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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Until this final volume arrived on my doorstep, I was unaware of Treadwell's outstanding fantasy trilogy. Needless to say, I rushed to catch up with the earlier books (Advent and Anarchy). What can I say? It's wonderful and mesmerizing. Fantasy as I truly enjoy it, the stuff of myths, lanscapes and atmosphere rather than Tolkien-like monsters and elves and swordfights. Ten year old Rory lives in a world of mystery both unlike ours and familiar in odd places. The men of his island have all moved away and now the time has come for him to escape the nagging hegemony of women who dominate his land and join three mysterious strangers on a quest to the Mainland. Yes, there is a ring involved, but the weight of nature, legend, myth and the sacred aspects of magic are what make Treadwell's books both poetic and entrancing. Treat yourself to all three.
BEAUTY is a beautifully illustrated re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more.
Once again Dan Simmons has delivered an intricate narrative that sweeps across decades of American history, building up a portrait of one country's relentless expansion and what was lost and destroyed in its path. Black Hills is historical fiction with Dan Simmons' trademark twist. He weaves in real places, events and people with his own uniquely weird take on reality to create a portrait of a world that is hilarious and tragic, spiritual and disturbing. In short it's a richly imaginative tale of alien cultures set on a collision course.
The final volume of the Weirdstone trilogy is described on the book jacket as ‘a novel for adults, concluding a trilogy that was begun for children.’ A gap of almost 50 years separates Boneland from the preceding volume, The Moon of Gomrath, and in style it is certainly closer to Alan Garner’s more recent works, such as Strandloper and Thursbitch. The language has been pared down and often has a poetic quality to it, as if multiple meanings have been compressed into the sentences. Set forty years or so after the events in The Moon of Gomrath, Colin is now a respected astrophysicist who works at Jodrell Bank observatory and is experiencing some sort of breakdown. He has been put on leave while he recuperates and we learn that he has no memory of his life before he was thirteen, the period during which the events in the first two books take place. He is eventually put in contact with a psychiatrist called Meg, who helps him to unravel the events that he has tried to block from his mind. Mirroring Colin’s story is that of an unnamed Watcher from prehistory, who seems to be linked to Colin across time. The text alternates between their twin stories and takes on a stark beauty as the Watcher’s life is conveyed through flashes of imagery. It gives these parts of the book a very mysterious and powerful quality. Eventually, both stories come into focus and amplify each other. As in the earlier books in the trilogy Boneland draws upon myth and legend, particularly Gawain and the Green Knight, and much is left to the reader to figure out for themself. This is also one of the book’s strengths, as it is not open to quick or easy interpretations and will most certainly reveal more upon each re-reading. Those readers expecting the adventure to continue on directly from The Moon of Gomrath, and to feature a similar cast of characters, will probably be a bit thrown by the book. However, anyone looking for a haunting story that will leave them with much to ponder will most certainly be well rewarded. Click here to read a longer opening extract from this book.
9th in this epic fantasy adventure featuring magician Richard Rahl, if you like it there will be plenty to keep you busy
Earth used to be Galaxy Entertainment's most lucrative show. The inhabitants of the Western Galaxy - the saviest, richest demographic in the Milky Way - just couldn't get enough of the day-to-day details of the average Earthling's life. But Channel Blue's ratings are flagging and its producers are planning a spectacular finale. In just three weeks, their TV show will go out with a bang. The trouble is, so will Earth. Only one man can save our planet and he's hardly a likely hero...
Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store. Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte's Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire's girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived explosions, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief...and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time. But with life comes new trials...
The outstanding novel that became the cult classic film Blade Runner. Considered to be one of the great works of science fiction, it raises important questions about religion, technology and what defines us as human beings.
An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon. King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the 'steam' that children with the 'shining' produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant 'shining' power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes 'Doctor Sleep.' Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival ...
A limited signed hardback edition, with an exclusive illustration by Laini Taylor, is available for the first print run of the book. Pre-order now to avoid disappointment! It began with DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE It continued with DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT It ends with DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS Common enemy, common cause. When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ...something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world. What power can bruise the sky? From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theatre that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
This is the much-anticipated final instalment of the Wool trilogy. The next Hunger Games . (The Sunday Times). Thrilling, thought-provoking and memorable...one of dystopian fiction's masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World. (Daily Express). In the aftermath of the uprising, the people of Silo 18 are coming to terms with a new order. Some embrace the change, others fear the unknown; none have control of their fate. The Silo is still in danger. There are those set on its destruction. Jules knows they must be stopped. The battle has been won. The war is just beginning.
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2012. May 2011 Book of the Month. China Mieville is not just a galaxy in the science fiction firmament, he is a whole universe! Following THE CITY AND THE CITY'S gripping crime investigation in parallel cities that owed a lot to Escher and twisted the brain with relish and the extravagant London caper of KRAKEN where gods, monsters, demons and mummies joyfully ran havoc through the capital's streets, his breakthrough new novel EMBASSYTOWN moves much further afield and takes the reader to the deep reaches of space. But the visions he deploys are not like anything you've ever read before and convey both a sense of dread and what the nature of alienness might actually be. Space and time is an impenetrable sea through which only specially-trained and gifted navigators swim, survivors of ancient races overlook the chaos with both benevolence and quiet menace, and all familiarity with the world as we know it proves totally illusory. Once you wrap your mind through the imaginative and weird concepts Mieville juggles with bravura, you are transported into an invigorating if unsettling version of reality. Truly science fiction for the 22nd century. Fascinating stuff. Ursula K Le Guin has written a wonderful review of Embassytown for the Guardian. Click here to view it.
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Mankind has always looked to the heavens and wondered what’s out there. We have always lapped up stories of strange visitors, of gods and monsters, of things going bump under the bed. Using the extremes of human imagination to conjure worlds at the far reaches of darkness and light, this is a collection of authors who have the power to transport us to the vastest plains or the smallest black holes.
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