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Events and News from Borderlands Books

September, 2005

Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special Feature

Sonoma County Book Festival, Saturday September 10th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Robin Hobb, SHAMAN'S CROSSING, Sunday September 11th at 3:00 pm

David Farland, aka Dave Wolverton, WORLDS OF THE GOLDEN QUEEN and Brandon Sanderson, ELANTRIS, Friday September 16 at 7:00 pm

Phil Nutman WETWORK, Saturday September 17th at 4:00 pm

David Morrell, CREEPERS, Sunday September 18th at 3:00 pm

Tachyon Publications 10th Anniversary Party, with Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, and Michael Cadnum, Saturday September 24th at 2:00 pm

Ellen Steiber, A RUMOR OF GEMS, Saturday October 1st at 2:00 pm

Fiona Avery, THE CROWN ROSE, Saturday October 8th at 2:00 pm

John Ringo, GHOST: BOOK 1 OF KILDAR, Saturday October 8th at 4:00 pm

(for more information check the end of this section)

COMING UP  in the Fall we'll have the LitQuake Litcrawl, another radio play with the weird and beloved Hermetic Order of Arcana, a visit from the Last of the Courtly Poets, Donald Sydney Fryer, music and madness from the Rolling Darkness Review, the always-entrancing (and exhaustion-inducing) Dusk 'Til Dawn Halloween Party (with some special guests), and extraordinary fantasy author Steven Erikson! Stay tuned.


BoingBoing ( ), of which author Cory Doctorow is co-editor, has extensive coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as well as links to blogs and ways to help.

We are sad to announce that after 50 years of bookselling, Kepler's Books in Menlo Park has decided to close their doors.  This has been an unpleasant surprise for all of us.  The bookselling (and reading) world has lost an institution.  Click here to read Clark Kepler's statement: ( )

Attention Manly Wade Wellman collectors - When Night Shade Books originally announced their five-volume set of Wellman's short fiction they also announced that there would be a slipcase produced to accommodate the entire set once all five volumes had been published.  Well, they are finally here.  They are bound in the same material as the volumes themselves and will make a handsome addition to the set.  We have a limited number on hand and they'll be sold on a first-come, first-served basis (excluding, of course, those customers who have requested one over the years).  They are priced at $25.00.

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Book Club Info

The Gay Men's Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 11th at 5 pm to discuss INVERSIONS by Iain M. Banks.   The book for October is TBA.  Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at, for more information.

The Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 18th at 6 pm to discuss BELLWETHER by Connie Willis.  (The book for September was changed because the original book, RED SHIFT, is out of print.)  The book for October is BLOODSUCKING FIENDS by Christopher Moore.  Please contact Jude at for more information.

Upcoming Event Detail

Saturday September 10th from 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sonoma County Book Festival: Join Borderlands and dozens of other vendors in Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square for this sixth annual celebration of the literary arts.  There will be author appearances, panels, readings, special events for kids, and much, much more!  Details at ( )

Sunday September 11th at 3:00pm, Robin Hobb, SHAMAN'S CROSSING (Harper EOS): Borderlands is delighted to welcome the prolific and talented Robin Hobb, author of the beloved FARSEER books.  SHAMAN'S CROSSING is the first in a brand-new series, The Soldier Son Trilogy.  SHAMAN'S CROSSING is dedicated "To Caffeine and Sugar - my companions through many a long night of writing."  We know you're going to love Robin Hobb!  Check out her thoroughly entertaining website here: ( )

Friday September 16th at 7:00 pm: David Farland aka Dave Wolverton, WORLDS OF THE GOLDEN QUEEN (Tor) and Brandon Sanderson, ELANTRIS (Tor):  Brandon Sanderson's novel ELANTRIS was praised by Orson Scott Card, who said it was "The finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years."  We at Borderlands also think it's terrific.
Dave's most recently published work is THE WORLDS OF THE GOLDEN QUEEN, which was originally published as two books: THE GOLDEN QUEEN and BEYOND THE GATE.  "Dave Farland can dispense the flash and dazzle of space opera while at the same time providing tough, real, sympathetic characters. He has learned his lesson well, and I enjoyed THE GOLDEN QUEEN with a special pleasure."-Roger Zelazny.
David Farland is also well known for his RUNELORDS series and has published over 30 books.  He will do a reading from his new Runelords book, SON OF THE OAK, and also one from a new young adult series called OF MICE AND MAGIC, which is soon to be out.  Come meet these great authors!

Saturday September 17th at 4pm, Phil Nutman, Author's Special Edition of WET WORK (Overlook Connection Press):  From the publisher's website: "Dominic Corvino – covert assassin, the CIA’s top “wet work” specialist.
Nick Packard – a rookie cop about to undergo his baptism of fire on the Washington DC mean streets.
Two different men whose destinies are about to collide as Armageddon unfolds…
When a routine hit on a pair of rogue DEA agents goes horribly wrong in Panama, Corvino discovers not only has his team been betrayed from within, but he, too, is marked for death.
For Packard, his first day on the job rapidly descends into Hell on Earth when a domestic disturbance turns into a blood-soaked nightmare.  As a plague sweeps across the globe, turning normally non-lethal diseases fatal, the dead begin to revive.  Violence-crazed and hungry for flesh, they are everywhere.  And as their troops increase in size – and appetite – a new order is steadily established from coast to coast… A new order that leaves no room for the living."
Philip Nutman is a novelist, short story writer, comic book scriptwriter, and screenwriter.  Join us for an afternoon of the living dead! (We are sorry, but Brian Keene, who was also originally scheduled to appear, has had to cancel.)

Sunday September 18th at 3:00pm, David Morell, CREEPERS:  Join us to meet David Morrell!  From Publisher's Weekly: "Morrell takes a creative kind of breaking-and-entering as the premise for his latest thriller. . ., a gripping story that demands to be read in a single sitting.  Disguising himself as a journalist, Frank Balenger, ex-U.S. Army Ranger and Iraqi war veteran, joins a group of "Creepers," also known as infiltrators, urban explorers or city speleologists—men and women who outfit themselves with caving gear to break into and explore buildings that have long been closed up and abandoned.  Though what they're doing is technically illegal, participants pride themselves on never stealing or destroying anything they find at these sites.  They take only photographs and aim to leave no footprints.  Balenger joins a group of four: the leader, Professor Robert Conklin, high school teacher Vincent Vanelli and graduate students Rick and Cora Magill.  This gang infiltrates the Paragon Hotel, an abandoned, seven-story, pyramidal Asbury Park, N.J., structure built in 1901 by eccentric, hemophiliac Morgan Carlisle.  Balenger and the professor have a special agenda, but the others are there simply for the thrills.  Things quickly begin to unravel in life-threatening ways once the intrepid infiltrators penetrate the building—they aren't the only ones creeping around the spooky hotel.  Morrell delivers first-rate, suspenseful storytelling once again."

Saturday September 24th at 2:00 pm, Tachyon Publications 10th Anniversary Party - Ten years old and ready to party!  Come to Borderlands Books and help Tachyon  blow out the candles and celebrate their best year ever.  There'll be birthday cake, exotic drinks, cool door-prizes, and fabulously entertaining authors to tell you stories. There will be surprises and revelations and declarations of future glory and more birthday cake.
Tachyon has a lot to celebrate: in 2005, publications from Tachyon have received the Nebula and Chesley awards, and have been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, James Tiptree, and World Fantasy awards.
Tachyon authors Terry Bisson, Peter Beagle, and Michael Cadnum (and maybe a surprise guest) will be reading.  We will have a great time, listen to publisher Jacob Wiseman brag shamelessly and eat lots of cake. Isn't that what being ten years old is all about?

Saturday October 1st at 2:00 pm, Ellen Steiber, A RUMOR OF GEMS (Tor):  In the port city of Arcato, there are rumors - rumors of gems appearing mysteriously in the most unlikely places.  The rumors are true, and these are no ordinary gems.  Their powerful effects on the the city's inhabitants become apparant as spells are cast, gods arrive on barges, storms rage, passions are unearthed and lives are changed forever.  Written with elegance and grace, A RUMOR OF GEMS brims with all the elements of good fiction: unforgettable characters, sex, secrets, romance, mystery and magic.  Oh, yes, and a most unusual tiny little dragon.
Ellen Steiber is a consulting editor for the New York publishing industry and is also the author of many fine works of mythic fiction for children and adults.  Join us to meet this remarkable author!

Saturday October 8th at 2:00 pm, Fiona Avery, THE CROWN ROSE (Pyr):  The story of Isabelle of France, born heir to the throne, and the mystery of one man who enters her life at several key moments, becoming her icon, her soul’s other half, and her destiny — a man, who may, in fact, be much more than an ordinary man.  His bloodline goes back to the Holy Land, and he is far, far older than he appears.  Fiona Avery's work covers the full spectrum from prose to screenwriting, with an emphasis on historical, action and fantasy writing.  She currently lives in Los Angeles, and her favorite possession is a chisa katana from around the year 1200 C.E..

Saturday October 8th at 4:00 pm, John Ringo, GHOST: BOOK 1 OF KILDAR (Baen):  Borderlands is excited to welcome celebrated militaty science fiction author John Ringo, presenting the first book in his new techno-thriller adventure series: GHOST.  From Baen Books "Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name "Ghost", retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better.  When he sees a kidnapping, a series of (at the time logical) decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names “Bambi,” “Thumper” and “Cotton Tail.” A fast-paced, highly sexual, military-action thriller that ranges from a poison factory in the Mideast to the Florida Keys to Siberia, the novel will keep you guessing what twisted fate will bring next for the man once known as . . . Ghost."

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 for details.

Chapter Two - Book Listings

Small Press Features

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Oddities:

Parietal Games: Critical Writings by and on M. John Harrison edited by Mark Bould and Michelle Reid (Science Fiction Foundation , Trade Paperback, $20.00) - Foreword by Elizabeth Hand.

Christopher Priest: The Interaction edited by Andrew M. Butler (Science Fiction Foundation, Trade Paperback, $20.00)

Wonder’s Child - My Life in Science Fiction by Jack Williamson (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Greetings by Terry Bisson (Tachyon, Hardcover, $24.95)

From the Files of the Time Rangers by Richard Bowes (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $24.95)

Postscripts - Summer 2005, Number 4 by Peter Crowther, ed. (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $80.00) - Limited to 150 copies signed by all contributors.  Contains stories by Alastair Reynolds, Eric Brown, Lawrence Person, Barry Malzberg, Paul Di Filippo, Adam Roberts, Jack Dann and Zoran Zivkovic.  Also includes an interview with Richard S. Prather by Graham Andrews.  Cover by Edward Miller.

Postscripts - Summer 2005, Number 4 by Peter Crowther ed. (PS Publishing, Trade Paperback, $10.00) - Contains stories by Alastair Reynolds, Eric Brown, Lawrence Person, Barry Malzberg, Paul Di Filippo, Adam Roberts, Jack Dann and Zoran Zivkovic.  Also includes an interview with Richard S. Prather by Graham Andrews. Cover by Edward Miller.

Valley Of Shadows by Frank Fradella (Cove, Hardcover, $20.00)

Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories by Gregory Frost (Golden Gryphon, Hardcover, $25.95)

Absolute Values by Andrew R. Menard (Princess Tides, Hardcover, $24.95)

The Periodic Table of Science Fiction by Michael Swanwick (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $45.00) - Limited to 500 signed and numberd hardcover copies.

The Periodic Table of Science Fiction by Michael Swanwick (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $90.00) - Limited to 200 signed, numbered slipcased editions. This edition also signed by Theodore Gray, who wrote the introduction.

Triskell Tales - 20 Years of Chapbooks by Charles de Lint (Subterranean, Trade Paperback, $25.00)

Shadows Fall by Simon R. Green (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Deathworld by Harry Harrison (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $14.95) - Contains the complete Deathworld Trilogy, and the Deathworld short story, “The Mothballed Space Ship”

Written in Blood by Chris Lawson (MirrorDanse Books, Trade Paperback, $13.00) - Signed by Chris Lawson.

Soothsayer by Mike Resnick (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Remains by Mark W. Tiedemann (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Into the Dark Lands by Michelle Sagara West (Benbella, Trade Paperback, $14.95)


Laughin’ Boy by Bradley Denton (Subterranean, Hardcover, $40.00) - Limited to 750 signed numbered copies.

More Tales of the Uneasy by Violet Hunt (Ash-Tree Press, Hardcover, $47.50) - "More Tales of the Uneasy completes the series of Violet Hunt's supernatural fiction.  This second volumes contains four stories, originally published in book form in 1925, and the stories are accompanied by Hunt's own Preface, in which she tells how Henry James was instrumental in helping her find a suitable title for the series."

Creepers by David Morrell (CDS Books, Hardcover, $24.95) - See event description.

Sanity and the Lady by Brian Aldiss (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $45.00) - Limited to 500 signed numbered copies. Introduction by Ian R. Macleod.

Sanity and the Lady by Brian Aldiss (PS Publishing, Hardcover, $90.00) - Limited to 200 slipcased signed numbered copies. Also signed by Ian R. MacLeod.

The Field Guide to Midwest Monsters by Aaron Blecha and Jason Felix (A&J Books, Trade Paperback, $10.00)

Southern Blood: New Australian Tales of the Supernatural edited by Bill Congreve (Sandglass Enterprises, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

The Black Crusade by Richard Harland (Chimaera Publications, Trade Paperback, $14.00)

New and Notable

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (Hodder & Stoughton , Hardcover, $51.56) - Larger trim sized “collectors edition”. Simultaneously published with smaller trim sized edition, but printed in much lower quantities, with a higher cover price. Signed “Jasper” on title page.  We also have signed copies of the smaller trim sized edition, (Hodder & Stoughton , Hardcover, $35.26), and unsigned copies of the US trade edition (Viking, Hardcover, $24.95).  How will you ever decide?

Crystal Gorge by David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (Warner, Hardcover, $25.95)

The Dark Mirror - The Bride Chronicles vol. 1 by Juliet Marrillier (Tor, Hardcover, $27.95)

The Finest Choice by Jean Rabe (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe by James M. Ward (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95)

Strange Stories for Strange Kids edited by Art Spiegelman (HarperCollins, Oversized Hardcover, $19.95)

Archons of the Stars - Dragon Throne vol. 3 by Alison Baird (Aspect, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Tanequil - High Druid of Shannara vol. 2 by Terry Brooks (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $13.95)

Enemy of God - Warlord Chronicles vol. 2 by Bernard Cornwell (St. Martin's, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

The Runes Of The Earth - The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant vol. 1 by Stephen R. Donaldson (Ace, Trade Paperback, $16.00)

The  Malloreon vol. 1 by David Eddings (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $17.95)

The Malloreon vol. 2 by David Eddings (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $17.95)

Effendi - The Second Arabesk by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Bantam Spectra, Trade Paperback, $12.00)

The  Web: Lightstorm by Peter F. Hamilton (Starscape, Trade Paperback, $5.99)

Looking for Jake by China Mieville (Del Rey, Trade Paperback, $13.95) - Short story collection which includes the hard-to-find novella THE TAIN.

Dogs of Truth by Kit Reed (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Double Vision by Tricia Sullivan (Orbit, Trade Paperback, $21.23)

Schism - Triad vol. 1 by Cahterine Asaro (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

Prisoner of the Iron Tower - Tears of Artamon vol. 2 by Sarah Ash (Bantam Spectra, Mass Market, $7.50)

War Surf by M.M. Buckner (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Revenge Gifts by Cindy Cruciger (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

The Second Coming by John Dalmas (Baen, Mass Market, $4.00)

Robots edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99) - Contains stories by Mike Resnick, Geoff Ryman, Michael Swanwick, Gene Wolfe and more.

The Wounded Hawk - The Crucible vol. 1 by Sara Douglass (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Jaguar Knights - A Novel Of The King’s Blades by Dave Duncan (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)

Kren of the Mitchegai by Leo Frankowski and Dave Grossman (Baen, Mass Market, $4.00)

The Fiery Cross - Outlander vol. 5 by Diana Gabaldon (Dell, Mass Market, $7.99)

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (Avon, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Hawk Eternal - A Novel of the Hawk Queen by David Gemmell (Del Rey, Mass Market, $7.50)

Sisters of the Raven by Barbrara Hambly (Aspect, Mass Market, $6.99)

Dune: The Battle of Corrin by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Rakkety Tam - A Redwall Tale by Brian Jaques (Ace, Mass Market, $7.99)

Scepters - Corean Chronicles vol. 3 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

Marque and Reprisal - Vatta’s War vol. 2 by Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey, Mass Market, $6.99)

Finest Creation by Jean Rabe (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

A World of Difference by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, Mass Market, $6.99)

Ghostlands - Magic Time vol. 3 by Marc Scott Zicree and Robert Charles Wilson (Eos, Mass Market, $7.99)


Nobody True by James Herbert (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

Into the Fire by Richard Laymon (Leisure, Hardcover, $24.00)

Invasion of the Road Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar (Starscape, Hardcover, $16.95)

House of Cthulhu - Tales of the Primal Land vol. 1 by Brian Lumley (Tor, Hardcover, $23.95)

States of Grace - A Novel of Saint-Germain by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Tor, Hardcover, $25.95)

Harry Keogh: Necroscope and Other Weird Heroes by Brian Lumley (Tor, Trade Paperback, $14.95)

Dark of the Sun - A Novel of Saint Germain by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Tor, Trade Paperback, $15.95)

Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Multiple Murderer by Elliott Leyton (Carroll & Graf, Trade Paperback, $15.00)

Blood Of Angels - Straw Men vol. 3 by Michael Marshall (Jove, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Donor by Frank M. Robinson (Tor, Mass Market, $7.99)

The Bright Spot by Robert Sydney (Bantam Spectra, Mass Market, $6.99)

Blood Retribution - A Lee Nez Novel by David Thurlo and Aimee Thurlo (Tor, Mass Market, $6.99)

Keepers by Gary A. Braunbeck (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

The Between by Tananarive Due (HarperTorch, Mass Market, $6.99)

Paths Not Taken - A Nightside Novel by Simon R. Green (Ace, Mass Market, $6.99)

Manitou Blood by Graham Masterson (Leisure, Mass Market, $6.99)

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.)

Small Press:

SNAKE AGENT by Liz Williams (Nightshade Books, Signed Limited First Edition Hardcover (125 copies) $49, First EditionTrade Hardcover $24.95) - John Constantine meets Chow Yun-Fat in this near-future occult thriller.  Detective Inspector Chen is the Singapore Three police department's snake agent, in charge of supernatural and mystical investigations.
Chen has several problems: In addition to colleagues who don't trust him and his mystical ways, a patron goddess whom he has offended, and a demonic wife who's tired of staying home along, he's been paired with one of Hell's own vice officers, Seneschal Zhu Irzh, to investigate the illegal trade in souls.
Political pressures both earthly and otherworldly seem to block their investigation at every turn.  As a plot involving Singapore Three's industrial elite and Hell's own Ministry of Epidemics is revealed, it becomes apparent that the stakes are higher than anyone had previously suspected.
Liz Williams delivers the first in a series of near future occult thrillers that feature an audaciously textured mix of magic and futuristic technology in a far eastern setting that is iconic and thrilling.
Limited edition is signed by Liz, and will include an original Detective Inspector Chen story, "Insecticide".
Click here to see the incredible cover art by  Jon Foster: ( )

THE ALGEBRAIST by Iain M. Banks (Nightshade Books, Signed Limited First US Edition Hardcover (250 copies) $49, First US Edition Trade Hardcover $24.95) - It is 4034 AD.  Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year.  The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation.  In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars.  Seconded to a military-religious order he's barely heard of - part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony - Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers.  He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years.  But with each day that passes a war draws closer - a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he's ever known.  As complex, turbulent, flamboyant and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, the new science fiction novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.
The limited edition will be bound in leather and will signed by Iain M. Banks.

THE COMPLETE HAMMER'S SLAMMERS VOL. 1 by David Drake (Nightshade Books, Signed Limited First Edition Hardcover (250 copies) $49, First Edition Trade Hardcover $24.95) - Night Shade Books is proud to present Hammer’s Slammers: This three volume set presents for the first time the genre-defining Slammers series in a uniform hardcover set.
This volume features all of the Hammer's Slammer short fiction, as well as all of the interstitial material from the original Slammers collection, as well as new artwork, and new interstitial material.  The first volume will feature an introduction by Gene Wolfe  and cover art by Vincent Di Fate.  The limited edition will be bound in leather, with a bound-in ribbon bookmark. It will be signed by Drake, Wolfe and di Fate, and will contain an extra piece of artwork by di Fate.

SOLAR PONS: THE FINAL CASES by Basil Copper (Sarob Press, Signed Deluxe Limited First Edition Hardcover, $115 and Limited First Edition Trade Hardcover, $49.50) - "Sarob Press is delighted to present five Solar Pons novels in the author’s preferred and definitive versions.  Each novella appeared in the early 1970's in much altered form - so much so that the author now disowns them. So, here are The Adventures of ... The Haunted Rectory, The Ignored Idols, The Horrified Heiress, The Baffled Baron and The Anguished Actor just as the author intended.
As a special bonus we are also including a Basil Copper Sherlock Holmes novella ... The Adventure of the Persecuted Painter."  The Signed Deluxe Edition sold out pre-publication, but we have a very small number that aren't spoken for.  If you'd like one, reserve it right away!

GHOSTS AND FAMILY LEGENDS  by Catherine Crowe (RICHARD DALBY’S ‘MISTRESSES OF THE MACABRE’ VOLUME 7) (Sarob Press, Limited First Edition Hardcover, $45)

Trade Hardcovers:

GLASS SOUP by Jonathan Carroll (Tor, Hardcover, $24.95) - From Publisher's Weekly: "An ambitious retelling of the cosmic struggle between good and evil, with a little Judeo-Christian mythology and a smattering of popular culture mythos thrown in, make Carroll's latest a delicious dish—one that's lighter and better plotted than his WHITE APPLES (2002).  A group of 30-something Americans living in Vienna (where Carroll himself resides), find themselves caught in the middle of a battle between God (a giant polar bear named Bob, or possibly a mosaic) and Chaos (most often John Flannery, a rapacious sex demon—when he's not just raw ectoplasm inhabiting a leather sofa).  The McGuffin is Anjo, the unborn baby of Isabelle Neukor. In a reverse Orpheus, Isabelle has already crossed the border between life and death to retrieve the deceased Vincent Ettrich, Anjo's father.  As the contest for Isabelle's child heats up, more and more characters—some good, some evil, but most indifferent—are drawn into the fray, while the world, both real and unreal, living and dead, constantly blends, shifts and changes dimension. In-jokes abound, as do barbs thrown at George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger, rap music, Austrian traffic problems and even chocolate pudding.  This is a marvelous comic feast, but logic, consistency and plausibility are not on the menu.

ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman - We'll have signed copies available.  Reserve quickly!

THUD! by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, Signed Limited Edition Hardcover and Trade Hardcover, both $24.95) - We'll also have signed copies of THUD!  Reserve yours today.

WHERE'S MY COW? by Terry Pratchett  (Harper Collins, Hardcover, $16.95) - The book that Commander Vimes reads to Young Sam every night.  Haper Collins says "This is a book about reading a book, which turns into a different book.  But it all ends happily!"

KNIFE OF DREAMS, THE WHEEL OF TIME VOL. 11 by Robert Jordan (Tor, Hardcover, $29.95) The uncommonly long saga continues.

SON OF A WITCH by Gregory Maguire (Regan Books, Hardcover, $26.95)

WOKEN FURIES by Richard Morgan (Ballantine, Hardcover, $24.95) The US hardcover will finally be available at the end of September.

GENETOPIA by Keith Brooke (Pyr, Hardcover, $25.00)

SPECTRUM 12: THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FANTASTIC ART by Arnie and Cathy Fenner (Underwood, Oversized Hardcover, $39.95 and Oversized Trade Paperback, $29.95)

British Book Watch:

The following titles are coming soon from the UK:

THUD! by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, Hardcover, approx. $31.50) - Almost inevitably, the British covers are better.

9 TAIL FOX by John Courtenay Grimwood (Gollancz, Hardcover, approx. $23.00)

LOOKING FOR JAKE by China Mieville (Macmillian, Hardcover) - This will be the only hardcover edition.

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