Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Quotes

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It's been months since I last did a Friday Quotes post. For a while I thought that I just wasn't coming across any good quotes in the books that I was reading but then I realized that I had actually just stopped looking. When I read a good book I usually lose myself in it completely and only pay attention to the wording if it bothers me enough to jar my concentration.

I hadn't realized that good quotes were something that I had to actually look out for, until I stopped doing it. So now I'm determined to start paying more attention and when I come across a quote or turn of phrase that I particularly like, I'll make an effort to write it down so that I can share it with you.

So I have for you this week just a few quotes that I enjoyed from some of the books that I recently read, or am currently reading:


Grimwood by Jon Courtenay

  • There were old firemasters and bad firemasters; there were no old bad firemasters


The House on Darrow Street by Galen Beckett

  • "You were not spoiled at all before it was too late, Mrs. Quent, and look what it has done to you. You are practical and somber. No, we must hurry and spoil Lily before its too late for her, and she becomes hopelessly serious."

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

  • The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say.

  • I think how hope may be the thing that pulls you forward, may be the thing that keeps you going, but that it's dangerous too, that it's painful and risky, that it's making a dare to the world and when has the world ever let us win a dare?

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
  • Real life is physical. Give me books instead. Give me the invisibility of the contents of books, the thoughts, the ideas, the images. Let me become part of a book. . . . an intertextual being: a book cyborg, or, considering that books aren't cybernetic, perhaps a bibliorg.


The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • "I tell you to think black thoughts and you come up with that?!" the lieutenant had screamed. "Is a guinea pig bad? Do you consider a guinea pig the representation of all that is evil?"
    "Maybe... if it's an evil guinea pig."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Todd Hewitt is the youngest boy in Prentisstown and in just a month he will become a man.
Todd knows the history of Prentisstown; how the families had arrived twenty years ago from another planet, in search of a place to settle and build a hopeful future. But upon arrival the men caught a virus called Noise which caused their thoughts to float freely in the air, for everyone to hear, and then the women all sickened and died, including Todd’s mother. So now there are no more women, no more children and no more silence.

But just because everyone’s thoughts can be heard doesn’t mean that secrets can’t still be concealed. When Todd is sent into the swamp on an errand by his foster father he is shocked by the discovery of a void within the Noise. Inside one of the decrepit buildings in the swamp he senses a space of pure silence, something that he had never imagined even existed. But because of this discovery Todd is forced to flee Prentisstown, although he has no idea why.

If you intend to read The Knife of Never Letting Go make sure to start early in the morning, on a day when you don’t have anything else planned, because once you begin you won’t want to put this book down.

The story begins right as Todd and his talking dog Manchee (because animals have also been effected by the Noise virus) make the discovery which will forever change Todd’s life. From that point on the tension quickly escalates and the pace speeds up so that I found myself tearing through the pages, unable to put the book down. Ness certainly knows how to pull readers in and keep them hooked. By offering tantalizing hints about Prentisstown’s secrets, without actually revealing very much, the story held me captive until the very end, when all is finally revealed.


But while the story is fast paced and intense I never found the tension too overwhelming, as I sometimes do with such books. There were some well placed interludes in the story that give both the characters and the readers a chance to catch their breath and rest for a bit, before things heated up again. For me this is important because if a book is unrelentingly dark and grim I sometimes have trouble getting myself to keep reading it, bit this was never the case here.

The book's protagonists are engaging and sympathetic, especially Todd, in whose voice the story is told. He comes across as both innocent and fierce. He longs to become a man, counting down each day until his birthday, though at the same time he struggles to understand what being a man actually entails.


Now I want to make a few comments about the ending which I was pretty disappointed with for several reasons, which I will explain in a bit more depth below. While I don’t intend to give a way any spoilers you still might want to skip the next couple of paragraphs if you haven’t yet read the book. If you have read it I would be interested in hearing what your thoughts are.

