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The Last Dark

By Stephen Donaldson

The bestselling fantasy series from one of the biggest names in the genre comes to an unforgettable conclusion. This is the final volume of the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - one of the keynote works of modern fantasy.

Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as 'the Land'. Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power - and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.

The big set piece battles were often the equal of TolkienThe long-awaited final part of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.Stephen Donaldson has won the WORLD FANTASY and JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARDs for his internationally bestselling fantasy novels. He has also written SF and mysteries. He lives in New Mexico.Stephen Donaldson changed the face of modern fantasy with the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.The Covenant books have sold millions of copies around the world, and have inspired a generation of readers.
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Steelheart

By Brandon Sanderson

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics... nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Steelheart is the literature equivalent of a blockbuster; episodic and fast-paced with surprises around every turn.A terrifically tall tale, packaging the superhero action into compelling, punchy chapters that keep you reading. It's a fast, feisty read with characters that are skillfully drawn, assassinations, gunfights, physics bending motorcycle chases and a world you can't wait to hear more about.Full of actionThe first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series, from the No.1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and THE WAY OF KINGS.Brandon Sanderson was born in Nebraska in 1975. Since then he has written the Mistborn series, amongst others, become a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and been hailed as the natural successor to Robert Jordan. He lives in Utah.The Mistborn books have sold over 250,000 copies.THE ALLOY OF LAW has sold over 30,000 copies in trade.Sanderson's THE WAY OF KINGS has sold 85,000 copiesBrandon Sanderson has become one of the biggest names in fantasy, comparable to Robert Jordan or Trudi Canavan.He is credited with breathing new life into the Wheel of Time.
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Firefight

By Brandon Sanderson

They told David it was impossible - that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realise he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic - Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

another brisk YA fantasy from Sanderson - inventive, action-stuffed and surprising until the endSteelheart is the literature equivalent of a blockbuster; episodic and fast-paced with surprises around every turn.Full of actionas always, Brandon Sanderson creates a unique and interesting universe we get to explore alongside the protagonist...a fun, action packed ride for those of us who remain a child at heart.The world of The Reckoners is suddenly presented in all its glory. It's an incredibly vibrant setting that showcases the entire breadth of Sanderson's talent. Expect to finish this one in single sitting.The stories are complex, fascinating, and filled to the brim with three-dimensional charactersFirefight is a visual, almost cinematic novelFirefight is a rollercoaster ride of action, entertainment, and humourFirefight is filled with a spine-tingling adventure and heart-racing action that promises to satisfy fans both new and oldFirefight is an absolute blast of a book and a definite recommendation whether you're a Brandon Sanderson fan, or have never read any of his work (although in that case make sure you read Steelheart first!)Steelheart is the literature equivalent of a blockbuster; episodic and fast-paced with surprises around every turn.A terrifically tall tale, packaging the superhero action into compelling, punchy chapters that keep you reading. It's a fast, feisty read with characters that are skillfully drawn, assassinations, gunfights, physics bending motorcycle chases and a world you can't wait to hear more about.Full of actionBrandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: FIREFIGHT, the sequel to the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller STEELHEART.Brandon Sanderson was born in Nebraska in 1975. Since then he has written the Mistborn series, amongst others, become a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and been hailed as the natural successor to Robert Jordan. He lives in Utah.The Mistborn books have sold nearly 200,000 copies.Brandon Sanderson has become one of the biggest names in fantasy, comparable to Robert Jordan or Trudi Canavan.He is credited with breathing new life into the Wheel of Time.The first Reckoners book, STEELHEART, sold over 35,000 copies in trade.Sanderson is now a No.2 SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author.
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Foxglove Summer

By Ben Aaronovitch

In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm ...

