Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Release Tuesday

In celebration of New Release Tuesday, I would like to introduce you to the books being released today on Amazon.com in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres.

New Releases in Fantasy and Sci-Fi May 19, 2009


Monster Manual 2: A 4th Edition D&D Core Rulebook (D&D Supplement)(Hardcover)
by Rob Heinsoo (Author), Chris Sims (Author)
Editorial Reviews
Product Description
Hundreds of old and new monsters for your 4th edition D&D(R) game!

This core rulebook presents hundreds of monsters for your D&D campaign. Classic monsters such as centaurs and frost giants make their first 4th edition appearance here. In addition, this book includes scores of new monsters to challenge characters of heroic, paragon, and epic levels.

Product Details
Hardcover: 224 pages
Published: Wizards of the Coast (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0786951017
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds





Jedi Academy Training Manual (Star Wars Roleplaying Game) (Hardcover)
by Rodney Thompson (Author)

Editorial Reviews
Product Description
"So, you wish to learn the ways of the Force..."

Written as the ultimate Jedi training manual, The Jedi Academy: Training Manual game supplement reveals the secrets of the Jedi across all eras of the Star Wars saga, from the earliest days of the Old Republic to the Dark Times and the reemergence of the Jedi Order after the fall of the Galactic Empire. It gives players exciting new talents, feats, Force powers, and equipment for their Jedi characters. It also elaborates on the known Jedi fighting styles and provides new ways to build your character around a particular fighting style.

Product Details
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0786951833
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds



Victory of Eagles (Temeraire) (Mass Market Paperback)
by Naomi Novik (Author)
Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Naomi Novik continues her alternate history of the Napoleonic wars in this fifth adventure featuring British Capt. William Laurence and his faithful celestial dragon, Temeraire. Picking up after Empire of Ivory, a disgraced Laurence has been convicted of treason, sentenced to a prison ship and is only one step away from the hangman's noose. Temeraire is relegated to a breeding area in Wales along with other dragons viewed as past their prime. When Bonaparte invades England, Laurence and Temeraire are soon free to fly and fight for king and country. Vance fully inhabits Novik's vividly realized fantasy world. His battle scenes are exciting as he describes all the intricate fighting tactics without sacrificing the thrills. With keen vocal characterizations, he portrays a wide variety of individuals, both human and nonhuman, with the dialogue between Temeraire and some snobbish, older dragons singularly entertaining. A Del Rey hardcover (Reviews, May 19). (July)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Review
“Invigorating . . . filled with spectacle . . . Naomi Novik has not sounded a wrong note yet in this sweeping, lustrous saga. . . . [This is] a glorious series whose future status as a genre classic is now assured.”—SF Reviews

“Engrossing . . . sheer page-turning excitement.”—Booklist

“Dragonslayer meets Master and Commander.”—Entertainment Weekly

Product Details:
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0345512253
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 7 ounces



No Prisoners (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) (Paperback)
by Karen Traviss (Author)
Editorial Reviews
Product Description
The Clone Wars rage on. As insurgent Separatists fight furiously to wrest control of the galaxy from the Republic, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine cunningly manipulates both sides for his own sinister purposes.

Torrent Company’s Captain Rex agrees to temporarily relieve Anakin Skywalker of Ahsoka, his ubiquitous–and insatiably curious–Padawan, by bringing her along on a routine three-day shakedown cruise aboard Captain Gilad Pellaeon’s newly refitted assault ship. But the training run becomes an active–and dangerous–rescue mission when Republic undercover agent Hallena Devis goes missing in the middle of a Separatist invasion.

Dispatched to a distant world to aid a local dictator facing a revolution, Hallena finds herself surrounded by angry freedom fighters and questioning the Republic’s methods–and motives. Summoned to rescue the missing operative who is also his secret love, Pellaeon–sworn to protect the Republic over all–is torn between duty and desire. And Ahsoka, sent in with Rex and six untested clone troopers to extract Hallena, encounters a new and different Jedi philosophy, which shakes the foundation of her upbringing to the core. As danger and intrigue intensify, the loyalties and convictions of all involved will be tested. . . .

