“Tidhar changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells.” –Library Journal
The daughter of a legendary card player with skills of her own, Claire doesn’t want to go into the family business. She’s heard the call, and she desperately wants to become a nun. But when her convent comes under financial threat, Claire must leave what she loves to save what she loves–and enter an international poker tournament.
Both a poker novella and a meditation on faith, The Big Blind is a taut, heartfelt and compelling new book from multiple award winner Lavie Tidhar.
Ok, so shops are still closed, but the magnificent tome that is The Best of World SF (complete with shiny foil cover!) is officially out today in the UK – official US publication is in June.
I couldn’t be happier with it – publishers Head of Zeus really pulled out all the stops on this one. But of course my first thanks are to all the authors who entrusted their stories to me. I hope this does you proud!
The Best of World SF is available internationally on Book Depository, Waterstones, Amazon of course, Foyles, or, hopefully, your local independent bookshop (you can always order from them!).
We should have a fun UK launch for the book on Zoom near the end of the month, and a lot of fun events lined up in the lead up to the US publication. In the meantime, here’s to World SF taking over the world!
It is, of course, hard to tell it’s publication day, what with there being no bookshops or comics shops. Still. Who knows! You can buy it on the virtual plain. Or by astral projection. Remember to disinfect on arrival. Wear a mask at all times while reading comics.
Back in 2012(!) when we sold Adler, I went into the London Graphic Centre and bought myself two special pens, one gold, one silver. I was going to sign my new comic with them! Then time passed, then more time passed… and then we launched the comic run into a global pandemic and never left the house again. Now the omnibus graphic novel is out. If and when I get my own copies I might try to sign one, if the pens still work…
“Propels an ensemble of historical figures and literary characters through a knotty and thrilling plot packed with intrigue and visceral action, illustrated with a keen eye for historical detail.” – Library Journal, Starred Review
“This thrilling comic bursts with reimagined period characters… with strong crossover appeal, as well as twists and derring-do aplenty.” – Publishers Weekly
“Feels fresh throughout. … Adler is pure entertainment.” – Foreword (5*)
My overall favourite book never quite got the TLC it deserved (perhaps fair for a book starring Adolf Hitler!), but here at last I’m delighted to say that A Man Lies Dreaming will be coming out again in the UK in a brand spanking new paperback edition from Head of Zeus! It will be out next month (here’s a handy Amazon link). This is a book that’s had some fantastic covers, and Head of Zeus didn’t let me down on that front!
(More A Man Lies Dreaming news shortly!)
‘A twisted masterpiece’ Guardian
1939: Adolf Hitler, fallen from power, seeks refuge in a London engulfed in the throes of a very British Fascism. Now eking a miserable living as a down-at-heels private eye and calling himself Wolf, he has no choice but to take on the case of a glamorous Jewish heiress whose sister went missing.
It’s a decision Wolf will very shortly regret.
For in another time and place a man lies dreaming: Shomer, once a Yiddish pulp writer, who dreams lurid tales of revenge in the hell that is Auschwitz.
Prescient, darkly funny and wholly original, the award-winning A Man Lies Dreaming is a modern fable for our time.
This got announced to trade last week, here is the press release…
CEO Nicolas Cheetham has acquired World English language rights (excluding USA & CAN) for The Hood, the second in Lavie Tidhar’s ambitious novelistic quartet billed as the ‘Anti-Matter of Britain’ from John Berlyne at Zeno Agency set to be published in hardback, ebook and audiobook on the 7th October 2021.
The quartet explores the history and mythology of Britain through its most significant (and self-aggrandising) stories. Following the bloodied Dark Ages of King Arthur (By ForceAlone, 2020), the second novel in the quartet focuses on an England in the grip of Norman rule, enmeshed in foreign wars, internal turmoil and battle between church and state. In such a world the people turn to yet another myth – of the lord of the Greenwood and his eternal May Queen. But myths will always let you down…
Playful, subversive, profane and hugely ambitious, the ‘Anti-Matter of Britain Quartet’ is modern fantasy hacked and reinvented as only Lavie Tidhar can conceive it.
