We’d like to wish a very happy Publication Day to all of our books out in bookshops and online today. This week we have five incredibly exciting paperbacks and eBooks perfect for fans of unforgettable adventure, mythology, magic and classic fantasy and SF. Wishlists at the ready, start plotting your visit to your local bookshop, library or favourite eTailer now.
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch– The fifth installment of the Sunday Times bestselling series sees Peter Grant leaving London to investigate 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. Foxglove Summer is out now in paperback, eBook and audio download. You can find out more about Ben Aaronovitch by visiting his website or following him on Twitter. You can read the first chapter here or listen to the first chapter, read by the brilliant Kobna Holdbrook-Smith here.
The Relic Guild by Edward Cox– In the sealed Labyrinth, Clara, must find a way to control her magic and escape her prison in this remarkable debut fantasy. The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls. The Relic Guild is out now in paperback, eBook and audio download. You can find out more about Edward Cox by visiting his website or following him on Twitter. You can read the first chapter here or listen to an exclusive clip sample from the audio book (narrated by Imogen Church) here.
Humpty Dumpty in Oakland by Philip K. Dick– A realist novel from one of the masters of science fiction. Set in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1950s, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland is a tragicomedy of misunderstandings among used car dealers and real-estate salesmen: the small-time, struggling individuals for whom Philip K. Dick always reserved his greatest sympathy.Humpty Dumpty in Oakland is out now in paperback and eBook.
Grendel by John C. Gardner– A brilliantly-executed retelling of BEOWULF from the point of view of the monster, Grendel, with a new introduction by Adam Roberts. GRENDEL is John Gardner’s masterpiece; it vividly reinvents the world of Beowulf. In Grendel himself, a creature of grotesque comedy, pain and disillusioned intelligence, Gardner has created the most unforgettable monster in fantasy. Grendel is out now in paperback.
Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner– Award-winning author Ellen Kushner’s inspired retelling of an ancient legend weaves myth and magic into a vivid contemporary novel about the mysteries of the human heart. Brimming with ballads, riddles, and magical transformations, here is the timeless tale of a charismatic bard whose talents earn him a two-edged otherworldly gift. With a new introduction by Lisa Tuttle. Thomas the Rhymer is out now in paperback and eBook. You can find out more about Ellen Kushner by visiting her website or following her on Twitter.