Overbooked Speculative Fiction Stars 2006
Speculative Fiction Stars 2006 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: A frequently updated list of books which received at least one starred review (indicating a work of unusual merit) from the following review sources: Booklist - BL, Publisher's Weekly - PW, Kirkus, and Library Journal - LJ.
Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine unless otherwise noted. Titles are arranged by approximate date of publication, then alphabetically by author.
Author: Bear, Elizabeth
Publisher: Spectra $ 6.99 ISBN: 0553589040 Date: 2006
Two diplomatic attachs to a colony world set in motion a chain of events which could change the nature of humanity forever in this edgy new science fiction novel from the acclaimed author of Worldwired.
- 1824: The Arkansas War
Author: Flint, Eric
Publisher: Del Rey $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345465695 Date: 2006
In this alternative history, during the hotly contested Presidential Election of 1824, Speaker of the House Henry Clay ruthlessly maneuvers events in order to emerge as the new President. Clay launches a war against the Confederacy of the Arkansas--the alliance of Indians, black freedmen, and escaped slaves.
Suggested Reading: Alternate History
- The Forsaken Earth: Book Two of the Sea Beggars
Author: Kearney, Paul
Publisher: Spectra $ 12 ISBN: 0553383639 Date: 2006
He's spoken of only in whispers. His origins are a mystery. Some say that he's descended from the last of the angels. Others say much worse. By all appearances, Rol Cortishane is just another ruthless pirate roaming the lawless seas, raiding warships and slavers. But the truth is something far more complicated and dangerous than anyone can imagine, including Rol. Even as he seeks to escape his birthright, Rol is slowly discovering who--and what--he really is. But the revelation won't come without exacting a terrible price from Rol and all he loves. Now a treacherous figure from his past has made him a proposition it would be fatal to turn down. Racing against time, Rol must chart a harrowing course across the sea, back to the beautiful Rowen and the people she would rule as Queen. With his steadfast crew--the battle-scarred Creed, the mirthful halftroll Gallico, and a young escaped slave named Giffon--Rol will plunge headlong into a destiny as dark as they come. And toward a terrifying battle against an enemy as determined to destroy the world as Rol is to save it. - Publisher Marketing
- Unto the Breach
Author: Ringo, John
Publisher: Baen $ 26 ISBN: 1416509402 Date: 2006
In the sequel to Ghost, Kildar, and Choosers of the Slain, former SEAL Michael Harmon returns to track down terrorists, rogue Russian bio-scientists, and the doomsday weapon to end all doomsday weapons. It's going to take some very tough, hard, and nasty people to stop the end of the world.
- Grey Moon Over China
Author: Day, Thomas A.
Publisher: Black Heron $ 25.95 ISBN: 0930773780 Date: 2006
- Lisey's Story
Author: King, Stephen
Publisher: Scribner $ 28 ISBN: 0743289412 Date: 2006
Kirkus LJ PW
Every marriage has two hearts, one light and one dark, and Lisey Landon must confront both. King's most personal and powerful book to date is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Soarer's Choice: The Sixth Books of the Corean Chronicles
Author: Modesitt, L.E.
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765316471 Date: 2006
Modesitt concludes the trilogy of the intertwined stories of Dainyl, the Alector, and Mykel, the native soldier. Two planets have been prepared for the vampiric civilization of the Alectors, and the time is at hand for the great move, but the mysterious Ancients, the Soarers, may hold a powerful and destructive trump card.
- Dark Harvest
Author: Partridge, Norman
Publisher: Cemetery Dance $ 40 ISBN: 9781587671470 Date: 2006
Norman Partridge returns to Cemetery Dance with a high-octane tale of fantastic suspense. Startlingly original in style and execution, Dark Harvest is sure to be the horror event this Halloween season. Don't miss it! - Publisher Marketing
- The Sky People
Author: Stirling, S.M.
Publisher:Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765314886 Date: 2006
In the first volume of a new alternate-history series, American and allied scientist-adventurers attempt to unlock the puzzles of Venus--a planet swarming with sabertooths and dinosaurs identical to those on Earth--while coexisting with the planet's native Neanderthal-like beastmen.
- Farewell Summer
Author: Bradbury, Ray
Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0061131547 Date: 2006
The master of American fiction returns to the territory of his beloved classic, Dandelion Wine--a sequel 50 years in the making.
- The Sharing Knife
Author: Bujold, Lois McMaster
Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 0061137588 Date: 2006
The Hugo Award-winning author of Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt returns with an enthralling new romantic fantasy--the first volume in an epic two-volume saga.
- Spirit Gate: Crossroads
Author: Elliot, Kate
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765310554 Date: 2006
World Fantasy and Nebula Award finalist Kate Elliott breaks new ground in a brilliantly original new fantasy set in a unique world of fabled cities, mysterious gods, and terrible dangers.
