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This Month's Featured Books

Box Nine by Jack O'Connell
Box Nine
Jack O'Connell
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2016 Book of the Month. Quinsigamond, an imaginary industrial city in New England, has been the setting for the handful of deeply fascinating novels by US author O'Connell, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/12/2015
The Cthulhu Casebooks Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove
The Cthulhu Casebooks Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows
James Lovegrove
Now this is a lot of fun. I don’t know of many authors better equipped to weave together the inventions of Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft than New York Times bestseller James Lovegrove. A long-time and talented genre author...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2016
Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
Occupy Me
Tricia Sullivan
Set in our not-so-distant future, award-winning Tricia Sullivan’s new novel is, at one level, an engaging and exciting man-hunt that takes us on a pell-mell race across the world in pursuit of a killer carrying something crucial and frightening in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/11/2016
The Passenger by F. R. Tallis
The Passenger
F. R. Tallis
Award-winning thriller and historical crime writer F.R. Tallis heads into supernatural waters with his new novel. The Passenger is an atmospheric and highly worrying tale set in and around a German U-Boat in 1941. Despite Lothar-Gunther Bucheim’s acclaimed novel
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Pantomime
Laura Lam
This is a welcome reissue for Pantomime, the first volume of Laura Lam’s sparkling and original fantasy trilogy. Set in a world not unlike our own 19th century it tells the story of Gene a teenager who runs away to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/11/2016
Wolfhound Empire by Peter Higgins
Wolfhound Empire
Peter Higgins
This is an omnibus volume of three short but quite spectacular SF thrillers. I would also guarantee that they are quite unlike anything else you have read before. Striding along the shadowy border between SF and Fantasy, Peter Higgins has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/10/2016
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
China Mountain Zhang
Maureen F. McHugh
This is a rich but quiet SF novel that tells the story of ordinary people making their way in a future for our world that is culturally and politically dominated by China. We’ve colonised some of the solar system and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2016
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Smoke
Dan Vyleta
Maxim Jakubowski's September 2016 Book of the Month. Darker than dark but tonally lighter than light, this is a keeper and a bolt from nowhere, almost like an adult version of the Harry Potter books with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016
Horror Stories by E. Nesbit
Horror Stories
E. Nesbit
The first surprise for me with this book was that E. Nesbit, author of The Railway Children and Five Children and It, had even written adult horror stories. I’m very grateful to Penguin for the discovery, for this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2016
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 and much-expected volume, following the visceral impact of The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson
From the title you might imagine that this novel would be the most conventional of haunted house stories, but a line on page one suggests the true flavour of the chills to come: “Hill House, not sane, stood by itself...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2009
Night Music by John Connolly
Night Music
John Connolly
If you are an intrepid reader and delight in the creatively eerie, startling and spine-chilling, then some distinctive and perfectly crafted short stories await. Of course there are 13 tales, however there is nothing about the obvious here, as they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Stephen King
The ominously significant title of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ slashes through the delicate vibrancy of the cover, summing up the contents beautifully. 18 short stories and two poems, steaming with life, death, passion, regret and the occasional gnashing of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2016
Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson
Crashing Heaven
Al Robertson
Maxim Jakubowski's January 2016 Book of the Month. 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,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/05/2016
The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition Boxed Set by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it nearly 30 years later.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin
A breathtaking and compelling novel, penned by a master Storyteller. A Game of Thrones feels so authentic, it’s as though it is a written record, based on historical facts. If you haven't previously been tempted by science fiction and fantasy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/10/2016
The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence
The Liar's Key
Mark Lawrence
Winner of the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his - the key into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
The Vagrant
Peter Newman
Winner of the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel...

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos
John Wyndham
Highly Recommended. This is a handsome new HB edition of Wyndham’s classic 1957 novel of generational paranoia and alien invasion. Wyndham has been a huge influence...

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts
Paul Tremblay
This is an expert, claustrophobic psychological horror story that throws you into the heart of an ordinary American family struggling to deal with something that starts off disconcerting and then...

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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

A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition by Patrick Ness

Reader Reviewed A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition
Patrick Ness
This is a gorgeous illustrated hardback of the award-winning novel complete with added interviews with author, illustrator director and cast and photos from the production. Grown from an original...

Angels of Music by Kim Newman

Angels of Music
Kim Newman
Kim Newman is perhaps best known for his wonderfully entertaining sequels to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which took the Vampiric Count into various eras of the twentieth century. Most notably, in...

The Promise of the Child by Tom Toner

The Promise of the Child
Tom Toner
Yet another mighty impressive Science Fictional debut from a new British writer with a background in fine arts, which shows clearly in the dazzling descriptions and landscapes he evokes throughout....

The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts

The Thing Itself
Adam Roberts
It begins like a modern version of John Carpenter's sinister SF horror movie THE THING when two research scientists isolated in an Antarctic station stumble across unholy matters hitherto unknown...

Horrorology by Stephen Jones

Horrorology
Stephen Jones
Another striking volume from the doyen of horror editors, this collection, illustrated by none other than Clive Barker, imagines a Library of the Damned and the all-new stories from some...

The Cellar by Minette Walters

The Cellar
Minette Walters
Offered as a Hammer novella, you may well expect a substantial amount of supernatural horror, however a more rational yet none the less uncomfortable and captivating read awaits. The story...

The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

The Tourist
Robert Dickinson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A breakthrough book by a relatively new British science fiction author, THE TOURIST is a time-travel tale with a difference and...

The White City by Simon Morden

The White City
Simon Morden
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The second volume in a fantastical series that began with DOWN STATION, this instalment follows the survivors of the London...

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...

Invisible Streets by Toby Ball

Invisible Streets
Toby Ball
US author Ball is slowly building an intriguing body of work that stands head and shoulders apart from much of what his contemporaries in the noir field are doing, having...

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

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

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...

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 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....

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown
Zen Cho
Highly Recommended. Zen Cho’s engaging debut fantasy is one of the more purely entertaining fantasies of recent years. Avoiding the perhaps overly familiar sub-genre of medieval...

The Damned by Andrew Pyper

The Damned
Andrew Pyper
Highly Recommended. I’m ashamed to say that this is the first of Pyper’s eight novels I’ve read. It certainly won’t be the last. Thankfully it’s never...

Rawblood by Catriona Ward

Rawblood
Catriona Ward
Highly Recommended. Catriona Ward’s assured and artful first novel is a wonderfully gothic tale. Set in an Edwardian Devon haunted by the Great War it has...

Fellside by M. R. Carey

Fellside
M. R. Carey
Highly Recommended. The new novel from the author of The Girl...

Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron

Dread Wyrm
Miles Cameron
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Red Knight's adventures have become one of the most gripping martial fantasy adventures -...

The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Tiger and the Wolf
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Highly Recommended. Tchaikovsky is an agile and varied writer (after an innovative fantasy series he has just won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for his SF...

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Crosstalk
Connie Willis
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. One of the most popular contemporary American SF authors, Willis alternates between intricate thrillers, often involving travel into the past, and...

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter
Blake Crouch
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A gripping thriller with a touch of the impossible, if not outright leap into science fiction, the new novel by the...

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Swordspoint
Ellen Kushner
Highly Recommended. This is a welcome UK outing for Kushner’s 1987 novel that launched her acclaimed Swords of Riverside series. Fans of Scott Lynch’s Locke Lamora...

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