April 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends (WS)

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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 »

March 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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Another month of amazing books coming up (days away as of time of writing) with a mix of debuts and eagerly awaited follow-ups and conclusions whether as first edition hardbacks and trades, ‘new in paperback’, or straight into mass market PB. This is our shortlist of the great titles coming and, as ever, our pick of the month is a tough call; but similarly something we just thought deserved a good shout out about. This time it’s neither London set or authored, but a writer getting touted by such names as a certain Mr G.R.R. Martin, and of the steampunk genre to boot.

But it’s another incredible month of the fantastical and speculative, so read on and see what delights await in March!

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February 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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It’s a real A-List zone in February – hard to get down to something approaching a concise shortlist of recommended titles, and selecting a Book of the Month is more or less impossible…

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January 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

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The first month of 2015 brings readers a superb list from which to pick their next read, and anyone attempting to recommend an unenviable task in trying to pick the best – one we couldn’t quite achieve without allowing ourselves a joint award. Read the rest of this entry »

November 2014 Carabas New Book Recommends

We can’t remember seeing a November this good! Still we do have our most looked forward to and thus the Carabas Recommend of the Month; read on to find out what the crown jewel amongst the rest of these treasures is.

That’s it to the end of the year on the book front but the first recommends of next years should be up shortly. So stock up on the good stuff below and hibernate with those and thoughts of what’s yet to come. (There’s also our New Book Recommends for October to check as well)

Happy reading for the rest of 2014!

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ISBN

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RRP

Pub.

Series

Vol.

Nov - The Peripheral

William Gibson

9780670921553

HB

18.99

Penguin

N/A

N/A

THE PERIPHERAL

The Peripheral by William Gibson is a thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the bestselling author of Neuromancer. [MORE]

Nov - Dead Set

Richard Kadrey

9780062339287

PB

8.99

Voyager

N/A

N/A

DEAD SET

A chance encounter at a used record store, where the vinyl holds not music but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. It’s here that the shop’s strange proprietor offers Zoe the chance to commune with her dead father. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then . . . [MORE]

Nov - Black Dog

Caitlin Kittredge

9780062316912

PB

8.99

Voyager

Hellhound Chronicles

1

BLACK DOG

The first installment in a fabulous dark urban fantasy series—think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts—from the award-winning author of the Iron Codex trilogy and Vertigo comic Coffin Hill. [MORE]

Nov - Bumf

Joe Sacco

9780224101981

TPB

12.99

Cape

N/A

N/A

BUMF

Joe Sacco is renowned for his non-fiction books of comics journalism like Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde and Footnotes in Gaza. Now in Bumf he returns to his early days as a satirist and underground cartoonist. In the vein of the old underground comix like ZAP or Weirdo, Bumf will be puerile, disgusting, and beyond redemption. It will go where it wants to go, and do what it wants to do. It will also be very funny. [MORE]

Nov - Foxglove Summer

Ben Aaronovitch

9780575132504

HB

14.99

Gollancz

Rivers of London

5

FOXGLOVE SUMMER – *** CARABAS PICK OF THE MONTH! ***

In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children… [MORE]

Nov - Wolves

Simon Ings

9780575119871

PB

8.99

Gollancz

N/A

N/A

WOLVES

A story about technology becomes a personal quest into a changed world and the pursuit of a secret from the past. A secret about a missing mother, a secret that could hide a murder. This is no dry analysis of how a technology might change us, it is a terrifying thriller, a picture of a dark tomorrow that is just around the corner. Ings takes the satire and mordant satirical view of J.G. Ballard and propels it into the 21st century. [MORE]

Nov - Mythago Wood

Robert Holdstock

9781473205451

PB

8.99

Gollancz

The Mythago Cycle

1

 MYTHAGO WOOD

Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and none remain unchanged… A GREAT READ REISSUED [MORE]

Nov - Gospel of Loki

Joanne M Harris

9781473211681

HB

14.99

Gollancz

N/A

N/A

THE GOSPEL OF LOKI

For fans of THE AVENGERS, this is the first adult epic fantasy novel from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of CHOCOLAT, Joanne Harris. [MORE]

