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coverPostsingular by Rudy Rucker - Postsingular takes on the question of what will happen after the Singularity, that is, what will happen after computers become as smart as humans and nanotechnology takes on the power of magic? Nature will come alive. (February 2009) Read Our Review

Whiskey and Water by Elizabeth Bear - Matthew the Magician followed Jane Andraste into Faerie to rescue her half-human daughter and destroy the Fae. But when Matthew discovered Jane’s treachery, he betrayed her, the Promethean armies fell—and he lost his brother, his mentor, and his power...and he’s about to need it. (January 2009) author page

Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles De Lint - When fourteen-year-old TJ and her family are forced to move from their farm to the suburbs, she has to give up her beloved horse, Red—but she makes a surprising new friend. Elizabeth is a “Little,” a six-inch-high punked-out teen with an attitude, who has run away from home to make her way in the world. (January 2009)

Territory by Emma Bull - Retells the story of the 1881 shootout at Tombstone's O.K. Corral, but no writer has yet approached the event with the same compelling mix of history and fantasy as Emma Bull. She blends historical and fictional characters to great effect; although the story is packed with suspense, romance, violence, and action, the psychologically deep, larger-than-life characters drive the narrative. Bull's spare use of magic and sorcery adds a welcome dimension to this often-told story.(December 2008)

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston - The world's biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate William North Hazelius. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of Heaven? (December 2008) author page

Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove - Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored territory. It is a new world indeed: ripe for discovery, for plunder, and eventually for colonization—but will its settlers destroy the very wonders they had journeyed to Atlantis to find? (December 2008) author page

Our American KingOur American King by David Lozell Martin - When America fell, she fell hard. Now chaos and calamity fill the vacuum left by a collapsing federal government. (December 2008) Read review

coverGods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips - The Greek gods are alive, sharing a London house and wreaking inadvertent havoc on mortals in this hilarious debut. The 12 gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse -- and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs. Even more disturbing, their powers are waning.(December 2008) author page

Inside Straight by George R. R. Martin - The newest Wild Cards mosaic novel marks a new beginning for the long-running saga. (November 2008)

Duma Key by Stephen King - A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. His marriage suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. (October 2008) author page

The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien - (October 2008)

The Adventures of Amir Hamza by Ghalib Lakhnavi - This Islamic saga dates back hundreds of years, perhaps to as early as the seventh century, when oral narratives of the deeds of the prophet Muhammad’s uncle Amir Hamza spread through Arabia, Persia, and the Indian subcontinent, expanding into a marvelous chronicle of warriors, kings, tricksters, fairies, courtesans, and magical creatures. The definitive one-volume Urdu text by Ghalib Lakhnavi and Abdullah Bilgrami appeared toward the end of the nineteenth century, but English translations of this text have always been censored and abridged–until now. (October 2008)

Confessor by Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth series. (September 2008)

Making Money by Terry Pratchet - confidence trickster Moist von Lipwig, who reorganized the Ankh-Morpork Post Office in 2004's Going Postal, turns his attention to the Royal Mint in this new Discworld adventure. (September 2008) author page

coverThe Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg - Set in Denmark in the here and now, The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt. Wanted for tax evasion and on the verge of extradition, Krone is drafted into the service of a mysterious order of nuns who promise him reprieve from the international authorities in return for his help safeguarding a group of children with mystical abilities—abilities that Krone also shares. When one of the children goes missing, Krone sets off to find the young girl and bring her back. (September 2008) author page

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill - A collection of award-winning creepy stories. (September 2008)

coverAlex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress - A smart, funny mixture of fantasy and high adventure, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman tells the story of Alex Morningside, an inquisitive ten-and-a-half-year-old girl who lives with her uncle above a doorknob shop. A student at the prestigious Wigpowder-Steele Academy, Alex is often mistaken for a boy because of her bowl haircut, but that’s okay -- she has an excellent sense of humor. (August 2008) Read review

Acacia: Book One: The War With the Mein by David Anthony Durham - Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends. He hopes that he might change this, but powerful forces stand in his way. And then a deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while they unleash surprise attacks across the empire. (August 2008)

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning - (August 2008) author page

Awesome Lavratt by Ann Wilkes - In the spirit of the cult classic "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams: Beautiful Aranna Navna plans to conquer the galaxy one planet at a time. (July 2008)

Thursday Next by Jasper FfordeThursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde - Beloved for his prodigious imagination, his satirical gifts, his literate humor, and sheer silliness, Jasper Fforde has delighted book lovers since Thursday Next first appeared in The Eyre Affair, a genre send-up hailed as an instant classic. Since the no-nonsense literary detective from Swindon made her debut, literature has never been quite the same. (July 2008) author page

Mathematicians in Love by Rudy Rucker (July 2008) author page

The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker - This is the Kage Baker novel everyone has been waiting for: the conclusion to the story of Mendoza and The Company. (July 2008)

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey - Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stamping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over in the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment; a seemingly simple exorcism. Trouble is, the more he discovers about the ghost in the archive, the more things refuse to add up. (June 2008)

Spook County by William Gibson - Perfect followup to Pattern Recognition... (June 2008) author page

The Dark River by John Twelve Hawks - This next book in The Traveler series opens in New York City with a stunning piece of news. Gabriel’s father, who has been missing for nearly twenty years, may still be alive and trapped somewhere in Europe. (June 2008) author page

The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi - In a dazzling follow-up to The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi explores the thin wall between myth and reality through the alternating tales of two young women and their search for the truth about faith and identity. (June 2008) author page

The Pesthouse by Jim Crace - Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. The machines have stopped. The government has collapsed. Farmlands lie fallow and the soil is contaminated by toxins. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe. A man and a woman trek across a devastated and dangerous landscape, finding strength in each other and an unexpected love. (May 2008) Read review

Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey - Fifth book in her Kushiel's Legacy series, volume two of her Imriel fantasy trilogy (May 2008) author page

The Society of S by Susan Hubbard - An ingenious twist on a beloved genre, this satisfying and beautifully constructed novel blends humor and horror to show that vampires are not just blood-sucking creatures of the night – they can be gentle, vegetarian and wise. (April 2008)

Born in Death by J.D. Robb - (April 2008)

The Aftermath by Ben Bova - Book Four in the Asteroid Wars - (April 2008) author page

Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon - The newest Dark-Hunter® novel tells the tale of an ex-god in search of revenge, a servant of Atermis out to stop him, deadly enemies at every turn, a plot that may very well end the world. (April 2008) About Us| Last Modified | Join Newsletter | Contact Us | ©1998-2009