Chapters and excerpts from novels and graphic novels from various publishers

March 27 2012

The Advance Team (Excerpt)

Will Pfeifer and Germán Torres
Zack McKinley was just another twenty-something pizza delivery boy before he discovered that his pop culture idols are actually the advance team of an alien invasion. Now, encouraged and aided by his (probably insane) uncle, Zack must track them down, one by one, and kill them before the invasion can begin. But the advance team has no intention of letting Zack get in their way, and soon the authorities are hunting for a celebrity serial killer in a pizza delivery jacket. As his life slips out of control, Zack finds only more questions. Why are the aliens here? What do they have to do with him? Is it too late to stop them before the Earth is conquered? And what if he has simply lost his mind?
April 11 2014

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (Comic Excerpt)

Box Brown
Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin, Brown has created Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.
December 13 2011

The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1 (Excerpt)

Neil Gaiman and Leslie Klinger
Edited by and with an introduction and notes by Leslie S. Klinger, the expert researcher and editor behind the Edgar®-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and the critically acclaimed New Annotated Dracula, The Annotated Sandman is a panel-by-panel journey through every issue of The Sandman.
October 25 2012

Anya’s Ghost Graphic Novel (Excerpt)

Vera Brosgol
Anya is embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and has given up on fitting in at school. Her normal life isn't going so great until she falls down a well and discovers that any friend—even a ghostly one—might be better than no friends at all. Hopefully, she's right....
October 3 2013

An Apocalypse Makes Way for Magic. Hinterkind #1 (Comic Excerpt)

Ian Edginton and Francesco Trifogli
Decades after “The Blight” has all but wiped out the human race, Mother Nature is taking back what’s hers, and she’s not alone…The Hinterkind have returned. From the last, lost corners of the world they come, a myriad menagerie of myth and magic...but these aren’t childhood fairytale creatures. They are flesh, blood and passion, and they have a long-simmering hatred for those who drove them into the shadows: The human race!
April 19 2013

Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry (Excerpt)

Dave Roman
It's spring semester at Astronaut Academy, and Hakata Soy has lost his heart. Literally. And he's not the only one . . . something is stalking the halls of Astronaut Academy, impersonating the crush-objects of students and making off with their extra hearts!
May 18 2011

Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity

Dave Roman
Hakata Soy's past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won't stay in the past! The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren't going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won't return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball. Hakata just wants to make a fresh start. But how will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomness when he's got a robot doppelganger on its way to kill him?
April 17 2012

The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City (Excerpt)

Jared Axelrod
If you’re visiting the flying city of Amperstam without the latest printing of The Lurker’s Guide, you might as well be lost. This one-sheet is written, edited, and printed by Ashe, a girl raised on the streets of the flying city, and is dedicated to revealing its hidden treasures and deepest secrets—including many that the overcontrolling government doesn’t want anyone to know. The stakes are raised when Ashe accidentally uncovers the horror of exactly how Amperstam travels among the skies and garners the attention of those who would rather that secret be kept in the hands of the city’s powerful leaders. Soon Ashe is on the run from thugs and assassins, faced with the choice of imperiling her life just to keep publishing, or giving in to the suggestion of a rich patron that she trade in her voice and identity for a quiet, comfortable life. It’s a war of confusion for Ashe, but one thing is very clear: just because you live in a flying city, you can’t always keep your head in the clouds.
January 23 2013

Battling Boy (Excerpt)

Paul Pope
The death of Haggard West, Earth’s protector, has initiated a cosmic protocol. The world needs a new hero. A young man from a mystical place descends to Earth, accompanied by his father.
February 11 2013

Boxers and Saints (Comic Excerpt)

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang's two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints explores the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith. While Boxers tells the story of a peasant who joins the Rebellion, Saints follows the spiritual journey of a Chinese woman who converts to Catholicism.
August 13 2013

Boxers and Saints (Comic Excerpt)

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints explores the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith.
August 12 2013

Boxers and Saints (Comic Excerpt)

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints explores the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith.
January 5 2011

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer #40

Dark Horse Comics
This is the final issue of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer season 8.
February 13 2012

Captain Atom #6 (Excerpt)

