New on Kindle: February 10th

It’s been a while since we’ve done a big one all at once.

Matter by Iain M. Banks

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Badda-bing, badda-boom, Matter, eight novel in the Culture series, on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2008, and probably about to get nominated for multiple awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, is finally available on the Kindle.

In Matter, the mentoring of less technologically advanced species by greater ones is explored in detail in a sort of Russian nesting doll set of the Sari (near Industrial Age), who are mentored by the Oct, who are in turn mentored by the Nariscene, who are in turn mentored by the Morthanveld (and the buck stops there).

Fade by Lisa McMann

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Continuing the story from the acclaimed Y.A. novel Wake, in Fade, Janie and Cabel continue their dream-catching work under Captain, investigating the nightmares surrounding a teacher-run sex ring at a high school.

Evernight by Claudia Gray

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Bianca leaves the small town she grew up in for Evernight Academy, a boarding school where everyone possibly glitters she doesn’t fit in, and then meets Lucas, a brooding, aggressive, and over-protective loner.

This might sound a little familiar to fans of Twilight.

The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain, Andrew Glass

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Be careful what you wish for. Be really, really careful.

Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage by Alma Alexander

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In a world like our own, but suffused with magic, Thea is expected to be a powerful magic-wielder. She’s the seventh daughter of a seventh son and a seventh daughter, after all. But when she manifests no abilities at all, she’s sent to the Wandless Academy ((I bet that’s especially embarrassing for boys.)) for the magically challenged… and indeed, her challenges begin to accelerate at a terrible speed. World-saving involved.

Because HarperCollins has a clue, on the same day that the first book in the Worldweavers series was released to the Kindle, so were the other two:

Worldweavers: Spellspam
You think normal spam is bad? Try spam mixed with magic, sent to the students of the Wandless Academy.

Worldweavers: Cybermage
The Federal Bureau of Magic needs Thea to unravel a deadly magical mystery.

Germania: A Novel by Brendan McNally

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Alternate history fantasy about the last days of the Third Reich, involving as central characters Speer, Himmler, and Dönitz, trying to preserve the regime; and the Flying Magical Loerber Brothers, quadruplets with psychic powers who become insider rebels of the Nazi party.

The Palace of Illusions: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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A retelling of the famous Indian epic, the Mahābhārata, through the eyes of the wife of the five Pandavas brothers ((Yes, you read that right.)) and her life and times during exile, civil war, and encounters with deities.

Fool by Christopher Moore

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Christopher Moore, irreverent fantasy humorist, turns out an alternate Shakespeare twist on King Lear, where the king’s fool, Pocket, has to muck out the kingdom-wide problems caused by the mad king and his entire troubled court (both alive and dead). With a Moore take on the traditional Shakespeare theatrics and mechanics, to boot. Poor fool.

Seekers #2: Great Bear Lake by Erin Hunter

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The second book in the Seekers series, which is a spinoff of the Warriors fantasy mega-series, this time featuring intelligent bears instead of cats. The previous book, The Quest Begins, is available on the Kindle, along with every Warriors book ever.

Five Ancestors #6: Mouse by Jeff Stone

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The final book in the Five Ancestors series is now available on the Kindle, featuring a street urchin who gets mixed up with the five greatest criminals in China.

The entire series is available on the Kindle:

  1. Tiger
  2. Monkey
  3. Snake
  4. Crane
  5. Eagle
  6. Mouse

The Last Synapsid by Timothy Mason

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Sid, the last Synapsid ((I now have “Denver, the Last Dinosaur”‘s theme song running endlessly in my head. Curse you, Timothy Mason! Cuuuuurse yooooouuuu!)), who lived 30 million years before the dinosaurs, and is now traipsing into our time to hunt down the vicious gorgonopsid. Rob and Phoebe must help him, or else the entire human race is a stepped-on butterfly, if you know what I mean.

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

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In a small town in post-Katrinia Louisiana, Iris and her friends play around with being psychic mediums, and Iris accidentally invokes a real and scary ghost, and he’s not anywhere near nice. When he haunts her, she decides to try to solve his murder so that he might have some peace.

Eve: A Novel of the First Woman by Elissa Elliott

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A retelling of the story of Eve, trying to rebuild her life after being cast out of the garden with Adam, and of course the family ties are a bit strained.

Dandelion Fire: Book 2 of the 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

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Henry York’s adventures continue, with him still on the farm with his aunt and uncle in boring ol’ Kansas, except for that cupboard with 100 doors ((Will there be 100 books?)) that are portals to other worlds. He decides to start exploring them in the hopes of uncovering his own unknown personal history.

The first book in the series, The 100 Cupboards, is also available on the Kindle.

The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-six by Jonathon Keats

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A Kabbalist discovers that twelve of the 36 anonymous saints in Jewish folklore are real and exist in the world, and records the fables of each saint and his or her own tale.