Speculative Fiction Stars 2008

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.

January

  • Breath and Bone
    Author: Berg, Carol
    Publisher: Roc $ 15 ISBN: 9780451461865 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    As the land of Navronne sinks deeper into civil war and perilous winter, everyone wants to get their hands on the rebellious sorcerer Valen-a murderous priestess, a prince who steals dead men's eyes, and even the Danae guardians, whose magic nurtures the earth and whose attention could prove the most costly of all. Addicted to an enchantment that turns pain into pleasure-and bound by oaths he refuses to abandon-Valen risks body and soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and bring the dying land its rightful king. Yet no one is who they seem, and Valen's search for healing grace leads him from Harrower dungeons to alien shores. Only at the heart of the world does he discover the glorious, terrible price of the land's redemption-and his own. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.19.07
  • Shadowbridge
    Author: Frost, Gregory
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 14 ISBN: 9780345497581 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Sprung from a timeless dream, Shadowbridge is a world of linked spans arching high above glittering seas. It is a world of parading ghosts, inscrutable gods, and dangerous magic. Most of all, it is a world of stories.
    No one knows those stories better than Leodora, a young shadow-puppeteer who travels Shadowbridge collecting the intertwining tales and myths of each place she passes through, then retells them in performances whose genius has begun to attract fame . . . and less welcome attention.
    For Leodora is fleeing a violent past, as are her two companions: her manager, Soter, an elderly drunkard who also served Ledora's father, the legendary puppeteer Bardsham; and Diverus, her musical accompanist, a young man who has been blessed, and perhaps cursed, by the touch of a nameless god. Now, as the strands of a destiny she did not choose begin to tighten around her, Leodora is about to cross the most perilous bridge of all-the one leading from the past to the future. Shadowbridge is the first novel in a two-book adventure. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Hunter's Run
    Author: Martin, George R.R., Gardner R. Dozois and Daniel Abraham
    Publisher: Eos $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780061373299 Date: 2008
    star PW
    From three of the most respected voices in the science fiction world comes this riveting, emotionally compelling morality tale set in an unforgiving alien world that ponders the perennial question: What makes us human?
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Dragon Harper
    Author: McCaffrey, Anne and Todd J.
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780345480309 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    The highly-anticipated third collaboration between bestselling and award-winning author Anne McCaffrey and her son, Todd, continues the enormously popular tale of the Dragonriders of Pern.
    Updated 11.19.07

February

  • Sharp Teeth
    Author: Barlow, Toby
    Publisher: Harpercollins $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780061430220 Date: 2008
    star PW star PW
    Capturing the pace and feel of a graphic novel, this spellbinding debut blends dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos. Overbooked note: And it is written in blank verse...
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Waking Brigid
    Author: Clark, Francis
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765318107 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Waking Brigid is a darkly evocative novel set in haunting Savannah, Georgia, as the forces of good and evil--dedicated white magicians versus the entrenched devil worshippers--vie for the citys soul.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Duma Key
    Author: King, Stephen
    Publisher: Scribner $ 28 ISBN: 9781416552512 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    The #1 bestselling author delivers a new novel about a man whose near-fatal accident gives him access to vast powers of creativity--and destruction.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • The Automatic Detective
    Author: Martinez, A. Lee
    Publisher: Tom Doherty $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780765318343 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The award-winning author of Gil's All Fright Diner returns with this fantastic new novel. Even in Empire city, a town where weird science is the hope of tomorrow, its hard for a robot to make his way--even for a hulking machine designed to bring humankind to its knees.
    Updated 10.31.07
  • The Dragons of Babel
    Author: Swanwick, Michael
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765319500 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Five-time Hugo Award winner Swanwick presents a fantasy masterpiece in his sequel to The Iron Dragon's Daughter.
    Updated 10.31.07

