Abraham, Daniel :
The Long Price: Shadow & Betrayal
(SFBC 978-0-7394-8915-4, $14.99, 596pp, hardcover, October 2007, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)
Omnibus edition of two novels, A Shadow in Summer (first published 2006) and A Betrayal in Winter (2007), the first two books in the "Long Price Quartet".
This edition is exclusive to the Science Fiction Book Club, whose website has this page for the book, with a club review.
Berman, Steve :
Vintage: A Ghost Story
(Haworth 978-1-56023-631-3, $12.95, 149pp, trade paperback, March 2007)
Young adult novel about a gay teen who encounters the ghost of a star athlete killed in 1957.
The author's site has this page about the book, with a description, blurbs, and a link to a PDF sample on the publisher's site.
Amazon's page has several posts by the author, including an announcement that the book has been named best YA novel by AfterElton.com.
Faren Miller reviewed the book in the March '07 issue of Locus: "This book avoids campiness without altogether abandoning a sense of humor -- here's the narrator, considering a hit of E: 'Were goths ever supposed to be euphoric?' Already a seasoned writer of short fiction, Berman doesn't falter in this longer tale of a predatory ghost who died young..."
Butcher, Jim :
(Ace 978-0-441-01527-6, $24.95, 451pp, hardcover, December 2007, jacket illustration Steve Stone)
Fantasy novel, fourth in the "Codex Alera" following Furies of Calderon (2004), Academ's Fury (2005), and Cursor's Fury (2006), set in a realm where adults have bonds with magical spirits that provide defenses and talents.
The author's website has this page about the book, with excerpts posted at weekly intervals.
Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "There's plenty of action, with strange betrayals, unexpected reversals, and some not-so-startling but delightfully dramatic revelations, as Tavi -- and others -- finally learn the truth of his parentage."
Chester, Deborah :
(Ace 978-0441015481, $7.99, 295pp, mass market paperback, December 2007, cover art Matt Stawicki)
Fantasy novel, first book in "The Pearls and the Crown", about an emperor's sister abducted by political enemies.
The author's what's new page has a description, noting its relation to her earlier "Ruby Throne" trilogy.
Amazon has reader reviews.
Coe, David B. :
The Sorcerers' Plague
(Tor 978-0-7653-1638-7, $25.95, 397pp, hardcover, December 2007, jacket art Romas)
Fantasy novel, first in the "Blood of the Southlands" trilogy related to the author's previous "Winds of the Forelands" series, concerning a plague in the Southlands.
Tor's site has this page about the book with a description and excerpt.
The author's site has this page about the book, another page about the series, and others with sample chapters and maps.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Fans will cheer on Forelands series hero Grinsa, a powerful but pacifist Qirsi, who ties the two series together as he strives to understand Lici's motivation and aims to find a peaceful resolution to the escalating Qirsi-Eandi strife that follows in her wake."
Craig, Jamie :
(Juno 978-0-8095-7201-4, $6.99, 282pp, mass market paperback, December 2007, cover art Timothy Lantz)
Urban fantasy novel about a mystical coin that sends a young woman back in time.
Jamie Craig is a pen-name for Vivien Dean and Pepper Espinoza; their website has this page for the book with an excerpt.
Juno's website also has a description (categorizing the book as "Sensual/Urban/Detective/Fantasy") and excerpt.
Datlow, Ellen, ed. :
(Tor 978-0-7653-1558-8, $25.95, 381pp, hardcover, December 2007)
Anthology of 20 original stories, subtitled "New tales of terror and the supernatural". Datlow provides a book introduction, in which she explains that this book is intentionally non-themed, and an introduction to each story.
Authors include K.W. Jeter, Laird Barron, Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, Jeffrey Ford, and Terry Dowling.
Tor's website has a description.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and subsequently named it one of the seven best SF/F/H books of the year (scroll down).
Nick Gevers reviewed the book in the November issue of Locus Magazine, saying "the quality of the prose is high, and many of the contributions are triumphs of construction, bringing plot and metaphor together in resounding harmony", and especially recommending stories by Paul Finch and Laird Barron.
