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New Books, 22 April

* Bach, Rachel : Heaven’s Queen
(Orbit 978-0316221122, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316221139
Paradox #3

SF novel, third in a series following Fortune’s Pawn (2013) and Honor’s Knight (Feb. 2014), about a mercenary who gets a job on a trade ship called Glorious Fool.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a browse function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that fans of the previous books “will find this installment the last act they hoped for, the gratifying denouement that Bach has clearly been working toward all along.”

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* Gregory, Daryl : Afterparty
(Tor 978-0-7653-3692-7, $26.99, 320pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466829282

SF novel about a smart drug called Numinous that makes people religious.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Both irreverent and sympathetic to the sincere Numinous-addicted believers, the tragi-comical satire dispenses with sermons and easy morals, preferring to be entertaining and thought-provoking instead.”
• Russell Letson and Faren Miller both review the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine. Letson concludes, “This is a real science-fiction crime thriller: the old evils and insanities are all there, given new twists by the double-edged blades of science and technology. And, like the best crime and SF novels, those moral and philosophical questions linger, after the mere whodunnit puzzles have been solved.”

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+ Jones, Diana Wynne, & Ursula Jones : The Islands of Chaldea
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-229507-1, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062295095

Young adult fantasy novel, completed by the author’s sister after the author’s death in 2011. It’s about a young girl from a line of magic makers who awaits the blooming of her own powers.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The 1st edition was published by HarperCollins UK in February.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Though the plot twists are slightly less fiendish than in previous works, Wynne Jones’s humor, compassion, and invention continue to delight throughout this exhilarating tale. A story to cherish.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes, & Rosemary Edghill : Victories
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2826-7, $22.99, 256pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466843219
Shadow Grail #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Legacies (2010), Conspiracies (2011), and Sacrifices, about an academy in Montana where the students have magical powers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt. There’s a simultaneous trade paperback edition (978-0765317643).

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* Lukyanenko, Sergei : New Watch
(Harper 978-0062310071, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062310088
Night Watch #5

Horror novel, fifth volume in a seriesfirst published in Russian, following Night Watch (US edition 2006) and Day Watch (US edition 2007), Twilight Watch (2007), and Last Watch (2009), about opposing supernatural groups trying to improve and exploit the world.
• This volume was published in the UK in 2013.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While the stakes are unsurprisingly high, frequent injections of humor help separate this entry from the pack; at one point, characters discuss how the publication of the Harry Potter books has helped them convince young Others that they are not exactly human (“Children grasp the basic idea without even a blink now”).”

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* Moore, Christopher : The Serpent of Venice
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0061779763, $26.99, 336pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062194879
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062311009

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to Fool (2009), that combines elements of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “The Merchant of Venice” with Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Moore’s imaginative storytelling, bawdy prose, puns aplenty, as well as his creation of a violent sea creature intent on helping Fool’s cause, and Jessica’s “piratey” disguise, succeed in transforming two classical tragedies into outrageously farcical entertainment.”

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+ Newman, Kim : Life’s Lottery
(Titan 978-1781165560, $15.95, 512pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014

First US edition (UK: Simon & Schuster, August 1999)

Role-playing SF novel in which reader decisions determine the outcome of the story.
• This is the first US edition of a book first published in the UK in 1999.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Powell, William Campbell : Expiration Day
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3828-0, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466838406

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel, set in 2049, when a decline of global fertility has led to the creation of android children.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “This story covers an unusually long span of time and comes out the stronger for it. The chatty 11-year-old who begins this diary-style novel is very different from the determined 17-year-old who ends it, but the transition is natural, and the essence of Tania’s voice stays true.”

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* Ramirez, David : The Forever Watch
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-03381-9, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250033826

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard a spaceship carrying a serial killer.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Superior, psychologically plausible characterizations are combined with sophisticated worldbuilding, clever trope inversion, and original plotting to create a powerful story that will amply reward rereading.”

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* Trahan, Roberta : The Keys to the Realms
(Amazon/47north 978-1477849958, $14.95, 360pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00E83T5FG
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480578258
The Dream Stewards #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Well of Tears (2012), set in Wales and Cornwall five centuries after the reign of King Arthur.
• Amazon’s page has a description, mixed reader reviews, and a preview via its “Look Inside” function.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 21 April

David Weber & Eric Flint’s Cauldron of Ghosts (Baen) debuts on two lists this week, ranking #12 on Publishers Weekly‘s fiction hardcover list, #19 on the same list at New York Times.

