Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 2nd July 2022

in hardcover:

Anthony RyanThe Martyr volume 2 of The Covenant of Steel, after The Pariah
Neal AsherWeaponized his latest stand alone Polity adventure
David Weber & Jane LindskoldA New Clan the 4th in The Star Kingdom series, set in the Honorverse
Adam Roberts The This the whole population now has super-connectivity with the latest social media device. A bit slow getting this one in…

in softcover:

Steven EriksonThe God is Not Willing part 1 of his new fantasy series and The First Tale of Witness
Foz MeadowsAn Accident of Stars the 1st in The Manifold Worlds series. Nice new edition

David Weber & Richard FoxGovernor new adventure in Weber’s Path of the Fury universe; book 1 of Ascent to Empire
W. Michael GearAdrift the 5th in his Donovan series. A new expedition arrives to survey the ocean life…
Patrick ChilesFrontier Marshall is dispatched to save a distant asteroid survey ship but meanwhile near-Earth space falls into chaos!

art, etc:

Carlos Ezquerra The Art of CE subtilted 45 Years of 2000 AD although almost a third appears to be from before he started work there. Lots of colour artwork
Louis GarciaThe Art of LG text by David Roach, published by Dynamite. Plenty text but even more of his art covering his whole career. Mainly b&w
Terry Moore2022 Sketchbook b&w softcover. Mainly figure drawing

Jim Henson’s LabyrinthBestiary: A Definitive Guide to the Creatures of the Goblin King’s Realm H/C crammed with art by Iris Compiet (which echoes Brrian Froud‘s original work closely) & text by S. T. Bende

Olivier LedroitThe Fairy Universe h/c with full colour art of dozens of fairies, with linking text by Olivier & Laurent Ledroit
Olivier Ledroit (co-ordinator) – The Dragon Universe art from dozens of artists, with text by Jean Baptiste Monge & Pascal Moguerou. Both very attractive h/c books

Maurice LeBlanc & Vincent MallieGentleman Thief Arsine Lupin a very attractive h/c illustrated volume of some of the original French stories (translated by Mike Kennedy); mainly text but with a good number of colour & b&w illustrations.

Sherard JacksonDarbi: volume 1 the 1st 3 colour drenched stories about a very violent little T-Rex. h/c.

Laurent Genefort, Francoise Rusak & Francesco TrifogliThe Blood of the Immortals Humanoids h/c. A small team land on a distant planet in search of it’s secrets… Looks nicely done

Neil Gaiman & Colleen DoranTroll Bridge h/c colour adaptation of Gaiman’s story

Falynn Koch The National Parks small graphic novel about the American National Parks, published by History Comics. Lots of facts and stories but not too serious; the narrator character is a Bigfoot!
Rosemary Mosco & Binglin HuExpedition Backyard very cute h/c graphic novel about the adventures of a mole & a vole when they inadvertently end up in the big city, having to make friends with with big city animals!

magazines:

Locus – issue # 737 June cover date interviews with Nicola Griffith & V. Castro; remembrances of Patricia A. McKillip

Illustration issue # 76 20 pages on the character work of William Oberhardt but 50 pages on the pulp & cheesecake of Earle K. Bergey!
Heavy Metalissue # 317 apparently now monthly again!

July 1, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 25th June 2022

in hardcover:

Miles CameronAgainst All Gods book 1 of The Age of Bronze warring gods and mortals
Rebecca StottDark Earth magic and sword-smithing in post-Roman Britain

Michael S. JacksonRinglander the 1st book of The Path and The Way searching for her brother, Kyira makes her way to Tyr, the city that controls the dangerous shipping passage from the outer ocean to the inner seas…
Alex LivingstonThe Knave of Secrets Quinol has abandoned sorcery and become a gambler, but he’s forced into a game for untold stakes…
Victoria Aveyard Blade Breaker sequel to Realm Breaker epic fantasy

Kit Whitfield In the Heart of Hidden Things if you annoy the fairyfolk, go to Gyrford, where the smiths can forge powerful protections…

in softcover:

Brian StaveleyThe Empire’s Ruin vol 1 of The Ashes of the Unhewn Throne, which continues the story in The Chronicle of the Unhewn Thrown trilogy
Mike BrooksThe God Breaker vol 3 of the epic fantasy series which began with The Black Coast & The Splinter King
Robeet Jackson BennettLocklands vol 3 of The Founders Trilogy, which began with Foundryside

Doina Rusti The Book of Perilous Dishes a slave in Bucharest is a wonderful cook because he has obtained a copy of a magic cookery book, but it’s rightful owner is on the trail…
Alex JenningsThe Ballad of Perilous Graves in an alternate New Orleans, 9 songs have escaped from a magic piano!

