Media-related & Humour Catalogue: May 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in May 2018.

Because they are new books, we are at the whim of the publishers and, to some extent, the shipping companies – books can sometimes arrive later (or earlier) than, or occasionally be a different retail price, than originally quoted. Because space is a luxury, we bring in limited quantities of books. Prices are subject to change without notice.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

Canto Bight (Star Wars)
Ahmed, Saladin; Carson, Rae; Grant, Mira; Miller, John Jackson
Journey to Canto Bight: a lavish city rich with opportunity – but where the stakes couldn’t be higher. Featuring four interconnected novella-length adventures of the exotic aliens and creatures who frequent the captivating casino.
Star Wars anthology | PBK | $22.99

Adventure: The Atari 2600 Game Journal
Atari
A journal designed with a clever package to resemble Atari’s best-selling 2600 games. Officially licensed and designed to look like the original game cartridge, Adventure: The Atari 2600 Game Journal features endpapers with colour screenshots of gameplay (including an Easter egg planted by the designer) as well as an insert with instructions from the original game manual. With black-edged pages and sticker artwork showcasing the iconic orange dragon, Adventure: The Atari 2600 Game Journal is a pixilated trip down memory lane. In 1977, Atari released their first programmable cartridge system, the VCS, in a daring attempt to bring gaming from arcade halls to living rooms. Later rebranded the Atari 2600, the gaming system became an essential part of 80s’ culture, selling millions of units until its remodel in 1992. Despite the variations that followed, the Atari 2600 games are seen as the pioneers of video gaming, and are the foundation for many game designs, platforms, and systems in rotation today.
Journal | HC | $19.99

Asteroids: The Atari 2600 Game Journal
Atari
A journal designed with a clever package to resemble Atari’s best-selling 2600 games. Officially licensed and designed to look like the original game cartridge, Asteroids: The Atari 2600 Game Journal features endpapers with colour screenshots of gameplay as well as an insert with instructions from the original game manual. With black-edged pages and sticker artwork showcasing the iconic rock-blasting spaceship, Asteroids: The Atari 2600 Game Journal is a pixilated trip down memory lane. In 1977, Atari released their first programmable cartridge system, the VCS, in a daring attempt to bring gaming from arcade halls to living rooms. Later rebranded the Atari 2600, the gaming system became an essential part of 80s’ culture, selling millions of units until its remodel in 1992. Despite the variations that followed, the Atari 2600 games are seen as the pioneers of video gaming, and are the foundation for many game designs, platforms, and systems in rotation today.
Journal | HC | $19.99

Missile Command: The Atari 2600 Game Journal
Atari
A journal designed with a clever package to resemble Atari’s best-selling 2600 games. Officially licensed and designed to look like the original game cartridge, Missile Command: The Atari 2600 Game Journal features endpapers with colour screenshots of gameplay (including an Easter egg planted by the designer) as well as an insert with instructions from the original game manual. With black-edged pages and sticker artwork showcasing the Cold War-inspired nuclear control room, Missile Command: The Atari 2600 Game Journal is a pixilated trip down memory lane. In 1977, Atari released their first programmable cartridge system, the VCS, in a daring attempt to bring gaming from arcade halls to living rooms. Later rebranded the Atari 2600, the gaming system became an essential part of 80s’ culture, selling millions of units until its remodel in 1992. Despite the variations that followed, the Atari 2600 games are seen as the pioneers of video gaming, and are the foundation for many game designs, platforms, and systems in rotation today.
Journal | HC | $19.99

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece
Benson, Michael
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece. Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognised as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001’s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence. Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times; and has also spoken, at length, with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001’s leading man-ape; and many others. A colourful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, Space Odyssey provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke’s first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965–68, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film’s legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status.
Film history | HC | $39.99

The Day She Saved the Doctor: Four Stories from the TARDIS (Doctor Who)
Calman, Susan; Rayner, Jacqueline; Colgan, Jenny T; Koomson, Dorothy
A new collection of companion-themed stories of adventures with the Doctor, starring Rose, Sarah-Jane, Clara, and the Doctor’s new companion, Bill.
Doctor Who | PBK | $22.99

The Alienist (TV series tie-in edition)
Carr, Caleb
Some things never change. New York City, 1896. Hypocrisy in high places is rife, police corruption commonplace, and a brutal killer is terrorising young male prostitutes. Unfortunately for Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, the psychological profiling of murderers is a practice still in its infancy, struggling to make headway against the prejudices of those who prefer the mentally ill – and the ‘alienists’ who treat them – to be out of sight as well as out of mind. But as the body count rises, Roosevelt swallows his doubts and turns to the eminent alienist Dr Laszlo Kreizler to put a stop to the bloody murders – giving Kreizler a chance to take him further into the dark heart of criminality, and one step closer to death. Now a major Netflix series starring Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Bruhl.
Historical thriller | PBK | $22.99

Heat Storm (Nikki Heat 09)
Castle, Richard
Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm team up, for the first time, to save Nikki’s mother, Cynthia, who has been in hiding (and presumed dead) for 17 years. Standing in their way is a nefarious group of Chinese businessmen known as the Shanghai Seven, who have the resources-and ruthlessness-to stop them.
Castle | PBK | $19.99

The Terror (TV series tie-in edition)
Simmons, Dan
The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled North-West Passage had every expectation of triumph. But for almost two years, his ships HMS Terror and Erebus have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness are beginning to take their toll. And, yet, the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying. There is something out there, in the frigid darkness. It stalks the ships and snatches men. It is a nameless thing. At once, nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis… Now a chilling 10-part original TV series from Ridley Scott.
Supernatural horror | PBK | $24.99

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus
Taibbi, Matt
‘The thing is, when you actually think about it, it’s not funny. Given what’s at stake, it’s more like the opposite, like the first sign of the collapse of the United States as a global superpower. Twenty years from now, when we’re all living like prehistory hominids and hunting rats with sticks, we’ll probably look back at this moment as the beginning of the end.’ In this ground-breaking battery of dispatches from the heartland of America, Matt Taibbi tells the full story of the Trump phenomenon, from its tragi-comic beginnings to the apocalyptic election. Full of sharp, on-the-ground reporting and gallows humour, his incisive analysis goes beyond the bizarre and disturbing election to tell a wider story of the apparent collapse of American democracy. Taibbi saw the essential themes right from the start: the power of spectacle over truth; the end of a shared reality on the left and right; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism. From the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the aimless Hillary Clinton campaign, across the flailing media coverage and the trampled legacy of Obama, this is the story of ordinary voters forced to bear witness to the whole charade. At the centre of it all, ‘a bumbling train wreck of a candidate who belched and preened his way past a historically weak field’ – who, improbably, has taken control of the world’s most powerful nation. This is essential and hilarious reading that explores how the new America understands itself, and about the future of the world just beyond the horizon.
Politics/society and culture | PBK | $24.99

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars 40th anniversary collection)
various authors
40 Years. 40 Stories. Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honour of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars. Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope, through the eyes of Captain Antilles. Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot. Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor. Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin. Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter’s final flight during the Rebellion’s harrowing attack on the Death Star. Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin. Plus, thirty-four more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from: Ben Acker; Renee Ahdieh; Tom Angleberger; Ben Blacker; Jeffrey Brown; Rae Carson; Adam Christopher; Zoraida Cordova; Delilah S Dawson; Kelly Sue DeConnick; Paul Dini; Ian Doescher; Ashley Eckstein; Matt Fraction; Alexander Freed; Jason Fry; Kieron Gillen; Christie Golden; Claudia Gray; E K Johnston; Paul S Kemp; Mur Lafferty; Ken Liu; Griffin McElroy; John Jackson Miller; Daniel Jose Older; Mallory Ortberg; Beth Revis; Madeleine Roux; Greg Rucka; Gary D Schmidt; Cavan Scott; Charles Soule; Sabaa Tahir; Elizabeth Wein; Glen Weldon; and Chuck Wendig.
Star Wars collection | PBK | $19.99

The Cold Forge (Alien)
White, Alex
With the failure of Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback – the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there’s a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place… the facility known as the Cold Forge. Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponising the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there’s a spy aboard – someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. For Dorian, this is the most unforgivable of sins. When found, the perpetrator will be eliminated with extreme prejudice. If unmasked, though, this person may be forced to destroy the entire station… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first…
Alien | PBK | $19.95