March

  • Tangled Webs
    Author: Bishop, Anne
    Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780451461605 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The invitation is signed "Jaenelle Angelline," and it summons her family to an entertainment she had specially prepared. Surreal SaDiablo, former courtesan and assassin, arrives first. But when she enters the house, Surreal finds herself trapped in a living nightmare created by the tangled webs of Black Widow witches...and if she uses Craft to defend herself, she risks being sealed in the house forever. But Jaenelle did not send the invitation. And now Jaenelle and her family must rescue Surreal and the others inside without becoming trapped themselves-and then discover who has created such a place, and why... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.3.08
  • Spider Star
    Author: Brotherton, Mike
    Publisher: Tor $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780765311252 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    The human colony on the planet Argo has long explored and exploited the technology left behind by an alien race, a race gone for hundreds of thousands of years. But then an archeology team accidentally activates a terrible weapon: a weapon that will destroy the entire colony, and its star, if they cannot deactivate it.
    Evidence at the site suggests that the weapon was created for the ancient Argonauts by another race, a race of traders. And within that evidence are a map of their interstellar trading empire, and the coordinates of their main trading station. Although the information is a hundred thousand years out of date, the only hope for Argo is to send a ship and crew into the unknown, to try to negotiate for a way to shut down the weapon. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Black Ships
    Author: Graham, Jo
    Publisher: Orbit $ 14 ISBN: 9780316068000 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ star Booklist
    Gull--chosen at the age of seven to be the voice of the Lady of the Dead--is destined to counsel kings. When nine black ships appear, captained by an exiled Trojan prince, Gull must decide whether to accept the life for which she has been chosen.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.26.08
  • In the Courts of the Crimson Kings
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765314895 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    In a parallel world where Mars is home to a dying civilization, a modern American explores its secrets--and discovers more than he bargained for.
    Updated 3.3.08

April

  • Small Favor: Dresden Files
    Author: Butcher, Jim
    Publisher: Roc $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780451461896 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Jim Butcher delivers the new novel in his "New York Times" bestselling Dresden Files series. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe. She's calling in a small favor he can't refuse--one that will strain his skills and loyalties to their very limits.
    Updated 4.24.08
  • Shadow Gate
    Author: Ellis, Kate
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765310569 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    With all the color, excitement, and narrative power that have made Elliott an enormously popular writer, this sequel to Spirit Gate weaves a powerful spell of action, romance, and magic.
    Updated 4.24.08
  • Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
    Author: Farmer, Philip Jose
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 38 ISBN: 9781596061422 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Venus on the Half-Shell and Others collects for the first time the best of the best from Philip Jos? Farmer's scintillating "fictional-author period." In the mid-1970s a fever-pitched furor was created when an actual novel purported to be by Kilgore Trout -- the sadsack science fiction writer who appears as a character in the works of Kurt Vonnegut -- materialized on the bookracks, complete with a mysterious back cover photo of the author looking like a bearded vagabond sage. Debate raged as to who had truly written Venus on the Half-Shell. Was it Vonnegut himself, or perhaps Theodore Sturgeon, rumored to have been the inspiration for Trout? Or did Kilgore Trout really exist? Just as one respected newspaper published an article "proving" that Vonnegut had written the book, the Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer announced he was the true author. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.3.08
  • The Dreaming Void
    Author: Hamilton, Peter F.
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 27 ISBN: 9780345496539 Date: 2008
    star LJ starKirkus
    Featuring characters from the bestselling Judas Unchained, this novel begins a stunning new trilogy set in a far future where one great mystery remains: the nature of what is hiding within the Void, an area of space from which amazing dreams are being projected, allowing people everywhere to experience a reality never before imagined.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Lonely Werewolf Girl
    Author: Martin, Millar
    Publisher: Soft Skull $ 15.95 ISBN: 978097663666 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    The latest urban fantasy from Martin Millar, featuring a parallel world of werewolves of every stripe and character causing intentional and unintentional mayhem on the streets of London and the moors of Scotland... - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Weres
    Updated 3.31.08
  • The Host
    Author: Meyer, Stephanie
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316068048 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    The author of the #1-bestselling Twilight series delivers her brilliant first novel for adults that's also suitable for teen readers: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake, featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies.
    Updated 4.24.08
  • Infected
    Author: Sigler, Scott
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9780307406101 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The world's most successful podcasting author leaps from Internet sensation to superstar novelist with this no-holds-barred thriller about a bioengineered parasite infecting humanity.
    Updated 5.12.08

