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Periodicals, late September 2016

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/

September 2016
Issue 207-209, cover art by Raphael LaCoste
Issue 207, posted September 1, has stories by Marie Brennan and Thomas M. Waldroon, a podcast of the Brennan story, and an excerpt from a novel by James Morrow.
Issue 208, posted September 15, has stories by Alex Dally MacFarlane and Jonathan Edelstein, and an archive story by Christie Yant.
Issue 209, an 8th anniversary double issue, has stories by A.M. Dellamonica, Gregory Norman Bossert, Rose Lemberg, and Michael Anthony Ashley, and an archive story by Tori Truslow.

(Fri 30 Sep 2016)

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Daily Science Fiction

• Original science fiction & fantasy emailed to you every weekday; debuted September 1, 2010; editors Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso
• Format: Online; email
• Frequency: daily
http://dailysciencefiction.com/

September 2016
• Stories posted in September are by E. Lily Yu, James Van Pelt, Marge Simon, Mari Ness, Natalia Theodoridou, and others.

(Fri 30 Sep 2016)

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Strange Horizons

• Fiction, art, articles, poetry, and reviews; founded September 2000; editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi through 2010, Niall Harrison beginning 2011
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly; reviews posted three times a week
http://www.strangehorizons.com/

September 2016
• Fiction posted in September is by Vajra Chandrasekera, M.K. Hutchins, Lavie Tidhar, and A.T. Greenblatt.
• Nonfiction includes a column by Kari Sperring, and interview with artist K.C. Garza, an article by Chris Pak, an interview with Garth Nix, and a column by Vajra Chandrasekera.
• There’s also poetry, reviews, and two editorials.

(Fri 30 Sep 2016)

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Tor.com

• SF & fantasy fiction, reviews, commentary, founded 2008; staff includes fiction editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Daily
http://www.tor.com/

September 2016
Original stories posted in September are by Rebecca Campbell, Kristen Simmons, Stephen Graham Jones, and N.K. Jemisin.
Excerpts are from works by Malka Older, Daniel Polansky, Fran Wilde, Wesley Chu, Marie Brennan, and others.

(Fri 30 Sep 2016)

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Notable New UK Books, August – September 2016

* Barclay, James : Heart of Granite
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473202436, £16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202450
Blood and Fire #1

Military SF/fantasy novel, first in a series, about a future battle fought with alien creatures in place of mechanical weapons.
• Orion’s site has this description with an extract and blurbs by Peter F. Hamilton and others.

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* Baxter, Stephen : Obelisk
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473212749, £20, 320pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473212770

Collection of 17 stories, two of them original to this book.
• Stories include several set in the worlds of the duology Ultima and Proxima.
• Orion’s site has this description. There’s also a simultaneous paperback edition.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the Table of Contents.

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* Gibson, Gary : Survival Game
(UK: Macmillan/Tor UK 978-0-230-77277-9, £18.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Aug 2016
Apocalypse Duology #2

SF novel, second in a duology following Extinction Game (2014), about an artefact from deep space and a scientist sent to an alternate version of Earth to retrieve it.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description with an extract.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Gibson turns the genre on its head, taking survivors and throwing them into a variety of other apocalypses, with some unexpected enemies dogging their heels. He excels at depicting real-feeling destruction and the tenacity and weaknesses of survivors…”

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* Hamilton, Peter F. : Night Without Stars
(UK: Macmillan UK 978-0230769496, £20, 750pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 22 Sep 2016
Chronicle of the Failers #2

Far future SF novel, part of the author’s Commonwealth saga and second in a duology following The Abyss Beyond Dreams (2014).
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description with an extract.
• The US edition, as A Night Without Stars, appeared September 27th.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The action overwhelms character development, but pacing and exciting concepts keep the momentum fast and tensions high until a satisfying resolution.”

