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Star Wars: Tales from Jabba's Palace
Kevin J. Anderson (Editor)
0553568159
December 1995
Mass Market Paperback
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One of the more prolific--and proficient--Star Wars authors, Kevin J. Anderson, edits and contributes to this anthology of ... well, tales from Jabba's palace. Each of the 19 short tales focuses on a different personality, from the rancor keeper to Salacious Crumb, putting faces and facts on the internecine intrigue swirling around everyone's favorite Huttese crime lord. (As it turns out, you can find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Mos Eisley.) Find out how Bib Fortuna hoped to overthrow Jabba, or hear the philosophical ramblings of a not-so-bright teenage skiff guard. Or, perhaps best, learn how Boba Fett escaped the Sarlacc in the Great Pit of Carkoon. Style, mood, and quality vary by author, but these Tales are mostly funny and mostly well done, including those by Anderson, Star Trek author A.C. Crispin,...


Roger Zelazny's Shadows of Amber
John Gregory Betancourt
1596871180
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Oberon, newly-crowned King of Amber, finds himself in the middle of deadly political machinations, as his father tries to turn him into a puppet ruler. Meanwhile, rumors abound of a "Shadow Amber" in the sea, where a distorted version of Oberon sits on an onyx throne. To make matters worse, Oberon's sister is trying to marry him off to a grasping would-be queen, at least two siblings are out for his blood, and the entire Shadow-universe is starting to unravel. What's a new king to do? Seek help from an unlikely new ally!


Roger Zelazny's to Rule in Amber
John Gregory Betancourt
1596871326
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Oberon takes on the reins of leadership, and he carves an empire from the new universe created by his father. Enemies new and old lie in wait, and creating a kingdom for himself and his heirs requires delicate political maneuvering, a will of iron, and the might of a born warrior. Power-mad siblings, a madman for a father, assassins, and the King of Chaos are just the beginning of his troubles. Oberon must learn to master them all, if he is To Rule in Amber.

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Morgan the Wizard, Layla the Valkyrie, Kor


The Heart of the Warrior
John Gregory Betancourt
0671002392
Oct 1996
Paperback
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While a crucial peace conference fills Deep Space NineTM with rumors of intrigue and conspiracy, Major Kira and Lt. Commander Worf embark on a dangerous undercover mission deep into the heart of the Gamma Quadrant. Their mission: to find the secret of the addictive substance that the Changelings use to control their Jem'Hadar warriors. But how long can Worf and Kira remain undetected in the midst of the Dominion? Odo may be their only hope; but to save them, he'll have to stand against his own people.

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While a crucial peace conference fills Deep Space Nine with rumors of intrigue and conspiracy, Major Kira and Lt. Commander Worf embark on a dangerous mission deep in the heart of the Gamma Quadrant. Their mission is to find the secret of the...


Star Trek, the Next Generation
John Gregory Betancourt
0743412729
Oct 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Like a strand of mutating DNA, a deadly conspiracy winds its way through the Alpha Quadrant, even as it stretches across several years of Starfleet history. This special omnibus volume contains the entire bestselling saga-by some of Star Trek's most popular authors:Book One: InfectionJohn Gregory BetancourtDeanna Troi's life is endangered by a mysterious plague that threatens to spread throughout the Federation and beyond!Book Two: VectorsDean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn RuschOn the Cardassian space station known as Terok Nor, Dr. Katherine Pulaski struggles to heal the planet Bajor!Book Three: Red Sector Diane CareyAn elderly Dr. McCoy reunites with Ambassador Spock to save the Romulan royal family-and a new generation!Book Four: Quarantine John VornholtLieutenant Tom Riker joins forces with the outlaw Maquis to...


Ponies on Parade (Pony Pals Series #38)
Jeanne Betancourt
043955988X
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Anna has a great idea for the town's first ever Pony Parade. Ten lucky artists get to paint a lifesize copy of a pony. The painted ponies will be auctioned off at the Fall Festival and the money goes to the local fire department. The Pony Pals think Anna is a sure winner. She's the best artist in school! But Anna's mother has other ideas. No parade until Anna finishes her research paper. Ugh! And to make matters worse, Tommy Rand is up to his old pranks. Would he really sabotage all of Anna's hard work and destroy her pony design--just to be mean? Not if the Pony Pals can stop him!


Pulp Classics
John Gregory Betancourt
0809500833
Jan 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Newcomer Brahen boldly reinterprets Genesis in this inventive, if overlong, SF/fantasy hybrid that begins as a realistic drama of a young Philadelphia mother, Leigh Ann Elfman, coping with a failed marriage, then moves into an otherworldly story of unfulfilled love across the ages, including more than one paranormal paramour. A "dark presence" repeatedly appears to the psychically gifted Leigh Ann and informs her that she was first born as Leianna on Eliom, an Edenic planet of angel folk, 35,000 years earlier. Leigh Ann journeys to Eliom, where she meets Bael, her original betrothed, who still wishes to make her his bride. Leigh Ann, however, has mixed feelings at best about this prospect. Brahen writes clearly and creates distinct characters, but some judicious cutting might have improved the pace.Copyright...


Star Trek: The Amazing Stories
M. Shayne Bell
0743449150
August 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
From 1998 to 2000, Amazing Stories, the world's oldest science fiction magazine, presented a series of original Star Trek stories written by a number of bestselling authors. Now these little-seen Star Trek adventures have been collected together for the first time, along with brand-new tales written expressly for this volume! Among the highlights: Spock comes to terms with the death of his father in a touching tale penned by A. C. Crispin, bestselling author of Sarek. Counselor Deanna Troi risks everything to aid the evacuation of an endangered planet. Seven of Nine learns a lesson in humanity when the Starship Voyager™ takes on some unusual alien visitors. Beverly Crusher discovers that holographic doctors take some getting used to, especially during a medical emergency. Plus, Captain Proton,...


