EBOOKS OF THE MONTH

29 April 2013

By Rosanna Boscawen

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Yes, we did say ebooks rather than ebook! Since we started selling our ebooks DRM-free last summer, we've picked a different ebook each month and offered you the ebook for a discounted price.

April 2013 marks the one year anniversary of our decision to go DRM-free, and we're celebrating by discounting FOUR DRM-free ebooks by some of our best loved authors. They are:  

Peter F. Hamilton‘s Great North Road

Pollen and Vurt by Jeff Noon

Railsea by China Miéville

You can read what Tor's Editorial Director Julie Crisp has to say about DRM-free one year on here.

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Click on the book jackets above to buy the DRM-free ebooks with a 25% discount before 31st May 2013

 GREAT NORTH ROAD, a stand-alone novel from one of our best-known authors, Peter F. Hamilton

When attending a Newcastle murder scene, Detective Sidney Hurst finds a dead North family clone. Yet none have been reported missing. And in 2122, twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire was horrifically murdered in the same manner on the tropical planet of St Libra. So, if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? She never wavered under interrogation, claiming she alone survived an alien attack.

Investigating this potential alien threat now becomes the Human Defence Agency’s top priority. St Libran bio-fuel is the lifeblood of Earth’s economy and must be secured. A vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and experts are dispatched to the planet – with Angela Tramelo, grudgingly released from prison. But the expedition is cut off deep within St Libra’s rainforests, and the murders begin. Angela insists it’s the alien, but her new colleagues aren’t sure. Did she see an alien, or does she have other reasons for being on St Libra?

VURT, the classic novel from Jeff Noon, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award

Take a trip in a stranger's head. Travel rain-shot streets with a gang of hip malcontents, hooked on the most powerful drug you can imagine. Yet Vurt feathers are not for the weak. As the mysterious Game Cat says, ‘Be careful, be very careful’. But Scribble isn't listening. He has to find his lost love.

His journey is a mission to find Curious Yellow, the ultimate, perhaps even mythical Vurt feather. As the most powerful narcotic of all, Scribble must be prepared to leave his current reality behind.

'Passionate, distinctive, demanding and enthralling' The Times, 'Refreshing, disturbing and original' Independent

'Too beautiful for bikers, too harsh for hippies' New Stateman and Society

This 20th Anniversary Edition contains a foreword by Lauren Beukes and three fantastic new short stories, all set in the extraordinary world of Vurt

POLLEN by Jeff Noon, ‘Britain’s first star of cyberpunk’ Guardian

Set in a near-future cityscape, this is a powerful vision of tomorrow by a literary pioneer.

The sweet death of Coyote, master taxi driver, was only the first.

Soon people are sneezing and dying all over Manchester. Telekinetic cop Sybil Jones knows that, like Coyote, they died happy – but even a happy death can be a murder. As exotic blooms begin to flower all over the city, the pollen count is racing towards 2000 and Sybil is running out of time.

Last but not least, RAILSEA by China Miéville, an epic journey for all ages

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt. The giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death & the other’s glory are extraordinary. But no matter how spectacular it is, travelling the endless rails of the railsea, Sham senses that there’s more to life. Even if his captain can think only of her obsessive hunt for one savage mole.

When they find a wrecked train, it's a welcome distraction. But the impossible salvage Sham finds there leads to trouble. Soon he's hunted on all sides: by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters & salvage-scrabblers. & it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

Praise for China Miéville: ‘Fiction of the new century’ Neil Gaiman