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Abbot, Edwin as 'A. Square'. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. $1.00.
1992 trade paperback reprint 1884 British hardcover. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Adams, Scott. The Dilbert Bunch. $6.95.
A Dilbert mini-book.
Adams, Scott. Please Don't Feed the Egos And Other Tips for Corporate Survival. $6.95.
Another Dilbert mini-book.
Alfonsi, Alice. Eternal Love. $5.99.
Paperback. A Haunting Hearts ghost romance.
'Allan, Margaret'. see [W. T. Quick]
Anderson, Kevin J. see [Star Wars]
[Animorphs] K. A. Applegate. The Reaction. $3.99.
Digest paperback. Animorphs 12. Young adult novel about Rachel who morphs as a crocodile.
[Animorphs] K. A. Applegate. The Change. $3.99.
Digest paperback. Animorphs 13. Young adult novel about Tobias who morphs as a Red-tailed hawk. Cover art by David Mattingly.
[Animorphs] K. A. Applegate. The Unknown. $3.99.
Digest paperback. Animorphs 14: young adult novel about Cassie who morphs as a horse. Cover art by David B. Mattingly.
[Anonymous, editor]. Faery Magic. $6.50.
Paperback original anthology historical faery romance Beverly, Harbaugh, Putney and Samuel.
Anthony, Piers and Clifford A. Pickover. Spider Legs. $22.95.
Hardcover. Afterwords by both authors describing their collaborative process on this novel.
Ashley, Amanda. Shades of Gray. $5.99.
Paperback vampire romance.
Ashley, Mike, editor. The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures. $10.95.
Trade paperback reprint 1997 British original anthology, with stories by Baxter, Betancourt, Copper, Crowther, Hoch, Keating, Langford, Moorcock, Tremayne and others. Foreword by Roger Lancelyn Green.
Ashman, Malcolm. Fabulous Beasts. $24.95.
Trade paperback art book with illustrations by Ashman. Text by Joyce Hargreaves.
[Babylon 5] Peter David. Babylon 5: In the Beginning. $5.99.
Paperback. Novelization based on teleplay by J. Michael Straczynski.
Baker, Eric T. Checkmate. $5.99.
Paperback. Cover art by Romas Kukalis.
Beck, K. K. We Interrupt This Broadcast. $20.00.
Hardcover humorous mystery novel set at a Seattle classical music radio station.
Benford, Gregory and Gordon Eklund. If the Stars Are Gods. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1977 hardcover; second paperback edition.
Bierce, Ambrose. The Devil's Dictionary. $1.00.
1993 trade paperback reprint 1911 hardcover. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Bloch, Robert, editor. Robert Bloch's Psychos. $6.99.
Paperback original anthology. The Horror Writers Association present stories by Friesner, Gorman, Grant, King, Matheson (Richard Christian), Monahan, Navarro, Watt-Evans, Yolen and others. Bloch's death in 1994 means that, although he had accepted the honor of editing the book, this volume was completed by unknown hands, a tribute by his fellow writers. But the publisher's back cover blurb claiming that the book is 'hosted by the creator of Psycho' is a bit disingenuous, as he did not live to write even an introduction or two.
Block, Lawrence. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza. $23.95.
Hardcover reprint 1980 paperback. The fourth Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery novel.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer, editor. Sword and Sorceress XV. $5.99.
Paperback original anthology, with stories by Heydt, Jones (Heather Rose), Paxson, Waters & Reyes, Wheeler, Zimmer and others. Cover art by Greg Call.
Brin, David. see [audio]
[Buffy, the Vampire Slayer] John Vornholt. Coyote Moon. $3.99.
Paperback. Buffy, the Vampire Slayer 3. Young adult novel based on the television series created by Joss Whedon.
Burkett, William R., Jr. Bloodsport. $5.99.
Card, Orson Scott. Folk of the Fringe. $4.95.
Paperback reprint 1989 hardcover; fourth printing. New price, slightly changed cover.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. $1.00.
1993 trade paperback reprint 1865 British hardcover, following the 1898 corrected text. Includes all forty-two illustrations by Tenniel. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Chepaitis, B. A. The Fear Principle. $5.99.
Paperback. First novel.
Chesterton, G. K. Favorite Father Brown Stories-. $1.00.