It's a real treat - Hot Fuzz meets Harry potter via hardboiled police procedural - with a compelling cast of characters and a nail-biting mystery to be solvedThis is a book that I can't recommend enough - as I said before, it's a great jump on point for new readers, but it also keeps up the greatness of the previous four novels. Whilst this might be my favourite since the first novel, that doesn't mean the others are rubbish - this just has a little something extra, a little je ne sais pas.As brilliant and funny as everBen has deservedly earned high praise for his Rivers of London series and Foxglove Summer continues to broaden the saga with gusto. With plenty of dark humour and action, great characters - human and otherwise! - this latest novel more than delivers everything fans will expect from a new story in this brilliant series. Thoroughly recommendedAn incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-upsFoxglove Summer is evocative, mysterious, engaging, and, mostly, enormous amounts of fun. Fans of the Peter Grant series will not be disappointed, and those new to the books should start with Rivers in London, safe in the knowledge that the sequels are just as good.Foxglove Summer is urban fantasy the way it should be. The kind of book that keeps you up way past 3.00 am because you really need to 'read to the end of this chapter' and then the next ... and the next... Foxglove Summer is well paced and engrossing. You do not have to have read the previous four volumes as it stands on its own well enough, though having the history at hand is always going to help. A fun read and thoroughly recommended.this little country retreat offers much in a way of a fresh, singular plot to devour with some real police action and adventure... it's a witty installmentI loved this story. This is a series where the announcement of a new book fills me with joy.As we'd expect, each fan is going to have their favourite and this book is definitely one of mineThe story itself is intriguing with a solid mystery at its heart and it rattles along at a steady pace, whilst still allowing Peter time to enjoy the country life. It's certainly a refreshing new angle to take as the other books are set in the city. This is a great, gritty and whimsical read. 5/5 starsFor all the murder and mayhem, this is a darkly comic read with characters you can't help but like.The fifth of the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling series sees PC Grant looking for missing children. And missing London.Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the Capital of the World. He worked as a bookseller before writing tie-in novels and TV scripts. He used to write for DOCTOR WHO.With over 500,000 copies sold in total, every title in the PC Grant series has been a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.The fourth book, BROKEN HOMES, has sold over 60,000 copies in trade.Ben Aaronovitch's author tours have been massive successes, winning countless new readers.Perfect for both the crime and genre readership.
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The Boy Who Wept Blood

By Den Patrick

With his rich evocation of the Italian Renaissance-like realm of Landfall, his uniquely appealing way with flawed yet empathic characters and his ability to write gripping scenes of both action and subterfuge, Den Patrick has already established himself as a new favourite for fans of Scott Lynch and Robin Hobb alike.

Ten years have passed since the disappearence of Lucien and his protege, the young swordsman Dino, is struggling to live up to Lucien's legacy. Sworn to protect the silent queen Anea as she struggles to bring a new democracy to Demesne, Dino finds himself drawn into a deadly game of political intrigue as the aristocratic families of Landfall conspire to protect their privilege. Always ready to prove himself as a swordsman Dino is anguished to discover that in order to fulfil his vow he must become both spy and assassion.

And all the while the dark secret at the heart of Demesne is growing towards fulfilment.

Stylistically the book is well-balanced between lush sensory descriptions of place and person (the details of clothing are particularly well-tailored) and taut, economic writing in the action sequences. The dialogue is crisp and acerbic and the characterization displays much nicely textured writing...This book has style!fast-paced, bloody and darkly satisfying... roll on 2016 and Book 3, The Girl on the Liar's Throne. I'm now well and truly hooked.Den Patrick continues to impress with his compelling world building and addictive prose...This makes for some compelling reading, and the author's gentle yet sardonic style makes the novel all the more delicious.I was most impressed by the book's gothic-ness, its secure world-building and deft characterisation - The Boy Who Wept Blood is an exciting page turner that didn't disappoint.the horror fantasy that sits beneath the surface continues to fester, providing plot twists and shocksI might be emotionally ruined, but damn it, I'm still hooked...I just found one of my favourite fantasy books of 2015.The Boy Who Wept Blood was a very enjoyable, character-driven fantasy with intriguing mystery and cracking action. If you are a fan of Scott Lynch, or just fantasy in general, then you should check this book out!With this novel, Patrick firmly establishes his well-deserved place as part of new breed of UK based fantasy authors. If he keeps on producing output like this it won't be long before reviewers will be using terms like 'unmissable' and 'classic' to describe his work.Those who enjoyed "The Boy with the Porcelain Blade" will enjoy "The Boy Who Wept Blood" as well. It is all that a sequel should be - it is bigger, bolder and cleverer....Readers who like their fantasy intelligent and historical shouldn't miss this one. You'll have a blast.The Boy Who Wept Blood is a fantastic book. It is intelligently written... Den Patrick has cemented his position as a fantasy author to watch and he has set the bar high for the conclusion of the Erebus Trilogy.this engrossing story of political intrigue, swordplay and hidden horrors has a truly distinctive flavourA gripping new high fantasy set in the Gormenghast-like castle of Demesne, from the author of the acclaimed THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE.Den Patrick worked as a comics writer for Titan, a copywriter and as a bookseller before becoming a writer full time. His War Manuals were published by Gollancz in 2013, followed by THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE in 2014. He lives in south east London.THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE sold 6,000 copies in trade.A series of standalone fantasies built on hugely engaging characters, tight plotting and evocative world building.Already compared to Scott Lynch, Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood.A young and promotable young author already a favourite on the convention circuit.
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The Death House

By Sarah Pinborough

This is an exceptional, contemporary, heart-breaking novel.

