Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

End of the Year!

Another year almost over!

I’ll be closing at 15.00 this afternoon, which is maybe a little early compared to previous years but I have other commitments to attend to, I’m afraid. I usually aim at three o’clock but then overshoot a bit! This year I have to be on time.
Anyway, hope you have a fun time and a great new year.

I’ll be open again at 10.00 on Saturday the 3rd January 2015.



December 31, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 3rd January 2015

in large format:

Julie E. Czerneda - A Play of Shadow the 2nd half of Night’s Edge, the story begun in A Turn of Light
Alex Gordon – Gideon Lauren discovers that her late father had secrets she has to solve, even if time itself seems to behave strangely… The blurb compares it to Preston/Child

Helen MarshallGifts for the One Who Comes After collection of 17 weird fiction short stories

in paperback:

Steve PerryThe Tejano Conflict the 3rd in his Cutter’s Wars military sf series…
Allen SteeleV-S Day instead of the V2, Nazi Germany is trying to develop a space plane
Joe HaldemanWork Done for Hire an ex sniper turned author is forced to use both his talents to track a murderer in a slightly future USA

Glen CookWorking God’s Mischief the 4th in his Instrumentalities of the Night fantasy series
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. – Rex Regis his 8th Imager novel

art, etc:

Hugo PrattCorto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn big new softcover which is the 1st in a projected series of 12. In b&w, with a colour fold-out map on the extra deep front and back jacket flaps.

Alien: The Archive big hardcover full of art, etc. covering the whole franchise


December 30, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 27th December 2014

In before Christmas!

in large format:

William H. PattersonLearning Curve: 1907 – 1948 volume 1 of the authorised biography of Robert A. Heinlein.  I really should have had this in a long time ago… I’ll claim I was waiting for volume 2 to come out in hardcover!


Robert E. McGinnis & Art ScottThe Art of REMcG h/c full of McGinnis’ paperback cover art, National Geographic art, his film posters for James Bond, Woody Allen, blaxploitation movies, etc. spanning 7 decades…

Peter Maresca (editor) – Forgotten Fantasy: Sunday Comics 1900 – 1915 giant hardback reproducing the great early comics like Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend, Kin-Der Kids, and many more. The same huge 15″ x 21″ size as the Little Nemo tribute volume that came in recently.

HumanoidsEros Gone Wild 54 illustrated short stories from some of the best European artists in the graphic novel field…

magazines, etc:

Locus – cover date December 2014 Michael Moorcock on the cover
Juxtapoz – January 2015 cover date


Nothing more due in this week, but there should be some new titles next week, carriers allowing!


December 23, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 20th December 2014

in hardcover:

Phil RickmanNight After Night a reality tv show is to be set in a remote Tudor farmhouse with a tragic history…

Inna Cannon, Damon Murray & Olesya TurkinaSoviet Space Dogs history of the various dogs the Soviet Union launched into space, starting with Laika, the most famous

in large format:

Peter Tieryas LiuBald New World one day, everyone wakes up bald…
Mike ResnickThe Fortress in Orion vol 1 of his new Dead Enders space opera series…

Jerome BixbyMirror Mirror short story collection 15 of his best stories, from 1949 to 1964

in paperback:

Jasper FfordeThe Eye of Zoltar the 3rd in the series that began with The Last Dragonslayer
Laline PaullThe Bees Flora 717 is a hard-working bee, with ambition!

Mercedes Lackey (editor) – No True Way the latest Valdemar anthology
Laurell K. HamiltonJason the 23rd Anita Blake novel
Oliver BowdenUnity the latest Assassin’s Creed adventure


Noel Chidwick – Professor MacIntyre is Missing  9 short stories subtitled New Myths and Legends of Edinburgh volume 1

art, etc:

Andy Scott – ~The Kelpies heavily illusatrated hardback detailing the creation of Scott’s gigantic Kelpies horse head sculptures near Falkirk.
Brian KesingerColoring With Your Octopus outline images from the popular Walking Your Octopus book

Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona StaplesSaga Volume Four collecting the next 6 comics after v3.

