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Sci-fi and fantasy-loving dads will be over the moon with anything from this hand-picked selection of books! Give your dad the chance to have a brief escape from responsibility with a great new fantasy or science fiction book.

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Sci-fi and fantasy-loving dads will be over the moon with anything from this hand-picked selection of books! Give your dad the chance to have a brief escape from responsibility with a great new fantasy or science fiction book.

  • A Monster Calls

    Patrick Ness

    Product Code: MCX2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    The winner of both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012, Chaos Walking author Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss.

    Based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, this is an unforgettable read. 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' is how the book begins, but it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is something different - something ancient and something wild.

    Now an acclaimed film starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is a heartbreakingly beautiful read.
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  • A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle

    Product Code: AWI2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    With her book A Wrinkle in Time, gifted children's author Madeleine L'Engle has created an absorbing science fiction novel that revolves around the likeable, misfit characters of Meg and her brother, Charles.

    Criticised by her teachers for doing badly at school and worried about her missing father, Meg is struggling with how wrong her life is when events take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she stumbles upon a gap in time through which the children embark on an amazing and dangerous adventure.

    A gripping read for any young adult fiction fan aged 11+ who have ever felt like the odd one out!
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    Margaret Atwood

    Product Code: AADAM
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    (1)
    The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern classic The Handmaid's Tale has turned heads and earned so many awards, not least for Elisabeth Moss' stunning performance in the lead role as Offred. Now is the ideal time to read the novel that inspired the series...

    Offred finds herself a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian site in what was the United States. She has been placed in the household of Commander Fred Waterford and has one function - to breed.

    If she refuses to do this horrific and degrading act, Offred will be hanged. But even this repressive and hideous state cannot eradicate hope... Offred remembers how life was before as she tries to find a way out.
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  • The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings Box Set

    JRR Tolkien

    Product Code: ADDBS
    Paperback
    (1)
    A 75th anniversary box set of Tolkien's four books, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, and the quest to destroy the One Ring. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, these works of sweeping fantasy have touched the hearts of young and old alike. Between them, more than 150 million copies have been sold around the world.

    This new box set, published to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien's remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' part in the epic quest for the Ring - beginning with Bilbo's fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom and Bilbo's departure to the Grey Havens.
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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire

    George RR Martin

    Product Code: AEIRD
    Paperback
    HBO's hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

    George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years.

    Three great storylines weave through the books, charting the civil war for control of the Seven Kingdoms; the defence of the towering Wall of ice in the uttermost north against the unearthly threat of the Others; and across the Narrow Sea the rise to power of Daenerys Targaryen and the last live dragons in the world.
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  • Grimm Tales

    Philip Pullman

    Product Code: AHRFD
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    In this beautiful book of classic fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a'clear as water' retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice. From the quests and romance of classics such as "Rapunzel", "Snow White" and "Cinderella" to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as "The Three Snake Leaves", "Hans-my-Hedgehog" and "Godfather Death", Pullman brings the heart of each timeless tale to the fore, following with a brief but fascinating commentary on the story's background and history. In his introduction, he discusses how these stories have lasted so long, and become part of our collective storytelling imagination. These new versions show the adventures at their most lucid and engaging yet. Pullman's "Grimm Tales" of wicked wives, brave children and villainous kings will have you reading, reading aloud and rereading them for many years to come.
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  • Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury

    Product Code: AABBX
    Paperback 13 years +
    A hauntingly prophetic classic novel from the 1950s written by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a not-too-distant future where Guy Montag is a fireman.

    His job is to burn books as they are now forbidden and being claimed as the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy... His marriage is falling apart and there may be books hidden in his house.

    Similar in themes to George Orwell's 1984, Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose takes a devastating look at Western civilisation's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. A shocking, dazzling book that every teen reader should have on their bookshelf.
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  • Good Omens

    Neil Gaiman

    Product Code: BXMGE
    Paperback
    Coming to Amazon Prime on 31st May- starring david Tennant, Michael Sheen and Benedict Cumberbatch. 'Marvellously benign, ridiculously inventive and gloriously funny' Guardian 'Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don't let you go around again until you get it right'

    According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Judgement Day is almost upon us and the world's going to end in a week . . . Now people have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it's only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea? You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it. It's a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They've been living amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse. And then there's the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
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  • The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set

