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DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News from Borderlands Books
Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting, Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 pm
SF in SF presents Peter S. Beagle and Katharine Kerr at New College of California
of California, (777 Valencia Street), Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm
Ripley's Birthday Sale, Saturday, June 17th from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jacqueline Carey - KUSHIEL'S SCION, Sunday, June 18th at 2:00 pm
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting, Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm
Kim Harrison - FISTFUL OF CHARMS, Saturday, July 1st at 3:00 pm
"Quartermass and the Pit" and "The Stone Tape" at Variety's Preview Room
in the Hobart Building (582 Market Street), Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 pm
(for more information check the end of this section)
Overheard at the Con
is a feature that appears periodically, as we attend conventions and overhear
things. The tradition of keeping track of anonymous overheard bits
and bobs started for us at the 2002 ConJose in San Jose, where trying (or
trying not to) fill in the blanks on overheard conversations made us laugh
so much that we made it a tradition. This issue we thought we'd share
some highlights from this year's World Horror Convention and Baycon.
Thanks to Rina Elson for her sharp ears:
"They changed my dosage, so I can't do that anymore."
"I don't think the alcohol is really affecting me, although I AM pretty talkative!"
"Who the hell are you people, and how do you know me?"
"You know you're at a Horror Convention when you ask the bartender for a knife and he says 'Who you gonna kill?'"
"The Art Show was. . .cat-heavy."
"You have them in your brain, you have them in your ears, and you have them on Old-Fashioned donuts."
"Sweetheart, at some point it ceases to be a dress and becomes a shirt."
The best t-shirt was:
"Morale will decline until the floggings improve." (in response to the Uber-common
"The floggings will continue until morale improves.")
And the worst t-shirt was:
"I [Heart] Hot Moms"
first-ever Book Group Expo is happening at the San Jose Convention Center
Ballroom and Salons Saturday, June 17th and Sunday June 18th. Billed
as an event for "serious readers having serious fun," during this expo you
can meet authors, eat chocolate, attend lively discussions, taste wine, have
books signed, browse books and much more! Tickets are only $28 in advance,
and are on sale here at Borderlands. For more information, see <http://www.bookgroupexpo.com>
*Listen to the Lord of the Rings!
Friday, July 14th at 8:00 pm and Saturday, July 15th at 2:00 pm
The Lord of the Rings Symphony -Markus Huber conductor, Kaitlyn Lusk soprano,
San Francisco Girls Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus:
Relive the award-winning soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings, composed by
Howard Shore. Original illustrations and storyboard sketches by renowned
Tolkien artists Alan Lee and John Howe projected onto a screen above the
orchestra create a unique multimedia experience. Played by the full
orchestra, this concert proves once again that digital surround sound in
the movie theater is no match for the real thing. Call (415) 864-6000
for more information, or see <http://www.sfsymphony.org/summer>.
*Intersection For the Arts presents an Independent Press Spotlight:
Other Magazine & Tachyon Publications
Tuesday June 27, 2006 at 7:30pm
Spotlighting Other Magazine (est. 2003), publisher of dissident nonfiction,
transgressive fiction, freethinking comic art and journalistic essays and
Tachyon Publications (est. 1995), a press that specializes in science fiction
and fantasy books, this unique evening includes conversation with the publishers
and editors, readings from each press by published writers, and dramatic
interpretations by members of Campo Santo, Intersection's Resident Theatre
Company. Other Magazine features Liz Henry & Chris Garcia and Tachyon
Publications features Peter S. Beagle & Terry Bisson. For more
information, see <http://www.theintersection.org>
"Other magazine has a distinctly San Francisco flavor: smart,
do-it-yourself, full of vim and venom." - SF Chronicle
[Tachyon Publications' annual James Tiptree Award Anthology is] "a
superior array of creative and thoughtful writing for both genders." -Booklist
*The NCIBA has brought the following to our attention:
"Controller Steve Westly aided retailer Barnes & Noble's fight to avoid
a multimillion-dollar California tax bill at the same time he was arranging
a fundraiser at the chain's East Coast headquarters." Read the full
text of the article here: <http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-me-westly27may27,1,5486943.story>
*The 2006 Mythopoeic Award Finalists have been announced. The nominees
for Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature are:
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad (Canongate)
Lois McMaster Bujold, The Hallowed Hunt (Eos)
Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys (William Morrow)
Tanith Lee, Metallic Love (Bantam Spectra)
Tim Pratt, The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl (Bantam Spectra)
For a complete list of nominees, and more information about the The Mythopoeic Society, see <http://www.mythsoc.org/awards.html>
From The Office
I'm sorry but there won't be any interesting, insightful letter from the
office this month. There won't even be my usual babbling. Last
month was _very_ busy and I've been pretty short on time. But it was
a lovely month and it was so nice to host the World Horror Convention in
SF. Hopefully, I'll have something a bit more clever to write next
It's finally happened. There was work done next door! After waiting
months on various things, we managed to get the structural repairs done in
less than a week. That allowed us to finish the demolition work and
get all the junk out. In fact, we were able to have the release party
for Morbid Curiosity next door. It was a bit rough around the edges
and dusty but everyone had a grand time and it was so nice to have enough
space to seat everyone.
Now, I just need to get all our ducks in a row for the permit package and
turn the sucker in. Then we wait and wait and wait. But once
that waiting's done, things should start to really move along.
Top Sellers At Borderlands
1) PLUCKER by Brom
2) COVER STORY: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO by John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books)
3) THE RING by Koji Suzuki
4) RAINBOW'S END by Vernor Vinge
5) THE CLAN CORPORATE by Charles Stross
6) FIREBIRDS RISING edited by Sharyn November
7) THE VOYAGE OF THE SABLE KEECH by Neal Asher (UK Import)
8) THE BONEHUNTERS by Steven Erikson
9) BLOODSTAINED OZ by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore
10) SNAKE MOON by Ray Manzerek (NightShade Books)
1) CONQUEROR WORMS by Brian Keene
2) THE CITY, NOT LONG AFTER by Pat Murphy
3) BRASS MAN by Neal Asher (UK Import)
4) GARDENS OF THE MOON by Steven Erikson
5) ALTERED CARBON by Richard Morgan
6) THE FAMILY TRADE by Charles Stross
7) THRONE OF JADE by Naomi Novik
8) DEAD BEAT by Jim Butcher
9) GRIDLINKED by Neal Asher
10) LOST AND FOUND by Alan Dean Foster
1) THE RING by Koji Suzuki
2) THE MAN FROM THE DIOGENES CLUB by Kim Newman (MonkeyBrain Books)
3) THE JAMES TIPTREE AWARD ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler,
Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D. Smith (Tachyon Publications)
4) MAUL by Tricia Sullivan (Nightshade Books) tied with ON STRANGER TIDES by Tim Powers
5) THE BONEHUNTERS by Steven Erikson
Notes From a DVD Geek
Jeremy Lassen is out of town, so "DVD Geek" will return next month.
Book Club Info
Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 11th at 5 pm to discuss THE
SONGS OF DISTANT EARTH by Arthur C. Clarke. The book for July is THE
TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger. Please contact the group
leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at email@example.com, for more information.
The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, June
18th at 6 pm to discuss THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES by Charles Stross. The book
for July is THE GHOST PIRATES by William Hope Hodgson. Please contact
Jude at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Upcoming Event Details
Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 pm: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting -
Contact Jade Livingston at email@example.com for more information about this
writers' group, which will meet at Borderlands the second and fourth Thursdays
of each month at 6:00 pm.
Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm: SF in SF presents Peter S. Beagle
and Katharine Kerr at New College of California of California, (777 Valencia
Street) - SF in SF is a monthly science fiction author reading series
curated by Adam Cornford and Terry Bisson. The theme for this pair
of readings is "Emergency Magic".
Peter S. Beagle is author of the beloved fantasy classics The Last
Unicorn, A Fine and Private Place, The Innkeeper's Song, and Tamsin. He is
the recipient of the Mythopoeic and Locus Awards, and France's Grand Prix
de l'Imaginaire. An accomplished singer-songwriter and screenwriter,
he wrote the screenplay for the first film version of The Lord of the Rings.
Katharine Kerr is well known on both sides of the low, meandering stone wall
that separates High Fantasy from Science Fiction. Her epic Deverry series
has won her millions of fans around the world. Her SF novels include Polar
City Blues and Resurrection. A native of Ohio, she has lived in the
Bay Area since time began, back in the 1960s.
There will be a discussion and book signing afterwards, with Borderlands
on hand to sell books, (including Katharine Kerr's new novel THE GOLD FALCON,
which we have obtained permission to sell in advance of its June 27th on-sale
date). This event costs $4 for the general public, but is free to the
New College community.
