Booktopia SF & Fantasy Buzz
February 2013 | Edition 2
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Welcome to the February SF & Fantasy Buzz

I don't know about you but I am sitting here wondering 'what happened to January?'  And now February too actually. The beginning of the year has passed way too quickly - especially given I have a NYR (New Year's Resolution) to read more, not less!

My pile of the 'To-Be-Read' continues to grow as this month sees a new book from Aussie great Traci Harding, a new Tiger and Del novel from Jennifer Robson and a very special anthology for the modern evil genius amongst us!

What I've just read:  A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan. Coming at last to this book is bitter sweet. A Memory of Light is a fitting end to the series that has shaped my taste in the genre.

What I'm reading now: I am finally reading Battle by Michelle West. It was a tough call to put this one aside to make room for the Jordan, but one was an ending while the other is the continuation of an amazing work in progress with more to come so...

What I'm reading next: At All Costs by David Weber. In an effort to catch up - at least a little - I've pulled this off the shelf and set it up on top of the 'To-Be-Read'. I love Weber, but I juggle so many books.

I love wading through all the new books each month, finding new authors to try and the new book in a series I have been reading. So let's get on with the show!

Kind regards

Mark Timmony
Booktopia's Sci-fi/Fantasy Guru

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BOOK OF THE MONTH
I lamented in the last Buzz that with the end of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, one of my ever present 'waiting for the next book' series was gone leaving a rather significant hole (after 20 years). Luckily Brett steps into that hole quite nicely - and while I in no way mean to compare his work with Jordan's (nor am I suggesting it will take him as long to finish) he is quickly and masterfully building an epic fantasy tale whose shadow is lengthening across the genre. With good reason.

If you liked books one and two in the series then you cannot possibly go past this one. In fact I know you must be chomping at the bit to get your hands on it. This is a gripping adventure and a brilliant series launching one of the most exciting new voices in fantasy fiction in a long time.

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THE DAYLIGHT WAR
by Peter V. Brett

Humanity is fighting back. Although the night still belongs to the demons that arise as the sun sets, new wards and weapons are giving those willing to fight in the darkness a chance to retaliate against their core-spawned enemies.

But, as humanity is about to learn, not all monsters are confined to the dark.

Civil war ravages the north and south, battles fought between those who should be working together. It is up to Arlen - the Painted Man - and Jardir - the self-proclaimed Shar'Dama Ka, the Deliverer - to put aside their differences and bring their people to terms if they are to have any chance of saving their civilisation from demon-rule.

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AUSTRALIAN FANTASY
Two of Australian Fantasy's most popular authors have books for us this month. Jennifer Fallon brings the second book of the Rift Runners series to paperback and Traci Harding embarks on an exotic new adventure set in ancient China.

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by Jennifer Fallon


Journey through a Britain where the Druids are the most powerful magical force on Earth. The second book in this exciting contemporary epic fantasy spanning different realities and alternate worlds, THE DARK DIVIDE takes us into the heart of family, loyalty and the choice between good and evil.

Time is running out for Rónán and his psychically-linked twin brother, Darragh. In two weeks, at the Autumn Solstice in their own reality, the Queen of the Faerie will transfer the Undivided power to the new-found heirs and the older twins will die. But Darragh is trapped in 2001 Dublin and Rónán in a reality where the Undivided are not Druids, but Shinto warriors.

The twins need to get home before the transfer takes place - not only to save their own lives, but to break the curse on Trása, who is destined to remain trapped by Marcroy Tarth's spell, and to rescue Hayley from the Faerie Lord's seductive embrace.

With Darragh caught in a reality without magic, and Ronan stranded in one with plenty of magic but no idea how to use it, the brothers must prove that even across realities, they truly are the Undivided.

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by Traci Harding


Dreaming of Zhou Gong is a beautiful story of Hudan, one of the mysterious Wu who lives on the sacred mountain of Li Shan. The Wu have been living in isolation for decades while the Shang Emperor and his enchantress have ruled the land. It has been a terrible time for the common people and the noble Ji brothers are keen to bring the emperor's arrogant bloodthirsty reign to an end. They believe an ancient prophecy has predicted the fall of the Shang emperor and they are keen to enact it, but first they must journey to the mountain and seek out the Wu.

When the Ji brothers join forces with the beautiful, enigmatic Hudan and her equally mysterious tiger sister, they begin a powerful journey of love and adventure.

But the Shang emperor is not their greatest threat. There is a dark curse that has plagued the rulers of the land for generations. And the mysterious Sons of the Sky who visit Hudan in her dreams have a plan to destroy it. Can Hudan trust them?

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ALTERNATE HISTORY - FANTASY
From the era of an alternate Second World War to the Elizabethan courts of 1593, to sensibilities of the Victorian era and (a very different) London of the 1750s, this month's selection of fantastical Alternate History runs the gauntlet of imagination gone wild - in the best possible way! 
THE COLDEST WAR
by Ian Tregillis

THE DEVIL'S LOOKING GLASS
by Mark Chadbourn
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For decades, Britain's warlocks have been all that stands between the British Empire and the Soviet Union - a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. Now each wizard's death is another blow to Britain's national security.

Meanwhile, a brother and sister - the subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities - escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. They head for England, because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him.

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The dreaded alchemist, magician and spy Dr John Dee is missing...Terror sweeps through the court of Queen Elizabeth, for in Dees possession is an obsidian mirror, an object of great power which legend says could set the world afire. And so the call goes out to celebrated swordsman, adventurer and rake Will Swyftefind Dee and his looking-glass, to return them to London before disaster strikes. But when Will discovers the mirror might solve the mystery that has haunted him for years - that of the fate of his lost love, Jenny - the stakes become acutely personal. 

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THE EMPEROR OF ALL THINGS
by Paul Witcover

GLAMOUR IN GLASS
by Mary Robinette Kowal
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The year is 1758. England is at war, embroiled in a globe-spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond. And now, after more than two years of military and diplomatic setbacks, the country itself is at risk. Across the Channel, the French prepare for an invasion - an invasion rumored to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie. It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn . . . again. Yet beneath the surface, behind the scenes, another war is raging - a war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself.

Daniel Quare is a journeyman in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, an ancient guild whose royal charter confers absolute authority over the manufacture of timepieces. But Quare is more than he seems. He is a Regulator, a member of an elite spy network within the guild - a network devoted to searching out and claiming for England's exclusive use any horological innovation that could conceivably result in an advantage for Britain over her adversaries, whether in business or in war.

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A loving tribute to the works of Jane Austen in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence.

"Glamour in Glass" follows the lives of beloved main characters Jane and Vincent, with a much deeper vein of drama and intrigue. In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent's concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon...to escaping it. Left with no outward salvation, Jane must persevere over her trying personal circumstances and use her glamour to rescue her husband from prison...and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country's war.

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DYSTOPIAN FANTASY
There is a lot of buzz surrounding this title, with some calling it Resident Evil meets The Hunger Games and The Passage, and everyone agreeing that it will keep you up reading long into the night - and wide awake when the lights go out!

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by Emily McKay


For Lily and her twin sister Mel there is only the Farm...It's a prison, a blood bank, a death camp - where fear and paranoia rule. But it's also home, of sorts. Because beyond the electric fence awaits a fate much, much worse. But Lily has a plan. She and Mel are going to escape - into the ravaged land outside, a place of freedom and chaos and horrors. Except Lily hasn't reckoned on two things: first, her sister's ability to control the horrors; and, secondly, on those out there who desperately want to find and control Mel. Mel's growing power might save the world, or utterly end it. But only Lily can protect Mel from what is to come...The Farm takes you into a terrifying future where civilization has ended, and leaves you there - fearful, gasping and begging to escape. stique

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EPIC FANTASY
Terry Brooks drops in format and Jennifer Robson of The Chronicles of the Cheysuli fame surprises us with the release of a new Tiger and Del novel. Now Ms Robson has been hard at work recently on the Karavans series (and if you haven't read that - omg! Go get it now!) and I had heard no whisper that she was also working on this one, however - Yay! More awesome stuff for us to read!

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by Terry Brooks


There was an age when the world was young. It was a time before the coming of humans, a time when magic was the dominant power - and it was named the age of Faerie. Ever since this time, a bitter war has been raging between the forces of good and evil. And it was during this age that the Elfstones protecting the Elven race disappeared. They have been missing for thousands of years. Now a clue to their location may have surfaced in the ancient diary of a princess, and it will be the beginning of an adventure that no-one could have anticipated.


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by Jennifer Roberson


For the first time in years, life seems settled for Tiger and Del. They run a school for sword-dancers in the South. They're raising a two-year-old daughter. They collect income from their interest in a thriving cantina. Occasionally Tiger must dance against sword-dancers bent on killing him for forsaking the oaths and vows of the circle, but for the most part it's an idyllic life. Until Tiger's twenty-five-year-old son accuses him of being "domesticated."

Thus challenged by his own flesh-and-blood to reclaim his legendary status, Tiger, accompanied by Del and his son, embarks on a journey northwards that will test his sword skill and resolve, and lead him and Del into danger from an old enemy. Though Tiger had forsaken his magic years before, he now faces the choice to reclaim it, and to wield it, in order to save those he loves. 


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A CROWN IMPERILLED by Raymond E. Feist
  ELSEWHENS
by Melanie Rawn
  THE AIR WAR
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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RANGE OF GHOSTS
by Elizabeth Bear
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by Aidan Harte
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by Marie Brennan
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URBAN FANTASY
This debut novel by C. Robert Cargill has been described as 'part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Torro, part William Burroughs'. They had me at 'hello'... 

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by C. Robert Cargill


Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond the veil, through the lives of Ewan and Colby, young men whose spirits have been enmeshed with the otherworld from a young age.

This brilliantly crafted narrative follows the boys from their star-crossed adolescences to their haunted adulthoods. Cargill's tour-de-force takes us inside the Limestone Kingdom, a parallel universe where whisky swilling genies and foul mouthed wizards argue over the state of the metaphysical realm.

Having left the spirit world and returned to the human world, Ewan and Colby discover that the creatures from this previous life have not forgotten them, and that fate can never be sidestepped.

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AMERICAN ELSEWHERE
by Robert Jackson Bennett

BETWEEN TWO THORNS
by Emma Newman
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Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things.

After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different...



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Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath's secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she's been born into?

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MOUNTAIN ECHOES
by C.E. Murphy

SHADOWS OF NIGHT
by Deborah Harkness
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Joanne Walker has survived an encounter with the Master at great personal cost, but now her father is missing--stolen from the timeline. She must finally return to North Carolina to find him--and to meet Aidan, the son she left behind long ago.

That would be enough for any shaman to face, but Joanne's beloved Appalachians are being torn apart by an evil reaching forward from the distant past. Anything that gets in its way becomes tainted--or worse.

And Aidan has gotten in the way.

Only by calling on every aspect of her shamanic powers can Joanne pull the past apart and weave a better future. It will take everything she has--and more.

Unless she can turn back time... 

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Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot. Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers... 

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STEAMPUNK
Welcome to 1880 (or thereabouts). The Civil War is still underway, drawn out by English interference, a different transportation infrastructure, and a powerful Republic of Texas that discovered oil at Spindletop some fifty years sooner than real life allowed.

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by Cherie Priest


Adventures await Rector "Wreck 'em" Sherman. About to turn eighteen, he's facing ejection from the orphanage that passed for home. He should also choose a trade, but work is scarce in steam-powered Seattle. And Rector has more unconventional plans.

He's started dealing in sap, a yellow narcotic produced by rebels and outlaws within the city's toxic walled enclave. What's worse, he's been sampling his wares. Other problems include being haunted by an old friend with a grudge. The pressure builds until he sneaks behind the wall himself, seeking both (un)gainful employment and excitement.

As rumoured, he finds a terrifying host of the hungry undead, and then there's the monster. Rector's certain that his attacker wasn't human, or undead. But he's going to need more proof than his own addled word to expose it. His new mission becomes a compulsion when others witness the creature's destructiveness, and give its kind a name. The Inexplicables. 

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DOKTOR GLASS
by Thomas Brennan

THE QUEEN IS DEAD
by Kate Locke
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In an age of Zeppelins and gyroplanes, the Transatlantic Span is the industrial marvel of the nineteenth century. A feat of engineering, the steel suspension bridge stretches across the Atlantic from Liverpool to the distant harbour of New York City.

One day a faceless corpse is found beneath it. Inspector Matthew is still grieving for his late wife but forces himself to investigate what he intially fears is a Boer conspiracy against Queen Victoria. When more corpses appear he realises the sinister soul snatchers may be involved.

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Xandra Varden is the newly crowned Goblin Queen of England. But her complicated life is by no means over. There are the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who for some reason wants her head.

Not to mention her werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy. Now she's the suspect in a murder investigation - and Xandra barely knows which way is up. What she does know is that nothing lasts forever - and immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. 

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WARHAMMER
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by Ben Counter


Egrimm van Horstmann is the most promising wizard the College of Light has ever seen. Surpassing his mentors and reaching new heights of magical power, he seems destined to lead the college into a bright new future.

As enemies close in on him, van Horstmann's true motives become clear - he plans to unleash an ancient dragon imprisoned beneath the college and bring ruin to the Empire, in the name of Chaos. 

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SPACE OPERA
The Liaden Universe didn't start out as a Universe; it started out as one book. That book, a quirky little space opera called Agent of Change, was published in February, 1988. Twenty-five years ago. The universe is still going strong, with reprints and changes of publishers along the way. If you haven't read Lee & Miller, this is a great place to start.

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by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller


The kompani sees none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompani exists in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream.

The humans of Clan Korval are in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war. And when representatives of Clan Korval arrive on the planet Surebleak where the kompani has lived secret and aloof, it seems to the kompani that they are borne by the very winds of change.

Change can be a boon, for in change lies opportunity. But the arrival of Clan Korval, establishing itself upon Surebleak with its friends, its enemies, and, most of all, its plans may bring catastrophe, changing the culture and the kompani, forever!

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THE DISESTABLISHMENT OF PARADISE
by Phillip Mann
  HOW DARK THE WORLD BECOMES
by Frank Chadwick
  JACK THE BODILESS by Julian May
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DIAMOND MASK
by Julian May
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by Julian May
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by Julian May
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NEAR FUTURE
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by Naomi Foyle


A meteor known as Lucifer's Hammer is about to wreak destruction on the earth, and with the end of the world imminent, there is only one safe place to be.

In the mountains above Seoul, American-Korean bio-engineer Dr Kim Da Mi thinks she has found the perfect solution to save the human race. But her methods are strange and her business partner, Johnny Sandman, is not exactly the type of person anyone would want to mix with.

Drawn in by their smiles and pretty promises, Sydney - a Canadian model trying to escape an unhappy past - is an integral part of their scheme, until she realises that the quest for perfection comes at an impossible price. 

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BEDLAM
by Christopher Brookmyre

THE BURN ZONE
by James K. Decker
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Heaven is a prison. Hell is a playground.

Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter the world of a video game?

A realm where you don't have to go to work or worry about your health; where you can look like a hero or a goddess; where you can fly space-ships, slay dragons, yet all of it feels completely real. A realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities.

Or would it be your worst nightmare?

Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where the pain and fear feels real and from which not even death can offer an escape.

Prison or playground. Heaven or hell. This is where you find out. This is white-knuckle action, sprawling adventure, merciless satire and outrageous humour like you've never experienced. This is Bedlam.


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Plagued by overpopulation, disease, and starvation, humanity was headed for extinction--until an alien race called the haan arrived. And then the real trouble began.

It's been a rough day for Sam Shao. As part of a program that requires humans to act as surrogates to haan infants, Sam has been genetically enhanced to bond with them. So when three soldiers invade her apartment and arrest her guardian for smuggling a dangerous weapon into the country, Sam can sense that something isn't right. One of his abductors is a haan masquerading as a human, and the supposedly fragile haan seems to be anything but.

Racing through the city slums, trying to stay one step ahead of the mysterious haan soldier, Sam tries to find the man who, in her twenty years, has been the only father she's ever known. Could he truly have done what he is accused of? Or did he witness something both human and haan would kill to keep hidden? The only thing certain is that the weapon is real--and lost now somewhere in a city of millions.

Fighting the clock, Sam finds an ally in Nix, a haan envoy devoted to coexisting with humans, or so it seems. But what she really needs are answers. Fast. Or else everything she knows--and everyone she loves--will burn.

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THE MAD SCIENTIST'S DAUGHTER by Cassandra Rose Clarke
SEVER
by Lauren DeStefano
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"Cat, this is Finn. He's going to be your tutor."

He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion... and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

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What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb -- males only live to age twenty-five and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's geniune love for her, and a tenuous trust amoung her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape -- to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

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POST APOCALYPTIC
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by E. J. Swift


Nobody leaves Osiris.

Adelaide Rechnov Wealthy socialite and granddaughter of the Architect, she spends her time in pointless luxury, rebelling against her family in a series of jaded social extravagances and scandals until her twin brother disappears in mysterious circumstances.

Vikram Bai lives in the Western Quarter, home to the poor descendants of storm refugees and effectively quarantined from the wealthy elite. His people live with cold and starvation, but the coming brutal winter promises civil unrest, and a return to the riots of previous years.

As tensions rise in the city, can Adelaide and Vikram bridge the divide at the heart of Osiris before conspiracies bring them to the edge of disaster? 

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MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION
One of the biggest names in Military SF, David Weber's Honor Harrington series is a juggernaut in the field and shows no signs of slowing down. The thirteenth volume of this epic series drops to paperback this month in preparation for the release of book fourteen next month. Preorder SHADOW OF FREEDOM here.

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by David Weber

Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company.

After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy.

And as if that weren't task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.  

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ANTHOLOGY
Need we say more?

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An all-star roster of bestselling authors--including Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire...twenty-two great storytellers all told--have produced a fabulous assortment of stories guaranteed to provide readers with hour after hour of high-octane entertainment born of the most megalomaniacal mayhem imaginable.

Everybody loves villains. They're bad; they always stir the pot; they're much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How--and why--do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world?

If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions, you're in luck: It's finally time for the madmen's side of the story.

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In this grim, dark future there is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter... And a new Space Marines novel and a new Eldar novel. Score!
THE DEATH OF ANTAGONIS
by David Annandale

PATH OF THE INCUBUS
by Andy Chambers
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The Black Dragons fall upon the world of Antagonis, summoned to combat the plague of undeath that has engulfed the planet.

Allying themselves with Inquisitor Werner Lettinger and a force of Sisters of Battle, the Black Dragons endeavour to save the souls of the Imperial citizens who have succumbed to the contagion.

But there is more than a mere infection at play - the dread forces of Chaos lie behind the outbreak, and the Black Dragons stand in the way of the Dark Gods' victory.

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The eternal city of Commorragh has been cast into turmoil by the Dysjunction, a cataclysmic disturbance in the very fabric of its existence.

As the streets are inundated with horrors from beyond the veil, Supreme Overlord Asdrubael Vect battles to keep his enemies in check and maintain his stranglehold over the riven city. Kabal turns upon kabal, archon against archon as the fires of hell are unleashed.

Redemption for Commorragh rests in the hands of a disgraced incubus warrior wrongly accused of triggering the Dysjunction itself. His efforts to reclaim his lost honour could save the city or damn it forever - assuming it can survive the daemonic invasion and the archons' deadly battles for supremacy.  

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ALTERNATE HISTORY - SCIENCE FICTION
James Lovegrove continues his bestselling Pantheon series - a set of standalone military-SF adventures combining high-tech weaponry and ancient gods - with number 5, The Age of Voodoo.

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by James Lovegrove


Lex Dove thought he was done with the killing game. A retired British wetwork specialist, he's living the quiet life in the Caribbean, minding his own business.

Then a call comes. One last mission: to lead an American black ops team into a disused Cold War bunker on a remote island. The money's good, which means the risks are high.

How high, Dove doesn't discover until he and his team are a hundred feet below ground, facing the fruits of an experiment in science and voodoo witchcraft gone wrong. As if barely human monsters weren't bad enough, a clock is ticking. Deep in the bowels of the earth, a god is waiting. And his anger, if roused, will be fearsome indeed.

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PETER V BRETT ANSWERS TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS
We were very lucky and managed to get a hold of Peter V. Brett just before he began his book tour to promote The Daylight War. Taking the opportunity with both hands we subjected him to asked him Ten Terrifying Questions.

PeterVBrett1. To begin with why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself - where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born and raised in Westchester, a cozy suburb of New York. Got my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

12: A comic book writer/artist. I loved comics and could draw/write well enough to impress the yokels. I thought it was my calling.

18: Fantasy novelist. Drawing was harder than anticipated, and writing a comic script then waiting on an artist was not my style. Writing novels gave me more complete control, which I really liked.

30: Still a fantasy novelist, though my youthful hopes were dashed, and I was working a "real" job in the meantime. I honestly never expected my work to get picked up.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That the US Supreme Court never made mistakes.

4. What were three works of art - book or painting or piece of music, etc - you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

I'll make it easy and stick to books, though I am of course inspired by art of all media.

JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit - This was the first "real" book I ever read, and likely set the stage for my entire life.

George RR Martin: A Game of Thrones - This book really showed me for the first time how one could break out of the cookie cutter mold fantasy had fallen into, and just how much the genre was capable of. It really made me raise my game.

James Clavell: Shogun - Much like Game of Thrones, this book really broadened my perspective on just how much the medium was capable of. It kind of blew my mind.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I am musically incompetent, and drawing is hard. I do keep my hand in, though, creating the chapter avatars in the US editions, and directing the art on my website and having a lot of input on covers and the like. Some day I'd like to get back into it.

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The Daylight War is the third installment of the five-book Demon Cycle. It takes place in a world where demons rise out of the ground each night, ravaging the land until banished by the rising sun. Humanity, driven near to extinction, is beginning to claw its way back from the brink and learning to fight back against the demons... if they can only stop fighting each other.

The Daylight War will include all the focus characters readers loved from the previous books, but also goes into detail on the life story and persepctive of Inevera, the mysterious first wife of Ahmann Jardir, who has engineered his rise to power and conquest of the green lands.

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

A slightly different perspective on the real world and a desire to read the next book.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

Too many to mention. George RR Martin, CS Friedman, Terry Brooks, Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie, Naomi Novik, David Eddings, and Robert Jordan to name a few.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To write and actually finish a mutli-book, multi-POV epic fantasy tale without losing my mind. Precious few have managed this feat thus far, so I am not entirely hopeful, but you need to aim high!

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

1) Google "Turkey City Lexicon". Read it.

2) Write every day. Don't assume your current project will sell, and if it does not, don't consider the time wasted. ALL the successful writers I know wrote a few trunk novels before achieving a pro-level of writing. Like with all things, there is more in writing to practice and hard work, learned skill, than talent.


Peter V. Brett, thank you for playing.
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Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some thirty light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world, photographs that will show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth, and if it bears life.

Building the Farside observatory is a complex, often dangerous task.  Breakdowns--mechanical and emotional--are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal...

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The Emperor's ruthless Order 66 has all but exterminated the Jedi. The few remaining who still wield the Force for good have been driven into exile or hiding.

But not Jax Pavan, who's been steadily striking blows against the Empire...

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She awoke in an alley to the splash of rain. She was naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant was gone. Lore Van Oesterling had been the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families... and now she was nobody, and she had to hide.

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THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
by Stephen King

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This Russian Doll of a novel, visits Mid-World's last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam.

Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a 'skin man,' Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter...

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