May

  • City at the End of Time
    Author: Bear, Greg
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780345448392 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Bear's work contains sweeping futuristic vistas populated by creatures spawned from a decaying universe. The young heroes, each assigned to protect a fragment of the universe's history, must survive long enough to pass that knowledge onto the new universe that is being born.
    Updated 8.1.08
  • The Wolfman
    Author: Pekearo, Nicholas
    Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780765320261 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Marlowe Higgins is a werewolf. For years he struggled with his affliction, until he finds a way to use this unfortunate curse for good--he only kills really bad people. Settling at last in a small town, Higgins realizes he isn't the only monster lurking in the area.
    Suggested Reading: Weres
    Updated 5.12.08
  • Something Wild Is Loose: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Vol 3
    Author: Silverberg, Robert
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 35 ISBN: 97815906061439 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 3.3.08

June

  • Midnight Never Come
    Author: Brennan, Marie
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9780316020299 Date: 2008
    star PW
    A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England, Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.
    Updated 5.12.08
  • Kushiel's Mercy
    Author: Carey, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780446500043 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    Updated 5.29.08
  • Blood Colony
    Author: Due, Tananarive
    Publisher: Pocket $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780743287357 Date: 2008
    star PW
    There's a new drug on the street: Glow. Said to heal almost any illness, its main ingredient is blood--the blood of immortals. A small but powerful underground railroad of immortals is distributing the blood, slowly wiping out the AIDS epidemic.
    Updated 4.28.08
  • Escapement
    Author: Lake, Jay
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765317094 Date: 2008
    star PW
    In his novel Mainspring, Lake creates an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred-mile-high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in Escapement, he explores more of that territory.
    Updated 4.28.08
  • Mind the Gap: A Novel of the Hidden Cities
    Author: Lebbon, Tim and Christopher Golden
    Publisher: Spectra $ 12 ISBN: 9780553384697 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Two of today's brightest stars of dark fantasy combine their award-winning talents in this spellbinding new tale of magic, terror, and adventure that begins when a young woman slips through the space between the everyday world and the one hiding just beneath it.
    Updated 5.29.08
  • Bring Down the Sun
    Author: Tarr, Judith
    Publisher: Tor $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780765303974 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    From the mists of time, legend tells of a priestess who became a mighty Queenand mother to an Empire. Tarr uses this legend to weave an intensely romanticfantasy set in ancient Greece and Macedon.
    Updated 6.18.08
  • Steampunk
    Author: VanderMeer, Ann & Jeff
    Publisher: Tachyon $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781892391759 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Replete with whimsical mechanical wonders and charmingly anachronistic settings, this pioneering anthology gathers a brilliant blend of fantastical stories that originates in the romantic elegance of the Victorian era and blends in modern scientific advances.
    Updated 5.12.08