2015 wall calendars:

Mary Fairburn (illustrator) – Tolkien: The Official Calendar not seen this artist’s LotR work before… interesting stuff

Star Trek – stills from The Original Series


December 19, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 13th December 2014

It’s Christmas, so there just aren’t that many new titles…

in ‘B’ format:

Karen Joy FowlerWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves now at college, Rosemary realises that her childhood was very strange…
Jonathan OliverDangerous Games original anthology with 18 stories from the likes of Chuck Wendig, Pat Cadigan, Lavie Tidhar and Paul Kearney, with the games involved ranging from Bridge to Russian Roulette, and many more

Warhammer 40,000Ahriman: Sorcerer the greatest sorcerer of the Thousand Suns seeks an ancient grimoire which may contain vital knowledge… by John French; the sequel to Ahriman: Exile

art, etc:

Ian Edginton & I. N. J. CulbardBrass Sun: The Wheel of Worlds hardcover graphic novel set on a world in a mechanical solar system
Bryan Talbot – Grandville Noel the 4th Inspector Lebrock scientific romance thriller! Full colour hardback
Bryan TalbotArkwright Integral big hardcover collecting the entire Luther Arkwright adventures!

Eric ShanowerAdventures in Oz vol 1 large full colour hardback collecting the recent IDW comics of The Enchanted Apples of Oz and  The Ice King of Oz. Great looking art; adapted from the books by L. Frank Baum


Brick Journal – issue #32 of the Lego magazine
Illustration – issue #46, with a large article on cover artist Virgil Finlay


Olivia de BenardinisOlivia with Betty Page pin-up art

December 12, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 6th December 2014

in large format:

Hope MirleesLud-in-the-Mist the classic 1926 fantasy novel…
John BowenAfter the Rain satirical post-apocalyptic novel from 1958; it starts with the flooding of Foyle’s Book Shop basement!

Hal DuncanScruffians: Stories of Better Sodomites short fiction
Hal DuncanRhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions his collected essays and articles

in ‘B’ format:

Adrian TchaikovskySeal of the Worm the 10th in his Shadows of the Apt series
William HorwoodWinter the 4th in his Hyddenworld quartet
Gail CarrigerWaistcoats & Weaponry the 3rd in her Finishing School steampunk series…
David RamirezThe Forever Watch murder mystery set 400 years into the Noah’s (a vast generation starship) voyage to another star system
Nalini SinghArchangel’s Shadows the 7th Guild Hunter novel
Nalini Singh – Shield of Winter her latest Psy-Changeling novel…
Robert HoldstockMythago Wood new Fantasy Masterworks edition of this 1984 classic

Garry KilworthThe Iron Wire historical novel about laying the Overland Telegraph Line across Australia, from Adelaide to Darwin

Warhammer 40,000Pandorax the latest Space Marines Battles story by C. Z. Dunn

in paperback:

Phillipa BornikovaThis Case is Gonna Kill Me Linnet starts a new job in a law firm and finds it’s run by vampires! 1st in the series; #2 came in last week
Diana PalmerThe Morcai Battalion 1st in the series about one man leading the fightback against those who destroyed his home…
Nina CroftDeadly Pursuit 2nd in the Dark Desires werewolf series…

art, etc:

David Weber, et al – Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station graphic novel of the 1st book in the top-selling Honor Harrington series. From Top Cow/Image
Marianne PlumridgeIf Dinosaurs Lived in My Town big hardcover heavily illustrated by Bob Eggleton


The Brothers GrimmThe Illustrated Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Pop-Up edition of eight of their stories!


Doctor WhoMasters of Earth Full Cast Audio Drama #193 from Big Finish, with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant

December 5, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 29th November 2014

in large format:

Jack McDevittComing Home the 6th Alex Benedict case; he and Chase come to Earth looking for some early space travel artifacts, long thought lost to rising seas…
Stephen BaxterUltima the 2nd half of the space epic begun in Optima

Robert SilverbergHot Times in Magma City 1990 – 95 13 short stories; originally published in h/c by Subterranean Press
Charles DeLintThe Cats of Tanglewood Forest children’s book illustrated by Charles Vess

in ‘B’ format:

