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It’s a busy month for books, with new en­tries in nu­mer­ous on­go­ing sagas. The res­ur­rected Thor­vald Spear con­tin­ues to hunt rogue AI Penny Royal in WAR FAC­TORY (out now, Tor), the sec­ond in Neal Asher’s Trans­for­ma­tion se­ries. Sookie Stack­house cre­ator Char­laine Har­ris’s Mid­night, Texas tril­ogy draws to a con­clu­sion with NIGHT SHIFT (out now, Gol­lancz). In WHO KILLED SHER­LOCK HOLMES? (out now, Pan), the third of Paul Cor­nell’s gritty Shadow Po­lice sto­ries set in a gothic fan­tasy Lon­don, su­per­nat­u­rally-sighted cop­per James Quill in­ves­ti­gates who’s put a cer­e­mo­nial dag­ger through the great de­tec­tive’s ghost. Peter New­man jour­neys back to the de­mon-in­fested world of The Va­grant (“bril­liantly imag­i­na­tive”, we said) with se­quel THE MAL­ICE (out now, Harper Voy­ager). And war­rior queen Zosia re­turns in A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL (out now, Or­bit), Alex Marshall-aka-Jesse Bulling­ton’s fol­low-up to epic fan­tasy A Crown For Cold Silver – ex­pect more “hu­mour, zippy di­a­logue and mo­ments of grisly dark­ness”. Else­where, STAR WARS GRAPH­ICS (out now, Eg­mont) uses cutesy in­fo­graph­ics to im­part vi­tal data on ev­ery­thing from Leia’s wardrobe to the di­am­e­ter of Cor­us­cant, while NEVER SLEEP AGAIN (out now, Pocket Books) chron­i­cles the mak­ing of Wes Craven’s A Night­mare On Elm Street back in 1984, us­ing dozens of ex­clu­sive in­ter­views with cast and crew to get the in­side skinny on fear­some Freddy. Phew!

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