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The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. In Carrie Vaughn’s “The Thing about Growing Up in Jokertown,” a group of teenage jokers yearn to explore outside the confines of their strange little neighborhood and get a real taste of the Big Apple.
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The Thin Blue Line

Earth has fallen … and humanity is holding its breath, waiting for the next blow to fall. 
On Terra Nova, Earth’s oldest colony world, chaos and anarchy are threatening to break out, with total collapse only one disaster away.  In a desperate attempt to save the rest of the Empire, the planet’s Governor has summoned the leaders of the Core Worlds to Terra Nova, in hopes of sharing power and preventing civil war.  But dark forces are on the move, intent on ensuring that the conference fails.
As the first strands of a deadly plot are uncovered, Imperial Marshal Glen Cheal finds himself fighting to uncover the plot before it is too late.  Meanwhile, on her own mission to save the last best hope for peace, Specialist Belinda Lawson of the Terran Marine Corps is plunged into a nightmare where she can no longer trust her own mind, while her decisions will save or damn the Empire …
Failure isn’t an option.  But success may not be an option either …

The Terminal List

“Double the trouble, twice the action, and quadruple the enjoyment. Careful while reading this one, it could leave a mark.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Order

A Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller.
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government.

Now, with no family and free from the military’s command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he’s learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the…

The Tears of the Furies

Behind the facade of a stately Boston brownstone, humanity’s last defenses are being marshaled. Called to action by the enigmatic, brilliant man known only as Mr. Doyle, they hail from all planes of existence and are born from an array of supernatural and otherworldly backgrounds and bloodlines… When word comes to Doyle of a series of inexplicable deaths in and around Athens–men and women turned from living flesh into cold stone he dispatches the Menagerie to Athens to investigate. But he soon follows when he realizes that he has sent them into a far greater danger than he imagined. For the queen of the Gorgons herself has risen. To defeat her, the group will have to descend into Hell itself…and some may not return.

The Spell-Bound Scholar

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES GREGORY A DULL BOY. Gregory Gallowglass is the eligible bachelor on the planet of Gramarye. The youngest son of the High Warlock Rod Gallowglass and the witch Gwendolyn, his powers of intellect and magic are without equal. But he’s best known for his pure heart–one that is impervious to love. To Moraga, sworn enemy of the Gallowglass family, Gregory’s heart is the ultimate challenge. Through her spells, she will bring him under her power–and then destroy him…

The Spacetime Pool

Three works from Catherine Asaro, author of the Skolian Empire series. Includes Nebula award-winning novella “The Spacetime Pool”, novelette “Light and Shadow”, and an essay: “A Poetry of Angles and Dreams”.
“Readers seeking the harmonious meld of hard SF’s rigor and human chemistry’s heat should read Catherine Asaro’s fiction.”
\- SciFi Weekly
“Asaro’s portrait of interstellar intrigue, weird socio-political customs and galactic history has come to approach the neighborhood of such classics as Frank Herbert’s DUNE series.”
on the Skolian Empire series:
“One of the major series in the genre.”
\- SF Chronicle
“Asaro’s Skolian saga is … in many ways as compelling as DUNE, if not more so.”
\- Booklist
about the author:
Catherine Asaro is a Nebula Award winner for her novel The Quantum Rose, part of her popular Skolian Empire series, and the novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Her novels have three times been named the best science fiction novel of the year by Romantic Times Book Club. She has won numerous other awards, including the Analog Readers Poll award, the Homer, and the Sapphire award. She has an M.A. in physics, and a Ph.D. in chemical physics, both from Harvard, and has done research at the University of Toronto, The Max Planck Institute, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. A former ballet and jazz dancer, she founded the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard and danced on both the west and east coasts. Her near future thrillers include the novels Alpha, Sunrise Alley, The Phoenix Code, and The Veiled Web. Her most recent Ruby Dynasty books are The Ruby Dice, Diamond Star, and Carnelians.. For Diamond Star, she also cut a CD of the same name with the rock band Point Valid, which offers a soundtrack to the book. She continues to compose and perform, and appears in concert at science fiction cons. Catherine has written fourteen novels in the popular Skolian Saga – Carnelians being the latest – several fantasies, including The Charmed Sphere, The Misted Cliffs, and The Night Bird.

