Speculative Fiction Stars 2009

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

  • Regenesis
    Author: Cherryh, C. J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780756405304 Date: 2009
    starPW
    The direct sequel to the Hugo Award-winning novel Cyteen, Regenesis continues the story of Ariane Emory PR, the genetic clone of one of the greatest scientists humanity has ever produced, and of her search for the murderer of her progenitor--the original Ariane Emory.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Mind Over Ship
    Author: Marusek, David
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765317490 Date: 2009
    starKirkus star PW
    In this sequel to Marusek's stunning debut novel Counting Heads, the international program to seed the galaxy with human colonies has stalled as greedy, immoral powerbrokers park their starships in Earth's orbit and begin to convert them into space condos.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Black Mirror and Other Stories: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany & Austria
    Author: Rottensteiner, Franz (edt)
    $ 27.95 (pbk) ISBN: 9780819568311 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The first collection of classic and contemporary German-language science fiction in English.
    Updated 11.3.08
  • Muse of Fire
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    $ 35 ISBN: 9781596061811 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Updated 12.30.08

February

  • The Domino Men
    Author: Barnes, Jonathan
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061671401 Date: 2009
    starPW
    In the sequel to the crazed Victoriana of The Somnambulist, the imaginative and brilliant Barnes brings his invention, satire, and curiosities up to date in this work hailed as the best fantasy novel of the year ("Rocky Mountain News").
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Map of Moments: A Novel of the Hidden Cities
    Author: Golden, Christopher
    $ 12 ISBN: 9780553384703 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Two award-winning masters of dark fantasy team up once again with their second novel exploring the hidden heart of the world's greatest cities--a poignant tale of loss and redemption in a post-Katrina New Orleans.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Act of Will
    Author: Hartley, A.J.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765321244 Date: 2009
    starPW
    ""New York Times"-bestselling author Hartley pens a fantasy with plenty of mystery and adventure, set in a mythical world reminiscent of Shakespearean England and told by a morally dubious apprentice actor called Will Hawthorne.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Seance
    Author: Harwood, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151012039 Date: 2009
    starPW
    From the author of The Ghost Writer comes a haunting tale of apparitions, a cursed manor house, and two generations of women determined to discover the truth--even at the cost of their lives.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Steal Across the Sky
    Author: Kress, Nancy
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765319869 Date: 2009
    starKirkus
    The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the internet: "We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly. We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it. Therefore we request twenty-one volunteers to visit seven planets to Witness for us. We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety. Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@Atoners.com."
    At first, everyone thought it was a joke. But it wasn't. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Walls of the Universe
    Author: Melko, Paul
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765319975 Date: 2009
    star PW
    John Rayburn thought all of his problems were the mundane ones of an Ohio farm boy in his last year in high school. Then his doppelgnger appeared, tempting him with a device that let him travel across worlds, stealing his life from him.
    Updated 11.3.08
  • Enclave
    Author: Reed, Kit
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765321619 Date: 2009
    starPW
    The world is in chaos: war, plague, global ecological collapse. Parents everywhere seek sanctuary for their precious children, the future of mankind. For those who are rich and powerful enough, safety can be found--for a price--at the Clothos Academy. Run by a mysterious man known only as Sarge, set in a former monastery atop a sheer cliff on a tiny island somewhere in the Mediterranean, Clothos will admit only one hundred students before it is sealed off--perhaps permanently--from the terrors outside.
    But all is not as it seems. The pupils are so-called starlets best known for their empty heads and eating disorders; troublemakers one step away from incarceration; and junior royals too embarrassing to be let out in public. And the staff isn't much better, from the alcoholic doctor to an ancient monk with secrets of his own.
    And the dangers from which these castaways are being protected? Prerecorded, ready to be trotted out whenever Sarge needs to terrify his little flock. And yet...
    Some dangers are real, as two boys discover when they hack the Academy's self-contained computer network and connect, for a brief but disastrous moment, to the outside world. Worse, a stranger has entered the Academy. And he has brought Death. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Lamentation
    Author: Scholes, Ken
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765321275 Date: 2009
    starPW
    This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short-fiction writer envisions an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory, a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes, but war, faith, and love still move princes and nations.
    Updated 2.26.09

