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Michael Scott Rohan – signed copies

Michael Scott Rohan is the author of 15+ novels, mainly written in the 1980s & 90s, of which the best known are the Winter of the World novels. Sadly, they’ve all been out of print for years.
However, the first one, The Anvil of Ice, has now been issued in Orion’s Fantasy Masterworks series in paperbacK and the author has agreed to sign copies of it for me.
The date, the location or a brief greeting can also be added on request.

It’s a ‘B’ format £9.99 paperback and postage within the UK should be £1.51, making £11.50 in total.
Prices to elsewhere on application.

Let me know at if you’re interested and I can issue a PayPal Invoice if it’s not convenient to collect your copy.


The chronicles of The Winter of the World echo down the ages in half-remembered myth and song – tales of mysterious powers of the Mastersmiths, of the forging of great weapons, of the subterranean kingdoms of the duergar, of Gods who walked abroad, and of the Powers that struggled endlessly for dominion. In the Northlands, beleaguered by the ever-encroaching Ice and the marauding Ekwesh, a young cowherd, saved from the raiders by the mysterious Mastersmith, discovers in himself an uncanny power to shape metal – but it is a power that may easily be turned to evil ends, and on a dreadful night he flees his new home, and embarks on the quest to find both his own destiny, and a weapon that will let him stand against the Power of the Ice. His wanderings will bring him great friends but earn him greater enemies, and eventually they will transform him from lowly cowherd to a mastersmith fit to stand with the greatest of all men.


September 5, 2015 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 5th September 2015

large format:

Patrick DeWittUnderMajorDomo Minor aimless liar Lucian Minor takes a job in a very gothic castle…

in ‘B’ format:

Sherri S. TepperFish Tails 700 page sequel to 2010s The Waters Rising which also has references to, and characters from, many of her previous novels
Debbie Viguie & James R. TuckRobin Hood: Demon’s Bane 1st in a new series retelling the legend; subtitled Mark of the Black Arrow
Erika JohansenThe Queen of the Tearling young Kelsea lives quietly far away from Court, but she has just inherited the throne of her now very corrupt  kingdom…
Patricia BriggsShifting Shadows collection of Mercy Thompson short stories

in paperback:

Adam BakunasWindswept Padma’s job is recruiting new Union members from among the  thousands of people working in space, and she just wants to meet her quota and retire. But she discovers a secret project by the big corporations involving a possibly calamitous plague…

September 4, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 30th May2015

in hardcover:

Michael Z. WilliamsonA Long Time Until Now a small group of US soldiers find themselves back in the Paleolithic… The cover shows a Roman legionnaire in a humvee being attacked by a wooly rhinoceros!
Paolo BacigalupiThe Water Knife in a drought-ridden near future, there’s a rumour of a new source of plentiful water…

in large format:

Andrzej SapkowskiSword of Destiny 5th in the Witcher series, translated from Polish by David French. Volume 1 was The Last Wish
Jon SprunkBlood and Iron part 1 of the Book of the Black Earth shipwright Harace Delrosa is shipwrecked and enslaved in the mysterious Akeshian Empire

Max Allan CollinsStrip for Murder hard-boiled detective story first published in 2008 although it’s set in 1953. Before the final chapter there’s a short comic strip highlighting the main points about the murder encouraging the reader to guess the culprit before reading the end of the book. Illustrations by Terry Beatty

J. R. R. TolkienBeowulf: A Translation and Commentary one quarter poem, three quarters notes and extra material!

in ‘B’ format:

John BirminghamResistance the 2nd volume of Dave vs. the Monsters. The fight continues against horrors released from deep in the Earth’s crust…
Ian DouglasDeep Time the 6th in his Star Carrier set
Michael LoganApocalypse Cow Britain is overrun by zombie cows!

