A selection of fresh fiction for November available to borrow from the library now.
The conclusion of the Red rising trilogy. Born a lowly Red in the mines of Mars, Darrow lost his beloved wife to the treacherous Gold overlords. Vowing to fight for the future that his wife believed in, Darrow joins a secret revolutionary group and is remade into a Gold so that he can infiltrate the ruling class and bring them down from the inside. Now, after years of hiding amongst the Golds, Darrow is finally ready to declare open revolution and throw off the chains of oppression. Nothing in Darrow’s world has been easily won, and this final fight will be the most harrowing of all.
Paris time capsule, Elle Carey
New York-based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life and home with her boyfriend. But when she learns that she’s inherited the estate of a complete stranger, a woman named Isabelle de Florian, her life is turned upside down. Cat arrives in Paris to find that she is now the owner of a perfectly preserved Belle Epoque apartment in the ninth arrondissement, and that the Frenchwoman’s family knew nothing about this secret estate. Amid these strange developments, Cat is left with burning questions: Who was Isabelle de Florian? And why did she leave the inheritance to Cat instead of her own family? As Cat travels through the south of France in search of answers, she feels her grasp on her New York life starting to slip. With long buried secrets coming to light and an attraction to Isabelle de Florian’s grandson growing too intense to ignore, Cat will have to decide what to let go of, and what to claim as her own.
Poison city, Paul Crilley
The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things – finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I’m going to do to the bastard when I catch him. I have two friends. The first is my boss, Armitage, a fifty-something DCI from Yorkshire who looks more like someone’s mother than a cop. Don’t let that fool you. The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks, he watches TV all day, and he’s a mean drunk. Life is pretty routine – I solve crimes, I search for my daughter’s killer. Wash, rinse, repeat. Until the day I’m called out to the murder of a ramanga – a low-key vampire – basically, the tabloid journalist of the vampire world. It looks like an open and shut case. There’s even CCTV footage of the killer. Except…the face on the CCTV footage? It’s the face of the man who killed my daughter. I’m about to face a tough choice. Catch her killer or save the world? I can’t do both.
In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic – the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church’s halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she’ll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.
Hunters & collectors M. Suddain
John Tamberlain is The Tomahawk, the universe’s most feared food critic – though he himself prefers the term forensic gastronomer. He’s on a quest, in search of the much-storied Hotel Grand Skies, a secretive and exclusive haven where the rich and famous retreat to bask in perfect seclusion. A place where the waiters know their fish knife from their butter knife, their carotid from their subclavian artery, and are trained to enforce the house rules with brutal efficiency. Blurring the lines between detective story, horror and sci-fi, Hunters & collectors is a mesmeric trip into the singular imagination of M. Suddain – a freewheeling talent whose poise, invention and sensational sentences have already earned him comparisons to Vonnegut, Pynchon and Douglas Adams.
Beyond the Aquila Rift: the best of Alastair Reynolds, Alastair Reynolds
The Guardian called Alastair Reynolds’ work ‘a turbulent, wildly entertaining ride’ and The Times acclaimed him as ‘the mastersinger of space opera’. With a career stretching back more than 25 years and across fourteen novels, including the classic Revelation space series, the bestselling Poseidon’s children series, Century rain, Pushing ice, and most recently The Medusa chronicles (with Stephen Baxter), Reynolds has established himself as one of the best and most beloved writers of hard science fiction and space opera working today.
A brilliant novelist, he has also been recognized as one of our best writers of short fiction. His short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, British Fantasy, British Science Fiction, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, Locus, Italia, Seiun, and Sidewise Awards, and have won the Seiun and Sidewise Awards. The very best of his more than sixty published short stories are gathered in Beyond the Aquila Rift: the best of Alastair Reynolds, a sweeping 250,000 word career retrospective which features the very best stories from the Revelation space universe like Galactic north, Great wall of Mars”, Weather, Diamond Dogs, and The last log of the Lachrymosa alongside thrilling hard science fiction stories like Hugo Award nominee Troika, Thousandth night, and The star surgeon’s apprentice. Spanning more than fifteen years, the book also collects more recent stories like environmental tale The Water Thief, powerful and moving young adult fiction The old man and the Martian Sea and the brilliant In Babelsberg. Beyond the Aquila Rift: the best of Alastair Reynolds has something for every reader of science fiction, and easily meets the challenge of delivering stories that are the hardest of hard science fiction and great entertainment.
The age of treachery, Gavin Scott
It is 1946, and after years of war, ex-special operations executive agent Duncan Forrester is back at his Oxford college as a junior Ancient History Fellow. But his peace is shattered when a hated colleague is found dead, and his closest friend is arrested for the murder. Convinced that the police have the wrong man, and hearing rumours that the victim was in possession of a mysterious Viking saga, Forrester follows the trail of the manuscript from the ruins of Berlin to the forests of Norway, hoping that it is the key to the man’s death. But he is not alone in his search, and he soon discovers that old adversaries are still at war.