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New Titles – w/e 12th December 2020

in large format:

S. J. MordenGallowglass in 2069 as climate change grips the Earth, people are desperate to reach, and to stay, in space…

in ‘B’ format:

James IslingtonThe Light of All That Falls the climax of his Licanius Trilogy
Brent WeeksThe Burning White the 5th in his Lightbringer quintet of epic fantasy novels. Includes a 9 page precis of the previous books!
Tyler WhitesideThe Last Lies of Ardor Benn the 3rd in his Kingdom of Grit trilogy, after The Thousand Deaths of AB & The Shattered Realm of AB
K. B. WagersThere Before the Chaos ist in her new Farian War trilogy, a sequel to the recent Indranan War

Ian McDonaldDesolation Road his 1st novel (from 1988) which made his reputation as an author to watch. Now issued in the SF Masterworks series by Gollancz

Justina Robson (editor) – After the War: The Tales of Catt and Fisher subtitled The Art of theSteal 4 related novellas by Freda Warrington, Juliet E. Mckenna, K. T. Davies & Adrian Tchaikovsky

art, etc:

John WalshFlash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film large heavily illustrated h/c

Gil Rambaud RichardThe Battle: Book 1/3 full colour re-telling of the Battle of Essling, when Napoleon crosses the Danube after winning at Austerlitz…
Andi WatsonThe Book Tour award-winnibg b&w tale of an author’s troubles as he tries to promote his new book…

magazines:

Hi-Fructose issue # 67
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December 11, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 5th December 2020

in hardcover:

Hjoerleifur Helgi StefanssonIcelandic Folk Tales 25 stories, with 30 b&w illustrations

art, etc:

Frank HerbertDune the Graphic Novel: Book 1 adapted by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson with art by Paul Allen & Patricia Martin. Full colour h/c. Book 2, Muad’dib, is due in Spring

Jeff VandermeerWonderbook excellent, heavily illustrated book on how to be creative. Revised edition, back in stock

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And that’s it! One of the slackest weeks for new titles I can remember. Other re-stock & requests came in, of course! Next week ought to be better, but that remains to be seen.
Also, I’ll mention here that Transreal Fiction is likely to be closed from mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve until the 5th January. I’ve not decided definitely yet, but it’s more than likely!
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December 4, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 28th November 2020

in hardcover:

Ernest ClineReady Player Two the sequel to Ready Player One!
R. F. Kuang The Burning God sequel to The Poppy War & The Dragon Republic. volume 3 of The Poppy War
Django WexlerAshes of the Sun volume 1 of his new series Burningblade & Silvereye Gyre seeks revenge on the secretive Twilight Order and to rescue his long lost sister. But she’s become a magic-wielding warrior for the Order!

in large format:

Matthew Medney & John ConnellyBeyond Kuiper attractive looking novel with colour illustrations throughout. Humanity reaches for the stars, and meets the Galactic Star Alliance!
Kimberley UngerNucleation a deep space ‘wormhole’engineering project, managed via quantum entanglement from Earth, may have become infested with alien life…

in ‘B’ format:

Mary Robinette KowalThe Relentless Moon 3rd book in her Lady Astronaut series, which began with The Calculating Stars
Ian DouglasStar Gods volume 9 of his Star Carrier series
Chuck WendigWanderers this escaped my attention during Lockdown…
R. F. Kuang The Dragon Republic sequel to The Poppy War. Volume 2 of The Poppy War

James BrogdenBone Harvest Dennie can’t convince anybody about the srrange new neighbours on the allotment next to her’s…

in paperback:

Eric Flint & Iver P. Cooper1636: The China Venture the latest volume of Flint’s 1632/Ring of Fire alternate history series
C. J. Cherryh & Jane S. FancherAlliance Rising book 1 of the Hinder Stars, about the back-water space stations between Earth and Pell & Cyteen…
Kalayna PriceGrave War the 8th Alex Craft novel

Mercedes Lackey (editor) – Passages 19 new Valdemar stories from a wide range of authors

art, etc:

Rachel CurtisSmithsonian Dinosaurs Coloring Book b&w line drawings of all sorts of dinos!
3dtotal PublishingHow to be a Children’s Book Illustrator: A Guide to Visual Storytelling 8 top children’s illustrators contribute short stories suitable for different age groups to illustrate the advice and tips shown. Substantial hardcover, mainly full colour, with some b&w sketches, etc. Ages drawn for = 0 -8 y.o.

Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi The Forbidden Harbor b&w nautical adventure set in the early 19thC
Jean-Claude ForestBarbarella b&w softcover of some of her 1960s adventures, from Humanoids. Limited edition h/c also available
Dan Mazur Lunatic: A Wordless Story b&w h/c graphic novel about a young girl’s fascination with the Moon

Molly MercierHow to Alienate Friends & Avoid People: The Lazy Goth Method hardcover of 3 or 4 panel cartoons about the Goth lifestyle!
PS Artbook SofteeWeird Tales of Terror: Horrific full colour softcover collecting issues 4 – 8 (all from 1953) of Horrific
PS Artbook SofteePlanet Comics 2nd full colour softcover collecting issues 7 to 9 (from 1940) of this classic title

magazines:

IllustrationIssue Number Seventy featuring Joe Bowler & Robert Kastel (who did lot more than just the classic Jaws poster art!)
Illustrators Issue Thirty a feature on Men’s Adventure Magazines with articles on several other artists, including Mort Kunstler & Norman Saunders (who did the Mars Attacks trading cards, and much more)
IllustratorsCrime Comics Special packed with art and info!
Illustrators The Art of John M. Burns with art from all sorts of comic genres, especially from the 60s & 70s

Locus – issue # 718 cover date November 2020
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November 27, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 21st Novemebr 2020

in hardcover:

Brandon SandersonRhythm of War the eagerly awaited 4th volume of The Stormlight Archive (to/s)

in large format:

Yahtzee CroshawWill Destroy the Galaxy for Cash sequel to Will Save the Galaxy for Food

art, etc:

Ilan StavansA Pre-Columbian Bestiary nice little hardcover with information about 46 Fantastic Creatures of Indiginous Latin America, each with a woodcut-like full page illustration by Eko.

Terry Pratchett & Stephen BriggsThe Ankh-Morpork Archives: A Discworld Anthology volume II a 2nd volume of facts, etc about Discworld, including many b&w pieces by Paul Kidby of a lot of the series’ characters

magazines:

Interzone – issue # 289
Black Static – issue # 77
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November 20, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 14th November 2020

in hardcover:

D. K. FieldsThe Stitcher and the Mute sequel to Widow’s Welcome, which I enjoyed a lot, continuing the many stories found in Fenest, the capital of the Union of Realms
Christelle DabosThe Memory of Babel volume 3 of The Mirror Vistor series, which began with A Winter’s Promise

Doctor WhoI Am the Master subtitled Legends of the Renegade Time Lord anthology of 6 short stories

in large format:

Larissa Pschetz, Jane McKie & Elise Cachat (editors) – Biopolis: Tales of Urban Biology b&w illustrations by Pilar Garcia de Leaniz. Anthology from the Shoreline of Infinity team, linking up scientists with local authors – akin to their Scotland in Space anthology last year. Pieces of fiction, each followed by a brief article from the relevant expert about the science…

in ‘B’ format:

Christelle DabosThe Missing of Clairdelune part 2 of The Mirror Vistor series, the sequel to A Winter’s Promise
Alastair ReynoldsBone Silence the 3rd in his Revenger series

Gwynwth Jones Bold as Love winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 19 years ago and the latest in the Gollancz SF Masterworks series

Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe (editors) – The Mythic Dream 18 new interpretations of myths by a host of writers, including Naomi Novik, Rebecca Roanhorse, Ann Leckie & Arkady Martine

art, etc:

FleskSpectrum 27 softcover of the annual look at the best in fantasy art, edited by Katherine Chu & John Fleskes. My hardcover copies are slightly delayed.

Nicky RavenBeowulf: The Legend of a Hero the Anglo-Saxon epic, retold in prose and heavily illustrated by John Howe. Softcover
Jesse LoneganPlanet Paradise sf adventure graphic novel on a distant planet. Softcover, full colour
Vincent Berniere & Nicholas TellopThe Seven Lives of Alejandro Jodorowsky big, heavily illustrated biography from Humanoids of the influential film-maker & graphic novel writer

Michael Dobrzycki The Art of Drawing Dragons softcover full of ideas and tips for creating dragons and also Mythological Beasts and Fantasy Creatures

Dave McKean
Particle Tarot: Minor Arcana full colour hardcover, back in stock
Squink b&w softcover, back in stock
Signal to Noise CD – the radio adaptation of the Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean collaboration, with a full colour booklet in a cardboard box signed by the artist
Postcard From Barcelona
Postcard From Brussels
Postcard From Bilbao
Postcard From Paris
Postcard From Perugia
Postcard From Praha
Postcard From Venice
Postcard From Vienna

a series of neat little square hardcovers, each with 48 pages of sketches made in the various places he has visited. No Edinburgh one, sadly.

magazines:

Heavy Metalissue # 301 featuring Tanino Liberatore, Dylan Sprouse and many more!

gift:

Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box hefty little figurine on a stand, together with an illustrated page booklet about The Ancient One
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November 13, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 7th November 2020

in hardcover:

Kate MascarenhasThe Thief on the Winged Horse new novel from the author of the excellent The Psychology of Time Travel. The Kendricks have been making dolls for generations, and any one of them can inspire a particular emotion…
W. Michael GearThe Alpha Enigma Prisoner Alpha speaks an unknown language and her doodles (writing?) are also inexplicable. Mysterious forces want to rescue her, and there’s something strange about a dig in the Nile valley…
Robert Jackson BennettIn the Shadows of Men limited edition, signed & numbered horror novella from Subterranean Press.

Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass the classic novels, both illustrated in an almost linocut style by Floor Reider and published in tête-bêche format (i.e. back-to-back like an old Ace Double)
Herman MelvilleMoby Dick large profusely illustrated hardcover of the classic novel with full page, full colour art throughout by Anton Lomaev. Epic stuff at a very reasonable price!

in large format:

Neil Clarke (editor) – The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 28 of the best from last year, with an annual overview essay from the editor and a list of another 40 or so story suggestions for further reading

in ‘B’ format:

Neal AsherThe Human sequel to Warship and final book of The Rise of the Jain trilogy, which began with The Soldier
Tyler WhitesidesThe Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn sequel the epic fantasy The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn. Book 2 of Kingdom of Grit
Thilde Kold HoldtNorthern Wrath epic Norse fantasy; part 1 of The Hanged God Trilogy

Steve Cole (editor) – Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown 15 short stories from 9 writers, including the likes of Moffat, Chibnall, Gaiman & Gatiss, written for Children in Need, each with a b&w illustration by one of 10 artists

art, etc:

Dibujante NocturnoThe Art of Francisco Garces (one is a pseudonym of the other) hardcover from 3dtotal Publishing of his rather gothic fantasy art, with tips and suggestions throughout. Mostly colour, but with some b&w sketches, etc. showing a piece’s progress
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New Titles – w/e 31st October 2020

in hardcover:

Charles StrossDead Lies Dreaming his latest Laundry Files novel. A limited number of signed copies are currently available. More in due course though!
Andrzej SapkowskiThe Tower of Fools part 1 of a new fantasy series from the author of the Witcher series. Translated from Polish by David French
David GerroldHella adventure on a distant colony planet, where everything from the dinosaurs to the trees are ‘hella’ big!
Kate ElliottUnconquerable Sun part 1 of The Star Chronicles trilogy. Epic space opera
Peter F. HamiltonThe Saints of Salvation Lost 3rd in his Salvation series. Signed copies available! (limited supply)
Peter F. HamiltonSalvation Lost volume 2, the sequel to Salvation. Already out in paperback, but signed copies also available! (limited supply)

Terry BrooksThe Last Druid the final part of The Fall of Shannara quartet, and indeed, the capstone of the entire 32 book epic! It’s finished! Feels like I’ve been selling it all my life! Actually, not quite true; I started selling books p/t a couple of years before The Sword of Shannara came out!

James LovegroveSherlock Holmes & the Beast of the Stapletons set 5 years after The Hound of the Baskervilles… The latest of the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

in large format:

Jennifer RobersonLife and Limb Gabe is a biker, summoned by family to a cowboy bar in Arizona to meet the stranger he’ll bond with to fight against evil… Blood & Bone volume 1

Susan PalwickThe Necessary Beggar first published back in 2005, and following the story of some newcomers to America in the future, which appears worryingly prescient now… A Tor Essentials title
Michael BishopThe City and the Cygnets revised omnibus edition of the 1977 novel A Little Knowledge and the companion collection Catacomb Years.
David CraigLord of the Hunt sequel to Resurrection Men and Sooty Feathers # 2

Ellen Datlow (editor) – The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Twelve 22 short stories, together with an annual summary by the editor & a list of honorable mentions, etc.

Mike AshleyYesterday’s Tomorrows from British Library Publishing, subtitled The Story of Classic British Science Fiction in 100 Books. With 16 pages of colour plates of covers. So many books I know so little about! Actually, I seem to have read around a quarter of them as the list comes up to the mis-1960s.

in ‘B’ format:

Laura LamGoldilocks the 1st all-female interstellar space mission! Signed copies available from 30th October!

Melinda M. Snodgrass with George R. R.Martin (editors) – Three Kings the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel.Apart from MMS, the main contributer appears to be Peter Newman

Fred Hoyle & John ElliotThe Andromeda Anthology the latest in Gollancz‘s SF Masterworks series, containing A for Andromeda & Andromeda Breakthrough, both from the early 1960s

in paperback:

Douglas Preston & Lincoln ChildOld Bones part 1 in the new Nora Kelly series featuring their characters museum curator Nora Kelly & Junior FBI Agent Corrie Swanson.
Wil McCarthy Antediluvian novel in 4 main sections, with a linking present-day plot, about major events in pre-history. I thought the h/c was very interesting

Jerry PournelleThe Best of Jerry Pournelle 16 stories, some co-written, together with several articles by JP, or about his fiction. 750pp

art, etc:

Lucio ParrilloThe Dynamite Art of LP hardcover full of his art, somewhat reminiscent of Frank Frazetta
Jim Henson‘s The Dark CrystalAge of Resistance: The Ballad of Hup & Barfinnious full colour hardcover graphic novel
Jim Henson‘s The Dark CrystalBestiary hardback with art by Iris Compiet and subtitled The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra. With a Forward by Brian & Wendy Froud, whose art Iris’s resembles

Alexandro Jodorowsky & Jerry FrissenThe Metabarons: Second Cycle another 340 full colour pages of art continuing the story, plus some additional sketches, etc. at the back. Art by Valentin Sicher & Niko Henrichon
Captain ArtiglioGun Land full colour sci-fi western, with dinosaurs for steeds and alien outlaws! Looks great fun!
Jeffrey Alan LoveNotes From the Shadowed City stylish, and fairly minimalist, b&w graphic novel about a student researching enchanted swords…
Christian Staebler & Sonja PaoliniRedbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band softcover with art by Thibault Balahy

PS Artbooks SofteePlanet Comics vol 2 full colour softcover collecting issues 4, 5 & 6 of Planet Comics, from 1940
PS Artbooks SofteeFantastic Tales vol 2 collecting Strange Mysteries issues 9 – 12 (1958 – 1964) with Strange Worlds (1958)
PS Artbooks SofteeWeird Tales of the Future vol 2 collecting 5 issues of Weird
PS Artbooks PresentsIt Rhymes With Lust b&w ‘picture novel from Matt Baker

Calendars, etc:

Fantastic Fractal Shapes18-Month Calendar 2021. Subtitled Wild Colors, Patterns and Shapes


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New Titles – w/e 24th October 2020

in hardcover:

V. E. SchwabThe Invisible life of Addie Larue Addie is ageless, but cursed with never being remembered in any way, but then she meets somebody who does remember her…
Barbara HamblyHouse of the Patriarch the 10th Benjamin January novel…
Dave RuddenThe Wintertime Paradox a collection of seasonal Doctor Who stories

in ‘B’ format:

Josh ReynoldsWrath of N’Kai at the height of the Jazz Age dark shadows gather over Arkham… an Arkham Horror novel from Aconyte Books

art, etc:

3dtotal PublishingFundamentals of Creature Design latest in their series. As ever, it looks fascinating

magazines:

Locusissue # 716 September cover date. My replacement copies for the missing ones have arrived.
Locusissue # 717 October cover date

Character Design QuarterlyCDQ # 14 the latest issue from 3dtotal Publishing
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New Titles – w/e 17th October 2020

in hardcover:


Yoon Ha LeePhoenix Extravagant Jebi just wants to paint but is recruited to apply mystical sigils to animate the magical armour of robotic troops…
Rebecca RoanhorseBlack Sun book 1 of the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by pre-Colombian legends & stories
P. Djeli ClarkRing Shout in the Deep South in the 1920s the KKK are literally demons

in large format:

David HairMap’s Edge 1st in his new Tethered Citadel series. A disgraced sorcerer ventures beyond the known world in an attempt to restore his family’s fortunes and place in court society…
Wendi Coffman-PorterAether Ones Leilani polices the boundary between the paired realities; one based on eldrich energy and the other on electro-magnetism
Michelle SagaraThe Emperor’s Wolves part 1 of The Wolves of Elantra, which continues The Chronicles of Elantra saga

Carrie Vaughn Kitty’s Mixtape short story collection featuring the late night werewolf DJ

Paula Guran (editor) – The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror volume 1 25 of the best short stories, together with a recommeded further reading list. First of a new annual series

Xavier Aldana ReyesHorror: A Literary History an overview of printed horror from the middle of the 18thC and the first gothic novel

in ‘B’ format:

Brandon SandersonStarsight Spensa is a new space pilot who must find out the truth about her disgraced father… The sequel to Skyward
Jodi TaylorDoing Time 1st in a new spin-off from her Chronicles of St. Mary’s time travel series, featuring the Time Police

Menna van PraagThe Sisters Grimm 4 young women will meet their father in 33 days and discover the secrets of their pasts, and what they must do
Robert MaselloThe Haunting of H. G. Wells apparently Angelic forces arrive on the Western Front to help Britain in WW1 and the stories must be investigated!

Ursula K.LeGuinWorlds of Exile and Illusion omnibus edition of the 1st 3 Hainish novels: Rocannon’s World, Planet of Exile & City of Illusion, now out in the SF Masterworks series

Mur Lafferty & S. B. Divya (editors) – Escape Pod 15 stories (mostly new) from a range of big-name authors who have contributed to the Escape Pod podcast in the past. Includes the likes of Kameron Hurley, N K. Jemisin, Cory Doctorow & TimPratt

Tanya Kirk (editor) – Chill Tidings: Dark Tales of the Christmas Season the latest anthology from the British Library in their Tales of the Weird series

art, etc:

Djamila KnopfKomorebi: the Art of DK hardcover with sketches, finished full colour art & tips on technique, etc. for creating her art. From 3dtotal Publishing
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New Titles – w/e 10th October 2020

in hardcover:

Kim Stanley RobinsonThe Ministry for the Future big new near-future climate change novel
David Weber & Jacob HoloThe Valkerie Protocol 2nd book in their Gordian Division alternate history series
Jodi TaylorHard Time the 2nd book in her Time Police series, after Doing Time
Naiomi Novik A Deadly Education book 1 of her new series, The Scholomance
Claire Eliza BartlettThe Winter Duke Ekata just wants to be a scholar, but events thrust her onto the throne and all the responsibilities & troubles that entails!

Edwrd Brooke-HitchingThe Madman’s Library heavily illustrated volume all about strange books and manuscripts from various cultures throughout history…

in large format:

T. Kingfisher The Hollow Places companion novel to The Twisted Ones
Karen OsborneArchitects of Memory Ash & her crew find a hugely dangerous alien weapon orbiting a dead colony planet…
Julie E. CzernedaThe Gossamer Mage in Tanamen a mage has sworn to overthrow the Deathless Goddess they all worship. Little does he realise just what she holds back by her powers…
Lucy A. Snyder Halloween Season short story collection

in ‘B’ format:

T. C. FarrenThe Book of Malachi a man takes a job at a secret organ-farming project and starts to be more sympathetic towards the doners than his bosses…
Stuart TurtonThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Aiden Bishop repeats the same day endlessly, trying to identify a killer, but he always awakes in a different body, complicating his task…

in paperback:

C. J. Cherryh = Resurgence the 20th Foreigner novel; the 2nd in the 7th trilogy after Emergence
James Rollins The Last Odyssey the 15th SIGMA Force adventure. Prestige format

art, etc:

Sergio Toppi The Collected Toppi Volume Four: The Cradle of Life hardcover with 5 tales from the African and Asian Tropics…

Shimizu DaisukeGateway to Another World softcover with gothic/Japanese style art of buildings & interiors

Elise Gravel – The Mushroom Fan Club fun, illustrated guide to mushroom hunting!
Graham AnnableSloths in the Night cute hardback featuring the adventures of sloths Peter and Ernest and their friends
Mika SongDonut Feed the Squirrels fun little hardcover about the antics of Norma & Belly, a pair of snack-loving squirrels!

Diaries:

Moomin Diary 2021 – Moomins on the cover, a magnetic strip to keep it shut, and a page a week format inside. Pocket-sized

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October 9, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment