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Ace

Paths Not Taken by Simon R. Green (Ace 30 August, 2005 / $6.99) - CAUTION- MINOR SPOILERS
In Paths Not Taken, private eye John Taylor?s battle with his mother goes in a new direction: the distant past. (see review)

Robots by Jack Dann (Ace 30 August, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: Here, some of the most advanced carbon-based minds in science fiction offer their own unique perspectives on the complex and conflicted future relationships between mankind and his most brilliant creations--some funny, some sad, some bizarre, some terrifying, and all beyond anything ever imagined.

War Surf by M. M. Buckner (Ace 30 August, 2005 / $7.99) - From back of book: Nasir Deepra is one of the executives who rule 23rd-century Earth. For fun, Nasir and his rich friends drop into the minor wars that routinely break out between aggrieved workers and their Coms. Nasir and his team broadcast their adventures on the Net, where their excursions have become known as "war surfing."

But these brushes with death can't divert Nasir for long - until he meets a young girl named Sheeba. She drives him wild with desire. She makes him break all his careful rules. And she pushes him into an increadibly dangerous war surf on an orbinting satellite called Heaven, where Nasir's deepest secrets will come to light - and his closest brush with death may be his last...

Aspect

Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly (Aspect 01 August, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: The Yellow City is in crisis. The wells are running dry, and the Sun Mages have been unable to call the rains. Frustrated and impotent, Mages across the land can no longer work the magic that once ran their empire. Now the magic lies solely in the hands of a few women-the first ever to have developed magical powers. The men's anger knows no bounds-and that hatred spills over in a series of violent attacks. Now, Raeshaldis, Summer Concubine, and Pomegranate Woman, three uneducated and unskilled women, must band together and use their new powers to save both their country and themselves.

Authorhouse

Galactic Combat: Prelude to War: Prelude to War by Allan Kuskowski (Authorhouse 30 August, 2005 / $28.50) - From book flap: From the battle of Abru-El to the assassination of key Reticulum political leaders, from the death camps of General Lamboda and his Zaden empire, to the construction of horrific weapons of mass destruction, the Rader brothers and their courageous families will play a major role in the first galactic war of the new millennium.

Baen

Bedlam's Edge by Mercedes Lackey (Baen 01 August, 2005 / $26.00) - Book Description: Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill are the biggest names in the urban fantasy subgenre-where elves, banshees, trolls, and even stranger creatures walk modern city streets, their presence, and even their existence unsuspected by the human inhabitants. Now these two present a volume of all new urban fantasy, with a stellar lineup of the best new fantasy writers, such as Roberta Gellis, Dave Freer and Eric Flint, Diana Paxton, and more-including two new stories and an afterword by Mercedes Lackey herself, as well as a story by Rosemary Edghill. This is an indispensable volume for fans of urban fantasy in general, and the thousands of fans of Mercedes Lackey in particular.

Kren of the Mitchegai (The Boy and His Tank) by Leo Frankowski (Baen 30 August, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: First, the involuntary colonists of New Kashubia rescued their planet from crushing debt by becoming virtual-reality mercenaries, then they successfully revolted against the oppressive government of Earth, but now they are menaced by the Mitchegai, a species whose biology has made them inherently evil. The carnivorous adults lay and abandon vast numbers of eggs, some of which grow into vegetarian juveniles, which are the adults' only food supply. Their culture has no family life, they eat only meat, have nothing like sex., and their main pleasures are gambling, art, and killing each other. They are an ancient civilization, millions of years old, with thousands of densely populated star systems in their realm. Lacking an immune system, they must completely sterilize any planet before they colonize it. The region of the galaxy they occupy is rapidly expanding . . . and Human Space is their next frontier!

The Second Coming (The Millennium Series) by John Dalmas (Baen 30 August, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: Chaos was sweeping the world, governments were on the verge of collapse, the global economy was hitting rock bottom-and then a man appeared, Nagunda Aran, a charismatic speaker who worked miracles and touched millions of Americans. He made no claim of being a messiah, but he was likely to suffer the traditional fate meted out to messiahs. As his influence grew, powerful men perceived him as a threat to their dominion and made plans to have him eliminated. But one assassin after another failed, thwarted by bizarre circumstances, sometimes even killing each other by "accident" when multiple assassins were sent to do the job. And Aran said that the attempts to kill him were of no importance, since he was fated to die soon-as would many thousands more in an impending cosmic disaster that he predicted was descending on the Earth. . . .

The Weapon (Freehold War) by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen 02 August, 2005 / $25.00) - Book Description: Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, shrugging off training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. Then he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet-Earth. He lived in deep cover for years, marrying and having a daughter. Then the Earth forces attacked his home system, and he and his team came out of hiding, attacking and destroying the infrastructure of the crowded planet, disabling transportation and communications in city after city. As a result of his attacks, billions died for lack of the food, water and power which the ravaged system could no longer supply. His sabotage was successful, but the deaths of so many weighs heavily on his mind, making him wonder if he can stay sane. Then the secret police discovered his identity. With his daughter, the only thing in his life that had so far kept him human, he was on the run, while the resources of a planetwide police state were tracking him down. He could see no way to escape from the planet, no way to keep hiding, and if he and his daughter were caught, death was the very least that they could expect. But Chinran is a warrior to the core, and even if he loses this last battle, he won't go down without a fight that his pursuers-the ones who survive-will never forget

Benbella Books

Alias Assumed: Sex, Lies and SD-6 by Glenn Yeffeth (Benbella Books 28 August, 2005 / $17.95) - Book Description The hit television show Alias has developed a devoted, cult-like following of viewers with an appetite for adrenaline-fueled plots. This entertaining collection of essays offers new and clever observations on Alias's spies, gadgets, plot twists, and character motivations. From the multicolored wigs of Sidney Bristow to the undercover office romances and family angst, this tongue-in-cheek study offers interesting new theories and insightful pop culture impressions of one of television's most beloved new series.

Navigating the Golden Compass : Religion, Science and Daemonology in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (Smart Pop series) by Glenn Yeffeth (Benbella Books 01 August, 2005 / $17.95) - Philip Pullman's landmark fantasy trilogy, which began with The Golden Compass, is a book I'm familiar with thanks to the voracious reading habits of my daughter. The series His Dark Materials is both popular and worthy of critical attention. Glenn Yeffeth has done the reading world a service by gathering this anthology of essays under one roof. (see review)

Carroll & Graf

Divine Invasions : A Life of Philip K. Dick by Lawrence Sutin (Carroll & Graf 09 August, 2005 / $15.95) - Book Description: Divine Invasions is the definitive biography of one of America's greatest novelists and science fiction's greatest ambassador to literary audiences. Philip K. Dick loosened the bonds of the genre, ultimately making his reputation as a literary writer who happened to write speculative fiction, and profoundly influencing such writers as Pynchon, Delillo, David Foster Wallace, and Jonathan Lethem. Divine Invasions is being reissued to coincide with the fall 2005 release of "A Scanner Darkly," a film based on Dick's novel of the same name.

Creation Books

Wired for Chaos by Brett L. Renwick (Creation Books 22 August, 2005 / $15.95) - Book Description: In the near future, thrill-seekers will jack into the real-time sensory experiences of players in full-contact, virtual reality games. Wired For Chaos follows the game's best player, Brice Johnson, when his world violently derails. When his girlfriend's severed torso is found on a meat hook, all fingers point to Brice. As police sirens near, Brice bolts down the subway, and his life of wealth and celebrity privilege spirals out of control.

In the tradition of Neuromancer and Snowcrash, Wired For Chaos is a cyberpunk-noir, hard-boiled, kick-ass page-turner in a world where no one is innocent. On streets where cameras, chips embedded in your clothes and all manner of surveillance keep tabs on your every move-try running for your life.

DC Comics

Elfquest: The Searcher and the Sword by Wendy Pini (DC Comics 01 August, 2004 / $24.95) - For 25 years Elfquest has been delighting readers around the world and, at long last, the latest chapters in the sage of the World of Two Moons is here! In a primitive land where native humans rule and where the forest-dwelling Wolfriders must hunt and hide to survive, Shuna, adopted human daughter of elf chief Cutter, stives to fit in with her new family. Idealistic and brave, she embarks on a quest to unite elf and humankind, even as elfin smith Treestump works to master the mysteries of the forge in long-abandoned troll tunnels. Can a lone human girl be the link between two mistrustful races? Can Treestump realize his dream to forge a sword while a new and lurking menace threatens? Two heroes, two quests, one irresistibly compelling story!

Del Rey

Looking for Jake: Stories by China Mieville (Del Rey 30 August, 2005 / $13.95) - Science fiction is well represented in the area of short stories: some of the finest works in this genre are these more succinct pieces. And while there are fantasy short stories, with fairy tales being the oldest that come to mind, for a long time this genre has been dominated by the novel. China Miéville's first collection of short fiction is an interesting change from his novels and even includes a comic book. Original and different from Perdido Street Station or The Scar, these tense tales give you all the atmosphere, depth and surprises that appear in his longer works. (see review)

Settling Accounts: :Drive to the East by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey 09 August, 2005 / $26.95) - Book Description: Harry Turtledove-the master of alternate history-has recast the tumultuous twentieth century and created an epic that is powerful, bold, and as convincing as it is provocative. In Drive to the East he continues his saga of warfare that has divided a nation and now threatens the entire world.

In 1914, the First World War ignited a brutal conflict in North America, with the United States finally defeating the Confederate States. In 1917, The Great War ended and an era of simmering hatred began, fueled by the despotism of a few and the sacrifice of many. Now it's 1942. The USA and CSA are locked in a tangle of jagged, blood-soaked battle lines, modern weaponry, desperate strategies, and the kind of violence that only the damned could conjure up-for their enemies and themselves.

In Richmond, Confederate president and dictator Jake Featherston is shocked by what his own aircraft have done in Philadelphia-killing U.S. president Al Smith in a barrage of bombs. Featherston presses ahead with a secret plan carried out on the dusty plains of Texas, where a so-called detention camp hides a far more evil purpose.

As the untested U.S. vice president takes over for Smith, the United States face a furious thrust by the Confederate army, pressing inexorably into Pennsylvania. But with the industrial heartland under siege, Canada in revolt, and U.S. naval ships fighting against the Japanese in the Sandwich Islands, the most dangerous place in the world may be overlooked.

The Malloreon Volume One : Guardians of the West King of the Murgos Demon Lord of Karanda #1 New York Times bestselling author; With a new Forewor by David Eddings (Del Rey 30 August, 2005 / $17.95) - Book Description: Discover the magic of The Malloreon-David Eddings's acclaimed series, the sequel to his bestselling The Belgariad. Now the first three Malloreon books appear in a single volume, taking us on an epic quest across strange lands among gods, kings, sorcerers, and ordinary men. It is a gripping tale of two ancient warring destinies fighting a battle of good against evil. Garion has slain the evil God Torak and is now the King of Riva. The prophecy has been fulfilled-or so it seems. For there is a dire warning, as a great evil brews in the East. Now Garion once again finds himself with the fate of the world resting on his shoulders. When Garion's infant son is kidnapped by Zandramas, the Child of Dark, a great quest begins to rescue the child. Among those on the dangerous mission are Garion and his wife, Queen Ce'Nedra, and the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara. They must make their way through the foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos. Along the way, they will face grave dangers-captivity, a horde of demons, a fatal plague-while Zandramas plots to use Garion's son in a chilling ritual that will make the Dark Prophecy supreme. . .

