30 August 2004
Britain, Kristen : First Rider's Call(DAW 0-7564-0193-3, $7.99, 596pp, mass market paperback, August 2004, cover art Keith Parkinson)
(First edition: DAW, August 2003)
Fantasy novel, sequel to The Green Rider (1998).
Haldeman, Joe : Guardian(Ace 0-441-01106-3, $7.99, 294pp, mass market paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Ace, December 2002)
SF novel, Haldeman's "Alaska novel", set in 1894, 1952, 2004, and points beyond, that answers the question "What should you do if a raven keeps appearing on your doorstep and giving you advice?" according to the author's webpage.
Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Dune: The Machine Crusade(Tor 0-765-34078-X, $7.99, 787pp, mass market paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Tor, September 2003)
SF novel, second book following The Butlerian Jihad in the second prequel trilogy by these writers set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert's Dune series. The third book, The Battle of Corrin, has just been published in hardcover.
Hunt, Walter H. : The Dark Path(Tor 0-765-34564-1, $7.99, 341pp, mass market paperback, August 2004, cover art David Seeley)
(First edition: Tor, February 2003)
Military SF novel, sequel to the author's 2001 debut novel The Dark Wing (Tor), concerning humans and the alien zor, now allies but threatened by a new menace. The third novel, The Dark Descent, has just been published in hardcover.
Le Guin, Ursula K. : Changing Planes(Harcourt 0-441-01156-X, $14, 244pp, mass market paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Harcourt, July 2003)
Collection of 16 stories, most of them original to this volume, in which delays in airport lounges lead to other 'planes' of existence -- such as those described in (previously published) "Seasons of Ansarac" and "The Fliers of Gy".
Lethem, Jonathan : The Fortress of Solitude(Vintage 0-375-72488-5, $14.95, 509pp, trade paperback, September 2004)
(First edition: Doubleday, September 2003)
Mainstream novel with fantasy elements, covering three decades in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
Luceno, James : Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force(Del Rey 0-345-42853-6, $7.5, 527pp, mass market paperback, August 2004, cover art Cliff Nielsen)
(First edition: Del Rey, November 2003)
Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(Scholastic 0439358078, $9.99, 870pp, trade paperback, September 2004)
(First edition: Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books, July 2003)
Young adult fantasy novel, fifth in the popular series about the boy wizard, out in paperback 14 months after the hardcover release.
Sagan, Nick : Idlewild(NAL 0-451-21206-1, $12.95, 279pp, trade paperback, July 2004)
(First edition: Putnam, August 2003)
SF novel, the first novel by the son of Carl Sagan; sequel Edenborn is due to be published in hardcover this month.
Spinrad, Norman : The Druid King(Vintage 0-375-72496-6, $14, 413pp, mass market paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Knopf, August 2003)
Historical novel about Vercingetorix, the greatest and last leader of the Gauls against the Romans under Julius Caesar.
Westerfeld, Scott : The Risen Empire(Tor 0-765-34467-X, $7.99, 341pp, mass market paperback, August 2004)
(First edition: Tor, March 2003)
SF novel, a far future space opera, first book of two, followed by The Killing of World.
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