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Ace

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4) by Patricia Briggs (Ace 03 February 2009 / $24.95) - Product Description: In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for. (see review)

Deader Still by Anton Strout (Ace 24 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: It's hard to defeat evil on a budget. Just ask Simon Canderous.
It's been 737 days since the Department of Extraordinary Affairs' last vampire incursion, but that streak appears to have ended when a boat full of dead lawyers is found in the Hudson River. Using the power of psychometry—the ability to divine the history of an object by touching it—agent Simon Canderous discovers that the booze cruise was crashed by something that sucked all the blood out of the litigators. Now, his workday may never end—until his life does. (see review)

Many Bloody Returns by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstong, and others. (Ace 03 February 2009 / $15.00) - Product Description: From cakes to stakes, a celebration of everyone's favorite bloodsucking subculture by a baker's dozen of favorite authors. Each of these thirteen original stories offers a fresh and unique take on what birthdays mean to the undead. From Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse attending a birthday party for Dracula to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden battling bloodsucking party crashers, these suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous stories will ensure paranormal fans will never think of vampires or birthdays quite the same again. (see review)

Arthur A. Levine Books

Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine Books 01 February 2009 / $19.99) - Product Description: An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says... These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own in tales and illustrations that Shaun Tan's many fans will love.


Atria

Body Surfing: A Novel by Dale Peck (Atria 17 February 2009 / $26.00) - Product Description: From one of America's most acclaimed writers, a startling and visionary novel about a race of demons who inhabit humans and wreak havoc on the lives of two small-town boys.

In a small town in upstate New York, best friends Q. and Jasper live typical high school lives filled with parties and girls. When Q. starts acting recklessly, defacing lockers and misusing Bunsen burners, Jasper thinks his buddy is just letting off steam. But when his actions put both of their lives in danger, it's clear that Q. is possessed by something far more sinister than mere teenage high spirits.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Khartoum, Ileana Magdalen is tracking an elusive man who has left a trail of blood and bodies behind him, bringing strife, war, and genocide wherever he goes. It is Ileana's mission to stop him, for she is a member of an elite group of hunters initiated into a mystery that plagues humanity and drives men and women to commit unspeakable crimes.

When Ileana, Q., and Jasper are brought together, the loyalties of friendship are tested in unimaginable ways, and the living, the dead, and those who are beyond death become entangled in a violent battle as old as mankind itself.

In Body Surfing, celebrated author Dale Peck presents a beautifully written page-turner of a literary thriller. It is a mesmerizing tale in which a complete parallel universe is filled with shockingly dark corners where the secrets of human nature wait to be discovered. (Source: Atria)

Baen

Better to Beg Forgiveness... by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen 24 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: Celadon, a poor nation on a poor planet, engaged in civil war and a haven for every type of villainy in space, is ripe for cleanup. The military could pacify it handily, but it would take a statesman to fix it. But some statesmen have ethics, which politicians and megacorps find inconvenient. President Bishwanath compounded the sin by being astute, ambitious and capable. Something had to be done, because a working nation isn't much use for pork and graft.

               When the word comes down that he is dead, the politicians move on with a new plan, re-allocating resources, and finding a new, more pliable president to put in place.

               There are three problems with this solution. Bishwanath is not dead. His mercenary bodyguards are more loyal than the politicians. And if they're not on contract, there are no rules.

(see review)

Man-Kzin Wars XII by Paul Chafe, Hal Colebatch, & Matthew Joseph Harrington
Created by Larry Niven (Baen 03 February 2009 / $23.00) - Product Description: The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures, as told by Hal Colebatch, Paul Chafe, and Michael Joseph Harrington, expanding on the concepts created by New York Times best-selling writer Larry Niven.

A human secret agent and her hired kzin companion infiltrate a planet newly occupied by the kzin, and discover that humans were on the planet before the dawn of space travel, and claim to be part of the Roman Empire. Where did they come from—and can they survive the inevitable kzin attack?

A man wakes up with over a month's gap in his memory. He remembers being hired by a mysterious woman for a job with the condition that his memory would be scrubbed afterward. Obviously, the scrub worked, but now the police suspect him of murdering the missing woman. And a kzin is threatening him with much worse than anything the police would do.

The Protectors—powerful ancestors of the human race who live only to guard it and destroy all its enemies—have learned that the kzin have discovered a rich cache of anti-matter in deep space. One Protector brings a human out of stasis-sleep and enlists his involuntary help in her desperate mission to stop the kzin from gaining this source of unimaginable power.

These stories and more fill an exciting volume of human/alien conflict. Once again, it's howling time in Known Space!

(Source: Baen)

Rx for Chaos by Christopher Anvil (Baen 03 February 2009 / $12.00) - Product Description: Science and technology have made our lives easier, cured diseases, with achievements that an earlier age would have considered impossible. But once in a while, the law of unintended consequences breaks loose. Christopher Anvil considers the two faces of technological innovation: Sometimes the result is a literal life-saver; but at other times a breakthrough may not break quite the way it was supposed to.

  A new wonder drug has the unexpected side effect of making people happy. Not a problem—everybody should want to be happy, right? But should people be happy all of the time? Suppose being happy required you never to disappoint anyone, no matter what they're requesting. . . .

Then there was the energy source for every home that would free the country from its dependence on foreign oil—except that the prototype was rushed into production a bit too fast.

Back on the bright side, another device not only couldn't possibly work by every known law of science, but didn't have any obvious uses. Then alien invaders landed and suddenly the crackpot device was the world's only hope.

The upside and downside of marvelous new gadgets, as told by a master of science fiction adventure with a prescription for fun. (Source: Baen)

Ballantine

1942: A Novel by Robert Conroy (Ballantine 24 February 2009 / $15.00) - Product Description: The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor is widely regarded as a major defeat for the U.S. Navy.  However, if Japanese Admiral Nagumo had only followed his orders, the results would have been catastrophic.  Nagumo was supposed to launch a final attack, but decided he couldn't afford the few hours necessary to hit the mundane remaining targets.  In the alternate history audio 1942, Nagumo's mind is changed and he attacks.  Pearl Harbor is no longer viable as a base and Hawaii cannot be reinforced, which leads to a Japanese invasion of the islands. (see review)

Bantam

Hope's Folly by Linnea Sinclair (Bantam 24 February 2009 / $6.99) - Product Description: Admiral Philip Guthrie is in an unprecedented position: on the wrong end of the law, leading a ragtag band of rebels against the oppressive Imperial forces. Or would be if he can get his command ship—the derelict cruiser called Hope's Folly—functioning. Not much can rattle Philip's legendary cool—but the woman who helps him foil an assassination attempt on Kirro Station will. She's the daughter of his best friend and first commander—a man who died while under Philip's command and whose death is on Philip's conscience.

Rya Bennton has been in love with Philip Guthrie since she was a girl. But can her childhood fantasies survive an encounter with the hardened man, and newly minted rebel leader, once she learns the truth about her father's death? Or will her passion for revenge put not only their hearts but their lives at risk? It's an impossible mission: A man who feels he can't love. A woman who believes she's unlovable. And an enemy who will stop at nothing to crush them both. (Source: Bantam)

The Crystal Skull by Manda Scott (Bantam 24 February 2009 / $7.50) - Product Description: 12.21.12. The date is set. Time is running out.
In a spellbinding blend of history, myth, and science, bestselling novelist Manda Scott unleashes a thriller that sweeps from the secrets of the Mayans to the court of a sixteenth-century queen to a shattering end-times prophecy.

Ancient lore predicts the end of the world with chilling precision: 21 December 2012. But the prophecies provide the key to stopping Armageddon: a flawless sapphire carved into the perfect likeness of a human skull.

One woman has inherited the skull's legacy of deadly secrets, intrigue, and murder. Can she crack the only code that could save the world? (see review)

The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson (Bantam 24 February 2009 / $12.00) - Product Description: In this lush, romantic retelling of one of the most enduring Irish legends, acclaimed Celtic historical author Jules Watson reignites the tale of Deirdre—the Irish Helen of Troy—in a story that is at once magical, beautiful, and tragic.

She was born with a blessing and a curse: that she would grow into a woman of extraordinary beauty—and bring ruin to the kingdom of Ulster and its ruler, the wily Conor. Ignoring the pleadings of his druid to expel the infant, King Conor secrets the girl child with a poor couple in his province, where no man can covet her. There, under the tutelage of a shamaness, Deirdre comes of age in nature and magic…. And in the season of her awakening, the king is inexorably drawn to her impossible beauty.

But for Deirdre, her fate as a man's possession is worse than death. And soon the green-eyed girl, at home in waterfall and woods, finds herself at the side of three rebellious young warriors. Among them is the handsome Naisi. His heart charged with bitterness toward the aging king, and growing in love for the defiant girl, Naisi will lead Deirdre far from Ulster—and into a war of wits, swords, and spirit that will take a lifetime to wage.

Brimming with life and its lusts, here is a soaring tale of enchantment and eternal passions—and of a woman who became legend. (see review)

Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.

Krafft Ehricke's Extraterrestrial Imperative (Apogee Books Space Series) by Marsha Freeman (Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. 01 February 2009 / $27.95) - Product Description: A summation of Krafft Ehricke's work on encouraging the exploration of space, this account offers biographic information on the man himself; encompasses details of his new, innovative ideas; and portrays his thoughts on the importance and value of space travel for society. Providing an understanding of the early history of the space pioneers, what they helped accomplish, and how Ehricke's vision came to fruition, this reference details the continuing need for a creation of a long-term vision for the exploration of space. Historic and yet topical, this resource also includes many of Ehricke's original works, many of which were previously out of print. (Source: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.)

DAW

A Magic of Twilight: Book One of the Nessantico Cycle by S. L. Farrell (DAW 03 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: The breathtaking first novel in a brilliant new fantasy series. A masterwork of fantasy, The Nessantico Cycle is the epic tale of an empire at its height, yet poised on the brink of what could be a devastating descent into ruin. Told from the viewpoints of numerous characters, it is a sweeping saga of murder and magic (portrayed both as a powerful religion and a forbidden art), of deception and betrayal, of Machiavellian politics, star-crossed lovers, and a realm facing war on every front.

[Note: See Drew Bittner's review from our February 2008 issue.] (Source: DAW)

Crime Spells by (DAW 03 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: Sixteen original stories about magic-fueled crimes and those who investigate them. When magic is used for criminal purposes, all sorts of ethical and logistical questions arise beyond the realm of everyday law and order.

Now, sixteen top tale-tellers offer fascinating new stories of those who commit magic crimes, those who investigate them, and those who prosecute them. From a young woman who uses out-of-body excursions to research paranormal crimes to a bookie who's been paying for hex protection against magical interference to an artist who does divination through his sketched visions which may lead to a murderer's undoing, here are powerful tales of magical crimes and punishments. (see review)

Foxfire: Trickster's Game #3 by Barbara Campbell (DAW 03 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: The stunning final novel in barbara campbell's powerful debut fantasy series. Years after their exile, legendary hero Darak and his wife Griane have founded their own tribe and raised four children. A rebel force, led by Darak's own daughter, seeks to recruit him to their cause. But the greatest danger comes from their youngest son, R igat—actually sired by the Trickster God... (Source: DAW)

Lear's Daughters by Marjorie B. Kellogg (DAW 03 February 2009 / $24.95) - Product Description: Set in the future on a distant world, Lear's Daughters tackles the issues of global warming, pollution, exploitation of resources, and disastrous climate change. Long out of print, it has been completely rewritten by the authors to reflect the cutting-edge knowledge and research on environmentalism of the twenty-first century. (Source: DAW)

