Monday, 30 July 2007

Sci-Fi Fan Letter Issue 7

World’s Biggest Bookstore’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Newsletter Issue 7 March 2007

Battle Royale
By: Koushun Takami
Shuuya Nanahara has just become a contestant of Battle Royale, game of the 1984 style fascist Japan. Shuuya’s task: to kill every single person of his second year high school class without crossing into a forbidden zone or being killed in turn. Unlike two of his classmates, Shuuya is not a psychopath. And winning the game is not necessarily a prize worth killing for.
Unavoidably graphic, the book is designed to make you question your basic beliefs about humanity and the price of living at the expense of someone else’s life. Battle Royale ends in a revelation more devastatingly thought provoking, for its truth, than the idea that Big Brother is watching.
Rated 16+
-Jessica Strider

Civil War
By: Marvel Comics
Greeting true believers!
Now that the gang at Marvel Comics has completed this year’s latest (and most fantastic) epic “Civil War”, we fan-boys and girls alike will be able to take our individual 7 part series issues and place them in cellophane -never again to be touched by human hands- and replace them with the collector’s hard cover this spring! But, for those who missed out; what is Civil War?
After a horrible accident involving superheroes and destruction in suburban America, average citizens have come to no longer trust the meta-humans they once idolized. With the government wanting all heroes to belong to the Super Human Registration Act (requiring all masked crime fighters to reveal their identities) an unsealable rift forms between some of Marvel’s heaviest hitters as they face off and take sides.
Should our undecided heroes join Iron Man and sign this new bill? Or follow Captain America in his quest for individual freedom behind the mask?
In creating this new platform, Marvel has completely revamped the universe we’ve come to know and love and it seems as though things will never be the same for any of our beloved characters!
Full of bonus features, the collected hard cover promises to be one of this year’s greatest collections. And don’t forget. Bags and boards are always free at WBB!
-James Duncan

The Silver Bough
By: Lisa Tuttle
A wonderful fantasy set in a small seaside town in Scotland. A quiet place. A nothing-ever-happens-here place. Well things are starting to happen in sleepy little Appleton. I blame the magic apple. Magic apples are always trouble. Just ask Snow White. Well you know the story. In this story, there are three wonderful heroines, a magic apple, romance, humour, an enchanted library, intrigue and, my personal favourite, mermaids. Just a lovely read and did I mention the mermaids?
-Sandra B

Burn Dive
By: Karin Lowachee
This is the second book in a completed trilogy of coming of age stories set in deep space during a war with the alien Striviirc-na.
Burn Dive tells the story of Ryan Azarcon, son of the ‘rogue’ captain spearheading the peace talks. But not everyone wants peace and Ryan has become a target. Taken aboard his father’s ship, Macedon, for his protection, Ryan must come to terms with the demons of his own past in order to understand his father’s, or the next assassination attempt will cost more than just his life.
A well realized world in a novel interspersed with unexpected humour.
-Jessica Strider

Coming in April


White Night - Jim Butcher
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Russian America - Stoney Compton
Outback Stars - Sandra McDonald
Yellow Eyes - John Ringo & Tom Kratman
Last Colony - John Scalzi
Star Trek: Epiphany - Josepha Sherman

Trade Paperback:
Freedom & Necessity - Steven Brust
Borderland - Christopher Golden
Battle Star Galactica: Unity - Steven Harper
Breakfast in the Ruins - Barry Malzberg
Dreaming the Hound - Maranda Scott
Chains of Darkness, Chains of Light - Michelle Sagara West

Mass Market Paperback:
Armies of Memory - John Barnes
Daughter of Independence - Simon Brown
Claimed by Shadow - Karen Chance
War Hammer: Chapter War - Ben Counter
Widdershins - Charles De Lint
Fortress of Glass - David Drake
The Way to Glory - David Drake
War Hammer: Tales of the Old World - Marc Gascoigne & Christian Dunn
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer - Marvel Comics
Lasgun Wedding - Will McDermott
Triad - Terry McGarry
Voidfarer - Sean McMullen
Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller
Dark Companion - Andre Norton
Quag Keep - Andre Norton
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx - Eric Nylund
Taste of the Night - Vicki Petterson
Into the Looking Glass - John Ringo
X-Men: The Return - Chris Roberson
Karavans - Jennifer Roberson
Secret History of Vampires - Darrell Schweitzer
Thraxas & the Sorcerers - Martin Scott
Truth Teller’s Tale - Sharon Shinn
Habeas Corpses - Wm. Mark Simmons
Kitty Takes a Holiday - Carrie Vaughn
Rainbow’s End - Vernor Vinge
Eberron: Forge of the Mind Slayers - Tim Waggoner
Wizard Lord - Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Weapon - Michael Z. Williamson

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