Age of Conan: Blood of Wolves : Legends of Kern, Volume 1 (Legends of Kern) by Loren L. Coleman
(Ace 07 June, 2005 / $6.99) - In the land of Cimmeria, in the time when Conan was king. In the small village of Gaud, the young warrior Kern, the "Wolf-Eye," had long been an outsider. Now he has been exiled, an outcase from clan and kin. It is he who is fated to confront the dreaded Grimnir and free the land
Fall Girl by Pierce Askegren
(Ace 28 June, 2005 / $6.99) - Five years after his arrival at the Lunar Combine, Erik Morrison is completely adjusted to the lunar environment; he knows how to pour liquids, and he can walk as normally as the gravity allows. He?s preoccupied with rolling up the network spies and ?agents of influence? recruited by his federal opposite number, Wendy Scheer. Most of these unfortunates have no idea that they have been co-opted, and are hurt and confused by their often arbitrary transfers and dismissals. But from Morrison?s perspective, these people have to go. (see review)
Mammoth by John Varley
(Ace Hardcover 07 June, 2005 / $23.95) - I enjoyed John Varley's last book Red Thunder so much that I'm not hesitating about reading Mammoth in which a mulitbillionaire clones well, yeah... (see review)
Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip
(Ace Hardcover 07 June, 2005 / $22.95) - Brenden Vetch has spent most of his life learning to listen to the plants and growing things in the mountains of his home. Then he learned loss: loss of his father and his mother to death, many villagers to a fever, his brother to roaming to forget his losses, and his girlfriend to inattention. But Od showed up one day and invited Brenden to come and care for the gardens in her School of Magic. He finds the door to the school under the sign of the shoe in the capitol city of Numis, Kelior. (There are clear and interesting parallels to our recent adventures with WOMD, which could have been named weapons of magical destruction - Ern) (see review)
The White Wolf's Son: The Albino Underground by Michael Moorcock
(Aspect 13 June, 2005 / $24.95) - Knitting together many of the major characters and stories in Moorcock's unparalledled creation of the Eternal Champion, this new novel depicts Elric, the White Wolf, at the end of his thousand-year dream quest, where he will be caught in a breathtaking chase across eras, worlds, and realities.
Night of Power by Spider Robinson
(Baen 28 June, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: The place: a future New York City torn by racial tension and ripe for rebellion. The revolutionaries have high technology and careful planning on their side, their soldiers are well trained and sworn to secrecy, and their plans are unsuspected . . . until the Night of Power. Caught in the middle of the insurrection are Russell and Dena Grant and their daughter Jennifer, a 13-year-old whose genius-level intelligence saves her life more than once after insurrection breaks out. As an interracial couple, the Grants face the problems every couple does-but the Night of Power becomes the ultimate test, of their loyalty to each other and to their separate races.
The Road to Damascus (The Bolo Series) by John Ringo
(Baen 28 June, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: When a ruthless political regime seizes power on a world struggling to recover from alien invasion, a former war hero finds herself leading a desperate band of freedom fighters. Kafari Khrustinova, who fought Deng infantry from farmhouses and barns, finds herself struggling to free her homeworld from an unholy political alliance, headed by the charismatic and ambitious Vittori Santorini, which has seduced her young daughter with its propaganda and subverted the planet's Bolo, using the war machine to crush all political opposition. To free her homeworld, Kafari must somehow cripple or kill the Bolo she once called friend. Unit SOL-0045, "Sonny," is a Mark XX Bolo, self-aware and intelligent. When Sonny's human commander is forced off-world, Sonny tries to navigate his way through ambiguous moral and legal issues, sinking into deep confusion and electronic misery. He eventually faces a dark night of the soul, with no guarantee that he will understand-let alone make-the right decision. And caught in the middle of this volatile battlefield is Yalena Khrustinova, Kafari's young daughter. Will she open her eyes in time to save herself-and millions of innocents-or will Santorini's relentless brainwashing campaign continue to blind her while the tyrant engineers the ultimate destruction of a helpless and enslaved population?
