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New Books, 21 October

* Carroll, Jonathan : Bathing the Lion
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-04826-4, $25.99, 288pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466848917

Contemporary fantasy novel in which five people in a New England town all dream the same dream.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This lyrical and thematically rich novel is not to be underestimated.”
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from the October issue of Locus Magazine is posted here: “Carroll’s familiar themes of love, regret, memory, and – well – dogs, are as fully realized here as in any of his novels, and even when his wisdom sounds disarmingly simple or even sentimental, he seems to genuinely wish well for his characters and for us.”

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* Hamilton, Peter F. : The Abyss Beyond Dreams
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54719-4, $3, 640pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54720-0
UK edition: Macmillan 978-0230769465 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)
Chronicle of the Failers #1


Far future SF novel, part of the author’s Commonwealth saga and first in a new duology, set before the Void Trilogy.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Wikipedia has this entry for the book.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed this for Locus Online: “Peter Hamilton’s new novel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Culture books of Iain Banks and the Kefahuchi Tract saga of M. John Harrison, but rotated through the looking glass of a totally different, resolutely non-postmodern worldview, to produce a book that is paradoxically both old-school and totally au courant: the best of two worlds.”

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* Stiefvater, Maggie : Blue Lily, Lily Blue
(Scholastic 978-0545424967, $18.99, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Oct 2014
Raven Cycle #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series following The Raven Boys (2012) and The Dream Thieves (2013).
Publishers Weekly gives this, as it did the two previous books, a starred review: “As in the previous books, Stiefvater’s razor-sharp characterizations, drily witty dialogue, and knack for unexpected metaphors and turns of phrase make for sumptuous, thrilling reading.”

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* Tepper, Sheri S. : Fish Tails
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-230458-2, $32, 512pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062304605

SF novels that brings together storylines and characters from several earlier novels, from King’s Blood Four (1983) to The Waters Rising (2010).
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review cautions: “While longtime Tepper fans may welcome old friends and familiar themes, new readers will balk at the gleeful embrace of troublesome elements… Adequately written but profoundly misanthropic, the novel cannot be recommended to any but the most steadfast Tepper fan.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 20 October

Debuting this week is a new Dungeons & Dragons/Forgotten Realms/Companions Codex novel by R.A. Salvatore, Rise of the King (Wizards of the Coast), which ranks #13 on this week’s Los Angeles Times fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.26
WP
10.12
LAT
10.19
USAT
10.12
PW
10.20
Amz
(10.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.20)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 9       35 +   52 -4   xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 1           55 ++    
Martin/Antonssen, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 2           12 +49 25 +42 7 +17
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 8 x   1 = xx xx xxx.. xx xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 108 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 61     xxx.. 77 -8 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 16     xxx.. 71 +3 5 + xxx..   xx
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 128 xxx..   xxx.. 67 -7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 2           86 -12   38 +43
Salvatore, Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex II: Rise of the King 10.20.14 / 1     13 ++          
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 7 xxx..   20 -3 xxx..        
Weber/Zahn, A Call to Duty 10.20.14 / 1         23 ++      
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 4 11 -3     xx xx      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.26
WP
10.12
LAT
10.19
USAT
10.12
PW
10.20
Amz
(10.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.20)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 30     7 +5 7 +1 4 + 60 -25 54 -5 xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 4       69 -11   35 -15 34 -7 25 -14
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 17 xxx..   13 +          
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 15 xxx..   5 +       16 +5  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 42     4 +7 37 -10 7 + xx   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 188 19 +   xxx.. x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 30       xxx..   xxx..   107 -68
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 71 xxx..   xxx 73 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.26
WP
10.12
LAT
10.19
USAT
10.12
PW
10.20
Amz
(10.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.20)
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Periodicals, mid-October

Abyss & Apex

• Magazine of Speculative Fiction, since Jan/Feb 2003; editor-in-chief Wendy S. Delmater
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

4th Quarter 2014
Issue 4Q, Whole #52, cover art by Mondolithic Studios
• This issue has fiction by James K Isaac, Rati Mehrotra, Rich Larson, John C. Wright, and Greg Forshaw.
• There’s also flash fiction by Fran Wilde, poetry by Heather M. Browne and several others, and small press book reviews.

(Thu 16 Oct 2014)

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Alt Hist

• Historical fiction and alternate history, debuting October 2010; editor Mark Lord
• Format: Print, ebook
• Frequency: tbd
http://althistfiction.com/

February 2015
Issue 6
• Stories in this issue are by Douglas W. Texter, Jonathan Doering, Andrea Mullaney, Lynda M. Vanderhoff, and Martin Roy Hill.
• The site’s current issue page has links to excerpts of several stories.

