Science Fiction/Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note, February 15, 2012

Douglas, Ian. Singularity. Harper Voyager. (Star Carrier, Bk. 3). Feb. 2012. c.400p. ISBN 9780061840272. pap. $7.99. SF

Reeling from the near destruction of the solar system, Earth’s political powers seek peace with an alien life force never before encountered. Complications arise when a rogue admiral and former war hero takes the war into his own hands. Douglas is also the author of the Heritage, Legacy, and Inheritance trilogies.

Kerr, Katharine. Apocalypse To Go. DAW, dist. by Penguin. Feb. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780756407094. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

As the head of San Francisco’s special agency the Apocalypse Squad, Nola O’Grady investigates supernatural occurrences in the city. Her third outing involves a were-leopard, a false accusation, missing family members, and the threat of a split between her and her partner. Kerr is also the author of the Deverry series.

Martin, Gail Z. The Dread. Orbit: Hachette. (Fallen Kings Cycle, Bk. 2). Feb. 2012. c.640p. ISBN 9780316093613. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Tris Drayke, the Summoner-King of Margolan, travels north to fight a war for which he is unprepared, while his wife, Kiara, inherits the crown of Isencroft’s King Donelan after his assassination. Across the sea, a new threat arises that requires both Tris and Kiara to uncover its nature in the conclusion to this two-book cycle (The Sworn) set in the world of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series.

McGuire, Seanan. Discount Armageddon. DAW, dist. by Penguin. (InCryptid, Bk. 1). Mar. 2012. c.368p. ISBN 9780756407131. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Meet Verity Price, a cryptozoologist who, like her family, spends her time studying the monsters of the world and keeping them from harming humanity‚ and vice versa. Determined to take a year off to pursue her dream of being a dancer, Price runs into a member of the Covenant of St. George, her family’s rivals, and dancing becomes more dangerous than ever. McGuire is also the author of the October Daye series.