Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 23rd June 2018

in hardcover:

Terry BrooksThe Skaar Invasion the 2nd book of The Fall of Shannara
Sarah PinsboroughCross Her Heart psychological thriller

Lois McMaster BujoldMira’s Last Dance fantasy novella published by Subterranean Press; a sequel to Penric’s Mission

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concernissue #52 titled In Their Faces a Landmark  17 new stories about ‘movement and displacement’

in large format:

Ruthanna EmrysWinter Tide Lovecraft inspired novel featuring the few surviving residents of Innsmouth after their release from internment with the American Japanese during WW2!

in ‘B’ format:

Tanya HuffThe Priviledge of Peace her 3rd Peacekeeper novel
David HutchinsonShelter almost a hundred years after the disaster that shattered civilisation, society is looking beyond scavenging the past and towards the future… Volume 1 of shared world series The Aftermath. Volume 2, Haven, will be by Adam Roberts.

Michael BlumleinThoreau’s Microscope the 21st in PM PressOutspoken Author series. Fiction, an essay and an interview with Terry Bisson.

in paperback:

Scott WesterfieldThe Risen Empire re-issue of the 1st of the two Succession books; the Emperor & his sster have ruled for centuries but now augmented humans want a change…
James RollinsThe Demon Crown the latest Sigma Force adventure! Premium edition.

magazines:

Shoreline of Infinityissue # 12 lead story by Helen Jackson plus more fiction, reviews,  poetry, art, and even a ‘spot the difference’ game!

Locusissue # 689 June cover date; includes their ‘Books through March‘ feature on upcoming releases

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June 22, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 16th June 2018

in hardcover:

Rob Grant & Andrew MarshallThe Quanderhorn Xperimentations secret, absurd history based on documents discovered during the refurbishment of Westminster!

Peter NewmanThe Deathless people scratch a living from the verges of the Godroads, fearing the nearby forests where the Demons lurk. Above, the Deathless live their lives in floating castles…

Robert McCammonThe Listener crime novel set during the Great Depression, featuring a man who can sometimes hear things that haven’t been spoken out loud…

Eric Flint & Walt Boyers (editors) – Grantville Gazette VIII the latest volume of short stories set in Flint’s 1632/Ring of Fire universe…

H. P. Lovecraft & Gary Gianni (illustrator) – The Illustrated Call of Cthulhu very nice h/c edition, filled with b&w art. Includes short story The Sea Raiders by H. G. Wells, also with illustrative sketches. Published by Flesk, who do the annual Spectrum arts collection.

Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly BlackThe Spiderwyck Chronicles: The Completely Fantastical Edition not new, but I now stock the illustrated single volume of the Spiderwyck Chronicles

in large format:

Amanda DownumStill So Strange collection of 28 short stories with a Lovecraftian tinge…

in ‘B’ format:

Natasha PulleyThe Bedlam Stacks strange adventures in 19thC  Peru, searching for botanical specimens! Loved the hardcover last year.
Christina HenryThe Mermaid rumours of the perfect sideshow exhibit reach P. T. Barnam…
Rebecca JamesThe Woman in the Mirror after the War, Alice becomes a governess at remote Winterbourne in Cornwall; 70 years later Rachel is informed of the death of a previously unknown relative and she is requested to travel down to Cornwall…
Hailey EdwardsBone Driven part 2 of the Foundling series, sequel to Bayou Born

Stephen DonaldsonSeventh Decimate 1st part of The Great God’s War, a new epic fantasy series

Gavin ChaitOur Memory Like Dust set in a near future North Africa and a companion volume to Lament for the Fallen. Another h/c favorite of mine from last year!
Marina J. LostetterNoumenon deep into humanity’s 1st multi-ship voyage to another star all the ships are crewed by clones of the original crew!
Rob BoffardAdrift Sigma Station, an exotic space hotel, is suddenly destroyed, stranding or killing everyone
Daniel GodfreyThe Synapse Sequence in the near future, Ais, bots and drones do everything but the controlling algorithms aren’t always fair…

art, etc:

J. A. W. CooperFamiliars softcover; sketches of witches and their familiars. Some colour
J. A. W. CooperFlora & Fauna sketches of mainly animals, with some plants
J. A. W. CooperViscera slightly more violent sketches of animals and humans

Mike Mignola & Gary GianniHellboy: Into the Silent Sea – Studio Edition large h/c with all the b&w art highlighted, with the comic’s text and editorial comments alongside instead of obscuring the art. Looks great!