1993 trade paperback reprint of stories from The Innocence of Father Brown (1911) and The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914). A Dover Thrift Edition.
Cohen, Daniel. The Millennium. $3.99.
Paperback collection of millennial trivia for kids.
Collins, Warwick. Computer One. $24.95.
Hardcover reprint 1993 British paperback; first American edition.
Cox, Greg. see [Star Trek]
Crichton, Michael. The Andromeda Strain. $12.00.
Trade paperback reprint 1969 hardcover.
Daley, Brian. Smoke on the Water. $5.99.
Paperback. GammaLAW 1: first of four novels, posthumously published. Cover art by Michael Evans.
Daley, Brian. see also [Star Wars]
Davis, Lindsey. Time to Depart. $6.50.
Paperback reprint 1995 British hardcover. Marcus Didius Falco 7: historical (1st Century A.D. Rome) mystery novel.
David, Peter. see [Babylon 5]
Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon and the Djinn. $6.99.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. Sixth Dragon Knight novel. Cover art by Den Beauvais.
[Doctor Who] David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker. Doctor Who The Handbook: The Second Doctor. $5.95.
"This whole series of reference works is both fun to read and full of interesting information."--Jennifer
[Not Doctor Who] Simon Bucher-Jones. Ghost Devices. $5.95.
Paperback. [Bernice 'Benny' Summerfield] The New Adventures 68.
Dorsey, Candas Jane. Black Wine. $13.95.
Trade paperback reprint 1996 hardcover.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories. $1.00.
1992 trade paperback collecting four stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892), one from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893) and one from The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905). A Dover Thrift Edition.
[Dragonlance] Dixie Lee McKeone. Tales of Uncle Trapspringer. $5.99.
Paperback. Cover art by Don Clavette; illustrations by Jeff Easley.
Drake, David. see David Weber
Elgin, Suzette Haden. How to Turn the Other Cheek and Still Survive in Today's World. $12.99.
Trade paperback non-fiction.
Farmer, Nancy. The Ear, the Eye and the Arm. $4.99.
Trade paperback reprint 1994 hardcover. A 1995 Newbery Honor Book.
Fenner, Cathy and Arnie Fenner with Jim Loehr, editors. Spectrum 4: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. $34.95.
Hardcover of last month's trade paperback anthology of artwork.
[Forgotten Realms] Brian M. Thomsen, editor. Realms of the Arcane. $5.99.
Paperback original anthology Cunningham, Greenwood, Grubb, King and others.
Forstchen, William R. Never Sound Retreat. $6.99.
Paperback. The Lost Regiment 6. Cover art by San Julian.
Forstchen, William R. see also [Wing Commander]
Foster, Alan Dean. The Howling Stones: A Novel of the Humanx Commonwealth. $6.99.
Paperback reprint 1997 hardcover. Cover art by Bob Eggleton.
Gaarder, Jostein. The Christmas Mystery. $23.00.
1996 hardcover translation by Elizabeth Rokkan of 1992 Norwegian hardcover. Illustrations by Rosemary Wells.
Gannett, Lewis. see [Millennium]
Gannett, Ruth Stiles. Three Tales of My Fathers Dragon. $17.99.
Hardcover. Library binding of omnibus received earlier this month.
Gannett, Lewis. see also [audio]
Grafton, Sue. "M" is for Malice. $7.99.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover.
Grant, Charles. Symphony. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1997 hardcover. The Millennium Quartet 1.
Greene, Douglas G., editor. Detection by Gaslight: 14 Victorian Detective Stories. $2.00.
Trade paperback anthology, with stories by
Gribbin, John and Simon Goodwin. Origins: Our Place in Hubble's Universe. $29.95.
Hardcover collection of Hubble Space Telescope photos, with commentary by the authors.
Hamill, Mark and Eric Johnson. The Black Pearl. $16.95.
Trade paperback graphic novel reprint from Dark Horse comics, based on unfilmed screenplay by the authors. Pencils by H. M. Baker; inks by Bruce Patterson and Dan Schaeffer
Hamilton, Virginia. Justice and Her Brothers. $4.99.
Paperback reprint 1978 hardcover. Justice Trology 1. Cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon.
Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. Cover art by Walter Velez.
Hoffman, Nina Kiriki. see [Star Trek: Voyager]
Hoffmann, E. T. A. The Nutcracker and The Golden Pot. $1.00.
