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Weekly Book Buzz: Kolchak: Tales of the Nightstalker by Tim Janson, Columnist
(January 10, 2010)
We also have a new urban fantasy Spellbent for review which was surprisingly good. I say surprising because we’re seeing so many of these urban fantasies/paranormal romances out lately and most are indistinguishable from the rest. Spellbent only tight

Weekly Book Buzz: New Novels of Recluse, Darkover, and Vlad Taltos by Tim Janson, Columnist
(January 03, 2010)
2010 is getting off to an explosive start of top flight new releases. On the fantasy side we have a new Recluse novel, a new Darkover novel, a new Vlad Taltos Novel from Steven Brust, and new releases from Wizards of the Coast. Over in Sci-Fi, we’ve go

The Weekly Book Buzz: The Robert E. Howard Chronicles Now Available by Tim Janson
(December 29, 2009)
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and my best wishes for a Happy New Year. It’s a bid release week in terms of numbers although not a lot of top end releases.

Weekly Book Buzz: George R.R. Martin Unveils New Wildcards Novel by Tim Janson, Columnist
(December 20, 2009)
First let me take a second to wish all the Mania visitors a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Because it is Christmas week, the release schedule is extremely light. We do have one huge release this week and that is the third of the new Wildcards triad

Weekly Book Buzz: Frank Frazetta Robbed By His Son by Tim Janson, Columnist
(December 13, 2009)
Alfonso Frazetta, son of legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, was arrested December 9 for trying to break into his own father’s Museum in Pennsylvania. With two accomplices, Frazetta was attempting to make off with 90 paintings with an estimated cal

Weekly Book Buzz: New Star Wars Novel Hits by Tim Janson, Columnist
(December 06, 2009)
Two major releases highlight this week’s new books. First we have the latest Star Wars novel Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s new Saint-Germain tale. The one book I’m especially excited to read is Apocalypse Door about a mode

Weekly Book Buzz: Robert Holdstock Passes Away by Tim Janson, Columnist
(November 29, 2009)
We begin with some sad news for fantasy fans. Robert Holdstock passed away Sunday at the age of 61. Holdstock had been hospitalized since November 18th due to an E coli infection. Holdstock is best remembered for his Ryhope Wood series.

Weekly Book Buzz: Your Black Friday New Releases by Tim Janson, Columnist
(November 23, 2009)
This Friday is the dreaded Black Friday, the traditional start to the Christmas shopping season and a day when all sane people stay indoors! Still, if you elect to venture out, you’re going to find a horde of new releases including a number of major new

Weekly Book Buzz: Preparing for the Christmas Rush by Tim Janson, Columnist
(November 17, 2009)
I’ve been writing the Book Buzz column for about 18 months now and this week is without a dout the lightest release week I have ever seen. We have a few releases of interest to genre fans but that’s about it. This is all in preparation for next week

Weekly Book Buzz: Borders to Close 200 Waldenbook Stores by Tim Janson, Columnist
(November 09, 2009)
A further sign of the depressing time for booksellers, Borders Group has announced that they will close 200 Waldenbooks stores in January, cutting 1,500 jobs. The company plans to focus on more profitable superstores, and will leave only about 130 mall-bas

Weekly Book Buzz: Katharine Kerr's Latest Deverry Fantasy by Tim Janson, Columnist
(November 01, 2009)
Several months back we reported that Realms of Fantasy, the long-running fantasy magazine had ceased publication. Well I am happy to report that the magazine is back after a seventh month hiatus.

Weekly Book Buzz: Robert Jordan's The Gathering Storm Hits Bookstores by Tim Janson, Columnist
(October 25, 2009)
Well of course this week is all about The Gathering Storm, book twelve in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. This leads what is the biggest week of genre releases for the entire year so far.

Weekly Book Buzz: An Evening with Bela and Boris by Tim Janson, Columnist
(October 18, 2009)
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to meet horror icons Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff? Ever dreamed about being on the set during the filming of one of their classic horror films? Well, just check out my review of Bela Lugosi and Boris K

Weekly Book Buzz: Star Wars: Death Troopers by Tim Janson, Columnist
(October 11, 2009)
It had to happen! With zombies being so prevalent in pop culture today, it was only a matter of time before they were paired up with the Mega Successful Star Wars franchise and it happens this week with the release of Star Wars: Death Troopers, written by

Weekly Book Buzz: New Sookie Stackhouse Collection by Tim Janson, Columnist
(October 04, 2009)
Another fairly big release week highlighted by Charlaine Harris’ “A Touch of the Dead” a collection of all of her Sookie Stackhouse short stories which have exploded in popularity thanks to the HBO TV show “True Blood”.

Weekly Book Buzz: More Wheel of Time News by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 28, 2009)
Well this is a virtual monster week in terms of new releases but before we get to those, lets talk about a little more news about Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. I mentioned last week about that the title for book 14 has been announced, Towers of

The Weekly Book Buzz: New Wheel of Time Title by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 20, 2009)
With just about one month before the release of The Gathering Storm, the 12th book of the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, Tor has announced the next volume. Volume thirteen will be called “Towers of Midnight” and will be released in 2010.

Weekly Book Buzz: The Sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 13, 2009)
The biggest release this week is no doubt Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, the sequel to the year’s surprise best-seller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This time the Jane Austen novel of classical literature (re: the crap you were forced to

Weekly Book Buzz: Hot New Titles for Hammer Horror Fans by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 06, 2009)
This week’s releases are segmented into two categories: fiction and non-fiction. Because it is such a light week there wasn’t much need to separate them into their usual categories. When you have months with five release weeks in them, ultimately on

Weekly Book Buzz: : New Vampire Files Novel from P.N. Elrod by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 30, 2009)
We’ve got some great releases this week in fantasy and horror. Mickey Zucker Reichert is back with a new novel of the Renshai; P.N. Elrod serves up a new Vampire Files novel, and we have new Dungeons & Dragons fiction from Wizards of the Coast. To go w

Weekly Book Buzz: The Slayers Team Up in Unbound by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 23, 2009)
On the racks this week, surely to garner a lot of attention is Unbound. Unbound collects the talents of Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, Jocelynn Drake, and Melissa Marr as these creators of vampire and monster slayers team-up for this high

Weekly Book Buzz: New Landover Novel From Terry Brooks by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 18, 2009)
Let’s quickly start with the announcement from this years Hugo Awards presentation…As I predicted a couple of months back, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book won for best novel.

Weekly Book Buzz: Stunning New Personal Effects by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 09, 2009)
The major publishers have mostly taken the week off in terms of significant new releases. In fact some of the most promising genre releases this week are in the form of graphic novels such as Devil’s Due’s Voltron book and the latest Walking Dead coll

Weekly Book Buzz: New Dragonlance Novel Arrives by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 02, 2009)
Quite a few major releases hitting stands this week. First we have the latest Dragonlance novel from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the architects of the Dragonlance setting entitled, “Dragons of the Hourglass Mage”, the third in the Lost Chronicles

Weekly Book Buzz: George R.R. Martin Takes on The Dying Earth by Tim Janson, Columnist
(July 27, 2009)
First some award news to get to this week. Jeffrey Ford won the Shirley Jackson award of best novel for his book The Shadow Year a nostalgic 1960s era piece about a dysfunctional Long Island family and a mysterious prowler haunting their neighborhood.