Dramatic poem in two acts, set aboard starship the TransAtlantic Tortoise.
Not available from Amazon; the publisher's site (scroll down) has a description, blurbs from Sheila Finch and Sonya Taaffe, and ordering information.
Forbes, David :
The Words of Making
(Eos 978-0060820329, $7.99, 479pp, mass market paperback, October 2007)
Fantasy novel, second book in the "Osserian Saga" following The Amber Wizard (2006). In this book Gerin Atreyano, the Amber Wizard, must solve the magic of the Words of Making in order to fend off invaders.
The publisher's site has a description with its "browse inside" feature.
The author's website has links to excerpts, a map, and a glossary.
Francis, Diana Pharaoh :
(Roc 978-0-451-46179-7, $7.99, 402pp, mass market paperback, November 2007)
Fantasy novel, first book in the "Crosspointe" series, set in a port city where a customs inspector and relative to the royal family becomes involves with a gambling sea captain.
The author's website has this page for the book, with a Chapter 1 excerpt, and pages for the next two in the series, The Black Ship and Cursed by Sylveth.
Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the December issue of Locus: "I found myself occasionally wishing the writing was a little smoother, jarred by the occasional awkward phrase, but the adventure carries the day thanks to an interesting setting, likeable characters, and breakneck storytelling."
Greenberg, Martin H., & Loren L. Coleman :
(DAW 9780756404390, $7.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, November 2007)
Anthology of 15 original stories about professional wizards.
Authors include Orson Scott Card, Jay Lake, Mike Resnick, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Esther M. Friesner, and Michael A. Stackpole.
Amazon has a reader review that lists the full table of contents.
Hall, Sarah :
The Carhullan Army
(UK: Faber and Faber 978-0-571-23659-6, £14.99, 209pp, hardcover, August 2007)
Literary fantasy novel set in a future Britain run by a dictatorship, concerning Sister, a woman attempting to escape prison and reach a commune of women in Cumbria.
The publisher's site has this description from the dust jacket, and a PDF excerpt.
Online reviews include Colin Greenland's in Guardian: "Sarah Hall's third novel is an unexpected addition to that low-key subgenre of science fiction that includes Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Stern, murmurous protests against the folly and injustice of modern life, they typically enclose us and their sacrificial heroines in a tunnel of pessimism to focus our eyes on an eco-feminist light glowing faintly at the end...."
Locus Magazine lists it as a New and Notable Book for January.
Jones, Stephen, ed. :
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume Eighteen
(Carroll & Graf 978-0786720491, $13.99, 574pp, trade paperback, November 2007, cover illustration Les Edwards)
Anthology 24 horror stories first published in 2006. The book includes a 72 page introduction, and a 62 page necrology.
Authors include Michael Bishop, Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Hand, Kim Newman, Geoff Ryman, and Gene Wolfe.
British horror site Vault of Evil has this page for the book with the complete table of contents.
Kelso, Sylvia :
(Juno 978-0-8095-7205-2, $6.99, 260pp, mass market paperback, December 2007, cover art Timothy Lantz)
Fantasy novel about a male outlander found in the streets of Amberlight, where a matriarchal society uses motherlodes of pearl-rock to power the world.
The author's site has this page for the book, with a press release and links to a YouTube trailer.
The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
The Publishers Weekly review said "Kelso's self-consciously overwrought verbiage ... distracts from an otherwise intriguing exploration of sexual politics and the difficult calculus of leadership", while a blurb from Lois McMaster Bujold says "If some writers' prose sings, Kelso's is an opera".
Kratman, Tom :
(Baen 978-1-4165-7383-9, $23, 675pp, hardcover, November 2007, cover painting Kurt Miller)
Military SF novel set on an Earthlike planet 500 years from now, where terrorists have killed the family of Col. Patricio Carrera, who vows to destroy them. It's a sequel to A Desert Called Peace (published in August).
Baen's site has this description and links to excerpts.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which notes that "Kratman delights in offending left-wing sensibilities, but this will only enhance its appeal to his target audience, who will enjoy it for its realistic action sequences, strong characterizations and thoughts on the philosophy of war."