Saturday, June 17th: Ripley's Birthday Sale -
The hairless cat turns four. Come down to the annual Ripley's Birthday
Sale and celebrate with an indifferent feline! Buy two used paperbacks
and get a third of equal or lesser value free, and all non-book items in
the store (excluding staff and cat, sorry) are 10% off! Ripley will
of course be on hand to greet admirers and be spoiled (unless she decides
to hide in the stock room), and there will also be cake and cat treats (but
not together). Ripley says "I already have everything I need, so instead
of bringing me gifts, please donate some money or volunteer time to the San
Francisco SPCA <http://www.sfspca.org/home.shtml> or to Wildcare <http://www.wildcaremarin.org/>.
You'd better come and adore me, though." Borderlands will also be donating
a portion of the day's profits to the SFSPCA and Wildcare. We hope
to see you here!
Sunday, June 18th at 2:00 pm: Jacqueline Carey, KUSHIEL'S SCION (Warner) -
Borderlands is thrilled to welcome back Jacqueline Carey! Carey will
be touring to promote the first book in the much-anticipated new trilogy
in the Kushiel series. KUSHIEL'S SCION follows Imriel's journey through
adolescence to young manhood as he wrestles with his complicated heritage
and the conflicting desires that drive him.
Imriel de la Courcel's birth parents are history's most reviled traitors,
but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phedre and the warrior-priest Joscelin,
are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions. Stolen, tortured and enslaved
as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood; third in line for the
throne in a land that revels in art, beauty and desire. It is a court
steeped in deeply laid conspiracies--and there are many who would like to
see the young prince dead. Despite his enemies, obstacles, and
lineage, Imriel's greatest challenge is discovering how to be good and find
his true self. His journey to heal his soul is fraught with sorrow
and joy beyond all expectation.
Jacqueline Carey writes with a unique blend of epic fantasy, historical flavor,
and erotica. Her previous publications include the nationally best-selling
Kushiel's Legacy series, which includes KUSHIEL'S DART, KUSHIEL'S CHOSEN,
and KUSHIEL'S AVATAR.
Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Group Meeting - see description above
Saturday, July 1st at 3:00 pm: Kim Harrison, A FISTFUL OF CHARMS (Eos) -
Borderlands is excited to host Kim Harrison, the talented and personable
author of DEAD WITCH WALKING, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UNDEAD, and EVERY
WHICH WAY BUT DEAD! Kim will be presenting her new book, A FISTFUL
OF CHARMS. From Publisher's Weekly: "This strong entry in Harrison's
intricate Hollows series (after Every Which Way but Dead) plunges headlong
into the action as Rachel Morgan, a sexy Cincinnati witch, finishes up her
latest bounty hunting mission by taking down an alpha Were (werewolf).
The book swings into gear when she returns home to find that her ne'er-do-well
ex, Nick, has recruited her partner Jenks's son in a criminal enterprise—and
gotten them both imprisoned by Weres in Michigan, apparently for stealing
a priceless Were artifact. With the help of some borderline black magic,
Jenks—a pixie—is given human proportions in order to accompany Rachel on
a mission to rescue his son. Finding the jailed pixie ends up the easiest
task in an operation that quickly spirals out of control after Rachel decides
she must also rescue the errant Nick. Harrison provides conflict aplenty
as Rachel debates how far into the black arts she'll venture to accomplish
a good end; past and present boyfriends vie for her attention; and Weres
battle vampires for supremacy." We hope you'll join us for what promises
to be an awesome event!
Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 pm: "Quartermass and the Pit" and "The Stone Tape" - Borderlands and Variety Children's Charity invite you to a classic British SF/Horror double feature!
"Quartermass and the Pit" (1967, Roy Ward Baker, 97 minutes) is
the third feature film adapted from the BBC television serial of the same
name, and was produced by Hammer Studios. In this film, the eponymous
hero Professor Bernard Quartermass finds himself involved in the discovery
of a bizarre object at an archeological dig in Knightsbridge, London.
As the serial progresses, Quartermass and his allies find that the contents
of the object have a horrific influence over those who come into contact
with it, and darker implications for the entirety of mankind.
"The Stone Tape" (1972, Peter Sasdy, 90 minutes) is a television
play written by Nigel Kneale. It was broadcast by the BBC as a Christmas
ghost story in 1972. Like Kneale's earlier serial, "Quartermass and
the Pit," "The Stone Tape" combines science fiction and supernatural plot
devices to highly original effect. The story concerns a group of electronic
engineers who become fascinated by the supposed haunting of the historic
house in which they have set up their new research laboratory. The
film's title refers to the stone from which the house was built, which apparently
preserves psychic impressions much as magnetic tape can preserve sounds or
images. The engineers, who are searching for a new recording medium
to improve upon magnetic tape (the best medium in existence at the time of
production) are naturally intrigued by the apparent recording capacity of
the building's masonry.
The screenings will take place at Variety's Preview Room, located
in The Hobart Building, 582 Market Street @ Montgomery, San Francisco.
Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first movie starts at 7:00 pm. There
will be one thirty-minute intermission between the two films. Seating
is limited and seats are available on a first-come, first seated basis, so
arrive early! Refreshments will be available for purchase, and your
purchase benefits Variety Children's Charity of Northern California, a non-profit
organization that supports children in local communities who are dealing
with poverty, neglect, violence, and physical disabilities. For more
information about upcoming movies, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Variety Children's Charity, see their web site at
<http://www.varietync.org/> or write email@example.com.
Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge. You are welcome
to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed
(but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).
For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.
If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of
the author's books signed or inscribed for you. We can then either
hold it until you can come in to pick it up or we can ship it to you.
Just give us a call or drop us an email. If you live out of town, you
can also ship us books from your collection to be signed. Call or email
Chapter Two - Book Listings
Small Press Features
Literature of the Fantastic, Supernatural, and Decadent vol. 6 edited by
Mark Valentine. (Tartarus, Trade Paperback, $19.00)
Dead Cat Lick by Gerard Houarner (Necro Publications, Chapbook, $5.00) -
Artwork by Gak. Originally a World Horror Convention giveaway.
Sleeping Policemen by Dale Bailey and Jack Slay, Jr. (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $24.95)
Dead Cat’s Traveling Circus of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show edited by
Gerard Houarner. and Gak. (Necro Publications, Hardcover, $45.00) - One of
350 signed and numbered copies.
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones. (Fedogan & Bremer,
Hardcover, $35.00) - A sequel to their World Fantasy Award nominated anthology
SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH (1994), the new release features twelve stories, nine
of them original to this collection, including a new novella by Brian Lumley.
As with its earlier namesake, WEIRD SHADOWS is liberally illustrated with
art by Bob Eggleton, Les Edwards, Randy Broecker, and Allan Servoss. The
authors include Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, Basil
Copper, Hugh B. Cave, and Richard Lupoff, among others. The introduction
and notes are by the editor, Stephen Jones. The cover art is by Bob Eggleton.
The Rutting Season by Brian Keene (Bloodletting Press, Hardcover, $45.00)
- One of 400 signed and numbered limited edition copies.
Retro Pulp Tales edited by Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00)
Snake Moon by Ray Manzarek (Night Shade Books, Signed Limted Edition (250
copies) Hardcover, $49.00, and Trade Hardcover $23.95) - Based on an
original screenplay by Rick Valentine & Ray Manzarek (and yes, this is
the same Ray Manzarek from The Doors).
The Pale Ape and Other Pulses by M.P. Shiel (Tartarus, Hardcover, $55.00) - One of 300 limited edition copies
The Ocean and All Its Devices by William Browning Spencer (Subterranean,
Hardcover, $40.00) - One of 750 signed and numbered copies.
Call of the Wild - Werewolves vol. 1 by Mike Oliveri and Joe Bucco (Moonstone,
Other Softcover, $2.99) - Single issue comic. Signed by Mike Oliveri.
Tales of Supernatural Law by Batton Lash (Exhibit A , Oversized Softcover, $16.95)
The Carnival Wars - Gloom Cookie vol. 4 by Serena Valentino and Harley Sparx
(SLG Publishing, Oversized Softcover, $16.95) - Collects Gloom Cookie issues
The Bizarro Starter Kit edited by Team Bizarro (Bizarro, Trade Paperback, $10.00)
Candy In The Dumpster edited by Bill Breedlove (Dark Arts, Trade Paperback, $13.00)
Horror Library - Vol. 1 edited by R.J. Cavender (Cutting Block Press, Trade Paperback, $16.95)
Butcher Shop Quartet edited by Frank J. Hutton (Cutting Block Press, Trade Paperback, $16.95)
Siren Promised by Jeremy Robert Johnson and Alan M. Clark (Swallowdown Press,
Trade Paperback, $11.95) - Introduction by Simon Clark. Signed by Alan
Extinction Journals by Jeremy Robert Johnson (Swallowdown Press, Trade Paperback, $10.00)
Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $10.95)
Endorphins by Nancy Kilpatrick (Amazing Experiences Press, Trade Paperback, $7.50)
Near Death by Nancy Kilpatrick (Mosaic, Trade Paperback, $15.00)
Monster Lake by Edward Lee (Little Devil, Trade Paperback, $12.00)
Shifter by Edward Lee and John Pelan (Necro Publications, Trade Paperback,
$11.95) - Quite a good quasi-vampire novel that (mostly) lacks Lee's trade-mark
over the top sex and violence. Still, not for the squeemish.
Goon by Edward Lee and John Pelan (Overlook Connection, Trade Paperback, $19.95) - A reissue of this hard to find novella.
Voices from the Other Side edited by Brandon Massey (Dafina Books, Trade Paperback, $15.00)
Sex and Death in Television Town by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $12.00)
Fishy Fleshed by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $11.44)
The Man from the Diogenes Club by Kim Newman (Monkeybrain Books, Trade Paperback, $15.95) - Signed copies still available!
White Tribe by Gene O’Neill (Elder Signs, Trade Paperback, $12.95)
The Golden by Lucius Shepard (Golden Gryphon, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
Duet for the Devil by T. Winter-Damon and Randy Chandler (Necro Publications, Trade Paperback, $19.95)
Working Stiffs by Simon Wood (Blue Cubicle, Trade Paperback, $12.95)
Science Fiction and Fantasy:
Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (SRM Publisher, Chapbook, $10.00) -
Contains the stories Sweet Waters (set in the Liaden Universe ) and A Night
At The Opera.
Apex Digest: Best of 2005 vol. 1 & 2 edited by Jason Sizemore (Apex Publications, Chapbook, $4.00) - Set of 2 chapbooks
Forever and the Earth - Yesterday and Tomorrow Tales by Ray Bradbury (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $45.00)
Triskell Tales 2 - Six more years of chapbooks by Charles De Lint (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00)
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue (Nan A. Talese, Hardcover, $23.95)
The Empire Of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $24.95)
- Contains the stories Jupiter’s Skull, A Man Of Light, Coffins On The River,
Botch Town and more. Cover by John Picacio.
Timeweb - Timeweb Chronicles vol. 1 by Brian Herbert (Five Star, Hardcover, $35.21)
Giant Lizards From Another Star by Ken MacLeod (NESFA, Hardcover, $25.00)
Bayou Jesus by M.G. Miller (Cavern Publishing Group, Hardcover, $22.95)
Streaking by Brian Stableford (PS Publishing, Signed and Numbered Limited
Edition (200 copies) Slipcased Hardcover, and $90.00, and Signed and Numbered
Limited Edition (500 copies) Hardcover) - Introduction by Storm Constantine.
Title spelled as “5treaking” on cover.
Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio by John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books, Oversized Hardcover, $39.95) - Signed copies available.
Greatest Fucking Moments In Sports by Kevin L. Donihe (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $9.95)
Liftport edited by Bill Fawcett, Michael Laine and Tom Nugent, Jr (Meisha Merlin, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
Foop! by Chris Genoa (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95)
Crystal Soldier - Great Migration Duology vol. 1 by Sharon Lee (Meisha Merlin, Trade Paperback, $16.95)
Warring States by Susan R. Matthews (Meisha Merlin, Trade Paperback, $16.95)
- New novel set in the universe of the Jurisdiction and featuring Andrej
Koscuisko. And outstanding series. Reccomended by Alan.
The Steel Breakfast Era/ The Decadent Return of the Hi-Fi Queen and Her Embryonic
Reptile Infection by Carlton Mellick III and Simon Logan (Eraserhead Press,
Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Two novels in one volume.
Punk Land by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
Sea of the Patchwork Cats by Carlton Mellick III (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $9.95)
Forbidden Cargo by Rebecca K. Rowe (Edge Science Fiction, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
Maul by Tricia Sullivan (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
New and Notable
Notes for a Memoir: On Isaac Asimov, Life, and Writing by Janet Jepperson Asimov (Prometheus Books, Hardcover, $25.00)
Final Departures - Weird and Wonderful Tales of Death, Funerals and Bereavement
from Around the World by Barry Albin Dyer (Hodder and Stoughton, Trade Paperback,
Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits edited
by Gary Westfahl (Yale University Press, Trade Paperback, $25.00)
Science Fiction Poster Art edited by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh (Aurum, Oversized Softcover, $29.95)
Proven Guilty - Dresden Files vol. 8 by Jim Butcher (Roc, Hardcover, $23.95)
Definitely Dead - Sookie Stackhouse vol. 6 by Charlaine Harris (Ace, Hardcover, $23.95)
Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder (Razor Bill, Hardcover, $14.99)
Bloodstone by Nate Kenyon (Five Star, Hardcover, $25.95)
The Husband by Dean Koontz (Bantam, Hardcover, $27.00)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Little,Brown, Hardcover, $17.99)
The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner, Hardcover, $25.95)
Dead Beat - Dresden Files vol. 7 by Jim Butcher (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99)
Don of The Dead by Casey Daniels (Avon, Mass Market, $6.99)
Undead And Unreturnable - Undead vol. 4 by Mary Janice Davidson (Berkley, Mass Market, $6.99)
Forever Will You Suffer by Gary Frank (Medallion, Mass Market, $6.99)
Off Season by Jack Ketchum (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)
Song of Susannah - Dark Tower vol. 6 by Stephen King (Pocket, Mass Market,
$9.99) - This is a Pocket Books Premium Edition (oversized mass market with
a 4 1/8 X 7 1/2 trim size).
A House Divided by Deborah LeBlanc (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)
Even Vampires Get the Blues by Katie MacAlister (Signet, Mass Market, $6.99)
Pandora Drive by Tim Waggoner (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)
Crisscross - a Repairman Jack novel by F. Paul Wilson (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)
Come Closer by Sara Gran (Berkley, Trade Paperback, $13.00)
Call of the Wolf by Susan Krinard (Berkley, Trade Paperback, $14.00)
An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monahan (St. Martin's, Trade
Paperback, $12.95) - A novel based on true events described by Richard Powell.
Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar (First Second, Trade Paperback, $16.95)
Science Fiction and Fantasy:
Bridge of Dreams by Chaz Brenchley (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95)
The Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell (First Second, Hardcover, $25.00) - Collector’s Edition.
Regeneration by Julie E. Czerneda (DAW , Hardcover, $24.95)
Widdershins by Charles De Lint (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)
Druid’s Sword - Troy Game vol. 4 by Sara Douglass (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)
Mister Boots by Carol Emshwiller (Viking, Hardcover, $15.99)
Running from the Deity - A Pip and Flinx Adventure by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey, Hardcover, $24.95)
Firebird by R. Garcia Y Robertson (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)
From Dream to Dream by Arlene Golds (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)
Earth, Air, Fire and Custard by Tom Holt (Orb, Hardcover, $23.00)
The Snodgrass Conspiracy - Lost Colony vol. 1 by Grady Klein (First Second, Hardcover, $25.00) - Collector’s Edition.
The Leopard Mask - The Guin Saga vol. 1 by Kaoru Kurimoto (Vertical, Hardcover,
$22.95) - Translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander
The Battle of Nospherus - The Guin Saga vol. 3 by Kaoru Kurimoto (Vertical,
Hardcover, $22.95) - Translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander
The Greener Shore by Morgan Llywelyn (Del Rey, Hardcover, $24.95)
Resolution - Nulapeiron vol. 3 by John Meaney (Pyr, Hardcover, $25.00)
Moonsinger by Andre Norton (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)
Infernal Devices - Hungry City Chronicles vol. 3 by Philip Reeve (Eos, Hardcover, $16.99)
The Four Forges by Jenna Rhodes (DAW , Hardcover, $23.95)
Paragaea: A Planetary Romance by Chris Roberson (Pyr, Hardcover, $25.00 or
Trade Paperback, $15.00) - A science fantasy in the tradition of Edgar Rice
Burroughs's John Carter of Mars and Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, Paragaea:
A Planetary Romance is the story of a Soviet-era cosmonaut transported to
the strange and bewildering world of Paragaea. For more information
check out <http://chrisroberson.net/paragaea/>.
Ardneh’s Sword by Fred Saberhagen (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)
Everfree by Nick Sagan (Putnam, Hardcover, $25.95) - Sequel to IDLEWILD and EDENBORN.
The Clan Corporate - Merchant Princes vol. 3 by Charles Stross (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)
Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95) - In this near future
novel, Vinge once again demonstrates his talent for technological extrapolation.
From SF Reviews.net - ""You live in a time that thinks it can ignore the
human condition," says an older character to a younger one in Vernor Vinge's
Rainbows End. This, in a nutshell, is one of the cautionary themes in this
brilliant story set in the same near-future as Vinge's Hugo-winning novella
"Fast Times at Fairmont High" <http://www.sfreviews.net/rainbows_end.html>
Blackcollar: The Judas Solution by Timothy Zahn (Baen, Hardcover, $25.00)
The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)
For More Than Glory by William C. Dietz (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)
Path of Blood - Paths vol. 3 by Diana Pharoah Francis (Roc, Mass Market, $7.99) - Sequel to PATH OF FATE and PATH OF HONOR.
Slipstreams edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)
Year’s Best SF 11 edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)
Battle for Maruyama: Brilliance of the Moon - Tales of the Otori vol. 3, Episode 1 by Lian Hearn (Firebird, Mass Market, $6.50)
Scars of Victory: Brilliance of the Moon - Tales of the Otori vol. 3, Episode 2 by Lian Hearn (Firebird, Mass Market, $6.50)
The Dark Crusade by Walter H. Hunt (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)
Conrad’s Fate - A Chrestomanci Novel by Diana Wynne Jones (Eos, Mass Market, $6.99)
Sanctuary by Mercedes Lackey (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)
The Dragon King Saga by Stephen Lawhead (Lion, Mass Market, $13.99) - Contains
IN THE HALL OF THE DRAGON KING, THE WARLORDS OF NIN and THE SWORD AND THE
Balance of Trade by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)
Child of A Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)
Guardian of the Freedom - Merlin’s Descendents vol. 5 by Irene Radford (DAW , Mass Market, $7.99)
Knees Up Mother Earth - Brentford Trilogy vol. 7 by Robert Rankin (Gollancz, Mass Market, $9.99)
Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)
Stone by Adam Roberts (Gollancz, Mass Market, $9.99)
Rogue Berserker by Fred Saberhagen (Baen, Mass Market, $7.99)
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)
Queen of Mars by Al Sarrantonio (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)
Mammoth by John Varley (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)
Mists of Everness by John C. Wright (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)
Myth and Magic - The Art of John Howe by John Howe (HarperCollins, Oversized Hardcover, $35.00)
The Patron Saint of Plagues by Barth Anderson (Bantam Spectra, Trade Paperback, $13.00)
Mendoza in Hollywood - The Company vol. 3 by Kage Baker (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.95)
Armies of Hanuman - Ramayana vol. 4 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)
Prince of Ayodhya - Ramayana vol. 1 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)
Siege of Mithila - Ramayana vol. 2 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)
Demons of Chitrakut - Ramayana vol. 3 by Ashok K. Banker (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $14.00)
The Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell (First Second, Trade Paperback, $15.95)
Time Dancers - Meq vol. 2 by Steve Cash (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
The World Turned Upside Down edited by David Drake, Eric Flint, and Jim Baen (Baen, Trade Paperback, $15.00)
Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar (First Second, Trade Paperback, $12.95)
Tall Stories: Omnibus vol. 5 by Tom Holt (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $13.99) - Contains EXPECTING SOMEONE TALLER and YE GODS!
Fishy Wishes: Omnibus vol. 7 by Tom Holt (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $13.99) - Contains WISH YOU WERE HERE and DJINN RUMMY
Saints and Sinners: Omnibus vol. 6 by Tom Holt (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $13.99) - Contains PAINT YOUR DRAGON and OPEN SESAME
The Snodgrass Conspiracy - Lost Colony vol. 1 by Grady Klein (First Second, Trade Paperback, $14.95)
Tomorrow, When the War Began - Tomorrow Series vol. 1 by John Marsden (Point, Trade Paperback, $8.99)
Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edogawa Rampo (Tuttle, Trade
Paperback, $15.95) - Translated by James B. Harris. Though obviously a later
printing date, the publishing information states that this is a first edition,
New Dreams For Old by Mike Resnick (Pyr, Trade Paperback, $15.00) - Introduction by Nancy Kress.
Elemental - The Tsunami Relief Anthology edited by Steven Savile and Aletha
Kontis (Tor, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Introduction by Arthur C. Carke.
A.L.I.E.E.E.N. by Lewis Trondheim (First Second, Trade Paperback, $12.95)
Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove (Roc, Trade Paperback, $15.00)
Settling Accounts: Drive To The East by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $15.95)
Starwater Strains by Gene Wolfe (Orb, Trade Paperback, $15.95)
Dragon And Slave - Dragonback vol. 3 by Timothy Zahn (Starscape, Trade Paperback, $5.99)
New and Notable DVDs
New and Notable DVDs will return next month.
Featured Upcoming Titles(These
titles have not arrived yet. You may pre-order any of these books by
calling or emailing us. Prices may be subject to change. Of course,
we have many more titles arriving each week . . . call or email us if you're
curious about a particular upcoming title not listed here.)
in the Dark: The Supernatural Tales of John Gordon by John Gordon (Medusa
Press, Signed Limited (50 copies) Hardcover with banded wax seal, $60.00,
and Limited Edition (450 copies) Hardcover, $40.00) - "Since his first novel,
'The Giant Under the Snow,' was published in 1968 to critical accolades,
John Gordon has always written about that misunderstood frontier between
adolescence and adulthood—and the sometimes dark borderlands that reside
there as well. With a knack for choosing the perfect word, the right balance
of plot and character, and the appropriate amount of shudders, Mr. Gordon
continues to be one of the most celebrated fantasists working in the field
today. . . Although Mr. Gordon has been writing supernatural and fantasy
tales for over four decades, receiving the highest praise in his home country,
there hasn’t been a definitive collection of his best twilight tales available...until
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Spectra, Hardcover, $23.00) - "They
say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he
steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say hes part man,
part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every
count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword,
Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal
are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only
ones worth stealing from, but the poor can go steal for themselves.
What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for
him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.
Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by
a race no-one remembers, its a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque
palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers,
beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal
mastermind who runs the city. But there are whispers of a challenge
to the Capa's power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a
man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming. A man would
be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King.
Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr. As for Locke
Lamora. . ."
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (HarperTempest, Hardcover, $16.99) - see description below
British Book Watch:
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, Hardcover, approximately $28.00)
- " Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch - now working for the seriously scary
Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance - the crossover
from summer to winter - she does what none has ever done before and leaps
into the dance, into the oldest story there ever is, and draws the attention
of the wintersmith himself. . . As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down
on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even
with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle - the fightin',
thievin' pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their 'big
wee hag'. . .?"
Polity Agent by Neal Asher (Tor UK, Hardcover, approximately $35.00) -
"From 800 years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity
and those coming through it have been sent specially to take the alien 'Maker'
back to its home civilization in the Small Magellanic cloud. Once these
refugees are safely through, the gate itself is rapidly shut down - because
something alien is pursuing them. The gate is then dumped into a nearby
sun. From those refugees who get through, agent Cormac learns that
the Maker civilization has been destroyed by pernicious virus known as the
Jain technology. This, of course, raised questions: why was Dragon,
a massive biocontruct of the Makers, really sent to the Polity; why did a
Jain node suddenly end up in the hands of someone who could do the most damage
with it? Meanwhile an entity called the Legate is distributing pernicious
Jain nodes . . . and a renegade attack ship, The King of Hearts, has encountered
something very nasty outside the Polity itself."
Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, Hardcover, approximately $21.00)
- Gathered here for the first time are Alastair Reynolds' stories and
novelettes set in the universe of REVELATION SPACE, his first bestselling
blockbuster. GALACTIC NORTH will include several brand-new stories and novelettes
written specially for this collection.
Matter by Iain Banks (Little, Brown UK, Hardcover, approximately $24.00)
- "Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million
pound gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks' fabulous new novel
. The Wopuld family have built their fortune on a board game called
EMPIRE. It has transferred remarkably well to the computer generation
and now the American Spraint corportation want to buy them out. Alban,
who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks
the yanks should be treated with suspicion - but he also has other things
on his mind. What was it that drove his mother to take her own life?
And has he ever really got over Sophie, the girl he had a teenage love affair
with and who will be present at the forthcoming family gathering in their
highland castle? A book of great warmth, humanity and ingenuity, MATTER
is Iain Banks' finest novel since THE CROW ROAD. "
End of the World Blues by John Courtenay Grimwood (Gollancz, Hardcover, approximately
$26.00) - " Kit Nouveau didn't escape himself when he flew to Japan.
He runs a bar in the Roppongi district of Tokyo and is having an affair with
the wife of a High Yakusa ganglord. All things considered being held
up at gunpoint isn't a complete shock. The pale girl in the black cloak
appearing from nowhere and punching an ivory spike into the man's head on
the other hand. . . Nijie has stolen fifteen million dollars, she's on the
run, she's just killed a man and she has a cat who knows more than it should.
It's a lot to deal with when you haven't even left school. But Nijie
is really Lady Neku. And it is time for her to stop mewling in the
darkness. And suddenly, the girl who became Lady Neku understands she's
never really been anyone else. And in a sentient castle at the end
of world Lady Neku otherwise known as Baroness Nawa-no-ukiyo, Countess High
Strange and chatelaine of Schloss Omga realizes that a man called Kit has
stolen some of her memories."
Zootsuit Black by Jon George (Tor UK, Hardcover?, approximately $22.00) -
"The world is panicking as, in seven days time, millions will 'disappear'
when our universe causes changes to reality. Dr Jake Crux has proof
that we must reacquaint ourselves with old powers - his experiment demonstrates
extrasensory perception is possible; but his superiors intend to pervert
the result. Scott Anderson is convinced the Far Right is jeopardising
our chances of survival - his participation in a cult reality show exposes
him directly to their mortal threats. Meanwhile both men are periodically
thrust into dealing with adversity in temporary dimensions: one battles mythical
dragons; the other fights Nazis in World War II. And they call this
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