Wings of Wrath: Book Two of the Magister Trilogy by C. S. Friedman (DAW 03 February 2009 / $25.95) - Product Description: Wings of Wrath is the second novel in C. S. Friedman's Magister trilogy—a true high fantasy replete with vampire-style magic, erotic action, war, treachery, sorcerous danger, and one of the most terrifying dragon-like creatures in fantasy. Against a backdrop of knife-edged politics and fearsome prophecies, those who are sworn to protect the human lands must discover the truth that lies at the heart of ancient legends, and find a way to defeat an enemy that once brought mankind to the very brink of destruction. (Source: DAW)

Del Rey

The Better to Hold You by Alisa Sheckley (Del Rey 24 February 2009 / $6.99) - Product Description: Manhattan veterinarian Abra Barrow has more sense about animals than she has about men. So when her adored journalist husband returns from a research trip to Romania and starts pacing their apartment like a caged wolf, Abra agrees to move with him to a rural mansion upstate in order to save her marriage.

But while there are perks to her new life, particularly in the bedroom, Abra soon discovers that nothing in the bucolic town of Northside is what it seems. The local tavern serves a dangerous, predatory underworld. Her husband has developed feral new appetites and a roving eye, and his lack of humanity isn't entirely emotional. As the moon waxes full, Abra must choose between trusting the man she married, taking a chance on a seductive stranger, or following her own animal instincts. (Source: Del Rey)

The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling (Del Rey 24 February 2009 / $25.00) - From publicity material: The Caryatids looks at the near future and forecasts not just problems, but incredible solutions using technology currently under development. The caryatids are three identical clone sisters: Vera, a pollution expert who's dealing with worldwide cleanup efforts; Mila, media star extraordinaire and member of the most powerful family-firm in southern California; and Sonja, a medical specialist stationed deep within China's Gobi Desert. All three have the brains and the talents desperately needed to save a world suffering from global warming, runaway pollution, and uncontrolled political maneuvering. Too bad their explosive family history has left htem hating each other... (see review)

Without Warning by John Birmingham (Del Rey 03 February 2009 / $26.00) - Product Description: On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, as the world waits for war, a miles-high energy wave cordons a vast area from Canada to Mexico. Within the boundary, no one survives. In a moment, 99 percent of the U.S. population has been inexplicably wiped form the face of the earth. Suddenly, the world must cope without the influence of the globe's greatest power. To fill the vacuum, heroes rise to meet the unimaginable challenges: James Kipper, chief engineer of the city of Seattle, facing mass panic on the very edge of the phenomenon. Caitlin Monroe, on the trail of a Muslim fanatic ready to take advantage of what becomes known as the Disappearance. General Tuck Musso and Admiral James Ritchie, desperately trying to keep the peace in a world gone mad with fear. (see review)

Eos

Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1) by Marcus Pelegrimas (Eos 01 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: After narrowly surviving a bizarre animal attack while on vacation in the wilds of British Columbia, urbanite Cole Wickstrom is introduced to the mysterious world of werewolves, vampires, and other creatures, who are hunted by a loose-knit band of humans called Skinners. Lost and pursued by werewolves in the woods, Cole is saved by a skinner named Paige, who teaches him the ways of the supernatural. Cole realizes that the Skinners are dwindling in numbers and losing a fight against the supernatural creatures that could leak over into the regular human world at any time. Meanwhile the vampire Misonyk, who has an old grudge against the Skinners, has convinced another very powerful creature to fight for him.The creature is very strong, very dangerous and insane. Events set into motion by Misonyk and his creature could very well pave the way for the most powerful breed of werewolves to come forward and reclaim their territory. Cole takes a liking to Paige and cannot just leave her when this vampire and his companion begin their own killing spree. Eventually, Paige convinces Cole to join up with the Skinners and train to become one of them. Cole (and the reader) are shown that the Skinners are more than just hunters, but have their own history as well as a special connection to the supernatural. (see review)

Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald (Eos 01 February 2009 / $7.99) - From back of book: They call her "Hound," and with her unique supernatural sense Evie can track nearly anything--lost keys, vanished family heirlooms...even missing people. And though she knows to stay out of the magical undercurrent that runs beneath Boston's historic streets, a midnight phone call from a long-vanished lover will destroy the careful boundaries she has drawn. Now, to pay a years-old debt, Evie must venture into the shadowy world that lies between myth and reality, where she will find betrayal, conspiracies, and revelations that will shatter all she believes about herself and the city she claims as home. (see review)

The Sharing Knife: Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos 01 February 2009 / $25.95) - From back of book: Conclusion to the Sharing Knife series. Now at the end of their river journey, Dag and Fawn must retrace their steps...if only they knew where they were headed. As Dag's magical abilities have grown, so has his concern about who--or what--he is becoming. Apprenticed to a master groundsetter in a southern Lakewalker camp, Dag learns to harness his powers, even as he grows frustrated with the camp's rigid mores that adversely affect Fawn.

But the world as Dag and Fawn know it is changing, and the traditional Lakewalker ways cannot hold every malice at bay forever. When the couple and a small band of friends and followers resume their journey north, they will be confronted by Dag's biggest fear and worst nightmare: a malice that grew unnoticed, and may now be too strong to control... (see review)

Gauntlet Press

He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson by Stephen King (Gauntlet Press 07 February 2009 / $60.00) - Product Description: A Tribute to acclaimed author Richard Matheson, these are original stories based on plots and characters of Richard Matheson. The book contains the first collaboration between father and son, Stephen King and Joe Hill, entitled "throttle" and based on Matheson's "Duel". (Source: Gauntlet Press)

Grand Central Publishing

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville, Book 5) by Carrie Vaughn (Grand Central Publishing 01 February 2009 / $6.99) - Product Description: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS?
Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life. (see review)

Harper

The Rosetta Key: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich (Harper 01 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description:

American adventurer Ethan Gage barely escaped with his life from murderous thieves, survived a nerve-racking sea voyage and the deadly Egyptian sands when attached to Napoleon's army, and solved a five-thousand-year-old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion.

But that was child's play . . .

The year is 1799. As Bonaparte's army descends upon Israel, intent upon conquest, Ethan Gage finds himself embroiled in an ancient mystery in the Holy Land, searching for a legendary Egyptian scroll imbued with awesome powers.

The courageous and resourceful Gage must keep the mysterious document from his enemy, Napoleon—or, failing that, wrest it from him, even if it means pursuing his vengeful adversary back to France. And the wisdom of his great mentor, Benjamin Franklin, will offer Gage no solace should Bonaparte succeed in unlocking the terrible secrets of the Book of Thoth—for whoever masters its magic will rule the world.

(Source: Harper)

HarperTeen

Evernight by Claudia Gray (HarperTeen 01 February 2009 / $8.99) - Product Description: Bianca wants to escape.
At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be carefuleven when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

[Editor's Note: Check our review in the June 2008 issue.] (Source: HarperTeen)

Worldweavers: Cybermage by Alma Alexander (HarperTeen 01 February 2009 / $17.99) - Product Description: This year at the Wandless Academy feels all wrong to Thea. Her best friend, Magpie, will barely give her the time of day. Ben's been moody and dismissive. Since when did Tess have a boyfriend? And why is Humphrey May, agent for the Federal Bureau of Magic, lurking around the Academy?

Thea is out of sorts—in all ways, magical and otherwise—and that's before she discovers she's an elemental mage, a category of magician so rare that only four others are known to exist.

Now the Federal Bureau of Magic needs Thea's help to unlock the mysterious white cube—the same cube found over the summer in the professor's house, the same cube the dangerous Alphiri are still after. To stay ahead of the Alphiri and the wiles of the FBM, Thea needs her friends—all of them.

From a world woven with magic and suspense comes Alma Alexander's Cybermage, the final installment of the richly invented Worldweavers trilogy.

(see review)

Worldweavers: Spellspam by Alma Alexander (HarperTeen 01 February 2009 / $8.99) - Product Description:

What do you get when ordinary e-mail spam becomes infused with magic?

Spellspam.

At first, they seemed like harmless practical jokes, but now, for the students at the Wandless Academy, the spellspams are getting worse. Thea thought she was the only one who could reach through the computer using magic, but someone else is out there, someone bent on more than just stirring up trouble. Someone with a dark agenda from a whole new world.

This sequel to Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage ups the ante on a fantasy world that is rich and nuanced, like our own, but with a core of wildly original magic.

(see review)

Leda

Lace and Blade 2 by (Leda 14 February 2008 / ) - From publicity material: In the spirit of classic period swashbucklers, Zorro, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and D'Artagnan, brimming with romantic courtly intrigue and dangerous liaisons, with cloak and dagger and perfumed handkerchiefs, the language of the fan and stolen glances, with the manners of Jane Austen and the sparkling rapier wit of Oscar Wilde, here are nine fantastic stories of adventure, derring-do, love, and glamorous yet subtle magic, by such stellar authors as Tanith Lee, Catherine Asaro, Diana L. Paxson, Madeleine E. Robins, Robin Wayne Bailey, Dave Smeds, Mary Rosenblum, Chaz Brenchley, and Sherwood Smith. (see review)

Leisure Books

Crimson by Gord Rollo (Leisure Books 24 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: The citizens of the Canadian town of Davinsport, Ontario, are no strangers to fear. Evil has walked their streets before, leaving in its wake a legacy of murder, and mad-ness. No one likes to talk about it anymore, and most people have managed to convince themselves it never really happened, but secrecy and denial can only hide the truth for so long. Evil can wait forever. By 1967, what had happened was nothing more than a legend, a scary story told around roaring campfires. Four boyhood friends are about to discover the truth, but no one will believe them. Their parents think the boys? (Source: Leisure Books)

McFarland

Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary by Jane Frank (McFarland 11 February 2009 / $135.00) - Product Description: This biographical dictionary presents information on 400 artists whose influence and illustrative contributions to the fields of science fiction and fantasy literature helped define the 20th century as the "Science Fiction Century" and helped established science fiction and fantasy as unique and identifiable genres. In addition to providing basic, inclusive biographical data on venerable artists from Chris Achilleos to John Michael Zeleznik, each entry also includes a bibliographic listing of each artist's published work in the genre.

Designed as a comprehensive, up-to-date reference guide for researchers, scholars, collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts, the book also includes an extensive and informative historical overview of modern science fiction art, written by the author and Robert Weinberg. Appendices list the recipients of all major awards specific to science fiction and fantasy art, including the Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Awards, the Chesley Awards, the British Science Fiction Association Awards and the British Fantasy Awards. (Source: McFarland)

NESFA Press

Power & Light - Volume 2: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny by Roger Zelazny (NESFA Press 14 February 2009 / $29.00) - Product Description: The second in a six-volume series, Volume 2: Power & Light covers the mid 1960s, Zelazny's most prolific period, where he continued to incorporate mainstream literary qualities and added a wealth of mythological elements into powerful stories such as "The Furies," "For a Breath I Tarry," "This Moment of the Storm," "Comes Now the Power," "Auto-Da-F," and the Hugo-winning novel ...And Call Me Conrad. The stories in this series are enriched by editors' notes and Zelazny's own words, taken from his many essays, describing why he wrote the stories and what he thought about them in retrospect. (see review)

Threshold - Volume 1: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny by Roger Zelazny (NESFA Press 14 February 2009 / $29.00) - Product Description: The first of six volumes of the collected short SF and fantasy of Roger Zelazny. (see review)

Orchard Books

Well Between The Worlds (Lyonesse) by Sam Llewellyn (Orchard Books 01 February 2009 / $17.99) - Product Description: Lyonesse is the land of legends and magic. It's the forgetten land where King Arthur once resided with Merlin and his Knights of the Round Table. But thousands of years after the great king walked this country, it has become a place of shadows, where men hunt and capture the monsters that lurk below in the dark depths of the sea. Lyonesse is slowly sinking, and it is up to one boy, Idris, to save his people and his land. Can he stand up to the forces of evil that aim to stop him?

Sam Llewellyn's book in two parts LYONESSE has its roots in the world of Arthurian legend, but Sam has made the story and characters his own, drawing on a range of sources to create a fabulously rich and fresh adventure for every child, not just those with an interest in King Arthur. (YA Grades 4-9) (Source: Orchard Books)

Putnam

Promises in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam 24 February 2009 / $26.95) - Product Description: Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone from Coltraine's squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve's husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on Coltraine's life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.

The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve containing Coltraine's guns, badge, and a note from her killer: "You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I'll be sending yours to somebody else."

But Eve Dallas doesn't take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that's a promise. (see review)

Pyr

City Without End: Book Three of The Entire and The Rose by Kay Kenyon (Pyr 24 February 2009 / $25.00) - Product Description: Book three of the critically acclaimed epic series The Entire and The Rose.

Titus Quinn has forged an unstable peace with the Tarig lords. The ruinous capability of the nanotech surge weapon he possesses ensures détente. But it is a sham. In what the godwoman Zhiya calls a fit of moral goodness, he's thrown the weapon into the space-folding waters of the Nigh. This clears the way for an enemy he could have never foreseen: the people of the Rose. A small cadre led by Helice Maki is determined to take the Entire for itself and leave the earth in ruins. The transform of earth will begin deep in a western desert and will sweep over the lives of ordinary people, entangling Quinn s sister-in-law Caitlin in a deepening and ultimate conspiracy.

In the Entire, Quinn stalks Helice to the fabled Rim City, encircling the heart of the Entire. Here he at last finds his daughter, now called Sen Ni, in the Chalin style. Outside of earth-based time, she has grown to adulthood. He hardly knows her, and finds her the mistress of a remarkable dream-time insurgency against the Tarig lords and more, a woman risen high in the Entire's meritocracy. Quinn needs his daughter's help against the woman who would destroy the earth. But Sen Ni has her own plans and allies, among them a boy-navitar unlike any other pilot of the River Nigh a navitar willing and supremely able to break his vows and bend the world.

Quinn casts his fate with the beautiful and resourceful Ji Anzi who sent on a journey to other realms holds the key to Quinn's heart and his overarching mission. But as he approaches the innermost sanctuary of the Tarig, he is alone. Waiting for him are powerful adversaries, including a lady who both hates and loves him, the high prefect of the dragon court, and Quinn's most implacable enemy, a warrior whose chaotic mind will soon be roused from an eternal slumber.
(see review)

Cyberabad Days by Ian McDonald (Pyr 24 February 2009 / $15.00) - Product Description: Ian McDonald's River of Gods called "a masterpiece" by Asimov s Science Fiction and praised by the Washington Post as "a major achievement from a writer who is becoming one of the best SF novelists of our time" painted a vivid picture of a near future India, 100 years after independence. It revolutionized SF for a new generation by taking a perspective that was not European or American. Nominated for the Hugo Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and winning the BSFA Award, the rich world of the novel has inspired McDonald to revisit its milieu in a series of short stories, all set in the world of River of Gods.

Cyberabad Days is a triumphant return to the India of 2047, a new, muscular superpower of one and a half billion people in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, water wars, strange new genders, genetically improved children that age at half the rate of baseline humanity, and a population where males outnumber females four to one. India herself has fractured into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges in the Himalayas.

Cyberabad Days is a collection of eight stories, one Hugo nominee and one Hugo winner among them, as well as a twenty-five thousand word original novella. As with everything Ian McDonald does, it is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.
(see review)

Random House Books for Young Readers

Dandelion Fire: Book 2 of the 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (Random House Books for Young Readers 24 February 2009 / $16.99) - Product Description: Henry York never dreamed his time in Kansas would open a door to adventure—much less a hundred doors. But a visit to his aunt and uncle's farm took an amazing turn when cupboard doors, hidden behind Henry's bedroom wall, revealed themselves to be portals to other worlds. Now, with his time at the farm drawing to a close, Henry makes a bold decision—he must go through the cupboards to find the truth about where he's from and who his parents are. Following that trail will take him from one world to another, and ultimately into direct conflict with the evil of Endor.

N. D. Wilson and his wife live in Idaho. Also visit www.ndwilson.com. (Source: Random House Books for Young Readers)

Roc

Duplicate Effort: A Retrieval Artist Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Roc 03 February 2009 / $7.99) - Product Description: Retrieval Artist Miles Flint is on a personal mission—to bring down the corrupt law firm of Wagner, Stuart, and Xender. Then a journalist working with him is murdered, and Miles may be next. But before he can begin to investigate, he has a more personal crisis to deal with—his daughter Talia is missing.

Talia—one of six clones of Miles' long-dead child—has gone off to find the other five. As Miles pursues her, he begins to fear that her search for her "sisters" and his for the killer are on a collision course… (see review)

Maelstrom: Destroyermen, Book III by Taylor Anderson (Roc 03 February 2009 / $24.95) - Product Description: The final thrilling chapter in the "gripping and riveting"(S.M. Stirling, bestselling author of The Scourge of God) Destroyermen Trilogy.

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces—even as they look for allies to join their struggle.

Meanwhile, the Japanese juggernaut Amagi, also trapped in this strange world, is under Grik control—with her fanatical commander approaching madness. And soon they will have amassed a force that no amount of firepower and technology will be able to stop.

