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Book Haul: Some new books.

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A book haul post for you all today featuring four books that I have recently received from publishers.Β 

Blackfish City by Sam J.Miller.

Published by Orbit on April 17th, 2018.


After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, it has started to crumble under the weight of its own decay – crime and corruption have set in, a terrible new disease is coursing untreated through the population, and the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside deepest poverty are spawning unrest.

Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor – a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will lead to unprecedented acts of resistance.

This was a surprise proof copy that I received in the mail and I think that it sounds really interesting though truth be told I picked it up whilst deciding on my next read got through 50 pages and just wasn’t enjoying it. So, I’ll have to go back to it at a later date and give it another go.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

Published by Raven Books on February 8th, 2018.


‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

This was a win from a Twitter retweet competition to win a proof copy and after hearing some great things about the book from my fellow bloggers I am really looking forward to starting it. πŸ™‚

The Shout by Stephen Leather.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton on January 25th, 2018.


Vicky Lewis is a force to be reckoned with: not yet thirty and already crew manager in the London Fire Brigade, she’s destined for great things.

But when she enters a burning building to save a man’s life and leaves it with catastrophic injuries, all that changes. She’s shunted over to the Fire Investigation Unit, where she’s forced to team up with cantankerous veteran Des Farmer, aka the Grouch.

When Vicky stumbles across the Grouch’s off-the-books investigation into the fiery deaths of a series of young, blonde women, she decides to join him in his search for the truth.

The answer is close – perhaps too close. Vicky’s already been burnt once, and now she’s playing with fire . . .

I saw this on bookbridgr, thought that it sounded pretty cool and one request later here we are with a finished copy of the book! After reading and absolutely loving The Fourth Monkey by J. D Barker earlier in the year and then recently finishing and enjoying A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis I’m looking to read a few more thrillers in the new year.

Seventh Decimate (The Great God’s War Book One) by Stephen Donaldson.

Published by Gollancz on November 16th, 2017.


The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence.

Prince Bifalt hopes that Belleger’s new weapons technology, the rifle, will provide a decisive advantage. But when Belleger’s sorcerers are mysteriously deprived of their magical abilities, leaving them unable to defend against Amika, he must set aside his own deep hatred of sorcery and work to solve this new enigma.

Grasping at any chance to save his beloved homeland, Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war – a book entitled The Seventh Decimate.

The events that unfold force Prince Bifalt to weigh his stubbornness, his patriotism, and his hatred for sorcerers against his sense of loyalty and of what he knows to be right. And as he learns, Amika and Belleger may simply be pawns within an even larger struggle…

I did a Waiting on Wednesday post for this a while before its actual release and was looking forward to the book. I was offered a proof copy but declined as at the time I had lots of books to read, I still do but hey ho, such is the life of a book blogger! Anyhow, when I received the Gollancz end of year press release last week this book was on it and so, second chance, I said that I’d like a copy.Β 

I haven’t really seen many positive reviews for the book, there’s a couple on Goodreads and one of the bigger fantasy sites really enjoyed it but mostly all of the reviews I have read have been either negative or middling. However, I’d still like to give it a go myself and see what my thoughts are.

And of course, what book haul post would be complete without a PS4 game! πŸ˜‰

WWE 2K18.


I do like WWE and wrestling and while nothing groundbreaking the WWE games are always fun to play. I picked this up fairly cheap last week, so far, I’m really enjoying it and I will get lots of hours out of it though of course, the after Christmas sale is the perfect time for more games and books too! πŸ™‚

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23 thoughts on “Book Haul: Some new books.

    1. It does but the reviews have mostly been negative for it so I’m hoping it’ll be better than I expect.

      Seven Deaths has been getting rave reviews and I’m looking forward to reading it you’ll probably hope I say don’t read it though as it’s not out until September in the US!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  1. Nice haul. Utterly jealous you’ve got a proof copy of Seven Deaths! The author is following me but I’m too chicken to ask him for a copy or an approval on Netgalley and I don’t want him to unfollow me :-). Happy reading and I can’t wait to see if it can get your mark of approval too!

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      1. WWE is just so much cringe… I don’t know what it is.. the show/entertainment side of it, mega cringe πŸ˜€ hahaha… just not for me… but I am fussy with sports and all that stuff anyway, I don’t like boxing either, while UFC is just bang on for me.. and darts! man, don#t start with darts! I can’t understand it at all.. I mean, a whole hall full of people on the piss watching people throw darts? yeah, no! πŸ˜€

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