Speculative Fiction Stars 2011

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror stars

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

  • The Soul Mirror
    Author: Berg, Carol
    $ 16 ISBN: 9780451463746 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The latest novel of the Collegia Magica. With no magic talent of her own, Anne de Vernase must take on her sister's magical legacy to unravel the secrets behind the dark sorcery besieging the royal city of Merona--and to uncover the truth behind her sister's death.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Naming of the Beasts: Felix Castor
    Author: Carey, Mike
    $ 8.99 ISBN: 9781841496559 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The fifth dynamic outing for freelance London exorcist Felix Castor resolves a long-running arc, and finds Castor making a brutal choice They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. He should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands--it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, and bystanders. So Castor drowns his guilt in cheap whiskey, while an innocent woman lies dead and her daughter comatose, his few remaining friends fear for their lives and there's a demon loose on the streets. It's not just any demon--this one rides shotgun on his best friend's soul and can't be expelled without killing him. It seems that Felix Castor's got some tough choices to make, because expel the demon he must or all Hell will break loose--literally. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.21.10
  • I Dream of Genies
    Author: Fennell, Judi
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781402241895 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Down-on-his luck Matt Ewing has the good fortune of a 2,000-year-old magic genie falling right into his lap. Beautiful and independent, Eden isn't so keen on having to answer to yet another master. Then, after centuries of being alone, Eden suddenly finds herself falling for Matt.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Universe of Things
    Author: Jones, Gwyneth
    $ 18 ISBN: 9781933500447 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The stories in The Universe of Things span Joness career, from The Eastern Succession, first published in 1988, to the just-published Collision. Each opens a window into a richly depicted culture in which intelligent, resourceful characters struggle to make sense of the mysteries of their world. In the introduction by Steven Shaviro, author of Doom Patrols and Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society, Shaviro notes, As a feminist writer, Jones refuses to accept compromises that leave gender inequities in placeand recognizes how they may well have staved off something worse. And as a science fiction writer, Jones shows deep awareness of how provisional, and fragile, all our acceptances and reconciliations can be, for there are always new potentials, new cultural or technological disruptions in the offing. Jones envisions a future that is different enough from the present that we are forced to recognize the contingencyand changeabilityof the things we take most for granted. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.21.10
  • The Cypress House
    Author: Kortya, Michael
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780316053723 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star LJ star PW
    A journey to Florida's coast becomes an inescapable nightmare in the newest supernatural thriller from international bestseller Koryta (So Cold the River).
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.29.10
  • In Too Deep: Looking Glass Book 1
    Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780399157028 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist
    In her latest Arcane Society novel, New York Times-bestselling author Krentz delivers the first book in her new Looking Glass Trilogy--the story of a paranormal investigator and his assistant who are dragged into the secret history of a secluded coastal town in northern California, and forced to fight for their lives.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • The Hammer
    Author: Parker, K.J.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780316038560 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Gignomai is the youngest brother in the current generation of met'Oc, a once-noble family exiled on an island for their role in a vaguely remembered civil war. On this island, a colony was founded seventy years ago. The plan was originally for the colonists to mine silver, but there turned out not to be any. Now, an uneasy peace exists on the island, between the colonists and the met'Oc. The met'Oc are tolerated, in spite of occasional cattle stealing raids, since they alone possess the weapons considered necessary protection against the island's savages. Gignomai is about to discover exactly what it is expected of him, and what it means to defy his family. He is the hammer who will provide the spark that will ignite a brutal and bloody war. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.14.11
  • The Dark Griffin: Fallen Moon Book 1
    Author: Taylor, K.J.
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780441019786 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The debut of an edgy new fantasy series. Being chosen as a griffin's companion has allowed Arren Cardockson to gain a place of status within the land of Cymria. But Arren can never escape the prejudice that comes with his Northerner slave origins.
    Updated 11.21.10
  • Among Others
    Author: Walton, Jo
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780765321534 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
    Updated 11.21.10

February

  • The Heros
    Author: Abercrombie, Joe
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780316044981 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Set over three days, The Heroes--the new novel by the author of Best Served Cold--is about violence and ambition, gruesome deaths and betrayals, and the brutal truth that no plan survives contact with the enemy.
    Updated 12.14.10
  • The Fallen Blade
    Author: Grimwood, Jon Courtney
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780316074391 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    Venice in the early fifteenth century is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. Within the Serene Republic, their word is law, but for all their influence, Venice's fate still lies in other hands . . . Lady Giulietta is the Duke's cousin. She enjoys greater privilege than many can even dream of, but her status will demand a terrible price. Atilo Il Mauros is head of the Assassini, the shadow army that enforces Venice's will - both at home and abroad. Prince Leopold zum Bas Friedland is the bastard son of the German emperor and leader of the "krieghund" - the only force in Venice more feared than Atilo's assassins. And then there is Atilo's angel-faced apprentice. Only a boy, Tycho is already stronger and faster than any man has a right to be. He can see in the dark, but sunlight burns him. It is said that he drinks blood. Award-winning author Jon Courtenay Grimwood seamlessly blends history, politics and dark fantasy in a compelling vision of a Venice that might have been. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.14.10
  • A Discovery of Witches
    Author: Harkness, Deborah
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780670022410 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star LJ
    Debut novelist Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense--a richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • Thirteen Years Later
    Author: Kent, Jasper
    $ 17 ISBN: 9781616142537 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    While the Oprichniki's primary reason for journeying to Russia is to stop the French, one of them takes a different path. For he has a different agenda--he is to be the nightmare instrument of revenge on the Romanovs. Now the time has come: It is 1825.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • Bloodshot
    Author: Priest, Cherie
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780345520609 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    The acclaimed author of the Nebula Award-nominated Boneshaker delivers the first book in a new series that combines the appeal of Lara Adrian's bestselling vampire series with the thrills of TNT's Leverage.
    Updated 12.14.10