As the raging conflict approaches, Reddy, his crew, his allies, and his loved ones face annihilation. But if there is one thing they have learned about their new world, it is that hope—and help—may be just over the horizon. (see review)

Undone (Outcast Season, Book 1) by Rachel Caine (Roc 03 February 2009 / $7.99) - From back of book: Cassiel earns her keep by assisting the Earth Warden Manny Rocha on his missions--something she finds much easier than coping with the emotions and frailties of her human condition, especially her growing affection for Manny's brother, Luis. But when Cassiel encounters a malevolent force that threatens the Rocha family, she discovers that her perceived human weaknesses may be her greatest strengths... (see review)

Scholastic

Catching The Velociraptor (Dinosaur Cove) by Rex Stone (Scholastic 01 February 2009 / $4.99) - Product Description: Tom and Jamie can't believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs!

The boys are ready for a fun day with the Wanna by the lagoon. But when a velociraptor steals their Fossil Finder, they find themselves chasing the speedy thief into unfamiliar--and dangerous--territory. (RL3 007-010) (Source: Scholastic)

Demon Hunter (Oliver Nocturne) by Kevin Emerson (Scholastic 01 February 2009 / $5.99) - Product Description: A series of gruesome animal/vampire attacks on humans threatens to undermine the vampires' secretive existence. As the attacks mount, so does the evidence, and it points to Bane and his newly learned Occupying skills. Yet Oliver, Emalie, and Dean suspect a larger, more sinister plot is afoot, with roots tracing back to Oliver's destiny, and possibly even further, to the mystery surrounding his human parents. Bane may hold the key to Oliver uncovering his past and changing his future, so it falls on Oliver, Emalie, and Dean to rescue Bane from the Half Light Consortium and clear his name. (RL5 009-012) (Source: Scholastic)

How Weird Is It? (What's the Big Idea?) by Ben Hillman (Scholastic 01 February 2009 / $14.99) - Product Description: Ben Hillman, author of the dynamic and eye-catching How Big Is It series, now explores HOW WEIRD IS IT? Just how weird is a mushroom, a toad, or a Neanderthal? With full-color photographs that make you say, "Wow!" Ben Hillman is king of comparison making.

(Source: Scholastic)

In The City Of Dreams (Secrets Of Droon) by Tony Abbott (Scholastic 01 February 2009 / $4.99) - Product Description: Eric has been wounded during an epic battle with Ko and his beasts. Now, the young wizard lies in a coma, trapped in a dream-state halfway between fantasy and reality.

Desperate to find a cure, Neal, Julie, and Princess Keeah rush to Samarindo, a beautiful but dangerous city famous for its dark magic. But they are immediately attacked by a group of bandits. Can the friends track down the cure before it's too late? (RL3 007-010) (Source: Scholastic)

Nanny Nightmare (Meet the Kreeps) by Kiki Thorpe (Scholastic 01 February 2009 / $4.99) - Product Description: When Polly's dad and his new wife Veronica Kreep go on their honeymoon, Polly, Joy, and Petey Winkler are stuck alone with their weird new step-siblings, the Kreep kids, living in the Kreeps' spooky old mansion. Things get even worse when their sinister sitter, Ms. Pearl, shows up. Even sunny Joy and oblivious Petey have to admit that Polly might be right: something weird is going on in the Kreep mansion! The kids have to find a way to get rid of Ms. Pearl. And they just might need the Kreeps' help to do it. (RL4 008-012) (Source: Scholastic)

Scholastic Press

A Templar's Apprentice (Book of Tormod) by Kat Black (Scholastic Press 01 February 2009 / $16.99) - Product Description: Scotland. 1307. Thirteen-year-old Tormod MacLeod is different. He knows things before they happen. Even his own brother treats him differently, and all Tormod can do is bide his time until he's old enough to leave the village and make something of himself. His chance comes sooner than expected when a Templar knight asks him to deliver a secret message. But Tormod's efforts end up endangering both their lives. What follows is a desperate journey to escape the army of King Philippe le Bel of France. If he is to survive, Tormod must learn to harness the powers within. (see review)

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman (Scholastic Press 01 February 2009 / $14.99) - Product Description: Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.

In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.

(see review)

Spectra

Black Blood by John Meaney (Spectra 24 February 2009 / $24.00) - From back of book: Tristopolitan police lieutenant Donal Riordan returned form the dead for one purpose: to stop the killer who took not only his life but his reason for living it. But first he must penetrate a secret cabal known as the Black Circle whose stranglehold on the city's elite is preparation for a magical coup d'état fueled by unprecedented bloodshed. At the center of this ring of evil is the man responsible for his lover's murder--a man Donal has already had to kill once before. But how can he stop an evil that death only makes stronger? (Source: Spectra)

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello (Spectra 24 February 2009 / $24.00) - Product Description: After months of seclusion following a tragic accident, contemporary journalist Michael Wilde could use a distraction – not to mention some work. And when his editor offers to send him to Antarctica on assignment, he jumps at the chance.

So it is that Michael finds himself at the end of the earth, living amid scientists and explorers at a research station at the South Pole. But when two frozen bodies are found at the bottom of the ocean, he enters a whole new realm of discovery. Astoundingly, these two young outcasts – one of Florence Nightingale's nurses and a member of the infamous Light Brigade – carry a deadly curse in their blood: one that enables them to rise from their frozen tomb and live again. (see review)

Spell Games by T.A. Pratt (Spectra 24 February 2009 / $6.99) - Product Description: Brain-eating fungi, wannabe sorcerers, long-lost relations–does even a hard-core witch stand a chance?
Mad sorcerers, psychic vampires, an army of vengeful demons, Marla Mason would rather face them all than a flesh-and-blood ghost from her dysfunctional family past: her con artist brother, Jason. As Felport's chief sorcerer, Marla would ordinarily consider it her duty to protect her town from such an unscrupulous ne'er-do-well. As his sister, things are a lot…trickier. Now, as Marla attempts to train an apprentice oracle whose magical wires have gotten crossed, Jason is setting up an elaborate sting and drawing her ever-so-corruptible partner Rondeau into the ruse.

