This week in new hardcovers: A climactic conflict among immortals, global machinations over a future economic upheaval, and the endurance of Batman after the death of Bruce Wayne, plus Adam Roberts collected and Tolkienite mythology.
by Adam Roberts
"Gathered together for the first time from a major publisher are the short stories of Adam Roberts. Unique twisted visions from the edges and the centre of the SF genres. Stories that carry Adam Roberts' trademark elegance of style and restless enquiry of the genre he loves so much. Acclaimed stories, some that have appeared in magazines, some in anthologies, some appearing for the first time. Stories to make you think, to make you laugh, to make you wonder, to make you uneasy. Stories that ask questions, stories that sow mysteries. But always stories that entertain." Gollancz, 400 pages, Jan 17.
by David Day
"The World of Tolkien reveals the vast array of mythological, historical, literary, linguistic, and creative sources that the writer drew upon to create his absorbing, ever popular world. This is a comprehensive guide to uncovering the "real world" inspiration behind the gods and Demi gods, races of men, elves and dwarves, wizards and hobbits, creatures and monsters, cities, geography, battles, and major events in the history of Middle-earth. Stunningly illustrated with 100 color and black and white illustrations, this is essential reading for Tolkien enthusiasts of all generations." Chartwell Books, Inc., 184 pages, Jan 14.
by Grant Morrison, Various (Illustrator)
Absolute Batman & Robin. "Each oversized volume is presented in a slipcase and includes unique additional material making each Absolute Edition a cornerstone of any serious comic collection. Set in the wake of Bruce Wayne's passing, a new Dynamic Duo, made up of Dick Grayson and Batman's son Damian, hits the streets to investigate Bruce's mysterious death. Absolute Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn features the Eisner Award-winning team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly(ALL STAR SUPERMAN), as well as the brilliant artwork of Frazier Irving, Phillip Tan and Cameron Stewart." DC Comics, 488 pages, Jan 15.
by James Dobson, Kurt Bruner
"The year is 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson-a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career-is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. Plagued by nightmares about her absent father, Julia finds herself drawn to the quiet strength of a man she meets at a friend's church." FaithWords, 656 pages, Jan 15.
by Cate Tiernan
Immortal Beloved Book 3 "After a deadly confrontation at the end of Darkness Falls, the second Immortal Beloved novel, Nastasya Crowe is, as she would put it, so over the drama. She fights back against the dark immortals with her own brand of kick-butt magick...but can she fight against true love? In the finale to the trilogy, ex-party-girl immortal Nastasya ends a 450-year-old feud and learns what "eternally yours" really means." Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 458 pages, Jan 17.