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Starliner

By: David Drake

Description: Finest passenger liner in the galaxy — Brightest link in the chain that binds the starflung civilization of the 23rd century— Six thousand lives in a single hull, trembling through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds, each with its own history and wonder —

Excerpt: Reed stared at the crystalline mural over the autobar. The Empress of Earth's ports of call were sculpted as icons. They ranged from Earth—bands of rose quartz and topaz to suggest the aurora borealis—to three onion-domed towers representing Tblisi. The bead of red light now on Earth would follow the Empress's progress across the arc, while the blue indicator for the Brasil moved in the opposite direction until they merged briefly on the oil derricks of Hobilo.

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There will Be Dragons

By: John Ringo

Description: In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. The world is a paradise—and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering how to survive.

Excerpt: She was a God, She was deliberately designed as an uncaring one. Within those parameters She had spent the last two thousand years creating a world that fit the term Utopia. As a fundamental part of Her coding, She felt a strong sense of satisfaction at how things had worked out. On the other hand, to do that required an environment that was unchanging to a boring degree. Maybe, deep down inside, the humans were as bored as She was. It looked as if interesting t...

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A Desert Called Peace

By: Tom Kratman

Description: They should have picked their enemies more carefully. Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind's sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the Salafi Ikhwan have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey's wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistak...

Excerpt: Your young children shall be taken back to your enemy's country, the mullah continued. Your women, and the girls over twelve, are awarded to his Pashtun Scouts as prizes. Mr. Yamaguchi, and the mullah's head nodded to indicate the oriental man who had accompanied the party, and Mr. al Ajami, another head nod, represent certain interests in Yamato and Doha that might wish to buy some of these women and girls from the Scouts. Having consulted with the Jinn I have ...

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Draw One in the Dark

By: Sarah Hoyt

Description: Every one of us has the beast inside. But for Kyrie Smith, the beast is no metaphor. Since she was 15, when she first shape-shifted into a savage, black panther, Kyrie has questioned her humanity and moved from town to town, searching for a way to feel human again.

Excerpt: And yet she couldn't pretend nothing had happened. She knew she had heard the scream. With that type of scream, someone or something was in trouble bad. Back there. In the parking lot. At this time of night most of the clientele of the Athens came in on foot, from the nearby apartment complexes or from the college dorms just a couple of blocks away. It could be hours before anyone went out to the parking lot. Kyrie didn't want to go out there, either. But she co...

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The Philisophical Strangler

By: Eric Flint

Description: Mighty Greyboar, the world's greatest professional strangler, is dissatisfied with his lot in life. The work is steady and the pay is good, but what, he wonders, is the point of it all But when he learns that there is a Supreme Philosophy of Life*, Greyboar the Strangler is Born Again! Still, just how can a professional man in good standing pay the bills with all this philosophical exploration getting in the way That's what his hard-headed agent and manager ...

Excerpt: And that's how the whole thing started. It was bad enough when Greyboar was wasting his time (and my patience) searching for a philosophy of life. But now that he's found one, he's impossible. If I'd known in advance what was going to happen, I wouldn't have touched the job for all the gold in Ozar. But there it is—I was an agent, not a fortune-teller. And even though we were flush at the moment, I always had an eye out for a lucrative job. Folly ever comes cloa...

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Genellan: Planetfall

By: Scott Gier

Description: Genellan—a beautiful, Earthlike world where intelligent cliff dwellers waited in fear for the day the bear people would return, killing them for their fur . . . Genellan—the only refuge for a ship's crew and a detachment of spacer Marines, abandoned by a fleet fleeing from alien attackers. Stranded on Genellan, the humans struggled to make a home for themselves until—they hoped against hope—the fleet would return to rescue them.

Excerpt: Gorruk stood over Moth; the prone scientist sensed the general's pulsating body heat and smelled his irritation. Moth clinched shut his eyes and pressed his forehead to the floor. Why? Gorruk queried. Why does this worthless heap of intellectual offal pretend to your precious attention? The Supreme Leader has greater concerns. Our race is saved from another invasion, the enemy routed, chased from our system—again! Planetary Defense Command, with overwhelming ass...

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Gust Front

By: John Ringo

Description: Our choice was simple: we could be cannon fodder, or we could be ... fodder. We could send our forces to fight and die (as only humans can) against a ravening horde that was literally feeding on its interstellar conquests—or remain as we were—virtually weaponless and third in line for brunch. We chose to fight.

Excerpt: I am joyful that our people have such exquisite leadership, the Ghin said. Then he also copied a human expression as his lips drew back in a broad smile. The glittering teeth of a rending carnivore were exposed for all to see and the watching Indowy shut their eyes and turned away. None of them had the stupidity to actually run or otherwise embarrass the Darhel lords, but none of them would ever forget the sight. Our future is in good hands.

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The Course of Empire

By: Eric Flint and K. D. Wentworth

Description: Conquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny—and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, who are sending a genocidal extermination fleet to the solar system.

Excerpt: Windward, water of a startling blue lapped at a pale expanse of sand, while, heartward, unbridled green plant growth vied with the graceless piles of stone and glass that guarded the periphery of the great Jao military base. In front of one building, several rectangles of red and gold fabric had been secured to the top of a pole. Even from here, he could hear the cloth snapping in the breeze. Bizarre, but he supposed they must serve some purpose. The compact, el...

