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Ace

Conqueror: Time's Tapestry Book Two by Stephen Baxter (Ace 07 August 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: The second novel in a thrilling alternate-history series-from national bestselling author Stephen Baxter. Three centuries have passed since Rome fell, as The Prophecy foretold. Now The Prophecy's scroll is in the hands of a young girl, the last surviving member of the family who received The Prophecy. She lives in tranquility, disguised as a boy among the monks on the isle of Lindisfarne-until the Vikings come, deliberately destroying the final copies of the scroll. But it remains in her memory, and when William of Normandy, who history will call the Conqueror, rises to power, once more the fate of the land rests on actions inspired by those age-old words.

But as time passes, memory of The Prophecy dims--and the veiled girl struggles to understand her heritage before all knowledge of the future will be lost to the past. (see review)

Crashing Paradise: A Novel of the Menagerie by Christopher Golden & Tomas E. Sniegoski (Ace 28 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: The Legion of Doom is hell-bent on breaking into Eden, and they've got the perfect captive to help them: Eve, mother of all humanity-and all vampires. Only Doyle and the Menagerie can stop them from turning a blessed garden into a paradise lost. (Source: Ace)

Dark Delicacies by Del Howison & Jeff Gelb (Editors) (Ace 28 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology.

Nineteen original, macabre tales of terror by the world's greatest horror writers, including Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Whitley Strieber, F. Paul Wilson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and many other masters. (Source: Ace)

Ace Hardcover

The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman (Ace Hardcover 07 August 2007 / $23.95) - Book Description: Joe Haldeman "has quietly become one of the most important science fiction writers of our time" (Rocky Mountain News). Now he delivers a provocative novel of a man who stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime-or many lifetimes.

Grad-school dropout Matt Fuller is toiling as a lowly research assistant at MIT when, while measuring subtle quantum forces that relate to time changes in gravity and electromagnetic force, his calibrator turns into a time machine. With a dead-end job and a girlfriend who has left him for another man, Matt has nothing to lose taking a time machine trip himself-or so he thinks. (see review)

The Mirador by Sarah Monette (Ace Hardcover 07 August 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: The dashing wizard Felix Harrowgate has reclaimed his sanity, magic, and position in society. But even as he returns to his former place in the Mirador--the citadel of power and wizardry--there are many who desire his end. Mildmay the Fox is an ex-assassin, a cat-burglar, and Felix's half-brother. Tied to Felix by blood and magic, Mildmay goes where Felix goes--even into the Mirador. There, Mildmay finds himself drawn to an alluring spy of the Bastion, a rival school of wizards.

The Bastion desires above all else to bring down the Mirador, and Felix is the key to its destruction. But Mildmay cannot let Felix stand alone, and will fight to save both his brother and his city from certain ruin. (Source: Ace Hardcover)

Baen

Man-Kzin Wars XI by Larry Niven, Hal Colebatch & Matthew Joseph Harrington (Baen 28 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: The Kzin were the mightiest warriors in the galaxy, which they were wasting no time in conquering, one star system at a time. Then those feline lords of creation ran into those ridiculous weed-eating pacifistic apes who called themselves humans. And the catlike Kzin found they had their collective tail caught in a meat grinder. When the mighty Kzin moved in to take over the monkey-infested worlds, they got clobbered. The humans, with their underhanded monkey cunning, turned communications equipment and space drives into weapons that cut the dauntless Kzin heroes into ribbons. And then those underhanded humans gained a faster-than-light drive, and no amount of screaming and leaping could keep the Kzin from losing their first war in centuries of successful conquest. But you can't keep a good warcat down, and the Kzin have by no means given up. New weapons, new strategies, and new leaders: Here they come again and those monkey-boys from Earth had better watch their backs. Once again, it's howling time in Known Space!

(Source: Baen)

Miles, Mutants and Microbes by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen 07 August 2007 / $18.00) - Book Description: Two complete novels and a short novel in one large volume: Falling Free-The Nebula Award-winning novel. Leo Graf was just your typical efficient engineer: mind your own business and do the job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where children had been bio-engineered to have four arms (and no legs) to function in zero gravity. Now that they're no longer needed, a heartless mega corporation is getting rid of them before they eat into the profit margin. Leo Graf adopted 1000 quaddies-now he had to teach them to be free.

"Labyrinth"--When Miles Vorkosigan is captured while on a secret mission to a lawless world, his only hope of escape is an unlikely pair of allies: a quaddie and a teenage werewolf.

Diplomatic Immunity- Miles Vorkosigan and his wife were heading home for the births of their first children, but a major diplomatic disaster is looming at Graf Station, colonized by the descendants of the original quaddies, and duty calls. Unfortunately, diplomatic immunity doesn't carry over to immunity from a very nasty biological weapon. The downside of being a troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back. . . . (Source: Baen)

Music to My Sorrow (Bedlam's Bard) by Mercedes Lackey (Baen 28 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Eric Banyon, also known as Bedlam's Bard, managed to rescue his young brother Magnus from what seemed to be a killer demon (in Mad Maudlin), but now he must rescue Magnus again, this time from their tyrannical parents. Eric does not look forward to the battle, but is confident he can gain custody. His financial sources are virtually unlimited, his friend Ria Llewellyn heads the most high-powered law firm in New York, and in a pinch he and his friends can use to magic powers, even flummoxing a DNA test, it comes to that.

What Eric does not know is that his parents are allied with the evangelist Billy Fairchild, who himself is a tool of the evil Unseleighe elves, who feed off human sorrow and suffering. Fairchild specializes in getting "bad" children to shape up, which is accomplished by letting a soulsucker-malevolent creature from the elf world-drain the victim of all talent, creativity, and will, leaving an obedient zombie husk behind. If Magnus and his friend Ace, who is also on the run from her twisted parents, fall into Fairchild's hands, they will join the Unseleighe's zombie ranks. And even Eric's bardic magic may not be enough to save them.

