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compiled by Neil Walsh

Along with the usual SF & fantasy fare, we've received a sudden influx of YA & Children's books with strong fantasy connections. Plenty of interesting material for readers of all ages.

As for my own reading, here's my latest recommendation:

  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (Orb, Tom Doherty Associates, USA, October 1997). This handsome trade edition includes not only Matheson's classic horror novel I Am Legend, but 10 other short stories as well, ranging in origin from the early 1950s through to the late 1980s. The novel is about the last man on earth -- everyone else has become a vampire. It's a classic for a reason; 50 years later it's still a good story, with an interesting twist which, whether you see it coming or not, is clever enough that even if you do see it coming, you'll appreciate it. The other stories, although they could all be classified as horror, range from chilling to cheesy. A worthwhile collection, but worth it even just for the novel alone.

(Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted.)

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: May 2002
Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin
Ace (mm, 396 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada
   First published separately in 1978 and 1980 respectively, these are the first two of Asprin's now classic humorous fantasy Myth series.

Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press (hc, 248 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada
   For ages 12 & up.

Inquisition (The Aquasilva Trilogy, Book 2) by Anselm Audley
Earthlight, Simon & Schuster (trade, 400 pages)
Publication date: 7 May 2002, UK

Heresy (The Aquasilva Trilogy, Book 1) by Anselm Audley
Earthlight, Simon & Schuster (mm, 503 pages)
Publication date: 7 May 2002, UK

Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers by Kage Baker
Golden Gryphon (hc, 288 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): September 2002, USA

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
Ace (trade, 284 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada.
   First published in 1996.
reviewSF Site Review

The Green Knowe Chronicles by L.M. Boston
Harcourt Young Classics (hc, 163 to 215 pages each)
Publication date: 2002, USA.
   Individual titles in the series include:
The Children of Green Knowe (First published 1955.)
Treasure of Green Knowe (First published 1958.)
The River at Green Knowe (First published 1959.)
A Stranger at Green Knowe (First published 1961.)
An Enemy at Green Knowe (First published 1964.)

The Ages of Chaos by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW (mm omnibus, 768 page)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada
   Includes 2 Darkover novels, previously published separately as Stormqueen (1978) and Hawkmistress (1982).

The Prince of Butterflies by Bruce Coville, illustrated by John Clapp
Harcourt (hc, 36 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
   First published in a somewhat different form in 1995. This edition, with John Clapp's beautiful illustrations, is quite a treat for readers 6 & up.

A Mouthful of Tongues by Paul Di Filippo
Cosmos Books, Wildside Press (hc, 180 pages)
Publication date: October 2002, USA

Mistress of the Catacombs (Lord of the Isles, Book 4) by David Drake
Gollancz (mm, 636 pages)
Publication date: 9 May 2002, UK
reviewSF Site Review of Book 1

The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
Fantasy Masterworks #29, Gollancz (trade, 367 pages)
Publication date: 9 May 2002, UK

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Harcourt (hc, 30 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
   A charming little story in rhyme for ages 3-7 that will make older readers smile.

A Story for Bear by Dennis Haseley, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
Silver Whistle, Harcourt (hc, 32 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
   A story about the joys of reading, aimed at ages 5-8. I really enjoy LaMarche's art (he also illustrated Donna Jo Napoli's Albert); every inch of every page of this book is covered with colour, but it never seems busy. He also uses some beautiful lighting effects here. A warm, friendly look that meshes well with the warm, friendly story.

The Soul Thief by Cecilia Holland
Forge, Tom Doherty Associates (hc, 300 pages)
Publication date: April 2002, USA & Canada

Scout's Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Ace (mm, 312 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada

Tales From Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ace (trade, 314 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada

Starhawk: The Fourth Empire by Mack Maloney
Ace (mm, 298 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada

Freedom's Ransom by Anne McCaffrey
Bantam Press (hc, 320 pages)
Publication date: 2 May 2002, UK

Dragondoom by Dennis L. McKiernan
Roc (mm, 530 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada
   A novel of Mithgar, first published in 1990.

A Circle of Time by Marisa Montes
A Time Travel Mystery, Harcourt (hc, 261 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
   For ages 10 & up.

Fallen Host by Lyda Morehouse
Roc (mm, 344 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review

Paint by Magic by Kathryn Reiss
A Time Travel Mystery, Harcourt (hc, 271 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
   For ages 10 & up.

Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss
A Time Travel Mystery, Harcourt (mm, 278 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
   For ages 10 & up. First published in 1998.

Hannibal's Children by John Maddox Roberts
Ace (hc, 360 pages)
Publication date: 7 May 2002, USA & Canada

Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
Ace (mm, 342 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review

City of Saints & Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
Prime (hc, 460 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Ambergris
   Note that this new hardcover edition includes 60,000 words of additional material that did not appear in the edition that was one of the SF Site top 10 best books of 2001 and is reviewed here:
reviewSF Site Review

Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts, Volume 2 edited by Stanley Wiater
Gauntlet Press (trade, 407 pages)
Publication date: 1 May 2002, USA & Canada
reviewSF Site Review of Volume 1

30th Anniversary DAW Fantasy edited by Elizabeth R. Wollheim & Sheila E. Gilbert
DAW (hc, 421 pages)
Publication date: May 2002, USA & Canada

The Bagpiper's Ghost by Jane Yolen
Harcourt (hc, 130 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
   Ages 8 & up for this and the following 2 Yolen titles.

The Pictish Child by Jane Yolen
Magic Carpet Books, Harcourt (trade, 146 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA

The Wizard's Map by Jane Yolen
Magic Carpet Books, Harcourt (trade, 146 pages)
Publication date: 2002, USA
reviewSF Site Review

Magazines

The Electric Velocipede, #1, Fall 2001, USA
Contributors to this issue include: Shane Tourtellotte, Ezra Pines, Lawrence M. Schoen, Gene P. Lass, James Hartley, Alexander Irvine, B.A. Chepaitis, & others.

The Electric Velocipede, #2, Spring 2002, USA
Contributors to this issue include: Mark Rich, Jason Henderson, Catherine Dybeic Holm, Harold Gross, Michael Kelly, Richard Bowes & Ezra Pines, Jeff VanderMeer, Kevin L. Donihe, Norman Partridge, & others.

Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2002, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: R. Garcia y Robertson, Chris Willrich, Albert E. Cowdrey, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Robert Onopa, Thomas M. Disch, Robert Loy.

Interzone, April 2002, UK
Contributors to this issue include: Richard Calder, Alexander Glass, Daniel Kaysen, Claude Lalumière, Tony Ballantyne, Darrell Schweitzer, Harry Turtledove interviewed, and more.

Nemonymous: A journal of parthenogentic fiction and late labelling, Issue #1, November 2001
   Just fiction here. 16 stories by authors whose by-lines are to be published in issue #2, along with a new batch of stories, credits to follow in issue #3, etc.

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