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This Month's Featured Books

The Facades
Eric Lundgren
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Kafka meets the 21st century in this fascinating debut literary dystopia with not a hint of rebellious adolescents, romance or spectacular battles! The midwestern city of Trude...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Rook Song
Naomi Foyle
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The second instalment in The Gaia Chronicles (following debut volume Astra) by young British science fiction author Foyle. Astra Ordott, first initially encountered as a seven-year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Catalyst
Helena Coggan
Positively and dynamically different, this debut provokes and challenges your interest from the first few pages. Although classed as fantasy, it doesn't feel as though it should be exclusively pigeon-holed as such, there are so many things that are recognisable,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/02/2015
     
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman
It is almost impossible to talk about how good Neil Gaiman’s writing is in a short review like this; once started it is hard to stop. He is wonderful. Truly. Dark, mystical, poetic, surprising; one of the greatest living writers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2015
     
The Invisible Library
Genevieve Cogman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. I've always been a sucker for bibliomysteries, stories involving books, lost, real or apocryphal and Cogman's science fiction baroque fantasy ticks all my buttons. Irene is an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
The Death House
Sarah Pinborough
British author Pinborough has a strong record in the horror and SF field, and is also an upcoming scriptwriter but this novel represents a stunning breakthrough, following her recent compelling and clever trio of gently twisted fairy tale retellings,
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
A Man Lies Dreaming
Lavie Tidhar
There have been many alternate histories with a crime setting before but this new novel by a young Israeli author writing in English is one of the most challenging and rewarding. It's 1939 in London and the Nazis never came...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
In Dark Service
Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt is a masterful writer and I don’t know why he is not more popular. Well, this is the book to launch him to new heights. Old fans, here’s the new one, you’ll love it. Newcomers, this is the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Gleam
Tom Fletcher
This book is seriously weird. I loved it. Not the ordinary post-apocalypse, dystopian discontent, not by a long way. It’s twisted, meaty and original, surprising and certainly hard to put down. Even the band of misfits on a quest is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
The Edge of Dark
Pamela Hartshorne
An enthralling dual-time novel with a large country house finally giving up its secrets. In the present day it is to become an events centre. In its past, back in the 1570s, it housed a sad and wretched girl who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Robot Overlords Robots Never Lie
Mark Stay
The robots have taken over planet Earth and imposed a seven year curfew in order to collect information the better to resist and conquer other organic life forms. A bunch of teenagers work out a way to get ‘under the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
Those Above
Daniel Polansky
The first in an explosive new epic fantasy series by Daniel Polansky, perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
A futuristic tale set some 400 years after a global nuclear war where conditions have reverted back to a sort of medieval state. Births are always twins, one alpha, healthy and strong, one omega, deformed in some way. They are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

The Last Dark
Stephen Donaldson
This is it. The final volume of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. It has been a long wait but worth it. If you know the series, nothing more need...
 
 
The Mime Order
Samantha Shannon
The stunning sequel to the amazing The Bone Season which I really recommend reading first. It starts exactly where the last book finished with the clairvoyant attempting to return...
 
 
The Golden Cage The Ballad of Sir Benfro
J.D. Oswald
Lose yourself completely in this, the third book to the ‘Ballard of Sir Benfro’, the story is growing in vibrancy, in energy, in strength. There are tests aplenty for Benfro...
 
 
Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
The fourth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Jamie and Claire seem likely to finally have a happy life in Georgia but two hundred years in the future their daughter, Brianna, must...
 
 
Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon
The second in Gabaldon’s Outlander series starts in 1968 with Claire and her daughter Brianna having gone to visit an old family friend following Frank’s death as Claire hopes to...
 
 
The Fiery Cross
Diana Gabaldon
The fifth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Claire and Jamie are happily helping Brianna and Roger settle into their new life – and family – in pre-independence America. But trouble is...
 
 
Voyager
Diana Gabaldon
The third in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. At the start of the book Jamie and Claire are separated by centuries. Jamie’s survived Culloden but pretty much wishes he hadn’t and his...
 
 
Cross Stitch
Diana Gabaldon
The first in Gabaldon’s Outlander series which has now been made into a TV series. Claire is a nurse whose service in the Second World War has kept her and...
 
 
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Diana Gabaldon
The sixth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. As the sparks of revolution threaten to ignite into a full blown war all of Jamie’s beliefs and morals are to be tested as...
 