And Laini Taylor’s Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Little, Brown) debuts on two lists, at #13 on the PW Children’s Frontlist list, and a respectable #33 on the combined USA Today list. (NY Times ranks the series “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” #6 on its children’s series list, but doesn’t rank individual series titles on its other lists.)


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.27
WP
04.13
LAT
04.20
USAT
04.13
PW
04.21
Amz
(04.21)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.21)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.21)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Armstrong, Sea of Shadows 04.14.14 / 2 8 ++             x
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 246 xxx..   xxx.. 112 -11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 219     xxx.. 44 -4 10 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back 03.31.14 / 4 23 -5   19 -10   20 =      
Kenyon, Illusion 04.14.14 / 2       127 -107 19 -11      
Pratchett, Raising Steam 03.31.14 / 4 x   15 -2 xxx xx      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 16 9 -2     142 -22 17 -5 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 82 5 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 35     7 +3 4 +1 1 = 15 -4 7 +7 33 -21
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 4       11 -1   14 -8 13 -7 7 -3
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 103 xxx..   4 +2 3 -1 xxx.. 12 -5 4 +7 87 -48
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 10 21 -7   xx x x xxx..   xx
Taylor, Dreams of Gods & Monsters 04.21.14 / 1       33 ++ 13 ++      
Weber/Flint, Cauldron of Ghosts 04.21.14 / 1 19 ++       12 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.27
WP
04.13
LAT
04.20
USAT
04.13
PW
04.21
Amz
(04.21)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.21)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.21)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 14 17 +3   9 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 25 -1  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 103 11 +5   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 57         24 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 56         xxx.. xxx 100 + xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 198 xxx..   xxx.. 111 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 4       18 -5   x    
Harris, Dead Ever After 04.07.14 / 2 22 +              
King, Joyland [tpb] 05.27.13 / 35 xxx..   xxx.. 74 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Under the Dome, Part 2 04.07.14 / 3 x     xx 19 +4      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 16       76 +1   xxx    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 146 13 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 26 5 +2   xx 99 +26 xxx.. 69 +18 42 +13 xx
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 156 20 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 162 3 +1   xxx.. 30 +36 xxx.. xxx.. 38 +6 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 103 11 +   12 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 4             30 -2  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 145 17 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 51 +8 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 4       36 +55   8 +4   1 +2
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 42     xxx.. 47 = 8 -3      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 45 xxx..   1 = 1 = 3 -1 10 -6 11 +9 23 -8
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.27
WP
04.13
LAT
04.20
USAT
04.13
PW
04.21
Amz
(04.21)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.21)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.21)
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]

New in Paperback, April

Cherryh, C. J. : Protector
(DAW 978-0-7564-0853-4, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Foreigner #14

(First edition: DAW, April 2013)

SF novel, 13th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), and Intruder (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description, with an excerpt.

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Daniel, Tony, & David Drake : The Heretic
(Baen 978-1-4767-3637-2, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
The General #9

(First edition: Baen, April 2013)

SF novel set on the planet Duisenberg, where an Egyptian-like culture has developed and a young hero tries to lead the planet out of the galactic dark ages.
• It’s the ninth book in a series called The General written by S.M. Stirling and others from outlines by Drake (according to Wikipedia).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Harris, Charlaine : Dead Ever After
(Ace 978-0-425-25639-8, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Sookie Stackhouse #13

(First edition: Ace, May 2013)

Humorous fantasy novel, 13th and final volume in the popular Southern Vampire series about Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse that began with Dead Until Dark (2001) and included most recently Dead in the Family (2010), Dead Reckoning (2011), and Deadlocked (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Kay, Guy Gavriel : River of Stars
(Penguin/NAL 978-0-451-41609-4, $16, 656pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

(First edition: Roc, April 2013)

Historical fantasy novel, follow-up to Under Heaven (2010), set four centuries after that book, this time inspired by the Song Dynasty of 12th century China.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe and Cecelia Holland both reviewed it in the April 2013 issue of Locus Magazine. Holland called it “his finest work so far, a vision of tremendous scope, achieved through precise, intimate observation of a brilliant culture in the throes of disintegration and rebirth.” And she also calls it “a book you don’t want to be over.”

