Science Fiction & Fantasy
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||The Land of Painted Caves |
By Auel, Jean M.
2011-03 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780517580516 Check Our Catalog
The highly anticipated sixth book of Auel's Earth's Children series, "The Land of the Painted Caves" is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar, Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago.
||The Troupe |
By Bennett, Robert Jackson
2012-02 - Orbit
9780316187527 Check Our Catalog
George Carole ran away from home to join the Vaudeville circuit. Sixteen years old, uncommonly gifted at the piano, he falls in with a strange troupe -- even for Vaudeville.
Under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realize that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be. And their travels have a purpose that runs deeper than entertainment. George must uncover the mysteries of Silenus's Company before it is too late. He is already entangled in their web of secrets and if he doesn't learn where they are taking him, he may never find his way out.
||Earth Unaware |
By Card, Orson Scott
With Johnston, Aaron
2012-07 - Tor Books
9780765329042 Check Our Catalog
The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth. So when El Cavador's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. Before Ender Wiggin was born, before the Battle School was built, the aliens brought war to Earth in this prequel.
By Carriger, Gail
2012-02 - Orbit
9780316127189 Check Our Catalog
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, must answer a mystifying summons to Egypt in the final novel in the New York Times-bestselling Parasol Protectorate series.
||The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln |
By Carter, Stephen L.
2012-07 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307272638 Check Our Catalog
From the author of the bestsellers "The Emperor of Ocean Park" and "New England White," an electrifying, provocative alternative history novel that asks the question: What would have happened had Lincoln not been assassinated?
||The Rapture of the Nerds |
By Doctorow, Cory
Author Stross, Charles
2012-09 - Tor Books
9780765329103 Check Our Catalog
From the two defining personalities of post-cyberpunk sci-fi, a brilliant collaboration to rival 1987's "The Difference Engine" by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.
||Kiss the Dead |
By Hamilton, Laurell K.
2012-06 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425247549 Check Our Catalog
When a 15-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she's faced with something she's never seen: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people all willing to die to avoid serving a master.
||The Wind Through the Keyhole |
By King, Stephen
2012-04 - Scribner Book Company
9781451658903 Check Our Catalog
For those discovering the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time--and for its legions of dedicated fans--an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.
||The Games |
By Kosmatka, Ted
2012-03 - Del Rey Books
9780345526618 Check Our Catalog
This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, "The Games" envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than readers think.
By Kristoff, Jay
2012-09 - Thomas Dunne Books
9781250001405 Check Our Catalog
Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her father are commanded to capture one for the murderous Shogun of the Shima Isles, they fear their lives are over.
||A Game of Thrones |
By Martin, George R. R.
1997-08 - Spectra Books
9780553573404 Check Our Catalog
"A Game of Thrones" is a contemporary masterpiece of fantasy. The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime. A time of conflict has arisen in the Stark family, as they are pulled from the safety of their home into a whirlpool of tragedy, betrayal, assassination, plots and counterplots. Each decision and action carries with it the potential for conflict as several prominent families, comprised of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, assassins and bastards, are pulled together in the most deadly game of all--the game of thrones.
||The Night Circus |
By Morgenstern, Erin
2011-09 - Doubleday Books
9780385534635 Check Our Catalog
2012 Alex Award Winner
To enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Reves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear. Even though visitors believe the performances are all illusion, they are obsessively drawn to this extraordinary night circus. Those who run and perform in the circus are its lifeblood. Marco Alisdair runs the operation from London as assistant to the eccentric proprietor. Celia Bowen holds it all together from her role as illusionist. As magicians, Marco and Celia are bound to each other in a deadly competition of powers, creating ever more fantastical venues for circus goers to marvel at. But falling in love was never part of the game, and the players struggle to extricate themselves from this contest while keeping the circus afloat.
||The Map of Time |
By Palma, Felix J.
Translator Caistor, Nick
2011-06 - Atria Books
9781439167397 Check Our Catalog
Palma delivers a page-turner in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time-travel and save lives.
||Galileo's Dream |
By Robinson, Kim Stanley
2009-12 - Spectra Books
9780553806595 Check Our Catalog
From the summit of their distant future, a charismatic renegade named Ganymede travels to the past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. Yet between his brief and jarring visitations to this future, Galileo must struggle against the ignorance and superstition of his own time.
||The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Six |
By Strahan, Jonathan
Contribution by Baxter, Stephen
Contribution by Doctorow, Cory
2012-03 - Night Shade Books
9781597803458 Check Our Catalog
An ancient society of cartographer wasps create delicately inscribed maps; a bodyjacking parasite is faced with imminent extinction; an Al makes a desperate gambit to protect its child from a ravenous dragon; a professor of music struggles with the knowledge that murder is not too high a price for fame; living origami carries a mother's last words to her child; a steam girl conquers the realm of imagination; aliens attack Venus, ignoring an incredulous earth; a child is born on Mars.... The science fiction and fantasy fields continue to evolve, setting new marks with each passing year. For the sixth year in a row, master anthologist Jonathan Strahan has collected stories that captivate, entertain, and showcase the very best the genre has to offer. Critically acclaimed, and with a reputation for including award-winning speculative fiction, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year is the only major "best of" anthology to collect both fantasy and science fiction under one cover.
||The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again |
By Tolkien, J. R. R.
Illustrator Tolkien, J. R. R.
2007-09 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780618968633 Check Our Catalog
A new edition of "The Hobbit" with a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien's own drawings and color illustrations, including the rare "Mirkwood" piece.
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