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* Heitz, Marcus : Dark Paths
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1782065944, £9.99, 646pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 4 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781784299705
Legends of the Alfar #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Righteous Fury (2014) and Devastating Hate (2015), about the älfar, a race of warriors planning to attack the elves, dwarves, and humans.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Priest, Christopher : The Gradual
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473200548, £16.99, 352pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473200562

SF novel about a composer in a fascist state searching for his brother, who has been sent to war. The setting is that of the author’s several Dream Archipelago books.
• Gollancz has this description with an extract.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “In effect, what Priest has done – and he did much the same thing in The Islanders – is to literalize not just a metaphor (as we keep hearing about in SF), but to literalize an entire narrative technique involving the management of time. … Priest literally puts his narrator through such time shifts, and the effect is both dizzying and firmly grounded, even as it leads toward a conclusion which is, if a bit more conventional than we’ve come to expect from Priest, thoroughly satisfying.”

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* Reynolds, Alastair : Revenger
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575090538, £18.99, 432pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575090569

Far future SF novel about about a spaceship searching for ancient relics and artifacts in the solar system.
• Orion’s site has this description with an extract.
• The US edition is due in February, 2017.
• Tor.com posted this review by Niall Alexander: “It’s exhilarating one minute, excruciating the next. There’s a beauty to it, but an ugliness, also. It argues that innocence can be corrupted and even evil can be redeemed, and it does so with wit and weight. I wouldn’t call it wonderful—it’s far too nasty for that—but it is wicked.”

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* Willis, Connie : Crosstalk
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473200937, $14.99, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473200951

Comedic SF novel about a mobile phone company’s latest product, a procedure that lets people sense each other’s feelings.
• Orion’s site has this description with an extract.
• The US edition, due October 4, will be a hardcover.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Willis’s canny incorporation of scientific lore, and a riotous cast of stock Irish-American characters who nevertheless manage to surprise the reader, make for an engaging girl-finally-finds-right-boy story that’s unveiled with tact and humor.”

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New Books: 27 September 2016

* Bardugo, Leigh : Crooked Kingdom
(Macmillan/Holt 978-1627792134, $18.99, 560pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781627797917
Six of Crows #2

Young adult fantasy novel, sequel to Six of Crows (2015), about a gang of daredevils fighting for their lives.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave the earlier book a starred review: “This has all the right elements to keep readers enthralled: a cunning leader with a plan for every occasion, nigh-impossible odds, an entertainingly combative team of skilled misfits, a twisty plot, and a nerve-wracking cliffhanger.”

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* Carson, Rae : Like a River Glorious
(Harpercollins/Greenwillow 978-0062242945, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062242969
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062570451
Gold Seer #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second book of a trilogy following Walk on Earth a Stranger (2015), about a girl with magical powers in 1849 California.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Carson’s story is simply terrific—tense and exciting, while gently and honestly addressing the brutal hardships of the westward migration.”

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* Dees, Cindy, & Bill Flippin : The Dreaming Hunt
(Tor 978-0765335159, $28.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466821293
The Sleeping King #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Sleeping King (2015), about overlords, prophecies, and two young people on a path to save the day.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Hearn, Lian : The Tengu’s Game of Go
(Macmillan/FSG Originals 978-0374536343, $13, 256pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374715045
The Tale of Shikanoko #4

Fantasy novel set in medieval Japan, fourth of a four-book series all published this year.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “This fast-paced tale of dynastic change intriguingly sets up the remaining three books in the series.”

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* Lindsey, Erin : The Bloodsworn
(Ace 978-0425276303, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698168619
The Bloodbound #3

Romantic fantasy novel, third in a series following The Bloodbound (2014) and The Bloodforged (2015), about palace intrigue and magicians who can wield powerful weapons.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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+ Priest, Christopher : The Gradual
(Titan 978-1-78565-303-2, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016

First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz, September 2016)

SF novel about a composer in a fascist state searching for his brother, who has been sent to war. The setting is that of the author’s several Dream Archipelago books.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• The UK edition appeared September 15th.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “In effect, what Priest has done – and he did much the same thing in The Islanders – is to literalize not just a metaphor (as we keep hearing about in SF), but to literalize an entire narrative technique involving the management of time. … Priest literally puts his narrator through such time shifts, and the effect is both dizzying and firmly grounded, even as it leads toward a conclusion which is, if a bit more conventional than we’ve come to expect from Priest, thoroughly satisfying.”

