June 2018 Book Highlights

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

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.

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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.

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April 2018 Book Highlights

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

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.

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March 2018 Book Highlights

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

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.

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February 2018 Book Highlights

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

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.

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January 2018 Book Highlights

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

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.

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August 2016 Book Highlights

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CB - SB - Aug - Shakespeare vs Cthulhu
CB - Ho - Aug 16 - Poison City
CN - Aug - This is London
CC - Aug - Here I Stand
CG - Aug - Scotland Yardie

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for August. We take in adult SFF and other Fiction, 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.

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Carabas January 2016 New Book Recommends!

Carabas - New Book Recommends CB - HZ - Jul - The Three Body Problem CB - NF - This is London CB - C - Spook's The Dark Army CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - SNUFF CG - DH - Jan - Girl Crazy

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Welcome to our new look / new content Monthly Recommends for January 2016! We’re here to champion the wildly imaginative and the thought provoking, worthy titles taking in the hits and those hidden gems and the ground between. As of now we’ll be doing so in a more integrated fashion, bringing you our picks of fantastical fiction, engaging non-fiction, kids books for all ages (ie. adults as well as the target audience), and graphic novels combined into these articles.

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December 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CB - JF - Nov - The Mysteries CB - Reb - Dec - The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus V2 CB - Ho - Dec - The Rising CBP - Aug - The Paradox CB - HZ - Dec - The Grace of Kings

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And so to the end of 2015, and what a year of fantastical and speculative publishing! September and October carry some big titles and a lot of, but there’s still some last great books coming your way in the final month of the year.

Enjoy!

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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

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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 😉

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September 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CB - Aug - The Shepherd's Crown CB - Sep - The Girl in the Road CB - Or - Sep - Reign of Iron CBP - Sword of the North CB - Or - Sep - The Aeronaut's Windlass

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September seems to mark endings and beginnings. Publishing from Corgi Children’s is the final Discworld novel by the great and much missed Terry Pratchett; but then there’s a new talent touted for greatness by Pratchett’s friend and co-conspirator (Good Omens) Neil Gaiman. Two trilogies end and there’s some noteworthy series beginning. In fact, given at Carabas we’re especially up for urban fantasy and steampunk, noteworthy is completely inadequate when the world’s leading urban fantasy author begins a new steampunk sequence!

And then there’s David Duchovny writing about cows. Yes cows. Yes that David Duchnovny. It’s kind of like Californication meets the X-Files – with cows; possibly.

It’s September. It’s when publishers start bringing out the big guns.

Tell your bank account to duck.

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August 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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CB - DR - Aug - Return of the Discontinued Man
CB - Corgi - Aug - The Hive Construct
CB - Aug - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
CB - Go - Aug - The House of Shattered Wings
CB - AR - Aug - The Contrary Effect of the Butterfly Girl

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The two months following August are where publishers traditionally bring out their big guns ready for a certain festive season; that said August is a pretty heavyweight month as far as we’re concerned, with some cracking mass market paperbacks, not to mention trades and hardbacks of particular note.

And our top picks aren’t the end of the either, so check out the individual Publisher links for their July to December output: plenty more on those as well!

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July 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CB - Or - Jul - Tracer CBP - Jun - Three Moments of an Explosion CB - AR - Jul - Time Salvager Haig Nov - Foxglove Summer

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Having just worked through the next 6 months of fantastical output we’re finding it as hard as ever to restrain our top picks; just so much great stuff! But there really is something about July this year where we’ve straightforwardly had to say ‘whatever – all this must go in’… And these aren’t even the end of the story – check out the individual Publisher articles for their July to December output as they come: plenty more on those as well!

It’s just a great month of books.

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June 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CBP - Jun - Witch Hunter CBP - Steeple CBP - Jun - Starship Troopers CBP - May - The Gospel of Loki CBP - JF - Our Lady of the Streets

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And then there was June – and what a June it is. Noteworthy debuts of the dark and the Pratchett-esque, a bevy of YA and Children’s picks for the enjoyment of all ages by some of the best writers for any age group, and a new London-set steampunk work by one of the ever-popular genre’s founding fathers! And that’s before you get to some awesome sequels, grim dark masters, urban fantasy and zombie’s besides!

What a haul of a month…

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May 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CBP May - OF CBP - May - Day Four CBP - May - Resistance is Futile May - isbn9781473606616-detail CBP - SB - Sharkpunk

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May brings another great package of debuts, latest-in-series, hardbacks and new in paperbacks of the science fictional and fantastical – here’s our top recommends of the month!

Generally if we have to limit our picks (and we do!) we’ll err on the side of new titles and those now in mass market paperbacks. But there’s a bunch of fabulous reissues in May, no less than four, that we just couldn’t not include – one being a top personal favourite: Michael Marshall Smith’s Only Forward. If you haven’t already bought and read you really have to do yourself and favour and do so now! Similarly, and having endeavored to limit ourselves to a single ‘Top Recommend’ over the last months, we just had to go for two in May.

Both have actually been out in a different form before. One has been a YA wattpad phenomenon, now deservedly in print; the other was released by the author in a limited print edition a few years back and now has its mainstream debut.

And if you don’t know what these might be then read on and find out – but don’t go too fast and miss the rest of the awesome publishing in May!

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April 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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April brings us another great package of debuts, latest in series, hardbacks and new in paperbacks of the science fictional and fantastical – here’s our top recommends of the month!

As ever our special pick is rather arbitrary and just a little something we wanted to wave a slightly larger flag for after reading an extract of a previous work the author’s editor posted online and blew us away… But whether or not that (no spoilers – read on!) tickles your fancy there’s a whole bunch of treats from which to select your next read… Read the rest of this entry »