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2005 Monitor Archive

2005 Directory
New in Paperback


This page lists books newly available in mass-market or trade paperback editions, previously available only in more expensive editions.

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Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.


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posted 22 December 2005

Goodkind, Terry : Chainfire
(Tor 0-765-34431-9, $7.99, 748pp, mass market paperback, December 2005)
(First edition: Tor, January 2005)

Fantasy novel, ninth book in the "Sword of Truth" series that began with Wizard's First Rule (1994); the previous book was Naked Empire (2003). This volume is first a trilogy that will conclude the entire series.
• Tor's site has this page about the author, with a press release about the book.
• Amazon has quotes from reviews, and reader reviews.

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King, Stephen : The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
(Scribner 0743254562, $18.95, 845pp, trade paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Donald M. Grant/Scribner, September 2004)

Fantasy novel, 7th and final volume of the series "The Dark Tower" that began with The Gunslinger (1982).
• Includes 12 interior color illustrations by Michael Whelan.
• The official site The Dark Tower has synopses of the books, an excerpt from this volume, plus backgrounds of the artists, a glossary, list of characters, etc.
• Amazon has a review by Benjamin Reese, over 500 customer reviews, and a Dark Tower store listing the other books in the series and related items.

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Pratchett, Terry : Going Postal
(HarperTorch 0-06-050293-2, $7.99, 394pp, mass market paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: HarperCollins, October 2004)

Fantasy novel in Pratchett's popular, long-running Discworld series, in which the Ankh-Morpork Post Office struggles to compete with the electronic 'clacks' system. The latest novel in the series, Thud!, was published in hardcover in September (description).
• The publisher's site has this description, and an excerpt.

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Ringo, John : Emerald Sea
(Baen 1416509208, $7.99, 600pp, mass market paperback, December 2005)
(First edition: Baen, July 2004)

SF novel, sequel to There Will Be Dragons, set in a world following collapse of technology and now resembling a fantasy world with dragons, elves, mermaids, etc.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• This paperback edition includes a long related story, "In a Time of Darkness".

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Steele, Allen : Coyote Rising
(Ace 0-441-01251-5, $7.99, 407pp, mass market paperback, December 2005)
(First edition: Ace, December 2004)

SF novel, second in a trilogy following Coyote (2002), about a hijacked starship that has founded a colony on a new world, now met by follow-up starships full of colonists with differing agendas. The third book in the trilogy, Coyote Frontier, just appeared in hardcover (description).
• The book includes a diagram of the planetary system, a Coyote calendar, and a short bibliography of sources.
• Amazon has the PW review, which says "[T]he book's real center is its setting. Coyote offers forests, mountains, prairies, rivers in a panorama strange enough to rouse awe, vast enough to give all manner of humans room to find themselves. Happily, by the end the little war is finished, but this big, wonderful world is still waiting to be explored."

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Turtledove, Harry : Days of Infamy
(Roc 0-451-46056-1, $7.99, 520pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: NAL, November 2004)

Alternate history novel in which the Japanese, following their bombing of Pearl Harbor, invade and occupy Hawaii. It's first of a series; the second volume, End of the Beginning, recently appeared in hardcover (description).
• Amazon has the PW review, which concludes "With an emphasis on tactics and warfare technology, this exciting, well-researched alternate history will please history buffs and SF fans alike."
• Steven H Silver has posted this review.

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