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* Westerfeld, Scott, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti : Swarm
(Simon Pulse 978-1481443395, $19.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481443418
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781508218968
Zeroes #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following Zeroes (2015), about six California teens with supernatural powers.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.

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* Wilde, Fran : Cloudbound
(Tor 978-0-7653-7785-2, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858213
Bone Universe #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Updraft (2015), set in a city of living bone.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…the mystery and imaginative worldbuilding are enough to keep fans of the first book reading on.”
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: Cloudbound represents the opposite of a sophomore slump. It’s that rare bird, the follow-up to a highly praised first novel that doesn’t just equal its predecessor’s accomplishments, but exceeds them. I felt Updraft was a promising debut effort; Cloudbound sees much of that promise realised, with hints of more to come.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 26 September 2016

— posted Monday 26 September 2016 @ 11:25 am PDT

Two books debut this week: Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson’s Navigators of Dune (Tor), ranking #19 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list, #23 on the Publishers Weekly list; and Alan Moore’s Jerusalem, ranking #20 on the NYT list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.02
WP
09.25
LAT
09.25
USAT
09.18
PW
09.26
Amz
(09.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.26)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Rowling, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide 09.19.16 / 2       47 -40        
Rowling, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies 09.19.16 / 2       31 -25        
Rowling, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists 09.19.16 / 2       45 -37        
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 28 8 -2   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Herbert/Anderson, Navigators of Dune 09.26.16 / 1 19 ++     108 ++ 23 ++      
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 21 9 -4     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Maas, Empire of Storms 09.05.16 / 4       38 -34 10 -8 xx x xxx
McGee, The Thousandth Floor 09.19.16 / 2 2 =              
Moore, Jerusalem 09.26.16 / 1 20 ++              
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 50     xxx.. 70 +3 7 -1 93 +   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 33     3 -1 3 +2 1 = 4 = 8 -4 4 +1
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 37             92 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 52       xxx.. 14 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 8 4 -1 4 = 1 = 23 -6 6 -1 31 -4   xxx
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 17       xxx.. 19 -2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.02
WP
09.25
LAT
09.25
USAT
09.18
PW
09.26
Amz
(09.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.26)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 233   6 -3   114 -21 xxx.. 62 -25 xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 6     12 + xxx..       xxx..
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 104     xxx.. 116 -10 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 105       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 51 +
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 6 3 +2              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 275   10 -4   xx   xx 95 -7 82 +5
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 69 xxx..   xxx.. 43 +3 xxx.. 63 +14    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 144 xxx..   7 -4 6 +4 4 = 22 +8 25 +16 x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               88 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               58 -13  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               99 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 53 -18   82 +7    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 40             59 -8 57 -28
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 23       xxx..   49 -11   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.02
WP
09.25
LAT
09.25
USAT
09.18
PW
09.26
Amz
(09.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.26)
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

Classics in Reprint, September 2016

— posted Saturday 24 September 2016 @ 11:21 am PDT

* Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Complete Orsinia
(Library of America 978-1598534931, $35, 700pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016

Omnibus of one novel, Malafrena (1979 but written much earlier), a collection of stories, Orsinian Tales (1976), two additional stories, a poem, and two songs. The volume is edited by Brian Attebery.
• This is the first of several planned volumes of Le Guin’s work by the Library of America.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Rusch, Kristine Kathryn, ed. : Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories
(Baen 978-1-4767-8161-7, $16, 267pp, trade paperback, September 2016, cover art Christine Mitzuk)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016

Anthology of 12 stories by women from throughout the history of science fiction.
• Authors include Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Leigh Brackett, Zenna Henderson, Ursula K. L Eguin, James Tiptree, Jr., and Connie Willis.
• Rusch provides a 25-page introduction surveying the history of women in SF and how she came to compile this anthology.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to the introduction and two stories.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online: “This book needs to be slotted onto your shelves amongst all the other seminal anthologies that seek to limn the greatness of our field….”

