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The Last Dream Keeper (An Echo Park Coven Novel #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425268681
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Published: Ace - January 5th, 2016

In the second Witches of Echo Park novel, one coven must keep the world in balance and stand against a rising darkness. 
Lyse MacAllister did not step into an easy role when she took over as master of the Echo Park coven of witches after her great-aunt Eleanora s death. As she begins to forge the bonds that will help her lead her sisters, she struggles to come to terms with her growing powers. And she soon faces a deadly new threat. A group of fanatics intent on bringing about the end of times has invaded the witches Council but the Council is turning a blind eye to the danger growing in its midst. 
Only one witch is prophesied to be able to stop the encroaching darkness. And if Lyse and her blood sisters are to have any chance at protecting all we know from being lost forever, they must keep her safe no matter what the cost.

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ISBN: 9780425282465
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Published: Ace - December 29th, 2015

Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using magic to keep the world in balance. But the witches are being eliminated and we will all pay if their power falls.
When Lyse MacAllister s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping extraordinary secrets from her. 
Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora s Victorian house; she is also expected to take her great-aunt s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But accepting her destiny means placing herself in deadly peril for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last.

The Golden Age of Death (A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel #5) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425256152
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Published: Ace - February 26th, 2013

My name is Calliope Reaper-Jones (Callie to my friends). I m Death s Daughter and as of very recently the (reluctant) head of my father s company, Death, Inc.

I was gradually learning how to be a businesswoman. Had the power suits and shoes down, though the day to day was slow going. Then I was blindsided by Enemies Unknown and sent off to I-don t-know-where. Not a good thing.

Now not only must my friends and family be frantic, but without a CEO, Death, Inc., can t function. With the newly deceased left free to roam the Earth, it s the zombie apocalypse come true.

I ve got to get back for my sake and the sake of, oh, all humanity.

How to be Death (A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937007287
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Published: Ace - February 28th, 2012

Calliope Reaper-Jones is now the brand-new President of Death, Inc. With the Board of Death breathing down her neck and her dad's copy of "How to Be Death (A Fully Annotated Guide)" unopened, Callie's really feeling the tension. And when the guide book is stolen at a fancy formal dinner, Callie has to figure out how to be the boss.

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By Amber Benson, Sina Grace (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416994268
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - September 6th, 2011

Noh, a slightly eccentric girl whose father is constantly traveling, moves in with her aunt, a teacher at the gothic New Newbridge Academy. The Academy has a strange, storied history but Noh feels right at home there. She's startled to meet several other kids while investigating an old, burned-out dormitory on the far end of campus, especially since the teachers keep telling her that no students reside at the school during the summer. Soon, Noh discovers that these other students are actually ghosts and that she's the only "realie" who can see them . . . and, when the ghosts start disappearing, the only one who can save them!

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ISBN: 1230000852715
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Published: Dutch Kills Press, LLC - December 17th, 2015

Hannah has delusions of grandeur, Liam delusions of adequacy. When they get together, sparks fly, as well as all kinds of bodily fluids. In this dark, sexy and wickedly funny novella, Amber Benson really lets it rip.


Adam Korenman Launch Party in San Diego

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ISBN: 9781942600091
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Published: Rare Bird Books - December 8th, 2015

 In distant future, humanity is recovering from a bloody civil war. Pilots Cameron Davis and George Locklear, reservists with Sector Patrol, prepare for a long weekend off. That vacation is permanently cancelled when two alien armada sthe BOXTI and NANGOLANI arrive near Earth. Though humanity wins the battle, the war quickly turns one-sided. One of Earth s colonies is rendered uninhabitable. George dies saving his friend, and Cameron is sucked through a wormhole and disappears. 
Far away on the moon Kronos, Josh Rantz competes in a huge Army competition. Despite most of his unit falling to the enemy, Josh and his squad continue to win larger and larger victories. They are oblivious to the goings on of the universe, isolated on purpose by the war-games designer, Doctor Markov. 
When the exercise ends, Josh notices a meteor striking down nearby. He finds an injured Cameron, somehow transported across the stars to the military base. Moments later, the BOXTI arrive and invade. Outnumbered and outgunned, Josh and the soldiers on Kronos rally and push back the BOXTI horde. Summoned by their masters, the BOXTI leave the stunned humans behind.

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By Richard Brewer (Editor), Gary Phillips (Editor)
ISBN: 9781940610528
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Published: Polis Books - October 13th, 2015

For years, writers and filmmakers have speculated about the possibility of the Earth being invaded by aliens from another planet. But what if the aliens have been watching us, infiltrating us via human collaborators, or even surgically altering themselves to look human? 
"Occupied Earth" is a groundbreaking anthology that explores the idea of what the world would look like years after its conquest. 20 years after a successful invasion by the Makh-Ra, humanity still exists, only it has become subservient to a race of occupiers who govern the devastated planet. But, as much at things continue with some sense of normalcy, something has happened in the Mahk-Ra's empire. Earth, once considered a strategic beachhead of major importance to the Empire, has been downgraded in its value. Things are starting to degrade. Our planet is the last place any self-respecting Mahk-Ra officer wants to be assigned. Yet, despite everything, life continues. 
These stories bring us face to face with annihilation and show how we can pull ourselves back from the brink. Featuring Adam L. Korenman, Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Morton, Matthew V. Clemens, Howard Hendrix, Nathan Walpow and more, OCCUPIED EARTH is coming. Stay safe. Stay strong. Survive at all costs.

Adam Lewis Schroeder signs in San Diego

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ISBN: 9781771620642
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Published: Douglas & McIntyre - September 15th, 2015

When widowed father and substitute teacher Peter Giller leads an eleventh-grade class on a field trip to a plastics factory, he thinks the worst that could happen is that the parent volunteers won t show up (they don t), the kids will be rude (they are) or the free lunch will be terrible (it is). 
A leaking pipe sprays Peter and the students with a mysterious pink goo and the worst that could happen spikes from inconvenient to catastrophic. At first, the goo s strange side effects are mild: short-temperedness, sawdust-scented B.O. and an unquenchable craving for bacon. Then things get spooky: Peter s fingers start falling off, his students forget how to read, no one has to peeeverand empathy for human suffering plummets, especially if anyone gets between them and their bacon. 
Peter can t figure out what s happeningsurely he s not a zombie? At no time in any movie does a zombie drive a car and count on his reattached fingers the ways in which he is not a zombie, and anyway, he craves bacon, not brains. But normal people don t put their bodies back together with staple guns and thumb tacks, or contemplate biting off ears. Peter s definitely not fit to be around his children, and his mother-in-law temporarily adopts them.
Peter s children are all he has left, and he ll do anything to be with them again. He races across the country in a stolen ambulance to face down pinstriped bureaucrats, affectionate farm-girls and monsters plucked from mythology in his search for the cure, if it exists, to his horrifying condition.

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles

Stan Lee’s Comikaze is a Los Angeles’ multi-media pop culture convention, held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Comikaze assembles the creators of comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop-culture.

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ISBN: 9781501107726
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Published: Touchstone Books - November 3rd, 2015

Early on-sale copies -- a Comikaze Exclusive! A limited number of posters available as gifts with purchase, while supplies last!


In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee--comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes--shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be. 
Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life--and into the mainstream--some of the world's best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories--filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity--added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century. 
In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir--illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran--Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, "Amazing Fantastic Incredible" documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career. 
This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.

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ISBN: 9781484709351
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 12th, 2015

Twelve-year-old Gabby is recruited by a secret agency to take care of extraterrestrial children.

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ISBN: 9781423162278
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 15th, 2014

When Phoebe Plumm and her father, engineer Dr. Jules Plumm, are abducted by The Foundry, a corporation holding a monopoly on metal production and technology, they enter a savage world of living metal that is rising up against its oppressors. Illustrations.

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ISBN: 9781484722084
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - August 4th, 2015

As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly? Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.

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ISBN: 9780545141185
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ) - March 25th, 2014

Charlie, a math genius with otherworldly skills, is plucked out of his own time by Geneva, a bionic girl from the future, and recruited to help defeat Gramercy Foxx, a tycoon who plans to unleash a deadly biological computer virus that will enslave the world--and the two children have only twenty days to accomplish their task.

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ISBN: 9781484724972
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - September 4th, 2015

Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

Dead Soon Enough: A Juniper Song Mystery (Juniper Song Mysteries #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250065315
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 11th, 2015

 Juniper Song is managing her own cases as the junior investigator of Lindley & Flores. When a woman named Rubina Gasparian approaches Song, she knows she's in for her most unusual case yet. Rubin and her husband Van-both Armenian-American doctors-cannot get pregnant, so Rubina's younger cousin, Lusig, is acting as their surrogate. However, Lusig's best friend Nora has been missing for a month, and Rubina is concerned that her nearly eight-month-pregnant cousin is dealing with her stress in a way that could harm the baby. Rubina hires Song to shadow her and report all that she finds. Of course, Lusig is frantically searching for Nora, and Song's case soon turns into a hunt for the missing woman, an activist embroiled in an ugly, public battle over the erection of an Armenian genocide memorial. As Song probes the depths of both the tight-knit Armenian-American community and the groups who antagonize it, she realizes that Nora was surrounded on all sides by danger. But can she find out what happened before it's too late for Nora or Rubina and Van's child-or for Song herself?

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By Tania Del Rio, Will Staehle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781594748035
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Published: Quirk Books - November 24th, 2015

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren s pride and joy is his family s hotel, but he s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family s legacy, he ll need to find the treasure first if the hotel s many strange and wacky guests don t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

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ISBN: 9780062282927
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Published: William Morrow - August 4th, 2015

Five hundred years ago, a group of Spanish conquistadors searching for gold, led by a young and brilliant commander named Simaon de Oliveras land in the New World. What they find in the sunny and humid swamps of this uncharted land is a treasure far more valuable: the Fountain of Youth. The Spaniards slaughter the Uzita, the Native American tribe who guard the precious waters that will keep the conquistadors young for centuries. But one escapes: Shako, the chief's fierce and beautiful daughter, who swears to avenge her people--a blood oath that spans more than five centuries.

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ISBN: 9780765332110
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Published: Starscape - July 1st, 2014

 Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet's fractured family? Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, this historical fiction novel by a debut author comes brilliantly to life.

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By Sina Grace, Sina Grace (Artist)
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ISBN: 9781632154491
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Published: Image Comics - October 13th, 2015

Taking over a decade's worth of rarely-seen strips, essays, and new material, readers will get an uncompromising look at the journey Grace has taken to living his dream, loving himself, and trying to grow up. Introduction by Jeff Lemire! The book includes exclusive conversations with Ryan O'Connell and Colleen Green. Over 80 pages of new and never-before-released stories.

In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605988757
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 15th, 2015

 A masterful collection of horror fiction by widely acclaimed authors whose contributions to the genre have been lost in the shadow of Poe, by one of America's foremost anthologists.

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ISBN: 9781605426198
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Published: Medallion Press - June 9th, 2015

The Twin Willows Waterfall is now under the control of the Benandanti, but for Alessia, the victory comes at a steep price. And the arrival of Nerina, one of the seven Concilio elders from the Friuli Clan, only complicates her life. Now she s hiding a 450-year-old immortal on her farm, juggling school and her increasingly frustrated friends, and trying to keep the Malandanti from regaining the Waterfall. But it s the passion that still lingers between her and Jonah that really keeps Alessia awake at night. 
After a fatal visit from the Malandanti s mage, Alessia brings in Jonah s twin sister, Bree, to serve as a Benandanti spy. Bree has her own reasons for wanting to bring down the Malandanti, and soon she and Alessia find themselves in a tenuous alliance. But not even the powerful magic that Bree possesses nor the strong leadership that Nerina provides can stop the vicious Malandanti. As the two Clans barrel towards their inevitable collision, Alessia and Jonah are swept into the devastation and forced to make the ultimate choice.

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ISBN: 9781423187127
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 3rd, 2015

 In 1948 Hollywood--a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets--sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who's the sole witness to a beating that put her sister Annie in a coma.

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ISBN: 9780062260871
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 16th, 2015

After forming a secret society that takes revenge on school bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers, four very different teenaged girls must discover the killer who's coming after them and the ones they love.

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ISBN: 9781619635906
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - June 2nd, 2015

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times-as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected. 
Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz-two extraordinary new voices-this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale is completely unforgettable.

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ISBN: 9780765328571
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Published: Tor Books - September 15th, 2015

Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's half-brother, Paul.

