nexus February 2005 Issue #201 TOP 10 BESTSELLERS 2004 Probably the most interesting thing about this list is that the fantasy is almost completely dominated by Terry Pratchett with four of the top ten being Discworld novels. Nice to note also is that Australian author Fiona McIntosh appears in that same list twice with her trilogy The Quickening. The SF bestsellers cover a far greater variety of authors and genres. Notably, however, none of the major award winners make it into any of the lists. Horror, like fantasy, is dominated by a few authors - Laurell K Hamilton and newcomer Kelly Armstrong, in particular. FANTASY 1. Going Postal (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett READERS’ 2. Lone Drow (Forgotten Realms) by R A Salvatore CHOICE 3. Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #28) by Terry Pratchett What was your favourite book of 4. Wee Free Men (Discworld Universe) by Terry Pratchett 2004? Which novel rocked your 5. Blood and Memory (Quickening #2) by Fiona McIntosh socks, blew your mind, expanded 6. Joust by Mercedes Lackey your universe, or kept you awake ‘til the wee small hours...? We’d love 7. Bridge of Souls (Quickening #3) by Fiona McIntosh to know... 8. Kushiel’s Avatar (Kushiel #3) by Jacqueline Carey Email, post or fax us your list of 9. Hat Full of Sky (Discworld Universe) by Terry Pratchett favourites, one title per genre (SF, 10. Swords of Night and Day by David Gemmell fantasy and horror) and you’ll go in the draw to win a $50 gift voucher SCIENCE FICTION redeemable at Galaxy. 1. Pandora’s Star (Commonwealth #1) by Peter F Hamilton Please note: 2. March to the Stars (Empire of Man #3) nominated books must have a by John Ringo & David Weber 2004 publication date. 3. Ilium by Dan Simmons Entries close Fri 25 Mar 4. Service of the Sword (Worlds of Honor #4) by David Weber (ed) 5. Trading in Danger (Vattan #1) by Elizabeth Moon 6. Hell’s Faire (Posleen #4) by John Ringo 7. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson 8. Conquistador by S M Stirling 9. Algebraist by Iain M Banks 10. No Phule Like an Old Phule (Phule #5) by Robert Asprin HORR OR 1. Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake #12) by Laurell K Hamilton 2. Seduced by Moonlight (Meredith Gentry #3) by Laurell K Hamilton 3. Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake #11) by Laurell K Hamilton 4. Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson 5. Blood Rites (Dresden Files #6) by Jim Butcher 6. Dime Store Magic (Paige Winterbourne #1) by Kelly Armstrong 7. Thief of Lives (Noble Dead #2) by Barb & C J Hendee 8. Cravings by Laurell K Hamilton et al 9. Industrial Magic (Paige Winterbourne #2) by Kelly Armstrong 10. Nightingale’s Lament (John Taylor #3) by Simon R Green SCIENCE CATHERINE ASARO SCHISM A S BYATT LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF FICTION Skolian Empire: Triad #1. 23 years STORIES AND have passed since the fateful vote in the Skolian Assembly that created the first Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood. Two middle-aged women walk into a FANTASY open hostility between Eube and Skolia. forest, as they did when they were girls, LYNN ABBEY (ED) Now Eube senses an opportunity, for confronting their fears and memories and ENEMIES OF FORTUNE strife has riven the first family of the the strange thing they saw - or thought Thieves’ World. Skolian Empire. Sauscony, the daughter they saw – in their childhood. A A recent storm has of Roca and Eldrinson, is ready to seek distinguished obstetrician and young left a ship filled with her fortune as an officer-in-training in the artist find they have sharply contrasting exotic cargo and Skolian military. When her father forbids ideas about body parts, birth and death. arcane secrets her to undertake such a dangerous path, An innocent member of an evening class wrecked off the a wedge is formed as Soz chooses duty harbours an unexpected view on ‘raw shore of Sanctuary. over family. Eube hopes to make this material’... The stories in this collection This unexpected permanent, a divide that will leave the are by turns funny, spooky, sparkling booty leads to boons Skolian Empire ripe for conquest. And and haunting, adding a dark quality to and curses for the they’re willing to kill anyone to make it the author’s famous skill in mixing folk world-weary happen. Hb $45.00 398pp and fairy tale with everyday life. Pb residents... as well as KAGE BAKER $22.95 279pp the usual power struggle among factions THE ANVIL OF THE WORLD DEBORAH CHESTER wishing to take deadly advantage at any Smith was THE QUEEN’S NIGHT new turn of events. All new stories by formerly an Queen #3. Pheresa, rightful Queen of Lynn Abbey, Stephen Brust, C J Cherryh, extremely successful Mandria, is ready to claim her crown and Mickey Zucker Reichert, Dennis assassin. Now he has her destiny, but a deadly mist fills the McKiernan, Robin Wayne Bailey, Diana wearied of his work cathedral and Pheresa vanishes. Only Sir Paxson, Jody Lynn Nye and others. Hb and is trying to retire Talmor, her sworn protector, can find and $58.00 352pp in another country to save her, and only by revealing the HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON live an honest life in magical powers that will bring scorn THE STORIES OF HANS obscurity, in spite of upon him. Pb $18.95 360pp CHRISTIAN ANDERSON all those who have DAWN COOK This collection of 22 tales best represents sworn to kill him. His LOST TRUTH Andersen’s literary legacy, including the problems begin when Truth #4. Alissa’s dreams lead her to classics The Little Mermaid, The Ugly he agrees to be the master of a caravan a distant land, where countless Masters Duckling, Thumbelina and The Princess and from the inland city of Troon to the live in a flourishing magical society. the Pea, as well as unfamiliar stories like seaside city of Salesh. The caravan is Instead of being welcomed, Alissa finds By the Outermost Sea. Hb $39.95 290pp dogged with murder, magic and the that the Masters’ leader, Keribdis, brooding image of the Master of the believes that she should be Alissa’s Mountain, a powerful demon. Pb $16.95 teacher - whether Alissa likes it or not. 350pp And when Alissa rebels, she risks her IAIN M BANKS magic - and her life. Pb $18.95 356pp THE ALGEBRAIST ALBERT COWDREY It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it SCIENCE FICTION to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at CRUX Centuries ago, the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will FANTASY the Time of Troubles be fortunate if he makes it to the end of left Earth shattered the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit and nearly empty, ROMANCE a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, but a few survivors in in a system awaiting its wormhole Central Asia and AWARD WINNER connection to the rest of civilisation. In returnees from Luna the meantime, they are dismissed as City hung on to bring decadents living in a state of highly AUSTRALIAN developed barbarism. Seconded to a the human race back to life. Now the military-religious order he’s barely heard ACTION Government of the of, Fassin Taak has to travel again Universe is spread out among hundreds amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a of worlds. Genghis Khan is idolised as the REPRINT secret hidden for half a billion years. But Great Unifier of Humanity and with each day that passes a war draws democracy is a long-forgotten notion. closer - a war that threatens to Ac AUDIO CASSETTE overwhelm everything and everyone he’s This glorious golden age is threatened when ‘the Crux’ - a band of Old Believers, ever known. Hb $49.95 534pp Cd COMPACT DISC bleeding hearts and malcontents - MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY capture a generator that can propel them TO SAVE A WORLD back through time, enabling them to stop Pb PAPERBACK Omnibus containing Darkover the Time of Troubles. Of course, Crux has novels, The World Wreckers, The Planet to be stopped. Even the smallest change Hb HARDBACK Savers and The Waterfall. Pb $18.95 to the past will destroy the future, and the 406pp Controller of Earth won’t stand for that! Tp TRADE PAPERBACK Hb $54.00 349pp GALAXY BOOKSHOP 2 www.galaxybooks.com.au Fave Raves our favourites - new & classic FAVE OLD FAVE NEW HOUSE OF CHAINS THE SUNDERING A TALE OF THE MALAZAN DREAD EMPIRE’S FALL #2 BOOK OF THE FALLEN #4 WALTER JON WILLIAMS STEVEN ERIKSON Pb $18.95 512pp Pb $22.95 1035pp In The Sundering, Walter Jon Williams This fourth volume in Erikson’s ongoing fantasy epic is just as continues his epic tale of alien rebellion satisfying a read as his previous work. Many of the characters and galactic warfare against the once- have carried over from the previous novels, however with each prosperous Dread Empire. The series new book that he has added to this saga, several dozen new began with The Praxis, in which the last characters are added to the already weighty dramatis personae. To of the tyrannical alien race, The Shaa, cut this crowd of people and events down to a manageable size, “retired”, creating a power struggle he doesn’t continue the stories of each group of characters in between the loyalist Empire and the rebel every book, but cycles between the different stories set in various alien Naxids. locations around his imagined world. Many of the characters This picks up where The Praxis (Pb within this novel have not been written about since the conclusion $18.95) left off, with The Empire of the second book, Deadhouse Gates (Pb $18.95). recovering from the heavy defeats against Previously the native citizenry of the arid continent of Seven the rebel Naxids. The Home Fleet’s entire Cities initiated a bloody rebellion against the occupying squadron has been reduced to a tenth of its size and most of its Malazan Empire. With her best troops warring on another colonial resources have been captured or destroyed by the continent, Laseen, the Malazan Empress, has now sent her Naxids. Two positives soon emerge from the disastrous battles inexperienced representative, Adjunct Tavore, and an army of and they are the courageous victories, led by Lady Caroline Sula young, untested recruits to quash the uprising. Part of this book and Lord Gareth Martinez. From these victories comes the concerns the march of Tavore’s army to the heart of the desert of realisation that a radical revision of the strategies employed by Raraku to confront the treacherous forces of the Sha’ik, the long- the Home Fleet is quickly needed to prevent any future prophesised figurehead of the uprising. Working behind the wipeouts by the Naxids. As both sides retreat to regroup their scenes, unknown to Tavore but supporting her efforts, are forces and resources, the Empire soon realises that the capital of members of the outlawed and infamous Malazan regiment, the Zanshaa is next on the Naxids’ hit-list. The Peers, the ruling Bridgeburners. group of elites, must soon decide whether it is worth risking Pearl, a Malazan assassin, and Lostara Yil, a soldier loyal to the millions of lives defending the pride of the Empire. conquering Malazans, but also a Seven Cities native, are tasked With the first book, Williams sets up the series and introduces with the secret mission of finding Tavore’s sister, Felisin, who was the structure and the politics of the Empire in a simple, yet disowned by her noble Malazan family and forced into a effective, fashion. In The Sundering, Williams continues this humiliating and degrading life of slavery. The outcome of their minimalist approach, but ups the ante by throwing the reader mission creates a shocking resolution to one ongoing plot-strand. into the frontline with Martinez and Sula. By following both Several new strands of the story are introduced, the chief of characters’ countless battles against the Naxids (and within the which regards the Teblor, a primitive and highly aggressive Home Fleet), we are drawn to the characters, as we witness the tribe of mountain giants. Their arrogant champion, Karsa nightmare that is politics and war. This book features a number Orlong, predicts a future in which he is an unstoppable of well-written action sequences. A particular highlight is the conquering warlord and, despite his overconfidence, he may climatic invasion of Zanshaa and Sula’s guerrilla defence of the eventually be proved correct. capital; this is tightly written to evoke the chaos, constant It is astounding how Erikson manages to interweave the dozens uncertainty and ever-present danger that are felt by those of plot-strands into a complex network of overlapping stories, involved. Such writing leaves the reader breathless and drained, while simultaneously keeping it interesting and avoiding as if experiencing it themselves. repetition. To gain an understanding of the workings of his As well, Williams continues his examination of the Jane Austen- world, you have to keep reading because, like real life, you only ish elite that are the Peers. Here, we follow the often humorous, work out what is happening as you go along. The history of the but very political, workings of the Empire’s upper class. Of world and the complex relationships between the various races particular amusement are Roland’s (Martinez’s older brother) inhabiting it are not explained at the outset by a neat chunk of attempts at marrying off Martinez to every possible female exposition. This also means that very little back story is supplied connection. for most of his protagonists, but this does not detract from their characterisation, because Erikson has a startling knack for Most writers of space operas tend to think ‘bigger is better’ and authoring interesting individuals that the reader comes to care bog the readers down with unnecessary background for, even though little is known about their past, their motives information and detail. Williams, however, reveals just enough and their desires. This is entertaining, because the reader is often detail to allow the story to be engrossing and flow at a rapid unaware of what each character is capable of, which means pace. Fans of Peter F Hamilton will enjoy The Praxis and The Erikson can surprise his readers without the personalities of his Sundering, which is easily one of the better space opera series protagonists becoming inconsistent with their actions. Also, he going around at the moment. - John has studied anthropology and uses this knowledge effectively, creating convincing fictional descriptions of tribal groupings, primitive weaponry and pantheistic belief systems. Erikson refuses to talk down to his readers, making his books quite dense, but they are well worth it. - Raphael GALAXY BOOKSHOP 3 Ph 9267 7222 FAX 9261 3691 MICHAEL CRICHTON DAVID DRAKE KAREN JOY FOWLER, PAT MURPHY, STATE OF FEAR MASTER OF THE CAULDRON DEBBIE NOTKIN & JEFFREY SMITH (EDS) Once again Crichton gives us his Lord of the Isles. SEX, THE FUTURE AND trademark combination of page-turning The Isles need a CHOCOLATE CHIP suspense, cutting-edge technology and strong king to bring COOKIES detailed research. This blend of suspense unity, because The James Tiptree Award Anthology #1. 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She George meets his long lost father after THE BLESSINGS OF STEFAN wakes 170 years later to find her best supposing him dead, only to be informed 1,000 years hence, lovers will still friend survived, too—the “legendary” that he is a descendant of St George the have to fight to be free. 1,000 years hence, Banzai Maguire is being held for treason Dragon Slayer and it is his duty to inherit there is still conspiracy, murder and in the country that was once her beloved this role himself. For there are dragons in betrayal. 1,000 years hence, there is a city, United States. Cam has her own today’s society and the world should be deep underground where every single problems. She’s in the masterful hands of rid of their evil once and for all! Trouble person is blind, except for Thurii Brook of Kyber, the emperor prince whom Banzai is, they are disguised as humans in Summerisland. What terrible tragedy just escaped. And he won’t get fooled positions of power... 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ENCHANTED BY MAGIC England, but his success comes with a Pb $19.95 623pp It was another crazy mission. price - his son Hamnet has disappeared in LINDA JONES Allegro and Largo thought they’d seen the realm of the Elven King and Will must THE SUN WITCH the toughest test that two semi- face the powers of darkness to rescue For 300 competent, always bickering faeries from him. Pb $16.95 326pp years, the Fyne the magical, musical kingdom of CONN IGGULDEN women have called Quelgheny could see, but again they were THE FIELD OF SWORDS the mountain being asked the impossible. Get the duke Emperor #3. Following the defeat of Orianan their home, of Chillhart, Grant Hale, to fall in love the Spartacus rebellion, Julius Caesar and inheriting the with the daughter of a criminal? 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Now, harmony, they would have to be separate him from Brutus, the great she and her lover must call on all their enchanted by magic. Luckily, Allegro and swordsman and warrior. Tp $29.95 536pp strengths, both earthly and supernatural, Largo knew just the trick. Pb $14.95 305pp to fight the curse which promises to end their happiness. Pb $16.95 326pp GALAXY BOOKSHOP 5 Ph 9267 7222 FAX 9261 3691 JANE LINDSKOLD STAN NICHOLLS PAMELA SARGENT WOLF CAPTURED QUICKSILVER ZENITH SHORE OF WOMEN Firekeepers #4. Firekeeper and her Quicksilver #2. The paladin clans, a Having wolf companion Blind Seer, find fearsome order of mercenary knights expelled men from themselves kidnapped, dragged overseas who provide government security, are their vast walled and forced to manoeuvre for their lives in determined to crush the growing cities to a lower- an unfamiliar and dangerous new rebellion. Devlor Bastorran, the class wilderness, society. 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