MoebiusInside Moebius Part 2 h/c from Humanoids of Moebius’ musings and art
Frederic Brremaud & Giovanni RiganoDaffodil Nosferatu’s vampire legions prepare to descend upon a quiet little town… Hardcover collecting issues 1 – 3 of the comic.

magazines:

Heavy Metal – issue # 290

Illustrationissue Sixty with pieces on N. C. Wyeth, Frederic Varady & Gilbert Bundy

June 15, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 9th June 2018

in hard cover:

Christopher MooreNoir it’s the summer of ’47 and strange things have been seen in the sky. Sammy & Cheese (her surname name is Stilton!) are approached by the Airforce for some sensitive snooping…
Simon R. GreenNight Fall apparently a cross-over between his Secret Histories and Nightside series, making it nos. 12 & 14 respectively!
Jacqueline CareyStarless Khai has been raised from birth to protect the Princess Zariya

Travis S. TaylorBringers of Hell the 6th in his Tau Ceti Agenda series

Jim ButcherBrief Cases a dozen short stories from The Dresden Files

J. R. R. TolkienThe Hobbit Facsimile Gift Set a tray/box which has a lenticular (3-D) version of the classic cover on it & in the tray is a replica of the unrevised 1937 1st edition, a cd with JRRT reading extracts, a map (with hidden moon runes on it) and more!

in large format:

Dominic DulleyShattermoon volume 1 of The Long Game. Orry screws up one of har father’s cons by fleeing off-planet with an artifact that may have belonged to the aliens who used to inhabit the shattered moon, the remnants of which are still orbiting the planet…

Lilith SaintcrowAfterwar as a 2nd Civil War winds down in the USA, the hunt is on for a war criminal who holds dangerous secrets which could re-ignite the conflict…
K. R. RichardsonBlood Orbit a rookie policeman is transferred to a distant planet to help investigate a mas murder…

Seanan McGuireSparrow Hill Road 1st in the new Ghost Roads series, about a hit & run victim trying to track down the man who killed her in order to retain his immortality…
Roger TaylorThe Keep you did your job and didn’t ask what was going on when you worked at the remote, mysterious Keep
Joe R. Lansdale & Kasey LansdaleTerror is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors collecting all 8 of the PI’s strange cases

Philip K. Dick5 Great Novels fat volume with argueably his five best novels: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik & A Scanner Darkly

in ‘B’ format:

Daryl GregorySpoonbenders complex novel about a family of semi-retired showground magicians, whose powers may or may not be real. I really enjoyed the h/c last year…

Alex MarshallA War in Crimson Embers the 3rd book in The Crimson Empire series, earlier titles were A Crown for Cold Silver & A Blade of Black Steel
Cameron JohnstonThe Traitor God after 10 years away, Edrin returns home to avenge his friend’s brutal death and no sorcery, daemons or gods will stop him…
Jess RichardsCity of Circles when her circus visits the magical city of Matryoshka, Danu stays behind to try to uncover the secrets in her past…
Vivian ShawStrange Practice Dr. Greta Helsing tends to the London undead and their various peculiar ailments but things are changing…
Bryan CampThe City of Lost Fortunes in chaotic post-Katrina New Orleans Jude has retired but still has the gift of finding missing objects; drawn back into things, can he use his ability to find the murderer of the Fortune god…

Jack CampbellAscendant  2nd volume in his Genesis Fleet series, set in the universe of The Lost Fleet series…
Michael TolkinNK3 a weaponised microbe has destroyed the memories and identities of almost all humankind and the few uninfected left in the remnants of civilisation rule it all!
Amber RoyerFree Chocolate in the far future chocolate is Earth’s only worthwhile export! Looks fun!

Rob BoffardOuter Earth omnibus containing the Tracer, Zero-G & Impact trilogy, about a failing orbital habitat which harbours the last few thousand humans

Warhammer 40,000 The Last Hunt featuring the White Scars, a Space Marine Chapter. Written by Robbie MacNiven

Lea TaylorMidlothian Folk Tales two dozen stories set in and around Edinburgh…

in paperback:

Taylor AndersonDevil’s Due the 12th Destroyermen adventure, about a WW2 destroyer crew in an alternate universe

art, etc:

Dougal DixonAfter Man new h/c edition of his 1981 classic showing how (and the why) various yet-to-evolve new species might look
Mark P. WittonRecreating an Age of Reptiles 90+ full colour up-to-date paintings of dinosaurs, early mammels, etc. with notes on aspects of their creation and rendering.

Kevin J. Anderson & Neil PeartClockwork Lives steampunk flavoured full colour h/c graphic novel conceived by Neil Peart of Canadian rock group Rush

magazines:

Graphite – issue # 7 new issue of the concept drawing magazine

June 8, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 2nd June 2018

in hardcover:

Catherynne M. ValenteSpace Opera humans have reached the stars and discovered that influence and position can be gained by competing in the once-a-Cycle Metagalactic Grand Prix…
Greg EganPhoresis one of a pair of twin planets is dying, and it’s people hope that migration to it’s unknown companion may save them…

in large format:

Sarah GaileyAmerican Hippo alternate history omnibus containing the novellas River of Teeth & Taste of Marrow with 2 more short stories, all about the hippo ranching business in the swamps of the American South!
Yahtzee CroshawJam the Apocalypse will be a lot… stickier… than anyone prepared for!

Duncan Lunan (editor) – Starfield re-issue of the 1989 anthology of 17 Scottish science fiction stories, published this time around by the Shoreline of Infinity team.

David RoweThe Proverbs of Middle-Earth strange as news from Bree!

Mur LaffertyI Should Be Writing subtitled ‘A Writer’s Workshop‘ and written by the award winning podcaster and author

in ‘B’ format:

Peter WattsThe Freeze-Frame Revolution when only a tiny proportion of deep-sleep passengers are awake at any one time, how can they plan anything? Especially without the controlling AI knowing!
Ian McDonaldTime Was two people, presumed dead during WW2, are adrift in time and try to find each other by leaving clues in books, plays, etc…

in paperback:

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.Assassin’s Price the 11th volume of the Imager Portfolio
Hailey EdwardsBone Driven the sequel to Bayou Born and part 2 of her Foundling series…
Deborah HarknessA Discovery of Witches Diana discovers a rare manuscript about alchemy in the Bodlian Library stacks and wants nothing to do with it. But it’s too late, and strange beings are stirring! Volume 1 of her All Souls trilogy

Star Trek: PrometheusThe Root of All Rage the 2nd novel set on the USS Prometheus in the same era as ST: The Original Series. Written by Bernd Perplies & Christian Humberg

art, etc:

The Art of Jim Starlin: A Life in Words and Pictures large, heavily illustrated hardcover
Simon Grenan, Roger Sabin & Julian WaiteMarie Duval hardcover collecting the work of this Victorian cartoonist & illustrator
Frank QuietlyDrawings & Sketches small h/c with b&w and colour sketches and drawings

M. Alice LeGrowBizenghast: Falling Into Fear hardcover, with 2 dozen little removable colour posters in plastic sleeves and a dozen pages of stickers

David Munoz, Tirso & Javi MontesWhispers in the Walls horror story set in a children’s hospital in Czeckoslovakia in 1949. From Humanoids
Giovanni Gualdoni, Gabriele Clima, Matteo Piana & Davide TurottiThe Ring of the Seven Worlds softcover. Steampunk fantasy from Humanoids
Daniel LieskeThe Wormwood Saga brightly coloured little fantasy adventure. Softcover

Bernard Seret & Julien SoleSharks small h/c all about sharks! One of several titles in IDW’s new The Little Book of Knowledge series

Evan DorkinMilk and Cheese b&w collection of the comic, which ran from 1989 – 2000. Softcover

Tentacle Kitty: Coloring Book with b&w drawings by 8 artists, from Dark Horse

June 1, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gardner Dozois – 1947 – 2018

The man who was probably the top short fiction editor in the field for over 30 years died last week. The 35th edition of his annual doorstop of an anthology of The Year’s Best Science Fiction is due out this summer although his editing career (as opposed to his writing career) started long ago in a small way back in 1972 and kicked into gear in 1976 and hardly paused until now. Apart from producing dozens of anthologies, often with the assistance of Jack Dann or George R. R. Martin, among others, he also edited Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years and won innumerable awards for his work.

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(cover art by Doug Herring)

But he was also an acomplished author in his own right and won, or was nominated for, Hugos & Nebulas 16 times over 30 years. I probably first read his short work in The Visible Man, his first short story collection, back in 1977 (I still have my copy!) and later in Geodesic Dreams.  He also wrote a couple of novels, Nightmare Blue, with George Alec Effinger in 1975, which I bought when it came out for the Effinger connection but never really liked, and Strangers three years later, which I struggled with as well. But his short fiction was great! He collaborated with several authors, including his wife Susan Casper, and Slow Dancing Through Time, in 1990, collected the best of these stories in one place.

When I heard of his death, I wanted to read something of his but many of my books are currently boxed up. But I did find my little copy of Peacemaker, his Hugo nominated and Nebula winning story from 1983, re-issued on it’s own by Pulphouse in 1991.
I hadn’t remembered much about it, but it’s still a strong story; the climate change details are fortunately wrong (his changes are much speeded up), but the portrayal of a future rural America is still chilling to read today.

So, farewell Gardner, a giant in our field.

June 1, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 26th May 2018

in hardcover:

Andrzej SapkowskiSeason of Storms the latest volume of The Witcher series, which began with The Last Wish. The previous volume, The Lady of the Lake is recently out in paperback
Andrew CaldecottWyntertide the sequel to the splendidly strange Rotherweird

V. E. SchwabVicious hardcover edition of her 2014 title…

in ‘B’ format:

Neal Stephenson & Nichole GallandThe Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.  time travel goings on in the Department of Diachronic Operations!

Adrian TchaikovskyDogs of War Rex is a heavily armed, and armoured, genetically modified fighting machine. But at heart all he wants to be is a Good Dog…
Mercedes LackeyThe Hills Have Spies part 1 of her new Family Spies series, set in Valdemar

Juliet E. McKennaThe Green Man’s Heir Daniel is a drifter, picking up casual work as he goes, but now the police are interested in his background, but he’d rather not have his childhood investigated…

Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffIlluminae, Gemina & Obsidio all 3 volumes of their Iluminae Files, about Hanna & Nik and their efforts to help win an interstellar war…

Warhammer 40,000The Carrion Throne 1st novel of The Vaults of Terra, by Chris Wright

art, etc:

PIE InternationalBeautiful Scenes From a Fantasy World companion volume to the recent Everyday Scenes From a Parallel World. Background images from various anime and manga

Jean-Francois Chabas & David SalaThe Enchanted Chest large h/c with a full page colour illustration opposite every page of the text of the fairy tale

magazines:

Locus – issue # 688 May cover date, with pieces on Nick Harkaway & Ada Palmer, among others. Also details of this year’s PKD Award

May 25, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 19th May 2018

in hardcover:

Mark LawrenceGrey Sister sequel to recent paperback Red Sister and volume 2 of his Book of the Ancestor series
Joanne M. HarrisThe Testament of Loki sequel to Runemarks and Runelight

in large format:

Thomas WelshAnna Undreaming a student discovers she is an ‘undreamer’ and must confront a community of ‘Dreamers’ with evil intentions… Author is from Glasgow, so not quite local!

TTA Press/Andy Cox (editor) – Crimewave 13 a dozen new stories in an attractive looking anthology
Robert C. PoytonRemnants collection subtitled Tales of Fenland Horror & Hauntings the author’s 3 major influences are apparently M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft and the fens of East Anglia!

Robert Cowley (editor) – What If?  book of essays by military historians about key moments and battles throughoiut history and how things might have changed…

in ‘B’ format:

E. M. BrownBuying Time interesting looking time travel novel by a slightly re-branded Eric Brown!
Angela SlatterCorpse Light sequel to Vigil; Verity Fassbinder vol 2, about the Weyrd Council‘s Brisbane agent…
G. S. DenningMy Grave Ritual the 3rd Warlock Holmes case

Brian McClellanWrath of Empire epic fantasy sequel to Sins of Empire

Scott OdenA Gathering of Ravens in the year 999 Grimnir, the last of the Skraelings, makes his way from Scandinavia to the Viking town of Dubhlinn seeking vengence…
Mark AdlerSon of the Night it’s the eve of the battle of Crecy in Banners of Blood vol 2, the sequel to Son of the Morning
Cynthia MassonThe Flaw in the Stone the sequel, and part 2, of The Alchemist’s Council

Warhammer40,000Ghost Warrior by Gav Thorpe. Part 1 of Rise of the Ynnari
Warhammer: Age of SigmarOverlords of the Iron Dragon C. L. Werner‘s latest adventure…

Isaac AsimovThe Complete Robot re-issue of the omnibus containg I, Robot, The Rest of th Robots, and other robot stories. New cover; one of a batch of Asimov re-issues

Michael Andre-DdiussiJack Vance: Seven Articles on his Work and Travels slim book looking at various aspects of JV’s writing and life. The main pieces are an attempt to map out a loose ‘future history’ (as the author did in his Handbook of Vance Space) and a look at The Blue World. The New Prime, Sjambek, and other works also feature in the other essays…

in paperback:

Larry CorreiaMonster Hunter: Siege the 6th in the main Monster Hunter series, excluding the MH Memoirs & the MH Files anthology

art, etc:

3dtotal PublishingCreating Stylized Characters latest in their series of books on art technique
Rosemary MoscoBirding Is My Favorite Video Game little colour collection of fun nature centred cartoons taken from the Bird and Moon webcomic about birdwatching, etc.

gift:

F. A. Steel  – English Fairy Tales nice little hardcover with versions of various fairy tales re-crafted by Steel and first published in 1918. Illustration both in b&w and colour by Arthur rackham.

Antoine De Saunt Exupery The Little Prince similar to the little h/c copy I usually stock, but with the illustrations in full colour instead of b&w!

magazines:

Interzone – # 275 cover date May/June
Black Static – # 63 featuring a novella by Steven J. Dines (who also has a novelette in the new Interzone as well!)

May 18, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday!

Transreal Fiction will be closed all day tomorrow, the 16th of May) for pressing personal reasons…

Hope to open on Thursday as normal.

May 15, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 12th May 2018

in hardcover:

Neal AsherThe Soldier Orlandine’s duty is to guard an ancient weapons store but maybe she could just destroy it instead?. Until a super-soldier from the horde is awakened by unknown enemies… Part 1 of the Rise of the Jain, his latest series featuring humans and the alien Prador Empire
Robyn BennisBy Fire Above the 2nd Signal Airship adventure; the war against the Vin gets personal for Airship Captain Josette Dupre

in large format:

Nancy SpringerThe Oddling Prince the king of Caledon may be dying, and his kingdom’s fate lies with 2 very different brothers…
Lara Elena DonnellyArmistice sequel to her recent Amberlough