Stuart DouglasThe Albino’s Treasure subtitled ‘the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Freda WarringtonThe Dark Arts of Blood the 4th in her Blood Wine sequence
Mark Lawrence – Prince of Fools book 1 of The Red Queen’s War. Set in the Broken Empire in a strangely altered Europe

Micheal Reaves & Mallory ReavesThe Silver Dream sequel to Interworld. Story by Neil Gaiman & Micheal Reaves but not written by Gaiman.

in paperback:

Mike ShepherdSurvivor the 2nd in his Vicky Peterwald series, a spin-off from his Kris Longknife series
Ian DouglasDeep Time the 6th in his Star Carrier set
Clive Cussler & Graham BrownGhost Ship the 12th Kurt Austin adventure

Dayton WardArmageddon’s Arrow the latest Star Trek: The Next Generation novel
James AxlerForbidden Trespass the latest Deathlands adventure

Larry Niven (creator) – Man-Kzin Wars XIV 7 short stories

art, etc:

Martha FayOut of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer large biography, heavily illustrated with his work
Comfort Love & Adam WithersThe Complete Guide to Self-Published Comics glossy softcover

George R. R. MartinGame of Thrones: The Graphic Novel volume four adaptation by Daniel Abraham with art by Tommy Patterson
Satoshi KonDream Fossil 400+ pages collecting his manga short stories. b&w in English


Interzone – #258 cover by Martin Hanford
Illustration – issue # 47 substantial articles on Charles Dana Gibson and George Petty

Heavy MetalHoax Hunters issue #3. comic


Doctor WhoLast of the Cyberman with Colin Baker & Frazer Hines. Adventure #199 from Big Finish
Doctor WhoSuburban Hell with Tom Baker & Louise Jameson. Fourth Doctor Adventure #4.5 from Big Finish

May 27, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 23rd May 23015

in hardcover:

Neal StephensonSeveneves big new novel about what happens following the sudden destruction of the moon! Both short term and long term…

Eli K. P. WilliamCash Crash Jubilee in a future Tokyo absolutely everything has been quantified and given a price… Volume 1 of The Jubilee Cycle
Gwendolyn WomackThe Memory Painter a new drug enables people to be aware of past lives, but what if they’ve been manipulated throughout history!?

Naomi NovikUprooted Agnieszka expects the wizard called Dragon to select her friend as tribute for protecting their village, but she’s wrong! (Not a Temeraire novel)
P. N. ElrodThe Hanged Man in an alternate Victorian London Alexandrina Pendlebury is a forensic psychic consultant living on Baker Street and working for Her Majesty’s Psychic Service… Looks fun!
Barbra HamblyCrimson Angel the latest Benjamin January novel

in large format:

Ryk E. SpoorPhoenix in Shadow sequel to Phoenix Rising. Epic fantasy
David WellingtonPosi+ive in post-apocalypse America Finn must make his way to safety although he may be infected with the plague virus
William Meikle The Dunfield Terror there’s a strange glowing fog, but it’s in the middle of a snowstorm. Horror from Crystal Lake Publishers

Tobias S. BuckellSly Mongoose the 3rd in his Xenowealth series, about the long term aftermath of a multi-species space war.
Neil Clarke (editor) – Upgraded anthology of ‘cyborg’ stories. Contributors include Elizabeth Bear, Greg Egan, Ken Liu & Madeline Ashby
Kevin Lucia
Things Slip Through single author horror collection.  From Crystal Lake Publishers
Joe Mynhardt & Emma Audsley (editors) – Horror 101: The Way Forward very readable non-fiction about writing horror, from all sorts of writers including Poppy Z. Brite, Ellen Datlow & Tim Waggoner. From Crystal Lake Publishers
Joe Mynhardt
(editor)The Outsiders 5 horror authors each tell a story of events inside a small gated community…  From Crystal Lake Publishers

in ‘B’ format:
Ian C. EsslemontAssail his 6th and final novel set in the Malazan Empire, which he co-created with Steven Erickson
Marc TurnerWhen the Heavens Fall a rogue necromancer challenges the Lord of the Dead for dominion over the underworld. Part 1 of The Chronicles of the Exile

Adam RobertsBete Animal Rights activists insert computer chips into animals which give them the power of speech…

magazines: Black Static – issue #46, with half a dozen stories, including The Secret Language of Stamps by Neil Williamson

May 22, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 18th April 2015

in hardcover:

Ken LiuThe Grace of Kings the seven kingdoms of the archipelago of Dara have been welded into an empire, but that doesn’t mean there’s peace!

in large format:

Ian WhatesPelquin’s Comet in a bid to claim a store of alien weaponry the crew of the Comet are pursued by rivals but their most dangerous opponent may be on board!

Alex BledsoeWisp of a Thing sequel to The Hum and the Shiver, about the reclusive folk of Cloud County, Tennessee
Brenda CooperEdge of Dark mankind had banished rogue AIs to the very edge of the Solar System a long time ago, but now they want to return – and they’ve evolved… Book 1 of The Glittering Edge
Sarah Jane StratfordThe Moonlight Brigade a Roman General from the time of the Republic becomes a vampire, and centuries later, hopes to bring down Mussolini’s regime and replace it with a new Republic! Includes Nazi vampire hunters!

Tom PurdomLovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons a dozen of this under-rated author’s best short stories, with an intro by Michael Swanwick.
Mike Allen Unseaming horror collection

Jennifer Brozek & Bryan Thomas Schmidt (editors) – Shattered Shields 17 new heroic fantasy combat stories by authors such as Elizabeth Moon, David Farland and Glen Cook

in ‘B’ format:

Paul MagrsLost on Mars YA novel about settlers on Mars two or three generations after first colonisation… looks like fun!
Tim LebbonThe Silence Ali and her family seek refuge from the plague in a huge underground cave system, but there are vicious creatures living there; blind, but hunting by sound and echo-location…

E. E. RichardsonDisturbed Earth DCI Clair Pierce heads up Yorkshire’s Ritual Crime Unit but, returning to work after an injury, finds things have changed in her absence… 1st in a series
William DietrichThe Murder of Adam and Eve time travel adventure back to ancient East Africa…

in paperback:

Dennis L. McKiernanStolen Crown the latest Mithgar novel, the first since 2008’s City of Jade
Benjamin Percy Red Moon fat, modern werewolf thriller!

April 17, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 11th April 2015


Peter V. BrettThe Skull Throne the 4th in the series that began with The Painted Man.  I’d have had it a bit sooner but my supplier allowed me to order the export edition by mistake and, of course, wouldn’t send copies to me. Took a while to realise what the problem was…
C. J. CherryhTracker the 1st in the 6th sub-trilogy of her Foreigner sequence. 16th overall.

in ‘B’ format:

Robert SilverbergDownward to the Earth SF Masterwork from Orion; a once-colonised planet is abandoned when the natives are found to be sentient. Now it’s a place of mystery…
Arkady & Boris StrugatskyHard to be a God a left wing agent from Earth is landed on a feudal planet… SF Masterwork with an intro by Ken MacLeod and newly translated by Olena Bornashenko, which means it probably reads better than the previous English language editions!

Tricia SullivanShadowboxer on the Hugo shortlist for this year…


C. J. CherryhPeacemaker the 3rd in the 5th sub-trilogy of her Foreigner sequence

S. Andrew SwannDragon Thief the sequel to Dragon Princess Frank body-swaps from the princess’ body to one belonging to a notorious thief…
Faith HunterDark Heir the 9th Jane Yellowrock novel
Chris Marie GreenEvery Breath You Take the 3rd in the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series
Diana RowlandVengeance of the Demon 5th in the series featuring Kara Gillian, demon summoner

Paul ChristopherSecret of the Templars 9th volume of the series with John ‘Doc’ Holliday

art, etc:

Jae-Cheol ParkThe Art of PaperBlue large softcover full of tutorials and images in various stages of creation

Luca ZampeioloKallamity Sketchbook: Mech in Ink hardcover sketchbook, with several pages of tips at the back
Jorge BalaguerThe Monster Book of Manga: Steampunk shows 7 pages each for 39 different characters from initial sketch to full colour art. Robot, Time Traveller, Female Inventor, Galactic Hero, and many more!

Sylviane Corgiat & Laura ZuccheriThe Swords of Glass big fantasy hardback graphic novel from Humanoids


Hi Fructose – volume 35
Heavy MetalHoax Hunters #1 1st in a new comic series. This is a new comic book separate from the ongoing magazine.


Game of ThronesIn Memoriam neat little illustrated hardback showcasing all the characters who have died…so far! Based on the tv series rather than the novels by George R. R. Martin

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – week ending 4th April 2015

in hardcover:

Jack VanceGrand Crusades: The Early JV Volume Five five short novels dating from 1950 to 1965. Most obscure one is probably Crusade to Maxus

in large format:

Steven UtleyThe 400-Million-Year Itch 19 strange stories of Earth’s deep pre-history, subtitled Silurian Tales volume 1
Steven UtleyInvisible Kingdoms 16 more short stories about an expedition back in time, subtitled Silurian Tales volume 2

Clifton Fadiman (editor) – Fantasia Mathematica reprint of a 1958 anthology of stories, poems and book extracts, etc. concerning maths and arithmetic. Looks fun! For certain values of fun!

in ‘B’ format:

Charles StrossThe Rhesus Chart the 5th of the Laundry Files
Terry Pratchett & Stephen BaxterThe Long Mars the 3rd in their Long Earth series gets into space… There’s at least one more collaboration to come (in June) and after that I suspect Baxter will be continuing the series himself
William C. DietzFor More Than Glory the 5th Legion of the Damned adventure

Tad WilliamsSleeping Late on Judgement Day the 3rd Bobby Dollar book, about an angel marooned on Earth
Charlaine HarrisMidnight Crossroad Midnight is a strange little Texas town, with inhabitants to match… 1st in a new series
Robert Jackson BennettCity of Stairs in a city where streets and alleys can lead anywhere, and through time, solving a murder isn’t easy…

Martin MillarThe Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies in 421BC Aristophanes seeks help to finish his latest play and enlists Luxos, who’s main aim is, however, to get his own work heard by the Athenian crowds!

Boris & Arkady StrugatskyThe Dead Mountaineer’s Inn a previously untranslated mystery novel the late brothers wrote in 1970. Translated by Josh Billings
Ursula K. LeGuinThe Word for World is Forest the latest in the SF Masterworks series from Orion, first published in 1972. Short novel about a peaceful world fighting back against brutal invaders

in paperback:

John VarleyDark Lightning the 4th in the set that began with Red Lightning
Jane LindskoldArtemis Arising the Empire has collapsed but now an archeologist has tracked down one of it’s pleasure planets – and things have changed since the height of empire!

Douglas PrestonThe Kraken Project the 4th adventure featuring Wyman Ford. The previous one was Impact. An AI has taken refuge in the depths of the internet…
David GibbonsPyramid the 8th Jack Howard adventure

L. E. Modesitt, jr. – Cyador’s Heirs the 17th volume in his Magic of Recluce series
Pip Ballantine & Tee MorrisThe Diamond Conspiracy the 4th Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novel
Linda GrimesQuick Fix sequel to In a Fix. Urban fantasy

Star WarsA New Dawn action set between the films Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, written by John Jackson Miller


Ben KatchorHand-Drying in America large hardback, full of dozens of (usually colour) 2-page strips set in New York


Simon ClarkThe Night of the Triffids full cast audio drama with Sam Troughton & Nicola Bryant of the sequel to John Wyndham‘s classic The Day of the Triffids. From Big Finish. I quite enjoyed the book years ago and this is apparently very well done.

April 2, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 28th March 2015

in ‘B’ format:

Daryl GregoryHarrison Squared 16 y.o. Harrison is left apparently orphaned in a strange little New England town, much like H. P. Lovecraft‘s Innsmouth. But has his mother really drowned?
Marie BrennanVoyage of the Basilisk the 3rd in the Memoirs of Lady Trent. It bears some small resmblance to The Voyage of the Beagle…
David Barnett Gideon Smith & the Brass Dragon sequel to Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl. Steampunk
Christopher MooreThe Serpent of Venice companion volume to Fool; another weird Shakespearean adventure!