- 1635: The Cannon Law
Author: Flint, Eric
Publisher: Baen $ 26 ISBN: 1416509380 Date: 2006
Rome, 1635, and Grantville's diplomatic team, headed by Sharon Nichols, is making scant headway now it has become politically inexpedient for Pope Urban VIII to talk to them. Frank Stone has moved to Rome and is attempting to bring about the revolution--one pizza at a time.
Suggested Reading: Alterate History
Author: Flynn, Michael
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765300966 Date: 2006
In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and has never been resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Variable Star
Author: Heinlein, Robert A. & Spider Robinson
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 076531312x Date: 2006
Determined to forget the love of his life and make a life for himself among the stars, Joel Johnson was on his way to succeeding when his plans--and the plans of billions of others--were shattered by a cosmic cataclysm so devastating it would take all of humanity's strength and ingenuity just to survive.
- The Good Fairies of New York
Author: Millar, Martin
Publisher: Soft Skull $ 13.95 ISBN: 193368365 Date: 2006
The Good Fairies of New York tells the fish-out-of-water story of two Scottish thistle fairies who find themselves in Manhattan. The fairies hook up with two humans, Kerry (complete with colostomy bag) and Dinnie (antisocial in the extreme), finding time to help both get their acts together. A book that brings together race riots and Scottish folklore, The Good Fairies of New York is anything but a typical fairy fantasy.
- Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures
Author: Moers, Walter
Publisher: Overlook $ 26.95 ISBN: 1585677256 Date: 2006
From the author of the cult classic The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear comes another fantastical journey into Zamonia. This captivating story from the unique imagination of Moers is astonishingly inventive, amusing, and engrossing.
- Spellbinder: A Love Story With Magical Interruptions
Author: Rawn, Melanie
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765315327 Date: 2006
There is magic in the big city . . . literally. New York City has a small, and by preference discrete, population of witches and wizards who live and love and go dancing just like everyone else. Holly McClure is one of them, a successful writer who tries to ignore her heritage, except when the local Magistrate needs her special gift in his coven.
Author: Richardson, Kat
Publisher: Roc $ 14 ISBN: 045146107x Date: 2006
This debut features more than enough "nonstop action and paranormal complications to keep you on the edge of your seat" (Charlaine Harris, author of Definitely Dead).
- Sun of Suns: Virga
Author: Schroeder, Karl
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765315432 Date: 2006
It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and “ towns” that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.
Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He’ s come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden’ s nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden’ s spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn’ t bode well for Fanning’ s chances . . . -Publisher Marketing
- Year's Best Fantasy 6
Author: Sterling, Bruce, etc (edt)
Publisher: Tachyon $ 14.95 ISBN: 1892391377 Date: 2006
Continuing to showcase the most compelling new genre fiction, this annual compendium presents an impressive lineup of bestselling authors and rising stars of fantasy. Fantasy fiction continues to attract talented authors and dedicated readers, and this intriguing sampler features the best new tales. Whether learning garden magic, battling trolls, or discovering one's relative mortality, these wondrous stories tell of epic heroes and ordinary people performing feats of glory, honor, and occasional ridiculousness. This year's contributors include Timothy J. Anderson, Laird Barron, Deborah Coates, Candas Jane Dorsey, Esther Friesner, Neil Gaiman, Gavin J. Grant, Ann Harris, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Claude Lalumiere, Yoon Ha Lee, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Tim Pratt, Patrick Samphire, Heather Shaw, Delia Sherman, Bruce Sterling, Jonathan Sullivan, Greg Van Eekhout, Jeff Vandermeer, Liz Williams, Connie Willis, and Gene Wolfe. - Publisher Marketing
- Fantasy: The Best of 2005
Author: Strahan, Jonathan
Publisher: Locus $ 16.95 ISBN: 0978621018 Date: 2006
- The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden
Author: Valente, Catherynne
Publisher: Spectra $ 14 ISBN: 0553384031 Date: 2006
Book of Wonders for Grown-Up Readers: Every once in a great while a book comes along that reminds us of the magic spell that stories can cast over us-to dazzle, entertain, and enlighten. Welcome to the Arabian Nights for our time-a lush and fantastical epic guaranteed to spirit you away from the very first page.... Publisher Marketing
Author: Watts, Peter
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765312182 Date: 2006
"Peter Watts has taken the core myths of the First Contact story and shaken them to pieces. The result is a shocking and mesmerizing performance, a tour-de-force of provocative and often alarming ideas. It is a rare novel that has the potential to set science fiction on an entirely new course. Blindsight is such a book." - Karl Schroeder - Publisher Marketing
- Soldier of Sidon
Author: Wolfe, Gene
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765316641 Date: 2006
Latro finds himself in Egypt, a land of singing girls, of spiteful and conniving deities. Without his memory, he is unsure of everything, except for his desire to be free of the curse that causes him to forget.
