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Over the past couple of weeks, we've received quite a few interesting new titles, such as new works from Raymond Feist, James Morrow, William Gibson, and several promising first novels -- including one by SFWA President, Paul Levinson.

Books are listed alphabetically by author. Only books received are noted. Where available, links to SF Site reviews and book excerpts are provided. Click on the thumbnail image to get a closer look at the cover.

New Arrivals: October 16th - November 1st
Part 1
Walter Velez
A Phule and His Money
Robert Asprin and Peter J. Heck
Ace (paperback, 288 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 4 October 1999

The third novel in the light-hearted series that began with Phule's Company and Phule's Paradise, and the first in collaboration with Peter Heck, begins with Phule's company serving guard duty at the Fat Chance Casino. In addition to the run-of-the-mill gangsters and other casino operators, Phule must deal with a group of new recruits, the IRS, and his commanding officer, who would like to see nothing more than Phule fail in an explosive and public manner.
review Review by Steven H Silver.
[Cover] Tamsin
Peter S. Beagle
Roc (hardcover, 272 pages, $21.95 US)
Publication date: October 1999

A new novel of contemporary fantasy from the author of Giant Bones and The Last Unicorn. An old-fashioned ghost story dovetailed with a very contemporary coming-of-age tale. While each alone would work as a separate book, the author's interweaving gives the piece a lively synergy which spirals around themes of love and family, loneliness and forgiveness.
review Review by Charlene Brusso.
Art: Phil Parks
A Touch of the Creature
Charles Beaumont
Subterranean Press (deluxe hardcover, 175 pages, $40 US)
Publication date: 31 October 1999

Here's a Hallowe'en treat for the dark and depraved. It's a collection of 13 stories, all previously unpublished (well, ok, with one exception), by "the legendary author of many of The Twilight Zone's most memorable episodes." The weird thing is, I'm pretty sure Charles Beaumont is no longer among the living... [cue scary music]
Ties of Power (The Trade Pact Universe #2)
Julie E. Czerneda
DAW (paperback, 496 pages, $6.99 US)
Publication date: 11 October 1999

Sequel A Thousand Words For Stranger. "Sira, the most powerful member of the alien Clan, has dared to challenge the will of her people--by allying herself with a human. But can she hope to carve a new life for herself when the Clan is determined to reclaim her genetic heritage... at any cost?"
[Cover] Blood Moon
Sharman DiVono
DAW (paperback, 448 pages, $6.50 US)
Publication date: October 1999

This novel invents a catastrophe on the scale of the Challenger explosion, but with even more questions and with stranger answers. This is a tragedy beyond explanation and beyond mankind's reach. Any investigation is going to be carried out far from home, in a hostile environment.
review Review by Lisa DuMond.
Nicholas Jainschigg
Asimov's Science Fiction: December 1999
edited by Gardner Dozois
(magazine, 144 pages, $3.50 US/$4.95 Can)
The December issue of Asimov's includes: fiction from Harry Turtledove (and don't forget to read Turtledove's mirror story in Analog Science Fiction), Mike Resnick, Ian R. MacLeod, Daniel Abraham, Alastair Reynolds, and Eliot Fintushel; and poetry from Geoffrey A. Landis, Bruce Boston, and Timons Esaias. In addition, Robert Silverberg reflects on The Great Tradition, James Patrick Kelly looks at comics on the Net, and Paul Di Filippo reviews several titles.
Art: Liz Kenyon
Krondor: The Assassins (Book Two of The Riftwar Legacy)
Raymond E. Feist
Avon Eos (hardcover, 384 pages, $25 US/$37 Can)
Publication date: 9 November 1999

This novel tells of the rise of the Crawler, a shadowy, violent rival of the Mockers, Krondor's thieves guild. While investigating the cause of a rising number of murders in Krondor, Jimmy uncovers something much more sinister and the excitement begins to fill in some of the history that occurred between the Riftwar Saga and the Serpentwar Saga.
review Review by Wayne MacLaurin.
Art: Liz Kenyon
Krondor: The Betrayal (Book One of The Riftwar Legacy)
Raymond E. Feist
Avon Eos (paperback, 418 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

This tale takes place just after the Riftwar Saga. The Brotherhood of the Dark Path once again threatens the Kingdom. The story quickly becomes much more complex as seemingly unconnected events in Krondor and elsewhere begin to reveal a sinister plot.
review Review by Wayne MacLaurin.
Jeffrey Ford
Avon EOS (trade paperback, 240 pages, $12 US/$18 Can)
Publication date: 5 October 1999

A sequel to The Physiognomy (1997). When a plague of sleep is unleashed, Cley the former physiognomist must enter the illusory house of a madman's dreams, imagination and remembrances -- the intricate palace of memories Drachton Below has scrupulously constructed in the Stygian depths of his mind.
review Review by Rich Horton.
Photography by
John Lawrence Jones
A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale
Wendy Froud & Terri Windling
Simon & Schuster (trade paperback, 48 pages, $18 US/$26.50 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

Wendy Froud, doll-maker extraordinaire, whose creations include Yoda and the gelflings of The Dark Crystal, has teamed up with Terri Windling, 5-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. Together, they have created a "sweet, whimsical faery story that fuses the magic of one of Shakespeare's most beloved works with the rich adventure and wildly imagined characters of the Star Wars Epic."
review Review by Lisa DuMond.
The Sorcerer's Gun (The Changeling Saga, Book 2)
Peter Garrison
Ace (trade paperback, 340 pages, $13/$19 Can)
Publication date: 11 October 1999

The sequel to The Changeling War. "The pathway between Earth and Castle has been opened, bringing the war which has raged in Castle for generations into the realm of the humans. In an attempt to halt the slaughter, a bold group of renegade humans enters Castle with one objective -- to overthrow the evil despot known only as the Pale Man. But the Pale Man knows they are coming... and has his own plans to stop them. Plans that not only include his own dark magic, but also the high-tech weaponry he has secreted from Earth. And to implement his plans, he turns to the furious, displaced, and deadly beings known as Changelings... unleashing a reign of chaos beyond humanity's worst nightmares."
All Tomorrow's Parties
William Gibson
Putnam (hardcover, 304 pages, $24.95 US)
Publication date: 1 November 1999

Multiple award-winning author of the now legendary Neuromancer, will bring us over the threshold of the new millennium with his new novel about the moments in history when futures are born. "It brings back Colin Laney, one of the most popular characters from Idoru, the man whose special sensitivities about people and events let him predict certain aspects of the future. Laney has realized that the disruptions everyone expected to happen at the beginning of the year 2000, which in fact did not happen, are still to come. Though down-and-out in Tokyo, his sense of what is to come tells him that the big event, whatever it is, will happen in San Francisco. He decides to head back to the United States -- to San Francisco -- to meet the future."
review Review by Charlene Brusso.
Bob Warner
Alien Abductions
Edited by Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers
DAW (paperback, 309 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

Greenberg and Helfers have teamed up yet again to offer us another themed anthology, this one including contributions from Alan Dean Foster, Michelle West, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Peter Crowther and more. "From an abductee who knew better than to tell anyone where she'd been -- even if she could have... to a young woman trapped in a seemingly endless nightmare that was all for her own good... to two brothers' late-night encounter in the woods that would change the course of both their lives... to an entirely new concept in human/alien diplomacy... here are stories of alien encounters and their aftermath, tales as timely as a tabloid headline or a government coverup..."
Craig White
The Hidden Saint (Poltergeist: The Legacy, Book 1)
Rick Hautala
Ace (paperback, 230 pages, $5.99 US/$7.99 Can)
Publication date: October 1999

The first tie-in novel to be based on the new MGM Worldwide Television series is from the respected author of Impulse, Shades of Night, Twilight Time, and many other novels of horror. "From the dawn of time, they have fought evil in all its supernatural forms -- holding back the unholy powers that threaten to consume the world and destroy humanity. A secret society, they operate in every corner of the globe, forever vigilant in their cause. They are warriors, philosophers, scientist -- and the world's last hope against darkness. They are the Legacy..."
Kim Headlee
Pocket/Sonnet Books (paperback, 500 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: 1 October 1999

A debut fantasy novel of the legend of Guinevere. "Among the misty lochs and glens of ancient Scotland, duty wages war against love on the battlefields of opposing cultures, religions, and political agendas." Here's a theory:  you are either an Arthurian fan or you are not. If you're not, the scores of Camelot capers leave you cold. And here's why no theory is foolproof:  this novel doesn't adhere to that rule. Like the legend or loathe it, this book is going to pull you in.
review Review by Lisa DuMond.
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