So, I was not at all happy with the discouraging way the story ended. I wanted the end to provide some meaning and purpose for Todd’s difficult travails; some remuneration other than just a Big Reveal (most of which I had already figured out by then). Instead Todd gets a shocking disappointment that seems to land him back in square one and a cliff hanger that makes me wary about picking up the next book. Who wants to open a door knowing there is a tiger on the other side, about to pounce?

I was also unsatisfied with the reasoning given for why Aaron and the Prentisstown men were hunting Todd. Neither motive made much sense to me and I felt let-down when all the cards were finally put on the table.

---End of spoiler----

While I thoroughly enjoyed The Knife of Never Letting Go the disappointing ending has left me a little wary about reading the sequels, just in case Ness follows the same pattern there. If not for the unsatisfying ending I would have ranked The Knife of Never Letting Go up there with one of my favorite YA dystopia books, The Hunger Games. But despite my feeling about the way the book is concluded I still say it's an excellent book that I would highly recommend.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Scifi & Fantasy Releases: Week of January 30

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This week's list of new releases includes a wonderfully varied selection of books, from mysteries about magical cats (Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly) to a biography about Howard Thurston (The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards by Jim Steinmeyer).

Some other interesting looking books that caught my eye include
License to Ensorcell by Katharine Kerr, which seems very different from the kind of fantasy I'm used to seeing by her (and includes an Israeli Secret Agent, hmm..) and Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin, which I actually should be receiving for review and really look forward to reading.

And there are two books here that I desperately covet, though I'm unlikely to get my hands on them anytime soon, and those are
Brayan's Gold by Peter Brett (because it' so pretty...) and The King of the Crag by Stephen Deas (because I LOVED The Adamantine Palace).

So what about you? Will any of these books be finding a home on your bookshelf?

Hope you have a great reading week!





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The Alchemist 
Paolo Bacigalupi and J. K. Drummond

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Subterranean
Release Date: January 31 

Magic has a price. But someone else will pay. Every time a spell is cast, a bit of bramble sprouts, sending up tangling vines, bloody thorns, and threatening a poisonous sleep. It sprouts in tilled fields and in neighbors' roof beams, thrusts up from between street cobbles, and bursts forth from sacks of powdered spice. A bit of magic, and bramble follows. A little at first, and then more--until whole cities are dragged down under tangling vines and empires lie dead, ruins choked by bramble forest. Monuments to people who loved magic too much.


In paired novellas, award-winning authors Tobias Buckell and Paolo Bacigalupi explore a shared world where magic is forbidden and its use is rewarded with the axe. A world of glittering memories and a desperate present, where everyone uses a little magic, and someone else always pays the price.

In the beleageured city of Khaim, a lone alchemist seeks a solution to a deadly threat. The bramble, a plant that feeds upon magic, now presses upon Khaim, nourished by the furtive spellcasting of its inhabitants and threatening to strangle the city under poisonous vines. Driven by desperation and genius, the alchemist constructs a device that transcends magic, unlocking the mysteries of bramble s essential nature. But the power of his newly-built balanthast is even greater than he dreamed. Where he sought to save a city and its people, the balanthast has the potential to save the world entire--if it doesn t destroy him and his family first.

Blackveil (Green Rider, Bk 4)
Kristen Britain
Genre: Fantasy

Publisher
: DAW

Release Date: February 1


Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders.
But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.

Blood Wine 
Yasmine Galenorn

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: February 1


The D'Artigo sisters have just turned in their badges to the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Now that they're free agents they're hoping things will be easier, but when you're half-human, half-Fae, things can go astray at the most inopportune times...especially if you're attempting to go undercover and penetrate the underworld of a vamp society on the brink of war.


Blood of the Rose: The Tudor Vampire Chronicles

Kate Pearce

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: February 1


When vampire slayer Rosalind Llewellyn had to join forces with her enemy Christopher Ellis to defeat a rogue vampire threatening Henry VIII, their alliance led to a surprising passion. Reunited after a year's separation, they now face a new threat that could destroy their last chance at happiness.

Brayan's Gold (novella)
Peter Brett

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Subterranean

Release Date: January 31


Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett.

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan's gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.

But Brayan's Gold may offer a way for Arlen to be free of One Arm forever, if he is willing to wager his life on the chance.

Brendan 

Morgan Llywelyn
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Tor

Release Date: February 1


This is the story of Saint Brendan the Navigator, whose legendary quest to find the Isle of the Blessed is one of the most remarkable and enduring early Christian tales.
Among Irish saints, Brendan the Navigator is second only to Patrick. Founder of several monasteries, he most famously guided a group of monks on a dangerous journey into the unknown vastness of the ocean on a search for Paradise.

Based on the medieval “Life of St Brendan,” Morgan Llywelyn's imaginative retelling of the Christian legend of this most remarkable man is a lyrical and surprising feast for the mind and heart. It is a story of truth and transcendence, and inner strength and daily discipline, a story of love and longing, and a story of towering faith. And of course, miracles.



Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery
Sofie Kelly

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/Mystery

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: February 1


When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines.
When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are magical-and she's relying on their skills to solve a purr-fect murder.


Darkness Dawns


Dianne Duvall
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Zebra

Release Date: February 1


Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's handed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible - when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.


The Executioness
Tobias S. Buckell and J. K. Drummond

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Subterranean

Release Date: January 31


Magic has a price. But someone else will pay. Every time a spell is cast, a bit of bramble sprouts, sending up tangling vines, bloody thorns, and threatening a poisonous sleep. It sprouts in tilled fields and in neighbors' roof beams, thrusts up from between street cobbles, and bursts forth from sacks of powdered spice. A bit of magic, and bramble follows. A little at first, and then more--until whole cities are dragged down under tangling vines and empires lie dead, ruins choked by bramble forest. Monuments to people who loved magic too much.


In paired novellas, award-winning authors Tobias Buckell and Paolo Bacigalupi explore a shared world where magic is forbidden and its use is rewarded with the axe. A world of glittering memories and a desperate present, where everyone uses a little magic, and someone else always pays the price.
Magic has a price.

In Khaim, that price is your head if you're found using it. For the use of magic comes with a side effect: it creates bramble. The bramble is a creeping, choking menace that has covered majestic ancient cities, and felled civilizations. In order to prevent the spread of the bramble, many lose their heads to the cloaked executioners of Khaim. Tana is one of these executioners, taking the job over from her ailing father in secret, desperate to keep her family from starvation. But now her family has been captured by raiders, and taken to a foreign city. So Khaim's only female executioner begins a quest to bring her family back together. A bloody quest that will change lives, cities, and even an entire land, forever. A quest that will create the legend of The Executioness.


Forest Moon Rising ( A Tess Noncoire Adventure)

P. R. Frost

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: DAW
Release Date: February 1


Tess Noncoiré, successful fantasy writer and Celestial Blade Warrior, has made a deal with the Powers That Be, forfeiting her own dreams in order to save those nearest and dearest to her. Having survived this unprecedented experience, Tess, along with her imp Scrap, is determined to hunt down a demonic intruder from another dimension, the Norglein, who seems bent on ravishing young women, leaving them pregnant, and waiting for the proper time to steal their babies away for his own purposes.


Halfway Hexed
Kimberly Frost
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: February 1


New witch Tammy Jo Trask has a whole town full of trouble, in the latest from the national bestselling author of Barely Bewitched.
First, there are the local residents who form a scripture-spouting posse and kidnap Tammy to "defend" Duvall, Texas, against witchcraft. Next, someone saddles her with a secret package chock full of dangerous visions, just as the president of WAM-the World Association of Magic- arrives with his entourage to investigate her. And who worse to examine Tammy's entanglement with off-limits and drop-dead gorgeous wizard Bryn Lyons than his ex-girlfriend? Not to mention that the clash between the locals and the magical visitors leads to a series of unnatural disasters that may doom them all. While the fate of the town hangs in the balance, one thing's certain: this would-be witch is ready to rumble, Texas style.

