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Get­ting the pa­per­back treat­ment this month: Stephen King’s lat­est col­lec­tion, THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS ( , 6 Septem­ber, Hod­der), which col­lects 20 works from the last six years, three of them pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished. We said: “The over­all stan­dard re­mains re­mark­ably high”, but warned that King’s in­tro­duc­tions to cer­tain sto­ries give away a lit­tle too much. Read them af­ter­wards, eh? New movie tie-in edi­tions of The Girl With All The Gifts will be jostling for shelf space with MR Carey’s lat­est, FELL­SIDE ( 25 Au­gust, Or­bit). Set in the tit­u­lar prison, it cen­tres on a fe­male in­mate who makes con­tact with a ghost while dy­ing on hunger strike. We said: “More twists and sur­prises would have been wel­come, but on the whole this is a solid and en­joy­able read”. Cath­erynne M Va­lente’s RA­DI­ANCE ( , out now, Cor­sair) is set in a retro­fu­tur­is­tic remix of clas­sic-era Hol­ly­wood. Pre­sented in a found-footage style, it deals with the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of a renowned doc­u­men­tary film­maker. We said: “Va­lente has crafted beau­ti­ful im­agery and packed every page with breath­tak­ing in­ven­tion, but Ra­di­ance’s frag­mented nar­ra­tive ul­ti­mately leaves it eas­ier to ad­mire than to en­joy.” Also worth check­ing out: the SF Master­works reis­sue of Swastika Night by fem­i­nist au­thor Katharine Bur­dekin (aka Mur­ray Con­stan­tine); this far-fu­ture Nazi dystopia, first pub­lished in 1937, re­ally de­serves to be bet­ter known. ,

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