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* Silverberg, Robert : Early Days: More Tales from the Pulp Era
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-799-8, $40, 344pp, hardcover, August 2016, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01H5VBZMS

Collection of 17 previously-unreprinted stories from early in the author’s career (1956-1958); a sequel of sorts to similar collection In the Beginning (2006).
• Silverberg provides a book introduction and detailed introductions to the stories.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed this for Locus Online: “The fascinating thing about these tales is how they look both backwards, towards the SF of the 1930s and 1940s, and proleptically forward, towards the more variegated and sophisticated stuff of the 1960s and 1970s.”

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Smith, Clark Ashton, edited by Scott Connors & Ron Hilger : The Maze of the Enchanter: The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 4
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808767, $17.99, 352pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016

Collection of fantasy and “weird fiction”, fourth of five volumes publishing stories chronologically, in this volume from 1932 and 1933.
• Gahan Wilson provides an introduction.
• The hardcover edition of this book appeared in 2008.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books: 20 September 2016

— posted Tuesday 20 September 2016 @ 1:28 pm PDT

* Andrews, Ilona : Magic Binds
(Ace 978-0425270691, $26, 336pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698136786
Kate Daniels #9

Urban fantasy novel, ninth in the “Kate Daniels” series following Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds (2010), Magic Slays (2011), Magic Rises (2012), Magic Breaks (2014), and Magic Shifts (2015), about a female mercenary in a magical Atlanta.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Cluess, Jessica : A Shadow Bright and Burning
(Random House 978-0-553-53590-7, $17.99, 407pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553535921
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780399569142
Kingdom on Fire #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a series, about a female sorcerer in Victorian London.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.”

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* Durst, Sarah Beth : The Queen of Blood
(Voyager 978-0-06-241334-5, $19.99, 368pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062413369
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062563941
The Queens of Renthia #1

Epic fantasy novel, first in a series, about spirits in the land of Renthia who want to rid their world of humans.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Durst delivers some fascinating worldbuilding, and the spirits are malevolent, cunning, wild, and mysterious antagonists.”

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* Evenson, Brian : The Warren
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9315-9, $11.99, 74pp, ebk, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9314-2

SF novella about a character named X who perceives another outside his Warren.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Evenson’s almost surreal novella puts identity front and center in a dead world, seeking to define what is human as the main character grapples with having multiple and sometimes overlapping personalities.”

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* Latham, Mark A. : The Iscariot Sanction
(Titan 978-1783296828, $14.95, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
The Apollonian Casefiles #2

Alternate history fantasy novel set in 1879 London, second in a series following The Lazarus Gate (2015) about a gentleman’s club battling a supernatural threat to the British Empire.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Liu, Cixin : Death’s End
(Tor 978-0-7653-7710-4, $26.99, 608pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466853454
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427279187
UK edition: 978-1784971632 (Tue 20 Sep 2016)
Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Hugo winner The Three-Body Problem (2014) and The Dark Forest (2015), about humanity dealing with Trisolarian invaders.
• The translator is Ken Liu.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The time scale is an obstacle to emotional engagement, but there are emotionally moving moments that ground the intriguing speculations about science and human nature.”

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* Porter, Sarah : Vassa in the Night
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-8054-8, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765386229

Young adult fantasy novel that retells the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful”, set in modern Brooklyn.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “It may take a little effort for some readers to ground themselves in the near-hallucinatory strangeness of Porter’s setting, but those who do will be rewarded with a feverishly imagined and deliciously surreal adventure.”

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* Priest, Cherie : The Family Plot
(Tor 978-0-7653-7824-8, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466860650

Fantasy novel about a salvage crew tasked with demolishing a haunted house.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Priest has written an excellent modern house story from start to finish.”

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* Simmons, Kristen : Metaltown
(Tor Teen 978-0765336620, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466828797

Young adult SF novel set in a factory town in a dystopian future.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Szpara, K. M., ed. : Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction
(Lethe 978-1-59021-617-0, $20, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 17 Sep 2016

Anthology of 15 stories with transgender characters.
• Authors include Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, E. Catherine Tobler, A. Merc Rustad, and Molly Tanzer.
• Lethe’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “First-time editor Szpara shoots the death-obsessed conventions of transgender narratives into space with this splendid collection of 15 speculative works by trans authors, starring trans characters, and/or featuring themes of transformation, placing gender’s many permutations under a warm and welcoming spotlight.”

