Anthony, Piers : Up in a Heaval(Tor 0-812-57499-0, $6.99, 318pp, mass market paperback, October 2003, cover art Darrell K. Sweet)
(First edition: Tor, October 2002)
Humorous fantasy novel, 26th in Anthony's popular, long-running, pun-filled Xanth series. The Amazon page has the Publishers Weekly review: "Anthony's latest offering is certain to please fans. New readers, however, may lack the patience to plow through so many puns and so much childish humor." And there's a shorter description and brief excerpt on this fan site.
Clemens, James : Wit'ch Star(Del Rey 0-345-44265-2, $6.99, 592pp, mass market paperback, November 2003, cover art Michael Dringenberg)
(First edition: Del Rey, December 2002)
Fantasy novel, fifth and final book in the cycle of Alasean Histories, or "The Banned and the Banished" as described in the Locus Index. The author's website has this excerpt, as well as latest news.
Dietz, William C. : EarthRise(Ace 0-441-01104-7, $7.99, 418pp, mass market paperback, October 2003, cover art Edwin Herder)
(First edition: Ace, September 2002)
SF novel set in the universe of DeathDay (2001), about resistence to invading alien Saurons. No author's page, though this page on AllSciFi.com categorizes the book several dozen ways, including "Descript. Of chases or violence", "Sense of humor", and "Theme: Fight for freedom from", and includes a Harriet Klausner review.
Amazon has the PW review.
Fisher, Jude : Sorcery Rising(DAW 0-7564-0110-0, $6.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, July 2003, cover art Michael Whelan)
(First edition: DAW, July 2002)
Fantasy novel, Book One of the Fool's Gold trilogy. Fisher is a pen name for Jane Johnson. Amazon has reviews from PW and Library Journal.
Foster, Alan Dean : Drowning World(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-45036-1, $6.99, 315pp, mass market paperback, November 2003, cover art Mark Harrison)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, February 2003)
SF novel in Foster's Humanx Commonwealth series featuring a world of torrential rain and various colorful aliens. Amazon has the PW review: "the kind of sure-fire entertainment that keeps his fans coming back for more."
Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Dune: The Butlerian Jihad(Tor 0-765-34077-1, $7.99, mass market paperback, September 2003, cover art Stephen Youll)
(First edition: Tor, September 2002)
SF novel, first paperback edition of last year's latest prequel to Frank Herbert's classic novel Dune (1965); this year's is The Machine Crusade. The Official Dune Website has details, and an excerpt. The Amazon page has PW and Booklist reviews.
Kushner, Ellen, & Delia Sherman : The Fall of the Kings(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58594-0, $6.99, 508pp, mass market paperback, October 2003, cover art Thomas Canty)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, November 2002)
Fantasy novel, sequel to Kushner's Swordspoint (1987) set 60 years later, in a medieval world of scholars who debate the reality of the wizards who ruled with the ancient kings. Amazon has a review from School Library Journal: "This is high fantasy at its best-literate, passionate, and compelling."
McCaffrey, Anne, & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough : Acorna's Rebels(HarperTorch 0-380-81847-7, $7.5, 351pp, mass market paperback, November 2003)
(First edition: Eos, January 2003)
SF novel based on a comic-book idea by McCaffrey, sixth in the "Acorna the Unicorn Girl" series. Amazon has the PW review: "don't overlook its being a feast for cat lovers!"
Pratchett, Terry : Night Watch(HarperTorch 0-06-001312-5, $7.5, 408pp, mass market paperback, October 2003)
(First edition: HarperCollins, November 2002)
Fantasy novel, the 27th or 28th (depending on which books you count) in Pratchett's long-running series set in Discworld. Amazon has reviews from PW and School Library Journal.
Turtledove, Harry : Ruled Britannia(Penguin/Roc 0-451-45915-6, $7.5, 560pp, mass market paperback, September 2003)
(First edition: New American Library, November 2002)
Alternate history novel in which the English lose to the Spanish Armada, and Roman Catholicism is reimposed on England. This was one of the author's best received novels in years. Amazon has PW and School Library Journal reviews, and a reader review by Locus contributor Rich Horton.
Weber, David : War of Honor(Baen 0-7434-7167-9, $7.99, 939pp, mass market paperback, November 2003)
(First edition: Baen, October 2002)
Tenth novel in Weber's popular Honor Harrington military SF series. Amazon has a review by Ron Peterson, and the PW review. The publisher's site has this page about the hardcover edition.
Wright, John C. : The Phoenix Exultant(Tor 0-765-34354-1, $6.99, 291pp, mass market paperback, October 2003)
(First edition: Tor, May 2003)
Far-future SF novel, sequel to The Golden Age (2001); third in the trilogy, The Golden Transcendence, has just been published in hardcover. Amazon has a reader review by Mark Pitcavage, who's read all three volumes.
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