July

  • Ink and Steel
    Author: Bear, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Roc $ 14 ISBN: 9780451462091 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Kit Marley, playwright and spy in the service of Queen Elizabeth, has been murdered. His true gift to Her Majesty was his way with words, crafting plays infused with a subtle magic that maintained her rule. He performed this task on behalf of the Prometheus Club, a secret society of nobles engaged in battle against sorcerers determined to destroy England. Assuming Marley's role is William Shakespearea but he is unable to create the magic needed to hold the Queenas enemies at bay.
    Resurrected by enchantment in Faerie, Marley is England's only hope. But before he can assist Will in the art of magic, he must uncover the traitor among the Prometheans responsible for his death. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.29.08
  • Vicious Circle
    Author: Carey, Mike
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446580311 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star Kirkus
    Following in the footsteps of bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher, comic book writer Carey presents his second hip supernatural thriller featuring freelance exorcist Felix Castor.
    Updated 5.29.08
  • The Word of God: Or, Holy Writ Rewritten
    Author: Disch, Thomas M.
    Publisher: Tacychon $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781892391773 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Revealing the intimate details of his sudden elevation to Godhood, this shockingly mischievous satire follows one of America's most intellectually-radical science fiction authors as he takes on the most coveted and misunderstood position in the universe. Wearying of the world's religious schisms, doctrinal heresies, and manifold sins, Thomas M. Disch has taken it upon himself to embrace divine authority, unless his outlandish enemies emerging from the depths of a dissatisfying hell manage to prevent him. Revealing the hidden conspiracies that link the author with Philip K. Dick, Mel Gibson, Santa, L. Ron Hubbard, and eternity itself, this darkly comedic polemic holds nothing sacred and is as controversial as it is incontrovertible.
    Updated 7.14.08
  • Iron Elves: A Darkness Forged in Fire
    Author: Evans, Chris
    Publisher: Pocket $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781416570516 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Chris Evans, a talented new voice in fantasy, makes his stunning debut with this epic adventure--Book One in the Iron Elves series--where musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy all vie for supremacy in an empire teetering on the brink of war.
    Updated 8.1.08
  • Victory of Eagles
    Author: Novik, Naomi
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780345496881 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The acclaimed series, starring the fighting dragon Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, reaches a peak of excitement with this latest installment fromaward-winning author Novik.
    Updated 5.29.08
  • Crazy Love
    Author: What, Leslie
    Publisher: Wordcraft of Oregon $ 13.95 ISBN: 9781877655593 Date: 2008
    star PW
    "Queen of Gonzo" [Leslie] What drags love out of its gooey, schmaltzy rut and takes it for a joyride in this exuberant collection of 17 stories...No matter how brief or long, no matter how bizarre, each tale in this collection grabs readers and demands they rethink how they see all the myriad forms of love." - Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
    "If unbearable guilt makes you wish to suffer vicariously, and professionally, for others; if you suddenly find yourself the father of thousands and thousands of children; if your ambition is to occupy the Chair of Hermit Studies at the University of Oregon, or to be a ghost in a hot-air balloon, or if you have considered wearing a gorilla mask while having an abortion - CRAZY LOVE is your operating manual. These seventeen achingly funny and hilariously sad stories will give you invaluable advice on how to love, how to be crazy, how to be human." - Ursula K. Le Guin, author of Lavinia and Annals of the Western Shore - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.12.08

August

  • Harmony
    Author: Bentley, C.F.
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780756404857 Date: 2008
    starLJ
    The launch of a brand new series that blends the best elements of science fiction and fantasy.
    The world of Harmony, along with its close-knit colony planets, long ago isolated itself from the rest of the universe. But in a universe where the human-based Confederate Star System fleet finds itself hard-pressed to stand against ever-increasing attacks by the alien Marillon Empire, the Harmonic Empire cannot be left alone. For if the CSS cannot win an alliance with Harmony, the Marils will surely find a way to invade the planet and seize control of the unique and invaluable metal, which only the Harmonites can produce.
    Yet invasion is far from the only threat the people of Harmony face. The gulf between rich and poor, rulers and ruled continues to widen, threatening to destroy the very structure of their society while the planet itself is becoming increasingly unstable. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.6.08
  • The Northwood Chronicles
    Author: Engstrom, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594147050 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 6.18.08
  • Lord Tophet: Shadowbridge
    Author: Frost, Gregory
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 14 ISBN: 9780345497598 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Daughter of the legendary shadow-puppeteer Bardsham, Leodora has inherited her father's skills . . . and his enemies. Together with her manager-Soter, keeper of her father's darkest secrets, and a gifted young musician named Diverus, Leodora has traveled from span to span, her masked performances given under the stage name Jax, winning fame and fortune.
    But Jax's success may be Leodora's undoing. Years ago, following a performance by Bardsham, the vengeful god known as Lord Tophet visited a horrific punishment upon the span of Colemaigne and its citizens, a reprisal inflicted without warning or explanation. And as the genius of Jax gives rise to rumors that Bardsham has returned, Lord Tophet takes notice and dispatches a quintet of deadly killers to learn the truth behind the mask.
    Now, upon the cursed span of Colemaigne, where her father achieved his greatest triumph and suffered his bitterest tragedy, Leodora is about to perform the most shocking story of all.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.29.08
  • Demons in the Spring
    Author: Meno, Joe
    Publisher: Akashic $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781933354477 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW
    This collection of 20 short stories by the author of The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned features illustrations by 20 artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds--including Charles Burns, Archer Prewitt, Ivan Brunetti.
    Updated 7.14.08
  • By Schism Rent Asunder
    Author: Weber, David
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765315014 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller Off Armageddon Reef--fantastic in every sense of the word (R.A. Salvatore)--comes this much-anticipated sequel.
    Updated 6.18.08
  • The Veil of Gold
    Author: Wilkins, Kim
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765320063 Date: 2008
    star PW star Kirkus
    The Veil of Gold is a startling new fantasy novel from one of Australia's bestselling fantasy talents.
    Updated 5.29.08