Thraxas and the Sorcerers (Thraxas) by Martin Scott
(Baen 14 June, 2005 / $22.00) - Book Description: In the enchanted city of Turai, the royal family is corrupt, the politicians can be bought, and the civic guards have better things to do than guarding. Thraxas may look unprepossessing, being overweight and not quite overbrained, and more interested in pursuit of his next glass of beer than pursuit of justice, but if you1re in trouble in Turai this portly private eye is probably your only hope. Turai is no stranger to death in all its forms-except that now a new silent and insidious variety of death has entered the city, and no one knows who will die next. It's obviously magical, but the sorcerers haven't a clue. Thraxas hasn't a clue, either, but he has an even more pressing shortage of funds, and if stopping the unseen, unknown silent killer is what it takes to fatten up his wallet, he'll take the job. But will he solve the mystery, or join the dance himself. . . ? (Source: Baen)
Candle Light Press
And the Sky Turned White... by Carter Allen
(Candle Light Press 13 June, 2005 / $9.95) - In And the Sky Turned White a lone scientist on a planetary station with continuous daylight seems have her communications cut off with the inner systems. The robot droid that shares her duties and helps to keep her sane begins to malfunction as word reaches them that the inner planets and colonies are disappearing. The disaster, whatever it may be, seems to be approaching her world. There's no one to consult with and no one to tell her what has happened to the worlds that have disappeared off the net. (see review)
Gateways by Martin H. Greenberg
(DAW 07 June, 2005 / $7.50) - From Back Cover: Science fiction is all about exploration, from the microcosm to the macrocosm, from the past to the future, from the depths of our oceans to far-distant stars. And this collection of nineteen original stories will allow readers to venture through a whole assortment of gateways to worlds of adventure and the imagination.
The Book of Years (Book of Years (Omnibus)) by Peter Morwood
(DAW 07 June, 2005 / $7.99) - From Back Cover: Centuries ago, the Horse Lords had ridden into Alba to defeat the evil mater sorcerer Kalarr cu Ruruc and banish magic from the land. But now an ambitious lord has again meddled with the dark forces, unleashing the power of Kalarr cu Ruruc on the unsuspecting and unprotected Horse Lords. As Castle Dunrath is besieged and overrun by sorcery, only the young warrior and heir Alric survives to seek vengeance on those who have slain his clan and stolen his birthright.
The Light-years Beneath My Feet by Alan Dean Foster
(Del Rey 28 June, 2005 / $23.95) - The sequel to Lost and Found finds commodities trader Marcus Walker and his talking dog George free from their alien captors... and stranded light-years from home. It would be a fantastic experience, if only Marcus weren't more than a little homesick. (see review)
The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
(Eos 01 June, 2005 / $24.95) - Ingrey kin Wolfcliff must solve a murder. A prince has been killed and the succession approaches with the Hallow King's imminent demise. He must go to great lengths to preserve the kingdom... but the price may be more than he can afford to pay. (see review)
War of the Worlds From Wells to Spielberg by John L. Flynn, Ph.D.
(Galactic Books June 25th, 2005 / $12) - From the publisher: Earth Invaded by Mars! Millions Incinerated by 'Heat-Ray'! East Coast Cities in Flame! Panic Grips Nation as Martian Tripods Advance! -- Remember the headlines? They said it wouldn't happen again! But then, we heard, the Martians were coming back...and most of us were not ready for them! War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg is a survival guide for those facing the next waves of the Martian invasion.