The Malloreon Volume Two by David Eddings (Del Rey 30 August, 2005 / $15.95) - Book Description: Here is the epic conclusion of David Eddings's enthralling series The Malloreon-two magnificent novels in one volume. This monumental fantasy follows the story of two age-old opposing destinies locked in a seven-thousand-year war for control of the world, its gods, and its men. Indeed the victor will determine nothing less than the fate of all creation. Troubles mount as King Garion, Belgarath, and Polgara pursue Zandramas, the Child of Dark, across the known world. The wicked creature has abducted the King's infant son for sinister purposes. If Garion and his companions cannot reach the Place Which Is No More, as the Seeress of Kell has warned, then Zandramas will use Garion's son in a rite that will raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal dominion over the universe. Only the Seeress of Kell can reveal the mysterious locale, but first Garion and Polgara must fulfill an ancient prophecy in the mountain fastness of the Seers. Although Kell is closed to Zandramas, her dark magic can forcefully extract the intelligence she needs from one of Garion's party. Setting traps and dispatching her foul minions, she is determined to claim the world for the Dark Prophecy. But Garion will let nothing stand between himself and his son. . . .

Earthling Publications

Riverside Blues by Erik Tomblin (Earthling Publications 2005 / ) - From book back: Fifty years ago, Gordon's wife disappeared without a trace. He still mourns her. In an attempt to keep himself occupied, Gordon decides to clean up their special place along the river running behind his home. It's there he finds something form his wildest dreams and his darkest nightmares that will reveal the lies surrounding his wife's disappearance, lies he has believed for the last half century...

Eos

First Warning : Acorna's Children (Acorna (Hardcover)) by Anne McCaffrey (Eos 01 August, 2005 / $24.95) - Acorna and Aari are happily mated Linyarri with the power to heal and mind speak while raising their daughter Khorii. Like her parents, the horn on Khorii?s head has the power to heal all illnesses and injuries of all races. The Linyaari, with their horns, hoofs for feet, and other equine feature are well known among the human federation and Acorna is a highly respected ambassador at large, almost revered because of the things she has done to help humanity. Acorna?s life mate is the only member of his species to survive Khleevis torture and with Acorna?s help was able to defeat the sentient insects.

Khorii knows she has a lot to live up to with parents like hers and she isn?t sure she will ever be as heroic as them. (see review)

Storms of Destiny : The Exiles of Boq'urain by A. C. Crispin (Eos 01 August, 2005 / $7.99) - The first of A.C.Crispin's Exiles of Boq'urain Trilogy (Storms of Destiny, Winds of Vengeance, and Flames of Chaos) finds your standard group of fantasy types (warrior, revolutionary, mysterious non-human, and a princess in remission) "drawn together in a desperate race to stop an invading army," only to find that they're really up against a world killing god. Sounds like fun for us, since Ms. Crispin's work is always engaging, if less so for those who have to weather the storms of destiny.

Games Workshop

Blood Bowl (Blood Bowl) by Matt Forbeck (Games Workshop 30 August, 2005 / $7.99) - Book Description: In a fantasy kingdom where violence is a way of life the number one sport is Blood Bowl - Gridiron where anything goes. Dirk 'Dunk' Hoffnung, once a barbarian swordsman, is now a rookie quarterback in the toughest football league you've ever seen. Follow his career as he goes from Most Promising Newcomer to MVP!

Margaret Weis Productions

Serenity Role Playing Game by Jamie Chambers (Margaret Weis Productions August, 2005 / $39.99) - The Serenity Role Playing Game is based on and flavored by the Serenity movie, which in turn was based on the, unfortunately, short lived Firefly television show. The game book is equal parts universe description and game mechanics and aims to provide a system by which people can take a part in Joss Whedon's universe. (see review)

Orb Books

Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint (Orb Books 01 August, 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: Lily is a photojournalist in search of the "animal people" who supposedly haunt the city's darkest slums. Hank is a slumdweller who knows the bad streets all too well. One night, in a brutal incident, their two lives collide--uptown Lily and downtown Hank, each with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city's oldest inhabitants.

