There’s been a couple of updates on two on-going projects of interest over the past 24 hours.

First up (A) Red Country by Joe Abercrombie. The publication dates have only just been announced and now the American cover has been released.

This follows the theme already seen with the re-releases of The First Law trilogy and Best Served Cold. Not sure I’m overly keen on this style of cover, I much prefer the UK ‘damaged parchment’ style.

Next up, and thanks to Fantasy Faction – – we have a neat little teaser.

Very stylish, and for all you eagle-eyed types, did you spot anything missing on the bloody hands at 19secs in?

Tied in with the US cover (look at the hands) the worst guarded secret surrounding this new novel seems to be confirmed.

Next up Peter F Hamilton and his new novel Great North Road, thanks to The Wertzone – – the cover art and blurb have been released.

In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones – but none have been reported missing. And the crime’s most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed. Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra. But if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? Tough and confident, she never waivered under interrogation – claiming she alone survived an alien attack. But there is no animal life on St Libra. Investigating this alien threat becomes the Human Defence Agency’s top priority. The bio-fuel flowing from St Libra is the lifeblood of Earth’s economy and must be secured. So a vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and teams of engineers, support personnel and xenobiologists are dispatched to the planet. Along with their technical advisor, grudgingly released from prison, Angela Tramelo. But the expedition is cut off, deep within St Libra’s rainforests. Then the murders begin. Someone or something is picking off the team one by one. Angela insists it’s the alien, but her new colleagues aren’t so sure. Maybe she did see an alien, or maybe she has other reasons for being on St Libra .

This is Peter’s first standalone in a long time, and his longest book since The Night’s Dawn trilogy. His next project is a return to the world of the Void but set on a different planet and with no plans to include any previous Commonwealth characters.

Great North Road is due for release September 27th in the UK & December 26th in the US.