Infernal: A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson
(Gauntlet Press 30 April, 2005 / $55.00) - Repairman Jack, reluctant hero and urban mercenary, is back in his ninth novel, INFERNAL by F. Paul Wilson. As readers of the series have come to know, Jack's life of "repair work" has been increasingly overtaken by a larger struggle against a supernatural evil known as the Otherness. He's had some wins and losses against this foe... but this time, the war comes home. (see review)
Golden Gryphon Press
Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories by Gregory Frost
(Golden Gryphon Press 01 June, 2005 / $25.95) - From front book flap: It's a midnight odyssey to a shadowland where vehicles feast on vagrants...where Poe's final days are revealed...where factory workers are exploited by an apparation of the Virgin Mary...and where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart pinwheels through the corridors of Time.
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide by George Beahm
(Hampton Roads Publishing Company 30 June, 2005 / $16.95) - from the publisher: Did you know that?
J. K. Rowling's characters share a lot in common with J. R. R. Tolkien's characters?
Many of the magical items in Harry's world actually have equivalents in ours?
Some of Rowling's beasts have been around for hundreds of years?
Find out the stories behind the stories
With more than 300 entries, from bite-sized appetizers to meaty entrees, this book provides fun and fascinating facts behind the world myths, legends, literature, and history embedded in the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling, who holds a degree in French and the classics.
Arranged alphabetically in four sections?the fabulous beasts, the prominent wizards, the magical artifacts, and the places where the wizarding world hangs out?this comprehensive resource is entertaining and educational: Abominable Snowman to zombies, wizards Falco Aesalon to Bowman Wright, amulets to the wizard?s wireless, and the apothecary store to Zonko?s Joke Shop?it?s all covered here.
With seventy illustrations by five-time Hugo award winner Tim Kirk and newcomer Britton McDaniel, this Harry Potter companion is a visual and narrative treat that belongs on the shelf of every fan.
Harry Potter expert George Beahm is the author of Muggles and Magic: J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon, which was called ?well-written? and ?interesting? by School Library Journal. Publishers Weekly called it, ?Sophisticated enough to interest adults and lively enough to keep younger readers engaged.?
With Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World you can explore the fascinating connections in the enchanting world of Harry Potter.
Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison
(HarperTorch 28 June, 2005 / $6.99) - Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison is the fourth book in the Rachel Morgan series. Continuing the story, Rachel still has the demon mark to worry about, a boyfriend who is scared to be anywhere near her, a vampire business partner who wants to be more (and who has fallen off the 'just say no' to blood wagon), a vampire who wants to have a relationship, a powerful man who has a connection to her past and who she doesn't trust, and now someone is moving in to fill the vacancy in the criminal underground made when Rachel brought down Piscary. It's a wild mix of conflicting loyalties, changing relationships between the major characters, and the fight between good, evil, and the lesser evil. (see review)
P & R Publishing
Bringer Of Storms (Binding of the Blade) by L.B. Graham
(P & R Publishing 01 June, 2005 / $16.99) - Book Description: Throughout Kirthanin, civil war has torn the land apart. An even greater threat, however, will emerge from the mountain and all people must join together to fight this evil. The greatly anticipated second installment in the Binding of the Blade series, Bringer of Storms will captivate readers as it presents the continuation of the story of conflict and hope among the people of Kirthanin.
I Am Alive and You Are Dead : A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrere
(Picador 01 June, 2005 / $15.00) - Book Description: For his many devoted readers, Philip K. Dick is not only one of the "one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) but a source of divine revelation. In the riveting style that won accolades for The Adversary, Emmanuel Carr?re follows Dick's strange odyssey from his traumatic beginnings in 1928, when his twin sister died in infancy, to his lonely end in 1982, beset by mystical visions of swirling pink light, three-eyed invaders, and messages from the Roman Empire. Drawing on interviews as well as unpublished sources, he vividly conjures the spirit of this restless observer of American postwar malaise who subverted the materials of science fiction--parallel universes, intricate time loops, collective delusions--to create classic works of contemporary anxiety.
Daughter of the Dragon (MechWarrior: Dark Age #16) by Ilsa J. Bick
(Roc 07 June, 2005 / $6.99) - From Back Cover: Katana Tormark bears the burden of disgrace. A traitor's actions against her father discredited her family. Now, to regain the respect the Tormark clan deserves, she openly challenges the Coordinator's policy of nonaggression with The Republic, hoping to push House Kurita into a conflict ? a conflict the Coordinator doesn't want.
