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  • The Mirador

    The Mirador

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sarah Monette
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Ace Hardcover (2007, Aug 7th).
    Pages:   432

    The dashing wizard Felix Harrowgate has reclaimed his sanity, magic, and position in society. But even as he returns to his former place in the Mirador-the citadel of power and wizardry-there are many who desire his end. Mildmay the Fox is an ex-assassin, a cat-burglar, and Felix's half-brother. Tied to Felix by blood and magic, Mildmay goes where Felix goes-even into the Mirador. There, Mildmay finds himself drawn to an alluring spy of the Bastion, a rival school of wizards. The Bastion desires above all else to bring down the Mirador, and Felix is the key to its destruction. But Mildmay cannot let Felix stand alone, and will fight to save both his brother and his city from certain ruin. more

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  • The Mischief Monster (Moongobble and Me)

    The Mischief Monster (Moongobble and Me)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bruce Coville
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (2007, Jul 10th).
    Pages:   73

    Sometimes when you get what you want, it's not as good as you thought it would be. Ever since Edward's good friend Moongobble became a full magician, life has been rather boring. No more adventures. But then Snelly comes bursting into their lives. Snelly is small -- only a foot tall -- but she's a bundle of trouble. She's the daughter of the queen of the Mischief Monsters, and she has run away. Edward, Moongobble, and their friends learn that they must return Snelly to her home right away, or her mom will start a Mischief War. And that would be really annoying! So Edward, Moongobble, Urk, and Fireball set off on another adventure, this time to return Snelly to her home in Monster Mountain. But when they get there they find a bigger surprise waiting for them than they ever could have imagined. more

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  • Dragon Harper (The Dragonriders of Pern)

    Dragon Harper (The Dragonriders of Pern)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Anne McCaffrey
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Del Rey; 1 edition (2007, Dec 26th).
    Pages:   320

    As a terrible plague sweeps Pern, a brave Harper apprentice emerges as a true hero in this satisfying third collaboration between McCaffrey mère and fils (after 2006's Dragon's Fire). The danger this time is not the deadly Thread but a virulent disease, similar to our world's 1918 influenza epidemic or the more recent outbreaks of SARS. Kindan, a young apprentice of the Harpers' Guild who's dedicated to music, education and healing, had hoped to become a dragonrider, but failed to bond with a dragon at the last hatching. Then his education and budding romance with a lord's daughter are disrupted by the epidemic, which poses a particular threat to the dragons and dragonriders who will be needed to fight the approaching Thread. The McCaffreys depict the crisis vividly, with enough detail to make the tragedy all too real and with enough hope to keep fantasy fans happy. more

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  • Jinx

    Jinx

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Meg Cabot
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperTeen; First Edition edition (2007, Jul 31st).
    Pages:   262

    The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just . . . Jean) is her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfor-tune seems to follow her everywhere she goes—which is why she's thrilled to be moving in with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Maybe when she's halfway across the country, Jinx can finally outrun her bad luck. Or at least escape the havoc she's caused back in her small hometown. But trouble has definitely followed Jinx to New York. And it's causing big problems for her cousin Tory, who is not happy to have the family black sheep around. Beautiful, glamorous Tory is hiding a dangerous secret—one that she's sure Jinx is going to reveal. Jinx is beginning to realize it isn't just bad luck she's been running from. more

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  • Skin Hunger

    Skin Hunger

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kathleen Duey
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First edition. edition (2007, Jul 24th).
    Pages:   368

    Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A "magician" stole her family's few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule. When rumours of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima's joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin's irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision. Centuries later, magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. more

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  • Demons Are Forever: Confessions of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Book 3)

    Demons Are Forever: Confessions of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Book 3)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Julie Kenner
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Berkley Trade; 1St Edition edition (2007, Jul 3rd).
    Pages:   304

    The breathlessly prolific Kenner checks in with the fizzy third tale of Kate Connor (last seen in 2006's California Demon), wife, mom and Level Four Demon Hunter of sunny San Diablo, Calif. Stuart, her mundane husband, is father of Timmy and stepdad to Allie, Kate's daughter with slain demon hunter Eric Crowe. Recently returned to her job hunting demons for the Vatican's Forza Scura and recovering from rescuing Allie from demonic kidnappers, Kate must now contend with demons who want to liberate their leader, An-dramelech, from within the Stone of Solomon. With the help of David Long, a hunky middle-school teacher who just might house Eric's soul, Kate has tofind the demon-luring Stone and do some major damage control. Also on tap is 14-year-old Allie's intro into demon-hunting and a day of reckoning for Kate's family. more

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  • Reserved for the Cat

    Reserved for the Cat

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mercedes Lackey
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   DAW Hardcover (2007, Oct 30th).
    Pages:   336

    In 1910, in an alternate London, a penniless young dancer is visited by a cat who communicates with her mind to mind. Though she is certain she must be going mad, she is desperate enough to follow the cat's advice and impersonates a famous Russian ballerina. The cat, it turns out, is actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, and leads her to minor stardom. Meanwhile, the real Russian ballerina has fallen victim to an evil troll who takes over her body and kills her patrons, drinking their life essences in order to strengthen his powers. And soon, the troll focuses his dark attentions on the young dancer... more

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  • Making Money

    Making Money

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Terry Pratchett
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Harper (2007, Sep 18th).
    Pages:   400

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like . . . well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly; meetings start and end on time; five out of six letters relegated to the Blind Letter Office ultimately wend their way to the correct addresses. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations—including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?" Vetinari isn't talking about wages, of course. He's referring, rather, to the Royal Mint of Ankh-Morpork, a venerable institution that haas run for centuries on the hereditary employment of the Men of the Sheds and their loyal outworkers, who do make money in their spare time. more

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  • The Sons of Heaven (Company)

    The Sons of Heaven (Company)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kage Baker
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Tor Books; First Edition edition (2007, Jul 10th).
    Pages:   432

    This convoluted conclusion to Baker's Company novels (after The Machine's Child) explores the events leading up to July 8, 2355, the moment when the Silence falls and all future contact is cut off for the immortals and cyborgs who travel through time collecting human artifacts on behalf of the profit-hungry Dr. Zeus Inc. As the Silence draws near, splinter groups begin jockeying to benefit. A human cabal plots, somewhat hilariously, to take out the cyborgs with poisoned chocolates. The cyborg Lewis, desperate to warn others of the injury done him, lies wounded in a burrow, telling disoriented stories to a woman with strange powers. On a deserted island, Mendoza bears two children to her husband, Edward, and gives them the minds of her ex-lovers, Alec and Nicholas, proving that cyborgs are capable of creation. more

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  • A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles)

    A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Philip Reeve
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   HarperTeen (2007, May 29th).
    Pages:   576

    Grade 7–10—The final installment in the series continues the clever premise and breakneck pace established by the first three volumes. This story begins six months after the action in Infernal Devices (HarperCollins, 2006). A tentative peace seems likely to end years of warfare between gigantic traction cities that grind across the landscape consuming everything in their paths and stationary communities that denounce their destruction of nature. Then dissenting members of both sides sabotage the truce, and Theo Ngoni, Wren Natsworthy, and Wren's parents are drawn into the resulting mayhem. To complicate matters further, the Stalker Fang, a terrifying amalgam of killer robot and human corpse, has survived her presumed destruction and is intent on eradicating all human life so that Earth can recover from human depredation. more

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