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Robert Jackson Bennett‘s 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson award as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award and his second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although still relatively unsung, Robert Jackson Bennett is, in my view, one of imaginative literature's great new talents and no new book of his is alike. Beginning with horror with Mr Shivers, he transcended cyberpunk with the teeming Company Man and defied genres with The Troupe and American Elsewhere. His new novel manages to blend SF, crime, fantasy and a glorious sense of the bizarre in a discombobulating whole. A city where reality is folded and the gods have been destroyed is the scene for the murder of a diplomat who was investigating its history, sees the doors to the surreal opened wide and dazzlingly. Complex, ever evocative, this is the novel as fireworks. Seductively addictive.
A trolley car pulls into the station with eleven dead bodies inside. Four minutes before, the factory workers were seen boarding at the previous station. Now, all are dead. And all of them are union. The year is 1919. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built airships that crossed the seas. Guns that won the Great War. And above all, they built Evesden: the city of tomorrow, dominated by the immense McNaughton Tower. But something is rotten at the heart of Evesden and one man must uncover its dark secret before it all goes up in flames. Caught between the union and the company, between the police and the victims, McNaughton investigator Cyril Hayes must find the truth behind the city of the future. Because if he doesn't ...he's history.
During the years of America’s Great Depression, a stricken father seeks out the hobo who killed his daughter. Soon, the search turns to sheer horror as the killer’s supernatural and truly evil nature is uncovered. Evocative, chilling and compelling, this tale of pursuit and revenge feels like John Steinbeck in Stephen King territory with its hypnotic evocation of the dust bowl environment in which the characters are immersed.
'A refreshing look at magic - featuring a heroine every reader will root for - from one of the smartest writers I know', says Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Cycle The upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it's not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won't tolerate competition, and they're willing to do anything to crush Foundryside. But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that's not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees - especially Sancia. Now Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself - before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground.
'The exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series. Prepare for ancient mysteries, innovative magic, and heart-pounding heists' Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of Oathbringer She thought it was just another job. But her discovery could bring the city to its knees . . . In the city of Tevanne, you either have everything, or nothing. For escaped slave Sancia Grado, eking out a precarious living in the hellhole known as the Commons, nothing is just one misstep away. So when she is offered a lucrative job to steal an ancient artefact from a heavily guarded warehouse, she leaps at the chance. But instead of a way out of Tevanne, she finds herself the target of a murderous conspiracy. Someone powerful wants the artefact, and Sancia dead. To survive, Sancia will need every ally and every ounce of wits at her disposal - because if her unknown enemy unlocks the artefact's secrets, the world - and reality - will never be the same. 'Robert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience' Brent Weeks 'An altogether terrific read' Sebastien de Castell 'Intricate worldbuilding, fascinating magic, and engaging characters. More please!' Felicia Day 'Inventive, immersive, and thrilling . . . Do yourself a favor and pick this up!' Kevin Hearne
A special omnibus edition, collecting all three books of Robert Jackson Bennett's acclaimed Divine Cities trilogy in a single volume. In a world where terrifying, capricious gods once walked the earth, enslaving and brutalizing millions, three unforgettable protagonists struggle to come to terms with the mysteries these divinities left behind and to make sure these cruel masters do not rise again. In City of Stairs, an unassuming young woman named Shara Thivani arrives in Bulikov, the city that once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world. Officially, she is just another junior diplomat, dispatched by the city's new colonial masters; unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, on a mission to solve a murder. As she pursues the killer, she begins to suspect that the gods who once guarded Bulikov are not as dead as they seem, and that the city's cruel reign may begin anew. In City of Blades, General Turin Mulagheshfoul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled prime ministeris pressed into service one last time, investigating a terrifying discovery in the city of Voortyashtan, once the stronghold of the god of war and death. Voortyashtan's god is most certainly dead, but something is awakening in the city. And someone is determined to make the world tremble at the city's awful power once again. In City of Miracles, the formidable, seemingly unkillable Sigrud je Harkvaldsson returns from self-imposed exile on a mission of revenge, only to find himself embroiled in a battle that may be beyond even his abilities to wina secret, decades-long war that will force him to confront the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself.
Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is back, and this time he's out for vengeance. Shara Komayd, once Prime Minister of Saypur, has been assassinated. News travels fast and far, even to a remote logging town somewhere northwest of Bulikov, where the silent Dreyling worker 'Bjorn' picks up the newspaper and walks out. He is shocked and grieved and furious; he's been waiting thirteen years for Shara, his closest friend, to tell him to come home. Now he has no one else in his life, and nothing to live for - except to find the people who did this. Sigrud wasn't there for the death of his daughter, and he wasn't there when Shara was murdered. Now 'Bjorn' is dead and Sigrud is back. And he will find answers, for Shara, and for himself. He's made a promise . . . The awesome climax to the fantasy thrillers City of Stairs and City of Blades.
'Robert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience' - Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Prism. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death - or do they have plans of their own? Nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award 2016. A generation ago the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions. But that was then. Now the god is dead and the city lies in ruins, a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings. So it makes perfect sense for General Turyin Mulaghesh, foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumoured war criminal, ally of embattled Prime Minister Shara Komayd, to be exiled here - but she's not just eking out her days in this hellhole till retirement. She's on one final mission, to find a Saypuri secret agent who's gone AWOL. The trouble is, that this old soldier isn't sure she's still got what it takes to be the hero . . . A triumphant return to the world of A City of Stairs. 'Loud, bold and uncompromisingly ambitious' - Upcoming4.me
Robert Jackson Bennett ist der preisgekronte Spezialist fur ubersinnlichen Horror - "e;Silenus"e; ist sein neues Meisterwerk! Der 16-jahrige George durchstreift das Land auf der Suche nach seinem leiblichen Vater. Doch dieser Mann, der sich Silenus nennt, gleicht einem Phantom. Zusammen mit seiner Schaustellertruppe jagt er von Stadt zu Stadt, ohne je zu verweilen und um danach wie vom Erdboden zu verschwinden. Wer ist Silenus wirklich? Weshalb vermag sich nie jemand an seine Show zu erinnern? Und welche Gefahr geht von den seltsamen Herren in Grau aus? Als George das Geheimnis seines Vaters entschlusselt, hat er sich langst in ein unheimliches Netz verstrickt, aus dem es kein Entkommen gibt.
Michael Connelly ist ein Rastloser, und er durchquert das Land mit nur einem Ziel: Rache zu uben. Denn dort drauen, zwischen den ratternden Zugen, den Lagern der Landstreicher und der endlosen Prarie verbirgt sich der Mann, der Michaels Tochter ermordet hat. Michael kennt weder den Grund fur die Tat, noch wei er, wohin er sich wenden soll. Aber er wird seine Suche zu Ende fuhren, und sie wird in Blut enden. Denn niemand kennt den Tater, und doch flustert jeder seinen Namen: Mr. Shivers ...
Some places are too good to be true.Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different ...From one of our most talented and original new literary voices comes the next great American supernatural novel: a work that explores the dark dimensions of the hometowns and the neighbors we thought we knew.
George Carole ran away from home to join the Vaudeville circuit. Sixteen years old, uncommonly gifted at the piano, he falls in with a strange troupe - even for Vaudeville. Under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realise that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be. And their travels have a purpose that runs deeper than entertainment. George must uncover the mysteries of Silenus's company before it is too late. He is already entangled in their web of secrets and, if he doesn't learn where they are taking him, he may never find his way out.