Serve It Forth
Anne McCaffrey
0809500949
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Roger Zelazny's Shadows of Amber
John Gregory Betancourt
1596873922
May 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Roger Zelazny's Shadows of Amber brings us the fourth book in the bestselling Amber series.

Oberon, newly-crowned King of Amber, finds himself in the middle of a deadly political machination as his father tries to turn him into a puppet ruler. Meanwhile, rumors abound of a "Shadow Amber" in the sea, where a distorted version of Oberon sits on an onyx throne. To make matters worse, Oberon's sister is trying to marry him off to a grasping would-be queen, at least two siblings are out for his blood, and the entire Shadow-universe is starting to unravel. What's a new king to do but seek help from an unlikely new ally?



The Mark of Zorro
Johnston McCulley
1592240607
January 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
A thrill-a minute ride set in the days of Spanish colonialism in California, where thugs and greedy tyrants try to wrest every penny from peasants . . . and the one hero who defends the common man is the mysterious masked stranger who calls himself Zorro--The Fox! The first Zorro story appeared as a 5-part serial in All-Story Weekly, a famous American pulp fiction magazine, starting in the August 9, 1919 issue. In a case of fortunate timing, Douglas Fairbanks, the silent movie star, was in the process of trying to change his image at the time, and he chose Zorro as his next starring role. In 1920, when the romantic swashbuckler debuted, it set movie box office records. Riot police had to disperse the huge crowds that showed up at the New York opening. Zorro entered the public consciousness and is now a part of...


Pulp Classics
John Gregory Betancourt
0809510936
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Sinister Stories was a short-lived (only 3 issues) "weird menace" magazine, designed to thrill and titilate through a mix of suspense, science fiction, bondage, nudity, and grisly horror. Stories such as "Brides of the Half-Men," "Satan's Studio of Sin," and "White Flesh Must Rot" are surely masterpieces of over-the-top pulp writing!


Spicy Mystery Stories (February 1937)
John Gregory Betancourt
080951110X
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The famous "weird menace" pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s are among the rarest and most sought-after publications by collectors. The "Spicy" magazines -- which included Spicy Mystery, Spicy Adventure, Spicy Detective, and others -- published a titilating mix of fantasy, horror, mystery, and suspense, punctuated by episodes of torture, sadism, sex, and other risque elements. Although tame by current standards, and sometimes of dubious literary merit, these publications presented tales which thrilled a sensation-hungry audience. Despite the themes and constraints of the market, writers who would later become famous -- including Hugh B. Cave, E. Hoffman Price, Robert Leslie Bellem, and many more -- were frequent contributors. The February 1937 issue features Bellem, Hugh Speer, Justin Case (Hugh B. Cave), and many...


Montezuma's Daughter
H. Rider Haggard
1587155028
November 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
The strange adventures and escapes of Thomas Wingfield, half English and half Spanish, in the years after Cortes's conquest of Mexico.

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Cuitlahua was crowned Emperor of the Aztecs in succession to his brother Montezuma, while I lay sick with the wound given me by the sword of de Garcia, and also with that which I had received on the altar of sacrifice. This hurt had found no time to heal.


Pulp Classics
John Gregory Betancourt
0809511150
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The second issue of the legendary pulp mystery magazine, The Black Mask, dates from May 1920.


An Antarctic Mystery: Or, the Sphinx of the Ice Fields: A Sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's the Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Jules Verne
1557423415
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
During his twilight years, the French author Jules Verne (1828-1905) wrote two original sequels to books that had fired his own youthful imagination but which he felt to be incomplete: Johann Wyss's Swiss Family Robinson and Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Arthur Gordon Pym (1845) was only one of many Poe stories which Verne admired; no other single author had more impact on his writing. Verne acknowledged this debt in his only major piece of literary criticism, a detailed 1864 article entitled "Edgard [sic] Poe and His Work." Poe (1809-1849) was just emerging on the French literary scene in translation as Verne was writing his first plays and short stories. Verne was familiar with a broad range of Poe's works, the well-remembered stories as well as many that are obscure today. What...


The Dragon Sorcerer
John Gregory Betancourt
0743475291
November 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Fel Blackmane is a pirate, rogue, and thorough scoundrel. But he also has a sense of adventure second to none, and every year he vows to do one impossible thing. This time he plans to sail his ship to the annual fair, sell ill-gotten booty back to its original owners, and make off with a new fortune. Unfortunately, Blackmane's deeds haven't gone unnoticed. Someone powerful is looking for vengeance . . . and the dreaded Dragon Sorcerer, with an army of unstoppable monsters under his control, is hot on his heels!


Pulp Classics
E. Hoffmann Price
0809511185
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
A baker's dozen of classic pulp stories, by a master of the genre! "Satan's Daughter and Other Tales from the Pulps" includes such rare gems as the title story, "Scourge of the Silver Dragon," "Revolt of the Damned," "Pit of Madness," "The Walking Dead," "Drink or Draw," and many more. "Pulp stories at their pulpiest from a master of the form. Enjoy!" -- Darrell Schweitzer

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A baker's dozen of classic pulp stories, by a master of the genre! "Satan's Daughter and Other Tales from the Pulps" includes such rare gems as the title story, "Scourge of the Silver Dragon," "Revolt of the Damned," "Pit of Madness," "The Walking Dead," "Drink or Draw," and many more. A delightful selection, ranging from fantasy to horror to action-mystery, all sprinkled with a dash of...

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