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Titan Unleashes Terminator: Salvation!

And New Transformers and Star Trek Novels lead the week

By Tim Janson     April 26, 2009


Titan's The Art of Terminator: Salvation(2009).
© Titan Books

 

Before I get to this week’s new releases lets run through a few quick news stories…
 
…HarperCollins e-books recently announced that the works of J. R. R. Tolkien are now available in e-book format for the first time ever. You can now read The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, and The Children of Húrin on your favorite electronic reading device. Great news for on the go fantasy fans!
 
…The Nebula Awards for 2008 were presented Saturday in L.A. and here are your winners:
 
Best Novel: Powers, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
 
Best Novella: "The Spacetime Pool", Catherine Asaro (Analog Mar '08)
 
Best Novelette: "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF Jan '08)
 
Best Short Story: "Trophy Wives", Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fellowship Fantastic)
 
Best Script: WALL-E, Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon. Original story by Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter (Pixar)
 
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Flora's Dare, Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt)
 
Congratulations to al the winners!
 
 
 
New in Fantasy
 
The Magicians' Daughter: Book Three of the Stoneways Trilogy S.C. Butler (Tor Hardcover)
 
Ten years have passed since Ferris, Reiffen, and Avender raised the siege of Rimwich and killed two of the three Wizards. Ferris and Reiffen have married, and their daughter Hubley is approaching her tenth birthday. Despite the years of peace, Reiffen believes the last of the Wizards, his old teacher and enemy Fornoch, wants to kidnap Hubley the same way he once kidnapped Reiffen. As Reiffen’s fear grows increasingly irrational, Avender attempts to intervene. But Avender's help simply drives Reiffen further into madness. And what happens to Avender is almost worse.
 
Now, with the help of her mother and all her old friends, including Redburr the Shapeshifting Bear, Nolo the Dwarf, and the mysterious magician Mims, Hubley must do what she can to rescue her father from the consequences of his own madness. And all the while the manderstone is growing in Issinlough . . . and no one knows what’s inside.
 
The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3) Lisa Shearin (Ace)
 
For seeker Raine Benares, a demon infestation on the Isle of Mid couldn’t come at a worse time. Already fighting the influence of the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone, Raine discovers she is also magically bonded to a dark mage and a white knight, two dangerous and powerful men on opposing sides. Turns out, the demons want the key to unlock the Saghred. As a seeker, Raine should be able to find it first. As the axis of light and dark powers, she’s a magical cataclysm waiting to happen.
 
Traitor to the Crown: The Patriot Witch C.C. Finlay (Del Rey)
 
The year is 1775. On the surface, Proctor Brown appears to be an ordinary young man working the family farm in New England . He is a minuteman, a member of the local militia, determined to defend the rights of the colonies. Yet Proctor is so much more. Magic is in his blood, a dark secret passed down from generation to generation. But Proctor’s mother has taught him to hide his talents, lest he be labeled a witch and find himself dangling at the end of a rope.
 
A chance encounter with an arrogant British officer bearing magic of his own catapults Proctor out of his comfortable existence and into the adventure of a lifetime, as resistance sparks rebellion and rebellion becomes revolution. Now, even as he fights alongside his fellow patriots from Lexington to Bunker Hill, Proctor finds himself enmeshed in a war of a different sort–a secret war of magic against magic, witch against witch, with the stakes not only the independence of a young nation but the future of humanity itself.
 
Sins and Shadows Lyn Benedict (Ace)
 
Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual, in a world where magic is real—and where death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. But when an employee is murdered in front of her, Sylvie has had enough. After years of confounding the dark forces of the Magicus Mundi, she’s closing up shop—until a man claiming to be the God of Justice wants Sylvie to find his lost lover…And he won’t take no for an answer.
 
Eve of Darkness S.J. Day (Tor)
 
Exhilarating adventure in an edgy world of angels and demons highlights the opener of Day's Marked trilogy. After a steamy encounter in a stairwell, Evangeline Hollis discovers that she has been branded with the Mark of Cain, unfairly punished because of a man's attraction to her. She is now a Mark: a celestial bounty hunter charged with sending rogue demons and other Infernals back to hell. Agnostic Eve feels trapped and wants to leave the firm, but that requires the aid of the most famous brothers in history: Alec Cain, God's top Mark and Eve's former lover, and Reed Abel, who assigns her bounties. Dynamic and vibrant, Eve is an impressive protagonist, and her fierce spirit and determination to make the best of her circumstances will keep readers enthralled. Read my review of this book here: http://www.mania.com/final-ballot-for-nebula-awards-announced_article_113421.html
 
 
Dayhunter (Dark Days, Book 2) Jocelyn Drake (Eos)
 
A new day dawns blood red. A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally—the human vampire hunter, Danaus—have come to Venice , home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows.
 
 
Banished for eons beyond the world's boundaries, the malevolent naturi prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth—and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira's destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be . . .
 
Blood of Elves Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit Books)
 
Watch for the signs! What signs these shall be, I say unto you: first the earth will flow with the blood of Aen Seidhe, the Blood of Elves...For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.
 
Geralt de Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil. As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat. Following The Last Wish, BLOOD OF ELVES is the new novel starring Geralt de Rivia, the inspiration for the critically-acclaimed videogame The Witcher.
 
New in Science Fiction
 
Transformers The Veiled Threat Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)
 
Life on earth has changed forever, as humans and their courageous robotic allies, the Autobots, must warily work together to protect the planet from the destructive forces of the evil Decepticons. At the headquarters of NEST, tech sergeant Epps and captain Lennox both guard and assist cyberneticist Kaminari Ishihara and the brooding Russian AI genius Petr Andronov as they explore the differences between organics and bots. All around them, alliances fray, distrust grows, suspicions mount, and traitors come out of the shadows.
 
Meanwhile, Optimus Prime, the powerful leader of the Autobots who is also part of NEST, plays defense, as battles flare up from Australia to Zambia . But escalating Decepticon attacks will culminate in a final confrontation from which no one—man or machine—will emerge unscathed.
 
Terminator Salvation: The Official Movie Novelization Alan Dean Foster (Titan Books)
 
The eagerly awaited fourth Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale and directed by McG, reaches cinemas on 22 May 2009. In a brand-new chapter in the Terminator chronicles, Judgment Day has come to pass and Skynet has destroyed much of the world’s population. In this post-apocalyptic world, the resistance, led by John Connor, continues its brutal fight for survival. The official novelisation will provide readers with the full story of this much-anticipated movie - a must for all Terminator fans!
 
Star Trek: Vanguard: Open Secrets Dayton Ward (Star Trek Books)
 
With tensions mounting between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, Ambassador Jetanien works frantically on Starbase Vanguard to halt the escalation toward war. Commodore Diego Reyes, the station's former commander, awaits trial for treason, while the shattered mind of his intelligence officer, T'Prynn, becomes the battlefield in a fight for her very life.
 
But even as matters deteriorate, the discoveries made in the Taurus Reach have captured the imagination of one of the Federation's most promising scientific minds: Dr. Carol Marcus believes she is close to solving a puzzle that will transform her life's work. Meanwhile, an unexpected defection brings a new perspective to the investigation, and Vanguard's Lieutenant Ming Xiong is confronted with an artifact that could be the key to decoding the TaurusMeta-Genome.
 
But with Operation Vanguard teetering between its greatest breakthrough and a conflict that could engulf two quadrants, its future may depend on the man Starfleet has selected to replace Reyes as base commander: Admiral Heihachiro Nogura.
 
Resistance The Gathering Storm William C. Deitz (Del Rey)
 
Great Britain. July 1951. Three years ago, Russia went dark. Nothing got in. Nothing got out. The world assumed it was political strife. But it was the Chimera: voracious extraterrestrial invaders. And in December 1949, they burst across the Russian border and poured into Europe . The luckiest humans died. The less fortunate succumbed to an alien virus–and changed.
 
Within a year, most of Europe had fallen. Only Great Britain , after struggling desperately, had kept the conquerors at bay. But as the Chimera were repelled, they were evolving. Building. Planning.
 
America. November 1952. The Chimera have crossed the Atlantic . Their lightning strikes on American borders are devastating. Cities are lost. Small towns overrun. Citizens transformed into monstrosities. Enter Lieutenant Nathan Hale, U.S. Ranger. A veteran of the Chimeran conflict, he is uniquely immune to the alien virus. And when regular troops can’t stem the Chimeran onslaught, Hale and his special-operations team meet the menace head-on.
 
But while they battle the relentless Chimera, deadly power games rage in the White House. And when Hale discovers a far-reaching conspiracy, one with deadly consequences for the human race, his allegiance to country and mankind is stretched to the breaking point.
 
Relentless (The Lost Fleet, Book 5) Jack Campbell (Ace)
 
After successfully freeing Alliance POWs, “Black Jack” Geary discovers that the Syndics plan to ambush the fleet with their powerful reserve flotilla in an attempt to annihilate it once and for all. And as Geary has the fleet jump from one star system to the next, hoping to avoid the inevitable confrontation, saboteurs contribute to the chaos.
 
The Grand Conjunction: Astropolis (Astropolis Series) Sean Williams (Ace)
 
Six hundred thousand years after Imre Bergamasc’s abdication, the Host rules the supposedly peaceful galaxy. But revolution is fomenting—and Imre’s unexpected return may be all it takes to light the final fuse.
 
Conspirator (Foreigner #10) C.J. Cherryh (DAW hardcover)
 
First in a brand-new Foreigner trilogy from Hugo Award winning author C. J. Cherryh.
 
Cajeiri is the young son of the powerful leader of the Western Association—and he has become a target for forces bent on destroying his father’s rule. For Cajeiri is the first ateva youth to have lived in a human environment. And after hundreds of years of fragile atevi-human coexistence, he may very well be the first of his people to ever truly understand the so similar yet so dangerously different—aliens who share his home planet and threaten the hidebound customs of his race.
 
Space Captain Smith Toby Frost (Myrmidon Books)
 
In the 25th Century the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast Empire hive, hell-bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life. Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous, and somewhat asinine new commander of the battle damaged light freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew—a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy, and a hamster called Gerald—he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the laid back New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to safety in the Empire. Straightforward enough—except the Ghasts want her too. If he is to get back to Blighty alive, Smith must defeat void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin, and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of New Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind.
 
New In Horror
 
Sacrifice John Everson (Leisure Horror)
 
They're coming. They are a race of sadistic spirits known as the Curburide, and they are about to arrive in our world, bringing with them horrors beyond imagination. The secret to summoning -- and controlling -- them has fallen into the hands of a beautiful, sexy and dangerously insane woman.
 
Ariana has dedicated her life to unleashing the demons in our realm through a series of human sacrifices, erotic rituals of seduction and slaughter. As she crosses the country, getting ever closer to completing her blood-drenched mission, only three figures stand in her way: Joe, an unwilling hero who has seen the horrors of the Curburide before, Alex, a burgeoning witch ... and a spiteful demon with plans of his own.
 
Killing With the Edge of the Moon A.A. Attanasio (Cosmos Books)
 
"Blud-eye-eth is a fabled woman of Celtic myth." The witch's eyes shone in the dark like tiny silver mirrors. "The name means 'Flower Face,' which is the owl's poetic nickname, the bird who steals souls-for Blud-eye-eth was a woman made from magic and flowers and, like the owl, she had no soul of her own." The speaker is a hickory-faced crone trying to explain to Chet, a shy kid with eyeglasses and pocket protector, why he can't take her granddaughter to the high school dance. For quiet, elfin Flannery is not like other kids. A living Blud-eye-eth, she has caught the attention of the faerie, beautiful evil creatures from a mysterious Otherworld, who seduce their victims with moonlight raves before feeding them to a dragon and hunting souls with a supernatural black dog of prodigious evil. And they have taken Flannery for one of their own. And she won't be going to the school dance-not unless Chet rescues her. This modern, demonic fairy tale weaves together themes of passion and self-discovery into an intricate Celtic knot of myth, moon magic, and teen romance. Thrust together in a dark, erotic Otherworld, Flannery and Chet discover they know each other better than they know their own hearts . . . but can they sort things out before the black dog finds them? And what was that about a dragon?
 
The Keys of Solomon: Book 2 in the Offspring Series Liam Jackson ( St. Martin ’s) 
 
Fallen angels, powerful demons, and the tainted descendants of Templar knights threaten to wage war in heaven and upon Earth—and only Sam Connor and his fellow Offspring can put a stop them. There’s only one problem: Sam is tired of using his special gifts to defend the universe. All he wants to do is lead a normal life. But when a book containing a series of devastating eternal secrets—one that dates back to King Solomon—is about to fall into the wrong hands, Sam’s conscience gets the best of him…and he and his brethren set out to seize The Keys of Solomon and save mankind. But as soon as he answers the “call,” Sam realizes that the fallen angels have gained in strength since their last encounter with the Offspring. And now they are on the brink of fulfilling their lethal legacy…
 
Death Mask Graham Masterton (Leisure Horror)
 
He appeared as if from nowhere, brutally slashed a man and a young woman in an office elevator, then vanished again without a trace. The woman survived and gave the police a detailed description of the killer’s bizarre face, yet the police can find no sign of him anywhere. It’s as if he never existed. But now he’s killed again. And again. One woman holds the key to his terrifying secret…but how do you stop a murderer who isn’t there?
 
Empties George Zebrowski (Golden Gryphon Hardcover)
 
In this nightmarish tale, a third-rate detective is faced with an impossible crime, as bodies are turning up without their brains and without any indication of how the organs were removed. His only lead—an attractive landlady—becomes more than a lead and drives him into a world of terror, where his sanity is questioned and he must stop the monster before she does more evil. Or should he join her? Does he even have a choice, or will he just be driven by terror?
 
 
New in Non-Fiction
 
Terminator Salvation: The Movie Companion Tara Bennett (Titan Books)
 
The eagerly awaited new Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale and directed by McG, reaches cinemas on 22 May 2009. In a brand-new chapter in the Terminator saga, Judgment Day has come to pass and Skynet has destroyed much of the world’s population. In this post-apocalyptic world populated by deadly killing machines, the Resistance, including John Connor, continues its brutal fight for survival.
 
The Official Movie Companion takes you behind-the-scenes of the making of the brand-new movie and contains exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, as well as an abundance of stunning, previously unseen photos.
 
The Art of Terminator Salvation Tara Bennett (Titan Books)
 
The much anticipated fourth instalment of the critically acclaimed Terminator series, Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale (Batman Begins) and directed by McG, reaches cinemas on 22 May 2009. In a brand-new chapter in the Terminator chronicles, Judgment Day has come to pass and Skynet has destroyed much of the world’s population. In this post-apocalyptic world, the resistance, including John Connor, continues its brutal fight for survival.
 
This beautifully designed companion volume features hundreds of color illustrations, storyboards and intricately designed production art, showcasing the amazing talent that went into the making of this remarkable movie.
 
Zombie Holocaust: How the Living Dead Devoured Pop Culture David Flint (Plexus Publishing)
 
Zombie Holocaust is a lively history of one of the most enduring fictional archetypes: the shambling, stalking, lethal living dead. From mentally enslaved cane field workers in Haiti , first described in early-20th-century travelogues, to the mindless hordes of soulless killers that regularly destroy our civilization onscreen and on the printed page, the zombie has undergone an eye-popping transformation. With wry humor and unflinching attention to detail, this colorful book celebrates these creatures in all their fetid glory. Author David Flint excavates early accounts of how voodoo was believed to reanimate the dead, unearths horror movie incarnations from Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie to George Romero’s cult classics to recent Eurotrash zombies, showcases graphic novel and comic book versions like EC’s putrefying nasties and Marvel’s Tales of the Zombie, and much more. The book is both a fun pop culture survey and a deeper study of what underlies the undiminished popularity of these terrifying, tragic figures in an anxious, post-9/11 world.
 
Battlestar Galactica: Downloaded: Inside the Universe of the critically acclaimed TV series David Bassom (Titan Books)
 
Battlestar Galactica the ‘re-imagined’ version of the cult 1970s series and now in its fourth and final season is without doubt the most critically acclaimed SF show on TV. With a classy ensemble cast, including Edward James Olmos (Miami Vice) and Mary McDonnell (Independence Day), cutting edge special effects, superb production design and adult-oriented scripts, the new Battlestar Galactica is both a worthy successor to a classic original, and a stunning piece of television in its own right.
 
This official full-colour companion to the first and second seasons is packed with exclusive interviews, stunning photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, and a complete episode guide with in-depth commentary from both cast and crew.
 
