Dart-Thornton, Cecilia :
(Tor 0765350564, $7.99, 20+376pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
Fantasy novel, third in the "Crowthistle Chronicles" trilogy following The Iron Tree (2004) and The Well of Tears (2005).
This is a reprint of Tor's hardcover edition; the first world edition was published earlier in the United Kingdom, Australia & New Zealand.
The author's website has this page about the book, and an excerpt.
There's also a page for the next volume, Fallowblade, due later this year in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Though Dart-Thornton delivers more talk (including lectures on vegetarianism and animal cruelty) than action, her fans will continue to enjoy her Celtic-inspired mythology."
Flint, Eric, & David Drake :
The Dance of Time
(Baen 1416521372, $7.99, 655pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: Baen, February 2006)
Alternate history novel, final book in the "Belisarius" sequence that began with An Oblique Approach in 1998, about the famous Roman general in 6th century India battling an empire led by a computer demon from the future.
Baen's site has this description and numerous excerpts.
Uchronia has this page about the series with summaries of the earlier books.
Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson :
Hunters of Dune
(Tor 9780765351487, $7.99, 563pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: Tor, August 2006)
SF novel, the seventh collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. This is the first half of the rumored "Dune 7" novel, to be concluded in Sandworms of Dune, due in hardcover in August.
Wikipedia has this entry for the book, with a lengthy synopsis.
The official Dune novels site has this description.
Kushner, Ellen :
The Privilege of the Sword
(Bantam Spectra 0553586963, $6.99, 462pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, August 2006)
Fantasy novel set in the world of Riverside, setting of previous novels Swordspoint (1987) and The Fall of the King (2002, written with Delia Sherman). In this book a country girl is obliged by her city uncle and patron to learn the ways of the sword.
Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt
Kushner's website has background on her earlier books, and information about her radio and online career. She also writes a blog.
The novel won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel earlier this year.
Faren Miller described it last year in Locus Magazine as "a thrilling tale that's more than just a thriller or a melding of quasi-historical fantasy with the comedy of manners."
Lynch, Scott :
The Lies of Locke Lamora
(Bantam Spectra 055358894X, $6.99, 722pp, mass market paperback, July 2007, cover art Steve Stone)
(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, June 2006)
Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about an orphan boy who grows up among thieves and con artists in a city on a distant planet, and becomes the celebrated leader of the Gentleman Bastards.
The second book in the series, Red Seas Under Red Skies, is due in hardcover next week.
Bantam's site has this description, and an excerpt.
The book placed 2nd in this year's Locus Poll, in the Best First Novel category.
Amazon has reviews from PW and Booklist, the latter's starred review raving "With this debut novel, Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens..."
Moriarty, Chris :
(Bantam Spectra 0553586254, $6.99, 596pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, July 2006)
Hard SF novel, sequel to the author's first novel Spin State (2003), about a genetic weapon that could destroy humanity, and two clones who try to auction it to the highest bidder.
The book won this year's Philip K. Dick Award for best original paperback published in the US last year. (The first edition was a trade paperback.)
Bantam's website has this description and an excerpt.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which presciently commented "Where Spin State was nominated for awards, this sequel may win them."
Phillips, Julie :
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
(Picador 0-312-42694-1, $18, 560pp, trade paperback, June 2007)
(First edition: St. Martin's, August 2006)
Biography of Alice B. Sheldon, who published SF stories and novels under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. from 1968 until her death by suicide in 1987.
The book has received much acclaim, including a National Book Critics Circle award, as well as a Locus Award in the nonfiction category.
The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt. Phillips' site provides photos and excerpts.
Gary K. Wolfe's review last year in Locus Magazine concluded "It's as respectable a legacy as any author can hope for, but few authors can hope to see such a legacy documented with such sympathetic intelligence as it is here."
Stross, Charles :
(Ace 0441015085, $7.99, 333pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: Ace, July 2006)
Far future SF novel set in a post-Acceleration 27th century in which a man escapes would-be assassins by entering an experimental 'Glasshouse' community that recreates early 21st-century life.
The novels placed 2nd in this year's Locus Poll in the Best Science Fiction Novel category.
Amazon has reviews from PW and Booklist, and its Search Inside feature with an excerpt.
Nick Gevers' review last year in Locus Magazine noted motifs from Varley, Barnes, McCarthy, Schroeder, Egan, and MacLeod, yet concluded "The result is more than the sum of the games, though: a tale that is funny, creepy, smart, challenging, and moving, sometimes all at once."
Turtledove, Harry :
Bridge of the Separator
(Tor 1416521399, $7.99, 565pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: Baen, December 2005)
Alternate history fantasy novel set in Turtledove's 'Videssos' series, about a cleric during an invasion by barbarians who begins to doubt his religious allegiance.
Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
Steven H Silver maintains this page about the series, with a map and cover images.
Turtledove, Harry :
Settling Accounts: The Grapple
(Ballantine Del Rey 0345464079, $15.95, 616pp, mass market paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2006)
Alternate-history novel, third in the trilogy following Return Engagement (2004) and Drive to the East (2005), in which the Conferderate States of America takes on Nazi Germany's role in World War II, with former slaves put into concentration camps. The final book in the series, Settling Accounts: In at the Death, is just out in hardcover.
Del Rey's site has this description.
Amazon has the Booklist review by Roland Green, which concludes "Turtledove is hanging the notion of American exceptionalism out to dry and underlining how much luck the U.S. has needed to accomplish even as much as it has in preserving democracy, making peace among races, and not having its soldiers slaughtered by the millions and its cities wrecked by the score. A profoundly thoughtful masterpiece of alternate history."
VanderMeer, Jeff :
Shriek: An Afterword
(Tor 0765314665, $14.95, 345pp, trade paperback, July 2007)
(First edition: UK: Macmillan/Tor UK, January 2006)
Fantasy novel set in VanderMeer's city of Ambergris, concerning an obsessed historian named Duncan Shriek.
This is a reprint of the US edition from Tor.
The novel placed #6 in this year's Locus Poll in the Best Fantasy Novel category.
VanderMeer has this website for the novel, with ordering information and a press kit, and this website for Shriek: The Movie.
Amazon's Search Inside feature includes an excerpt.
Nick Gevers' review of the book last year in Locus Magazine called it "an exceptional novel, a tapestry of fine writing, deep psychological insight, and acute narrative excitement."