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The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon (Del Rey 21 September 2010 / $25.00) - Product Description: Diana Gabaldon's brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser's side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie's late parents he'd watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There's already a fat bounty on the young exile's head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who's crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew's loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who'd sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum's heir.

And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie's life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire. But even as Jamie's heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she's been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can't believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere. (see review)

Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators by Written by Rocky Wood (McFarland 11 September 2010 / $24.95) - Product Description: That notorious evening at Villa Diodati when Lord Byron challenged his contemporaries to write a ghost story, his summons brought forth a mad doctor intent on reanimation and a vampire drunk with bloodlust. The night modern horror was born was notoriously dark and stormy, as were the lives of those who wrote the most fearsome--yet beloved--tales in literature, for those so gifted were also cursed. Horrors, a graphic novel, reveals in gruesome detail how Mary Wollstonecraft, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and other masters of the genre were haunted by their monstrous creations. (Source: McFarland)

Networked: Carabella on the Run by Mark Badger (Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing September 2010 / $12.99) - Product Description: (W/A) Mark Badger, Gerard Jones Some alien invasions are loud and bloody, some are quiet and friendly. The blue-skinned girl named Carabella thinks she's escaping the oppression of her own world, but instead she's exposing the earth to an invasion so soft and friendly that everyone welcomes it - until Carabella herself sees what's happening and tries to make anyone see that our websites, our cell phones, and even our shoes are being used to steal first the privacy and then the freedom of everyone on Earth. (Source: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing)

The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 3 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin's Griffin 28 September 2010 / $9.99) - Product Description: In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.

It's a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and a new, irreparable dental problem. But aside from the fangs and nocturnal lifestyle, it's not so bad.

Talon, an ancient Celtic warrior, has been cursed by the god Camulus for killing his son. Camulus cursed Talon, decreeing death for everyone he loved. Now a Dark-Hunter in modern-day New Orleans, Talon meets Sunshine, who is key to ending his curse once and for all. Not to mention helping him to save New Orleans from an ancient god bent on total destruction...

(Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

7 Billion Needles, Volume 1 by Nobuaki Tadano (Vertical 28 September 2010 / $10.95) - Product Description: Always sporting her headphones to try to close out the world around her, Hikaru is clearly a reclusive teen aged girl.  And within her body resides another life-form known as Ciel, a hunter in search of an intergalactic murderer intent on wiping out humanity. In 7 Billion Needles, two lives share one heart as they race to protect each other and what they most cherish.

Modern day Japan is the stage for a new form of hard science-fiction, as author Nobuaki Tadano revisits one of the  genre's Grand Masters, Hal Clement, in his debut work 7 Billion Needles.  Loosely inspired by Clement's golden age title Needle, 7 Billion Needles follows the life of a teenage girl whose quiet boring days are dramatically changed when her body is possessed by an alien life form caught up in an intergalactic manhunt.

On a clear calm night, while on a class trip to the beach, Hikaru Takabe decides to go for a walk to escape the shackles of school and peer pressure. While observing the stars above a calm dark sea in an instant she is disintegrated when struck by a meteor.

Flash forward one page, and Hikaru awakes, from what seems like a horrible daydream of sorts, sitting amongst classmates in school without a scratch on her. The meteor dream seemed so real she cannot believe she's alive, but given her relative aloof nature, she soon shrugs off the events and moves on with life. However, one thing she cannot shake off is the strange buzzing she hears coming from her new pair of headphones... (Source: Vertical)

Twin Spica, Volume: 03 by Kou Yaginuma (Vertical 07 September 2010 / $10.95) - Product Description: No one ever said being part of the first class at the Tokyo Space School was going to be easy.  The entire process has been a challenge for everyone involved.  These students are trying their best to keep up with the rigorous training schedule and difficult lesson plan.  And their faculty still does not have the best grip on not only educating these young scientists but also motivating them to stay with the program, no matter how much they feel they are falling behind. Grades and scores are not what is important here. The TSS is a learning experience, and a life changing one at that. Those fortunate enough to get the opportunity should use it to its fullest to try and reach for the stars, even if the curriculum has made them appear so much farther away.

Asumi is going through her growing pains right now. She knew this new challenge would not be simple.  Mentally and, even with her petite frame, physically she was prepared for almost anything the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) could throw at her. Emotionally, however, she was light-years away from being able to even take more than a few attacks on her long suppressed past.

So when Asumi is at her lowest, a longtime friend, of the invisible sort, pays a visit. As he is grappling with his own past, she realizes that there is no way she cannot move forward. Nothing here can keep her from taking off! (see review)

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