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Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss (Macmillan Audio 22 November 2011 / $39.99) - Product Description: The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection. Meanwhile, the Arbiter, the defector turned leader of a broken Covenant, struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galazy, a woman thought to have died on Reach is actually very much alive.  Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartans, and now she's broken some more to save them. Marooned with Chief Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, she finds that the shield world has been guarding an ancient secret – a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind.

As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity's  violent past begins to catch up with all of them as disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth, and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone's loyalty to the limit.

Read by Euan Morton. 12 CDs. (Source: Macmillan Audio)

Hugo by Martin Scorsese (Director) (GK Films, Infinitum Nihil 23 November 2011 / ) - Plot Line from IMDB: Hugo is a boy whose father dies, then his uncle goes missing. He starts to take care of his uncle's clock. He steals from a man who sells tinker toys to fix a robot his dad was working on. Along the way, he makes a friend who has the key to help him get the robot working.

Cast: Ben Kingsley as Georges Méliès / Sacha Baron Cohen as Station inspector / Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret / Chloë Grace Moretz as Isabelle / Ray Winstone as Uncle Claude / Emily Mortimer as Lisette / Christopher Lee as Monsieur Labisse / Helen McCrory as Mama Jeanne / Michael Stuhlbarg as Rene Tabard / Frances de la Tour as Madame Emilie / Richard Griffiths as Monsieur Frick / Jude Law as Hugo's Father, etc.

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson (Read by Michael Kramer) (Macmillan Audio 08 November 2011 / $39.99) - Product Description: Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the bestselling Mistborn series.

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will.  After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.
Read by Michael Kramer.

(Source: Macmillan Audio)

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