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This Month's Featured Books

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
13 Minutes
Sarah Pinborough
Highly Recommended. More psychological thriller than strict horror I nevertheless wanted to include this because, primarily, it’s a wonderful book but also because it comes with genuine, if non-supernatural, thrills. This is a tight, claustrophobic and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
The House of Shattered Wings
Aliette de Bodard
Highly Recommended. This is a refreshing, beautifully imagined and original fantasy that takes archetypal tropes and one of the world’s most familiar settings and makes them new via a weaving together of different cultural flavours and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
The Race by Nina Allan
The Race
Nina Allan
Highly Recommended. This is a subtle but telling SF novel that will speak loudly to fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel. Allan’s future Britain is a low-key and unexpected dystopia and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2016
Luna New Moon by Ian Mcdonald
Luna New Moon
Ian Mcdonald
Highly Recommended. This is rich and involving SF saga was intended by the author to be a “Game of Thrones on the moon.” And with this tale of warring families competing for advantage and survival in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Jason Arnopp
Highly Recommended. Jack Sparks is not a very nice man. A rampant ego (this is important later), a cynic and a bully. It’s really hard to like him. Arnopp’s achievement with this full-on and tricksy horror...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
The Waking Fire
Anthony Ryan
Highly Recommended. Here be dragons. Or, as bestselling author Ryan calls them in this first novel of his new fantasy series, drakes. Dragons, or drakes, are a staple of fantasy but Ryan’s take on them has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Stallo by Stefan Spjut

Stallo
Stefan Spjut
Following the disappearance of a young boy from a remote cabin in a Swedish forest, his mother claims he was abducted by a giant to credulous reaction. He is never...

The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter

The Medusa Chronicles
Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The much-lamented Arthur C. Clarke wrote the classic A Meeting with Medusa, award-winning short story in 1971 in which an alien...

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors
Justin Cronin
Highly Recommended. This is the completion of Justin Cronin’s apocalyptic tale of a world brought to ruin by the outbreak of a deadly virus and the...

The City of Woven Streets by Emmi Itaranta

The City of Woven Streets
Emmi Itaranta
Highly Recommended. Literary and crime fiction publishers have often looked beyond English for great writing and there has also always been a strong tradition of SF...

False Hearts by Laura Lam

False Hearts
Laura Lam
Highly Recommended. This is an intensely personal and affecting SF novel. Set in San Francisco in the near future there is much to recognise here and...

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings
Ken Liu
Highly Recommended. Tolkien didn’t intend to set a blueprint for epic-fantasy with Lord of the Rings but, the many qualities of his trilogy notwithstanding, too often...

The House on Cold Hill by Peter James

The House on Cold Hill
Peter James
Highly Recommended. Before embarking on his bestselling series of Roy Grace crime novels Peter James wrote many bestselling supernatural thrillers. With The House on Cold Hill...

Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Stranger of Tempest
Tom Lloyd
Highly Recommended. This is an immensely satisfying gritty fantasy adventure that follows a group of mercenaries on a mission that gets them into much deeper waters...

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
The completely and totally wonderful wiz(z)ard of words Terry Pratchett, has departed for what I'm sure will be a very interesting conversation, with cat and curry loving Death. Terry Pratchett...

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Reader Reviewed Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
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, please don't be put...

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman
Joe Hill
Maxim Jakubowski June 2016 Highly Recommended. Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like...

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors
Justin Cronin
Maxim Jakubowski's June 2016 Book of the Month. The epic doomsday scenario trilogy comes to a triumphant conclusion after ten years or so with this final...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Speak by Louisa Hall

Speak
Louisa Hall
Highly Recommended. You might imagine that a novel about the development of...

Tales from the Kingdoms Poison, Charm, Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Tales from the Kingdoms Poison, Charm, Beauty
Sarah Pinborough
Highly Recommended. This richly adult book weaves together the fairy stories of...

Battlemage by Stephen Aryan

Battlemage
Stephen Aryan
Highly Recommended. Stephen Aryan’s ambitious and very adept debut launches a new...

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Reader Reviewed The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Winner of Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award...

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants
Sylvain Neuvel
Highly Recommended. Billed as Book One of the Themis Files this exciting...

Sharp Ends Stories from the World of the First Law by Joe Abercrombie

Sharp Ends Stories from the World of the First Law
Joe Abercrombie
Highly Recommended. Fans of Joe Abercombie will be delighted to hear that...

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Highly Recommended. This is a cunning and genuinely creepy horror novel. That...

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels
Stephen Graham Jones
Highly Recommended. Mongrels is a gripping and unsettling novel and a fresh...

Regeneration by Stephanie Saulter

Regeneration
Stephanie Saulter
Highly Recommended. Stephanie Saulter’s Revolution series (previously Gemsigns, Binary and...

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror by Joyce Carol Oates

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror
Joyce Carol Oates
Highly Recommended. Horror is about taking us to scary places, and this...

The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks

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.

Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson

Crashing Heaven
Al Robertson
A spectacular British SF debut that brings William Gibson’s cyberpunk genre to new heights and another dimension. It’s the first in a two-part series, with RAISING HELL coming later this...

Nemesis by Alex Lamb

Nemesis
Alex Lamb
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. British scientist Lamb's debut last year with 'Roboteer' was a striking one (and a book I was...

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