 
The Autumn Republic
Brian McClellan
Truly fascinating characters set in a striking world, with an artful weaving of plot lines and locations, marks this as an impressively memorable fantasy series. If this is your first...
 
 
Half a World
Joe Abercrombie
The sequel to Half a King this next instalment takes us beyond the Kingdoms of the Shattered Sea on another epic journey. I believe it stands alone well enough but...
 
 
Gretel and the Dark
Eliza Granville
Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer - celebrated psychoanalyst - is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name,...
 
 
Impulse The Lightship Chronicles
Dave Bara
A remote solar system. A fragile galactic alliance. An interstellar war is on the brink of eruption... When the Lightship Impulse is attacked without provocation, Lt Peter Cochrane, son of...
 
 
Influx
Daniel Suarez
A science-heavy text with a US Government department set up to monitor new developments in technology, the BTC. It goes rogue and starts taking out anyone who makes a significant...
 
 
The Ship
Antonia Honeywell
A horrifying look at our future! The environmentalists were right, the seas rose and floods wiped out many areas, everything wild died out, the land and sea were polluted, pets...
 
 
Tower Lord
Anthony Ryan
This follows on directly from Blood Song being the next in the Raven’s Shadow series of epic fantasy. Don’t even try it if you have not read the first for...
 
 
Vixen
Rosie Garland
Rosie Garland's extraordinary tale is a story of superstition and devotion in the time of the Black Death and will bewitch both new readers and fans of her much-loved debut,...
 
 
The Boy Who Wept Blood
Den Patrick
Set ten years after The Boy With the Porcelain Blade this is another adventure filled with sword fights, escapes, intrigue and excitement. Now grown into a master swordsman, Dino must...
 
 
Tamaruq The Osiris Project
E. J. Swift
Fleeing from her family and the elitist oppression of the Osiris government, Adelaide Rechnov has become the thing she once feared, a revolutionary. But with the discovery of a radio...
 
 
Arcadia
James Treadwell
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Until this final volume arrived on my doorstep, I was unaware of Treadwell's outstanding fantasy trilogy. Needless...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Dark Defiles
Richard Morgan
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Game of Thrones not set to return to the TV screens for ages and hungry for more...
 
 
The Peripheral
William Gibson
Maxim Jakubowski's January 2015 Book of the Month. No one writes better about the future than William Gibson. He almost single-handedly created...
 
 
Breakfast in the Ruins and Other Stories The Best Short Fiction of Michael Moorcock
Michael Moorcock
A captivating collection of stories that have the ability to conspire against and confound your thoughts and understanding. If you haven't previously read any of Michael Moorcock’s work, you can...
 
 
Bliss House
Laura Benedict
This is the start of a series based at Bliss House over the generations. Here, as it opens there is a feel of menace and the boy’s character is unveiled....
 
 
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade
Den Patrick
The first in a new trilogy in a Medieval Italian inspired kingdom where all is not as it seems. Our hero is an orphan, one of the Orphani, raised and...
 
 
Dark Intelligence Dark AI: Book One
Neal Asher
This is the first book in a high-octane SF trilogy set in Asher's popular Polity universe.
 
 
Goodhouse
Peyton Marshall
Echoes of other great stories litter this futuristic tale, especially the classic 1984. We are in a strange house of detention for boys where the inmates have not necessarily...
 
 
Half a King
Joe Abercrombie
This is a wonderfully readable book, exciting and not too long, unlike so much fantasy. It’s really good to be able to follow a single character on his journey without...
 
 
Son of the Morning
Mark Alder
It is the height of the Hundred Years War, England versus France, Edward III versus Philippe de Valois, but this isn’t quite the same as the history we’re taught in...
 
 
Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Thomas Sweterlitsch
Heralded as a mix of Philip K. Dick, William Burroughs and Raymond Chandler, this splendid slice of future noir hits all the right buttons and demonstrates that...
 
 
Your Servants and Your People
David Towsey
In the wake of World War Z, the 28 Days movies and TV series The Walking Dead, we've been deluged by a surfeit of zombie trash, but The Walkin' Trilogy...
 
 
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Martyn Waites
The follow-up to Susan Hill’s brilliant ghost story, also due as a film. Set in the same house across the tidal washed causeway, we move into 1940. A group of...
 
 
The Rose Cord
J.D. Oswald
A fabulously absorbing sequel to ‘Dreamwalker’ and a gloriously tantalising world to visit. The timescale of the dragon’s fall from grace and the rise of the comparatively short-lived humans...
 
 
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