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    Tales from the Perilous Realm J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee
    9780008453343 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:August 03, 2021
    $36.99 CAD 149 x 228 mm | 570 gr | 432 pages Carton Quantity:8 Canadian Rights: Y HarperCollins
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      This is the definitive collection of Tolkien’s five acclaimed modern classic ‘fairie’ tales in the vein of The Hobbit, fully corrected and reset for this edition and all beautifully illustrated in pencil by the award-winning artist, Alan Lee.

      The five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are finally together in a volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for readers young and old.

      • Roverandom is a toy dog who, enchanted by a sand sorcerer, gets to explore the world and encounter strange and fabulous creatures.
      • Farmer Giles of Ham is fat and unheroic, but – having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant – is called upon to do battle when a dragon comes to town;
      • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil tells in verse of Tom's many adventures with hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls;
      • Leaf by Niggle recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who sets out to paint the perfect tree;
      • Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.

      This new collection is fully illustrated throughout by Oscar-winning artist, Alan Lee, who provides a wealth of pencil drawings to bring the stories to life as he did so memorably for The Hobbit and The Children of Húrin. Alan also provides an Afterword, in which he opens the door into illustrating Tolkien's world.

      Taken together, this rich collection of tales from the author of The Children of Húrin will provide the reader with a fascinating journey into lands as wild and strange as Middle-earth.

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      J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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      Roverandom:
      ‘An old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today… would leap to life when read aloud to a child’ Independent

      Farmer Giles of Ham:
      ‘A fabulous tale of the days when giants and dragons walked the kingdom’ Sunday Times

      Leaf by Niggle:
      ‘A haunting and successful demonstration of the qualities of faerie’ New York Times

      The Adventures of Tom Bombadil:
      ‘Something close to genius’ The Listener

      Smith of Wootton Major:
      ‘Whoever reads it at eight will no doubt still be going back to it at eighty’ New Statesman

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    9781611882902 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date:November 23, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.58 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Story Plant
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      Once every generation comes a story of the world on the brink that has such scope, such imagination, such humanity that readers can only gasp at the vision. Only Some Can Hear My Voice is this generation's. Set just a few years in the future, it imagines a world where tensions have risen to the point where any number of events could lead to cataclysmic results. Into this world come two mysterious figures claiming to be oracles. The worlds they're predicting are vastly different, but their presence alone sets off a course of events that could lead us to the very edge. And then there is the boy – a boy who might the source of salvation . . . or apocalypse.Reminiscent of transcendent works like Stephen King's The Stand and Robert McCammon's Swan Song, Only Some Can Hear My Voice is a work of extraordinary imagination, a bracing cautionary tale, and a remarkable adventure. PRAISE FOR BRIAN O'GRADY:“I thoroughly loved reading Hybrid by Dr. Brian O’ Grady! This well-written, suspenseful, thrilling novel will keep you on your toes waiting for what happens next. Move over Michael Crichton there is another medical thriller novelist on the block!” – Gather“This novel grabbed me from the first page and I just couldn’t stop reading. It is terrifying and intriguing and I was drawn to the author’s use of modern technology to give the plot a sense of realism.” – Simply Stacie on Hybrid“Amanda’s Story is the prequel to Hybrid and is just as exciting and terrifying.” – Single Titles "The Unyielding Future is a breath of fresh air in its uniqueness and highlights the darkness of the human soul. This is one story you don’t want to miss!” –Literarily Illumined
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      Brian O’Grady is the author of three previous novels, including the national bestseller Hybrid, Amanda’s Story, and The Unyielding Future. He is a practicing neurologic surgeon and, when he is not writing or performing brain surgery, he struggles with Ironman triathlons. He lives with his wife in Idaho.
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    The Legacy of Heorot Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    9781982125448 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction Publication Date:May 25, 2021
    $11.99 CAD 104.78 x 171.45 x 22.86 mm | 0.5 lb | 528 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Baen
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      BOOK ONE IN THE CLASSIC HEOROT SERIES FROM GENRE LEGENDS LARRY NIVEN, JERRY POURNELLE, AND STEVEN BARNES

      STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND

      The two hundred colonists on board the Geographic have spent a century in cold sleep to arrive here: Avalon, a lush, verdant planet light-years from Earth. They hope to establish a permanent colony, and Avalon seems the perfect place. And so they set about planting and building.

      But their very presence has upset the ecology of Avalon. Soon an implacable predator stalks them, picking them off one by one. In order to defeat this alien enemy, they must reevaluate everything they think they know about Avalon, and uncover the planet’s dark secrets.

      About The Legacy of Heorot:

      “Page-turning action and suspense, good characterization and convincing setting . . . may be the best thing any of those authors has written.”—The Denver Post

      “Outstanding! . . . The best ever, by the best in the field . . . the ultimate combination of imagination and realism.”—Tom Clancy

      “Well written, action-packed, and tension filled . . . makes Aliens look like a Disney nature film.”—The Washington Post

      “Spine-tingling ecological tale of terror.”—Locus

      About sequel Beowulf's Children:

      “Few writers have a finer pedigree than those here. . . . As one might suspect Beowulf's Children is seamless . . . absorbing, substantial . . . masterful novel.”—Los Angeles Times

      “Panoramic SF adventure at its best.”—Library Journal

      About Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle:

      “Possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read.”—Robert A. Heinlein on The Mote in God's Eye

      About Larry Niven:

      “Larry Niven’s RINGWORLD remains one of the all-time classic travelogues of science fiction — a new and amazing world and fantastic companions.”—Greg Bear

      “Our premier hard SF writer.”—The Baltimore Sun

      “The scope of Larry Niven's work is so vast that only a writer of supreme talent could disguise the fact as well as he can.”—Tom Clancy

      “Niven is a true master.”—Frederik Pohl

      About Jerry Pournelle:

      “Jerry Pournelle is one of science fiction’s greatest storytellers.”—Poul Anderson

      “Jerry Pournelle's trademark is first-rate action against well-realized backgrounds of hard science and hardball politics.”—David Drake

      “Rousing . . . The Best of the Genre.”—The New York Times

      “On the cover . . . is the claim ‘No. 1 Adventure Novel of the Year.’ And well it might be.”—Milwaukee Journal on Janissaries

      About Steven Barnes:

      “Brilliant, surprising, and devastating.”—David Mack

      “Sharp, observant and scary.”—Greg Bear

      “Profound and exhilarating.”—Maurice Broaddus, author of The Knights of Breton Court

      “Barnes gives us characters that are vividly real people, conceived with insight and portrayed with compassion and rare skill and then he stokes the suspense up to levels that will make the reader miss sleep and be late for work.”—Tim Powers

      “[Barnes] combines imagination, anthropology and beautiful storytelling as he takes readers to the foot of the Great Mountain, today known as Mount Kilimanjaro.”—Durham Triangle Tribune on Great Sky Woman
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      Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. With Jerry Pournelle, he is the author of the all-time SF classic The Mote in God's Eye and subsequent books in the series, as well as the novels in the Heorot series. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

      Jerry Pournelle was a master of military science fiction, author of the series of novels about John Christian Falkenberg and his legion of interstellar mercenaries and many other works, such as Janissaries, Exiles to Glory, High Justice, King David's Spaceship, Starswarm, and others. With Larry Niven, he collaborated on a string of best-selling novels, including Lucifer's Hammer, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, and many more. He held advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science, and was actively involved professionally in all these fields.

      Steven Barnes is the New York Times best-selling, Hugo Award-nominated author of Twelve Days and other novels, a screenwriter, and creator of the Lifewriting™ writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He recently won an NAACP Image Award as coauthor of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with his spouse, Tananarive Due, and actor Blair Underwood.
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    9781950423071 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction Publication Date:August 31, 2021
    $17.00 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 5.08 mm | 325 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Zmok Books
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      Space Miners come in conflict with Corporate raiders in remote space

      The Antarean network is a vast, monolithic machine, capable of uniting mankind in all its forms and creeds, the device’s sheer scale dwarfing any form of true comprehension or understanding. But survival in such a connected universe is not guaranteed, and many of the more diverse offshoots of humanity find themselves set awash within the great area of space known simply as the Determinate. Surrounded by war-like, colossal empires and struggling under the constant threat of starvation and destitution, a small band of Boromites operating under the Jent banner, itinerant workers with no world to call their own, attempt to eke out a meagre living.

      Through desperation and necessity, the actions of some Jent members bring them into conflict with the far larger and more powerful Ret clan, a league of rival Boromites with powerful connections within their local sector. Trapped in a blood feud with an adversary they can ill afford to combat, the Jent guild attempt to find a way to free themselves from their predicament but fall afoul of the overwhelming military might of their foe’s new, mercurial allies.

      With their Guildess held in enemy hands, and tensions running high within the rest of the guild, a small group of gang fighters take it upon themselves to free their Matriarch through any means necessary, even if it requires them to sacrifice their own lives in the process.
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    On the Origin of Species and Other Stories Bo-Young Kim, Sunyoung Park, Joungmin Lee Comfort, Sora Kim-Russell
    9781885030719 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction Publication Date:May 25, 2021
    $27.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 in | 1 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Kaya Press
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      The debut English-language collection of one of South Korea's most distinctive and accomplished sci-fi authors

      Straddling science fiction, fantasy and myth, the writings of award-winning author Bo-Young Kim have garnered a cult following in South Korea, where she is widely acknowledged as a pioneer and inspiration. On the Origin of Species makes available for the first time in English some of Kim’s most acclaimed stories, as well as an essay on science fiction. Her strikingly original, thought-provoking work teems with human and non-human beings, all of whom are striving to survive through evolution, whether biologically, technologically or socially. Kim’s literature of ideas offers some of the most rigorous and surprisingly poignant reflections on posthuman existence being written today.

      Bo-Young Kim (born 1975) won the inaugural Korean Science & Technology Creative Writing Award with her first published novella in 2004 and has gone on to win the annual South Korean SF Novel Award three times. In addition to writing, she regularly serves as a lecturer, juror and editor of sci-fi anthologies, and served as a consultant to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho's earlier sci-fi film Snowpiercer. She has novellas forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2021. She lives in Gangwon Province, South Korea, with her family.

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    Series: Ring of Fire
    1636: The Atlantic Encounter Eric Flint, Walter H. Hunt
    9781982125424 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction Publication Date:May 25, 2021
    $11.99 CAD 104.78 x 171.45 x 25.4 mm | 0.48 lb | 464 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Baen
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      THE BEST-SELLING RING OF FIRE SERIES CONQUERS THE NEW WORLD!

      It has taken almost five years for the United States of Europe to stabilize its position in 17th-century Europe. Now it turns its attention to the New World, where the English have ceded their colonial claims to France. There are vast lands and rich resources across the Atlantic for any nations powerful enough to rule and control them—and equal incentive for other nations to block their path.

      The time-displaced Americans know about the future path that led to their own United States in North America, in the other universe they came from. But do they want to repeat that history as it was? Yes, they had democracy—but they are helping to create that in Europe. And they have learned the bitter prices paid for chattel slavery and the near-extermination of the native populations.

      Knowledge is power. Perhaps a new course can be taken. Accordingly, an expedition is sent to the New World to see just what might be happening there and what might be done. They are armed with their technology, among which are a radio and an airship. More importantly, they are armed with the knowledge of future history and their determination not to repeat the errors of their past.

      What could possibly go wrong?

      About Eric Flint:

      “This alternate history series is . . . a landmark . . . ”—Booklist

      “[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.”—Booklist

      "[R]eads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis . . . ”—Publishers Weekly

      About Walter H. Hunt:

      "A compelling and immersive novel in which every word feels authentic and every chapter draws the reader deeper into the dark and terrifying power of the mind.”—New York Journal of Books
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      Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with three million books in print. He’s the author/creator of the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series, starting with first novel 1632. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber he has collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War, as well as four novels in Weber's Honorverse series. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.

      Walter H. Hunt is the creator of the popular Dark Wing space adventure series. He has nearly twenty years experience in high tech as a software engineer and technical writer. His writing reflects an abiding interest in history, his area of college study, but science fiction has been his favorite reading material since he watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon when he was but a lad. He is an active Freemason and a lifelong baseball fan. He lives in eastern Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.
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    Series: Kings of War
    Claws on the Plain James Dunbar
    9781950423132 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy Publication Date:September 28, 2021
    $17.00 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 5.08 mm | 325 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Zmok Books
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      Mantica has changed. With the drowning of the Abyss, the crisis in the East is over, a victory made possible by an alliance of peoples beneath the Green Lady’s banner. Galahir is saved, the Great Cataract remains unclaimed, and the Ahmunite fleet rests eternal in the depths of the Infant Sea.



      The West tells a different story. Scarcely noticed by the Lady’s alliance, a massive orc invasion surged across the Ardovikian Plain. Against this green tide, the men and women of the Successor Kingdoms stood alone (with the exception of a little hired help). Rising boldly to the challenge, they united in the construction of a Great Wall along the Southern Plain, from which their armies decisively drove the orcs out of Ardovikia. It was a grand victory, and in its wake are those who talk of a new and glorious age in the West.

      Standing at the precipice of a new era is little comfort to Uslo Dargent, general of the mercenary company Dargent’s Claws. Known to his men as ‘the Silver Cat’, Uslo’s posting was uneventful during the war, and now, eight months after its end, it is nothing less than utter tedium. Denied a place in the defining conflict of his lifetime, Uslo itches for glory.

      Not everything about the war was quite so enviable. The Young Kingdoms of the Plain are devastated, unaided or exploited by the Successor Kingdoms; the roaming Plainsmen of Ardovikia, having fled south to escape the orcish swarm, find themselves trapped beyond the Wall, forced into serfdom for Southern Lords. In a stroke of mutual good fortune, Uslo and the Ardovikians discover that their desires are aligned. The indentured Plainsmen wish for a return to their northern home and will need help crossing the Wall. In exchange, they promise to lead Uslo to something far more valuable than the glories of war – treasures from the age of Primovantor!

      However, events in the east are not as distant as they might seem. Another has his eyes on the Plain and, with an army of the dispossessed at his back, would set his claws upon it.

      Two leaders seek their destiny. Both will discover they are pawns in a game far greater than they can imagine, and, on the Ardovikian Plain, both will find far more than they bargained for…
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      Born in Aberdeen, 1989, James Dunbar grew up in Scotland’s historic Royal Deeside, homeland of the ancient Picts whose ruins and stone circles can still be found among the straths, lochs, burns and glens. It was in this world of Druidic scenery that the young James first opened a worn copy of The Hobbit, and he has been an avid reader of fantasy ever since. He attended the University of Aberdeen, where he earned a Master of Arts First Class in Hispanic and Latin American Studies, as well as the Pamela Bacarisse Prize for his final thesis. His passion for learning languages has seen him live in Mexico and Italy, with mixed success. Claws on the Plain is his first novel.
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    The Blood of the Hoopoe The Gaia Chronicles Book 3 Naomi Foyle
    9781782069249 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date:August 31, 2021
    $17.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Quercus Publishing
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      Is Astra ready to accept her destiny? A gripping novel for 'Hunger Games fans of all ages' says Library Journal.

      War is breaking out in Kadingir. Still struggling to accept her role as a long prophesied icon of unification between Is-Land and Non-Land, Astra Ordott is on a journey across the wind sands to join her father and his people - the mystics of Shiimti, who claim to hold the secret of truly healing the damaged relationship between human beings and the Earth.

      Astra's desperate to get there quickly, but when her guide and companion, the shepherd Muzi, leads her off course into the path of a vicious sandstorm, she is forced to confront what the gods of their devastated world might be telling her: that there will be no refuge from her destiny.

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      Naomi Foyle was born in London, grew up in Hong Kong, Liverpool and Canada, and currently lives in Brighton. She spent three years in Korea, teaching English, writing travel journalism and acting in Korean educational television. She is a highly regarded poet and performer.
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      A complex and daring literary story—Upcoming4.me on Astra
      Foyle has built a fascinating portrait, often reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin in its layered complexity, and threaded it into a fascinating coming of age story. Gripping—Love Reading on Rook Song
      Naomi Foyle has a mastery of plotting and a way with words that's truly remarkableOver The Effing Rainbow
      Rook Song is brave and unexpected . . . if you like your SF intelligent and stimulating do yourself a favour and pick up both Astra and Rook Song. You won't regret itUpcoming4me
      This is excellent Science Fiction and I heartily recommend it ... reminiscent of LeGuinBirmingham SF Group on Astra
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    Series: The Last War
    A Fool's Hope Book Two Mike Shackle
    9781473225244 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:June 22, 2021
    $24.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Gollancz
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      'One of the best fantasy novels of the year' Novel Notions

      'Probably my favourite book of the year' The Chronicler

      'One of the best books I've read this year' Starlit Book

      The sequel to the darkly fantastic WE ARE THE DEAD: with more unflinching action, A FOOL'S HOPE sees Jia's revolutionaries dig in their heels as they learn that wars aren't won in a day.


      War takes everything.


      From Tinnstra, it took her family and thrust her into a conflict she wanted only to avoid. Now her queen's sole protector, she must give all she has left to keep Zorique safe.

      It has taken just as much from Jia's revolutionaries. Dren and Jax - battered, tortured, once enemies themselves - must hold strong against their bruised invaders, the Egril.

      For the Egril intend to wipe Jia from the map. They may have lost a battle, but they are coming back.

      If Tinnstra and her allies hope to survive, Jia's heroes will need to be ready when they do.

      With more bone-crunching action, tough choices and impossible odds, fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald will find something to love in this series.

      * * * * * * * * * *

      THE LAST WAR

      Book One: We Are the Dead

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      Originally from London, Mike Shackle has called Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York and Dubai his home over the years before settling down with his family in Vancouver. In that time, he's sold washing machines, cooked for royalty, designed a few logos, and made a lot of ads. Ideally, he's happiest day dreaming over a cup of tea.
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