New Books On Sale Tuesday, October 10th

A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday October 10th.                     

Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)                      

Happy Reading!                      

Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 7:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
The Lairdbalor Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683365884
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Turner - October 10th, 2017

I am the stuff of your nightmares . . . you have been writing my name on the walls of your fear your entire life."

When seven-year-old Jamie falls down a very long hill, he finds himself trapped in a world of strange creatures, harsh landscapes, and near-perpetual darkness. Lost and confused, Jamie is desperate to get home. The nightmares, fears, and all manner of what-ifs that inhabit this shadow world are unfamiliar to him--all except one: the Lairdbalor, Jamie's personal nightmare, once relegated to his dreams. In this fantastical land, however, the Lairdbalor and all the fears and nightmares of children are very real.

But Jamie's nightmare is different. It is the sum total of the anger and anxiety that imprisoned him in his former life, and it threatens to consume and rule the nightmare realm, a place where time passes differently. With each slumber, Jamie finds himself inexorably changed. The farther he travels through this terrifying world, the better he understands the one he left behind.

Crossing genres of folklore, horror, fantasy, and magical realism, The Lairdbalor is a story for anyone who lives with anxiety and fear and has ever wondered "what if?" It is the story of a child not meant for children and a darkly imaginative meditation on life, death, fear, and the nature of reality.

Don't miss Kathleen Kaufman at Mysterious Galaxy on October 14th!


The Memory Trees Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062366238
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

For the first eight years of her life, an unusual apple orchard in Vermont is Sorrow Lovegood's whole world. The land has been passed down through generations of brave, resilient women, and while their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople--especially their neighbors, the Abrams family--Sorrow and her family take pride in its odd history.

Then one winter night, an unthinkable tragedy changes everything. In the aftermath, Sorrow is sent to Miami to live with her father, away from the only home she's ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow's memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. But it soon becomes clear that some of her questions have difficult--even dangerous--answers. And there may be a price to pay for asking.

Don't miss Kali Wallace at Mysterious Galaxy on October 14th!


All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Here is a thing everyone wants: 
A miracle. 

Here is a thing everyone fears: 
What it takes to get one. 

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. 

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. 

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect. 

Don't miss Maggie Stiefvater at Mysterious Galaxy on October 15!


The Book of Swords Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399593765
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bantam - October 10th, 2017

Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction--and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.

 

Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters--many of them set in their authors' best-loved worlds. Join today's finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.


Children of the Fleet Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765377043
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - October 10th, 2017

Children of the Fleet is a new angle on Card's bestselling series, telling the story of the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the Ender's Shadow series.

Ender Wiggin won the Third Formic war, ending the alien threat to Earth. Afterwards, all the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans, and the International Fleet became the arm of the Ministry of Colonization, run by Hirum Graff. MinCol now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies.

Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview.


The Stone in the Skull: The Lotus Kingdoms, Book One Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780765380135
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - October 10th, 2017

Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy.

The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.


Not Your Villain Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781945053252
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Duet - October 5th, 2017

Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most wanted villain.

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges.

Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.


Tool of War Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316220835
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

This third book in a major series by a bestselling science fiction author, Printz Award winner, and National Book Award finalist is the gripping story of the most provocative character from his acclaimed novels Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities.

 

Tool, a half-man/half-beast designed for combat, is capable of so much more than his creators had ever dreamed. He has gone rogue from his pack of bioengineered "augments" and emerged a victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by someone determined to destroy him, who knows an alarming secret: Tool has found the way to resist his genetically ingrained impulses of submission and loyalty toward his masters... The time is coming when Tool will embark on an all-out war against those who have enslaved him. From one of science fiction's undisputed masters comes a riveting page-turner that pulls no punches.


The Skeleton Paints a Picture: A Family Skeleton Mystery (#4) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781635760460
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Diversion Publishing - Ips - October 10th, 2017

"Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect--except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You'll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo." --Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

 

Georgia Thackery, adjunct English professor, has a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design, known as FAD to its students and faculty. Living in a borrowed bungalow during winter in the snowiest part of Massachusetts, Georgia feels her isolation weighing as heavily as the weather. Then she receives a package containing her best friend, Sid, a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. With Georgia working out of town, Sid was lonely too.

 

The two of them make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn't snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision.

 

Initially, police think it's an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that's the end of it--until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she'd realized...

 

"A very touching and entertaining whodunit. The mystery is intelligent and nicely done with fun insights into academia and anthropology." --RT Book Reviews on A Skeleton in the Family


A Long Day in Lychford Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765393180
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor.com - October 10th, 2017

A Long Day in Lychford is the third book in Paul Cornell's increasingly popular Witches of Lychford series.

It's a period of turmoil in Britain, with the country's politicians electing to remove the UK from the European Union, despite ever-increasing evidence that the public no longer supports it. And the small town of Lychford is suffering.

But what can three rural witches do to guard against the unknown? And why are unwary hikers being led over the magical borders by their smartphones' mapping software? And is the immigration question really important enough to kill for?


A Lot Like Christmas: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399182341
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Del Rey Books - October 10th, 2017

Christmas comes but once a year, yet the stories in this dazzling collection are fun to read anytime. They put a speculative spin on the holiday, giving fans of acclaimed author Connie Willis a welcome gift and a dozen reasons to be of good cheer.

 

Brimming with Willis's trademark insights and imagination, these heartwarming tales are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope. They both embrace and send up many of the best Christmas traditions, including the holiday newsletter, Secret Santas, office parties, holiday pageants, and Christmas dinners (both elaborate and spare). There are Rockettes, the best and worst Christmas movies, modern-day Magi, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come--and the triumph of generosity over greed. Like all the timeless classics we return to year after year, these stories affirm our faith in love, magic, and the wonder of the season.


Santa Calls Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481489591
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Three kids venture to the North Pole to help Santa defeat an army of evil elves in this holiday classic from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

 

Art Atchinson Aimesworth--inventor, crime fighters, and all-around whiz kid--journeys north with his sister, Esther, and his pal Spaulding, by special invitation from Santa himself. Why did Santa call them to the North Pole? Art wants to know. But when Esther is taken by the Queen of the Dark Elves, Art must put his questions aside and save his sister.

 

This reissue of William Joyce's epic Christmas adventure now comes complete with lift-the-flap letters from Santa himself!


Ghosts of Empire: A Ghost Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781783294183
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Titan Books (UK) - October 10th, 2017

 In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewhat eased, Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn't counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the London Underground and an old ally - the British spy, Peter Rutherford - who could desperately use his help.


The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

 

In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

 

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.