just finished reading The Institute for the second time, and found it
to be immensely enjoyable, one of his best efforts, and well worth a
second read. The paperback cover has a lot more detail on it than the
original hardcover version, and it's a must-have for your SK collection!
R R Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
14th October 2021
slipcased edition of Tolkien’s classic epic tale of adventure, fully
illustrated in colour for the first time by the author himself. This
deluxe volume is quarterbound in leather and includes many special
features unique to this edition.
it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has
been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and
otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy and epic adventure has touched
the hearts of young and old alike. Over 100 million copies of its many
editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors’
editions become prized and valuable items of publishing.
one-volume deluxe slipcased edition contains the complete text, fully
corrected and reset, which is printed in red and black and features,
for the very first time, thirty colour illustrations, maps and sketches
drawn by Tolkien himself as he composed this epic work. These include
the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, marvellous facsimiles created by
Tolkien to accompany the famous ‘Bridge of Khazad-dum’ chapter. Also
appearing are two poster-size, fold-out maps revealing all the detail
very special deluxe edition is quarterbound in cloth and red leather,
with raised ribs on the spine and stamped in two foils. The pages are
edged in gold and contained within are special features unique to this
Reynolds: Inhibitor Phase
26th August 2021
de Ruyter is a man with a past.
the 'wolves' - the xenocidal alien machines known as Inhibitors - he
has protected his family and community from attack for forty years,
sheltering in the caves of an airless, battered world called
Michaelmas. The slightest hint of human activity could draw the wolves
to their home, to destroy everything ... utterly. Which is how Miguel
finds himself on a one-way mission with his own destructive mandate: to
eliminate a passing ship, before it can bring unwanted attention down
something goes wrong.
a lone survivor.
she knows far more about Miguel than she's letting on . . .
from the depths of space to the deeps of Pattern Juggler waters, from
nervous, isolated communities to the ruins of empire, this is a
stealthy space opera from an author at the top of his game.
Meyer: Midnight Sun
4th August 2021
The exciting follow-up to 2020 IBPA award
winner Star Wars: The
Secrets of the Jedi.
If you only knew the power of the dark side! Discover the ways of the
Sith in this thrilling, informative, and fully illustrated children’s
Emperor Palpatine, otherwise known as Darth Sidious, as he recounts the
history of the Sith and other evil allies of the dark side. Star Wars:
Secrets of the Sith will fascinate young fans with dark side knowledge,
incredible artwork, and other interactive features, such as pop-ups,
booklets, and lift-the-flap inserts.
learning about some of the dark side’s most infamous
practitioners―including Darth Maul, Asajj Ventress, Darth Vader, and
Kylo Ren―to discovering the Force abilities wielded by Sith Lords,
young fans will uncover the stories behind the galaxy’s most powerful
villains. Filled with dark side revelations spanning films, television
shows, books, comics, and video games, Star Wars: The Secrets of the
Sith is an electrifying volume that young fans will want to revisit
time and again. Including a frameable poster of the book’s cover art,
Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith is a perfect addition to any Star
9th November 2021
in scale, and the first contemporary novel in over a decade from number
one worldwide bestseller Ken Follett, Never imagines the
unimaginable: the imminent threat of World War Three . . .
researched and set against a global stage, Never will
take you on a high-stakes journey from the heat of the Sahara Desert to
the political arenas of North America, East Asia and beyond, and sees a
world edging closer to an unprecedented global crisis.
than a thriller, this immersive tour de force from a world-renowned
author at the top of his game imagines a scenario we all hope never
comes true, and one which will keep you transfixed until the final page.
R R Tolkien: The Nature of Middle Earth
2nd September 2021
ever publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s final writings on Middle-earth,
covering a wide range of subjects and perfect for those who have read
and enjoyed The
Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth, and want
to learn more about Tolkien’s magnificent world.
is well known that J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937
and The Lord of the
1954–5. What may be less known is that he continued to write about
Middle-earth in the decades that followed, right up until the years
before his death in 1973.
him, Middle-earth was part of an entire world to be explored, and the
writings in The
Nature of Middle-earth reveal
the journeys that he took as he sought to better understand his unique
creation. From sweeping themes as complex and profound as the
metaphysics of Elvish immortality and reincarnation, and the Powers of
the Valar, to the more earth-bound subjects of the lands and beasts of
Númenor, the geography of the Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor, and
even who had beards!
new collection, which has been edited by Carl F Hostetter, one of the
world’s leading Tolkien experts, is a veritable treasure-trove offering
readers a chance to peer over Professor Tolkien’s shoulder at the very
moment of discovery: and on every page, Middle-earth is once again
brought to extraordinary life.
Taylor: Saving Time
14th October 2021
the bestselling author of THE CHRONICLES OF ST MARY'S.
is good for Team Weird, now heroes and fully fledged Time Police
officers. Luke can't wait to bear arms. Jane has a date. And Matthew
still hasn't had his hair cut.
Time waits for no one and neither do criminal masterminds. A major
threat to the Timeline is looming, one far deadlier than mere idiots
who want to change history. And when a familiar face becomes a Very
Important Lead, will conflicting family loyalties spell trouble for
missing. One guilt-ridden. And one facing the end of their Time Police
career before it's even begun. Not so good then, after all.
FANS OF DOCTOR WHO, THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB AND JASPER FFORDE.
2nd November 2021
long-awaited founding of Valdemar comes to life in this new signed
hardback from a New York Times bestselling author and beloved
the Eastern Empire, Duke Kordas Valdemar rules a tiny, bucolic Duchy
that focuses mostly on horse breeding. Anticipating the day when
the Empire's exploitative and militant leaders would not be content to
leave them alone, Korda's father set out to gather magicians in the
hopes of one day finding a way to escape and protect the people of the
Duchy from tyranny.
has lived his life looking over his shoulder. The signs in the Empire
are increasingly dire. Under the direction of the Emperor, mages have
begun to harness the power of dark magics, including blood magic, the
powers of the Abyssal Planes, and the binding and "milking" of
then one of the Duchy's mages has a breakthrough. There is a way to
place a Gate at a distance so far from the Empire that it is unlikely
the Emperor can find or follow them as they evacuate everyone that is
willing to leave.
time is running out, and Kordas has been summoned to the
his reputation as a country bumpkin and his acting skills buy him and
his people the time they need to flee? Or will the Emperor lose
patience, invade to strip Valdemar of everything of worth, and send its
conscripted people into the front lines of the Imperial wars?
Harrison: The Stainless Steel Rat Deluxe Edition
19th August 2021
out of print, the adaptation of Harry Harrison's science-fiction
classic by Kelvin Gosnell and Carlos Ezquerra is back in a gorgeous new
Bolivar diGriz aka 'The Stainless Steel Rat' is many things, including
a con man, a thief and a member of an elite law-enforcement agency
known as the Special Corps. After escaping the corps, the Rat crosses
paths with the beautiful but deadly Angelina. Like Jim diGriz she is
also a master criminal, albeit a lot more ruthless. They are a match
made in hell!
marrying Angelina, the Rat has to travel through time to stop a master
criminal meddling with the past and then later help overthrown an evil
President by running for the job himself!
classic from 2000 AD's first 'golden age', Stainless Steel Rat is a
must-read for fans of Harrison or old school sci-fi action with bold
characters and a wry twist of humour, complemented by Ezquerra's
dynamic and inimitable artwork.
brand new edition includes, for the first time, the stunning colour
centre spreads as they originally appeared in 2000 AD.”
Who: The Essential Terence Dicks
26th August 2021
think if you can get a kid reading for pleasure, not because it's work,
but actually reading for pleasure, it's a great step forward. It can
start with me, you know, start with Dicks and work its way up to
Dickens - as long as you get them reading." - Terrance
over 50 years, Terrance Dicks was the secret beating heart(s) of Doctor
from joining production of The
1968 to his final short story in 2019. As the undisputed master of Doctor
Terrance wrote 64 Target novels from his first commission in 1973 to
his last, published in 1990. He helped introduce an entire generation
to the pleasures of reading and writing, and his fans include Neil
Gaiman, Sarah Waters, Mark Gatiss, Alastair Reynolds, Russell T Davies,
Steven Moffat, Frank-Cottrell Boyce, and Robert Webb, among many others.
special two-volume collection, published on the anniversary of
Terrance's death, features the very best of his Doctor
as chosen by fans - from his first book, The
to his masterwork, the 20th anniversary celebration story The
voted all-time favourite.
forewords by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Robert Webb, The
Essential Terrance Dicks is
a masterclass in contemporary fiction, by a writer of unlimited
One contains, complete and unabridged:
WHO AND THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH
WHO AND THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN
WHO AND THE WHEEL IN SPACE
WHO AND THE AUTON INVASION
WHO AND THE DAY OF THE DALEKS
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