Stephen Baxter Galaxias in the mid-21st C, the Sun goes out!
Agnes GomillionThe Seed of Cain in a future, collapsed America an independent state known as Kongo arises on the Atlantic seaboard…
Dave Hutchinson Shelter re-issue of post-apocalyptic novel set in rural England a couple of generations after the end of civilisation. I enjoyed it a lot when it first came out
James L. CampiasThe Godel Operation Zee & Adya are searching the myriad habitats of the Solar System for the Godel Trigger, aided by Zee’s AI, but it’s not going smoothly!
Michael Z. Williamson (editor) – Freehold: Defiance anthology of 14 new stories set in his Freehold universe

magazines:

McSweeney’s Quarterly Reviewissue # 66 softcover

June 24, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 18th June 2022

in hardcover:

Natasha Pulley The Half Life of Valery K in 1963 a nuclear scientist is taken from the Soviet prison camp he’s in and forced to study a strangely damaged forest and the town deep within it…

Alix E. HarrowA Mirror Mended 2nd in her Fractured Fables series. The 1st was A Spindle Splintered

in softcover:

Karen HellerThe Splendid City Eleanor is a young witch in the drought-struck state of Liberty and she’s turned her annoying colleague into a cat – but she still has to work with him and solve the water crisis by finding another missing witch…
Aliette de BodardFireheart Tiger a young princess returns to the Imperial Court, having spent years away as a hostage… a TorDotCom novella
D. G. ComptonSo here’s Our Leo a rare new novel (non-sf) from Compton. A ficticious biography of a man born in 1940, although the novel starts in 1983
E. C. TubbPlanetoid Disposals Ltd. not actually new, but I saw it listed and couldn’t resist! Originally published in 1953 and revised in 2022. A space debris disposal company is the only defence against an alien invasion!

Lynne McEwanIn Dark Water new Scottish crime novel, set by the Solway Firth. Not sure how it got on the order form! Her 1st novel.

Charles E. Gannon & Robert E. Waters Calabar’s War the latest 1636 book set in Eric Flint‘s 1632/Ring of Fire world

June 17, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 11th June 2022

in hardcover:

Raymond E. FeistMaster of Furies sequel to Queen of Storms & King of Ashes; the 3rd in his Firemane Saga
J. M. MiroOrdinary Monsters in 1882 the Cairndale Institute, north of Edinburgh, is home to orphaned children with strange abilities…

Alastair Reynolds Eversion a mission to a strange lake in the Arctic, or maybe an inlet in Patagonia, by schooner, or maybe a steamship, or even in a zeppelin!
David KoeppAurora a solar storm knocks out the world’s power grids – maybe for decades! The author is a world-famous Hollywood screenwriter.

Steve BrusatteThe Rise and Reign of the Mammals natural history book subtitled A New History, From the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us illustrated by Todd Marshall & Sarah Shelley

in softcover:

Andrzej Sapkowski Warriors of God volume 2 of his Hussite Trilogy, translated by David French
David Hair
World’s Edge sequel to Map’s Edge; The Tethered Citadel vol 2. I enjoyed vol 1
Catriona SilveyMeet Me in Another Life love across multiple worlds…

Megan Whalen TurnerThe Thief re-issue of the 1st Queen’s Thief novel from 1996
Stefan Zweig Shooting Stars (new to Transreal but actually quite old!) 10 ‘tipping point’ alternate histories, some first published back in 1927. 2013 UK Pushkin Press edition (translated by Anthea Bell)

Aaron Worth (editor) – The Night Wire and Other Tales of Weird Media the latest volume, with 17 stories, of the Tales of the Weird series from the British Library

magazines:

