The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire) by Mark Barnes
(47North 21 May 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid AvÄn share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.
With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of ShrÄ«an into a vicious struggle sparked by one man's lust for power, and his drive to cheat death.
Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certainby plundering the ruins of his civilization's past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper's bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace. (Source: 47North)
Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits (Gods & Monsters) by Chuck Wendig
(Abaddon 07 May 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: The force of nature that is Chuck Wendig returns with an original urban fantasy novel, creating a brand new series for Abaddon Books.
Five years ago, it all went wrong for Cason Cole. He lost his wife and son, lost everything, and was bound into service to a man who chews up human lives and spits them out, a predator who holds nothing dear and respects no law. Now, as the man he both loves and hates lies dying at his feet, the sounds of the explosion still ringing in his ears, Cason is finally free. The gods and goddesses are real. A polytheistic pantheona tangle of divine hierarchiesonce kept the world at an arm's length, warring with one another for mankind's belief and devotion. It was a grim and bloody balance, but a balance just the same. When one god triumphed, driving all other gods out of Heaven, it was back to the bad old days: cults and sycophants, and the terrible retribution the gods visit on those who spite them. None of which is going to stop Cason from getting back what's his... (see review)
Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx) by Jill Archer
(Ace 28 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.
Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, along with a lack of control and a reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider among her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.
When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task that will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined. (Source: Ace)
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Guardian by Jack Campbell
(Ace 07 May 2013 / ) - Product Description: Admiral Geary's First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary's mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire--an empire that is on the brink of collapse.
To complicate matters further, Geary also needs to return safely to Alliance space not only with representatives of the Dancers, an alien species, but also with Invincible, a captured warship that could possibly be the most valuable object in human history. Despite the peace treaty that Geary must adhere to at all costs, the Syndicate Worlds regime threatens to make the fleet's journey back grueling and perilous.
And even if Geary escorts Invincible and the Dancers' representatives safely unharmed, the Syndics' attempts to spread dissent and political unrest may have already sown the seeds of the Alliance's destruction...
Any Other Name (The Split Worlds) by Emma Newman
(Angry Robot 28 May 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William - a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family's intentions for them both.
Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency - a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules - and none of them favourable to Society.
Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife's employer - something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.
File Under: Fantasy [ How Grotesque | Taking Tea | Lords of Misrule | Sorcerous Magic ] (see review)
Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony by Gheorghe Sasarman
(Aqueduct Press 01 May 2013 / $16.00) - Book Description: "The idea of writing a book of brief descriptions of imaginary cities, condensing into it the grandure and tragedy of five milliennia of urban history, came to me by chance, while I was in charge of the Architecture and Urbanism section of the review Scânteia. A writer had protested in an open letter against the demolition of an historic building, and the editors asked me to respond, which I did by writing the story "Musaeum." It was the autumn of 1969, a year after the Russian tanks invaded Prague, an invasion openly condemned by Ceauşescu, a time when many people, not only in Bucharest, believe (what a mistake!) that Romania was evolving towards democaracy." --From the author's postscript to the French edition, 1992
"Squaring the Circle is highly readable. And it's fun. It gives us all the pleasure of a travel guide, and the addiitional pleasure of beingin spite of the meticulous descriptionunreal. As it turns out, a cityscape can be as interesting as a bildungsroman and as meaningful. The first section of Squaring the Circle, 'Vavylon,' is a fine description of a class society that claims to be egalitarian. Anyone can climb to the top of the ziggurat, except the ramps are greased. I thought of Stalinist Romania when I read it, but it could also apply to the US." --Eleanor Arnason, author of A Woman of the Iron People and Tomb of the Fathers (Source: Aqueduct Press)
Children of the Gates by Andre Norton
(Baen 07 May 2013 / $13.00) - Product Description: Two powerful science fiction adventure novels, Here Abide Monsters, and Yurth Burden, in one omni trade paperback volume from master storytelling legend, Andre Norton. Coming of age stories on fantastic and alien worlds.
Here Abide Monsters: On a world where parallel and alternate universes intersect, Celtic faery folk, modern humans, and inhabitants of a distant future share the planet's surface. There are also aliens in flying saucer which are capturing and enslaving new arrivals who fall through the "gates". One group of new arrivals meets a protector, a man who calls himself the Herald. He promises safety--but in exchange, he requires a piece of their souls in payment.
Yurth Burden: Two races share Zacar: the plains dwelling Raski and the mountain dwelling telepaths, the Yurth. The two are often in contention along their borders, and terrible war periodically breaks out between them. When a young Yurth woman goes on her coming-of-age vision quest, one young Raski warrior follows her--and together they discover a secret that will surely unbalance their world and may change Zacar forever. (Source: Baen)
Elfhome by Wen Spencer
(Baen 28 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: #3 in the groundbreaking, award-winning Elfhome series. Pittsburgh, PA has been magically transported to a world of elves and magic in order to stave off a monstrous invasion of Earth. Now Tinker must root out and destroy an evil plot.
