'AN EERILY PLAUSIBLE DYSTOPIAN MASTERPIECE' Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN 'AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL . . . with echoes of The Handmaid's Tale ' Cory Doctorow *CLAIRE NORTH SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES /PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD* From one of the most original new voices in modern fiction comes a startling vision of a world where you can get away with anything . . . Theo Miller knows the value of human life - to the very last penny. Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. But when his ex-lover is killed, it's different. This is one death he can't let become merely an entry on a balance sheet. Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don't add up. From the award-winning Claire North comes an electrifying and provocative new novel which will resonate with readers around the world. Praise for 84K: 'Another captivating novel from one of the most intriguing and genre-bending novelists' Booklist 'Claire North goes from strength to strength . . . A tense, moving story' Guardian 'Absolutely breath-taking... An early and compelling candidate for best novel of 2018' SciFi Magazine 'A dystopian anthem for the modern activist . . . 84K is an important book but also a cracking thriller . . . Quite simply, North's best book so far' Starburst 'North is an original and even dazzling writer' Kirkus 'North's talent shines out' Sunday Times
@2@@20@Before @18@The Matrix@19@, before @18@Star Wars@19@, before @18@Ender's Game@19@ and @18@Neuromancer@19@, there was @18@Dune@19@: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.@21@@3@@2@ Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's life-span to making intersteller travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis.@3@@2@ Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe.@3@@2@ When the Emperor transfers stewardship of Arrakis from the noble House Harkonnen to House Atreides, the Harkonnens fight back, murdering Duke Leto Atreides. Paul, his son, and Lady Jessica, his concubine, flee into the desert. On the point of death, they are rescued by a band for Fremen, the native people of Arrakis, who control Arrakis' second great resource: the giant worms that burrow beneath the burning desert sands.@3@@2@ In order to avenge his father and retake Arrakis from the Harkonnens, Paul must earn the trust of the Fremen and lead a tiny army against the innumerable forces aligned against them.@3@@2@ And his journey will change the universe.@3@
@2@A riveting crime thriller about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes too far, featuring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in @18@MR MERCEDES@19@.@3@@2@@20@1978: @21@@3@@2@Morris Bellamy is a reader so obsessed by America's iconic author John Rothstein that he is prepared to kill for a trove of notebooks containing at least one more unpublished novel. @3@@2@@20@2009:@21@ @3@@2@Pete Saubers, a boy whose father was brutally injured by a stolen Mercedes, discovers a buried trunk containing cash and Rothstein's notebooks.@3@@2@@20@2014:@21@ @3@@2@After thirty-five years in prison, Morris is up for parole. And he's hell-bent on recovering his treasure.@3@@2@Now it's up to retired detective Bill Hodges - running an investigative company called 'Finders Keepers' - to rescue Pete from an ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris...@3@@2@Not since @18@Misery @19@has King written with such visceral power about a reader with such a dangerous obsession.@18@Finders Keepers@19@ is spectacular suspense, and it is King writing about how literature shapes a life for good, for bad, for ever.@3@
The cell rings twice, and then his old partner in his ear... 'I'm at the scene of what appears to be a murder-suicide. I'd like you to come and take a look. Bring your sidekick with you, if she's available...' Retired Detective Bill Hodges now runs a two-person firm called Finders Keepers with his partner Holly Gibney. They met in the wake of the 'Mercedes Massacre' when a queue of people was run down by the diabolical killer Brady Hartsfield. Brady is now confined to Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, in an unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: the evidence suggests that Brady is somehow awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city. The clock is ticking in unexpected ways ... Both a stand-alone novel of heart-pounding suspense and a sublimely terrifying final episode in the Hodges trilogy, End of Watch takes the series into a powerful new dimension. The extract above is abridged from End of Watch.
A MASTERPIECE IN EPIC HISTORICAL FANTASY - A NEW VOICE TO RIVAL DAVID GEMMELL OR GEORGE RR MARTIN A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky. Beyond the Black River, among the forests and mountains of the north, lives an ancient race of people. Their lives are measured in centuries, not decades; they revel in wilderness and resilience, and they scorn wealth and comfort. By contrast, those in the south live in the moment, their lives more fleeting. They crave wealth and power, their ambition is limitless, and their cunning unmatched. When the armies of the south flood across the Black River, the fragile peace between the two races is shattered. On a lightning-struck battlefield, the two sides will fight - for their people, for their land, for their very survival. Two sides. One victor. The Wolf is a thrilling, savagely visceral, politically nuanced and unexpectedly wry exploration of power and identity - and how far one will go to defend them. WHAT REVIEWERS ARE ALREADY SAYING ABOUT CAREW'S BREATHTAKING FANTASY EPIC: ' The next George RR Martin ' - Mail on Sunday 'Imagine Game of Thrones rewritten by John le Carre . . . A marvellously accomplished debut ' - Guardian 'Full of dark conspiracies , larger-than-life characters , and tense battles ' - Paul Hoffman, author of The Left Hand of God
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. The stunning, internationally bestselling sequel to Caraval 'E xtravagantly imaginative and enchanting . . . Pure magic and escapism' Cecelia Ahern After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval , Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn't yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend's true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend's identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more - and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets . . . including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can't fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend's name, she'll lose everything she cares about - maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever. Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun. *************** Praise for Caraval : 'I love this novel . . . It's a thing of beauty and the stuff of dreams' Cecelia Ahern 'Immersive and engaging . . . destined to capture imaginations' Kirkus 'An enchanting carnival of dreams and nightmares . . . beautifully and vividly written' SciFi Now 'Stephanie Garber spins a spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love and betrayal . . . I lost myself in the dangerous, enchanting world she created - and never wanted to come out' Sabaa Tahir *************** What readers have said about Caraval: 'An exceptional read, to the point where I felt I couldn't put it down ' 'Very rare to find a book this wonderful !' 'One of the most gripping books I've ever read ' ' Magical, mysterious, moving . . . a clever page-turner which swept me up and dropped me right in the middle of Caraval'