DC Comics
A great danger has been lurking in the shadows while Captain Atom continues his crusade to help those in need. Now, the time has come for him to face a threat unlike any other — yet strangely similar to himself. Discover the secret connection between Captain Atom and this unholy beast.
February 12 2013

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (Excerpt)

Charles de Lint and Charles Vess
In this whimsical, original folktale written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one's own destiny.
October 4 2013

Chess Was Once Considered Bad For You

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
In Bad For You, Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.
August 21 2012

Clockwork Sky, Volume I (Comic Excerpt)

Madeleine Rosca
London, 1895: Riots in the streets! Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky! Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive.
February 15 2013

Constantine #1

Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes and Renato Guedes
Here are the first five pages of DC Comics' new 52 title Constantine by Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes, with art by Renato Guedes.
January 20 2011

Deathless Comic (Excerpt)

Amy Houser, Catherynne M. Valente and Amy Houser
Deathless re-envisions the story of Russian folk figures Koschei the Deathless and Marya Morevna: a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth to life in a stunning new incarnation.
August 16 2013

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Comic Excerpt)

Tony Cliff
Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan’s guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.
August 5 2013

Dial H #15 (Comics Excerpt)

In the small run-down town of Littleville, CO, a troubled young man stumbles upon the lost H-Dial and all of the secrets and power it possesses. It has been many years since the H-Dial has been seen, though legions of villains have been scouring the globe looking for it and its ability to transform users into a variety of superheros and take on their powers and psyches. Will our hero be able to harness the power of the H-Dial and protect it from falling into the hands of evil? Will this new-found power plunge our hero to madness? And will we ever discover where the H-Dial came from and its true meaning?
January 21 2011

Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth (Excerpt)

Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon, Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon
On the heels of explaining to his planetary leader the intricacies of human genetics in The Stuff of Life, intrepid alien scientist Bloort-183 has now been charged with covering the wider story of evolution.
May 6 2010

Excerpts and Launch News: Sword of My Mouth

Jim Munroe and Shannon Gerard
Ella’s baby isn’t quite right. But since the righteous floated into the sky and magic started working, not much is. A stand-alone story continuing on from the acclaimed graphic novel Therefore Repent!, Sword of My Mouth moves the focus from Chicago, under siege by angels with machine guns, to the urban prairie of Detroit. Folks in the D have banded together to turn land with burned-out crackhouses into farming tracts, and seem to be on a road to self-sufficiency…until Famine rides into town.
September 13 2011

The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (Excerpt)

Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon and Chase Conley
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume One begins Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy tale by introducing Rand al’Thor and his friends Matrim and Perrin at the spring festival. Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran appear, and almost before Rand knows it, he and his friends are fleeing his home village with Moiraine, Lan, and Egwene al’Vere, the innkeeper’s daughter, who wishes to become an Aes Sedai. The conclusion of this volume leaves the travelers on the road to Baerlon, barely ahead of the pursuing Trollocs and Draghkar. As they run for their lives, Moiraine and Lan begin to teach the young people what they need to know to survive in this dangerous world.
May 24 2012

The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 (Excerpt)

Robert Jordan and Chuck Dixon
Rand al’Thor, Egwene al’Vere, and their friends flee their home village in the company of Moiraine and her Warder, Lan Mandragoran. Pursued by their enemies, the group seeks sanctuary in Baerlon. Rand’s nightmares grow darker. Moiraine takes Egwene under her wing. Lan warns them to trust no one, but should that distrust extend to Lan and Moiraine as well?
August 26 2011

The Five Faces of Feynman

Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick
This book presents a colorful picture of the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, and world-class raconteur Richard Feynman, following him from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster.
September 30 2014

George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon: “Secret in the Snow” (Excerpt)

George R. R. Martin
The Ice Dragon is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults by the wildly popular author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Luis Royo enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon. The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.
February 18 2014

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza (Excerpt)

James Kochalka
The Glorkian Warrior isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, so it’s good he’s got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza’s got clams and peanut butter on it, so it’s not clear who’s going to want it, but deliver it they will.
October 21 2013

Have We Ever Trusted Our Children?

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
In Bad For You, Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.
September 22 2014

Horrorstör (Excerpt)

Grady Hendrix
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking. To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.