March

  • We Never Talk About My Brother
    Author: Beagle, Peter
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781892391834 Date: 2009
    starPW star Booklist
    Modern parables of love, death, and transformation are peppered with melancholy in this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy. Each short story cultivates a whimsical sense of imagination and reveals a mature, darker voice than previously experienced from this legendary author. In one tale the Angel of Death enjoys newfound celebrity while moonlighting as an anchorman on the network news, while in another the shortsighted ruler of a gentle realm betrays himself in dreaming of a "manageable war." Further storylines include an American librarian who discovers that, much to his surprise and sadness, he is the last living Frenchman, and rivals in a supernatural battle who decide to forgo pistols at dawn, choosing instead to duel with dramatic recitations of terrible poetry. Featuring several previously unpublished stories alongside a bevy of recently released works, this haunting compilation is appealing to both genre readers and mainstream literature lovers. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Accord
    Author: Brooke, Keith
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781844165896 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The Accord, a virtual utopia where the soul lives on after death and one's perceptions are bound only by imagination. This is the setting for Brooke's tale of love, murder, and revenge--a core science fiction novel with wide commercial appeal.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Warded Man
    Author: Brett, Peter V.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345503800 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    As darkness falls each night, demons well up from the ground. They possess supernatural strength and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. Three young survivors of vicious demon attacks dare to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
    Author: Browne, S.G.
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780767930611 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Abandoned by his friends and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and meets a few kindred souls.
    Suggested Reading: Zombies
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Vengeance Child
    Author: Clark, Simon
    $28.95 ISBN: 9780727867056 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Can revenge reach out from the grave? - Orphan Jay doesnt want to hurt anyone he tries so hard not to. Yet he has a terrible secret . . . Nurse Laura Parris is determined to protect him, but when she meets Victor Brodman, a widower, she wonders if she can finally reveal Jays disturbing past. That hes the only survivor of a terrifying shipwreck, the vengeance child, and that soon his shadow will fall over all humanity . . .
    Updated 3.31.09
  • In the Courts of the Sun
    Author: D'Amato, Brian
    $28.95 ISBN: 9780525950516 Date: 2009
    starPW
    A mind-bending, time-bending, zeitgeist-defining novel about the days leading up to December 21, 2012--the day the Maya predicted the world would end. Math prodigy Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya, is selected to travel to the distant past in an attempt to save the world.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Amberville
    Author: Davys, Tim
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780061625121 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Already an international sensation, Amberville is a wildly imaginative noir tale with a twist--a thoughtful meditation on good and evil that marks the debut of a visionary new talent.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Alchemist's Pursuit
    Author: Duncan, Dave
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780441016785 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Hampered by arthritis, Nostradamus is in no mood for granting favors, but when his apprentice Alfeo's mistress asks him to investigate the murder of her beloved courtesan mentor--and promises a fortune in payment--he comes around. Alfeo finds himself led by a possibly demonic force through a maze of deceit and death.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Hand of Isis
    Author: Graham, Jo
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780316068024 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Following her acclaimed debut, Black Ships, Graham returns to ancient Egypt with a captivating novel full of fantasy, history, and romance.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • A Fantasy Medley
    Author: Kunsia, Yanni
    $ 20 ISBN: 9781596062245 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Blood and Ice
    Author: Masello, Robert
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780553807288 Date: 2009
    starBookliststar PW
    From the battlefields of the Crimean War to the depths of present-day Antarctica, this gripping novel spans centuries to tell a tale that is at once an edge-of-the-seat vampire thriller and sweeping love story.
    Suggested Reading: Vampires
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Black Blood
    Author: Meaney, John
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780553806717 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From John Meaney, the author of Bone Song and "the most important new SF writer of the 21st century," comes a new novel, Black Blood. In it he offers his intoxicating blend of futuristic noir and gothic fantasy in a thriller that carries a cop with a personal vendetta across the barrier between life and death. Here, in a morbidly lush necropolis, he must stop a conspiracy of killers whose power is fueled by spilling... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Midwinter
    Author: Sturges, Matthew
    $ 15.98 ISBN: 9781591027348 Date: 2009
    starPW star LJ
    With time running out, Mauritaine and his companions are forced to cross the deadly Contested Lands filled with dire magical fallout from wars past. In the process, they must confront mounted patrols, brigands, and a traitor in their midst.
    Updated 3.30.09
  • The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction
    Author: Wolfe, Gene
    $ 29.95 ISBN: 9780765321350 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Wolfe, of whom "The Washington Post" said, Of all science fiction writers currently active none is held in higher esteem, has selected the short fiction he considers his finest into one volume.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Threshold: Collected Stories
    Author: Zelazny, Roger
    $ 29 ISBN: 9781886778719 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Updated 4.22.09