End In Fire by Syne Mitchell
(Roc 30 June, 2005 / $6.99) - From Back Cover: In 2022, the oil fields bordering India and China contain Earth's last remaining fuel reserves. Both countries claim ownership, and political tensions are at an all-time high. The world braces for a conflict that threatens to spread around the globe ? and into the heavens?
Three hundred miles above the troubled planet, astronaut Claire Logan is living her life's dream: working on the space station Reliance to deploy the first satellite in a solar array that will collect and transmit free power to the planet below. Two days before her mission ends, Claire's worst nightmare begins: The Earth is engulfed in a nuclear war.
The Tower of Ravens: Book One of Rhiannon's Ride by Kate Forsyth
(Roc 07 June, 2005 / $7.99) - From Back Cover: One-Horn's daughter is not like the others of her kind. Born of a human father, she lacks the horns so prized by her people and is scorned even by her own mother. Her only chance for escape is to capture one of the legendary flying horses and ride it to freedom -- if she can stay on its back long enough.
And so this strange, feral girl begins a dangerous journey of love, death, and betrayal that will earn her a new name -- Rhiannon, the rider no one can catch.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
(Scholastic 01 June 2005 / $8.99) - Amazon.com: Meggie's father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life--literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the book's wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse--when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggie's mother in.
Meggie, now a young lady, knows nothing of her father's bizarre and powerful talent, only that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a being so evil he would "feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart," has searched for Meggie's father for years, wanting to twist Mo's powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved, oblivious daughter Meggie as bait! (see review)
Hammerjack by Marc D. Giller
(Spectra 31 May, 2005 / $12.00) - For those who just can't get enough dystopian cyberpunk, (e.g. Blade Runner/Matrix), there's Hammerjack by Marc D. Giller. However, it's a bit better thought out than many of the all-humanity-is-jacked-in-but-one-man-who-changes-everything books and movies out there.
In the prologue, we are introduced to the world of the future divided into those who are part of the over-stimulated culture and those were are not. The over-stimulated are looking for a new and newer jolt provided by human experiences recorded and transferred while those not stimulated just try to keep the peace. Into the mix comes a powerful company with an ever more powerful computer. The future is going to be automated. (see review)
Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
(Spectra 31 May, 2005 / $6.99) - Haunted, the latest novel in Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series, changes focus somewhat from her two most recent novels, Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic. Instead of focusing on the witch Paige Winterbourne, her ward Savannah and her boyfriend the sorcerer Lucas Cortez, heir to the Cortez cabal, Haunted focuses on Savannah's mother, the late Eve Levine and her adventures in the supernatural afterlife.