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Dragon Quest Dai No Daiboken 297 : Genetic Battle Memory: Dragon Q...

By: Koji Inada

Description: On a remote island in the southern seas lives Dai, a shipwrecked boy who dreams of becoming a great hero. One day, the evil demon king is revived, so it's up to Dai and his friends to stop him and the evil force that revived him. Along the way, Dai discovers the identity of the hero, the truth behind the evil force who revived the demon king, and Dai's own hidden powers that surface in times of peril.

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Kurozuka 33: Acceleration Apparatus: Kurozuka

By: Yumemakura Baku

Description: Escaping from a brother who had just ascended the throne, Yoshitsune, along with his servant, comes across a house in the middle of a desolate mountain. Oddly enough, only a young woman lives there, who seems to possess a very dark and ominous past. This is for mature audiences only, because of its constant full-frontal nudity, among other things ...

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Betrayal Knows My Name (Uragiri Wa Boku No Namae Wo Shitteiru) : I...

By: Hotaru Odagiri

Description: Plagued by reoccurring dreams he can't quite recall and a strange power that allows others' thoughts and emotions to flow into him, high school student Sakurai Yuki has always longed to know the reason for his existence. Soon after a hauntingly beautiful, nostalgic stranger named Zess saves Yuki from an oncoming car, the head of the Gioh clan shows up at the foster group home where Yuki lives, claiming to be family. Who are the Gioh clan? What is their conne...

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Flow 1: The Flow: Stream

By: Heo Ni-bi

Description: In this world, every child is born under a god. Every child can have their god grant them a wish. For the children that haven't made wishes, the gods will disguise themselves as animals and follow the children around. Once in a while comes a human that hasn't made their wish yet. Of all the gods, the cat god is the most boring. It can't grant useful wishes and is frankly annoying. Leerang, who hasn't made a wish yet, has to deal with his cat god as he goes a...

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Buster Keel 21: the Battle of Mt. Kaka: Buster Keel!

Description: Keel the hero of our story is looking desperately for Silva the so called best monster fighter to retrieve something precious that he took away from him, on his search he joins a beginner monster fighter girl, along with her flying pig monster and goes for an adventure to find Silva who for some reason has been missing for 3 years?!?

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1001 4: 1001 Knights

By: Sugisaki Yukiru

Description: A tale of mystery and magic. Naito and Yuki Fuka are twin brothers with very different personalities. While Naito is elegant and good in school, Yuki is athletic and often winds up in fights. Despite this, they maintain a close relationship. When their father turns up missing, both must travel to Dubai in search of him. A mysterious peddler has other plans though, as the twins soon find themselves in the world of One Thousand and One Nights.

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Buster Keel 12: Do it Yourself: Buster Keel!

Description: Keel the hero of our story is looking desperately for Silva the so called best monster fighter to retrieve something precious that he took away from him, on his search he joins a beginner monster fighter girl, along with her flying pig monster and goes for an adventure to find Silva who for some reason has been missing for 3 years?!?

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Saiyuki 45: Gensomaden Saiyuki, Saiyuuki

By: Minekura Kazuya

Description: Having been assigned by the human elders the mission of stopping a mystical plague that has afflicted the Youkai with madness, Genjyo Sanzo assembles his team of Youkai warriors, desperately hoping that the disease will not affect them. He sets up qualifying tests that will help him determine the loyalty and worth of Cho Hakkai, Son Goku and Sha Gojyo. The team then journeys west to rid the land of madness.

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+anima 22 : House of Apples: Plus Anima, Parallel +anima

By: Natsumi Mukai

Description: Beings who possess animal-like powers walk among humans in this alternate universe. These mysterious mutants, the +Anima, are shunned by society. Four outcasts in particular--Cooro, a boy with crow-like powers; Husky, a fish-boy; Senri, a bear +Anima; and a girl named Nana, who wields the power of the bat--search for others like themselves while trying to gain acceptance in a world cruel to anyone or anything that is different.

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Kurozuka 3: First Victory: Kurozuka

By: Yumemakura Baku

Description: Escaping from a brother who had just ascended the throne, Yoshitsune, along with his servant, comes across a house in the middle of a desolate mountain. Oddly enough, only a young woman lives there, who seems to possess a very dark and ominous past. This is for mature audiences only, because of its constant full-frontal nudity, among other things ...

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Dragon Quest Dai No Daiboken 25 : Dai's Weakness: Dragon Quest: Da...

By: Koji Inada

Description: On a remote island in the southern seas lives Dai, a shipwrecked boy who dreams of becoming a great hero. One day, the evil demon king is revived, so it's up to Dai and his friends to stop him and the evil force that revived him. Along the way, Dai discovers the identity of the hero, the truth behind the evil force who revived the demon king, and Dai's own hidden powers that surface in times of peril.

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Dear 16: Hell Party Approach

By: Fujiwara Cocoa

Description: She lives alone in a small secluded house deep in a mountainous forest, the TV her only connection to the outside world. After years of watching and dreaming of what life must be like in the outside world, she has gathered up her courage to venture out and explore the local village. However, she must be careful not to stand out among the humans, for Chiruha holds a secret ... Kisara also holds a secret ... and a grudge. He is searching for who--or whatever c...

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