Speculative Fiction Stars 2004

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Red Dragon image Book Magazine unless otherwise noted. Titles are arranged by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author.

 


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December

  • Taverns of the Dead
    Author: Burke, Kealan Patrick (ed)
    Publisher: Cemetary Dance $ 40 ISBN: 1587670828 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Afterlife
    Author: Clegg, Douglas
    Publisher: Onyx $ 6.99 ISBN: 0451411676 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Nightmare House and Mischief returns with a terrifying new horror thriller. "The best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation."--Bentley Little.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Reflex
    Author: Gould, Stephen
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312864213 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A mysterious group has kidnapped a teleport to use his abilities. His wife unexpectedly shares his teleporting ability and may be the only one able to rescue him.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Tainaron: Mail from Another City
    Author: Krohn, Leena
    Publisher: Prime $ 29.95 ISBN: 1930997825 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 11.15.04
  • Wolf Captured
    Author: Lindskold, Jane
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 076530936x Date: 2004
    starPW
    From the bestselling author of Through Wolf's Eyes comes the next novel of Firekeeper and her wolf companion.
    Updated 10.25.04
  • Polaris
    Author: McDevitt, Jack
    Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 0441012027 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    The national best-selling author brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War and thrusts him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense.
    Updated 11.22.04
  • The Finest Creation
    Author: Rabe, Jean
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765308207 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The Finest series features mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind) during their mortal existence. Resembling ordinary horses, their task is to prevent a new dark age from dimming the light of civilization.
    Updated 11.2.04
  • The Wizard: Book Two of the Wizard Knight
    Author: Wolfe, Gene
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765312018 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    His knighthood now beyond question, Able works to fulfill his vows to his king, his lover, his friends, his gods, and even his enemies. Able must set his world right, restoring the proper order among the denizens of all the seven worlds.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.2.04

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November

  • Exultant
    Author: Baxter, Stephen
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345457889 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Humanity battles to survive against an implacable alien force in the second installment of the Destiny's Children trilogy.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 10.08.04
  • Crache
    Author: Budz, Mark
    Publisher: Spectra $ 6.99 ISBN: 0553586599 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this sequel to Clade, Budz continues his startlingly realistic vision of a possible future on an ecologically ravaged Earth, in which social and ethnic hierarchies are rigorously enforced by nano- and bio-technology.
    Updated 10.19.04
  • Life
    Author: Jones, Gwyneth
    Publisher: Acqueuct $ 19 ISBN: 0974655929 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Updated 9.22.04
  • Polaris
    Author: McDevitt, Jack
    Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 0441012027 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The national best-selling author brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War and thrusts him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense.
    Updated 9.27.04
  • The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of Gateway
    Author: Pohl, Frederik
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 076531049x Date: 2004
    starPWstarKirkus
    Returning to his bestselling Gateway universe for the first time in nearly 20 years, Pohl has written a science fiction novel to captivate the readers who helped Gateway and Beyond the Blue Event Horizon win the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 8.9.04
  • Rite of Conquest
    Author: Tarr, Judith
    Publisher: Roc $ 16 (paper) ISBN: 0451460022 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    National bestselling author Judith Tarr's House of War was hailed as a "beautifully researched, masterfully written fantasy" (Booklist). Now she tells the tale of a land in turmoil and an epic battle that spans worlds and ages, magical forces and earthbound armies that will be drawn together by the young William as he fights to achieve his destiny--to reign as King of England.
    Updated 9.22.04
  • Shadowmarch
    Author: Williams, Tad
    Publisher: Daw $ 25.95 ISBN: 0756402190 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Williams' first epic fantasy trilogy since his bestselling Memory, Sorrow and Thorn begins. Rich with detail and exotic culture, and filled with a cast of characters both diverse and three-dimensional, Shadowmarch is a true fantasy achievement, an epic of storytelling by a master of the genre.
    Updated 10.4.04

