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Take a trip across time and space with the latest Sci-Fi titles; head to another universe with the latest and greatest Fantasy novels and get your heart pumping with a brilliant selection of Horror.
The penultimate instalment to her epic fantasy, The Alliance of Light, and volume 7 of the overall series, The Wars of Light and Shadow. She is terrific.Comparison: Robin Hobb, Terry Goodkind, Katharine Kerr.Similar this month: None but try Nick Sagan â€“ its SF but the concept is great, or Elizabeth Chadwick for fine historical romance.
Once renowned for tales of the supernatural, this highly suspenseful writer has edged his way into the thriller genre and now writes terrific, fast-paced, psychological yarns that build to a tremendous climax. You should try him.Comparison: Andrew Pyper, Peter James, Michael Marshall.Similar this month: Stephen Leather, Michael Cordy.
If I tell you this is the prequel to the five books of the Brentford Trilogy you will get an idea of the wacky nature of this man. Fans need no introduction, newcomers prepare to be enthralled. He really does have an amazing imagination; you’ve got to read it to believe it. He’s great.Comparison: Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Andy Secombe.Similar this month: None.
Book 3 of The Saga of Seven Suns. The continuing galactic destruction forces alliances that were previously unthinkable yet the individual stories of the main characters are not lost and continue to develop.
Another stunning â€˜Cultureâ novel combining science fiction on a universal scale and surprisingly funny dialogue. Wormholes link places many light years apart but the one on the planet Ulbrus has been destroyed. While they wait for it to be fixed Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer, hears from a race of near immortals of a whole undiscovered network of wormholes. When the news leaks out 2 huge battle fleets descend on the planet. Wonderful space opera.Comparison: Peter F Hamilton, Greg Bear.Similar this month: None but try China Mieville although fantasy.
Dark, elegantly written with a fantastic supernatural twist, this is first rate. It is also indescribable, it hits you in that cold place of wonder where you are afraid yet compelled to read more. It keeps twisting and folding back, building layer upon layer. It concerns two authors, emails from the dead and a race to discover … but I’m not telling you any more.Comparison: Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, James Herbert.Similar this month: None.
A new talent to welcome to the inventive SF stable, and he is British! A highly imaginative and enjoyable venture into a future era of conflict between mankind and the artificial intelligences and cities and planets it has carelessly fabricated.Comparison: Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Nick Sagan.Similar this month: Ian Irvine, John Connolly.
One of the bestselling new fantasy authors to emerge in recent years concludes his Well of Echoes series.Comparison: Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Goodkind.Similar this month: John Connolly, Tony Ballantyne.
By the title you would not be mistaken in believing there was a Limbo I and this is its sequel. The shout line is “Limbo is where you go to Dream”. If I tell you the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse take over a newsagent in Lancing, Sussex, it will give you a flavour of this wacky tale. The original owners are now King and Queen of Limbo. There is an alien saviour, a super intelligent nose, Morris men and more in a highly inventive, fantasy anchored in this world. I loved it, really refreshing, absorbing, original and inventive. Great stuff. Comparison: Jasper Fforde, Tom Holt, Robert Rankin.Similar this month: None but the Tanith Lee is wonderful and Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter
The grip of the Weavers on Saramyr's rulers has grown ever tighter. And all the while the blight that they have brought to the land grips ever more harshly. This cannot last and, sure enough, the land is slipping into civil war. In the growing chaos Kaiku and the orphaned heir-Empress must fight for their destiny and their survival as Saramyr succumbs to the twisting of the Weave and the unknowable ambitions of the secretive Weavers. Chris Wooding has created a vivid and turbulent world with an authentic oriental air and its own rich and ancient history. Across this world plays an action packed plot of politics, violence and betrayal. This is an extraordinary fantasy for the 21st century.
This is the final part of Chris Wooding's acclaimed Braided Path Trilogy, and the conclusion does not disappoint. The oriental land of Saramyr is consumed by war. The Weavers, mask wearing twisted humans of unknowable power, have control of the throne. The resistance plot to destroy the Weaver's hold once and for all by the only means possible - by destroying for the source of their power. Chris, an ex Silver Smarties Winner, has proved that he is as adept at adult fantasy as he is at children's novels. A joy to read, rich, compelling, exotic and action filled. The first book in the trilogy is The Weavers of Saramyr, the second The Skein of Lament
Aliens are amongst us and have been manipulating our past and our future. The master visionary SF author and his acknowledged heir come together again (the first was The Light of Other Days) to create a time travel extravaganza spanning countless centuries and cutting-edge ideas.Comparison: Peter F Hamilton, Iain M Banks, Greg Bear.Similar this month: None, but do try Andy Secombe, it’s such fun.
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Whether you want to join Jonathan Strange on the magic-haunted streets of London or Jon Snow and the rest of the Night’s Watch on the wall Fantasy is the genre for you. Authors from Joe Abercrombie to Zen Cho have turned the modern fantasy genre into one of the most exciting and imaginative genres around. They’ve brought magic and wonder, heroes, heroines and people like you and me, together in stories that will delight, scare and mystify you. Whether you want the romance and deceit of court, the shadows of a great city’s alleyways, the clear air of a mountain range, the terrors of a bloody field let fantasy take you to new realities.
There are characters for everyone; Scott Lynch’s charming conmen, Liz William’s artful magicians. Fantasy has worlds for all; Ursula le Guin’s Earthsea, George RR Martin’s brutal Westeros, Ben Aaronovitch’s contemporary London, Naomi Novik’s dragon haunted version of our 19th century. And the genre has a style for each and every reader; whether the playful literary trickery of Angela Carter or the imaginative epic adventures of Peter Brett. Somewhere here there is a story for everyone, so follow us and let your imagination run wild.
Established names like Stephen King and new stars like Lauren Beukes alike have taken horror into the mainstream. And it’s no surprise why – we can’t help ourselves we love a good scare from the safety of our armchairs. But there are any number of authors out there ready and willing to confront you with your darkest fears and, if you’re lucky, take you through them and out into the light again.
There’s always a fresh take on whatever has scared us down through the years. Whether the dark thrills of the demons that haunt the paranormal romances of Cassandra Clare or the hunger of the vengeful ghosts and vampires of Joe Hill. Or the high concept terrors of Sarah Lotz’s work, the insidious chills of Adam Nevill’s urban horrors. Horror can be stealthy like the classic chills of Susan Hills’ ghost stories or screaming in your face like Max Brooks’ terrifying zombies. So step this way and let us put the frighteners on you; scares that are subtle and literary or full-on ‘slap the book shut and turn on all the lights’. Or scares of the best sort – where you don’t know WHAT to expect.
If you’ve ever dreamed about the world our grandchildren will live in, thought about how life could be different, looked at a star and wondered if there’s someone or something there looking at our sun you’ve been wondering about the same things as the great writers of Sci-Fi. Or perhaps you’ve simply wanted to share the excitement and danger of life on an alien world or in the harsh expanses of space? Maybe you’re so busy you wish you had a clone of yourself to do the work while you had the fun of exploring new places and experiences – how would that feel? For both of you?
Sci-Fi is all about these questions and thoughts. And it’s about things we can never experience, perhaps not even thought about yet. It’s about putting you at the centre of wonder and excitement. Whether the wide-screen excitements from the likes of Peter Hamilton and Suzanne Collins, or the noir thrills of cyberpunk by authors such as Pat Cadigan and William Gibson or the intricate speculations of authors like Ian McDonald and Nnedi Okorafor Sci-Fi really does have something for everyone and you’ll find the very best of it here.