[Ed. Note: See Carolyn Frank's review from our February 2006 issue.] (Source: Baen)

Pyramid Power by Eric Flint & Dave Freer (Baen 07 August 2007 / $24.00) - Book Description: The Pyramid is baacckk! Well, actually, it never went away-but it had seemed to be inactive, still sitting in the middle of Chicago but no longer growing and wiping out buildings as it grew. The pyramidal device sent by the Krin to dominate the Earth had suffered a severe setback when the motley crew of ivory-tower academics, paratroopers, and one resourceful maintenance man had not only survived the worst that both the gods and mortals of Classical Greece and ancient Egypt could do, but had managed to escape from the ur-mythological world that the Krin pyramid had somehow brought to deadly life in a parallel dimension, bringing several beings out of myth along with them.

The Krin device would have been thwarted, if things had been left as they were-but a V.I.P., who knows too many state secrets to be allowed to be missing, was left behind in the world of Greek mythology. So a power-mad Washington bureaucrat has press-ganged several of the survivors of the first excursion into the pyramid's worlds and sent them, along with a team trained in "surgical strikes," to either bring back the V.I.P. or, if that's impossible, terminate him with extreme prejudice. Unfortunately, instead of returning to mythological Greece, they find themselves in the world of the Norse gods. Even if they manage to survive the enmity of Odin and his warriors, can manage to free Loki (a potential ally) and can keep the hard-drinking thunder-god Thor off the sauce long enough to help them, Ragnarok is coming, with the end of the world. And even a hard-headed maintenance man may have trouble fixing that problem!

(Source: Baen)

The Trouble with Humans (Complete Christopher Anvil) by Christopher Anvil (Baen 07 August 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: Humans-there's no understanding them, and no dealing with them either. Or even their planet. Pity the poor aliens, whose shape-changing ability should let them take over the planet Earth before the humans even know they're there--if it weren't for all that omnipresent pollution. Or consider another set of invaders, from a planet where the weather is always mild and the changing of the seasons is hardly noticeable. They land in force and their weapons are more powerful than those of the primitive humans-but they've never before had to deal with below-zero temperatures, flash floods or tornados-not to mention volcanoes. Then there were the aliens who noticed how belligerent humans were, and gave them the "gift" of TV-like devices which would show anything anywhere on Earth, which was sure to lead to war. Imagine how surprised the aliens were when the humans took the gadgets apart, improved them, and started spying on everything the aliens were up to, all over the galaxy. Humans don't make sense, they don't fight fair, and they're making aliens throughout interstellar space think seriously about pulling up stakes and moving to another galaxy! (Source: Baen)

The Two Worlds (Giants) by James P. Hogan (Baen 28 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Giant's Star: The aliens from Ganymede bought with them answers that forever changed human history. Finally, humans thought they comprehended their place in the universe - that is, until they learned of the Watchers in the stars. Now Earth finds itself in the middle of a power struggle between a benevolent alien empire and an off-shoot group of upstart humans who hate Earth more than any alien ever could.

Entoverse: Jevlen is a rational society managed to perfection by immense super computer JEVEX - until now. Things are falling apart, people are changing, or being changed, and shutting down JEVEX doesn't help. The changed behave as if they are possessed by demons. Meanwhile in a nearby, completely different universe, rationality is creeping into a world where magic has always held sway. Logic, the magic of this world, is beginning to work! Cause is actually leading directly to effect! What's more, with the proper concentration and purity of mind, crossing over into a new, rational universe can be achieved. Jevlin is that destination, of course, and the collision is between not just worlds, but universes with completely opposing operating systems. (Source: Baen)

Bantam

One For Sorrow by Christopher Barzak (Bantam 28 August 2007 / $12.00) - Book Description: Part thriller, part ghost tale, part love story, One for Sorrow is a novel as timeless as The Catcher in the Rye and as hauntingly lyrical as The Lovely Bones. Christopher Barzak's stunning debut tells of a teenage boy's coming-of-age that begins with a shocking murder and ends with a reason to hope.

Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the woods. It is the beginning of an autumn that will change his life forever. Jamie Marks was a boy a lot like Adam, a boy no one paid much attention to—a boy almost no one would truly miss. And for the first time, Adam feels he has a purpose. Now, more than ever, Jamie needs a friend.

But the longer Adam holds on to Jamie's ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs…and the weaker Adam's own ties to the living become. Now, to find his way back, Adam must learn for himself what it truly means to be alive. (Source: Bantam)

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

The Salamander Spell (Tales of the Frog Princess) by E.D. Baker (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 21 August 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: In this prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess, Grassina is a young princess-in-training. But as the younger sister to Princess Chartreuse, Grassina is not expected to do much beyond behave herself. When a terrible spell stops her mother from being the good Green Witch, and the Kingdom of Greater Greensward seems to teeter on the brink of terror, Grassina sets off on an errand in the swamp and comes back with some surprises for everyone, including skills that only Chartreuse is supposed to have. Soon it is clear that Grassina has begun to find her own way to the magic she thinks she'll never have, and luckily for Greater Greensward, the audaciousness—and the ability—to save the kingdom itself. (Ages: 8-12) (Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)

BTP

The Vision Quest Book One: The Age of Light by Deborah Pratt (BTP 01 August 2007 / $21.54) - Product Description: Readers are invited to embark on a journey to a brave new earth, set in the not-too distant future where humanity has just begun to remember the limitless powers of the human mind and spirit. It is a time when the balance of universal forces travel at the speed of thought and hangs precariously on the edge of choice. Readers will enter a future where man's genius has created entire new species and unleashed an enemy whose presence can only end in an epic battle between the forces of good and evil. Through the eyes of a reluctant young hero, readers are invited on an odyssey that will define the future in the Age of Light. Remember the powers of imagination and with it manifest into reality the world of the Vision Quest. (Source: BTP)

DAW

Pandora's Closet by Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg (Editors) (DAW 07 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Nineteen original tales of the pandora legend-as no one has ever imagine it before.

