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This Month's Featured Books

Radiant State
Peter Higgins
Maxim Jakubowski's July 2015 Book of the Month. The breathless conclusion of the astounding WOLFHOUND CENTURY trilogy proves powerful and moving. In a version of Russia which never was where the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
S.N.U.F.F.
Victor Pelevin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When one thinks of Soviet science fiction, the mind is drawn to the intellectual challenges of the Strugatsky brothers or the realms of utopian satire, but Pelevin's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
The Scarlet Gospels
Clive Barker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first novel in ages from the master of horror and cinematic baroque excess. Cenobite Hell Priest Pinhead is killing off the last of the Magicians and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
The Whispering Swarm
Michael Moorcock
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The long-awaited first volume in a new series by Britain's master of fantasy is a strange beast indeed. Strongly autobiographical and a hall of mirrors reflecting Moorcock's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Half a War
Joe Abercrombie
With a harsh simplicity, ’Half a War’, the last in the ‘Shattered Sea’ trilogy, offers plenty of mystery and mayhem. While each successive book focuses on new main characters, to tie the full story together it is best to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
A very special book indeed, magical in all its senses, which won the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award for best book. Slow to get into and long, it is written in the style of the period in which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 to London from the penal colony of Steol I. So...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Fool's Assassin
Robin Hobb
We first met Fitz as a boy in Assassin’s Apprentice and he has come a long way since. This is the tenth book to feature him. I would advise that you start at the beginning to get the full story,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Rogues
George R. R. Martin
Rogues is a meaty feast of a book, stuffed full of fabulous stories from some of the best authors around (George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman to name just a couple). This isn't just about science fiction and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2015
     
Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill
In a dystopian future women are created to 'perfection' for the pleasure of men for beauty in this world is the first duty of every girl. Drawing parallels with a sort of Mean Girls of the future where beauty is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
First in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into.Clary is your typical girl next...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Murdstone Trilogy
Mal Peet
Question: when does a fantasy novel not feel like a fantasy novel - Answer: when it’s ‘The Murdstone Trilogy’, that's when. Oh what wonderfully witty, quirky and clever writing is packed (sometimes squabbling and creating an enormous fuss) into this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Day Four
Sarah Lotz
Walking in the footsteps of Stephen King, Lotz follows up on her impressive horror breakthrough The Three with yet another literal descent into unimaginable dread with this gripping...
 
 

The Day Shift
Charlaine Harris
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The second volume in Charlaine Harris's Midnight, Texas new series, sees the saga growing in scope, and...
 
 

Assail A Novel of the Malazan Empire
Ian Cameron Esslemont
The sixth in the Malazan Empire series, another huge tome of pure joy which sadly is the end of this series. You have got to be a devoted fan for...
 
 

The Darkling Child
Terry Brooks
From New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes the second stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series - a perfect place for new readers to begin.
 
 

Knight A Tale from the High Kingdom
Pierre Pevel
An epic new fantasy story from the French George R.R. Martin - and the tale of a bloody, exceptional revolution ...
 
 

Lavondyss
Robert Holdstock
The haunting sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood. At the heart of the wildwood lies a place of mystery and legend, from which few return and none...
 
 

The Way of Kings
Brandon Sanderson
A single volume mass market paperback of the first volume in the Internationally bestselling epic fantasy series - a benchmark for the genre.
 
 

The Causal Angel
Hannu Rajaniemi
With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark...
 
 

Crashing Heaven
Al Robertson
A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.
 
 

The Long Utopia
Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
As rumours of strange sightings and hauntings proliferate, it becomes clear that something is very awry with this particular world. Millions of steps away, Joshua is on a personal journey...
 
 

Nemesis Games
James S. A. Corey
The exhilarating fifth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse space opera series, which began with the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes.
 
 

An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his...
 
 

The Gospel of Loki
Joanne M. Harris
As the title suggests, this is a retelling of the Norse myths from the point of view of Loki, the Trickster God. He is a figure often thought of as...
 
 

Half the World
Joe Abercrombie
Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War...Thorn lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Must Thorn be a...
 
 

A Vision of Fire
Gillian Anderson
X-Files’ star’s first foray into fiction is the start of a futuristic series that reads more like a TV series than a book and leaves you very up in the...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Lie of the Land
Michael F. Russell
June 2015 eBook of the Month. A fascinating and disturbing premise that has the ability to swing a profound sledgehammer into your...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
June 2015 eBook of the Month. Quite simply astonishing. Labeled as speculative science fiction, this is actually an all inclusive, wonderful colossus...
 
 

The Falcon Throne
Karen Miller
The eponymous throne is that of the Duchy of Clemen, one of two warring Dukedoms that take centre stage in this medieval epic which spans over a generation. Both the...
 
 

The Peripheral
William Gibson
No one writes better about the future than William Gibson. He almost single-handedly created the 'cyberpunk' genre in which a dizzying noir atmosphere cloaked the unknown beneath a veil of...
 
 

The Vorrh
Brian Catling
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Fantasy fiction for a new generation, with not a trace of dragons or elves, this opening volume...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Following four wonderful literary crime novels (to be issued in...
 
 

Broken Monsters
Lauren Beukes
A truly sensational thriller; intelligent, pacey and unusually beautiful. It borders on the supernatural, taking you just as far as “suspension of disbelief” will allow, and is certainly not just...
 
 

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man
James Smythe
This is a dark dystopian thriller set in the not very distant future (2020) where a new technology, Clear Vista, can seemingly predict the future based on a handful of...
 
 

The High Druid's Blade
Terry Brooks
Settle in for a rollicking good yarn; discover a tale stuffed full of adventure, sorcery, survival and heroics. The author has set this book within the world of his...
 
 

The Cellar
Minette Walters
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Offered as a Hammer novella, you may well expect a substantial amount of supernatural horror, however...
 
 

Thief's Magic
Trudi Canavan
A highly enjoyable fantasy adventure and the start of a new series by an acclaimed and prolific author. Two parallel stories unfold in very different locations. The first plot concerns...
 
 

News from the Clouds
Robert Llewellyn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Considering the author's track record and fame as an actor (Kryten in the classic Red Dwarf...
 
 

The Incorruptibles
John Hornor Jacobs
Is it a simple adventure or an analysis of class structure? Either way it’s a great read. Down at the bottom, half-breed mercenary Shoestring is unaware of the political struggle...
 
 

A Shiver of Light
Laurell K. Hamilton
Ninth in the wonderful Merry Gentry series. The babies have finally arrived so Merry has far less sex than usual, but still manages to give a few earth-shattering blow jobs...
 
 

A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
Pure and completely engaging escapism in the form of high fantasy. Feyre; stubbon, independent and loving has taught herself how to provide for her impoverished family, however on a winters...
 
 
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