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Knight, E. E. : Appalachian Overthrow
(Roc 978-0-451-41445-8, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Vampire Earth #10

(First edition: Roc, April 2013)

SF novel about human resistance to alien invaders, tenth in the “Vampire Earth” series following Way of the Wolf (2003), Choice of the Cat (2004), Tales of the Thunderbolt (2005), Valentine’s Rising (2005), Valentine’s Exile (2006), Valentine’s Resolve (2007), Fall with Honor (2008), Winter Duty (2009), and March in Country (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Kowal, Mary Robinette : Without a Summer
(Tor 978-0-765-33417-6, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Glamourist Histories #3

(First edition: Tor, April 2013)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Shades of Milk and Honey (2010) and Glamour in Glass (2012), set in a Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered essential for a lady of quality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page for the book with links to a sample chapter and some legal notes.

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Marco, John : The Forever Knight
(DAW 978-0-7564-0843-5, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Bronze Knight #4

(First edition: DAW, April 2013)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series about Lukien, the Bronze Knight, following The Eyes of God (2002), The Devil’s Armor (2003), and The Sword of Angels (2005).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author has this page about the book.

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Antiagon Fire
(Tor 978-0-7653-6998-7, $8.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Imager Portfolio #7

(First edition: Tor, May 2013)

Fantasy novel, fourth volume in the second arc following Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), Imager’s Intrigue (2010), Scholar (2011), Princeps (2012), and Imager’s Battalion (Jan. 2013) — where some have the magical skill to visualize things and make them real.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the May 2013 issue of Locus Magazine, concluding that the book “provides a fascinating picture of imagers at war, while continuing to explore different styles of governance in this intriguing world.”

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Rawn, Melanie : Elsewhens
(Tor 978-0-7653-3685-9, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Glass Thorns #2

(First edition: Tor, February 2013)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Touchstone (2012), about a magical theater group run by the son of aristocrats determined to reach high society with his talents.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the February 2013 issue of Locus Magazine, saying that this book “truly fulfills [Touchstone's] promise of greater things to come”.

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Sawyer, Robert J. : Red Planet Blues
(Ace 978-0-425-25641-1, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014

(First edition: Ace, April 2013)

SF novel, expanded from 2005 Hugo and Nebula nominated novella “Identity Theft”, set in a frontier town on a Mars where fossils have been discovered.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with links to the opening chapters and to excerpts from reviews.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Nowadays we do have a handful of practitioners seeking to play fair with the rules of SF and the rules of the mystery simultaneously. Robert Sawyer’s newest novel joins these ranks with zest and enthusiasm, providing a ride both criminal and stefnal.”

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Category: New in Paperback

Classic Reprints, April

— posted Friday 18 April 2014 @ 11:36 am PDT

* Burroughs, Edgar Rice : Tarzan the Untamed and Other Tales
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-12917-7, £25, 1040pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 3 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1473201989

Omnibus of six novels: Tarzan the Untamed, Tarzan the Terrible, Tarzan and the Golden Lion, Tarzan and the Ant Men, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, and Tarzan and the Lost Empire, first published from 1920 to 1929.
• Orion’s site has this description.

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* Chandler, A. Bertram : Upon a Sea of Stars
(Baen 978-1476736365, $14, 640pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

Omnibus of two novels and two story collections about space merchant John Grimes, fifth volume of six of Baen’s series of Grimes collections, following To the Galactic Rim (March 2011), First Command (August 2011), Galactic Courier (Dec 2011), and Ride the Star Winds (2012).
• Contents include novels Into the Alternate Universe (Ace 1964), Contraband from Otherspace (Ace 1967), The Rim Gods (Ace 1969), and The Commodore at Sea (Ace 1979).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several samples.

