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The Story of Kullervo by J R R Tolkien
Release Date:  Late Aug
While this work has existed in academic circles since 2010, this edition will be the first offered to the general public. A work that he began in 1914, The Story of Kullervo is an attempt to render one of the tales from the Finnish epic work The Kalevala in a form that could be read and appreciated by a English speaking audience. A tragic tale of injustice and revenge that keen eyed Tolkien readers will spot as the obvious inspiration for Turin Tarambar from The Silmarillion. Tolkien loved Finnish myth and legend and there is no doubt that his best known works reflect that. This story and the notes that accompany it are a chance for Tolkien fans to see why. 
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The Fall of Gondolin by J R R Tolkien
Release Date:  Late Aug
Similar the last year’s book on Beren and Luthien and The Children of Hurin from a few years ago, this is a mix of J R R Tolkien‘s notes and snippets taken from his works.  The The Fall of Gondolin tells of how the great city of the Noldoroin Elves fell to Morgoth (who Gandalf said Sauron was but a poor shadow of in terms of evil). It’s also about the birth and adventures of Eärendel, father of Elrond and the first mortal to set foot in Valinor. It’s one of the foundational legends of Middle-earth and this book pulls all the references together into a cohesive whole for the first time. Probably only for serious Tolkien fans but very cool nonetheless. 

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The Confession by Jo Spain
Release Date:  Mid Aug
This clever psychological thriller begins with a murder, the immediate arrest of the killer, and his full confession. Case closed by the end of chapter one. Except the wife of the dead man does not believe the reason the killer has given for his brutal act. She thinks there’s another, deeper reason for his confession. There is something not-right about the whole thing and she begins to wonder if the death of her husband might be just the beginning of an even darker plan. 

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Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
Release Date:  Early Aug
I’m not sure if this is the first, but it’s certainly one of the defining works of sleuth fiction. In many ways it’s the model upon which much of the detective fiction that followed was based. It’s a locked-room style mystery, so the how is just as interesting as the who. It was first published in French in 1907 and is known to have influenced writers such as Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen. A classic for old school detective fiction fans. 
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One Way by S J Morden
Release Date:  Late Aug
There are genre crossover books all over the place at the moment and this particular one is science fiction / crime and set on Mars. The idea that the first colonists to Mars will be making one-way trips to a hard, short life isn’t new. In this version the colonists convict volunteers. As you would expect, at least one of them goes back to his old ways and the murders begin. But which one? A mystery thriller with a twist. 
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Cold Iron by Miles Cameron
Release Date:  Late Aug
The beginning of a new series from the author of Red Knight, so folks are going to be keen but I’ve not been able to get much information on it. It’s fantasy, with magic and at least the first book is about how a student at a magical school gets caught up a very dangerous conflict. It also doesn’t look like it’s in the same world as the Traitor Son books. Didn’t get a preview copy of this one, but if I manage to scrounge one I’ll post more information via our usual social media channels. 
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Vox by Christina Dalcher
Release Date:  Late Aug
There’s quite a lot of social / political dystopian fiction around at the moment but this one is unusual in that it’s also about communication. In a world where women have not only had their civil rights removed, but are limited by law to speaking only one hundred words a day how do you organise change?. An interesting twist on a familiar theme. 
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Graveyard Shift by Michael Haspil
Release Date:  Early Aug
Got this one on a whim based on the blurb so I’ve no Idea of how good it is (or isn’t). It’s an urban fantasy / buddy cop / police procedural where one of the cops is the living mummy of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh and the other is a vampire with an equally impressive pedigree. Apparently this is serious rather than funny and the detective part a little too familiar, but I still think it sounds like supernatural Miami Vice, so I’m going to read it anyway. 
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R A Lafferty: Three Great Novels by R A Lafferty
Release Date:   Mid Aug
You may have heard of R A Lafferty, you may not. He is certainly worthy of your attention though, and if you were to ask folks like Harlan Ellison and Neil Gaiman they’d agree. The rights to a large selection of his unique fiction were acquired by Locus Magazine‘s non-profit organisation, so I hope to be carrying more of his work in the future. In the meantime, this collection contains three of his early novels. Past Master is a tale of people going quite literally to the source to create their utopia, Fourth Mansions is a strange and symbolic story about a reporter navigating the collapse of a near future America, and Space Chantey is a retelling of the Odyssey. One for fans of classic science fiction. 
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The Great Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert
Release Date:  Late June
Okay, so I expect that everyone knows what Dune is, so this is more of a PSA than anything else. Over the last few years Gollancz have been sporadically releasing hard cover embossed versions of some of their books. This month they add Dune to the list with this omnibus of the first three books, Dune, Children of Dune and Dune Messiah. At this stage I’m not sure if they’re leatherbound or a faux material, but if it’s like the others it’s going to be a very nice looking book either way. 
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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie & The Magic Pudding by May Gibbs
Release Date:  Late Aug
You might be wondering why I would highlight these two, since they’re not really what I’m usually about. But they are beautiful books and visitors to the store will know that I’ve been getting a lot more those since moving to Murray St. They’re also Australian classics and even if you don’t want them for yourself, well Christmas will be here quicker that you’d like so getting ahead of the game is worth considering. They’re large hard covers with the original lavish illustrations, and I’m told it won’t be a massive print run. This year marks the centenary of both books, so maybe consider renewing your acquaintance if you’ve read them before, or discovering them if you haven’t. 
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Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
Release Date:  Early Aug
The latest book from Brandon Sanderson is a mix of bad and good news. On the one hand it’s not part of any of his ongoing series which is a bit sad, on the other hand it sounds really interesting and I’m always up for anything he writes anyway. Snapshot is a science fiction crime thriller where detectives can enter a complete and accurate virtual model of the city, created by all sorts of surveillance. Effectively they can go back in time and examine almost everything that happened in the city in order to solve cases. Until they find a crime they’re told by their superiors to ignore. The space they conduct their investigations may be virtual, but the people who will kill two policemen to hide their crimes are very real. 
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The First Prehistoric Serial Killer by Teresa Solana
Release Date:  Mid Aug
An unusual short story collection that features a mix genres. There are modern crime stories as well as the period crime story of the title, which really does have a prehistoric setting, as well as some magical realism, light horror and just plain strange. 
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The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Release Date:  Early Aug
The first in a new fantasy series that draws on the culture and folk-lore of the medieval Middle-east for inspiration, which makes for a very different take on some classic fantasy tropes. It’s a clash of ideologies as well as magics and that makes for some interesting elements you don’t normally find in fantasy.