April

  • Darling Jim
    Author: Moerk, Christian
    $ 25 ISBN:9780805089479 Date: 2009
    starPW
    A modern gothic novel of suspense that reveals, through their diaries, the story of sisters who fall in love with a beguiling stranger, and of the town that turns a blind eye to his murderous ways. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Gothics
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Shambling Towards Hiroshima
    Author: Morrow, James
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781892391841 Date: 2009
    starPW
    In the tradition of Godzilla as both a playful romp and a parable of the dawn of the nuclear era, this original satire blends the destruction of World War II with the halcyon pleasure of monster movies. In the summer of 1945 war is reigning in the Pacific Rim, while in the U.S., Syms Thorley continues his life as a B-movie actor. But the U.S. Navy would like to use Thorley in their top-secret Knickerbocker Project, putting the finishing touches on the ultimate biological weapon: a breed of gigantic, fire-breathing, mutant iguanas. Thorley is to don a rubber suit that will transform him into the merciless Gorgantis and star in a film that simulates the destruction of a miniature Japan--if the demonstration succeeds, the Japanese will surrender, sparing thousands of lives; if it fails, the mutant lizards will be unleashed. Godzilla devotees and history buffs alike will be fascinated by this conspiratorial secret history of a war, a weapon, and an unlikely hero who will have to give the most convincing performance of his life - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Wake
    Author: Sawyer, Robert J.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780441016792 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Although Caitlin Decter is blind, she can effortlessly surf the Internet by following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Darkborn
    Author: Sinclair, Alison
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780451462701 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting. When Darkborn physician Balthasar Hearne finds a pregnant fugitive on his doorstep just before sunrise, he has no choice but to take her in. Tercelle Amberleyas betrothed is a powerful Darkborn nobleman, but her illicit lover came to her through the daytime. When she gives birth to twin boys, they can see, something unheard of among the Darkborn. When men come for the boys, Balthasar is saved by the intervention of his Lightborn neighboraand healed by the hands of his wife, Telmaine. Soon he finds himself drawn deeper into political intrigue and magical attacks, while Telmaine must confront a power she can no longer keep sheathed in gloves, a power she neither wants nor can control.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.22.09
  • This Is Not a Game
    Author: Williams, Walter Jon
    $24.99 ISBN: 9780316003155 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In this near-future thriller, Williams weaves a pulse-pounding tale of intrigue, murder, and games where players don't get a second chance.
    Updated 3.31.09

May

  • Flood
    Author: Baxter, Stephen
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780451462718 Date: 2009
    star LJ

    Updated 5.21.09
  • Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire
    Author: Esslemont, Ian C.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765323699 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Drawing on events touched on in the prologue of Steven Erikson's landmark fantasy Gardens of the Moon, Night of Knives is a momentous chapter in the unfolding story of the extraordinarily imagined world of Malaz.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Patriot WItch
    Author: Finlay, C.C.
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345503909 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Finlay presents the first novel in an exciting new trilogy that blends American history with fantasy adventure, featuring a young Revolutionary War rebel who must hide his true identity--as a witch.
    Suggested Reading: Witches
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Dead and Gone
    Author: Harris, Charlaine
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780441017157 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Now an HBO original series, "True Blood," the "New York Times"-bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series continues. In this installment, the weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Island
    Author: Lebbon, Tim
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780553384680 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Lebbon brings readers back into the realm of Noreela, to a time between the dark and memorable ("Publishers Weekly") Fallen and the award-winning works Dusk and Dawn, with these chilling tales of the macabre.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The City & the City
    Author: Mieville, China
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780345497512 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starPW star Kirkus
    "New York Times"-bestselling author Mieville delivers an existential thriller set in a city that is unlike any other, real or imagined--a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.18.09
  • The Red Wolf Conspiracy
    Author: Redick, Robert V.S.
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345508836 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star LJ
    A publishing sensation in England, The Red Wolf Conspiracy marks the debut of a gifted young writer. Scant years after a terrible war that shook empires, a 600-year-old ship sails for enemy lands and must deal with deadly assassins, treacherous mermaids, and monstrous slavers.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Bad to the Bone
    Author: Smith-Ready, Jeri
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781416551782 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The sassy, sexy, and strikingly original follow-up to Smith-Ready's urban fantasy Wicked Game stars a feisty woman with a criminal past who takes a job at a radio station populated by vampire DJs.
    Suggested Reading: Vampires | Contemporary Fantasy
    Updated 3.31.09