Mira GrantSymbiont the sequel to Parasite
Steven L. KentThe Clone Apocalypse 10th in the series that began with The Clone Republic
William C. DietzAndromeda’s Choice sequel to Andromeda’s Fall and the latest in his Legion of the Damned sequence
Edward BryantTrilobyte an intro by Tim Powers and 3 short stories

in paperback:

Jean JohnsonDamnation the 5th in her Theirs Not To Reason Why series, which began with A Soldier’s Duty
Gini Koch - Universal Alien

Harry TurtledoveThings Fall Apart the 3rd in his Supervolcano series, about the aftermath of Yellowstone erupting
John RingoTo Sail A Darkling Sea volume 2 of his sea-going zombie apocalypse series…

Alex HughesVacant the 4th Mindspace Investigation
David DrakeMonsters of the Earth the 3rd in his Books of the Elements
Phillipa BornikovaBox Office Poison the sequel to This Case is Gonna Kill Me
Carrie VaughnDreams of the Golden Age
Diana PalmerThe Recruit sequel to Morcai Battalion about one man leading the fight to prevent inter-planetary war!
Jennifer EstepBlack Widow the latest Elemantal Assassin novel

George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (editors) – Dangerous Women 3 the final 3rd of their fantasy anthology, now in paperback


Locust Moon PressLittle Nemo giant hardcover with 100+ new, full colour strips featuring the famous character by the top artists of today, reproduced the same size as the original Winsor McKay newspaper strips. Still in it’s plastic wrap but what I’ve seen looks great!

Ron MillerThe Art of Space big hardcover full of great art, mainly from the past 60 years
John Fleskes (editor) – Spectrum 21 the latest annual collection of the best in fantastic art, now published by Flesk rather than Underwood Books. Just as good, though! In both hardback and softcover

Dan BreretonNocturnals big hardback full of his full colour art. Emphasis very much on characters rather than landscape, etc.
Dave McKeanDust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers 1989 – 1997 Companion volume to the Colelcted

3DTotal PublishingSketching From the Imagination: Fantasy a companion volume to Sketching From the Imagination: An Insight into Creative Drawing, which came in earlier in the year
Frank ChoDrawing Beautiful Women the Frank Cho Way hardback (the soft cover edition came in last week)

Alexandro Jodorowsky et al – Screaming Planet comic sized hardcover from Humanoids
Alfonso FontTales of an Imperfect Future hardback containing a dozen or so of his short stories; in b&w


Interzone – #255
Gramarye – #6 ‘folklore, fairy tales and fantasy’. Reminds me a bit of early issues of Foundation, with accessible articles and reviews

Juxtapox – cover date December 2014

November 28, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 22nd November 2014

in hardcover:

Richard Morgan - The Dark Defiles the final volume of his fantasy trilogy which began with The Steel Remains and The Cold Commands

in ‘B’ format:

Ken MacLeodDescent in the near future where there are no secrets anymore, has Ryan discovered a UFO cover-up?

Cinda Williams ChimaThe Enchanter Heir the 4th of the Heir Chronicles; the 1st was The Warrior Heir
Steohen R. Lawhead – The Fatal Tree
the concluding 5th volume of his Bright Empires series. The characters are spread all across time but must somehow come together to save the world and spacetime itself!
Tanya HuffThe Future Falls the 3rd in her Enchantment Emporium series…

Kim NewmanBad Dreams horror reprint from 1990, with the almost 200 page Bloody Students (a.k.a. Orgy of the Bloody Parasites) included also.

George R. R. Martin & Melinda M. Snodgrass (editors) – Lowball the latest ‘mosaic’ novel in Martin’s Wild Cards series. Authors include Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams and Ian Tregillis
Mark Morris
(editor) – The Spectral Book of Horror Stories original horror anthology…

in paperback

Laura ResnickAbracadaver the 7th Esther Diamond adventure
Christopher GoldenRiver of Pain the latest Alien novel


Frank ChoDrawing Beautiful Women: The FC Method large softcover with some colour pages and also two fold-outs. The h/c edition is due soon.


