Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Transreal Fiction is Closed (temporarily!)

Due to the major fire on Tuesday affecting buildings between George the 4th Bridge and Candlemaker Row, Transreal Fiction has had to close until further notice. Currently, I’m not able to gain access to the shop at all so I can’t even offer a postal or delivery service as I have been doing recently. Books can be ordered via the hive.co.uk site, which has an option to select Transreal Fiction to receive a small portion of the purchase price.

Hopefully, I’ll be allowed back soon, with customers not too far behind! But we’ll have to wait and see.

More updates on my twitter feed @transrealshop or here if they’re particularly significant.

August 25, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal New Titles – w/e 21st August 2021

in hardcover:

Ben AaronovitchRivers of London 10th Anniversary Edition, with several b&w illos and a new map. Transreal Fiction copies come with a signed bookplate!

in large format:

Robeert V. S. Redick Sidewinders large sequel to The Master Assassins and vol 2 of The Fire Sacraments trilogy

J. S. DewesThe Exiled Fleet volume 2 of The Divide, set at the edge of the Universe! I enjoyed vol 1, The Last Watch
Elly BangsUnity Danae escapes from an underwater enclave as it descends into chaos and must make her way across a post-apocalyptic Southwest America…
R. W. W. GreeneTwenty Five to Life as the end of the world approaches, Julie decides to spend her time by joining a vagrant caravan across America…

Matthew Hughes Barbarians of the Beyond officially sanctioned companion novel to Jack Vance’s Demon Prince series! What happened to the other people at Mount Pleasant!?

John Helfers (editor) – Leviathans: Armored Skies shared world anthology with heavily armoured airships fighting foer control of the skies… 8 stories including work by Harry Turtledove & S. M. Stirling

in ‘B’ format:

Richard KadreyKing Bullet the 12th and final Sandman Slim novel!
Jenni Fagan Luckenbooth the Devil’s daughter comes to live in an old Edinburgh close…

Yoon Ha LeePhoenix Extravagant Geyan is an artist and just wants to paint so ends up taking a job painting magical annimating sigils on military automatons…

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Crooked River the latest Agent Pendergast case
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child The Scorpion’sTail the lastest Nora Kelly case

Terry Pratchett – The Tme-Travelling Caveman collection of early children’s short stories. b&w illustrations

in paperback:

David Weber & Jacob Holo The Valkerie Protocol sequel to The Gordian Protocol

art, etc:

3dtotal PublishingCharacter Design Collection: Heroines their latest illustration guide

audio:

magazines:

Locus – issue # 727 Auguest cover date Interviews with Stephen Graham Jones & T J Klune


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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

August 20, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal New Titles – w/e 14th August 2021

in hardcover:

Eric Flint, Walt Boyes & Joy Ward (editors) – Grantville Gazette IX the latest anthology of stories set in the Ring of Fire / 1632 background created by Flint

in large format:

Cameron JohnstonThe Maleficent Seven Black Herran has to re-unite her retired Captains to fight once again…

Jerzy Zulawski Lunar Trilogy written between 1901 & 1910 and more recently translated from Polish by Elzbieta Morgan. The story of a marooned expedition to the moon…

Rich Horton (editor) – The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 His 12th annual volume…

in ‘B’ format:

P. Djeli ClarkMaster of Djinn magic & steampunk set in early 20thC Cairo! Loved this in h/c
Kevin HearnePaper & Blood the 2nd in his Ink & Sigil series

S. J. MordenGallowglass running from his own family, Jack takes a job as an asteroid miner…

art, etc:

Shuzo Oshimi Femme Fatale: he Art of SO full colour softcover of this manga artist
Simone GrunewaldDraw What You Love mainly colour hardcover look at her art, with loads of ideas and tips

Jaques TardiFarewell, Brindavoine Tardi’s 1st solo graphic novel; a full colour hardback and a prequel of sorts to his Adele Blanc Sec adventures
Etienne AppertRiver of Ink graphic novel about the origins of art and illustration!