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October

  • The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
    Author: King, Stephen
    Publisher: Scribner/Donald M. Grant $ 35 ISBN: 1880418622 Date: 2004
    starPWstarLJ
    The final volume of King's masterful, multi-volume epic is hailed as a "hypnotic blend of suspense and sentimentality . . . a sprawling, eventful tale of demons, monsters, narrow escapes, and magic portals" (The New York Times Book Review).
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
    Updated 9.22.04
  • Flash
    Author: Modesitt, L.E.
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765311283 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Flash is a new science fiction adventure set in the world of Archform: Beauty, Modesitt's most acclaimed SF novel.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.26.04
  • Going Postal: A Novel of Discworld
    Author: Pratchett, Terry
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060013133 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The newest entry in Pratchett's internationally bestselling series is a splendid send-up of government, the postal system, and everything that lies in between.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction Stars | Adult Books for Young Adults | If You Like Douglas Adams
    Updated 9.6.04
  • In the Night Room
    Author: Straub, Peter
    Publisher: Random $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400062527 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A children's book author realizes that the most basic facts of her existence have come into question. When she meets a struggling horror author, the frightening parallels between her loss and the author's manuscript suggest they must join forces to confront the evils surrounding them.
    Updated 10.4.04

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September

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
    Author: Clarke, Susanna
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 29.95 ISBN: 1582344167 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that it leaves readers longing for more.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Magicians & Magic | Adult Books for Young Adults
    Updated 8.16.04
  • To The Stars
    Author: Hubbard, L. Ron
    Publisher: Galaxy $ 24.95 ISBN: 1592121756 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A timeless and immersing epic of the conquest of spaceby #1 New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard.
    Updated 8.30.04
  • The Language of Power
    Author: Kirstein, Rosemary
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 034546835x Date: 2004
    starPW
    The next novel in the series about the steerswoman's quest to uncover the secrets of her world, following The Lost Steersman.
    Updated 7.26.04
  • Marque and Reprisal
    Author: Moon, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345447581 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Elizabeth Moon is in the second installment in her military science fiction series featuring Kylara Vatta who must save her family from ruin.
    Updated 7.8.04

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August

  • The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
    Author: Azania, Malcolm & Minister Faust
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0345466357 Date: 2004
    starLJstarBooklist
    Mix together two young slackers with a thirst for adventure, several dangerous characters seeking a mystical Egyptian artifact, a hearty dose of mysterious occurrences, and a rollicking plot, and one has Faust's pop culture/sci fi debut.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Young Adults
    Updated 6.15.04
  • The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Seventeenth Annual Collection
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (ed)
    Publisher: Griffin $ 35 ISBN: 031232927x Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 8.2.04
  • Nameless Day: Crucible Book One
    Author: Douglass, Sara
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN:0765303620 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Douglass combines powerful storytelling with meticulous historical research and presents a unique take on the ageless battle between the forces of heaven and hell.
    Updated 6.21.04
  • Light
    Author: Harrison, M. John
    Publisher: Spectra $ 16 (paper) ISBN: 0553382950 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    Published in the U.K to rave reviews, M. John Harrison's newest novel takes a stunning foray into the hot subgenre of New Space Opera, as it masterfully weaves together three intertwining strands of narrative that explore the mystery and the meaning of three enigmatic objects.
    Updated 8.23.04
  • Elegy for a Lost Star
    Author: Haydon, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312878834 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A son is pitted against his mother and Rhapsody is caught in the middle in Book Five of the national bestselling Symphony of Ages series.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.12.04
  • Fitzpatrick's War
    Author: Judson, Theodore
    Publisher: Daw $ 19.95 ISBN: 0756401968 Date: 2004
    starPW
    An inspired first science fiction novel set several hundred years in the future when the world's population has been decimated by biological weapons, this book chronicles the Alexander-like rise and fall of Fitzpatrick the Younger, as told by one of his close companions.
    Updated 7.19.04
  • Foxmask
    Author: Marillier, Juliet
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765306743 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The Norseman Eyvind, a fierce and loyal Wolfskin, came to a new land on top of the world to find his destiny. With his priestess bride Nessa he saved the land and weathered the treachery that was caused by Eyvind's blood-sworn friend Somerled. After much pain and sorrow the two lovers have managed to create a society where the Norse warriors and the gentle folks of the Orkney Isles live and thrive in contentment at last. A decade and more has passed since the devastating events of the creation of the settlement and Eyvind and Nessa have watched their children grow and thrive in peace. . .What happens to them on their journey of discovery will ultimately change the lives of all they know and love...and will doom (or redeem) an entire people. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.6.04
  • Vamped
    Author: Sosnowski, David
    Publisher: Free $ 24 ISBN: 0743262530 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    A hot beach read, Sosnowski's Vamped is the story of a very different world--one where vampires rule and humans are the near-extinct minority.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars| Adult Books for Young Adults | Alex Award Read Alikes: Martinez
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Dies the Fire
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 0451459792 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    An electrical storm over Nantucket island causes all electrical devices to cease function, and as some people band together, others are building armies for conquest.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.13.04
  • The Dragon's Son
    Author: Weis, Margaret
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765304694 Date: 2004
    starPW
    There is a new hope for the human race in the form of a special offspring of a high priestess and a dragon who might be able to contain the anarchy that is disrupting the delicate and unseen order that the Parliament has tried to protect.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 6.7.04
  • Banquet of the Lords of Night
    Author: Williams, Liz
    Publisher: Nightshade $ 27 ISBN: 1892389932 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In such novels as The Poison Master and Empire of Bones, Liz Williams sparked readers' imaginations by creating worlds at once strange and familiar. Now this bold new writer brings her best short fiction together in one stunning collection.
    Updated 8.16.04

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July

  • Horizon Storms: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 3
    Author: Anderson, Kevin J.
    Publisher: Aspect $ 24.95 ISBN:0446528722 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Bestseller Anderson . . . weaves action, romance and science with a rousing plot reflecting the classic SF of Clarke and Herbert and the glossy cinematic influence of Lucas and Spielberg."--Publishers Weekly.
    Updated 7.6.04
  • Mother Aegypt: And Other Stories
    Author: Baker, Kage
    Publisher: Night Shade $ 27 ISBN: 1892389754 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A brand new short story collection from Kage Baker, including an original novella, Mother Aegypt.
    Updated 6.21.04
  • The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Author: Brown, Charles N. (ed)
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 15.95 (paper) ISBN: 0060594268 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    This collection of the best science fiction and fantasy short works of the last three decades includes works by such legendary authors as Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Connie Willis, and others.
    Updated 7.6.04
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction 21st Annual Collection
    Author: Dozois, Gardner
    Publisher: Griffin $ 35/19.95 ISBN: 0312324782/0312324790 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, this award-winning anthology continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best sci fi writing.
    Updated 6.30.04
  • Mortal Love
    Author: Hand, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0061051705 Date: 2004
    starPWstarKirkus
    The breakout book from acclaimed author Hand is a powerful, beautifully written and romantic story of art, obsession, and imagination that ranges from Victorian London to present-day New York.
    Updated 5.10.04
  • Perfect Circle
    Author: Stewart, Sean
    Publisher: Small Beer $ 24 ISBN: 1931520070 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A novel about Texas, ghosts and perfect pop songs.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars | Adult Books for Young Adults
    Updated 6.10.04
  • Iron Council
    Author: Mieville, China
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345464028 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Mieville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut.
    Suggested Reading: Dystopian Stars
    Updated 7.6.04
  • Iron Sunrise
    Author: Stross, Charles
    Publisher: Ace $ 23.95 ISBN: 0441011594 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Stross's debut novel Singularity Sky was hailed as "a carnival of ideas" (Michael Swanwick), sealing his reputation as a writer who "owns the cutting edge of science fiction" (James Patrick Kelly). Now he moves beyond that horizon with his stunning sequel.
    Updated 6.30.04

