Hoffman, Mary :
Stravaganza: City of Flowers
(Bloomsbury USA 1-58234-887-1, $17.95, 489pp, hardcover, May 2005, jacket illustration Carol Lawson) First US edition (UK: Bloomsbury, March 2005)
YA fantasy novel, latest in the series following Stravaganza: City of Masks (2002) and Stravaganza: City of Stars (2003), about young people transported to an alternate 16th century Italy. This one is about a 17-year-old boy who finds himself in Giglia, the equivalent of Florence.
The series' website, www.stravaganza.co.uk, has a message from the author, an extract, list of characters, and comparison of the book's di Chimici family to the historical Medicis.
The publisher's site has an author profile.
Amazon has a review from Booklist, which comments "Although Hoffman writes well, keeping the many strands of story tightly woven and managing the shifts of time and place with ease, the explanatory references slow the story's movement, especially in the beginning...."
Lackey, Mercedes :
(DAW 0-7564-0246-8, $25.95, 306pp, hardcover, May 2005, jacket painting Jody A. Lee)
Fantasy novel, third in the "Dragon Jousters" series following Joust (2003) and Alta (2004), about knights who fight from the backs of dragons.
The author's website has this page for the book, with links to excerpts.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Spot-on dialogue and just the right amount of exposition mark this rip-roaring adventure as superior fantasy fare."
MacLeod, Ian R. :
The House of Storms
(Ace 0-441-01280-9, $24.95, 457pp, hardcover, May 2005, jacket illustration Steve Stone) First US edition (UK: Simon & Schuster, February 2005)
US edition of alternate history SF novel, a stand-alone sequel to The Light Ages (2003), set in a Dickensian England in which the discovery of 'aether' has brought about a different kind of industrial revolution, set a century after the earlier book.
The author's website has a lost excerpt that was deleted from the final version of the book.
Amazon reproduces the starred PW review, from its April 11th issue: "Full of detailed descriptions of landscapes and complex human feelings, this rich, leisurely novel bears some similarities to the more frenetic fiction of China Miéville, though the author's affinity to A.S. Byatt is even stronger. This is a major work by a master writing at the top of his form."
Nick Gevers reviewed the UK edition in the February issue of Locus; Damien Broderick's review will appear in the upcoming June issue.
Morgan, Richard :
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 0-575-07325-X, £9.99, 436pp, hardcover, March 2005, cover illustration Chris Moore)
SF novel, third in the author's series of noir SF adventures starring Takeshi Kovacs, following Altered Carbon (2002) and Broken Angels (2003).
Morgan's website, under the 'current' heading, has some words about the completion of this novel.
Amazon UK (click on the title or cover image here) has a review by David Langford: "Morgan's knack for grisly set-pieces and heart-stopping violence makes for compulsive reading--emphatically not for the squeamish. Against all odds, his fast-moving choreography of pursuits, escapes, shoot-outs, reversals and betrayals finally ends in a satisfying touch of compassion, a trace of hope. A superior SF thriller."
Cheryl Morgan posted her review in the February Emerald City.
Ringo, John :
Into the Looking Glass
(Baen 0-7434-9880-1, $24, 278pp, hardcover, May 2005, cover art Kurt Miller)
Near-future SF novel in which central Florida is wiped out by a huge explosion, the result of a quantum physics experiment, that opens gateways to other realities.
Baen's site has a description and links to two chapters.
Amazon has the PW review: "Ringo (Hell's Faire) excels in the depiction of combat, managing to capture the carnage and horror while maintaining a sense of the absurd. The plot flows naturally from the implications of the scientific background, but with the kind of unexpected twists that Ringo has made his hallmark."
Sage, Angie :
Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk
(HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books 0-06-057731-2, $17.89, 564pp, hardcover, March 2005)
YA fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a baby boy presumed dead and the girl adopted by the baby's family. The book includes a mini-CD with games and other extras.
The series' website, septimusheap.com, has information about the author, periodic excerpts from the book, a game, etc (though you'll have to click at random on the various icons to find the content).
Amazon has reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist.
Reviewed by Carolyn Cushman in the upcoming June issue of Locus: "This is a tongue-in-cheek tale, full of odd satiric bits and interesting magical creatures and devices that almost make up for an over-obvious plot. At least it's nicely resolved, despite being the first volume in a series."
Sanderson, Brandon :
(Tor 0-765-31177-1, $24.95, 492pp, hardcover, May 2005, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)
Fantasy novel, the author's first novel and a stand-alone, about a beautiful city, Elantris, where magic has failed, and a second city affected by the same curse.
The author's website has a section about the book, with links to sample chapters, reviews, resources, and the first few of the author's chapter annotations.
Cover artist Stephan Martiniere has this cover image on his site.
Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, from its April 18th issue: "Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut, refreshingly complete unto itself and free of the usual genre clich‚s, offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters."
Sinclair, Linnea :
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58798-6, $6.99, 453pp, mass market paperback, May 2005, cover illustration Dave Seeley)
Space opera romance novel, the author's first novel, about an interstellar trader who rescues an enemy military officer.
The publisher's site has this description, some background on the author, and an excerpt.
LinneaSinclair.com has an excerpt, reviews, teasers about future titles, news of author appearances, and an author bio.
Amazon has several reader reviews, who compare the book to the work of Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Anne McCaffrey, and Tanya Huff.
Anthology of 17 previously-published SF and fantasy stories on Christian themes. Authors include Cherith Baldry, Michael Vance, Greg Beatty, and Donna Farley.
Not available from Amazon; order from the publisher Skyson Press, which has this page listing the table of contents.
Christian Fiction Review has posted this review.
Swainston, Steph :
No Present Like Time
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 0-575-07006-4, £9.99, 317pp, hardcover, April 2005)
Fantasy novel, sequel to the author's acclaimed debut novel The Year of Our War, and second in a trilogy. This one is set five years after the war against insects described in the first book.
Orion's site has this description, with a link to reviews.
The Alien Online has this interview with the author about this book.
Cheryl Morgan posted this review in Emerald City: "So what can I say? 'Another brilliant Steph Swainston novel' sounds a bit like faint praise, but No Present like Time is just as good as The Year of Our War and it would be hard for it to be much better."
Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the April issue of Locus Magazine.
Thompson, Eldon :
The Crimson Sword
(Eos 0-06-074150-3, $24.95, 537pp, hardcover, May 2005, jacket illustration Koveck)
Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy by a new author, subtitled "Book One of the Legend of Asahiel". It's about a young man engaged on a quest to find one of the Swords of Asahiel that were used to forge the earth itself.
The publisher's site has a description, author bio ("After washing out as a college quarterback, Eldon Thompson returned to his first love, writing..."), blurbs by Terry Brooks and others, and a chapter excerpt.
Amazon reproduces the Publishers Weekly review.
Yeffeth, Glenn, ed. :
The War of the Worlds : Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic
(BenBella Books 1-932100-55-5, $17.95, 292pp, trade paperback, May 2005)
Anthology including the complete text of H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds, an introduction by Robert Silverberg, 12 essays about the impact of Wells' novel by Stephen Baxter, David Gerrold, David Zindell, Ian Watson, Jack Williamson, Robert Charles Wilson, and others, and Connie Willis' short story "The Soul Selects Her Own Society: Invasion and Repulsion: A Chronological Reinterpretation of Two of Emily Dickinson's Poems: A Wellsian Perspective", which won the Hugo Award in 1997.
The publisher's order page for the book includes the complete list of contributors.