Steve Lafler Death Plays a Mean Harmonica a couple re-locate to southern Mexico but meet an ancient vampire. b&w ‘alternative’ comic
Milton Lawson, Dave Chisholm & Fabian CabosThompson Heller: Detective Interstellar collecting 3 issues of the comic. Soft cover, full colour. Looks fun!
H. P. LovecraftThe Tomb b&w adaptation by Steve Jones & Octavio Cariello, together with the original short story text by HPL


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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

August 13, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 8th August 2021

in hardcover:

Ian Green The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath Flore must use her old martial skills as she pursues her daughter’s abductors across a tortured landscape filled with twitsted monsters and ancient gods…

Eli Lee A Strange and Brilliant Light in the near future AI ‘auts’ are everywhere and unemployment is soaring…

Grady HendrixThe Final Girl Support Group Lynette was the sole survivor of a massacre and runs a support group for other similar survivors, but now somewone seems to be targetting them…

Sara SheridanThe Fair Botanists historical novel set in Edinburgh about early 18thC botanists!

in ‘B’ format:

Hao JingfangVagabonds the Mars/Earth Cold War has eased and and Martian students visiting Earth as a good will gesture head back to Mars along with a group of Terran envoys… Translated by Ken Liu
John BirminghamThe Cruel Stars repulsed centuries ago, a massive alien fleet returns and attacks the borders of Human Space. 1st in a trilogy

Matt Thomas Anthracite Kevin has been kidnapped and taken to an alternate reality where Wales rules the World!
Christopher PriestThe Evidence Todd is a novelist, living in the Dream Archipelago, who starts discovering anomolies when he attends a crime-writers conference

Devin Madson We Cry For Blood vol 3 of the Reborn Empire quartet. We Live With Death & We Ride the Storm (parts 1 & 2) also came in.

Mike ShackleA Fool’s Hope sequel to We Are the Dead and part 2 of The Last War

C. F. BarringtonThe Wolf Mile vicious, all-out underground LARPing in Edinburgh’s Old Town is a massive online draw in the future…

in paperback:

Taylor AndersonWinds of Wrath the 15th and final book in his Destroyermen series! It started back in 2008 with Into the Storm.

art, etc:

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers – The Art of Reflection Histories Forsaken large softcover full of art from the game


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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

August 6, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 31st July 2021

in hardcover:

D. K. FieldsFarewell to the Liar the final part of the Tales of Fenest trilogy; probably my favourite fantasy series of recent years! Previous titles were Widow’s Welcome & The Stitcher and the Mute
Peter V. Brett The Desert Prince long-awaited 1st volume in a new series set 15 years after the events in The Core, the final book of The Demon Cycle

Matt Bell Appleseed in 50 years the fierce disasters of climate change are biting deep; in a 1000 years an icesheet lies atop America… the roots of both may have been planted by two brothers in the 18thC…
Darcie Little BadgerElatsoe in a time much like our own, native American myth and magic have also helped shaped our world…
Adam SimcoxThe Dying Squad Lincolnshire DI Joe Lazarus comes across his own body – and a spirit guide to enlist him in a squad of recently deceased police! Signed (bookplate) copies available

in ‘B’ format:

Jasper FfordeThe Constant Rabbit human-sized anthropomorphic rabbits move into a conservative English village…

J. K. JemisinThe City We Became 5 people, each representing a borough of New York, must unite to repel a trans-dimensional incursion!
Dan Klefstad Fiona’s Guardians an ancient vampire exists quietly, with her bound servant procuring the blood she needs, but over the decades they have been surruptiously surrounded by an aggressive order of monks dedicated to anti-vampirism…
Jin YongA Snake Lies Waiting the 3rd volume of the epic Legends of the Condor Heroes. Translated from Chinese by Anna Holmwood & Gigi Chang

Jean Passey – (editor) – Cornish Horrors subtitled Tales From the Land’s End anthology of 15 stories in the latest volume of the British Library‘s Taies of the Weird.

Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C. Parker (editors) – Vampires Never get Old anthology with new stories from 11 YA authors such as V. E. Schwab, Rebecca Roanhorse & Tessa Gratton

art, etc:

Piers BizonyThe Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions giant book of concept art!
Eric Nolen-WeathingtonPaolo Rivera: Modern Masters Volume Thirty latest artist to be featured in the series…

Dave McKean – Raptor full colour softcover, subtitled A Sokol Graphic Novel
Manuele FiorCelestia full colour hardcover; 2 young telepaths are forced to venture onto the unknown mainland…
Geof DarrowThe Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek sodftcover continuation of his often violent adventures!
H. P. LovecraftThe Alchemist b&w comic adaptation by Steve Jones & Octavio Cariello, together with a short bio and the original prose story by HPL

Hugo Pratt & Val HoldingBattler Britton h/c from Rebellion with 2 war stories illustrated by Pratt
Tait Howard Spiders: Worldwide Webs excellent little comic from Science Comics with more than you ever wanted to know about spiders!

magazines:

Heavy Metalissue # 308

Calendars:

Ted NaismithTolkien Wall Calendar 2022 his interpretations of scenes from Middle Earth


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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

July 30, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 24th July 2021

in hardcover:

Steven EriksonGod is Not Willing a return to Mazalan! The First Tale of Witness
Nina AllanThe Good Neighbours Cath returns to her roots and investighates local myths while also making friends with the woman now living in the house her childhood friend’s family was murdered in…
Claire NorthNotes From the Burning Age an archive keeper able to translate the ancient texts is approached to translate stolen texts that may rewrite everything he believes in…

in large format:

Dan AbnettEmbedded journalist Lex is leterally embedded (on a chip) inside a combatant’s head. But then the soldier dies and Lex may be trapped…
James S. ParkerInfinity’s Gateway a warship disappears during WW2. Decades later another ship investigates a strange phemomenon and what lies beyond!
X. L. BeckettGamechanger after the struggles of the 21stC, defense lawyer Rubi needs to discover why her latest client apperently want’s to stop the planet’s recovery…

Jeffrey FordBig Dark Hole 15 short stories in this collection from Small Beer Press, including 3 never before published.

Paula Guran (editor) Far Out two dozen stories in this ‘recent queer science fiction and fantasy‘ anthology

in ‘B’ format:

John AppelAssassin’s Orbit investigators of a murder on a distant planet find clues to a threat thought long past…
A. E. WarrenThe Hidden Base book 2 of Tomorrow’s Ancestors and the sequel to Subjrct Twenty One. Elise has already rescued neanderthal # 21 from the Museum of Evolution but now the stakes are even higher…
Hank GreenA Beautifully Foolish Endevour sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. The strange giant statues have disappeared from around the world and April May is assumed dead. But her friends receive strange, predictive books and maybe she’s not dead after all…
Louise CareyInscape Tanya’s first mission into the unafilliated zone should have been a simple retrival…

Alex PhebyMordew Nathan grows up in the slums, diving in the mud for treasure to survive. But his talent is soon noted…
Katherine AddisonWitness for the Dead Thara Celehar tries to live quietly and not attract attention… sequel to The Goblin Emperor
H. G. ParryA Radical Act of Free Magic 2nd of the Shadow Histories, sequel to A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians a 2 part alternate, magical late 18thC.

Andrew Neill MacLeodThe Fall of the House of Thomas Weir The Casebook of Johnston & Boswell Volume 1; the pair investigate ghoulish rumours circulating in Edinburgh’s Old Town closes… Scenes set very near the shop! (But well before I opened!)

Bora Chung – Cursed Bunny collection of strange short stories translated from Korean by Anton Hur


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July 23, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 17th July 2021

in hardcover:

Max BarryThe 22 Murders of Madison May murder across multiple parallel worlds! From the author of Jennifer Government and Company, among others.
Becky ChambersPsalm for the Wild-Built new novella from Tor; Monk and Robot book 1. Robots abandoned humanity long ago but have now returned and want to know how they can help…

in large format:

Rebecca RoanhorseBlack Sun the 1st book of Between Eatth and Sky. A disgraced sea captain is bringing an apparently harmless passenger from a distant city to the capital