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* Compton, D. G. : SF Gateway Omnibus: Synthajoy, The Steel Crocodile, Ascendancies
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-11810-2, £18.99, 480pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1473202023

Omnibus of three SF novels, first published in 1968, 1970, and 1980 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Cooper, Edmund : SF Gateway Omnibus: The Cloud Walker, All Fools’ Day, A Far Sunset
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-11638-2, £18.99, 480pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1473201880

Omnibus of three SF novels, first published in 1973, 1966, and 1967 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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Jordan, Robert : Winter’s Heart
(Tor 978-0-7653-3780-1, $17.99, 560pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014

(First edition: Tor, November 2000)

Fantasy novel, ninth in the “Wheel of Time” series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an audiobook excerpt.

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* Lumley, Brian : The Compleat Crow
(Subterranean Press 978-1596065543, $35, 192pp, hardcover, March 2014, jacket art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00JDKRVT6

Collection of 11 stories about psychic sleuth Titus Crow.
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* Vance, Jack, edited by Terry Dowling & Jonathan Strahan : Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Four
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-645-8, $45, 368pp, hardcover, March 2014, jacket art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Mar 2014

Collection of 8 stories, the fourth volume of Vance’s early work following Hard-Luck Diggings (2010), Dream Castles (2012), and Magic Highways (2013).
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes, Rational explanations of psychic and paranormal phenomena like ghosts, telepathy, and ESP have been an interest of post-WWII science fiction since legendary editor John W. Campbell coined the term “psionics.” This collection of eight stories by SF grandmaster Vance displays his fascination with such topics.

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New Books, 15 April

— posted Tuesday 15 April 2014 @ 11:26 am PDT

+ Asher, Neal : The Line of Polity
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805087, $15.99, 672pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00HFYSPS8
Cormac #2

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, March 2003)

SF adventure novel, second in a series following Gridlinked (2001) and followed by Brass Man (2005), Polity Agent (2006) and The Line War (2008), about polity agent Ian Cormac.
• In this book Cormac investigates an outlink station destroyed by a nanomycelium.
• This is the first US edition.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Bova, Ben : Transhuman
(Tor 978-0-7653-3293-6, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429965422

SF novel about a cellular biologist who abducts his dying granddaughter in order to treat her with an unapproved enzyme not yet approved by the FDA.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Cameron, Dana : Pack of Strays
(Amazon/47north 978-1477819777, $14.95, 346pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00G3NAPNU
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480593367
Fangborn #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Seven Kinds of Hell (2013), about a secret race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity.
• Amazon’s page has a description, with previews via “Look Inside”.

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* Canavan, Gerry, & Kim Stanley Robinson, eds. : Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7426-8, 312pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7428-2

Nonfiction anthology of 13 essays, on subjects relating science fiction to environmental issues.
• Contributors include Christina Alt, Rob Latham, Elzette Steenkamp, Eric C. Otto, and Melody Jue.
• The book includes 20 pages of references “Of Further Interest” and an index.
• There’s also a paperback edition (978-0-8195-7427-5).
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs from Fredric Jameson and Patrick D. Murphy.
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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Lovecraft’s Monsters
(Tachyon Publications 978-1616961213, $16.95, 379pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

Anthology of 18 stories inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
• Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Howard Waldrop, Kim Newman, Karl Edward Wager, and Laird Barron. Two of the stories, by John Langan and Rachel Fagundes, are original to the book; the others are previously published.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the complete table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Davidson, Rjurik : Unwrapped Sky
(Tor 978-0-7653-2988-2, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948388

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about Caeli-Amur, a city once saved by minotaurs, where three people challenge tradition and superstition.
• The author’s 2010 UK collection The Library of Forgotten Books had the same setting.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers who enjoy the mix of outré technology and body-warped beings in China Miéville’s Bas-Lag novels will appreciate Davidson’s work, though Davidson makes it easier to distinguish between good guys and bad guys.”
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, commenting “the science-fantastical equivalent of smog and traffic noise shouldn’t prevent Caeli-Amur from rewarding anyone who grants it more than a day-trip’s passing glance.”

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* Duncan, Hal : Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-261-5, 269pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 5 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59021-093-2

Nonfiction examination of the current state of science fiction, with a long introduction examining the many traditional definitions of SF.
• Lethe’s site has this description with blurbs from Brit Mandelo and Will Ludwigsen.
• Brit Mandelo contributed this review to Tor.com: “The dual functions of the book, proposing a theoretical framework with which to talk about and understand SF while also taking down non-functional, problematic, or just plain ignorant points of debate about the genre (both from inside and outside), work well together and allow Duncan to cover a great deal of intellectual ground. I appreciate his attention to detail, his willingness to tackle arguments and issues within the genre that often go unchallenged—particularly those based in false dichotomies and “us versus them” doctrinaire arguments.”