Toby's life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.

No one returns from the sanatorium.

Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.

Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.

You can learn more about Sarah Pinborough at www.sarahpinborough.com, or by following @SarahPinborough on twitter.

shocking and gripping, albeit ultimately hopeful and utterly moving, and it's Sarah Pinborough's finest novel to dateA bleak but compulsive tale...The Death House could be her finest novel yetThe Death House is a stunning novel, and a harsh reminder that our lives are simply fragile, fleeting, heart-breaking and most likely destined to end long before we wantFirst things first: Sarah Pinborough's latest novel, The Death House, made me cry...The Death House is the best book you'll read in 2015, guaranteed, and Sarah Pinborough cements her place as one of our finest living novelistsThe Death House is a dazzlingly emotional account of growing up, death and bits in between as well as an early contender for the book of the yearThe Death House is something completely different and doesn't fall into one definite category. There are many thoughts underlying the storyline but the most prominent ones are an extraordinary love story...it won't let you go without breaking your heartThe attraction of The Death House is its tragedy. This book is bleak and horrible and you will love itThe Death House was a marvel of a read, beautifully emotional, so terribly addictive that I read it in one afternoon and just as a warning, will stomp all over your heart and make it bleedDeath becomes her - Sarah Pinborough's most powerful work to dateThe Fault in Our Stars for the dystopian fan?....brilliantly written and moving, this is definitely recommendedThe Death House is emotive, thoughtful and memorable - remarkably subversive in its complex nature all wrapped up in a superb ending" - one to read in 2015Sarah Pinborough has created an incredible book with The Death House. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances highlighting the power of humanity....The writer's deft touch leaves the reader emotional. You might feel like your heart has been stomped onThe Death House is sad, stealthily creepy, emotionally haunting and quite brilliantfascinating characters, sinister undertones and mysterious circumstances it makes for an incredibly addictive readSarah Pinborough has managed to write one of the saddest love stories I have read in a while, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by being tragic and yet also triumphantUnsettling, frightening and in the end uplifting, The Death House has stayed with meImpressive and movingfascinating characters, sinister undertones and mysterious circumstances it makes for an incredibly addictive readSarah Pinborough has managed to write one of the saddest love stories I have read in a while, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by being tragic and yet also triumphant[Pinborough] deftly manages to pull elements from various places, from horror tropes to science fiction or thriller or crime and re-weaves them into something far more compelling... she also manages to craft a book which functions perfectly well as an engrossing tale for an adult or for a YA reader.It surprised me, it warmed me, it charmed me and shocked me both, and it's brilliant.This is a touching tale that will linger long after you've finished reading, haunting and heartbreakingly sadA very evocative, quick read - I really recommend it if you're looking for a very chilling, mysterious standalone novelPinborough layers a beautiful account of that first, maddening, youthful love, alongside the friendship and brotherhood only found in those doomed to die together. It's poignant and tear-jerking: the ending is stunning, and I haven't cried this much at a book in a long timeThere are curveballs and plot twists galore, and more than a handful of tear-jerkers as the story progresses, but all of it is crafted with a care and attention to detail that defines what a good narrative and cracking tale it really isSituated somewhere between Margaret Atwoods' The Handmaid's Tale and William Golding's Lord of the Flies, The Death House is a moving triumph with a gut-punch of a denouementIn a world where detah is everywhere, every breath, every heartbeat becomes previous. Pinborough's vivid writing ensures her readers feel every oneMoving and totally involving. I couldn't put it downCompelling, heat braking, yet sinister this novel is beautifully written and thought-provokingThis is a powerful book; emotional and frightening with a killer ending. An absolute must read.you turn the pages begging for the story to continue ever further and not reach its poetic but terrible conclusion so fast. It will leave you in tears.A heart-breaking, heart-stopping tale of love, life and death which will take your breath away.This is a stand-out, high-concept, beautifully written novel from an award-winning author.Brilliant characterisation, a simple narrative and an unflinching look at death make this a compelling read.Sarah Pinborough is an increasingly high-profile author with links to Neil Gaiman, Mike Marshall and Joe Hill.This is our Gollancz Geeks title for the month. There will be bound proofs, print advertising and a full marketing and publicity campaign.

Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon. Among his many prizes and citations are the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, the Carnegie Medal, the BSFA Award, eight honorary doctorates and, of course, a knighthood. In 2012, he won a BAFTA for his documentary on the subject of assisted suicide, 'Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die'. He is the author of fifty bestselling books but is best known for the globally renowned Discworld series.

The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, and the series is still going strong almost three decades later. Four Discworld novels - Hogfather, Going Postal, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - have been adapted for television, with more to follow. His books have sold approximately 85 million copies worldwide (but who's counting?), and been translated into forty languages.

In 2007, Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. He died in 2015.

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Robot Overlords

By Mark Stay

Three years ago, Earth was conquered by a force of robots from a distant world. They have one rule:

STAY IN YOUR HOMES

Step outside and you get one warning before you're vaporised by a massive robot Sentry, or a crawling Sniper, or a flying Drone. That's if the vast Cube doesn't incinerate you first.

But Sean Flynn is convinced that his father - an RAF pilot who fought in the war - is still alive. And when he and his gang figure out a way to break the robots' curfew, they begin an adventure that will pit them against the might of the ROBOT OVERLORDS.

This fast-paced, thrilling novelisation is based on the hit British film starring Sir Ben Kingsley (IRON MAN THREE), Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES) and Callan McAuliffe (THE GREAT GATSBY). A perfect companion to the movie, it expands on the story with additional action, characters, and a special peek behind the scenes.

fun, entertaining read with snappy, realistic dialogue.... a blockbuster pace that will entertain early teens upwards and sci-fi fans alikeRobot Overlords is an easy read, but it's not a light tale. Deliciously scary in all the right places, it's a compelling book. Like all good novelisations, it adds an extra dimension to a story already told in another medium. Recommended, especially if you like giant robot-driven dystopias.Enjoyable, entertaining, and sometimes surprisingly dark, Robot Overlords is a great read whether you're a young adult, a young-at-heart adult, or even a miserable old man in an adult's body (like me!)Such a cracking story - one which might literally blow your socks offHis characters come to life instantly, practically jumping off the page, all you need to know to care about them sketched in a few simple but always well-chosen wordsThe Robot Overlords novel by Mark Stay is more fun than a mongoose raveTo find his father, one boy must defy an empire...Mark Stay is a screenwriter and co-founder of The Bestseller Experiment podcast. You can find him at @markstay, @Robot­­_Overlords and @BestsellerXP on Twitter.This is a tie-in novel to a brilliant independent British film starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Kingsley and Callan McAuliffe (of THE GREAT GATSBY).Great, original film concept to match the high profile cast.Lots of co-promotion opportunities with this UK based, UK made film.The film is perfect for a cross-over readership, particularly 10+ year old children.Well written and the story is compelling.
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Midnight Crossroad

By Charlaine Harris

Get ready for the new drama Midnight, Texas on SyFy UK from July 27th with the first book in Charlaine Harris's bestselling paranormal mystery series about a small town where only outsiders fit in . . .

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse, the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it.

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...

