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The past few weeks has brought new books from David & Leigh Eddings, Harry Turtledove, Spider Robinson, Sarah Ash, and new editions of old favourites from Jack Vance and Robert Heinlein. Some of the forthcoming books in the next while include new novels from Terry Pratchett, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Karin Lowachee, and new collections from Nancy Kress and George Alec Effinger.

As for me, I recently had a look at the following book:

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Raincoast Books, hc, 766 pages, June 2003, Canada)
        The 5th Harry Potter book, much like the 4th, is a good read that could have been better with some clever editing. Like the 4th volume, here we have many redundant passages and irrelevant minor plot threads that go nowhere in the end. This latest volume, more so than any of the others, seems to be setting the stage for further adventures. The first three volumes of this series are still my favourites, so far. Nevertheless, I admire the way the complexity and maturity of the story develops as the protagonists themselves (Harry and his friends) grow a little older with each successive volume. No eternal childhood here. And, like most British children/young adult fiction, it is not patronizing.
        Disappointing, then, is the fact that the US editions have been edited to change the British English to American English. This strikes me as contrary to the spirit of the book -- a book about, among other things, education and expanding your knowledge of the world. Give young readers a little credit: if they don't already know that pavement = sidewalk or lorry = truck, they'll figure it out from the context, or they'll look it up. The US publishers even changed the title of the first volume, presumably because American kids aren't clever enough to know what a philosopher is. Gimme a break! Raincoast, the ancient-forest friendly Canadian publisher, has kept the British spelling & vocabulary. Bravo for Raincoast!

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

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: August 2003
A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 2 by Kevin J. Anderson
Warner Aspect (hc, 478 pages)
Publication date: 17 July 2003, USA & Canada

Lord of Snow and Shadows: The Tears of Artamon, Book 1 by Sarah Ash
Bantam Spectra (hc, 481 pages)
Publication date: 5 August 2003, USA & Canada

Babylon 5: To Dream in the City of Sorrows by Kathryn M. Drennan
Del Rey, Ballantine (mm, 340 pages)
Publication date: 5 August 2003, USA & Canada

The Elder Gods by David & Leigh Eddings
Voyager, Harpercollins (hc, 424 pages)
Publication date: 15 July 2003, UK

Budayeen Nights by George Alec Effinger
Golden Gryphon (hc, 235 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): September 2003, USA & Canada

Hidden Warrior: The Tamír Triad, Book 2 by Lynn Flewelling
Voyager, HarperCollins (mm, 553 pages)
Publication date: 7 July 2003, UK

The Mocking Program by Alan Dean Foster
Warner Aspect (mm, 323 pages)
Publication date: 1 August 2003, USA & Canada

Path of Fate by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Roc (mm, 384 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 4 November 2003, USA & Canada

Way of the Dead edited by Marc Gascoigne & Christian Dunn
Black Library (mm, 288 pages)
Publication date: August 2003, USA & Canada

Crusade for Armageddon by Jonathan Green
Black Library (mm, 288 pages)
Publication date: August 2003, USA & Canada

Dragonstar by Barbara Hambly
Del Rey, Ballantine (mm, 328 pages)
Publication date: 8 July 2003, USA & Canada
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Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein
Del Rey, Ballantine (trade, 233 pages)
Publication date: 5 August 2003, USA & Canada
   First published in 1958, this is one of Heinlein's best-known and best-loved books for young & old.

Dante's Equation by Jane Jensen
Del Rey, Ballantine (trade, 484 pages)
Publication date: 5 August 2003, USA & Canada

Low Red Moon by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Roc (trade, 352 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 4 November 2003, USA & Canada

Daemonslayer: Gotrek & Felix, Book 3 by William King
Black Library (mm, 288 pages)
Publication date: August 2003, USA & Canada

Dragonslayer: Gotrek & Felix, Book 4 by William King
Black Library (mm, 288 pages)
Publication date: August 2003, USA & Canada

Nothing Human by Nancy Kress
Golden Gryphon (hc, 300 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): September 2003, USA & Canada

Burndive by Karin Lowachee
Warner Aspect (mm, 432 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): October 2003, USA & Canada

Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction edited by Fred Patten
Sofawolf Press (trade, 456 pages)
Publication date: July 2003, USA

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
Doubleday (hc, 352 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 1 October 2003, UK

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death by Gordon Rennie
Black Library (mm, 256 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): October 2003, USA & Canada & Australia

Callahan's Con by Spider Robinson
Tor (hc, 286 pages)
Publication date: August 2003, USA & Canada

Idlewild by Nick Sagan
Bantam Press (hc, 275 pages)
Publication date: 7 August 2003, UK

A Voice in Every Wind: Two Tales of the Scattered Worlds by Don Sakers
Speed-of-C Productions (trade, 108 pages)
Publication date: June 2003, USA

Outlet by Randy Taguchi, translated by Glynne Walley
Vertical (trade, 272 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): October 2003, USA

The Center Cannot Hold: American Empire, Book 2 by Harry Turtledove
Del Rey, Ballantine (mm, 620 pages)
Publication date: 8 July 2003, USA & Canada
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The Victorious Opposition: American Empire, Book 3 by Harry Turtledove
Del Rey, Ballantine (hc, 496 pages)
Publication date: 5 August 2003, USA & Canada

One Lamp: Alternate History from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction edited by Gordon Van Gelder
Four Walls Eight Windows (trade, 442 pages)
Publication date: 18 August 2003, USA & UK

The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance
ibooks (trade, 235 pages)
Publication date: August 2003, USA & Canada & UK

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way by Walter Jon Williams
Lucas Books, Del Rey, Ballantine (mm, 451 pages)
Publication date: 5 August 2003, USA & Canada

Magazines

NFG, Vol. 1, issue 1, Canada & USA & UK
Contributors to this issue include: Paul Haines, Bonnie Mercure, Kaolin Fire, Kevin L. Donihe, Shawn James, Paul McEllin, Steve Lavender, Adam Browne, Dale Humphries, Allan McDonald, Justin Stanchfield, Ruth Nestvold, Michael K. Martin, Chris Dolley, Monica S. Kueber, and featuring interviews with Michael Marshall Smith and Nancy Kress.

NFG, Vol. 1, issue 2, Canada & USA & UK
Contributors to this issue include: Judd Hampton, John Rosenman, Paul Haines, Mikal Trimm, Adam Browne, William M. Brock, Frederick Obermeyer, Lee Meyer, Angie Lofthouse, Eric Gaden, and more.

The 3rd Alternative, #35, Summer 2003, UK & USA
Contributors to this issue include: Ian Watson, Alexander Glass, Jay Lake, Christopher Kenworthy, Glen Dennis, John Connolly, China Miéville, plus interviews with Liz Williams, Ian R. MacLeod, James Lovegrove and Roger Levy.

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