Archive for the ‘Featured Books’ Category

It’s Here.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett’s final book, has arrived.

I cried a little bit, opening the boxes. Not just because he’s gone, but because of everything he gave us before he went.

SHEPHERD’S CROWN

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

This is hard to say. But here goes:

The new Terry Pratchett book is not, in fact, available today.

It just arrived in the warehouse, and will be shipped out to stores later this week. We should have it by early next. But hey, originally the book wasn’t due in stores until September 30th. So we’re all still ahead of the game.

Robert Charles Wilson

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

This Saturday, April 25th, we’re truly pleased to be launching The Affinities, the newest book by Robert Charles Wilson.

We’d love to have you join us here at the store at 3pm. Come for the cookies; stay for the conversation!

Bakka-Phoenix Books"s photo.

Signed Books

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

We’ve finished unpacking after Ad Astra, and wanted you to know we brought back a whole bunch of signed books. Yours while quantities last, by the following authors:

Kelley Armstrong
Aviva Bel’Harold
Anne Bishop
Julie E. Czerneda
Charles de Lint
Chadwick Ginther
Nancy Kilpatrick
Gail Z. Martin
J.A. McLachlan
Karl Schroeder

 

SKULL THRONE Contest

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Ooooh! We’ve got a bright, shiny, and above all EARLY copy of Peter V. Brett‘s upcoming book Skull Throne! This is the fourth book in his awesome ‘Demon Cycle’.

Want a chance to read it early? Send your name and contact info to: contest at bakkaphoenixbooks dot com. On Friday 27th we’ll pick the lucky winner*.

*not in town? We’ll ship it to you. For free.

Free Books. Repeat:FREE BOOKS!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

To celebrate Family Literacy Day, January 27, ChiZine Publications will give away copies of its young adult books. FOR FREE!

Tomorrow, on behalf of CZP, Bakka Phoenix will give out copies of the first two titles in the ChiTeen imprint: FLOATING BOY AND THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T FLY by P.T. Jones, and THE DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN by Caitlin Sweet. In addition, PDF versions of titles with YA themes will be available for free download from the CZP site (http://chizinepub.com) for a limited time.

“The love of reading is something that runs strong in everyone at ChiZine Publications,” says Sandra Kasturi, co-publisher. “And literacy is more than just enjoying books; it’s an essential skill for success in life. We’re hoping to help raise a new generation of readers and book lovers.”

CZP isn’t kidding, either: McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg and The BookShelf in Guelph are also part of their outreach. So stop by tomorrow, Tuesday January 27th, pick up a great free books, and help spread a little literacy.

2014 Bestsellers

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Some of these books are old favourites; some were new discoveries. We launched some of these books; others were on various university course lists. Whatever the reason, these were our bestselling titles of 2014.

Hardcover
1) Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
2) Back Of The Turtle, Thomas King*
3) Shattered, Kevin Hearne
4) Slow Regard Of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
5) Lockstep, Karl Schroeder*
6) Echopraxia, Peter Watts*
7) Touch, Michelle Sagara*
8 ) Girls At The Kingfisher Club, Genevieve Valentine
9) Skin Game, Jim Butcher
10) Lock In, John Scalzi

Trade Paperback
1) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2) Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
3) Radiant, Karina Sumner-Smith*
4) Virga, Karl Schroeder*
5) Embassytown, China Miéville
6) The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
7) Haunting Of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
8 ) How To Curse In Hieroglyphics, Lesley Livingston* & Jonathan Llyr*
9) Pattern Scars, Caitlin Sweet*
10) Enter, Night, Michael Rowe*

Mass Market
1) Neuromancer, William Gibson*
2) Red Planet Blues, Robert J. Sawyer*
3) Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
4) Left Hand Of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
5) Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
6) Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
7) Spin, Robert Charles Wilson*
8 ) Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller
9) Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig
10) Turn Of Light, Julie E. Czerneda*

 

* indicates a Canadian author, so we’ve got some solid representation going on. Woot.

Recommendations: Younger Readers (Part Three in an Ongoing Series)

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

YA
Lost Sun / Strange Maid, Tessa Gratton
In Gratton’s United States of Asgard, the Norse gods walk the earth. Odin advises the President. The Valkyries oversee ceremonies and sacrifices. Lost Sun is about Soren, a young Berserker who struggles with the wildness in his soul; Strange Maid is about Signy, the youngest and wildest of the Valkyries, who revels in hers. This Norse mythology with all the blood and poetry left in. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.

Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
Seraphina’s mother was a dragon; her father, a human. Since human/dragon liaisons are utterly forbidden – by both species – Seraphina is used to hiding the truth. Which becomes more difficult when she is chosen to tutor the royal princess; harder still when she is thrown into the orbit of the Captain of the Guard. Politics may be a matter of course, but treason is not, and Seraphina discovers a conspiracy that could rekindle the devastating human-dragon wars.  Highly recommended; now in paperback.

Black Dog, Rachel Neumeier
Natividad is a Pure, a wielder of protective magic that can keep the terrifying transforming Black Dogs at peace. Her oldest brother is a Black Dog, so she she knows how to behave around the savage creatures, but she have never encountered anything like the Black Dogs of Dimiloc. Which is fair: Dimiloc has never met anyone like Natividad and her brothers, nor the enemy after them. Smart and emotionally real.

Middle Grade
The Wiggins Weird Series (How To Curse In Hieroglyphics / Haunting Of Heck House), Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr
Cheryl and Tweed are twelve year old cousins. Raised by their grandfather in a drive-in, the girls have an appreciation for the unusual things in life. Like the strange carnival that just rolled into town, which just might be carrying a very real curse among its sideshow exhibits. It will take all of Cheryl and Tweed’s ingenuity (and love of B movies) to save their town. Delightful.

Cold Cereal Saga (Cold Cereal / Unlucky Charms / Champions of Breakfast), Adam Rex
When Scott meets an actual leprechaun, he realizes that being the new kid in town is only the beginning of his problems. And when he and his friends Emily and Arno realize that the fairies are trying to take over the world with magical breakfast cereal, he knows those problems are bigger than he could have imagined. A great series, funny and serious by turns, full of Rex’s marvellous illustrations.

Young Readers
Julia’s House For Lost Creatures, Ben Hatke
“Julia’s house came to town and settled by the sea…”  Happy with her new location, but a little lonely, Julia puts up a sign welcoming lost creatures, and soon her house is full of them. Very full. But the intrepid Julia knowns just how to handle a house full of boisterous guests, no matter how unusual. From the author of the ‘Zita’ books, with the same warm and charming art style.

The Princess Who Had No Fortune, Ursula Jones & Sarah Gibb
This particular Princess has no time for Princes. She needs to fix the leaks in her old home; keep her father the King out of trouble; and get her overgrown garden into shape in time for a party. A gardener arrives, but he’s almost as bad at gardening as she is at baking cupcakes. The story is smart and sweet, and the the colourful silhouette-style illustrations are just plain gorgeous.

 

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

Friday, 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)

Thursday, 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.