- The Children's Hospital
Author: Adrian, Chris
Publisher: McSweeneys $ 24 ISBN: 1932416609 Date: 2006
A hospital is preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water. Inside, assailed by mysterious forces, doctors and patients are left to remember the world they've lost and to imagine one to come. At the center, Jemma Claflin, a medical student, finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny.
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Author: Brooks, Max
Publisher: Crown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0307346609 Date: 2006
The Studs Terkel of the Zombie War, Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide, puts a human face on the suffering that occurred during the horrible hostilities, interviewing civilians, soldiers, politicians, and others, in this stunning book compiled shortly after the conclusion of the epic ten-year conflict.
Suggested Reading: Zombies
- Armageddon's Children
Author: Brooks, Terry
Publisher: Del Rey $ 26.95 ISBN: 0345484088 Date: 2006
Fifty years from now, the world is a very different place. Thousands live in highly fortified strongholds, and demons have taken over. The Knights of the Word are on a quest to rescue a group of young people who hold the hope of the world.
Suggested Reading: Apocalypse Now
- House of Chains: Book Four of the Malazan Book of the Fallen
Author: Erikson, Steven
Publisher: Tor $ 14.95 ISBN: 0765315742 Date: 2006
In Northern Genabackis, a tribal raiding party descends into the southern flat lands intent on wreaking havoc. But for Karsa Orlong it marks the beginning of what will prove an extraordinary destiny. So begins this awesome epic novel of war, intrigue, magic and betrayal.
- Stamping Butterflies
Author: Grimwood, Jon Courtnenay
Publisher: Spectra $ 12 ISBN: 0553383779 Date: 2006
From acclaimed author Jon Courtenay Grimwood comes an exotic new novel that defies expectation at every turn. A mystery, a thriller, and a cutting-edge sci-fi adventure all in one, Stamping Butterflies bends time, genre, and consciousness itself to tell the spellbinding story of two worlds, three lives, one future-and the question upon which everything depends: who is dreaming whom.... - Publisher Marketing
- Plumage from Pegasus
Author: Overall, John
Publisher: Wildside $32.95 ISBN: 080955609x Date: 2006
What happens when the tools and themes of science fiction are applied to the genre of science fiction itself-and to publishing in general? Surprisingly, the result is not a black hole of dreary self-referentiality but a supernova of literary comedy, in the manner of classicists such as S. J. Perelman, Stephen Leacock and Robert Benchley, and postmodernists such as Mark Leyner, Will Self and Steve Aylett. In this collection of short, sharp, satirical gems, Paul Di Filippo-noted for his own fiction and criticism, which gives him an insider's perspective-turns a keen eye on the foibles, fallacies, fads and failures of science fiction the industry, mining comedic gold from the gaffes, pomposities and pretensions of authors, publicists, reviewers, publishers, editors, fans, librarians and bookstore owners. Using their own words as springboards in many cases, he extrapolates wildly, in the classic manner of the best GALAXY magazine stories, to give us such improbable but inevitable scenarios as literary hit men, self-blinded authors, agents as personal servants and a Victorian internet. Although these japes abound with in-jokes, nothing more is required to enjoy them than a basic familiarity with science fiction, an empathy for the human condition, and a willingness to laugh heartily. - Publisher Marketing
- Mappa Mundi
Author: Robson, Justina
Publisher: Pyr $ 15 ISBN: 1591024919 Date: 2006
From one of Britain's most acclaimed new talents comes a novel of hard SF exploring the nature of identity both inherited and engineered.
- A Meeting at Corvallis
Author: Stirling, S.M.
Publisher: Roc $ 25.95 ISBN: 0451461118 Date: 2006
Tensions between survivors in western Oregon and those living in northwest Oregon have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't met on the battlefield is because the Warlord of Portland's daughter is in Clan MacKenzie's hands. A plan to retrieve her threatens to plunge the region into open warfare.
- Science Fiction: The Very Best of 2005
Author: Strahan, Jonathan
Publisher: Locus $ 17.95 ISBN: 0978621009 Date: 2006
- Roman Dusk: Count Saint-Germain
Author: Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 076531391x Date: 2006
- Pearls From Peoria
Author: Farmer, Philip Jose
Publisher: Subterranean $ 45 ISBN: 159606059x Date: 2006
A mammoth, 300,000 word gathering of fiction and non-fiction, all of it rare or never-before-published.
- Web Mage
Author: McCullough, Kelly
Publisher: Ace $ 6.99 ISBN: 0441014259 Date: 2006
Ravirn is a computer hacker/sorcerer extraordinaire in 21st-century digital magic. When one of the three Fates uses a computerized spell to erase human free will, Ravirn opposes her--and all hell breaks loose in this first title of an all-new contemporary fantasy series.
- Shriek: An Afterword
Author: Vandermeer, Jeff
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765314657 Date: 2006
An epic yet personal look at several decades of life, love, and death in the imaginary city of Ambergris--previously chronicled in Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed City of Saints & Madmen--Shriek: An Afterword relates the scandalous, heartbreaking, and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings and their confidantes, protectors, and enemies.