Midnight Crossroad SparklesA promising start to a new series...once you've entered, you'll never leaveAll of Harris' trademarks are present - charm and wit, pacy storytelling and likeable charactersMidnight Crossroad - featuring an oddball cast including a witch, a vampire and a talking cat - soon has you under its spellA gently paced mystery with a supernatural slant, populated by endearing, varied and well-constructed characters....Definitely recommendA slow burning novel which successfully juggles setting the scene for an ongoing series with a self-contained story.I can see many nights being lost to the wonder of Midnight. 4 /5 Fans might be sad to say good-bye to Sookie, but they'll be so intrigued by the denizens of Midnight they won't have time to mourn.Midnight Crossroad is another compelling book by Charlaine Harris. I love her storytelling style and the wonderful characters she createsI was blown away by Midnight Crossroad. It's a wholly immersive, stunningly written adventure that I couldn't put down. The characters are spot on and unforgettable, the plot is exciting - the only negative thing is that I have to (very impatiently) wait for book two!!!The inclusion of a mystery that starts simply and then winds out of control so that no one can be trusted makes this is a blast to read. Everyone is your friend in Midnight, but you don't know everything about anyone. I can't wait for Midnight to come again. Overall grade: A If you have read anything by Charlaine Harris I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. If you haven't read anything by Charlaine Harris, then Midnight Crossroad might be the book to get you started.This gentle mystery shows an author confident in her writing and perhaps heralds the arrival of the best stage of her work - one where she writes primarily because of the sheer love for writing. An excellent read. The characters are fascinating, the world she created is very intriguing and there is SO MUCH mystery ... so much, in fast, that you just HAVE to relocate from Bon Temps to Midnight, Texas.A sinster read for lovers of the vampire series to get their teeth intoA pleasurable and enjoyable read...I can't honestly wait for my my next visit to MidnightIt's fun, a page turner that you'll romp through in no timeMidnight Crossroad is an unforgettable kick-start to a fresh and very exciting new seriesHarris is back with a vengeance!This book appears to have it allIt's clear from the start that this is an author at the peak of their ability.If you like your soap-opera with fangs and magic, then this will delight you.An excellent start to what looks to be an intriguing and very entertaining seriesa riot of freaky funIt seems you only live in Midnight if you have a secret you want nobody to know, and I am looking forward to the books to come so that the ghostly mists lift and more is revealedpromising first installment of her new Midnight, Texas trilogy. It combines the classic elements of mystery with the highly popular supernatural elements of Urban Fantasy, and weaves a story that will keep you guessing who (or what) dunit, from start to finishCharlaine Harris has a style of writing that makes you feel right at home with her charactersThis is a really fantastic start to a new series, with a wonderfully eclectic cast of characters and a truly strange town they call home. I loved it and I cannot wait to get back to Midnight for more.Signalling the return of Harris as the queen of urban fantasy, MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD with its oddball cast, southern charm and easy pace will whet your appetite for more of her original supernatural mysteries.

Get ready for the new drama Midnight, Texas on SyFy UK from July 27th with the first book in Charlaine Harris's bestselling paranormal mystery series about a small town where only outsiders fit in . . .

Charlaine Harris is the internationally bestselling author of, amongst others, the Sookie Stackhouse novels. She is a full time writer, living in Texas, USA.Charlaine Harris is the four-time consecutive No.1 bestselling author, and sales of her Sookie Stackhouse series exceed 3 million copies.Soon to be a brand-new TV series on SyFy UK from July 27th 2017!This is her bestselling new series.Perfect for fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and of HBO's TRUE BLOOD, this is what Harris does best: small-town mysteries, strong characters and a supernatural twist.There is huge curiosity amongst readers about what Harris is going to do next.MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD's arrival is going to be a huge publishing event.

George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin published his first story in 1971 and quickly rose to prominence, winning four HUGO and two NEBULA Awards in quick succession before he turned his attention to fantasy with the historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM, now a Fantasy Masterwork. Since then he has won every major award in the fields of fantasy, SF and horror. His magnificent epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire is redefining epic fantasy for a new generation, and is the basis for the hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES. George R.R. Martin lives in New Mexico.

Read more at http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/martin_george_r_r

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The Fractal Prince

By Hannu Rajaniemi

Jean le Flambeur is out of prison, but still not free. To pay his debts he has to break into the mind of a living god. But when the stakes are revealed, Jean has to decide how far he is willing to go to get the job done.

The sequel to Hannu Rajaniemi's extraordinary debut novel is set to build on the extravagant promise of one of the most exciting new voices to come out of the genre this century.

Its great virtue arguably lies in its very strangeness.Sensational science fiction from a new global star in the genre.Hannu Rajaniemi is from Finland. He is 30 years old and has a PhD in String Theory. He has lived, taught and worked in Edinburgh for the last seven years where he was a member of the high profile writing group that also included Hal Duncan and Alan Campbell.THE QUANTUM THIEF has sold over 20,000 copies in trade.This is science fiction with fantastic science, original concepts and excellent characters.THE QUANTUM THIEF was SFX magazine's science fiction debut of 2010.
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Horns

By Joe Hill

Now a major Hollywood film starring Daniel Radcliffe: read it first, if you dare ...

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache ... and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.

Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power - with just a touch he can see people's darkest desires - to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge; it's time the devil had his due.