Swapna Krishna & Jenn Northington (editors) – Sword Stone Table new, inc;lusive anthology re-imagining the Arthurian legends

in ‘B’ format:

Ada HoffmannThe Fallen sequel to The Outside the laws of physics have been completely changed on the planet Jai, leading to chaos and the planet’s quarantine

Bob ProehlThe Nobody People young children all over the US are starting to demonstrate special abilities and soon have to start taking precautions to stay safe…
Bob ProehlThe Somebody People sequel to The Nobody People; The Pulse gave millions mutant abilities but now they’re being manipulated against their will… I really enjoyed Proehl’s 1st novel, A Hundred Thousand Words (which used some of these characters as background)

Jo WaltonOr What You Will one of an elderly author’s recurring characters doesn’t want to die when his creator does!
Ry Herman – Bleeding Hearts sequel to Love Bites. Local author

Mike BrooksThe Splinter King God King Chronicles volume 2 and the sequel to The Black Coast

art, etc:

Philippe DruilletNight hardcover graphic novel; restock


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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

July 17, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 10th July 2021

in hardcover:

Jamie MollartKings of a Dead World a janitor watches over all the people in hibernation, kept asleep most of the time to preserve resources
Chris BeckettTomorrow a would-be author thinks he’s found the perfect place to write his novel…

in large format:

Sylvia V. LindsteadtTatterdemalion episodic novel of a young boy exploring the strange world of 2315 and the truth behind the fantastic myths of the past. Illustrations by Rima Staines

in ‘B’ format:

Adrian TchaikovskyBear Head Jimmy is a smuggler on Mars but he’s never smuggled anything like this before!

Andrzej SapkowskiThe Tower of Fools part 1 of a new trilogy set in Bohemia in the early 15thC and the Crusades against the Hussites
David HairMap’s Edge fleeing the invading Empire troops, Raythe & Zar flee to the far north, seeking a way to be allowed to return home… Book 1 of The Tethered Citadel. I enjoyed the larger edition last year
Gary Hutchinson Crouch Glass Coffin the 3rd in her Darkwood series. Gretel’s village is close to Darkwood and gets on well with it’s magical inhabitants despite their being declared an abonimation!

Garth NixLeft Handed Booksellers of London Merlin is a young bookseller, charged with protecting London from intrusions of the Old World
Kate MascarenhasThief of The Winged Horse a tightly-knit community of collectable dollmakers has many secrets!
Robert DinsdaleParis by Starlight Levon is determined to live as his ancestors lived, under the magic of starlight…
Max Brooks Devolution the eruption of Mt. Ranier near Seattle forces Bigfoot into the open…
Chris HumphriesThe Coming of the Dark sequel to Smoke in the Glass
Robert Jackson BennettShorefall sequel to Foundryside

Daisy Butcher & Janette Leaf (editors) – Crawling Horror the latest title in the British Library‘s Tales of the Weird series of horror stories, subtitled Creeping Tales of the Insect Weird

art, etc:

Shaun Manning & Anna WieszczykMacbeth the Red King graphic novel; an alternate take, neither strictly accurate, nor based on Shakespeare’s play!
Simon Birks & Juan FlleitesGone a robot powers up and discovers it’s spaceship’s crew all disappeared long ago…

magazines:

Interzone – double issue # 290/291 double the previous page count with 196 pages but the same mix of fiction, articles and art as ever!


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July 9, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 3rd July 2021

in hardcover:

Claire McKennaDeepwater King sequel to Monstrous Heart and vol 2 of the Deepwater Trilogy
Alix E. HarrowThe Once and Future Witches suffragists & witches at New Salem in 1893, from the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Brian StaveleyThe Empire’s Ruin volume 1 of The Ashes of the Unhewn Throne

in large format:

Alan MortonThe Golden Age of Telefantasy subtitled ‘a Comprehensive Guide to Science Fiction, fantasy and Horror Television Series of the 1940s and 1950s’. Just what it says! Captain Video, Space Patrol, and many more, episode by episode (where there’s adequate info available as not all episodes survive)

in ‘B’ format:

Charles Stross – Dead Lies Dreaming the latest Laundry novel, also part 1 of

Evan WinterThe Fires of Vengeance sequel to The Rage of Demons, and vol 2 of The Burning.
David WraggeThe Righteous sequel to The Black Hawks
J. P. OakesCity of Iron and Dust the Fae have been utterly defeated by the goblins but maybe one more dodgy deal by a young fae can make a difference…

Michael ChristieGreenwood complexly-plotted ecological novel spanning centuries

art, etc:

Lu MingMongolian Wind hardback of his art, not all inspired by Mongols!