Shoreline of Infinity – issue # 31 the latest print issue

June 10, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 4th June 2022

Posted early this week because of the double Bank Holiday for the Jubilee. There are no deliveries on Thursday or Friday, so even if my suppliers get in new titles to send, I had to finalise this week’s order on Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday before the shut down.
Transreal Fiction will be open usual – i.e. 12.00 – 17.00 on Thursday & Friday & 11.00 – 17.00 on Saturday. Then closed Sunday & Monday.

in softcover:

Yoko TawadaScattered All Over the Earth Hiruko may be the last Japanese speaker alive. She and her companions try to track down rumours of another speaker, so she can hear her native language again… Translated by Margaret Mitsutani

Jeff VandermeerHummingbird Salamander New Weird adventure in pursuit of strange taxidermy and possibly saving the world!

magazines:

Locus – issue # 736 May cover date with the Hugo Awards shortlists and interviews witth Adrian Tchaikovsky & Dhonielle Clayton

June 1, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 28th May 2022

in hardcover:

Zoraida CordovaReclaim the Stars anthology of 17 sf&f tales from across Latin America
Adam Roberts (editor) – Classic Science Fictiom Stories small volume of 14 stories with short intros by Roberts. Part of the MacMillan Collectors Library

in softcover:

Hannah MathewsonWayward the harder the High Sorcerer’s granddaughter trains, the less reliable her spells become…
Cari ThomasThreadneedle Anna discovers a sercet, magical London…

Oliver K. LangmeadGlitterati in a future driven by fashion, a rival steals the credit for Simones accidentally created fashion trend…
Rosa Rankin-GeeDreamland with rising sea levels, most people are moving away from the coast, but Chance’s family are doing the opposite
Christopher RoweThese Prisoning Hills a new stand alone novella set in the nanotech ravaged future Voluntary State of Tennessee. I really enjoyed a related novella, The Border State in his collection Reading the Map

Patricia A. McKillipRiddle-Master following her death 3 weeks ago, I’ve re-stocked her most popular work, an omnibus edition of her 3 Riddle-Master of Hed novels (RMH, Heir of Sea and Fifre & Harpist in the Wind)

L. E. Modesitt, jr.Isolate 1st in his new Grand Illusion series
Eric Flint & Dave FreerThe Shaman of Karres the latest in The Witches of Karres sequence, based on the classic 1966 work by James H. Schmitz
John SpurlingArcadian Nights 40 Greek myths retold

John Ringo & Gary Poole (editors) – We Shall Rise anthology set in Ringo’s Black Tide Rising background

art, etc:

Scott Byran Wilson & Max FuchsOne Life One Death full colour h/c graphic novel set in the world of Richard K. Morgan‘s Altered Carbon
Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino & Dave StewartPrimordial h/c graphic novel; the first animals in space didn’t die there, they were taken! And now they’re being returned…

SethIt’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken duotone graphic novel about the creator’s quest for some rare cartoon art
George Wylesol2120 graphic novel; you are a technician locked in a building and have to steer through a decision tree to escape. A bit like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but with neat art!

DavA Fine Summer vol 3 of Beneath the Trees. Another season in the country! Companion to The Autumn of Mister Grumpf & Winter Chills. The volume for Spring hasn’t been translated from French yet, as far as I can tell
Remi LaiSurviving the Wild: Star the Elephant cute little h/c about a young elephant growing up

magazines:

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern – issue # 65: Plundered new fiction from across the Americas
PS ArtbookScream a facsimile of issue # 1 August 1973. b&w

May 27, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 21st May 2022

In hardcover:

Guy Gavriel Kay All the Seas of the World his latest quasi-historical fantasy novel
Holly Black Book of Night Charlie used to work for a cabal of secretive shadow-manipulators, and now they’re looking for her again…

Kim Stanley RobinsonThe High Sierra: A Love Affair hefty memoir covering his life but concentrating on his love of, and many trips to, the Sierra Nevada mountains. Their history, exploration, and geology, etc. are also covered

in softcover:

Sarah J. MaasA Court of Silver Flames the 5th in her Court of Thorns and Roses series
Derek KunskenThe House of Styx the 1st Venus Ascendant novel, set 250 years before his Quantum Evolution trilogy
Tim JordanAfterglow sequel to Glow, a nanotech drug…

Eleanor ScottRandalls Round subtitled Nine Nightmares. the latest volume from the British Library‘s Tales of the Weird series. This volume was edited by Aaron Worth & includes a further 2 stories as by N. Dennett, which was probably a pseudonym for Eleanor Scot (itself a pseudonym of a Helen Leys)

May 20, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 14th May 2022

in softcover:

Lauren T. Davila (editor) – When Other People Saw Us, They Saw the Dead new Gothic anthology from Haunt Publishing, who brought us Haunted Voices back in 2019!

