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[Cover] The Immortals
Tracy Hickman
Penguin/Roc paperback
The United States in the year 2010 is a country ravaged by V-CIDS, a highly lethal mutation of the AIDS virus. As it reaches epidemic proportions the government sets up isolated quarentine camps in the badlands of Utah... but with hidden objectives.
[Cover] Requiem of the Stars
Tracy Hickman
Bantam Spectra paperback
First solo novel from well-known TSR author, it's space opera along the lines of his partner, Margaret Weis's Lost King series.
[Cover] The Magic Bicycle
William Hill
Otter Creek Press trade paper
Third novel by the author of Dane of the Vampire and The Vampire's Kiss, published by small press Otter Creek Press. The author summarizes the book as "A Wrinkle in Time & Jonathan L. Seagull meet Calvin & Hobbes.  The Magic Bicycle is a fun, fast-paced and yet poignant time-travelling tale about a young outcast, an alien, a talking cat, and a magic bicycle powered by imagination. While testing the bicycle's wondrous abilities, Danny discovers The Magic Bicycle can travel time. He struggles with whether to change the past and save his mother and sister from a tragic auto accident -- a change that could destroy the future. If you'd like to read sample chapters visit the Otter Creek Press website."
[Cover] The Paratwa
Christopher Hinz
Tor paperback
The "dreaded" bio-assasins are back in the third installment of the Paratwa saga.
[Cover] Ash Ock
Christopher Hinz
Tor paperback
Sequel to Leige-Killer and first North American paperback publication Leige-Killer was reprinted by Tor this month.
[Cover] Answer My Prayer
Sid Hite
Dell Laurel-Leaf
When lovelorn Lydia Swain prays to the angel she knows is up there, she isn't convinced that he will answer. The angel, Ebol, isn't sure either, being a bit lazy. But when he's persuaded--by an angelic kick in the rear end--he finds himself involved not only in a love story, but in a political brouhaha the likes of which the land of Korasan has before seen. A Booklist Children's Editors' Choice and a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book.
[Cover] The Trokeville Way
Russell Hoban
Knopf paperback
The author of the SF novel Russell Hoban turns to young adult fantasy with a taut psychological thriller centered on a boy who tries desperately to stop failing. A homeless man offers Nick Hartley a way to visit Trokeville, the world that exists at the edge of the picture puzzle. Nick has to make the journey if he's ever going to change the way his life is going. But he soon discovers the danger--his mind could leave him stranded there with no way of returning.
Stephen Youll
Mad Ship (The Liveship Traders, Book Two)
Robin Hobb
Bantam Spectra (hardcover, 647 pages, $24.95/$35.95 Can)
Publication date: April 13, 1999

The second and much-anticipated volume in one of the most popular new fantasy series of last year, and the sequel to Ship of Magic. Set in the same world as her early Farseer series. "This is a tale of the Old Traders of Bingtown and their rare magic ships -- carved from sentient wizardwood that bonds them mystically with those who sail them. Theirs is an ancient tradition, but one that is slowly eroding under the harsh realities of a cold new order. For these once proud Traders, it is a humbling lesson to learn that the foundations of their world, which had seemed immutable, are resting on shifting sands. Their corrupt ruler is deeding away their ancestral lands to upstart newcomers, and a growing traffic in human flesh is eroding the boundaries of civilized society. A plague of sea serpents and pirates off the coast is destroying the established trade routes, and ancient fortunes are dwindling. Old debts are coming due, and talk of rebellion is growing. And added to this uneasy mix, ancient powers are stirring on the banks of the mysterious Rain Wild River."
Review by Wayne MacLaurin
Art: Stephen Youll
Ship of Magic (The Liveships, Book Two)
Robin Hobb
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 809 pages, $6.99 US/$9.99 Can)
Publication date: February 9, 1999 (First Edition: March, 1998)

The hardcover made reviewer Wayne MacLaurin's prestigious MacLaurin Fat Fantasy Awards for 1998 -- no small feat, we can tell you. Now's your chance to grab it in paperback -- just as fat, and with half the calories. Set in the same world as her extremely popular Assassin's series (which concluded last year with Assassin's Quest), this book is set in the port city of Bingtown, where ships built of the rare wizardwood "quicken" and become sentient after three generations of owning families have died aboard. The trading ship Vivacia, owned and captained by Ephron Vestrit out of Bingtown, is expected to be the next so gifted: two previous Vestrits have passed on and now Ephron too lies dying. But when his natural successor, his sea-wise daughter Althea, is driven off the liveship Vivacia by her ruthless brother-in-law, trouble soon swarms thick and fast.
Review by Wayne MacLaurin
[Cover] Assassin's Quest (The Farseer, Book 3)
Robin Hobb
Bantam Spectra paperback
The concluding volume of one of the most popular fantasy series in recent memory, sequel to Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin. The paperback edition contains a bonus excerpt from the first volume of Hobb's upcoming trilogy, The Liveship Traders: Ship of Magic. Recommended.
[Cover] The Farseer: Royal Assassin
Robin Hobb
Bantam Spectra paperback
Sequel to Assassin's Apprentice. Fitz returns to Buckheep to save the kingdom from the intrigues of prince Regal and other threats. From what we've seen so far, this series looks like a must read.
[Cover] Assassin's Apprentice
Robin Hobb
Bantam Spectra paperback
Another very auspicious debut this year in trade paperback. Great storytelling, marvellous characters... but don't get upset when the dog dies! Everyone's looking forward to volume two, due out as trade paper.
Hungry Eyes
Barry Hoffman
Gauntlet Press hard cove
A brand new novel of horror from the editor of Gauntlet magazine. Gauntlet Press and HorrorNet are offering a very substantial preview of the book -- the complete prologue and first three chapters -- at a special website, with more chapters to be added online in the upcoming weeks. Check it out.
[Cover] Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman
Berkley paperback
It's magic realism for fans of Jonathan Carrol or Charles de Lint.
The Silent Strength of Stones
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Avon EOS (reprint, paperback, 244 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: September 9, 1998 (First Printing: September 1995)

Noticed a trend with the Avon EOS covers? As they announced when the imprint was formed, they've stuck with a design-heavy look, avoiding art (for the most part) and seeking a unique brand appearance. I don't think it's always successful -- have a look at Ribofunk and White Light, above -- but when it is, it really works. Both this cover and Future Indefinite, above, are quite striking, and certain to stand out on the crowded shelves. Still, I wish Avon would credit the cover artist. "Trapped in a small resort town, 17-year-old Nick longs to escape and get away from his father, a local merchant. The only thing Nick has going for him is his unusual ability for uncovering secrets and keeping them secret. As the summer season begins, Nick believes that Sauterelle Lake represents the greatest outlet for his fantasies, until he discovers a mysterious woman in a supposedly deserted cabin, a wolf who takes an unnatural interest in him, and a family with strange secrets -- secrets that may hold the key to the disappearance of his mother."
The Blood Artists
Chuck Hogan
Avon (reprint, paperback, 384 pages, $6.99 US)
Publication date: December, 1998

Reprint of a taunt medical thriller from the author of The Standoff. "It first appears in Africa. Two years later, it resurfaces to feed on the residents of a small New England town. Not even the dread Ebola possesses the apocalyptic power of this virus. Two brilliant scientists -- now bitter rivals -- contained it once using the most extreme methods. But the virus that has reemerged is a thousand times stronger and it is changing"
Books by James P. Hogan
Legacies and Lies (Gambler's Star, Book Two)
Nancy Holder
Avon/Eos (paperback, 292 pages, $5.99/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: March 9, 1999

Mobsters on the moon? Lunar rebellion? Fabled spacecraft? Certainly an original mix, I'll grant it that. "Opportunist Deuce McNamara considers himself THE Man in the Moon. The former bagman for the Borgioli clan on Moonbase Vegas works every angle he can and comes up with aces. Now the right-hand man to Hunter Castle, the wealthy businessman and owner of the new casino, Darkside City, Duece spins in an orbit of riches and power. But when a powerful explosion rips apart Castle's fabled spacecraft, GAMBLER"S STAR, Deuce's world spins out of control. The lunar St. Valentine's Day-style catastrophe has rubbed out the top echelons of the Six Families that control the Moon and the Castle himself, leaving Deuce in the middle of the bloodbath of all bloodbaths. As the families savagely pursue vendettas and the rebels of the Moonsider Liberation Front launch a campaign of terror, it is up to Deuce to intervene, stop the slaughter and prevent puritanical Earthsiders from imposing a tyranny of decency on the Moon."
The Six Families (Gambler's Star, Book One)
Nancy Holder
Avon EOS (paperback, 339 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: September 9, 1998

From the author of Dead in the Water, Rough Cut and The Angel Chronicles (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1) comes an SF novel with a head-turning premise. C'mon, you gotta love this one. "It's the 21st century, and gambling is illegal everywhere on Earth. But the casino owners have found a new oasis for vice of every kind: the Moon, and after a devastating turf war six mob families reign supreme. Moonbase Vegas, their sprawling, laser-lit metropolis has become a mecca for wheelers and dealers, movers and shakers -- and an ambitious bagman called Deuce McNamara."
Highlander: Measure of a Man
Nancy Holder
Warner Aspect paperback
The time of the Gathering is drawing near, and the Immortal Duncan MacLeod -- who has tried for centuries to live his life as a mortal -- finds himself being drawn back to battle. From the co-author of Witch-Light
[Cover] Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn
Robert Holdstock
Penguin/Roc hard cover
In the latest novel in the Mythago series, from the World Fantasy Award winning author of Mythago Wood and Ancient Echoes, Holdstock returns to Ryhope Wood, setting of Mythago Wood, Lavondyss, and The Hollowing. Ryhope is a wild and ancient forest which has not changed in some twelve thousand years. George Huxley is a scientist who's been documenting the forest. When he and his wife both vanish into the dark depths of the wood, their son Christian sets out in search of them both... with only the clues in his father's journal to guide him.
[Cover] Ancient Echoes
Robert Holdstock
Penguin/Roc paperback
Jack Chetwin's disturbing visions of a parallel world become all too real, and mean life or death for his daughter. From the author of Mythago Wood.
Photo: Simon Marsden
Deliver us from Evil
Tom Holland
Little, Brown UK (reprint, paperback, 582 pages, 6.99 UK)
Publication date: December 3, 1998 (First Edition: September 11, 1997)

Christopher Little, the UK Literary Agency, shipped us Tom Holland's complete backlist, along with a friendly letter that noted we haven't paid enough attention to this fine British horror writer. After a glance through their books, I'd say they're right. If you're a horror writer today and your name isn't Stephen King, Anne Rice or Dean Koontz, chances are you're stuck in the mid-list horror section -- a place that's harder to break out of than Alcatraz. Holland deserves better. "Deep winter, 1659. A killer is abroad on Salisbury Plain. Roundhead officer Captain Foxe fears that the horribly mutilated bodies found at ancient pagan sites point to a more than mortal cause. A long-buried evil, from the very depths of Hell, is awakening. And so begins an adventure that will take readers from the dark mysteries of Stonehenge to the ravishing temptations of Restoration London, from the labyrinthine Ghetto of Prague to the virgin forest of the New World."
The Sleeper in the Sands
Tom Holland
Little, Brown UK (trade paperback, 372 pages, 9.99 UK)
Publication date: November 19, 1998

Holland's latest is another novel of historical horror, but this time the setting is the Valley of Kings, Egypt, in 1922 -- as archeologist Howard Carter prepares to open the tomb of Tutankhamen. At the doorway to the mysterious vault he is confronted with a dire curse, warnings which take the form of tales within tales within tales, weaving a complex pattern of connections that stretch across millennia, to the very heart of Egypt's fabulous past. Tales of the caliph Omar and his private physician, of the enigmatic Pharaoh Akh-en-Aten, of ancient Thebes and medieval Cairo. "In a glorious Arabian Nightmare of lost cities, treacherous priests and daring archeologists, the tantalizing history of an ancient civilization shimmers into life: colorful, magical, and utterly strange."
Review by Georges T. Dodds
Photo: Simon Marsden
Supping with Panthers
Tom Holland
Little, Brown UK (reprint, paperback, 502 pages, 5.99 UK)
Publication date: September 11, 1997 (First Edition: August, 1996)

Another handsome British paperback from Tom Holland with the strong scent of epic horror. It's 1888, and Dr. John Eliot has returned to London from a disastrous expedition to a remote kingdom in the Himalayas. Eliot is a man of science, but the horrors he'd uncovered were far beyond the frontier of reason. His convictions are shaken even further when the body of a friend is dragged from the Thames, drained of blood... and another companion has gone missing. "Vampires and immortals walk the gaslit streets of Victorian London, mingling with Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Lord Byron, as Tom Holland meshes fact with fiction in this imaginative novel of passion and suspense." From the author of Vampyre (released in the US as Lord of the Dead) and Attis.
[Cover] Wolf Moon
John R. Holt
Bantam Spectra
A long-simmering feud is about to shatter the quiet town of St. Claire, New York. Exiled from the town, a woman rumored to have lethal supernatural powers finally returns to the place that shunned her -- to seek justice and face her own deadly past.
[Cover] Beggar's Banquet
Daniel Hood
Ace paperback
The third Liam Rhenford novel, following Fanuilh and Wizard's Heir. Liam has never claimed to be a wizard, athough he does have a dragon familiar. And while he's proven himself at solving mysteries, he's never claimed to be a detective either. But when a priceless magical heirloom is stolen from his business partner, he agrees to investigate.
[Cover] Warp Angel
Stuart Hopen
Tor paperback
Warp travel has been banned from the galaxy and the Draconian system has been cut off for some time. It's a vicious frontier and when Magen, a mercenary and assassin, is born again to a new life, it takes her husband's murder by Slavers to send her back to the frontlines. Shades of Chick Norris, Batman!
[Cover] Brown Girl in the Ring
Nalo Hopkinson
Warner Aspect trade paper
In 1996 Warner Aspect conducted a first-novel contest which attracted nearly a thousand manuscripts from around the world, and Nalo Hopkinson's was the winner. Betsy Mitchell at Warner writes, "Set in Toronto after the turn of the millennium, the novel focuses on 'the Burn,' the inner city left when Toronto's economic base collapses. Young Ti-Jeanne lives with her grandmother, who runs a trade in Caribbean herbal medicine that is vital to the disenfranchised of the Burn." C.J. Cherryh, one of the judges, called the manuscript, "Not your average urban fantasy, not your average science fiction story, not your average fantasy, but with something of all three, Caribbean folklore in a city of the conceivable future." Nalo Hopkinson is a young Canadian living in Toronto.
[Cover] Cain
James Byron Huggins
Simon & Schuster hard cover
The author of three action thrillers for the Christian market (including Leviathan) now breaks into the SF mainstream with a book already optioned by Bruce Willis. Army scientist Dr. Maggie Milton has created a Frankenstein supersoldier by injecting the body of a dead soldier named Cain with a mutated strain of the deadliest virus known, a pathogen which could wipe out all life on Earth within weeks. Cain already had highly unusual genes, and his body has been rebuilt with titanium armor and numerous devices, such as self-healing flesh and fangs for devouring bodies to replenish his RNA. But before Cain is activated, Satan takes over the super-soldier and endows him with a hunger for evil a stalking horse for apocalyptic plans of his own. The exact same thing happened to a program I wrote in graduate school. It's more common than people think.
Books by Tanya Huff
Percival and the Presence of God
Jim Hunter
Chaosium trade paper
[Cover] Northern Frights #3
Don Hutchison, ed.
Mosaic Press trade paper
A wonderful anthology of horror and dark fantasy by Canadian authors.
Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror
James Hynes
St. Martin's Press/Picador hard cover
Three witty and spooky novellas set in academia, by the author of The Wild Colonial Boy. In "Queen of the Jungle," a middle-aged professor finds his wife's devious cat determined to expose his mistress; "99" is the tale of an American anthropologist who delights in the discovery of an ancient Druidic cult in a remote village in England. And "Casting the Runes" offers us an historian who sets out to expose her colleague's plagiarism... only to discover the possibility of an occult explanation for his capabilities.

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