April 2024 media-related & humour catalogue

 

 

Rebel Moon: Wolf – Ex Nihilo – Cosmology and Technology
Aperlo, Peter
When a peaceful colony on the edge of the known universe finds itself threatened by the Mother World armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, a young woman with a mysterious past sets out to find warriors from neighbouring planets to help the colonists take a stand.
From the director of Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Army of the Dead, comes the two-part epic Rebel Moon – Zack Snyder’s eagerly-awaited space fantasy, starring Sofia Boutella. Rebel Moon: Wolf – Ex Nihilo – Cosmology and Technology goes behind the scenes of these much-anticipated films to explore the planets, ships, and technology of the galaxy. Bursting with exclusive on-set photography, concept art, storyboards by Zack Snyder, and more, accompanied by cast and crew interviews, the book takes an in-depth look at the making of the films.
Rebel Moon | HC | $89.99

The Market of 100 Fortunes (Legend of the Five Rings)
Brennan, Marie
Having vanquished demons and halted invasions of devious creatures from the Spirit Realms, Asako Sekken and Agasha no Isao Ryotora are finally going to be married. But when a note from their old ally, Sayashi, arrives unexpectedly, the samurai find themselves dragged into another supernatural mystery. Their investigation leads them to Crane lands and an ancient market ruled by a mysterious being. Now, Sekken and Ryotora must use all their wit and charm to save Sayashi from a 100-year bargain before they find themselves embroiled in a conflict with a forgotten deity of unimaginable power.
Enthralling fantasy mystery from the world of Legend of the Five Rings, as two samurai risk everything to rescue an old friend from the clutches of a shadowy trickster.
Legend of the Five Rings | TP | $24.99

Echoes of Eternity (Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra 07)
Dembski-Bowden, Aaron
The walls have fallen. The defenders’ unity is broken. The Inner Palace lies in ruins. The Warmaster’s horde advances through the fire and ash of Terra’s dying breaths, forcing the loyalists back to the Delphic Battlement, the very walls of the Sanctum Imperialis. Angron, Herald of Horus, has achieved immortality through annihilation – now, he leads the armies of the damned in a wrathful tide, destroying all before them as the warp begins its poisonous corruption of Terra. For the Emperor’s beleaguered forces, the end has come. The Khan lies on the edge of death. Rogal Dorn is encircled, fighting his own war at Bhab Bastion. Guilliman will not reach Terra in time. Without his brothers, Sanguinius – the Angel of the Ninth Legion – waits on the final battlements, hoping to rally a desperate band of defenders and refugees for one last stand.
Black Library | PBK | $18.00

The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic
de Vise, Daniel
A story of friendship and film, race and revival, rhythm and blues, centred around Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, and the making of their iconic 1980 film, The Blues Brothers.
The Blues Brothers hit theatres on June 20, 1980. Their scripted mission was to save a local Chicago orphanage; but Aykroyd, who conceived and wrote much of the film, had a greater mission: to honour the then-seemingly forgotten tradition of rhythm and blues, some of whose greatest artists – Aretha Franklin, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles – made the film as unforgettable, as its wild car chases. Much delayed and vastly over budget, beset by mercurial and oft drugged-out stars, The Blues Brothers opened to outraged reviews. However, in the 44 years since it has been acknowledged a classic: inducted into the National Film Registry for its cultural significance, even declared a ‘Catholic classic’ by the Church, itself, and re-aired thousands of times on television to huge worldwide audiences. It is, undeniably, one of the most significant films of the 20th century. The saga behind The Blues Brothers, as Daniel de Vise reveals, is epic, encompassing the colourful childhoods of Belushi and Aykroyd; the comedic revolution sparked by Harvard’s Lampoon and Chicago’s Second City; the birth and anecdote-rich, drug-filled, early years of Saturday Night Live, where the Blues Brothers were born as an act amidst turmoil and rivalry; and, of course, the indelible behind-the-scenes narrative of how the film was made, scene by memorable scene. Based on original research and dozens of interviews probing the memories of principals from director John Landis and producer Bob Weiss to Aykroyd, himself, The Blues Brothers illuminates an American masterpiece, while vividly portraying the creative geniuses behind modern comedy.
Blues Brothers | TP | $34.99

The Giggle (Doctor Who 60th anniversary, Target edition)
Goss, James
A sinister toyshop. The Earth erupting in violence. Shockwaves travelling through history.
With old friends powerless to help, the Doctor is drawn into a deadly duel against an old nemesis who can bend reality to his will – and change the Doctor’s future for ever…
Based on a script by Russell T Davies, this thrilling third adventure for Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary features David Tennant as the 14th Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble; as well as introducing Ncuti Gatwa as the 15th Doctor.
Doctor Who | PBK | $22.99

Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras: A History of Blaxploitation Cinema
Henderson, Odie
A definitive account of Blaxploitation cinema – the freewheeling, often shameless, and wildly influential genre – from a distinctive voice in film history and criticism. In 1971, two films grabbed the movie business, shook it up, and launched a genre that would help define the decade. Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, an independently-produced film about a male sex worker who beats up cops and gets away; and Gordon Parks’ Shaft, a studio-financed film with a killer soundtrack, were huge hits, making millions of dollars. Sweetback upended cultural expectations by having its Black rebel win in the end, and Shaft saved MGM from bankruptcy. Not for the last time, did Hollywood discover that Black people went to movies too. The Blaxploitation era was born. Written by film critic Odie Henderson, Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras is a spirited history of a genre and the movies that he grew up watching, which he loves without irony (but with plenty of self-awareness and humour). Blaxploitation was a major trend, but it was never simple. The films mixed self-empowerment with exploitation, base stereotypes with essential representation that spoke to the lives and fantasies of Black viewers. The time is right for a reappraisal, understanding these films in the context of the time, and exploring their lasting influence.
Film history | HC | $44.99

Cataclysm (Star Wars: the High Republic)
Kang, Lydia
After five years of conflict, the planets Eiram and E’ronoh are on the cusp of real peace. But when news breaks of a disaster at the treaty signing on Jedha, violence reignites on the beleaguered worlds. Together, the royal heirs of both planets – Phan-tu Zenn and Xiri A’lbaran – working alongside the Jedi, have uncovered evidence that the conflict is being orchestrated by outside forces, and all signs point to the mysterious Path of the Open Hand, whom the Jedi also suspect of causing the disaster on Jedha. With time – and answers – in short supply, the Jedi must divide their focus between helping quell the renewed violence on Eiram and E’ronoh and investigating the Path. Among them is Gella Nattai, who turns to the one person she believes can unravel the mystery but the last person she wants to trust: Axel Greylark. The chancellor’s son, imprisoned for his crimes, has always sought to unburden himself of the weight of his family name. Will he reconcile with the Jedi and aid in their quest for justice and peace, or embrace the Path’s promise of true freedom? As all roads lead to Dalna, Gella and her allies prepare to take on a foe unlike any they’ve ever faced. And it will take all of their trust in the Force, and in one another, to survive.
Star Wars | PBK | $24.99

Kubrick: An Odyssey
Kolker, Robert P & Adams, Nathan
The most comprehensive biography of the creator of 2001: A Space Odessey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange. The enigmatic and elusive filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has not been treated to a full-length biography in over 20 years. Stanley Kubrick: An Odyssey fills that gap. It is based on access to the latest research, especially into his archive at the University of the Arts, London, and other papers as well as new interviews with family members and those who worked with him. It offers comprehensive and in-depth coverage of Kubrick’s personal, private, public, and working life. We discuss not only the making of his films, but also about those he wanted but failed to make – like Burning Secret, Napoleon, Aryan Papers, and A.I. We discover what he was doing, when he was not making films. This biography will puncture a few myths about this allegedly reclusive filmmaker, who created some of the most important works of art of the 20th century.
Biography | HC | $65.00

Journey into Mystery (Loki)
Locke, Katherine
The god of lies has been reborn. Can young Loki be Asgard’s saviour?
When Earth is plagued by an epidemic of fear, ancient prophecy says only Thor can stop the monstrous threat of the Serpent, but without help from Loki, Thor is certain to fail. Aided by a handmaiden from Hel and a demon puppy, Loki must risk everything to find redemption – or doom himself for eternity. Either way, a Nightmare lies in wait hoping to rule the world, and Loki will have to risk everything on his craziest scheme of all! Meanwhile, new gods threaten to disrupt the status quo, throwing everything out of balance. Loki must act as a responsible ambassador, but will the Nine Realms end in Surtur’s fire? Young Loki must cross the realms to reclaim his own story, outwit ancient enemies, struggle to do the right thing, and avoid falling in love. This truly epic adaptation of Kieron Gillen’s Loki graphic novel series spans the nine realms, as the reborn trickster struggles to walk the hero’s path and save the universe from an epidemic of fear.
Loki | HC | $39.99

The Living Force (Star Wars)
Miller, John Jackson
In the year before The Phantom Menace, Yoda, Mace Windu, and the entire Jedi Council confront a galaxy on the brink of change. The Jedi have always travelled the stars, defending peace and justice across the galaxy. But, the galaxy is changing, and along with it, the Jedi Order. More and more, the Order finds itself focused on the future of the Republic, secluded on Coruscant, where the 12 members of the Jedi Council weigh crises on a galactic scale. As yet another Jedi Outpost, leftover from the Republic’s golden age, is set to be decommissioned on the planet Kwenn, Qui-Gon Jinn challenges the Council about the increasing isolation of the Order. Mace Windu suggests a bold response: all 12 Jedi Masters will embark on a goodwill mission to help the planet; and remind the people of the galaxy that the Jedi remain as stalwart and present, as they have been across the ages. But the arrival of the Jedi leadership is not seen by all as a cause for celebration. Warring pirate factions have infested the sector in the increasing absence of the Jedi. To maintain their dominance, the pirates unite, intent on assassinating the Council. And they are willing to destroy countless innocent lives to secure their power. Cut off from Coruscant, the Jedi Masters must reckon with an unwelcome truth: that while no one thinks more about the future than the Jedi Council, nobody needs their help more than those living in the present.
Star Wars | TP | $34.99

Wild Blue Yonder (Doctor Who 60th anniversary, Target edition)
Morris, Mark
A ship at the edge of space. A robot with a secret. A sinister presence.
The Doctor and Donna are trapped on board a mysterious spacecraft. Fate of the crew: unknown. Fate of the universe, if what’s on board gets out: terminal.
Based on a script by Russell T Davies, the spectacular second adventure for Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary features David Tennant as the 14th Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.
Doctor Who | PBK | $22.99

Haruki Murakami Manga Stories (volume 02)
Murakami, Haruki; et al
Haruki Murakami’s best-loved stories finally in graphic novel form! Haruki Murakami’s novels, essays and short stories have sold millions of copies worldwide and been translated into scores of languages.
Now, for the first time, in this three-volume series, Murakami’s best-loved stories are available in manga form, in English. With their trademark mix of realism and fantasy, centring around Murakami’s signature themes of loss, remorse and confusion. The three stories in this volume are:
The Second Bakery Attack: A newlywed couple lie in bed, hungry. The man tells his wife about when he and a friend robbed a bakery and stole bread to feed themselves for two days. On hearing this story, the woman suggests they try the same thing, again.
Samsa in Love: An extension of the tale of Gregor Samsa in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. The main character wakes up to find himself transformed into someone named Samsa, then falls in love with a hunchback woman who comes to fix the lock on his door.
Thailand: A middle-aged woman takes a break from her job as a doctor to go on holiday in Thailand. She learns from a spirit doctor that her sterile life, and inability to forgive, have created a rock in her gut, which will be all that remains of her after she is dead.
These new graphic versions of classic Murakami short stories will be devoured by his fans; and will provide a new window onto his work for a new generation of readers, not yet familiar with it! Recommended for readers ages 16+, due to mature themes and graphic content.
Murakami | HC | $34.99

The Star Beast (Doctor Who 60th anniversary, Target edition)
Russell, Gary
A life-changing encounter. A fugitive from the stars. Wrathful warriors in pursuit.
Landing on Earth, the Doctor finds a stranded alien in need of protection – and is dragged headlong into the life of his old friend Donna Noble, knowing that if she ever remembers their time together, she will die…
Based on a script by Russell T Davies, this first brand-new adventure for Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary features David Tennant as the 14th Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.
Doctor Who | PBK | $22.99

Death System (Zombicide: Invader)
Sidor, S A
When decorated military pilot Shawna Bright is convicted of a heinous crime and incarcerated, she is determined to prove her innocence. However, flying the getaway ship during a prison break wrecks that hope. Forced to land on the terrifying Xeno-ridden planet, PK-L7, Shawna must survive both ravenous alien-zombies and a crew of dangerous criminals. When they discover Xenos with cybernetic implants, Shawna uncovers a deadly plan to wreak havoc across the universe. She must do everything in her power to stop it… even if she goes down in history, as one of the bad guys.
Cybernetically-enhanced zombie-aliens want to devour the universe and only a crack team of murderous misfits can stop them, in this non-stop action-adventure from Zombicide: Invader.
Zombicide | TP | $24.99

The End Times: Doom of the Old World (Warhammer Chronicles)
Thorpe, Gav
Dark forces arise and the Old World stands on the brink of destruction. Is this truly the End Times? As the dread armies of the Everchosen march unabated across the desolation of the Empire, the mighty lords of distant lands look to take advantage of the growing crisis. In Naggaroth, the Witch King raises his armies against his ancestral home of Ulthuan, determined to conquer it and take it from the hated high elves and his rival Tyrion. Beneath the earth, another struggle plays out as the servants of the Horned Rat, the skaven, seek to topple the ancient kingdom of Karak Eight Peaks and lay low their old enemies the dwarfs. Such conflicts, though grand in scale, are but a prelude to an even greater doom, as Archaon prepares his war host to sack Middenheim and the last bulwark of mankind against the ultimate victory of Chaos. Should he prevail and the mortal races fall, the Old World will not survive…
This omnibus collects the novels: The Curse of Khaine by Gav Thorpe, The Rise of the Horned Rat by Guy Haley, and The Lord of the End Times by Josh Reynolds; and the short stories: ‘The Siege of Naggarond’ by Sarah Cawkwell, and ‘Bride of Khaine’ by Graeme Lyon.
Black Library | PBK | $36.00

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