Their patsy is a filthy-rich wannabe mage and their bait is something so valuable, so dangerous, so sought after, it probably doesn't exist. But now word's gotten out that the Borrichius spores do exist and instead of a sucker Jason and Rondeau have a much bigger–and much deadlier–fish on their line: a reclusive sorcerer whose devotion to the mushroom god and command of vegetal magic could bring a fungal apocalypse to Felport. It'll be the mother of all bad trips unless Marla can pull off the ultimate magical switcheroo…and somehow live to tell about it. (Source: Spectra)

St. Martin's Griffin

Evermore by Alyson Noel (St. Martin's Griffin 03 February 2009 / $9.95) - Product Description: Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high schoolbut everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she's thinkingand he's the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn't know who he really isor what he is.  Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

(Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (St. Martin's Griffin 17 February 2009 / $14.95) - Product Description: The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi.

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries. (Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

The Blue Sky Press

How Plants Bring The Earth To Life by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm (The Blue Sky Press 01 February 2009 / $16.99) - Product Description: Living Sunlight shows children, teachers, and parents the remarkable magic of what makes us human.This informative yet dramatic book will mesmerize readers and help further a child's understanding of the energy we share with all living things in nature. We are all dancing sunlight. A perfect addition to any library! (Source: The Blue Sky Press)

Thomas Dunne Books

Hater by David Moody (Thomas Dunne Books 17 February 2009 / $21.95) - Product Description: Soon to be a major motion pictureproduced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by J.A. Bayona.
REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra violent intent.  Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead.  Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves.  As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day...  only, the answers might be much different than what you expect....

In the tradition of H. G. Wells and Richard Matheson, Hater is one man's story of his place in a world gone mad a world infected with fear, violence, and HATE. (see review)

TokyoPop

.hack// G.U. (novel) Volume 1: The Terror of Death by Tatsuya Hamazaki (TokyoPop 10 February 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: In The World of .hack//G.U.+, the adventure continues in a web of treachery as secrets begins to unravel... Haseo's Avatar, Skeith, awakens to combat Endrance's Macha in a fierce battle. As more information surfaces concerning the AIDA (Artificially Intelligent Data Anomaly) menace and the power of the Epitaphs, Haseo finds himself in a battle against time--he must stop the rogue player killer Tri-Edge before any more of the people he knows become Lost Ones. The clock is ticking as The World faces crisis in the form of the largest-scale AIDA attack ever! (Light Novel) (Source: TokyoPop)

Twelve Kingdoms - Volume 2: Sea of Wind by Fuyumi Ono (TokyoPop 10 February 2009 / $8.99) - Product Description: This is the story of Taiki, who must accept his role as kirin, protector of the Tai kingdom. Born in Japan and raised as a human, Taiki is overwhelmed when he's brought back to the kingdom of Tai, where he's told he's a kirin. With little knowledge or guidance, he must trust his latent instincts to choose a king for the Kingdom of Tai from among dozens of men and women who seek the position. Will the frustrated Taiki, who can't even figure out how to transform into animal form, make the right choice? And more important, will he discover the kirin that lives within? (light novel) (Source: TokyoPop)

Tor Books

Enclave by Kit Reed (Tor Books 03 February 2009 / $25.95) - Product Description: The world is in chaos: war, plague, global ecological collapse. Parents everywhere seek sanctuary for their precious children, the future of mankind. For those who are rich and powerful enough, safety can be foundfor a priceat the Clothos Academy. Run by a mysterious man known only as Sarge, set in a former monastery atop a sheer cliff on a tiny island somewhere in the Mediterranean, Clothos will admit only one hundred students before it is sealed offperhaps permanentlyfrom the terrors outside.

But all is not as it seems. The pupils are so-called starlets best known for their empty heads and eating disorders; troublemakers one step away from incarceration; and junior royals too embarrassing to be let out in public. And the staff isn't much better, from the alcoholic doctor to an ancient monk with secrets of his own.

And the dangers from which these castaways are being protected? Prerecorded, ready to be trotted out whenever Sarge needs to terrify his little flock. And yet

Some dangers are real, as two boys discover when they hack the Academy's self-contained computer network and connect, for a brief but disastrous moment, to the outside world. Worse, a stranger has entered the Academy. And he has brought Death.

(see review)

Escape from Hell by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (Tor Books 03 February 2009 / $24.95) - Product Description: Allan Carpenter escaped from hell once but remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined. Partnering with the legendary poet and suicide, Sylvia Plath, Carpenter is a modern-day Christ who intends to harrow hell and free the damned. But now that he's returned to this Dantesque Inferno, can he ever again leave? (see review)

Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak) by Ken Scholes (Tor Books 17 February 2009 / $24.95) - Product Description: An ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir.   From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, sees the horrifying column of smoke rising.  He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands.

Nearer to the Devastation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city he sat waiting for his father outside the walls, and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant.

Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others' throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered.

This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.  (see review)

Mortal Coils by Eric Nylund (Tor Books 03 February 2009 / $14.95) - Product Description: Nothing interesting ever happened to fifteen-year-old orphans Eliot and Fiona while they've lived in the strict, oppressive household of their grandmother. A chance visit, however, reveals that there is much more to the twins. They are the offspring of a goddess and Lucifer, Prince of Darkness.

Now, to settle the epic custody battle between these two families, the fallen angels create three diabolical temptations, and the gods fashion three heroic trials to test Eliot and Fiona. More than ever they need to stick together to survive and to learn how to use their budding supernatural abilities . . . for family allegiances are ever-shifting in the ancient, secret world they have entered.