Max GladstoneLast Exit Zelda and her friends set off on a trip to see multiple worlds but may have to stop the apocalypse!
Neal StephensonTermination Shock sequel to Reamde, although there’s no need to have read that one first
Sarah GaileyThe Echo Wife near-future thriller

D. K. FieldsFarewell to the Liar final part of the Tales of Fenest, which began with Widow’s Welcome & The Stitcher and the Mute. I thought all 3 parts were very good.
Naomi NovikThe Last Graduate sequel to A Deadly Education
Christoipher BuehlmanThe Blacktongue Thief 1st in a new fantasy series; I thought it was great fun!
J Dianne DotsonEphemeris vol 2 of The Questrison Saga
J Dianne DotsonAccretion vol 3 of The Questrison Saga
J Dianne DotsonLuminiferous vol 4 of The Questrison Saga. (Vol 1, Heliopause, came in a while ago)

A. M. ShineThe Watchers Mina breaks down driving across a remote moor in Ireland…
Faith HunterOf Claws and Fangs collection of short stories featuring Jane Yellowrock, and others

Jonathan Strathan (editor) – Someone in Time 16 new stories, many from major authors, about time travel and romance
Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes (editors) – Heroic Hearts a dozen new tales of heroism!

Roger ZelaznyThe Chronicles of Amber SF Masterworks edition from Gollancz collecting the first 5 books of Amber (originally published 1970 – 78)
Ross E. Lockhart (editor) – The Book of Cthulhu II new 2022 edition of this Night Shade Press anthology of works inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and his work. Vol I arrived a couple of weeks ago…

art, etc:

Nanaco YashiroWonderland: The Art of NY full colour, full page art, many with a touch of Art Nouveau about them

Sergio ToppiSharaze-De the latest volume of The Collected Toppi. H/C with good quality paper. Mainly b&w tales and legends from Africa
Francois Schuitten & Benoit PeetersThe Tower new addition to their Obscure Cities series of graphic novels, although this one appears not be be set in a recognisable location. B&W
Man Arenas The World of Yaxin: The Day of the Unicorn full colour h/c graphic novel with cute unicorns!
Kuniko Tsurita The Sky is Blue With a Single Cloud complete b&w manga, translated by Ryan Holmberg

Joe FloodScience Comics: Birds of Prey the latest in the series, subtitled Terrifying Talons

May 13, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 7th April 2022

slow week, I’m afraid!

in softcover:

Zen ChoBlack Water Sister returning home to Malasia, Jessamyne is blackmailed into helping her grandmother’s ghost gain revenge on behalf of a local diety…

R. W. W. GreeneMercury Rising alternate history set in 1975 in which Brooklyn decides to join the Earth Orbital Forces and repulse the tentacled aliens! But are they actually the real enemy!?
E. V. Odle The Clockwork Man 1st published in 1923; a mechanically enhanced man from the future crashlands during a village cricket match!

Maurice BroaddusPimp My Airship intrigue, politics & airships!
David B. Coe Radiants part 1 of his Radiants series about secret telepaths; vol 2, Invasives, came in very recently

magazines:

Locus – issue # 735 April cover date. Tim Pratt & Premee Mohamed interviews…

May 6, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 30th April 2022

in hardcover:

Mark LawrenceThe Girl and the Moon the 3rd in The Book of the Ice trilogy
John GywnneThe Hunger of the Gods sequel to The Shadow of the Gods
Brandon Sanderson & Janci PattersonSkyward Flight 3 short novels; Sunreach, Redawn & Evershore (580 pages altogether) together with almost 40 pages of scenes cut from Sanderson’s novel Skyward
Nicola GriffithSpear a girl grows up in the wilderness but then takes a spear and sets off for the fabled court at Caer Leon…

Emily St.John MandellSea of Tranquility from the Canadian wilderness in the early 20th C to a moonbase almost 500 hundred years later… Not read much about it but I believe it may have links to both Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, both of which I liked

Seanan McGuire Seasonal Fears the 2nd of her Alchemical Journeys, which began with Middlegame
Kelly BarnhillWhen Women Were Dragons in mid-20th C America hundres of thousands of women literally turn into dragons!

