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SPOTLIGHT: Books of November 2008

Welcome to the November 2008 edition of Fantasy Book Critic’s monthly SPOTLIGHT which covers everything from fantasy and science fiction to horror, thrillers, YA, and more. Previous spotlights are listed at the end of this article. November 2008 is not nearly as jam-packed with titles as September and October were, but there's still a lot for readers to get excited about :) Some notable releases include 2666, The Memorist, The Love We Share Without Knowing, The Engine’s Child, Afraid, and new books from Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Dean Koontz, Glen Cook, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, Jeffrey Ford, Juliet Marillier, et cetera. (NOTE: Unless stated otherwise, all release dates are for the US. Providing valuable assistance with the Spotlight once again is Liviu C. Suciu):

The Memorist” by M.J. Rose. Release Date: November 1, 2008. As a child, Meer Logan was haunted by memories of another time and place, always accompanied by the faint strains of elusive music. Now the past has reached out again in the form of a strange letter that sets her on a journey to Vienna to unlock the mystery of who she once was... International bestseller M.J. Rose has written a gripping and unforgettable novel about a woman paralyzed by the past, a man robbed of his future, and a centuries old secret…
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NOTE:The Memorist” is a loose sequel to M.J. Rose’sThe Reincarnationist”.

Night Work” by Thomas Glavinic. Release Date: November 1, 2008. An ordinary man wakes up on an ordinary day to find that he's the only living creature in the entire city. The radio and TV are suddenly filled with white noise, there's no newspaper, the Internet is down and no one's answering the phone. What happened? How? Why? And why is he still here? Part thriller and part philosophical investigation wrapped up in an intensely compelling and eerie mystery, “Night Work” is compulsive and exhilarating…
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The Lab” by Jack Heath. Release Date: November 1, 2008. In a near-future world run by an evil corporation, the only justice comes from an organization called the Deck. Each agent in the deck belongs to a suit—Hearts and Diamonds are the operatives, Clubs do the training, and Spades monitor internal affairs. 16-year-old Six of Hearts is the best operative the Deck has, but when they start investigating the corporation that created Agent Six—and his origins—his life spins out of control…
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NOTE:The Lab” is Book One of the Six of Heart series, and was first published in Australia in 2006. The sequel, “Remote Control”, was released in Australia in 2007 and was shortlisted for the 2007 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones” by Brandon Sanderson. Release Date: November 1, 2008. The Evil Librarians are still up to their antics and it's up to Alcatraz Smedry to put a stop to it! This time Alcatraz and company explore the Library of Alexandria. It is a mysterious place and everyone knows that it holds dark secrets. Can Alcatraz, with his talent for breaking things, break into this secret world? Or will the Evil Librarians once again prevail?
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NOTE:Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones” is the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s children’s fantasy series after “Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians”.

Death’s Shadow” by Darren Shan. Release Date: November 1, 2008. With Beranabus, Grubbs, and Kernel off exploring the universe of the Demonata for clues about the Shadow behind the demon invasion, Bec is left behind in Carcery Vale for safekeeping. But with Dervish's health on the decline, Lord Loss knows she's the most vulnerable piece of the Kah-Gash. As hoards of demons, werewolves, and zombies advance, Bec needs to figure how to reach Beranabus with crucial information about the Shadow—and fast…
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NOTE:Death’s Shadow” is the seventh book in the ten-volume series, The Demonata.

Escape From Hell” by Hal Duncan. Release Date: November 1, 2008. A hitman, a hooker, a homosexual kid, and a hobo suicide make the ultimate prison break . . . escape from Hell itself! But when news of their attempted escape gets out, the souls of the damned are transformed into a rioting mob, and all Hell truly does break loose. It's Escape from New York meets Jacob's Ladder, by one of fantasy's rising stars Hal Duncan, author of “Vellum” (2007 Gaylactic Spectrum Award winner) and it’s follow-up “Ink”…
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Sheep and Wolves” by Jeremy C. Shipp. Release Date: November 1, 2008. Jeremy C. Shipp is the master of the mind-bending tale. Much like his critically acclaimed novel, “Vacation”, the stories collected here in “Sheep and Wolves” will bewitch and transport the reader. Though you may not know where Jeremy C. Shipp will travel next, each story is an unforgettable thrill-ride and you’ll be glad you took the trip… ”Any reader of the bizarro culture will find this collection a necessity.” —Midwest Book Review
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Black Glass” by John Shirley. Release Date: November 1, 2008. Taking the fall for his younger brother, Richard Candle went from being cyber cop to condemned criminal. After four years of UnMinding—his mind suppressed, his body enslaved—he's released to discover his brother has slipped back into the underworld of the V-Rat, the virtual reality addict. Looking for his brother, Candle must fight his way through underground stock markets, flying guns, the trash-walled labyrinth of Rooftown and the fringe of the fringe…
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NOTE:Black Glass” will be available through
Elder Signs Press in three different versions: 1) A Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition Hardcover; 2) A Signed Trade Paperback; 3) and a Trade Paperback.