(Wed 15 Oct 2014)

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Aphelion

• Webzine of SF and fantasy; nonpaying; since 2001
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/

October 2014
Issue 189
• This issue has fiction by Charles EJ Moulton, Pedro Blas Gonzales, N.M. Browne, E.S. Strout, Brandon Crilly, and David Ulnar-Slew.
• There’s also a serial, flash fiction, poetry, and a feature article.

(Wed 15 Oct 2014)

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Aurealis

• Australian SF magazine, published irregularly since 1990; online for purchase since 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aurealis.com.au/

October 2014
Issue 75
• This issue has stories by Cecilia Quirk and Miles Hurt.
• There’s also an editorial, an essay on sacred cows, and a report on Loncon 3, all by editor Stephen Higgins.

(Wed 15 Oct 2014)

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Fireside Magazine

• Quarterly fiction and comics magazine, since 2012, edited and published by Brian White
• Format: Online
• Frequency: quarterly
http://www.firesidefiction.com/

October 2014
• This issue has a story by Jennifer Mason-Black, flash fiction by Alexandre Stone and Hillary Jacques, and serial episodes by Lilith Saintcrow.

(Wed 15 Oct 2014)

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Kaleidotrope

• Semi-regular sf/f/h zine, since 2006, becoming electronic after Fall 2011; editor Fred Coppersmith
• Format: Print
• Frequency: 2-3/year
http://www.kaleidotrope.net/

Autumn 2014
Cover art by Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein
• This issue has stories by Maigen Turner, Andrew Kaye, Emily Cataneo, Eric Schaller, Sharon D. King, and Gregory Norman Bossert.
• There’s also poetry by Megan Arkenberg, David Murphy, and Valentina Cano.

(Wed 15 Oct 2014)

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Luna Station Quarterly

• SF by women authors, since ~2010; editory and publisher Jennifer Lyn Parsons
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://lunastationquarterly.com/

September 2014
Issue 19
• This issue of an online quarterly of speculative fiction by women has stories by Jennifer Lyn Parsons, J.A. Gross, Megan Lee Beals, Chikodili Emelumadu, Joynce Chng, Shannon Norland, Gabrielle Lissauer, Krystal Claxton, Che Gilson, RJ Astruc, and Sandi Leibowitz.

(Wed 15 Oct 2014)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.fandsf.com/

November/December 2014
Vol. 127 No. 5&6 (whole #716), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Mondolithic Studios
• This issue has novellas by Rand B. Lee and Michael Libling, novelets by Paul Di Filippo and Albert E. Cowdrey, and short stories by Tim Sullivan, Justin Barbeau, Scott Baker, KJ Kabza, and David Gerrold.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering titles by Steven Gould and others; Michelle West’s “Musing on Books”, covering titles by Hannu Rajaniemi and others; a “Films” column by Alan Dean Foster “On Novelizing Noah“; another “Films” column by Kathi Maio; and a “Curiosities” page by David Langford, about a 1945 book by Cyril Connolly.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, recommending the Libling and Sullivan stories.

(Tue 14 Oct 2014)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

• E’zine of hard SF fiction, nonfiction, and art, since 2012; edited by Sam Bellotto Jr.
• Format: Monthly
• Frequency: Online
http://www.perihelionsf.com/

October 2014
Cover art by Tais Teng
• Stories in this issue are by Simon Petrie, Jackie Neel, R.A. Conine, Lance J. Mushung, Chet Gottfried, Hayden Trenholm, J.C. Conway, Sylvia Hiven, Eric Cline, Al Onia, and Edward Morris.
• Articles are by Charles A. Cornell and Eric M. Jones.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Sun 12 Oct 2014)

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Shimmer

• Fantasy fiction, since 2005; senior editor E. Catherine Tobler; electronic only since issue 19
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Bi-monthly
http://www.shimmerzine.com/

September 2014
Issue 21, cover art by Sandro Castelli
• Stories in this issue are by Seth Dickinson, Vajra Chandrasekera, A.C. Wise, and Erica Satifka.
• There are also interviews with the authors, and an editorial by E. Catherine Tobler.

(Wed 15 Oct 2014)

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New Books, 14 October

* Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Doubt Factory
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-22075-0, $18, 496pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316220743

Young adult contemporary thriller about a young woman, Alix, who discovers her father is involved in covering up wrongdoings by unscupulous corporations.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “This openly didactic novel asks challenging questions about the immorality of the profit motive and capitalism, but does so within the context of a highly believable plot (backed up with references to actual front groups, lawsuits, warning labels, and literature on the subject, which will send readers to their search engines) and well-developed, multifaceted characters. Fans of Cory Doctorow’s work should love this book.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: “… Alix herself emerges as a likeable, smart, and thoughtful protagonist, and an excellent vehicle for the important con- cerns that Bacigalupi successfully raises in this novel, which manages to be as unnerving as his post-apocalyptic dystopias, precisely because the future it depicts is already here.”

