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The Howl of Avooblis

Dagdron Obor and Earl Valorington have moved on from the Arches of Avooblis, and Earl has big plans to spend the summer preparing for their third and final year at the Adventurers’ Academy. But then Dagdron’s dad disappears, the sinister and powerful Backer attacks them, and Wendahl gives them a quest to rescue Dagdron’s mom from Avooblis. Dagdron and Earl join with their academy companions, Elloriana Loftloomburg and Lita Valk, to search out Mazannanan’s secret treasure all while trying to stay off the radar of Headmaster Gwauldron and uncover the identity of the Backer. Along the way they realize that a traitor may very well be among them and that they might not survive to become full-fledged adventurers after all. Book 3 in the Adventurers’ Academy Series.

The Hollow Man

Jeremy Bremen has a secret.  All his life he’s been cursed with the ability to read minds.  He knows the secret thoughts, fears, and desires of others as if they were his own.  For years, his wife, Gail, has served as a shield between Jeremy and the burden of this terrible knowledge.  But Gail is dying, her mind
ebbing slowly away, leaving him vulnerable to the chaotic flood of thought that threatens to sweep away his sanity.  Now Jeremy is on the run–from his mind, from his past, from himself–hoping to find peace in isolation.  Instead he witnesses an act of brutality that propels him on a treacherous trek across a
dark and dangerous America.  From a fantasy theme park to the lair of a killer to a sterile hospital room in St. Louis, he follows a voice that is calling him to witness the stunning mystery at the heart of mortality.
*From the Paperback edition.*

The Hollow Kingdom

***The Hollow Kingdom,* the first book in Clare Dunkle’s acclaimed fantasy trilogy, will transport readers into a** **magical realm that Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander calls “as persuasive as it is remarkable.”**
For thousands of years, young women have been vanishing from Hallow Hill, never to be seen again. Now Kate and Emily have moved there with no idea of the land’s dreadful heritage—until Marak decides to tell them himself. Marak is a powerful magician who claims to be the goblin king, and he has very specific plans for the two new girls who have trespassed into his kingdom . . .
*The Hollow Kingdom* is a 2004 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

The Hidden Coronet

**The third installment in the *Relic Master* quartet!**
The coronet, a potent ancient relic, might be the only way to defeat the power that is destroying Anara. But it has been lost for centuries, and only legend tells of its whereabouts. Will Galen and Raffi be able to find it before the Watch does?
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The Haunted Wizard

**CAN THE WIZARD OF RHYME SOLVE A ROYAL CRIME?**
There’s little love lost between the kindly monarchs of Merovence and the scheming sovereigns of Bretanglia. But when the brutish Prince Gaheris – heir apparent to the Bretanglian throne – is murdered during a brawl in a Merovence tavern, any pretense of civility between the two kingdoms flies out the window faster than the mysterious brigand who committed the dastardly deed.
While the outraged king and queen of Bretanglia declare their intention to lay siege to Merovence, royal wizard Matthew Mantrell suspects the slain prince was done in by one of his own “loyal” subjects.
As both sides gird for battle, Matt sets out – with trusty dragon in tow – to catch the killer. But the road to royal justice is rocky indeed, and a powerful sorcerer, a sinister cult of false druids, and a mischievous spirit are just some of the obstacles Matt must conquer – by wit or wizardry – to save his enchanted land from unholy forces of darkness . . .

The Habitation of the Blessed

EDITORIAL REVIEW: This is the story of a place that never was: the kingdom of Prester John, the utopia described by an anonymous, twelfth-century document which captured the imagination of the medieval world and drove hundreds of lost souls to seek out its secrets, inspiring explorers, missionaries, and kings for centuries. But what if it were all true? What if there was such a place, and a poor, broken priest once stumbled past its borders, discovering, not a Christian paradise, but a country where everything is possible, immortality is easily had, and the Western world is nothing but a dim and distant dream?Brother Hiob of Luzerne, on missionary work in the Himalayan wilderness on the eve of the eighteenth century, discovers a village guarding a miraculous tree whose branches sprout books instead of fruit. These strange books chronicle the history of the kingdom of Prester John, and Hiob becomes obsessed with the tales they tell. The Habitation of the Blessed recounts the fragmented narratives found within these living volumes, revealing the life of a priest named John, and his rise to power in this country of impossible richness. John’s tale weaves together with the confessions of his wife Hagia, a blemmye–a headless creature who carried her face on her chest–as well as the tender, jeweled nursery stories of Imtithal, nanny to the royal family. Hugo and World Fantasy award nominee Catherynne M. Valente reimagines the legends of Prester John in this stunning tour de force.

The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz

Jack Vance’s stories of the Dying Earth are among the most indelible creations of 20th century fantasy. Set on a far future Earth moving toward extinction under a slowly dying sun, these baroque tales of wonder have exerted a profound influence on generations of writers. One of those writers is Dan Simmons, who acknowledges that influence in spectacular fashion in The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz, an informed and loving act of literary homage.
The narrative begins at a critical moment in the Dying Earth’s history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Simmons’s protagonist – Shrue the diabolist – learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore. Determined to possess its secrets, Shrue sets out in search of the fabled library, guided by the severed nose of the deceased magician. The narrative that follows tells the story of that quest, a quest whose outcome will affect the fate of the entire dying planet.
The result is a hugely engrossing novella filled with marvels, bizarre encounters, and an array of astonishing creatures – the pelgranes, daihaks, and assorted elementals of Jack Vance’s boundless imagination. Written with wit, fidelity, and grace, and rooted in its author’s obvious affection for his source material, The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz is something special, a collaborative gem in which the talents and sensibilities of two master storytellers come powerfully – and seamlessly – together.

The Green Trap

Microbiologist Michael Cochrane has been murdered. His brother Paul wants to find out who did it…and why.
Accompanied by a beautiful industrial spy, Elena Sandoval, Paul follows the trail from California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Along the way, a lot of people seem to be interested in getting in their way, or discovering what they know. It’s clear that Michael was working with cyanobacteria, the bacteria that crack water molecules and release free oxygen. It’s less clear why this would get anybody killed. Or why oil billionaire Lionel Gould wants to pay Paul and Elena big money for the details of Michael’s work.
Then the truth emerges: Michael had found a way to get cyanobacteria to crack hydrogen out of simple water molecules. A process that could be industrialized, producing enough hydrogen to cleanly power the world. Practically free fuel, out of one of the planet’s most abundant resources: water.
No wonder everyone, from Middle Eastern heavies to hired domestic muscle, suddenly seems to be trying to get in Paul and Elena’s way.
As the world’s secrets—and their own—teeter in the balance, both Paul and Elena must decide what to do before it’s too late.
Contemporary, topical, and exciting, *The Green Trap* is a thriller of today’s energy skulduggery—both the kind you read about in the headlines, and the kind you don’t.
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The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Science fiction. Cory Doctorow burst on the SF scene in 2004 like a rocket, inspiring awe in readers (and envy in other writers) with his bestselling novels and stories, which he insisted on giving away via Creative Commons. Meanwhile, as coeditor of the wildly popular Boing Boing, he became the radical new voice of the Web, boldly arguing for internet freedom from corporate control. Doctorow’s activism and artistry are both on display in this Outspoken Author edition. The crown jewel is his novella, The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow the high velocity adventures of a trans-human teenager in a Disney-dominated Tomorrow, battling wireheads and wumpuses (and having fun doing it!) until he meets the “meat girl” of his dreams, and is forced to choose between immortality and sex. Plus a live transcription of Cory’s historic address to the 2010 World SF Convention, “Creativity vs. Copyright”, dramatically presenting his controversial case for open-source in both information and art. Also included is an international Outspoken Interview (skyped from England, Canada, and the U.S.) in which Doctorow reveals the surprising sources of his genius.

The Goblin Reservation

**From science fiction Grand Master Clifford D. Simak, an interstellar adventure of aliens, fairies, and time travel.**
Until the day he was murdered, Professor Peter Maxwell was a respected faculty member of the College of Supernatural Phenomena. Imagine his chagrin when he turns up at a Wisconsin matter transmission station several weeks later and discovers he’s not only dead but unemployed.

During an interstellar mission to investigate rumors of dragon activity, this alternate Maxwell was intercepted by a strange alien race that wanted him to carry knowledge of a remarkable technology back to Earth, and it seems someone does not want the information shared. Suddenly, it’s essential for Maxwell to find his own killer.

He enlists the aid of Carol Hampton of the Time College, along with her pet saber-tooth tiger, a ghost with memory issues, and the intelligent Neanderthal Man recently rescued from a prehistoric cooking pot.

But the search is pointing them toward the goblins, fairies, and assorted Little Folk living in reservations on campus, and into the dangerous heart of an interspecies blood feud that has been raging for millions of years.

Ingeniously inventive and unabashedly tongue-in-cheek, this novel demonstrates multi-award-winning fantasy and science fiction favorite Clifford D. Simak operating at the imaginative peak of his considerable powers.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.
Here is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous and passionately layered book from *New York Time* s bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente.
Praise for the FAIRYLAND series:
‘One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.’ ***Time* Magazine *(* A *Time* Best Book of 2012)**
‘A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian fairy-tale, done with heart and wisdom.’ **Neil Gaiman**
‘A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy-tale – full of oddments, whimsy and joy.’ **Holly Black** , author of *Zombies vs. Unicorns* and the Spiderwick Chronicles
‘September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente’s subversive storytelling is sheer magic.’ **Tamora Pierce** , author of The Immortals series
‘Valente is making new myths right now, before our eyes. Don’t miss the show.’ **Lev Grossman**
‘One of the strongest fantasy novels for young readers I’ve had the pleasure of getting lost in…There’s as much *Phantom Tollbooth* here as there is Narnia…Shot through with menace and heroism, you never know what’s coming next.’ **Cory Doctorow**

The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – for a Little While

This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind, Mr. Map, and many fairyland friends new and old–from Catherynne M. Valente, author of the children’s fantasy sensation *The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making*.
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