Anderson, Kevin J. :
The Last Days of Krypton
(Harper 978-0-06-134075-8, $7.99, 467pp, mass market paperback, September 2008)
(First edition: HarperEntertainment, November 2007)
SF novel, a prequel to the Superman tale, set on the planet Krypton and concerning the wedding of Superman's parents and their efforts to convince others their planet is about to be destroyed.
Harper's website has this page for the book, with its Browse Inside feature including an excerpt.
Anthony, Piers :
(Tor 978-0-765-34313-0, $6.99, 356pp, mass market paperback, October 2008)
(First edition: Tor, October 2007)
Humorous fantasy novel, 31st in the popular, pun-filled "Xanth" series.
In this book, a series of misadventures begins when Good Magician Humfrey's son Hugo vanishes from his cellar.
Tor's website has this description of the book, and an excerpt.
The latest book in the Xanth series, Two to the Fifth, was published in hardcover in October.
Armstrong, Kelley :
(Bantam Spectra 978-0-553-58820-0, $6.99, 523pp, mass market paperback, October 2008)
Supernatural fantasy novel, eighth in the "Women of the Otherworld" series following Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, and No Humans Involved. In this book, Hope Adams goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of bored supernaturals in Miami.
Bantam's site has this description, and an excerpt.
The author's website has this page about the book, with a description and links to various editions.
The latest book in the series, Living with the Dead, just appeared in hardcover.
Dick, Philip K. :
Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
(Tor 978-0-7653-1691-2, $14.95, 252pp, trade paperback, October 2008)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, October 1986)
Mainstream novel about a San Francisco used car salesman, his landlord, and a shady investment scheme.
This trade paperback edition is a reprint of the first US edition last year from Tor, whose website has this description of the book, and an excerpt.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly: "Evoking the economically booming, socially repressive and prejudiced America of the 1950s, this paranoid and ambiguity-filled exploration into the psyche of the small businessman showcases not only Dick's wild imagination and sardonic wit but also, and most notably, his mastery at intertwining perception with reality."
Goodkind, Terry :
(Tor 978-0-7653-5430-3, $9.99, 757pp, mass market paperback, October 2008)
(First edition: Tor, November 2007)
Fantasy novel, eleventh in the "Sword of Truth" series that began with Wizard's First Rule (1994), and the concluding volume in the "Chainfire" trilogy that began Chainfire and Phantom.
Tor's site has this page for the book along with a video interview.
Amazon's "look inside" feature includes an excerpt.
Lackey, Mercedes :
Reserved for the Cat
(DAW 978-0-756-40488-8, $7.99, 372pp, mass market paperback, October 2008)
(First edition: DAW, November 2007)
Fantasy novel, about a dancer in 1910 London who's inspired by an elemental in cat form to impersonate a famous ballerina. It's the latest book in the Elemental Masters series, following Fire Rose, Gates of Sleep, Serpent's Shadow, Phoenix and Ashes, and The Wizard of London.
The author's website has descriptions of the earlier books, with links to excerpts.
Pratchett, Terry :
(Harper 978-0-06-116165-0, $7.99, 404pp, mass market paperback, October 2008)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Harper, October 2007)
Fantasy novel, latest in Pratchett's popular, long-running Discworld series, a direct sequel to Going Postal (2004). In this book former crook now postmaster Moist von Lipwig takes charge of the city's biggest bank.
HarperCollins' site has this description, with its Browse Inside function.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "splendid Discworld adventure" and concludes "Pratchett throws in a mad scientist with a working economic model, disappearing gold reserves and an army of golems, once more using the Disc as an educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws."
The novel won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel earlier this year.
Pratchett, Terry, & Stephen Briggs :
The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld
(Harper 978-0-06-137051-9, $14.95, 12+360pp, trade paperback, 2008)
(First edition: UK: Doubleday UK, September 2007)
Collection of short excerpts from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels -- including the latest one, Making Money -- selected by editor Stephen Briggs.
Harper's site has this description with its "browse inside" feature including an excerpt.
Ringo, John, & Travis Taylor :
(Baen 978-1-4165-5586-5, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, October 2008)
(First edition: Baen, September 2007)
SF novel, sequel to Into the Looking Glass (2005), about humanity's first starship (using alien technology discovered via the dimensional gateway of the first book) scouting alien worlds, with the focus on Space Marines who keep the ship going.
The latest book in the series, Claws that Catch, just appeared in hardcover.
Baen's site has this description -- "a return to the "good old days" of SF when the science problems were fun, the women were smart, tough and beautiful, and the beasts were ugly" -- and links to excerpts.
Wilson, F. Paul :
(Tor 978-0-7653-5632-1, $7.99, 482pp, mass market paperback, October 2008)
(First edition: Forge, October 2007)
Fantasy/thriller novel, 11th in the "Repairman Jack" series about a vigilante hero who deals in the paranormal. In this volume Jack's investigation of a criminal involved in DNA research leads to additional clues about his own identity.
The series has its own website, www.repairmanjack.com, with a page for the author's Secret History of the World.
The publisher's website has this description (which notes this as volume 11 of 15) with an excerpt.
The latest book in the series, By the Sword, just appeared in hardcover.