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New and forthcoming titles include new editions of old classics from Raymond Feist, Poul Anderson, Charles de Lint, and brand new works from C.J. Cherryh, Ken MacLeod, Ed Greenwood, Neal Barrett Jr., Gene Wolfe and many others.

But first, I want to tell you about another new book which I read recently. Highly recommended is...

  • Secret Life by Jeff VanderMeer (Golden Gryphon, hc, 305 pages, June 2004, USA & Canada)
        As with any book of short fiction, I found a few particular favourites. I'm always a sucker for keenly executed metafiction, and the closing piece is a particular gem in that vein , plus there are some other truly great stories here -- I'm sure you'll find your own favourites. What I didn't find (thankfully) was the unevenness that might have been expected from such a varied collection of work spanning 15+ years of writing. This solid collection includes stories set in the dark and dangerous futuristic world of Veniss, the dank and oppressive antiquated-seeming world of Ambergris, and in worlds more closely resembling our own past or present, albeit with a distinctive VanderMeer flavouring. Some tales in Secret Life have a horrific edge, others a piercing humour, some a bit of both -- the precision cut and thrust of VanderMeer's prose will not leave you unmoved.
(Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted.)

New Arrivals & Forthcoming Books: June 2004
The Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson
Orb (trade, 470 pages)
Publication date: May 2004, USA & Canada
    First published in 1989.

The Skinner by Neal Asher
Tor (hc, 474 pages)
Publication date: 16 June 2004, USA & Canada
    First published in the UK in 2002.
reviewSF Site Review

Prince of Christler-Coke by Neal Barrett, Jr.
Golden Gryphon (hc, 244 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): September 2004, USA

Prisoner of Haven by Nancy Varian Berberick
DragonLance, Wizards of the Coast (mm, 310 pages)
Publication date: June 2004, USA & Canada & UK

Forge of Heaven by C.J. Cherryh
Eos, HarperCollins (hc, 405 pages)
Publication date: 4 June 2004, USA & Canada

Counterfeit Kings by Adam Connell
Phobos (trade, 382 pages)
Publication date: May 2004, USA

The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
Orb (trade, 205 pages)
Publication date: 16 June 2004, USA & Canada
    Back in print for the first time since initial publication in 1994.

Gardens of the Moon: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Vol. 1 by Steven Erikson
Tor (hc, 494 pages)
Publication date: 16 June 2004, USA & Canada
    Finally available in the US! First volume in this strikingly original fantasy series, originally published in the UK by Bantam/Transworld in 1999.
reviewSF Site Review

Medalon: Hythrun Chronicles, Book 1 by Jennifer Fallon
Tor (hc, 431 pages)
Publication date: 30 April 2004, USA & Canada

Prince of the Blood by Raymond E. Feist
Bantam Spectra (hc, 357 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 6 July 2004, USA & Canada
    Rewritten by the author 15 years after first publication.

Wild Magic: Fool's Gold, Book 2 by Jude Fisher
Pocket Books (mm, 565 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): 5 July 2004, UK
reviewSF Site Review

The Silent House: A Chronicle of Aglirta by Ed Greenwood
Tor (hc, 381 pages)
Publication date: 19 June 2004, USA & Canada

Dawn of Night: The Erevis Cale Trilogy, Book 2 by Paul S. Kemp
Forgotten Realms, Wizards of the Coast (mm, 302 pages)
Publication date: June 2004, USA & Canada & UK

Newton's Wake: A Space Opera by Ken MacLeod
Tor (hc, 316 pages)
Publication date: 22 June 2004, USA & Canada

Venture: Dark Ages, Book 12 by Matthew McFarland
World of Darkness, White Wolf (mm, 280 pages)
Publication date: June 2004, USA & Canada

Urban Legends: Strange Stories Behind Modern Myths by A.S. Mott
Ghost House Books (trade, 232 pages)
Publication date: 2004, USA & Canada

Ringworld's Children by Larry Niven
Tor (hc, 284 pages)
Publication date: June 2004, USA & Canada

Thinner Than Thou by Kit Reed
Tor (hc, 334 pages)
Publication date: 16 June 2004, USA & Canada

Swiftly: Stories That Never Were and Might Not Be by Adam Roberts
Night Shade Books (hc, 256 pages)
Publication date (forthcoming): August 2004, USA

The Lone Drow: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book 2 by R.A. Salvatore
Forgotten Realms, Wizards of the Coast (mm, 370 pages)
Publication date: June 2004, USA & Canada & UK

The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age edited by Harry Turtledove & Noreen Doyle
Tor (hc, 368 pages)
Publication date: 28 May 2004, USA & Canada

The Autumn Castle: Europa Suite, Book 1 by Kim Wilkins
Victor Gollancz (hc, 465 pages)
Publication date: 17 June 2004, UK

Eden: The Novel by Ken Wisman
1st Books (trade, 185 pages)
Publication date: May 2004, USA

Innocents Aboard: New Fantasy Stories by Gene Wolfe
Tor (hc, 304 pages)
Publication date: 24 June 2004, USA & Canada

The Skein of Lament: The Braided Path, Book 2 by Chris Wooding
Victor Gollancz (hc & trade, 405 pages)
Publication date: 20 May 2004, UK
reviewSF Site Review

Magazines

Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2004, USA & Canada
Contributors to this issue include: R. Garcia y Robertson, James Stoddard, Daryl Gregory, George Guthridge, John Morressy, Albert E. Cowdrey, Esther M. Friesner.

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