino, excellent at football… and possessed of precognitive powers. Now with other ‘gifted’ children she’s investigating a hidden supernatural world to stop, amongst other things, the maiming and murder of other young people – themselves included. One to watch.
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CC - Sep - The Graces
THE GRACES
Laure Eve
9780571326808
PB
£7.99
Faber
Then in Laure Eve’s The Graces, River is the outsider to the apparently supernatural Graces who, as if by magic, everyone is drawn to. She wants in – but are they really witches and actually dangerous for that matter? Well it’s pitched as a thriller so something’s going on – we’re as interested as anyone to know quite what that is. Another Bookseller Editor’s Choice from September.
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CC - Sep - The Wolf Wilder
THE WOLF WILDER
Katherine Rundell, Gelrev Ongrico (Ill)
9781408854853
PB
£7.99
Bloomsbury
And, not that the other titles here aren’t otherwise rated, but The Wolf Rider was a BS Editor’s Choice for the Middle Grade category and is a Waterstones Book of the Month for September! Young Feodora goes on the run from the Russian Army but the revolution is on the move and she has allies in the shape of wolves…
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CC - Sep - The Call
THE CALL
Peadar O’Guilin
9781910200971
HB
£10.99
David Fickling
Young humans train to survive the Call, when they’re summoned by the fae to be hunted, an experience only one in ten survive. Nessa’s legs were damaged by polio so what are the chances that the one will be her? One of The Bookseller’s September Ones to Watch. Also one a One(s) to Watch in their year ahead YA preview. They’re consistent.
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CC - Sep - The Creeping Shadow
THE CREEPING SHADOW
Jonathan Stroud
9780552573153
PB
£7.99
Random House Children’s
We thoroughly enjoyed book one of Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co (The Screaming Staircase) and while we’ve still to catch up you don’t need our recommendation to read the latest from the author of The Bartimaeus series. Young people are more sensitive to the supernatural so it’s they who’re tasked with dealing with it – and it gets pretty scary. Lucy returns to Lockwood’s team for a mission to remove the ‘Source’ of the Brixton Cannibal, but her departure has left ill feelings to deal with and there’s more going on than any of the team are aware…
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>>> YA & Graphic Novel (GNs begin below)

CG - Sep - Northern Lights V2
NORTHERN LIGHTS VOLUME 2
Philip Pullman, Stephane Melchior, Clement Ouberie (Ill)
9780857534637
PB
£12.99
Random House
Well this usefully segues to graphic novels (below). Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials / Northern Lights hardly needs an introduction, and now Melchior and Ouberie bring volume 2 of their graphic novel adaptation, the first having won the Prix Jeunesse du Festival d’Angouleme.
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Graphic Novels

