Eve is an inquisitive baby rat who regularly escapes from her cage. One night she meets a strange creature in a glass tank across the room, a boa constrictor named Malachi. The snake is amused by Eve's questions, and he awes her with stories of the wilds where he was caught. What will happen to their friendship when Eve discovers what Malachi eats?
Malachi has the most wonderful adopted family in the world. They love him and tell him stories and bring him food. The problem: Malachi is a boa constrictor and his adopted family are a colony of rats. His particular friend is a young rat named Eve, who does her best to steal tasty treats for Malachi from the farm house. However, the treats seem to be making Malachi sick, and he is growing dangerously hungry.
Anaroo is an airship slave, destined to spend her days running on a treadmill, winding the great springs of the Scarlet Albatross. When a storm threatens to sink the ship, Anaroo and her fellow slaves seize the opportunity to escape. Now, at last, she can go home. However, the airship nearly sank for a reason - violent unrest among the island kingdoms below. The world is changing, and the surviving inhabitants of the Scarlet Albatross will need to cooperate to survive.
"a stand alone entry into Abbie's amazing universe"
A warlike race of Martians plans their glorious conquest of Earth but one of them, Ettil Vrye, foresaw defeat. He was given his choice of joining the Legion of War - or burning! The story contains quite a bit of humor and irony, things not often found in Bradbury stories.
"A Great Bradbury Tale, Greatly Read"
Storm is born into a world of secrets - an island no one visits, names no one will say, and deaths that no one will talk about. The answers are locked in his species' troubled past, guarded by the fierce creasia cats. But when Storm's friends are threatened, he decides that he must act, pitting himself against the creasia to show that they can be resisted and outwitted. To prove his point, he must stay one step ahead of clever hunters, who have more to lose than Storm imagines.
"Enjoyed so much, had to listen to twice"
After the war with Earth, bioengineered humans scatter across the Backworlds. Competition is fierce and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze's father decides to hoard his fortune by destroying his son. Cut off from family and friends, with little money, and even less knowledge of the worlds beyond his own, Craze heads into an uncertain future. Boarding the transport to Elstwhere, he vows to make his father regret this day.
"Strange Dealings in Strange Places"
Keesha is woken from his winter torpor by a surprising visitor to the Dreaming Sea. His old enemy, Arcove, has a problem, and he needs Keesha's help.
"A great return to Panamindorah!"
Mercenary. Galactic traveler. Survivor. Earl Dumarest is all those things - and more. For he claims to come from the mythical planet of Earth. And those claims have just attracted the attention of the sinister Cyclan. Stranded on Gath with no way off, Dumarest becomes embroiled in the schemes of a sadistic prince and a dying matriarch. Plots within plots unfold. Dumarest is the key to their success. For amid the schemes of prince and matriarch alike, all have come to experience the legendary Winds of Gath.
"LIFE IS A LOTTERY"
The lives of well-born twins Kismet and Taso are easy and carefree - endless days of bedding women and fighting battles among the gods - until sorcery drives a wedge between them that slices deeper than flesh. Kismet has striven to be the ultimate warrior, but a mistake costs him his brother, his family, and his homeland. He carves out a new life in the desert, rising to the command of a realm and an army, yet can't escape his past.
Aboard the small trading ship Moray, Earl Dumarest headed into the Web, a region of space twisted and wrenched out of shape by the dense remnants of dead suns. He had no money, no goal, and no tomorrow - only his memories and an undying hope. Somewhere in the vastness of the galaxy he would find the person who could hear his question: "Have you heard of a planet called Earth?" - and answer, "Yes."
Silas Ackleby is a young airship sailor looking for a job. He's had a run-in with a pickpocket, leaving him with barely enough coin to gamble for his breakfast. Silas rarely loses a card game, but he's displeased to find that the only game going involves a random partner. He's even more displeased when his partner turns out to be a wealthy student from the airship academy named Percival Bellwater. Silas is ready to strangle Percy within moments of meeting him, but Percy is less feckless than Silas originally assumes.
When Angus MacBain finds that a Sea Hag has cast a deadly spell on Vanora's father, he must once again set aside his life in the outside world to plunge into danger to save his friend's father. But when he seeks out Fane, advisor to the MacBain Kings, Angus discovers that Vanora's father is not the only one in dire peril. Now with two souls in mortal danger, Angus and Vanora must face the unknown challenges of Fingal's Cave alone this time - without the aid of his trusted advisor.
In this Western sequel to Birth of a Sidekick, young Ben Parks is stuck in Trueno, Arizona without a mentor. But when a veiled stranger comes to town, he ends up with a second chance at achieving his dream of being an adventure sidekick.
"great sequel - better than the first!"
The teenage girl wrapped in a sheet calls herself Casper (as in "The Friendly Ghost") but Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade doesn't find her friendly and she's definitely not a ghost. However, Paladin demands that Spade babysit Casper, and Spade never says no to Paladin. Even when it comes to babysitting on Halloween weekend, while Spade runs the second most important convention of the year. Because Paladin doesn't ask favors; she solves crimes. And apparently, she (and Casper) need help only Spade can provide.
Revenge is on Craze's mind. He chews on it everyday. He dreams of grander business and wealth, enough to make his father choke. That's the dream consuming him when the interstellar portal opens, spitting out a ship that that should no longer exist. A battleship spoiling for a fight, yet the war with the Foreworlds ended two generations ago. The enemy takes over Craze's tavern and aims their dastardly guns in his face. One wrong move and the shaky truce will end. So will Craze and his friends.
"It was enjoyable"
When ninth grader Britt Petersen decides to explore the dreaded Laemmle House for an article in her school newspaper, she drags her friends Rob and Dave along. All get more than they bargain for inside the house, and discover something worse when they leave: that a full year has passed.
"Tight, well told, engaging ghost story"
Retired Detective Bayard Lott hosts the weekly poker games at his home. The group calls themselves the Cold Poker Gang. And they succeed at closing old cases. Lott's very first homicide case as a brand-new detective had gone cold more than 20 years earlier. But retired Reno detective Julia Rogers, new to the Cold Poker Gang, suggests they look at that case again for personal reasons.
A stowaway on a train, running from something horrible, falls into the hands of evil men. Soon, innocent lives will be lost as human monsters will face something ancient, powerful - and hungry.
"Great "Weird West" story!"
When the world as we know it falls, the New Texas Republic rises to face the harsh realities of holding civilization together one town at a time. Such is the task before Austin Reynolds, Texas Ranger, as he rides into the community of New Hope where a shifty-eyed mayor, his alluring and beautiful assistant, and a blind prophesying preacher complicate an inevitable battle against wild northern raiders. No Kinda Life is a post-apocalyptic adventure and traditional western rolled together into a riveting short novel
"A story which will stick with you"
The planet was without a star of its own. It was from another galaxy. It was uninhabited and it was sentient. In its own way it might have been the most powerful single intelligent entity in the universe. But it knew nothing about humanity. So when it picked up the survivors of a wrecked space-liner, it was confronted by mysteries. What were men? What were women? What was emotion? What, especially, was love?