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June

  • The Darkness That Comes Before
    Author: Bakker, R. Scott
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585675598
    starLJstarPW
    Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates the kind of all-embracing universe Tolkien and Herbert created in The Lord of the Rings and Dune.
    Updated 4.20.04
  • Weapons of Choice: Book One of the Axis of Time Trilogy
    Author: Birmingham, John
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 15.95 (paper) ISBN: 0345457129 Date: 2004
    starPW
    This explosive new alternative history novel plunges a 21st-century naval fleet into the middle of the Pacific during combat in World War II--an event that disrupts the course of history.
    Updated 5.24.04
  • Forge of Heaven
    Author: Cherryh, C.J.
    Publisher: Eos $ 24.95 ISBN: 0380979039
    starBooklist
    From the Hugo Award-winning author of Hammerfall comes the second volume in the Gene Wars epic, which further explores this captivating new universe where two interstellar empires, scarred by nanotechnology weaponry, hover in an uneasy detente.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
    Author: King, Stephen
    Publisher: Donald Grant $ 30 ISBN: 1880418592
    starPW
    The penultimate volume in the Dark Tower series, Song of Susannah is a pivotal installment in the most anticipated series of publications in Stephen King's legendary career.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars | Adult Books for Young Adults
    Updated 4.19.04
  • Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories
    Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 1931081298
    starPW
    Updated 4.19.04
  • Firethorn
    Author: Micklem, Sarah
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743247949
    starPWstarBooklist
    A fantasy in the tradition of The Mists of Avalon, Firethorn is an extraordinary tale--at once magical and violent, beautiful and frightening--about a bold young woman and her journey to the brink of war.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.15.04
  • Thinner Than Thou
    Author: Reed, Kit
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765307626 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    In the tomorrow of Thinner Than Thou, the cult of the body has become the one true religion. The Dedicated Sisters are a religious order sworn to help anorexic, bulimic, and morbidly obese youth. Throughout the land, houses of worship have been replaced by the health clubs of the Crossed Triceps. And through hypnotically powerful evangelical infomercials, the Reverend Earl preaches the heaven of the Afterfat, where you will look like a Greek god and can eat anything you want. Just sign over your life savings and come to Sylphania, the most luxurious weight-loss spa in the world, where the Reverend himself will personally supervise your attainment of physical perfection.
    But the glory of youth and thinness that America worships conceals a hidden world where teens train for the competitive eating circuit, where fat porn and obese strippers feed people's dark desires, and where an underground railroad of rebellious religions remember when people worshipped God instead of the Afterfat. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Dystopias
    Updated 6.15.04
  • Absolution Gap
    Author: Reynolds, Alastair
    Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 0441011586 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Widely hailed as the new leader of cutting-edge hard-science fiction, Reynolds concludes his popular saga with Clavain and his ragtag companions considering forging an unholy alliance in order to save humanity from recently reawakened ancient killing machines.
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy
    Author: Sarrantonio, Al (ed)
    Publisher: Roc $ 24.95 ISBN: 0451459776 Date: 2004
    starPW
    This daring, all-new anthology showcases some of the genre's biggest names and best newcomers--and sets the standard for fantasy in the 21st century. Included are new stories by Neil Gaiman, Harry Turtledove, and more.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.17.04
  • Innocents Aboard: New Fantasy Stories
    Author: Wolfe, Gene
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765307901 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Gene Wolfe may be the single best writer in fantasy and SF today. His quotes and reviews certainly support that contention, and so does his impressive short fiction oeuvre. "Innocents Aboard gathers fantasy and horror stories from the last decade that have never before been in a Wolfe collection. Highlights from the twenty-two stories include "The Tree is my Hat," adventure and horror in the South Seas, "The Night Chough," a Long Sun story, "The Walking Sticks," a darkly humorous tale of a supernatural inheritance, and "Houston, 1943," lurid adventures in a dream that has no end. This is fantastic fiction at its best. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 6.14.04