September

  • The Living Dead
    Author: Adams, John Joseph (edt)
    Publisher: Nightshade $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781597801430 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, The Living Dead covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction.
    Updated 10.31.08
  • Holding Pattern
    Author: Allen, Jeffrey Reynard
    Publisher: FSG $ 15 ISBN: 9781555975098 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    The world of Jeffery Renard Allen's stunning short-story collection is a place like no other. A recognizable city, certainly, but one in which a man might sprout wings or copper pennies might fall from the skies onto your head. Yet these are no fairy tales. The hostility, the hurt, is all too human.
    The protagonists circle each other with steely determination: a grandson taunts his grandmother, determined to expose her secret past; for years, a sister tries to keep a menacing neighbor away from her brother; and in the local police station, an officer and prisoner try to break each other's resolve.
    In all the stories, Allen calibrates the mounting tension with exquisite timing, in mesmerizing prose that has won him comparisons with Joyce and Faulkner. Holding Pattern is a captivating collection by a prodigiously talented writer. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.08
  • The House of the Stag
    Author: Baker, Kage
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765317452 Date: 2008
    starLJ
    Gard is the only Yendri who has fought back against the conquering Riders. This novel tells of his rise to power, vengeance, unlikely redemption, and his maturation into a loving father--as well as lord and commander of demon armies.
    Updated 10.1.08
  • The Gypsy Morph
    Author: Brooks, Terry
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 27 ISBN: 9780345484147 Date: 2008
    starLJ
    The Gypsy Morph represents the shattering conclusion to the "New York Times"-bestselling Genesis of Shannara trilogy.
    Updated 9.6.08
  • Pandemonium
    Author: Gregory, Daryl
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 13 ISBN: 9780345501165 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    A brilliant debut novel from a rising star in fantasy and science fiction, this modern fantasy is a wild ride through the American cultural landscape.
    Updated 8.18.08
  • Saying Uncle
    Author: Gifune, Greg F.
    Publisher Delirium: $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781929653997 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Author Greg F. Gifune has crafted a journey of one man's voyage into the darkness of the past with the pace of a thriller but the poetic and thoughtful writing he has become known and praised for by critics and readers alike. A lyrical, complex and mysteriously enchanting novel that delves deeply into the dark side of family, friendship, love, grief, loyalty, revenge, and ultimately, redemption, Saying Uncle is a lean but thought-provoking novel about crimes of the past and the scars they leave behind. A study of violence and spirituality, of a family torn apart by a senseless act of brutality and the equally brutal aftermath that haunts them still, Saying Uncle is at once elegant, horrific, emotionally shattering, and sadly beautiful. A remarkable novel from the author of Dominion, Blood In Electric Blue, and The Bleeding Season.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.1.08
  • Paul of Dune
    Author: Herbert, Brian & Kevin J. Anderson
    Publisher: Tor $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780765312945 Date: 2008
    starLJ
    "New York Times"-bestselling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson pick up where Frank Herbert's Dune and Dune Messiah leave off, answering many of the questions raised in the earlier works.
    Updated 10.1.08
  • Icarus
    Author: Levy, Roger
    Publisher: Gollanz $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780575079816 Date: 2008
    star PW
    In this exemplary work of pyschological acuity, the reader encounters a world where mankind has reached deep space. Separated from Earth and each other by unimaginable reaches of stars, forced to adapt to various diverse plantetary environments, the colonies have become isolated and inward looking, forgetting their pasts, losing touch with their humanity--that is, until a mysterious ship is found locked in the deep rock by a mining team, sparking a deadly conspiracy that threatens man wherever he is.
    Updated 8.1.08
  • Anathem
    Author: Stephenson, Neal
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 29.95 ISBN: 9780061474095 Date: 2008
    starLJ
    Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians. There, he and his cohorts are sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, and unpredictable saecular world, until the day that a higher power decides it is only these cloistered scholars who have the abilities to avert an impending catastrophe. One by one, Raz and his friends, mentors, and teachers are sent forth without warning into the unknown.
    Updated 9.6.08
  • The Scourge of God
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    Publisher: Roc $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780451462282 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    In this continuation of the bestselling author's chronicle of an alternate world, Rudi MacKenzie continues his trek across the land that was once the United States where he hopes to learn the truth behind The Change that rendered technology across the globe inoperable.
    Updated 9.6.08

