Recently, Audible have released two more titles from our clients’ backlists. This time, a collection of short stories from Justina Robson and also the final volume in Michael Cobley‘s Shadowkings fantasy trilogy. Here are the details, followed by their synopses…
We’re delighted to report that Audible has just released an anthology of True Blood-related stories! So, while Charlaine Harris‘s series of novels may have come to a close, if you have been jonesing for some extra True Blood storytelling, then here is your new fix! DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN contains fifteen new stories set in Harris’s True Blood universe, and was edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.
Here’s the official synopsis for the anthology…
Charlaine Harris’ smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN puts your favorite characters center stage.
Included in the anthology is a story by Christopher Golden, who also worked with Charlaine on her new graphic novel series, Cemetery Girl – the first volume of which, THE PRETENDERS, is out now through Jo Fletcher Books. Charlaine’s latest novel, MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, was published last week by Gollancz.
Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.
Three more novels from James P. Blaylock‘s excellent backlist are now available as audiobooks! Published by Audible, we have a mixture of suspense, thriller, and also the first in Jim’s beloved Balumnia fantasy trilogy…
- THE KNIGHTS OF THE CORNERSTONE (Ace) – Stephen Hoye
- WINTER TIDES (Ace) – Kevin Stillwell
- THE ELFIN SHIP – Balumnia Trilogy #1 (Del Rey) – Mark Williams
‘Blaylock’s contemporary fantasy thriller features an intriguing and convincing reluctant hero, amiable cartoonist Calvin Bryson… The plot line begins to sound familiar when Bryson falls for a childhood friend, but as the Knights and their enemies battle for control of the veil, Blaylock… bolsters the predictable climax with solid prose, summing to an enjoyable read.’ — Publishers Weekly on THE KNIGHTS OF THE CORNERSTONE
‘This story of good and evil siblings examines how we all learn to live with who we are, and does so through supple writing and a tense and carefully executed plot… Blaylock combines the supernatural with a deep understanding of contemporary California and human nature, producing a book with appeal for both fantasy fans and readers of realistic fiction.’ — Publishers Weekly on WINTER TIDES
‘A magical world, magically presented… having journeyed there, you will not wish to leave, nor ever to forget.’ — Philip K. Dick on THE ELFIN SHIP
Here is some information on three more new audio editions, published this past week by Audible.
First up, we have two more stand-alone novels by Justina Robson. As with SILVER SCREEN and NATURAL HISTORY, released earlier this month, these early novels further show Robson’s skill at crafting engaging, ahead-of-their-time literary science fiction novels.
Both of these novels were critically-acclaimed when they were released, and continue to receive good praise. Publishers Weekly gave MAPPA MUNDI a starred review, stating that it ‘maintains throat-tightening suspense from its teasingly enigmatic introduction of its major characters to its painful conclusion that evil will succeed if well-meaning people try to achieve good at any cost… this near-future SF thriller presents convincing characters caught in profound moral dilemmas brought home through exquisite attention to plot details and setting.’ The novel was also shortlisted for the 2001 Arthur C. Clarke Award. LIVING NEXT DOOR TO THE GOD OF LOVE garnered praise from both Publishers Weekly and the New York Times. The former suggested that, ‘If William Gibson and Norman Spinrad had dropped acid together, this fourth SF novel by British author Robson is the book they might have written.’ The NYT described the novel as one of ‘exquisite precision and thoughtfulness‘, and ‘nothing short of a modern-day fairy tale, except she doesn’t need to hide behind predatory wolves and little girls in blood-red garments to convey what’s truly at stake. Her story could not be told without technology, but it is not a story about technology. It is a story about people, whose behavior cannot be so easily predicted, whose defects cannot be so easily repaired and whose functions and purposes in the universe have yet to be determined.‘
Next, the second volume in Michael Cobley‘s Shadowkings series, SHADOWGOD is also now available. There will be some more news on this series next week, but suffice it to say, Cobley’s debut fantasy trilogy was an early pioneer of modern ‘grimdark’ fantasy. Here are the details…
- SHADOWGOD – Shadowkings #2 (Earthlight) – Philip Rose
Jon Courtenay-Grimwood, writing for the Guardian, reviewed SHADOWGOD thus: ‘SHADOWKINGS, was brutal, cruel and realistic in a way genre usually avoids. SHADOWGOD, his second, is not only lighter, it is better written and makes good use of the world Cobley has created… writing to rival David Gemmell.’
Three more great backlist titles have been released as audiobooks. First up, we have a pair of titles from the great James P. Blaylock – one Steampunk novella, and an eclectic short story collection…
- THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS – Langdon St. Ives Novella #1 (Subterranean Press) – Richard Dadd
- 13 PHANTASMS (Subterranean Press) – James Gillies
Here’s just a small selection of what critics have said about the books…
‘While many recent novels have picked up the steampunk banner, this one fully delivers, offering action, farce, tender relationships, and prose full of genuine Victorian cadence and flavor.’ — Publishers Weekly on THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS
‘If you haven’t read Blaylock before, this is a good place to start, particularly if you enjoy steampunk and/or mysteries. If you are a fan of Blaylock’s writing, you’ll want to add this to your collection.’ — SF Revu on THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS
‘A short story collection from [Blaylock] is cause for celebration and rejoicing.’ — Neil Gaiman on 13 PHANTASMS
And finally, we also have a science-fiction anthology by Ian McDonald…
Ian’s fiction has been praised far and wide, and here are just a couple of examples…
‘One of the most interesting and accomplished science fiction writers of this latter-day era, indeed maybe the most interesting and accomplished, and certainly the most culturally and musically sophisticated, the Frank Herbert, William Gibson, or arguably even Thomas Pynchon of the early 21st century.’ — Asimov’s
‘McDonald’s power as a storyteller lies in his stylistic versatility and intensity of language as well as in his capacity to create vivid and memorable characters.’ — Library Journal
As before, the titles above include links to their respective Audible pages, original print-publisher, and narrator. There are a few remaining backlist titles still to come via Audible, and we’ll be sharing that info as soon as it’s available. Watch this space!
We’re very happy to report that the second and third volumes in Ian McDonald‘s first sci-fi trilogy, Chaga are now available as audiobooks, published by Audible! The eponymous first title was released in audio at the end of March 2014. Originally published in 1999-2000, these novels have remained cult classics among the SFF community. This is the first time they have been available in Audio format, so it’s a great time to check them out. Below are the details, including original print publisher and audio narrator…
- KIRINYA – Chaga #2 (Millennium) – Melanie McHugh
- TENDELEO’S STORY – Chaga #3 (PS Publishing) – Melanie McHugh
While out of print for some time, the Chaga series has recently been re-issued in eBook format (along with select other titles by Ian) through the JABberwocky eBook Program. Here are the eBook covers…
There are only a few more titles still to come from our large backlist deal with Audible. Be sure to check back next week for the next round of releases!
A slightly smaller influx of audio editions, this week – but by no means any less exciting! Here are the six new titles available as of today (James Blaylock’s) and tomorrow…
- James P. Blaylock, THE EBB TIDE – Langdon St. Ives Novella #1 (Subterranean Press) – Richard Dadd
- Michael Cobley, SHADOWKINGS (Earthlight) – Philip Rose
- Justina Robson, NATURAL HISTORY (Spectra) – Penny Scott-Andrews
- Justina Robson, SILVER SCREEN (Pan) – Anna Parker-Naples
- Freda Warrington, GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS – Aetherial Tales #3 (Tor Books) – Matthew Lloyd Davies
- Freda Warrington, THE OBSIDIAN TOWER – Jewel Fire #3 (Simon & Schuster) – Helen Lloyd
Today, we are delighted to share with you information and links for some more great titles, including a wealth of new audiobook editions for James P. Blaylock‘s backlist, as well as Ian McDonald, Jennifer Fallon and Freda Warrington. As before, below you’ll find the author, title, print publisher, and narrator.
