So, I’ve spent the last few days down in London, having a bit of a break, and one of the things I make sure I do, when I do get to visit is make sure I take enough money for some books, because I inevitably spend it, visiting the likes of Forbidden Planet, Foyles, Gosh Comics and any other bookshop I happened to walk by.
So I thought I’d fess up and show you all what I’ve bought this time.
The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi
Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has a head full of questions. Only Ma takes him seriously, but unfortunately she is the cause of the most worrying question of all, the one Frankie can never bring himself to ask. Then a new girl arrives at school with questions of her own: questions that make Frankie’s carefully controlled world begin to unravel.
I actually bought this one just before I left to catch my train, as it was on offer for .99p on Kindle. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it.
Planes Runner by Ian McDonald
There is not just one you, there are many yous. We’re part of a multiplicity of universes in parallel dimensions – and Tejendra Singh has found a way in. But he’s been kidnapped, and now it is as though Tejendra never existed.
Yet there is one clue for his son, Everett, to follow: a mysterious app, the Infundibulum. The app is a map, not just to the Ten Known Worlds, but to the entire multiverse – and there are those who want to get their hands on it very badly.
If Everett’s going to keep it safe and rescue his father, he’s going to need friends: like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter, Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness.
From a book I bought before leaving to the last book I picked up, I was mooching around Piccadilly Circus this morning wasting time before heading off to catch my train, when I popped in to Waterstones (the Piccadilly branch is supposedly the largest bookshop in Europe and it is huge!)
I spotted this one on one of the ‘recommended’ shelves and it sounded really good.
London Eye by Tim Lebbon
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers.
The rest of Britain believe that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But Jack and his friends, some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday, know that the reality is very different.
At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London, and it is incredible. Because the handful of Londons survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.
Started this one already and it’s pretty good. Spotted it in Forbidden Planet when I popped in to pick up a copy of the next book on this list.
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city. The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.
There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs. But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
I’ve known Emma for a while on Twitter and interviewed her when her first book (20 Years Later) was picked up by a publisher. Emma held a launch event at FP on Friday night, which was just a couple of days too early for me, but I was hoping there’d be a few signed copies left. Thankfully there was!
Supermarket by Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson
Legitimate and black-market economies rule the City, overseen by the vying factions of the Yakuza and Porno Swede crime families. Convenience store clerkette and 16-year old suburban wise-ass Pella Suzuki finds herself in the middle of it all, heir to an empire she couldn’t possibly inherit – but hitmen on both sides aren’t taking any chances.
I knew nothing about this one, before I saw it on the shelves at Gosh Comics, looks great though!
Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen & Mike Cavallaro
Defender of the Seelie Courts, Aliera Carstairs, is back!
This time her cousin and best friend, Caroline joins her in both the human and the faerie realms–where the stakes are higher than ever.
And then there’s the Unseelie-defector-troll Avery tagging along, Baba Yaga herself, and much, much more that is rarely what it seems.
I’ve been looking forward to this one, ever since I read the first in the series.
Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, Faith Erin Hicks
Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who’ve been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.
But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the dimmest, rowdiest campers into docile zombie Einsteins have Jenna and Lucas feeling more than a little suspicious . . . and a lot afraid.
Any rumours that I bought this one because it is a :01 publication are almost entirely false ;), it was more because I recognised the artwork of Faith Erin Hicks, whose Friends With Boys I really enjoyed.
Daybreak by Brian Ralph
You wake up in the rubble and see a ragged, desperate one-armed man greeting you. He takes you underground to a safe space, feeds you, offers you a place to sleep, and then announces that he’ll take the first watch.
It’s not long before the peril of the jagged landscape has located you and your newfound protector and is scratching at the door. What transpires is a moment-to-moment struggle for survival…
Another one I don’t know that much about. I’ve seen it a time or two, but never picked it up, until now.
And talking of the Waterstones Piccadilly store, I spotted this shelftalker just as I was leaving, which made me smile.