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+ Edwards, Janet : Earth Star
(Pyr 978-1616148973, $17.99, 360pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00G1IUFM8
Earth Girl #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a trilogy following Earth Girl (2013),
the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about an 18-year-old girl whose immune system will not allow her to leave Earth.
• Pyr’s site has this description, though the site is down at the moment pending renewal.
• The book was published in August 2013 by Harper Voyager in the UK.

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* Miller, Ian, & Tom Wyte : The Art of Ian Miller
(UK: Titan 9781781167793, $34.95, 160pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 11 Apr 2014

Artbook with over 300 works spanning Miller’s career.
• Titan’s site has a brief description. There’s also a limited edition.
• This Google images search turns up some samples.

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* Riopelle, Robin : Deadroads
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 9781597805131, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

Horror novel, the author’s first novel, subtitled “A Novel of Supernatural Suspense”, about a Louisiana family with the ability to see beyond the spectral plane.
• Night Shade’s legacy site has has this description; the book was apparently first planned for publication in April 2013.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Sullivan, Michael J. : Hollow World
(Tachyon 978-1-61696-183-1, $15.95, 372pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Apr 2014

SF novel about a man who travels through time to a utopic civilization in the year 4078.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Sullivan’s heavy reliance on contemporary references (including Winnie-the-Pooh, Star Wars, and Lost) is distracting, but his old-fashioned utopian allegory will please readers who share his views on same-sex love (he’s for it) and fascism (he’s against it).”
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “this novel combines the far reaches of possibility with elements from mainstream contemporary life, godlike mechanisms of creation, and metamorphosis with our very human tendency to construct opposing philosophies and endlessly debate the nature of paradise.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 14 April

— posted Monday 14 April 2014 @ 10:44 am PDT

Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back (Quirk) debuts on two more lists this week, ranking as high as #9 at Los Angeles Times.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.20
WP
04.13
LAT
04.13
USAT
04.06
PW
04.14
Amz
(04.14)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.14)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.14)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Armstrong, Sea of Shadows 04.14.14 / 1               54 ++
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 4 x   x 142 -52 25 -8      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 35       xx 23 -5 xxx.. xxx.. x
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 245 xxx..   xxx.. 101 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 218     xxx.. 40 -10 7 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back 03.31.14 / 3 18 -2   9 ++   20 ++      
Kenyon, Illusion 04.14.14 / 1       20 ++ 8 ++      
Pratchett, Raising Steam 03.31.14 / 3 24 -11 xx 13 -4 xx x      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 15 7 =     120 -2 12 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 81 5 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 34     10 +2 5 -1 1 = 11 -3 14 -2 12 -2
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 3       10 -4   6 -3 6 +20 4 =
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 102 xxx..   6 +2 2 +1 xxx.. 7 = 11 -4 39 -20
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 9 14 -4 x x 138 -43 22 -7 xxx..   x
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 9 25 -2   11 + xx x xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.20
WP
04.13
LAT
04.13
USAT
04.06
PW
04.14
Amz
(04.14)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.14)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.14)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 13 20 -5 xxx.. 7 + xxx.. xxx xxx.. 24 -11  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 102 16 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clare, City of Bones [tpb] 04.08.08 / 83 xxx..     133 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 56         19 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 197 xxx..   xxx.. 106 -27 xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 3       13 -5   89 -47    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 4 xxx..   8 +          
Kenyon, Styxx 04.14.14 / 1         20 ++      
King, Under the Dome, Part 2 04.07.14 / 2 10 -8     x 23 -9      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 15       77 +24   xx    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 145 xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 84 + xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 25 7 = xxx.. x 125 +18 xxx.. 87 = 55 + x
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 161 4 +2 xxx.. xxx.. 66 +26 xxx.. xxx.. 44 +41 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 102 xxx.. xxx.. 6 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 3             28 +11  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 144 xx   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 59 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 3       91 +31   12 -3   3 +2
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 41     xxx.. 47 +4 5 +2      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 44 xxx..   1 +1 1 +1 2 = 4 +2 20 -15 15 -4
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.20
WP
04.13
LAT
04.13
USAT
04.06
PW
04.14
Amz
(04.14)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.14)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.14)
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-April

— posted Saturday 12 April 2014 @ 1:42 pm PDT

Aurealis

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

April 2014
Issue 69
• This issue has stories by Richard Viskovic and Mick Spadaro.
• There’s also an interview with Tim Hehir, and an archival essay by Stephen Higgins.

(Sat 12 Apr 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/

Spring 2014
• This issue has stories by Andrew Miller, LaShawn M. Wanak, Desirina Boskovich, Andy Dudak, Erin Stock Rubin, and Berrien C. Henderson.
• There’s also poetry by Mary Alexandra Agner and Mark McCutcheon.

(Sat 12 Apr 2014)

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Mythic Delirium

• Quarterly fiction and poetry journal published and edited by Mike Allen; debuted 1998 as a biannual poetry journal, became quarterly in 2013
http://www.mythicdelirium.com/

Winter/Spring 2014
Issue 30, $5.00, 30pp, cover art by Tim Mullins
• This final print issue reprints 25 poems from the ‘zines first 25 issues, from 1998 to 2011.
• Poets include Shira Lipkin, Charlee Jacob, Ann K. Schwader, Sonya Taaffe, Kendall Evans, Bud Webster, and others.
• The site’s order page has the wrap-around cover image and the full table of contents.

(Mon 7 Apr 2014)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

• Essays and reviews, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.; PDF and other electronic formats since Sept. 2012
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.nyrsf.com/

March 2014
Issue 307, Vol. 26 No. 7, 32pp
• This special “Relativistic Time Dilation” issue features Karen Burnham on Greg Egan’s Orthogonal trilogy and Joe Milicia reviewing Charles Stross’ Neptune’s Brood.
• Other reviews include Martin Morse Wooster on Michael Moorcock, Derek Künsken on Hartwell’s Year’s Best SF 18, Darrell Schweitzer on a volume of Clarke Ashton Smith poetry, Peter Rawlik on Ramsey Campbell, and Michael Andre-Driussi on the Gene Wolfe tribute anthology.
• There’s also an essay by Brian Stableford, reviews of short fiction and essays by Michael Swanwick, and a review by Jen Gunnels of a play by Jeanne Beckwith.

(Tue 8 Apr 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/

April 2014
Cover art by Liviu Matei
• Stories in this issue are by Joseph Green and Shelby Vick, Nathaniel Heely, Siobahn Gallagher, Holly Schofield, Linda A.B. Davis, John Skylar, Devin Miller, Michael McGlade, Jack Ryan, and Jeff Samson.
• Articles are by J. Richard Jacobs and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 12 Apr 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 8 April

— posted Tuesday 8 April 2014 @ 1:55 pm PDT

* Armstrong, Kelley : Sea of Shadows
(Harper 978-0-06-207124-8, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0062071262
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0062299918
Age of Legends #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, about twin sisters who are destined to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has a note from the author about the inspiration for the book.

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* Bear, Elizabeth : Steles of the Sky
(Tor 978-0-7653-2756-7, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429947688
The Eternal Sky #3

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following Range of Ghosts (2012) and Shattered Pillars (2013), set on a world resembling central Asia where various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The conclusion is both untelegraphed and completely appropriate. Bear’s trilogy makes a rich contribution to epic fantasy’s expanding borders of emotion and invention.”

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* Benford, Gregory, & Larry Niven : Shipstar
(Tor 978-0-7653-2870-0, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1429949682
Bowl of Heaven #2

Hard SF novel, second book of a duology following Bowl of Heaven (2013), about explorers who discover a huge bowl-shaped object that half-encircles its star.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly called the first book “a solid work that will appeal to fans of classic hard SF.”
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, commenting “The two-part layout of this double-decker is not only the result of the time and space (in authorial-resource terms) needed to get it done; it becomes part of the story design in a way not unlike what Philip José Farmer did with the Riverworld series’ unfolding of secrets and solving of puzzles. … [The Bowl is] full of surprises, perspective shifts, and trapdoors.”

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* Buettner, Robert : Balance Point
(Baen 9781476736440, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Orphan’s Legacy #3

Military SF novel, third in a series following Overkill (2011) and Undercurrents (2012), about a former soldier, Jazen Parker, who becomes a mercenary.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters, though the page currently auto-forwards to a note about an extra story in the book, “Mole Hunt”.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of classic military SF will enjoy the twists and quips as Jazen dives in and Kit follows to rescue him and prevent open war.”

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* Jones, Paul Antony : Revelations
(Amazon/47north 978-1477817834, $14.95, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F3MKEGA
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480581913
Extinction Point #3

SF novel, third in a series following Extinction Point (Feb. 2013) and Exodus (June 2013), about a plague that wipes out and transforms life on Earth, except for one newspaper reporter in New York City.
• Amazon’s page has a description and preview via its “Look Inside” function.

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+ Lebbon, Tim : Coldbrook
(Titan 9781781168783, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014

SF/horror novel about a secret Appalachian lab that discovers a gateway to another world.
• The UK edition was published in 2012 by Cornerstone.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Archetypal themes of love, sacrifice, and guilt add emotional vigor and intellectual substance to what can also be enjoyed simply as a gutsy horror show.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry, & Stephen Briggs : Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion…So Far
(Harper 978-0-06-229255-1, $27.99, 464pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062292575

US edition of the latest guide to Pratchett’s long-running Discworld fantasy series, up-to-date through Snuff (2011). The UK edition was published in late 2012.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
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+ Priest, Christopher : The Adjacent
(Titan 978-1781169438, $24.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2013)

US edition of SF/slipstream novel concerning a terrorist attack in near-future London, a World War I era meeting between a stage magician and a science fiction writer, a woman pilot who escapes the Nazis in 1943, and a present day scientist who creates an ‘adjacency’.
• Titan’s site has this interview with Priest about the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The novel is currently shortlisted for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the March 2014 issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “endlessly tantalizing and ultimately very satisfying” and concluding, “In some ways a contrapuntal intergenerational love story, in some ways a meditation on war and remembrance, in some ways an exploration of the nature of illusion and observation (it’s no accident there are so many reporters, photographers, and illusionists here), it is, overall, rather stunning.”

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* Reese, Jenn : Horizon
(Candlewick Press 978-0763664176, $16.99, 400pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0763669775
Above World #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a series following Above World (2012) and Mirage (2013), about kids from a future undersea city who discover the world above the sea.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a PDF sample chapter.

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* Shepherd, Joel : Operation Shield
(Pyr 978-1-61614-895-9, $16.95, 463pp, trade paperback, April 2014, cover art John Picacio)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Cassandra Kresnov #5

SF novel, fifth in a series following Crossover (2001), Breakaway (2003), Killswitch (2004), and 23 Years on Fire (2013), about a cyborg soldier.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shepherd piles on the political intrigue and action, producing enough fireworks to power a Hollywood blockbuster. Readers new to the series will feel a bit lost, but Shepherd provides plenty of excitement and shenanigans to enjoy once they’re up to speed.”

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* Taylor, Laini : Dreams of Gods & Monsters
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-13407-1, $19, 624pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0316280167
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1478952633
Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3

Young adult fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy followingDaughter of Smoke & Bone (2011) and Days of Blood & Starlight (2012), about a 17-year-old art student in Prague whose encounter with an angel reveals the mysteries of her family.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Delivering less blood and gore than Days of Blood & Starlight and more yearning—for love, for peace, for a home—than both preceding books, the story is borne along by an increasingly strong undercurrent: the hope of overcoming embedded prejudices and instinctual hatreds to create a more harmonious world.”

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* Weber, David, & Eric Flint : Cauldron of Ghosts
(Baen 978-1476736334, $25, 592pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Crown of Slaves #-

SF novel, third in a series set in Weber’s “Honorverse” following Crown of Slaves (2003) and Torch of Freedom (2009), set on the liberated slave planet of Torch.
• Baen’s site has this description, with links to several chapters.

