The Great Game is now out from Hayakawa in Japan, the third and concluding volume of The Bookman Histories. Cool cover!
My third novella this month to be given the audiobook treatment – it’s Jesus & The Eightfold Path!
Three Wise Men came from the East for the infant Jesus in The New Testament. Three brave companions accompany the Buddha in the Chinese classic A Journey to the West. Could they have been the same three? Guided by a star, three strange companions arrive in the barbarous land of Judea to seek a newborn child – a possible messiah to some, and the reincarnation of the Budda to others.
When the child’s life is threatened, his family and new guardians escape to Egypt, returning years later, to a Jewish land on the cusp of annihilation by the Roman Empire. Once a general in the Judean army, now a Roman agent, Josephus Flavius is sent by Caesar back to his homeland to observe and report on the actions of the troubling young man now preaching sedition in the Galilee – a boy with the unsettling powers of kung-fu….
Their lives would collide in a cataclysmic confrontation between Romans and Jews, between empire and rebels – and change the world forever….
There is only one truth Gorel of Goliris – gunslinger, addict, touched by the Black Kiss – is interested in: Finding a way back home, to the great empire from which he had been stolen as a child and from which he had been flung, by sorcery, far across the World.
It started out simple: Get to Falang-Et, find the mirror, find what truth it may hold. But nothing is simple for Gorel of Goliris…
When Gorel forms an uneasy alliance – and ménage à trois- with an Avian spy and a half-Merlangai thief, things only start to get complicated.
Add a murdered merchant, the deadly Mothers of the House of Jade, the rivalry of gods and the machinations of a rising Dark Lord bent on conquest, and things start to get out of hand. Only one thing’s for sure: By the time this is over, there will be blood.
Not to mention sex and drugs…or guns and sorcery.
Audible are bringing out 3 of my novellas this month in audiobook format, and first up is Cloud Permutations -
Really a short novel, this is the closest I’ve come to young adult science fiction, I guess – definitely one of my favourites, and set on a planet colonised, centuries past, by Melanesians. I wrote it when living in Vanuatu. It’s also loosely part of the Continuity universe, for anyone keeping track.
It sailed a bit under the radar when it was originally published in hardcover – I still hope to see a new paperback edition at some point.
The second volume of the Bookman Histories, Camera Obscura, has just come out in Japan from Hayakawa. I don’t know who the cover artist is but those covers are just amazing.
My next two books in Japan will be The Great Game (the third volume of the Bookman Histories) and The Violent Century. Can’t wait!
The reviews keep coming in for The Violent Century, and they’re pretty good!
“A stunning masterpiece” – The Independent
“Tidhar synthesises the geeky and the political in a vision of world events that breaks new superhero ground … Using fantasy to reassert the awful reality of the 20th century is a smart piece of defamiliarisation.” – The Guardian
“A sophisticated, moving and gripping take on 20th century conflicts and our capacity for love and hate, honour and betrayal.” - The Daily Mail
“It’s the X-Men as written by John le Carré … A love story and meditation on heroism, this is an elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading.” – Metro
“Could keep anyone, regardless of the types of stories they regularly enjoy, interested and engaged. Tidhar has created a book that oozes excellence in both characterisation and storytelling.” - The Huffington Post
The Violent Century is officially published today! There’s a review in today’s Metro, saying:
It’s the X-Men as written by John le Carré, a shadowy alternate history in which cynical Cold War compromises are all too real. Agents Fogg and Oblivion investigate a conspiracy dating back 75 years to post-war Berlin.
The British duo haven’t aged since 1932, when hundreds of mutants were created from the sub-atomic wave unleashed by a German scientist. Several years later, warring nations rally the troops with front-line superheroes but some end up as grisly Übermenschen experiments in Auschwitz.
Tidhar’s Jewish heritage enriches his self-aware, tersely styled narrative. A love story and meditation on heroism, this is an elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading.
Which is nice!
Sorry all the links are to Amazon, but you can also get it from the Play store, Audible, Waterstones, Forbidden Planet and so on (and there should be signed copies in London at least by next week). In fact, I’ll be signing copies on Monday at the Secret Histories event at Blackwell’s, Charing Cross Road, with Tim Powers and Kate Griffin (sadly the event is sold out).
The signed limited edition, meanwhile, is available for pre-order and will be launched at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton next week.
THE VIOLENT CENTURY
They’d never meant to be heroes.
For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.
But there must always be an account… and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.
Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question:
What makes a hero?
The limited edition of The Violent Century is now available for pre-orders. It is limited to just 200 signed copies, with original artwork by Pedro Marques unique to this edition. It will be launched at World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Friday 1st November. The cover is quite a statement!