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Bone
Bone
by Jeff Smith
The Bones were lucky to find the valley-- but between dragon, princess, ancient evil, and stupid, stupid rat creatures, they'll be luckier to leave.




DMZ
DMZ
by Brian Wood
Matty is a journalist abandoned behind the front lines of the war for New York City. So why does he feel more at home than he ever has?




District 9
District 9
by n/a
When the aliens finally came, they were neither saviors nor destroyers, only refugees. And it's even easier to dehumanize aliens... easily the best sf movie of the decade.




District B13
District B13
by n/a
Gritty near-future setting; crisp, witty dialogue; fantastic stuntwork; and a cast of characters I actually care about. Hollywood, the French have a thing or two to teach you about action films.




Dragon and Thief
Dragon and Thief
by Timothy Zahn
Jack Morgan has a ship full of trouble, a cool tattoo, and a new alien friend. The problem? They're one and the same....




Enchantment Emporium
Enchantment Emporium
by Tanya Huff
Gale women cook, cast charms, and arrange marriages. To Alysha Gale, inheriting Gran's Calgary shop seems a lucky escape. But Gran was still a Gale, and she'd meddled in more than charmed pie will fix....




Halting State
Halting State
by Charles Stross
It's 2012, and orcs have just robbed an Avalon 4 bank. A deadbeat programmer, a sword-wielding accountant, and a very bewildered cop must join forces to catch them.




Hawkspar
Hawkspar
by Holly Lisle
She lost name and freedom to slavery, sacrificed hopes and sight for kin she barely remembers. But can the Hawkspar eyes find a future to save them all?




Implied Spaces
Implied Spaces
by Walter Jon Williams
The AIs protected mankind for centuries, as Aristide created them to. But now he, his magic sword, and his talking cat must save the world.... again.




Inland Territory
Inland Territory
by Vienna Teng
Beautiful piano, bittersweet lyrics, and a voice so pure as to be almost painful. If you can't catch her in concert, do yourself a favor and get the CD.




Just Us Kids
Just Us Kids
by James McMurtry
Dust-dry and brutally truthful, McMurtry is a spinner of song-stories and a virtuoso of the heartstrings. Listen with care; lyrics can cause mental whiplash.




Midnight Boom
Midnight Boom
by The Kills
Sharp punk edge with clever lyrics and a backbeat to kill for. I picked this up after hearing 'URA Fever' as soundtrack on 'The Losers', and I'm glad I did.




Nation
Nation
by Terry Pratchett
Mau paddles home to find his village gone -- and a strange ghost girl washed up on the same tidal wave. What world will they build on the ruins of the old?




Rainbows End
Rainbows End
by Vernor Vinge
Alfred Vaz wants to save the world. Robert Gu just wants to make poetry again. Mr. Rabbit promises both what they want... but will they get what they deserve?




Scar Night
Scar Night
by Alan Campbell
Dill is the last of his line, an angel forbidden to fly. Rachel is half an assassin. Both serve the Chained God -- but is the church all that it seems?




Shangri-La
Shangri-La
by Mark Knopfler
Take a helping of Dire Straits. Add vivid, evocative lyrics, a fascination with the sordid side of American culture, and a dash of blues growl, and what do you have? One hell of an album.




Staying Dead
Staying Dead
by Laura Anne Gilman
Mages control the current; wizzards are controlled by it. Wren stands on the razor edge between, a lonejack-for-hire with a killer agent. But some jobs make it hard to stay in the middle....




The Aware
The Aware
by Glenda Larke
Just another citizenless halfbreed looking for a pretty slave on Gorthan Spit. But Blaze is far from ordinary, and as she'll find out, neither is her prey....




The Child Goddess
The Child Goddess
by Louise Marley
A immortal child isn't a child: she's a prize for science to win and business to sell. Grownups want to live forever. But children want to grow up....




The Wizard Hunters
The Wizard Hunters
by Martha Wells
To Tremaine, it's an enemy airship. To Illias, it's a wizard-ridden flying whale. Both want the same thing: stop it destroying their worlds....




Undertow
Undertow
by Elizabeth Bear
An assassin. A godbotherer. A war criminal. The government. Who would you trust? (Hint: don't pick the government.)




Winter's Orphans
Winter's Orphans
by Elaine Corvidae
An indentured, impoverished factory girl isn't much of a threat -- unless she has fae blood.But is Mina a greater danger to those she hates, or those she loves?




Wrapt in Crystal
Wrapt in Crystal
by Sharon Shinn
The holy women of Semay are dying. As a Moonchild, it's Drake's duty to find the killer, no matter what he may think of their religion. But pinning down the priestesses of Ava is harder than it looks...













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