Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 15th June 2019

In hardback:

Ben Aaronovitch – The October Man a Rivers of London novella, featuring Tobias Winter investigating a case in Germany

Taylor AndersonPass of Fire the 14th in his Destroyermen series, set on an alternate Earth populated by two civilised but antagonistic species evolved from lemurs and crocodilians
Helen OyeyemiGingerbread Perdita and her mother are a bit mysterious & new to the area. They  live in an exotically furnished flat and make wonderful gingerbread…
Peter NewmanThe Ruthless sequel to The Deathless

in large format:

Lawrence M. Schoen & Jonathan P. BrazeeThe Seeds of War Trilogy containing Invasion, Scorched & Bitter Harvest all action alien plant invasion!

C. S. E. CooneyBone Swans 5 short stories; the collection won a World Fantasy Award for Best Collection
C. J. CherryhThe Faded Sun Trilogy reprint omnibus of her late 1970s series consisting of Kesrith, Shon’jir & Kutath. A human stranded among aliens. Probably my favourite books of hers.
C. J. CherryhThe Collected Short Fiction of CJC includes the contents of previous collections Sunfall & Visible Light plus 14 other stories. 1st pubblished in 2004

in ‘B’ format:

Megan O’KeefeVelocity Weapon after her gunship explodes, instead of being patched up by medics, Sanda wakes to find herself on a deserted, sentient spaceship 230 years in the future…
Richard MorganThin Air Hakan is the bodyguard for an audit team investigating crooked goings-on on Mars
Justina IrelandDread Nation Jane has been trained as a personal bodyguard at Miss Preston’s School of Combat for Negro Girls and is fully capable of taking care of a few ‘shamblers’…
Jon SteinhagenThe Hanging Artist P.I. Franz Kafka and his sidekick, a giant insect, investigate a case in 1912 Vienna…
Cassandra KhawThe Last Supper Before Ragnarok the latest Rupert Wong case, in the Gods and Monsters series
Maria LewisThe Witch Who Courted Death a top medium must find a witch to help her gain her revenge against the Oct, although she’s not not too sure what it actually is!
Christina HenryThe Girl in Red an alternate take on Little Red Riding Hood
A. C. H. Smith Jim Henson‘s “The Dark Crystal” novelisation of the classic film

Miles CameronDark Forge sequel to Cold Iron and the 2nd in his Masters & Mages series

Tim LebbonThe Edge sequel to The Folded Land and the last of his Relics trilogy
Katherine Duckett – Miranda in Milan after her father dies in The Tempest, Miranda ends up in Milan, still trying to get free of Prospero’s scheming…
Norman Lock – The Boy in His Winter Huck Finn‘s raft also travels through the years as it drifts down the Mississippi. The 1st of Lock’s American Novels

P. Djeli ClarkThe Haunting of Tramcar 015 Cairo in 1912 is a strange, fervid city bursting with alchemical ideas, automatons, secret societies and more!
P. Djeli ClarkThe Black God’s Drums a young teen wangles a place aboard a smuggler’s airship…

Paul CornellWitches of Lychford 
Paul CornellThe Lost Child of Lychford
Paul CornellA Long Day in Lychford 3 novellas featuring 3 witches defending the world from danger, specifically any which threaten the village they live in, and it’s border with other Realms…!

Greg McWhorterShadowfall fun, pulpish horror novel set in London
Greg McWhorterCarnival Night at the Crematorium 21 horror short stories

Stephen King & Bev Vincent (editors) – Flight or Fright 17 horror stories set on aeroplanes; King himself and Joe Hill both contribute new work
Gregory J. Luce (editor) – Science Fiction Gems volume 1 this consists of 11 stories culled from the pulps and published by Armchair Fiction in an edition which reminds you of an old pulp or Ace Books cover. Includes stories by Simak, Budrys, Vance and more!

in paperback:

Charles E. GannonCaine’s Mutiny the 4th in the Terran Republic series featuring Caine Riordan, which began with Fire With Fire
Edward WillettThe Cityborn nobody living in and around the multi-tiered city realises that it’s actually the decaying remnants of a gigantic, crashed space ship!
I should have had both these titles a while ago…

art, etc:

Tara McPhersonWandering Illuminatuions: The Art of TMcP mainly full page colour art in this hardcover

Bryan TalbotThe Art of BT back in stock

magazines:

IllustratorsIssue Twenty-Six great articles on Philip Mendoza & John Millar Watt, with a lead article on Petar Meseldzija. Other Illustrator special issues also back in stock.

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June 14, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 8th June 2019

in hardcover:

A. J. SmithThe Glass Breaks Duncan has newly survived the initiation rite to become a Sea Wolf, the barbarous pirate rulers of what were once the Pure Lands… Part 1 of The Form and the Void trilogy
Claire LegrandeKingsbane sequel to Furyborn and part 2 of the Empirium Trilogy
Terry BrooksThe Stiehl Assassin the 3rd book of The Fall of Shannara the 28th volume of the epic Shannara series overall (or possibly the 31st if you count the Word and the Void trilogy)

W. M. AkersWestside in 1921 a fence separates the anti-technology west of Manhattan from the rest…
Laura PurcellThe Corset gothic Victoriana from the author of The Silent Companions

in large format:

Gerard KleinStarmasters omnibus of 3 novels plus 4 short stories, all translated from French. The novels are Starmaster’s Gambit, The Day Before Tomorrow & The Mote In Time’s Eye. I enjoyed all three a long time ago when DAW first published them…

Roger ZelaznySeven Tales in Amber previously uncollected short stories set in Amber!

David Afsharirad (editor) – The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF volume 5 a dozen of the best stories from 2018. Intro by David Weber

in ‘B’ format:

Ben AaronovitchLies Sleeping the 7th Rivers of London novel

Claire NorthThe Gameshouse every game can be played there but few even know about the next level, where the stakes are vastly higher!

Zoe GilbertFolk interlinked multi-generational tales of secrets and passion set on a remote island. Late getting it, but I really enjoyed reading it back when it came out in hardback

Jonathan Janz – House of Skin a wannabe writer drunkenly visits a remote graveyard, and later writes an entire novel in a trance…
Laurie R. King – Island of the Mad 
set in 1925, Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell solve a case in Venice…

Jim ButcherBrief Cases a dozen short stories from his Dresden Files
Marian WomackLost Objects 10 short stories

art, etc:

Abbie BernsteinThe Art of Godzilla: King of the Monsters from concept art to the finished monsters! And a lot more, with explanatory text. Hardcover
Sketch WorkshopMechs & Weapons spiral-bound tips from 3dtotalpublishing

L. Frank Baum & Robert SabudaThe Wonderful World of Oz: A Commerative Pop-Up celebrating 100 years since the first book!

magazines:

Character Design QuarterlyCDQ issue # 9

June 7, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 1st June 2019

in hardcover:

Neil Gaiman & Terry PratchettThe Illustrated Good Omens. Tie-in edition with the new 6 part tv series. B&W illustrations and also colour plates throughout

Jo WaltonLent historical fantasy set in Renaissance Florence, and in Hell!
Robert McCammonCardinal Black the 7th Matthew Corbett historical thriller

Elizabeth BearThe Red-Stained Wings sequel to The Stone in the Skull

Jeanette WintersonFrankissstein up-to-the-moment story about sex, gender and the rise of AI
Victor GischlerNo Good Deed Francis tries to return some lost property, but soon wishes he hadn’t! Urban fantasy/thriller

Adrian TchaikovskyWalking to Aldebaran short, signed, limited edition novel about a stranded astronaut

John WadeThe Golden Age of Science Fiction great looking hardback all about science fiction in the 1950s. Radio, tv, films, comics, toys & books!
Farah MendlesohnThe Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein should have had this in a bit sooner! Critical analysis of RAH’s work

in large format:

Andy CrawfordSpindown intrigue on Earth’s first colony starship!

