Our teetering books pile approached life-threateningly unstable proportions this month! Justin Cronin’s THE CITY OF MIRRORS (out now, Orion) pulls off the neat trick of being both origin story and a conclusion to his epic vampire trilogy The Passage. Also bowing out is Naomi Novik’s Napoleonic-Wars-with-added-dragons series Temeraire. Book nine, LEAGUE OF DRAGONS (out now, Harper Voyager) sees Boney promising dragons worldwide new rights if they fight under his banner. However, Charles Stross’s Laundry Files series is continuing the Bond-meets-Lovecraft shenanigans. THE NIGHTMARE STACKS (out now, Orbit) introduces new protagonist Alex Schwartz, who’s younger and also happens to be a vampire… As for books kicking off new series? EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS (out now, Picador), by Lian Hearn, looks intriguing: it’s set in a mythical medieval Japan of warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits. Finally, two non-fiction titles. Compact paperback FASCINATION: THE CELLULOID DREAMS OF JEAN ROLLIN (out now, Headpress) takes a film-by-film look at the work of the French director behind cult items such as The Nude Vampire, while THE WORLDS OF GERRY AND SYLVIA ANDERSON (out now, Fonthill Media) sees the editor of the Anderson fan club mag do something similar for the likes of Thunderbirds and Space: 1999. Phew!