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* Turner, Marc : Red Tide
(Tor 978-0765337146, $32.5, 544pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466831223
The Chronicle of the Exile #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following When the Heavens Fall (2015) and Dragon Hunters (Feb. 2016), about Storm Lords fighting a sea dragon.
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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 19 September 2016

— posted Monday 19 September 2016 @ 11:30 am PDT

Three new books by Harry Potter-related books by J.K. Rowling, released as e-books on September 6th, debut on this week’s USA Today list — but not on any of the others compiled here, which compile print books only.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.25
WP
09.18
LAT
09.18
USAT
09.11
PW
09.19
Amz
(09.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.19)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Rowling, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide 09.19.16 / 1       7 ++        
Rowling, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies 09.19.16 / 1       6 ++        
Rowling, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists 09.19.16 / 1       8 ++        
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 27 6 -2   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 8 x   13 -2 131 -65 x xxx..    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 18 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 24 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 20 5 +2     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Maas, Empire of Storms 09.05.16 / 3       4 ++ 2 ++ x 95 -48 xx
McGee, The Thousandth Floor 09.19.16 / 1 2 ++              
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 49     xxx.. 73 +29 6 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 32     2 = 5 -4 1 = 4 -2 4 = 5 -2
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 51       xxx.. 15 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: The Dark Talent 09.19.16 / 1         24 ++      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 7 3 -1 4 -2 1 = 17 -6 5 -2 27 -3   xx
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 16       xxx.. 17 -4 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.25
WP
09.18
LAT
09.18
USAT
09.11
PW
09.19
Amz
(09.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.19)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 232   3 +4   93 -39 xxx.. 37 +4 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 82 x xxx.. 12 + xxx..   xxx..   xxx
Jemisin, The Fifth Season [tpb] 09.19.16 / 1       123 ++        
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 103     xxx.. 106 -39 xxx.. xxx   xxx..
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses [tpb] 05.16.16 / 7 10 +       xxx..      
McGuire, Once Broken Faith 09.19.16 / 1       45 ++        
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 5 5 +1              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 274   6 +   x   x 88 -33 87 -1
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 68 xxx..   xxx.. 46 +10 xxx.. 77 +6    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 143 xxx..   3 +3 10 -3 4 -1 30 +20 41 +37 68 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 127 -10   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               45 +9  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 35 -4   89 -5    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 39             51 -5 29 -11
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 22       xxx..   38 +13   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.25
WP
09.18
LAT
09.18
USAT
09.11
PW
09.19
Amz
(09.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.19)
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

Periodicals, mid-September 2016

— posted Saturday 17 September 2016 @ 11:08 am PDT

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

• Science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited, since April 2013, by Trevor Quachri
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.analogsf.com/

October 2016
Vol. 136 No. 10, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Sandeep Karunakaran
• This issue has a novella by Adam-Troy Castro, novelettes by J.L. Forrest and Robert R. Chase, and short stories by Nancy Fulda, Ron Collins, and Muri McCage. There’s also a poem by Shannon Connor Winward.
• The science article, by Edward M. Lerner, is part two about artificial intelligence.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Stanley Schmidt, an “Alternate View” column by John G. Cramer, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Sun 4 Sep 2016)

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Apex Magazine

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

September 2016
Issue 99, cover art by Mélanie Delon
• This issue has stories by Abhinav Bhat, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Alexandria Baisden, and Mike Barretta.
• Poetry is by Marchell Dyon, Zachary Riddle, Brandon Marlon, and Christina Sng.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Mélanie Delon and Alexandria Baisden, and a short fiction review by A.C. Wise.

