Jeeves and the Leap of Faith by Ben Schott
Release Date: Early Dec
This is the second of Ben Schott’s rather peculiar re-imaginings of Jeeves and Wooster, where the inimitable Jeeves is a member of Her Majesty’s secret service who on occasion requires the aid, somewhat unknowing, of a bumbling fool in the form of Bertie Wooster. In this one, we have a crisis at The Drones, pocket dictators, vexatious aunts and the very fate of the free world resting of Bertie’s rather thin shoulders. A wonderfully funny homage to P G Wodehouse’s classic characters.

Whisper and Weapon Bind Up by Lynette Noni
Release Date: Early Dec
This is an omnibus edition of Whisper and Weapon, two previously released books by Lynette Noni. It’s a young adult future dystopian identity thriller, centred around a young woman who finds herself in a government facility with no idea of who she is, how she got there and why the people insist on doing things to her. When the truth is revealed, it begins an avalanche of revelations, thrills, conspiracy and betrayals. Great fun. Kicks along nicely and a terrific bind up opportunity to get the entire story in a single volume.

Doing Time by Jodi Taylor
Release Date: Mid Dec
This is the first in a new series, set in the same universe as Jodi Taylor’s very popular Chronicles of St Mary‘s books. Like those it’s about time travel, only this time rather than strange historians, we are dealing with the time police whose job it is to keep reality flowing the way it’s supposed to. These are great fun with a great sense of humour and very much in an English light speculative fiction sweet spot that would appeal to fans of Ben Aaronovitch.

World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde & Lord of the Clans (Illustrated Novels) by Christie Golden
Release Date: Early Dec
This is a hardcover, illustrated, re-issue of two of the very early World of Warcraft books, Rise of the Horde & Lord of the Clans which, between them, document Thrall’s rise from slavery to become Warchief of The Horde. One for World of Warcraft fans. Even if you’ve already got an edition, it’s probably not one nearly as pretty as this. Illustrated throughout.

There Before the Chaos by K G Wagers
Release Date: Early Dec
Returning to the same universe as WagersIndrana War trilogy, this book once again has Hail Bristol as its protagonist. She has restored her place as the Empress of the Indrana empire, however more chaos awaits with internal dissent, intergalactic diplomacy, and alien wars on the horizon. It looks like that the new Empress will have to do what she does best, which is starting fights, not necessarily being a ruler. Fun military / political space opera, but probably better if you’ve read the original trilogy.

Forged by Benedict Jacka
Release Date: Early Dec
This is apparently the second last time readers will get to deal with mage Alex Verus and his ability to get into all sorts of trouble – willing and unwilling (Risen, the last book in the series will be out in December 2021).  In this book Alex will have to get closer to his dark side than ever before to deal with his arch-enemy, Levistus. Meanwhile there are other forces gathering to destroy him, in the form of the Council’s death squads. This series is shaping up to have a pretty intense finale, and I for one, am really looking forward to seeing how it all ends.

God of Night by Tom Lloyd
Release Date: Early Dec
This is the fourth book in the God Fragments series, featuring The Cards, a group of mercenaries as famous for their drinking and debauchery as they are for their fighting prowess. The Riven Kingdom needs heroes, but all it has are these drunken maniacs. However, they have been very useful in the past at turning the tide and winning the day, even if they do it in a way that is perhaps less dignified than a hero might manage it. A really good, fun fantasy series with an interesting mix of technology and magic. Highly recommended.

Grimm Tales for Young and Old by Philip Pullman
Release Date: Early Dec
This is a collection of 50 of Philip Pullman’s favourite stories drawn from the works of the Brothers Grimm, re-written by him in his own style to modernise the tales of wicked wives, brave children, villainous kings, mystery, revenge and justice served. It’s a really interesting take on an old classic that retains the essence of the Grimms, while presenting them in a modern and perhaps more accessible vernacular. Well worth looking at if you are a fan of the originals, or if you like Philip Pullman’s work on its own.

Classical Mythology Encyclopedia by Annette Giesecke
Release Date: Early Dec
We have built quite an interesting folklore section over the last few years, however this is the only one that is encyclopedia style, allowing you to very quickly look up the difference between Metis and Eris and to figure out if you want to deal with a satyr, a fawn, a naiad, a nereid or a nymph. Great reference work, lavishly illustrated and a very flash looking hardcover. One for folklore and mythology enthusiasts who like their answers quickly. Listings are also cross references with notable works / myths, locations and alternate versions. A very solid addition to any mythology library.

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield
Release Date: Early Dec
A young woman married to a wealthy and successful surgeon begins to wonder at strange changes in her husbands’ behaviour. He has become volatile and violent. He makes mysterious nocturnal journeys that he refuses to talk about. The year is 1888. Young women are being murdered all over Whitechapel in what police are calling the Jack the Ripper murders. She begins to wonder if there is a connection between the two. A fascinating period thriller for people who like it creepy.

Fantastic Tales by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti
Release Date: Late Dec
This collection of 9 short stories, all set in 19th century Italy, range from the comical to the macabre and feature elements common to the period – alchemy, magical elixirs, strange spirits taking characters on mysterious journeys, unrequited love, passion and revenge.          

The Package by Sebastian Fitzek
Release Date: Early Dec
Taking a package for a neighbour so that it doesn’t get damaged or stolen is an act of kindness. Except in the world of Sebastian Fitzek’s crime thrillers where it draws the attention of a killer who intended the package, and the death, of somebody else. This time, taking the package means taking your neighbours’ destiny. A blockbuster stand alone thriller form one of Germany’s most popular writers who is rapidly developing a similar following in Australia.