For the animal people walk among us. Native Americans call them the First People, but they have never left, and they claim the city for their own.

Not only have Hank and Lily stumbled onto a secret, they've stumbled into a war. And in this battle for the city's soul, nothing is quite as it appears.

Red Deer Press

The Engine of Recall by Karl Schroeder (Red Deer Press August, 2005 / $19.95) - Karl Schroeder again demonstrates that he is a master of Zen and the Art of Hard SF, as he mixes SF-techno-adventure with the a quest for meaning in this collection of ten short stories published over the last fifteen years, including one previously unpublished one, "Alexander's Road." It turns out that whether you're up against the cold universe, corporate calculations or alien strangeness, that survival depends less on beating the odds as it does on coming to terms with yourself and moving on from there. Fans will appreciate the look inside one of SF's best and brightest writers during this critically formative period. (see review)

Roc Hardcover

Afterburn by S.L. Viehl (Roc Hardcover 02 August, 2005 / $23.95) - The Bio Rescue unit returns! In this adventure, the SEALs (Surgically Enhanced/Altered Lifeforms) must protect peace negotiations that are complicated by the dangerous secret of an ambassador's daughter. Her secret may endanger more than the negotiations, however, as it becomes clear the fate of four worlds may hinge upon her.

Roc Trade

Dragonmaster : Book One of the Storm of Wings Trilogy by Chris Bunch (Roc Trade 02 August, 2005 / $15.00) - Here there be dragons. Not noble, helpful dragons with telepathic bonds to their riders. Bunch's dragons are dumb, nasty creatures being exploited by men to help them fight wars--which they do with considerable enthusiasm, tearing men off of battlements, rending opposing dragons and their riders. They do fly, and carry loads and passengers, extremely useful to the men inventing an air force in a medieval milieu. If these are not the sort of dragons you want to read about, stop here. It doesn?t get any better. (see review)

Small Beer Press

Storyteller by Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press 10 July, 2005 / $16.00) - Kate Wilhelm's Storyteller is one of the best writing books I've read in a long time. It's not a 'How To' but a memoir of the 27 years she and Damon Knight taught at the Clarion Writers' Workshop. But, that's not to say that you can't pick up a lot about the art and craft of writing while reading through this book. (see review)

Spectra

Effendi by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Spectra 30 August, 2005 / $12.00) - In the second book of the Arabesk trilogy, set in an alternate city of Alexandria in the heart of an Ottoman Empire that never fell, we find the confused Ashraf Bey now Chief of Detectives and with a series of murders to solve. Murders which involve the woman he didn't marry, planned marriage or not, despite the fact, or because of, they're uncomfortably in love. The first question I like a review to answer is whether or not a book is worth reading, and in this case it's a resounding yes. If you missed the first book, Pashazade, you should start there for the back story...and the adventure. This series was originally published in the UK in 2002, and we're only now getting a chance to enjoy them. Lavie's review is reposted from the original printing. - Ern (see review)

Prisoner of the Iron Tower: Book Two of The Tears of Artamon (Tears of Artamon (Paperback)) by Sarah Ash (Spectra 30 August, 2005 / $7.50) - Book Description: A weaver of tales, a caster of spells, and a writer of rare imagination, Sarah Ash lends her unique vision to epic fantasy. In this captivating continuation to her story, the author of Lord of Snow and Shadows revisits a realm filled with spirits and singers, daemons and kings.

Gavril Nagarian has finally cast out the dragon-daemon from deep within himself. The Drakhaoul is gone?and with it all of Gavril?s fearsome powers. Though no longer besieged by the Drakhaoul?s unnatural lusts and desires, Gavril has betrayed his birthright and his people. He has put the ice-bound princedom of Azhkendir at risk and lost.