Nov - Your Servants and Your People

David Towsey

9781782064367

TPB

14.99

Jo Fletcher

Your Brothers Blood

2

YOUR SERVANTS AND YOUR PEOPLE

Seven years after Thomas returned as a Walkin’, the McDermott family are looking for a new life and Thomas has set his heart on starting a farmstead near the remote outpost of Fort Wilson. But the teachings of J.S. Barkley are not so easily forsaken – there are those who would see the sinners dead, and they are slowly closing in… [MORE] (Just in case anyone out there likes ZOMBIES?)

Nov - Ultima

Stephen Baxter

9780575116870

HB

£20

Gollancz

Proxima

2

ULTIMA

Fresh from his latest collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth sequence Stephen Baxter now returns to the mysteries and challanges first hinted at in his acclaimed novel PROXIMA… [MORE]

 

October 2014 Carabas’ New Book Recommends

As Christmas approaches publishers roll out their big (plasma / rail / laser / insert choice of fantasy equivalent) guns and, like September we’re spoiled for choice! Big names, big books and big ideas: all really top titles for the season so, to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, you’ll have to read through to discover our personal TOP PICK.

But go forth with the Christmas spirit and buy for a friend – then read and keep it for yourself! Humbug to the lot of you!

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September 2014 Carabas’ New Book Recommends

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BR - The Martian The Martian
Andy Weir
9780091956141
PB
7.99
Del Rey
 
 
“Gravity” meets Robinson Crusoe in this story of a man stranded on Mars, shortly to be made a film directed by Ridley Scott. The author grew up wanting to be an astronaut, but has settled for writing instead. Source: The Bookseller
Check the new film edition on our October 2015 New Book Recommends.and read an extract on Carabas here!
BR - Dragons at CC Dragons at Crumbling Castle
Terry Pratchett
9780857534378
HB
12.99
Doubleday
 
 
Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem!
Now in Paperback – see our June 2015 New Book Recommends here!
A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction
Terry Pratchett
9780857521224
HB
20
Doubleday
 
 
A Slip of the Keyboard brings together the finest examples of Pratchett’s non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf’s love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out to speak for himself – man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and Dignity in Dying.
BR - Last Dark The Last Dark
Stephen Donaldson
9780575083462
PB
9.99
Gollancz
The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
4
The long-awaited final part of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Can Thomas and Linden stop the Worm of the World’s End from unmaking time? Source: The Bookseller Magazine
Delayed: arrived in Feb 2015…
The Relic Guild The Relic Guild
Edward Cox
9781473200296
HB
20.00
Gollancz
1
It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. But when the Thaumaturgist overlords went to war the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone, where humans were trapped behind walls 100 feet high. Now the Aelfir are a distant memory and the Thaumaturgists have faded into myth. Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns, Clara learns that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh. The only people Clara can trust are a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth; but the Relic Guild are now too few. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls. * MARQUIS SEPTEMBER PICKDebut
NOW OUT IN PAPERBACK – see it on our July 2015 New Book Recommends page here!
You can also read an extract of THE RELIC GUILD on Carabas here…
And check out our Author Profile of Edward Cox here!
Dangerous Women Dangerous Women: Part One
George RR Martin, Gardner Dozois (Ed)
9780007549429
PB
8.99
Harper Voyager
 
 
Anthology that includes a 100-page novella from Martin entitled “The Princess and the Queen” about the origins of the Targaryen civil war. Source: The Bookseller
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Tad Williams
9781444738650
HB
18.99
Hodder
Bobby Dollar
3
Bobby Dollar thinks he’s seen it all – after all, he’s been to Hell and back again. Literally. But he has another thing coming. Bobby’s going to have to pull himself together and make a few tough decisions before time runs out. The problem is, time could run out at any moment. In the final Bobby Dollar novel in Tad Williams’ groundbreaking epic fantasy trilogy, fallen angel Bobby Dollar will finally be force to confront the one problem he can’t talk his way out of: his own. Tag: Urban Fantasy.
NOW IN PAPERBACK – see our April 2015 New Book Recommends here!
BR - Lagoon Lagoon
Nnedi Okorafor
9781444762761
PB
8.99
Hodder
 
 
A marine biologist, a famous rapper, a troubled soldier… when a meteorite plunges into the ocean, these three must band together with a visitor from beyond the stars to save the world. Source: The Bookseller
BR - Gleam Gleam
Tom Fletcher
9781848662520
HB
20
Jo Fletcher
Factory Trilogy
1
The gargantuan Factory of Gleam is an ancient, hulking edifice of stone, metal and glass ruled over by chaste alchemists and astronomer priests. As millennia have passed, the population has decreased, and now only the central district is fully inhabited and operational; the outskirts have been left for the wilderness to reclaim. This decaying, lawless zone is the Discard; the home of Wild Alan. Clever, arrogant, and perpetually angry, Wild Alan is both loved and loathed by the Discard’s misfits. He’s convinced that the Gleam authorities were behind the disaster that killed his parents and his ambition is to prove it. But he’s about to uncover more than he bargained for.
Now available in Paperback: Check out our March New Book Recommends here…
BR - The Sword of Feimhin The Sword of Feimhin
Frank P Ryan
9781780877440
PB
8.99
Jo Fletcher
The Three Powers
3
The Tyrant’s control of the Fáil has increased so much that now he threatens Earth as well as Tír. In a violently dystopic London, where Mark and Nantosueta are searching for Padraig and the Sword of Feimhin, Penny Postlethwaite, a gifted teenager, is mapping two Londons, the tormented ‘City Above’ and an eerie ‘City Below’. On Tír, Alan’s Shee army is intent on attacking Ghork Mega, the Tyrant’s capital city, but obstacles obstruct his path at every turn. And in Dromenon Kate finds herself entering the Land of the Dead in her hunt for the serpent-dragon Nidhoggr. Day by day and hour by hour, the looming threat grows. Tag: Urban Fantasy, London
BR - The Fourth Gwenevere The Fourth Gwenevere
John James
9781848664128
HB
20
Jo Fletcher
 
 
Gwenevere, Arthur’s Saxon wife, is a problem. As the dynastic cement between the British and the Saxons, her marriage to Arthur will result in a child that will unite both sides. At least, that would have been the plan, had the Great Duke Arthur not died and left the petty kings of Britain to squabble over his title. Only Morvran, Arthur’s chief fixer, has the wit to see that the Fourth Gwenevere is the key to maintaining a crumbling peace. But when she is abducted, it seems that all hopes might disappear with her… By John James (completed by Caitlin and John Matthews)
BR - Hidden Hidden
Benedict Jacka
9780356502311
PB
8.99
Orbit
Alex Verus
5
Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures – a talent that’s gotten him and his friends out of many a tough scrape. But what happens when someone doesn’t want Alex’s help? Alex’s friend, the life mage Anne, distanced herself from him when she found out about his past as a Dark apprentice. Now she’s in serious trouble, but wants nothing to do with him. Alex has to start wondering if Anne’s problem is really with him – or if there’s a secret she’s trying to hide. On top of that, rumours are swirling around London that Alex’s former master may be back in town. Alex has no idea what his agenda may be, or who it involves . . . * MARQUIS’ SEPTEMBER PICK * Urban Fantasy, London 
Check out our Author Profile of Benedict Jacka here…
BR - The Whispering Skull The Whispering Skull
Jonathan Stroud
9780857532657
HB
12.99
Random House
Lockwood & Co
2
Things seem to be looking up for Lockwood & Co when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong – a terrible phantom is unleashed, and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin. Lockwood & Co must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it’s a race against time. And if that’s not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again…
Paperback now available…
BR - Robogenesis Robogenesis
Daniel H Wilson
9781471126925
PB
7.99
Simon & Schuster
 
2
The long-awaited sequel to Robopocalypse, which is in production with Steven Spielberg. Source: The Bookseller