Friday, April 27, 2012

Recent and forthcoming books

Eric Brown – The Devil’s Nebula (Abaddon £7.99): “Weird space … A new evil threatens the Expansion and the Vetch; the survival of both races may depend on their ability to co-operate.”

John Courtenay Grimwood – The Outcast Blade (Orbit £12.99): “history, politics and dark fantasy in an alternate Venice.” Book two of The Assassini.

N K Jemisin – The Killing Moon (Orbit £7.99): book one of the Dreamblood. “In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. [The] priests of the dream-goddess harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal … and kill those judged corrupt.”

Stacia Kane – Sacrificial Magic (Harper Voyager £7.99): “The departed have arrived.” Book four of the Downside Ghosts.

Tim Lebbon – The Cabin in the Woods (Titan £7.99): novelisation of the Joss Whedon scripted movie.

Tanith Lee – Killing Violets: Gods' Dogs (Immanion £10.99): not seen.

George R R Martin – The Armageddon Rag (Gollancz £18.99): reprint of the 1983 novel. Murder mystery with a touch of the supernatural, a hurrah to the 60s counter culture.

Daniel Polansky – The Straight Razor Cure (Hodder £7.99): a Low Town novel. “Here, the criminal is king. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.”

Kim Stanley Robinson – 2312 (Orbit £18.99): “Earth is no longer our only home – advances have opened gateways to the solar system and new habitats have been created on moons, planets and in between.” But it looks as if human nature remains the same.

John Trevillian – Forever A-Men (Matador £18.99): the conclusion to the A-Men trilogy, a story of “the realisation that nothing is forever.”

Liber Ursi – Caballistic Planetary Rituals (Immanion £10.99): not seen. 

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