Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lost World
Published by Ala Evergreens 27th July 2017
When the reporter Edward Malone is sent to interview the formidable Professor
Challenger about his accounts of strange prehistoric beasts on a remote plateau
in South America, he expects to be given short shrift by the researcher,
notorious for man handling nosy enquirers. But Challenger, impressed by the
young journalist s thirst for adventure, invites Malone along on his next
expedition, plunging him into a mysterious and dangerous world populated by
dinosaurs and murderous ape men. Having already written seminal works of
detective fiction, Arthur Conan Doyle became a pioneer of early science fiction
with The Lost World. This classic novel helped establish the genre and has
inspired, since its first publication in 1912, countless stories, novels and
Superlative new edition from Alma Evergreens of the fantasy-adventure novel that inspired so many authors to venture into a genre that didn't yet exist. This would undlubtedly have been required reading for Edgar Rice Burroughs as he prepared to amaze the world with his Great Apes and Ape-man, and the various lost worlds he went on the create in similar vein to Conan Doyle's pathfinder novel. Refreshingly Victorian. A super new version of the timeless classic.
Stephen King & Owen King: Sleeping Beauties
Published by Hodder & Stoughton 26th September 2017
In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King
tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared
from the world of men?
All around the world, something is
happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like
gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women
become feral and spectacularly violent... In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a
women's prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about
the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep - and wake. Is she a medical
anomaly or a demon to be slain? The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting
each other, while Dooling's Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay
awake. And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world
This highly original mystery spearheads Hodder's celebrations to mark Stephen King's 70th birthday - I have to say that I have always been wary of books that purport to have been written by two people. And having said that, I'm afraid that the joint authorship of Sleeping Beauties places it firmly in the second tier of King's amazing achievements., with IT, The Stand, The Dark Tower series, Under The Dome, Insomnia, Bag of Bones, Doctor Sleep, Salem's Lot, The Shining and 11:22:63 in the top tier. Sleeping Beauties reminds me of Cell, and to a certain extent, Under The Dome, but I think the complication of joint authorship prevents it from reaching the heady heights of being amongst his finest works. All the elements are there, but there's something that holds it back from being among the very best. This has been a bumper year for King fans, with Gwendy's Button Box and Charlie the Choo Choo (not by King, but it might just as well have been) and now Sleeping Beauties. And, of course, the motion pictures The Dark Tower and the new version of IT, which seems to be a smash hit. Sleeping Beauties didn't keep me awake - I'm far too old and prone to snoozing just about anywhere, any time at my age, but I loved the small town characters and Evie is an amazing character. There were times when I wasn't sure if this phenomenon was worldwide or confined to Dooling, like the events in IT, and I still think it would have benefitted from just the one author. Watch out for huge celebrations of King's birthday, with promotional material such as stylish postcards and brilliant bookmarks in all the major bookshops...
Delilah S Dawson: Star Wars Phasma - Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Published by Century 1st September 2017
Discover Captain Phasma’s mysterious history in the official
prequel to The Last Jedi, the highly anticipated blockbuster film
directed by Rian Johnson, hitting cinemas in December 2017.
the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma
commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of
her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the
impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on
unearthing her mysterious origins―and exposing a secret she guards as zealously
and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.
Deep inside the Battlecruiser
Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the
hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper―Cardinal. But the information he desires
has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First
What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma’s past―and with
it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield
against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks
of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she
won’t surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her
captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the
spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may
prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it―and once his adversary
unleashes the full measure of her fury.
Top notch Sar Wars adventure from Delilah Dawson - and by the way, this brilliant novel provides a spectacular run up to The Last Jedi, which is due to hit cinemas around Christmas time this year. Superb science fiction in the most popular SF franchise of all time.
Ann Leckie: Provenance
Published by Orbit 28th September 2017
Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the
Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with a thrilling new
story of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young
woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless
lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison
planet from which no one has ever returned.
Ingray and her charge will
return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the
heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new
plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost
to her for good.
This brilliant SF adventure confirms Ann's place as one of the very best writers in the simplest, purest science fiction genre as evinced by the great Arthur C Clarke. No nonsense, no frills adventure in a universe where interplanetary travel is commonplace and natural, this is as good as modern SF gets.
Sarah J Maas: Tower Of Dawn
Published by Bloomsbury 5th September 2017
Follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire in this next
instalment of the Throne of Glass series by #1 New York Times
bestselling author Sarah J. Maas. Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his
strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has
changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol's men were
slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left
his body broken. Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica - the stronghold of the southern
continent's mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It's
Chaol's one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin's
survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica's rulers to ally
with them. But what they discover there will change them both - and be more vital to
saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Sarah J Maas continues to make significant inroads into the heady world of the finest female-written fantasy. Having started out as a YA fantasist, Sarah is now at the top of her game with Tower of Dawn.
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