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Books Received - An Update

13th May, 2009

Author: Peter Tennant

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Listed below are the books received for review since the last update, which was back on 15 April.

Pride of place this time goes to Leisure’s August release Far Dark Fields, the latest novel by Gary A. Braunbeck set in his fictional town of Cedar Hills. I reviewed its predecessor, Coffin County, back in Black Static #7 and that book has been short-listed in the Novel category for the 2009 Stoker Awards. I believe I read somewhere that this latest title brings to a close the first phase of the Cedar Hill cycle begun in 2004 with In Silent Graves. I’ve loved Braunbeck’s work ever since I read his collection Home Before Dark: The Collected Cedar Hill Stories Volume 2, and I’ll be getting stuck into Far Dark Fields just as soon as the Case Notes column for Black Static #11 is put to bed.

Also in the pot we have two of the first releases from Angry Robot, the new genre imprint from Harper Collins, and very intriguing they look too, especially the Warren with its back cover blurb – ‘A “Wasp Factory” for the misery memoir generation.’

If anyone wants to query with me the suitability of their book(s) for a review in Case Notes, then I can be contacted by writing to and, as ever, an expression of interest in seeing the book does not guarantee that a review will be done.

October 2009

  • Carol Smith – In the Dead of Night – Sphere paperback (ARC)

August 2009

  • Gary A. Braunbeck – Far Dark Fields – Leisure paperback (ARC)
  • Brian Keene – Urban Gothic – Leisure paperback (ARC)
  • Tim Waggoner – Nekropolis – Angry Robot paperback (ARC)

June 2009

  • Jack Ketchum – Cover – Leisure paperback (ARC)
  • Kaaron Warren – Slights – Angry Robot paperback (ARC)

April 2009

  • Michael Marshall – Bad Things – Harper Collins paperback

March 2009

  • John Llewellyn Probert – The Catacombs of Fear – Gray Friar paperback


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