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Ti­tles out in pa­per­back this month in­clude Paul McAu­ley’s SOME­THING COM­ING THROUGH ( , 14 Jan­uary, Gol­lancz). Set 13 years af­ter the ar­rival on Earth of aliens, it ex­am­ines both the phys­i­cal ef­fects of their ad­vanced tech and the psy­cho­log­i­cal legacy of first con­tact on hu­man so­ci­ety. We said: “It’s smart, it’s chal­leng­ing, and as an ex­plo­ration of the so­cial con­se­quences of sud­den science fic­tional change, it’s very im­pres­sive in­deed.” Also get­ting an­other run out is Spi­der­wick Chron­i­cles au­thor Holly Black’s stand­alone YA fan­tasy THE DARK­EST PART OF THE FOR­EST ( , 14 Jan­uary, Orion Chil­dren’s Books). It fol­lows a brother and sis­ter raised in a town where hu­mans and fae ex­ist side by side, and what hap­pens when a faerie prince who’s been asleep in a glass cof­fin for gen­er­a­tions fi­nally wakes up… We said: “Packed with flawed and sym­pa­thetic char­ac­ters, this is a com­pelling tale of mod­ern-day faeries.” Fi­nally, DOC­TOR WHO: THE DROSTEN’S CURSE ( , 21 Jan­uary, BBC Books) is most likely to ap­peal to ad­mir­ers of Dou­glas Adams’s brief ten­ure as script ed­i­tor of the se­ries. Ex­panded from a pre­vi­ous ebook by AL Kennedy, it sees the Fourth Doc­tor be­com­ing em­broiled in the mystery sur­round­ing a man-eat­ing golf course… Yes, you read that right. We said: “Kennedy’s prose is ex­cel­lent through­out, and she ef­fort­lessly cap­tures the tone of the era that in­spired her.”

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