1993 trade paperback reprint of two stories from The Best Tales of Hoffmann (1967). A Dover Thrift Edition.
Hutchings, Janet, editor. Simply the Best Mysteries: Edgar Award Winners and Front-runners. $12.95.
Trade paperback anthology with stories by Armstrong, Davidson, Ellin, Gores, Hansen, Harrington, Highsmith, MacDonald (Philip), Rendell, Treat, Westlake and others.
Hynd, Noel. The Prodigy. $23.00.
Hardcover horror novel.
Hynd, Noel. Rage of Spirits. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1997 hardcover horror novel.
Jackson, Shirley [Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman Stewart, editors]. Just an Ordinary Day. $12.95.
Trade paperback reprint 1997 hardcover collection.
Johnstone, William W. Wind in the Ashes. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1986 paperback; second publisher. Ashes 6.
Jones, Gwyneth. North Wind. $13.95.
Trade paperback reprint 1994 British hardcover. Sequel to White Queen ($12.95).
Jones, Gwyneth. Phoenix Cafe. $24.95.
Hardcover sequel to White Queen ($12.95) and North Wind ($13.95).
Jones, Terry. see [audio]
Karr, Phyllis Irene Radford. see 'Irene Radford'
King, Stephen. The Dark Tower Series [boxed set]. $22.48.
Boxed set, collects first three mass market paperbacks.
Kipling, Rudyard. The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories. $1.00.
1994 trade paperback collection of four stories. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Kress, Nancy. Maximum Light. $22.95.
Hardcover. Jacket art by Thomas Canty.
Kuykendall, Karen. Tarot of the Cat People. $15.00.
1985 deck of tarot cards.
Le Fanu, J. Sheridan. Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories. $1.00.
1993 trade paperback collection, reprinting four classic ghost stories. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Leonard, Elmore. Jackie Brown. $6.50.
Paperback reprint 1992 hardcover crime novel (originally titled Rum Punch, here in movie tie-in package with movie title).
Leroux, Gaston. The Mystery of the Yellow Room. $11.99.
Trade paperback reprint 1908 anonymous translation, here revised and edited by Margaret Jull Costa.
Lewis, C. S. see [audio]
Mackenzie, Donald A. Scottish Fairy Tales. $1.00.
Trade paperback collecting eight stories from Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend (1917). Illustrations by John Green. A Dover Children's Thrift Edition.
[magazine]. Science Fiction Eye 15. $5.00.
10th Anniversary issue.
[Magic: The Gathering] Tim Dedopulos. Magic: The Gathering: The Official Deckbuilders' Guide. $13.95.
Trade paperback non-fiction.
Mann, Thomas. Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn as Told. $35.00.
Hardcover translation by John E. Woods from the German of 1947 Swedish hardcover.
Matthews, Rodney. Countdown to Millennium. $24.95.
Trade paperback art book of work by Matthews. Text by Nigel Suckling.
McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life/Gone South. $12.00.
Hardcover omnibus reprint 1991 and 1992 hardcovers.
"McCammon's last two novels, both drawing away from his horror novelist roots, and finding very different and intriguing insights into American culture and psyches. Gone South is a brilliant quest-for-redemption novel, with a fine cast of wackos who are going South in their various ways. All this in one hardcover for barely the cost of two paperbacks! And reminding me to wonder just what McCammon's been doing for the last five years . . ."--Dave
McCullough, Colleen. see [audio]
McKeone, Dixie Lee. see [Dragonlance]
Mifflin, Margot. Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo. $23.95.
Trade paperback non-fiction. A Juno Book.
[Millennium] Lewis Gannett. Gehenna. $5.99.
Paperback novelization teleplay by Chris Carter. Millennium 2.
[Millennium]. see also [audio]
Modesitt, L. E., Jr. The Soprano Sorceresss. $6.99.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. The Spellsong Cycle 1. Wraparound cover art by Darrell K. Sweet.
Moesta, Rebecca. see [Star Wars]
Morrison, Robert and Chris Baldick, editors. The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre. $9.95.
Trade paperback anthology reprinting 19th Century weird tales by Le Fanu, Polidori and others.
Norman, John. Imaginative Sex. $7.95.
Paperback reprint 1974 paperback. Boring very repetitious and not particularly imaginative book. Slanderous introduction by Pat Califia, who can't even get this store's name correct let alone historical facts.
