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The Jaguar Knights by Dave Duncan (Eos HCVR $ 24.95 09/01/04)
Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0904
Sir Wolf is the deadliest of the King's Blades, possibly the brightest and certainly the most feared. He's a loner, partly because of his disfigured face, the legacy of childhood abuse that he endured until he was old enough to flee with his brother and join the Blades. Now he's off to save a beautiful (former) royal mistress with the assistance of a mysterious Inquisitor whom Wolf is
uncomfortably aware is a young girl and his headstrong brother…who's been in prison the last dozen years. Whether or not you've read the earlier adventures of the Kings Blades, Duncan's
writing has the power to draw you in and on to the end. "His Majesty has need of a Blade. Are you willing to serve?"
The Nimble Man by Christopher Golden (Ace / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 09/28/04) Reviewer: Drew Bittner Issue: 0904
Called together by an enigmatic mastermind, otherworldly beings gather together in a Boston
brownstone. They may come from different planes of existence, share few loyalties and face demons of their own, but they are humanities last
defense against the rising of the most malevolent of al fallen angels, one
whose hatred of mankind surpasses human comprehension…
Light by M. John Harrison (Bantam Books Trade $ 16 09/01/04) Reviewer: John Berlyne Issue: 0904
Released in 2002 in the UK, Light won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and considerable acclaim from everyone from Locus and the SF Site to Neil Gaiman and China
Miéville. It's mean lean post punk sf at its best and US readers can
thank Bantam for bringing it out over here. (See
The Return of Nightfall by Mickey Zucker Reichert (Daw / Penguin Putnam HCVR $ 24.95 09/01/04)
Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0904
The sequel to the 1993 debut of "Nightfall" thief, magician, swordsman, assasin, and the man at the center of The Legend of Nightfall. Now there's a sequel, and a new role for the talented rougue; advisor, and protector to the prince, who may all too soon become king.
Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey / Random House HCVR $ 24.95 09/01/04) Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0904
up on Trading in Danger, which Laurie Marks reviewed for us in our
October '03 issue, (see
review) comes the second story about the military academy washout (not her fault, but bad things happen to good people) making a life in the family buisness as captain of a galactic trading ship. Having survived her first adventure and turned a profit, things could be worse, and when she discovers a plot to destroy her family, she finds that they
already are. Great fun.
Recommended for fans of Ms. Moon or Andre Norton's Solar Queen stories.
High Druid of Shannara - Tanequil by Terry Brooks (Del Rey / Random House HCVR $ 26.95 09/01/04) Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0904
Book Description: Danger on several levels threatens the stability of the Four Lands in this eagerly awaited sequel to the New York Times bestseller Hight Driud of Shannara: Jaka Ruus.
Metal Sky by Jay Caselberg (Roc / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 09/01/04)
Psychic Investigator Jack Stein is back, settled into a new office after that
Wyrmhole incident two years earlier and going slowly nuts in a world that doesn’t seem to need his particular
investigative talents. His ward Billie has turned fourteen and she seems to have equal appetites for food and knowledge, so he's hopng he'll find a nice jucy case to fill their coffers soon…but you should always be
very careful about what you wish for.
Guardians of the Keep by Carol Berg (Roc / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 7.99 09/01/04)
Victoria McManus Issue: 0904 Book Two in the Bride of D'arnath series
St Martins Griffin
Saucer - the Conquest by Stephen Coontz (St. Martin's Press Trade $ 14.95 09/01/04) Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0904
Saucer (See Review), Coontz's first of this YA series (at least I think it's YA), wasn't as engaging as I'd hoped, though it had some nice touches in it - parking a flying saucer by a diner and claiming it was on it's way to an amusement park - landing the saucer on the national mall as a gift to the National Air & Space museum, stuff like that. The adventurous teen courts 30ish pilot babe storyline left me less than thrilled though. Now it's a year or so later, our boy Rip has gotten rich off saucer tech his uncle has teased out of the onboard computer they offloaded, and his gal Charley is on her way to the moon with a
French expedition. Rip spends most of his time moping around until his uncle is kidnapped and the world is threatened by an antigravity beam. Just what he needed to snap out of the doldrums. It would have made perfect summer reading for a teen.
Bones Burnt Black (signed) by Stephen Euin Cobb (August Press (www.augustpress.com))
Stephen's second book is due out in September, following his first novel, Plauge at Redhook.
Working with a small press, doing signings and attending con's he's
developing a following for his stories and is worth
checking out. Book Description: A ship with no crew falls toward the sun.
the other wakes
floating deep in space
with no memory of who she is
or why she's there.
The captain, trapped on the
bridge's ceiling by intense g-forces,
fights to remain conscious
as the large craft tumbles end-over-end.
With no escape and no way to stop this enormous craft,
seven passengers struggle to reach ship's center
as the saboteur among them
one by one.
In Lands That Never Were by Gordon Van Gelder (ed) (Thunder's Mouth Press Trade $ 16.95 09/01/04) Reviewer: Unassigned Issue: 0904
Gordon Van Gelder knows good fantasy. As editor (and now publisher) of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and twice honored World Fantasy Award Winner (editing) he has demonstrated a knack for finding magical treasure. Now he casts his eye back over
the last century to bring us this collection of Heroic Fantasy
and explore the roots and evolution of the genre. It's a truly terrific collection that includes the full spectrum of heroes, from Robert Howard and
Sprague de Camp's Conan, to a tale of Earthsea from LeGuin I'd never read before. Highly recommended.