Anthology of 21 recipes and accompanying short stories, from the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild. Sections include Soups, Light Meals, Mains, Desserts, and Beverages. Contributors include Maxine McArthur, Lily Chrywenstrom, and Kaaron Warren.
CSFG's webpage for the book has the complete list of contributors, a sample illustration, and ordering information.
Crowley, John :
Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land
(HarperCollins/Morrow 0-06-055658-7, $25.95, 465pp, hardcover, June 2005, jacket illustration Caspar David Friedrich, jacket design Chin-Yee Lai)
Literary novel consisting in part of a gothic novel written by the poet Lord Byron and in part of what happens to Byron's manuscript after it's written.
The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
Amazon reproduces a long review by Ron Charles from the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly's starred review: "By applying Byron's scintillating epistolary style to the novel he should have written, Crowley creates a pseudo-Byronic masterpiece. ... Crowley's best novel."
Dedman, Stephen :
Never Seen By Waking Eyes
(infrapress 0-9766544-0-7, $15.95, 227pp, trade paperback, August 2005, cover design Paul Guran)
Collection of 24 stories, one of them, "Watch", original to this book, with a brief afterword divulging the inspirations for some of the stories.
The publisher's page for the book has a description, and the table of contents.
Advance reading copy received; not yet available from Amazon.
Di Filippo, Paul :
The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories
(Thunder's Mouth Press 1-56025-665-6, $16.95, 10+370pp, trade paperback, July 2005, cover art and design Marcia Salo)
Collection of 18 stories, two of them in collaboration (with Don Webb and Barry Malzberg); the author's first 'non-themed' collection offering a variety of different kinds of stories. Contents include "Sisyphus and the Stranger", winner of a 2004 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire for translated short story.
Includes an introduction by the author, who also provides introductions to each story.
The publisher's page has a description and an excerpt (from "Clouds").
Amazon has reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; the latter remarks that in this book "as underscored in his brief introduction, Di Filippo takes pains to avoid a uniform motif and present a smorgasbord of diverse ideas and styles."
Dozois, Gardner, ed. :
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-second Annual Collection
(St. Martin's Griffin 0-312-33660-8, $19.95, 40+663pp, trade paperback, July 2005, cover illustration Stephan Martiniere)
Anthology of 28 stories first published in 2004, a 30-page "Summation: 2004", and 10 pages of 'honorable mentions'. Stories include Christopher Rowe's "The Voluntary State", Stephen Baxter's "Mayflower II", Eleanor Arnason's "The Garden", Walter Jon Williams' "Investments", Paul Di Filippo's "Sisyphus and the Stranger", Terry Bisson's "Scout's Honor", M. John Harrison's "Tourism", and Pat Murphy's "Inappropriate Behavior".
Also available in hardcover.
Amazon has the starred review from Publishers Weekly's June 20th issue: "The latest in Dozois's definitive, must-read short story anthology series takes the pulse of science fiction today, revealing it to be a genre of breathtaking scope and imagination."
Finlay, Charles Coleman :
The Prodigal Troll
(Prometheus/Pyr 1-59102-313-0, $25, 374pp, hardcover, June 2005, jacket illustration Brian J. Dow)
Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a human child raised by trolls. Parts first appeared as stories in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
The publisher's page for the book has a description, quotes from reviews, and an author Q&A.
The author's website has a bibliography and biography.
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's interview are online.
Nick Gevers' review in the June issue of Locus Magazine called it "anthropological fantasy of quite a high order".
Graham, L. B. :
Bringer of Storms
(P&R Publishing 0-87552-721-3, $16.99, 510pp, trade paperback, June 2005, cover illustration Larry Elmore)
Fantasy novel, book two of the Binding of the Blade series, following Beyond the Summerland (2004).
The book's website, http://www.bindingoftheblade.com/, has a description of the series, maps, author news, and a PDF version of Chapter One.
Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.
Kimberlin, Wade A. :
Electronic Echoes of the Mind
(Mundania Press 1-59426-108-3, $12, 173pp, trade paperback, May 2005)
SF novel about a space-pilot whose life has been ruined by a corporate plot.
The publisher's site has this description and an author profile.
The author's website includes several short stories about the character in the novel.
Kostova, Elizabeth :
(Little, Brown 0-316-01177-0, $25.95, 642pp, hardcover, June 2005)
Fantasy thriller about a historian's quest to find Dracula, and the historian's daughter who goes in search of him when he disappears. It's the author's first novel, and has gotten much publicity for her $2 million advance and the novel's 10 year gestation.
The publisher's site has this description, quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
Amazon has a review of its own by Regina Marler -- "If your pulse flutters at the thought of castle ruins and descents into crypts by moonlight, you will savor every creepy page of Elizabeth Kostova's long but beautifully structured thriller The Historian...." -- and the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Exotic locales, tantalizing history, a family legacy and a love of the bloodthirsty: it's hard to imagine that readers won't be bitten, too."
Steiber, Ellen :
A Rumor of Gems
(Tor 0-312-85879-5, $25.95, 464pp, hardcover, June 2005, jacket art Kazuhiko Sano)
Fantasy novel, the first adult novel by an author of YA and children's fantasy. It's about a contemporary city where gems possess magical powers.
Amazon has reviews from PW and Booklist; the latter, by Roland Green, says "The results of [the] characters' interactions are complex, probably overly long, but told in superior prose."
The Endicott Studio website has this author profile.
Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the July issue of Locus: "It's almost a romance ... but this unpredictable novel takes some poignant, painful turns that make it much, much more."
Ward, Joy :
(Trafford Publishing 1-41205675-6, $18.95, 194pp, trade paperback, May 2005)
SF novel, subtitled "A Tale of Extraterrestrial Intervention and Love Across Time and Space", about the co-evolution of humans and dogs.
The publisher's site has a description and excerpt. The author's site includes a page of reviews.
Wurts, Janny :
(Meisha Merlin 1592220819, $27.95, 574pp, hardcover, May 2005)
Fantasy novel, seventh volume of the "Wars of the Light and Shadow" that began with The Curse of the Mistwraith (1993), and fourth in the "Alliance of Light".
The publisher has this description with a link to an excerpt. Wurts' site has this excerpt.
Amazon has several reader reviews.