RECOMMENDATIONS: SCIENCE FICTION (Part Two in an Ongoing Series)

December 19th, 2014

Heaven’s Queen, Rachel Bach
Everyone – personal enemies, her own government, two separate alien species – is after Devi’s head. But as long as she can charge her power-armour, Devi will follow her usual protocol: charge into action, and punch, stab, or shoot the problem until it goes away. This final installment in Bach’s ‘Paradox’ series was as much fun as the first two.

Carbide Tipped Pens, Ben Bova & Eric Choi, editors
Bova and Choi’s new hard SF anthology explores the impact of scientific breakthrough on humanity from a wide range of perspectives. From medical tattoos to missions to Mars; from ancient China to the future of baseball, these stories turn far-out ideas into stories both epic and personal.

Ancillary Justice / Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
Breq was once a starship, an AI who controlled not only the ship but all the bodies it contained. Now she IS one of those bodies, and grappling with not only the burning desire to figure out how it happened (and who to destroy for it), but also the very real need to learn how to be human. Ancillary Sword, the sequel, is also available. Read them and you’ll understand why Justice won ALL THE AWARDS this year.

The Martian, Andy Weir
When a storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. He has supplies, but they won’t last for the years it will take a rescue crew to arrive. He has communication equipment, but it’s damaged. But he also has an enduring (if dark) sense of humour, top-notch engineering skills, and a serious determination to stay alive. Less a mood piece on the existential horrors of being alone in space than a book about ferociously competent people being ferociously competent, The Martian is an absorbing read.

Burning Paradise, Robert Charles Wilson
Cassie knows that the world is not what it’s supposed to be. She knows that humanity has been steered in ways both subtle and obvious to be more peaceful and benign. She knows this because of her parents, who discovered the distressing truth years ago and were murdered for it. And now the killers are back. They’re hunting Cassie and her brother. And they’re not human. (Now in paperback).

Recommendations: Fantasy (Part One in an Ongoing Series)

December 18th, 2014

These days, we spend a lot of our time making suggestions and recommendations for customers, especially those who may not be fully caught up on the genre. It’s a lot of fun — in fact, it’s our favourite thing. Over the next few days, we’ll share some of those recommendations with you. Today’s topic:  Fantasy

Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
Maia is the fourth son of the Emperor. Despised by his father, he has spent his entire life relegated to a dismal manor home in the sticks until a sudden shocking accident puts Maia on the throne. At its core, Goblin Emperor is a court fantasy, with all the factions, intrigue, and political infighting that entails. But it is also the story of a young man learning what he can and will do. Compassionate and kind, with intensive worldbuilding and absorbing prose, Goblin Emperor is one of our top picks for the year.

Daring, Elliott James
John Charming: formerly a Knight Templar, currently a werewolf. Which explains the ‘former’ part: the Knights see werewolves as monsters to be destroyed. Which makes it tricky when they want John’s help to infiltrate a werewolf pack growing in power and influence. This is the second novel in James’ ‘Pax Arcana’ series, and a good choice for those who are all caught up with the Dresden Files.

Silence For The Dead, Simone St. James
Kitty Weekes knows that there is something wrong a Portis House, the manor-turned-psych-ward for shell-shocked veterans of the Great War. Something worse than the way the patients are treated. Something… angry. And when the weather and a medical catastrophe leave them completely isolated, it will take all of Kitty’s strength and ingenuity to keep the residents safe. It’s a ghost story, but it’s also about war, loss, and pain, and the many ways we can learn to survive them.

Radiant, Karina Sumner-Smith
Magicless in a world that values power, Xhea is an outcast, using her strange ability to see ghosts to eke out a living. When she meets Shai, a ghost and a much-prized Radiant, everything about Xhea’s life begins to change. And things long dormant, like Xhea’s emotions, her thoughts of the future, and her magic, begin to stir at last. Another wonderful book by a Bakka Phoenix staff alum. Hey, we can’t help it that so many of staff members are so talented.

Girls At The Kingfisher Club, Genevieve Valentine
You know this story: it’s the one about twelve sisters who disappear from a locked room to dance all night long. But you’ve never read it like this before: set in 1927 Manhattan, complete with speakeasies, flappers, gangters, and ragtime. It’s a spectacular book about love, loss, freedom, sisterhood, and dancing. And there’s no magic in it at all, except the magic of a brilliantly told story.

Flash Sale!

December 17th, 2014

We’re having another flash sale today, Wednesday December 17th. All our HARDCOVERS are 20% off!

Get ‘em while they’re cheap(er)!

 

Carbide Tipped Pens

December 15th, 2014
Join us at the Merill Collection (239 College, 3rd floor) at 7pm on Thursday December 18th for the launch of Carbide Tipped Pens, an anthology of hard SF stories edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi.

From tattoos that treat allergies to hazardous missions to Mars, from the end of the world to the farthest limits of human invention, Carbide Tipped Pens turns startling new ideas into state-of-the art science fiction.

Flash Sale!

December 12th, 2014
Today only, Friday December 12th, all graphic novels and art books are 20% off!
Spread the word!

December Dates Of Note

December 10th, 2014

A handy primer, because we all have a lot going on this month.

Thurs. Dec. 11th, 7pm — Jill Lepore presents The Secret History Of Wonder Woman at the Merril Collection (239 College).

Wed. Dec. 17th, 8pm — ChiSeries celebrates Saturnalia at The Round (152A Augusta).

Thurs. Dec. 18th, 7pm — Book launch for Carbide-Tipped Pens, edited by Eric Choi & Ben Bova, at the Merril.

Thurs. Dec. 25th — closed for Christmasy bacchanals.

Fri. Dec. 26th — closed for recovery.

And keep your eye on this space: Bakka Phoenix will be having some flash sales in the next couple weeks. This is where we’ll let you know what and when.

 

Ooooh, New Books!

December 9th, 2014

Hardcover
Gathering Darkness, Morgan Rhodes
Princess Of Thorns, Stacey Jay
Princess Who Had No Fortune, Ursula Vernon & Sarah Gibb

Trade Paperback
Of Beasts And Beauty, Stacey Jay
We Will All Go Down Together, Gemma Files
Spectrum 21, John Fleskes ed.

Mass Market
Clone Apocalypse, Steven L. Kent
Andromeda’s Choice, William C. Dietz
Box Office Poison, Phillipa Bornikova
Damnation, Jean Johnson
Night Shift, Nalini Singh et al.
Dragon’s Run, Jody Lynn Nye
Feral Child, Che Golden
Dreams Of The Golden Age, Carrie Vaughn

 

We’re Having A Sorta-Annual Christmas Party!

December 5th, 2014

And you’re invited!
It runs all day tomorrow, Saturday December 6th, right here at the store. We’ll have tasty treats for you, as well as a great sale (15% off EVERYTHING), and all sorts of awesome people to hang out with.

Join us any time between 11am and 6pm for some seasonally appropriate merriment!

‘Member When We Said We’d Have Lots More New Books This Week?

December 2nd, 2014

Here they are! Because we keep our promises (our promises about new books, anyway).

Hardcover
King’s Deryni, Katherine Kurtz
Sustenance, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Andromeda’s War, William C. Dietz
Carbide Tipped Pens, Ben Bova & Eric Choi, eds (book launch on Dec 18th at the Merril!)
Bete, Adam Roberts
Brass Sun, Ian Edington & I.N.J. Culbard
Collision, Mercedes Lackey, et al
Genocide Of One, Kazuaki Takano
Immortals Of Meluha, Amish Tripathi
Spirit Of The Wolves, Dorothy Hearst
Strange Library, Haruki Murakami
Last Changeling, Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple
Endsinger, Jay Kristoff

Trade Paperback
Cold Hillside, Nancy Baker
Land Across, Gene Wolfe
Retribution, Mark Charan Newton
Dangerous Games, Jonathan Oliver, ed.
Mythbreaker, Stephen Blackmoore
Paradigms Lost, Ryk E. Spoor
Undercity, Catherine Asaro
The Abominable, Dan Simmons
Cats Of Tanglewood Forest, Charles De Lint & Charles Vess
City Of Eternal Night, Kristen Painter
Beating Of His Wings, Paul Hoffman

Mass Market
Dead Run, Adam Mansbach
No True Way, Mercedes Lackey ed.
Things Fall Apart, Harry Turtledove
Universal Alien, Gini Koch
Vacant, Alex Hughes
The Herald, Ed Greenwood

 

Tis The Season…

December 1st, 2014

…for our Sorta Annual Christmas Party!

Stop by the store this coming Saturday, December 6th, for snacks, sales, and seasonally appropriate merriment. We’ll have bites and bargains all day long, so please join us!

  • Carbide Tipped Pens
    December 18, 2014 7:00 pm
  • Tis The Season…
    December 6, 2014
  • Saturday Plans
    November 29, 2014 2:00 pm
  • Play Of Shadow
    November 4, 2014 6:30 pm
  • Heck House Is Haunted!
    October 25, 2014 3:00 pm