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* Bear, Greg : War Dogs
(Orbit 978-0-316-07283-0, $25, 304pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316335768
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478982760
War Dogs #1

Near-future SF novel, first in a series, about an interstellar war whose alien protagonists have come to Earth and Mars.
• Orbit’s site has this post with a description.
• Hachette’s site has a description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book is “Stuffed with adrenaline-pumping action and mystifying ambiguity”; the review concludes, “…a dead-stop ending leaves Venn and Bear’s readers to impatiently await word of what it was all about.”

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* Bernobich, Beth : The Time Roads
(Tor 978-0-7653-3125-0, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429952095

Alternate history steampunk novel set in early 20th century Ireland.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A plethora of explosions fails to inject emotional suspense, although the plotting and counterplotting between nations provide some satisfaction.”

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : The Cutting Room
(Tachyon Publications 978-1616961671, $16.95, 17+366pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00NIYJIEY

Anthology of 22 horror stories, subtitled “Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen”. One story, by Stephen Graham Jones, is original to this book.
• Authors include Peter Straub, Edward Bryant, Kim Newman, Laird Barron, Ian Watson, and Robert Shearman.
• Genevieve Valentine provides an introduction.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Superstar editor Datlow makes no missteps in this reprint collection of dark tales involving movies and moviemaking.”

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* Doctorow, Cory, & Jen Wang : In Real Life
(Macmillan/Roaring Brook/First Second 978-1596436589, $17.99, 192pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858619

Associational young adult graphic novel about a girl’s involvement with a massively-multiplayer role game called Coarsegold Online. (It’s apparently based on Doctorow’s 2004 story “Anda’s Game”.)
• Macmillan’s site has this description with sample pages.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a heartfelt and of-the-moment story”, and concludes, “Characters come to life through Wang’s (Koko Be Good) fluid forms and emotive faces, and her adroit shift in colors as the story moves between the physical and gaming worlds is subtle and effective.”

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* Durst, Sarah Beth : Chasing Power
(Bloomsbury/Walker 978-0802737557, $17.99, 376pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780802737564

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl who can move things with her mind who teams up with a boy who can teleport on a quest to rescue his kidnapped mother.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Think The Mummy (temples, tombs, and all) with Veronica Mars calling the shots, and a dash of romance in the mix.”

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : Time Travel: Recent Trips
(Prime Books 978-1607014348, $16.95, 384pp, trade paperback, October 2014, cover art Julie Dillon)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 10 Oct 2014

Anthology of 18 stories about time travel, written in the 21st century.
• Authors include Charlie Jane Anders, Howard Waldrop, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Eileen Gunn, and Michael Moorcock.
• Prime’s site has this description with a list of included stories.

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* Krokos, Dan : The Black Stars
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765334299, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466809994
Planet Thieves #2

Middle grade SF novel, second of a series following The Planet Thieves (2013), about Space Command cadets.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Nix, Garth : Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-156155-9, $18.99, 400pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062216809

Young adult fantasy novel, prequel to the author’s Old Kingdom trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen).
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Between striking characters—from the heroic if not entirely competent young Abhorsen-in-Waiting, Belatiel, to the enigmatic, catlike Mogget—and Nix’s brilliantly complex magic system, this superb tale is exactly the book fans of the series have been awaiting.”

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* Ruckley, Brian : The Free
(Orbit 978-0-316-23349-1, $15, 480pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316233514
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478952930

Epic fantasy novel about a band of mercenaries called the Free.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Ruckley’s tightly focused return to epic fantasy, wherein history and mythology gradually emerge with logical precision, is mesmerizing, magical, and human.”

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+ Warrington, Freda : The Dark Blood of Poppies
(Titan 978-1781167076, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Oct 2014
Blood Wine #3

First US edition (UK: Macmillan UK, 1995)

First US edition of a novel from 1995 and published by Titan in the UK in May 2014. It’s third in a series following A Taste of Blood Wine (1992) and A Dance in Blood Velvet (1994), about a ballerina who becomes a vampire.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 13 October

— posted Monday 13 October 2014 @ 11:55 am PDT

Two titles are on Amazon lists with pre-publication sale, both due October 28th: The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., and Linda Antonsson (Bantam), and The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW).


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.19
WP
10.12
LAT
10.12
USAT
10.05
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.13)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 2               72 -31
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 8       xxx..   48 -12   xxx..
Martin/Antonssen, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 1           61 ++ 67 ++ 24 ++
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 7 7 -1 xx 1 +2 x [ 9 ] xxx.. x xx
Pratchett, Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (UK) 10.06.14 / 2             94 -14  
Pratchett, Raising Steam (UK) 08.12.13 / 26             91 + xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 107 10 =     xxx..        
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 60     xxx.. 69 -20 [ 8 ] xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 15     xxx.. 74 -33 [ 5 ] xxx   x
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 127 xxx..   xxx.. 60 -20   xxx xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 1           74 ++   81 ++
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 6 xxx..   17 -1 xxx..        
Westerfeld, Afterworlds 10.06.14 / 2 14 -1              
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 3 8 -1     x [ 16 ]      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.19
WP
10.12
LAT
10.12
USAT
10.05
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.13)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 29     12 -9 8 -5 [ 2 ] 35 -15 49 +14 xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 3       58 -24   20 -8 27 ++ 11 +9
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 14 xxx..   x       21 -5  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 18 20 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..        
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 41     11 = 27 -14 [ 4 ] x   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 51 19 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 187 x xxx.. xxx.. 145 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 29       xxx..   xxx..   39 +30
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 70 xxx..   xx 72 -34   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.19
WP
10.12
LAT
10.12
USAT
10.05
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.13)
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Category: Bestsellers

Print Periodicals, early October

— posted Saturday 11 October 2014 @ 1:46 pm PDT

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

• Australian humorous and light-hearted SF and fantasy, since June 2002; editors rotate.
• Format: Print and PDF
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/

May 2014
Issue 60, Vol. 11 No. 4, A$12.95, 170pp, cover art by Eleanor Clarke
• This issue, edited by Sue Bursztynski, has fiction by C Stuart Hardwick, Peter Caunt, Cerberus, Gary Cuba, Stephanie Herman, Eirik Gumeny, and many others.
• Poetry is by Darrell Schweitzer, Mathias Jansson, and Penny Stirling.
• Features include book reviews by Sean Wright, Sue Bursztynski, and Edwina Harvey.

(Wed 8 Oct 2014)

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Dreams and Nightmares

• Magazine of fantastic poetry, published since 1986, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://dreamsandnightmares.interstellardustmites.com/

September 2014
Issue 99, $5, 20pp, cover art by Al Klosterman
• This issue has poetry by Kassidy Jack Kabza, F.J. Bergmann & Kendall Evans, Robert Borski, Wendy Rathbone, and others.
• David C. Kopaska-Merkel posts regular updates at the Dreams & Nightmares blog.

(Wed 8 Oct 2014)

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On Spec

• Canadian magazine of the fantastic, since 1989; managing editor Diane Walton
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.onspec.ca/

Summer 2014
Issue 97, Vol. 26 No. 2, $6.95, 108pp, cover art by Dan O’Driscoll
• Stories in this issue are by Mikey Hamm, Jason Fischer, Anita Dolman, Simon Habegger, Karl Johanson, Kate Heartfield, and Agnes Cadieux.
• Nonfiction includes an editorial by Cat McDonald and interviews with Mikey Hamm, Amber E. Scott, and Dave Gross.

(Wed 8 Oct 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

Periodicals, early October

— posted Friday 10 October 2014 @ 2:43 pm PDT

Apex Magazine

• Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, since 2005; current editor Sigrid Ellis
• Format: Online; Ebook formats
• Frequency: Monthly
http://apex-magazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 65, cover art by Catherine Denvir
• This issue has fiction by Mary McMyne, Kris Millering, Jessica Sirkin, and Tom Piccirilli, with an eBook/subscriber exclusive by Maurice Broaddus.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Kris Millering and cover artist Catherine Denvir, an essay by Loraine Sammy, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.
• Lois Tilton reviewed this issue for Locus Online.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

• Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews
• Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats
• Frequency: biweekly
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

October 2014
Issue 157, cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet
• This double-sized anniversary issue has fiction by Richard Parks, K.J. Parker, Aliette de Bodard, and Gwendolyn Clare.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Clarkesworld

• SF and fantasy fiction, nonfiction, and podcasts, since 2006; publisher/editor Neil Clarke
• Format: Online; Ebook
• Frequency: Monthly
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 97, cover art by Sandeep Karunakaran
• This issue has fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Helena Bell, Rahul Kanakia, E. Catherine Tobler, K.J. Parker, and Alex Irvine.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Robert Reed and essays by Brian Francis Slattery and Daniel Abraham.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue for Locus Online, recommending the Helena Bell story.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

October 2014
• This month’s story is “Nine Instances of Rain” by M. Huw Evans.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

• Fiction and interviews, since 2005; publisher and executive editor Orson Scott Card, editor Edmund R. Schubert
• Format: Online, subscription access
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/