Black Static – #43

November 21, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 15th November 2014

in hardcover:

William GibsonPeripheral his first new novel since 2010’s Zero History

Ben AaronovitchFoxglove Summer the 5th in his Peter Grant  series, which began with Rivers of London
Cixin Liu - The Three-Body Problem from China’s top sf writer; aliens have responded to signals sent during the Cultural Revolution and are trying to infiltrate and influence Earth’s on-line society… Translated by Ken Liu

in large format:

Michael G. ConeyGateway Omnibus containing Mirror Image, Charisma and Brontomek! (Which won the BSFA award)
Rebi KawaharaSword Art Online vol 1 of the prose adaptation of the manga… vol 2 came in last week

Sarah RemyWinter volume #1 of her Manhattan Exiles trilogy. Teenager Winter has inadvertently allowed the Dread Host to confine all the Sidhe to Manhattan and he must grab any chance to put things right…

in ‘B’ format:

Simon IngsWolves described as a surreal whodunit
Phil RickmanThe Magus of Hay dark magic and ritual murder in Hay-on-Wye!

in paperback:

Greg KeyesInterstellar novelisation of the film

Alex ArcherThe Pretender’s Gambit the latest Rogue Angel adventure
James AxlerPolestar Omega the latest Deathlands adventure
James AxlerJudgment Plague the latest Outlanders adventure


Dave McKeanDream States hardback collecting the covers from Dreaming, Sandman Presents and Sandman Overture 1997 – 2014, with a new illustrated short story by Gaiman & McKean
Dan BreretonEnchantress: The Illustrative Art of DB full colour h/c with art of his female characters
Todd Spoor & Bill Cox (editors) – Infected by Art II h/c with art by the winners and runners up of both the jury and popular vote prizes in the various categories…

Monte BeauchampPopular Skullture small h/c full of 160 old pulp magazine and novel covers, each of which has a skull in it!


Neil Gaiman & Lorenzo MattottiHansel & Gretel re-imagining of the Grimm fairy tale, with full page b&w illustrations by Mattotti. Two sizes of hardback; a 19 x 26cm edition and a 23.5 x 32 h/c with a circular hole through the cover to the page behind…


Doctor WhoThe Widow’s Assassin Big Finish audio adventure #192 with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant

November 14, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

NewTitles – w/e 8th November 2014

in hardcover:

Steven EriksonWillful Child the voyages of the Engage class starship, Willful Child; in command is Captain Sawbuck, either the pride of, or the biggest disgrace of, the Terran Space Fleet…
Eric Flint, Paula Goodlet & Gorg HuffThe Vienese Waltz the latest novel in Flint’s 1632/Ring of Fire series… The 15th novel in the series, I think.

Mal PeetThe Murdstone Trilogy a fantasy-hating mainstream writer is persuaded by his agent to try to write a career-saving Epic Fantasy Trilogy!

in large format:

Charlie N. HolmbergThe Paper Magician Ceony is apprenticed as a menial Paper magician when she really wants to be working her magic with metal…
Rebi KawaharaAccel World: The Red Storm Princess prose adaptation of the manga…

T. A. PrattBride of Death
Tim Pratt – Heirs of Grace - an art school graduate inherits a very strange house in the woods, and finds that her estranged family is also very strange!
John EversonThe Family Tree Scott Belvedere’s family tree goes back, literally, to a tree!

Simon R. GreenTales of the Hidden World 17 short stories
Brian M. Sammons & David Conyers (editors) – Undead and Unbound 19 horror stories from beyond the grave, from Chaosium
Scott T. Goudsward & Rachel Kenley (editors) – Once Upon an Apocalypse 23 twisted fairy tales from Chaosium

in ‘B’ format:

Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner (editors) – Games Creatures Play 15 original horror stories about sports and games. The editors’ 3rd anthology together
Christopher Priest – A Dream of Wessex reprint of his 1977 novel about alternate realities…

Paul McAuleyBrazil published by the BFI and analysing the cult Terry Gilliam film

in paperback:

Jacey BedfordEmpire of Dust the 1st in the new Psi-Tech series, about a telepathic agent on the run across the inhabited worlds, trying to escape from her megacorp employer…
Chris Marie GreenAnother One Bites the Dust sequel to Only the Good Die Young and the 2nd in her Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series
M. l. BrennanTainted Blood the 3rd Generation V adventure

November 7, 2014 Posted by | Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment


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