Check out these recent picks from our latest sci-fi novels!
The founding / Dan Abnett.
“This omnibus edition of the first three Gaunt’s Ghosts novels follows the story of the Tanith First-and-Only regiment (nicknamed the Ghosts) and their charismatic commissar, Ibram Gaunt. As they travel from warzone to warzone in the Chaos-infested Sabbat Worlds system, the Ghosts must not only carry out the most dangerous of missions but also survive the deady politics of the Imperial Guard.” (Summary from Global Books In Print)
Journey by night / Kim Falconer.
“A fast-paced story of fantasy and occult adventure, astrology and martial arts … Kreshkali works the streets of a future Earth, rejecting her heritage and hating her life. When she discovers the portal to Gaela, she crosses over vowing never to return. There, as Nellion Paree, she trains at Treeon Temple, meets a young An’ Lawrence, fights in the temple wars and conceives a child. When captured by trackers her genetic memories awaken and she decides to go back. But, after so many years away, she has no idea of what dangers await her there…” Book 3 in the Quantum Encyption Series. (Summary from Global Books In Print)
Ghost ship : a new Liaden Universe novel / Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.
“The new Liaden Universe book continues the story of Theo Waitley as she finally contacts her father and discovers her place in the notorious Clan Korval. Theo contracts for her first solo pilot work, only to find out that her old friend and lover, Win Ton, has nearly been killed by mysterious agents who want access to a strange old tech ship he discovered on a scout mission. Theo’s only chance to save him is to contact the sentient ship and take on the role of pilot. But there is a great deal of danger and intrigue along the way, as the Department of the Interior plots to bring down Korval and all its pilots, including Theo, making for an engaging and fast-paced story that will thrill space-opera fans. As some of the story lines tie in closely with previous Liaden titles (Plan B, 1999, and I Dare, 2002), only readers who have been following this saga will be able to appreciate the multiple layers Lee and Miller pull together. Make sure to suggest this series to fans of Elizabeth Moon and Catherine Asaro.–Moyer, Jessic. Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)
Roadkill : a Cal Leandros novel / Rob Thurman.
“Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko had been working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen had given them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job for them. Original.” (Summary from Syndetics)
The river of shadows / Robert V.S. Redick.
“From the mysterious River of Shadows to the Infernal Forest, to the Island Wilderness Pazel and his companions face a phantasmagoric journey through altered realities, a nightmare journey which offers glimpses of what might have been while taking them into the terror of what is to come. Will Arunis use the cursed Nilstone to end the world?” (Summary from Syndetics).
Prospero regained / L. Jagi Lamplighter.
“After accidentally summoning the wind and scattering her siblings across Hell, Miranda, Gregory, and Mephisto must journey through Hell’s many layers and geographies to rescue their stranded loved ones and return to their original mission: rescue Prospero from the evil Queen of Fae. Readers who have followed the quest of the Prospero family through the previous two titles (Prospero Lost, 2009, and Prospero in Hell, 2010) will be pleased to see that the heroes are coming closer to the end of their quest. Equally appealing this time is watching Miranda gain deeper understanding of herself and her origins. Unfortunately, despite the urgency of the rescue mission, the pace of this installment often drags the journeys across Hell can seem interminable and the overly extended climax includes a few too many revelations. Still, the series has its devoted fans, and they will stick with it to the conclusion.”–Moyer, Jessica Copyright 2010 Booklist
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The departure / Neal Asher.
“Visible in the night sky the Argus Station, its twin smelting plants like glowing eyes, looks down on nightmare Earth. From Argus the Committee keep an oppressive control: citizens are watched by cams systems and political officers, it’s a world inhabited by shepherds, reader guns, razor birds and the brutal Inspectorate with its white tiled cells and pain inducers. Soon the Committee will have the power to edit human minds, but not yet, twelve billion human being need to die before Earth can be stabilized, but by turning large portions of Earth into concentration camps this is achievable, especially when the Argus satellite laser network comes fully online . . .This is the world Alan Saul wakes to in his crate on the conveyor to the Calais incinerator. How he got there he does not know, but he does remember the pain and the face of his interrogator. Informed by Janus, through the hardware implanted in his skull, about the world as it is now Saul is determined to destroy it, just as soon as he has found out who he was, and killed his interrogator . . .” (Summary from Global Books In Print)
Peter & Max : a Fables novel / by Bill Willingham ; with illustrations by Steve Leialoha.
“Based on the long-running and award-winning comic book series “Fables, Peter & Max” spans medieval times to the present day as Peter Piper and his older brother encounter ominous forces in the deepest dark of The Black Forest.” (Summary from Syndetics).
The lost fleet : beyond the frontier : dreadnaught / Jack Campbell.
“The Alliance woke Captain John “Black Jack” Geary from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet in the century-long conflict against the Syndicate Worlds. Now Admiral Geary’s victory has earned him the adoration of the people–and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing. The war may be over, but Geary and his newly christened First Fleet have been ordered back into action to investigate the aliens occupying the far side of Syndic space and to determine how much of a threat they represent to the Alliance. And while the Syndic Worlds are no longer united, individually they may be more dangerous than ever before. Geary knows that members of the military high command and the government question his loyalty to the Alliance and fear his staging a coup–so he can’t help but wonder if the fleet is being deliberately sent on a suicide mission.”–” (Syndetics summary)
The magician king : a novel / Lev Grossman.
“It’s been two years since Quentin, Eliot, Janet, and Julia have become kings and queens of the magical utopia of Fillory, but Quentin is becoming bored with his seemingly idyllic existence. Spurred on by a dark prophecy of the “Seeing Hare,” “one of the Unique Beasts of Fillory,” he and Julia decide to embark on a trip to a faraway island, but their voyage turns out to be more perilous than expected and they end up back on Earth. With no apparent means to return to their home at Castle Whitespire, they must somehow find a way back to Fillory and save their realm from imminent destruction. Grossman effortlessly injects innumerable pop culture and literary references (Monty Python, Harry Potter, Pink Floyd, the Lorax, the Teletubbies, etc.) into the fantastical storyline. Mainstream fiction and fantasy fans alike will find this fairy tale for adults rewarding.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)