Clarke, Susanna :
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
(Bloomsbury USA 1-58234-603-8, $15.95, 846pp, trade paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Bloomsbury USA, September 2004)
Trade paperback edition of the acclaimed, bestselling fantasy novel about the rivalry between two magicians in 19th century England.
The book won the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the Mythopoeic Award, and is a nominee for this year's World Fantasy Award.
The book's website is JonathanStrange.com.
The Amazon page has the Publishers Weekly review, and a 'search inside' feature including an excerpt from chapter 1.
Donaldson, Stephen R. :
The Runes of the Earth
(Ace 0-441-01304-X, $16, 532pp, trade paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Putnam, October 2004)
Fantasy novel, book one in the "Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" quartet, a long-awaited follow-up to the first "Chronicles" that established Donaldson's career beginning with Lord Foul's Bane (1977), and the second "Chronicles" trilogy that followed in the early '80s.
Amazon has an exclusive essay by Donaldson about why the new series took so long to write, and reviews from PW and Booklist.
Donaldson's website provides this PDF file of the book's prologue and chapter 1.
Donaldson's interview in the September '04 issue of Locus Magazine is excerpted here. William Senior's review last year in Locus said the book "offers an intriguing and beguiling return to the "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" as we await with anticipation the continuation of the tale."
Modesitt, L. E. Jr. :
(Tor 0-765-34922-1, $7.99, 738pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Tor, July 2004)
Fantasy novel, third in the Corean Chronicles trilogy following Legacies (2002) and Darknesses (2003).
Amazon reproduces the PW review, which calls the series "an intriguing blend of martial fantasy and SF", and has its 'search inside' feature, including an excerpt from chapter 1.
Modesitt's website has this description of the book. The fourth volume in the series, Alector's Choice, appeared in hardcover in June.
Moon, Elizabeth :
Marque and Reprisal
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-44759-X, $6.99, 378pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, September 2004)
Military SF novel in the "Vatta's War" series, follow-up to Trading in Danger (2003). This one concerns an attack on Kylara Vatta's family, perhaps leaving her its only survivor.
Parent publisher Random House's site has this description and an excerpt.
Amazon has a review by Cynthia Ward, who says the books "are as strong and interesting as Elizabeth Moon's popular Serrano Legacy series, which also successfully combines hard SF, military SF, and adventure SF with interstellar and familial politics".
Robinson, Frank M. :
(Tor 0-765-34939-6, $7.99, 372pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Forge, July 2004)
Contemporary thriller about a man who wakes in a hospital and discovers he's undergone surgery following a car accident.
The author's site, frankmrobinson.com, excerpts chapter 1.
The Amazon page reproduces the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "This is a gripping tale, extremely well told."
Stephenson, Neal :
The System of the World
(HarperPerennial 0-06-075086-3, $15.95, 19+892pp, trade paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, October 2004)
SF novel, final volume in the "Baroque Cycle" following Quicksilver (2003) and The Confusion (Apr 2004), that traces the origins of the scientific revolution in the 18th century. This trade paperback edition has 16 pages of "P.S." extras at the end of the book.
This book and its predecessor (since both were published in the same year) together won the Locus Award as best SF Novel of 2004.
The author's website www.nealstephenson.com launches a pop-up window that leads you to numerous links for this and the previous books, including a description of and excerpt from this book.
The publisher's site has this description and Chapter 6 excerpt.
Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine concluded that one cannot finished the novel "without the conviction that this is indeed a tremendous accomplishment, a daunting achievement, a truly epic undertaking."
Stirling, S. M. :
Dies the Fire
(Roc 0-451-46041-3, $7.99, 573pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Roc, August 2004)
Historical SF novel, first of a trilogy (and sequel to the earlier trilogy that began with Island in the Sea of Time in which the island of Nantucket is swept back to 1250 BC), in which an event called 'The Change' causes electronics and explosives to become inoperative, leading to the disintegration of American society.
The second book in the trilogy, The Protector's War, just appeared in hardcover.
The S.M. Stirling official fan site, has numerous sample chapters.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which said "The novel's dual themes-myth and technology-should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans."