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Tim Willocks - The Twelve Children of Paris (Tannhauser Trilogy #2) -

(randomhouse uk) publication: 23/05/2013

Been waiting a long time for this :) ,the 1st book in the series ,The Religion, came out way back in 2006.


The thrilling, bloody and glorious new novel, from the master of the epic tale, Tim Willocks, author of The Religion.

Paris, August 23rd, 1572.

What do you do when your wife disappears.

In the middle of the bloodiest massacre in European history.

And you know she is about to give birth to your only child?

Three wars of religion have turned Paris into a foetid cauldron of hatred, intrigue and corruption. The Royal Wedding, intended to heal the wounds, has served only to further poison the fanatics of either creed. But Carla could not have known that when she accepted an invitation to the ceremony.

When Mattias Tannhauser rides into town, on Saint Bartholomew's Eve, his only intention is to find her and take her home. But as the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots begins, and the city plunges into anarchy, Carla is abducted by Grymonde, the grotesque gang leader of the Yards, and Tannhauser finds himself imprisoned in the Louvre, at the centre of a vicious conspiracy.

Wanted by the law, the assassins' guild, and a militant army who call themselves the Pilgrims of Saint-Jacques, Tannhauser must rise to pitiless extremes even he has never known before. With no one to help him but a stable boy, he wades a river of blood without knowing what lies on the other side.

As he harrows Hell in search of his beloved

His destiny is changed forever by

The Twelve Children Of Paris...

Matt Suddain - Theatre of the Gods

(randomhouse uk) publication: 06/06/2013

Steampunk space opera? Damn right.

This is the story of M. Francisco Fabrigas, philosopher, heretical physicist, and perhaps the greatest human explorer of all ages,who took a shipful of children on a frightening voyage through dimensions filled with deadly surprises, assisted by a teenaged Captain, a brave deaf boy, a cunning blind girl, and a sultry botanist, all the while pursued by the Pope of the universe and a well-dressed mesmerist.

Dark plots, cannibal cults, demonic creatures, madness, mayhem,murderous jungles, the birth of creation, the death of time, and a creature called the Sweety: all this and more waits beyond the veil of reality.

The publisher describes the book as a "steampunk novel of extraordinary ambition and wit", comparing it to the books of Jules Verne, Thomas Pynchon, Terry Pratchett and Kurt Vonnegut.

Author, journalist, dramatist, publisher, minimalist composer,digital socialite, liar, M. Suddain is Founding Editor of Blacklist Publishing Co. Ltd. – a small firm dedicated to the preservation of lost or forbidden works of art and literature, most notably the once-famous travelogue series ‘Worlds' Fair’.


Karen Russell - Vampires in the Lemon Grove (Knopf) (February 12, 2013) -

From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best.

A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family’s disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection’s marvelous title story—an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.

Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under the age of thirty-five. Her wondrous new work displays a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers.

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First blurb for Kim Stanley Robinson's Shaman: A Novel of the Ice Age.

An award-winning and bestselling SF writer, Kim Stanley Robinson is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting and visionary writers in the field. His latest novel, 2312, imagined how we would be living 300 years from now. Now, with his new novel, he turns from our future to our past - to the paleolithic era, and an extraordinary moment in humanity's development. An emotionally powerful and richly detailed portrayal of life 20,000 years ago, it is a novel that will appeal both to his existing fans and a whole new mainstream readership.


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Ann Leckie's debut novel Ancillary Justice will be released by Orbit in October 2013. Here is the blurb:

Space opera for fans of Iain M. Banks and Michael Cobley - a warship is destroyed but her artificially intelligent mind remains in a single human body - why was she destroyed and will she find revenge?

They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they'll turn you into a 'corpse soldier' - one of an army of dead prisoners animated by a warship's AI mind. Whole planets are conquered by their own people.

The colossal warship called The Justice of Toren has been destroyed - but one ship-possessed soldier has escaped the devastation. Used to controlling thousands of hands, thousands of mouths, The Justice now has only two hands, and one mouth with which to tell her tale.

But one fragile, human body might just be enough to take revenge against those who destroyed her.


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Fist synopsis for Christopher Priest's The Adjacent:

A photographer returns to a near-future Britain after the death of his wife in a terrorist incident in Afghanistan. And finds that the IRGB has, itself, been suffering terrorist attacks. But no-one knows quite what is happening or how. Just that there are similarities between what killed the photographer's wife and what happened in West London. Soon he is drawn into a hall of mirrors at the heart of government.

In the First World War a magician is asked to travel to the frontline to help a naval aerial reconnaissance unit hide its planes from the German guns. On the way to France he meets a certain H.G. Wells.

In the Second World War on the airfields of Bomber Commands there is also an obsession with camouflage, with misdirection. With deceit.

And in a garden, an old man raises a conch shell to his ear and initiates the first Adjacency.


Blurb for Ben Aaronovitch's Broken Homes:

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

In the new novel DC Peter Grant must head south of the river to the alien environs of Elephant and Castle. There's a murderer abroad and, as always when Grant's department are reluctantly called in by CID, there is more than a whiff of the supernatural in the darkness.

Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.


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Official Drakenfeld back cover text (from Mark Charan Newton):

“I am Lucan Drakenfeld, second son of Calludian, Officer of the Sun Chamber and peace keeper. Although sometimes it seems I am the only person who wishes to keep it …”

The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years with treaties and laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, a long harmony has existed, nations have flourished, and civil wars are a thing of the past. But corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive…

Upon receiving news of his father’s death and recalled to his home city of Tryum, Drakenfeld is soon embroiled in a mystifying case. King Licintius’ sister, Lacanta, has been found brutally murdered during a night of festivities – her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. Despite hundreds of revellers, no one saw anything. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld soon has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty.

With his assistant, Leana, he embarks on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, revisiting the ancient streets of his past, tracking down leads, interviewing suspects and making new enemies in his search for the truth.

His determination to find the killer soon makes him a target, as the underworld of Tryum focuses on this new threat to their power…


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From the Head of Zeus Autumn 2013 Catalogue -

http://headofzeus.co...3 Catalogue.pdf

2121 by Susan Greenfield (01 JULY 2013)

A starkly terrifying vision of a future in thrall to technology, the first novel from one of Britain’s most renowned scientific authorities:Susan


In the near future, humanity is ruled solely by instinct and pleasure. We have become a race of childlike individuals, wandering a landscape of luminous bio-domes, with no concept of our own existence beyond the now. War, poverty and disease are made redundant by a massive, self-regulating, artificial intelligence.

But into this community of innocents comes Fred, a visitor from a far-off land. Appalled by the mindless solipsism of these “Others”, Fred tries to teach them to follow his own way of life, only to find that his own mind is undergoing a subtle change...

BARONESS SUSAN GREENFIELD, CBE, is a neuroscientist at Oxford University. She has written a range of non-fiction books for the general reader and has contributed extensively to print and broadcast media.

The Black Guard (The Long War #1) by A. J. Smith (Head of Zeus) (01 AUG 2013)

Detailed blurb:

In the long ages of deep time, uncountable millennia

before the rise of men, there lived a race of Giants.

Continents shifted and mountains rose and fell as the Giants

fought the Long War for the right to possess the lands of their birth.

The greatest Giants, mortal beings of huge size and power, lived

long enough, fought hard enough and gained enough wisdom to

become gods. Rowanoco, the Ice Giant, claimed the cold northern

lands and was worshipped by the men of Ranen.

Jaa, the Fire Giant, ruled the burning desert sands to the

south and chose the men of Karesia as his followers.

The Stone Giant, known only as The One, held dominion

over the lush plains and towering mountains of Tor Funweir,

and his followers, the men of Ro, believed they had the right

to rule all the lands of men.

The Giants themselves sit beyond the perception of humans

in their halls beyond the world whilst their most trusted

followers fight the Long War in their stead...’

Brother wars against brother in the launch of this heroic fantasy saga set in the vast lands of Ro: The Long War.

The Duke of Canarn is dead, executed by the King’s decree. Canarn lies in chaos, its people starving and tyrannized by an army of mercenaries. Yet still hope remains: the Duke’s children, the Lord Bromvy and Lady Bronwyn, have escaped their father’s fate.

Separated from his city, hunted by the warrior clerics of the One God, Bromvy undertakes to win back the city, whilst Bronwyn makes for the sanctuary of the Grass Sea and the warriors of Ranen with the mass of the King’s forces at her heels. And in the moutain fastness of Fjorlan, the High Thain Algenon Teardrop makes to deploy the fearsome Dragon Fleet...

The Time Traveller’s Almanac by ANN VANDERMEER & JEFF VANDERMEER (01 NOVEMBER 2013)

Your own time machine: the ultimate treasury of time travel stories, from the beginning of time to its very end.

The Time Traveller’s Almanac is the largest, most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, here is over a century’s worth of literary travels into the past and the future.

The anthology covers millions of years of Earth’s history – from the age of the dinosaurs to strange and fascinating futures, through to the end of Time itself.The Time Traveller’s Almanac will reacquaint readers with beloved classics and introduce them to thrilling contemporary examples of the time travel genre.

The Waters of Eternity (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand,short stories/ebook exclusive) by HOWARD ANDREW JONES (1st October 2013)

The Maiden's Eye (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand #3) by HOWARD ANDREW JONES (1st December 2013)

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Arcanum by Simon Morden

Fantasy | 368pp |Orbit | November 2013

A thousand years after Alaric the Goth crossed the Alps with his rough alliance of northern tribes and wild, spell-wielding shamans to crush the Roman empire, Europe has become an almost civilised place.

Despite the wars that wash across the continent, the little mountain kingdom of Carinthia remains untroubled and untouchable. Rich through trade and centuries of peace, it owes its success to being the home of the Order of the White Robe, whose legendary hexmasters can destroy whole armies by turning the field of battle into a glittering lake of lava.

Magic is Carinthia’s wealth, its protection and its way of life. So what does a magic kingdom do when it runs out of magic?

Carinthia: a kingdom of great influence, power . . . and formidable magic.

Long has the kingdom of Carinthia relied upon the spells of its Hexmasters to maintain its position of control. The great Prince Gerhard has ruled benignly over a kingdom that's never had to change for a thousand years. But now there are signs that their magic is failing, and the kingdom lies vulnerable to attack from all sides . . .

Some Carinthians would do anything to see the magic return: any act, no matter how terrible, is justified, so long as the Hexmasters can continue to cast their spells and protect their homeland. But there are those in the kingdom who are more than ready to seize the power that's there for the taking - those who have been developing technologies in secret to rival the hexmasters great magic.

Now is their time to rise up and challenge the powers that be – and they are ready for blood to be shed by the gallon. Carinthia: a kingdom poised between chaos and order, the future and the past, technology and superstition, and the smallest push, a single word even, is the distance between disaster and triumph.


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Oooh. Tanith Lee. Cool. Love her shorts. :)

ETA: Well, it's about time Ben Aaronovitch explored the grimy wastelands of Elephant & Castle. If I was going to go looking for horror in central London I'd start there.

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TOR has put their list up on Amazon for everything up until December.


Stormlight Archive book 2 by Sanderson ( Nov. 12)

The Land Across by Gene Wolfe

Something more than Night by Ian Tregillis

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Stephen Donaldson has finished The Last Dark.

I have just delivered the third draft of THE LAST DARK. Under the circumstances (the circumstances being that Putnams has already put the book on their schedule for October), I have no doubt that this will constitute D&A. For me, the next step will be copyediting; but of course my publishers have a variety of things that they need to get done.

Just to provide a frame of reference: this draft is 932 pages (not counting WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE and the Glossary). I've done some rather draconian cutting, all of which I believe was necessary. I deliberately wrote the first draft *long* because I wanted to be sure that I didn't leave anything out. But the result was an unusually high number of repetitions and digressions; and weeding them out--while creating more effective or at least more efficient alternatives--has been a very long and arduous challenge.


Rjurik Davidson's Unwrapped Sky has a release date:

Tor will publish the novel at the start of 2014.
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