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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.
One of the most exciting, original and important new fantasy novels to be published since China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station. A breathtakingly skilful debut. It is rich, literary and fast moving. Try it.Comparison: China Mieville, Sheri S Tepper, C J Cherryh.Similar this month: Ian McDonald, David Gemmell.
The fourth and, in this madcap series starring the wonderful Thursday Next, an agent with her work cut out trying to save our fictional, but very real, heroes. To try and explain these books is impossible, they are seriously original. If you are not a fan I suggest you start at the beginning with The Eyre Affair; it is wacky, wonderful, inventive stuff with folk nipping in and out of books in an alternative world very close to ours. All I would really like to say is, you have got to read them to believe them.Comparison: Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Andy Secombe.Similar this month: None, but try Tom Sharpe for the humour or Anthony Horowitz for madcap adventure.
I can’t believe this series has been running for more than 30 years, one of the great Science Fiction series of all time.Comparison: Greg Bear, Stephen Baxter, Isaac Asimov.Similar this month: None but do try Steph Swainston and Ian McDonald.
Book One, Prodigal Son, the first in a quartet originally devised for American television. It is supposed to be coming over here but is unconfirmed. This is the Frankenstein story updated for the 21st century. The monster has survived time but so has Dr Frankenstein himself and a whole bevy of further creatures he created. This is classic good versus evil stuff spiced up a bit with some unexpected twists thrown in. Good, exciting horror; great fun.Comparison: Stephen King, James Herbert, Clive Barker.Similar this month: Michael Marshall, Anthony Horowitz.
A Suitable Boy meets The Matrix in a big Indian novel of the future, 2047. As this massive country begins celebrating its 100th birthday, on the verge of war and waiting for the monsoon, ten diverse characters begin the journey that will decide the fate of their civilization. A gripping, beautifully imagined epic. Huge in scope, very impressive. Comparison: China Mieville, Stephen Donaldson (Gap Series), Ruchir Joshi’s Last Jet Engine Laugh.Similar this month: Lian Hearn, Steph Swainston.
Who would have believed back in 1985 that this first introduction into the madcap Discworld which satirised fantasy novels and introduced us to some fantastic characters would turn into the Discworld series numbering some thirty works. If you have wondered where to start in this huge series (which need not be read in order) then start here and read The Light Fantastic straight after it. They are great books. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘The very first novel in what turned into the celebrated, magisterial Discworld series, this novel was first published by Corgi in 1985. Although the more recent novels in the series have become more layered, satirical and thoughtful (number thirty-seven, Unseen Academicals, is the most recent) The Colour of Magic must remain one of my all-time favourites, for its soaring inventiveness, sparky parody and madcap humour – and for introducing us in the first place to that flat World so very different from, yet so very like our own. ' Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Transworld Books in The Discworld Novels Series: 1. The Colour of Magic 2. The Light Fantastic 3. Equal Rites 4. Mort 5. Sourcery 6. Wyrd Sisters 7. Pyramids 8. Guards! Guards! 9. Eric 10. Moving Pictures 11. Reaper Man 12. Witches Abroad 13. Small Gods 14. Lords and Ladies 15. Men At Arms 16. Soul Music 17. Interesting Times 18. Maskerade 19. Feet of Clay 20. Hogfather 21. Jingo 22. The Last Continent 23. Carpe Jugulum 24. The Fifth Elephant 25. The Truth 26. Thief of Time 27. The Last Hero 28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 29. Night Watch 30. The Wee Free Men 31. Monstrous Regiment 32. A Hat Full of Sky 33. Going Postal 34. Thud! 35. Wintersmith 36. Making Money 37. Unseen Academicals 38. I Shall Wear Midnight 39. Snuff 40. Raising Steam 41. The Shepherd's Crown
Even in death, Skilgannon the Damned’s name lives on. Now, as an ancient evil threatens to flood the Drenai heartlands in a tide of blood, he returns. This is Book Two of The Damned. Comparison: Stephen Lawhead, David Eddings, Jude Fisher.Similar this month: Steph Swainston, Lian Hearn.
The concluding volume to the fantastic ‘Tales of the Otori’ trilogy, an epic set in an alternative ancient Japan. It is so refreshing a change from the Celts, ancient Brits or similar and as with those, this too is steeped in its culture but here with the Orient. It is stunning. But start with the first, Across the Nightingale Floor.Comparison: Juliet Marillier, Michelle Paver (Wolf Brother), Tanith Lee.Similar this month: Steph Swainston, David Gemmell.
When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era.
The first in this trilogy, Wolfskin, set the scene and as such read more like a historical novel than fantasy, but this takes us right into the realms of Celtic magic. It is a wonderful journey of self-discovery set eighteen years after the first. Itâ€™s a moving, coming-of-age tale that I thoroughly enjoyed which is understandable within itself, but I do urge you to read the first one first.Comparisons: David Gemmell, Stephen Lawhead, C J Cherryh.Similar this month: Will Davenport, Anne McCaffrey.
Part crime, part horror, all building suspense in a rollercoaster, fast-action, ‘splatter’ thriller, i.e. lots of blood and gore. Dark stuff.Comparisons: Dean Koontz, Peter James, Richard Laymon.
The fifth awesome tale in his epic Malagan Book of the Fallen fantasy sequence, some have compared them to Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.Comparisons: Stephen Donaldson, Raymond E Feist, Terry Brooks.Similar this month: Anne McCaffrey.
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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.