Narrated with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions by ex-society figure Janice Shriek, this afterword presents a vivid gallery of characters and events, emphasizing the adventures of Janice's brother Duncan, a historian obsessed with a doomed love affair and a secret that may kill or transform him; a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever; and the gray caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies who have been waiting underground for their chance to mold the future of the city.
Part academic treatise, part tell-all biography, after this introduction to the Family Shriek, you'll never look at history in quite the same way again. - Publisher Marketing
- White Time
Author: Lanagan, Margo
Publisher: Eos $ 15.99 ISBN: 006074393x Date: 2006
From the remarkable mind that brought readers the award-winning stories of Black Juice comes an equally haunting collection of science fiction and fantasy tales.
Author: Lawhead, Steve
Publisher: Westbow $ 24.99 ISBN: 1595540857 Date: 2006
Bran ap Brychan finds his world ripped from its foundation as invaders topple his father's kingdom and send the young prince fleeing into the forest. Readers will be spellbound with this entirely fresh take on this legendary figure.
- The Toyminator
Author: Rankin, Robert
Publisher: Gollancz $ 22.95 ISBN: 0575070102 Date: 2006
At last! Eddie Bear -- hero of Robert Rankin's award-winning fairytale-noir masterpiece, THE HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE -- returns in this longed-for sequel. Somewhere over the rainbow and beyond the Yellow Brick Road stands Toy City, formerly known as Toy Town. And things are not going well for the city's inhabitants. There have been outbreaks of STC - Spontaneous Toy Combusion - and strange signs and portents in the Heavens. It's time for a hero to step forward and save the day. Well, two heroes actually. Eddie Bear, Toy City Private Eye, and his loyal sidekick Jack. And they are about to face their biggest challenge yet: to save not only toykind, but mankind as well. Which should keep them out of the pub for awhile. - Publisher Marketing
Author: Walton, Jo
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765314215 Date: 2006
A stunning "what-if" in the manner of Fatherland and The Plot Against America.
Suggested Reading: Alternate History
Author: Whitfeld, Kit
Publisher: Del Rey $ 14.95 ISBN: 0345491637 Date: 2006
Ninety-nine percent of the population is lycanthropic--when the full moon rises, they transform into bloodthirsty beasts that cannot be reasoned with or tamed. When a friend is killed by a marauding lune, Lola Galley, one of the few people unable to change, is desperate to see justice prevail.
Suggested Reading: Weres
- Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Sons, Book 5
Author: Anderson, Kevin J.
Publisher: Aspect $ 25.99 ISBN: 0446577189 Date: 2006
In a desperate attempt to save his race, the Ildiran Mage-Imperator, Jora'h, is forced into a devil's bargain with the evil hydrogues. Meanwhile, the gypsy Roamer clans and the green priests of the worldforest are discovering innovative ways to rebel. Forces collide in a fury that will destroy many and devastate the landscape of the Spiral Arm.
- Horror: The Best of the Year: 2006 Edition
Author: Betancourt, John Gregory and Sean Wallace (edt)
Publisher: Prime Books $ 13.95 ISBN: 0-8095-5648-0 Date: 2006
Author: Block, Francesca Lia & Carmen Staton
Publisher: HarperCollins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0060840579 Date: 2006
From the author of Necklace of Kisses comes a modern-day fairy tale of a willful and intuitive heroine and a world of shocking realism and transcendent magic.
- Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology
Author: Kelly, James Patrick
Publisher: Tachyon $ 14.95 ISBN: 189239135x Date: 2006
Intending to establish a canon for the controversial slipstream science-fiction subgenre, the editors of this anthology have brought together a group of convention-defying tales set in vivid and disorienting dreamscapes that offer no distinction between reality and hallucination. A cross between the literary surrealism of Franz Kafka and escapist-popular-fiction, this ambitious new species--sometimes also called interstitial fiction--is exemplified here in stories by Carol Emshwiller, Karen Joy Fowler, Jonathan Lethem, and George Saunders. - Publisher Marketing
- Night Watch
Author: Lukyanenko, Sergei
Publisher: Hyperion $ 11.95 ISBN: 1401359795 Date: 2006
Set in modern day Moscow, an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?
- The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Lynch, Scott
Publisher: Spectra $ 23 ISBN: 0553804677 Date: 2006
Debut author Lynch pens a witty and fast-paced narrative that is nearly as much of a con as the wily schemes of its hero.
Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens | Alex Award Read-Alikes: Gaiman | Picaresque Stars
- The Mirror Prince
Author: Malan, Violette
Publisher: Daw $ 15 ISBN: 0756403391 Date: 2006
Max Ravenhill was happy with his life as a history professor--until he met Cassandra. Told he was more than a thousand years old and his life as "Max" had been implanted in his mind, he's also been warned that he's in danger, and that his only chance for survival is to flee to the realm of Faerie. Together he and Cassandra must separate the truth from the lies in a dangerous new world. - Publisher Marketing
- The Virtu
Author: Monette, Sarah
Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 0441014046 Date: 2006
Felix Harrowgate was a powerful wizard until his former master wrenched his magic away and used it to shatter the Virtu--the orb that is keystone for the protection and magic of the wizards. Felix's only chance to reclaim the life he knew is to restore the Virtu.
Author: Stross, Charles
Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 0441014038 Date: 2006
In the 27th century, interstellar travel is by teleport gates, and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees' personalities. On the run from an unknown enemy, the memory-less Robin volunteers to participate in a unique experimental civil order--a decision that places him at the mercy of the experimenters and his own unbalanced psyche.
- Dark Mondays
Author: Baker, Kage
Publisher: Nightshade $ 26.95 ISBN: 1597800511 Date: 2006
Kage Baker (author of the popular Company series) delivers a collection that explores the dark and fantastic sides of her writing. This collection is anchored by an original novella involving pirates. - Publisher Marketing
- Kushiel's Scion
Author: Carey, Jacqueline
Publisher: Warner $ 26.95 ISBN: 044650002X Date: 2006
National bestselling author Carey opens a new trilogy set in the same extraordinary world as her extended "New York Times" bestseller, Kushiel's Avatar.
- Ghosts of Blood and Innocence: Wraeththu Histories, Bk 3
Author: Constantine, Storm
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765303485 Date: 2006
The struggle between two brothers is both powerful and mythic, and brings this cycle of Wraeththu history to a marvelous conclusion. - Publisher Marketing
- Children of Chaos
Author: Duncan, Dave
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765314835 Date: 2006
In the first volume in this series, the Doge of Celebre swore allegiance to the Bloodlord to spare his city from inevitable sack, and his four children were taken hostage. Now fifteen years later, the hostages have grown up. They must find one another, return to their homeland, claim their inheritance, and gain revenge on their enemies.
- Children of Magic
Author: Greenberg, Martin (edt)
Publisher: DAW $ 7.99 ISBN: 0756403618 Date: 2006
"Prodigy" now has a magical new meaning in this collection of 17 brand-new stories by some of fantasy's most imaginative authors about children born with the gift of magic.
- Fantasy: The Best of the Year
Author: Horton, Rich (edt)
Publisher: Wildside $ 13.95 ISBN: 0809556502 Date: 2006
The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the fantasy prose written in 2005, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines. In this volume you'll find stories Peter Beagle, Paul Di Filippo, Neil Gaiman, Theodora Goss, Kelly Link, Gene Wolfe and more. - Publisher Marketing
- Candles Burning
Author: King, Tabitha & Michael McDowell
Publisher: Berkley $ 24.95 ISBN: 0425210286 Date: 2006
Two of literature's most provocative authors draw readers into the summer's most chilling tale. King picks up the late McDowell's unfinished manuscript, weaving a Southern gothic fabric of murder, guilt, innocence, corruption, and survival told in the voices of the living and the dead.
- The Greener Shore: A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia
Author: Llwelyn, Morgan
Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345477669 Date: 2006
The long-awaited sequel to Llywelyn's "Druids" traces the reestablishment of Ainvar's clan in a new homeland and the rise of Ainvar's wife, Briga.
Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
- Castle Waiting
Author: Medley, Linda
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 29.95 ISBN: 1560977477 Date: 2006
The multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning fantasy is now collected in one volume!
The 450-page Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil--but about being a hero in your own home.
For the first time, Fantagraphics' Castle Waiting collects the entire story into one mammoth volume--and includes the concluding chapter written and drawn especially for this volume. - Publisher Marketing
- The Last Mortal Man
Author: Mitchell, Syne
Publisher: Roc $ 6.99 ISBN: 0451460944 Date: 2006
In the 24th century, nano-designed biology has turned the world into humanity's playground. But when a new technology attacks the fundamental building blocks of nanobiology, the survival of humanity is at stake.
- Black Powder War
Author: Novik, Naomi
Publisher: Del Rey $ 7.50 ISBN: 0345481305 Date: 2006
this final book of Novik's series, Captain Will Laurence and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are ordered to escort and protect a precious cargo of valuable dragon eggs from Istanbul to England.
