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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: DAW Hardcover (2007, Oct 30th).
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... moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Harper (2007, Sep 18th).
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. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kage Baker
Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (2007, Jul 10th).
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. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Philip Reeve
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: HarperTeen (2007, May 29th).
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. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Faith Hunter
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Roc Trade (2007, May 1st).
After what happened in Bloodring (2006), Thorn St. Croix can't hide that she is a neomage, and neighbors who had suspended judgment develop great wariness of her. Given a postapocalytic world that keeps going after the events of Revelation, paranoids are the least of her worries. Under the nearby mountains, a seraph lies imprisoned while her essence is used to create unholy creatures capable of defeating humans and neomages alike. Initially unaware of the seraph's plight, Thorn eventually leads a rescue team to her. More adventure than detective story or romance, and definitely more splattered with gore, Seraphs may disappoint Bloodring enthusiasts. Others, however, may relish its development of Thorn's world. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jack McDevitt
Publisher: Ace Hardcover (2007, Nov 6th).
The year is 2255. The academy that trained the starfarers is long gone and veteran star pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins spends her retirement supporting fund-raising efforts for The Prometheus Foundation, a privately funded organization devoted to deep space exploration. But when a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, Hutch finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly Omega clouds that continue to haunt her. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: William C. Dietz
Publisher: Ace Hardcover (2007, Oct 2nd).
An exciting new Legion of the Damned epic tale-from the national bestselling author of For Those Who Fell. captured by the alien Ramanthians and imprisoned in a brutal slave labor camp, the Confederacy's Presidential entourage must keep their identities secret. But diplomat Christine Vanderveen is concerned that some of the prisoners may be tempted to reveal the ruse. Determined to protect the President, she faces down opposition, both alien and human, all the while hoping for rescue. And rescue is on the way-an unauthorized effort, organized by General Bill Booly, manned by a team of volunteers with nothing to lose. Heading it is Lieutenant Tonio Sanchez, Vanderveen's former lover, who must try to set aside his personal feelings for the sake of the mission. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Rudy Rucker
Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (2007, Oct 2nd).
Alt-cultural folk strive to save Earth from digitized doom in this novel from the prince of gonzo SF. A computer mogul's threat to replace messy reality with clean virtuality and by a memory-hungry artificial intelligence called the Big Pig propels nanotechnologist Ond Lutter, his autistic son, Chu, and their allies on an interdimensional quest for a golden harp, the Lost Chord, strung with hypertubes that can unroll the eighth dimension and unleash limitless computing power. Though he tries to unite the hard and the fuzzy sides of physics, Rucker (Mathematicians in Love) favors the flower power of San Francisco over the number crunching of Silicon Valley. His novel vibrates with the warm rhythms of dream and imagination, not the cold logic of programming (or, for that matter, plotting). moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Stephen Stratton
Publisher: Prima Games (2007, Oct 1st).
Getting Your Feet Wet: Exploring Mercay IslandDuring his courageous attempt at rescuing Tetra from the clutches of the fearsome Ghost Ship, Link accidentally tumbles overboard and splashes into the murky depths of the surrounding sea. Our young hero eventually awakens to find himself washed up on an unfamiliar island. What happened to that awful Ghost Ship? Where could it have taken poor Tetra? Link must get his bearings and seek out a means of getting off this strange bit of land, but it won’t be easy: Mercay Island is quite large and filled with dangers of every sort. Fortunately, many kindhearted souls inhabit the island as well, and with their help, Link will soon be on his way to tracking down his lost friend. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Phil Bildner
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (2007, Sep 25th).
#1 New York Times Best Seller LOREN LONG’s illustrations have received two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and his first picture book, Angela Johnson’s I Dream of Trains, won the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for Illustrations and his inspired interpretation of Walt Whitman’s When I Heard Learn’d Astronomer was a Golden Kite Honor. A much sought after editorial artist whose work has appeared in Times, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and Atlantic Monthly, Loren is widely known for the illustrations in Madonna’s #1 New York Times Best Seller Mr. Peabody’s Apples. And Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could. He lives in West Chester, Ohio, with his wife, Tracy, and two young sons, Griffith and Graham. moreMore Info | Check Availability