(Source: Tor Books)

Postsingular by Rudy Rucker (Tor Books 03 February 2009 / $15.95) - Product Description: It begins the day after next year in California. A maladjusted computer industry billionaire and a somewhat crazy US president initiate a radical transformation of the world through sentient nanotechnology; sort of the equivalent of biological artificial intelligence. At first they succeed, but their plans are reversed by Chu, an autistic boy. The next time it isn't so easy to stop them.

Most of the story takes place in our world after a previously unimaginable transformation. All things look the same, and all people feel the same—but they are different (they're able to read each others' minds, for starters). Travel to and from other nearby worlds in the quantum universe is possible. And our world is visited by giant humanoids from another quantum universe, some of whom mean to tidy up the mess we've made.

Or maybe just run things.

(see review)

Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress (Tor Books 17 February 2009 / $25.95) - Product Description: The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the internet: "We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly.  We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it.  Therefore we request twenty-one volunteers to visit seven planets to Witness for us.  We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety.  Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@Atoners.com."

At first, everyone thought it was a joke.  But it wasn't.

This is the story of three of those volunteers, and what they found on Kular A and Kular B. (see review)

The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike by Philip K. Dick (Tor Books 03 February 2009 / $25.95) - Product Description: The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike was written by Philip K. Dick in the winter and spring of 1960, in Point Reyes Station, California. In the sequence of Dick's work, The Man Whose Teeth was written immediately after Confessions of a Crap Artist; the next book Dick wrote was The Man in the High Castle, the Hugo Award–winning science fiction novel that ushered in the next stage of Dick's career. This novel, Dick said, is about Leo Runcible, "a brilliant, civicminded liberal Jew living in a rural WASP town in Marin County, California." Runcible, a real estate agent involved in a local battle with a neighbor, finds what look like Neanderthal bones and dreams of rising real estate prices because of the publicity.

(Source: Tor Books)

The Valley of Shadows by Brian Cullen (Tor Books 17 February 2009 / $25.95) - From publicity material: Valley of Shadows is the sequel to Seekers of the Chalice. It is set in Ireland, and Brian Cullen is steeped in Ireland's ancient myths and legends.

As dark days settle over Ancient Ireland, a courageous young man escapes Connacht with the Sacred Chalice which will bring peace to Ulster and Ireland; however the way is dangerous. Maliman, the evil wizard, has escaped form the deep where the Dagda had confined him years before. The king of the gods is again assembling his armies to seize the Chalice. The fate of Ireland lies in the hands of the Seekers: Cucullen, Ireland's greatest hero; Fedelm, the Druid Wizard; Bern and Lorgas, the elves; Tarin, the Sword-Wanderer. Together, they must battle the forces of darkness and return the kingdom to the Light. (see review)

The Walls of the Universe by Paul Melko (Tor Books 03 February 2009 / $25.95) - Product Description: John Rayburn thought all of his problems were the mundane ones of an Ohio farm boy in his last year in high school. Then his doppelgnger appeared, tempted him with a device that let him travel across worlds, and stole his life from him. John soon finds himself caroming through universes, unable to return homethe device is broken. John settles in a new universe to unravel its secrets and fix it.

Meanwhile, his doppelgnger tries to exploit the commercial technology he's stolen from other Earths: the Rubik's Cube! John's attempts to lie low in his new universe backfire when he inadvertently introduces pinball. It becomes a huge success. Both actions draw the notice of other, more dangerous travelers, who are exploiting worlds for ominous purposes. Fast-paced and exciting, this is SF adventure at its best from a rising star.


(see review)

Tor Paranormal Romance

Magic's Design by Cat Adams (Tor Paranormal Romance 03 February 2009 / $6.99) - Product Description: They were destined to save the world from an ancient evil. Talos is a magic wielder, born into the mage guild of firecrafters. As an agent of the Overworld Police, he has come from a secret land to protect Earth from magicians intent on enslaving humanity.

Mila has always had the gift of healing. But this very modern woman never realized that her skill was born of an ancient magic that only firecraft can fully unlock.

Together, Tal and Mila discover that the source of their powers is in unity. Love's shining light might burn them alive protecting the magic of the world, but if the Tree of Life dies, and all the magic in the world is extinguished ... will it matter?

(Source: Tor Paranormal Romance)

William Morrow

Fool by Christopher Moore (William Morrow 01 February 2009 / $26.99) - From publicity material: First things first: you don't need to have read, or seen William Shakespeare's King Lear in order to enjoy Christopher Moore's new novel Fool.

So, in Fool, meet Lear's Fool -- name of Pocket -- and his less-than masterful apprentice, Drool; and the other players as well --the king, his daughters, their husbands, their associates--and enjoy how Christopher Moore not only reimagines a classic work of English literature in the spirit of fun, but also elaborates upon the play in such a way as to bring an unexpected illuminating interpretation to this cultural landmark. (Source: William Morrow)

The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes (William Morrow 01 February 2009 / $24.99) - Product Description: A young man discovers a manuscript and so begins a bizarre tale that brings together his grandfather, every conspiracy theory you've ever heard about the royal family and the true story about where the power of Number 10 really lies. Readers of The Somnambulist may well recoginise the characters kept within a chalk circle in a cellar beneath Downing Street. With a gallery of vividly grotesque characters, a gleefully satiric take on modern life and a playful and highly literate style, this is an amazingly readable literary fantasy. In his sequel to the crazed Victoriana of The Somnambulist Jonathan Barnes brings his invention, reality, grotesquerie and curiosities bang-up-to-date. (Source: William Morrow)

We'll Always Have Paris: Stories by Ray Bradbury (William Morrow 01 February 2009 / $24.99) - From back of book: Following the success of his recent collection, Ray Bradbury has once again pulled together a stellar group of stories sure to delight readers of all ages. We'll Always Have Paris is a treasure trove of Bradbury gems -- eerie and strange, nostalgic and bittersweet, searching and speculative--all of which ahve never before been published. (see review)

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