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A Quick Note

Friday, January 17th, 2014

… for U of T students taking ENG239:

WHO FEARS DEATH has finally arrived! Booyeah!
If you left your name, we have a copy on hold for you. If you didn’t, we, um, have a copy on the table for you.

In short: we have copies. Lots of them. At last.

Top Sellers of 2013

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

It’s always interesting to find out which books sold best throughout the year. Some titles are books we launched; some are long-standing favourites; some are surprises (*=Canadian author).

Mass Market
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson*
Neuromancer, William Gibson*
Triggers, Robert J. Sawyer*
Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson
Existence, David Brin
Gardens of the Moon, Steven Erikson*
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed
Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

Trade Paperback
Turn of Light, Julie E. Czerneda*
Embassytown, China Mieville
Who’s 50, Graeme Burk* & Robert Smith?*
Urgle, Megan McIssac*
Outcast, Adrienne Kress*
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick
How to Curse in Hieroglypics, Lesley Livingston* & Jonathan Llyr*
Lilith’s Brood, Octavia Butler
Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch

Red Planet Blues, Robert J. Sawyer*
Homeland, Cory Doctorow*
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, Emily Pohl-Weary*
Burning Paradise, Robert Charles Wilson*
Memory of Light, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay*
Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett
Seraphina, Rachel Hartman*
Battle, Michelle West*


Recommendations, IV: Middle Grade

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Sorry, folks.  I’d planned to post this one over the weekend, but the whole “city-wide blackout aaaggggh!” put the kibosh on that.
So. Today’s recommendations are for Middle Grade readers.

The School for Good and Evil, Soman Chainani
Sophie and Agatha are both swept off to the fabled School for Good and Evil. Sophie is shocked to end up in the ‘Evil’ section, and Agatha, who only went to save her friend, isn’t thrilled to end up in the ‘Good’ Department. The girls are caught up in a crazy fairy tale, and the only way out is through.  Enjoyable and subversive.

Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
When she runs afoul of the Witch of the Waste, young Sophie Hatter is turned into an old woman. At which point she sets off on an adventure, ending up in the travelling castle belonging to Wizard Howl. Zaniness ensues (and the follow-up, Castle in the Sky, is also delightful). Jones’ wonderful prose rewards readers of all ages.

Paranorman, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Normal is able to see and speak to ghosts, thought no one believes him. But when a 300 year old curse turns out to be true, it’s up to Norman, the ghosts, and a small group of companions to save the day. Fast-paced and funny, and more moving than I expected. Read the book, then watch the charming movie (or vice-versa).

How to Curse in Hieroglyphics, Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr
Cheryl and Tweed were raised by their Grandad, who runs the drive-in theatre. Active and intelligent, they believe there’s more to the world than meets the eye. And when Dudley’s World-O-Wonders carnival comes to town, they’re proven right, in inimitable B-movie style. The action sequences, with illustrated storyboards, are a real pleasure.

Urgle, Megan McIsaac
The boys of Ikkuma Pit have no parents. They fend for themselves, each boy teaching a younger member to survive. When the Little Brother is old enough to survive on his own, the Older Brother leaves the Pit for the Forest. No one knows what’s out there: no one has ever come back. Until now… Original and powerful.



Day Three: The Recommendationing

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Today’ subject:  Young Adult

Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
When Alina’s best friend is injured in the magically blighted area known as the Ford, she reveals a dormant power she never knew she had. Whisked away to the court of the Darkling, Alina must master her newfound power. But little of her new life is what it appears to be, and soon she discovers a secret that could change the entire country forever.  Fabulously original — and the sequel, Siege and Storm, is also excellent.

The Diviners, Libba Bray
Set in New York in the roaring twenties, this book is all jazz and ghosts and technological industrialists and a truly terrifying serial killer. Protagonist Evie’s risks and fears are viscerally real. A sprawling, deeply absorbing novel, for fans of historicals, epics, and atmosphere.

Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
Seraphina has a secret. Her mother was a dragon; her father, a human. Their union — and Seraphina herself — is technically against the law. So she’s used to lying, but it becomes harder when she’s chosen to tutor the royal princess; harder still when she meets the Captain of the Guard. When she uncovers a conspiracy to rekindled to human-dragon wars, court politics turn deadly.  A wonderful, wonderful book.

Planesrunner, Ian McDonald
Everett Singh’s brilliant physicist dad has been kidnapped, but no one believes him. When Everett realizes that his father has given him a key that permits travel to other quantum realities, he also realizes that there are people who will do anything to get it. This is the best combination of quantum physics, multiple-world theory and airships for teens EVAR!  (The sequel, Be My Enemy, is equally good).

Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan
Unspoken simultaneously manages to be 1) a subversion of the idea that a magival telepathic boyfriend is in any way a good idea; 2) a modern Gothic, or post-Gothic maybe, either way there are big spooky houses and family secrets; 3) funny as hell. The sequel, Untold, is also available (and you will want it immediately).


Recommendations, Part Deux.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Today: Fantasy

A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway
In this Victorian era run by the shadowy and ruthless steam barons, it doesn’t pay to stand out. Evelina Cooper is about to enter her first season, but there are a few things holding her back. First, there’s her magical ability with mechanisms. Then there’s the fact that she was raised in the circus. And if that’s not enough, her uncle is the brilliant and famous Sherlock Holmes. And then there’s a murder…  This is steampunk adventure at it’s finest.

Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett
Moist Von Lipwig. Vetinari. Vimes. The Low King of Dwarves. Goblins. Slide rules. And trains, trains, trains.  It’s Pratchett: is there anything else you really need to know?

Royal Airs, Sharon Shinn
In the country of Welce, people take their blessings from one of the five elements. Josetta, a princess, is all elay, air. Rafe Adova, a gambler from the roughest part of town, is that rarest of creatures: a man with no elemental affinity at all. When Rafe saves Josetta’s sister from a dangerous situation, events are set in train that neither of them could have imagined. A delightful follow-up to Shinn’s earlier book Troubled Waters.

Darkwalker, E.L. Tettensor
Nicolas Lenoir is a gifted police investigator who cannot bring himself to care about his cases, his subordinates, or even himself. But when a young informant goes missing, Lenoir rusty conscience begins to stir. His present investigation collides with a past betrayal and changes everything about Nicolas’ world.  A thoroughly enjoyable debut; I look forward to more from this author.

The Thousand Names, Django Wexler
Marcus wants to serve out his exile commanding the Vordanai Empire’s colonial garrison in peace. Winter wants to stay unnoticed in the ranks. Janus wants… well, that would be telling.  Part of a genre so new we haven’t named it yet, this Post Medieval, Pre-Steam adventure offers a distinct setting, engaging characters, and just enough magic to make things interesting.

Tis The Season For Recommendations

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

We give a lot of recommendations this time of year. A LOT. Talking about books is our favourite thing. So we thought we’d share some recent recommendations with you.

First up, Science Fiction.

Perdition, Ann Aguirre
Dred Devos controls one of the six territories of the spaceship Perdition, a vast floating prison. It’s not an easy position to keep. New convict Jael has the mercenary skills to make a good ally, but those deadly abilities make him less than trustworthy.  Action packed and character driven, this is a prison combat/escape movie SET IN SPACE. I mean, what are you waiting for?  (PB, $8.99)

Parasite, Mira Grant
Symbo-Gen has the cure for everything: all you have to do is take a pill with a genetically engineered tapeworm and your problems are gone! Except, of course, when they aren’t, as Sally Mitchell is about to find out. Grant’s vivid characters, dynamic plotting, and gift for the creepily plausible make Parasite a fun (if disturbing) read.
(HC, $22.00, signed copies available)

21st Century Science Fiction, David G. Hartwell & Patrick Nielsen Hayden, editors
An interesting and wide-ranging selection of SF short stories published in the last thirteen years. Hartwell and Nielsen Hayden really know how to put together an anthology like this — valuable because of it’s sheer range. No matter what kind of SF you like, you’ll find it here. And likely a new favourite, too.  (HC, $39.99)

Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
Breq is a soldier on a wintry planet. She used to be a massive starship, an AI that linked thousands of soldiers together across the galaxy. Now she has been reduced to inhabiting a single breakable human body.  All she has left is the desire to find out what happened, and an even deeper drive for revenge.  Gripping and original.  (TR, $17.00)

Burning Paradise, Robert Charles Wilson
Cassie lives in a world similar to but not quite like our own. In her world, for instance, there were no World Wars. No Great Depression. The problem is, only Cassie and a few others know why: the Earth is being interfered with, being made more placid by an entity with a secret  agenda. Her parents died for that knowledge, and now Cassie is a target, too.  Action and adventure delivered with Wilson’s tradmark insight and graceful prose.  (HC, $28.99, signed copies available)


New Books! Signed Books!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Still a few new books that haven’t been posted since last week.

Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (okay, we posted this one, but it bears repeating)

Trade Paperback
Turtle Recall, Stephen Briggs & Terry Pratchett
Blink Of The Screen, Terry Pratchett
Prospero Regained, L. Jagi Lamplighter
Things Withered, Susie Moloney
When It’s A Jar, Tom Holt

Lots of authors pass though out doors thoughout the year, and they’re all gracious enough to leave us with signed stock. Signed books make nice gifts. Just saying. In any case, we have signed stock from the following authors:  Kelley Armstrong; Leah Bobet; Charles de Lint; Mira Grant / Seanan McGuire; Guy Gavriel Kay; Scott Lynch; Robert J. Sawyer; Michelle West/ Michelle Sagara; Robert Charles Wilson

We also have a limited number of signed books by:  Terry Brooks; Christian Cameron; Cory Doctorow; Tanya Huff; Fiona Patton; Brandon Sanderson; John Scalzi; Karl Schroeder


We Stand Corrected

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

… and are very, very happy to be so.

Folks: Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett, has arrived.  Woohoo!

If you reserved a copy, we have one here for you. If not: come and get yours while they’re fresh.

Jolly Good Show!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Congratulations to Nalo Hopkinson and Lesley Livingston, winners of this year’s Copper Cylinder Awards (Adult and YA awards, respectively). Hurrah!

And kudos to Martine Desjardins and Rachel Hartman, winners of this year’s Sunburst Awards (again, Adult and YA, respectively). You rock!

Details about the awards can be found here and here.



Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Ooh.  OOOH!  Guy Gavriel Kay has a new book!  And we’ve got some news about it.

First: There’s a “Fifty Shades of Kay” contest.  You should check it out.  Details here.

Second:  Would you like Guy to personalize a copy his new book River Of Stars for you?  Because we can totally make that happen.  Just let us know who you are and what kind of inscription you’d like.  You can email us at inquiries-at-bakkaphoenixbooks-dot-com, give us a call, or even drop us a note in the comments.  And we’ll thwap Guy with a half-frozen haddock until he does it arrange to have a book signed for you.