Elfhome. A world of powerful magic, beautiful elves, man-eating trees, frost-breathing wargs, and god-like dragons. Pittsburgh. A city that has been stranded deep in virgin elfin forest to stave off an invasion by the merciless oni. Its population of sixty thousand humans and a handful of elves are pitted in war that will only end in genocide. Winter is coming. Supplies are running low. All political ties are fraying. Hidden somewhere in Pittsburgh's crumbling neighborhoods, a vanguard of oni are growing in number and attacking from the shadows.
Girl genius Tinker was once a human orphan, growing up on the Pittsburgh streets. Now she's an elf princess with all the bells and whistles. She rules over a melting pot of humans, elves, half-oni, and the crow-like tengu. Tinker is determined to make her city a place of freedom. She's going to have to kick butt and take names. Seven elf children are already missing--and the oni eat their prisoners when they outlive their usefulness. (Source: Baen)
House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion by David Weber with BuNine
(Baen 07 May 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: The ultimate guide and companion to the New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series.
A new short Honorverse novel, plus a compendium of tech, specs, and history to accompany the blockbuster series.
Portal by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor
(Baen 07 May 2013 / $25.00) - Product Description: The sequel to Boundary and Threshold. New York Times Best-Selling Author and a Rising Star of SF and Fantasy Continue their Popular Space Adventure Series.
Madeline Fathom had miraculously landed the crippled Nebula Storm on Europa. She joined on that frozen moon of Jupiter the stranded crewmembers of the ill-fated EU vessel Odin. The Nebula Storm's reactor was ruined in the landing, the Odin's shuttle can't make the trip back home, and the only vessel that could have make the journey to save them has just been destroyed by a renegade crewman, bad luck, and the remorseless forces of nature.
But Madeline, Helen Sutter, A.J. Baker and the team have one card left to play. All they have to do... is survive lethal radiation, vacuum, and ice as hard as steel while they figure out how to make Nebula Storm fly again.
But even as they prepare to make the journey home, Europa has one more discovery waiting for them... a discovery that might be the deadliest trap in the Solar System! (Source: Baen)
Ride the Star Winds by A. Bertram Chandler
(Baen 28 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: The fourth omnibus edition of the classic science fiction of A. Bertram Chandler's John Grimes books, with four full length novels and six interconnected short stories in this renowned SF saga. The Anarch Lords, The Last Amazon, The Wild Ones and Catch the Star Winds. Pipe-smoking, action-loving spaceship commander Lieutenant John Grimes (think Captain Kirk with more of a navy, salty attitude) moves out of the Federation navy and finds his true calling adventuring along the spaceways of the galactic rim.
Number four in the collected adventures of the legendary John Grimes of the Galactic Rim series, including four novels:
The Anarch Lords: John Grimes' short career as a somewhat benevolent space pirate is over, but he has sunk even lower, becoming a politician. He's now the governor of a planet of anarchists, where term limits are unnecessary, what with all the assassinations taking place.
The Last Amazon: Back on Sparta, the formerly all-male planet, Grimes is waiting for his own ship to arrive when he's caught up in yet another revolutionand you can't tell the good guys (or gals) without a program.
The Wild Ones: Back on Earth was the last place that Grimes expected to be. Another thing he hadn't expected was accusations of witchcraft being taken seriously.
Catch the Star Winds: An experimental sailing ship of space was intended to exceed the speed of light. Then strange things happened involving time itself, and the crew wasn't sure they would ever see home, or their home time, again.
Plus six interrelated short stories starring the indefatigable John Grimes, rounding out a large volume of space adventure with a dash of humor, and a likable hero who always gamely manages to muddle through.
Read our review of Ride the Star Winds in our August 2012 issue. (Source: Baen)
War Maid's Choice by David Weber
(Baen 28 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: In Wind Rider's Oath, Bahzell became a wind rider--the first hradani wind rider in history. And, even if Bahzell is the War God's champion, because the wind riders are the elite of the elite among the Sothoii, Bahzell's ascension is as likely to stir resentment as respect. What's more, Baron Tellian's daughter, the heir to the realm, seems to be thinking that he is the only man--or hradani--for her. Now, War Maid's Choice continues the story--and things really get complicated.