November Mourns by Tom Piccirilli
(Spectra 31 May, 2005 / $5.99) - Shad Jenkins is in prison and about to be let out when his father calls to let him know his sister Megan (Mags) is dead. That night Shad wakes as Mags tries to reach him through his cell door. The other prisoners are awake and watchful but no one will talk to him. The fury inside him is awake and spoiling for revenge. November Mourns starts with a question: Who killed Shad Jenkins' sister Megan? It ends leaving you with many more questions than you started with but somehow satisfied, even though the hairs on the back of your neck might not lie down for a while. (see review)
To Crush the Moon by Wil McCarthy
(Spectra 31 May, 2005 / $6.99) - Conrad Mursk has returned to Sol on the crippled starship Newhope with a crew of frozen refugees from a failed colony. For his next trick, he's sent out on a new mission: Crush the moon or watch the end of the human race. (see review)
Thunder's Mouth Press
Lint by Steve Aylett
(Thunder's Mouth Press 10 May, 2005 / $14.95) - Are there people who are too important to poke fun at? We have all heard jokes about Gandhi, Helen Keller, and even God, so why should science fiction writers be untouchable? That is just what Steve Aylett does in Lint, when he takes an irreverent and funny look at Philip K. Dick, pulp fiction, and genre publishing, but be aware that if you are not careful, Lint can bring a few insights as well as some chuckles. (see review)
The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories by Paul Di Flippo
(Thunder's Mouth Press 10 June, 2005 / $16.95) - There are those that define art as something that creates a feeling. It does not have to be a good emotion, in fact, a few limit art to only those creations that produce a negative response. Either way, it is the effect that is important, not the meaning of the words. Science fiction certainly has writers whose works fall into the emotional definition of art, and Paul Di Filippo's The Emperor of Gondwanaland, is a collection of stories that certainly will get a rise from many readers, but do not limit him to this narrow measure, as he shows us much broader horizons than just sensation. (see review)
Time Warner Audio Books
Batman: The Complete Knightfall Saga by Bob Kane
(Time Warner Audio Books 01 June, 2005 / $22.98) - From case: Gotham City reels from the news that Batman has been crippled by his fearest foe - Bane. With Bruce Wayne confined to a wheelchair, a new hero - Azrael - takes up the mantle of the Bat. But Azrael is a more brutal Batman, far more eager to punish the guilty than to protect the innocent. Will he destroy Gotham City in order to save it? And will Bruce Wayne sit idly by as the image of Batman is changed forever?
Superman Lives! by Mike Carlin
(Time Warner Audio Books 01 June, 2005 / $22.98) - From back of case: Daily Planet love birds Clark Kent and Lois Lane finally get engaged. Lex Luthor dies in a plane crash, and Metropolis is thriving with prosperity and happiness under the infinite protection of Superman or so it seems . . . (Audio CD).
Arcana Volume 1 by So-yong Yi
(TokyoPop 07 June 2005 / $9.99) - Book Description: The young orphan girl Inez has a special gift that allows her to communicate with all creatures. A great, unknown destiny awaits her--Inez is the chosen one! She travels to the country's capital, where Inez learns of her mission: She must bring back the guardian dragon that will protect her country's fragile peace from the demon-race, lurking within the shadows.From the creator of TOKYOPOP's Model, comes an epic fantasy quest filled with wizards, dragons, deception and adventure beyond your wildest imagination. (Source: TokyoPop)
A Rumor of Gems (Gemstone) by Ellen Steiber
(Tor Books 01 June, 2005 / $25.95) - Book Description: Enter the port city of Arcato: an old and magical town set somewhere in our modern world, a town where gemstones have begun to mysteriously appear . . . gemstones whose mystical powers aren't mere myth or legend but frighteningly real, casting their spells for good and ill. And the gemstones aren't all that's awry: gods and tricksters have also been loosed, sewing chaos in the streets of Arcato.
Caught in this maelstrom of magic and chance are four people whose lives become inextricably intertwined: Lucinda de Francesco, an embittered young woman who has no interest in falling under the influence of gods, gems, or any man; Alasdair, a shaman of sorts who can read and invoke the power of the stones; Sebastian Keane, an antiques dealer who pursues Lucinda with charm and persistence and other mysterious means; and Micheal Fortunato, an 11-year-old boy who--under the influence of gods and gems--may have become a killer.
A Rumor of Gems is a suspenseful, sexy story about the myths that linger in the shadows of our world. If you've ever been seduced by the beauty and power of gemstones, come find the magic at their heart.
Building Harlequin's Moon by Larry Niven
(Tor Books 01 June, 2005 / $25.95) - Book Description: The first interstellar starship, John Glenn, fled a Solar System populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers. The John Glenn's crew intended to terraform the nearly pristine planet Ymir, in hopes of creating a utopian society that would limit intelligent technology.
But by some miscalculation they have landed in another solar system and must shape the gas giant planet Harlequin's moon, Selene, into a new, temporary home. Their only hope of ever reaching Ymir is to rebuild their store of antimatter by terraforming the moon.
Gabriel, the head terraformer, must lead this nearly impossible task, with all the wrong materials: the wrong ships and tools, and too few resources. His primary tools are the uneducated and nearly-illiterate children of the original colonists, born and bred to build Harlequin's moon into an antimatter factory.
Rachel Vanowen is one of these children. Basically a slave girl, she must do whatever the terraforming Council tells her. She knows that Council monitors her actions from a circling vessel above Selene's atmosphere, and is responsible for everything Rachel and her people know, as well as all the skills, food, and knowledge they have ever received. With no concept of the future and a life defined with duty, how will the children of Selene ever survive once the Council is through terraforming and have abandoned Selene for its ultimate goal of Ymir?
Ghosts of Columbia by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
(Tor Books 01 June, 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: Now for the first time in one big volume, two novels of Dr. Johan Eschbach, professor at a small college in the northeast and secret agent for the government of Columbia. This is an alternate history world shaped by the fact that ghosts are not mere superstition but have a literal physical reality--and political implications--because your crimes can haunt you, and the ghosts of your crimes are visible to others.
Here are two adventures--Of Tangible Ghosts and Ghost of the Revelator--that bring Johan Eschbach out of his retirement and happy marriage in northern New Bruges and into danger and intrigue. This edition includes a new afterword by the author explaining the history of this fascinating alternate world.
The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night by Glen Cook
(Tor Books 01 June, 2005 / $25.95) - From book jacket: Welcome to the world of the Instrumentalities of the Night, where imps, demons, and dark gods rule in the spaces surrounding upstart humanity. At the edges of the world stands walls of ice, which push slowly forward to reclaim the land for the Night. And at the worlds center, in the Holy Land where two great religions were born, are the Wells of Ihrian, the source of the greatest magics. Over the last century the Patriarchs of the West have demanded crusades to claim the Wells from the Pramans, the followers of the Written. Now and uneasy truce extends between the Pramans and the West, waiting for a spark to start the conflict anew.
Lord Byron's Novel : The Evening Land by John Crowley
(William Morrow 14 June, 2005 / $25.95) - Book Description: One of the most accomplished literary artists of our time, John Crowley has given us fiction that illuminates and astounds -- from the wonder and whimsy of Little, Big to the poignancy and lyrical beauty of The Translator. Now he turns his unique genius in a different direction to imagine the novel the great, haunted, and enigmatic Romantic poet Lord Byron never penned ... but very well might have.
Documents discovered in a rotting old trunk in an English storage room prove that the manuscript of a novel by Byron once existed, and that it was saved from destruction, read, and annotated by Ada, Countess of Lovelace, a brilliant mathematician and Byron's abandoned daughter, during the final, agonizing months of her young life. While the curious mystery of what became of the manuscript itself is explored, we are permitted to read it -- the whole of Byron's only novel -- beginning to end.
And what a novel it is -- a thrilling romance chock-full of treacheries and deceits, loves and fortunes gloriously gained and tragically lost; a tale of blood, vengeance, and mystery, of thrilling escapes and ruthless murder. Yet in the story of Ali -- the bastard son of the demonic Lord Sane, torn from his life in high Albania to be raised a proper, if penniless, English gentleman -- Ada finds gripping revelations of its author's hidden character, and glimpses into the secrets of his soul.
John Crowley's masterly creation is, in itself, a stunning and unprecedented act of literary impersonation. But Lord Byron's Novel is much more, weaving strands from different centuries into an extraordinary tapestry of loss and discovery, and the powerful, invisible threads that eternally bind parent to child. It is the story of a dying daughter's poignant attempt to understand the famous absent father she longed for to her last day, and the contemporary tale of the determined young woman who, by learning the secret of Byron's manuscript and Ada's devotion, reconnects with her own father, who was driven from her life by a crime as terrible as any Byron was accused of. John Crowley's novel is a wonder -- a modern masterwork that moves, enlightens, and satisfies on every level.
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