But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two.

Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, "axis mundi, " pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the "axis mundi"-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself.

And that's just the first obstacle.

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ISBN: 9781250029829
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 8th, 2014

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other's tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys' hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

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ISBN: 9780738744896
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Published: Flux - May 8th, 2015

In the aftermath of Morgan le Fay's war on Camelot, the once great kingdom struggles to rebuild. Knights scour the world, attempting to restore the Round Table's glory by locating Avalon and the Holy Grail before the dreaded Black Knight can do so first.

Vivienne, Merlin's former apprentice, toils in secret day and night on orders from the Lady of the Lake to build an aeroship. The Lady has seen the future and promised that the ship will ensure Camelot's knights succeed in their quest.

But when a company of knights goes missing--including Owen, Vivienne's brother, and Marcus, her beloved--Vivienne changes the plan and commandeers the aeroship for a rescue mission, altering the fates of all involved. Now, the Lady sees danger in Vivienne's future. And for Marcus, either betrayal or death.

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By Mark Edlitz, David Mamet (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781593937898
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Published: BearManor Media - February 4th, 2015

How to Be a Superhero takes the reader behind the scenes of the most popular superhero movies and television shows of the past seventy years. The book includes 35 penetrating interviews with actors and actresses who have played the world's greatest superheroes, supervillains, antiheroes and sidekicks, as well as 70 photographs. "To be, as Chris Reeve put it, 'a temporary custodian' of these stories (myths really) is a very subjective experience. To be taken into the minds and thought processes of others who have had that experience is a fascinating journey. How to Be a Superhero really takes you into what it means not only to the people who play them, but into the minds of superheroes." - Richard Donner, director Superman "Edlitz's impressive knowledge of not just superhero movies and TV shows, but of the comics that they're based on, enables him to ask incisive questions that get the actors talking about their super-roles in a way not many interviewers can do. The book is a unique take on the superhero phenomenon." - Danny Fingeroth, author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society "Mark Edlitz's How To Be A Superhero delivers rare insights into the mindset of the men and women behind the world's most beloved heroes and villains. A supremely fun read." - David Hayter, screenwriter of X-Men, X-Men 2 and Watchmen

Pierce Brown signs in San Diego

This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Morning Star from Mysterious Galaxy. Books and tickets will be available for pick-up on February 9, starting at 10 AM!      

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ISBN: 9780345539847
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Published: Del Rey - February 9th, 2016

"Red Rising" thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. "Golden Son"changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: "Morning Star." 
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. 
Finally, the time has come. 
But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied and too glorious to surrender. 

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ISBN: 9780345539830
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Published: Del Rey - July 7th, 2015

Bloody-gory-damn hell! Where does one begin? As anyone I’ve talked to in the past year knows, I loved Red Rising. So how in the seven hells could Pierce possibly top it? I won’t go into great detail here lest I ruin your surprise, but he did it. Really.


Imagine some mad genius managed to meld the magnificent bits and pieces that make classics like A Game of Thrones and Dune so damn spectacular into something that is at once similar and yet remarkably different. This, dear friends, is merely the beginning of Golden Son. Ever read a book so enthralling that you didn’t want to put it down to eat or sleep? This is such a novel.

If Red Rising was Star Wars, then Golden Son is The Empire Strikes Back. In short and spoiler-free, our Darrow continues his quest to make Eo’s dream a reality, and no one, not even himself, nor any Machiavellian/Arrakeen/Westerosi plot, will stop him. Golden Son starts with a bang. Then the action builds and builds and builds, never letting up, page after relentless page. Just when you think you might get a breather, Pierce kicks it up a notch. Glorious. Laugh, cry, cheer, then curse the author for making you wait for the inevitable resolution/revolution.  Gorydamn brilliant.

-- Guest Reviewer Patrick Heffernan

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ISBN: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey - July 15th, 2014

Darrow is a Red, one of the lowest of the low – designed,bred, and conditioned to mine the depths of Mars for the materials needed to terraform the solar system. His sacrifices today will give far-future generations a far better existence. Obedience is life. But it is all a lie. Mars has been habitable for generations, and Darrow’s caste are mere slaves upon whose backs the ruling class Golds maintain their absolute power over Society.

After his beloved wife Eo is martyred for daring to dream and to sing of freedom, Darrow himself is hanged for daring to bury her. But he does not die. The Sons of Ares have a mission for him, and for this mission he has been rescued … and will be reborn. He and his people will have their vengeance – nay, they will
have justice. And Eo’s dream will be made real.

Red Rising in a nutshell: The Chronicles of a brave-hearted gladiator who discovers that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress on the dunes and in the Houses of a
moving and not-so Red Mars where The Hunger Games are used to keep the oh-so colorful sheep from looking up and discovering The Penultimate Truth.
Then it’s off to the Ender Vorkosigan Battle School where The Gods Themselves play A Game of Thrones before The Fall of Hyperion. Obviously a student of science fiction and fantasy’s greatest works, Pierce Brown takes the elements that made those works so great, makes them his own, and distills them into something quite remarkable. Bloodydamn awesome, in fact. Rarely am I so enthralled by a novel that I must read it straight through. Red Rising is such
a novel.


— Guest Reviewer Patrick Heffernan

Illustrator Ale' Garza signs in San Diego

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By Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Ale Garza (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781401252267
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Published: Vertigo - October 27th, 2015

 Bourdain and Rose examine the origins of the mysterious Jiro and what made him into the chef he has become. Born the heir to a Yakuza crime family, Jiro never longed to travel the crimnal path laid out before him, but instead chose to secretly study the rich culinary history of his homeland, something that would have significant repercussions if discoverd by his ganster father. As Jiro's interest in the culinary arts deepens, his ability to keep his artistic and criminal worlds seperate becomes too great, triggering a great personal loss that will forever change Jiro's path.

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ISBN: 9781401228286
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Published: Vertigo - May 7th, 2013

A"New York Times"Bestseller 
In a not-too-distant future L.A. where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurants, a bloody culinary war is raging. 
On one side, the Internationalists, who blend foods from all over the world into exotic delights. On the other, the "Vertical Farm," who prepare nothing but organic, vegetarian, macrobiotic dishes. Into this maelstrom steps Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate patrons who dare request a California Roll, or who stir wasabi into their soy sauce. Both sides want Jiro to join their factions. Jiro, however has bigger ideas, and in the end, no chef may be left alive 
Anthony Bourdain, top chef, acclaimed writer (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and star of the hit travel show, No Reservations, co-writes with Joel Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, The Blackest Bird) this stylized send-up of food culture and society, with detailed and dynamic art by Langdon Foss. (Not Ale' -- but for those curious about Jiro's first tale.)


Gini Koch signs in San Diego

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ISBN: 9780756410070
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Published: DAW - December 1st, 2015

"Alien in Chief" is the latest adventure in Gini Koch s rollicking and snarky Alien series and the thrilling sequel to "Alien Separation."

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ISBN: 9780756409319
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Published: DAW - May 5th, 2015

Before Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini can take down the Mastermind, they are transported to another solar system and into the middle of the Alpha Centauri system's Civil War where they must fight a battle that isn't their own to get home and stop their enemy from destroying Earth and everyone they love.

Alien Collective (Alien Novels #9) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756407582
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Published: DAW - May 6th, 2014

Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they don't want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries--handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried.

Alien Research (Alien Novels #8) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756409432
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Published: DAW - December 3rd, 2013

When rumors of a new super-drug surface, the FBI comes to Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini for help. It becomes quickly apparent that the drug is merely the tip of a deadly iceberg and a much more insidious plan is underway involving Titan Security, Gaultier Enterprises, and YatesCorp. 
As newly discovered A-Cs and hybrids begin to surface, each with expanded and deadly talents, more and more signs point to a new evil genius who's using the A-Cs and their enemies both as guinea pigs. Then Area 51 and the Dulce Science Center go silent while Alpha Team, Airborne, and most of the worldwide A-C Security team are there for training. And if that's not bad enough, Centaurion Division is hit with more bad, and deadly, news: Chernobog the Ultimate, isn't a hacker myth, he's a real person -- and he's on the bad guys' side. 
Now Kitty and company must find the real Dr. Feelgood and stop him or her before the latest version of Surcenthumain hits the streets and more people they love are harmed, or worse. But when the inconceivable happens, Kitty's focused on two things only: reviving the ACE entity before their enemies realize Earth's best protection isn't actually active...and revenge

Alien in the House (Alien Novels #7) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756407575
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Published: DAW - May 7th, 2013

 Koch delivers the seventh novel in her delightful Alien series. When the newly elected representative from New Mexico's Second Congressional Congress dies while at the Centaurion Embassy, it's up to Kitty Katt-Martin and the rest of the Diplomatic Corps to stop the killer.

A Bug's Life: Book Three of the Martian Alliance Chronicles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781310016950
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Published: Smashwords Edition - September 14th, 2015

Three Card Monte: Book Two of the Martian Alliance Chronicles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781311879677
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Published: Smashwords Edition - August 17th, 2015

The Royal Scam: Book One of the Martian Alliance Chronicles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781311618825
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Published: Smashwords Edition - July 20th, 2015

X-Files: Trust No One (The X-Files (Prose)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631402784
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Published: IDW Publishing - July 28th, 2015

 Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new case files from the X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies.

The Madness of Cthulhu Anthology (Volume One) Cover Image
By S.T. Joshi (Editor)
ISBN: 9781781164525
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Published: Titan Books - October 7th, 2014

Sixteen stories inspired by the 20th century's great master of horror, H.P. Lovecraft, and his acknowledged masterpiece, At the Mountains of Madness, in which an expedition to the desolation of Antarctica discovers evidence of an ancient ruin built by horrific creatures at first thought long-dead, until death strikes the group. All but two of the stories are original to this edition, and those reprints are long-lost works by science fiction masters Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Silverberg.

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The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765314611
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Published: Tor Books - November 3rd, 2015

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time(r) by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

Now "The Wheel of Time Companion" sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of this fantasy world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan's world to life.

Included in the volume in an A-to-Z format are:

An entry for each named character
An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue
New maps of the Last Battle
New portraits of many characters
Histories and customs of the nations of the world
The strength level of many channelers
Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world
And much more!

Mystic: The Mystic Trilogy #1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765381972
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Published: Tor Books - November 3rd, 2015

For hundreds of years, high-born nobles have competed for the chance to learn of the Myst. Powerful, revered, and often reclusive, Mystics have the unique ability to summon and manipulate the Myst: the underlying energy that lives at the heart of the universe. Once in a very great while, they take an apprentice, always from the most privileged sects of society. Such has always been the tradition-until a new High Mystic takes her seat and chooses Pomella AnDone, a restless, low-born teenager, as a candidate.

Commoners have never been welcomed among the select few given the opportunity to rise beyond even the highest nobility. So when Pomella chooses to accept the summons and journey to Kelt Apar, she knows that she will have more to contend with than the competition for the apprenticeship.

Breaking both law and tradition, Pomella undergoes three trials against the other candidates to prove her worthiness. As the trials unfold, Pomella navigates a deadly world of intolerance and betrayal, unaware that ruthless conspirators intend to make her suffer for having the audacity to seek to unravel the secrets of the Myst.

Brandon Sanderson Signs in San Diego


Shadows of Self: A Mistborn Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765378552
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2015

The trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are "twinborn," meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic.

"Shadows of Self" shows Mistborn's society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks.

Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765337849
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Published: Tor Books - June 9th, 2015

The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One's prison are crumbling. The pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.

The Sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.
Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek out answers in the wolf dream and find a way-at long last-to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.

Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways-the Arlfinn and the Eelfinn-have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men's lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming, when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjel awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.

This is the penultimate novel of Robert Jordan's #1 "New York Times" bestselling series-the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007-brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near.

Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765365286
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Published: Tor Fantasy - March 3rd, 2015

Six years ago, the Assassin in White killed the Alethi king, and now he's murdering rulers all over Roshar; among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar. Kaladin is in command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial post for his low status, and must protect the king and Dalinar, while secretly mastering remarkable new powers linked to his honorspren, Syl. Shallan bears the burden of preventing the return of the Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that follows. The Shattered Plains hold the answer, where the Parshendi are convinced by their war leader to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled.

Firefight (The Reckoners #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385743587
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 6th, 2015

David and the Reckoners continue their fight against the Epics, humans with superhuman powers, except they may have met their match in Regalia, a High Epic who resides in Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan.


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