    JRR Tolkien

    Product Code: AKDTS
    Hardback
    Four-volume boxed-set edition of The Lord of the Rings in hardback, featuring Tolkien's original unused dust-jacket designs, together with fourth hardback volume, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion. Includes special features and the definitive edition of the text. Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike, with one hundred and fifty million copies of its many editions sold around the world. In 2005 Tolkien's text was fully restored - with the full co-operation of Christopher Tolkien - with almost 400 corrections, the original red and black maps as fold-out sheets, a fully revised and enlarged index, and for the first time a special plate section containing the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, making this set as close as possible to the version that J.R.R. Tolkien intended. This Diamond Anniversary reissue of the prized boxed set marks 60 years since the first publication of The Fellowship of the Ring. These hardback editions feature Tolkien's original unused dust-jacket designs from the 1950s, reworked for this edition, and some additional text corrections. The four-volume boxed set includes The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, a unique annotated guide to the text, fully updated since its first publication in 2005, and is a book which will enhance the reader's enjoyment and understanding of one of the most influential books of the 20th century.
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  • The Way of Kings

    Brandon Sanderson

    Product Code: ABOGE
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    Released in two volumes due to size of book. According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed ...They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself - and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman ,forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn't understand and doesn't really want to fight. What happened deep in mankind's past? Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?
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  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

    Stuart Turton

    Product Code: BRYCT
    Paperback
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    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is Stuart Turton's debut novel, which has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018.

    As fireworks explode during a night of celebration, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, Evelyn Hardcastle, is killed. But she won't die just once. The day will repeat itself over and over again until Aiden - a guest at the party - solves the murder. He must identify the killer to break the cycle, but he wakes up in the body of a different guest each time the day begins.

    No one knows why, but there's someone out there that is determined to prevent him from ever escaping the Blackheath party...
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  • The Water Cure

    Sophie Mackintosh

    Product Code: BWLYO
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    'A gripping, sinister fable' Margaret Atwood (via Twitter) 'An extraordinary debut - otherworldly, luminous, precise' Guardian 'Bold, inventive, haunting... With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you'll be bowled over by it' Stylist Grace, Lia and Sky live in an abandoned hotel, on a sun-bleached island, beside a poisoned sea. Their parents raised them there to keep them safe, to make them good. The world beyond the water is contaminated and men are the contamination. But one day three strangers wash ashore - men who stare at the sisters hungrily, helplessly. Men who bring trouble. 'Visceral, hypnotic . . . with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while' The Pool 'An unsettling dark fantasy... [It] lingers long after the final page' Daily Telegraph 'Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I'd been waiting to read for a long time' Emma Jane Unsworth
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  • Ready Player One

    Ernest Cline

    Product Code: BMRXS
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    Now adapted into a huge film by none other than Steven Spielberg, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One is a young adult novel any sci-fi fan will want to read.

    It's 2045 and the only time Wade Watts feels truly alive is when he plugs himself into the virtual world of the OASIS. The Willy Wonka-esque creator of the OASIS has died and has hidden three Easter Eggs somewhere in the game - and the first player to find all three inherits his fortune.

    Wade solves the first clue but finds himself up against all sorts of shady characters in a race to crack the others and ensure that he not only wins the money but also that control of the OASIS does not go to any unscrupulous characters or corporations...
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  • Foundation

    Isaac Asimov

    Product Code: AVGMM
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    The first volume in Issac Asimov's world-famous saga, winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Novel Series. Long after Earth was forgotten, a peaceful and unified galaxy took shape, an Empire governed from the majestic city-planet of Trantor. The system worked, and grew, for countless generations. Everyone believed it would work forever. Everyone except Hari Seldon. As the great scienctific thinker of his age Seldon could not be ignored. Reluctantly, the Commission of Public Safety agreed to finance the Seldon Plan. The coming disaster was predicted by Seldon's advances in psychohistory, the mathematics of very large human numbers, and it could not be averted. The Empire was doomed. Soon Trantor would lie in ruins. Chaos would overtake humanity. But the Seldon Plan was a long term strategy to minimize the worst of what was to come. Two Foundations were set up at opposite ends of the galaxy. Of the Second nothing can be told. It guards the secrets of psychohisotry. FOUNDATION is the story of the First Foundation, on the remote planet of Terminus, from which those secrets were withheld.
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  • The Flicker Men

    Ted Kosmatka

    Product Code: ASPUA
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    The Man. Eric Argus, a washed-out quantum physicist given one last shot at redemption. The Experiment. An investigation into the mysterious composition of light and matter. The Discovery. Unexpected and unprecedented evidence for the existence of the human soul. The Consequences. A staggering revelation about the hidden structure of the universe. And an unimaginable reality that should never have been uncovered...
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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    Claire North

    Product Code: AKUHI
    Paperback
    (2)
    A Richard and Judy Book Club choice that has also been featured on Radio 2, Claire North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a simply extraordinary time-travel story.