(Sat 17 Sep 2016)

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Aphelion

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

September 2016
Issue 210
• This issue has a serial by David Ulnar-Slew, and short stories by George Schaade, Milo James Fowler, Swargula, James Tatam, and Anil Balan.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Sat 17 Sep 2016)

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

• Science Fiction magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.asimovs.com/

September 2016
Vol. 40 No. 9 (whole #488), $4.99, cover art by Michael Whelan
• This issue has novelettes by Carrie Vaughn, Tegan Moore, Jack Skillingstead, and Ian R. MacLeod, and short stories by Robert Reed, Peter Wood, and Rich Larson.
• Poetry is by Chris Wozney, Jane Yolen, Robert Frazier, and Bruce Boston.
• Departments include Sheila Williams’ editorial, announcing the Thirtieth Annual Readers’ Awards; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections” column; and book reviews by Peter Heck.

(Sun 4 Sep 2016)

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

• Original and reprint SF & F; edited by Warren Lapine
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/

September/October 2016
• This issue has stories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, José Pablo Iriarte, Sunil Patel, Shveta Thakrar, and Abby Goldsmith.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Terence Taylor, Adam-Troy Castro, and Gillian Daniels.

(Sat 17 Sep 2016)

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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/

September 2016
Cover art by Daniel Beaudin
• Stories in this issue are by Sean Mulroy, Marilyn K. Martin, Ronald D. Ferguson, Auston Habershaw, Nolan Edrik, Iain Ishbel, JT Gill, and L.E. Buis, with shorter stories by William Suboski, Andrew James Woodyard, and Gareth D. Jones.
• Articles are by Joyce Frohn and Eric M. Jones.
• There’s also a comic strip by Doug Warner,, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 17 Sep 2016)

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Uncanny

• Magazine of SF and fantasy, since 2014; edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://uncannymagazine.com/

September/October 2016
Issue 12, cover art by Kirbi Fagan
• This issue has original fiction by Carmen Maria Machado, Tim Pratt, Sarah Pinsker, E. Lily Yu, and Ferrett Steinmetz, and reprint fiction by Sofia Samatar.
• Poetry is by S. Qiouyi Lu, Ada Hoffmann, and Sonya Taaffe.
• There are also interviews with Carmen Maria Machado and Sarah Pinsker, and essays by Una McCormack, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Dominik Parisien, and Aiden Moher.

(Sat 17 Sep 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

New in Paperback, September 2016

— posted Friday 16 September 2016 @ 4:32 pm PDT

Card, Orson Scott : Gatefather
(Tor 978-0765365408, $8.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Mither Mages #3

(First edition: Tor, October 2015)

YA fantasy novel, third book in the “Mither Mages” series following The Lost Gate (2011) and The Gate Thief (2013), about Danny North, member of rural family with magical powers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Conroy, Robert : Germanica
(Baen 978-1476781709, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
More… #1

(First edition: Baen, September 2015)

Alternate history novel, first book in a new series, set in the final days of the Third Reich.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several sample chapters.

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Correia, Larry : Son of the Black Sword
(Baen 978-1476781570, $8.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Saga of the Forgotten Warrior #1

(First edition: Baen, November 2015)

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about an elite warrior who maintains order in an era following a war with demons.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to sample chapters.

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Czerneda, Julie E. : This Gulf of Time and Stars
(Daw 978-0756411718, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Reunification #1

(First edition: DAW, November 2015)

SF novel, first in a trilogy, set in the same universe as the author’s Clan Chronicles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “The conclusion leaves an awful lot hanging – like who is after all the M’hiray, or what exactly the end of a mysterious experiment will mean – but it’s all intriguing.”
• The second book, The Gate to Futures Past, just appeared in hardcover.

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Donaldson, Stephen R. : The King’s Justice
(Ace 978-0425283899, $17, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016

(First edition: Putnam, October 2015)

Collection of two original novellas, the title story and “The Augur’s Gambit”.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Erikson, Steven : Willful Child
(Tor 978-0765374905, $8.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor, November 2014)

SF novel that spoofs Star Trek, about the voyages of the starship Willful Child.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviews it for Locus Online: “Now comes Steven Erikson’s rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson’s version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism, in the form of Captain Hadrian Alan Sawback, commander of the Affiliation Engage-class starship Willful Child. If you can imagine a season of Red Dwarf scripted by gonzo novelist Philip Palmer, you might have a faint notion of Erikson’s accomplishments here.”