Paula Guran (editor) – Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends 28 stories, mainly from the last 15 years. A strong list of authors include Valente, Straub, Hand & Leckie

Michael CadnumCan’t Catch Me and Other Twice-Told Tales retold fairy tales, myths & legends, etc, each with a twist!

Lloyd Biggle, jr.The Chronocide Mission one of a number of re-prints of his work now available from Wildside Press. This is the final sf novel he finished before his death
Lloyd Biggle, jr.The Best of Biggle 11 short stories, chosen by the author before his death in 2002, although published much more recently.

in ‘B’ format:

Charles StrossThe Labyrinth Index his 9th Laundry novel

Alastair ReynoldsPermafrost limited supplies; advance order customers only until I get more copies…
Michael BlumleinLonger one partner in a couple working in Earth orbit takes rejuvenation treatment…
Bennett R. ColesWinds of Marque in a dense star cluster, space ships travel using solar sails and there’s plenty of room for space pirates to hide!

R. S. FordHangman’s Gate sequel to the recent A Demon in Silver and volume 2 of War of the Archons
Kim Newman Genevieve Undead the return of his heroine from the 1980s!

J. R. R. TolkienThe Lay of Aotrou and Itroun dark medieval lyric verse composed by JRRT about a wish being granted. Nothing to do with Middle Earth! Includes ‘The Corrigan Poems

George Wright PadgettAddleton Heights steampunk adventure set on a raised platform city 600 feet above the Atlantic!

John Joseph AdamsWastelands 3: The New Apocalypse 34 recent stories of the end of civilisation

in paperback:

Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett & Gorg Huff1637: The Volga Rules the latest 1632/Ring of Fire book in the series created by Flint

R. A. SalvatoreTimeless a new Drizzt adventure in the Forgotten Realms background! Now published by Harper Voyager.

Tanith LeeElectric Forest reprint of her slim 1979 sf novel about a young woman being given an android body…

art, etc:

Hayao MiyazakiThe Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind finally re-printed! It first came out 35 years ago. Hardcover with art from the Studio Ghibli film
James StokoeGrunt: The Art of JS mainly full colour art and short strips covering his whole career. Some has not been published before.

J. C. AmberlynHow to Draw Magical, Mythical Creatures step-by-step instructions for creating dragons, unicorns, and many more

Andrea Wulf & Lillian MelcherThe Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt gorgeous large hardcover biographical graphic novel
Giovanni Gualdoni, Gabriele Clima, Matteo Piana & Davide TurottiThe Ring of the Seven Worlds the dimensional gate to the planet Nemo has been sealed for 3 centuries… full colour softback adventure from Humanoids
Jim Henson‘s LabyrinthCoronation: volume Two collecting 4 issues of the comic, written by Simon Spurrier & Ryan Ferrier

magazines:

Heavy Metal – issue # 293

May 31, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 25th May 2019

in hardcover:

Jeanette WintersonFrankissstein up-to-the-moment story about sex, gender and the rise of AI Not for sale until Tuesday the 28th May

Peng ShepherdThe Book of M peoples’ shadows start disappearing and soon it is discoverd that their memories are vanishing as well…

in large format:

Elizabeth BearThe Stone in the Skull the once human automation known as The Gage and his companion/bodyguard the Dead Man are tasked with delivering a message to the heart of a once great, now fractured Empire…
Victor GischlerWarrior Prime on a spying mission, Payne saves an enslaved Ink Mage from shipwreck and, as war threatens, together they seek a way to free her from the slave collar she’s been forced to wear…

in ‘B’ format:

Jack CampbellThe Genesis Fleet: Triumphant final part (I assume) of the prequel series to his Lost Fleet sequences: The Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier & The Lost Stars.