Iorich

Steven Brust
Genre:

Publisher: Tor

Release Date: February 1


House Jhereg, Dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head on Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera--longtime friend, sometime ally--has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime.
It doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now? Why aren't her powerful friends--Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress Zerika--coming to her rescue? And most to the point, why has she utterly refused to do anything about her own defense?

It would be idiotic of Vlad to jump into this situation. He's a former Jhereg who betrayed the House. He's an Easterner--small, weak, short-lived. He's being searched for by the most remorseless killers in the world. Naturally, that's exactly why he's going to get completely involved...


Journal of a UFO Investigator 
David Halperin

Genre:

Publisher :Viking

Release Date: February 3

A sparkling debut novel set in the sixties about a boy's emotional and fantastical journey through alien worlds and family pain. Against the backdrop of the troubled 1960s, this coming-of-age novel weaves together a compelling psychological drama and vivid outer-space fantasy.

Danny Shapiro is an isolated teenager, living with a dying mother and a hostile father and without friends. To cope with these circumstances, Danny forges a reality of his own, which includes the sinister "Three Men in Black", mysterious lake creatures with insectlike carapaces, a beautiful young seductress and thief with whom Danny falls in love, and an alien/human love child who-if only Danny can keep her alive-will redeem the planet.

Danny's fictional world blends so seamlessly with his day-to-day life that profound questions about what is real and what is not, what is possible and what is imagined begin to arise. As the hero in his alien landscape, he finds the strength to deal with his own life and to stand up to demons both real and imagined.

Told with heart and intellect, Journal of a UFO Investigator will remind readers of the works of Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem.


The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards 
Jim Steinmeyer

Genre: Biography

Publisher: Tarcher
Release Date: February 3


Here is the seminal biography of the magician's magician, Howard Thurston, a man who surpassed Houdini in the eyes of showmen and fans and set the standard fro how stage magic is performed today. Everyone knows Houdini-but who was Thurston? In this rich, vivid biography of the "greatest magician in the world," celebrated historian of stage magic Jim Steinmeyer captures the career and controversies of the wonder-worker extraordinaire, Howard Thurston. The public's fickleness over magicians has left Thurston all but forgotten today. Yet Steinmeyer shows how his story is one of the most remarkable in show business.

During his life, from 1869 to 1936, Thurston successfully navigated the most dramatic changes in entertainment-from street performances to sideshows to wagon tours through America's still-wild West to stage magic amid the glitter of grand theaters.
Thurston became one of America's most renowned vaudeville stars, boldly performing an act with just a handful of playing cards, and then had the foresight to leave vaudeville, expanding his show into an extravaganza with more than forty tons of apparatusand costumes. His touring production was an American institution for nearly thirty years, and Thurston earned a brand name equal to Ziegfeld or Ringling Brothers. Steinmeyer explores the stage and psychological rivalry between Thurston and Houdini during the first decades of the twentieth century- a contest that Thurston won. He won with a bigger show, a more successful reputation, and the title of America's greatest magician.

In The Last Greatest Magician in the World, Thurston's magic show is revealed as the one that animates our collective memories.


The Locket
Stacie Jay
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: February 3

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him— with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less—he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything—and everyone—she loves?


Leviathans of Jupiter

Ben Bove

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Tor

Release Date: February 1


In Ben Bova's novel JUPITER, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter's hostile planetwide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant's team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet's depths. However one of Jupiter's native creatures--a city-sized leviathan--saved the doomed ship. This creature's act convinced Grant that the huge creatures were intelligent, but he lacked scientific proof.
Now, several years later, Grant prepares a new expedition to prove once and for all that the huge creatures are intelligent. The new team faces dangers from both the hostile environment and from humans who will do anything to make sure the mission is a failure, even if it means murdering the entire crew.

License to Ensorcell
Katharine Kerr

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: DAW

Release Date: February 1


Psychic Agent Nola O'Grady isn't sure returning to San Francisco, and living near her unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure even the CIA doesn't know it exists, can be perilous, and she's afraid of the relatives getting involved. Then the Agency saddles her with Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, and she has a bigger problem on her hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari's strong points. Their mission is to track down a serial killer obsessed with werewolves. He sees them everywhere and shoots whenever he thinks he has one in his sights. Ari assumes the man's psychotic, but in truth he's murdering actual werewolves. Nola should know. Her younger brother Pat, a lycanthrope, was the first victim. Can Nola's psychic talents and Ari's skill with guns keep them alive long enough to unravel the greater mystery behind the killings? Can they save the werewolves and the world while stopping Nola's family from running headlong into danger?

Messiah (Apotheosis: Book Three)
S. Andrew Swann
Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: DAW
Release Date: February 1 

The last stand against the self-proclaimed God, Adam, has retreated to the anarchic planet Bakunin-a world besieged by civil war. Humanity's last hope lies with Nickolai Rajasthan, a Moreau who believes that the human race that created his kind is already damned beyond redemption.


Mists of Velvet ( The Immortals of Annwyn: Book Two)

Sophie Renwick

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: NAL

Release Date: February 1


Hidden from mortals, Annwyn, the Otherworld, is home to shapeshifters, wraiths and dragons. Rhys MacDonald, the mortal great-grandson of a banished prince races to Annwyn to offer help when his ancient homeland is threatened by a dangerous Dark Magick. There he encounters a young goddess and shapeshifter, who thinks he is the mate foreseen in her dreams. Bound together by the flames of desire, they discover that destiny-and the Dark Magick- has other plans for them...


People of the Longhouse 
Michael W. Gear and Kathlean O'Neal Gear

Genre: Alternate History
Publisher: Tor

Release Date: February 1


Six hundred years ago in what would become the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, five Iroquois tribes were locked in bitter warfare. From the ashes of violence, a great Peacemaker was born…
Young Odion and his little sister, Tutelo, live in fear that one day Yellowtail Village will be attacked.

When that day comes and Odion and Tutelo are marched away as slaves, their only hope is that their parents will rescue them.
Their mother, War Chief Koracoo, and their father, Deputy Gonda, think they are tracking an ordinary war party herding captive children to an enemy village. Koracoo and Gonda do not know that Odion and Tutelo have fallen into the hands of a legendary evil: Gannajero the Trader. Known as the Crow, she is a figure out of nightmare, a witch who captures children for her own nefarious purposes. No one can stand against her powers—except perhaps the mysterious Forest Spirit whose tracks have crisscrossed their own throughout their journey. Odion and the other children struggle to survive their brutal captivity. They, too, have seen the Forest Spirit. But like their parents, they can’t be sure if the Spirit is a friend—or is in league with Gannajero….



The King of the Crags (The Memory of Flames, Book II)
Stephen Deas

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Roc

Release Date: February 1

Prince Jehal has had his way-now his lover Zafir sits atop the Realms with hundreds of dragons and their riders at her beck and call. But Jehal's plots are far from over, for he isn't content to sit back and watch Zafir command the earth and sky. He wants that glory for himself- no matter who he must sacrifice to get it. The one thing Jehal fears is that the white dragon still lives-and if that is so, then blood will flow, on all sides...

Nightshade
Michelle Rowan

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: February 1


Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere hunger.




On the Hunt


Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen, Deidre Knight,
Genre: Paranormal Romance Anthology

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: February 1


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Anderson, and Deidre Knight present a steamy collection of all-new novellas featuring sexy paranormal hunters. With shadowy creatures, intoxicating magic, vivdly imagined worlds, and sizzling passion, this is an anthology no fan of paranormal romance will want to miss.


Reaper’s Justice 

Sarah McCarty
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: February 1


An exciting new paranormal historical romance series set in post- Civil War America.


When the War Between the States came to its end, the battle inside Isaiah Jones raged on. Neither fully human nor fully wolf, he found his peace-and the passion his inner wolf craved-with Adelaide Cameron. Though their union was forbidden by the werewolf soldiers, Isaiah satisfied his urges by guarding her from afar. But when Adelaide is abducted, Isaiah must not only expose his dark nature, but invite her into the shadows with him.

Siren's Surrender ( A Dark Tides Novel)
Devyn Quinn

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: February 1 

Never embracing her mermaid heritage, Gwen Lonike lives in the human world as the owner of a Maine B&B. But when the gateway to a lost mermaid kingdom is opened, freeing its dangerous queen, Gwen can no longer hide, nor keep her secret from covert agent Blake Whittaker, who's assigned to trail a strange thread of paranormal activity.
How long can Gwen and her sisters remain safe from a destructive queen, and from Blake's superiors, whose ultimate mission could prove the greatest threat of all?



Raven’s Quest

Anya Best

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: February 1


Epic fantasy romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Witch quartet.
Branna ta Cattia is the Raven, a high priestess who has come to Numia to defeat its tyrant. It's a journey made on the strength of her prophetic dreams, visions of ancient rituals, sacred spells, and of a handsome stranger destined to help her.


Stations of the Tide

Michael Swanwick

Genre: Science Fictio
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Publisher: Orb
Release Date: February 1


The Jubilee Tides will drown the continents of the planet Miranda beneath the weight of her own oceans. But as the once-in-two-centuries cataclysm approaches, an even greater catastrophe threatens this dark and dangerous planet of tale-spinners, conjurers, and shapechangers. A man from the Bureau of Proscribed Technologies has been sent to investigate. For Gregorian has come, a genius renegade scientist and charismatic bush wizard. With magic and forbidden technology, he plans to remake the rotting, dying world in his own evil image—and to force whom or whatever remains on its diminishing surface toward a terrifying and astonishing confrontation with death and transcendence.

This novel of surreal hard SF was compared to the fiction of Gene Wolfe when it was first published, and the author has gone on in the two decades since to become recognized as one of the finest living SF and fantasy writers.


Storm of Reckoning 

Doranna Durgin
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Tor
Release Date: February 1


Lisa McGarrity lives to hunt ghosts.
With the able assistance of her loyal ghostbusting team, of course . . . and the unexpected powers of Trevarr, a fiercely driven demon-hunter from another dimension. Their last mission—a supposedly simple haunting that turned into a demonic free-for-all—left them battered and ready for some R&R. But rest has to wait. Garrie and her team are summoned by an old friend in Sedona who desperately needs some occult assistance. Making matters worse, Trevarr has reappeared, bloody and bruised . . . and exiled forever from his homeworld.

While happy to have Trevarr back at her side, Garrie is shocked to discover that Sedona’s ethereal breezes are quiet, the usual paranormal activity nearly nonexistant . . . except for some oddball power surges that don’t “taste” like our world at all.
Then Garrie’s friend disappears and all hell seems about to break loose as Sedona’s ghosts rise up against Garrie and her team. With Trevarr’s not-cat bond-partner hinting at dire trouble on their trail and Trevarr himself seeing enemies at every turn, Garrie is running out of time to figure out just what’s happening in the Southwest…and to put a stop to it.


The Sea Thy Mistress

Elizabeth Bear

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Tor

Release Date: February 1


In this direct sequel to Elizabeth Bear’s highly acclaimed All the Windwracked Stars picks up the story some fifty years after Muire went into the sea and became the new Bearer of Burdens.
Beautiful Cathoair, now an immortal warrior angel, has been called back to the city of Eiledon to raise his son--Muire’s son as well, cast up on shore as an infant. It is seemingly a quiet life. But deadly danger approaches…the evil goddess Heythe, who engineered the death of Valdyrgard, has travelled forward in time on her rainbow steed. She came expecting to gloat over a dead world, the proof of her revenge, but instead she finds a Rekindled land, renewed by Muire’s sacrifice. She will have her revenge by forcing this new Bearer of Burdens to violate her oaths and break her bounds and thus bring about the true and final end of Valdyrgard. She will do it by tormenting both Cathoair and his son Cathmar. But Mingan, the gray wolf, sees his old enemy Heythe’s return. He will not allow it to happen again.

Thief of Light

Denise Rossetti

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Berkley

Release Date: February 1

When Prue McGuire is kidnapped by the Necromancer-an evil entity that feasts on souls-Erik the Golden must harness his air Magick to recover the woman he has come to love more than life itself.



Trouble and her Friends


Melissa Scott
Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Orb

Release Date: February 1


India Carless, alias Trouble, managed to stay one step ahead of the feds until she retired from life as a hacker and settled down to run a small network for an artist’s co-op. Now someone has stolen her pseudonym and begun to use it for criminal hacking. So Trouble returns. Once the fastest gun on the electronic frontier, she has been called out of retirement for one last fight. And it’s a killer. Less than a hundred years from now, the forces of law and order crack down on the world of the Internet. It is the closing of the frontier. The hip, noir adventurers who got by on wit, bravado, and drugs, who haunt the virtual worlds of the shadows of cyberspace are up against the edges of civilization. It’s time to adapt or die.


Unseen (Outcast Season: Bk 3)

Rachel Caine
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Roc
Release Date: February 1


After Cassiel and Warden Luis Rocha rescue an adept child from a maniacal Djinn, they realize two things: the girl is already manifesting an incredible amount of power, and her kidnapping was not an isolated incident.
This Djinn-aided by her devoted followers-is capturing children all over the world, and indoctrinating them so she can use their strength for herself. With no other options, Cassiel infiltrates the Djinn's organization-because if Cassiel cannot stop the Djinn's apocalyptic designs, all of humanity may be destroyed.


Uprising
Vampire Federation

Sean McCabe
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Signet Select

Release Date: February 1


A gruesome ritual murder has stained the Oxfordshire countryside. It's just the first incident in a chain of events awakening Detective Inspector Joel Solomon to his worst nightmare-and a dreadful omen of things to come. Because Joel has a secret: he believes in vampires.
Alex Bishop is an agent of the Vampire Intelligence Agency. She's tasked with enforcing the laws of the global Vampire Federation, and hunting rogue members of her race. A tough job made tougher when the Federation comes under attack by traditionalist vampires. They have a stake in old-school terror-and in an uprising as violent as it is widespread. Now it's plunging Alex and Joel into a deadly war between the living and the unloving-and against a horrifying tradition given new life by the blood of the innocent.


Visions of Magic

Regan Hastings

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: February 1


In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire. When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate. 


The Werewolf Upstairs


Ashlyn Chase
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: February 1


Petty crime never looked so good...
Alpha werewolf Konrad Wolfensen sees it as his duty to protect the citizens of Boston, even if it means breaking into their businesses just to prove their security systems don't work. But when his unsolicited services land him in trouble with the law, he'll have to turn to his sexy new neighbor for help. She should know better... Attorney Roz Wells is bored. She used to have such a knack for attracting the weird and unexpected, but ever since she took a job as a Boston public defender, the quirky quotient in her life has taken a serious hit. Until her sexy werewolf neighbor starts coming around...


Zombiesque

Editors: Stephen L. Antczak, James C. Bassett, Martin H. Greenberg

Genre: Anthology

Publisher: DAW

Release Date: February 1


From a tropical resort where visitors can become temporary zombies, to a newly-made zombie determined to protect those he loves, to a cheerleader who won't let death kick her off the team, to a zombie seeking revenge for the ancestors who died on an African slave ship-- Zombiesque invites readers to take a walk on the undead side in these tales from a zombie's point of view.


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