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Fred Saberhagen
The First Swords (The Book of Swords, Volumes 1-3)
Tor (omnibus, trade paperback, 480 pages, $16.95 US)
Publication date: January, 1999

There aren't many authors with classic fantasy, horror and SF series to their name, but Saberhagen certainly qualifies. His Berserker saga is one of the most influential SF series, (and in fact he holds the trademark on the word "Berkerker") and his nine-volume Dracula Chronicles have been popular since it began with Old Friend of the Family in 1987. Perhaps his greatest saga is the fantasy The Book of Swords -- but beware: the series encompasses a total of twelve volumes (!), including the 1995 anthology An Armory of Swords. "Here, now available in one volume, are the three books that started it all. For a game the gods have given the world twelve Swords of Power so that they might be amused as the nations battle for their possession. But Vulcan the Smith has had his own little joke: the Swords can kill the gods themselves. What started out as Divine Jest has become all too serious as the gods fight to recover the Swords, and mortals discover that the mantle of power is more delicious and more terrible than anything they could have imagined."
Art: Julie Bell
The Face of Apollo (The Book of the Gods, Book 1)
Tor (reprint, paperback, 382 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: June 18, 1999 (First Edition: August 1998)

Fred Saberhagen has created some of the most exciting series fiction in the genre -- including the Berserker tales, and the Book of Swords novels. Now he kicks off a classical fantasy series, as the ancient gods return to Greece to reclaim dominion over humanity after a centuries-long absence. "Ancient Greece has many heroes. Young Jeremy Redthorn, seemingly doomed to virtual slavery as a farm laborer, doesn't think of himself as one. But when he risks his life for a beautiful, wounded stranger, he soon finds himself on a perilous mission. What he doesn't realize is that the mask he must deliver can confer upon its wearer the powers of a god. And, unfortunately for Jeremy, that god wants it back."
Art: Luis Royo
Shiva in Steel (A Berserker Novel)
Tor (hardcover, 318 pages, $23.95 US/$33.95 Can)
Publication date: September 11, 1998

To be honest, I've kinda lost count of exactly how many Berserker books there are now. At least ten. Don't lose heart though -- everything you need to know to leap into the latest novel can be summed up fairly concisely. Humans good, Berserkers bad. Verrry bad. "The thrilling new installment in the acclaimed Berserker series. In a sector of the galaxy occupied by Earth-descended people, one Berserker computer has suddenly and mysteriously developed a tactical strategy unlike anything the human opposition has ever seen before." See? What'd I tell you.
Berserker Fury
Saberhagen has crafted many fine fantasy and SF series, including the lengthy Book of Swords and the Dracula chronicles. But he's still most famous for his Berserker novels, tales of ancient and mysterious killing machines whose sole purpose is to destroy all life. In this latest volume, the Berserkers have developed a new and lethal weapon: self-contained constructs that masquerade as androids. With the knowledge they'd gained, and a fleet slowly gathering on the borders, they're prepared for a deadly attack deep into human space. But mankind has possibly an even greater weapon - a technique which may finally crack Berserker communication codes and give a glimpse into the thoughts and plans of the ancient enemy. The battle lines are drawn and both sides are betting everything. For one or the other, it will be the beginning of the end.
Brother Assasin
A reprint of the second book (and first novel) of the classic Berserker series. On the planet Sirgol the death machines have developed a unique and deadly method of attack -- for in all the galaxy, only on Sirgol is time travel possible.
Dancing Bears
It is pre-Revolutionary Russia, and John Sherwood is an American hunter visiting his friend Gregori, a young Russian landowner. Bad enough to be caught in a nation on the brink of revolution, but when the legendary were-bears of Slavic myth suddenly reappear John find himself in a chase across the cold Russian landscape pursued by a man with the ability to turn into a bear. Building to a climax in a tremendous Ice Palace above the Arctic Circle, this is a striking and original fantasy from the noted author of the Berserker novels.
[Cover] Merlin's Bones
To quote Robert Jordan, Many have written of King Arthur, but in Merlin's Bones Fred Saberhagen has wonderfully connected Camelot, what came after, and what came before, with our own near future through the spiraling coils of time. Nothing is what you were told, nothing is what you remember, nothing is what it seems. It's terrific.

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