June

  • Push of the Sky
    Author: Alexa, Camille
    $ 16 ISBN: 9780981924373 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Santa Olivia
    Author: Carey, Jacqueline
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780446198172 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, Santa Olivia is Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth.
    Suggested Reading: Weres
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Fragment
    Author: Fahy, Warren
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807530 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A television crew stumbles onto an unexplored island inhabited by terrifying creatures and seething with danger. There's no question it is the reality-TV chance of a lifetime, but will it be the death of the crew--or something more precious?
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Enchantment Emporium
    Author: Huff, Tanya
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780756405557 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The bestselling author of the Blood Books delivers a masterful new urban fantasy. Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms it casts. But when Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing, even calling in the family may not be enough.
    Suggested Reading: Contemporary Fantasy
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Human Disguise
    Author: O'Neal, James
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780765320148 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The world has been shattered. Disease and war have ravaged the Earth. A resurgent Germany once again threatens Europe, and the United States is engaged in the Middle-East while New York sits, an empty, radioactive ruin. The city of Miami has become a virtual prison, home to the worst life has to offer. Tom Wilner lives on the outskirts of this foresaken realm. He's what this future passes off as a police officer. With his family shattered, Wilner is just a pale version of the police hero he once was. When a chance encounter in a rundown roadhouse erupts in violence, Wilner is forced to step in. His exploration into the violence of that evening leads him onto the path of two ancient warring races. They have been manipulating power and control on Earth for centuries, and are about to enter into a battle for ultimate supremacy. Unless Tom Wilner puts an end to their fury. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Hylozoic
    Author: Rucker, Rudy
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765320742 Date: 2009
    starKirkus

    Updated 4.22.09
  • Warbreaker
    Author: Sanderson, Brandon
    $27.95 ISBN: 9780765320308 Date: 2009
    starPW star LJ
    After bursting onto the fantasy scene with his acclaimed debut Elantris, Sanderson proves again that he is today's leading master of what Tolkien called secondary creation--the invention of whole worlds, complete with magics and myths all their own.
    Updated 5.18.09
  • Trips: Collected Stories
    Author: Silverberg, Robert
    $ 35 ISBN: 9781596062112 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America
    Author: Wilson, Robert Charles
    $ I26 ISBN: 9780765319715 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From the Hugo-winning author of Spin comes an exuberant adventure in a post-climate-change America.
    Updated 5.15.09

July

  • Price of Spring
    Author: Abraham, Daniel
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780765313430 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Forging a redemptive tale from the ashes of disaster, Abraham brings his powerful epic fantasy series Long Price Quartet to a satisfying, uplifting conclusion.
    Updated 6.1.09
  • Federations
    Author: Adams, John Joseph (edt)
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781607012016 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition, and herein you will find a mix of all-new, original fiction, alongside selected reprints from authors whose work exemplifies what interstellar SF is capable of, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, George R.R. Martin, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Alastair Reynolds, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg and Harry Turtledove. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Dying Bites
    Author: Barant, D.D.
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780312942588 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A sexy FBI profiler teams up with a member of the vampire elite to put a stopto a series of gruesome murders that is tearing up the streets of Washington, D.C., in this first novel of a stunning new fantasy series.
    Suggested Reading: Vampires
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Naamah's Kiss
    Author: Carey, Jacqueline
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780446198035 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    The author of the "New York Times"-bestselling Kushiel fantasy trilogies returns with an all-new saga set in her brilliantly imagined Renaissance world.
    Updated 6.18.09
  • Dead Man's Boots
    Author: Carey, Mike
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780446580328 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    A brutal murder in King's Cross bears all the hallmarks of a long-dead American serial killer, and it takes more good sense than Castor possesses not to get involved.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 6.10.09
  • The House of Lost Souls
    Author: Cottom, F.G.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312544324 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Just weeks after four students cross the threshold of the derelict Fischer House, one of them has committed suicide and the other three are descending into madness. Nick Mason's sister is one of them. To save her, Nick must join ranks with Paul Seaton--the only person to have visited the house and survive. But Paul is a troubled man, haunted by otherworldly visions that even now threaten his sanity. Desperate, Nick forces Paul to go back into the past, to the secret journal of beautiful photographer Pandora Gibson-Hoare and a debauched gathering in the 1920s, and to the dark legacy of Klaus Fischer--master of the unspeakable crime and demonic proceedings that have haunted the mansion for decades. Because now, the Fischer House is beckoning, and some old friends have gathered to welcome Paul back. . . . - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Wildfire
    Author: Micklem, Sarah
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780743265249 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Micklem brings her lush prose and rich imagination to the second installment in her literary fantasy trilogy, set in an imaginary world as real as history and as marvelous as legend.
    Updated 7.31.09

August

  • Best Served Cold
    Author: Abercombie, Joe
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316044967 Date: 2009
    star PW
    After Grand Duke Orso decides to dispose of sister-and-brother mercenaries Monzcarro and Benna Mercatto, Monzcarro narrowly avoids her doom, and forges a gruesome plan of revenge. Best Served Cold is Abercrombie's new standalone novel set in the world of his First Law Trilogy.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • The Magicians
    Author: Grossman, Lev
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670020553 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ
    A thrilling and original comingof- age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world. At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil arenat black and white, love and sex arenat simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Winds of Dune
    Author: Herbert, Brian
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780765322722 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Herbert and Anderson have taken ideas left behind by Frank Herbert and filled them with living characters and a true sense of wonder. Where Paul of Dune picks up the saga directly after the events of Dune, this work begins after the events of Dune Messiah.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Shadow Magic
    Author: Jones, Jaida & Danielle Bennett
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780553806977 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From the widely acclaimed authors of Havemercy comes this stunning new epic fantasy, set in the chaotic aftermath of a hundred years of war. Here, amidst the treacherous dance of diplomacy and betrayal lie the darkest secrets of all...and a peace more deadly than war itself. Led to victory by its magic-fueled Dragon Corps, Volstov has sent a delegation to its conquered neighbors to work out the long-awaited terms of peace. Among those sent are the decorated war hero General Alcibiades and the formerly exiled magician Caius Greylace. But even this mismatched pair can't help but notice that their defeated enemies aren't being very cooperative. The truth is even worse than they know. For the new emperor is harboring a secret even more treacherous--one that will take every trick in Alcibiades' and Caius' extensive arsenal to unveil. And once it is revealed, they may still be powerless to stop it. With their only ally, an exiled prince, now fleeing his brother's assassins, the countryside rife with treachery and terror, and Alcibiades and Caius all but prisoners, it will take the most powerful, most dangerous kind of magic to heal the rift between two strife-worn lands and unite two peoples against a common enemy..."shadow magic." - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.1.09
  • Prospero Lost
    Author: Lamplighter, L. Jagi
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765319296 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    More than 400 years after the events of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," the sorcerer Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his other children have attained everlasting life. Miranda sets out to reunite with her estranged siblings, each of whom possesses secrets about Miranda's sometimes-foggy past.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Age of Ra
    Author: Lovegrove, James
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781844167470 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In an alternate history where the Egyptian gods have defeated all others and have divided the planet among themselves, only a band of freedom fighters and its enigmatic leader can free the Earth from divine tyranny.
    Updated 6.1.09
  • Rosemary and Rue
    Author: McGuire, Seanan
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780756405717 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    This first novel in a brand-new series introduces October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Purple and Black
    Author: Parker, K.J.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781596062412 Date: 2009
    star PW
    As enemies become stalwart allies, heartbreak lurks within victory and a forgotten moment of youth threatens everything, Parker sends the brief (but never terse) story flying to a wrenching and all too realistic conclusion."Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
    Updated 7.31.09
  • The Birthing House
    Author: Ransom, Christopher
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312385842 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    This psychological thriller with supernatural overtones begins as a story of possession and sexual obsession and ends ultimately in murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present with devastating consequences.
    Updated 4.22.09

September

  • Windup Girl
    Author: Bacigalupi, Paolo
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781597801577 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    What Happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when said bio-terrorism forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of "The Calorie Man" (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and "Yellow Card Man" (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these questions. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Quiet War
    Author: McAueley, Paul
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781591027812 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From the teeming cities of Earth to the scrupulously realized landscapes of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, The Quiet War, an exotic, fast-paced space opera, asks the question: Who decides what it means to be human?
    Updated 7.31.09
  • The Alchemist's Apprentice
    Author: Moers, Walter
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781590202180 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The fourth book in the beloved Zamonia series by Overlook's bestselling Walter Moers The first three books set in Zamonia (the mythical land created by the genius of Moers, whose work has been compared to J. K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, and Shel Silverstein) have achieved raucous critical acclaim and created hundreds of thousands of die-hard fans everywhere. Now Moers returns with a fourth arelentlessly whimsicala fantasy ("Library Journal"). When Echo the Cratas mistress dies, he is compelled to sign a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster. This fateful document gives Ghoolion the right to kill Echo at the next full moon and render his fat, which he hopes to brew into an immortality potion. But Ghoolion has not reckoned with Echoas talent for survival and his vast ability to make new friends. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Taste of the Tenderloin
    Author: O'Neill, Gene
    $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780981639000 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Eight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco's most notorious district in Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O'Neill. Best known for his strong sense of place and uniquely vibrant characters, O'Neill brings the gritty underside of the city to life with eight interwoven stories of broken lives, missed dreams, and all that can go wrong with both reality and fantasy among the down and out. The city itself opens wide to swallow all comers with the temptation of its secrets and sins, while O'Neill brings dignity and humanity to a set of characters often overlooked in both society and fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Dreamwish Beasts and Snarks
    Author: Resnick, Mike
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781930846609 Date: 2009
    star PW
    At times humorous, at other times serious, this endearing collection of short fiction explores many concepts regarding fantastical or futuristic safaris. Detailing the many contrasting pitfalls of hunting, a hardboiled detective attempts to locate a unicorn in New York City on New Year's Day, and in a later tale, must track down a millennia-old vampire in order to save his assistant. In the Nebula-nominated story "Hunting the Snark," a classical big-game hunt on a newly discovered planet develops similarities to Lewis Carroll's famous poem, yet ends with a surprising twist. In "The Soul Eater" and "Nicobar Lane--The Soul Eater's Story," separate views are offered from the hunter and the hunted in an eccentric love story that incorporates elements of "Moby Dick" and the legend of the "Flying Dutchman." Offering a few somber features, "Safari 2103 AD" looks at a world where the number of wild animals can be counted on one's fingers, while in "Bwana," colonists leave industrialized Africa to create a paradise on a new world, only to discover how fragile they are. Imaginative and captivating, each narrative offers a unique spin on what it means to be a hunter. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Wolfbreed
    Author: Swann, S.A.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780553807387 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In this captivating reinvention of the werewolf novel, S. A. Swann propels readers into the darkest days of the Middle Ages, weaving a rare blend of soaring romance, historical intrigue, paranormal thrills, and spiritual questioning to tell a story that forever changes those who hear it. When a monk inadvertently discovers a lair of werewolf young, he unleashes what will become the Church's most powerful-and secret-weapon. Clandestinely raised by the Teutonic Order, these lupine creatures serve as instruments of God against pagan unbelievers. Trained to slip into villages cloaked in human form, they are all but unstoppable. Only one, called Lilly, has cunningly fled her brutal master. Uldolf is too young to remember the massacre eight years earlier that claimed his village, his arm, and his kin. But he knows the pain of loneliness. When he sees what appears to be a beautiful young woman, injured and cowering in the woods, he races to her aid. Uldolf and his adoptive family will do anything to protect the terrified girl, but the danger is greater than they can possibly imagine. For death is the only life Lilly has ever known-and if their humanity can't pierce the darkness Lilly harbors in her soul, they'll soon come to know it, too. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
    Suggested Reading: Weres
  • The Sword of the Lady
    Author: Stirling, S.M.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780451462909 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author continues his epic of survival and rebirth ("Library Journal"), chronicling a modern world without technology.
    Updated 8.18.09

October

  • On the Edge
    Author: Andrews, Ilona
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780441017805 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Kate Daniels novels comes an edgy new series about a world on the border of fantasy and reality, packed with pulse-pounding action and white-hot romance.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Child Thief
    Author: Brom
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780061671333 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The acclaimed artist Brom turns his first full-length, adult novel into a dark, twisted retelling of Peter Pan, in which "The Child Thief" recruits refugees and runaways as child soldiers in a never-ending war.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • Soulless
    Author: Carriger, Gail
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780316056632 Date: 2009
    star PW
    "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society.
    Suggested Reading: Vampires
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Child of Fire
    Author: Connolly, Harry
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345508898 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Making his debut, Connolly delivers the first book in a new urban paranormal series that is sure to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Simon Green's The Man with the Golden Torc.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Lovecraft Unbound
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (edt)
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9781595821461 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The stories are legendary, the characters unforgettable, the world horrible and disturbing. In Lovecraft Unbound, more than 20 of today's most prominent writers of literature and dark fantasy tell stories set in or inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Flesh and Fire
    Author: Gilman, Laura Ann
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781439101414 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    In the first volume in a unique trilogy about a world in which magic derives from the process of winemaking, the young slave Jerzy and his master unearth a plot of such great magnitude and danger that it could destroy the Vinearts forever.
    Updated 8.17.09
  • Hespira: A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn
    Author: Hughes, Matthew
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781597801010 Date: 2009
    star PW
    As magic begins to reassert its ancient dominion, Old Earth's foremost freelance discriminator, Henghis Hapthorn, and his intuition (now a separate person named Osk Rievor), are living apart, though they remain on good terms. But now there comes between them a woman of alluring mystery. Who is Hespira? Does she truly want either of them? Or has she come to destroy them both?
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Gwenhwyfar
    Author: Lackey, Mercedes
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780756405854 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The bestselling author of the Valdemar novels pens a classic tale about King Arthur's legendary queen.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance
    Author: Martin, George R.R.
    $ 40 ISBN: 9781596062139 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Vampire Archives
    Author: Penzler, Otto (edt)
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307473899 Date: 2009
    star PW
    With stories by Stephen King, D.H. Lawrence, Tanith Lee, and Harlan Ellison, The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled.
    Suggested Reading: Vampires
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Boneshaker
    Author: Priest, Cherie
    $ 15.99 ISBN: 9780765318411 Date: 2009
    star PW
    [Boneshaker is] a steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details.--Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan.
    Suggested Reading: Zombies
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Canticle
    Author: Scholes, Ken
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765321282 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW
    In this compelling sequel to Lamentation, many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. But as the feast begins, invisible assassins begin attacking the guests. Thus begins Book Two in The Psalms of Isaak series.
    Updated 8.31.09
  • American Fantastic Tales:Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps
    Author: Straub, Peter (edt)
    $ 35 ISBN: 9781598530476 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    Straub, a contemporary master of literary horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight. Ghostly narratives of the Edwardian era, lurid classics from the pulp heyday, and modern-day masterpieces are included in these collections.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Bite Marks: A Vampire Testament
    Author: Taylor, Terence
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780312385255Date: 2009
    star PW
    A teenage runaway is killed and brought back to life to feed on her bastard child, by a sadistic vampire who's stalked her family for decades. The undead infant escapes, triggering a citywide search for a vampire baby whose existence threatens to expose the entire vampire society.
    Suggested Reading: Vampires
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction: Sixteenth
    Author: Van Gelder, Gordon (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781892391919 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Collecting more than two dozen stories that originally appeared in the" Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction"--the premiere speculative fiction magazine--this extraordinary anthology celebrates 60 years of top-notch genre fiction. Including "All Summer in a Day," Ray Bradbury's lasting tale of what happened on one special day; "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes, describing what happened to Charlie Gordon when he was made into a genius; "Harrison Bergeron," Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist cautionary tale of mandatory equality; and "The Electric Ant" by Philip K. Dick, concerning what Garson Poole learned after the accident that hospitalized him. This remarkable collection also features some of the most highly acclaimed, award-winning authors, including Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Shirley Jackson, Peter S. Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Theodore Sturgeon, and Roger Zelazny. Hand-picked by the magazine's current editor, this is an unmatched assemblage of appealing, first-rate fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.31.09

November

  • Unplugged: The Web's Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Author: Bernobich, Beth and more
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781890464110 Date: 2009
    star PW
    With the Craigslist of the future, apply for a job on Mars. In the maps of the past, learn the secrets of using dessicated penguin feet as an explorer of the Antarctic. These are just two of the voyages you will take in these pages, just a pair of the places you have been online. Featuring stories by legends such as Peter S. Beagle and Nancy Kress, speculative fiction stars Cory Doctorow and Catherynne M. Valente, newcomers Merrie Haskell and Beth Bernobich, plus many more, Unplugged surfs the Web so you don't have to. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Elegy Beach: A Book of Change
    Author: Boyett, Steven R.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780441017959 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A publishing event 25 years in the making, Elegy Beach is the long-awaited sequel to the unforgettable post-apocalyptic fantasy, Ariel.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Indigo Springs
    Author: Dellamonica, A.M.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780765319470 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem pretty normal . . . until Astrid's father dies and she moves into his house. She discovers that for many years her father had been accessing the magic that flowed, literally, in a blue stream beneath the earth, leaking into his house. When she starts to use the liquid "vitagua" to enchant everyday items, the results seem innocent enough: a "'chanted" watch becomes a charm that means you're always in the right place at the right time; a "'chanted" pendant enables the wearer to convince anyone of anything . . . But as events in Indigo Springs unfold and the true potential of vitagua is revealed, Astrid and her friends unwittingly embark on a journey fraught with power, change, and a future too devastating to contemplate. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as Astrid discovers secrets from her shrouded childhood that will lead her to a destiny stranger than she could have imagined . . . - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.23.09
  • Total Oblivion More or Less
    Author: Deniro, Alan
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780553592542 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    "I remember the first time I began to understand that things might not be the same again." "What's a girl to do when her world is invaded by warriors from the ancient world?" That's the problem faced by sixteen-year-old Macy, who sees her quiet, normal life in suburban Minnesota turned upside down when things that should never be possible begin to transform the landscape all around her. The cable stops working, the phone lines die-and then the horsemen come to town. It's not the same America that she last went to sleep in. Ticketed to a refugee camp by the marauding Scythian armies, Macy and her family come to believe that heading down the Mississippi by boat is their one escape from the encroaching madness. But as they make their way downriver, Macy's world just keeps getting stranger, and the wooden submarines, wasp-borne plagues, and talking dogs are the least of her problems: For in this upside-down world, old identities warp and family bonds are sorely tested. Acclaimed writer Alan DeNiro has fashioned a completely original, utterly beguiling melding of the surreal and the everyday.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Makers
    Author: Doctorow, Cory
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765312792 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of Little Brother comes this tale of two friends who invent things--including entirely new economic systems. Together, they transform the country, and a journalist-turned-blogger is there to document it all.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Under the Dome
    Author: King, Stephen
    $ 35 ISBN: 9781439148501 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    On a beautiful fall day, the town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one knows what this barrier is and when--or if--it will go away.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Monstrous Affections
    Author: Nickle, David
    $ 18.95 ISBN: 9780981297835 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A young bride and her future mother-in-law risk everything to escape it. A repentant father summons help from a pot of tar to ensure it. A starving woman learns from howling winds and a whispering host, just how fulfilling it can finally be. Can it be love? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith
    Author: Smith, Clark Ashton
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780809556663 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Selected carefully by well-respected editor Robert Weinberg and with an introduction by award-winning author Gene Wolfe, The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith offers both readers and scholars a definitive collection of short fiction and short novels, by an overlooked master of fantasy, horror and science-fiction.
    Updated 9.23.09

December

  • The Best Horror of the Year: Vol One
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781597801614 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Legendary editor Ellen Datlow, winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting the Best Horror of the Year. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Zones of Chaos
    Author: Farren, Mick
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780972994200 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Mick Farren is a legendary poet, musician, author, critic, activist, countercultural icon, and one of the last true gonzo journalists. Enter his paranoid, radical, drug-addled and excruciatingly beautiful world; go to jail during the L.A. Earthquake, meet Doc Holliday and take a ride in Diabolo's Cadillac. ZONES OF CHAOS is a maelstrom of poetry, prose, essays, lyrics, commentary, and fiction.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Devil's Alphabet
    Author: Gregory, Daryl
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780345501172 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Switchcreek is a normal town in eastern Tennessee--until a mysterious disease kill a third of its residents and mutates most of the rest into monstrous oddities. A new novel from the acclaimed author of Pandemonium.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Muse and Reverie
    Author: de Lint, Charles
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765323408 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Muse and Reverie is a new collection of short fiction in de Lint's Newford universe. A master storyteller, de Lint blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth.--"Library Journal."
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon
    Author: Paxson, Diana L.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780451462923 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents will return to Avalon. When he does, he will be faced with a formidable task: to prove his worth as a son of the kings and lead his followers to victory, wielding the newly-forged sword, Excalibur.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Collected Stories
    Author: Shiner, Lewis
    $ 40 ISBN: 9781596062528 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Updated 10.27.09

 

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