Read our review of War Maid's Choice in our July 2012 issue. (Source: Baen)
Bellevue Literary Press
Love Among the Particles by Norman Lock
(Bellevue Literary Press 14 May 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: Love Among the Particles is virtuosic story telling, at once a poignant critique of our romance with technology and a love letter to language. In a whirlwind tour of space, time, and literary history, Norman Lock creates worlds that veer wildly from the natural to the supernatural via the pre-modern, mechanical, and digital ages. His characters may walk out of the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, or Gaston Leroux, but they are distinctly his own. Mr. Hyde finally reveals his secrets to an ambitious journalist, unleashing unforeseen horrors. An ancient Egyptian mummy is revived in 1935 New York to consult on his Hollywood biopic. A Brooklynite suddenly dematerializes and passes through the Internet, in search of true love...
Love Among the Particles will thrill Norman Lock's devoted fans and dazzle new readers with its dizzying displays of literary pyrotechnics. It is nothing less than a compendium of the marvelous. (Source: Bellevue Literary Press)
Crazy 8 Press
ReDeus: Beyond Borders (Volume 2) by Aaron Rosenberg
(Crazy 8 Press 09 May 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: In ReDeus: Divine Tales, the gods returned to us. All of them. Now, in ReDeus: Beyond Borders, see just what that means for the nations of the worldand the people living in them. Everything has not necessarily turned out for the best, especially in some lands. Nor is it all bad. But with so many gods vying for worship, there's some interesting jockeying going on, for lands and for people. It's a vastly different world the gods have returned to, and their efforts to re-assert themselves have forced mortals into a complicated, ever-changing struggle to live and provide for their families. Returning to ReDeus alongside series creators Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, and Aaron Rosenberg are Phil Giunta, William Leisner, Scott Pearson, Lawrence M. Schoen, and Steven H. Wilson. Joining us for the first time are Lorraine Anderson, Kelly Meding, Steve Lyons, David McDonald, and Janna Silverstein. All told, there are thirteen brand-new tales of what happens when the gods go . . . beyond borders. (see review)
After Earth by Peter David
(Del Rey 28 May 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: Experience the vast tapestry of After Earth in a novelization unlike any other: a thousand-year saga featuring original content from the mind of Peter David, the veteran SF author who helped develop the richly imagined universe. This is the complete, never-before-seen chronicle of the extraordinary family that's been across the universe and backfrom humanity's last days on Earth through the events of the epic film!
RAIGE RUNS IN THE FAMILY: General Cypher Raige of the United Ranger Corps is only the latest in a long line of heroes. For a thousand years, ever since the globe was engulfed by environmental apocalypse, the Raiges have been instrumental in humanity's survival. They led the way as the survivors abandoned Earth, settled an uninhabitable planet called Nova Prime, withstood an onslaught from a mysterious alien force, and carved out a new home in the farthest reaches of the galaxy.
Now Cypher has returned to his family after an extended tour of duty. For his thirteen-year-old son, Kitai, tagging along with his famous father is the adventure of a lifetime--and a chance to salvage their relationship. But when an asteroid collides with their craft, they make a crash landing that leaves Cypher seriouslyperhaps fatallywounded.
Kitai Raige has always wanted to prove that he has what it takes to live up to his illustrious name. Now, all too soon, he gets his chance. With his father's life on the line, Kitai must venture out into the strange, hostile terrain of a new world that seems eerily familiar: Earth.
Based on screenplay by Gary Whiffa and M. Night Shyamalan. Story by Will Smith. (see review)
School Spirits (Hex Hall Novel, A) by Rachel Hawkins
(Disney Hyperion 14 May 2013 / ) - Product Description: Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy's older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break. Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it's not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it's strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush. Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance! (see review)
The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen
(Ebury Press 06 May 2013 / $13.42) - Product Description: The latest instalment in the Science of Discworld series. (Source: Ebury Press)
Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator -- they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong -- Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent spaceflight and the human race will be turned into ice-pops.
Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin, whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Either way, it's no easy task to change history, as the wizards discover to their cost. Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?
Eggplant Literary Productions
The Fine Art of Boxing by Phil Voyd
(Eggplant Literary Productions 20 May 2013 / $3.99) - Book Description: Bronzage's life is complicated. He doesn't trust his fight manager. He's on the outs with his movie star girlfriend. Not to mention staying on the right side of public interest groups like the Genetically Correct League.
Complicated Bronzage can handle, as long as he can keep funneling his winnings into building battered women's shelters. It's how Bronzage justifies the violence he unleashes in the ring. Until he gets KO'd in a humiliating defeat.
There's no time for wallowing in self-pity while watching sushi westerns like the zombie flick Shane Comes Back, though. He's got to get ready for his comeback fight.
But Bronzage isn't certain things are what they seem at the new training facility. He's not sure if he needs to watch out for anti-GMO Do Good Soldiers, or just the monsters in the woods. One thing is clear: to survive he's going to have to let the violence loose outside the ring.