Levitt, John :
(Ace 978-0441015535, $6.99, 297pp, mass market paperback, November 2007, cover art Don Sipley)
Urban fantasy novel about Mason, a magical detective in San Francisco, making a living playing guitar until attacked by a supernatural entity.
The publisher's site has this brief description.
Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the January issue of Locus Magazine, concluding "Mason's lack of drive in particular leaves this thriller a little flat, despite plenty of action and some intriguingly different bits of magic."
Martin, George R. R. :
Dreamsongs: Volume II
(Bantam Spectra 978-0-553-80658-8, $27, 740pp, hardcover, December 2007, jacket illustration Dominic Harman)
Collection of 12 stories and scripts, second volume of a career retrospective.
Contents include two stories about Haviland Tuf, two Hollywood scripts, including 100+ page "Doorways", two Wild Card stories, and six others, including World Fantasy Award winner "The Skin Trade" and Nebula Award winner "Portraits of His Children". There's also a Retrospective Fiction Checklist compiled by Leslie Kay Swigart.
Like the earlier volume, the book has lengthy autobiographical commentaries opening each of the book's four divisions.
Bantam's site has this description with an excerpt from "The Hedge Knight".
The Publishers Weekly review: "Both physically and thematically immense, this extraordinary collection is one to cherish."
McCaffrey, Anne, & Todd McCaffrey :
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-545-47030-9, $25.95, 299pp, hardcover, December 2007, jacket illustration Paul Youll)
SF novel in the Pern series, the authors' third collaboration following Dragon's Kin (2003) and Dragon Fire. This book concerns an epidemic that threatens human life on Pern.
Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
The Publishers Weekly review calls it a "satisfying third collaboration" between the authors; "The McCaffreys depict the crisis vividly, with enough detail to make the tragedy all too real and with enough hope to keep fantasy fans happy."
Phair, Colette :
Nightmare in Silicon
(Chiasmus Press 0-9785499-9-6, $14.95, 96pp, trade paperback, November 2007)
SF novella about a sexually-adventurous woman whose life-threatening illness forces her into the body of a gender-neutral robot.
The publisher is a Portland-based literary collective; the author's site has a brief description, with blurbs by Alan Moore and Rudy Rucker, and an excerpt from a screenplay version.
Amazon also has a blurb by Paul Di Filippo, and reader reviews.
Smith, Kristine :
(SFBC 978-0-7394-9103-4, $12.99, 705pp, hardcover, October 2007, jacket art Chris McGrath)
Omnibus of the fourth and fifth novels in the author's series about human-alien hybrid Jani Kilian: Contact Imminent, first published 2003, and Endgame (2007).
This hardcover edition is exclusive to the Science Fiction Book Club, whose website has this page about the book, with a club review.
Smith, Kristine :
Rules of Survival
(SFBC 978-0-7394-8916-1, $13.99, 980pp, hardcover, October 2007, jacket art Chris McGrath)
Omnibus of three novels about Jani Kilian, a former diplomat who survives a military conflict via illegal infusion of alien genetic material. The novels are Code of Conduct (first published 1999), Rules of Conflict (2000), and Law of Survival (2001).
This hardcover edition is exclusive to the Science Fiction Book Club, whose website has this page about the book with a club review.
Spencer, Wen :
(Baen 978-1416573852, $25, 344pp, hardcover, December 2007, cover art Alan Pollack)
SF novel about a starship captain's voyage into a pocket universe called the Sargasso.
Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
Amazon has reader reviews.
Zahn, Timothy :
The Third Lynx
(Tor 978-0-7653-1732-2, $24.95, 350pp, hardcover, November 2007, jacket art Mark Zug)
SF novel, sequel to Night Train to Rigel (2005). In this book former agent Frank Compton battles a telepathic intelligence that threatens the Qudrail interstellar train.
Tor's site has this description with an excerpt.
The Publishers Weekly review calls it a "gripping sequel", concluding "Memorable characters such as Compton and Batya's wise Bellido ally, Korak Fayr; the growing intimacy between the pair; and loving details of the almost-plausible Quadrail technology lift this SF action thriller."