Product Details: Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: LucasBooks (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0345508997
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces



Flinx Transcendent: A Pip & Flinx Adventure (Hardcover)by Alan Dean Foster (Author)
Editorial Reviews
Review
Praise for Alan Dean Foster’s Pip & Flinx series:

“An entertaining, imaginative adventure with a likable protagonist.”
—Library Journal

“Entertaining . . . Foster knows how to spin a yarn.”
—Starlog


From the Hardcover edition.

--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

Review
Praise for Alan Dean Foster’s Pip & Flinx series:

“An entertaining, imaginative adventure with a likable protagonist.”
—Library Journal

“Entertaining . . . Foster knows how to spin a yarn.”
—Starlog

Product Details:
Hardcover: 416 Pages
Publisher: Del Rey (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0345496072
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds




Order 66 (Star Wars: Republic Commando) (Mass Market Paperback)
by Karen Traviss (Author)
Editorial Reviews
Product Description
The Clone Wars rage to their bloody climax. Treachery reigns. Treason takes courage. Commandos, Jedi, and the entire Galactic Republic must face the end of life as they know it . . . and the dreaded dawn of a new empire.

Even as the Clone Wars are about to reach an explosive climax, no one knows whether victory will favor the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or the Separatists. But no matter who wins, the stakes are highest for elite Special Ops clones like the Republic Commandos in Omega and Delta squads–and the notorious renegade Advance Recon Commando troopers known as Null ARCs. And now even the deadliest weapon may not be powerful enough to defeat the real menace: the apocalyptic horror to be unleashed when Palpatine utters the chilling words The time has come. Execute Order 66. Translation: The Jedi have tried to stage a coup, and all must be shot on sight.

With their faith in the Republic and their loyalty to their Jedi allies put to the ultimate test, how will the men of Omega and Delta squads react to the most infamous command in galactic history?

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 496 Pages
Publisher: LucasBooks (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN 978-0345513854
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces


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7 comments:

Galen Kindley said...

Thanks for compiling and sharing this very complete and interesting list.

The Star Wars training manual jumps out at me. Very interesting, I’d love to see a copy of that. I’d hope Yoda has a major slice of the action in that book as he is…1. My favorite SW character, and 2. By his (?) admission, trained Jedi Knights for more the 800 years! Zounds, nearly as old as me. We for sure look alike! I think my second favorite would be the, way cool entilted, Monster Manual. Grin.

Best Regards, Galen

Marvin D. Wilson said...

New Release Tuesdays - cool idea for a weekly feature! and thanks for the heads-ups. :)

Alexis Grant said...

I like this: New Release Tuesday.

I wonder whether you might want to pick just one or two books, maybe ones you want to read? That would interest me even more than a list.

Thanks for sharing!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love the idea of featuring other authors framed in a chosen category. You're doing the new releases and I'm focusing on Colorado authors. It's fun, it might bring us new friends and readers, and it helps me find new books to read (as if I needed any more than I have already).

Patricia

N A Sharpe said...

Hey Y'all thanks for stopping by!

Galen,
The Star Wars Training Manual is the one that caught my eye too - reminded me of when my son was growing up and wanted to be a Jedi Knight...or a lumberjack...lol


Hi Marvin,
I am trying to come up with themes to focus on for the blog and it seemed kind of like a natural way to go. I'll probably add some author interviews in here on this day and Fridays from time to time too.

Thanks Alexis. I know, there are 100 books listed for release for May, this was 6 for this week. I was trying for options, but it still ends up being a long blog, definitely needs to pare back in some way though. Thanks for the suggestion.


Hi Patricia,
I love the way you are featuring authors on your blog. I do the weekly book review on the Cybrarian blog (I'd love to pump that up to at least two a week or a review and an interview) but there are not enough hours in the day to do that at this time. I have really enjoyed the blogs where you are featuring the authors!

Nancy
http://nasharpe.blogspot.com

Helen Ginger said...

Lots of Star Wars! The Jedi training manual was what got me. Wow. Such a book would never have crossed my mind.

Helen
Straight From Hel

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Helen!

I noticed that too, good timing with the theme related Star Trek movie!

Nancy
http://nasharpe.blogspot.com

 
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