March

  • The Way of the Wizard
    Author: Adams, John Joseph (edt)
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781607012320 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Power. We all want it, they've got it - witches, warlocks, sorcerers, necromancers, those who peer beneath the veil of mundane reality and put their hands on the levers that move the universe. They see the future in a sheet of glass, summon fantastic beasts, and transform lead into gold... or you into a frog. From Gandalf to Harry Potter to the Last Airbender, wizardry has never been more exciting and popular. Enter a world where anything is possible, where imagination becomes reality. Experience the thrill of power, the way of the wizard. Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams (The Living Dead) brings you thirty-two of the most spellbinding tales ever written, by some of today's most magical talents, including Neil Gaiman, Simon R. Green, and George R. R. Martin. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.14.11
  • Pale Demon
    Author: Harrison, Kim
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780061138065 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star PW
    New York Times-bestselling author Harrison returns to the sexy, supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan, in the ninth book of the Hollows.
    Updated 2.14.11
  • Hellhole
    Author: Herbert, Brian
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765322692 Date: 2011
    starBooklist

    Updated 4.15.11
  • Up Against It
    Author: Locke, M.J.
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765315151 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Rogue artificial intelligence and a lethal resource crisis threaten an asteroid colony--with an organized crime syndicate pulling the strings Annotation: Rogue artificial intelligence and a lethal resource crisis threaten an asteroid colony--with an organized crime syndicate pulling the strings
    Updated 3.27.11
  • House of the Lost
    Author: Rayne, Sarah
    $ 9.99 ISBN: 9781847393579 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A work of fiction reveals a nightmarish truth in this spellbinding new psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Ghost Song When novelist Theo Kendal inherits the remote house in which his cousin Charmery was murdered, he believes it will bring him closer to the truth about her death. It will also be the ideal place to finish his new book. But the bleak Fenn House is a lonely and sometimes uncomfortable place to spend the winter and the strangest thing is that Theo's new novel seems to be writing itself--but heading in an unplanned direction. Theo finds himself describing a young boy called Matthew who lives in constant fear of a visit from the cold-eyed men. Struggling to understand the dangerous secrets that surround him and his family, Matthew inhabits a terrifying world where people die in macabre circumstances, where they can be imprisoned without trial or reason, their identities wiped from the world forever. Then Theo discovers that Matthew and his family really existed, part of a dark and violent segment of recent history that threatens to reach across the years to tear his life apart. And somehow it all connects to the death of his cousin Charmery. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Wise Man's Fear
    Author: Rothfuss, Patrick
    $ 30 ISBN: 9780756404734 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm.
    Updated 2.17.11
  • Paradise Tales
    Author: Ryman, Geoff
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781931520645 Date: 2011
    starPW
    A collection that ranges from present-day Cambodia to the far future: this is science fiction and fantasy with a heart.
    Updated 1.20.11
  • The Cloud Roads
    Author: Wells, Martha
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781597802161 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community. What this stranger doesn't tell Moon is that his presence will tip the balance of power... that his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony's survival... and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell! Now Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save and himself... and his newfound kin. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.14.11

