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  1. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    13 Bullets
    Authors: David Wellington
    Year: 2007-05-22
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Pages: 320
    All the official reports say they are deadÑextinct since the late ?80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise.

    When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignmentÑwho else? He?s been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don?t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can.

    Caxton is out of her league on this case and more than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out. But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just her blood. They want her for a reason, one she can?t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won?t say; a reason she has to find outÑor die trying.

    Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.

    Helix
    Authors: Eric Brown
    Year: 2007-05-22
    Publisher: Solaris
    Pages: 512
    Helix is a fast-paced action adventure novel following the plight of four humans when they crashland on what they think is a desolate, ice-bound planet. Daylight brings the discovery that the planet is one of thousands arranged in a vast spiral wound about a central sun. They set off to discover a more habitable, Earth-like world and come across strange races of aliens, and life-threatening perils, on their way.

    Kildar
    Authors: John Ringo
    Year: 2007-05-22
    Publisher: Baen
    Pages: 496
    Problems, problems, problems! All Mike Harmon ever wanted to be was a SEAL. But after problems in the teams, college student was a decent second best. However, trouble seemed to follow him where he went. Now, after having angered every terrorist on Earth and at least five governments, buying a farm in a third world country was looking pretty good. Of course, nothing was ever simple. With Chechen terrorists knocking on the door and tenant farmers with a truly Byzantine culture, the question was whether he could drag the keldara into the 21st century before the Chechen put them back in the 6th. Kildar answers the question: Where would an international security specialist and former SEAL choose to retire-if he's going to buy the farm, it should be one with beautiful women and the best beer in the world. Valhalla on Earth complete with Vikings.

    Resonance
    Authors: Chris Dolley
    Year: 2007-05-22
    Publisher: Baen
    Pages: 448
    Graham Smith is a 33 year-old office messenger. To the outside world he's an obsessive-compulsive mute ? weird but harmless. But to Graham Smith, it's the world that's weird. And far from harmless. He sees things others can't . . . or won't. He knows that roads can change course, people disappear, office blocks migrate across town. All at night when no one's looking. The world's an unstable place, still growing, sloughing off layers of reality like dead skin. One day you drive by, and it's changed. Annalise Mercado hears voices, all from girls calling themselves Annalise. Sometimes she thinks they're spirit guides, sometimes she thinks she's crazy. But then they start telling her about Graham Smith and the men who want to kill him. That's when they meet. So begins the story of two people whose lives are fragmented across alternate realities. And how they hold the key to the future of a billion planets. . . .

    Retief's Peace
    Authors: William H. Keith
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    [I am tempted to read this because there is a giant frog on the cover! Is that wrong?]

    That is so not wrong :D
  3. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    This is about half of the ones for this next week. I'll get the rest up later tonight. [face_tired]

    A Fine and Private Place
    Authors: Peter S. Beagle
    Year: 2007-05-28
    Publisher: Tachyon Publications
    Pages: 296

    Conversing in a mausoleum with the dead, an eccentric recluse is tugged back into the world by a pair of ghostly lovers bearing an extraordinary gift?the final chance for his own happiness. When challenged by a faithless wife and aided by a talking raven, the lives of the living and the dead may be renewed by courage and passion, but only if not belatedly. Told with an elegiac wisdom, this delightful tale of magic and otherworldly love is a timeless work of fantasy imbued with hope and wonder. After multiple printings since 1960, this newest edition will contain the author's recent revisions and will stand as the definitive version of an ageless classic.

    Aliens: Cauldron: Adrift in Space, Terror is Born Again
    Authors: Diane Carey
    Year: 2007-05-28
    Publisher: DH Press
    Pages: 275
    On the spaceship Umiak, an elite troupe of cadets is forced into servitude by an unscrupulous captain commanding the ship to a smuggler?s rendezvous. During the transaction aboard the eerily silent Virginia, the cadets unwittingly transport an unexpected cargo: a hive of hibernating aliens. As the aliens begin to awake, a terrifying battle erupts between the cadets, the smugglers, the captain, and the emergent monsters. The cadets soon realize that in space, no one can hear them scream.

    Barking
    Authors: Tom Holt
    Year: 2007-05-28
    Publisher: Hodder Audio
    Pages: 352
    Monsters are roaming the streets of London. Of course, some monsters are scarier than others: Unicorns? Not a problem. Vampires? Big deal. Werewolves. Ho hum. Lawyers??Aaargh! Duncan's boss doesn't think he's cut out to be a lawyer. He isn't a pack animal. He lacks the killer instinct. But when his best friend from school barges his way back into Duncan's life, along with a full supporting cast of lawyers, ex-wives, zombies, and snow-white unicorns, it's not long before things become distinctly unsettling. Hairy, even.

    Far From Nothing
    Authors: Zoltan Boszormenyi
    Year: 2007-05-28
    Publisher: Exile Editions
    Pages: 185
    Ripe with love, money, and power, the story of 35-year-old Rudolf?set in a fast-paced, urban environment?begs the question Do we only think we exist? Rudolf and his wife work day and night hoping for a better life?he is a philosophy graduate student and the manager of a car dealership. He also keeps up a heart-wrenching relationship with the chic Wanda. Then there is Nina, who studies logic but is secretly a prostitute, and Alfred, owner of a car-leasing company, seemingly upright, but actually an embezzler. Each character conceals something. Be it in Hungary or North America, the craving for existential clarity remains strong.

    Harvest of Changelings
    Authors: Warren Rochelle
    Year: 2007-05-28
    Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press
    Pages: 320
    Although the familiar themes of fantasy are present in this novel, the characters are not princes or sorcerers but ordinary people with seemingly ordinary lives. Ben Tyson, a librarian, met and loved Valeria, a fairy woman; but her death left Ben to raise their child, Malachi, alone. The two of them lived a fairly ordinary life until Malachi turned 10 and began to manifest previously unknown powers. Now the lords of Fairy have called home the changelings they left in the universe generations ago, waking up long-dormant DNA and changeling blood. More than a straightforward fantasy novel, this tale?s underlining current deals with people that are different?physically, mentally, and in their choice of lifestyle.
  4. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Some more...still not done yet. [face_tired]

    It Dreams in Me
    Authors: Kathleen O'Neal Gear
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: Forge Books
    Pages: 256
    Sora, the High Chieftess of the Black Falcon Nation, has been banished by her own people until she can find healing for her broken spirit. Her seductive, murderous rampages have led to war with nearby clans and caused dissension in her own, as well. If another body was to turn up, Sora will certainly be blamed--even her own clan will demand her death. Now facing her thirty-third winter, she and her husband Flint are wandering the land searching frantically for the means to cure her shattered soul.

    In the wake of the Eagle Flute Village massacre, Red Raven witnessed a woman murder Chief Short Tail of the Loon people in an exotic ritual. As word spreads, more people want Sora found and killed, but there is still hope to heal her . . . she must find her reflection-soul. But Short Tail's shadow-soul managed to find a home in his last breath, and, hell-bent on revenge, he'll do anything to put an end to Sora's life.

    Key to Conflict
    Authors: Talia Gryphon
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: Ace
    Pages: 336
    Meet Gillian Key-a paramortal psychologist who can treat the mental distress of nonhumans. And she's a Marine Special Forces operative who can get physical with them when the situation calls for it.
    Gillian's two worlds collide when she travels to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania to counsel a dangerously attractive local master vampire-and becomes embroiled in a brewing turf war with the legendary Dracula.

    Magic Lost, Trouble Found
    Authors: Lisa Shearin
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: Ace
    Pages: 352
    Raine Benares is a Sorceress Seeker of average ability until she comes into possession of an amulet that amplifies her powers-and her enemies.

    Maledicte
    Authors: Lane Robins
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: del Rey
    Pages: 464
    From a dazzling new voice in fantasy comes a mesmerizing tale of treachery, passion, intrigue, betrayal, and an act of pure vengeance that threatens to bring down a kingdom.


    Seething with decadent appetites unchecked by law or gods, the court of Antyre is ruled by the last of a dissolute aristocracy. But now to the kingdom comes a handsome, enigmatic nobleman, Maledicte, whose perfect manners, enchanting charisma, and brilliant swordplay entice the most jaded tastes . . . and conceal a hunger beyond reckoning.

    For Maledicte is actually a woman named Miranda?a beautiful thief raised in the city?s vicious slums. And she will do anything?even promise her soul to Black-Winged Ani, the most merciless of Antyre?s exiled gods?to reclaim Janus, the lover whose passion still haunts her dreams. As her machinations strike at the heart of Antyre?s powerful noble houses, Miranda must battle not only her own growing bloodlust, but also her lover?s newly kindled and ruthless ambitions. As Ani?s force grows insatiable and out of control, Miranda has no choice but to wield a weapon that may set her free . . . or forever doom her and everything she holds dear.

    Offspring
    Authors: Jack Ketchum
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: Leisure
    Pages: 352

    Off Season (1980), the tale of a cannibal holocaust in rural Maine, established Ketchum as a writer of hardcore horror and cultivated ground where Splatterpunk fiction eventually took root. This sequel, first published as a paperback original in 1991, reprises characters and themes from its predecessor and far too much of the grisly plot. Survivors of the feral flesh-eating clan, who were all but destroyed at the end of the first novel, are back and chowing their way through the locals again. Amy Halbard and Claire
  5. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    And still more...And that's not all! There's a bunch that come out on Friday as well. I'll get those up hopefully tomorrow night.

    The Grays
    Authors: Whitley Strieber
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: Forge Books
    Pages: 384
    We are not alone. Millions of people are confronting aliens that authorities say do not exist. Whitley Strieber?author of the legendary, #1 bestselling book Communion, which details his own close encounters?now returns to the riddle of aliens with The Grays.

    A triumvirate of Grays, known as the Three Thieves, has occupied a small Kentucky town for decades--abducting its residents and manipulating fates and bloodlines in hopes of creating an ultra-intelligent human being. Nine-year-old Conner Callahan will face the ultimate terror as he struggles to understand who he has been bred to be and what he must do to save humanity.
    Though the Grays have slowly begun to make themselves known, Colonel Michael Wilkes, the head of a select group of government and military officials that have been monitoring the aliens, will do anything in his power to keep them a secret. Wilkes will set in motion a sinister plan to ensure the survival of humanity,
    but at what cost?

    The fate of the human race lies with one woman, Lauren Glass. Her uncanny ability to communicate with the aliens and her relationship with the last remaining captive gray may be the only way to save humankind.

    The Grays is a mind-bending journey behind the curtain of secrecy that surrounds the subject of aliens, written by the field?s great master. If you?ve never so much as thought about the subject before, this book will make you think deeply, not only about the mystery of who the Grays are, but who exactly we are.

    The Sea Change
    Authors: Patricia Bray
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: Spectra
    Pages: 464
    Between a mysterious past and a treacherous future lies one lost man?and a magic that has changed the world forever?.

    After years of exile, shattered dreams, and confusion, Josan has finally discovered he is not the simple monk he appeared to be. Nor is he the victim of a mysterious fever, as he was led to believe. Instead his soul had been magically shifted into the body of the condemned Prince Lucius, leader of a failed rebellion against the rightful monarchs of the kingdom of Ikaria. And though Josan is the dominant personality in that body, the remnants of Lucius?s mind grow stronger each day.

    When the Ikarian royal family is slaughtered in a bloody assassination, Josan/Lucius is not only the prime suspect but the sole remaining legitimate heir to the throne. With Ikaria in chaos, can Josan clear himself from suspicion in time to keep the wolves from the door? And can he ever integrate the two souls that now inhabit a single body?

    Transformers
    Authors: Alan Dean Foster
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: del Rey
    Pages: 304
    OUR WORLD. THEIR WAR.

    They once lived on a distant planet, which was destroyed by the ravages of war?a war waged between the legions who worship chaos and those who follow freedom. In search of a powerful energy source that is essential to the survival of their race, they have now come to Earth. They are among us, silent, undetected, waiting to reveal themselves, for good or evil.

    The Decepticons will stop at nothing to seize the coveted prize, even if it means the destruction of countless human lives. The only things standing in their way: the Autobots and a handful of determined men and women who realize that when it comes to this advanced race of machines, there is much more than meets the eye. With forces mounting for the ultimate showdown, the future of humankind hangs in the balance.

    White Corridor
    Authors: Christopher Fowler
    Year: 2007-05-29
    Publisher: Bantam
    Pages: 352
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    [:D] You're amazing. I don't tell you that often enough.
  7. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    [face_dancing]

    A House in Istria (New Directions Paperbook)
    Authors: Richard Swartz , Anna Paterson
    Year: 2007-06-01
    Publisher: New Directions
    Pages: 224
    A wild and quixotic novel about real estate, marriage, and obsession.

    A House in Istria is a crazily comic novel about a man, his long-suffering wife, and his fixation with buying the abandoned house next door. But, in this Croatian region of Istria, the neighbors frown upon the husband as a Westerner who knows nothing about Balkan history or the area's deep blood feuds. "Forget that house," they tell him: "It's not for sale."

    A Thousand Deaths
    Authors: George Alec Effinger
    Year: 2007-06-01
    Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press
    Pages: 365
    This volume of science fiction thrillers contains a novel and seven short stories centered on the semi-autobiographical character Sandor Courane. The collection?s feature novel, In the Wolves of Memory, paints a world where Earth?s governing body, the Representatives, has relinquished control to an increasingly intelligent and self-aware computer known as TECT. Deemed a social misfit and banished from Earth to Planet D for his inability to fall in line, Sandor finds the new planet?s idyllic environment and fulfilling lifestyle to his liking?at first. Upon discovering that all of the inhabitants of Planet D succumb to an insidious, debilitating disease, Sandor embarks on a race against time to discover the meaning behind Planet D, the motives of TECT, and the mysterious malady. Utilizing a unique approach with the use of flashbacks, this powerful story, with poignant and sardonic tones, is a heartrending display of one man?s pain and absolution.

    Adept
    Authors: Robert Finn
    Year: 2007-06-01
    Publisher: Snowbooks
    Pages: 428

    It's a strange sort of robbery: On the surface, nothing is missing, and the only damage done is to the criminals. David Braun, star investigator for an exclusive insurance firm, is called on by his client-the sinister owner of the building-to find a priceless object that, to the outside world, was never meant to exist.

    In turning to American academic Susan Milton, an expert from the London School of Antiquities, he finds a friend and ally to help him make sense of the situation and unpick the mystery. Together they discover the truth that the crime was intended to conceal. Behind it all, a ruthless thief, who is intent on acquiring a priceless antique-an antique with a bloody history its owners would prefer to keep hidden. Risking their lives, they expose a horrifying secret that's centuries old-but the discovery makes them the target of a ruthless killer the police find impossible to catch. With time running out, David and Susan race to uncover the killer's true objective even as he closes in on them . . .

    Burning Bridges
    Authors: Laura Anne Gilman
    Year: 2007-06-01
    Publisher: Luna
    Pages: 352
    Wren Valere used to be almost invisible. But now she's not only being seen, she's getting involved.

    Recent attacks against nonhuman Fatae have escalated into hate crimes against magic users in general?humans included. With the Mage Council distracted by internal power struggles, Wren is guilted into stepping up as spokesperson for the fragilely united Fatae and lonejack communities?.

    And, because the cosmos deems her without enough complications, her partner-lover Sergei is drowning in his own problems. But not only can't she help him?she's the cause.

    With lives on the line?including her own?Wren's going to have to break the lonejack credo, ditch her long-cherished invisibility and take a stand.

    But burning bridges can be deadly?.

    Crimson Fire
    Authors: Holly Taylor
    Year: 2007-06-01
    Publish
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    Cell
    Authors: Stephen King
    Year: 2007-06-05
    Publisher: Debolsillo
    Pages: 448

    THERE'S A REASON CELL RHYMES WITH HELL. There are one hundred and ninety-three million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? Stephen King's utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't just ask the question "Can you hear me now?" It answers it with a vengeance.

    Chanur's Endgame
    Authors: C. J. Cherryh
    Year: 2007-06-05
    Publisher: DAW
    Pages: 720
    This omnibus contains the final two Chanur novels, Chanur's Homecoming and Chanur's Legacy. This groundbreaking series chronicles the compelling first contact between humans and multiple alien races, and is noted for its unique viewpoint: that of the alien protagonists.

    Daughter of The Blood: Book 1 of The Black Jewels Trilogy
    Authors: Anne Bishop
    Year: 2007-06-05
    Publisher: Roc Trade
    Pages: 384
    Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence-and corruption.
    Whoever controls the Queen controls the darkness. Three men-sworn enemies-know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love-and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining...


    Galactic North
    Authors: Alastair Reynolds
    Year: 2007-06-05
    Publisher: Ace Hardcover
    Pages: 336
    Set in the Revelation Space universe-the first short story collection by "one of SF's best and most ambitious novelists." (SFX)
    With eight short stories and novellas- including three original to this collection- Galactic North imparts the centuries-spanning events that have produced the dark and turbulent world of Revelation Space.

    Centuries from now, the basic right to expand human intelligence-beyond its natural limits-has become a war-worthy cause for the Demarchists and Conjoiners. Only vast lighthugger starships bind these squabbling colonies together, manned by the panicky and paranoid Ultras. And the hyperpigs just try to keep their heads down.

    The rich get richer. And everyone tries not to think about the worrying number of extinct alien civilizations turning up on the outer reaches of settled space...because who's to say that humanity won't be next?

    Set in the Revelation Space universe-the first short story collection by "one of SF's best and most ambitious novelists."

    Dead Easy
    Authors: Wm. Mark Simmons
    Year: 2007-06-05
    Publisher: Baen
    Pages: 416

    What do you get when you mix a squid-headed Ancient One, a mystical force-five hurricane, Rasputin's privates, the city of New Orleans, and an undead Captain Nemo? Christopher Cséjthe is back, and is going to find out, whether he wants to or not, in Dead Easy: An underwater Mardi Gras of epic proportions complete with an army of drowned vampire zombies and a Lovecraftian take on Gidget and the Creature From The Black Lagoon . . .

    Hood
    Authors: Stephen Lawhead
    Year: 2007-06-05
    Publisher: WestBow Press
    Pages: 496
    Robin Hood

    The Legend Begins Anew

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

    Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger
  10. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    I [face_love] Edward, so tell me what happens :D

    The Black Jewels Trilogy and the two books that go with it are, IMO, the best of her work and really brilliant.

    The Hood book looks pretty interesting :D
  11. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    So I read through the Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton.

    Meh. I am torn about the book. It was way better in that it wasn't a romance novel (minor sex scenes, but one can deal with those). It kinda destroyed Richard though. I was a big fan of Richard and I kept hoping she'd write him as coming around and that didn't happen. :(

    Also, Edward was there, but not used a whole lot. Seemed kinda pointless to have him there. I dunno. :(
  12. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    Meh. Not a big J-C fan, but I like Richard and Edward. Don't like Anita :p
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    An Unexpected Apprentice
    Authors: Jody Lynn Nye
    Year: 2007-06-12
    Publisher: TOR Books
    Pages: 400
    Binding: hc
    Halfling Tildi Summerbee has led a typical, unexciting life, tending the house for her brothers while they manage the family farm. Her days are boring, but happy...until a Thraik attack decimates her family.

    In an effort to provide for Tildi, the town's leaders prepare an arranged marriage and take control of her farm's assets. After all, a female halfling is incapable of handling such matters on her own.

    Tildi sees things differently.

    In order to escape her arranged marriage and overcome the prejudices against the "weaker" sex, she decides to pass herself off as a man. Assuming the guise of her brother Teldo, Tildi disappears into the night. She plans to accept Teldo's position as an apprentice to a great wizard.

    But she soon finds that the rest of the world isn't very welcoming to halflings. And that she is surrounded by fantastic dangers.

    Dangers that are more than a match for a wizard's apprentice.

    Darkness of the Light
    Authors: Peter David
    Year: 2007-06-12
    Publisher: TOR Books
    Pages: 384
    Binding: hc
    Peter David, a creative force in television, and a bestselling author of comics and novels, has created a fantasy world sure to delight his legions of readers. The Damned Worldonce known simply as Earthhas become home to twelve races, each of which has fought the others for survival for generations beyond memory. These races, in the earliest days of humanity, had been the basis for Cyclopes, Vampires, Mermen, and other creatures of human myth and legend. But humanity has been hunted into near extinction, and only the legends live on, locked in mortal combat. And they all live in awe and fear of the all-powerful Overseer, whose authority none dare challenge. However, a new spirit has arisen among those sick of war and tired of living in fear. Some believe that it is possible for the races to become allies instead of enemies. With this new spirit has come a time of possibility, of change. Several of the races seek the legendary Orb of Light, believing it can provide an ultimate solution to all problems. The search for it will ensnare the fates of various individuals, including a human woman, Jepp; Karsen and his family of Bottom Feeders; and a desperate one-eyed leader in a kingdom of the blindnone of whom realize that the Orb was once known by a much more ominous name, or that acquiring it could lead to their complete destruction.

    Legacy Of Wolves: The Inquisitives, Book 3
    Authors: Marsheila Rockwell
    Year: 2007-06-12
    Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
    Pages: 320
    Binding: pb
    Explore the dark under-belly of Eberron with it's version of the private detective - The Inquisitives!

    A series of grisly murders has shaken the small city of Aruldusk. Both the Church and the Crown send in agents to investigate. But when the body count continues to rise, these rival factions will have to learn to work together to track down the killers -- even if it means hunting through the highest reaches of power.

    Mainspring
    Authors: Jay Lake
    Year: 2007-06-12
    Publisher: TOR Books
    Pages: 320
    Binding: hc
    Jay Lake?s first trade novel is an astounding work of creation. Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears around the lamp of the Sun. It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up into the sky, and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equatorial gears of the Earth itself.

    Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring
  14. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    The first one looks good.

    But I'm SOOOO excited that []iKushiel's Justice[/i] is out!!! I'm on my library's waiting list (but it'll probably come in while I'm gone :( ). I just adore these books and I'm DYING to know what happens!!!
  15. JediTrilobite Force Ghost

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    I picked up Soon I Will Be Invincible, which was a very fun read.
  16. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Not a lot this week, and the ones listed don't have descriptions. I dunno what is up.

    Acacia: A Novel
    Authors: David Anthony Durham
    Year: 2007-06-19
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Pages: 624
    Binding: hc
    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, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while they unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to their separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire?this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    ACACIA is a thrilling work of literary imagination that creates an all-enveloping and mythic world that will carry readers away. It is a timeless tale of heroism and betrayal, of treachery and revenge, of primal wrongs and ultimate redemption. David Durham has reimagined the epic narrative for our time in a book that will surely mark his breakthrough to a wide audience.

    Lisey's Story: A Novel
    Authors: Stephen King
    Year: 2007-06-19
    Publisher: Pocket
    Pages: 720
    Binding: tp
    In the two years since her husband Scott's sudden death, professors and collectors mad to lay their hands on his unpublished manuscripts and letters, those of one of the most successful and lauded writers of his generation, have besieged Lisey (rhymes with CeeCee) Landon. The last of them, initially ingratiating, wound up threatening her. That decided her to prepare Scott's papers for donation to an appropriate archive. In the midst of doing that, she gets an answering machine message, then a telephone call and a written note, as well as a dead cat in the mailbox, from a grammatically challenged man who says he'll "hurt [her] places you didn't let the boys to touch at the junior high dances." Fortunately, she's been hearing Scott's voice lately, more than in recollection, and it leads her back to a place, another dimension, that he'd told her about but that she'd forgotten. The boy Scott and his long-dead brother went there to escape their sometimes psychopathic father; the grown-up Scott, to heal from many wounds, including those from a shooting that would have been fatal if Lisey hadn't intervened. It is paradisiacally beautiful but dangerous at night, when weird, savage creatures hunt in it. In this long, often long-feeling, utterly Stephen Kingish novel, Scott's strange and eventful past is thoroughly recovered, and Lisey's strength is revealed and confirmed, though not before the maniac does indeed hurt her. The book is also, perhaps, a parable about love and imagination that affirms love as the more salvific of the two.

    Red Handed
    Authors: Gena Showalter
    Year: 2007-06-19
    Publisher: MTV
    Pages: 288
    Binding: pb
    She's been chosen to fight the elusive enemy among us....

    Phoenix Germaine has been trying to earn back her mother's trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn -- the drug of choice for New Chicago teens. But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she's brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Hello, reform school.

    Except, what her mother doesn't know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency, where she'll learn to fi
  17. Space_Wolf Force Ghost

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    Thanks for doing this. It's put me on the trail of an author that I've not read before but whos books I might find interesting....and I managed to find Dennis Mckeirnan's new book because of this!
  18. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    You're welcome! Most of the time I wonder if anyone besides NYCGirl and I read this, so thank you for letting me know that others do as well. :)
  19. Space_Wolf Force Ghost

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    I've only just found it or I would have been here before. :)
  20. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    It's a really amazing thread and horsey does such a fabulous job keeping it up. I'm glad I'm not the only other one in here :)
  21. StarWarsFreak444 Force Ghost

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    I agree with Nat :)

    The Bone Key sounds like a great book, I'll definitly check that out.

    Thanks Lisa for always taking your time to compile the list of books that come out every week [:D] I appreciate it, it saves time for me so I don't have to look somewhere else :p
  22. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    This is going to come in parts cuz there are a bunch this week. Why do book always come out at the end of the month and the beginning of the month?

    Bitterwood
    Authors: James Maxey
    Year: 2007-06-26
    Publisher: Solaris
    Pages: 416
    Binding: pb
    In the distant future?year 1070 of the Dragon Age, to be exact?Earth has been commandeered by dragons, who subject their human inferiors to lives of misery and squalor, either as slaves or pets. Human Bant Bitterwood, consumed with thoughts of vengeance against the dragons he believes murdered his family, goes on a dragon-killing spree that makes him a folk hero among the oppressed human populace. When Bitterwood slays the dragons' crown prince, Bodiel, their king vows to exterminate humankind?the only way he can be certain of victory over Bitterwood. To that end, the king enlists his murderous brother Blasphiel to build a city that will serve as humanity's abattoir. Maxey's world is stunningly imaginative, a landscape both familiar and alien, and packed with thoughtful treats for readers. Skillfully examining themes of faith, martyrdom and heroism, Maxey maintains an unflagging believability even while borrowing some of the most generic elements from science fiction and fantasy. The dragons are wonderfully written, as is the tormented hero; it is almost a shame that the story is so self-contained, as many readers will pine for a whole series of Dragon Age titles.

    Blood Drive
    Authors: Jeanne C. Stein
    Year: 2007-06-26
    Publisher: Ace
    Pages: 304
    Binding: tp
    Anna Strong was a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, until the night she was attacked-and changed forever.
    Now a vampire, Anna discovers that her long-dead brother may have had a daughter-and the girl's in serious trouble. There are some very dangerous people after her, but they're about to learn that to a bounty hunter with an unnatural thirst for blood, even the deadliest human predators are easy prey.

    Bridge of the Separator
    Authors: Harry Turtledove
    Year: 2007-06-26
    Publisher: Baen
    Pages: 496
    Binding: pb
    Rhavas was a good, holy, and pious man-and the cousin of the Avtokrator. He would probably have become ecumenical patriarch of the Empire in the capital, Videssos the city . . . if his world had not suddenly and tragically fallen apart when the Empire of Videssos erupted into civil war and the Khamorth barbarians swarm over the borders. As the home he loved was brutally sacked, Rhavas had to flee for his life, then make his way through lands swarming with fierce nomads and with soldiers loyal both to his cousin and to the rebel. He may never see Videssos the city again, let alone preside in its High Temple. He has always followed Phos, the god of light and goodness, Videssos' god, and despised evil rival Skotos. Those who fall off the Bridge of the Separator during judgment in the afterlife tumble down to Skotes' ice forevermore. But when evil seems to have swallowed the whole world, what is a cleric who reverences logic as well as goodness supposed to believe? It's a harder question than Rhavas wishes it were . . . particularly when he discovers that his wishes-or curses-now can kill. Has evil Skotos chosen Rhavas as his agent? And can Rhavas resist the temptation to strike anyone down who gets in his way?

    Firebird
    Authors: R. Garcia y Robertson
    Year: 2007-06-26
    Publisher: Tor Fantasy
    Pages: 384
    Binding: pb
    In the fantastic land of Markovy east of Europe, in the Iron Wood filled with werewolves and other unpleasant creatures, in the house of the dreaded Bone Witch, lives a young orphan girl named Aria. Her life is changed forever when a foreign knight, Sir Roye de Roye, enters the forest pursued by enemies, carrying with him the most precious artifact of the kingdom, the egg of t
  23. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Some more for this week...

    The Disunited States of America
    Authors: Harry Turtledove
    Year: 2007-06-26
    Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
    Pages: 288
    Binding: pb

    Time travel doesn't work. You can't go backward or forward; you're stuck at "now". What you can do is travel sideways, to the same "now" in another timeline where history turned out differently.

    So far, only our home timeline has figured out how to do that. We use it to conduct discreet trading operations in less advanced timelines, selling goods just a little bit better than the locals can make. It's profitable, but families who work as Time Traders have to be careful to fit in, lest the locals become suspicious.

    Justin's family are Time Traders. The summer before he's due to start college, he goes with them to a different Virginia, in a timeline where the American states never became a single country, and American history has consisted of a series of small wars. Despite his unease, he accompanies Randolph Brooks, another Time Trader, on a visit to the tiny upland town of Elizabeth, Virginia. He'll only be away from his parents for a few days.

    Beckie Royer thanks her stars that she's from California, the most prosperous and advanced country in North America. But just now she's in Virginia with her grandmother, who wants to revisit the tiny mountain town where she grew up. The only interesting thing there is a boy named Justin--and he'll be gone soon.

    Then war between Virginia and Ohio breaks out anew. Ohio sets a tailored virus loose on Virginia. Virginia swiftly imposes a quarantine, trapping Beckie and Justin and Randolph Brooks in Elizabeth. Even Crosstime Traffic can't help. All the three of them can do is watch as plague and violence take over the town.

    It's nothing new in history, not in this timeline or any other. It's part of the human condition. And just now, this part of the human condition sucks.

    The Forsaken: A Vampire Huntress Legend
    Authors: L. A. Banks
    Year: 2007-06-26
    Publisher: St. Martin?s Paperbacks
    Pages: 544
    Binding: pb
    The Chairman of the Vampire Council is dead. Lilith, the consort of the Unnamed One, and the Unnamed One himself are out for revenge against Vampire Huntress Damali Richards and her lover, Carlos Rivera. A ruthless and carefully planned strategy has been developed?one that is powerful enough to destroy them both while the fate of the world hangs in the balance?

    THE FORSAKEN

    Now there is only one entity who can best Damali, send Carlos packing, and put the Guardian team at mortal risk. This powerful being was once banished into a forsaken land and possesses everything that would bring a Neteru to his or her knees. Now it?s not only Damali?s soul that she risks losing?but her heart?.

    The Greener Shore: A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia
    Authors: Morgan Llywelyn
    Year: 2007-06-26
    Publisher: del Rey
    Pages: 320
    Binding: tp
    At last, the haunting sequel to Morgan Llywelyn?s phenomenal epic Druids. The Greener Shore unfurls the story of a brave and mystical people who learned to manipulate the forces of nature?in order to control magic.

    As druids in Celtic Gaul, they had been the harmonious soul of their tribe, the Carnutes. But when Julius Caesar and his army invaded and conquered their homeland, the great druid Ainvar and his clan fled for their lives, taking with them the ancient knowledge. Guided by a strange destiny, they found themselves drawn to a green island at the very rim of the world: Hibernia, home of the Gael.

    Here they would depend for survival on an embittered man who had lost his faith?and a remarkable woman who would find hers. Burning with hatred of the Romans, Ainvar can no longer command his magic. But his mantle falls on unexpected shoulders. In a beautiful, war-torn land of numerous kingdoms and belligerent tribes, A
  24. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    The Privledge of the Sword is good (at least, the second half is) but it's a little weird.

    Blood Drive ? Jeanne C. Stein

    Firebird ? R. Garcia y Robertson

    The Lies of Locke Lamora ? Scott Lynch


    Those all look really good :) No idea about the end/beginning of the month thing. Publicity reason, probably.
  25. StarWarsFreak444 Force Ghost

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    I like the sound of The Disunited States of America :) It seems like a good book, I might get that one

    The Haunting of Cambria sounds awesome and scary too. I'll see if I can reach that one :p

    Firebird looks nice indeed Nat, so many books so little time :(
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