Exterminating Angel Press
Greenbeard by Richard James Bentley
(Exterminating Angel Press 14 May 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: Captain Sylvestre de Greybagges is your typical seventeenth-century Cambridge-educated lawyer turned Caribbean pirate, as comfortable debating the virtues of William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and compound interest as he is wielding a cutlass, needling archrival Henry Morgan, and parsing rum-soaked gossip for his next target. When a pepper monger's loose tongue lets out a rumor about a fleet loaded with silver, the Captain sets sail only to find himself in a close encounter of a very different kind.
After escaping with his sanity barely intact and his beard transformed an alarming bright green, Greybagges rallies The Ark de Triomphe crew for a revenge-fueled, thrill-a-minute adventure to the ends of the earth and beyond.
Destined to become a cult favorite, this frolicsome tale of skullduggery, jiggery-pokery, and chicanery upon Ye High Seas is brimming with hilarious puns, masterful historical allusions, and nonstop literary hijinks. Including sly references to Thomas Pynchon, Treasure Island, 1940s cinema, and notable historical figures, this mélange of delights will captivate readers with its rollicking adventure, rich descriptions of food and fashion, and learned asides into scientific, philosophical, and colonial history. (Source: Exterminating Angel Press)
A Foreign Shore: Clothes Make a Man (Volume 1) by Forrest Johnson
(Forrest Johnson 13 May 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: When 16-year-old Raeesha ran away from Jasmine House to avoid a forced marriage to the cruel Amir Qilij, she didn't know she was running into the arms of foreign invaders. Nor did she expect that her simple disguise, as a boy, would become her permanent identity. Now, she finds herself enlisted in a cause not her own, drawn ever closer to the charismatic Gen. Singer, and into a world of battles, intrigues, desperate ventures, and wonders. (Source: Forrest Johnson)
Tommysaurus Rex by Doug Tennapel
(GRAPHIX 28 May 2013 / $10.99) - Product Description: When Ely's beloved dog, Tommy, is hit by a car, he goes to his grandpa's house for the summer to get his mind off things. While exploring a nearby cave one day he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so does the friendship between Ely and his Jurassic pet. But Randy, the mean kid down the street, decides he's going to make life miserable for Ely and his dinosaur-to devastating effect.
Hannacroix Creek Books
Atom and Eve by Jeff Yager
(Hannacroix Creek Books 15 May 2013 / $16.95) - Product Description: Set several years in the future, sixteen-year-old Ricky Romanello, a college freshman, is playing basketball when he collapses and winds up in a coma suffering from a powerful flu that hits the U.S. population causing deaths and a dramatic economic slowdown. Research scientist Dr. Mandy Fox has been developing an anti-aging drug that she believes might also eradicate the flu. The government rushes approval for the drug as Ricky and the rest of the population soon discover there is an unintended side effect of the new drug and vaccine with catastrophic consequences. Praise for ATOM & EVE: "Atom and Eve" is one of the most imaginative young adult novels I have read in quite a while and a great debut for its author, Jeff Yager. Its mix of suspense, science, romance, and even politics will keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next, and there are enough twists and turns to ensure the pace never slackens. I can't wait to see the movie!"Alan Caruba, Editor, Bookviews.com, Founding member of the National Book Critics Circle About the Author: Jeff Yager grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and now lives in Clearwater, Florida. Atom and Eve is his first novel. (see review)
The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles) by Kady Cross
(Harlequin Teen 28 May 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken.
When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons-or forfeit her friends' lives.
With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin.
Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.
To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation--an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance of triumph, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has.... (Source: Harlequin Teen)
Dead Man's Deal: The Asylum Tales by Jocelynn Drake
(Harper Voyager 07 May 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake continues the dark and dangerous adventures of a magical tattoo artist begun in Angel's Ink.
In a gritty urban fantasy world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires swim free in a sea of humanity, sometimes you need an edge. Looking for a little love? Need some luck? Desperate for revenge? Gage can give you what you need. The most talented tattoo artist in town, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart's desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price.
The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his transgressions. Too bad if innocent humans and monsters--entire cities--get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him. (see review)
Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
(Harper Voyager 14 May 2013 / $29.99) - Product Description: Three decades...Five Riftwars...One magnificent saga: Magician's End is the final book in New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist's science fiction epic Riftwar Cycle.
Thirty years ago, Feist's first novel, Magician, introduced us to an orphan boy named Pug, who rises from slavery to become a Master Magician, and to Midkemia and the Riftwar, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred Pug's world for generations.
After twenty-nine books, Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career: Magician's End, the final chapter in The Chaos Wars, the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.
Pug, now the greatest magician of all time, must risk everything he has fought for and everything he cherishes in the hope of destroying an evil enemy once and for all. But to achieve peace and save untold millions of lives, he will have to pay the ultimate price. (Source: Harper Voyager)
Unburning Alexandria (Sierra Waters) by Paul Levinson
(JoSara MeDia 01 May 2013 / ) - Product Description: Mid-twenty-first century time traveler Sierra Waters, fresh from her mission to save Socrates from the hemlock, is determined to alter history yet again, by saving the ancient Library of Alexandria - where as many as 750,000 one-of-a-kind texts were lost, an event described by many as "one of the greatest intellectual catastrophes in history."
Along the way she will encounter old friends such as William Henry Appleton the great 19th century American publisher and enemies like the enigmatic time traveling inventor Heron of Alexandria. And her quest will involve such other real historic personages as Hypatia, Cleopatra's sister Arsinoe, Ptolemy the astronomer, and St. Augustine - again placing her friends, her loved-ones, and herself in deadly jeopardy.
In this sequel to the The Plot to Save Socrates, award winning author Paul Levinson offers another time-traveling adventure spanning millennia, full of surprising twists and turns, all the while attempting the seemingly impossible: Unburning Alexandria.
Michael L Brachman
Rome's Evolution (Rome's Revolution #3) by Michael Brachman
(Michael L Brachman 14 May 2013 / $12.99) - Product Description: Past and future collide in this riveting conclusion to the Rome's Revolution series.
For the last two years, Rei and Rome have enjoyed a measure of peace in which to raise their son Aason on the little world of Deucado. One day, without warning, that peace is shattered by an intentional explosion, destroying their house and leaving Rei severely injured. Who planted the bomb and why? Their faithful starship MINIMCOM takes them on a dizzying quest for answers ending up at The Hand, the most spectacular geological formation ever seen on the worlds of Man. A confrontation with the would-be assassins reveals the plot to kill Rei and Rome runs far deeper than they ever imagined. The conspiracy stretches all the way to the Earth with Aason caught directly in the cross-hairs.
Time is running out. Can they save their son? Can they save themselves? (Source: Michael L Brachman)
The Red Plague Affair (Bannon and Clare) by Lilith Saintcrow
(Orbit 21 May 2013 / $14.00) - Product Description: Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime in service to Queen Victrix, has a mission: to find the doctor who has created a powerful new weapon. Her friend, the mentath Archibald Clare, is only too happy to help. It will distract him from pursuing his nemesis, and besides, Clare is not as young as he used to be. A spot of Miss Bannon's excellent hospitality and her diverting company may be just what he needs.
Unfortunately, their quarry is a fanatic, and his poisonous discovery is just as dangerous to Britannia as to Her enemies. Now a single man has set Londinium ablaze, and Clare finds himself in the middle of distressing excitement, racing against time and theory to find a cure. Miss Bannon, of course, has troubles of her own, for the Queen's Consort Alberich is ill, and Her Majesty unhappy with Bannon's loyal service. And there is still no reliable way to find a hansom when one needs it most... The game is afoot. And the Red Plague rises.
The fantastic follow-up to The Iron Wyrm Affair, set in an alternate Victorian world where magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head. (Source: Orbit)
The Tyrant's Law (The Dagger and the Coin) by Daniel Abraham
(Orbit 14 May 2013 / $17.00) - Product Description: The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it.
Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.
Widowed and disgraced at the heart of the Empire, Clara Kalliam has become a loyal traitor, defending her nation against itself. And in the shadows of the world, Captain Marcus Wester tracks an ancient secret that will change the war in ways not even he can forsee. (see review)
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
(Penguin Books 28 May 2013 / $17.00) - Product Description: A Discovery of Witches introduced reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Harkness's much-anticipated sequel, Shadow of Night, picks up from A Discovery of Witches' cliffhanger ending. Diana and Matthew time-travel to Elizabethan London and are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana searches for a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew's past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different--and vastly more dangerous--journey. (Source: Penguin Books)
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange
(Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing 02 May 2013 / $14.95) - Product Description: Welcome to the high school of the future. The glee club is full of rock stars, the brainy kids hack permanent records, and the basketball players are as conceited as the cheerleaders. The walls are ablaze with six-foot-high logos of the hottest junk food, software, and clothing brands of the day. The popular kids are sponsored by Abercrombie, Microsoft, and Frito-Lay. You, on the other hand, can't even get a return text from Clearasil. Your best friend is a witch, your boyfriend a twerp. Your geometry teacher hates you and your mom is gleefully counting down the days until graduation. Guess it's time for another hit of iHigh. (Source: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
Pocket Books/Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness by Alan Dean Foster
(Pocket Books/Star Trek 21 May 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: Months after the dramatic events seen in the 2009 blockbuster film Star Trek, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterpriseincluding Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock, Doctor Leonard McCoy, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, and Ensign Pavel Chekovis called back home. But an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has declared all-out war on Starfleet and everything it stands for, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. Now with a personal score to settle as a result, Kirk must lead a covert manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As these valiant heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Captain Kirk has left: his crew. (see review)
Never (Lightbringer) by K.D. Mcentire
(Pyr 07 May 2013 / $17.95) - Product Description: The Never is on the brink of destruction by the Lady Walker. Wendy, shorn of her Light by the Reapers, must be the one to save it from the beasts between the worlds. Now no more powerful than an average spirit, Wendy reluctantly strikes a balance between Elise, the new Reaper matriarch, and Jane, a Reaper gone rogue. Torn between her duty to her friends, the Riders, and her duty as the Lightbringer, Wendy must rush to learn the secrets left behind.
She must make the ultimate sacrifice to bring the worlds into balance once more... even if it costs her very soul. (Source: Pyr)
Shield of Sea and Space (The Chaos Knight Book Three) by Erin Hoffman
(Pyr 07 May 2013 / $18.00) - Product Description: Vidarian Rulorat, called the Tesseract, a powerful magic-user whose abilities spread across multiple elements, finds himself at war with the Alorean Import Company, a powerful cabal of merchants wealthy enough to buy nations. By opening the gate between worlds, Vidarian released the Starhunter, goddess of chaos. With her coming, wild magic returned to the world of Andovar, bringing with it shape- changers and strange awakened elemental technologies, including many-sailed ships powered by air magic, and mechanical automata lit from within by earth and fire. Now, Vidarian discovers that the Alorean Import Company is determined to eliminate two- thirds of this new life on Andovar in the hopes of hoarding more magic for themselves in a new, worldwide plutocracy. Along with his human, gryphon, and shapechanger allies, he must stop the Company if he is to safeguard any future for the diverse life of Andovar, including his and Ariadel's newborn daughter. With the existence of whole species hanging in the balance, Vidarian is locked in a race for the future of the world. (Source: Pyr)
Quantum Forge Press
Ships of My Fathers (Father Chessman Saga) (Volume 1) by Dan Thompson
(Quantum Forge Press 01 May 2013 / $14.95) - Ships of My Fathers is quite good. You never know with self published authors, but fans of Nathan Lowell should find this first book in a 5 book series familiar and fun. Michael, the main character, finds out he was adopted by the man he always thought was his father the hard way...after an accident on the small trading ship they owned left him orphaned for the second time in his life. It happens just a few months short of his coming of legal age to carry on with the ship, and he finds himself suddenly swept up by a family he didn't know he had, and an uncle that hated his adopted father. There's a hint of Heinlein's classic Citizen of the Galaxy and Nathan Lowell's excellent Quartershare in there, and things turn out pretty much as you expect, but getting there is quite a bit of fun, and over too soon. Where Nathan left pirates, warfare, and general skullduggery out of his first Solar Clipper adventure (though somehow managing a riveting story anyway) Dan throws it all in upfront. It makes for a fast read, and one hopes the next volume comes out soon.
Severn House Publishers
The Silence by Sarah Rayne
(Severn House Publishers 01 May 2013 / $29.95) - Product Description: A century-old crime menaces the present in this spine-tingling tale of supernatural suspense. Antiques dealer Nell West is valuing the contents of her late husband Brad's childhood home, Stilter House. Set on the remote Derbyshire Peaks, there was once a much older property there, in which the notorious Isobel Acton committed a vicious crime. Warned against visiting the house by an elderly aunt of Brad's, Nell hears mysterious piano music soon after her arrival. It becomes clear that the music is tangled with Isobel Acton's macabre fate more than a hundred years earlier. A fate whose consequences still menace the present. (see review)
Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy by
(Solaris 28 May 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: An amazing array of the most popular and exciting names in Fantasy are set to appear in the first in a brand new series of Fantasy anthologies featuring original fiction, from the master editor Jonathan Strahan. The authors appearing in the launch volume include Trudi Canavan, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Abraham, Kate Elliott, Saladin Ahmed, Glen Cook, Scott Lynch, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner & Ysabeau Wilce, Jeffrey Ford, Robert Redick and KJ Parker.
Lonely Souls - - Four novellas by
(Spilogale, Inc. 01 May 2013 / $5.99) - Many science fiction writers view the novella as the optimal lengthshort enough to be read in one sitting, but long enough to build a world. And what better world can we build and examine, than the landscape of our lonely souls?
Gordon Van Gelder, longtime editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science fiction, has brought together a set of four novellas that dig deeper into the recesses of our beings.
In "Goliath of Gath", Jan Lars Jensen offers us a look at figure of legend not usually considered: Goliath. One of the last of his people, the giants, in a changing social and political landscape. A pacifist manipulated into death with the promise of peace. A man whose story is rarely examined in favor of David, the plucky hero of the Bible.
Then Eric Carl Wolf brings us to a grassy, cowboy-country, beef-herding planet as barren as the Old West in "Demands of Ghosts", where we meet a former assassin seeking anonymity and redemption.
In "One Day at the Zoo" by Rand B. Lee a young girl with special powers is "saved" from being experimented on by the closest person to her, her mother, who seeks instead to destroy her.
In a strange, violent, debauched future, an assassin confronts a new technology that enables immortality, destroying the value of death, and he begins a quest for oblivion, so goes "Final Kill" by Chris DeVito.
The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
(Starscape 21 May 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter. But routine goes out the airlock when they're attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.
With the captain and crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that's left to warn the ESC. And soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war forever.
Now Mason will have to lead the cadets in a daring assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn't a war left to fight.
First book in a new series. (Source: Starscape)
The Vanishing Vampire: A Monsterrific Tale by David Lubar
(Starscape 14 May 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: Sebastian's life has become a real pain in the neck. It all started the night he walked home from the movies by himself. He sort of blacked out and the next morning, he woke up as a vampire. Now he has only one chance to turn back into a human. And time is running out. (Source: Starscape)
I Travel by Night by Robert McCammon
(Subterranean 31 May 2013 / $35.00) - Product Description: I Travel by Night marks Robert McCammon's triumphant return to the sort of flamboyant, go-for-broke horror fiction that has earned him an international reputation and a legion of devoted fans. The terrors of the Dark Society, the gothic sensibilities of old New Orleans, and the tortured existence of the unforgettable vampire adventurer Trevor Lawson all combine into a heady brew that will thrill McCammon s loyal readers and earn him new ones as well.
For Lawson, the horrors that stalked the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh were more than just those of war. After being forcibly given the gift of undeath by the mysterious vampire queen LaRouge, Lawson chose to cling to what remained of his humanity and fought his way free of the Dark Society's clutches. In the decades since, he has roamed late nineteenth century America, doing what good he can as he travels by night, combating evils mundane and supernatural, and always seeking the key to regaining a mortal life.
That key lies with his maker, and now Lawson hopes to find LaRouge at the heart of a Louisiana swamp with the aid of a haunted priest and an unexpected ally. In the tornado-wracked ghost town of Nocturne, Lawson must face down monstrous enemies, the rising sun, and his own nature. Readers will not want to miss this thrilling new dark novella from a master storyteller. (see review)
The Gist by Michael Marshall Smith
(Subterranean 31 May 2013 / $35.00) - Product Description: 'The conscious extraction of meaning from a procession of words is not, after all, the only way of interacting with a text, or with anything else in the world...'
A dealer in old books, lost books--books no-one knows even exist. A man who works for him, prizing meaning from places where it is deeply hidden. A book, at first unintelligible...but which begins to reveal its secrets in ways the translator could never have guessed.
This is the story of The Gist, but that s only the beginning of the journey. Michael Marshall Smith's original novelette was then translated into French by Benoit Domis, before being rendered back into English by Nicholas Royle--who had no access to the original text or author during the process.
All three versions are presented in this edition. The idea is to discover what happened during the process, how much the story changed while passing through two other minds and another language...
To see if The Gist survived. (see review)
Crescent (A Helium-3 Novel) by Homer Hickam
(Thomas Nelson 28 May 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: Crescent is a crowhopper--a genetically modified mercenary programmed for ruthless warfare. For her it's a disaster when a young man denies her the chance to die in battle. When Crater Trueblood captures her, takes her home with him to Moontown, and actually treats her kindly? That's beyond comprehension.
Crater is weary of war. He's a miner, not a soldier. He'd rather spend time working than battle the infernal crowhoppers and their bosses from earth. When he captures a little crowhopper and brings her home, he's surprised to enjoy her company. When she's falsely accused of murder, he becomes an outlaw to help her escape.
Maria Medaris, like her grandfather, is a ruthless competitor in business and in life. She's well on her way to building an empire for herself. But she's haunted by the memory of a young man she traveled with three years earlier, the man she's vowed never to see again. Crater Trueblood.