Norton, Andre. The Warding of Witch World. $6.50.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. Secrets of the Witch World 3: the final Witch World novel, concluding a sequence begun with The Key of the Keplian ($5.99; Norton and Lyn McConchie) and The Magestone ($5.50; Norton and Mary H. Schaub). Cover art by Kevin Johnson.
Oates, Joyce Carol, editor. Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers. $34.95.
Trade paperback textbook anthology, drawing on the reading list for Oates' Princeton creative writing reading list with prose and poetry by Atwood, Barthelme, Borges, Calvino, Carey, Carter (Angela), Carver, Dickey, Ellison, Faulkner, Hawthorne, Kafka, King, Kingston, Lightman, Lovecraft, Oates and others.
Osborne, Cary. Deathweave. $5.99.
Paperback. Cover art by Royo.
[Park, Nick]. Wallace & Gromit: Cheese Lover's Yearbook. $10.95.
Trade paperback. Wallace's Yearbook: a diary. Text by Geoff Tibballs, illustrations by Stuart Trotter.
Pelan, John, editor. Darkside: Horror for the Next Millennium. $5.99.
Paperback original anthology, with horror stories by Castro, Hodge, Ketchum, Ligotti, Massie, Navarro, Taylor (Lucy), Tem (Steve Rasnic), Tritten and others.
Pickover, Clifford A. see Piers Anthony
Pike, Christopher. The Dangerous Quest. $3.99.
Digest paperback. Spooksville 20.
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Gold-Bug and Other Tales. $1.00.
1991 trade paperback collection of forty-one poems. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Raven and Other Favorite Poems. $1.00.
1991 trade paperback collection of nine stories. A Dover Thrift Edition.
[Quick, W. T. as] 'Margaret Allan'. Spirits Walking Woman. $5.99.
Paperback prehistorical (Olmec Mesoamerica) romance novel.
[Karr, Phyllis Irene Radford as] 'Irene Radford'. The Last Battlemage. $6.99.
Paperback. The Dragon Nimbus History 2: sequel to The Dragon's Touchstone ($5.99). Wraparound cover art by John Howe.
Rankin, Ian. Knots and Crosses. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1987 British hardcover. Detective John Rebus 1.
Rankin, Ian. Tooth and Nail. $5.99.
1996 paperback reprint 1992 British hardcover (as Wolfman). Detective John Rebus 3.
Ridpath, Ian. A Dictionary of Astronomy. $14.95.
Trade paperback non-fiction.
Robinson, Frank M. The Dark Beyond the Stars. $14.95.
Trade paperback slightly revised reprint 1991 hardcover. Winner 1992 Lambda Literary Award.
"A great generation ship novel. Highly recommended."--Dave
Roche, Thomas S., editor. Noirotica 2: Pulp Friction. $7.95.
Paperback original anthology, with stories by
Rohmer, Sax. The Insidious Fu-Manchu. $2.00.
Trade paperback reprint 1913 British hardcover. Fu-Manchu 1. Introduction by Douglas E. Greene. A Dover Mystery Classic.
Romkey, Michael. The Vampire Virus. $5.99.
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn. see [Star Trek: Voyager]
Sagan, Carl. see [audio]
Savage, Felicity. Ever: The Daemon in the Machine. $14.00.
Trade paperback. Ever [2]: sequel to Ever: The War in the Waste ($14.00). Cover art by Romas.
Schmidt, Dan. Silent Scream. $5.50.
Paperback horror novel.
Segriff, Larry. Alien Dreams. $5.99.
Paperback. Sequel to Spacer Dreams ($5.99). Cover art by Stephen Hickman.
Serling, Rod. see [audio]
[Shadowrun] Lisa Smedman. Shadowrun [29]: Blood Sport. $5.99.
Paperback. Cover art by Barclay Shaw (uncredited).
Sheckley, Robert. Draconian New York. $12.95.
Trade paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. Cover art by Thomas Canty.
Shelley, Rick. Return to Camerein. $5.99.
Paperback sequel to The Buchanan Campaign ($5.99) and The Fires of Coventry ($5.99). Cover art by Dave Dorman.
Smith, Dean Wesley. see [Star Trek: Voyager]
Smith, L. J. Witchlight. $3.99.
Paperback. Night World 9. Cover art by Sanjulian.
