Sunday, 19 April 2015

Through the Looking-Glass: More Upcoming Book Releases

Good day, ladies and gentlemen.

First off, please excuse my failing to live up to my word and offer a weekly, new edition of this section of the Blog. You have my assurances that this will not happen again.

Secondly, I hope you enjoy my selection of upcoming novels and share in my excitement! Some truly fantastic books.

Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
The fourth and final book in the Finishing School series.


When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London... but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!

About the author:

Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit. Her latest book is Prudence, first in the new Custard Protocol series.

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Personal note:

There are few authors I idolize as much as Gail Carriger, whose novels I've read many, many times. Her Parasol Protectorate series is one of my all time favourites, on par with Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time and P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves books. In Miss Carriger's novels, there is everything one could desire - adventure, mystery, romance, whimsy, and, before all else, tea. So sit comfortably and enjoy.

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard


Multi-award winning author Aliette de Bodard, brings her story of the War in Heaven to Paris, igniting the City of Light in a fantasy of divine power and deep conspiracy…

In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians’ War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires’ salvation—or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself.

About the author:

Aliette de Bodard is a multi-award-winning author. She is a half-French, half-Vietnamese computer and history geek who lives in Paris and has a special interest in non-Western civilisations, particularly Ancient Vietnam, Ancient China and Ancient Mesoamerica.

Personal note:

Not much to say here. I love Paris. I love post-apocalyptic fantasy. And most importantly, I love Aliette de Bodard's Obsidian and Blood series, which is one of the best I've read in recent years. 

Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal
The final book of the acclaimed Glamourist Histories.


Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decide to go. 

The sea voyage is long and Jane spends enough time unable to perform glamour that towards the end of the trip she discovers that she is with child. They are overjoyed, but when they finally arrive at the estate to complete what they expect to be routine legal tasks, they realize that nearly everything they came expecting to find had been a lie. Also, the entire estate is in disarray, with horrifying conditions and tensions with the local slave population so high that they are close to revolt.

Jane and Vincent's sense of peril is screaming out for them to flee, but Vincent cannot stand to leave an estate connected with his family in such a condition. They have survived many grand and terrifying adventures in their time, but this one will test their skills and wits more than any they have ever encountered before, this time with a new life hanging in the balance. Mary Robinette Kowal's Of Noble Family is the final book of the acclaimed Glamourist Histories.

About the author:

Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo winner for her story "For Want of a Nail." Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, and several Year's Best anthologies. She also writes the Glamourist History series, which began with Shades of Milk and Honey. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and many manual typewriters.

Personal note:

Here's another series I love that's coming to an end this year. The Glamourist Histories  are very gripping and feature some of the best writing I've had the pleasure of reading. Mary Robinette Kowal has an extraordinary talent and command of language, and I highly recommend her stories to anyone who loves the works of Jane Austen, Gail Carriger, or Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

Death Descends On Saturn Villa by M.R.C. Kasasian
The third novel in the The Gower Street Detective Series.


Gower Street: 1883.

March Middleton is the neice of London's greatest (and most curmudgeonly) personal detective, Sidney Grice. March has just discovered a wealthy long-lost relative she never knew she had. When this newest family member meets with a horrible death, March is in the frame for murder - and only Sidney Grice can prove her innocence.

Grice agrees to investigate (for his usual fee) but warns that he is not entirely convinced of her innocence. If he were in her position, he might have been tempted. But the more he uncovers, the more all the clues point to Grice himself...

About the author:

Martin Kasasian was raised in Lancashire. He has had careers as varied as factory hand, wine waiter, veterinary assistant, fairground worker and dentist. He lives with his wife in Suffolk.

Personal note:

I discovered the Gower Street Detective Series by accident. It happened a month ago. Since then I've bought and read both of M.R.C. Kasasian's previous novels in this highly entertaining and suspenseful series, The Mangle Street Murders and The Curse of the House of Foskett. 

Tales of the Primal Land by Brian Lumley
Deluxe edition by Subterranean Press.



...Was in fact a primal continent, but that was so long ago--even before Uthmal and Mu, and long before comparatively recent Atlantis--that a majority of today's palaeoethnologists might never be persuaded of its existence. But now let it be known that there was in Primal Theem'hdra (the vast island continent's name,) an hitherto unsuspected, even unimagined Age of Man, where barbarous nomadic tribes wandered the stony steppes and thirsty, burning deserts, while self-styled ''civilized'' folk dwelled in the so-called ''sophisticate cities'' of more luxuriant, mainly coastal, semi-tropical and agricultural its way a world much like that of today, albeit in a guise exquisitely prehistoric. 

But the Primal Land's peoples were among the first human races, when mutable evolutionary processes together with a vacillating Nature were as yet undecided which abilities, both mental and physical--and metaphysical--men should be allowed to retain and develop down all the ages, and which to abort as unworkable and even dangerous... 

And thus there was true, often dark magic in those times, while in our ''enlightened'' age we have found different names for such as Magicians, Sorcerers and flying carpets; for Nature has never ceased her dabbling, and now we acknowledge such words as telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation and so on almost casually, haphazardly. But just think: wasn't Einstein himself a Magician, whose ''runes'' were surely as powerful as any Wizard's in ancient Theem'hdra? 

These then are the surviving tales--or the ''fables'' if you prefer--of an age of men and monsters, and of Wizards both black and white, in a time before Pangea and a world predating the dinosaurs...

About the author:

Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television. When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England.

Personal note:

It's Brian Lumley. When it comes to horror fiction, he's the best. Forget Stephen King and Clive Barker. Brian Lumley's books are smart, dark, suspenseful, beautifully written, and highly, highly addictive. Consider yourselves warned.

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