Books to Look For (September): Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Humor

Science Fiction Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato (Harper Voyager, 368 pages, September 16)

I've been teaching myself about steampunk these past couple of months, and am quite excited for this debut novel by Beth Cato. A story about a healer and the intrigue and murder aboard the airship that's taking her to a war-torn region, The Clockwork Dagger brings together elements of fantasy, steampunk, and mystery in fascinating ways.

Fantasy's Hero by Jonathan Wood (Titan Books, 400 pages, September 9)

When a book's description opens with "Another day, another zombie T-Rex to put down," HOW CAN YOU RESIST. You've also got your Russian cyborg wizards, and supernatural threats to Great Britain, which Arthur Wallace and the MI37 must try to stop. Looks cool.

Humor Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett (foreword by Neil Gaiman) (Doubleday, 336 pages, September 23)

Here we have the first collection of Pratchett's nonfiction, with essays, speeches, and interviews on such diverse topics as mushrooms, orangutans, scifi conventions, and hats. If you love his widely-acclaimed Discworld series, check out this collection.

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