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Bantam Spectra paperback
A seven year war with an alien race has ravaged Earth. A discovery is made on a distant planet which may help the humans understand what they're up against. Locus says "Obendorf is in every way the proverbial talent to watch".
Roc (paperback, 273 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999
"There's nothing more deadly than a shadowrunner with a chip on his shoulder." I'll bet they've been dying to use that line for months. Mel Odom is all over the bookshelves these days, with everything from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch novelizations to the cluebook for the I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream computer game. His most recent novels include the Forgotten Realms books Rising Tide: The Threat from the Sea and Lost Empires: The Lost Library of Cormanthyr. "Top shadowrunner and street samurai Argent meets with a potential client only to be caught in the middle of a deadly corporation crossfire that leaves corpses scattered across the streets." Most licensed properties -- especially gaming properties -- run a few books and then quickly run out of steam, exhausting whatever vein of originality and reader interest they had. Not so with the Shadowrun books, based on FASA's role playing game of the same name -- at 35 books, they're still going strong and show no signs of slowing down.
Ace (paperback, 359 pages, $6.50/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: July 6, 1999
Dwarves versus Nazis! You don't get the opportunity to savour something like that very often. A new novel of light-hearted fantasy from the author of The Healing of Crossroads and Under the Healing Sign. "A brand new fantasy adventure with a brilliant premise: What if the greatest heroes of World War II were the tiniest creatures of fairy tales? As World War II rages in Europe, a young American engineer receives an order for a rather odd industrial furnace--custom made for someone three feet tall. When he investigates the client, what he finds is an incredible world where dwarves exist, where magic is real, and where enemies can come in all sizes...."
Review by Todd Richmond
The Healing of Crossroads|
Travelling through different realms to heal creatures of myth and magic, Veterinarian BJ Vaughn has put her own land in danger.
The Book of Irish Weirdness|
Sterling Publications trade paper
Subtitled "A Treasury of Classic Tales of the Supernatural, Spooky and Strange", this is one of the month's best looking anthologies. It offers 35 stories of leprechauns, banshees, ghosts, giants and demons from such names as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats, mostly culled from older collections. All reprints, but at 496 pages this is a sizeable addition to your library. Illustrated with spot art.
Star Trek Encyclopedia: Updated & Expanded|
Michael & Denise Okuda
An enormous and detailed Star Trek reference that truly tells you everything you need to know about the series -- with entries for every single character, ship, planet, star, and alien race from every episode of the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the first six Star Trek motion pictures. Illustrated with more than 2,000 photos, using computer video imaging techniques pioneered for the Star Trek Chronology. Includes a starship recognition chart, Starfleet uniform chart, inside jokes, technical diagrams and appendices on the timeline of the show's production and the writers of each episode.
Putnam/PaperStar trade paper
It is 21st-century England, a place where office workers are expected to live at their jobs and pay taxes on their children, and street people are beaten without question by police. Ren, a young girl whose mother has abandoned her, links up with three other unwanted children, and together they manage to survive. This small band finds itself united in its determination to do the impossible -- keep an abandoned baby named Found alive. From the author of Little Rattle in the Air, Enter Tom, Flames, and Grow Up Cupid.
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 288 pages, $13.95 US)
Publication date: October, 1998 (First Printing: November, 1997)
O'Leary's first novel, Door Number Three, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. For his follow-up work he turns to fantasy with the story of a boy and a king and their quest to confront the Usher of the Night, and rid their land of old near-forgotten magic perverted by long misuse. Recommended. "Tim is robbed of his childhood, and Simon is tormented by hearing made too acute. Both are victims of The User of the Night, once a boy like them, now pathetically twisted by his own ambition and by Tomen, a malevolent creature of magic. Together Simon and Tim must rid their land of the magic that has been misused by Tomen and The User."
Review by Rodger Turner
Door Number Three|
Tor trade paper
A woman walks into a therapist's office (no, not the beginning of a joke) and explains that she has been left on Earth by aliens. She has one year to convince someone of her identity or when they come back she must leave. To prove her point she takes off her top to expose breasts with square nipples. Interesting line, eh? I'd characterize this one as "time travel with spunk".
Pocket (paperback, 410 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: September 8, 1998
Trust Pocket to throw in a twist in the final volume of their The Captain's Tale series. I'd expected Captain Spock, or may Sulu or Worf. Nope. Instead they resurrect none other than Captain Christopher Pike, first Captain of the Starship Enterprise, to tell a story of the Enterprise's first five-year mission. "Years before Kirk took command, Captain Christopher Pike guided the Starship Enterprise on a five-year mission. Pike's journey took him to many new and unexplored realms, none more strange or perilous than a devastated star system where huge, space-faring lifeforms, vital to the survival of one inhabited star system, wreak havoc on the humanoid inhabitants of the other. Captain Pike must thrust the Enterprise into deadly danger as he fights to save one innocent civilization without dooming the other."
Star Trek: Mudd in Your Eye|
Mudd returns. Did he bring the women?
Tor trade paper
A new future thriller with genetic mutations, eco-terrorists and government run amok.
A wonderful novel of southern rural magic, buy it.
Ace (paperback, 262 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1, 1998
Latest from the author of the Iroshi trilogy and Deathweave. "As one of the elite imperial guards, Arden Grenfall is pledged to defend the royal house of Glory - and her personal charge, the Empress Jessa - to the death. But now, with Jessa about to be married, a dark cloud looms over her kingdom. And Arden will have to use all her talents - for combat and for seeing the future - to keep her charge on the throne."
Cary G. Osborne
A new novel of Iroshi of the Glaive. On the planet Djed Iroshi hoped to bring peace to the factions battling over persea, a mysterious drug with life-prolonging properties. But she did not expect to encouter the rogue Martin Dukane, whose obsession with her has only grown.
The Puttermesser Papers|
Knopf hard cover
A collection of short stories old and new featuring the rather whimsical New York lawyer Ruth Puttermesser, written by the author of The Messiah of Stockholm. The stories feature Puttermesser's tenure at an esteemed law firm, the golem she creates with soil from her flowerpots, her term as mayor, and even her own murder.
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