When Pandora's Box was opened, so the ancient tale goes, all the evils that would beset humanity were released into the world. When the box was all but empty, the only thing that remained was hope. Now some of fantasy's finest writers have taken on the task of opening Pandora's closet. It is naturally chock full of an assortment of items, including a ring that can bring its wearer infinite health, a special helmet found in the most unlikely of places, a mysterious box that holds a legendary piece of cloth, and a red hoodie that transforms a woman's world. These stories are of items claimed by people, but only at their own peril. After indulging in these stories, readers will certainly look at their own closets in a whole new light. (see review)

The Fox by Sherwood Smith (DAW 07 August 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: Attending the King's Military Academy had been Inda's greatest dream. But Academy reality is far from what he'd imagined-for by defending the second son of the king, Inda becomes embroiled in a vicious political struggle among the nobility that he has no hope of winning.

But these petty squabbles are only a faint shadow of what is to come. His future holds betrayals he cannot even imagine, and before growing to manhood, his fate will sever him from all he holds dear, thrusting him away from friends, family, and the life he thought he'd been meant to live, onto the perilous decks of pirate ships and beyond... (Source: DAW)

The Sleeping God: A Novel of Dhulyn and Parno by Violette Malan (DAW 07 August 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: Masters of weapons and martial arts, Mercenaries Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane have just saved one of the Marked, those gifted with special powers, from a mob that appears to be under the influence of a priest of the Sleeping God. Learning that this is not an isolated incident and realizing that Dhulyn's own unique gift will make them a target, the two take ship for safer climes. Once ashore the partners take on a seemingly simple mission of escorting a young woman to distant relatives. But not even Dhulyn's talent can warn them of the threat that awaits at the far end of their journey. (Source: DAW)

Del Rey

King's Property by Morgan Howell (Del Rey 31 July 2007 / $6.99) - From back of book: Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant's army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to a dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and battle prowess.

Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies, and struggles to understand a mystical gift that brings her dark, prophetic visions. As the war escalates--amid nightmarish combat and shattering loss--Dar must seize a single chance at freedom. (see review)

The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet by Kelly Link (Editor), Gavin Grant (Editor) (Del Rey 28 August 2007 / $14.95) - From publicity material: After more than a decade of publishing on the fringe, the twice-yearly published 'zine known as Lady Churchhill's Rosebud Wristlet ("LCRW") goes legit with this anthology. A mix of poetry, nonfiction, and particularly speculative fiction, LCRW has attracted a cavalcade of great writers--the likes of Karen Russell, Jeffrey Ford, and Nalo Hopkinson--and won acclaim from underground and mainstream media outlets alike. And, the book is exactly what its title promises, a selection of the very best of this strange and wonderful 'zine, ready to be discovered by a wider readership. (see review)

The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows by Robert E. Howard (Del Rey 14 August 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: Robert E. Howard is one of the most famous and influential pulp authors of the twentieth century. Though largely known as the man who invented the sword-and-sorcery genre–and for his iconic hero Conan the Cimmerian–Howard also wrote horror tales, desert adventures, detective yarns, epic poetry, and more. This spectacular volume, gorgeously illustrated by Jim and Ruth Keegan, includes some of his best and most popular works. Inside, readers will discover (or rediscover) such gems as "The Shadow Kingdom," featuring Kull of Atlantis and considered by many to be the first sword-and-sorcery story; "The Fightin'est Pair," part of one of Howard's most successful series, chronicling the travails of Steve Costigan, a merchant seaman with fists of steel and a head of wood; "The Grey God Passes," a haunting tale about the passing of an age, told against the backdrop of Irish history and legend; "Worms of the Earth," a brooding narrative featuring Bran Mak Morn, about which H. P. Lovecraft said, "Few readers will ever forget the hideous and compelling power of [this] macabre masterpiece"; a historical poem relating a momentous battle between Cimbri and the legions of Rome; and "Sharp's Gun Serenade," one of the last and funniest of the Breckinridge Elkins tales.

These thrilling, eerie, compelling, swashbuckling stories and poems have been restored to their original form, presented just as the author intended. There is little doubt that after more than seven decades the voice of Robert E. Howard continues to resonate with readers around the world. (Source: Del Rey)

The Elves of Cintra (The Genesis of Shannara, Book 2) by Terry Brooks (Del Rey 28 August 2007 / $26.95) - From publicity material: Last year, in Armageddon's Children, Brooks undertook the stunning chronicle that united two unique worlds. Now, that story of clashing forces of darkness and light, of Shannara's beginnings and the human race's possible end, marches forward into an unforgettable second volume full of mystery, magic, and momentous events in The Elves of Cintra.