The Soul Weaver

Gerick spent months imprisoned by the evil Lords of Zhev’Na, as they sought to corrupt him and make him one of them. Karon the sorcerer and his wife, Seri, managed to free Gerick’s body, but a part of his soul remains a prisoner–a part of himself that Gerick fears will betray his family and all he holds dear. Tormented by nightmares, Gerick struggles to make sense of what is real and what is not. Then, as his people prepare for the inevitable conflict with the Lords of Zhev’Na, Gerick is accused of treason– and Seri is found mysteriously wounded and near death. Fleeing, Gerick takes refuge in a sunless, strange, and magical realm inhabited by outcasts who insist he is their king. Here, Gerick will discover the nature of his own magic–the power of soul weaving. Only by mastering this talent can Gerick save himself and his people from the evil of Zhev’Na.

The Sorcerer Heir

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.
Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find a way to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.
Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.
**Praise for The Heir Chronicles:
The Warrior Heir**
*”Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality…” – **The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books** (starred review)
* “Twists and turns abound in this remarkable, nearly flawless debut novel that mixes a young man’s coming-of-age with fantasy and adventure.” – **VOYA** (starred review)

**The Wizard Heir**
* “Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully leaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales.” – **VOYA** (starred review)
“Chima is a talented storyteller…a strong choice for teens seeking a rousing read.” – **The Cleveland Plain-Dealer**
**The Dragon Heir**
* “A superlative accomplishment.” – **Kirkus Reviews** (starred review)
“Chima spins a finely structured tale that roars to a satisfying conclusion.” – **School Library Journal**
**The Enchanter Heir**
* “A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding.” – **Kirkus Reviews** (starred review)
“Chima continues to excel at building tension and populating her well-told tales with new and returning characters we want to know better.” – **Booklist**

The Slanted Worlds

Part Dr. Who, part Blade Runner, and part A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this genre-busting fantasy from the author of Incarceron asks: If you had the chance to change the past, would you do it?
In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Fisher, called “the first lady of British fantasy” by the London Times, once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future.
But the Mirror has plans of its own.

The Silver Series Complete Boxed Set (7 Books): Silver Series

The Silver Series is a series about teenage werewolves trying to survive in today’s world. They face the trials and joys that come with being a teenager, as well as the additional challenges of a werewolf. The Silver Series consists of seven books.
Book 1- Silver, book one of the Silver Series, is a coming of age story about a teenage werewolf whose father is murdered. He has to come to terms with his new life, new school, and new friends while trying to prevent more killings. Attempting to make peace with the territory’s pack and finding out that the girl next door might be more than she lets on make his situation even more perilous.
Book 2- Black is about a werewolf raised through the atrocities of a werewolf fighting ring. He is rescued and given the chance at a new life, but haunting reminders of his past follow him as he tries to make a fresh start. He has to confront his dark history in order to protect the girl he loves, or let himself be swept away into the pain and humiliation of the arena once more.
Book 3- Alex’s quest to stop the General’s army of extremists gets personal when someone he cares about is taken. Lives are put on the line and Alex is pushed far past his limits to bring her home. The General is ruthless in his attempt to get Drogan back, and he knows Alex is the key to finding his son. Through it all, Alex comes face to face with someone he thought he would never see again. The question is, can instinct and his heart agree on the path he should take?
Book 4- Violet, the fourth book of the Silver Series, is about a teenage girl who awakens to the harsh reality of life as a werewolf. Protected by a wild werewolf with golden eyes, Colleen finds solace in his forest and control over her rapidly changing life. But Colleen’s control is put to the ultimate test when her loved ones are in danger, forcing her to choose between freedom or returning to the source of her nightmares.
Book 5- Azure, the fifth book of the Silver Series, is about an alpha werewolf who rescues a human from the vengeful grasp of his pack. Nora is the only person who is not afraid of Vance’s size or strength, and in return she gains his respect. When Vance is pushed to the edge of survival, his heart is torn between loving Nora and a werewolf who befriends him with the kindness that is greatly lacking in his life.
Book 6- Hunter, the sixth book of the Silver Series, is about Dray, a werewolf who feels trapped and alone in his small farming town. He struggles to find his place and fit in despite his differences, then Dray’s world is shaken when a cute girl shows up the same time as a vengeful wild werewolf pack. With Jaze’s help, Dray fights to protect his town, but when Jaze is in trouble, Dray puts everything on the line to help the werewolves who changed his life.
Book 7- Silver Moon, the seventh book in the Silver Series, is about Jaze as he fights to hold onto the peace he has achieved for the werewolves. Tensions rise, ultimatums are made, and Jaze is forced to make a decision that will change everything for werewolves, hunters, and humans alike. Hearts are broken, lives are forfeit, and Jaze’s pack is called upon to save those who survive.

The Shrine of Avooblis

All Dagdron wanted was to spend a solitary summer in Cliffmount, far away from the Adventurers’ Academy. But when a handful of surprise visitors show up, he and Earl Valorington are sent running for their lives. During their travels, a quirky farmer-enchanter gives them a magical sphere, which guides them to the Shrine of Avooblis, the home of an ancient wizard. In exchange for information about the Arches of Avooblis, Dagdron and Earl embark on a quest, but soon find that uncovering the past may unleash undesirable consequences for the future. Book 2 in the Adventurers’ Academy Series

The Shaman

THE UNINTENDED HERO The Ulin were the Elder Race, powerful in arms and in magic, scornful of men, elves, and the other Younger Races. And worst among these tyrants was the terrible Ulahane the Red… Only one Ulin dared oppose the Scarlet One. He was called Lomallin, and he protected the human creatures, teaching them and nurturing their talents. When these two mighty giants clashed, it was foretold that Lomallin could vanquish Ulahane — but first he must die. Until then, the contest for the fate of the Younger Races would be fought by humans themselves… Ohaern was a common man who knew little of the mighty Ulin. But when Ulahane caused his wife’s death, Ohaern swore revenge. With the half-elf trickster Lucoyo at his side, Ohaern launched an epochal struggle whose consequences would mean life or death for humanity–and for the Ulin themselves!

The Shaktra

In *Alosha* , Ali Warner discovered that she was not an ordinary teenager but actually Queen of the Fairies. Through seven terrifying trials, Ali reclaimed her magical powers and managed to defeat an elemental army that was preparing to destroy the Earth. At the same time, she took possession of the Yanti, a mystical talisman whose powers she has barely begun to understand.
Now Ali searches for her missing mother in the elemental world. Accompanied by an African youth she meets on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and by the troll and leprechaun who are her faithful companions, Ali faces new dangers at every turn.
Attacked by nearly indestructible creatures born of a nightmare, a wounded Ali and her friends are rescued by a young dragon, Drash, who vows to accompany them to the mysterious Crystal Palace, the center of Fairy power. There Ali learns that the elemental world is on the verge of destruction at the hands of a sinister being known only as the Shaktra.
Back on Earth, Ali’s two closest friends, Steve and Cindy, investigate the beautiful and bewitching Sheri Smith, head of a video game company, who seems connected to the Shaktra. Too late, Steve and Cindy discover that she is not a woman at all…
In the elemental world, Ali helps transform Drash into a mighty fire-breathing dragon. With his help, Ali is able to travel to a secret ice cavern hidden on a kloudar, a massive island that orbits through the elemental heavens. There Ali discovers the true relationship between humans and the elementals and the hideous nature of the enemy she must face. For Ali’s quest will not be complete until either she or the Shaktra is dead.
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The Shadow of Cincinnatus