Zorada Cordova (editor) – Reclaim the Stars anthology of 17 Latin American SF&F stories

Riley BlackThe Last Days of the Dinosaurs subtitled An Asteroid, Extinction and the Beginning of Our World just what the title says! A very readable account of current thinking.

in softcover:

Alastair ReynoldsInhibitor Phase a new book in his Revelation Space Universe!
Premee MohamedThe Void Ascendant final volume of the Beneath the Rising trilogy
Julie CzernadaSpectrum the 3rd in her Web-Shifter’s Library set

Lucy Holland Sistersong historical fantasy based on an ancient ballad… I liked the h/c
Sarah TolmieAll the Horses of Iceland a story of how the first horses reached Iceland
Maggie StievvaterMister Impossible sequel to Call Down the Hawk; 2nd in the Dreamer Trilogy

Neil Wiliamson Queen of Clouds Billy is delivering a sentient tree to Sunshine City when he is co-opted by the Weathermakers to help restore sense and order to the city…
Sam J. MillerThe Blade Between dark fantasy/horror from the author of Blackfish City

Luke ArnoldOne Foot in the Fade the 3rd book in the Fetch Phillips Archive, which began with The Last Smile in Sunder City & Dead Man in a Ditch
Adam Simcox The Dying Squad a murdered Lincolnshire detective is recruited to a spectral police force

Evan DickenTo Chart the Clouds a Legend of the Five Rings adventure based on improved map-making techniques!

Liu Jue (editor) – Ticket to Tomorrow subtitled A Collection of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy. 12 newly-translated stories from current authors

art, etc:

Tyler JacobsonThe Art of TJ large full-colour h/c of mainly fantasy art

Martin Vaughn-JamesElephant & Projector two innovative monochrome graphic novels bound in dos-à-dos format, first published in Canada in 1970 & 71. The term “graphic novel” barely existed at the time so he called them “boovies” from “book-movies”!
Philippe Thirault & Roberto ZaghiMakhno: Ukranian Freedom Fighter colour softcover from Humanoids set during and after WW1 & the Russian Revolution. Based on the true story of charismatic anarchist Nestor Makhno.
Alexandro Jodorowsky & Juan GimenezThe Metabarons: First Cycle hefty 530+ pages full colour softback graphic novel from Humanoids
Valentina Grande & Sergio VarbellaBauhaus: A Graphic Novel colour h/c historical look at the movemenrt

Jim WoodringWeathercraft the 2016 h/c edition from Fantagraphics. b&w
Jim WoodringJim: Jim Woodring’s Notorious Autojournal Fantagraphic‘s 2014 h/c anthology of his work. Some colour. (I was billed for another, new, title but it wasn’t in the delivery.)

Jeff Parker & Sandy JarrellMeteor Men (Expanded Edition) full colour softcover graphic novel of alien contact!
Anders Eager & Peter BergtingThe Crows h/c g/n from Dark Horse about inheriting a strange old house in rural Sweden! Looks interesting!
Nerenika Kolomycka Tiny Fox and Great Boar: There fun full colour h/c g/n
Charles Kermit Claytor & Ryan Claytor A Hunter’s Tale cute little mini-comic by Ryan, illustrating a poem by his late grandfather

Wataru NadataniCat + Gamer volume 1 manga; an office worker adopts a stray cat…

magazines:

Locus – issue # 735 April cover date, with Tim Pratt & Premee Mohamed interviews & the Nebula Awards ballot choices

IllustratorsIssue Thirty-Seven (# 37) with Antonio Caparo, Russ Heath & Arturo del Castillo, among others!
Heavy Metalissue # 316

April 29, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment