Notable new SF, Fantasy, and Horror books seen : Posted 20 June 2004
+ Bakker, R. Scott : The Darkness that Comes Before(Overlook Press 1-58567-599-8, $25.95, 594pp, hardcover, June 2004)
First US edition (Canada: Penguin, April 2003).
Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, subtitled The Prince of Nothing, Book One; it's "the beginning of a large-scale, swords and magic fantasy trilogy" according to the review by Greg L. Johnson on the Amazon Canada site, by an author with a background in history, philosophy, and ancient languages.
+ Erikson, Steven : Gardens of the Moon(Tor 0-765-31001-5, $25.95, 494pp, hardcover, June 2004, jacket art Stephen Youll)
First US edition (UK: Bantam, April 1999).
Fantasy novel, first of a projected 10-volume series about the Malazan empire, by a Canadian author. Four more volumes have already appeared in Britain, most recently Midnight Tides.
* Gray, Rich, ed. : Click or Treat!: The Best of Halloween and Horror on the Internet(McFarland 0-7864-1862-1, $29.95, 177pp, trade paperback, 2004)
Nonfiction, a guide to websites related to Halloween and horror. There are 15 chapters, each focusing on a particular theme (clothes, recipes, movies and TV, fortune telling, etc.) and containing descriptions, from one to several paragraphs, of websites on that theme. Index.
* Greenberg, Martin H., & Russell Davis, eds. : Faerie Tales(DAW 0-756-40182-8, $6.99, 309pp, mass market paperback, May 2004)
Anthology of 12 original fantasy stories. Authors include Charles de Lint, Jane Lindskold, Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
* Kemp, Debra A. : The House of Pendragon Book I: The Firebrand(Amber Quill Press 1-59279-883-7, $15.5, 266pp, trade paperback, October 2003)
Arthurian fantasy novel concerning a lady who was once made a slave by the cruel prince Mordred.
* Kerner, Elizabeth : Redeeming the Lost(Tor 0-312-89065-6, $25.95, 398pp, hardcover, June 2004, jacket art Stephen Hickman)
Fantasy novel, third in the "Tales of Kolmar" following Song in the Silence (1997) and The Lesser Kindred (2000).
+ MacLeod, Ken : Newton's Wake(Tor 0-765-30503-8, $24.95, 316pp, hardcover, June 2004, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)
First US edition (UK: Time Warner UK/Orbit, March 2004).
US edition of MacLeod's new novel; the UK first edition was noted earlier.
* McDonald, Ian : River of Gods(UK: Simon & Schuster UK 0-7432-5669-7, £17.99, 583pp, hardcover, June 2004)
SF novel set on the eve of India's 100th anniversary--August 15, 2047.
* Newcomb, Robert : The Scrolls of the Ancients(Ballantine Del Rey , 531pp, hardcover, June 2004, jacket illustration Justin Sweet)
Fantasy novel, third in the "Chronicles of Blood and Stone" trilogy following The Fifth Sorceress (2002) and The Gates of Dawn (2003).
* Siepiela, Donna : Ab-ar-da: The Truth About Grays(AuthorHouse 1-4184-1119-1, 470pp, trade paperback, April 2004)
SF novel about aliens who come to Earth to solve humanity's problems.
* Weisskopf, T. K. F., ed. : Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Sol Space(Baen 0-7434-8832-6, $6.99, 449pp, mass market paperback, June 2004, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Anthology of stories and articles about the "conquest of the solar system". Authors include Allen M. Steele, Jack McDevitt, John Ringo, Charles Sheffield (a final McAndrew story), and Gregory Benford (whose story is an excerpt from his current novel Beyond Infinity).
The body turns in the stream. Where the new bridge crosses the Ganga in five concrete strides, garlands of sticks and plastic snag around the footings; rafts of river flotsam. For a moment the body might join them, a dark hunch in the black stream. The smooth flow of water hauls it, spins it around, shies it feet first through the arch of steel and traffic. Overhead trucks roar across the high spans. Day and night, convoys bright with chrome work, gaudy with gods, storm the bridge into the city, blaring filmi music from their roof speakers. The shallow water shivers.Opening lines:
There wasn’t even a crackle of static when all of the thousands of television broadcasts all over the world were interrupted and replaced by an image of a small-thin, gray-skinned creature with a large head and big black eyes. It was standing in front of some very large exotic plants with colossal blooms of many vibrant colors. The creature closed its eyes and bowed its head with its hands pressed flat to each other before it. As it straightened and opened its eyes, it began to speak.
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