September 2014
Issue 41, cover art by James Owen
• Stories in this issue are by H.G. Parry, K.C. Norton, James Beamon, Marie Vibbert, Nick T. Chan & Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, and Alex Shvartsman
• There’s an interview with Maurice Broaddus and an essay by Chris Bellamy.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Lightspeed

• Science fiction and fantasy stories, original and reprint, plus features; edited by John Joseph Adams; debuted June 2010; combined with former Fantasy Magazine since Jan 2012
• Format: Online; ebook
• Frequency: Monthly issues in ebook formats for purchase; weekly online updates free
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 53
• This issue has SF stories by Daniel José Older, Rebecca Ore, Marie Vibbert, and Zoran Zivkovic, and fantasy stories by Kelly Link, Steve Hockensmith, Ysabeau S. Wilce, and Megan Kurashige.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with James S.A. Corey and Lawrence Krauss.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes stories and excerpts by Lavie Tidhar, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ann Leckie.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

October 2014
Issue 25
• This special “Women Destroy Horror!” issue is guest-edited by Ellen Datlow, and has stories by Gemma Files, A.R. Morlan, Livia Llewellyn, and Pat Cadigan.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Joyce Carol Oates and an essay by Chesya Burke.
• Exclusive paid content includes original and reprinted stories by Katherine Crighton, Catherine MacLeod, Tanith Lee, and Joyce Carol Oates, plus essays and a roundtable interview.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Quantum Muse

• Science fiction, fantasy and alternative stories and artwork, based on writers’ group submissions and critiques, since 1998; current lead editor Tim Goyette
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.quantummuse.com/

October 2014
• This month’s stories are by Jeff Baumgartner, Edward Sullivan, Gordon Rowlinson, Jessica Baumgartner, and Michele Dutcher.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Gordon Rowlinson.

(Fri 10 Oct 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 7 October

— posted Tuesday 7 October 2014 @ 1:18 pm PDT

* Belcher, R. S. : The Shotgun Arcana
(Tor 978-0-7653-7458-5, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466842731
Six-Gun Tarot #2

Historical fantasy novel, follow-up to The Six-Gun Tarot (2013), set in a Nevada town in 1870.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “fantastical romp through science, legends, and the Bible.

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* Brust, Steven : Hawk
(Tor 978-0-7653-2444-3, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429944823
Vlad Taltos #14

Fantasy novel, 14th in the series about Vlad Taltos, following Jhegaala (2007), Iorich (2010), and Tiassa (2011).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Buehlman, Christopher : The Lesser Dead
(Berkley 978-0-425-27261-9, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146327

Vampire novel set in 1978 New York City.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Buehlman offers up a colony of fierce, brazenly unscrupulous vampires who reclaim the genre from angsty goths and return it to its fearsome and ferocious origins.

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* Campbell, Jack : The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword
(Ace 978-0-425-27225-1, $26.95, 384pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143326
The Lost Stars #3

Military SF novel, third in a new sequence related to his “Lost Fleet” series, following The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight (2012) and The Lost Stars: Perilous Sword (2013), set on the Syndicate World of Midway.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Campbell’s focus on the details of the Midway fleet and ground forces makes for a fast-paced thrill ride that leaps nimbly from harrowing to heartbreaking to heroic. The tentative steps of establishing a new society are no less intense. Both new and returning readers will dive right in.

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* Campbell, John L. : Ship of the Dead
(Berkley 978-0-425-27264-0, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146341
Omega Days #2

Zombie novel, second in a series following Omega Days (May 2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “If the playing-out of individual character themes and conflicts suggests conflicts of good and evil that are too clear-cut, the frequent and chilling zombie encounters highlight both Campbell’s competence in presenting horrific gore and his insistence that dedication to humanity is also the strongest definition of faith.

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* Carey, Jacqueline : Poison Fruit
(Roc 978-0-451-46531-3, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698158634
Agent of Hel #3

Contemporary fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Dark Currents (2012) and Autumn Bones (2013), set in a small midwestern town visited both by humans and by various supernatural entities.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of the lighter parts of Carey’s world will enjoy the continued influence of the town’s quirky coven and the introduction of beer-swigging bogle Skrrzzzt, while those more interested in Daisy’s personal arcs will be happy with the emotionally satisfying closure to the series.

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* Connolly, Tina : Silverblind
(Tor 978-0-7653-7514-8, $24.99, 272pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466845404
Ironskin #3

Romantic fantasy novel, third in a series following Ironskin (2012, a Nebula finalist) and Copperhead (2013), about a half-fey woman in an alternate England.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Connolly offers some playful takes on gender and appearance and gently explores a variety of sexual orientations, placing subtle clues to the nature of her universe in her chapter headings. Her sympathies, however, remain more with the ecology of her magical setting than the tale of rag-tag bohemians fighting the rise of fascism.

