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New Releases!

New Author Signings

Monday October 17th at Noon – Diane Vallere signs Masking for Trouble

Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn's costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family's store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford's body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police's prime suspect. 2nd in the series.

Tuesday September 20th at Noon - Amy Stewart signs Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Now that she’s proven her worth as a deputy sheriff, Constance Kopp must work hard to show that her success is no fluke. Now she’ll match wits with a wiley con man. During her investigation, she’ll meet a number of other young professional women who cheer her on. Sequel to her noted debut, Girl Waits with Gun.

Signed Copies Coming Soon!

John Connolly - A Time of Torment

Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings, and in doing so destroyed himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized. But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death, but was saved; of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade. Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.

Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.

Michael Connelly - The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Now a licensed private eye, Harry Bosch takes a case from a mogul who wants a missing heir found. In short order, Bosch has found the man – but then the man dies in a hit-and-run, and Bosch thinks it was all a set up.

Urban Fatasy New Releases

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What We've Been Reading

John Scalzi – Locked In

Amber Recommends:

A global pandemic has struck. For most people, it only causes a few days of misery, not unlike the flu For those unlucky to be part of the 1%, things are a bit different. If they survive the second stages of the disease, they then could fall victim to the Lock In syndrome, where people literally are locked into their body, their voluntary nervous system no longer responsive to anything, they are completely immobile. Millions and millions of people are affected by this, including the First Lady of the United States, which is where both the name of the syndrome occurs – Haden’s. And why the US invested millions of dollars in finding a cure AND into creating ways which Haden’s sufferers could interact with the world again. Dedicated internet space and threeps – think robots both used with intercranial implants.

There is an even smaller percentage who recover from the second stage of Haden’s who have their brain structure altered by the disease – who are able to take someone else’s consciousness into their own (like a threep) to allow the Haden sufferer feel a body again - they are called Integrators. And they are rarer than rare.

It is these two kinds of Hadens suvivors who are teamed up by the FBI to deal with crimes involving people with Hadens (whether victims or perpetrators). Shane’s second day on the job finds him meeting his new partner and starting his first case (his first was filled with paperwork), a case which starts when a couch was pushed thru a hotel window and fell several stories, smashing the car it landed on and ending with multiple murders, a blown up building and someone trying to assasinate both Shane and a prominent Hadens campaigner.

This is a thrilling and fast paced mystery, one I could not put it down! Seriously I finished it in a day! The state of the world and the people suffering from Hadens feels not that different from our own. The personal and political motivations for the characters all make complete sense and are very compelling. While it does have the hint of sci-fi and medical thriller about it – it at its core is a great mystery. One which has you really empathizing with the victims and really hoping that Shane and his partner nail the bad guys to the wall.

I also enjoyed how Scalzi used technology in this book to further the story rather than distracting from it. Because with the threeps (think robot-ish bodies) Shane is able to work leads in L.A., Phoenix and Washington, D.C. - all without having to take the time to fly across the country. He simply dials into a threep which law enforcement has on hand and then goes to work. It is a very clever way of quickly forwarding the narrative without wasting word count on the description of air travel!

So if you are looking for a fun summer read on the beach or for a rainy day I would highly suggest this book! 

Yasmine Galenorn - Flight From Mayhem

Signed Copies Will Be Available

Fran Recommends:

Have you seen that internet meme that says something like "I'd tackle my problems one at a time but they refuse to line up"? That sums up Shimmer's life in Yasmine Galenorn's second "Fly By Night" book, Flight From Mayhem (Berkley, $7.99, ). Here's what she's facing, in no particular order:

- She's dating the boss, always a sticky situation, especially since he's also her parole officer.

- There's a salamander - a Komodo-sized one from the Fire Elemental plane - running around the University of Washington.

- The house across the street from her is haunted. Badly. And it's drawing Shimmer in.

- One of Bette's friends has gone missing, an aging Fae who's just fallen for a young thing. A gold digger? Or worse?

- Her friend Tonya from Port Townsend is an emotional wreck and is being stalked.

- Oh, and about dating the boss? His ex has decided that she doesn't like Alex's relationship with Shimmer, and will do anything she can to break them up. Anything.

Shimmer's still trying to adapt to life in the human realm and cope without having all her dragon powers, so these problems are overwhelming to say the least. But Shimmer's got gumption and a dragon's tenacity about rising to a challenge!

One of the great things about Flight From Mayhem is how seamlessly it overlaps into the Otherworld series. Several of the characters from that series make appearances here, and if you've been reading about the D'Artigo sisters (and you have, haven't you?) you'll hear what's NOT being said, which is definite fun!

As always, though, it's the characters. Not just Shimmer, who's obviously great, but the others make Flight From Mayhem an ensemble work. I just love Bette and Chai and poor dear Ralph, who has his own problems. Once again, Yasmine Galenorn proves she's the mistress of fantastical mayhem and wonderful, complex and delightful people!

Seanan McGuire - "Octobery Daye" Series

Fran Recommends:

I had said I was going to read all of Seanan McGuire's "Octobery Daye" series, and I have. And if you like urban fantasy, you should too, but you must read them in order. With some series it doesn't matter, but here? Oh definitely.

They are: Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses, One Salt Sea, Ashes of Honor, Chimes at Midnight, The Winter Long and A Red Rose Chain (various copies are signed). October Daye is half fae/half human, has been knighted by her fae liege, and gets turned into a fish for fourteen years. A koi, specifically. So when she breaks free of the enchantment, her life is radically changed. A lot can happen in 14 years. And then she's cursed. That's just the first chapter of Rosemary and Rue, and everything is just as dense and complex throughout the series. Oh, and there's a pronunciation guide - you're going to want to use it!

This is a dark and troubled series, gritty in ways that can leave you feeling uncomfortable at times, and that's a huge tribute to Seanan McGuire's talent. If you didn't care and care deeply about these people - not just Toby but the whole lot of them - then what happens in these books wouldn't have the impact it does. But she writes such complex, flawed, dedicated people that you're forced to care about them.

Word of warning, though. At the end of Ashes of Honor, it seems like she's wound up the series and it's a good place to stop. Do Not Do This. If you do, you'll miss some amazing people (I'm thinking of the Librarian, specifically, but there are others that I can't name because there are spoilers in there), and there are a few dangling issues that may seem unimportant but really blossom. Seanan McGuire's created a really wonderful, dark and beautiful world, and I hope she keeps writing this series for a very long time.

 

New Release Paperbacks

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Collectible Corner - On Sale! 15% Off

Jasper Fforde - Lost In A Good Book

Save - $45!

Book Condition - Fine / DJ Cover - Fine

New York: Viking Press, 2003. First American edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine.

Slight scuffing to cover. Signed “Jasper” on tipped in page. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover.

Also Included:

- Color postcard signed “Jasper” on the back left edge “Thursday Next meets the Cat”. Code: TNU 055. USA TN-2, April 2003. One of one thousand given away during the hc launch.

- Color postcard signed “Jasper“ on the back left edge, “Femole Thursday Next Edition”. Code: TNU 056 one of the one thousand given away in the US in April 2003.

- Color Postcard signed “Jasper” on the back left edge “Pete & Dave’s Dodo Emporium”. Code TNU 057. USA TN-2, April 2003. One of one thousand given away during the HB launch VG (slight wear to bottom edge).

- One Point-of-sale advert with US cover art on the front and back 10“ tall. - One US promotional self-adhesive bumper sticker with “Lost in a Good Book” printed like the US cover in Yellow against a grey background.

- One US promotional self-adhesive bumper sticker with “Thursday Next making the world safe for fiction!” printed across it on a blue background.

- Three US promotional self-adhesive sticker name tags “Jurisfiction Prose Resource Operative Agent:_______ www.thursdaynext.com” printed on the front with the image of the maze book in the background.

- One promotional bookmark laid in for the American release of The Eyre Affair on one side and Lost in a Good Book on the other.

When Landen, the love of her life, is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative of Jurisfiction the police force inside the BookWorld. She is apprenticed to the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dickens's Great Expectations, who grudgingly shows Thursday the ropes. And she gains just enough skill to get herself in a real mess entering the pages of Poe's The Raven. What she really wants is to get Landen back. But this latest mission is not without further complications. Along with jumping into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter's The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth.

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YA Books You Need To Reserve Today!

Trenton Lee Stewart - The Secret Keepers

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero. Now he is on a dangerous adventure--full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes--as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?

Rick Riordan - Magnus Chase: Hammer of Thor

Thor's hammer is missing "again." The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is "very" high.

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More YA Must Haves!

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Outdoor Mysteries

Keith McCafferty - Buffalo Jump Blues

In the wake of Fourth of July fireworks in Montana's Madison Valley, Hyalite County sheriff Martha Ettinger andDeputy Sheriff Harold Little Feather investigate a horrific scene at the Palisades cliffs, where a herd of bison have fallen to their deaths. Victims of blind panic caused by the pyrotechnics, or a ritualistic hunting practice dating back thousands of years? The person who would know is beyond asking, an Indian man found dead among the bison, his leg pierced by an arrow. Farther up the valley, fly fisherman, painter, and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan has been hired by the beautiful Ida Evening Star, a Chippewa Cree woman who moonlights as a mermaid at the Trout Tails Bar & Grill, to find her old flame, John Running Boy. The cases seem unrelated until Sean's search leads him right to the brink of the buffalo jump.

Nevada Barr - Boar Island

Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry---her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon.

While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs---and find the person behind the harassment---the three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation. Since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park, Boar Island. But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them east. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her.

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David Goldblatt - The Games

Renowned sportswriter David Goldblatt has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal for writing “with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic” In The Games Goldblatt delivers a magisterial history of the biggest sporting event of them all: the Olympics.

He tells the epic story of the Games from their reinvention in Athens in 1896 to the present day, chronicling classic moments of sporting achievement from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci, the Miracle on Ice to Usain Bolt. He goes beyond the medal counts to explore how international conflicts have played out at the Olympics, including the role of the Games in Fascist Germany and Italy, the Cold War, and the struggles of the postcolonial world for recognition. He also tells the extraordinary story of how women fought to be included on equal terms, how the Paralympics started in the wake of World War II, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity.