2012 releases

October 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm (News)

A couple of particularly interesting releases to look forward to in 2012:

 The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan is out 6 March, 2012.

Here is a bit of a blurb, found at en.risingshadow.net: “India Morgan Phelps — Imp to her friends — is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth — or from something far, far stranger…”. You can watch a lovely book trailer by photographer Kyle Cassidy and read some comments about the book by Caitlin Kiernan and other authors at Kickstarter.com, here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/612451148/the-drowning-girl-stills-from-a-movie-that-never-e

Some Kind Of Fairy Tale by World Fantasy Award-winning author Graham Joyce should be out 15 March, 2012.

On his website, www.grahamjoyce.net, Joyce says about the book: “Simon Spanton, my editor at Gollancz, describes it as Angela Carter meets Rob Holdstock meets Kate Bush.” Sounds brilliant! The Sunday Times calls it: “A haunting modern fairy tale from the ‘brilliantly original”.

This is what Amazon says about the plot: “Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings,
a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a Fairy Tale together. It is Christmas afternoon and Peter
Martin gets an unexpected phonecall from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. He
arrives at his parents house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she’s back, tired, dirty, dishevelled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim. But her stories don’t quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara’s one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems
happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family… ”

Sharps, a new stand-alone by K.J. Parker, is out 5 July, 2012.

I’ve found this blurb about it on en.risingshadow.net: “For the first time in nearly 40 years, an uneasy truce has been called between two neighboring kingdoms. The war has been long and brutal, fought over the usual things: resources, land, money. Now, there is a chance for peace. Diplomatic talks have begun and with them, the games of skill and chance. Two teams of fencers represent their nations at this pivotal moment. When the future of the world lies balanced on the point of a rapier, one misstep could mean ruin for all.”

 Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan is out 2 February 2012.

Amazon says this about it: “On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings – and to catch
their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And, for a price, any man might buy
himself a sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning,
liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment. Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.”

Finally, as everyone probably knows, Stephen King has finished The Wind Through The Keyhole, another installment in the Dark Tower series. It takes place between the action of Volume 4 and 5, Wizard And Glass and Wolves Of The Calla. I’m very optimistic about it, and glad that King set it in-between existing volumes and didn’t try to continue the (very finished) story. King says he expects it will be out in 2012.

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New Catherynne M. Valente omnibus and website

September 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm (News)

Catherynne Valente’s website has a gorgeous new design (http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/) and, more importantly, a news update from the 1st of September reveals that Wyrm Publishing will release her four short novels “The Labyrinth”, “Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams”, “The grass-cutting sword” and “Under in the mere” in a single omnibus edition titled “Myths of Origin” in November 2011.

It’ll be great to have all of these in the same edition and the cover (to the left) looks great. Looks very affordable as well; Amazon has it for £10. If the beginning of the term hadn’t already depleted my book funds I would preorder right away. Something to add to the wish list for christmas…

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