Editor Nicolas Cheetham said: “Tidhar’s reweirding of our national mythology gathers pace with a narcotic trip into the heart of darkness that is Sherwood Forest. I wanted a subversive, razor-sharp fantasy quartet and for my sins, Lavie gave me one.”
Tidhar said: “Part of the joy of working with Head of Zeus has been the pure creative freedom they afford me. The other is being challenged to produce big, ambitious work, and I can’t wait to dive right back into destroying Britain’s most cherished myths!”
This poor book has come out last year into pandemic lockdown and, a year later, the paperback edition is coming out into… a pandemic lockdown. So I never got to actually see it in a shop! But the new paperback edition from Head of Zeus is gorgeous, and you can still order it online, I suppose. Great cover and design!
Endless lockdown hasn’t been terrible for my work, exactly – I’m edging to 100,000 words on my next novel (2022 publication, and a departure from my previous stuff), been writing those Judge Dee stories (currently scheduled till 2022 as well, and hopefully beyond!), and written a draft of a short novel about a robot and a flower just to pass the time. Still. My hair is all over the place.
I also got into game making to pass the time. It’s fun if finicky, and I’m focusing on very simple (“hyper-casual”, as they’re apparently called!) mobile games, though you can play them in the browser, too. It’s a steep learning curve but a lot of fun, and I just released the first one, Cornucopia: Catch Everything!on the Google Play Store. It’s free, PG and with no ads, if you want to try it!
The Escapement, by far one of my favourite of my novels, will be out in October from Tachyon Publications. The rather awesome cover is by Elizabeth Story!
About the novel:
In this dazzling new novel evoking Westerns, surrealism, epic fantasy, and circus extravaganzas, World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar (Central Station) has created an evocative dreamscape of dark comedy, heartbreak, hope, and adventure. Chronicling a lone man’s quest in parallel worlds, The Escapement recalls the epic darkness of Stephen King’s The Gunslinger via the unpredictable whimsy of The Phantom Tollbooth.
“Lavie Tidhar is a genius at conjuring realities that are just two steps to the left of our own.” —NPR Books
Into the reality called the Escapement rides the Stranger, a lone gunman on a quest to rescue his son. But it is too easy to get lost on a shifting landscape full of dangerous versions of favorite things: lawless cowboys, giants made of stone, oppressed clowns, and even more sinister forces at play.
The Stranger always finds new enemies in every godforsaken town. He reluctantly defends the not-always-helpless, while avoiding the deadly symbol storms of petulant gods. As the Stranger has learned, the Escapement is a dreamscape of deep mysteries, unpredictable geography, unlikely allies, and unwinnable battles.
But the flower the Stranger seeks still lies beyond the Mountains of Darkness. Time is running out, as he journeys deeper and deeper into the secret heart of an unknown world.
A signed and limited collectors edition will also be available, from PS Publishing.
The new Judge Dee story is now live! The second in my series of tongue-in-cheek vampire murder mysteries for Tor.com, this one sees Judge Dee and Jonathan arrive at a Bavarian castle where a nefarious murder has been committed – but just who is to blame?
It’s publication day for Unholy Land in france! Translated by Julien Bétan as Aucune terre n’est promise, it is published by Mu Editions.
This is also, as it happens, my fourth novel published in France!
Here’s the cover and blurb:
Berlin. Lior Tirosh, écrivain de seconde zone, embarque pour la Palestina, fuyant une existence minée d’échecs. Il espère retrouver à Ararat City la chaleur du foyer, mais rien ne se passe comme prévu : la ville est ceinturée par un mur immense, et sa nièce, Déborah, a disparu dans les camps de réfugiés africains. Traqué, soupçonné de meurtre, offert en pâture à un promoteur véreux, Lior est entraîné malgré lui dans les dédales d’une histoire qu’il contribue pourtant à écrire.
Lavie Tidhar questionne nos identités, et le prix qui leur est attaché. Aucune terre n’est promise est un roman d’une incroyable lucidité sur les enjeux d’Israël, microcosme du monde. Il n’en cède pourtant rien à la poésie, seule utopie capable encore d’incarner la paix.