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May

  • Triads
    Author: Brite, Poppy Z. & Christa Faust
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 1931081409
    starPWstarKirkus
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991
    Author: Campbell, Ramsey
    Publisher: Tor $ 26.95 ISBN: 0765307677 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars
    Updated 6.1.04
  • The Ordinary
    Author: Grimsley, Jim
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765305283
    starBooklist
    Science and magic collide in this story of two realms marching inevitably towards war, as a young linguist finds herself at the center of events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world--and herself.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.21.04
  • Phases of the Moon: Stories of Six Decades
    Author: Silverberg, Robert
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 1931081999 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.3.04
  • Heaven
    Author: Stewart, Ian and Jack Cohen
    Publisher: Aspect $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446529834 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Following the success of their previous collaboration, Wheelers, Cohen--a biologist and consultant on science fiction alien design--and Stewart--a professor of mathematics--join forces on another highly-anticipated science fiction novel.
    Updated 4.26.04
  • Use Once, Then Destroy
    Author: Williams, Conrad
    Publisher: Nightshade $ 27 ISBN: 1892389673
    starPW
    Updated 3.29.04

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April

  • The Skinner
    Author: Asher, Neal
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765307375
    starKirkus
    Neal Asher, whom Tor introduced to the American audience with Gridlinked, takes us deeper into his unique universe with an even more remarkable second novel, The Skinner.
    On the planet Spatterjay arrive three travelers: Janer, acting as the eyes of the hornet Hive mind, on a mission not yet revealed to him; Erlin, searching for Ambel -- the ancient sea captain who can teach her how to live; and Sable Keech, on a vendetta he cannot abandon, though he himself has been dead for 700 years. As the visitors' paths converge, major hell is about to erupt in a chaotic waterscape where minor hell is already a remorseless fact of everyday life . . . and death. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 12.10.03
  • The Chernagor Pirates: Book Two of the Scepter of Mercy
    Author: Cherneko, Dale
    Publisher: Roc $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0451459563
    starPW
    The longer the Kings go without acting on their dream of retaking the Scepter of Mercy, the greater the advantage the Banished One gains. King Grus will have to act quickly--before his people realize just how formidable an enemy the Banished One truly is...
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Mystic Warrior: Book One of the Bronze Canticles
    Author: Hickman, Tracy and Laura
    Publisher: Aspect $ 24 ISBN: 0446531057
    starPW
    Bestselling fantasy master Tracy Hickman is joined by his wife, Laura, in offering the first book in a major, new, dragon-laden epic fantasy.
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Glass Dragons
    Author: McMullen, Sean
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765307979
    starPW
    One of Australia's leading genre writers delivers the second novel in his Moonworlds Saga, a fantasy epic of daunting skill and scope.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.16.04
  • Mistress of the Pearl
    Author: Van Lustbader, Eric
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0312872372
    starBooklist
    This sequel to The Ring of Five Dragons and The Veil of a Thousand Tears is the third volume of the towering fantasy epic, The Pearl.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Midnight Mass
    Author: Wilson, F. Paul
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765307057
    starBooklist
    A new vampire thriller is penned by the bestselling author of The Tomb and the creator of Repairman Jack.
    Suggested Reading: Scary Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 4.21.04

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March

  • The Swords of Night and Day
    Author: Gemmell, David
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345458338
    starPW
    A thousand years after he fought alongside Druss the Legend, Skilgannon the Damned has been resurrected to face the ruthless evil of the Eternal.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Pandora's Star
    Author: Hamilton, Peter F.
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 26.95 ISBN: 0345461622
    starPW
    From the bestselling author of The Reality Dysfunction and Fallen Dragon comes a stunning new work of epic science fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.23.04
  • The Last Light of the Sun
    Author: Kay, Guy Gavriel
    Publisher: Roc $ 24.95 ISBN: 0451459652
    starPW
    The multiple award-winning author of the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" ("Star-Phoenix") leaves behind the decadent, sophisticated courts of his most recent works to shape a powerful, moving saga evoking the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.10.04
  • Earth Logic: Elemental Logic, Book 2
    Author: Marks, Laurie J.
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765309521
    starBooklist
    The sweeping drama that began in Fire Logic continues. "Full of love and humor as well as war and intrigue, this well-crafted epic fantasy will delight existing fans as surely as it will win new ones."--"Publishers Weekly."
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.5.04
  • The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
    Author: Rankin, Robert
    Publisher: Gollancz $ 9.95 (paper) ISBN: 0575074019 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Toy Town...now older, bigger, and certainly not wiser. The Old Rich, who have made their millions from the royalties on their world-famous nursery rhymes, are being murdered. One by one. Horribly. A psychopath is on the loose. He must be stopped at any cost. It's a job for toy Town's only detective--but he's missing, leaving only Eddie Bear, and his bestest friend Jack, to track down the mad killer. A hilarious, very irreverent fantasy from the cult creator of Web Site Story, The Sprouts of Wrath, and the five-book Brentford Trilogy. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Douglas Adams | Rhyming Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.21.04

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February

  • The Stone of the Stars: Dragon Throne Book 1
    Author: Baird, Alison
    Publisher: Aspect $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 0446690988
    starPW
    The quest is on to find the coveted Stone of the Stars on the mystical isle of Trynisia, once a place where humans dwelt side by side with dragons. Four have set off on their journey to reach it. But can they reach the isle and the Stone of the Stars before the tyrannical God-King Khalazar finds it and uses it to rule the world?
    Updated 1.5.04
  • Fool's Fate: Book 3 of the Tawney Man
    Author: Hobb, Robin
    Publisher: Spectra $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553801546
    starPW
    Combining epic vision, intricate plotting, and seamless interweaving of characters and worlds, Hobb has emerged as one of the most popular and acclaimed authors of "big book" fantasy. Now, she concludes her third spectacular trilogy with a novel of breathtaking imagination.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.8.03
  • The Iron Grail
    Author: Holdstock, Robert
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 076530726x
    starPW
    After long travels, Merlin has returned to the future England. Likewise, Urtha, High King of the Cornovidi, is coming home, and Jason is sailing in to seek his son. But Urtha's stronghold has been taken by warriors from Ghostland. Now there will be war--against the Otherworld.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Legendary Characters
    Updated 5.19.05
  • White Devils
    Author: McAuley, Paul J.
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765307618 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    In a futuristic Congo, where plague, civil war, and uncontrolled experiments in genetic engineering have spawned chaos and devastation throughout Africa, forensic pathologist Nick Hyde is determined to uncover the origins of a band of mysterious creatures.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.20.05
  • Alphabet of Thorn
    Author: McKillip, Patricia A.
    Publisher: Ace $ 22.95 ISBN: 0441011306 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The latest fantasy epic form McKillip whose last book, In the Forests of Serre, was praised as "A mystical, eerie fantasy about the flight from love--and the haphazard progress toward love . . . A skillfully told adult fairy tale."--"Publishers Weekly".
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.21.04

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January

  • The Boys Are Back in Town
    Author: Golden, Christopher
    Publisher: Bantam $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0553382071 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Will James isn't looking forward to his tenth high school reunion. But what Will finds is a sort of alternative universe in which realities fade and "new" memories begin to block them out. This changed world of ever-shifting certainties threatens to remake the whole of the world--unless he can find a way to stop it.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.23.04
  • New Spring
    Author: Jordan, Robert
    Publisher: Tor $ 22.95 ISBN: 0765306298
    starPW
    This is the prequel to the Wheel of Time series from America's premier fantasy writer, and New York Times and USA Today #1 bestselling author of Crossroads of Twilight. In this book, it is prophesied that an infant will change the world--an infant that has been born with enemies.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy
    Author: Silverberg, Robert (ed)
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 28.95 ISBN: 0345465440
    starPW
    This anthology gathers all-new short novels by 11 major fantasy authors writing in their bestselling universes, from Diana Gabaldon to Neil Gaiman to Terry Brooks.
    Updated 11.3.03
  • The Knight: Book One of the Wizard Knight
    Author: Wolfe, Gene
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765309890
    starPW
    This is Wolfe's first book in a two-volume epic fantasy, written in the Tolkien tradition, that is an original and morally complex heroic fantasy.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 12.1.03

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