October

  • Crusade
    Author: Anderson, Taylor
    Publisher: ROC $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780451462305 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    The "gripping and riveting" ( S.M. Stirling, author of The Scourge of God) Destroyermen saga continues.
    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS "Walker," have chosen sides in a war not of their making. Swept from the World War II Pacific into an alternate world, they have allied with the Lemuriansaa mammalian race threatened by the warlike reptilian Grik. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.08
  • The Ghost in Love
    Author: Carroll, Jonathan
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 9780374161866 Date: 2008
    starLJ
    The luminous and marvelously inventive world depicted in The Ghost in Love shows what happens when people discover that they have become the masters of their own fate.
    Updated 10.1.08
  • Nuclear Winter Wonderland
    Author: Corin, Joshua
    Publisher: $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781601641601 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    An underachieving college kid has six days to save the world from atomic annihilation in this offbeat tale about a frenzied race from the icy Pocono Mountains to the dark heart of Walt Disney World. It all begins as Adam Weiss and his sister Anna head home to New Jersey for winter break. Pulling into a highway rest stop, they are confronted suddenly by a lunatic nuclear terrorist who kidnaps Anna and leads Adam off in furious pursuit. Along the way he teams up with a dyspeptic ex-mob thug and a Spanish-speaking female clown, creating an oddball rescue squad that is soon busy dodging the police and defeating an army of shadowy opponents. The showdown comes at midnight on Christmas Eve--when Hollywood-style entertainment meets 12 nuclear missiles. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.08
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (edt)
    Publisher: Griffin $ 35 ISBN: 9780312380472 Date: 2008
    star PW
    As in every year since 1988, the editors tirelessly scoured story collections, magazines, and anthologies worldwide to compile a delightful, diverse feast of tales and poems.
    On this anniversary, the editors have increased the size of the collection to 300,000 words of fiction and poetry, including works by Billy Collins, Ted Chiang, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Hand, Glen Hirshberg, Joyce Carol Oates, and new World Fantasy Award winner M. Rickert. With impeccably researched summations of the field by the editors, Honorable Mentions, and articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint and Jeff VanderMeer on media, music and graphic novels, this is a heady brew topped off by an unparalleled list of sources of fabulous works both light and dark. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.08
  • The January Dancer
    Author: Flynn, Michael
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765318176 Date: 2008
    star PW
    A Robert A. Heinlein Award-winning writer tells the fateful story of an ancient pre-human artifact of great power, and the people who find it, in a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery.
    Updated 9.6.08
  • The Best of Michael Swanwick
    Author: Swanwick, Michael
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 38 ISBN: 9781596061781 Date: 2008
    star
    Updated 10.31.08
  • Worlds of Weber: Ms Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories
    Author: Weber, David
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 45 ISBN: 9781596061774 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 8.1.08

November

  • All the Windracked Stars
    Author: Bear, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765318824 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    From the author of the acclaimed Promethean Age series comes a new work that takes readers to the last city on a dying planet, where magic and technology once had worked hand in hand, but now the Technomancer rules what's left of humanity.
    Updated 11.31.08
  • Just Past Sunset
    Author: King, Stephen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 28 ISBN: 9781416584087 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Following his two recent critically acclaimed bestsellers, Duma Key and Lisey's Story, celebrated author King delivers a stunning collection of short stories, his first in six years.
    Updated 10.1.08
  • Dragonheart
    Author: McCaffrey, Todd
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 27 ISBN: 9780345491145 Date: 2008
    starLJ
    The dragons of Pern are dying . . . and the only person who can save them has been dead for over 400 Turns. This fantasy is written by Anne McCaffrey's son, Todd, heir to the literary world of Pern.
    Updated 11.31.08
  • Magic to the Bone
    Author: Monk, Devon
    Publisher: Penguin $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780451462404 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Using magic means every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it's Allison Beckstrom's job to identify the spell-caster, in this first novel of a tremendous new urban fantasy series.
    Updated 11.31.08

December

  • Princep's Fury
    Author: Butcher, Jim
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780441016389 Date: 2008
    star PW
    From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of Captain's Fury and the Dresden Files novels comes Book Five in the Codex Alera series. For a thousand years, Alera and her furies have withstood every enemy, and survived every foe. The thousand years are over.
    Updated 10.31.08
  • Brimstone Kiss
    Author: Douglass, Carole Nelson
    Publisher: Juno $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780809573042 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Delilah and her partner - tall, dark, handsome, and Hispanic ex-FBI guy Ric Montoya - are busy solving a "Romeo and Juliet" double-murder and she's got plenty more to deal with: vampires, werewolves, and tigers, oh my!
    Updated 10.31.08
  • The Reach
    Author: Kenyon, Nate
    Publisher: Leisure $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780843960211 Date: 2008
    starPW
    A young girl with telekinetic abilities is being held against her will in an institution while a shadowy research firm studies her and develops her abilities for their own ends. But now she's grown too strong--and her doctor needs to keep her alive and out of the company's clutches.
    Updated 11.31.08
  • Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters
    Author: Langan, John
    Publisher: Prime $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780809572496 Date: 2008
    star PW
    From award-nominated writer John Langan comes a collection of uneasy meetings. A frustrated professor and his graduate student assistant accompany a group of soldiers to a remote Scottish island to learn what is buried there. A man plays an audiotape left for him by his late father and is initiated into a family story of monstrous deeds. A student learns frightening lessons in a surreal tutoring center. A young couple struggles to make their stand against a group of inhuman pursuers in a ravaged landscape. And, in a new story, an artist discovers a mysterious statue whose completion becomes his obsession. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.08
  • The Suicide Collectors
    Author: Oppegaard, David
    Publisher: Tor $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312381103 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The Despair has plagued the earth for five years. Most of the world's population has inexplicably died by its own hand, and the few survivors struggle to remain alive. A mysterious, shadowy group called the Collectors has emerged, inevitably appearing to remove the bodies of the dead. But in the crumbling state of Florida, a man named Norman takes an unprecedented stand against the Collectors, propelling him on a journey across North America. It's rumored a scientist in Seattle is working on a cure for the Despair, but in a world ruled by death, it won't be easy to get there.
    Updated 10.31.08
  • Fathom
    Author: Priest, Cherie
    Publisher: Tor $25.95 ISBN: 9780765318404 Date: 2008
    star PW
    A new "rural fantasy" populated by elemental monsters and long-dead pirates from Cherie Priest, acclaimed author of Four and Twenty Blackbirds and the Eden Moore books.
    Updated 10.31.08
  • Muse of Fire
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    Publisher: Subterranean $ 35 ISBN: 9781596061881 Date: 2008
    starPW
    Updated 10.31.08
  • The United States of Atlantis
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    Publisher: Roc $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780451462367 Date: 2008
    starBooklist
    England has driven the French from Atlantis, giving King George leave to tighten his control over the colonies. As leader of the revolutionaries, Victor Radcliff will make the English pay for every piece of land they dare to occupy, and will stop at nothing to preserve the liberty of his people.
    Updated 11.31.08
  • Fast Ships, Black Sails
    Author: Vandermeer, Ann & Jeff
    Publisher: Nightshade $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781597800945 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Do you love the sound of a peg leg stomping across a quarterdeck? Or maybe you prefer a parrot on your arm, a strong wind at your back? Adventure, treasure, intrigue, humor, romance, danger - and, yes, plunder! Oh, the Devil does love a pirate - and so do readers everywhere! Swashbuckling from the past into the future and space itself, Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, presents an incredibly entertaining volume of original stories guaranteed to make you walk and talk like a pirate. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.31.08

 

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