Across the ruined landscape that is America--hopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal life--two pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins. Likewise, Angel Perez has her own quest, one that will take her from the wreckage of Los Angeles to a distant, secret place untouched by the horrors of the nationwide blight--a place wher the race of Elves has dwelled since before man existed. But close behind these lone Knights of the Word swarm the ravening forces of the Void. As the legions of darkness draw the noose tighter, and the time of confrontation draws near, those chosen to defend the soul of the world must draw their battle lines and prepare to fight with, and for, their lives. If they fail, humanity falls. (see review)

Dial

Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars) by Frank Beddor (Dial 21 August 2007 / $17.99) - Book Description: Alyss of Wonderland's rule has only just begun and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed Royal Bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss does her best to keep pace with the spiraling, non-stop demands of being Queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge. Alyss's life is already a challenging mix of duty, love and imagining when a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of her Imperial Viciousness's return and have everyone…Seeing Redd. Has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, the Cat, from the confines of the Heart Crystal to challenge her niece once again? If not, then who has resurrected Redd's brutal footsoldiers, the Glass Eyes, and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides? Battles rage, looking glasses explode and the Alyssians are once again uniting to defend White Imagination in this fast-paced second book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. (see review)

Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

As Fate Decrees by Denysé Bridger (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing 14 August 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: Ares would permit no one to change what the Fates had set in motion. In an ancient world, the Fates decree that a Champion will soon be brought forth: a being both mortal and eternal, destined to become as legendary as the Gods to whom she will be forever enslaved. Of the twelve who rule on Mount Olympus, it is Ares, God of War, son of Zeus and Hera, who recognizes both the truth of the divination, and the one who has been chosen. On the eve of the new millennium, the Champion of Olympus is called forth by disciples of the Ancient Order of Zeus, and Amarantha finds that she must once again defend history and myth with her very life. (see review)

Eos

Murder in LaMut: Legends of the Riftwar, Book II by Raymond E. Feist (Eos 01 August 2007 / $14.95) - Book Description: It should have been so simple . . . Durine, Kethol, and Pirojil are three mercenaries who have spent twenty years fighting other people's battles, defeating the Tsurani and the Bugs and the goblins. Yet now it seems there are no more enemies to vanquish, leaving them with a few months of welcomed garrison duty as the Riftwar rages on in the west.

When the trio is ordered to accompany a lady and her husband safely to the city of LaMut, it looks like an easy—even cushy—assignment. But in Midkemia, nothing is that straightforward, and the men find themselves trapped by a vicious winter storm in a castle with scheming lords and ladies, an unsolved murder, and nothing less than the political future of Midkemia at stake. . . . (Source: Eos)

Third Watch: Acorna's Children by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Scarborough (Eos 01 August 2007 / $24.95) - From back of book: Khorii, the rebellious daughter of the near-mythic Acorna and her lifemate, Aari, must contend with an overwhelming legacy to forge a path of her own through a universe filled with new adversaries and adventure. She's faced hardship and danger, discovered a sister she never knew, and journeyed to the stars. But now she risks everything, for the enigmatic, mysterious enemy that has devastated the universe through plague and sedition has laid siege with a brutal attack. And there are other enemies even closer to home waiting to strike at Khorii's family and destroy all that she loves... (Source: Eos)

Gallopade International

The Earthshaking Earthquake Mystery! (Masters of Disasters) by Carole Marsh (Gallopade International August 2007 / $5.99) - From publicity material: "The Earthshaking Earthquake Mystery" introduces Carole Marsh Mystery fans to the Masters family, which consists of Artemis Masters an absentminded genius, and his two children, twelve-year-old Curie who possesses her father's shrewd science gene and penchant for solving scientific mysteries, and her rambunctious eight-year-old brother Nick. Curie and Nick accompany their father on a series of adventures of the meteorological kind that expose readers to quirky fun while teaching them scientific facts and theory. The story follows the Masters family as they travel to various locations prone to earthquakes, such as New Madrid, Missouri and the San Andreas Fault. Along the way readers learn the meaning to such scientific terms as tectonic plates, the Richter scale and the epicenter. The characters are contemporary and personable, the storylines fast-paced and intriguing. In addition to the scientific vocabulary and smart humor is a good old fashion mystery for young readers to sink their teeth into as they root for Curie and Nick to capture the proverbial bad guys. (Source: Gallopade International)

Gresham & Doyle

Bertram of Butter Cross by Jeffrey E. Barlough (Gresham & Doyle 01 August 2007 / $14.95) - Product Description: Bertram of Butter Cross, the fourth volume in author Jeffrey E. Barlough's acclaimed "Western Lights" series of fantasy-mysteries, is a magical tale of yearning and loss and the tyranny of years. And like the other Western Lights books in the genre that Barlough has made all his own, it is a tale chock-full of mystery. What, for example, is the hideous, snake-necked monstrosity that has been roaming Marley Wood? Who are the phantom riders seen plunging through the wood by moonlight? And above all, who is the strange small boy found living in the ruined hunting-lodge deep inside the forest? Return now to the Ice Age world of the "sundering," and join Jemma Hathaway and her brother Richard, Ada Henslowe, Sir Hector MacHector and their friends in deepest Fenshire as they struggle to solve the insolvable: the mystery of Marley Wood! (see review)

HarperCollins

Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff (HarperCollins 01 August 2007 / $20.00) - Product Description:

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder.

She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil; her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons—"Bad Monkeys" for short.

This confession earns Jane a trip to the jail's psychiatric wing, where a doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy—or playing a different game altogether. What follows is one of the most clever and gripping novels you'll ever read.

(see review)

Ikthalion Press

Nagrasanti by T. M. Moore (Ikthalion Press August 2007 / $29.95) - From publicity material on web: Book 3 in the Children of The Dragon series of SFF/vampire novels. An illustrated anthology of short stories and art inspired by the first two books, including characters introduced in the books and never before seen illustrations and short stories from previous works. (Source: Ikthalion Press)

Leisure

The Long Last Call by John Skipp (Leisure 28 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: IT'S THE DEGRADEST SHOW ON EARTH! It's closing time at a backwoods strip club, somewhere in America. Business as usual, until an elegant stranger comes onto the scene: chumming the waters with a briefcase full of cash, and a dark agenda all his own. Because he is no mere human being. He is a walking repository for all of the anger and hate that men and women feel toward each other. And every scum-soaked dollar he hands out only serves to up the voltage on the war between the sexes. The have and have-nots. The lovers and the haters.