- The Ocean and All Its Devices
Author: Spencer, William Browning
Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 1596060476 Date: 2006
Fans of William Browning Spencer have been waiting more than ten years for this, his second collection of short stories. The Ocean and All Its Devices won't disappoint. Spencer's first collection, The Return of Count Electric was acclaimed by reviewers in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Cemetery Dance, Publishers Weekly and other magazines and newspapers. Science fiction legend Roger Zelazny, once introduced to Spencer's work, became a lifelong devotee. He wrote: "William Browning Spencer is one of those rare short story writers who comes along once in a generation -- like Saki, Collier, Sheckley -- and manages to combine all of the virtues within that restricted format." The Ocean and All Its Devices collects some of Spencer's finest published work. Three of these stories appeared in "year's best" anthologies. Another, "The Death of the Novel," was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award, while "The Essayist in the Wilderness" was on the final ballot for a World Fantasy Award - Publisher Marketing
- Black Pockets And Other Dark Thoughts
Author: Zebrowski, George
Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846401 Date: 2006
This collection of 19 horror stories, culled from the career of a writer best known for his literary science fiction, explores horror as a product of the human mind by allowing personal, political, and metaphysical obsessions to unleash terrors that beset these characters and by refusing to rely on genre-typical terrors such as serial killers and ancient curses. - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Zombies
- Proven Guilty: A Novel of the Dresden Files
Author: Butcher, Jim
Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 0451460855 Date: 2006
Continuing the story of wizard Harry Dresden, who solves crimes in modern-day Chicago.
Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Young Adults | Cross Genres | Alex Awards Read Alikes: Martinez
Author: De Lint, Charles
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765312859 Date: 2006
Introduced in the first Newford story, "Timeskip," Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell's story is finally being told in this stand-alone novel of fairy courts set in shopping malls and the Bohemian street scene of Newford's Crowsea area.
Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy | Adult Books for Young Adults | Alex Award Read Alikes: Gaiman
- The Empire of Ice Cream
Author: Ford, Jeffrey
Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846398 Date: 2006
Mixing the mundane with the metaphysical, the pairings of the everyday and the extraordinary in this collection of short fiction yield supernatural results--a young musician perceives another world while drinking coffee, a fairy chronicles his busy life in a sandcastle during the changing tide, a demonic 16th-century chess set shows up in a New Jersey bar, and Charon, the boatman of hell, takes a few days vacation. Storylines both conventional and outlandish reveal humdrum routines as menacing, or imaginary worlds as perfectly familiar. Allusions to authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne reinforce the fantasy tradition in these tales, while understated humor and moments of sadness add a quirky unpredictability. Also included is the previously unpublished novella, "Botch Town," a coming-of-age story about a boy on Long Island whose family and friends live ordinary lives under threats both real and imagined. Each story is followed by a brief afterword that details its genesis. - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
Author: Garcias y Robertson, R.
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765313561 Date: 2006
A young orphan girl falls in love with a foreign knight, who's carrying with him the most precious artifact of the kingdom--the egg of the Firebird. The two set out on a wonderful quest, filled with spectacle, romance, and hairsbreadth escapes, to save the land and find a life together.
Suggested Reading: Speculative Fiction for the Reluctant | Cross Genres
- Throne of Jade
Author: Novik, Naomi
Publisher: Del Rey $ 7.50 ISBN: 0345481291 Date: 2006
This follow-up to His Majesty's Dragon--the second book in Novik's acclaimed fantasy series--reimagines the Napoleonic Wars with an air corps of manned combat dragons.
- The Four Forges
Author: Rhodes, Jenna
Publisher: Daw $ 23.95 ISBN: 0756402743 Date: 2006
Two young people, one broken of soul and the other broken of mind, find their fates intertwined as their mixed bloodlines both curse and bless them. Can a river-borne slave and a street-savvy half-breed find their own personal truth in time to avert another civil war?
- Armies of Memory
Author: Barnes, John
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765303302 Date: 2006
The climactic conclusion of the epic begun in A Million Open Doors.
- The Blackgoom Bounty
Author: Baxley, Jon F.
Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594144516 Date: 2006
- In the Eye of Heaven
Author: Keck, David
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765313200 Date: 2006
From a strong new voice in epic fantasy comes the fiercely original tale of Durand, a good squire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving world who is ultimately destined to save the world of Man.
- Once Upon an Autumn Eve
Author: McKiernan, Dennis L.
Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 0451460693 Date: 2006
- Her Majesty's Dragon
Author: Novik, Naomi
Publisher: Del Rey $ 7.50 ISBN: 0345481283 Date: 2006
This first adventure of a new fantasy series introduces the remarkable dragon Temeraire and his heroic captain, Will Laurence, who are thrust into the world of the Aerial Corps, offering aerial support to the British during the Napoleonic Wars.
- Helmet of Horror
Author: Pelevin, Victor
Publisher: Canongate $ 18.95 ISBN: 1841957607 Date: 2006
One of Russia's most lauded and respected authors presents this cyber-age retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, structured according to the Internet exchanges of the 21st century yet instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology.
- Red Lightning
Author: Varley, John
Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 0441013643 Date: 2006
Mars was so much better before the tourists showed up, in this follow-up to Red Thunder from the Nebula and Hugo Award winner.
Author: Cherryh, C.J.
Publisher: Daw $ 25.95 ISBN: 075640374x Date: 2006
Cherryh delivers the eighth book in her Foreigner series and the second book in the new Foreigner trilogy--"the epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race.