    Harry August finds himself on his deathbed once more. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, Harry finds himself starting his life again after his death - but with the knowledge of his previous lives...

    But this time around, things will be different. As he nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears and tells him: 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August. I need to send a message.' Next time he wakes up, Harry August makes the decision to try and save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    An intelligently written contemporary novel with a fascinating mystery at its heart, we're sure you will love The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August as much as us.
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  • A Game of Thrones

    George RR Martin

    Product Code: ACMSZ
    Paperback
    HBO's hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

    A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must ...and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

    The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
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  • Neverwhere

    Neil Gaiman

    Product Code: AAIJW
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    Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of - a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining...And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city. This title includes extra material exclusive to Headline Review's edition.
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  • The Disappeared

    Amy Lord

    Product Code: BXMIJ
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    Winner of a Northern Writers' Award Longlisted for The Bath Novel Award * What if reading the wrong book could get you arrested? In a decaying city controlled by the First General and his army, expressing the wrong opinion can have terrible consequences. Clara Winter knows this better than anyone. When she was a child, her father was taken by the Authorisation Bureau for the crime of teaching banned books to his students. She is still haunted by his disappearance. Now Clara teaches at the same university, determined to rebel against the regime that cost her family so much - and her weapons are the banned books her father left behind. But she has started something dangerous, something that brings her to the attention of the Authorisation Bureau and its most feared interrogator, Major Jackson. The same man who arrested Clara's father. With her rights stripped away, in a country where democracy has been replaced with something more sinister, will she be the next one to disappear? * `Provocative and prescient, The Disappeared is an unflinching tale of resistance in dark political times. Set in a near-future Britain where books are banned, this is a thought-provoking dystopian debut.' - Caroline Ambrose, Founder of The Bath Novel Award
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  • The End of the World

    Mike Ashley

    Product Code: BXHRQ
    Paperback
    Sound the sirens! The end is here, and it comes in many forms in this new collection of apocalyptic short stories from the classic age of science fiction. Join humanity on the brink of destruction in 13 doom-laden visions from the 1890s to the 1960s, featuring rare tales from the Library's vaults. Tales of plague seizing an over-polluted capital, a world engulfed in absolute darkness by some cosmic disaster, and of poignant dreams of a silent planet after the last echoes of humanity have died away. Extreme climate change, nuclear annihilation, comet strike; calamities self-inflicted and from beyond the steer of humankind vie to deal the last blow in this countdown from the first whisper of possible extinction to the Earth's final sunrise.
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  • Children of Ruin

    Adrian Tchaikovsky

    Product Code: BXHIT
    Hardback
    Children of Ruin follows Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It is set in the same universe, with a new cast of characters and a thrilling new narrative. It has been waiting through the ages. Now it's time . . . Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it's been waiting for them.
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  • Cage of Souls

    Adrian Tchaikovsky

    Product Code: BWLTP
    Hardback
    The sun is bloated, diseased, dying perhaps. Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapar, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls. Built on the ruins of countless civilisations, Shadrapar is a museum, a midden, an asylum, a prison on a world that is ever more alien to humanity. Bearing witness to the desperate struggle for existence between life old and new is Stefan Advani: rebel, outlaw, prisoner, survivor. This is his testament, an account of the journey that took him into the blazing desolation of the western deserts; that transported him east down the river and imprisoned him in the verdant hell of the jungle's darkest heart; that led him deep into the labyrinths and caverns of the underworld. He will meet with monsters, madman, mutants. The question is, which one of them will inherit this Earth?
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  • Low Chicago

    George RR Martin

    Product Code: BWKPI
    Hardback
    The return of the famous shared-world superhero books created and edited by George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire For decades, George R.R. Martin - bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire - has collaborated with an ever-shifting ensemble of science fiction and fantasy icons to create the amazing Wild Cards universe. In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth's population was devastated by a terrifying alien virus. Those who survived were changed for ever. Some, known as Jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical deformities; others, granted superhuman abilities, are known as Aces. Wild Cards tells the stories of this world.
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  • The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Volume 13

    Jonathan Strahan

    Product Code: BWIWJ
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    The finest short science fiction and fantasy, from the master anthologist Science fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine; fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. For more than a decade, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has pored through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers. Past volumes have included such writers as Yoon Ha Lee, Max Gladstone, Neil Gaiman, N. J. Jemisin, Indrapramit Das, Scott Lynch, Alastair Reynolds, Charlie Jane Anders and Samuel R. Delany.
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