I've read it a few times over the years and each time I come out of the experience having a completely new interpretation. Out of everything he's written, from his numerous short stories to his novels to his comics, it's Horns I always circle back to.Horns was a terrific read which helps to bolster Joe Hill's already high status in my personal pantheon of storytellers/writers.After you've watched the movie, I'd whole heartedly recommend checking out the novel, its well worth the read.An instant classic, Horns commands the reader's attention from the first page to the last and serves as an excellent starting point for Joe Hill virgins. I, for one, can't wait to see the film adaptation, despite the fact that the Ig in my head bears no resemblance to Daniel Radcliffe. This is a must-read, if you haven't already, and well worth a revisit if you have.On the whole, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone. It is wretched, witty, and enthralling. The writing is clever and masterful, despite the few faults I had. I think that if you are of a sensitive or conservative disposition, it might not be the book for you. It is a tragic love story, a murder mystery, and a supernatural fantasy with a dash of theological satire to sweeten the deal.Horns is pretty damn awesome. I have read my fair share of supernatural trhillers over the years but with Horns Joe Hill introduces something not seen before, it's not a complete embodient of the devil but holds in the lines. A perfect story that will creep you out and play with your emotions. And at the heart of it all yes a love story, gone wrong.Step into the world of HORNS, by NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling author Joe Hill and read this relentless supernatural thriller before you see the stunning film adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe!

Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

For more information, visit www.joehillfiction.com, visit joehillsthrills.tumblr.com, or follow @Joe_Hill on twitter.

Joe Hill is one of the most exciting, and frighting, contemporary horror writers.HEART-SHAPED BOX was a huge hit for Gollancz, with more than 60,000 paperbacks sold.Massive critical acclaim for both HEART-SHAPED BOX and the short story collection 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS.Joe Hill is a multiple award winning novel and graphic novel writer, as well as an international bestseller.The brand new supernatural chiller from a writer who is 'already the buzz of the industry' - Otto Penzler in the NEW YORK SUN.HORNS has been adapted as a major new Hollywood film starring Daniel Radcliffe. This is the tie-in edition of the novel that inspired it all.

Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings). His standalone novels (Best Served Cold, The Heroes and Red Country) are also set in the First Law world.

His novels have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Awards, John W. Campbell Award and the David Gemmell Legend Awards. His covers are also award winning, and have won both the David Gemmell Legend Award and the World Fantasy Award for best artwork.

Joe formerly worked as a freelance film editor and is now a full time writer who lives in Bath with his family.

Follow @LordGrimdark on twitter for more information, or visit www.joeabercrombie.com.

Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.
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Ultima

By Stephen Baxter

Fresh from his latest collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth sequence Stephen Baxter now returns to the mysteries and challanges first hinted at in his acclaimed novel PROXIMA.

In PROXIMA we discovered ancient alien artifacts on the planet of Per Ardua - hatches that allowed us to step across light years of space as if we were stepping into another room. The universe opened up to us. Now in ULTIMA the consequences of this new freedom make themselves felt. And we discover that there are minds in the universe that are billions of years old and they have a plan for us. For some of us. But as we learn the true nature of the universe we also discover that we have countless pasts all meeting in this present and that our future is terrifyingly finite. It's time for us to fight to take back control.

This is grand scale, big idea SF of the best possible sort. It is set to build on the massive success of PROXIMA and define Stephen Baxter's work going forward.

[Stephen Baxter] is one of the few still producing massive, fastidiously textured SF epics that engage the intelligence of the reader. Ideas come thick and fast, and an exhilarating sense of wonder is guaranteed.Stephen Baxter is an incredibly skilled author - a successor to Arthur C Clarke and Philip K Dick who has kept me entertained for years with his clever books written around huge ideas and concepts.Ultima is a tour-de-force of grand Space Opera, where an unbridled enthusiasm and super-long timelines create a tale full of wonder and cool imaginings. Whilst enjoying the travelogue, it is clear that, in the finest Clarkean tradition, the joy of discovery leads to even greater mysteries to be understood. Ultima is great fun. I loved this book, even more than the first, and I really want to read the next book as soon as possible. Definitely one of my favourites of 2014.this is a hard SF novel that battles bravely with big ideas. With every passing year, the oft-made remark that Baxter is Arthur C. Clarke's heir seems more and more aptThe astonishing new SF novel from multi-award winning author Stephen Baxter - a dizzying exploration of alternate universes and deep time.

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. With Terry Pratchett he has co-authored the Long Earth novels. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.


Visit Stephen Baxter's website at www.stephen-baxter.com.