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* Davis, Hank, ed. : The Baen Big Book of Monsters
(Baen 978-1-4767-3699-0, $14, 496pp, trade paperback, October 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-316-4

Halloween-themed anthology of 21 reprint and original stories.
• Authors include Arthur C. Clarke, H.P. Lovecraft, Howard Waldrop, Murray Leinster, and Henry Kuttner, with originals by Wen Spencer, Sarah A. Hoyt, Larry Correia, and others.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link once), with links to several chapters.

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+ Fforde, Jasper : The Eye of Zoltar
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 978-0547738499, $16.99, 416pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Chronicles of Kazam #3

First US edition (UK: Hodder & Stoughton, April 2014)

Middle-grade fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Last Dragonslayer (2010) and The Song of the Quarkbeast (2011).
• Houghton’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Fowler, Christopher : Nyctophobia
(Solaris 978-1781082119, $9.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
UK edition: 978-1781082102 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)

Horror novel about a couple who purchase an unusual home in southern Spain, a house with a neglected side shrouded in darkness.
• Solaris’ site has this post with comments from the editors and both the UK and US covers.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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+ Hair, David : The Scarlet Tides
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1-623-65829-8, $26.99, 704pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Moontide Quartet #2

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, October 2013)

US edition of fantasy novel, second in a series following Mage’s Blood, about war between two continents.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book “is mostly dizzying movement, plunging headfirst into a convoluted series of plots, unraveling alliances, and tightening nooses.

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* Harper, S. J. : Reckoning
(Roc 978-0425263303, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101599327
Fallen Siren #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Cursed (2013), about two FBI agents, one cursed and the other a werewolf.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Harper is a pseudonym for Jeanne C. Stein and Samantha Sommersby.

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* Hunter, Faith : Broken Soul
(Roc 978-0-451-46595-5, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101636190
Jane Yellowrock #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in the series following Skinwalker (2009), Blood Cross (2010), Mercy Blade (2011), Raven Cursed (Jan. 2012), Death’s Rival (2012), Blood Trade (2013), and Black Arts (Jan. 2014), about a shapeshifting vampire-hunter of Cherokee descent.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The continuing character development and fascinating new horizons will assuage dedicated fans.

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* Joshi, S. T. : The Madness of Cthulhu
(Titan 978-1781164525, $15.95, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Anthology of 16 stories, all but two original to this book, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
• Authors include Harry Turtledove, John Shirley, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and others, with reprints by Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Silverberg.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Khanna, Rajan : Falling Sky
(Pyr 978-1-61614-982-6, $17, 260pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, the author’s first novel, set generations after a plague turned most people in North America into ‘ferals’, and survivors live in airships.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “solid and memorable and concludes, “Though the pace drags a little, this postapocalyptic adventure is a fine start to Khanna’s career.

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* Lackey, Mercedes : Closer to Home
(DAW 978-0756408992, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698157774
The Herald Spy #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series within Lackey’s Valdemar Saga, following the Collegium Chronicles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Latham, Rob, ed. : The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction
(Oxford University Press 978-0199838844, $150, 640pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Oct 2014

Nonfiction anthology of 44 original essays divided into four sections, considering science fiction as genre, as medium, as culture, and as worldview.
• Contributors include Gary K. Wolfe, Farah Mendlesohn, Gary Westfahl, Brian Attebery, Roger Luckhurst, Adam Roberts, and Andrew M. Butler.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a Google preview fuction, and the complete table of contents.

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* Leckie, Ann : Ancillary Sword
(Orbit US 978-0-316-24665-1, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316246644
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478931263
UK edition: 978-0356502410 (Tue 7 Oct 2014)
Imperial Radch #2

Military SF novel, second in a trilogy following the author’s multiple-award winning Ancillary Justice (2013).
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers new to the author will be enthralled, and those familiar with the first book will find that the faith it inspired has not been misplaced.

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* Morgan, Richard K. : The Dark Defiles
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49310-1, $18, 656pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54565-7
A Land Fit for Heroes #3

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following The Steel Remains (2008) and The Cold Commands (2011), about three veterans who take different paths in an ongoing war.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The UK edition coming in November will be a hardcover.

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* Newman, Kim : An English Ghost Story
(Titan 978-1-78116-559-1, $14.95, 304pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
UK edition: 978-1781165584 (Fri 10 Oct 2014)

Fantasy novel about a British family that buys a home in the country.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “well crafted if predictable haunted house tale, and concludes, “Newman’s innovative suggestion is that it is we, not our ghosts, who are responsible for our problems, but the obviousness of the plot and a transparent moralistic message obscure and diminish the underlying concept.