The result is a blood-soaked, horny and horrifying monster-bash - THE DEGRADEST SHOW ON EARTH - that builds to a shocking and soul-stopping grand finale. (see review)

Love Spell

Driven (Shomi) by Eve Kenin (Love Spell 28 August 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: ROAD WARRIOR -- Raina Bowen knows she can handle herself just fine against anything the harsh Northern Waste throws at her. Until it throws her an enigmatic stranger called Wizard. First, she has to haul him out of a brawl he can't hope to win. And next, her libido is shooting into overdrive at the feel of his hard body pressed against hers on the back of her snowscooter. But there's something not quite right about this guy. Before she can strip bare Wizard's secrets, they're lured into a race for their lives, battling rival truckers, ice pirates...and a merciless maniac with a very personal vendetta. (see review)

Meisha Merlin

Sex and Violence in Zero-G by Allen M. Steele (Meisha Merlin 12 August 2007 / $16.00) - Description: Introduction by Kevin J. Anderson. No other information available. (Source: Meisha Merlin)

Night Shade Books

The Princes Of The Golden Cage by Nathalie Mallet (Night Shade Books 15 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Prince Amir lives in a lavish and beautiful cage. He lives in a palace with hundreds of his brothers, all barred by law from ever leaving the palace until he, or one of his brothers, becomes the next Sultan. Living under constant threat of death at the hands of his scheming brothers, Amir has chosen a life of solitude and study. His scholarly and alchemical pursuits bring him under suspicion when his brothers begin to die from seemingly supernatural means. Amir finds himself thrown together with his brother Erik, the son of a barbarian princess. Together they must discover the dark secret that is stalking the halls of their golden cage. (see review)

Pocket Star

Resident Evil: Extinction (Resident Evil) by Keith R. A. DeCandido (Pocket Star August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Following the events of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the beautiful, dangerous, enigmatic Alice returns, and this time she and her fellow survivor Carlos Olivera are running with a pack of humans led by a new ally, Claire Redfield. Together they are cutting through the wastelands of the United States on a long trek to Alaska. Hunted by the minions of the scheming Dr. Isaacs, Alice has zombies hungry for her flesh and the Umbrella Corporation's monstrous lab rats hungry for her blood...while Alice herself hungers only for revenge. (Source: Pocket Star)

Putnam

Spook Country by William Gibson (Putnam 07 August 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: Tito is in his early twenties. Born in Cuba, he speaks fluent Russian, lives in one room in a NoLita warehouse, and does delicate jobs involving information transfer.

Hollis Henry is an investigative journalist, on assignment from a magazine called Node. Node doesn't exist yet, which is fine; she's used to that. But it seems to be actively blocking the kind of buzz that magazines normally cultivate before they start up. Really actively blocking it. It's odd, even a little scary, if Hollis lets herself think about it much. Which she doesn't; she can't afford to.

Milgrim is a junkie. A high-end junkie, hooked on prescription antianxiety drugs. Milgrim figures he wouldn't survive twenty-four hours if Brown, the mystery man who saved him from a misunderstanding with his dealer, ever stopped supplying those little bubble packs. What exactly Brown is up to Milgrim can't say, but it seems to be military in nature. At least, Milgrim's very nuanced Russian would seem to be a big part of it, as would breaking into locked rooms.

Bobby Chombo is a "producer," and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry has been told to find him. (see review)

Pyr

Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future by Mike Resnick (Pyr August 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: In the year 6303, when earth is bare of anything larger than an insect or a mouse and most people have left for the stars, Duncan Rojas receives a most unusual visitor. His name is Bukoba Mandaka, and he is the last of the Maasai.

Mandaka wants Rojas, senior researcher for Braxton's Records of Big Game, to find the tusks of the Kilimanjaro Elephant, tusks that weigh over 200 lb. each. Why? Mandaka will not say, but he will pay enormous sums for them. And Rojas cannot resist the challenge of tracing something lost for 3000 years.

Back and forth through time, in card games, wars, and rivalries, Rojas searches. But as he begins to glimpse the elusive, lost power of ancient Africa, he is seduced, and before long the quest has become his own. With Ivory, Mike Resnick has created a powerful novel spanning worlds and centuries, an exploration of the nature of history and legend, and a riveting parable for our times. (Source: Pyr)

Razorbill

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Razorbill 16 August 2007 / $8.99) - Book Description: St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school—it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's—the very place where they're most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. (see review)

Roc

Mechwarrior: Dark Age #27: Pandora's GambitA Battletech Novel by Randall N. Bills (Roc 07 August 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: In the year 3069, the Free Worlds League was shattered and the House of Marik disgraced. Now three warriors vie to reunite the realm, turning the world of Marik into a battleground in a narcissistic attempt to save it. (Source: Roc)

Poltergeist: A Greywalker Novel (Book 2) by Kat Richardson (Roc 07 August 2007 / $14.00) - Book Description: Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died-for two minutes. Now she's a Greywalker-walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she's discovering that her new abilities are landing her in all sorts of "strange" cases.

In the days leading up to Halloween, Harper's been hired by a university research group that is attempting to create an artificial poltergeist. The head researcher suspects someone is faking the phenomena, but Harper's investigation reveals something else entirely-they've succeeded.

And when one of the group's members is killed in a brutal and inexplicable fashion, Harper must determine whether the killer is the ghost itself, or someone all too human. (see review)

Thin Air (Weather Warden, Book 6) by Rachel Caine (Roc 07 August 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: After preventing Mother Earth from destroying the planet, Joanne Baldwin lost her memories thanks to Ashan the djinn-and they will remain lost forever unless Joanne can recover her identity-and destroy the demon who is impersonating her, fabulous shoes and all... (Source: Roc)

Scholastic

Is That A Glow-in-the-Dark Bunny In Your Pillowcase? by Todd Strasser (Scholastic 01 August 2007 / $5.99) - Product Description: With Halloween approaching, Leyton and Wade Tardy are trying to come up with totally awesome costumes. Whoever has the best costume will win the King of Candy Contest. Unfortunately, bossy Fibby Mandible and the awful Barton Slugg have their eyes on that prize as well. As if that wasn't enough, the fiercest, meanest, most sinister aliens in the entire universe suddenly appear in Leyton and Wade's neighborhood. Will the Tardy Boys be able to save the Earth from destruction? (Source: Scholastic)

Signet

The Vanishing by Bentley Little (Signet 07 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: In Beverly Hills a businessman slaughters his entire family and leaves behind a video of the massacre and a cryptic message: "this is where it begins." Sure enough, it is only the beginning. Children everywhere are either being killed or are disappearing. Social worker Carrie Daniels wants to know why. God help her when she finds out. (Source: Signet)

Touch of Darkness (Darkness Chosen, Book 2) by Christina Dodd (Signet 07 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Handsome, powerful Rurik Wilder holds the power to transform himself into a fierce bird of prey-a gift that's caused death and destruction. At last he's offered the chance to redeem himself. Only one woman stands in his way-a beautiful writer determined to wreak revenge on the assassins who murdered her family. Assassins, it's been rumored, who have powers no human should ever possess... (Source: Signet)

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Twinkle by Public Domain (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 07 August 2007 / $15.99) - Book Description: Twinkle, twinkle, little star...

A beloved nursery rhyme gets a stellar new spin and becomes an interplanetary voyage of friendship and adventure that's perfect for your very own "little star." (Source: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Solaris

Splinter by Adam Roberts (Solaris 28 August 2007 / $15.00) - Book Description: Hector travels across America to visit his father on a ranch. He discovers that he has constructed a cult who await the impact of an asteroid. However, Hector is amazed when the section of Earth that the ranch is on suddenly breaks free from the rest of the planet during the collision. He struggles with his skepticism and acceptance of the fact that he is part of the remnants of the human race, on a splinter from the Earth. (see review)

Spectra

Burdens of Empire by C.J. Ryan (Spectra 28 August 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: It's the 33rd century, a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity, but on a far-flung planet, humanity's reign may be about to end…. Alien terrorism, sectarian violence, armed insurgency–it was a police action on a backwater planet that many on Earth believed was a tragic mistake. Now the kidnapping of a human VIP has raised the political stakes to the breaking point. Enter the gorgeous and sexy Gloria VanDeen–ex-wife of the Emperor, media darling, and humanity's favorite heroine. She's been sent on a secret mission to extract the hostage and avoid a PR nightmare. But the situation on Denastri is a lot worse than reported Earthside.

With violence escalating daily, and with an indigenous population whose customs and religion are a mystery, Gloria finds herself on the toughest assignment of her career. Now she's faced with an enemy that may be even more dangerous than the assassins and fanatics of the alien insurgency: an army of freelance killers run by an Earth-based corporation motivated by pure greed. (Source: Spectra)

TokyoPop

Trinity Blood: Reborn on the Mars Volume 1: The Star of Sorrow by Yoshida Sunao (TokyoPop 07 August 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: The Source Material for the Hit Anime! A mysterious terrorist organization is hell-bent on orchestrating a war between the New Human Empire and the Vatican. Special Ops AX Agent Abel Nightroad teams up with a spunky young novice named Esther to try and stop Gyula, the bloodthirsty Marquis of Hungary, from unleashing the legendary Star of Sorrow.Set against a neo-gothic backdrop, this second Trinity Blood series--connected to the Rage Against the Moons series--promises plenty of action and intrigue as Esther and Abel struggle to save the lives of humans and vampires alike! Check out the Trinity Blood manga series, also available from TOKYOPOP! (Source: TokyoPop)

Tor

Queen of Candesce: Book two of Virga by Karl Schroeder (Tor 21 August 2007 / $25.95) - From back of book: Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in The Queen of Candesce, Venerea finds herself plunging through the air among the artificial worlds of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least some convenient allies). She must quickly learn whom she can trust, and whom she can manipulate.

Survival isn't her only goal; with the powerful Key of Candesce in her hands, she can control the fate of the entire world of Virga, yet something even more pressing is driving her--the all-consuming need for revenge. (see review)

Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe (Tor 07 August 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: In the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress but with a healthy dose of cyberpunk: Radio Freefall is about a plot to take over the Earth by power-mad, sociopathic computer-geek billionaire, Walter Cheeseman. It's up to a strange cast of rock stars and oddballs to stop him.

Aqualung, a mysterious blues musician who also has superhuman tech skills, might be the catalyst for the resistance--or he might just be the pawn of artificial intelligences.

To thwart the takeover, the orbitals and the moon colonies secede from Earth. And then something like the Singularity happens, but no one is quite sure.

This is a novel of cyberpunk and rock and roll, of technology, artificial intelligence, and wild riffs off of Heinlein all mixed into an explosive debut.

Matthew Jarpe launches his SF career with a bang! (see review)

Sandworms of Dune by Brian Herbert (Tor 07 August 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description: At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. The fugitives used genetic technology to revive key figures from Dune's past--including Paul Muad'Dib and Lady Jessica--to use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.

Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine. This breathtaking new novel in Frank Herbert's Dune series has enough surprises and plot twists to please even the most demanding reader. (Source: Tor)

Shadows On The Soul by Jenna Black (Tor 28 August 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: Gabriel is a five hundred year old vampire with the soul of a Killer. He has defeated his mother in a battle for the territory of Baltimore, and vowed to take vengeance upon his father, the Master of Philadelphia, for a centuries-old betrayal.

Jezebel, Gabriel's new fledgling, is a soul as scarred as his own, yet Gabriel finds that the ice around his heart slowly melts when she is near. But one of Gabriel's ancient enemies has targeted her--and if Gabriel wants to save her, he will have to abandon his plans for revenge and join forces with his father.

The question is not whether or not Gabriel can redeem himself from his past, but whether he can ever forgive himself… (see review)

The Well of Ascension: Book two of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Tor 21 August 2007 / $27.95) - Book Description: The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier's protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.

Stopping assassins may keep Vin's Mistborn skills sharp, but it's the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn't run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier's crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won't get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler's hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows. (see review)

Tor Books

N-Space by Larry Niven (Tor Books 21 August 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: Arthur C. Clarke was once asked to name his favorite writer. His answer was "Larry Niven." Countless others agree. The Baltimore Sun and Kirkus Reviews have both dubbed Niven "the premier writer of hard SF," and Gregory Benford has hailed him as "the paradigm of SF personality of the last several decades."

Now Larry Niven presents us with his undisputed masterwork. N-Space contains, very simply, the best SF of his career--marvelous fiction, a wealth of anecdotes and gossip, plus Niven's own special brand of wit and excitement. N-Space includes: Excerpts from some of Niven's most loved novels, including The World of Ptavvs, A Gift from Earth, Ringworld, and The Mote in God's Eye; His bets short fiction, including "Bordered in Black," "The Fourth Profession," "Madness Has Its Place," and many others; Quips like the ever growing list of "Niven's Laws"; Notes from Niven describing his inspirations and building blocks for his writing; And an introduction by Tom Clancy, one of Niven's biggest fans. (Source: Tor Books)

The Aftermath: Book Four of The Asteroid Wars by Ben Bova (Tor Books 07 August 2007 / $24.95) - Book Description: In the wake of the Asteroid Wars that tore across the solar system, Victor Zacharius makes his living running the ore-carrier Syracuse. With his wife and two children he plies the Asteroid Belt, hauling whatever cargo can be found. When the Syracuse stumbles into the middle of a military attack on the habitat Chrysalis, Victor flees in a control pod to draw the attacker's attention away from his family. Now, as his wife and children plunge into the far deeps of space, Victor has been rescued by the seductive Cheena Madagascar. He must do her bidding if he's to have a prayer of ever seeing his family again.

Elverda Apacheta is the solar system's greatest sculptor. The cyborg Dorn was formerly Dorik Harbin, the ruthless military commander responsible for the attack on Chrysalis. Their lives and destinies have been linked by their joint discovery of the alien artifact that had, earlier, profoundly affected industrialist Martin Humphries. Similarly transformed by the artifact's mysterious powers, Apacheta and Dorn now prowl the Belt, determined to find the bodies of the many victims of Harbin's atrocities so that they can be given proper burials.

Kao Yuan is the captain of Viking, owned by Martin Humphries, who's determined to kill Dorn and Elverda because they know too much about the artifact and its power over him. But Viking's second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, appears to have the real power on board ship. When Viking catches up to Apacheta and Dorn, their confrontation begins a series of events involving them, the Zacharius family, and Martin Humphries and his son in the transformation of the human solar system... (see review)

The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari (Tor Books 21 August 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: In the debut novel by one of the field's leading artists: Lucifer and the Creator have entered once again into an old familiar wager, but this time, the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight of a weary millennium, Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness. Instead, he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend.

Though imperiled themselves, the angels are forbidden to intervene. Left to struggle with their own loyalties and the question of obedience, they watch Lucifer work virtually unhindered to turn Joby's heart of gold into ash and stone while God sits by, seeming unconcerned.

Grown to manhood, Joby's once luminous love of life seems altogether lost, and Lucifer's victory assured. What hope remains lies hidden in the beauty, warmth, and innocence of a forgotten seaside village who's inhabitants seem to defy the modern world's most inflexible assumptions, and in the hearts of Joby's long lost youthful love and her emotionally wounded son. But the ravenous forces of destruction that follow Joby into this concealed paradise plan to use these same things to bring him and his world to ruin.

As the final struggle unfolds, one question occupies every mind in heaven and in hell. Which will prove stronger, compassion or rage? (see review)

Twilight Times Books

Infinite Space, Infinite God by Karina L. Fabian & Robert A. Fabian (Editors) (Twilight Times Books 15 August 2007 / $18.95) - Product Description: Come explore the worlds of Infinite Space, Infinite God. Meet genetically engineered chimeras and aliens who wonder what a human religion holds for them. Share the doubts, trials and triumphs of humans who find their journeys in time and space are also journeys in faith. Experience spine-tingling adventure. Marvel at technological miracles--and miracles that transcend technology--and meet the writers who made a leap of faith and dared to incorporate familiar religion with fantastic universes. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Infinite Space, Infinite God represents the best in SF tradition. Faith-filled fiction for readers that think. (see review)

University of California Press

The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood by Kristin Thompson (University of California Press 27 August 2007 / $29.95) - From publisher's website: "Once in a lifetime." The phrase comes up over and over from the people who worked on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. The film's seventeen Oscars, record-setting earnings, huge fan base, and hundreds of ancillary products attest to its importance and to the fact that Rings is far more than a film. Its makers seized a crucial moment in Hollywood--the special effects digital revolution plus the rise of "infotainment" and the Internet--to satisfy the trilogy's fans while fostering a huge new international audience. The resulting franchise of franchises has earned billions of dollars to date with no end in sight. Kristin Thompson interviewed seventy-six people to examine the movie's scripting and design and the new technologies deployed to produce the films, video games, and DVDs. She demonstrates the impact Rings had on the companies that made it, on the fantasy genre, on New Zealand, and on independent cinema. In fast-paced, compulsively readable prose, she affirms Jackson's Rings as one the most important films ever made. (see review)

VIZ Media LLC

Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe (VIZ Media LLC 14 August 2007 / $23.99) - Book Description: Young Wataru Mitani's life is a mess. His father has abandoned him and his mother has been hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Desperately he searches for some way to change his life—a way to alter his fate.

To achieve his goal, he must navigate the magical world of Vision, a land filled with creatures both fierce and friendly. And to complicate matters, he must outwit a merciless rival from the real world.

Wataru's ultimate destination is the Tower of Destiny where a goddess of fate awaits. Only when he has finished his journey and collected five elusive gemstones will he possess the Demon's Bane—the key that will unlock his future.

Charity, bravery, faith, grace and the power of darkness and light: these are the provinces of each gemstone. Brought together, they have the immeasurable power to bring Wataru's family back together again.

Walker Books for Young Readers

101 Things You Need To Know. . . And Some You Don't! by Richard Horne and Tracey Turner (Walker Books for Young Readers 21 August 2007 / $9.95) - Book Description: Discover 101 of the most fascinating, most disgusting, and most unbelievable facts. Make your friends jealous with your increased knowledge and amaze people with your ability to answer almost impossible questions! Why is the sky blue? How do birds stand on electric wires without being electrocuted? Could I spontaneously combust at any moment?

Warning: increased braininess may be only temporary. (Source: Walker Books for Young Readers)

Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi Staub (Walker Books for Young Readers 21 August 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: Calla thought that her boyfriend breaking up with her in a text message was the worst thing that could ever happen to her. But just two weeks later, her mother died in a freak accident, and life as she knew it was completely over. With her father heading to California for a new job, they decide that Calla should spend a few weeks with the grandmother she barely knows while he gets them set up. To Calla's shock, her mother's hometown of Lily Dale is a town full of psychics—including her grandmother. Suddenly, the fact that her mother never talked about her past takes on more mysterious overtones. The longer she stays in town, the stranger things become, as Calla starts to experience unusual and unsettling events that lead her to wonder whether she has inherited her grandmother's unique gift. Is it this gift that is making her suspect that her mother's death was more than an accident, or is it just an overactive imagination? Staying in Lily Dale is the only way to uncover the truth. But will Calla be able to deal with what she learns about her mother's past and her own future? (see review)

Wart by Anna Myers (Walker Books for Young Readers 21 August 2007 / $16.95) - Book Description: Stewart has plenty of reasons to dislike his new art teacher, Wanda Gibbs. Not only did she give him the awful nickname "Wart" at school but she has also started dating his dad. She must have placed his dad under some sort of spell, which is entirely possible since, according to her very own son, she also happens to be a witch.

But nobody, including Stewart's father, will believe this outlandish accusation, even though Wanda suggests that if Stewart will support her, she might use her magic to his benefit. Stewart can't help but notice his athletic ability mysteriously improves every time Wanda shows up at his basketball games. Is it really magic, or is it just Stewart's imagination? It's going to take a lot of ingenuity to solve the mystery of Wanda Gibbs. (Source: Walker Books for Young Readers)

Wiley

The Science of Stephen King: From Carrie to Cell, The Terrifying Truth Behind the Horror Masters Fiction by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg (Wiley 31 August 2007 / $15.95) - Book Description: Advance Praise

"What a treasure house is this book! Robots, space aliens, Einstein, black holes, time travel—these themes, and much more, from Stephen King's amazing books are opened up like toy chests. It's tremendous fun, entirely educational, and a great tribute to King."
—Peter Straub

"A fun, fun read."
—F. Paul Wilson

"The Science of Stephen King appeals to both the scientist and the longtimereader of Stephen King in me. Gresh and Weinberg use concepts from King's fiction as launching pads for in-depth explorations of concepts as diverse as ESP, pyrokinesis, time travel, artificial intelligence, quantum chemistry, alternate realities, string theory, and the possibility that we'll be visited by aliens or that we'll face a global pandemic. Much of what Stephen King writes about in his novels is closer to reality than you might think."
—Bev Vincent, Ph.D., author of The Road to the Dark Tower

"A superb overview of King's use of scientific concepts in his stories. And considering all the scary talk lately about pandemic flu, their chapter on The Stand is timely as hell."
—Stephen Spignesi, author of The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia

"Just as Sagan and Asimov popularized science to the masses by making itentertaining and informative, so too do Gresh and Weinberg.Compulsively readable and thought-provoking."
—George Beahm, author of The Stephen King Companion (Source: Wiley)

Wizards of the Coast

Shadowstorm (Forgotten Realms: The Twilight War, Book 2) by Paul S. Kemp (Wizards of the Coast 28 August 2007 / $6.99) - Book Description: The invasion of the arch-wizards is on!

The archwizards of Shade Enclave have come out of the desert with a message of peace, and an act of war. Split by petty disputes and causeless feuds, the merchant realm of Sembia is wide open for invasion, and with no shortage of Sembians more than happy to sell out to the Shadovar, can only one man--even if that man is Erevis Cale--do anything to stop it? (Source: Wizards of the Coast)

The Storm Dragon: The Draconic Prophecies, Book 1 by James Wyatt (Wizards of the Coast 28 August 2007 / $25.95) - Book Description: An epic tale of madness and magic!

A war hero, his mind broken by the wonders he witnessed on his last mission for his nation, has spent years in the deepest, darkest prison in all the world. Wallowing in despair and ever on the verge of madness, he is caught by surprise when a band of strangers breaks him out. But his rescuers don't exactly have his best interests at heart. The magic relic that broke his once-brilliant mind may be the key to stopping worldwide destruction--and whether he lives or dies really doesn't concern them. Thus begins an adventure that will shake the fragile peace of the Five Nations and once again stoke the fires of war across the world of Eberron. (Source: Wizards of the Coast)

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