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This Month's Featured Books

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
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 novels will adore Kushner’s artful, witty and richly told tales...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 creator of WAYWARD PINES is already fast-tracked for the big...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
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 light-hearted divertimentos, often featuring cats. Her new novel fits firmly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2016
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 novel Children of Time). The Tiger and The Wolf...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 on two generations of SF writers but is perhaps more...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 - and he has an epic adventure - and a huge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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
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 it seems like he did. Too much of fantasy has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 little in the way of outlandish science to alienate the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Mongrels
Stephen Graham Jones
Highly Recommended. Mongrels is a gripping and unsettling novel and a fresh and contemporary take on the Werewolf myth that is rooted...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Speak by Louisa Hall
Speak
Louisa Hall
Highly Recommended. You might imagine that a novel about the development of an Artificial Intelligence might be dry or technical. Louisa Hall’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
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 that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2016
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
Fellside by M. R. Carey
Fellside
M. R. Carey
Highly Recommended. The new novel from the author of The Girl With All The Gifts is a gripping meld of prison...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
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 completed with this volume an intricate trilogy in which an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
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 its roots in some dark Victorian family secrets. The story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
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 off by the genre. The first sentence, so simple and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 too late to discover a new writer. And what a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 epic fantasy Cho, instead, presents us with an enjoyable tale...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. A futuristic tale set some 400 years after a global nuclear war where conditions have...

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...

Rook Song by Naomi Foyle

Rook Song
Naomi Foyle
The second instalment in The Gaia Chronicles (following debut volume Astra) by young British science fiction author Foyle. Astra Ordott, first initially encountered as a seven-year old in the...

Battlemage by Stephen Aryan

Battlemage
Stephen Aryan
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016.

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 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...

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...

Heart of Granite by James Barclay

Heart of Granite
James Barclay
Fantasy readers will likely be familiar with Barclay’s engaging bunch of bickering heroes The Raven. Rightly praised by David Gemmell, The Raven novels brought a welcome humour to the...

Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers

Behind the Throne
K. B. Wagers
This is Katy Wagers’ first novel and if there’s any justice it promises a successful and entertaining career to come. This is dark and exciting character-driven space-opera SF perfect for...

Down Station by Simon Morden

Down Station
Simon Morden
When a terrifying fire seems to envelop London, a group of maintenance workers on the Underground make their escape through an access tunnel and find themselves in a seemingly uninhabited,...

The Traitor by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor
Seth Dickinson
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, criminalizes her customs, and murders one...

Starborn The Worldmaker Trilogy: Book One by Lucy Hounsom

Starborn The Worldmaker Trilogy: Book One
Lucy Hounsom
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Starborn is a tale of heroism and lost powers, where one person's choices will shape...

The Vagrant by Peter Newman

The Vagrant
Peter Newman
Shortlisted for 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...

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic...

Slayer by David Guymer

Slayer
David Guymer
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The final adventure for Gotrek and Felix! With enemies on all sides, and destiny calling,...

Ruin by John Gwynne

Ruin
John Gwynne
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered...

Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

Son of the Black Sword
Larry Correia
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan...

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 Month Before's Featured Books

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...

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...

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...

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