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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed The Book of Life
Deborah E. Harkness
April 2015 Book of the Month. The arrival of this book on my desk made me extraordinarily happy. It allowed me to reconnect with characters I have come to love, yet it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

The Death House
Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month. British author Pinborough has a strong record in the horror and SF field, and is also an upcoming scriptwriter but this novel represents a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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
     
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
     
Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised as never before. These bees are not anthropomorphised or overly sentimentalised into cute cartoon characters; the action...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Discovery of Witches
Deborah E. Harkness
The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it. The premise is that our world contains three types of supernatural...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2011
     
Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Following four wonderful literary crime novels (to be issued in the UK later), Canadian author Mandel breaks through with a beautifully modulated post-apocalypse tale, where a virus has decimated the world...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2014
     
Reader Reviewed Shadow of Night
Deborah E. Harkness
Have you ever fallen irrefutably in love, been transported to another existence and then felt thoroughly dazed when you've turned the last page and realised with a wrench you're back in the real world…oh yes, this is most definitely one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2013
     
Sleeping Late on Judgement Day
Tad Williams
This is the third in the trilogy which began with The Dirty Streets of Heaven. Bobby Dollar is an angel, though he often seems to have more in common with the likes of Jack Reacher. His is a wonderful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Long Mars
Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
With its origins in a 'doodle' of a few thousand words that Terry Pratchett wrote nearly thirty years ago, 'The Long Earth' series, written with Stephen Baxter, goes from strength to strength and, as the title of this new novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Kill Baxter
Charlie Human
Teenage involuntary super hero, Baxter Zevcenko was first introduced in the manic Apocalypse Now Now, which managed to feature high school porn rings, zombies, pan dimensional octopi and transsexual valkyries. The follow up by the South African author proves as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Hawley Book of the Dead
Chrysler Szarlan
It starts with what could be a murder; a magician’s theatrical trick gone fatally wrong. It continues into a magic-laced family drama. It ends up as a vision-fuelled thriller full of mystery and revenge. A captivating read as the highly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Empire of Time Roads to Moscow
David Wingrove
Time travel and secret agents, this is imaginative stuff. It’s of German origin so we have the German group vying with a Russian one. They are able to escape tricky situations by jumping through time before the problem erupts. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Laini Taylor
The third in the amazing trilogy which began with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. These books are like nothing else. The depth of imagery, the twisting of plot and ideas, the excitement and the horror all take my breath away....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Acts of the Assassins
Richard Beard
Sequel to Lazarus is Dead but it easily stands alone. It is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, a ‘what if’ story. Here it asks ‘what if the Roman Empire existed today and Jesus lived now?’ And more than that:...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
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
     

Last Month's Featured Books

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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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.
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 

The Month Before'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...
 
 
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