- Judas Unchained
Author: Hamilton, Peter F.
Publisher: Del Rey $ 26.95 ISBN: 0345461665 Date: 2006
The stunning conclusion to the far-future adventure that began in Pandora's Star finds the fractious Commonwealth caught between two deadly enemies. This will be humanity's finest hour--or its last gasp.
- River of Gods
Author: McDonald, Ian
Publisher:Pyr $ 25 ISBN: 1591024366 Date: 2006
A Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee has written the great Indian novel of the new millennium, in which a war is fought, a love betrayed, a message from a different world is decoded, as the great river Ganges flows on.
- Bridge of Souls: The Quickening Book Three
Author: McIntosh, Fiona
Publisher: Eos $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0060747609 Date: 2006
In the stunning conclusion to the acclaimed Quickening trilogy, Wyl Thirsk must stop the marriage between his beloved Queen Valentyna and his sworn enemy, the despotic King Celimus, as war looms between their two nations and the threat from the Mountain Kingdom grows stronger.
- Headstone City
Author: Piccirilli, Tom
Publisher: Spectra $ 5.99 ISBN: 0553587218 Date: 2006
The multiple award-winning author of November Mourns delivers his most genre-bending novel yet, as one man faces down hitmen, supernatural forces, and the dark corners of his own past.
Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
Author: Reed, Kit
Publisher: Nightshade $ 24.95 ISBN: 1597800082 Date: 2006
Jude Atkins travels to South Carolina to meet Peter Benedict, a wealthy and successful painter she met on the Internet, and who she thinks she loves. What should be a normal courtship becomes a twisted descent into a dark family legacy in which art threatens life. The Benedict family's secret and the dark ambitions of the beautiful, sinister sculptor Ava Benedict, Peter's mother, threaten to engulf Jude, Peter, and everything they hold dear. - Publisher Marketing.
- The Ghost Brigades
Author: Scalzi, John
Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0765315025 Date: 2006
In this sequel to Old Man's War, the Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations.
- The Thirteenth House
Author: Shinn, Sharon
Publisher: Ace $ 24.95 ISBN: 0441013686 Date: 2006
The epic tale of Gillengaria begun in Mystic and Ryder continues as a beautiful shapeshifter discovers that intrigue and danger can be found even in the safest of havens.
- Visionary in Residence: Stories
Author: Sterling, Bruce
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth $ 15.95 ISBN: 1560258411 Date: 2006
I'm a science fiction writer. This is a golden opportunity to get up to most any mischief imaginable. With this fourth collection of my stories, I'm going to prove this to you."
With these words, Bruce Sterling -- author of New York times Notable Books of the Year and one of the great names in contemporary fiction -- introduces his latest collection of thirteen tales. If you're familiar with his cyberpunk creations you won't be disappointed, but these stories range far beyond the limits of future technology. Visionary in Residence takes the reader to places never imagined and certainly where no one has ever been. - Publisher Marketing
- Impossibe Stories
Author: Zivkovic, Zoran
Publisher: PS Publishng $ 45 ISBN: 1904619657 Date: 2006
- The Thousandfold Thought
Author: Bakker, R. Scott
Publisher: Overlook $ 26.95 ISBN: 1585677051 Date: 2006
The apocalyptic holy war comes to a head in this conclusion to the groundbreaking Prince of Nothing series and casts into question all the action that has taken place before.
Author: Bishop, Anne
Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 0451460731 Date: 2006
In a world of shifting lands, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. In his dreams, the woman he hungers for calls to him--even though he could destroy her. Meanwhile the Eater of the World has escaped its prison, and Sebastian's realm could be the first to fall.
- Crystal Rain
Author: Buckell, Tobias S.
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765312271 Date: 2006
In this much-anticipated debut novel, the only hope for a planet's delivery from the fearsome Azteca lies in a mythical artifact, the "Ma Wi Jung," said to be hidden somewhere in the frozen north.
Author: Brooke, Keith
Publisher: Pyr $ 25 ISBN:1591023335 Date: 2006
Genetopia offers the story of Flint, a young man in search of his possibly abducted sister in a far future where nano- and bio-technology have influenced and accelerated the evolution of humans and their strangely altered surroundings.
- Shadows in the Starlight
Author: Cunningham, Elaine
Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 0765309718 Date: 2006
Imagine Laurel Hamilton mixed with a liberal dose of Andrew Vachs, and osterized in a Tolkienesque blender with a young heroine that combines the best elements of both "Dark Angel" and "Alias" and you have Gwen "GiGi" Gellman of Changeling Detective Agency.
Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
- Already Dead
Author: Huston, Charlie
Publisher: Del Rey $ 12.95 ISBN: 034547824x Date: 2006
The daughter of a prominent New York family is missing, and her Vampyre fascination makes Joe Pitt--private detective and Vampyre--the man for this most dangerous job.