Brian PinkertonThe Gemini Experiment Tom’s mind is about to be transferred into an experimental look-a-like android…

R. S. FordA Demon in Silver magic has long disappeared but now the Old Gods may be returning! Book 1 of War of the Archons; volume 2 is due next month. This is the same author as Richard Ford (the Steelhaven trilogy).

Matt RuffLovecraft Country post-war race issues meet Lovecraftian cults! I enjoyed reading this in hardcover!
Steven Hopstaken & Melissa PrusiStoker’s Wilde onetime friends who defeated a werewolf, but now enemies, Bram & Oscar (yes, that Bram and that Oscar!) must join forces once again to battle the mysterious Black Bishop!

Mats StrandbergBlood Cruise an aging Baltic cruise ship loses all contact with the outside world…

Darius Hinks Blackstone Fortress the latest Warhammer Quest adventure from the Black Library

art, etc:

Stephen OrnesMath Art: Truth, Beauty, and Equations hardcover with some great illustrations. Also a bit more explanatory text than I expected!

May 24, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 18th May 2019

in hardcover:

Sebastien D. CastellQueenslayer the 5th in the Spellslinger series

in large format:

Jen WilliamsThe Poison Song final book in her Winnowing Flame trilogy, which began with The Ninth Rain

Tanith LeeStrindberg’s Ghost Sonata 20 previously uncollected short stories including 2 Flat Earth tales. Intro by Storm Constantine

in ‘B’ format:

Naomi NovikSpinning Silver Miryem is the best at spinning that anybody knows… Update of Rumplestiltskin
Brian CatlingCloven 3rd part of his Vorrh trilogy
Syd MooreStrange Tombs the latest Essex Witch Museum Mystery

Johanna Sinisalo (editor) – The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy stories from 1870 up until 2001. First published 2005

art, etc:

Hirochi UnnoThe Art of Fantasy, Scifi and Steampunk nice looking book with some great illustrations. Text in Japanese.

magazines:

Interzone – issue # 281
Black Static – issue # 69

Locus – May cover date, issue # 700! Includes appreciations of the late Gene Wolfe. I’ve probably been reading it for something like 520 issues, since it was an 8(?) page fanzine…

May 17, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

British Library Anthologies

The British Library have recently been publishing  a lot of re-print anthologies, with some often obscure stories included.
Present stock includes:

Science Fiction Classics
Moonrise: The Golden Age of Lunar Adventures
Lost Mars: The Golden Age of th Red Planet
The End of the World and Other Catastrophes
Menace of the Machine: The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction

Tales of the Weird
Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings
Glimpses of thr Unknown: Lost Ghost Stories
From the Depths: And Other Strange Tales From the Sea
Mortal Echoes: Encounters With the End
The Platform Edge: Uncanny Tales of the Railways
Doorway to Dilemma: Bewildering Tales of Dark Fantasy
Wiliam Hope Hodgson – The Weird Tales of WHH

Lost in a Pyramid: & Other Classic Mummy Stories
The Haunted Library: Classic Ghost Stories
Silver Bullets: Classic Werewolf Stories

Walter De La MareOut of the Deep And Other Supernatural Tales

cover art on the Tales of the Weird titles is by Paraguayan artist Enrique Bernadou

 

May 16, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 11th May 2019

in hardcover:

Adrian TchaikovskyChildren of Ruin sequel to the award winning Children of Time
David Weber & Jacob HoloThe Gordian Protocol alternate realities and time travel!

Guy Gavriel KayA Brightness Long Ago his latest fantasy seems to be set in a version of medieval Italy and his version of Constantinople, Sarantium!
Stephanie GarberFinale the 3rd part of her Caraval trilogy
Seanan McGuireMiddlegame the Alchemical Congress are scheming to take control…

Scarlett ThomasGalloglass the 3rd in her Worldquake series

Lewis ShinerOutside the Gates of Eden hefty mainstream novel about the 60s generation… Signed & numbered edition from Subterranean Press

in large format:

S. M. StirlingTheater of Spies sequel to Black Chamber and the 2nd in his alternate WWI series

Lara Elena DonnellyAmnesty the 3rd Amberlough Dossier
P. C. HodgellBy Demons Possessed the 6th Kencyrath Chronicle

in ‘B’ format:

D. B. JacksonTime’s Demon part 2 of his Islevale Cycle; the sequel to Time’s Children

G. S. Denning
Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine 4th in the series
James BrogdenThe Plague Stones Trish moves to an old cottage in the country which happens to have some standing stones near the back door…
S. A. HarrisHaverscroft modern haunted house chiller. Um, the house isn’t modern!

Mike Ashley (editor) – Doorway to Dilemma short stories from The British Library Tales of the Weird imprint

in paperback:

Rudy RuckerMillion Mile Road Trip – 3 teenagers find themselves on the wrong side of a transdimensional connection with a long way to go to get back…
Rudy RuckerThe Big Aha – all pervasive future biotech and quantum wetware!

Taylor AndersonRiver of Bones the 13th Destroyermen adventure
Alan Dean FosterStrange Music the 15th Pip & Flinx adventure, received very late!
Catherine AsaroThe Bronze Skies sequel to Undercity and part of her Skolian Empire series

Ilona AndrewsMagic Triumphs the 10th Kate Daniels novel. Premier format

Clive Cussler & Robin BurcellThe Grey Ghost the 10th Fargo case, and the 3rd with Burcell as co-writer. Premier format

art, etc:

Pierre Wazem & Antoine AubinSnow Day b&w softcover graphic novel from Humanoids in which a new Sheriff has to solve a crime in a winter-bound town…

DP.Filippi, J. Etienne & Silvio CamboniGregory and the Gargoyles h/c graphic novel about a kid who stays opposite an old church…
Tony Sandoval  –The Windy Day h/c about a young girl who wants to fly a kite but is afraid of the goblins she sees on her route
Pepe SanchezPicoPico Adventures colourful children’s fantasy adventure

magazines:

Hi-Fructoseissue # 51 with 16 poage insert of the art of Brandi Milne
Heavy Metalissue # 293

May 10, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 4th May 2019

in hardcover:

Tad WilliamsEmpire of Grass volume 2 of his series The Last King of Osten Ard. Vol 1 was The Witchwood Crown and the whole trilogy is a sequel to the epic Memory, Sorrow & Thorn set.

in large format:

Rachel Armstrong (writer/editor) – Star Ark non fiction. 500 pages analysing what ‘a living, self-sustaining spaceship‘ (A generation starship) might require and how it would operate. Part 1 describes what it might look like and how it might function; part 2 is an anthology of related topics by various experts.

in ‘B’ format:

Chris WoodingThe Ember Blade the 1st volume of The Darkwater Legacy. The blade might be the key to overthrowing the tyrants and changing the system!
Peter NewmanThe Deathless the immortal royal families live within floating palaces while the rest of humanity live beside the great Godroads, in fear of the dangers beyond…
Anna KashinaShadowblade a young swordswoman must impersonate a threatened princess…

Lucy BoothThe Life of Death to avoid being burnt at the stake in 1590, Elizabeth must take on the role of Death but now she’s desperate to find a way out of her pact…

Stewart HotstonTangle’s Game yesterday Amanda had the perfect life, today she’s an enemy of the all-encompassing System…
Tim MajorSnakeskins Caitlin battles to prevent the new science of rejuvenation from creating a government who will never cede power…
Thea LimAn Ocean of Minutes Frank is dying and to fund his cure Polly agrees to time-travel to the near future. But when she arrives Frank is nowhere to be found…

Jodi TaylorHope for the Best the 10th in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s time travel series

R. A. LaffertyThree Great Novels omnibus of of late 1960s books Space Chantey, Past Master & Fourth Mansions. Not sure that Space Chantey counts as great, but it is fun!
R. A. LaffertyThe Best of RAL great collection with 22 of his best short stories. Each has an intro by the likes of Swanwick, Willis, Scalzi, Gaiman and others… In Orion‘s SF Masterworks series

Arthur C. ClarkeAgainst the Fall of Night short novel from 1953, later re-written and expanded to become The City and the Stars. A Golden Age Masterwork from Orion

Andy ClarkFirst Mark the 2nd Blacktalon adventure set in the Warhammer series Age of Sigmar

in paperback:

Steve White & Charles E. GannonOblivion the latet in the Starfire series, which began back in with the David Weber & Steve White collaboration Insurrection back in 1990!

art, etc:

3dtotal PublishingSketching From the Imagination: Creatures and Monsters the latest in their series of instructive volumes

Neil Gaiman & Divya Srinivasan (illustrator) – Cinamon children’s picture book about a tiger

May 3, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 27th April 2019

in hardcover:

Neal AsherThe Warship part 2 of The Rise of the Jain trilogy. The 1st was The Soldier

in large format:

Emma NewmanAtlas Alone her latest Planetfall novel

Sarah PinskerSooner Or Later Everything Falls Into The Sea 13 short stories from the Nebula Award winning author (Best Novelette 2018; included here)
Sofia SamatarTender collection of 20 cross-genre short stories

Larry Niven  (creator) – Man-Kzin Wars XV 7 new tales of the conflict…

in ‘B’ format:

Greg EganPerihelion Summer a small black hole enters the Solar System…

Scarlett ThomasThe Chosen Ones sequel to Dragon’s Green, in her Worldquake Sequence

Ramsey CampbellThe Hungry Moon his latest horror novel; a firebrand priest and an ancient sacrificial pit!
Raymond A. VillarealA People’s History of the Vampire Uprising a plague of vampirism sweeps America…

Ian DoescherWilliam Shakespeare’s Get Thee… Back to the Future! From the author of the popular William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series

in paperback:

Eric Flint & Charles E. Gannon1636: The Vatican Sanction the latest novel in Flint’s sprawling Ring of Fire/1632 alternate history series
Travis S. TaylorBringers of Hell the 6th in his Tau Ceti Agenda series…
Les Johnson Mission to Methone an asteroid miner discovers something very odd about the rock he’s mining…
Sharon Lee & Steve MillerNeogenesis their latest Liaden Universe novel

April 26, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 20th April 2019

Happy Easter!

in hardback:

M. G. WheatonEmily Eternal an AI which could maybe save humanity is under threat, but 2 human companions may be able to help…
Jim Al-KhaliliSun Fall in a little over 20 years, scientists discover that the Earth’s magnetic field is begining to fail. Ist novel from the well known physicist & radio/tv personality…
Timothy ZahnKnight the sequel to Pawn and the 2nd in his Sibyl’s War series. Nicole has a plan to take control of the massive spaceship she has been abducted to…

Mike ResnickThe Master of Dreams madcap timeline hopping fantasy romp…
Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin HearneNo Country for Old Gnomes the sequel to Kill the Farm Boy; and the second of the Books of Pell

in large format:

Jonathan Strahan (editor) – The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen 30 of the best f&sf stories published in 2018

Peter S. Beagle & Jacob Weisman (editors) – The Unicorn Anthology 16 stories about unicorns,  written since the late 1980s

in ‘B’ format:

Melissa CarusoThe Unbound Empire sequel to The Defiant Heir and the conclusion of her Sword and Fire trilogy
Anna StephensDarksoul sequel to Godblind
Nicki Pau PretoCrown of Feathers 16 years ago the legendary Phoenix Riders disappeared but Veronika’s dream is to join their ranks…

Andrew BannisterStone Clock the 3rd in his Spin series, which began with Creation Machine

Roque LarraquyComemadre Argentinian strangeness, translated by Heather Cleary

art, etc:

Mark A. NelsonFantasy World-Building subtitled A Guide to Developing Mythic Worlds and Legendary Creatures. From Dover Publications. This appears to be a late re-titling of the announced Creative World Building and Creature Design

April 19, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment