* Anthony, Piers : Luck of the Draw
(Tor 978-0-7653-3135-9, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 24 Dec 2012
Xanth #36

Humorous fantasy novel, 36th in the popular, pun-filled “Xanth” series, following Well-Tempered Clavicle (2011).
• Tor’s website has this description of the book with an excerpt.

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* David, James F. : Dinosaur Thunder
(Forge 978-0-7653-2378-1, $27.99, 384pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 24 Dec 2012

SF time-travel novel, third in a series following Footprints of Thunder (1995) and Thunder of Time (2006), about time-rifts that set dinosaurs loose in the present day. This book deals with a Tyrannosaurus Rex trapped in an alternate timeline on the Moon, and a group of human trapped in the Cretacious.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “entertainingly goofy” and concludes, “Readers who don’t expect plausible, Crichtonesque explanations for all this may enjoy David’s baroquely over-the-top storytelling.”

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* Wright, John C. : The Hermetic Millennia
(Tor 978-0-7653-2928-8, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 24 Dec 2012
Hermetic #2

SF novel, sequel to Count to a Trillion (2011), about a Texas idealist traveling into the future via cryo-suspension to confront an alien menace that will arrive in 8000 years, but who keeps being awakened over the centuries to deal with changes in human society.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Barnes & Noble, describing it as a mix of Olaf Stapledon, Jack Vance, Philip José Farmer, and Jared Diamond: “It’s a heady brew that achieves an ever-oscillating balance between pulp action and philosophical gravitas.”

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