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A starred review for BEYOND THE AQUILA RIFT

Beyond the Aquila Rift by Alastair Reynolds

The first review of Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reyonlds is in, and it's a good one.

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

This collection of 18 long and short stories by Reynolds (the Poseidon’s Children series), one of the most gifted hard SF writers working today, displays his facility for building fascinating settings and integrating romance and mystery plots into space opera… Readers will greatly appreciate the breadth and variety of this deeply enjoyable collection.

Our print run is strictly limited to 1500 trade copies, which this review is likely to sell out. There will be no second printing.

 

Preorder THE CHEMICAL WEDDING by John Crowley today

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Small Beer Press has been kind enough to let us take preorders for their upcoming John Crowley novel, The Chemical Wedding. We're only able to take orders this week, so don't hesitate to place yours.

About the Book:

The First Day: Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition. $30.

  • Smyth sewn in oatmeal linen cloth with black foil stamped cover.
  • The interior will be printed in black ink on a beautiful 70# Finch Opaque Vanilla paper with matching endpapers.
  • This edition has an ISBN but no barcode printed on it and will not be distributed to bookstores.


The Second Day: Kickstarter Exclusive Signed, Numbered, Limited Slipcased Edition with Exclusive Print. $250.

  • Limited to 200 numbered copies.
  • Signed on a two-color tipped in page by the author John Crowley, the illustrator Theo Fadel, and the designer Jacob McMurray.
  • Presented in a black cloth slipcase stamped with gold foil on the front and spine and accompanied by an exclusive woodcut hand printed, signed, and numbered in her studio by Theo Fadel.
  • Smyth sewn in oatmeal linen cloth with black and red foil stamped cover.
  • The interior will be printed in black and red inks on a beautiful 70# Finch Opaque Vanilla paper with black endpapers and a black ribbon.

 

 

Returned copies of Catherynne M. Valente’s SPEAK EASY available

Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente

We have some returned (and slighly dinged or scuffed) copies of Catherynne M. Valente's wonderful (and long) novella, Speak Easy, and they're only $15 each. Order while you can.

About the Book:

If you go looking for it, just about halfway uptown and halfway downtown, there’s this hotel stuck like a pin all the way through the world. Down inside the Artemisia it’s this mortal coil all over. Earthly delights on every floor.

The hotel Artemisia sits on a fantastical 72nd Street, in a decade that never was. It is home to a cast of characters, creatures, and creations unlike any other, including especially Zelda Fair, who is perfect at being Zelda, but who longs for something more. The world of this extraordinary novella—a bootlegger's brew of fairy tales, Jazz Age opulence, and organized crime—is ruled over by the diminutive, eternal, sinister Al. Zelda holds her own against the boss, or so it seems. But when she faces off against him and his besotted employee Frankie in a deadly game that just might change everything, she must bet it all and hope not to lose…

Multiple-award-winning, New York Times’ bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente once again reinvents a classic in Speak Easy, which interprets “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” if Zelda Fitzgerald waltzed in and stole the show. This Prohibition-Era tale will make heads spin and hearts pound. It’s a story as old as time, as effervescent as champagne, and as dark as the devil’s basement on a starless night in the city.

Limited: 1250 signed numbered hardcover copies, fully bound in cloth: now $15 for a returned copy.

From Publishers Weekly:

“Valente’s language is extravagantly rich, and her world is filled with fascinating details. The amount of story packed into this slender volume would easily fill a novel…”

From RT Reviews:

“Valente’s Prohibtion-era spin on the classic story of ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ is thoroughly eerie and enchanting… this fresh fairytale gets under your skin quicker than Zelda Fair's black-market booze.”

From Library Journal:

“Casting infamous flapper Zelda Fitzgerald as the lead (and a pelican as her devoted follower) is just one of several inspired alterations that makes this novella a cut above the usual fairy-tale retellings.”

 

PW reviews THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

The first review of China Mieville's new novel, The Last Days of New Paris, has just landed, and it's a good one.

Here, have a taste:

Miéville (This Census-Taker) takes on the surrealists in this gritty and erudite fantasy. In 1941, a surrealist bomb exploded in Nazi-occupied Paris, unleashing thousands of manifs—physical manifestations of images taken from surrealist paintings. Some were merely whimsical; others were terrifying and dangerous. Now it’s 1950 and New Paris, as it’s called, is the epicenter of the continuing war. The chaotic city is fought over by Nazis and Parisians, both sides constantly bedeviled by the chaotic manifs. Worse still, the Nazis have made contact with hell and unleashed demons to aid their villainy…

 

An Elitis book review for FREEDOM OF THE MASK

Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon

Copies of Robert McCammon's Freedom of the Mask are leaving the SubPress warehouse at a steady clip. With coverage (like this from Elitist Book Reviews), we suspect we know why:

A majority of this novel takes place in London, and McCammon spends the time helping us get to know the city, and how it compares and contrasts against the Colonies. There is a wonderful level of detail here, but not so much that the pacing ever gets bogged down. This is perhaps one of (the many) greatest abilities in McCammon’s toolbox: his ability to keep the pacing flying forward, regardless of how much detail he adds. The goal of the story, and the goals of the various characters are never pushed to the side.

 

Three lettered copies of MEDUSA’S WEB available

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We're nigh on shipping both the limited and lettered edition of Tim Powers' time travel haunted house novel, Medusa's Web, and discovered that we undersold the lettered edition by three copies, which are first come, first served.

Both editions of the book are gorgeous, and would like fine on your shelves.

About the Book:

The last will of their suicide aunt requires that Scott and Madeline Madden return to Caveat, the vast old Hollywood Hills house they grew up in—and they soon learn that what they had thought was a shared childhood nightmare twenty years ago is in fact all too real.

Their strange, reclusive cousins, Claimayne and Ariel, are deeply involved in using a form of the Medusa—living two-dimensional psychoactive patterns known as “spiders”—to prolong their own lives and even hijack the lives of others…

Scott and Madeline are tumbled into the Medusa's web, and find themselves struggling in a tangle of lives and deaths extending back to the earliest days of Hollywood, fracturing timelines in the past and fleeing from predators in the present, inexorably bound for a showdown with the voracious ghost of their aunt and the entity which is the oldest and most powerful of the spiders.

The Subterranean Press edition of Medusa’s Web will be oversize, with a dust jacket and number of illustrations by J.K. Potter, housed in a custom slipcase.

Limited: 474 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $125
Lettered: 26 signed copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase: $500

From Publishers Weekly:

A new Tim Powers novel is always cause for excitement. His latest is a twisted journey through time travel, possession, old Hollywood, addiction, and familial violence that promises much and, mostly, delivers… By the time the credits roll, the villain has crystallized into a dark portrait of selfishness and contorted love, the heroes have earned grace notes of surprising beauty, and you will never see Salomé quite the same way again.

From Booklist:

Set over the course of one week, this novel is an atmospheric and complex supernatural thriller, with an old-time Hollywood frame, and it steadily builds to a frenetic climax.

 

Announcing our first ever project—an Iron Druid novella—with Kevin Hearne

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

We're pleased to announce our first project with NYTimes best-seller Kevn Hearne. The Purloined Poodle is an Iron Druid novella featuring everyone's favorite character from the series, Oberon. Among the best news of all: The Purloined Poodle goes to the printer next month!

About the Book:

Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear.

But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.

At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?

The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.

Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $20

 

Announcing COFFIN NAILS by Harlan Ellison, limted to only 200 numbered copies

Coffin Nails by Harlan Ellison

Charnel House is publishing a large (450 pages) gathering of Harlan Ellison's hitherto uncollected and never printed pulp stories from the late '50s and '60s. As there are only 200 copies of Coffin Nails, and our quantity is very limited, you might want to order early.

About the Book:

23 stories written in 1957/8, previously published only in original digest magazines

2 stories written in 1969 which have remained unpublished until this collection

These are among the very first steps on a sixty-year career, and have been hidden away until now in the fragile brown pages of magazines like Super Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and Science Fiction Adventures—but they let us see in emergence the style and urgency that came to full maturity in his latter, widely celebrated work. With this book, all of Harlan Ellison's stories so far are preserved in book form.

—from the introduction by Tim Powers

Limited: 200 signed numbered copies, bound in handmade Crackle paper: $300