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* Rawlik, Pete : The Weird Company: The Secret History of H.P. Lovecraft’s Twentieth Century
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-545-2, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00MSYUXW6
Reanimators #2

Horror novel, a follow-up to the author’s first novel Reanimators (2013), that blends many elements of the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.
• Amazon has the publisher’s description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers who share Rawlik’s devotion to Lovecraft may enjoy the abundant allusions to his novels, stories, and poetry; those with less comprehensive knowledge of the canon will find no thread to lead them through this maze of jarring elements.

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* Somers, Jeff : We Are Not Good People
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1-4516-9679-0, $16.99, 688pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781451696820
Ustari Cycle #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a new series, about mages whose spells are made more powerful by using human blood. This is a revision and expansion of the author’s 2013 novel Trickster.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “By turns frightening and sorrowful, this is a story that offers no good choices to its characters. The ever-present violence is balanced by compassion, which in turn is eroded by the grim fight to save humankind. There is very little resolution in this twisting labyrinth of a plot; the conclusion either defies logic or resets the cycle of bloodshed.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Fearsome Magics: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy 2
(Solaris 978-1781082133, $9.99, 352pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
UK edition: 978-1781082126 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)

Anthology of 14 original fantasy stories; a follow-up to the 2013 anthology Fearsome Journeys.
• Authors include Garth Nix, K.J. Parker, Ellen Klages, Robert Shearman, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman.
• Strahan’s site has the complete table of contents.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Rich Horton reviews the book in the October issue of Locus Magazine, especially recommending stories by Justina Robson and Genevieve Valentine.

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* Torgersen, Brad R. : The Chaplain’s War
(Baen 978-1-4767-3685-3, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2014, cover art David Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-315-7
Chaplain’s War #1

Military SF novel, the author’s first novel and first book in a series, about a chaplain on a ship fighting mantis cyborgs. It incorporates two previously published stories, “The Chaplain’s Assistant” and “The Chaplain’s Legacy”.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link from this page) with links to an author’s note and several chapters.

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* Twelve Hawks, John : Spark
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0-385-53867-1, $25.95, 320pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53868-8
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-39906-6
UK edition: 978-0593073315 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)

Near-future thriller about a corporate assassin whose Cotard’s syndrome makes him especially effective in his job, until the condition starts to wear off.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Twelve Hawks’s prose, cold and clinical at times, yet punctuated with moments of great sensitivity, matches the tone and mood of his setting perfectly.

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* VanderMeer, Jeff, & Desirina Boskovich : The Steampunk User’s Manual
(Abrams Image 978-1419708985, $24.95, 256pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Nonfiction guide, subtitled “An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams”, about creating steampunk art, fashion and architecture, storytelling, music and performance, and dreams; with illustrations.
• Abrams’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Weber, David, & Timothy Zahn : A Call to Duty
(Baen 978-1-4767-3684-6, $25, 384pp, hardcover, October 2014, cover art David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-313-3
Manticore Ascendant #1

Military SF novel, first book of a new series set in Weber’s Honorverse.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link once to get there) with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though this astronautical adventure is filled with technical details and military protocol, the minutiae never outweigh the intrigue and political drama.

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* Wells, Martha : Stories of the Raksura, Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-535-3, $15.99, 240pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00KK6BJJU
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: B00M8HB4DK

Collection of original novellas and short stories set in the author’s Raksura books (The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths).
• Skyhorse’s site has a page for volume 2 (due next April), but not one for this book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy Wells’s deft touch with characterization and the fantastic.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 6 October

— posted Monday 6 October 2014 @ 10:55 am PDT

Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds (Simon Pulse) is a runner-up at #13 on the New York Times‘ Young Adult list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.12
WP
10.05
LAT
10.05
USAT
09.28
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.06)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 1               41 ++
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 7       xxx..   36 -9   xxx..
Harrison, The Witch With No Name 09.22.14 / 3 xx xx   128 + 25 -4      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 12 xxx..   15 -5 xxx.. xxx..      
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 6 6 -2 x 3 -2 102 + 9 -1 xxx 82 -16 x
Pratchett, Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (UK) 10.06.14 / 1             80 ++  
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 106 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 59     xxx.. 49 + 8 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 14     xxx 41 + 5 = xx   48 +29
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 126 xxx..   xxx.. 40 + xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx..
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 5 xxx..   16 = xxx..        
Westerfeld, Afterworlds 10.06.14 / 1 13 ++              
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 2 7 -3     100 ++ 16 -8      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.12
WP
10.05
LAT
10.05
USAT
09.28
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.06)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 191   xx   112 + xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 124 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 28     3 -1 3 + 2 +1 20 -4 63 +24 xxx
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 2       34 ++   12 +1   20 -9
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 13 xxx..   8 +       16 -1  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 17 17 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 40     11 -1 13 + 4 = 86 -14   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 50 13 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 186 17 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 28       xxx..   xxx   69 -10
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 69 xxx..   x 38 + xxx xxx xxx.. xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.12
WP
10.05
LAT
10.05
USAT
09.28
PW
10.06
Amz
(10.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.06)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

New Books, 30 September

— posted Tuesday 30 September 2014 @ 1:45 pm PDT

* DeLima, Jan : Summer Moon
(Ace 978-0425266212, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101615683
Celtic Wolves #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Celtic Moon (2013), about a clan of werewolves in an isolated Maine town.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
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* Gaiman, Neil, & P. Craig Russell : The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2
(HarperCollins 978-0062194831, $19.99, 176pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014

Second of a two-volume graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman’s 2008 young adult novel The Graveyard Book.
• Volume one was published in late July.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “””The artwork sets out to entertain rather than to horrify; even the initial murder scene has a certain tranquility. It’s a treasure worth having even if the novel is already on the shelf.””

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* Headley, Maria Dahvana, & Kat Howard : The End of the Sentence
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-679-3, $20, 176pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014

Short horror novel about a man who buys a house in a remote Oregon village that is already inhabited by a mysterious entity who says he’s been held prisoner in the house for 117 years.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Ultimately Malcolm and the reader must decide whether this is dark magic or something stranger altogether.””

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* Howard, Jonathan L. : The Brothers Cabal
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-03754-1, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250037534
Johannes Cabal #4

Steampunk fantasy novel, follow-up to three novels about Johannes Cabal published from 2009 to 2011 about a sorcerer who makes a deal with the devil to regain his soul.
• In this book Johannes is saved by his vampire brother Horst.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Even if more of the brothers together would have been welcome, Howard nevertheless ably spins an entertaining and surprisingly emotional yarn that promises entertaining future trials for the Cabal brothers.””

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* Kaufmann, Nicholas : Die and Stay Dead
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250-03612-4, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250036117
Dying Is My Business #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Dying Is My Business (2013), about a burglar who comes back from the dead each time he’s killed.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””Each character has a strong voice, allowing for quick engagement even if the reader missed the first book. The strong writing and open ending will leave fans hungry for the next installment.””

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* Lansdale, Joe R. : Black Hat Jack
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-677-9, $25, 128pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014

Associational [non-fantastic] novella about a black cowboy.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Lansdale’s classic Old West tale hits all the requisite plot points with the exuberance of a cowboy who has an overeager trigger finger, though it skimps on the necessary dose of buddy cowboy mischief that would make readers care more for the amusing duo.””

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* Lindsey, Erin : The Bloodbound
(Ace 978-0-425-27268-8, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146419
Bloodbound #1

Romantic fantasy novel, first of a series, about palace intrigue and magicians who can wield powerful weapons.
• Penguin’s site has this description with blurbs from Tanya Huff and Jacqueling Carey.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””By the time the relevance of the novel’s title to the bonds of family, as well as to battle and enchantment, becomes clear, Lindsey’s mostly balanced mix of romance and heroic fantasy will have captured readers’ hearts.””

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* Roberts, Adam : Bête
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575127685, £18.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 25 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575127708

Near future SF novel about animals rights and artificial intelligence.
• Orion’s site has this description with a link to an extract.
• Tor.com posted this review by Niall Alexander: “””This, then, is not some novelty novel, but a fully-fledged philosophical fable for our age. Affectionate albeit barbed, far-fetched yet oddly plausible, and dark, but not without a certain spark, Bête is as smart and as satisfying and as challenging as anything any of the Adam Robertses have written.””

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* Strout, Anton : Incarnate
(Ace 978-0425273555, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698151734
Spellmason Chronicle #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Alchemystic (2012) and Stonecast (2013), about a struggling artist in New York who discovers she has the power to breath life into stone.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
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+ Wallace, Sean : The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures
(Running Press 978-0762454648, $14.95, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Sep 2014
UK edition: 978-1472110619 (Thu 18 Sep 2014)

Anthology of 25 steampunk stories, a follow-up volume to 2012’s The Mammoth Book of Steampunk.
• Authors include Jay Lake, Christopher Barzak, Ken Liu, Sofia Samatar, K.W. Jeter, and Cherie Priest.
• The Running Press site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””This is an expansive display of creative world-building by thoughtful storytellers, boldly ranging well beyond its quasi-historical contexts.””

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