Baker, Kage :
The Life of the World to Come
(Tor 0-765-35432-2, $6.99, 392pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Tor, December 2004)
SF time travel novel in the author's series about the Company, a future organization that sends travelers into the past to rescue artifacts and extinct species. The series began with In the Garden of Iden (1997), and the most recent book in the series, The Children of the Company, was just published in hardcover.
The author's website has this description of the book, and an excerpt.
The book ranked #8 on the 2005 Locus poll for best SF novel.
Baxter, Stephen :
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-45789-7, $7.5, 496pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, September 2004)
SF novel, second in the "Destiny's Child" trilogy following Coalescent (2003), concerning war between humans and the mysterious alien Xeelee. The concluding volume, Transcendent, is due in hardcover from Del Rey in December.
Del Rey Online has this description and an excerpt.
The book ranked #17 on the 2005 Locus Poll for best SF novel.
Hetley, James A. :
The Winter Oak
(Ace 0-441-01255-8, $6.99, 295pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Ace, November 2004)
Celtic fantasy novel, sequel to The Summer Country (2002), about a battle between mankind and the Old Ones, with two more books to follow in the series.
The author's web page has a description and an excerpt.
Keyes, Greg :
The Charnal Prince
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-44071-4, $7.5, 496pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2004)
Fantasy novel, second in "The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone" following last year's The Briar King.
The publisher's site has this description and excerpt.
Amazon.com has a review by Jeremy Pugh, who says "Keyes is among authors like George R.R. Martin whose work is reinvigorating the often tired genre of high fantasy with rich, dark, and mature storytelling."
The book ranked #13 on the 2005 Locus Poll for best fantasy novel.
Marillier, Juliet :
(Tor 0-765-34591-9, $7.99, 563pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Tor, August 2004)
Historical fantasy novel set in the Orkney islands, sequel to Wolfskin, about a young man searching for the truth about his disgraced father.
The author's official website has this description and excerpt, plus background about the series, photos, etc.
This is the first mass market paperback edition; there was a trade paperback published in April.
McDevitt, Jack :
(Ace 0-441-01253-1, $7.99, 385pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Ace, November 2004)
SF mystery novel concerning a spaceship found empty and adrift. It's a follow up to the author's second novel A Talent for War (1989), involving the same characters.
Russell Letson's review last year in Locus Magazine commented that "Despite the long timescale, the interstellar setting, and the necessary involvement of SF enabling devices, McDevitt refuses to pull a robot out of the hat -- the solution to the mystery is rooted not in the posthuman but in the all-too-human."
Locus Magazine interviewed McDevitt in its October '05 issue, with excerpts posted online.
Pohl, Frederik :
The Boy Who Would Live Forever
(Tor 0-765-34935-3, $7.99, 452pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Tor, October 2004)
SF novel in Pohl's "Heechee" saga, which began with Hugo/Nebula/Campbell/Locus award winning Gateway (1977). It incorporates several short works previously published: the title novella from Far Horizons (1999), "A Home for the Old Ones" from the 30th's anniversary DAW SF anthology, and "Hatching the Phoenix" in Amazing Stories 1999-2000.
Tor Books has this Frederik Pohl page with a description of the book and an interview.
The Amazon page has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which called the book "a pure delight, miraculously combining wry adventure and compassionate satire."
Wells, Martha :
The Ships of Air
(HarperCollins/Eos 0-380-80799-8, $7.99, 474pp, mass market paperback, November 2005)
(First edition: Eos, July 2004)
Fantasy novel, second in the "Fall of Ile-Rien" trilogy following The Wizard Hunters (2003). The third volume, The Gate of Gods, was published in hardcover earlier this month.
The author's website has this description with links to several excerpts.
The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.