Alan SmaleClash of Eagles alternate history in which Rome’s legions invade pre-Columbian America but meet with disaster fighting the Cahokians of the Midwest, and Praetor Gaius Marcillinus is captured for his military knowledge…

Ian Whates (editor) – Solaris Rising 3 18 new stories…

in paperback:

Star Trek Enterprise –  Uncertain Logic 3rd in the Rise of the Federation series  by Christopher L Bennett

art, etc:

Ron GoulartGood Girl Art softcover with mainly full-colour art, and text giving the history and context

Benjamin DeweyThe Complete Collection of The Tragedy series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes 500 single panels of bizarrely funny ‘tragedys’!


Interzone – # 257 with fiction from Alastair Reynolds, among others…
Locus – March 2015 cover date


Pop! BooksCthulhu vinyl figure; 5 inch figure in display box
Build Your Own Snowglobe little kit in a box from Running Press


Doctor WhoThe Entropy Plague Big Finish adventure # 197, with Peter Davidson
Doctor WhoRequiem for the Rocket Men Big Finish Fourth Doctor adventure # 4.3 with Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

March 27, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 21st March 2015

large format:

Kay KenyonQueen of the Deep as an adult, Jane Gray meets an imaginary childhood friend and ends up in a magical medieval kingdom entirely aboard a gigantic steamship…
Gerald KershMen Without Bones 13 strange tales…

Patricia A. McKillipGateway Omnibus the latest omnibus from Gollancz, containing Song for the Basilisk, The Tower at Stony Wood and Od Magic
Lucius ShepardGateway Omnibus from Gollancz, containing the late author’s first novel, Green Eyes, The Jaguar Hunter collection and the short novel Vacancy

Zachary BrownThe Darkside War there are multiple alien species, and not all of them are friendly… part 1 of The Icarus Corps
Tobias S. BuckellRagamuffin the 2nd Xenowealth novel. reissue; great little series although #1 is a bit slow to get into… Pockets of humanity are dotted across space, but confined to specific planets after being on the wrong side in a multi-species space war

in ‘B’ format:

Gail CarrigerPrudence book 1 of her new steampunk series, The Custard Protocol
Django WexlerThe Forbidden Library a huge, dark library hides worlds-full of secrets…

Rjurik DavidsonUnwrapped Sky revolution is afoot and the world is changing, and Kata is forced to try to murder a visiting minotaur… I really enjoyed this when it was in h/c

art, etc:

Imagine fxMasters & Legends of Fantasy Art with dvd at the back. restock
Neil Gaiman & Charles VessStardust softcover from Vertigo, with the original illustrations


Black Static – # 45 new fiction and reviews, etc.
Galaxy’s Edge – issues # 12 & # 13

March 20, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 14th March 2015

in hardcover:

Cedric VillaniBirth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure memoir of a top mathematician…

in large format:

John Joseph Adams (editor) – Operation Arcana 16 new stories of mititary fantasy from the likes of Glen Cook, Simon Green & Django Wexler

in paperback:

Jo WaltonMy Real Children a dying woman seems to have memories of two quite different lives…
Carrie PatelThe Buried Life Liesl investigates the murder of a noted historian in an underground city lit by gaslamps…
Oliver LangmeadDark Star strange, book-length work about a dark city, one of who’s three artificial light sources has been stolen, and a strange girl with luminous veins…

art, etc:

SparthStructura 3: The Art of Sparth mainly full page, full colour art, but some smaller pieces and text to the back
Claudio AboyNew Amazons full colour softcover from SQP
Rich LarsonZombie Sexual re-stock; b&w sketches, etc. from SQP

Alexandro Jodorowsky & Das PastorasMetabarons Genesis: Castaka prequel to the main Metabarons story from Humanoids. Very nice art
Travis Charest, Alexandro Jodorowsky & Zoran JanjetovWeapons of the Metabarons h/c from Humanoids

Pierre Gabus & Romuald ReutimanDistrict 14: Season 1  h/c collection of the b&w anthropomorphic comic strip, from Humanoids


Locus – January cover date, # 648 in at last!
Juxtapoz – April cover date
Heavy Metal – issue # 273
Comics Review – February cover date The Phantom, Tarzan, Ally Oop, etc. Mainly b&w but some colour strips

March 13, 2015 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment


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