* Author ISBN Bind RRP Pub
CG - Hu - Sep - Carthago
CARTHAGO
Bec, Christophe; Henninot, Eric & Jovanovic, Milan
9781594651519
HB
£23.99
Humanoids Inc
Humanoids Inc have been bringing out some interesting titles and two here we couldn’t resist including. Carthago is essentially Jurassic Park meets Jaws, with the return and attack of a megalodon. So there’s a lot of folk liking their man vs (super)nature at the moment, sharks being all too top of the chain with all those Sharknado films and Jonathan Green’s Sharkpunk anthology. Well here’s one for the Sharkpunk fans…
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CG - Hu - Sep - Clockwerx
CLOCKWERX
Salvaggio, Tony; Izu; Henderson, Jason & Hostache, Jean-Bapt
9781594651601
PB
£13.99
Humanoids Inc
Directly to ‘punk’ of a comparatively more established if not-at-all-conventional nature Clockwerx is a straightforwardly Steampunk piece, where the art of investigation uncovers a secret Corporation-Renegade war for some exotic world-changing energy source. A cross-Atlantic French-U.S. collaboration set in London…
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CG - Re - Sep - Misty
MISTY
Pat Mills, Malcolm Shaw, Brian Delaney, John Armstrong, Shirley Bellwood
9781781084526
PB
£14.99
2000 AD
An unusual one from 2000 AD to kick off but one long awaited by many. Boy’s comics came to dominate the UK but girl’s comics were big first. Amongst them was Misty, a title which is raised with tremendous fondness in numerous panels we’ve attended, an anthology of the creepy and weird for young ladies. Mr Pat Mills created Misty having already created 2000 AD itself and it was his sheer enthusiasm that got Rebellion’s Head of Books and Comics Ben Smith to seek out the material. Now here are two of those strips collected in one volume, Moonchild, the story of a girl with a moon-shaped mark faced with the temptations of using her telekineses against the school bully, and The Four Faces of Eve, with amnesiac eve haunted by nightmares about the deaths of three girls… *** Check out our casual interview A COFFEE WITH PAT MILLS on Carabas here ***
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CG - DH - Sep - Angel Catbird
ANGEL CATBIRD
Margaret Attwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain
9781506700632
PB
£10.99
Dark Horse
We’re so intrigued to see what happens with this. Multi-prize-winning, bestselling and much admired author Margaret Attwood has scripted her first Graphic Novel. Of course we’re the first to remind that comics are a medium and not a genre, but we also think it’s smashing that Margaret’s just gone straight for the pulp superhero convention and tugged and twisted it to her own ends. A genetic engineer accidentally merges his own DNA with that of a cat and an owl in this humorous, whimsical and – we’re sure – poignant collaboration with established comic talents Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain. Kudos to Dark Horse publishers for the coup.
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CG - JC - Sep - The One Hundred Nights of Hero
THE ONE HUNDRED NIGHTS OF HERO
Isabel Greenberg
9780224101950
HB
£18.99
Jonathan Cape
From her Graphic Short Story Prize-winning Love in a Very Cold Climate in 2011 to her debut full length Eisner-winning Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, Isabel Greenberg’s been going places. Now she returns with The One Hundred Nights of Hero, also from Cape who promise “betrayal, loyalty, madness, bad husbands, lovers both faithful and unfaithful, wise old crones, moons who come out of the sky, musical instruments that won’t stay quiet, friends and brothers and fathers and mothers and above all, many, many sisters”.
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CG - Ma - Apr - Karnak
KARNAK VOL. 1: THE FLAW IN ALL THINGS
Ellis, Warren & Zaffino, Gerardo
9780785198482
PB
£13.50
Marvel
“My curse is that I see the flaw in all things. Systems. Philosophies. Structures. People. Everything. Never forget who I am. I am Karnak of the Inhumans.” We’re tenuously including this much-slipped collection as a September highlight. Ellis tends to do short runs on select Marvel characters but he’s an excellent writer and always does something interesting with them. Doubtless a worthy recommend and very much looking forward to reading.
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CG - Ma - Nov - Secret Wars
SECRET WARS
Hickman, Jonathan; Ribic, Esad & Renaud, Paul
9780785198956
PB
£25.99
Marvel
Of Marvel’s massive output we had to include award-winning journalist Ta-Nehesi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s Black Panther, firstly because of the calibre of the author, not to mention the artist, and the fact that it’s pretty unheard of for Marvel to hand the reins of a character to someone from outside the field: it really says something. Of course the other reason is that Marvel’s first black superhero (in comics) just made his screen debut in Captain America: Civil War with his solo big screen flick coming in 2018. One to watch as should appeal to fans of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe as well as of the character, followers of the creators, and – from what we’ve read – readers of taste. There’s the ‘official Marvel’ paperback at £12.99 and Panini’s cheaper version for those who aren’t fussed at £10.99 a few weeks earlier; worth noting as Panini backing a title also means an educated guess on their part that there’s going to be serious interest (in case anyone was in any doubt).
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CG - Ma - Sep - Black Panther V1 by Coates & Stelfreeze
BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET BOOK 1
Coates, Ta-Nehisi & Stelfreeze, Brian
9781302900533
PB
£12.99
Marvel
9781846537509
PB
£10.99
Panini
On a related note Marvel released the collection of one of their biggest events ever earlier this year, unsurprisingly in hardback with Panini getting their UK paperback out around the same time.  But there’s still the ‘official’ Marvel paperback to come which is happening also in September. It might seem redundant to cover this again here as such but this is what happens after the Marvel universe ended. To be specific Dr Doom acquires godlike power and saves the universe (world) as an amalgam of different realities, both established alternate world settings and new. Now the territories and characters go to war, the outcome to be what (if any) new world will emerge from the end of it.
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CG - DC - Sep - Earth 2 Society Vol 2
EARTH 2 SOCIETY TP VOL 2
Dan Abnett, Daniel H. Wilson, Jorge Jimenez, Alison Borges
9781401264710
PB
£10.99
DC Comics
 Simply put ‘Earth 2’ is an alternative but established DC universe which means readers get a more coherent world to explore through one single title, and one in which things are even less predictable as the creators have less to worry about restrictions on core brands / characters in the main universe. That’s not to say DC are putting anyone except some of the top creators in the trade on the title! Batman, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl each take the stage in an Earth 2 trying to rebuild. There are threats from without and from within with the temptations that great power brings… *** Check out our profile of Mr Dan Abnett on Carabas here ***
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CG - V - Sep - New Romancer
NEW ROMANCER TP
Peter Milligan, Brett Parson
9781401263515
PB
£10.99
Vertigo
We’re always interested to see what’s coming from the keyboard of Pete Milligan, once described by Marvel – perhaps quite aptly – as a ‘flawed genius’. Well from comics folk whose opinions we take seriously the good news is that New Romancer is more on the genius and rather less on the flawed side. It’s the latest in a raft of new titles (as noted in August’s highlights) put out by DC’s Vertigo imprint which Milligan was instrumental in launching back in the very early 90’s. It’s a “paranormal rom-com” in which an expert computer techie accidentally releases Lord Byron on the world again while slumming it as a dating app coder. Sounds like fun.
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CG - Sep - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency A Spoon too Short
DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY: A SPOON TOO SHORT
Arvind Ethan David, Ilias Kyriazis
9781631407017
PB
£14.99
IDW Publishing
Well the 2012 TV series didn’t go anywhere it seems that BBC America have confidence they can do what needs doing with their series debuting in October 2016. In which case September wouldn’t be a bad time for the shows Executive Producer Arvind Ethan David and artist Ilias Kyriazis to bring out a graphic novel that sits between Douglas Adams’ books and the character relocating to California for the series! Enter IDW Publishing. In A Spoon Too Short Dirk gets into all kinds of strange business in his investigations through his belief in and understanding of ‘the interconnectedness of all things’. This case involves “poaching, dumbstruck tourists and the inner membranes of a rhinoceros’ nose”.
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CG - Im - Sep - The Walking Dead Vol 26
THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 26
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
9781632159175
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
And while it hardly needs a shout out we just couldn’t pass on doing so for the latest Walking Dead volume from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. Beyond that we’ll just share the snappiest blurb we’ve possibly seen from publisher Image: “After being betrayed by members of his own community, Rick Grimes charts a new course and marshals his forces against the Whisperers. Collects THE WALKING DEAD #151-156.”
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Tim Bayley

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