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Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel ( 07 May 2007 / $14.99) - At last a book with knitted patterns based on the Harry Potter stories. For years, members of various knitting lists and knitting clubs have been studying the movies for knitted articles and trying to replicate the designs for their children. I know this because I spent a lot of time with a publicity still before I could make some scarfs based on the house colors for relatives who loved the books and films.

Now, you'll be able to follow a ready pattern to make some of these Harry Potter related knitwear. I'm hoping that once I see the book, I'll be able to offer more details about what's inside and what you can look forward to making.


All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (Ace 01 May 2007 / $24.95) - From back of book: Being surrounded by all varieties of undead, changeling, and preternatural being has gotten to be nothing out of the ordinary for Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Still, even she has her limits. Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Sookie must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life--the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn--but also contend with the long-planned vampire summit in Rhodes.

The summit, which has attracted undead power players form all over the central U.S., is sure to be a tense situation. The vampire queen of Louisiana is in a precarious position, her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans. And there are some vamps who would like to finish what nature started. With secret alliances and backroom deals the order of the day--and night--Sookie must decide what side she'll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe... (see review)

Key to Conflict by Talia Gryphon (Ace 29 May 2007 / $7.99) - From back of book: Meet Gillian Key, a paramortal psychologist who can treat the mental distress of nonhumans--and a Marine Special Forces operative who can get physical with them when the situation calls for it.

Gillian's two worlds collide when she travel to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania to counsel a dangerously attractive local master vampire--and becomes embroiled in a brewing turf war with the legendary Dracula. (see review)

Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin (Ace 29 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Raine Benares is a Sorceress Seeker of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet form the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they're after holds limitless power, derived form an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her.

Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine--but is the resumé enhancement worth her soul? (Source: Ace)

Aqueduct Press

The WisCon Chronicles: Vol. 1 by L. Timmel Duchamp (Ed.) (Aqueduct Press 25 May 2007 / $17.50) - From publicity material: The word's been out for some time now that we're living in "post-feminist" times. And yet the world's largest feminist science fiction convention, held annually in Madison, Wisconsin, which many of the genre's luminaries attend, has become so popular that the ceiling limiting attendance to 1000 participants tops out months in advance. More than half those attending are women; and since the convention is openly feminist, women's issues dominate the programming....

L. Timmel Duchamp has assembled a collage of diverse materials to document the thirtieth anniversary of WisCon, which was a grand reunion of most of the conventions previous Guests of Honor. These include the transcript of Samuel R. Delany's interview of Joanna Russ, several essays reflecting on the diverse aspects of the convention, as well as papers presented in the academic track, panel notes and transcripts, an original short story by Rosaleen Love, and Eileen Gunn's snappy series of Q&A with numerous WisCon attendees, among them Ursula K. LeGuin, Julie Phillips, Ted Chiang, Carol Emshwiller, and Suzy McKee Charnas. (Source: Aqueduct Press)


1634: The Baltic War by David Weber & Eric Flint (Baen 01 May 2007 / $26.00) - Book Description: The Baltic War which began in the novel 1633 is still raging, and the time-lost Americans of Grantville-the West Virginia town hurled back into the seventeenth century by a mysterious cosmic accident-are caught in the middle of it. Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the United States of Europe, prepares a counter-attack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark-former enemies which have allied in the League of Ostend to destroy the threat to their power that the Americans represent-which are besieging the German city of Luebeck. Elsewhere in war-torn Europe, several American plans are approaching fruition. Admiral Simpson of Grantville frantically races against time to finish the USE Navy's ironclad ships-desperately needed to break the Ostender blockade of the Baltic ports. A commando unit sent by Mike Stearns to England prepares the rescue the Americans being held in the Tower of London. In Amsterdam, Rebecca Stearns continues three-way negotiations with the Prince of Orange and the Spanish Cardinal-Infante who has conquered most of the Netherlands. And, in Copenhagen, the captured young USE naval officer Eddie Cantrell tries to persuade the King of Denmark to break with the Ostender alliance, all while pursuing a romantic involvement with one of the Danish princesses. (see review)

From the Sea to the Stars by Andre Norton (Baen 01 May 2007 / $15.00) - From back of book: Contains the novels Sea Siege and Star Gate.

Sea Siege: The nuclear war had come at last and the research team on an island in the West Indies thought they had been lucky to survive. But survival was going to require more than luck when they found themselves under attack by sea creatures out of darkest legend....

Star Gate: Long ago the Star Lords had come from a dying Earth and settled on the Earthlike planet Gorth where they helped the inhabitants build a civilization. But now the native folk of Gorth have grown resentful and jealous of the Star Lords, who have refused to share their secrets of immortality and their powerful weapons--technology which led to the loss of Earth. (Source: Baen)

Habeas Corpses by Wm. Mark Simmons (Baen 13 May 2007 / $7.99) - Read Harriet Klausner's review of Habeas Corpses by Wm. Mark Simmons which ran in our November 2005 issue.

Kildar (The Ghost) by John Ringo (Baen 22 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Problems, problems, problems! All Mike Harmon ever wanted to be was a SEAL. But after problems in the teams, college student was a decent second best. However, trouble seemed to follow him where he went. Now, after having angered every terrorist on Earth and at least five governments, buying a farm in a third world country was looking pretty good. Of course, nothing was ever simple. With Chechen terrorists knocking on the door and tenant farmers with a truly Byzantine culture, the question was whether he could drag the keldara into the 21st century before the Chechen put them back in the 6th. Kildar answers the question: Where would an international security specialist and former SEAL choose to retire-if he's going to buy the farm, it should be one with beautiful women and the best beer in the world. Valhalla on Earth complete with Vikings. (Source: Baen)

Lucy's Blade by John Lambshead (Baen 01 May, 2007 / $24.00) - Book Description: Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth's Secretary of State, was the greatest spymaster the world had ever seen. But when he asked Dr. Dee to summon a demon the result was unexpected, especially for his orphaned niece Lucy. Sir Francis' duty as her guardian was to find Lucy a suitably aristocratic husband, not to let her fight demons and witchcraft for the Queen's Secret Service. But his-and Lucy's-duty to protect Queen and country from enemies both natural and supernatural kept getting in the way. And so did all those demons... (see review)

Resonance by Chris Dolley (Baen 22 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Graham Smith is a 33 year-old office messenger. To the outside world he's an obsessive-compulsive mute - weird but harmless. But to Graham Smith, it's the world that's weird. And far from harmless. He sees things others can't . . . or won't. He knows that roads can change course, people disappear, office blocks migrate across town. All at night when no one's looking. The world's an unstable place, still growing, sloughing off layers of reality like dead skin. One day you drive by, and it's changed.