Emerging from his battle with the Lord Drakhaon scarred but victorious, Eugene of Tielen exacts a terrible price. He arrests the renegade warlord Gavril Nagarian for crimes against the Rossiyan Empire and sentences him to life in an insane asylum?for the absence of the Drakhaoul is slowly driving Gavril mad. But Eugene has another motive as well. He longs to possess the Drakhaoul?at any cost to his kingdom and his humanity. With Gavril locked inside the Iron Tower, three women keep his memory alive. His mother returns to the warmer climes of her homeland, where she foments the seeds of rebellion. A young scullery maid whose heart is broken by Gavril?s arrest sends her spirit out to the Ways Beyond. And even the emperor?s new wife is haunted by her remembrances of the handsome young painter who once captured her soul.

The five princedoms of a shattered empire are reunited. The last of Artamon?s ruby tears adorns Eugene?s crown. But peace is as fragile as a rebel?s whisper?and a captive?s wish to be free.

Glowing with the powers of light and darkness, Prisoner of the Iron Tower will astonish and enthrall you, as courtly intrigue collides with the fantastic?and good and evil become as nebulous as the outlines of a dream.

Tor Books

A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park (Tor Books 01 August, 2005 / $24.95) - Book Description: This is a truly magical tale, full of strangeness, terrors and wonders. Many girls daydream that they are really a princess adopted by commoners. In the case of teenager Miranda Popescu, this is literally true. Because she is at the fulcrum of a deadly political battle between conjurers in an alternate world where "Roumania" is a leading European power, Miranda was hidden by her aunt in our world, where she was adopted and raised in a quiet Massachusetts college town. The narrative is split between our world and the people in Roumania working to protect or to capture Miranda: her Aunt Aegypta Schenck versus the mad Baroness Ceaucescu in Bucharest, and the sinister alchemist, the Elector of Ratisbon, who holds her true mother prisoner in Germany. This is the story of how Miranda -- with her two best friends, Peter and Andromeda -- is brought back to her home reality. Each of them is changed in the process and all will have much to learn about their true identities and the strange world they find themselves in. This story is a triumph of contemporary fantasy.

Dragon Blade : The Book of the Rowan (Cycle of Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan) by Andre Norton (Tor Books 01 August, 2005 / $24.95) - From Front Flap: Over a year has passed since the defeat of the Great Foulness, and the ravaged earth has begun to heal. Lost generations, the signet rings of the Four Great Houses--Oak, Yew, Ash, and Rowan--have been restored to their rightful heirs. And Ashen NordornQueen, mistress of the Land of Ever Snow, looks forward to alife of peace and happiness with her beloved husband and their newborn son--only to learn that an ancient evil still threatens all that she holds dear.

Moon's Web by C. T. Adams (Tor Books 02 August, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: Tony Giodone made his living as an assassin--until one of his marks ripped his throat out and turned him into a werewolf. Now he's the best hired killer there is. When a curvy woman in an expensive suit tries to hire him to kill her, his wolf senses insist that she is his mate. One kidnapping, a plethora of gunfights, a psychic coma, and two faked deaths later, Tony and Sue have new identities and are hiding in a community of Sazi shapeshifters. All seems well, until Sue begins to pull away from Tony and he realizes that if he can't be more open with her, he's going to lose her.

To add to his problems, Tony is getting flashes of other peoples' lives. He doesn't know if they're memories or fantasies--but he wants it to stop, because he's learning things he shouldn't about his friends and neighbors.

What's more dangerous than a psychic-powered werewolf assassin? Whatever it is, it's kidnapping and killing female Sazi . . . after it sucks out their powers. Its latest captive is the girlfriend of Carmine, the Mafia don who used to be Tony's boss. To get her back, Carmine will make war on all the Sazi--and while the Sazi would win, they can't afford to be exposed to humans. Now it's up to Tony to save Carmine's girlfriend--and all of the Sazi.