[Star Trek] Greg Cox. Assignment: Eternity. $5.99.
Paperback. Star Trek 84: sequel to the episode 'Assignment: Earth', with Gary Seven.
[Star Trek] Steve Lyons and Chris Howarth. The Completely Useless Unauthorized Star Trek Encyclopedia. $5.95.
[Star Trek] Sam Ramer. The Joy of Trek: How to Enhance Your Relationship with a Star Trek Fan. $10.95.
Trade paperback non-fiction.
[Star Trek Voyager] Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Echoes. $5.99.
Paperback. Star Trek Voyager 15.
[Star Wars] Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. The Emperor's Plague. $5.99.
Paperback. Young Jedi Knights 11.
[Star Wars] Brian Daley. Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1980 paperback; eleventh printing, now under the Classic Star Wars rubric. Third and last of Daley's Han Solo books. New cover art by Dave Dorman.
[Star Wars] Garry Jenkins. Empire Building: The Remarkable Real Life Story of Star Wars. $14.95.
Trade paperback non-fiction. Color plates.
Stirling, S. M. see David Weber
Takahashi, Rumiko. Ranma 1/2 Volume 10. $15.95.
Trade paperback translation by Gerard Jones and Toshifumi Yoshida of Japanese graphic novel.
Thomsen, Brian M. see [Forgotten Realms]
[Titanic] Ed W. Marsh. James Cameron's Titanic. $20.00.
Trade paperback. Photographs by Douglas Kirkland. Foreword by Cameron.
Tolkien, J. R. R. see [audio]
Turner, Megan Whalen. The Thief. $4.99.
Digest paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. A 1997 Newbery Honor Book. Cover art by Tim Jessell.
Turtledove, Harry. Fox and Empire. $6.99.
Paperback. Gerin the Fox 3: sequel to Prince of the North ($5.99) and King of the North ($5.99). Cover art by Darrell K. Sweet.
Vornholt, John. see [Buffy, the Vampire Slayer]
Warner, Penny. Sign of Foul Play. $5.50.
Paperback Northern California mystery novel. Connor Westphal 2: sequel to Dead Body Language ($5.50).
Weber, David, David Drake and S. M. Stirling. More Than Honor. $5.99.
Paperback. Original anthology of three novelettes related to Honor Harrington, including essay by Weber on 'The Universe of Honor Harrington'.
Weis, Margaret, editor. A Magic Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic. $13.99.
Trade paperback anthology, reprinting stories by Bear, Bradbury, Bradley, Card, Cherryh, Feist, Haldeman, Henderson, Kurtz, Lackey, Le Guin, Leiber, Niven, Norton, Rawn, Silverberg, Stasheff, Vance, Wilson (F. Paul), and Zelazny. Cover art by Keith Birdsong.
Wells, David. The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics. $11.95.
Trade paperback non-fiction.
Wells, Angus. Exile's Challenge. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. The Exile's Saga 2: conclusion of story begun in Exile's Children (). Cover art by Stephen Youll.
Wells, H. G. The Invisible Man. $1.00.
1992 trade paperback reprint 1897 British hardcover. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. $1.00.
1995 trade paperback reprint 1895 British hardcover. A Dover Thrift Edition.
Wilder, Cherry. Signs of Life. $5.99.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. Cover art by Nicholas Jainschigg.
Williams, Tad. City of Golden Shadow. $6.99.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover. Otherland 1. Cover art by Michael Whelan.
Williams, Walter Jon. City on Fire. $6.99.
Paperback reprint 1997 hardcover. Sequel to Metropolitan ($5.99). Cover art by Tim White; frame by Phil Hefferman.
Willis, Connie. To Say Nothing of the Dog. $23.95.
Hardcover. Jacket art by Eric Dinyer.
"Time lag is a wretched thing. You make a dozen or thirteen time drops within a week or so, and your brain goes wonky and you can't think straight, and you can't see straight, and you can't hear straight, and you think your friend said, 'We've let the hat out of the bag,' when in fact he said something different altogether.
"And then you come down with spells of maudlin sentimentality that make you talk, as Ned Henry puts it, 'like an Irishman in his cups or a Victorian poet cold-sober.'
"So, when poor overworked, time-lagged Ned is sent back to 1888 for a badly needed rest, not only does it start the story rolling, but it gives Connie Willis an excuse to write her novel in the style of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog).
"Now, there are grim somber Connie Willis books (Lincoln's Dreams, e.g.), and there are funny convoluted zany Connie Willis books. This is one of the latter, even though it takes place in the same universe as Doomsday Book. As you'll remember, it's impossible to send anything back in time that might cause a paradox, or anything forward at all. When something is brought forward anyway, chaos threatens, and though they hastily send it back again, something seems to have shaken loose. Things fall apart, the center cannot hold, and poor Ned arrives days and miles from his proper destination, too lagged to realize what he's got in his possession and what he was supposed to do.
"There are people in this world who don't like spoilers. Tell them the plot of a story, even part of the plot, and they get all huffy and say you've ruined it for them. For their sake (and because when I tried to describe this one to my husband it took me twenty minutes and I'd left several important points unmade), I won't attempt to go into the plot of To Say Nothing of the Dog. It would be deceptive if I did so, anyway. Willis (clever minx) would have you believe that the integrity of the space-time continuum is at stake, that the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Not a bit of it. It's about important things, like love and marriage and dogs and cats. Especially cats.
"There are people in this world (they may be the same as the first lot) who like solving puzzles. I'm not one of these, which may explain why I liked this one better on the second reading than the first, and better still on the third, all within forty-eight hours of buying it. Once you've had a look at the middle and the end, you can go back to the beginning and appreciate how Willis inserts little clues and foreshadowings and hints under the guise of minor, decorative details. It's like tracing a page from the Book of Kells, or following the threads of a cat's cradle.
"Then, either after or before you've read it, I advise you to go back and read Three Men in a Boat, to say nothing of some P. G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers. If you haven't read Sayers, for example, how can you properly appreciate the moment when the hero, with his wire wrist-hooks tucked into his sleeves, and the heroine, with her metal box tucked into her garters, infiltrate the seance and send the essential message,
". . . I beg your pardon. I quite forgot.
"If you really want a spoiler, I can tell you that the bishop's bird stump is an ornate, cast-iron Victorian vase that claims to be the McGuffin in the story, but it isn't really. The McGuffin is the fan in the covered basket."--Dorothy J. Heydt
[Wing Commander] William R. Forstchen. Action Stations. $5.99.
Paperback. Wing Commander 6: based on the ORIGIN Systems, Inc. computer game. Cover art by Paul Alexander.
Winter, Douglas E., editor. Revelations. $6.99.
Paperback reprint 1997 hardcover millennial theme original anthology, with stories by Barker, Brite, Campbell, Grant, Lansdale, Matheson (Richard Christian), Morrell, Schow, Spector, Strieber, Wilson (F. Paul) and others.
Wrede, Patricia C. Book of Enchantments. $4.50.
Paperback reprint 1996 hardcover collection. Cover art by Amy Ning.
[The X-Files]. The X-Files Postcard Book: Unexplained Phenomena. $9.99.
Thirty postcards of stills from the television series.

Audio and video received December 1997

[audio] Terry Jones. Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic. $22.00.
Abridged reading by the author. Approximately five-and-a-half hours on four cassettes.
[audio] David Brin. The Postman. $17.95.
Abridged reading by Dick Hill. In movie tie-in package. Approximately three hours on two cassettes.
[audio] C. S. Lewis. The Horse and His Boy. $16.99.
BBC radio dramatization with full cast and music. Chronicles of Narnia 5. Approximately two hours on two cassettes.
[audio] Colleen McCullough. Caesar: Let the Dice Roll. $25.00.
Abridged reading by Michael York. Masters of Rome 5. Approximately six hours on four cassettes.
[audio] [Millennium] Lewis Gannett. Gehenna. $18.00.
Millennium 2. Abridged reading by Bill Smitrovich. Approximately three hours on two cassettes.
[audio] J. R. R. Tolkien [The Mind's Eye]. The Lord of the Rings. $49.95.
Full-[American]-cast dramatization. Boxed set of twelve cassettes.
[audio] Carl Sagan. Visions for the 21st Century: Highlights of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Celebration. $16.95.
Two cassettes.
[audio] Rod Serling. Wife of the Red-Haired Man. $16.95.
The Zero Hour 6: 1973 radio drama with Patty Duke, John Astin, Howard Duff and others. One hundred minutes on two cassettes.

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