April

  • Dark Jenny
    Author: Bledsoe, Alex
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780765327437 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist
    Alex Bledsoe's novels featuring detective Eddie LaCrosse have drawn rave reviews for their ingenious blend of classic fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now with Dark Jenny, Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of intrigue and murder. . . . For twenty-five gold pieces a day, plus expenses, Eddie LaCrosse will take on most any case. But the unexpected delivery of a coffin in the dead of winter forces LaCrosse to look back at a bygone chapter in his past--and the premeditated murder of a dream. Ruled by the noble King Marcus Drake, the island kingdom of Grand Braun is an oasis of peace and justice in an imperfect world. At least until the beautiful Queen Jennifer is accused of adultery and murder. In the wrong castle at the wrong time, Eddie finds himself drafted at sword's point to solve the mystery. With time running out, and powerful nobles all too eager to pin the murder on Eddie himself, he must untangle a tangled web of palace intrigues, buried secrets, and bewitching women--before the entire kingdom erupts into civil war. Murder, mystery, and magic--just another day on the job for Eddie LaCrosse. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.7.11
  • Aftertime
    Author: Littlefield, Sophie
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780373803361 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Set in a dystopian world and featuring zombies, Aftertime is the first novel in a new series. Cass Dollar had been taken by zombies and turned into one of them. But she got better somehow. Now all she wants to do is find her daughter.
    Suggested Reading: Dystopias | Zombies
    Updated 2.14.11
  • The Unremembered
    Author: Orullian, Peter
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780765325716 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    A sprawling, complex tale of magic and destiny that won't disappoint its readers. This auspicious beginning for author Peter Orullian will have you looking forward to more.--Terry Brooks. Annotation: A sprawling, complex tale of magic and destiny that won't disappoint its readers. This auspicious beginning for author Peter Orullian will have you looking forward to more.--Terry Brooks.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Every Shallow Cut
    Author: Piccirilli, Tom
    $ 10.95 ISBN: 9781926851105 Date: 2011
    starPW
    He's nameless, faceless, and has nothing left to lose - and now he has a gun! Alone except for his beloved bulldog, Churchill, a man who's failed at his career, his marriage, and his own simple hopes makes his way across the American landscape and the spectacle of his own bitter past, heading home to his brother when he knows there's no home left for him. Tom Piccirilli brings us a story for our current struggling times, taken directly from a broken heart. It is full of realism, grit, and a depth that gives voice to the fears most of us can barely imagine. The terror of loss, the overwhelming dread of failure, the horror of missed-out, mediocre dreams. And the all-too average explosive rage. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2
    Author: Schafer, William (edt)
    $ 40 ISBN: 9781596063686 Date: 2011
    starPW
    This stellar collection leads off with Joe Hill's dazzling Wolverton Station," in which a predatory businessman travels to England, and to a primal confrontation he could never have imagined. Elsewhere, a number of contributors revisit familiar, well-established themes and settings. Glen Cook's "Smelling Danger" gives us a brand new chapter in the long-running annals of The Black Company. "The Passion of Mother Vajpai" is a story of exotic and erotic initiation set against the backdrop of Jay Lake's novel, Green. Kelley Armstrong reenters the Otherworld with "Chivalrous," the account of a devious and long-delayed act of revenge. And there's more, much more, including a hallucinatory portrait of guilt, angst, and drug-fueled violence by Caitlin R. Kiernan, and an affecting reflection on love, death, and acceptance by Steven R. Boyett. These stories, together with first-rate work by the likes of K. J. Parker and Norman Partridge, offer provocative, sometimes visceral entertainment. As this rich, rewarding volume amply demonstrates, the tale of dark fantasy is alive and thriving, and continues to develop in new and unexpected ways.
    Updated 2.14.11
  • Deathless
    Author: Valente, Catherynne M.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780765326300 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    From the author of The Orphan's Tales comes a glorious retelling of the Russian folktale of Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless, set in a mysterious version of St. Petersburg during the first half of the 20th century.
    Updated 2.17.11

May

  • The Company Man
    Author: Bennett, Robert Jackson
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780316054706 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    The year is 1919. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built Evesden--a shining metropolis. But something is rotten at the heart of the city. Deep underground, a trolley car pulls into a station with 11 dead bodies inside. Now, one man, Cyril Hayes, must fix this.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Hard Magic
    Author: Correia, Larry
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781439134344 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    Ex-con and private eye Jake Sullivan learns that there is a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users, and Jake has no idea that he has just attracted the attention of one side, whose ruthless leaders are of the opinion Jake is too far dangerous to be permitted to live.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Hounded
    Author: Hearne, Kevin
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345522474 Date: 2011
    starPW
    The first in an original, back-to-back three-book series about Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids. Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with a modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.--Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Inheritance and Other Stories
    Author: Hobb, Robin & Megan Lindholm
    $ 15.99 ISBN: 9780061561641 Date: 2011
    starBooklist star PW star Kirkus
    From New York Times-bestselling master storyteller Robin Hobb--a.k.a. MeganLindholm--comes a new collection of short stories.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Embassytown
    Author: Mieville, China
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345524492 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Mieville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Avice is torn between competing loyalties--to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Quantum Thief
    Author: Rajanierni, Hanyu
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765329493 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ star Kirkus
    A brilliant first novel. The Quantum Thief, like so much of the best space opera of this century, is a prodigy house, where propositions are instant heritage, and arguments are eyeclick.--John Clute.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.27.11
  • Fuzzy Nation
    Author: Scalzi, John
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765328540 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus
    From the author of the bestselling Old Man's War sequence and the Hugo Award-winning Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded comes a new and major work of hard-SF adventure.
    Updated 7.1.11

June

  • Leviathan Wakes
    Author: Corey, James S.A.
    $ 15.99 ISBN: 9780316129084 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Humanity has colonized the solar system. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, "The Scopuli," they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted.
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Uncertain Places
    Author: Goldstein, Lisa
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781616960148 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    An ages-old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale. When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend sisters, he quickly falls for enigmatic Livvy, a chemistry major and accomplished chef. But Livvy's family--vivacious actress Maddie, family historian Rose, and their mother, absent-minded Sylvia--are behaving strangely. The Feierabend women seem to believe that luck is their handmaiden, even though happiness does not necessarily follow. It is soon discovered that generations previous, the Feierabends made a contract with a powerful, otherworldly force, and it is up to Will and his best friend to unravel the riddle of this supernatural bargain in order to save Livvy from her predestined fate.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Glass Demon
    Author: Grant, Helen
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780385344203 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist
    Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land--Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact: the medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass.
    Updated 5.19.2011
  • The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter
    Author: Hayward, Brent
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781926851136 Date: 2011
    starPW
    The city is crumbling... Clouds over Nowy Solum have not parted in a hundred years. Gods have deserted their temples. In the last days of a dying city, the decadent chatelaine chooses a forbidden lover, separating twin outcasts and setting them on independent trajectories that might finally bring down the palace. Then, screaming from the skies, a lone god reappears, briefly, and a limbless prophet is carried through South Gate, into Nowy Solum, with a message for all: beyond the city, something ancient and monumental has come awake! - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.11
  • The Secret of Crickly Hall
    Author: Herbert, James
    $ 29.99 ISBN: 9780765328879 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Picking the Bones
    Author: Hodge, Brian
    $ 40 ISBN: 9781587672200 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Updated 5.15.11
  • The Five
    Author: McCammon, Robert
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781596063419 Date: 2011
    starPW

    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Map of Time
    Author: Palma, Felix J.
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781439167397 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    Palma delivers a page-turner in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time-travel and save lives.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.15.11
  • The Pack
    Author: Starr, Jason
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780441020089 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    After losing his job, Simon Burns takes on the role of stay-at-home dad. Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident, more at ease with the darker side of life--and soon Simon is lured into their mix.
    Suggested Reading: Weres
    Updated 5.15.11

July

  • The Wikkeling
    Author: Arntson, Steven
    $ 18 ISBN: 9780762439034 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    In the new-age world Henrietta lives in, everything is ruled by computers. Henrietta finds a wounded Wild House Cat in the attic above her bedroom. This discovery sets off a chain of events that begin to poke holes in the secrets left behind by the well-hidden past.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy
    Author: Datlow, Ellen (edt)
    $ 15.99 ISBN: 9780312385248 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    Featuring original stories from 20 of today's hottest paranormal authors, this dark and captivating collection is sure to delight with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief. Featured authors include Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • The Last Werewolf
    Author: Duncan, Glen
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307595089 Date: 2011
    starLJ star Kirkus
    Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you'd never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you--and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely. Jake's depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide--even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive. Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend--mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century--a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human. One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Weres
    Updated 7.1.11
  • The Snow Queen's Shadow
    Author: Hines, Jim C.
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780756406745 Date: 2011
    starPW
    After a spell gone wrong shatters Snow White's enchanted mirror, a demon escapes into the world. The demon's magic distorts the vision of all it touches, showing them only ugliness and hate. It is a power that turns even friends and lovers into mortal foes.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Raising Stony Mayhall
    Author: Gregory, Daryl
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780345522375 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    From an award-winning author whom Library Journal called "[a] bright new voice of the 21st century," comes a new breed of zombie novel--surprisingly funny, vividly frightening, and ultimately deeply moving.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Happily Ever After
    Author: Klima, John (edt)
    $ 15.99 ISBN: 9781597802208 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Happily Ever After is a star-studded book of fairy tales, featuring an introduction by Bill Willingham (Fables) and stories by Gregory Maguire, Susanna Clarke, Karen Joy Fowler, Charles de Lint, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Kelly Link, Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, Patricia Briggs, and many other fantasy luminaries.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Dragon's Time: A Dragonriders of Pern Novel
    Author: McCaffrey, Ann & Todd
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345500892 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    For the first time in more than three years, bestselling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey, mother and son, have teamed up again to do what they do best: add a fresh chapter to the most beloved science fiction series of all time, the Dragonriders of Pern.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Green-Eyed Envy
    Author: Mackenzie, Kasey
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780441020492 Date: 2011
    starPW
    After the bodies of cat shape-shifters start piling up in Boston's magical underbelly, Chief Magical Investigator Marissa Holloway finds one common thread that ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Dead Iron: The Age of Steam
    Author: Monk, Devon
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780451463968 Date: 2011
    starPW
    In steam-age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother's death. Then he's offered hope that his brother may yet survive.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • The First Days
    Author: Prater, Rhianon
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780765331267 Date: 2011
    starPW
    On the morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court, and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, thrown together by circumstance, they have become a powerful zombie-killing partnership. Named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner.
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Rule 34
    Author: Stross, Charles
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780441020348 Date: 2011
    starKirkus
    "The most spectacular science fiction writer of recent years" (Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End) presents a near-future thriller. Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh is head of the Rule 34 Squad, monitoring the Internet to determine whether people are engaging in harmless fantasies or illegal activities. Three ex-con spammers have been murdered, and Liz must uncover the link between them before these homicides go viral.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • The Big Switch
    Author: Turtledove, Harry
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780345491862 Date: 2011
    starBooklist
    In this extraordinary World War II alternate history, master storyteller Turtledove begins with a big switch: what if Neville Chamberlain, instead of appeasing Hitler, had stood up to him in 1938?
    Updated 5.31.11

August

  • Mortality Bridge
    Author: Boyett, Steven
    $ 40 ISBN: 97815906063754 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Decades ago a young rock and blues guitarist and junkie named Niko signed in blood on the dotted line and in return became the stuff of music legend. But when the love of his damned life grows mortally and mysteriously ill he realizes he's lost more than he bargained for--and that wasn t part of the Deal. So Niko sets out on a harrowing journey from the streets of Los Angeles through the downtown subway tunnels and across the redlit plain of the most vividly realized Hell since Dante, to play the gig of his mortgaged life and win back the purloined soul of his lost love... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.11
  • Ready Player One
    Author: Cline, Ernest
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307887436 Date: 2011
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    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut--part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by"Blade Runner and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed. It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.31.11
  • Bloodlands
    Author: Cody, Christine
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780441020621 Date: 2011
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    The author of the Vampire Babylon novels brings some new blood to the genre as she presents the first novel in a compelling post-apocalyptic trilogy.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Magician King
    Author: Grossman, Lev
    $ 26.95 ISBN:9780670022311 Date: 2011
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    The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic--an epic quest for the Harry Potter generation. It also introduces Julia, a powerful new voice whose angry genius is thrilling. Once again Grossman proves that he is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis, and the cutting edge of literary fantasy.
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Second Grave on the Left
    Author: Darynda Jones
    $ 22.99 ISBN: 9780312360818 Date: 2011
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    Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans. Readers are sure to enjoy the most hilarious story of the summer.
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead
    Author: Kilpatrick, Nancy (edt)
    $ 14.95 ISBN:9781894063623 Date: 2011
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    Meet the eternal predator that humanity never ceases to find both fascinating and terrifying. Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead moves this creature beyond 2012, through this century and into the next. We humans will evolve, but so will they! Whatever apocalyptic events that lie ahead for our species, for the planet, vampires will be there too, helping or hindering, effecting or infecting us. Time is on their side, but it may not be on ours. Featured authors include: Tanith Lee, Kelley Armstrong, John Shirley, Thomas Roche, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Heather Clitheroe, Erika Holt, Ivan Dorin, Michael Lorenson, Jason Ridler, David Beynon, Eileen Bell, Peter Sellers, Sandra Wickham, William Meikle, David Tocher, Leanne Tremblay, Ryan McFadden, Steve Vernon, Bev Vincent, Anne Mok, and Sandra Kasturi. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.1.11
  • Germaline
    Author: McCarthy, T.C.
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780316128186 Date: 2011
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    A new entry to the military sci-fi genre, this debut--the first in a series--by an experienced CIA analyst during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reads like The Hurt Locker set 100 years in the future.
    Updated 4.18.11
  • Heart of Iron
    Author: Sedia, Ekaterina
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781607012573 Date: 2011
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    In a Russia where the Decembrists' rebellion was successful and the Trans-Siberian railroad was completed before 1854, Sasha Trubetskaya wants nothing more than to have a decent debut ball in St. Petersburg. But her aunt's feud with the emperor lands Sasha at university, where she becomes one of its first female students - an experiment, she suspects, designed more to prove female unsuitability for such pursuits than offer them education. The pressure intensifies when Sasha's only friends - Chinese students - start disappearing, and she begins to realize that her new British companion, Jack, has bigger secrets than she can imagine! Sasha and Jack find themselves trying to stop a war brewing between the three empires. The only place they can turn to for help is the Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace, newly founded by the Taiping rebels. Pursued by the terrifying Dame Florence Nightingale of the British Secret Service, Sasha and Jack escape across Siberia via train to China. Sasha discovers that Jack is not quite the person she thought he was...but then again, neither is she. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House
    Author: Spillman, Bob (edt)
    $ 18.95 ISBN: 9781935639107 Date: 2011
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    Fantastic Women comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States. The daughters of Franz Kafka and Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter, these inventive, insightful authors steep their narratives in a heady potion of surrealism and macabre black comedy. The result is wildly creative work that captures the potent truth about human nature far more clearly than much of the fiction (or, for that matter, the nonfiction) being written today. Why just women? More and more women writers are creating work that not only pushes the envelope but also folds realistic fiction into an origami dragon, transporting readers into worlds we've never seen before and digging deeper into the psychic bedrock than their male counterparts. So slip into a pocket universe, drive through a family's home, awake in the night to find you've become a deer, and dive into the ocean to join your mermaid mother. We can't imagine ever wanting to escape this spellbinding world, but if you must, best leave a trail of crumbs along your way. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies: The Essential Lucy Sussex
    Author: Sussex, Lucy
    $ 22.99 ISBN: 9780980781373 Date: 2011
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    Updated 8.23.11

September

  • Kingdom of Summer
    Author: Bradshaw, Gillian
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781402240720 Date: 2011
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    While defending Arthur's kingdom, the great warrior Gwalchmai commits a grave offense against the woman he loves. She disappears, and haunted by her memory, Gwalchmai travels to the most beautiful land of all as he searches for her. But an unexpected and malevolent force of evil and Darkness has taken root there...and it will be up to Gwalchmai once again to serve the Light. In the second book of Gillian Bradshaw's critically acclaimed trilogy, Sir Gawain comes to life as Gwalchmai, startlingly human yet fantastically heroic. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.19.11
  • Ghost Stories: A Novel of the Dresden Files
    Author: Butcher, Jim
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780451463791 Date: 2011
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    he eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. When last seen, the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Spellbound
    Author: Charlton, Blake
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765317285 Date: 2011
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    In a world where one's magical prowess is determined by one's skill with words and ability to spell, Nicodemus is a wizardly apprentice afflicted by a curse that causes him to misspell magical texts. Now, the demon who cursed him has hatched a conspiracy to force Nicodemus to change language and ultimately use it to destroy all human life. As Nico tries to thwart the demon's plan, he faces challenges from all sides. But his biggest challenge is his own disability, which causes him to create chaos wherever he goes. And the chaos surrounding Nico is affecting the world so profoundly that the kingdom to which he has fled to gather strength is on the brink of civil war, and he suspects that his closest allies--even Francesca, whom he loves more than life itself--may be subject to the demon's vast powers. As Nico tries to forestall the apocalypse, he realizes that he doesn't know if he can fully trust anyone, not even the woman he loves. And if he makes one wrong move, not only will his life be forfeit, he may end up destroying all mortal life as well.Introducing new twists to the unique magical system of Spellwright, and exploring issues that will bring readers a deeper appreciation of a fascinating world, Spellbound is sure to please Blake Charlton's fans and increase their number. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Circle of Enemies
    Author: Connolly, Harry
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345508911 Date: 2011
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    Former car thief Ray Lilly is now the expendable grunt of a sorcerer responsible for destroying extradimensional predators summoned to our world by power-hungry magicians. Luckily, Ray has some magic of his own, and so far it's kept him alive. But when a friend from his former gang calls him, Ray may have to face a threat even he can't handle.
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense
    Author: Dann, Jack and Nick Gevers (edt)
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780061999710 Date: 2011
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    Updated 7.25.11
  • Forbidden
    Author: Dekker, Ted
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781599953540 Date: 2011
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    New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love. But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • When the Great Days Come
    Author: Dozois, Gardner
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781607012788 Date: 2011
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    Millions of tiny robots dismantle Atlantic City. A Luddite encounters time travelers near the moment of Singularity. A young boy may have just destroyed the entire Eastern Seaboard. By turns haunting and humorous, Gardner Dozois's acclaimed short fiction is finally collected in a definitive edition of his work. Including Nebula Award winners such as Morning Child and nominees Disciples and A Dream at Noonday, When the Great Days Come is a must for any science fiction reader. When the Great Days Come proves that Dozois is not just one of science fiction's best editors of short fiction, but one of its best writers as well. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Legacy of Kings
    Author: Friedman, C.S.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780756406936 Date: 2011
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    The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself-but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath that even the Magisters fear.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Miserere: An Autumn Tale
    Author: Frohock, Teresa
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781597802895 Date: 2011
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    Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina's wrath isn't so easy to escape! - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Prospero Regained
    Author: Lamplighter, L. Jagi
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765319319 Date: 2011
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    Prospero, the sorcerer on whose island of exile William Shakespeare set his play, The Tempest, has endured these past many centuries. His daughter Miranda runs the family business, Prospero, Inc. so smoothly that the vast majority of humanity has no idea that the Prosperos' magic has protected Earth from numerous disasters. But Prospero himself has been kidnapped by demons from Hell, and Miranda, aided by her siblings, has followed her father into Hell to save him from a certain doom at the hands of vengeful demons. Time is running out for Miranda, and for the great magician himself. Their battle against the most terrifying forces of the Pit is a great fantasy adventure. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.3.11
  • The Night Circus
    Author: Morgenstern, Erin
    $ 26.95 ISBN:9780385534635 Date: 2011
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    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love--a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.19.11
  • The Diviner
    Author: Rawn, Melanie
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780425243695 Date: 2011
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    The youngest of the Jones brothers, Kit, has just been made the Marquess of Daventry--heir to his vengeful grandfather, the Duke of Wenlocke. Kit wants to free his family from the old duke, and he hires the beautiful Emma Portland to tutor his young wards while he makes his plans.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Highest Frontier
    Author: Slonczewski, Joan
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765329561 Date: 2011
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    The first SF novel in more than ten years from the scientist and author of A Door into Ocean. A girl goes to college in orbit, in a future transformed by technology, global warming, and invasive species.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Erekos
    Author: Tuomala, A.M.
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9781936460038 Date: 2011
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    Her sister swore that she would never let her die; now the entire world may pay the price.In a land where gods walk beside men and witches defy death, war changes everything. Scholar and warrior, witch and king, priestess and corpse-all must come together to save their world from the ravages of the coming tempest. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.25.11

October

  • Debris: Veiled Worlds
    Author: Anderton, Jo
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780857661548 Date: 2011
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    After being exposed to radioactive particles as part of a clean-up gang in the depths of space, Tanyana develops an ability to understand the apparently sentient stuff. Powerless, penniless, and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to her new life collecting magical garbage--but she soon realizes this debris is more important than anyone could guess.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • The Hum and Shiver
    Author: Bledsoe, Alex
    $ 15.99 ISBN: 9780765327444 Date: 2011
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    No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the mountains of East Tennessee. When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there. Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history. But there are clues in their music, hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations. . . . Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true daughter of the Tufa, has returned from Iraq, wounded in body and spirit, but her troubles are far from over. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, while a restless "haint" has followed her home from the war. Worse yet, Bronwyn has lost touch with herself and with the music that was once a part of her. With death stalking her family, will she ever again join in the song of her people, and let it lift her onto the night winds?
    Updated 9.22.11
  • With Fate Conspire
    Author: Brennan, Marie
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780765325372 Date: 2011
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    A second city lies beneath the streets of London: The Onyx Hall--a place of shadows and mystery, intrigue and faerie enchantment. It is the height of the Industrial Revolution, and a young woman searches for a love who was kidnapped by the faeries. New developments may force the fae out of hiding for the first time ever--with disastrous consequences.
    Updated 8.2.11
  • Magebane
    Author: Chane, Lee Arthur
    $7.99 ISBN: 9780756406790 Date: 2011
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    Four centures ago, the world changed. A devastating war swept the lands, and the MageLords, who had long ruled by virtue of their spell powers, were driven to a distant place, separated from those they had ruled by a magical Barrier. With magic banished from the rest of the world, the MageLords became mere legend and people turned to science to improve their lives. But if one man has his way, all that is about to change... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.23.11
  • The Night Eternal
    Author: Del Toro, Guillermo & Chuck Hogan
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061558269 Date: 2011
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    The third and final novel in the stunning New York Times-bestselling trilogy--about a vampire invasion and the band of men and women who must stop them--by one of Hollywood's most popular and imaginative storytellers, the creator of the Oscar]-winning Pan's Labyrinth.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Sacred Band: Book 3 of the Acacia Trilogy
    Author: Durham, David Anthony
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307739681 Date: 2011
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    With the first two books in the Acacia Trilogy, Acacia and The Other Lands, David Anthony Durham has created a vast and engrossing canvas of a world in turmoil, where the surviving children of a royal dynasty are on a quest to realize their fates--and perhaps right ancient wrongs once and for all. As The Sacred Band begins, one of them, Queen Corinn, bestrides the world as a result of her mastery of spells found in the ancient Book of Elenet. Her younger brother, Dariel, has been sent on a perilous mis-sion to the Other Lands, while her sister, Mena, travels to the far north to confront an invasion of the feared race of the Auldek. Their separate trajectories will converge in a series of world-shaping, earth-shattering battles, all ren-dered with vividly imagined detail and in heroic scale. David Anthony Durham concludes his tale of kingdoms in collision in an exciting fashion. His fictional world is at once realistic and fantastic, informed with an eloquent and dis-tinctively Shakespearean sensibility. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.23.11
  • Two Worlds and the In Between: The Best of Catlin R. Kiernan, Vol 1
    Author: Kiernan, Caitlin R.
    $ 38 ISBN: 9781596063914 Date: 2011
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    Updated 6.19.11
  • After the Apocalypse
    Author: McHugh, Maureen
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781931520294 Date: 2011
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    In her new collection, Story Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the dark heart of contemporary life and life five minutes from now and how easy it is to mix up one with the other. Her stories are post-bird flu, in the middle of medical trials, wondering if our computers are smarter than us, wondering when our jobs are going to be outsourced overseas, wondering if we are who we say we are, and not sure what we'd do to survive the coming zombie plague. Maureen F. McHugh has lived in New York; Shijiazhuang, China; Ohio; Austin, Texas; and now lives in Los Angeles, California. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.23.11
  • Wake Up and Dream
    Author: MacLeod, Ian R.
    $ 32 ISBN: 9781848631946 Date: 2011
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    Updated 8.18.11
  • Snuff: Discworld
    Author: Pratchett, Terry
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062011848 Date: 2011
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    Snuff is the 38th installment in the New York Times-bestselling Discworld canon from Pratchett, the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse (Washington Post Book World).
    Updated 8.18.11
  • Ganymede
    Author: Priest, Cherie
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780765329462 Date: 2011
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    The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he's happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money's good, he doesn't think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly's first legal gig--a supply run for the Seattle Underground--will be paid for by sap money. New Orleans is not Cly's first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he also loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early--but that was a decade ago, and he hasn't looked back since. Jo's still thinking about him, though, or so he learns when he gets a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It's a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once, one he can't refuse. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what he's in for--or what she wants him to fly. But he won't be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it.... If only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River... If only it hadn't killed most of the men who'd ever set foot inside it. But it's those "if onlys" that will decide whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.18.11
  • Zone One
    Author: Whitehead, Colson
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385528078 Date: 2011
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    In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild-ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern-ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street--aka Zone One--but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety--the malfunctioning stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work-ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz's desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. And then things start to go wrong. Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One brilliantly subverts the genre's conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.24.11

November

  • The Engines of Sacrifice
    Author: Chambers, James
    $ 45 ISBN: 9781937128081 Date: 2011
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    Updated 9.21.11
  • Unpossible and Other Stories
    Author: Gregory, Daryl
    $ 17.95 ISBN: 9781933846309 Date: 2012
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    Updated 11.8.11
  • The Wild Ways
    Author: Huff, Tanya
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780756406868 Date: 2012
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    Updated 11.15.11
  • Under Attack
    Author: Jayne, Hannah
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780758528939 Date: 2011
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    The second book in Jayne's imaginative new urban fantasy series starring Sophie Lawson, a woman with a vampire roommate, a werewolf boss, and a desk job tracking the undead.
    Updated 8.23.11
  • Endurance
    Author: Lake, Jay
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780765326768 Date: 2011
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    A tale of magic, revenge, and bitter death--on the rain-spattered streets of the great city of Copper Downs.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years
    Author: Maguire, Gregory
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780060548940 Date: 2011
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    Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last. The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary bestselling series begun with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises--the hallmarks of the brilliant and unique imagination of Maguire.
    Updated 11.17.11
  • Scholar: A Novel in the Imager Portfolio
    Author: Modesitt, L.E. Jr.
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780765329554 Date: 2011
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    This new novel begins an all-new story arc in Modesitt's popular Imager Portfolio.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Hunter: Book 1 of the Legend Chronicles
    Author: Myers, Theresa
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9781420121247 Date: 2011
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    The start of an exciting new steampunk paranormal romance trilogy, which follows three brothers as they battle to find and protect their father's piece of the missing Book of Legend, while falling in love with the paranormal heroines along the way.
    Updated 8.18.11
  • The Alloy of Law: Mistborn
    Author: Sanderson, Brandon
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765330420 Date: 2011
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    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity. Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history--or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Theft of Swords
    Author: Sullivan, Michael J.
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780316187749 Date: 2011
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    Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles-until they are hired to pilfer a famed sword. What appears to be just a simple job finds them framed for the murder of the king and trapped in a conspiracy that uncovers a plot far greater than the mere overthrow of a tiny kingdom. Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires? And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.21.11

December

  • The Tyranny of Night
    Author: Cook, Glen
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765306845 Date: 2011
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    In this launch of a sweeping new fantasy series from the author of the Black Company novels, an uneasy truce exists between two great powers who are waiting for a spark to renew an ancient conflict.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Hell Train
    Author: Fowler, Christopher
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781907992445 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Imagine there was a supernatural chiller that Hammer Films never made. A grand epic produced at the studio's peak, which played like a cross between the Dracula and Frankenstein films and Dr Terror's House Of Horrors... Four passengers meet on a train journey through Eastern Europe during the First World War, and face a mystery that must be solved if they are to survive. As the 'Arkangel' races through the war-torn countryside, they must find out: What is in the casket that everyone is so afraid of? What is the tragic secret of the veiled Red Countess who travels with them? Why is their fellow passenger the army brigadier so feared by his own men? And what exactly is the devilish secret of the Arkangel itself? Bizarre creatures, satanic rites, terrified passengers and the romance of travelling by train, all in a classically styled horror novel. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Eat Your Heart Out
    Author: Ingram, Dayna
    $ 13 ISBN: 9781590213339 Date: 2011
    starPW
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Collected Ghost Stories
    Author: James M.R., Darryl Jones (edt)
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780199568840 Date: 2011
    starPW
    M.R. James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever produced. These tales are not only classics of their genre, but are also superb examples of beautifully-paced understatement, convincing background and chilling terror.
    Updated 9.21.11
  • Death and Resurrection
    Author: MacAvoy, R.A.
    $14.95 ISBN: 9781607012863 Date: 2011
    starLJ
    The award-winning writer of Tea With the Black Dragon and other acclaimed novels returns to fantasy with the intriguing story of Chinese-American artist Ewen Young who gains the ability to travel between the worlds of life and death. This unasked-for skill irrevocably changes his life - as does meeting Nez Perce veterinarian Dr. Susan Sundown and her remarkable dog, Resurrection. After defeating a threat to his own family, Ewen and Susan confront great evils - both supernatural and human - as life and death begin to flow dangerously close together. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Emperor's Wife
    Author: Williams, Mazarkis
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781597803847 Date: 2011
    starPW

    Updated 10.18.11

 

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