Revenge Gifts by Cindy Cruciger (Tor Books 30 August, 2005 / $6.99) - Book Description: Tara Cole Specializes in Revenge. In fact, she's an expert. Lace pillows filled with cat hair-for your least-favorite, most allergic relative; boxer shorts that set off metal detectors-for your cheating spouse; and her best seller at RevengeGifts.com: chocolates for your worst enemy, so you can watch gleefully as she packs on the pounds.

Tara's best friend warns her that all this revenge is damaging her karma, but Tara doesn't care about her next life-she wants to enjoy this one. Besides, her kitchen is full of cranky ghosts. Tara figures she'll be the same one day, when she leaves the mortal plane. That might happen sooner than she thought, because someone has put a curse on her. A black cat, a black dog, even a black goat, appear, each followed by bizarre, almost-disastrous events. And it all started around the time Howard showed up. Howard says he wants to go into business with Tara, but it seems like he wants to go to bed with her. Unless he's the one who cursed her . . . . Is this karma coming full circle-or destiny knocking on Tara's door?

Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple (Tor Books 01 August, 2005 / $22.95) - In Singer of Souls Douglas Stewart had hit bottom and realized he wanted to live so he gave up drugs. Then twenty days later, he realized that wasn't enough that to stay clean he had to leave everything behind and start fresh. It was a shaky plan but all he had; he'd go to Scotland and stay with his Grandma McLaren in Edinburgh. Who could he possibly know that he plan to clean himself up would cost him everything more than he could have ever guessed.... (see review)

Talyn : A Novel of Korre by Holly Lisle (Tor Books 01 August, 2005 / $27.95) - Book Description: In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier, one of thousands trained from childhood to protect her country from the monarchist Eastil, who would take away the personal freedoms of the Tonk. Talyn long ago embraced her fate: to die in battle. This is a war of magic, not of swords, and the battles are fought deep inside the View, a place where the magic inherent in everything and everyone is actualized. The soldiers--on both sides--can bring this magic to the physical plane and use it to destroy houses, fields, and people.

But the Feegash came from across the world, and demanded to be allowed to negotiate peace between the Eastil and the Tonk for the sake of the rest of the world. Their success meant Talyn was out of a job, and at a loss for what to do with her life. Rather than follow most of her fellow soldiers to jobs in other parts of the world, Talyn stayed with her family in her town--and there she is seduced by a Feegash diplomat. With him she experiences a dark side of herself that she hadn't even imagined, and learns a new kind of magery.

And she discovers the mistreatment of Eastil prisoners of war, still in Tonk hands, and weighs her life against saving theirs. It's a matter of honor--and her honor will be challenged again and again as she slowly discovers that what the Feegash have brought with them was not peace but an overwhelming oppression, and an evil so insidious no one noticed it until it was too late.

But if Talyn can hone her use of the Feegash flesh-magery, she can turn their own magic back against them. With the help of one of the Eastil prisoners, she might be able to use it to save the Tonk and the Eastil, and defeat the Feegash once and for all... if it doesn't destroy her from the inside out first.

The First Heroes by Harry Turtledove (Tor Books 01 August, 2005 / $14.95) - Book Description: The Bronze Age. The era of Troy, of Gilgamesh, of the dawning of human mastery over the earth. For decades, fantasists have set tales of heroism and adventure in imagined worlds based on the real Bronze Age, from the "Hyborean Age" of the Conan stories to the Third Age of Middle-earth.

Now bestselling SF and fantasy author Harry Turtledove, a noted expert on the ancient world, teams up with author and Egyptologist Noreen Doyle to present fourteen new tales of the real Bronze Age from some of the best writers in SF.