When a murderous band of assassins attack, Crescent, Crater, and Maria escape into the "big suck" and trek with a caravan of mining pioneers toward a lunar ghost town called Endless Dust. To survive they must do more than navigate the beautiful, desolate moonscape and battle a persistent band of crowhoppers. They must decide what--and who--is truly worth fighting for. (Source: Thomas Nelson)
Antiagon Fire (Imager Portfolio) by L.E. Modesitt
(Tor Books 28 May 2013 / $27.99) - Product Description: The hard-won battles fought in Imager's Battalion have earned Quaeryt a promotion to commander, as well as an assignment to convince the Pharsi High Council in the nation of Khel to submit to Lord Bhayar's rule, which is key to Bhayar's ambition to unite all of Solidar. Joined by his pregnant wife Vaelora, who is also Bhayar's sister, Quaeryt leads an army and a handful of imagers deeper into the hostile lands once held by the tyrannical Rex Kharst, facing stiff-necked High Holders, attacks by land and seaincluding airborne fire launched by hostile imagers from the land of Antiagoand a mysterious order of powerful women who seem to recognize the great destiny that awaits Quareyt and Vaelora, as well as the cost of achieving it. (see review)
Blood and Bone: A Novel of the Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont
(Tor Books 21 May 2013 / $27.99) - Product Description: In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata.
Saeng grew up knowing only the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs--but it was the voices out of that land's forgotten past that she listened to. And when her rulers mount an invasion of the neighboring jungle, those voices send her and her brother on a desperate mission.
To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign warleader, a veteran commander in battered ashen mail whom his men call the Grey Ghost. This warleader takes the tribes on a raid like none other, deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands. Meanwhile word comes to K'azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer...none other than Ardata herself. (see review)
Mending the Moon by Susan Palwick
(Tor Books 14 May 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Melinda Soto, aged sixty-four, vacationing in Mexico, is murdered by a fellow American tourist. Back in her hometown of Reno, Nevada, she leaves behind her adopted son, Jeremy, whom she rescued from war-torn Guatamala when he was a toddler--just one of her many causes over the years. And she leaves behind a circle of friends: Veronique, the academic stuck in a teaching job from which she can't retire; Rosemary, who's losing her husband to Alzheimer's and who's trying to lose herself in volunteer work; Henrietta, the priest at Rosemary's and Melinda's church.
Jeremy already had a fraught relationship with his charismatic mother and the people in her orbit. Now her death is tearing him apart, and he can barely stand the rituals of remembrance that ensue among his mother's friends. Then the police reveal who killed Melinda: a Seattle teenager who flew home to his parents and drowned himself just days later.
It's too much. Jeremy's not the only one who can't deal. Friendships fray. But the unexpected happens: an invitation to them all, from the murderer's mother, to come to Seattle for his memorial. It's ridiculous. And yet, somehow, each of them begins to see in it a chance to heal. Aided, in peculiar ways, by Jeremy's years-long obsession with the comic-book hero Comrade Cosmos, and the immense cult of online commentary it's spawned. (Source: Tor Books)
Tarnished (Silver) by Rhiannon Held
(Tor Books 21 May 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven't found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage--his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumors of his lack of control. And then there's Silver--the werewolf who has lost her wild self to a monster's assault, and who can no longer shift forms. But perhaps together they can overcome all the doubters.
Tarnished, the second book in Rhiannon Held's wonderful urban fantasy series, follows on from Silver and plunges readers into the world of the shape-shifter packs who live hidden among us. (Source: Tor Books)
The Human Division by John Scalzi
(Tor Books 14 May 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.
The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU's secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance--an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they've invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.
Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won't be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning...and a brilliant "B Team", centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you're struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.
Being published online from January to April 2013 as a three-month digital serial, The Human Division will appear as a full-length novel of the Old Man's War universe, plus--for the first time in print--the first tale of Lieutenant Harry Wilson, and a coda that wasn't part of the digital serialization. (see review)
Tunnel Out of Death by Jamil Nasir
(Tor Books 07 May 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Heath Ransom, former police psychic turned machine-enhanced "endovoyant" private investigator, is hired to find the consciousness of the rich and comatose Margaret Biel and return it to her body. Tracking her through the etheric world, he comes upon a strange and terrifying object that appears to be a tear in the very fabric of reality. He falls into itand into an astonishing metaphysical shadow-play.
For Margaret is a pawn in a war between secret, ruthless government agencies and a nonhuman entity known only as "Amphibian." Their battlefield is a multi-level reality unlike anything humankind has ever imagined. When Heath learns to move back and forth between two different versions of his life, and begins to realize that everyone around him may be a super-realistic android, that is only the beginning of a wholesale deconstruction of reality that threatens more than his sanity. (see review)
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
(Tor Teen 14 May 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings--merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing--kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery--one that will change Rithmatics--and their world--forever. (see review)
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