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New Romance Fiction for February 2013

In paperback:

The Importance of Being Wicked by Victoria Alexander (2, Millworth Manor) H
The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer Ashley (5, Highland Pleasures) H
Shades of Gray by Maya Banks (6, KGI) C, M
    (contains Shades of Gray and Softly at Sunrise)
When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton (1, Honeycote) H
When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley (1, Marriage) H, M
True Love at Silver Creek Ranch by Emma Cane (2, Valentine Valley) C, W
How To Entice an Earl by Manda Collins (3, Ugly Ducklings) H, M
Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper (2, Dark Mission) C, A, S, M

New Speculative Fiction for February 2013

New to our shelves:

The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard (50th Anniversary Ed.) SF, A
The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher H, F
The Aylesford Skull by James P. Blaylock (Langdon St. Ives) SF, M
The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston (2, Witch) F, H, R
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron (1, The Traitor Son cycle) F
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh (1-4, Alliance-Union: Cyteen) SF
Little, Big by John Crowley F, R
Seven Kings by John R. Fultz (2, Books of the Shaper) F
Impulse by Steven Gould (3, Jumper) SF
Ever After by Kim Harrison (11, Rachel Morgan/The Hollows) H, F, R

New Speculative Fiction for January 2013

New to our shelves:

The Price of War by Daniel Abraham (2:3-4, The Long Price quartet omnibus) F
    (contains An Autumn War and The Price of Spring)
Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven (1, Bowl of Heaven) SF (SF Benford)
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino H, F
Shattered Hourglass by J. L. Bourne (3, Day by Day Armageddon) H
His Vampyrrhic Bride by Simon Clark (4, Vampyrrhic) H, M, R
The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper (1, Ruby's Song) SF, R
Andromeda's Fall by William C. Dietz (1, Legion of the Damned: Prequel) SF

New Romance Fiction for January 2013

In paperback:

Obsession Wears Opals by Renee Bernard (5, Jaded Gentlemen) H
The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes (1, MacGregor) H
Edge of Sanity by Shannon K. Butcher (3, Edge) C, M
The Accidental Genie by Dakota Cassidy (7, Accidental Friends) C, F
Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta (1, Glorious Victorious Darcys) H, A, SF, M
Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole (1, Immortals after Dark: The Dacians) C, S
A SEAL at Heart by Anne Elizabeth (1, West Navy SEALs) C
The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand (2, Amour et Chocolat) C, F
By Private Invitation by Stephanie Julian (1, Salon Games) C, E

Getting To Know You: Standalone SF Reads

Well, It's 2013, and the planet still appears to be in one piece. Time for a new blog entry!

Many people will tell you that good things (and bad luck) come in threes. Speculative fiction stories frequently do; the genre has a strong predilection for trilogies.  But many authors don't even stop there-- there are SF series and sagas that run to double-digits and represent decades of writing.  Some writers don't even finish their story arc within their lifetimes (ahem, Robert Jordan), leaving devoted readers to hope for a worthy successor (and copious notes left by the original author) to finish out the series.

New Speculative Fiction for December 2012

New to our shelves:

Spirit's End by Rachel Aaron (5, Legend of Eli Monpress) F, H
Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (3, World of The First Law) F
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks (3, Culture) SF
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (14, Miles Vorkosigan) SF, R
Cold Days by Jim Butcher (14, Dresden Files) F, H
Incarnation by Emma Cornwall (a.k.a. Lucy Weston) (2, Lucy Weston) H, F, R
The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman (2, Half-Made World) SF, F, H
A Tangled Bridge by Rhodi Hawk (2, Twisted Ladder) H, M, R
The Silvered by Tanya Huff F, M, R

New Romance Fiction for December 2012

(Romance Key: X = Holiday; E = erotica/romantica)

This Is How the World Ends: Apocalyptic SF

WARNING: This may be my last blog.  No, of course I'm not leaving my position.   It's just that... well, haven't you heard?  The world is scheduled to end this week.  Oh dear, you haven't heard, have you? According to the ancient Maya calendar, the end is due on December 21, 2012 (at 11:11 a.m. precisely, in case you need to schedule a few last appointments or polish off your bucket list before the Last Trump).  But wait, there's no cause for panic!

Because I am a librarian to the end, I've made sure that you, my loyal readers, will be properly prepared for Judgement Day (as much as I can, anyway-- your soul is your own affair).  I've thoroughly researched the topic and compiled a few reading lists on the incipient Apocalypse and what to do afterward (if you survive).  I expect you'll have many demands on your time before the big day, but it's important to stay informed!  Knowledge is power, particularly when the world is plunging into limitless chaos.  (And episodes of The Walking Dead will only save you in the case of a zombie apocalypse.)

Smooth Criminals

The pages of romance are populated by any number of gamblers, rakes, mercenaries, courtesans, femme fatales, hoydens, and other scapegraces who don't care to play by society's starchy rules.  This month's ne'er-do-wells, though, take their roguishness a step further.  They don't just bend the rules; they break the law.

What is it about bad boys? (And wicked women too-- I wouldn't leave them out!)  As much as we condemn their actions, we have a strange fascination with outlaws.  For centuries, we've made celebrities of them-- turned them into legends, even.  (I'm looking at you, Robin Hood! Rebel against an oppressive king, yes, but a robber all the same.)  Granted, to the ancient Greeks a clever thief was a legitimate hero (just look at Odysseus), but we've romanticized our fair share of criminals since that time.

There and Back Again: Journeys in Speculative Fiction

A certain highly anticipated fantasy film about a long journey "there and back again" will see its world-wide release in less than a month.  Closer to home, many are making trips of their own today to be with family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The roads, rail lines, and airways of this country are jam-packed with travelers.  (And before the weekend is over, they'll get to do the whole thing over again in reverse, hooray!)

College freshmen, many of them back home for the first time since the start of school, might feel a particular kinship with Mr. Baggins in the ending chapters of The Hobbit.  The place to which they've returned may look the same (if their mothers haven't turned their rooms into craft spaces or storage cubbies), but for some, it won't feel quite like the home they left a few short months ago.  Though it's been more years than I'd care to admit since I was a freshman, I can still recall that odd feeling of displacement on my first Thanksgiving back, of being a guest in my own home.  

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