First up, here are the Blaylock titles that have most recently been added to Audible…
- ALL THE BELLS ON EARTH (Ace) – Robert Slade
- METAMORPHOSIS (Subterranean) – Christopher Ragland
- NIGHT RELICS (Berkley) – Robert Slade
- THE LAST COIN (Ace) – Christopher Ragland
- THE MAGIC SPECTACLES (SF Gateway) – Christopher Ragland
- THE PAPER GRAIL (Ace) – Robert Slade
- THE RAINY SEASON (Ace) – Christopher Ragland
- Jennifer Fallon, THE CHAOS CRYSTAL – Tide Lords #4 (Voyager) – John Telfer
- Ian McDonald, DESOLATION ROAD – Desolation Road #1 (Pyr) – David Thorpe
- Ian McDonald, ARES EXPRESS – Desolation Road #2 (Pyr) – Lorna Bennett
- Ian McDonald, CYBERABAD DAYS (Gollancz) – Jonathan Keeble
- Ian McDonald, CHAGA / EVOLUTION’S SHORE – Chaga #1 (Gollancz) – Melanie McHugh
- Freda Warrington, DARKER THAN THE STORM – Blackbird #5 (Immanion Press) – Alex Wyndham
- Freda Warrington, THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES – Blood Wine #3 (Titan Books) – Jane Copland
Here are the details and links for the latest batch of Audible releases, including some real gems from our clients’ backlists. As before, the title is followed by print publisher and then narrator.
- Jennifer Fallon, GODS OF AMYRANTHA – Tide Lords #2 (Voyager) – John Telfer
- Freda Warrington, A BLACKBIRD IN TWILIGHT – Blackbird #4 (Immanion Press) – Alex Wyndham
- Freda Warrington, DRACULA THE UNDEAD (Severn House) – Matthew Waterson
- Jennifer Fallon, LORD OF THE SHADOWS – Second Sons #3 (Orbit) – Joe Jameson
- Jennifer Fallon, THE PALACE OF IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS – Tide Lords #3 (Voyager) – John Telfer
- Jennifer Fallon, WARLORD – Hythrun Chronicles #3 (Orbit) – Maggie Mash
- Justina Robson, CHASING THE DRAGON – Quantum Gravity #4 (Gollancz) – Mel Hudson
- Justina Robson, DOWN TO THE BONE – Quantum Gravity #5 (Gollancz) – Mel Hudson
- Freda Warrington, MIDSUMMER NIGHT – Aetherial Tales #2 (Tor Books) – Matthew Lloyd Davies
- Freda Warrington, PAGAN MOON – Dark Cathedral #2 (Penguin) – Nicholas Camm
- Freda Warrington, SORROW’S LIGHT (Pan Books) – Jan Cramer
Here are the details for some more recent Audible releases, from our clients…
- Jennifer Fallon, TREASON KEEP – Demon Child #2 (Orbit) – Imogen Church
- Jennifer Fallon, WOLFBLADE – Hythryn Chronicles #1 (Orbit) – Maggie Mash
- Matthew Hughes, THE DAMNED BUSTERS – To Hell & Back #1 (Angry Robot Books) – Tom Lawrence
- Matthew Hughes, COSTUME NOT INCLUDED – To Hell & Back #2 (Angry Robot Books) – Tom Lawrence
- Matthew Hughes, HELL TO PAY – To Hell & Back #3 (Angry Robot Books) – Tom Lawrence
- Ian McDonald, THE BROKEN LAND (Open Road) – Adjoa Andoh
- Ian McDonald, SCISSORS CUT PAPER WRAP STONE (Open Road) – Matt Addis
- Freda Warrington, DARK CATHEDRAL (Signet) – Nicholas Camm
- Samit Basu, THE UNWABA REVELATIONS – GameWorld #3 (Penguin India) – Ramon Tikaram
- Jennifer Fallon, LION OF SENET – Second Sons #1 (Orbit) – Joe Jameson
- Ian McDonald, KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY (Open Road) – Deidre Mullins
- Ian McDonald, SACRIFICE OF FOOLS (Open Road) – Sean Barrett
- Jennifer Fallon, EYE OF LABYRINTH – Second Sons #2 (Orbit) – Joe Jameson
- Jennifer Fallon, HARSHINI – Demon Child #3 (Orbit) – Imogen Church
- Jennifer Fallon, WARRIOR – Hythrun Chronicles #2 (Orbit) – Maggie Mash
- Justina Robson, KEEPING IT REAL – Quantum Gravity #1 (Gollancz) – Mel Hudson
- Justina Robson, SELLING OUT – Quantum Gravity #2 (Gollancz) – Mel Hudson
- Justina Robson, GOING UNDER – Quantum Gravity #3 (Gollancz) – Mel Hudson
- Freda Warrington, COURT OF THE MIDNIGHT KING (Pocket Books) – Cameron Stewart
- Freda Warrington, THE SAPPHIRE THRONE – Jewel Fire #2 (Simon & Schuster) – Helen Lloyd
Also, and these were slightly delayed last week, but two of Lavie Tidhar‘s backlist titles have also been released:
Last year, Audible acquired rights to publish the audio editions of a number of our clients’ backlist titles. The audiobooks will be released over the course of the next few months. Each week, therefore, we will publish a blog post with details of the latest batch of releases from our clients. Today, we have the two final titles from February and also the first week of March titles. Each title is followed by the book’s print publisher and narrator.
Published on February 28th…
- Aliette de Bodard, SERVANT OF THE UNDERWORLD (Angry Robot Books) – John Telfer
- Jennifer Fallon, MEDALON – Demon Child #1 (Orbit) – Imogen Church
- Thomas Blackthorne (John Meaney), EDGE #1 (Angry Robot Books)
- Aliette de Bodard, HARBINGER OF THE STORM – Obsidian & Blood #2 (Angry Robot Books) – John Telfer
- Freda Warringotn, THE AMBER CITADEL (Simon & Schuster) – Helen Lloyd
- Freda Warrington, A BLACKBIRD IN SILVER (Immanion Press) – Alex Wyndham
- Freda Warrington, A BLACKBIRD IN DARKNESS (Immanion Press) – Alex Wyndham
- Ian McDonald, NECROVILLE (Gollancz) – Christopher Ragland
- Freda Warrington, A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE – Blood Wine #1 (Titan) – Jane Copland
- Samit Basu, THE SIMOQIN PROPHECIES – GameWorld #1 (Penguin India/JABberwocky) – Ramon Tikaram
- Samit Basu, THE MANTICORE’S SECRET – GameWorld #2 (Penguin India/JABberwocky) – Ramon Tikaram
- Aliette de Bodard, MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS – Obsidian & Blood #3 (Angry Robot Books) – John Telfer
- Ian McDonald, OUT ON BLUE SIX (Open Road) – Jeff Harding
- Freda Warrington, ELFLAND – Aetherial Tales #1 (Tor Books) – Matthew Lloyd Davies
- Freda Warrington, THE RAINBOW GATE (New English Library) – Jan Cramer
Be sure to check back each week for the next titles! (We’re aiming for Fridays or Mondays, depending on when the information is released.)
Jennifer Fallon‘s latest fantasy series, The Rift Runners Trilogy, is now available in audio! THE UNDIVIDED, THE DARK DIVIDE, and REUNION are published by Audible, and are available in both the UK and US.
Here is the synopsis for the first book in the series…
The Undivided are divided. The psychic twins, Ronan and Darragh, have been separated by the traitor Druid, Amergin, who has kidnapped Ronan and thrown him through a rift into another reality.
Now time is running out for Darragh. If Ronan isn’t found soon, they will both die. But his twin brother is lost in a reality where Druids are legend, and there is no magic. Somehow, before the Autumn Equinox, they must find one young man in a world of six billion people…
Meanwhile, Ren Kavanaugh has no notion of where he comes from. He is plagued by strange injuries that appear from nowhere and everyone is convinced he is deliberately harming himself for attention. Then he meets the enticing and mysterious Trasa, and before he can figure out how it happened, he is in serious trouble – arrested for arson and possibly murder.
Rescue will come from a completely unexpected direction. Ren is about to discover more about his origins than he bargained for, meet the twin brother he never knew he had, and discover nobody is what they seem, especially his new friend, the half-faerie, half-human Trasa… Amergin’s daughter.
We are very happy to report that Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed Everness series of YA science fiction is now available in audio format! The three novels – PLANESRUNNER, BE MY ENEMY, and EMPRESS OF THE SUN – have been recently released by Audible in both the UK and US. The audiobooks are narrated by Tom Lawrence.
Here’s the synopsis for PLANESRUNNER, in case you have inexplicably managed to miss it…
There is not just one you, there are many yous. We’re part of a multiplicity of universes in parallel dimensions – and Everett Singh’s dad has found a way in.
But he’s been kidnapped, and now it is as though Everett’s dad never existed. Yet there is one clue for his son to follow, a mysterious app: the Infundibulum.
The app is a map, not just to the Ten Known Worlds, but to the entire multiverse – and there are those who want to get their hands on it very badly. If Everett’s going to keep it safe and rescue his dad, he’s going to need friends: like Captain Anastasia Sixmith, her adopted daughter and the crew of the airship Everness.
‘This is vintage McDonald, with beautifully drawn settings, complex characters and deft plotting. When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped, Everett’s investigations lead him to discover that his father was working to open portals between multiple worlds. Everett finds a map linking the worlds, which various sinister organisations desire – and the thrilling chase is on.’ — Guardian on PLANESRUNNER
‘… nonstop action, eccentric characters, and expert universe building… this first volume of the Everness series is a winner.’ — Publishers Weekly on PLANESRUNNER
‘Ian McDonald is one of the greats of science fiction and his young adult debut is everything you could hope for: romantic, action-packed, wildly imaginative and full of heart.’ — BoingBoing on PLANESRUNNER
‘Smart, clever and abundantly original, with suspense that grabs your eyeballs, this is real science fiction for all ages. More! More!’ — Kirkus on BE MY ENEMY
‘… a blast from start to finish. As far as I’m concerned, Ian McDonald could write another dozen or so of these Everness novels, and I’d happily read them all.’ — Tor.com on BE MY ENEMY
‘The marvelous Everness series… [is] Endlessly fascinating and fun.’ — Kirkus (Starred Review) on EMPRESS OF THE SUN
‘YA or not, the Everness series may be the most enjoyable ongoing series that SF currently has to offer.’ — Locus (Jan.2014) on EMPRESS OF THE SUN
In case you’ve missed our earlier coverage of TURBULENCE – and its upcoming sequel, RESISTANCE – here is the synopsis…
Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn’t have the right connections, but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman’s flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires. Vir, an Air Force pilot, can now fly. Uzma, an aspiring Bollywood actress, now possesses infinite charisma. And then there’s Jai, an indestructible one-man army with a good old-fashioned goal: to rule the world!
Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren’t wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet, but with each step he takes, he finds helping some means harming others. Will it all end, as 80 years of superhero fiction suggest, in a meaningless, explosive slugfest?
Turbulence features the 21st-century Indian subcontinent in all its insane glory: F-16s, Bollywood, radical religious parties, nuclear plants, cricket, terrorists, luxury resorts, crazy TV shows, but it is essentially about two very human questions: How would you feel if you actually got what you wanted? And what would you do if you could really change the world?
And, in case that wasn’t enough, here is just a small fraction of what has been said about TURBULENCE by critics the world over…
‘… I finished reading with that rare sense of loss you get when you finish a book you never really wanted to end… it involves superpowers, politics, the limits of human responsibility and is fast paced, deep, crisply written, full of vim, vigour, wit, wisdom and zest. Plus it’s really, really funny… You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp and you will demand a sequel!’ — Ben Aaronovitch
‘Turbulence has it all… Solid writing, great character development, humor, personal loss, and excellent points to ponder in every chapter.’ — Wired
‘The characters are brilliantly written… With a globe-trotting sensibility even James Bond would be proud of, the cinematic action sequences are as breath-taking as anything Hollywood has to offer, so the campaign for a big-screen version, or failing that, at least a sequel to the book begins here!’ — IGN
‘Basu blends tongue-in-cheek humor with philosophical questions about what obligations (if any) people would have if suddenly blessed with super powers… The book is a treasure trove of funny moments and one-liners.’ — The Los Angeles Beat
‘Basu knows his stuff… he conjures up a vast array of imaginative powers… unflinchingly depicts the costly consequences…’ — SFX
‘TURBULENCE is an excellent book, a thoughtful read that throws out questions without any easy answers, that opens up the superhero genre to deeper analysis, and yet is also an incredibly enjoyable superhero story itself.’ — Fantasy Faction
TURBULENCE is out now in the UK and US, published by Titan Books. RESISTANCE is due to follow in July 2014.