Suggested Reading: Cross Genres | Vampires
Author: King, Stephen
Publisher: Scribner $ 26.95 ISBN: 0743292332 Date: 2006
Civilization doesn't end with a bang or a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone. What happens on the afternoon of October 1 came to be known as the Pulse, a signal sent though every operating cell phone that turns its user into something...well, something less than human. Savage, murderous, unthinking-and on a wanton rampage. Terrorist act? Cyber prank gone haywire? It really doesn't matter, not to the people who avoided the technological attack. What matters to them is surviving the aftermath. Before long a band of them-"normies" is how they think of themselves-have gathered on the grounds of Gaiten Academy, where the headmaster and one remaining student have something awesome and terrifying to show them on the school's moonlit soccer field. Clearly there can be no escape. The only option is to take them on.
Suggested Reading: Zombies | Apocalyptic & Dystopian Fiction
- Flaming London Trade
Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 1596060255 Date: 2006
- The Plot to Save Socrates
Author: Levinson, Paul
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765305704 Date: 2006
Paul Levinson's astonishing new Sf novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future! Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript, with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max. The trail leads her to a time machine in a gentlemen's club in London and in New York, and into the past--and to a time traveler from her future, posing as Heron of Alexandria in 150 AD. Complications, mysteries, travels, and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history, or to do so herself. And she finds that time travel raises more questions than it answers. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) and William Henry Appleton, the great 19th century American publisher, to Socrates himself appear. with surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates. - Publisher Marketing.
- Solstice Wood
Author: McKillip, Patricia A.
Publisher: Ace $ 23.995 ISBN: 044101366x Date: 2006
The World Fantasy Award-winning author of Od Magic makes a foray into the modern world with this contemporary fantasy about the tangled lives mortals lead when they turn their eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everyday.
- Voidfarer: A Tale of the Moonworlds Saga
Author: McMullen, Sean
Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765314371 Date: 2006
At first Wayfarer Inspector Danolarian thought the huge oval thing that had fallen from the sky was a dragon's egg. When it opened, however, he knew that it was much, much worse. His world was being invaded by pitiless sorcerers from Lupan, who could sweep whole armies aside, and even defeat the invulnerable glass dragons. Surrender or flight were the only options ... but not for Inspector Danolarian, his Wayfarer Constables, and his sweetheart, the sorceress Lavenci. - Publisher Marketing.
- In the Beginning: Tales from the Pulp Era
Author: Silverberg, Robert
Publisher: Subterranean $ 40 ISBN: 1596060433 Date: 2006
A gathering of the SF Grandmaster's early pulp stories, collected for the first time.
- No Present Like Time
Author: Swainston, Steph
Publisher: Eos $ 13.95 ISBN: 0060753889 Date: 2006
The incredible follow-up to Steph Swainston's acclaimed first novel, The Year of Our War, No Present Like Time is a superb work of literary fantasy.
God is still on vacation, the Emperor still leads the war against the insects, and his cadre of immortals is still quarreling among themselves. But a new land has been discovered, one that holds the secrets of centuries, and one of their own, now exiled, foments rebellion against the Circle. In the brutal battle that follows, Jant Comet will discover that even immortals can fall. . . .
Wildly inventive, engaging, and witty, Steph Swainston's trilogy is building to be a landmark of modern imagination. - Publisher Marketing. Updated 12.27.05
- Mordred, Bastard Son
Author: Clegg, Douglas
Publisher: Alyson $ 24.95 ISBN: 1555838995 Date: 2006
A Stoker Award-winning novelist sets his rich imagination to the task of reinventing Arthurian legend: Mordred, the traditional villain of Arthurian legend, emerges as a heroic and romantic figure.
- Crippled Angel: Crucible Book 3
Author: Douglass, Sara
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765303647 Date: 2006
The world that the former monk Thomas Neville knows is crumbling about him. The Holy Mother Church of Rome is losing its power, and men are coming to question the nature of religion and the role of those who rule. Old friends, a new love, and temptations try his conscience and his very soul.
- The Best of Philip Jose Farmer
Author: Farmer, Philip Jose
Publisher: Subterrannean $ 38 ISBN: 1596060360 Date: 2006
With a total of 20 different stories and one Farmer-penned introduction that add up to nearly two hundred thousand words, The Best of Philip Jose Farmer is, hands down, the finest collection of Farmer stories ever assembled. - Publisher Marketing.
- Wolfstar: Tour of the Merrimack, bk 2
Author: Meluch, R.M.
Publisher: Daw $ 23.95 ISBN: 0756403243 Date: 2006
In the long war with the Palatine Empire, the pride of the Terran space fleet are its sister starships, the U.S.S. Merrimack and the U.S.S. Monitor. Now that the Palatine forces have secretly captured the Monitor and its codes, they can remotely seize control of the Merrimack-leaving her almost helpless. But as both sides struggle for supremacy, they are about to be attacked by an alien life-form-the Hive, a biological force with only one imperative: to seek and devour. - Publisher Marketing
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