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Two sci-fi/paranormal novels

August 22, 2011 - Amy Phelps
A post-apocalyptic Western takes a vampire spin in Christine Cody's "Bloodlands." After a plague of mosquitos and other elemental troubles makes most of the West uninhabitable, only a few like the tenacious Mariah try to make their living there, away from the society that has sprung up, run by corporations. Mariah keeps away from humanity with only her smart dog for company until the day she sees a wounded man wandering the wilderness and ends up taking a chance on helping him. But Gabriel is no ordinary man. He is a vampire, searching for his presumed dead lover or her killer. And little does Gabriel know, there is a vampire hunter hot on his heels. As Gabriel investigates his lover's disappearance, he and Mariah become closer together even as danger surrounds them. This is an interesting new series, blending science fiction, horror and Western elements in one tight package. There's action and romance as well to keep the pages turning. "Bloodlands" is published by Ace. It is $7.99 and 309 pages long.

New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman continues the story of two brothers in "Basilisk." Lukas has been rescued by his brother, Stefan. For years, Lukas was known as Michael, someone who could kill with a touch. Liberated by his brother but unable to put his past behind him, Lukas wants to go back and rescue the other children held captive and turned into killers by the Institute. But things get even more dangerous when a new creation is set loose on Lukas and Stefan, one who can kill just by thinking it. And Lukas begins to unravel a plot that reveals just how dangerous the men he worked for are... This is a fun science-fiction series full of action and intrigue. Fans of Thurman should check this one out. "Bailisk" is published by Roc. It is $7.99 and 324 pages long.


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