Baxter has been introduced to many thousands of new readers with his collaborations with Sir Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth novels.PROXIMA sold 14,000 copies in trade.Baxter is acknowledged as the literary heir to Arthur C. Clarke.Widely translated and winner of awards in Germany and Japan - a truly international star of SF.
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The Gospel of Loki

By Joanne M Harris

With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.

But while Loki is planning the downfall of Asgard and the humiliation of his tormentors, greater powers are conspiring against the gods and a battle is brewing that will change the fate of the Worlds.

From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world's ultimate trickster.

a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old talesAllan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun"A chatty, cheeky style that works a treatMoves at a cracking pace and it's a lot of funA beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the TricksterAn ingeniously skewed retelling of Norse mythology. It's fun and you'll keep going to the end.A surprise from the author of Chocolat, this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief.quirky, amusing throughout, with an undercurrent of darkness and menace. This is a lot of fun...A must-read for all fans of Norse legends, fantasy and great writing.The type of book where you've gone through fifty pages and are still hungry for more...a joyous, terrifying, tumulutuous ride. And there's undoubtedly more to come.Harris is an expert of Norse mythology...she makes it into a compelling subject matter that encourages the revisiting of these historic tales.Loki's unique narration brings the myths to life with a grounded and modern take on the traits of the gods of AsgardFun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them in any way through the use of a modern filterIt could have been a stuffy book about the myths and legends of Scandinavia, but with a brilliantly clever twist of Loki as the narrator, and his wonderful sense of wit, it both teaches and entertainsHarris narrative is witty and nicely-paced...The book will appeal to fans of folklore and mythology, but also, I'm sure, to fans of Loki from the marvels moviesLoki's voice is engaging, witty and likeable...Loki's famous exploits are conveyed with humour and verveIt has the right amount of epic fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humour....Harris skillfully weaves the stereotypical evil Loki into a self-aware but misunderstood antihero...a wonderful piece by a wonderful author, Well worth your time.Joanne is a natural storyteller who knows a few things about comedy timing...I was snorting with laughter in a most unladylike manner before even emerging from the cast listJoanne M Harris brings her fascination with norse mythology from her previous children's literature foray to her long-standing adult audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment...For lovers of myth, legend and Game of Thronesutterly compelling and well worth a readdark, quirky, occasionally grim, often hilarious and gloriously boldThis book is about playfulness and trickery and their darkside...there is a sly humour to this novel - both the narrator's and at his expensea rich, sexy and entertaining tale of Loki...an imaginative retelling of the old myths, as seen through the eyes of the bad guy, and Harris (she reads Old Norse) handles it brilliantly!the first foray into adult fantasy fiction by the author of Chocolat is lively and funHarris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaimanretells the sagas for adults, in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory.An ingenious and funny retelling of the rise and fall of the Norse godsfantasy fans and those who like to read Norse myths will appreciate the Gospel of Loki. I speculate that Joanne Harris's regular readership will enjoy the book too.The Chocolat writer moves into the adult fantasy world...we loved itThe Gospel of Loki, a retelling of Norse myths, is hilarousmixing of ancient myth with cracking modern story telling alongside wonderful prose and paceAn entertaining story skillfully written as if it was simply told by Loki himself sitting right next to the readerFun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them through the use of a modern filterFunny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining - don't miss Loki's lesson on lifeinventive and absorbing...I look forward to Harris' next foray in to fantasy, especially if she applies her love of Norse mythology againJoanne writes this story with panache and skill, infusing it with humour and wry smile throughout.For fans of THE AVENGERS, this is the first adult epic fantasy novel from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of CHOCOLAT, Joanne Harris.Joanne Harris is an enormous international bestseller for her women's fiction. CHOCOLAT has sold over 1 million copies and was made into an OSCAR-nominated film. She has been a consistent Top 5 bestseller in both formats ever since.She has a dedicated digital following with over 17,000 followers on Twitter.THE GOSPEL OF LOKI is a big juicy fantasy novel that charts the recruitment of Loki from the Lord of Chaos right up to his betrayal of Odin and the fall of the gods. Very commercial and completely gripping.Since publication in February, THE GOSPEL OF LOKI has already sold over 20,000 copies across all trade editions.Norse mythology has been a life-long obsession for Harris (she can read the Norse language), and this passion comes out powerfully in this novel. These are the books she has always wanted to write.Loki as a character has been massively popularised by being the antagonist of AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. One of the biggest films of all time.