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This Month's Featured Books

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 of a read so if you haven't tried sci/fi before,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 consciousness. Set in what feels like a very possible future,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2015
     
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 in a trilogy by an acclaimed British artist truly confounds...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 could well soon be rivalling her Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood)...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 as never before. These bees are not anthropomorphised or overly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 by Towsey succeeds in infusing the sub-genre with both empathy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
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 aristocracy and the common people live short dangerous lives threatened...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/06/2015
     
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 air at the end as it is “to be continued”....
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
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 tool in other hands or can she carve her own...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
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 ‘evil’ though I have never believed this. Tricksters are a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
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 freedom. It's a story that's literally burning to be told.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
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.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
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 of discovery: learning about the father he never knew and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
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 for SF in the 21st century. And now with his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/06/2015
     
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/06/2015
     
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 emerged unchanged: Lavondyss ...the ultimate realm, the source of all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/06/2015
     
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 ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/06/2015
     
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.
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/06/2015
     
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 obviously you should not start here, go back and begin...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 tale of the cruise from hell (or should it be...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 technology gone mad but also created unforgettable characters who literally...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Last Month'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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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....
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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,...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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 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...
 
 

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...
 
 
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