Reviews
 
Rides a Dread Legion Raymond E. Feist (Eos Hardcover)
 
Rides a Dread legion begins a new series in Feist’s long-running Riftwar saga first begun back in 1982. While it’s not essential to have read Feist’s previous books, he does assume that readers have a basic familiarity with his character and mythos. A vast number of worlds are connected via magical portals or “rifts”. The central world of the original Riftwar and of this book is Midkemia. It is here where Pub, the greatest sorcerer on the planet lives with his wife and sons. But that’s not where the story begins. Feist introduces a clan of Elves called the Tarehel whose world is being overrun by a demon horde. From where the demons come and how commands them remains a mystery.
 
With their world on the brink of destruction they locate another world in which to flee…Midkemia. But more than that, these elves are shocked to find that Midkemia was their home world in eons past. A home they fled when the Gods made war. An so the Taredhel begin their exodus to Midkemia, a world they expect to become lords and masters over. Midkemia is not only the home to many elf clans, but also to humans and dwarves, all enjoying relative peace which the fleeing elves are sure to upset. What’s more, the demon hordes are not far behind. Now longtime enemies will have to put aside their differences as a conclave of disparate leaders and magic-users must try and stem the tide of the demonic Dread Legion.
 
What I really loved about this book is how Feist started the first half-dozen chapters all dealing with different characters and plots that, at least initially; don’t seem to tie-in with each other. This is where Feist has always shined as a writer. He can skillfully juggle numerous plots and characters and just when you think he’s forgotten about one of them, he weaves it back into the main story. With Feist you know you can expect intricacies and intrigues that settle just below the surface of the main story and he never fails to spring a few surprises on the reader. It’s also nice to see characters like Pug and Tomas again. While a nice synopsis of previous stories and events would have been nice for new readers, Feist again proves why he is one of the best writers in fantasy today. Grade A-
 
 
 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (Quirk Books)

 
Fittingly this book is published by Quirk books because you won’t find a story more quirky than a classic of English literature mixed with zombies in this spoof of Austen’s novel. The public domain status made this perfect prey for Grahame-Smith to take this classic and place it in an alternative universe version of 19th century England where zombies roam the countryside. The plot is essentially the same although mixed with a healthy dose of zombie assaults such as during the party for the Bennett daughters to attract wealthy suitors that is interrupted by a zombie attack. Never fear…Mr. Bennett’s daughters have been trained in the martial arts and they help defend the guests! Elizabeth Bennett eventually travels around the country, battling zombie hordes and enjoying a relationship with Fitzwilliam Darcy, the romantic and aloof monster-hunter. 
 
This book has enjoyed incredible popularity since being released several weeks back. As of this writing it is #7 on the N.Y. Times best-seller list in the trade fiction category. If you’re like me and struggled to stay awake trying to read these “classics” back in high school, Grahame-Smith’s parody will give you a whole new appreciation of the book. Why stop here, however? How about “The Old Man and the Sea Monster” or Dostoyevsky’s “House of the Dead” ACTUALLY having some walking dead in it? Heck the possibilities are endless!!! Grade B+

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zaldar 4/26/2009 5:15:33 PM

interesting the newer feist books don't get nearly this much love elsewhere.  Is this one more adult than the riftwar saga or is it just an adventure novel the way those were?  Last Wish for example did tie in some interesting ideas as does garden of the moon, and clash of kings.

 

Anyway interesting to see another perspective

Walker 5/2/2009 7:33:29 AM

I have never gotten the Feist love.  Magician was the novel that started it all, and it really just falls apart under its own weight.  Pug and Thomas become so powerful so fast (Thomas literally goes from loser to superpower in one chapter) that they cease to be characters and are more like forces of nature.  The last Feist I read was the Serpentwar Saga series in the 90s.  I stopped there, because that series was just so hackish.

I have always put Feist in the same category as Eddings.  Their books are primarily written for the teenage/coming-of-age audience, and do not hold up so well as you get older (I made the mistake of trying to reread the Belgariad in my 20s, and put it down immediately in order to not ruin the fond memories I had as a teenager).   Maybe Feist's newer books are different, but I have never found a reason to pick him up again.

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