Square Enix BooksFinal Fantasy XIV Heavensward: The Art of Ishgard; Stones and Steel
Square Enix BooksFinal Fantasy XIV Heavensward: The Art of Ishgard; The Scars of War matching softcover volumes
Dark HorseThe Art of Arkham Horror full colour hardcover with art from the role-playing game
PIE InternationalAsian Illustration highlighting the work of 46 artists in a full colour hardcover

Alejandro Jodorowsky & Juan GimenezMetabarons: First Cycle hefty 536 page softcover collecting the 1st 8 books of the start of the Metabarons saga in full colour
Geof Darrow & Dave StewartShaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet the mayhem continues in a new softcover graphic novel… and maybe finishes, too!
Jeffrey Alan Love Hero’s Quest hardcover illustrated children’s book, with Love’s inimitable dynamic art illustrating a mythic quest, with rhyming couplets of description

calendars:

Jim Henson‘s Labyrinth – wall calendar for 2022 with stills from the film

magazines:

Heavy Metalissue # 307 with 2 variant covers

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July 2, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 26th June 2021

in hardcover:

G. R.MatthewsSeven Deaths of an Empire apprentice magician Kyron is part of the guard for the late Emperor’s body as it’s returned home, but whoever has the body may control the succession!
Benjamin RosenbaumThe Unraveling in a very complex future society, young Fift is the only child of a particular gender… I really enjoyed his earlier short story collection Other Cities

in large format:

Stephen AryanThe Coward vol 1 of the Quest for Heroes series. Kell’s a bonafide hero, but he feels he’s done his share and is reluctant to unsheath Slayer again – after all, he knows it was really just luck, not heroism!
Christoph RansmayrDog King an alternate post-war Europe, where Germany is divided north/south instead of east/west (based on the short-lived Morgenthau Plan). Not a new publication, but the 1st time I’ve stocked it.

Samuel R. DelanyOccasional Views volume 1 a wide ranging collection of essays by, and interviews with, Delany

in ‘B’ format:

Jack CampbellBoundless the latest (19th overall) Lost Fleet volume with Captain ‘Black’ Jack Geary. Part 1 of the Lost Fleet: Outlands sub-series
Ari MarmellLitany of Dreams an Arkham Horror novel, set at Miskatonic University during the Roaring Twenties 
K. J. ParkerInside Man an under-achieving demon is caught in a plan to subvert the very meaning of good and evil. Novella
Daryl GregoryThe Album of Dr. Moreau the classic Wells story updated to the world of boy bands, with the murder of the WildBoyZ manager, Dr. M thrown in!! Novella

in paperback:

Jerry PournelleMamelukes a hefty new Janisaries novel, completed after his death by his son Phillip with David Weber 

art, etc:

Anton SederFantastic Beasts of the Nineteenth Century reprint (with improved layout) of a 19th C German book of illustration & design called Das Thier in der Decorativen Kunst. Softcover with wonderful looking full colour birds, fish, reptiles, etc!
Philip Ball (text), Wenting Zhu & Yan Liang (photographers) – The Beauty of Chemistry subtitled Art, Wonder, and Science. Just what it says! Hardback full of great imagery (plus explanatory text) with over 350 colour images. 9″ square approx.

audio:

Lord DunsanyIn the Lamd of Time giant 14 cd 17 hour collection of his best work, read by Steven Crossley. From Pegans to Jorkins, including Idle Days on the Yann & The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth

magazines:

Locus – issue # 725 June cover date
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June 25, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment