THIS Zelazny, IMMORTAL in Turkey…

Roger Zelazny‘s classic novel THIS IMMORTAL is available in Turkey! Published by İthaki Yayınları, as BÜ ÖLÜMSÜZ, here’s the synopsis…

Ölmekte olan bir dünyadaki tek ölümsüz, dünyasını nasıl yeniden hayata döndürebilir?

İşte bunlardan dolayıdır ki her geri dönüşümde kendimi yenilemiş bulurum, çünkü artık birçok yılı geride bırakmış bir adam olarak, bütün Yer için aynı şeyleri hissediyorum. Bunlar için dövüştüm ben, bunlar için öldürdümi bombaladım ve bunlar için Vegalıların orada, Taler’deki sürgün hükümetimizden Yer’i adım adım satın almalarını önlemek amacıyla kitaptaki bütün yasal numaraları uyguladım.

First published in 1966, here’s the English-language synopsis…

Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he’d rather not talk about. And, as Arts Commissioner, he’s been given a job he’d rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes — especially when it is apparent that this places him at the center high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself.

THIS IMMORTAL is also available in Russia (Эксмо), Germany (Heyne) and France (Helios). İthaki has also published LORD OF LIGHT in Turkey, as IŞIK TANRISI.

Jenni Keer’s THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF LUCY BAKER has a cover!

Earlier this week, Avon Books unveiled the cover for Jenni Keer‘s debut novel, THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF LUCY BAKER! Due to be published on January 10th, 2019, here’s the synopsis…

Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours, and unlikely friends.

Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.

79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.

Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…

THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF LUCY BAKER will first be available in eBook (in January) and later in paperback (in March 2019).

‘I was spellbound… A charming read, full of magic and mischief!’Heidi Swain

DANCE close to the EDGE with Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel…

Today, Gollancz publishes EDGEDANCER, Brandon Sanderson‘s latest novel in the UK! A short novel set in the Stormlight Archive series, here’s the synopsis…

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older — a wish she believed was granted.

Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can’t help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers.

The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

Gollancz has also published the first three full-length novels in the Stormlight Archive: THE WAY OF KINGS, WORDS OF RADIANCE and OATHBRINGER. Gollancz has also published Brandon’s best-selling, modern classic Mistborn series, among others.

Brandon’s next novel, SKYWARD (the first in a new series), is due to be published in the UK by Gollancz on November 6th, 2018.

Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Today: ACTION AT A DISTANCE, in your hands!

The first issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s latest Rivers of London comic series, ACTION AT A DISTANCE is out today! Published by Titan Comics in print and digital editions, here’s the to-the-point synopsis…

The secret history of Nightingale is revealed for the first time, as wizarding cop, Peter Grant uncovers his mentor’s occult service in World War II!

This series has a new art team, too: Brian Williamson (art) and Stefani Renne (colours).

Titan Comics has also published the first six Rivers of London comic series, all of which are now available in collected editions (paperback and digital).

Today, get trapped IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE!

Aliette de Bodard‘s latest book, IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE is out today! A dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the book is published by the JABberwocky eBook Program in the UK, US and France. Here’s the synopsis…

In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land…

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village’s debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference. 

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies — and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets…

You can read an excerpt from the novel, here.

The book has already received some advance praise, too…

‘This intriguing, Sapphic, Vietnamese take on Beauty and the Beast is recommended for fans of De Bodard’s previous works or readers who enjoy diverse, lushly described fantasy.’Library Journal

‘Another stellar offering by Bodard. Her signature intensity is on display in this tale of people (and dragons) struggling to survive in the ruins of an alien conquest. Emotionally complex relationships interweave with richly drawn and deftly nuanced world-building.’ — Kate Elliott, Author of the Court of Fives series

‘A transformative experience. With dragons.’ — Fran Wilde, Hugo and Nebula nominated author of The Bone Universe and The Gemworld series

The book is available from Amazon UKUS and France, and also Kobo.

Aliette is also the award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen series, published by Gollancz in the UK and Roc Books in North America; the critically-acclaimed THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE, published by Subterranean Press and the JABberwocky eBook Program; and also the Obsidian & Blood trilogy, also published as eBooks through the JABberwocky eBook Program.

This week: form up in the UK with LEGION VS PHALANX!

Myke Cole‘s first history book, LEGION VS PHALANX is out this week in the UK! Due to be published by Osprey Publishing on Thursday, here’s the synopsis…

From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder with shields interlocking, the men of the phalanx presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. Until, that is, the Roman legion emerged to challenge them as masters of infantry battle.

Covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed (280-168 BC), Myke Cole delves into their tactics, arms and equipment, organization and deployment. Drawing on original primary sources to examine six battles in which the legion fought the phalanx — Heraclea (280 BC), Asculum (279 BC), Beneventum (275 BC), Cynoscephalae (197 BC), Magnesia (190 BC), and Pydna (168 BC) — he shows how and why the Roman legion, with its flexible organization, versatile tactics and iron discipline, came to eclipse the hitherto untouchable Hellenistic phalanx and dominate the ancient battlefield.

LEGION VS PHALANX is due to be published in the US on October 23rd, also by Osprey.

Cole is also the novel of the Shadow Ops and Operator trilogies, published in the UK by Headline.

Zeno represents Myke Cole in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Backlist Plug: Ian McDonald’s CHAGA series

Today, we wanted to draw your attention to Ian McDonald‘s classic Chaga series: CHAGA, KIRINYA and TENDELÉO’S STORY. The trilogy is now available in eBook, published by the JABberwocky eBook Program, and the first two books are also published in Germany by Heyne.

CHAGA, originally called EVOLUTION’S SHORE, was first published in 1995 and was nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Here’s the synopsis…

On the trail of the mystery of Saturn’s disappearing moons, network journalist Gaby McAslan finds herself in Africa researching the Kilimanjaro Event: a meteor-strike in Kenya which caused the stunning African landscape to give way to something equally beautiful – and indescribably alien. Dubbed the ‘Chaga’, the alien flora destroys all man-made materials, and moulds human flesh, bone and spirit to its own designs. But when Gaby finds the first man to survive the Chaga’s changes, she realizes it has its own plans for humankind… Against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, McDonald weaves a staggering tale of keen human observation and speculation, as the Kilimanjaro Event changes the course of the human race by exposure to something beyond its imagination.

Here are some of the reviews CHAGA received…

‘McDonald… consistently explores new territory with his breathtaking images and incisive language. Both form and substance blend fortuitously in a work that features strong characters, a suspenseful story, and a profound message of hope and transformation. A priority purchase for SF collections.’ Library Journal

‘One of the finest writers of his generation, who chooses to write science fiction because that is how he can best illuminate the world.’ New Statesman

‘Optimistic near-future alien-contact yarn… McDonald’s tale is also inventive and challenging… a dense, complex, rather weighty, often fascinating piece of speculation.’ Kirkus

You can also read an excerpt from the novel here.

KIRINYA (1998) was showered with similar accolades when it was published: the novel was described by SFX as ‘a huge and ambitious novel’ and ‘the work of a supremely talented writer’, and McDonald was hailed as an ‘outstanding writer’ and ‘marvellous talent’ by The Times...

The end of the universe happened at around ten o’clock at night on 22 December, 2032. It’s just that humanity hasn’t realized it yet. And the Chaga, the strange flora deposited from the stars, is still busy terraforming the tropics into someone else’s terra. Gaby McAslan was once a hungry news reporter who compromised her relationship with UNECTA researcher Dr. Shepard for the sake of her story… but Gaby is no longer a journalist and she doesn’t want to be a full-time mother, even though her child Serena is her last link with Shepard. Gaby’s fire has gone out; she’s gone soft. But the massive political and military upheavals rocking the world are about to drag her back into the action.

The final book in the Chaga series, TENDELÉO’S STORY is a novella that was originally published by PS Publishing in 2000.

From the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, an alien force begins to spread, turning the land into an unrecognizable alien landscape. Tendeléo is nine years old when this first package comes down, and before she reaches adulthood the Chaga will change her life forever.

Ian’s latest series is Luna, of which the first two books are out now: NEW MOON and WOLF MOON, published by Gollancz in the UK and Tor Books in North America. The series is also available in a growing number of translated editions.

First four Rivers of London Comic Series Boxset out soon!

We’re very happy to report that the first three Rivers of London comic series by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s will be available in a box set at the end of the month! Published by Titan Comics on October 31st, here’s the synopsis…

Dive in at the beginning of the bestselling cops and wizards series from chart-topping author (and comics writer) Ben Aaronovitch, with this Box Set Edition of the first three graphic novels! A stunning box set edition of the bestselling first three graphic novels in the Rivers of London sequence, including a set of Rivers of London postcards! Starring Ben Aaronovitch’s laconic trainee wizard and budding detective, Peter Grant, these all-new adventures are essential parts of the smash-hit novel continuity!

In the first volume, Body Work, Police Constable Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, tackle a car on a killing spree-without a driver. In Night Witch, Peter and Nightingale are caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature – and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. In the third volume, Black Mould, something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London, so Peter is joined by a reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed!

The fourth, fifth and sixth series are also available as collected editions: DETECTIVE STORIES, CRY FOX and WATER WEED. The next series, ACTION AT A DISTANCE begins soon!

Flannery’s BATTLE MAGE enters the fray in France!

The first part of Peter A. Flannery‘s fantasy novel BATTLE MAGE is out in France! Published by Albin Michel as MAGE DE BATAILLE, here’s the synopsis…

Falco Danté est un gringalet dans un monde en guerre peu à peu conquis par l’armée infernale des Possédés. Pire, Falco est méprisé, mis à l’écart, à cause de son père qui fut un immense mage de bataille avant de sombrer dans une folie meurtrière. Alors que la Reine tente de rassembler toutes les forces armées pour repousser les Possédés, Falco prend une décision qui va l’amener aux marges du désespoir: il va entrer à l’académie de la guerre, une école d’excellence pour les officiers. Là, il devra surmonter ses doutes, ceux de ses amis et même ceux de la Reine.

Le monde brûle ; seul un mage de bataille pourra sauver ce qu’il en reste. Falco réussira-t-il à libérer son pouvoir, à invoquer un dragon à sa mesure ou succombera-t-il à la folie… comme son père?

Porté par son héros meurtri, condamné à se dépasser face au mal absolu, Mage de bataille a rencontré un formidable succès dans les pays anglo-saxons.

The second volume is due out early next year (cover at end). Here’s the novel’s English-language synopsis…

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad.

Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War, an elite training school dedicated to martial excellence. But while his friends make progress he struggles to overcome his doubts and insecurity. Even Queen Catherine of Wrath has her doubts about Falco’s training.

While the Queen tries to unite the Kingdoms against the Possessed, Falco struggles to overcome his fears. Will he unlock the power trapped inside of him or will he succumb to madness and murder like his father?

Zeno represents Peter A. Flannery in translation.

The Schokoladen-Mafia are causing mischief in Germany!

Lavie Tidhar continues the CANDY world domination! His first novel for young readers is out now in Germany! Published by Loewe as GEHEIMAGENTIN CANDY UND DIE SCHOKOLADEN-MAFIA, here’s the synopsis…

Nelle lebt in einer Stadt, in der es seit drei Jahren keine Schokolade mehr gibt. Sie wurde verboten, doch es gibt Banden, die die illegale Ware für die Zucker-Junkies in die Stadt schmuggeln. Eines Tages steht der berüchtigte Gangster Eddie de Menthe in Nelles Detektivbüro. Und er hat einen Auftrag für sie. Was sie zu hören bekommt, gefällt ihr ganz und gar nicht.

Ohne es zu wollen, wird sie immer tiefer hineingezogen in die dunklen Machenschaften der Schokoladen-Mafia… Ihr Deckname lautet nun Candy – Geheimagentin Candy.

Eine starke Mädchenheldin ermittelt in einem spannenden Kriminalfall, rund um Intrigen,Schmuggelware und ein Geheimnis, das seit Jahrzehnten gut gehütet wird. Doch Candy taucht immer tiefer hinein in die Abgründe ihrer Stadt, in der Schokolade und Süßigkeiten ein Tabu sind. Ein Kinderbuch für Mädchen und Jungen ab 10 Jahren. Der Titel ist auf gelistet.

CANDY is published in the UK by Scholastic, and has also been published in France by Castelmore, and Czechia by Argo. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Guard your chocolate! Imagine living in a place where Mars bars are banned and sweeties are totally outlawed. Ugh – how depressing! In this miserable place, is it any wonder that gangsters trade in illegal sweeties? We can’t even blame them. Nelle Faulkner is a twelve-year-old private detective looking for her next client. So when notorious candy gangster Eddie de Menthe walks in and asks her to find a missing teddy bear, Nelle takes the case. But as soon as the teddy turns up, Eddie himself goes missing. Can Nelle track him down before all of them come to a sticky end?

CANDY has already been collecting some great reviews since it was first published. Here are just a few of them…

‘In his first book for younger readers, he creates perhaps his most chilling vision yet: a city where sweets are forbidden under a prohibition act… The tone is as hard-boiled as a cough drop. The jokes sizzle like Space Dust. CANDY is a treat, the kind of confection Roald Dahl and Raymond Chandler might have come up with after an all-night bonbon bender.’ — Financial Times (also an FT Summer Books selection)

‘A perfectly pitched noir take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… delightful premise… as with Tidhar’s earlier work, his playful approach to genre is in service to the story’s hidden depths…. wonderful character work and his excellent prose…’ — Fantasy Faction

‘… original, highly-enjoyable and tempting twist on what happens when the town suffers from the symptoms of sugar withdrawal… Mark Beech’s joyful illustrations add tastes of humour, quirk and life to complement Lavie’s brilliant and charismatic characters; infused with an infectious influence of the collaboration between Dahl and Blake. Like a mini Miss Marple meets Maynards… this mouthful of mystery will leave every reader feeling like a child in a sweetshop; just craving to read more from Lavie!’ — The Reader Teacher

‘Written in the style of the hard-boiled American detective fiction of the 1940s, this is a juggernaut of a tale with plenty of twists and turns. A challenging read for ages 10+ who enjoy suspense coupled with a dry sense of humour.’ — West Sussex Schools Library Service

The collected edition of RIVERS OF LONDON: WATER WEED is out this week!

The graphic novel edition of Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s sixth Rivers of London comic series, WATER WEED is out this week! Published by Titan Comics, it collects all four issues from the series into a single paperback (or eBook) edition. Here’s the synopsis…

Two rogue river goddesses tangle wizarding cop Peter Grant in a sordid drug-smuggling operation in a new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in his best-selling Rivers of London novel series!

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!

Wizarding cop Peter and river spirit Beverley are drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette! Can they overcome corruption, or will they be fatally entangled in the weed?

Titan Comics has published all of the Rivers of London comics to date (with more to come!).

ACTION AT A DISTANCE, not as far away as we thought!

Above you can see the cover for the first issue in the next Rivers of London comic series! ACTION AT A DISTANCE, the seventh comic storyline to be set in the same universe as Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant novels, is co-written by Andrew Cartmel, and due to be published by Titan Comics on October 17th. Here’s the (very brief) synopsis…

The secret history of Nightingale is revealed for the first time, as wizarding cop, Peter Grant uncovers his mentor’s occult service in World War II!

ACTION AT A DISTANCE will also feature artwork by a new team: Brian Williamson and with colours by Stefani Renne. Titan Comics has also published the other six Rivers of London comic series: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD, DETECTIVE STORIES, CRY FOX and WATER WEED.

Brandon Sanderson’s OATHBRINGER paperback out now in the UK!

OATHBRINGER, the third novel in Brandon Sanderson‘s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Stormlight Archive fantasy series, is out now in paperback! Published by Gollancz, the novel recently won a Dragon Award for Best Fantasy novel! Here’s the synopsis…

Humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe whose numbers are as great as their thirst for vengeance.

The Alethi armies commanded by Dalinar Kholin won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, and now its destruction sweeps the world and its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the true horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that their newly kindled anger may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths the dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put Dalinar’s blood-soaked past aside and stand together — and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past — even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the end of civilization.

Gollancz has published also published the first two novels in the series in the UK — THE WAY OF KINGS and WORDS OF RADIANCE — as well as Brandon’s beloved Mistborn series, as well as a series of stand-alone novels and novellas.

Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Charlaine Harris’s Midnight Texas series is on sale in the UK!

From today until November 11th, Charlaine Harris‘s acclaimed Midnight, Texas series is on sale! Only 99p each in Amazon’s Kindle Autumn sale, this is a great way to try Harris’s work if you haven’t already, and also a great way to complete your collection!

All three books — MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, DAY SHIFT and NIGHT SHIFT — are published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis for book one, just in case you haven’t seen it before…

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…

The author’s latest novel, AN EASY DEATH, is also out this week in the UK, published by Piatkus Books.

Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

LeVar reads Lavie!

Just a quick post to let you know that Lavie Tidhar‘s YIWU short story is included in the latest podcast episode of LeVar Burton Reads! The story is out now, published by Here’s the synopsis…

Can dreams come true? They can if you win the lottery, which promises to provide what your heart desires. For a humble shopkeeper in Yiwu, it’s a living, selling lottery tickets. Until a winning ticket opens up mysteries he’d never imagined.

You can find the episode pretty much wherever you get your podcasts from, and also right here…