Cat SparksLotus Blue an ancient satellite crashes to ground near to some post-apocalyptic nomadic traders…

Bruce SterlingSchismatrix Plus restocked after several years of absence! His original 1985 cyberpunk novel, plus 5 stories set in the same Shaper/Mechanist world

F. Marion CrawfordThe Upper Berth, for the Blood is the Life, and other Horrors subtitled The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of FMC; 8 stories originally published between 1885 and 1911

in ‘B’ format:

Robyn BennisThe Guns Above fantasy steampunk action featuring a new airship captain…
Justina RobsonThe Switch orphans Nico and Twostar don’t fit into Harmony’s perfect society…

Jaroslav KalfarSpaceman of Bohemia the Czcch Republic’s first space mission is to investigate a strange cloud around Venus… An Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist slection

Laini TaylorStrange the Dreamer Lazlo Strange had always wanted to find the mythic city of Weep, and finally has an opportunity to do so!
Jennie MelamidGather the Daughters every summer on a remote island all the children are allowed to do anything they want, until one of them discovers something that could completely change their small world…
Kate Murray-BrownThe Upstairs Room Eleanor & Richard have finally bought their dream house, but soon their feelings about it change…

May 11, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 5th May 2018

in hardcover:

Sylvain NeuvelOnly Human the 3rd of the Themis Files series, which began with Sleeping Giants
Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah A. HoytUncharted 1st of the new Arcane America series. The whole of America has a very different history and Lewis & Clark’s overland expedition meets all sorts of unexpected difficulties! The premise sounds like a cross between Jeffrey Barlough‘s Western Lights series and Manifest Destiny (the comic)

Kim WilkinsDaughters of the Storm a dying King’s daughters set out to find the witch who might cure him, and save his Kingdom…
Leife ShallcrossThe Beast’s Heart a re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast, from the Beast’s point of view

Connie WillisI Met a Traveller in an Antique Land sheltering from the rain, Jim goes into a quaint little bookshop… (not Transreal!) Signed & Numbered novella from Subterranean Press

in large format:

Emily DevenportMedusa Uploaded Oichi is surreptitiously rescued from being ‘spaced’ from a generation starship and vows to discover the truth behind the voyage

in ‘B’ format:

Peter V. BrettThe Core the 5th novel in his Demon Cycle, which began with The Painted Man
Roger LevyThe Rig interesting looking, complex sf novel, difficult to summarize without reading it!
Benjamin PercyThe Dark Net an evil power is infiltrating peoples’ minds via a computer virus…

Louisa MorganA Secret History of Witches the old, magical ways are dying but when WW2 looms, a family in Brittany rises to the challenge…
Syd MooreStrange Fascination the 3rd Essex Witch Museum Mystery

J. R. R. TolkienBeren and Luthien the definitive version of this tale from Middle Earth‘s First Age. Colour plates by Alan Lee.

Star WarsFrom a Certain Point of View anthology of 40 stories from 40 authors celebrating 40 years since the original film!

Samuel R. DelanyThe Athiest in the Attic plus… the latest in PM Press‘s Outspoken Authors series. The title novella, an essay, an interview with Delany by Terry Bisson and a biblography

in paperback:

Timothy ZahnPawn Nicole is kidnapped and finds herself forced to work on a huge alien spacecraft…
Faith HunterDark Queen the latest Jane Yellowrock adventure

Nicholas Sansbury SmithHell Divers IIGhosts set on a gigantic airship floating above a poisonous, ruined Earth…

art, etc:

Charles R. KnightLife Through the Ages a commemorative edition of his 1946 book, with examples of his b&w drawings of all sorts of prehistoric animals, not just the dinosaurs for which he was most famous. The original text is somewhat outdated, as are some of the assumptions made in drawing the earlier animals especially. But still a very nice softcover book!

Lee LanierAesthetic 3D Lighting: History, Theory and Application how it was done, and how to do it, including virtually.

May 4, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment