Science Fiction & Fantasy
Swords & Dark Magic
edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders
This work features 17 new tales of fantastic adventure. In the pages are roguish heroes, thieves, mercenaries and other assorted adventurers looking out for themselves while in search of treasure or glory. The standout tale is “In the Stacks” featuring four young wizards who must pit their skill against a great library for wizards as they try to return a book to the shelves.
by Melissa Marr
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. Now Maylene herself is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But she soon discovers that Maylene was murdered. And that Bek is expected to take her place as the Graveminder. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected.
by Mat Johnson
An unlikely band of African-Americans are on their way to the South Pole, each searching for something different. For Chris Jaynes, it could bring the reality of Edgar Allan Poe's only novel. Recently fired as a professor of American literature, Jaynes comes across a crude manuscript that seems to confirm The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym as truth, and not fiction. Jaynes convinces an all-black crew of six to follow Pym's trail to Antarctica. What they find in this ultimate land of whiteness will astonish them.
The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer
by Lucy Weston
The truth has been revealed! Elizabeth, despised by her father Henry VIII and left motherless when Henry had Anne Boleyn beheaded, was so much more than just the ruler of a nation. In this literate and enthralling tale, Elizabeth Tudor is ready to ascend to the throne of England when her true calling is revealed. The novel is clever, blending the paranormal and the historical together in a satisfying package. A highly recommended and highly entertaining novel.
by Felix Gilman
Young Arjun embarks on a quest for his people’s lost god, The Voice. He arrives in the city of Ararat just as a magnificent winged God swoops overhead. A scientist/theologian named Holbach traps the Bird’s power of flight within the hull of a warship called Thunderer. Allegedly created in the interests of all Ararat Thunderer is destined to serve the selfish intentions of the Countess Ilona to control the city. However, a boy named Jack has also captured the power of The Bird. He uses the gift of flight to escape from the cruel workhouse where he is imprisoned. He learns to share his gift, and harbors a more egalitarian vision for Ararat. Arjun becomes entangled in this tumultuous world. Then he unwittingly unleashes a dark power, a wounded God, shifting the balance of power, but threatening to destroy the city.
The Secret History of Moscow
by Ekaterina Sedia
Moscow in the 1990s is a lawless place, but thugs and gangsters aren’t the only problem. Galina’s sister Maria has turned into a jackdaw. Galina joins Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances, and Fyodor, a street artist who has seen gateways opening, reflections of doors in puddles where birds emerge and disappear, and together they find an underground realm. Here they encounter the secret history of Moscow where for centuries pagan deities, fairy tale creatures, and oppressed people have fled the succession of cruel and brutal regimes, but now a dark power is flowing back into Moscow.
Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville
The novel is a dark fantasy bursting with grotesque characters and bizarre ideas. It’s set in the sprawling city of New Crobuzon on the world of Bas-Lag. Both gothic and futuristic, it reads like Charles Dickens meets Blade Runner. The main story involves an eccentric scientist and his secret lover Lin, a half-human, half-insect. Lin is an artist commissioned by a mysterious underworld figure to sculpt his repulsive likeness. The scientist, meanwhile, is enlisted to restore the flight of a de-winged creature. Science and magic come together in a final climactic confrontation.
by M. M. Buckner
(Adult science fiction)
In the late twenty-first century, Earth's surface is uninhabitable without an airtight surface suit. Most people live their entire lives underground. The world has splintered into Northern and Southern hemispheres. The Commies, ruthless corporate principalities such as Nome.com, Pacific.com, and Greenland.com dominate the north. By contrast the southern landmasses cool enough to live in comprise the Confederacy of Transkei Free States. Jolie Sauvage grew up as a tunnel rat in Paris, but now runs Jolie's Trips, guided tours of the toxic surface, for the North's wealthy elite. On one of her tours she meets Jin Sura, handsome and suave Net star, and son of Pacific.Com’s CEO. She introduces Jin to Dr. Judith Merida who claims to have developed nanotech enhancements that can raise human awareness to quantum levels. Jolie becomes enmeshed in the struggles of the subterranean masses of the north against the Commie oppressors. Jin becomes the willing victim of Dr. Merida's experiments. But then he reaches out to Jolie over the Net with a cryptic cry for help, "Wish you were here."
Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Bradley puts a new twist on the Arthurian legend by telling her story from the viewpoint of the women behind the throne. Morgaine, Arthur’s half-sister and Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere), his wife and queen, are locked in a struggle for power, using Arthur to promote their own views of what is best for Britain. An epic tale describing the rise and fall of Arthur and Camelot.
The Bear Went Over The Mountain
by William Kotzwinkle
A black bear in rural Maine discovers a briefcase containing a novel. He adds his own fictitious name to the work, takes it to New York and is met with acclaim from agents, editors and the rich and famous. No one seems to notice his bear-like appearance and manners, but all enjoy his earthy, soulful demeanor. An amusing satirical fable by the writer best known for novelizing the movie, E.T., the Extraterrestrial.
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