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Friedman, C. S. : Dreamseeker
(Daw 978-0756410766, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Dreamwalker #2

(First edition: DAW, November 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Dreamwalker (2014), about a 16-year-old girl who discovers she is not related to her parents but is one of a race of besieged “changelings”.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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McDonald, Ian : Luna: New Moon
(Tor 978-0765375520, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Luna #1

(First edition: Tor, September 2015)

SF novel, first in a series, about a lunar settlement run by rival corporations called the Five Dragons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from Locus Magazine is posted here; Luna: New Moon is the best moon novel I’ve seen in many years, but it’s also something of a piece with the recent movement on the part of Paul McAuley, Kim Stanley Robinson, and oth­ers to confine novels to the solar system, out of a realistic assessment that this is likely all we’ll have to work with — but McDonald takes this a step further.”

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Older, Daniel José : Shadowshaper
(Scholastic/Levine 978-1338032475, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

(First edition: Scholastic/Levine, June 2015)

Fantasy novel about a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her ancestral powers of shadowshaping.
• Scholastic’s site has this description.
• The book was a finalist for the Andre Norton, Locus, and Mythopoeic awards.

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Pratchett, Terry : The Shepherd’s Crown
(Harper 978-0062429988, $9.99, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Discworld/Tiffany Aching #5

(First edition: HarperCollins, September 2015)

Yound adult fantasy novel, fifth in the series about Tiffany Aching and set in the Discworld universe, following The Wee Free Men (2003), A Hat Full of Sky (2004), Wintersmith (2006), and I Shall Wear Midnight (2010), and Pratchett’s final novel.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The book won a Locus Award for Best YA Book in 2016.

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Reynolds, Alastair : Poseidon’s Wake
(Ace 978-0425256343, $9.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Poseidon’s Children #3

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SF novel, third in a trilogy following Blue Remembered Earth (2012) and On the Steel Breeze (2013), about mankind’s expansion into the universe on generation ships.
• The first UK edition appeared from Gollancz in April 2015.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe wrote of the first book, “Despite a plot hook that could as easily power a YA franchise (a dying matriarch leaves behind a series of mysterious clues, each of which leads toward more portentous implicaitons), Reynolds both develops a richly detailed portrait of a resurgent, postapocalyptic Earth society and economy, and leaves himself plenty of room to expand his narrative space exponentially… “

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Stirling, S. M. : The Desert and the Blade
(Roc 978-0451417367, $9.99, 848pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Change #9

(First edition: Roc, September 2015)

Alternate history SF novel, ninth in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), The High King of Montival (2010), The Tears of the Sun (2011), Lord of Mountains (2012), The Given Sacrifice (2013), and The Golden Princess (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to 10 sample chapters.

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Swanwick, Michael : Chasing the Phoenix
(Tor 978-0765380913, $17.99, 320pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor, August 2015)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel about con artists Darger and Surplus, subjects of several short stories over the past decade and the author’s 2011 novel Dancing with Bears.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Weber, David : Hell’s Foundations Quiver
(Tor 978-0765361554, $9.99, 1044pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Safehold #8

(First edition: Tor, October 2015)

Far future SF novel, eighth in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), By Heresies Distressed (2009), A Mighty Fortress (2010), How Firm a Foundation (2011), Midst Toil and Tribulation (2012), and Like a Mighty Army (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Wilde, Fran : Updraft
(Tor 978-0765377845, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016

(First edition: Tor, September 2015)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a flying trader who breaks Tower Law and is forced to join the city’s secretive Singers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was a finalist for the Nebula Award this year, and won the Andre Norton award.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 13 September 2016

— posted Tuesday 13 September 2016 @ 1:55 pm PDT

* Anderson, Kevin J. : Eternity’s Mind
(Tor 978-0765333018, $28.99, 576pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429966498
Saga of Shadows #3

SF novel, third in a trilogy following the Hugo-nominated The Dark Between the Stars (2014), and Blood of the Cosmos. (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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+ Arnopp, Jason : The Last Days of Jack Sparks
(Orbit 978-0316362269, $24, 400pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316362252
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478968375
UK edition: 978-0356506852 (Thu 28 Jul 2016)

Fantasy novel about a journalist researching the occult who disappears following his mocking of an exorcism.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Brennan, Marie : Cold-Forged Flame
(Tor.com 978-0765391391, $11.99, 112pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765391384
Cold-Forged Flame #1

Fantasy novella, first in a new series, about a woman’s struggle against her existence.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The journey is treacherous, but luckily the heroine is fierce of mind, strong of will, and quite the warrior. Brennan delights readers with this exciting, fast-paced start to a fantasy novella series.”

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* Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Navigators of Dune
(Tor 978-0-7653-8125-5, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466878808
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427273413
Dune #13

SF novel, the thirteenth collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson, and third in a trilogy following Sisterhood of Dune (2012) and Mentats of Dune (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers shouldn’t expect nuanced characters, dialogue, or prose, and the story is slow to get off the ground, but once it’s going, it concludes with a bang that’s likely to satisfy fans. Naturally, the story leaves the door open for a sequel.”

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* Hogan, Mitchell : A Shattered Empire
(Harper Voyager 978-0062407283, $17.99, 592pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062407290
Sorcery Ascendant #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following A Crucible of Souls (2015) and Blood of Innocents (Feb. 2016), about a boy raised by monks who seeks the truth about his parents.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Kurtz, Ed : The Rib From Which I Remake the World
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483902, $16.99, 350pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483919

Fantasy novel about a hotel house detective in World War II-era Arkansas confronted with murder and black magic.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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* Lovegrove, James : Age of Heroes
(Solaris 978-1781084052, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Pantheon #7

Military SF novel, seventh in a series following The Age of Ra (2009), The Age of Zeus (2010), Age of Odin (2011), Age of Aztec (2012), Age of Voodoo (2013), and Age of Shiva (2014), in which the ancient Greek demigods are being killed.
• Solaris’ site has this post about the book.

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* Martinez, Michael J. : MJ-12: Inception
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-877-4, $24.99, 344pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59780-887-3
Majestic-12 #1

Military fantasy novel, first in a series, about superhuman “variants” discovered at the end of World War II and controlled by a secret government program in Nevada.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with blurbs from Harry Turtledove, Beth Cato, and others.

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* Moore, Alan : Jerusalem
(Norton/Liveright 978-1631491344, $35, 1280pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016

Epic novel, set in Northampton, UK, that contrasts mundane people and events with ruminations about space, time, life, and death.
• Norton’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review by Heidi MacDonald: “It’s all a challenge to get through, and deliberately so, but bold readers who answer the call will be rewarded with unmatched writing that soars, chills, wallows, and ultimately describes a new cosmology. Challenges and all, Jerusalem ensures Moore’s place as one of the great masters of the English language.”

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* Poole, W. Scott : In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft
(Soft Skull 978-1-59376-647-4, $17.95, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016

Nonfiction work combining a biography of Lovecraft with a study of his work in popular culture.
• Soft Skull’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “For Lovecraft neophytes wanting to learn more about the man and his work, this is a fine starting point.”

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* Sherman, Delia : The Evil Wizard Smallbone
(Candlewick Press 978-0763688059, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780763691929

Children’s fantasy novel about a runaway boy who becomes apprentice to the guardian of a magical bookstore.
• Candlewick’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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+ Taylor, Jodi : A Second Chance
(Night Shade Books 978-1597808705, $12.99, 348pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2016
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #3

SF novel, third in a series following Just One Damned Thing After Another (June 2016) and A Symphony of Echoes (July 2016), about time-traveling historians from St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research.
• The UK edition was published in August 2015.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “The humor is plentiful, but the comic situations aren’t overly exaggerated. Max’s world is depicted in lush detail, mixed with appropriately interesting historical tidbits. U.S. readers will be impatient for later installments to make their way across the Atlantic.”

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