Read an Extended Excerpt of Dragon Age: Last Flight

Dragon Age: Last Flight by Liane MercielDragon Age: Inquisition is here! And, just in case that isn’t enough Dragon Age for you, we wanted to give you a chance to immerse yourself further in the world of Thedas. Read an extended excerpt of Dragon Age: Last Flight, by Liane Merciel.

Chapter 1

9:41 DRAGON

Weisshaupt.

Backed by the great ivory butte of Broken Tooth, the faraway fortress rose before Valya’s awed eyes. Silver-fringed banners flapped from its towers, their emblems indistinct at this distance, but Valya knew that they showed a steely gray griffon upon a field of blue. Beneath them stood a single gate of thick wood and steel. Brother Genitivi had written in his histories that it was wide enough for three horses to pass abreast, but from where Valya stood, it was so dwarfed by Weisshaupt’s stony bulk that it seemed tiny as her thumbnail.

For weeks she’d dreamed of this place. Ancient stronghold of the Grey Wardens, final resting place for the heroes of ages, first and last bulwark against the horrors of the Blights…and now her home, too. The thought made her shiver with fearful delight.

None of that excitement was reflected on her companions’ faces. The fear was there, though, despite their best efforts to mask it. Continue reading

Goodreads Sweepstakes: Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones

Deep Secret by Diana Wynne JonesAbout Deep Secret: All over the multiverse the Magids, powerful magicians, are at work to maintain the balance between positive and negative magic, for the good of all.

Rupert Venables is the junior Magid assigned to Earth and to the troublesome planets of the Koyrfonic Empire. When the Emperor dies without a known heir, Rupert is called into service to help prevent the descent of the Empire into chaos. At the same time, the senior Magid on Earth dies, making Rupert a new senior desperately in need of a junior. Rupert thinks his problems are partially solved when he discovers he can meet all five of the potential Magids on Earth by attending one SF convention in England. However, the convention hotel sits on a node, a nexus of the universes. Rupert soon finds that other forces, some of them completely out of control, are there too…. Diana Wynne Jones’ Deep Secret is classic adult fantasy novel by an award-winning author, back in print.

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock

The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock

About The Whispering Swarm:

Almost anyone who has read or written science fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, through the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy Awards for best novel. Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Michael Chabon all cite Moorcock as a major influence; as editor of New Worlds magazine, he helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard.

Tor Books now proudly presents Moorcock’s first independent novel in nine years, a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.

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Book Trailer: Carbide Tipped Pens edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi

Carbide Tipped Pens edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi

Seventeen hard science fiction tales by today’s top authors

Hard science fiction is the literature of change, rigorously examining the impact—both beneficial and dangerous—of science and technology on humanity, the future, and the cosmos. As science advances, expanding our knowledge of the universe, astounding new frontiers in storytelling open up as well.

In Carbide Tipped Pens, over a dozen of today’s most creative imaginations explore these frontiers, carrying on the grand tradition of such legendary masters as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell, while bringing hard science fiction into the 21st century by extrapolating from the latest scientific developments and discoveries. Ranging from ancient China to the outer reaches of the solar system, this outstanding collection of original stories, written by an international roster of authors, finds wonder, terror, and gripping human drama in topics as diverse as space exploration, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, alternate history, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, interplanetary war, and even the future of baseball.

From tattoos that treat allergies to hazardous missions to Mars and beyond, from the end of the world to the farthest limits of human invention, Carbide Tipped Pens turns startling new ideas into state-of-the art science fiction.

Includes stories by Ben Bova, Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, Jack McDevitt, Howard Hendrix, Daniel H. Wilson, and many others!as people he loves are stripped away from him in a way that presages the later epic series of novels.

Carbide Tipped Pens, edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi, publishes on December 2.

A Chance to Win Holiday Treats For You And Your Dog!

Cameron Collection Sweepstakes

We’re offering you the chance to win a collection of W. Bruce Cameron books, including an advance reading copy of Ellie’s Story, which is due out in stores April 2015. This collection also includes a $200 PetSmart gift card, a Christmas ornament, a KONG Shakers dragon toy for your dog, and lots more.

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New Releases: 11/18/2014

The Collected Stories of Frank HerbertDevils and Realist Vol. 3 by Madoka Takadono; art by Utako YukihiroDragonar Academy Vol. 4 by Shiki Mizuchi; art by RanHeritage of Cyador by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.Kokoro Connect Vol. 2 by Anda Sadanatsu; art by CUTEGA Song to Die For by Mike Blakely

AND

Monster Musume Vol. 5 by OKAYADO

See upcoming releases.

Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Mark of the Beast by Adolphus A. Anekwe

The Mark of the Beast by Adolphus A. Anekwe

About The Mark of the Beast:

The Mark of the Beast: A searing medical thriller by Adolphus A. Anekwe, a renowned doctor, about the ramifications of isolating a gene that causes violent behavior

Dr. Regina Dickerson is a Catholic physician in San Diego who has discovered that there is a certain genetic marker that indicates the carrier is prone to psychotic violence. Working on blood from prison inmates, her theory begins to prove itself time and again with violent offenders. The variety of crimes is diverse: one couple murders their children for organ money, another man kidnaps young girls to seduce and kill them, yet another has a penchant for cyanide.

As Dickerson’s work begins to show results and catches the attention of the media, people begin to fear that witch hunts and Spanish Inquisition–style mayhem will result if forcible testing is carried out. Meanwhile, a race begins to find a cure. With science and religion at odds, Dickerson must find her own answers while trying to escape those who want to put an end to her inflammatory research.

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Goodreads Choice Awards Final Round

Words of Radiance by Brandon SandersonLock In by John ScalziEarth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

It’s the final round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and three Tor titles have made the cut! To celebrate each of these authors, we’re offering the chance to win a copy of their nominated books. Click through the images or the links below to enter on Goodreads.

Science Fiction:

Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Lock In by John Scalzi

Fantasy:

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book in each category! Check out all the lists here. Sweepstakes end on November 24th, just in time for some holiday reading.

One Day Only: The Rithmatist ebook is Now on Sale for $2.99

The Rithmatist by Brandon SandersonFor today only, the ebook for The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson and illustrated by Ben McSweeney is on sale for $2.99!*

About The Rithmatist:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson: his debut novel for the young adult audience

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013

*sale ends November 15

NPR Reviews The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken LiuThe Three-Body Problem turns a boilerplate, first-contact concept into something absolutely mind-unfolding.”

Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem was reviewed by NPR!

Here’s the review, from the November 13 issue:

Published in China in 2006 and newly translated by award-winning Chinese-American author Ken Liu, the novel is the first installment of a trilogy that asks one of the oldest questions in SF: What would it mean for the human race to come in contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence? From there, though, it transcends expectation — not to mention borders…The Three-Body Problem turns a boilerplate, first-contact concept into something absolutely mind-unfolding…If The Three-Body Problem (and the next two books in the series, whose translations are in the works) helps bridge the gap between Eastern and Western SF, it will have performed a great duty for the literary world. But as a science-fiction epic of the most profound kind, it’s already won.

Read the full review here.
The Three-Body Problem was published on November 11.