Here is Gene Wolfe's mock-journal of a man from the future who travels with figures out of history and mythology; Judith Tarr's tale of a a town that sends its resident goddess to try to learn the secrets of the morose God of Chariots; Harry Turtledove's story about mythological beings witnessing the devastating effect of the first humans on the Earth's natural order; and a poignant new story from the late Poul Anderson, in which a modern scholar is sent to the late Bronze Age to witness the end of an era, emerging with memories from the past as vibrant and intact as those from his accustomed life.

University of Toronto Press

Perilous Realms: Celtic And Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth by Marjorie J. Burns (University of Toronto Press 06 August, 2005 / $27.95) - In this eight-chapter monograph on the subject of the book's title, Marjorie Burns illuminates the presence of both Norse and Celtic cultural elements in Tolkien's singular creation, middle-earth. An academic, Burns' new book adds to a diverse bibliography that includes a business text and a book about geographical features in the Pacific Northwest. In Perilous Realms she addresses topics ranging from the underlying nature of the Norse and Celtic peoples to the "shadow side" of Gandalf and Galadriel. (see review)

Viking Juvenile

The Faery Reel by Terri Windling (Viking Juvenile 03 August, 2004 / $19.99) - Book Description: Faeries, or creatures like them, can be found in almost every culture the world over&150benevolent and terrifying, charming and exasperating, shifting shape from country to country, story to story, and moment to moment. In The Faery Reel, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have asked some of today's best fantasists for short stories and poems that draw on the great wealth of world faery lore and classic faery literature, and update the old tales, or shine a bold new light on the old. This companion to the World Fantasy Finalist The Green Man is unique, provocative, and thoroughly magical-like the faeries themselves

Vintage

Dr. Futurity: A Novel (Vintage) by Philip K. Dick (Vintage 09 August, 2005 / $10.95) - Book Description: Jim Parsons is a talented doctor, skilled at the most advanced medical techniques and dedicated to saving lives. But after a bizarre road accident leaves him hundreds of years in the future, Parsons is horrified to discover an incredibly advanced civilization that zealously embraces death. Now, he is caught between his own instincts and training as a healer and a society where it is illegal to save lives. But Parsons is not the only one left who believes in prolonging life, and those who share his beliefs have desperate plans for Dr.Parsons' skills, and for the future of their society. Dr. Futurity is not only a thrilling rendition of a terrifying future but it is also a fantastic examination of the paradoxes of time-travel that could only have come from the mind of Philip K. Dick.

Wildside Press

Wings Over Tomorrow: The Collected Science Fiction of Philip Francis Nowlan by Philip Francis Nowlan (Wildside Press 04 August, 2005 / $19.95) - Book Description: If the name Philip Nowlan is not well-known today, it is because it has been eclipsed by that of his most famous creation, Buck Rogers. Buck began life as Anthony Rogers, in Nowlan's first published story, Armageddon 2419 AD., and its sequel, Airlords of Han, quickly became a phenomenon that popularized science fiction in the first half of the twentieth century in the same way that Star Trek and Star Wars popularized it in the second half. But until now, Nowlan's other science fiction stories have been forgotten in the wake of Buck's immense popularity. Collected here with the original Anthony Rogers stories are The Time Jumpers, The Onslaught from Venus, The Prince of Mars Returns, and Space Guards, as well as the 1940 radio script Wings over Tomorrow.

William Morrow

Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars by Ray Bradbury (William Morrow 01 August 2005 / $25.95) - From front of book: Essays on the Past, the Future, and Everything in Between. (Source: William Morrow)

The Girl in the Glass : A Novel by Jeffrey Ford (William Morrow 01 August, 2005 / $23.95) - In 1932, as the year wanes and the depression deepens, a pair of con men, and the seventeen year old illegal Mexican immigrant they have taken in, scam the 'Gold Coast' of Long Island with fake seances for the rich and grieving. Fake until they become enmeshed in an investigation with another medium to find the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy couple. Ford is one of the best writers we have going, and his thoughtful prose will draw the reader on to the books end, if not beyond. (see review)

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