China Mieville's new novel, The Last Days of New Paris, racked up a few more rounds of praise.
Inventive and engrossing, this novel shows why Mieville remains one of the best recent writers not only of weird fiction but of speculative fiction in general.
From The Chicago Tribune:
[The Last Days of New Paris] is a novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Mieville's unparalleled inventiveness.
And in case you missed it, here's an earlier review from Publishers Weekly:
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…
James P. Blaylock's new steampunk omnibus, The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, is in stock and shipping. In addition to three classic novellas, the book contains "The Here-and-Thereians" and "Earthbound Things", a novella and noveletette available nowhere else.
About the Book:
Langdon St. Ives, explorer, scientist, naturalist, and family man rarely has a restful day: adventure befalls him and a colorful cast of characters around every seemingly innocent turn.
In this chronicle, St. Ives descends beneath the quicksand of Morecambe Bay into a dark, unknown corner of the ocean littered with human bones and the castaway detritus of humanity in search of a strange, possible alien machine.
Madness at the Explorers Club in London and the disappearance of St. Ives’s wife Alice leads him to the underground lair of evil genius Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, who has undertaken to set the entirety of London into a lunatic frenzy.
A simple excursion to the West Indies is interrupted by bloodthirsty pirates whose depredations pale before the fury of the pagan god that erupts from beneath the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
An inexplicable cataract of water falling from a cloudless sky sets into motion a ballooning adventure in which St. Ives disappears through a hole in the sky.
And on a holiday in London, St. Ives investigates the insidious patent medicine salesman Diogenes, whose pills awaken strange longings and eons-old memories of man’s ascent from the fishes.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $40
From Publishers Weekly:
“Blaylock is a master of the period piece, easily capturing a Doyle-esque voice that serves his Holmes-adjacent hero well…this collection is a concise introduction to St. Ives and a handsome volume for any steampunk fan.”
From Kirkus Reviews:
“Langdon St. Ives is a scientist, explorer, and cheerfully married family man who continually finds himself embroiled in strange adventures and investigations that transform both Victorian England and more exotic locales into places lavishly beset by all the familiar and beloved trappings of fantastical steampunk. Accompanied by a cast of charming friends and allies, St. Ives faces a series of absurd dangers, often the machinations of a cartoonish nemesis in the mad scientist mold, Ignacio Narbondo.”
While digging through the warehouse, we found a good forty copies of the signed limited edition of Lois McMaster Bujold's novella, Penric's Demon. They're now posted to the site with matching copies of Penric and the Shaman. We'll ship Demon now, and Shaman when it's published. What a great way to kick off your Bujold collection.
We're pleased to announce that we'll be publishing Lois McMaster Bujold's new novella, Penric and the Shaman, in both signed limited and trade hardcover formats. If you own the first novella, Penric's Demon, please order asap (and mention your copy number) to avoid missing out.
About the Book:
In this novella set in The World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in “Penric’s Demon”, Penric is a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a “Locator” of the Father’s Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected. Penric’s roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end.
Limited: 450 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25
Hey, we have a John Scalzi freebie you may be interested in.
Everyone who orders a print copy of his new collection, Miniatures, direct from SubPress, will receive a free copy of the ebook on publication. As you may remember, this title spans the years from 1991 to 2016, including a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”
Ain't the cat illustration grand? It's a detail from the work that Natalie Metzger is doing for Miniatures, with one cartoonish illustration per story, in addition to a full-color cover.
Kevin Hearne's The Purloined Poodle is not lacking for early praise.
Via a service called NetGalley, that makes early copies of books available to reviewers, bloggers, and librarians, we've heard the following:
“Oberon and Atticus visit the set of the 2000 Christopher Guest film Best in Show. ... Dog lovers, urban fantasy readers, and of course all the KevinHearnenistas will want to get in line behind me to enjoy this latest selection.” (Daniel Graves)
“Oberon is the star of the show. ... Think cozy mystery meets Iron Druid, but with a canine protagonist, and you won't be far wrong. Expect the usual puns, conversations, meat- and dog-focus.” (Hilary Carter)
“Kevin Hearne's Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle is absolute perfection. With his inability to tell the difference between an hour and a week, his love of all things meat, and his unfailing ability to charm everyone he meets, Oberon is the perfect narrator. I only hope that Hearne will provide up with more Meaty Mysteries from Oberon.” (Bryanna Zimmerman)
“This story was fabulous and sooo funny! I really hope that we get more stories from Oberon.” (Lara Jaskiewicz)
We're down to our last 18 numbered and 3 lettered copies of Joe Abercrombie's Half a War.
If you've been collecting the series, these are essential volumes, the culimnation of (dare we say it) a trilogy even more impressive than his debut, The First Law trilogy. Get 'em while you can.
Daniel Dociu has just turned in the overwhelming, epic beyond the imagination dust jacket art for James S. A. Corey's Caliban's War. The full wraparound version of the dust jacket is viewable at the bottom of the book's product page.
Only fifteen copies of Caliban remain for preorder, so feel free to pick one up now.
Limited: 574 signed numbered hardcover copies: $75
We're pleased to be able to offer our customers copies of the huge upcoming anthology, Unfettered II. (This is not the actual cover, by the way.)
About the Book:
Unfettered II is an anthology featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.
Every story in this volume is new and, like the title suggests, the writers were free to write whatever they wished. Here is the list of contributing authors for Unfettered:
Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
Mark Lawrence (Gunlaw)
Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow)
Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
Todd Lockwood (Cover Artist)
Don Maitz (Interior Illustrator)
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $35
We're pleased to offer copies of Michael Bishop's first solo novel in over two decades. Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls is limited to only 300 signed numbered copies, with a full-color dust jacket and more than 60 interior illustrations. It's published by Fairwood Press.
About the Book:
Joel-Brock Lollis's family has vanished into the labyrinthine Sporangium below a curious Georgia emporium, Big Box Bonanzas. Glimpses of an older J-B Lollis of the Atlanta Braves on a BBB television suggest that Joel-Brock may never get back his parents and sister. The Valorous Smalls—almost-ten Joel-Brock, lively teen Addi, and tiny detective Valona—forge their way into the mushroom realm to change that possible future.
Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies: $50
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