Annalise Mercado hears voices, all from girls calling themselves Annalise. Sometimes she thinks they're spirit guides, sometimes she thinks she's crazy. But then they start telling her about Graham Smith and the men who want to kill him. That's when they meet. So begins the story of two people whose lives are fragmented across alternate realities. And how they hold the key to the future of a billion planets. . . . (see review)

Retief's Peace (Retief) by William H., Jr. Keith (Baen 22 May 2007 / $7.99) - [Editor's Note: We're re-running our review by Ernest Lilley in the October 2005 issue.]

The good news is that Retief, the diplomatic savior and nightmare of the CDT (that's Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne) is back, reconjured by author William Keith. Created by Keith Laumer, Retief is the light side of Laumer's Mil-fic, the darker, or at least deeper side being represented by the stories of cybernetic tanks known as Bolos. Though (Keith) Laumer is gone, that story line has seen several credible extensions by (William) Keith, and now he turns his hand towards the lighter side; a comedy of manners about a secret agent type who rashly violates the rules of diplomacy by finding peaceful solutions to difficult problems in intergalactic relations. The bad news is that either Retief hasn't learned any new tricks during his absence, Keith is laying on the grongleberry a bit thick. Oh well, as the Holy Mystic Fortune Cookies say, "You can't make omelets without grobbling a chutwinkle." (see review)


1945: A Novel by Robert Conroy (Ballantine 29 May 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: America has dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
But Japan has only begun to fight. . . .

In 1945, history has reached a turning point. A terrible new weapon has been unleashed. Japan has no choice but to surrender. But instead, the unthinkable occurs. With their nation burned and shattered, Japanese fanatics set in motion a horrifying endgame–their aim: to take America down with them.

In Robert Conroy's brilliantly imagined epic tale of World War II, Emperor Hirohito's capitulation is hijacked by extremists and a weary United States is forced to invade Japan as a last step in a war that has already cost so many lives. As the Japanese lash out with tactics that no one has ever faced before–from POWs used as human shields to a rain of kamikaze attacks that take out the highest-value target in the Pacific command–the invasion's success is suddenly in doubt. As America's streets erupt in rioting, history will turn on the acts of a few key players from the fiery front lines to the halls of Washington to the shadowy realm of espionage, while a mortally wounded enemy becomes the greatest danger of all.

Praise for Robert Conroy's 1901

"Likely to please both military history and alternative history buffs . . . The writing . . . keeps us turning the pages."
–Booklist (see review)

Damsel Under Stress: A Novel by Shanna Swendson (Ballantine 01 May 2007 / $12.95) - From publicity material: Katie Chandler and her wizard colleague Owen have finally gotten it together and are about to have their first real date, after confessing their feelings and sharing an electrifying kiss at the office Christmas party. So naturally, when the eccentric fairy Ethelinda appears and announces that she is Katie's fairy godmother, here to help her find true love, Katie dismisses her. She's found her true love and they are on the path to happily evere after; why would she need Ethelinda's help?

But Ethelinda isn't taking "no" for an answer and continues to pop up when Katie least expects--or wants--her. Add in the evil wizard Idris's scheme for world domination, or at least magical domination, and Katie has her hands full. She needs answers. Is Owen The One? What exactly is Idris's next move? And how does she get rid of a fairy godmother who has more ulterior motives then Cinderella's stepmother? (see review)

Berkley Hardcover

Wizards: Magical Tales From the Masters of Modern Fantasy by Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann (eds) (Berkley Hardcover 01 May 2007 / $25.00) - From publicity material: Edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, the world's top fantasists conjure up their own tales of these magical beings. This all original, never-before-printed collection of adult and young adult fantasy includes selections from New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman, Eoin Coifer, Gath Nix, legendary authors Patricia McKillip, Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, as well as other beloved story-tellers. (see review)


Cleansing Hunt: Book Two of the Earthsoul Prophecies by Greg Park (Bladestar May, 2007 / $24.95) - From publicity material: After the brazen attack on Fairimor Palace by the Hand of Dark, the allied nations of the Nine Lands begin preparations for a prolonged war against the refleshed dreadlord Throy Shadan. Even now, his army is poised to enter Kelsa with enough shadowspawn to ravage the entire nation. But work has come of the discovery of a lost Temple of Elderon which contains a Blood Orb of Elsa -- a talisman powerful enough to heal a dying world. With his friends at his side, Jase Fairimor undertakes a dangerous and desperate journey to retrieve the Orb before it can fall into the hands of the enemy.

But there is danger even in success, for Jase's earlier misuses of the Power have him nearing the realmof the Agla'Con. Jase Fairimor, powerful and chosen, is now the Earthsoul's greatest hope -- and its greatest threat. (Source: Bladestar)

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books May, 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.

True, when Creel's aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it's Creel who talks her way out of the dragon's clutches. And it's Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king's city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.

But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it. (Young Adult) (see review)

The Book of the Sword: The Darkest Age II by A.J. Lake (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 01 May, 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: In Coming of Dragons, Edmund and Elspeth received strange and powerful gifts that would lead them on a dangerous quest. Edmund has the vision of the Ripente – he can reach inside the minds of others and see what they see. Elspeth can draw upon the power of an enchanted sword and gauntlet when she is in danger.

Now, the sword is speaking to Elspeth, leading her to a final showdown with an ancient god. But the journey they must take into the Snowlands is a perilous one, filled with haunting ice spirits, terrifying dragons and others who are aware of their presence in this remote realm. These two unlikely heroes must decide who they can trust and who means them harm. Elspeth's magical sword has brought them closer to their destiny than they realize, and it's up to them to succeed – at any cost. (Ages: 9 to 12). (Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)

The Seal of Solomon - Alfred Kropp 2 by Rick Yancey (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 01 May, 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: Thousands of years ago, King Solomon used a powerful ring, known as the Great Seal, to imprison the fallen angels of heaven in a sacred vessel. Now both the ring and the vessel have been stolen from OIPEP by a double-crossing Mike Arnold. Should Mike choose to wield the demons' power, all hell could break lose . . . literally. Led by the mysterious Op-Nine, OIPEP has a plan to retrieve the artifacts, and their success depends on the least likely candidate, none other than the last descendant of Lancelot, Alfred Kropp. In this thrilling new adventure, author Rick Yancey proves once again that Alfred Kropp's unlikely role as a world-saving hero is definitely no accident. (Young Adult) (see review)

Collector's Guide Publishing Inc

The Voice of Dr. Wernher von Braun: An Anthology by Irene E. Willhite (Editor) (Collector's Guide Publishing Inc 01 May 2007 / $22.95) - Book Description: This collection of speeches by Dr. Wernher von Braun—a passionate crusader for worthy causes—touches on a variety of topics, including education, the cold war, religion, and the space program. Mining through more than 500 of von Braun's speeches, given from 1947 to 1976, this important historical document presents an intimate look into the life of one of the most vital contributors to the development of NASA and the American space race. (see review)


Army of the Fantastic by (DAW 01 May 2007 / $7.99) - From back of book: How might the course of World War II have changed if civilized dragons ran bombing missions for the Germans? In an invasion of an alternate world where magical creatures were real, who would prove victorious, elite human troops with the latest state-of-the-art technology or an army of gryphons, unicorns, and spellcasters? How could the Queen's navy defeat an enemy that used a sea serpent as its secret weapon?

These are just a few of the stories gathered together in this all-original volume that will take you to magical places in our own world and to fantasy realms where the armies of the fantastic are on the march, waging wars both vast and personal. (Source: DAW)

Goblin Hero by Jim C. Hines (DAW 01 May 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: They call him Jig Dragonslayer--and who is he to deny a legend. After all, common sense--something in very short supply among goblins--has a lot to do with Jig's continued existence. Though he's been captured by adventurers and dragged unwillingly along on their foolish quest, he's survived both the Necromancer and the Dragon. If people want to insist he's a hero, he isn't going to fight about it. But the trouble with being labeled a hero is that everyone expects you to keep doing heroic things. And all Jig want to do is worship his forgotten god, hang out with his pet fire-spider, and heal humiliating goblin injuries.

But to Kralk, the current head goblin, Jig is a threat to her power. So when an ogre comes to seek Jig Dragonslayer's help against an unnamed enemy that's destroying or enslaving all of ogrekind, Kralk insists he accept the challenge. With a large, exceptionally dumb goblin and an ancient, crotchety goblin who can barely walk as his unwanted sidekicks--and pursued by a goblin who's certain that she's meant to be the true goblin hero--Jig sets out for ogre territory.

After all, being killed by a magical enemy that can terrify an ogre is probably no worse than being killed by your "friends...." (see review)

Del Rey

Death's Head by David Gunn (Del Rey 01 May 2007 / $24.95) - From back of book: Sven Tveskoeg, an ex-sergeant demoted for insubordination,is a vicious killer, stubborn but with a streak of loyalty. Sven possesses a genetic makeup that is 98.2% human and 1.8%... something else. Perhaps that "something else" explains his ability to quickly heal from even the worst injuries and to communicate telepathically with the ferox, fearsome alien savages whose natural fighting abilities outperform the advanced technology of their human enemies.

Drafted into the Death's Head -- the elite enforcers of imperial will -- Sven is sent to a bleak faraway planet, the latest battleground of the nefarious powers that rule the universe. There he finds himself in the midst of a military disaster, one that will take all his courage and firepower to survive. But an even deadlier struggle is taking place, one in which Sven knows he is a pawn. Pawns have a habit of being sacrificed, but Sven is nobody's sacrifice. And even a pawn can checkmate a king. (see review)

HARM by Brian W. Aldiss (Del Rey 29 May 2007 / $21.95) - From back of book: In this paranoid near-future, political detainee Paul Ali--a young writer of Muslim heritage--is held for questioning without legal representation and isolated form the outside world. Forced to endure brutal interrogation, his only escape is found on an alien planet he creates within his mind. A searing indictment of our fear-drenched political climate, Harm is a powerfully compact masterwork that is sure to be one of the most passionately discussed books of the year. (see review)

Maledicte by Lane Robins (Del Rey 29 May 2007 / $14.95) - From book flap: Miranda, born in the slums of the dissolute kingdom of Antyre, loses her lover when his aristocratic father reclaims him in order to have an heir. Refusing to believe she will never see him again, Miranda wakes black-winged Ani, god of love and vengeance to aid her in her cause: retrieve her lover, Janus, and kill his father, the Earl of Last... (Source: Del Rey)

Sacrifice (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 5) by Karen Traviss (Del Rey 29 May 2007 / $25.95) - From back of book: To bring peace and order to a galaxy at war, Jacen Solo will sacrifice anything--or anyone. Now the moment of choice is at hand. (Source: Del Rey)

The Music of Razors by Cameron Rogers (Del Rey 01 May 2007 / $13.95) - From publicity material: In 1840, Henry Lockrose was a young medical student with a bright future. But a chance encounter drew him into a netherworld where Heaven and Hell compete for human souls. Now, more than a hundred and fifty years later, kept alive by magical instruments carved form the bones of a murdered angel, Henry harvests souls, all the while looking for someone he can train to take his place.

Walter is four and a half. A huge furry monster with long, sharp claws and teeth lives in his bedroom closet. Unbeknownst to Walter, the monster is there to protect him. When the frightened boy sends it away, Henry steals his soul, leaving his body in a comatose state. But before Henry can totally claim the boy, the monster, in a final sacrifice, merges its being with Walter's essence and something new is born.

Without Walter, Henry is forced to look elsewhere for his replacement. So he turns to Hope, Walter's baby sister. Now, trapped in a nightmare from which there is no waking, Walter must grow up fast if he is to protect his sister from a fate that is quite literally worse than death. (see review)

Transformers by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey 29 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: OUR WORLD. THEIR WAR. They once lived on a distant planet, which was destroyed by the ravages of war–a war waged between the legions who worship chaos and those who follow freedom. In search of a powerful energy source that is essential to the survival of their race, they have now come to Earth. They are among us, silent, undetected, waiting to reveal themselves, for good or evil.

The Decepticons will stop at nothing to seize the coveted prize, even if it means the destruction of countless human lives. The only things standing in their way: the Autobots and a handful of determined men and women who realize that when it comes to this advanced race of machines, there is much more than meets the eye. With forces mounting for the ultimate showdown, the future of humankind hangs in the balance. (Source: Del Rey)

Delacorte Books for Young Readers

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (Delacorte Books for Young Readers 22 May 2007 / $16.99) - Book Description: He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time. (Source: Delacorte Books for Young Readers)


Tesseracts Ten (Tesseracts (Paperback)) by Edo Van Belkom & Robert Charles Wilson (Edge 30 May, 2007 / $17.95) - Tesseracts Ten is an anthology of speculative fiction by new and established Canadian authors. This volume contains twenty-two stories and poems by: Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Sandra Kasturi, Michéle Laframboise, Wendy Waring, Allen Moore, Sarah Totton, Greg Bechtel, Jason Christie, Matthew Johnson, Matthew Hughes, Victoria Fisher, Susan Forest, Scott Mackay, Lisa Smedman, Nancy Bennett, Yvonne Provonost, René Beaulieu, mark Dachuk, and Rhea Rose. (Source: Edge)

EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing

i-ROBOT Poetry by Jason Christie by Jason Christie (EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing 30 April, 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: The popularly misperceived boundary between humans and technology shifts, blurs and disappears to the point where robots become all too human in their wants, needs, and aspirations. (see review)

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Righteous Anger: Part Two of the Okal Rel Saga by Lynda Williams (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing 30 May 2007 / $22.95) - Book Description: It is about Horth Nersal, who, as a language-impaired child, learns to compensate for his shortcomings with an inborn "talent" ... which turns out not to be only useful in achieving his personal conquests but also for settling family disagreements - often with fatal results. In Horth's world, bio-engineered humans (Sevolites) dominate the rest of humanity in a curiously neo-feudal socio-political system. Horth's genius for combat and reality skimming dog-fights (called "shake-ups") are only surpassed by his unique talents on the dueling floor (and dueling is surprisingly important under Sword Law where it is used by Sevolites to settle disputes without damaging rare and valuable possessions ... such as planets.) Horth finds it difficult to understand his family's conflicts over power and religion and in the end his "skills" force him to make some very difficult decisions, including those in which his loved ones must die! (Source: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

Elder Signs Press

Dead Sea by Tim Curran (Elder Signs Press 15 May 2007 / $19.95) - Book Description: Journey into a place unknown to humanity. A space between spaces where sea monsters, ghost ships, and the undead dwell. When the crew of a lost freighter find themselves trapped in this gruesome dimension, it is up to them to locate the U.S.S. Lancet and convince a nearly insane physicist to help them return home. (Source: Elder Signs Press)


The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison (Eos 01 May 2007 / $17.99) - From publicity material: Prince George was born with a gift for communicating with animals. His talent is a highly guarded secret in a kingdom where those who posses animal magic are severely persecuted. As George matures and prepares to be king one day, he struggles to keep his secret buried within himself.

As one of his first steps towards becoming king of Kendel, George agrees to an arranged marriage to secure peace with the kingdom of Sarrey. Although he expects very little affection from his betrothed, Princess Beatrice is more cold and distant than any human being George has ever met. Her only and constant companion is a hound. George is convinced nothing will touch Beatrice's heart, but soon finds he can't help wanting to try. George and Princess Beatrice prepare for the marriage, as a danger arises in their kingdoms that threatens the lives of their citizens and peace. (Source: Eos)

Fantasy & Science Fiction

 by (Fantasy & Science Fiction 25 May 2007 / ) - This month we begin our look at short form editors, starting with Gordon Van Gelder, editor of Fantasy & Science Fiction since 2000.

Golden Gryphon Press

Harvest of Changelings by Warren Rochelle (Golden Gryphon Press 28 May 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: Although the familiar themes of fantasy are present in this novel, the characters are not princes or sorcerers but ordinary people with seemingly ordinary lives. Ben Tyson, a librarian, met and loved Valeria, a fairy woman; but her death left Ben to raise their child, Malachi, alone. The two of them lived a fairly ordinary life until Malachi turned 10 and began to manifest previously unknown powers. Now the lords of Fairy have called home the changelings they left in the universe generations ago, waking up long-dormant DNA and changeling blood. More than a straightforward fantasy novel, this tale's underlining current deals with people that are different—physically, mentally, and in their choice of lifestyle. The fairy children are seen as outsiders to mainstream culture, and as they become aware of each other they must unite to overcome the apathy and prejudice of humans, as well as the evil Fomorii, before it is too late. (Source: Golden Gryphon Press)


Hunted by Christopher Russell (Greenwillow 01 May 2007 / $15.99) - From back of book: Brind, a boy who was raised by dogs, and his loyal companion the mastiff Glaive, have been exiled from the only home they've ever known. After a menacing friar denounces them--and Brind's friend, Aurelie, and her puppy, Gabion--as plague bringers. They are forced to flee for their lives. Glaive and Gabion were trained to be hunters, not hunted, but they may be Brind and Aurelie's only hope of survival. (Grades: 5-9) (Source: Greenwillow)


Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber (HarperTeen 01 May 2007 / $5.99) - Book Description: Not far from Dullsville, someone's lurking in the dark. . . . After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favorite movie, Kissing Coffins, Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.

When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who—or what—she encounters on the way?

(Source: HarperTeen)


Edgewise by Graham Masterton (Leisure May 2007 / $7.99) - From back of book: Lily Blake's first mistake was getting involved with dangerous forces she didn't understand. But she was desperate. Her children had been taken. The police were no help. And George Iron Walker claimed he could summon the Wendigo, a Native American spirit that can hunt anyone...anywhere...forever. She didn't think he could really do it. (Source: Leisure)

The Everlasting by Tim Lebbon (Leisure May 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: Only Scott can keep the vengeful ghost from completing his unholy ritual. Thirty years ago, Scott's grandfather slaughtered his best friend, then committed cuicide. Now the spirit of the murdered man has returned, seeking the ancient volume that can return him to life--forever. (Source: Leisure)


The Amazing Transforming Superhero! Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television by Terrence R. Wandtke (Ed.) (McFarland 22 May 2007 / $35.00) - Product Description: This collection of essays analyzes the many ways in which comic book and film superheroes have been revised or rewritten in response to changes in real-world politics, social mores, and popular culture. Among many topics covered are the jingoistic origin of Captain America in the wake of the McCarthy hearings, the post-World War II fantasy-feminist role of Wonder Woman, and the Nietzschean influences on the "sidekick revolt" in the 2004 film The Incredibles. (Source: McFarland)


The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) by Rick Riordan (Miramax 01 May 2007 / $17.95) - In his third adventure, Percy Jackson must seek out a missing classmate, as well as the absent Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt. Being a son of Poseidon won't be enough this time. Percy will have to meet some big challenges if he's going to keep a titanic danger from engulfing the world.

(see review)

Night Shade Books

9Tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Night Shade Books 15 May 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: Sergeant Bobby Zha of the SFPD is desperate to find out who murdered him. But he also needs the answers to some other questions. Like, why is he in another man's body? Why is someone trying to kill him, again... And why is he being haunted by a nine-tailed Celestial fox? From the shell-shattered ruins of Stalingrad in 1942 to the present-day politics of San Francisco's Chinatown, 9Tail Fox is evocative of place and crystal-clear in its depiction of character. (see review)

Norilana Books

Senrid by Sherwood Smith (Norilana Books 28 March 2007 / ) - From back of book: Teen-aged king Leander Tiennen-Hess has barely ruled a year when he and his step-sister Kitty (or Princess Kyale, as she wishes to be known) are surprised by two visitors. The first is an adventure-loving girl, Faline, who helps Leander defend his tiny kingdom from invasion by the menacing warrior kingdom Marloven Hess, using only imagination and a bit of magic.

The nice, friendly visitor turns out to be Senrid, king of Marloven Hess. But Senrid is king in name only. His uncle, the regent, holds power and Senrid must prove himself to be sufficiently strong by abducting for execution the two kids who thwarted the invasion.

The only way to save them is to enter the stronghold of the enemy, in flimsy disguise... (Source: Norilana Books)

Orb Books

Moving Mars by Greg Bear (Orb Books 01 May 2007 / $14.95) - In this 1995 Nebula Award-winning novel, a revolution is transforming the formerly passive Earth-colony of Mars. While opposing political factions on Mars battle for the support of colonists, scientists make a staggering scientific breakthrough that at once fuels the conflict and creates a united Mars front, as the technically superior Earth tries to take credit for it. Backed against a wall, colonial leaders are forced to make a monumental decision that changes the future of Mars forever. (see review)

Orchard Books

Charlie Bone and The Beast (Children Of The Red King, Book 6) by Jenny Nimmo (Orchard Books 29 May 2007 / $12.99) - Product Description: Life should be perfect for Charlie now that his parents have been reunited. But mystery and adventure always find him. This time Asa, a fellow classmate who changes into a beast at dusk, and Charlie's sometime-enemy, is missing. His parents seek out Charlie for help. Manfred is holding Asa captive in a forest cave and now Charlie needs the help of the Flames to rescue his classmate.

Manfred has also taken the new endowed student, Dagobert Endless, under his wing and Charlie is highly suspicious of the pair. Can the Flames and Charlie rescue Asa without being caught by Manfred and Dagobert? (Source: Orchard Books)

Princeton University Press

The Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future by Geoff Andersen (Princeton University Press 07 May 2007 / $29.95) - Book Description: In the four centuries since its invention, the telescope has transformed how humans view the universe and their place in it. But what do most of us know about telescopes themselves--their history, how they work, what they are being used for today, or what the next generation of billion-dollar telescopes will look like? In The Telescope, Geoff Andersen fills in all the details for us in an accessible, nontechnical way that will appeal to the amateur astronomer and anyone else who has been more than a little curious about this amazing instrument.

The book covers every aspect of optical telescopes--from the humblest backyard setup, to state-of-the-art observatories, to the Hubble Space Telescope and spy satellites. Chapters describe the development, design, and operation of telescopes; how observatories are sited, engineered, and built; variations such as solar and liquid-mirror telescopes; and some of the key astronomical discoveries telescopes have made possible. And there are plenty of surprises along the way. We learn, for example, that most of today's professional astronomers never even look through their own telescopes, relying instead on digital imaging, measurement, and analysis--or even remote computer control of a night-shrouded observatory on the other side of the Earth.

But, as The Telescope explains, these magnificent instruments do more than simply peer into space. They project and receive laser beams--for communicating, mapping, and making detailed observations of the Earth. They also look down at us from spy satellites, providing secret images to intelligence agencies--and, increasingly, giving a curious public access to more pedestrian images.

The Telescope is the ideal introduction to a fascinating instrument that has taught us so much--but that most of us know so little about.

Putnam Juvenile

The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street (YA) by G.P. Taylor (Putnam Juvenile 10 May, 2007 / $17.99) - Book Description: In this thrilling, much-anticipated sequel to Shadowmancer, G.P. Taylor once again takes readers on a gripping journey. Kate and Thomas have barely escaped the evil sorcerer Demurral, and are sailing to London to make a fresh start. But someone knows they are coming, and is lying in wait to lure them into the darkest heart of the city. Meanwhile, Raphah, who has had a narrow escape of his own, sets out on a terrifying journey to find his friends, all the time haunted by a shadowy beast. Eventually, the friends' paths meet on a cursed street, hidden from the world—a place where fates are decided and old enemies seek revenge. They thought it was over . . . but can evil ever be destroyed? (see review)


Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Pyr May 2007 / $25.00) - Book Description: Think Bladerunner in the tropics... Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world's greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling. Three separate stories follow three main characters: Edson is a self-made talent impresario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked? Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul. Father Luis is a Jesuit missionary sent into the maelstrom of 18th-century Brazil to locate and punish a rogue priest who has strayed beyond the articles of his faith and set up a vast empire in the hinterland. In the company of a French geographer and spy, what he finds in the backwaters of the Amazon tries both his faith and the nature of reality itself to the breaking point. Three characters, three stories, three Brazils, all linked together across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything. (see review)


The Heart of Stars: Book Three of Rhiannon's Ride by Kate Forsyth (Roc 01 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: An evil necromancer has kidnapped the princess Olywynne and her twin brother, plotting to spill their blood-for revenge, and to restore his own family to life. Chaos reigns in the capital, and no one can stop the necromancer but Rhiannon and her winged mare. But can she bring herself to rescue the woman she hates more than anyone-Olywynne, her rival for the apprentice-witch Lewen's love-especially when she stands to lose everything she holds dear in the effort? (Source: Roc)

Roc Trade

Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg (Roc Trade 01 May 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: In a land torn apart by civil war, pestilence, and shaky alliances, a man branded a traitor may be the world's only hope...

The rebellious son of a long line of pureblood cartographers and diviners, Valen has spent most of his life trying to escape what society -- and his family -- ordained for him. His own mother has predicted that he will meet his doom in water and blood and ice. And her divination seems fulfilled when a comrade abandons Valen in a rainy wilderness half-dead, addicted to an enchantment that converts pain to pleasure, and possessing only a stolen book of maps.

Offered sanctuary in a nearby monastery, Valen discovers that his book -- rumored to lead men into the realm of angels -- gains him entry into a world of secret societies, doomsayers, monks, princes, and madmen, all seeking to unlock the mystery of the coming dark age. Unfortunately, the key to Navronne's doom is buried in half-forgotten myth--and the secrets of his own past... (see review)

Seraphs by Faith Hunter (Roc Trade 01 May 2007 / $14.00) - From back of book: From the author of Bloodring comes its thrilling follow up, set a century after the apocalypse and portraying a world inth throes of an ice age--and a never-ending battle among seraphs, demons, and humans...

Living among humans in a postapocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix has learned to count on her friends, but she's lost count of her enemies. She is a source of both fear and fascination for the poeple of Mineral City. Her powers can save them from the forces of evil, but can also attract demon spawn and succubae. And fighting on her own turf nearly gets Thorn and those she holds dear killed.

But Thorn's ultimate test awaits deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, where an imprisoned fallen seraph desperately needs her help. There, hidden in the hellhole, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure that this subterranean rescue will be Thorn's final descent... (Source: Roc Trade)

Shadow Mountain

Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull (Shadow Mountain 01 May 2007 / $17.95) - From back of book: At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists--a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper--to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. The Evening Star is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble? Can they overcome paralyzing fear? (see review)

Small Beer Press

Endless Things: An Aegypt Novel by John Crowley (Small Beer Press 01 May 2007 / $24.00) - Book Description: This is the fourth novel-and much-anticipated conclusion-of John Crowley's astonishing and lauded Aegypt sequence: a dense, lyrical meditation on history, alchemy, and memory. Spanning three centuries, and weaving together the stories of Renaissance magician John Dee, philosopher Giordano Bruno, and present-day itinerant historian and writer Pierce Moffitt, the Aegypt sequence is as richly significant as Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet or Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time. Crowley, a master prose stylist, explores transformations physical, magical, alchemical, and personal in this epic, distinctly American novel where the past, present, and future reflect each other.

John Crowley was born in the appropriately liminal town of Presque Isle, Maine. His most recent novel is Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land. He teaches creative writing at Yale University. In 1992 he received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He finds it more gratifying that almost all of his work is still in print.

(Source: Small Beer Press)


Helix by Eric Brown (Solaris 22 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Helix is a fast-paced action adventure novel following the plight of four humans when they crash land on what they think is a desolate, ice-bound planet. Daylight brings the discovery that the planet is one of thousands arranged in a vast spiral wound about a central sun. They set off to discover a more habitable, Earth-like world and come across strange races of aliens, and life-threatening perils, on their way.

(Source: Solaris)


BSI: Starside: Death Sentence by Roger Macbride Allen (Spectra 29 May 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: They are the elite agents of interstellar investigation and their duty is to preserve and protect humanity throughout the galaxy. They are the men and women of the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) and their case files are literally out of this world.

It was just a simple courier job, but it ended in disaster. More than six months after BSI agent Jamie Mendez's predecessor was sent out on a mission, his ship has been found, the twenty-five-year-old agent inside dead—of old age. The urgent message he sacrificed his life to deliver has survived in the form of a highly encrypted datafile. The encryption has kept the sensitive information safe from alien code-breakers—so far. But with the decryption key lost, the file is just as useless to BSI. Now agents Mendez and Hannah Wolfson must travel off-world in the ill-fated ship on a desperate mission to discover what happened to one of their own...and to search for the key to a secret that could set off an interstellar, interspecies war—one that may end with humanity's extinction. (see review)

Divergence by Tony Ballantyne (Spectra 01 May 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: After a tumultuous beginning, mid-23rd-century Earth now peacefully operates under the constant surveillance of the Watcher, an all-seeing AI who has seized control of the planet--and of the minds and bodies of its people. But is the radical evolution that the Watcher has in mind a step forward or the beginning of a mighty split that will cast aside everything that truly makes us human?

It is 2252, and Judy is traveling on a passenger ship in deep space when disaster strikes. Almost too conveniently, strange machines appear onboard just in time to help. They are owned by DIANA, a commercial organization headquartered on Earth. But as the machines arrange for the humans to be taken to safety, Judy is held back. They have detected something in her genetic code -- something shocking: Judy is not human. And she too is the property of DIANA.

Now Judy must return to Earth to find out what DIANA expects of she was grown...and why she was destined to destroy the Watcher. But is this Judy even the same person? And does the new Judy have a reason to destroy--or is she just a pawn in someone else's murderous game? (see review)

Light by M. John Harrison (Spectra 01 May 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: In M. John Harrison's dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there's only one thing more mysterious than darkness.

In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn't yet exist—a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself. In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat. But the "inhuman" K-ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is. In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes. He "went deep"—and lived to tell about it. Once crazy for life, he's now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks—and in debt to all the wrong people.

Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander—and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract: a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.
From the Trade Paperback edition. (Source: Spectra)

Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories by (Spectra 01 May 2007 / $13.00) - From back cover: Autochthonous...Vivisepulture...Pococurante... For most of us, these prizewinning spelling bee words would be difficult to pronounce, let alone spell. We asked twenty-one of today's most talented and inventive writers to go even further and pen an original tale inspired by one of dozens of obscure and fascinating championship words. The result is Logorrhea -- a veritable dictionary of the weird, the fantastic, the haunting, and the indefinable that will have you spellbound from the very first page. (see review)

No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong (Spectra 01 May, 2007 / $20.00) - Book Description: Jaime, who knows a thing or two about showbiz, is on a television shoot in Los Angeles when weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high: she's used to not only seeing dead people but hearing them speak to her in very emphatic terms. But for the first time in her life – as invisible hands brush her skin, unintelligible fragments of words are whispered into her ears, and beings move just at the corner of her eye–she knows what humans mean when they talk about being haunted.

She is determined to get to the bottom of these manifestations, but as she sets out to solve the mystery she has no idea how scary her investigation will get, or to what depths ordinary humans will sink in their attempts to gain supernatural powers. As she digs into the dark underside of Los Angeles, she'll need as much Otherworld help as she can get in order to survive, calling on her personal angel, Eve, and Hope, the well-meaning chaos demon. Jeremy, the alpha werewolf, is also by her side offering protection. And, Jaime hopes, maybe a little more than that. (see review)

Outrageous Fortune by Tim Scott (Spectra 29 May 2007 / $12.00) - From back of book: "Don't you hate it when this happens?" ...that's what the business card asks Jonny X67, dream architect to the rich and jaded. It's all the thieves who stole his house left behind. If that weren't bad enough, an encyclopedia saleswoman has just dropped form the sky and won't take no for an answer. Can his luck get any worse? (see review)


Dreamquest by Brent Hartinger (Starscape 01 May 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: Eleven-year-old Julie Fray is living a nightmare. Her parents are fighting so much she can't even escape when she goes to sleep. Every night she has horrible dreams--and all she wants is for them to stop.

Then one night she wakes up inside her dream, in the studio where her dreams are produced! There is even a star who looks just like Julie who plays her in her dreams. With some help from a production assistant named Roman, Julie learns that if she can somehow find the people responsible for producing her dreams, she might be able to make them less scary. But it won't be easy: the tiny tear in the "fabric" of her consciousness that let her fall into the dream studio in the first place is closing fast...and she could be trapped inside her own head forever!

Even worse, it turns out that when Julie fell into her dreams, Vivian, the actress who plays Julie in her dreams, escaped into the waking world--and the fake Julie will stop at nothing to take over Julie's life. (see review)


Dragon Queen: An Ancient Mirrors Tale by Jayel Gibson (Synergy 01 May 2007 / $14.95) - Product Description: Imagine being summoned from the slumber of death, awaking in a shattered world you do not recall, betrayed by sibling, parent and lover...imagine your search for the truth. Dragon Queen: An Ancient Mirrors Tale is a legend of magic, adventure, and courage set in the mythical world of AEdracmorae; a tale that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means to be a guardian in a world where peace hangs by a fine, golden thread. Without knowledge of the past, Yavie and the Guardians stumble on a quest more filled with peril than any that have come before, a quest that will test the depths of their loyalties and which paths they will choose. Together they embark on a journey to discover the truth of Yávië s birthright and a world they no longer remember. With the discovery that she was born of the Dragon Queen, Yavie is given knowledge of the powerful artifacts that will reunite the shattered kingdoms into a single world. However, with the rebirth of AEdracmorae will come the opening of doorways that bring chaos and shadow to the new world, an evil that may be far worse than the original destruction of the realm of the Dragon Queen. It is within this darkness that the guardians and their young queen struggle to gain control of what they have unleashed upon the kingdoms. (Source: Synergy)


Alex Unlimited Volume 1: The Vosarak Code (Alex Unlimited) by Dan Jolley (TOKYOPOP 08 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Alexandra Benno has a unique talent: she can instantly summon parallel-dimension versions of herself. But these duplicates are always super-idealized: smart, fast, tough, and often the most beautiful girls in their world--while Alex herself is clumsy, frizzy-haired, and has the body of a twelve-year-old boy! So when the government recruits Alex for top-secret espionage work, it's always her idealized version who gets the action and, consequently, receives all the credit. Sick of being her own sidekick, will Alex be able to crack the Vosarak Code and complete her latest mission . . . or is she destined to live in her own shadow? With pluck and wonder at every turn, Dan Jolley’s smart and action-packed novel series takes the reader on one unforgettable adventure after the next. (Source: TOKYOPOP)


A Nameless Witch by A. Lee Martinez (Tor 01 May 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty ---things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt. She leads a simple life filled with spells, potions, and the occasional curse.

So when a White Knight arrives at Fort Stalwart, the witch knows her days of peace are at an end. The Knight is just days in front of a horde of ravenous goblings, and Fort Stalwart lies right in the horde's path. But the goblings are just the first wave of danger, and soon the witch and the Knight must combine forces on a perilous quest to stop a mad sorcerer from destroying the world. Filled with menace, monsters, and magic, A Nameless Witch is a properly witchly read by the award-winning author of Gil's All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres. (Source: Tor)

Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell (Tor 29 May 2007 / $7.99) - Product Description: Long ago, so the stories say, the old-fathers came to Nanagada through a worm's hole in the sky. Looking for a new world to call their own, they brought with them a rich mélange of cultures, religions, and dialects from a far-off planet called Earth. Mighty were the old-fathers, with the power to shape the world to their liking---but that was many generations ago, and what was once known has long been lost. Steamboats and gas-filled blimps now traverse the planet, where people once looked up to see great silver cities in the sky.

Like his world, John deBrun has forgotten more than he remembers. Twenty-seven years ago, he washed up onto the shore of Nanagada with no memory of his past. Although he has made a new life for himself among the peaceful islanders, his soul remains haunted by unanswered questions about his own identity.

These mysteries take on new urgency when the fearsome Azteca storm over the Wicked High Mountains in search of fresh blood and hearts to feed their cruel, inhuman gods. Nanagada's only hope lies in a mythical artifact, the Ma Wi Jung, said to be hidden somewhere in the frozen north. And only John deBrun knows the device's secrets, even if he can't remember why or how! (Source: Tor)

In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan (Tor 15 May 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: Sam Dance is a young enlisted soldier in 1941 when his older brother Keenan is killed at Pearl Harbor. Afterwards, Sam promises that he will do anything he can to stop the war.

During his training, Sam begins to show that he has a knack for science and engineering, and he is plucked from the daily grunt work of twenty-mile marches by his superiors to study subjects like code breaking, electronics, and physics in particular, a science that is growing more important to the war effort. While studying, Sam is seduced by a mysterious female physicist that is teaching one of his courses, and given her plans for a device that will end the war, perhaps even end the human predilection for war forever. But the device does something less, and more, than that.

After his training, Sam is sent throughout Europe to solve both theoretical and practical problems for the Allies. He spends his free time playing jazz, and trying to construct the strange device. It's only much later that he discovers that it worked, but in a way that he could have never imagined. (see review)

Secrets in the Shadows by Jenna Black (Tor 01 May 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Vampires. They hunt in every major city, hidden by the crowds, shielded by disbelief. They are Killers, and their prey is human. Not all vampires are Killers. The Guardians of the Night sacrifice the superior physical and psychic strength that comes with feeding on humans to protect them. But the Guardians walk a thin line, for even a single kill could leave them helplessly addicted to murder.

Jules Gerard has vowed that he will never become a Killer. But when he discovers that the man who turned him into a vampire is dead and kicking in Baltimore, the allure of extra power is tempting. Standing in his way is a human, spitfire Hannah Moore, who has followed him to Baltimore to help him confront his past. Hannah doesn't seem to realize how dangerous vampires can be--and despite his façade of disdain, Jules has a real soft spot for the petite P.I Jules is going to have to choose: vengeance or love? Damnation or redemption? (see review)

The Broken Kings: Book Three of The Merlin Codex by Robert Holdstock (Tor 15 May 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description:

Argo, the ancient ship, has returned and hides beneath Urtha's fortress in Alba. Jason and the Argonauts are aboard her, enchanted into sleep. Niiv is still Merlin's lover, still seeking magic and mysteries, still a delight and torment to him.

Something is wrong in Alba. An unknown force is affecting the land. The omens are frightening. The feckless Sons of Llew arrive, having stolen their uncle's chariot and horses once again. They bring news of hostels, gateways between the worlds of the living and the dead. An enormous gathering of the Shades, of the dead and the unborn, are being drawn to them.

Meanwhile, Kymon and Munda, Urtha's son and daughter, are coming of age. Kymon is angry, boastful, ready to fight the Shades of Heroes, and violently annoyed by his father's diplomacy. Munda, on the other hand, is possessed of the Sight and welcomes the new, strange force in the land. She breaks taboo to visit one of the hostels. She comes back speaking of the Killer of Kings, the son of Jason.

And as Merlin walks in and out of time, clinging to his magic and the remains of his youth, the forces set in motion will determine the fate of kings and kingdoms alike.
(Source: Tor)

The Silver Sword by David Zindell (Tor 15 May 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: David Zindell crafted a glorious fantasy in The Lightstone, an epic tale of good versus evil...and how far a man will go to save his world without destroying all he loves.

On the island continent of Ea it is a dark time of chaos and war. Morjin, the evil Lord of Lies, seeks to enslave the entire world. Land after land falls under his evil power. The one thing that has the potential to destroy him is an object that has been lost for ages: the Lightstone.

The call to seek this stone was sent out by one of the few major rulers still free of Morjin's grip to all those who oppose the dreaded sorcerer.

One who answered this call was Valashu Elahad, the seventh and youngest Valeri prince of the royal house of Mesh. Val and his stalwart companions have braved many dangers and fought many battles in their search for this elusive totem.

It looks as if their quest may be at an end and a great victory shimmers on the horizon. But not all images are real. Is the Lightstone within Val's grasp or has he embarked upon a road too horrible to conceive? (Source: Tor)

The Thrall: Touch of Madness (Book 2) by C. T. Adams (Tor 29 May 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Kate Reilly is having a bad month She's on trial for murders she didn't commit. She's next on the list of a serial killer. The parasitic vampires known as the Thrall want her to investigate the murder of their young, and will use any means necessary to force her to bow to their demands.

And--possibly worst of all--her boyfriend Tom's werewolf pack is trying to break them up so Tom can mate with a werewolf to ensure the survival of his pack.

Now Kate must fight for Tom--and fight for her very survival in this brand new paranormal romance from the unbeatable, bestselling team of C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp.
(Source: Tor)

Tor Books

Mother of Lies by Dave Duncan (Tor Books 15 May, 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: The past fifteen years have not been kind to Celebre, the greatest city on the Florengian face of a dodecahedral world. Its walls have been breached and its Doge humiliated by the evil Bloodlord Stralg; all four of its heirs kidnapped and taken over the Edge to Vigaelia; its Dogaressa forcibly impregnated by Stralg and--when her husband's health begins to fail--left to rule over a city teeming with Stralg's troops. And if you think Stralg is bad, wait until you meet his sister Saltaja, a fanatic who sees no human cost as too great to keep the Hrag dynasty in power and her goddess--evil Xaran, the Mother of Lies--appeased.

But there are a few great hopes for the future of the city: the Mutineer, Marno Cavotti, who will not stand to see his hometown destroyed and is massing a powerful liberation movement mere inches beyond Stralg's grasp. And the four heirs of Celebre--each with god-given expertise in their respective fields of artistry, combat, wisdom, or death--are wending their way back over the Edge to their birthplace. Of course, even as Marno and the Celebre children are working towards the common goal of defeating the Hrags, they're all painfully aware that once that hurdle is crossed only one of them can wind up on the throne.

Continuing the storyline set out in Children of Chaos, Mother of Lies is a fierce, kinetic romp that will keep readers guessing until the last blow is dealt. (see review)

The Ninth Talisman: Volume Two of The Annals of the Chosen by Lawrence Watt-Evans (Tor Books 15 May 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: All of the world is kept in a delicate balance under the supervision of the Wizard Lord. It is his duty to govern lightly and protect his domain…but if he should stray from the way of the just, then it is up to the Chosen to intercede. The Chosen are the Leader, the Seer, the Swordsman, the Beauty, the Thief, the Scholar, the Archer, and the Speaker. These are magically infused mortal individuals who for the term of their service have only one function--to remove an errant Wizard Lord. The Chosen fulfilled this role when they removed the previous Wizard Lord and exposed treachery from within their own ranks. Since their last adventure, the world has returned to apparent peace and prosperity. The new Wizard Lord rules benevolently...but with an eye towards modernization through technology, instead of magic. Do such plans jeopardize the delicate balance of power? Is a Wizard Lord who is able to rule without magic a threat to the Chosen? (see review)

Warner Books

Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey (Warner Books 01 May 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Imriel de la Courcel's birth parents are history's most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phedre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions. Stolen, tortured and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood; third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies...and there are many who would see the young prince dead. Some despise him out of hatred for his mother, Melisande, who nearly destroyed the entire realm in her quest for power. Others because they fear he has inherited his mother's irresistible allure...and her dangerous gifts. As he comes of age, plagued by unwanted desires, Imriel shares their fears. When a simple act of friendship traps Imriel in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess and where a dead man leads an army, the Prince must face his greatest test: to find his true self.

Wesleyan University Press

The Kip Brothers (Early Classics of Science Fiction) by Jules Verne (Wesleyan University Press 21 May 2007 / $29.95) - Book Description: Castaways on a barren island in the South Seas, Karl and Pieter Kip are rescued by the brig James Cook. After helping to quell an on-board mutiny, however, they suddenly find themselves accused and convicted of the captain's murder. In this story, one of his last Voyages Extraordinaires, Verne interweaves an exciting exploration of the South Pacific with a tale of judicial error reminiscent of the infamous Dreyfus Affair. This Wesleyan edition brings together the first English translation with one of the first detailed critical analyses of the novel, and features all the illustrations from the original 1902 publication. (Source: Wesleyan University Press)

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