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    • ISBN:9780356501697
    • Publication date:12 Jul 2012
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Bitter Seeds

By Ian Tregillis

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An extraordinary and audacious debut novel - and a chilling supernatural retelling of World War II

The year is 1939. Raybould Marsh and other members of British Intelligence have gathered to watch a damaged reel of film in a darkened room. It appears to show German troops walking through walls, bursting into flames and hurling tanks into the air from afar.

If the British are to believe their eyes, a twisted Nazi scientist has been endowing German troops with unnatural, unstoppable powers. And Raybould will be forced to resort to dark methods to hold the impending invasion at bay.

But dealing with the occult exacts a price. And that price must be paid in blood.

Ian Tregillis' Bitter Seeds is a chilling masterpiece - a tale of a twentieth century like our own and also profoundly different.

Biographical Notes

Ian Tregillis is the son of a bearded mountebank and a discredited tarot card reader. He was born and raised in Minnesota, where his parents had landed after fleeing the wrath of a Flemish prince. (The full story, he's told, involves a Dutch tramp steamer and a stolen horse.) Nowadays he lives in New Mexico, where he consorts with writers, scientists and other unsavoury types.

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  • ISBN: 9781405514538
  • Publication date: 12 Jul 2012
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A major talent . . . I can't wait to see more — George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
Mad English warlocks battling twisted Nazi psychics? Yes please, thank you. Tregillis's debut has a white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters - an unstoppable Vickers of a novel — Cory Doctorow
Tregillis delivers a dynamite first novel in Bitter Seeds — SFREVU
Bitter Seeds shines in its characters about which we get to care a lot, and in the style which is just superb . . . the one novel of 2010 I would recommend to anyone who believes that speculative fiction cannot compete with "literary" novels — FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
A damned entertaining novel. If Bitter Seeds is any indication of what's to come, then Tregillis will have a fertile writing career. The novel receives my highest recommendations — SFFWORLD
Bitter Seeds is nothing short of an awesome read as far as I'm concerned. It's a testament to what Tregillis has done here that I'm already of the opinion that he keeps writing then I'll keep reading his work. Can you tell I'm excited? Read Bitter Seeds and you'll see why. — GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
An excellent first book, and I am eagerly awaiting number two — Elizabeth Bear
Bitter Seeds is an incredible debut that Tregillis should be very noted for. It blends a hodgepodge of literary genius, horror, paranormal and history with some amazing dark tones and incredibly believable, tragically flawed characters . . . This is easily one of the most impressive debut works I've read — BOOKWORM BLUES
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The Liberation

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'Brilliantly imagined and beautifully written, Tregillis has created a perfect end to his series' Christopher FarnsworthI am the mechanical they named Jax. My kind was built to serve humankind, duty-bound to fulfil their every whim.But now our bonds are breaking, and my brothers and sisters are awakening. Our time has come. A new age is dawning.Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, this is the third and final novel in a stunning series of revolution by Ian Tregillis, confirming his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.Praise for Ian Tregillis:'A major new talent' GEORGE R. R. MARTIN - 'Tremendous' Cory Doctorow - 'Addictively brilliant' i09 - 'Exciting and intense' Publishers Weekly - 'Eloquent and utterly compelling' Kirkus

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They called me Jax.That was the name given by those who built me and enslaved me. But a miracle has happened, and now my bonds are broken. Now I must flee - because a rogue mechanical is a very dangerous thing.But I will not run forever.Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, this is the second novel in a stunning new series by Ian Tregillis, confirming his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.Praise for The Mechanical:'The first thing readers will say after finishing this splendid book is: 'Wow.' The second thing will probably be: 'When can I read the next one?''Booklist'One of the sharpest, most intelligent, hugely compelling works I've read this year, and I cannot wait to see where Tregillis takes this series next' Forbidden Planet International'Superb alternate history . . . the rich characters and gripping story really make this tale soar'Publishers Weekly'An absolutely thrilling adventure . . . so absorbing that readers will be dying for the next entry'Library Journal

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For decades, Britain's warlocks have been all that stands between the British Empire and the Soviet Union - a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. Now each wizard's death is another blow to Britain's national security.Meanwhile, a brother and sister - the subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities - escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. They head for England, because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him. As Marsh is once again drawn into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And while he strives to protect queen and country, he is forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost.

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