Fantasy/SF/Horror Book Excerpts

Here you will find excerpts and first chapters from the latest fantasy/sf/horror novels. You can use the listings below to navigate to the genre-specific titles. Click on the title to read an excerpt of the book.

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Acorna's Search
by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Eos)

Allegiance (Star Wars)
by Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)

The Awakened City
by Victoria Strauss (Eos)

by James Rollins (William Morrow)

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

The Approaching Storm (Star Wars)
by Alan Dean Foster (Del Ray)

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories
by Ursula K. Le Guin (Perennial)

Blood Canticle
by Anne Rice (Knopf)

Bones of the Earth
by Michael Swanwick (Eos)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes
by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte)

The Burning Land
by Victoria Strauss (Eos)

The Children of Hurin
by J. R. R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin)

Counterfeit Kings
by Adam Connell (Phobos)

Crossroads of Twilight
by Robert Jordan (Tor)

Dates From Hell
by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong and Lori Handeland (Avon)

by Jack McDevitt (Eos)

Destiny: Child of The Sky
by Elizabeth Haydon (Tor)

The Devil's Armor
by John Marco (DAW)

Diablo: Demonsbane
by Robert B. Marks (Simon & Schuster)

Diuturnity's Dawn
by Alan Dean Foster (Del Ray)

Enchanter: Book Two of The Wayfarer Redemption
by Sara Douglass (Tor)

Ender's Shadow
by Orson Scott Card (Tor Books)

by Christopher Paolini (Knopf)

by James Rollins (HarperCollins)

The Eyes of God
by John Marco (Daw)

The Fifth Ring
by Mitchell Graham (Eos)

The Fifth Sorceress
by Robert Newcomb (Del Ray)

First Rider's Call
by Kristen Britain (DAW)

Flinx's Folly
by Alan Dean Foster (Del Ray)

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow)

Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2)
by Angie Sage (Katherine Tegan Books)

For a Few Demons More
by Kim Harrison (HarperCollins)

A Forest of Stars: Book II of The Saga of Seven Suns
by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Books)

Forever Odd
by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

The God Particle
by Richard Cox (Del Rey)

Hades' Daughter
by Sara Douglass (Tor)

The Harlequin
by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Berkley)

A Hat Full of Sky
by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

by Kelley Armstrong (Bantam Spectra)

Heart-Shaped Box
by Joe Hill (Morrow)

Hidden Empire: Book I of The Saga of Seven Suns
Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Books)

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown)

Horizon Storms
by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Books)

Hunters of Dune
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor/Tom Doherty)

Impossible Odds
by Dave Duncan (Eos)

The Jaguar Knights: A Chronicle of the King's Blades
by Dave Duncan (Eos)

Judas Unchained
by Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey)

Kitty Goes to Washington
by Carrie Vaughn (Warner Books)

Kushiel's Scion
by Jacqueline Carey (Warner Books)

The Lake House
by James Patterson (Warner Books)

Lion's Blood
by Steven Barnes (Aspect Books)

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
by Garth Nix (HarperCollins)

by Stephen Baxter (Eos)

The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin)

Making Money
by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ancestors of Avalon
by Diana L. Paxson (Viking)

Metal Swarm
by Kevin J. Anderson (Orbit)

Mistress of the Pearl
by Eric Van Lustbader (Tor Books)

Monstrous Regiment
by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

Night Blooming
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Warner Books)

Peril's Gate
by Janny Wurts (Eos)

The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque
by Jeffrey Ford (Eos)

Priestess of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson (Viking)

Prophecy: Child of Earth
by Elizabeth Haydon (Tor)

Riding the Bullet
by Stephen King (Scribner/Philtrum Press)

The Right Hand of Evil
by John Saul (Ballantine Books)

The Ring of Five Dragons
by Eric Van Lustbader (Tor)

Ringworld's Children
by Larry Niven (Tor Books)

Sandworms of Dune
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor)

Shadow Puppets
by Orson Scott Card (Tor)

The Shelters of Stone
Jean Auel (Crown)

The Skies Of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey (Ballantine Books)

The Snow Garden
by Christopher Rice (Talk Miramax Books)

Star Trek: S.C.E. #5: Interphase: Book Two
by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore (Simon & Schuster)

The Saints of the Sword
by John Marco (Bantam)

The Scent of Shadows
by Vicki Pettersson (Eos)

The Scrolls of the Ancients: Volume III of the Chronicles of Blood and Stone
by Robert Newcomb (Del Rey)

Seduced by Moonlight
by Laurell K. Hamilton (Ballantine)

Sign of the Qin
by L.G. Bass (Hyperion)

StarCraft: Uprising
by Micky Neilson (Simon & Schuster)

Star Trek: S.C.E. #1: The Belly of the Beast
by Dean Wesley Smith (Simon & Schuster)

A Stroke of Midnight
by Laurell K. Hamilton (Ballantine)

Survivor's Quest
by Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)

Sword of Angels
by John Marco (DAW)

Talon of the Silver Hawk
by Raymond E. Feist (Eos)

The Visitor
by Sheri S. Tepper (Eos)

WarCraft: Of Blood and Honor
by Chris Metzen (Simon & Schuster)

Tbe Wave
by Walter Mosley (Warner Aspect)

The Wee, Free Men
by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

The Witch Queen
by Jan Siegel (Del Ray)

The Wizard Hunters
by Martha Wells (Eos)