Blood Ties” by Kevin Emerson. Release Date: November 1, 2008. To avoid the summer sun, the Nocturnes head for vacation at Isla Necrata, a resort whose location always changes. As a bonus, Oliver is allowed to bring Dean along. First though, the Nocturnes must visit with Oliver's extended, Old World vampire family, who live in Morosia, a vampire city underneath Rome. There, Oliver discovers that Emalie has stowed away, believing that Morosia may hold clues to her mother's whereabouts…
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NOTE:Blood Ties” is the third Oliver Nocturne novel after “The Vampire’s Photograph” and “The Sunlight Slayings”.

The Reawakened” by Jeri Smith-Ready. Release Date: November 1, 2008. In a world besieged by escalating conflict, fate has marked Rhia—bound to the Spirit of Crow—to deliver the Reawakened from oppression. Now, with a mighty army of Descendants threatening to crush what's left of her people's magic, she must trust an ancient prophecy and accept the deadly power of her birthright. For while the storm of revolution rages, the legacy of the Reawakened is about to be rewritten . . . in her family's blood…
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NOTE:The Reawakened” is the conclusion to the Aspect of Crow trilogy after “Eyes of Crow” and “Voice of Crow”.

Tiger Moon” by Antonia Michaelis. Release Date: November 1, 2008. Like other great storytellers of India, newcomer Antonia Michaelis weaves a tale that is grand in spirit and earthy in humor. She introduces the young thief Farhad, master of many disguises but not of his own heart, who, with the help of a sarcastic tiger, must save a Hindu princess from marriage to a demon king. It is the unlikely friendship between boy and tiger, and the sacrifice their journey demands, that is the soul of this lushly told, beautifully felt novel…
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Harry, A History” by Melissa Anelli. Release Date: November 4, 2008. The Harry Potter books did far more than break sales records for all time. They restored the world's sense of wonder and took on a magical life of their own. So even though the series has ended, the story is not over. With remembrances from J. K. Rowling's editors, agents, publicists, fans, and Rowling herself, Melissa takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon—from his very first spell to his lasting impact…
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NOTE: Melissa Anelli has been reporting on the Harry Potter phenomenon since 2001. As the webmistress of the
Leaky Cauldron, she has written and spoken for Harry Potter fans in media outlets worldwide. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 and spent several years as a daily news reporter and features writer in New York City. “Harry, A History” also features a foreword by J.K. Rowling.

Swallowing Darkness” by Laurell K. Hamilton. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Merry’s very existence and her rightful place on the throne have long depended on her ability to produce an heir. Now, finally, after many failed attempts, the services of her royal guards have found her pregnant. But she carries not one, but two babies. Not only that, she knows that the children have more than one father. Amid all these shockwaves though, her momentous news is cast into shadow by the grievous loss of her beloved Frost
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The Devil’s Eye” by Jack McDevitt. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene who has been mind-wiped—she has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for help. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret that somebody wants hidden connected to a decades-old political upheaval…
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NOTE:The Devil’s Eye” is the fourth Alex Benedict novel after “A Talent For War”, “Polaris” and the Nebula Award-winning “Seeker”.

A Song In Stone” by Walter H. Hunt (Dark Wing). Release Date: November 4, 2008. “A Song in Stone” begins with the premise that Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland is part of an unfinished larger church—and that it contains a mystery, one clue of which is found in the intricate stonework of the chapel. It goes from there to the Middle Ages, taking Ian Graham, currently unemployed television personality, with it—literally—as he tries to learn the chapel's secret before it is too late to return to his own time and his own life…
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Heir To Sevenwaters” by Juliet Marillier. Release Date: November 4, 2008. The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest, one of the last refuges of the Tuatha De Danann, the Fair Folk of ancient story. Human and Otherworld dwellers have existed there side by side, separated by a thin veil between worlds and sharing a wary trust. Until the spring when Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters finds herself expecting another child—a new heir to Sevenwaters—and everything changes…
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NOTE:Heir to Sevenwaters” is a brand new standalone novel set in the beloved world of Sevenwaters and will be published simultaneously in Australia, the USA and the UK in November 2008.

Claws That Catch” by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Working off of a piece of intelligence from the alien Hexosehr, the Vorpal Blade is sent to investigate rumors of an ancient and powerful civilization that may have been the creators of the ‘black box’ that drives humanity's only space ship. What the Blade finds is much more than they bargained for. Worse, the ship is infested by an alien species of scorpion-like arachnoids that has the potential to wipe out a world…
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Fortune & Fate” by Sharon Shinn. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Bestselling author Sharon Shinn’s Twelve Houses books have captivated readers and critics alike with their irresistible cocktail of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Now Shinn returns with a new novel set in the same world, where a troubled Warrior Rider named Wen faces her greatest challenge in the last place she ever expected—behind the walls of a great family estate known as Fortune, where Wen has been hired to guard the young heiress…
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The Black Ship” by Diana Pharaoh Francis (The Path Trilogy). Release Date: November 4, 2008. Thorn is a member of the Pilot’s Guild—those who possess the magical ability to navigate Crosspointe’s deadly seas. When a malevolent master within the Guild bans him from the sea, it seems his life is over. Then he is kidnapped and forced to serve aboard the rogue ship Eidolon—pitch black from bow to stern—and Thorn finds himself battling a mad captain, a mutinous crew, and the terrifying magic of the sea…
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NOTE: "The Black Ship” is the second book in The Crosspointe series after “The Cipher”.

The Sorcerer of the North” by John Flanagan. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Time has passed since the apprentice and his master—Will and Halt—led the Araluens to victory against invaders. Now, Will is a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepy—boring, even—until the king is poisoned. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure propelled by fears of sorcery, and must determine who is trustworthy to the king and who is trying to take his throne…
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NOTE:The Sorcerer of the North” is the fifth book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series. The book was first published in Australia in 2006.

The Flame and the Shadow” by Denise Rossetti. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Grayson is a mercenary and a sorcerer of shadows. The bleak savagery in his heart manifests in an entity he calls Shad. He has long resisted Shad’s enticements, but when he is hired to kidnap a fire witch, he seizes the chance to restore his soul—no matter the cost. Meanwhile, life has lost all meaning for the fire witch Cenda. She has worked to master her powers and go on living. But when she encounters Gray, her will is no match for her desire…
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NOTE:The Flame and the Shadow” is the first book in the Four-Sided Pentacle series.

Saint Antony’s Fire” by Steve White. Release Date: November 4, 2008. In our universe, Ponce de León is remembered for his fruitless search for the fountain of youth. But in an alternate universe, he discovers something very different. 85 years later, Spain attacked England with weapons of the blackest of sorcery. Forced to flee to the New World accompanied by her advisor Dr. Dee and a man named Shakespeare, the Queen hopes to find the source of Spain’s powerful weapons. But what they discover is far stranger…
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The Golden Tower” by Fiona Patton. Release Date: November 4, 2008. In Anavatan, the city of the Silver Lake, the Gods manifest themselves on an all-too-regular basis, and it’s hard to survive if you’re not pledged to one of the deities. Now, Brax, Spar, and Graize have discovered their destinies. Grown into their powers, they are about to face off in a confrontation that will spark a war and see the rise of a new player among the Gods themselves… Continues the Warriors of Estavia series after “The Silver Lake”…
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Strength and Honor” by R.M. Meluch. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Because of the destructive alien life-form known as the Hive, Earth and the Palantine Empire, a neo-Roman culture, formed an uneasy alliance . . . until Caesar Magnus was assassinated. Now Magnus’ son Romulus has taken control of the Palatine Empire and as the new Caesar, has declared war against Earth. If that's not enough for Captain John Farragut and the U.S.S. Merrimack, amidst all this chaos, the Hive renews its invasion…
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NOTE:Strength and Honor” is the fourth novel in R.M. Meluch’s Tour of the Merrimack military science fiction series after “The Myriad”, “Wolf Star” and “The Sagittarius Command”.

The Drowned Life” by Jeffrey Ford. Release Date: November 4, 2008. In this mesmerizing blend of the familiar and the fantastic, multiple award-winning New York Times notable author Jeffrey Ford (The Empire of Ice Cream) creates true wonders and infuses the mundane with magic. In tales of the bizarre, beautiful, unsettling, and sublime, marked by his distinctive, dark imagery and fluid, exhilarating prose, “The Drowned Life” showcases the exceptional talents of one of contemporary fiction's most original artists…
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The Juggler” by Sebastian Beaumont. UK Release Date: November 4, 2008. Mark left his job, his wife, his friends, his seven month old baby...everything. He set out with only two things: An address and a bag containing £40,000 in cash. But it is not so easy to start again. Now, Mark must find his way in a nameless town where friendships turn into a web of deceit and motives are always suspect. Mark's journey, both physical and metaphysical, takes him through layers of reality and towards refuge of an unexpected kind…
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One Silent Night” by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Stryker, who leads an army of demons and vampires, is plotting an all out onslaught against his enemies—which includes the entire human race. To avenge his sister, Stryker prepares to annihilate the Dark-Hunters. But things go awry when his oldest enemy returns. Enter his ex-wife, Zephyra. Just when he thought nothing could stop him, Stryker’s now embroiled in a centuries old war with a shrew who gives new meaning to pain…
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NOTE:One Silent Night” is the thirteenth Dark-Hunter novel after “Acheron”.

Red” by Jordan Summers. Release Date: November 4, 2008. War is brewing in a near-future world where murder is all but unheard of and the existence of creatures known as the Others has yet to be proven. In the end, one woman will face her fears to stand and fight: Gina Santiago is a member of an elite tactical team in charge of protecting the world. She’s devoted her life to apprehending the most heinous criminals that prey on society—and now she’s after the worst one yet in a sleepy little town full of deadly secrets…
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Any Given Doomsday” by Lori Handeland. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help the Milwaukee Police Department fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams...of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what do they have to do with her ex-lover, Jimmy Sanducci?
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NOTE:Any Given Doomsday” is the first book in The Phoenix Chronicles by bestselling author Lori Handeland.

Magic to the Bone” by Devon Monk. Release Date: November 4, 2008. Every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it’s Allison "Allie" Beckstrom’s job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune—and the strings that come with it. But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into his world of black magic…
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Demon Bound” by Meljean Brook. Release Date: November 4, 2008. To save her soul, Alice Grey agreed to deliver to the demon Teqon the heart of the oldest and most powerful Guardian of all, or else be damned for eternity. After more than a hundred years, Teqon is calling in his debt. Novice Guardian Jake Hawkins has a power that could help Alice out of her deal with the demon. But he never expects to fall in love with her. Now fleeing for their lives, they’re about to discover a secret that will change their universe forever…
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NOTE:Demon Bound” is the seventh book in Meljean Brook’s paranormal romance series, The Guardians.

The Demon King & I” by Candace Havens. Release Date: November 4, 2008. The Caruthers sisters are heiresses with privilege, wealth, beauty, and brains. They are also the Guardian Keys, possessors of an ancient family secret who hold the fate of the world in their hands. Gillian, the eldest, is a sensation in the art world—she’s also the Assassin who snuffs out dimension-jumpers. But when a plague of murderous demons plunges the earth in darkness, she has no choice but to join forces with the opposition…
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NOTE:The Demon King & I” is the first book in a terrific new series featuring wealthy paranormal party girls from the bestselling author of the Charmed books and a Joss Whedon biography.

Better Off Undead” by Martin H. Greenberg & Daniel M. Hoyt. Release Date: November 4, 2008. From vampires to mummy con artists, this collection explores the many forms the undead can take in stories that range from the chilling to the hysterical. There are those who people the Afterlife, others who wander the lands of the living in ghostly form, and even those who walk about in the flesh. Featuring 18 original stories, Better Off Undead will provide a range of intriguing answers from those who are undead…
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The Fire Gospel” by Michael Faber. UK Release Date: November 6, 2008. Academic Theo Griepenkerl finds nine papyrus scrolls that prove to be a fifth Gospel. But when Theo decides to share this sensational discovery with the world, it has incendiary consequences… “The Fire Gospel” is an enthralling novel about the power of words to resonate across centuries, and inspire and disrupt in equal measure. Wickedly provocative, hilarious and shocking by turns, the book is a revelatory piece of storytelling…
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NOTE:The Fire Gospel” will be released in the U.S. on January 6, 2009.

The Last Watch” by Sergei Lukyanenko. UK Release Date: November 6, 2008. Part fantasy, and part detective potboiler, the Night Watch (Day Watch, Twilight Watch) series is the most successful science fiction series of all time in Russia, and a true international sensation. Now, in the breathtaking final novel in the series, Anton is sent on a mission that takes him from Edinburgh to Uzbekistan to Moscow and back again, as a murder investigation spirals into a larger, more complex, and more terrifying threat than the world has ever faced…
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NOTE:The Last Watch”, first published in 2006 in Russia, will be released in Canada on November 25, 2008, and in the U.S. on January 27, 2009 (
Miramax Books/Hyperion).

Chaos Space” by Marianne de Pierres. UK Release Date: November 6, 2008. Having fled the invasion on Araldis, Mira Fedor travels to the nearest Orion League planet seeking aid for her devastated world. Unfortunately, the authorities seem more interested in stealing her bio-ship, Insignia, than in rendering help. So while Mira flees from world to world, Araldis burns. Along the way, she uncovers many mysteries: like why are there so many links to the Stain Wars? And what part does the Sole Entity have to play?
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NOTE:Chaos Space” is the second book in The Sentients of Orion series after “Dark Space”.

The Gabble and Other Stories” by Neal Asher. UK Release Date: November 7, 2008. In the eight years since his first full-length novel “Gridlinked” was published, Neal Asher (Cowl, Brass Man) has firmly established himself as one of the leading British writers of science fiction. Most of his stories are set in a galactic future-scape called “The Polity”, and with this collection of thirteen marvelously inventive and action-packed short stories, Neal Asher takes us further into the manifold diversities of that amazing universe…
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Second World” by Eddy Shah. UK Release Date: November 7, 2008. Lured from his birthday celebrations by a Marilyn Monroe avatar, the US President finds himself abducted into cyberspace by a mysterious presence called ‘The Voice’. With only 24 hours before it will become impossible to return his consciousness to his body, the secret services are thrown into panic. It is up to Conor Smith, a disillusioned GameMaster, and two young people who are permanently ‘missing in the Web’ to save the president…
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Just After Sunset” by Stephen King. Release Date: November 11, 2008. Stephen King—who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers (The Stand, The Dark Tower), and many unforgettable movies—delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset
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NOTE: The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications.

Ender in Exile” by Orson Scott Card. Release Date: November 11, 2008. At the close of Ender's Game, Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth—for he has become far more than just a boy who won a game. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, but instead the 12-year-old leaves his home world and begins the long journey to the colonies with his sister Valentine and the AI that would become Jane. The story of those years has never been told . . . until now…
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2666” by Roberto Bolaño. Release Date: November 11, 2008. Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Featuring a throng of unforgettable characters, 2666 follows as various lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared…
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Dragonheart” by Todd McCaffrey. Release Date: November 11, 2008. Todd McCaffrey’s first solo novel—“Dragonsblood”—in the Dragonriders of Pern series created by his mother, Anne McCaffrey, was hailed by critics and embraced by the countless devoted readers of the classic SF saga. Now the chronicles of Pern take another captivating turn as the embattled planet, the brave pioneers who call it home, and the magnificent flame-breathing creatures who fly high to protect it confront a dire new challenge…
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The Lord-Protector’s Daughter” by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Release Date: November 11, 2008. Mykella, the eldest daughter of the Lord-Protector of Lanachrona, discovers that someone is diverting significant sums of money from her father’s treasury. One of the ancient soarers appears to Mykella, telling her that she must go to the antique stone Table in the cellars of the Palace and find her Talent in order to save her land and her world. From there, matters become more perilous. Can Mykella save their father and land?
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NOTE:The Lord-Protector’s Daughter” is a standalone fantasy novel that takes place in Tempre, the capital city of Lanachrona on Corus, the world of Modesitt’s Corean Chronicles.

Odd Girl Out” by Timothy Zahn. Release Date: November 11, 2008. Former government agent Frank Compton can't catch a break. After a successful mission against the Modhri, a coral polyp-based group mind attempting to take over the galaxy, Frank arrives at his New York apartment only to be rousted out of bed and accused of the brutal murder of a young woman… Compelling characters, hard-boiled sleuthing, and non-stop action make this a hard SF thriller that will grab the reader and not let go until the last page…
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NOTE:Odd Girl Out” is the third book in the Quadrail series after “Night Train to Rigel” and “The Third Lynx”.

Thirteen Orphans” by Jane Lindskold. Release Date: November 11, 2008. As evocative and moving as Charles de Lint’s Newford books, with the youthful protagonists and exciting action of Mercedes Lackey’s fantasies, “Thirteen Orphans”, book one of an exciting new contemporary fantasy series (Breaking the Wall) from Jane Lindskold, makes our world today as excitingly strange and unfamiliar as any fantasy realm . . . and grants readers a glimpse of a fantasy world founded by ancient Chinese lore and magic…
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The Gods Return” by David Drake (Hammer's Slammers). Release Date: November 11, 2008. The Isles have been more or less unified under Garric’s rule, but the Change that created the continent has removed the old Gods from reality and released new Gods from other planes of existence. Now the servants of the forbidden Gods of Palomir call forth The Worm, an ancient thing that threatens to devour all life in the newly formed kingdom and make way for the reign of dark Gods, now awakened to ambitions of worship & dominion…
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NOTE:The Gods Return” is the end of the Crown of the Isles trilogy and the final chapter in the Lord of the Isles fantasy series.

Fools’ Experiment” by Edward M. Lerner (Fleet of Worlds). Release Date: November 11, 2008. Something far nastier than any virus, worm, or Trojan horse program is being evolved in laboratory confinement by well-intentioned but misguided researchers. When their artificial life-form escapes onto the Internet, no conventional defense against malicious software can begin to compete. As disasters multiply, computer scientist Doug Carey knows that unconventional measures may be civilization’s last hope…
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Watermind” by M.M. Buckner. Release Date: November 11, 2008. From storm drains, illegal dumps, and flooded landfills, North America’s most advanced technology—microchips, nano-devices, pharmaceuticals, genetically modified seed—flows down the Mississippi River and lodges in the Louisiana delta. Out of this emerges a self-organized neural net: the Watermind. “Watermind” is Philip K. Dick meets The Blob, a postmodern combination of camp SF motifs and writerly ambition attacking serious subjects…
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Kingdom of Twilight” by Tui T. Sutherland. Release Date: November 11, 2008. Beautifully weaving together myth and realism, Tui T. Sutherland—who also writes under the pseudonyms Erin Hunter (Seekers), Tamara Summers and Heather Williams—delivers the breath­taking conclusion to the Avatars Trilogy (So This Is How It Ends, Shadow Falling), which places the fate of the world in the outcome of a battle between power-hungry pantheons of gods and four teen avatars—Diana, Gus, Kali, and Tigre
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Deep Water” by Pamela Freeman. Release Date: November 12, 2008. Just what did happen 1,000 years ago when Acton's people came through Death Pass? Wild magic gives Bramble some unexpected insights into a history which may not be completely accurate. And why did Ash's father not teach him the secret songs of the Travellers? Why do the Dead walk in ever increasing numbers? The ultimate answers are hidden in time and lie in deep water in this second volume of the Castings Trilogy after “Blood Ties”…
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Afraid” by Jack Kilborn. UK Release Date: November 13, 2008. Safe Haven is miles from everything and is so peaceful it has never needed a full-time police force. Until now. A helicopter crashes on the outskirts of town, unleashing something terrible: A classified secret weapon programmed to kill anything that stands in its way. Safe Haven’s only chance for survival depends on an aging county sheriff. And as the body count rises, the sheriff realizes that maybe death hasn’t come to his little town by accident…
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NOTE:Afraid” has drawn comparisons to Stephen King and Dean Koontz and will be released in the US on March 31, 2009 via
Grand Central Publishing. Jack Kilborn is a pseudonym for J.A. Konrath (Jack Daniels series).

Dark Echo” by F.G. Cottam (The House of Lost Souls). UK Release Date: November 13, 2008. She is a seductive ship: a magnificent sailing yacht built for an American playboy. Yet her history is full of fatal accidents and three of Dark Echo`s owners met tragic, violent deaths. Now she has been rebuilt, crossing the Atlantic with new owners. Only the truth about Harry Spalding, the man who built her, can save them from the same fate. It is a story of an evil man, an incredibly brave woman and a secret more powerful than any of them…
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The Secret of Excalibur” by Andy McDermott. UK Release Date: November 13, 2008. A brutal murder sends Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase on a worldwide search for Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. But the blade is no ordinary weapon—it holds the key to unleashing a devastating force that will change the global balance of power forever… This is the third adventure novel starring Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase after Andy McDermott’sThe Hunt for Atlantis” and “The Tomb of Hercules”…
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The American” by Justin Allen. Release Date: November 13, 2008. “The American” is an adventure that delves into our myths, hopes, and fears—a coming-of-age fable set in our legendary past that will set your hair on end. When an immigrant child pressed into service beside a gang of roughnecks, bent on stealing a gold mine deep in the western wilderness, a life-or-death journey ensues. Equal parts Mark Twain and Larry McMurtry, “The American” is a book of fabulous exploits and deep resonance…
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Conjugal Rites” by Paul Magrs. UK Release Date: November 13, 2008. Trouble has a way of finding Brenda. It’s hardly surprising with secrets like hers. It starts with old adversary Mr. Danby and then involves best friend Effie. But that is only the beginning. Romance is in the air for Brenda and no matter what, she cannot deny that she and her man were made for each other—literally. As usual, Brenda & Effie are up to whatever dangers come their way—even if that means journeying to places beyond their wildest dreams…
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NOTE:Conjugal Rites” is the third comedy-horror adventure starring Brenda & Effie after “Never the Bride” and “Something Borrowed”.

An Empire Unacquainted With Defeat” by Glen Cook. Release Date: November 15, 2008. Author Glen Cook has been heralded as the godfather of modern heroic fantasy and his influence on the genre is unquestionable. But long before Garrett, P.I., before The Instrumentalities of the Night, and before The Black Company, there was The Dread Empire, a gritty, massive, multi-faceted world of larger-than-life plots, nation-shattering conflict, maddening magic, strange creatures, and raw, flawed heroes…
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NOTE:An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat” collects all of Glen Cook's short fiction set in the vast world of the Dread Empire. Also includes a detailed introduction and extensive story notes by Glen Cook.

The Rose Labyrinth” by Titania Hardie. Release Date: November 18, 2008. Before his death in 1609, brilliant spy, astrologer & mathematician, John Dee, hid many of his papers, believing that the world was not ready for the ideas they held. For 17 generations, his female descendants have protected his most precious secrets, waiting for the right moment to reveal them. In 2003, Diana was forced to pass the enigmatic legacy to her son Will, leading him into a world of extraordinary riddles and dangerous secrets…
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Guinevere's Truth and Other Tales” by Jennifer Roberson. Release Date: November 19, 2008. For the first time twenty tales, many long out-of-print, are presented together in this unique fantasy collection, spanning worlds from Jennifer Roberson’s Cheysuli, Sword-Dancer, and Karavans Universes; as well as historical fantasy based on a merging of the Robin Hood and Arthurian legends, contemporary tales of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and classic fantasy…
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Ravensoul” by James Barclay. UK Release Date: November 20, 2008. The Unknown Warrior has spent the last ten years mourning the dead of the legendary mercenary band The Raven. Reluctant ruler of Balaia, he has resided over the gradual recovery of the land after the devastation of the Demonstorm. But something is very wrong. There are rumours of the dead coming back to life, the Elves are fleeing their homeland, and something awful is happening that is threatening the very essence of the world…
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NOTE:Ravensoul” is a new book set in The Raven universe which includes two trilogies—The Chronicles of the Raven and the Legends of the Raven—and the novella “Light Stealer”.

Your Heart Belongs To Me” by Dean Koontz. Release Date: November 25, 2008. From the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas, Phantoms, Watchers, Intensity, Frankenstein) comes “Your Heart Belongs To Me”, a riveting new thriller that probes the deepest terrors of the human psyche—and the ineffable mystery of what truly makes us who we are. Here an innocent man finds himself fighting for his very existence in a battle that starts with the most frightening words of all…
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Elric: The Sleeping Sorceress” by Michael Moorcock. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Elric of Melniboné. Traitor. Savior. Lover. Thief. Last king of a fallen empire whose cruelty was surpassed only by its beauty. Sustained by drugs and the vampiric powers of his black sword, Stormbringer, haunted by visions of a tragic past and a doomed future, Elric wanders the world in quest of oblivion. But the great lords of Law and Chaos have other plans for this tormented adventurer. A must-have for all lovers of fantasy…
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NOTE: This volume is the third—The Stealer of Souls, To Rescue Tanelorn—of
Del Rey’s definitive collections featuring the tales of Elric and other aspects of Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion. Also includes essays, a selection of classic artwork, new material never seen in book form, illustrations by Steve Ellis, and a foreword by Holly Black.

Princeps’ Fury” by Jim Butcher. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera’s oldest foes, the Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, they discover that the Vord—the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike—have laid waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive…
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NOTE:Princeps’ Fury” is the fifth and final book in Jim Butcher’s (The Dresden Files) Codex Alera fantasy series.

The Tamuli” by David Eddings. Release Date: November 25, 2008. In this trilogy, which is a sequel to The Elenium, Sparhawk must proctect the eastern Tamul Empire from paranormal unrest, and northern Atan from trolls, vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghouls and ogres. Meanwhile, Queen Ehlana is taken, captive, to the Hidden City, shielded by the invincible Klael. The ultimate battle looms… “The Tamuli” collects the entire trilogy including Domes of Fire, The Shining Ones and The Hidden City
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NOTE: The Tamuli trilogy was originally published in the early 1990s.

The Love We Share Without Knowing” by Christopher Barzak. Release Date: November 25, 2008. In this haunting, richly woven novel of modern life in Japan, Christopher Barzak, the author of the acclaimed debut novel “One for Sorrow”, explores the ties that bind humanity across the deepest divides. “The Love We Share Without Knowing” is a Murakamiesque jewel box of intertwined narratives in which the lives of several strangers are gently linked through love, loss, and fate in a profound tale of connection…
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The Engine’s Child” by Holly Phillips. Release Date: November 25, 2008. From award-winning author Holly Phillips (In the Palace of Repose, The Burning Girl) comes a major work of visionary fantasy in the vein of Jeff VanderMeer (Shriek) and China Miéville (The Scar). As richly detailed as it is evocative, filled with vivid prose, “The Engine’s Child” is an ambitious novel that illuminates a lushly imagined world poised on the brink of revolution . . . and the three people who threaten to shatter this fragile existence…
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Queen of Oblivion” by Giles Carwyn & Todd Fahnestock. Release Date: November 25, 2008. With his dying words, the Opal Emperor leaves Brophy, the Heir of Autumn, with an impossible choice: betray his heart by seducing the enchantress Arefaine Morgeon, or watch her ambitions destroy the world. Thus begins the stunning conclusion to the epic Heartstone Trilogy in which a fallen hero defies his destiny, a scarred sorceress fights for love, a vindictive lover clings to hope, and a father of lies calls his family home…
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NOTE:Queen of Oblivion” is the conclusion to the Heartstone Trilogy after “Heir of Autumn” and “Mistress of Winter”.

The Crown” by Deborah Chester. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Deborah Chester (2004 Writers Hall of Fame America Inductee), national bestselling and award-winning author of the acclaimed fantasy trilogy The Sword, The Ring, and The Chalice, now concludes the riveting saga of a princess blessed by light . . . and a warrior consumed by darkness… “The Crown” is the second book in The Pearl and the Crown series after “The Pearl”, and features characters that appeared in the author’s Ruby Throne trilogy…
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Dark Heart” by Russell Kirkpatrick. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Noetos and his reluctant companion are on the run, hiding a powerful artifact from merciless pursuers, while a storm approaches that is about to unleash something terrible. A continent away, Lenares now leads the Cosmographers, but she can find no evidence of the Father. Is it possible that a god can be dead? Noetos and Lenares only have pieces of the puzzle—and the reality is far more terrifying than they could ever imagine…
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NOTE:Dark Heart” is the second book in The Broken Man trilogy—after Path of Revenge—which is set in the same world as the author's Fire of Heaven trilogy.

Perfect Circle” by Carlos J. Cortes. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Buried far beneath the impenetrable jungles of the African Congo lies a powerful object lost to time, calling to be born… Carlos J. Cortes’Perfect Circle” is a fast-paced debut that tells the tale of a world poised for ecological crisis–and the secret that could save it. From corporate profiteers to the natives who’ve been expecting them, “Perfect Circle” is a story that asks if man and nature are fated to clash–or if the right man can break the cycle…
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Beyond the Shadows” by Brent Weeks. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Logan Gyre is king of Cenaria, a country under siege, with a threadbare army and little hope. He has one chance—a desperate gamble that could destroy his kingdom. In the north, the new Godking has a plan. If it comes to fruition, no one will have the power to stop him. Kylar Stern has no choice. To save his friends, he must accomplish the impossible: assassinate a goddess. Beyond the Shadows is the action-packed conclusion to the Night Angel Trilogy
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Halo: The Cole Protocol” by Tobias S. Buckell. Release Date: November 25, 2008. “Halo: The Cole Protocol” is the sixth volume in the New York Times bestselling series based on the blockbuster Halo videogames. Written by Tobias S. Buckell, “Halo: The Cole Protocol” unveils the location of the Spartan Gray Team and takes readers into an unexplored conflict of the Human-Covenant War, where unlikely alliances are formed and shattered, altering the course of the humanity's epic struggle for survival…
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StarFist — Force Recon: Recoil” by David Sherman (The Night Fighter Saga) and Dan Cragg. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Impossible missions are a matter of course for Fourth Force Recon’s second platoon squads, and the situation at Haulover—enemy attacks with no witnesses and few clues—is no exception. But this assignment turns out to be even tougher and bloodier than usual because the devastation is a ploy to lure the nine Marines into a trap, and to force them to bust the Confederation’s terrible secret wide open…
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NOTE:Recoil” is the third StarFist: Force Recon novel after “Backshot” and “PointBlank”. The Force Recon saga is a spinoff series from the epic StarFist military SF series.

The Reach” by Nate Kenyon (Bloodstone). Release Date: November 25, 2008. Young Sarah is no ordinary girl. She’s been diagnosed as schizophrenic and locked away in a children’s psychiatric ward. She also has a very strange—and powerful—gift. Scientists have been studying Sarah’s remarkable psychic power for years, enhancing it, manipulating it, and twisting it into something evil. But their plans have gone horribly wrong. How much longer can they control Sarah? And what will happen if her powers are unleashed?
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The Ancestors“ by L.A. Banks, Tananarive Due & Brandon Massey. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Collects three gripping tales of suspense from three award-winning authors: In Massey’sThe Patriarch,” a writer travels to the backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface as a generations-old feud comes to new life... In Banks’ “Ev’ry Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep,” visions haunt a man—until he’s handed an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and prevent unspeakable acts from occurring again...
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NOTE: Lastly, in Tananarive Due’sGhost Summer,” ancestors haunt the nights of two children. And when a grisly discovery is made, these ancestors will make their mark on both the dead and the living…

Sword of Waters” by Hilari Bell. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Everything changed for Arisa when she and her friend Weasel stumbled upon the ancient shield rumored to bestow power upon whoever holds it. With the shield, the Falcon—her mother—was able to gain her new station, bringing Arisa into a world of royalty she isn't even sure she enjoys. Now the Falcon wants Arisa to get close to young Prince Edoran, and join with Edoran and Weasel to search for the legendary sword that matches the shield…
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NOTE: Critically acclaimed fantasy author Hilari Bell continues the captivating The Shield, Sword and Crown trilogy begun in “Shield of Stars” with another thrilling, surprising, and wholly satisfying novel. “Sword of Waters” is illustrated by Drew Willis.

The Devil’s Due” by Jenna Black. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Trust me or die. That’s the choice exorcist Morgan Kingsley is given by the rogue demon who’s gotten inside her. But Lugh, a king among demons, won’t take no for an answer and he’s just pulled Morgan into a power struggle that could have devastating consequences for both the human and demon worlds. Now, Morgan finds her day job colliding with the night—a darkness that is attracting demons including the one who’s about to demand his ultimate due…
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NOTE:The Devil’s Due” is the third Morgan Kingsley paranormal romance novel after “The Devil Inside” and “The Devil You Know”.

New Tricks” by John Levitt. Release Date: November 25, 2008. Former enforcer Mason would normally be concerned with finding ghosts and vampires stalking the Castro section of San Francisco. Fortunately, Halloween provides the perfect explanation for the abundance of ghouls. But someone is trying to possess his old flame, Sarah. Now, with the help of his magical dog Louie, Mason must uncover the black magician responsible. “New Tricks” is the second book in John Levitt’s Dog Days urban fantasy series…
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On the Prowl” by Karen MacInerney. Release Date: November 25, 2008. With a big promotion at work and a supersexy boyfriend, Sophie Garou is one happy girl—and werewolf. But when Heath starts spending long nights at the office with his new female associate, Sophie smells trouble. Then, her professional relationship with a big new client—Texas’ most eligible bachelor—begins to sizzle. To make matters worse, the Houston werewolf pack has sniffed Sophie out and their message is clear: you’re either with us or against us…
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NOTE:On the Prowl” is the second book in Karen MacInerney’s Tales of an Urban Werewolf series after “Howling at the Moon”.

Best American Fantasy 2008” edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer. Release Date: November 29, 2008. A prestigious anthology series, Best American Fantasy is guest edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (The New Weird, Steampunk, Fast Ships, Black Sails)—with Matthew Cheney serving as the series editor—showcasing the best North American fantasy short fiction from the preceding year. “Best American Fantasy 2008” features stories from Peter S. Beagle, Kelly Link, Rick Moody, M. Rickert and many more…
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Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters” by John Langan. Release Date: November 29, 2008. From award-nominated writer John Langan comes a collection of uneasy meetings including: A man plays an audiotape left for him by his late father and is initiated into a family story of monstrous deeds. A young couple struggles to make their stand against a group of inhuman pursuers in a ravaged landscape. And, in a brand new story, an artist discovers a mysterious statue whose completion becomes his obsession. Plus much more…
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The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives” by James P. Blaylock. Release Date: November 30, 2008. This omnibus volume contains the collected Steampunk stories and novels of James P. Blaylock, one of the originators of the genre, which hearkens back to the worlds of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, a world where science was a work of the imagination, and the imagination was endlessly free to dream. Contains the original illustrations J. K. Potter created for the novels Lord Kelvin's Machine and Homunculus, and the short stories…
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NOTE:The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives” is available in two different editions from
Subterranean Press: 1) A Signed, Fully Bound in Leather Hardcover Numbered to 200 copies, and 2) a Fully Cloth Bound Hardcover.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks as always for doing these.

So much good stuff. I forgot all about Paul Magrs next book being out this month!

Robert said...

No problem :) You know, I never heard of Paul Magrs until I did this spotlight. Sounds like a fun series though!

BlahBlah said...

Thank you very much. I always use your list to find out what new books I should keep an eye on. Without this blog, I'd be clueless :) Well, I know there are many other sites but I like this one best. Kudos to you, Robert!!

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