The Fantasy Masterworks

Following on from the well-received list of SF Masterworks, we’re delighted to present – for your fantastical reading pleasure – a similar list of the recently-restyled Fantasy Masterworks. 10/10/2013 Aegypt John Crowley PB 10/10/2013 The Dragon Griaule Lucius Shepard PB 10/10/2013 Last Call Tim Powers PB 14/11/2013 The Falling Woman Pat Murphy PB 12/12/2013 The Phoenix and the Mirror Avram Davidson PB 13/03/2014 Lord Darcy Randall Garrett PB 12/06/2014 Votan and Other Novels John James PB 14/08/2014 The Broken Sword Poul Anderson PB 11/09/2014 Ombria in Shadow Patricia A. Mckillip PB 30/10/2014 Beauty Sheri S. Tepper PB 27/11/2014 Mythago Wood…

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Happy Publication Day: 27th November 2014

We’d like to wish a very happy Publication Day to all of our books out in bookshops and online today. This week we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of a ground-breaking fantasy classic, an out of this world adventure and a return to Bon Temps. You’ve got so many reasons to visit your bookshop, library or feed your e-reader.  Dead But Not Forgotten by Charlaine Harris: Charlaine Harris’ smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer line-up of authors, DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN…

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Mythago Wood: A True Fantasy Masterwork

I’ve written about Robert Holdstock a number of times since his untimely death, five years ago. Along with most of the Gollancz team, I was lucky enough to know the man as well as the writer; and, although he produced an incredible body of work – enough, certainly, to place him in the very highest rank of modern fantasy writers – I know I’m not alone in missing the former more than the latter. Far from Rob’s beloved wildwood – indeed, in the very heart of the city – lies Saint Paul’s Cathedral. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren…

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Elite: The Dark Wheel by Robert Holdstock*

*We are delighted to replace the original blog post with this update, corrected by eyewitness and participant – the marvellous Malcolm Edwards, who is a LonCon Guest of Honour – to some of the events cited within. The first two people to correctly identify all of the corrections will win copies of the new Elite novels when they’re published in physical form in Autumn 2014. The original Elite, released in 1984, was one of the reasons I became a fan of science fiction. The game itself had no storyline or characters, but it did have a fair bit of worldbuilding: the…

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Cover Reveal! Mythago Wood Fantasy Masterworks 30th Anniversary Edition

Some time ago – in the uncomfortable vicinity of twenty-five years, in fact – I was meeting some friends in a pub (yes, yes, I know: plus ça change!). Because I habitually associate with erudite dipsomaniacs, the topic turned, sooner rather than later, to what we were reading. My friends were currently in the middle of an eclectic range of books – military non-fiction, 18th century history, space opera, the latest popular science book – and then the question came to me. As it happened, I was between books; however, I’d just been to a bookshop (remember them?) and picked…

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