The warlords are gone, save one. Admiral Marius Drake, betrayed and almost killed by the Grand Senate, has seized power for himself in a military coup. Now, as Emperor Marius, Drake can work to restore the once-great Federation to its former glory. But now that the Grand Senate is gone, the Federation is starting to fall apart. The bureaucrats are running rampant, the corporations are demanding new powers, the colonies want freedom and Earth is collapsing into chaos.
Worse, on the borders, a new interstellar power has arisen and is bracing itself for an all-out invasion of Federation space. For the Outsiders, the descendents of those forced to flee centuries ago by the Federation, there will never be a better chance to smash their hatred oppressors, once and for all. To save the Federation, the Outsiders must be defeated – but the Federation may not survive long enough to land the killing blow.
Cincinnatus casts a long shadow … and those who pick up absolute power may not find it so easy to put it down again.

The Shadow Men

**From Beacon Hill to Southie, historic Boston is a town of vibrant neighborhoods knit into a seamless whole. But as Jim Banks and Trix Newcomb learn in a terrifying instant, it is also a city divided—split into three separate versions of itself by a mad magician once tasked with its protection.**

Jim is happily married to Jenny, with whom he has a young daughter, Holly. Trix is Jenny’s best friend, practically a member of the family—although she has secretly been in love with Jenny for years. Then Jenny and Holly inexplicably disappear—and leave behind a Boston in which they never existed. Only Jim and Trix remember them. Only Jim and Trix can bring them back.
With the help of Boston’s Oracle, an elderly woman with magical powers, Jim and Trix travel between the fractured cities, for that is where Jenny and Holly have gone. But more is at stake than one family’s happiness. If Jim and Trix should fail, the spell holding the separate Bostons apart will fail too, and the cities will reintegrate in a cataclysmic implosion. Someone, it seems, wants just that. Someone with deadly shadow men at their disposal.
*From the Paperback edition.*

The Series That Just Plain Sucks: The Complete Trilogy

SUCKED IN
Struggling vampire-romance novelist Ashley Hawn was living her dream. By day she worked as a clerk at a local grocery store, and by night she immersed herself in the imaginary world of sexy vampires, shirtless men, and endless parties. Between work, her writing, and her best friends- Chloe and Jordan- life was good. She was even dating a mysterious and sexy man (or so she thought) by the name of Isaac. Then in a flash, her whole world changed and she discovered herself turned.
Quickly she finds that life as a vampire is less sexy shirtless men, endless parties, and is more running for her life as she tries to dodge the attacks of every mythological creature in the area.
SUCKED AWAY
Barely surviving the resurrection of the warlock Sedgrave, Ashley has healed in body, if not in mind. As she slowly tries to piece together her mind, sorting past from present and friend from foe, the time of her joining- a ritual designed to bind her to her seethe-comes upon her. Before the ritual can be completed in full, it is interrupted by a ragged pack of werewolves seeking asylum and protection.
Meanwhile, a storm is brewing in the mystical world with Ashley at its center, and before she knows it, her calm existence is once more Sucked Away.
THAT SUCKED
Ashley Hawn’s vampire existence has been anything but calm. Turned for the sole purpose of raising a long-dead warlock from the grave, Ashley has spent her new life fighting against those who would use her. Now the warlock is back, and Ashley finds herself connected to him in every way possible. She must work alongside her friends to stop him from enslaving the entire human population.
Meanwhile, the men in her life continue to show her romantic inclinations. As Ashley works to break the connection between her and the warlock, she ducks and dodges the attention of her male friends, doing her best to ward them off without ending the friendship.
Will Ashley kill Sedgrave, and will she have any friends left when it is all over?