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* Wilson, Daniel H., & John Joseph Adams, eds. : Robot Uprisings
(Vintage 978-0-345-80363-4, $15.95, 18+476pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-80364-1

Anthology of 17 stories about robot revolutions. Five of the stories are reprints; the others are original to this book.
• Authors include Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, Ernest Cline, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though a robot loves and raises a human child in Julianna Baggott’s “The Golden Hour” and a woman in an African village poisoned by a pipeline teaches a robot guard to play music in Nnedi Okorafor’s “Spider the Artist,” most of the stories in this entertaining and occasionally unsettling anthology present a decidedly pessimistic vision of machine futures.”

(Mon 31 Mar 2014)
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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 7 April

— posted Monday 7 April 2014 @ 3:33 pm PDT

Mass market editions of Stephen King’s Under the Dome have placed on lists this past month; this week, Under the Dome, Part 2 debuts on three lists, as high as #2 on the New York Times mass market list.

The US edition of Terry Pratchett’s Raising Steam debuts on the LA Times list, but drops down on two lists and drops off two others.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.13
WP
04.06
LAT
04.06
USAT
03.30
PW
04.07
Amz
(04.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.07)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 3 15 -5   11 +2 90 -47 17 -6      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 34       x 18 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 86 +
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 244 xxx..   xxx.. 104 -37 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 217     xxx.. 30 -17 5 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back 03.31.14 / 2 16 -4              
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 25 xxx.. xxx.. 10 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Pratchett, Raising Steam 03.31.14 / 2 13 -11 x 9 ++ x 19 -15      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 14 7 -1     118 -30 13 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 80 5 -1     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 33     12 + 4 = 1 = 8 -1 12 +16 10 =
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 2       6 ++   3 -1 26 +27 4 =
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 101 xxx..   8 +2 3 -1 xxx.. 7 -1 7 +8 19 -5
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 8 10 -2 10 -6 17 -13 95 -32 15 -3 xxx   92 -10
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 8 23 -2   x x 24 -3 xxx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.13
WP
04.06
LAT
04.06
USAT
03.30
PW
04.07
Amz
(04.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.07)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 12 15 -2 xxx.. x xxx.. xx xxx.. 13 -3  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 101 17 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 55         17 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 196 xxx..   xxx.. 79 -22 xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 2       8 -1   42 ++    
Harris, Dead Ever After 04.07.14 / 1 9 ++              
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 10 21 +1 xxx..   xxx xxx xxx..   xxx..
King, Under the Dome, Part 1 03.24.14 / 3 x       25 ++      
King, Under the Dome, Part 2 04.07.14 / 1 2 ++     149 ++ 14 ++      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 14       101 -2   x    
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 24 7 -1 xxx.. 10 + 143 -20 xxx.. 87 + xxx 79 -12
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 160 6 +3 xxx.. xxx.. 92 +1 xxx.. xxx.. 85 -35 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 101 xxx.. xxx.. 7 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 2             39 +23  
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 2       122 ++   9 +17   5 +10
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 40     xxx.. 51 -15 7 =      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 43 xxx..   2 +2 2 -1 2 +1 6 -2 5 +7 11 =
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 11 xxx..   14 -5   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.13
WP
04.06
LAT
04.06
USAT
03.30
PW
04.07
Amz
(04.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.07)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early April

— posted Saturday 5 April 2014 @ 12:31 pm PDT

Abyss & Apex

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

2nd Quarter 2014
Issue 2Q, Whole #50
• This 50th issue has fiction by Debi Carroll, Leah Rhyne, Thomas K. Carpenter, and Sherri Cook Woosley.
• There’s also flash fiction by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks and Pam L. Wallace, and poetry by David Barber and several others.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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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/

June 2014
Vol. 134 No. 6, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Dominic Harman
• This issue has novelettes by Michael F. Flynn and J.T. Sharrah, and short stories by Jay Werkheiser, Tony Ballantyne, Ron Collins, Jennifer R. Povey, and Bud Sparhawk. There’s also a “Probability Zero” vignette by Kate Gladstone, and a poem by G.O. Clark.
• The science fact article, by Edward M. Lerner, is about the paranormal.
• Departments include a guest editorial by David Bartell, “Popcorn Science”; an “Alternate View” column by Jeffery D. Kooistra, “Past Master of Electromagnetism”; and “The Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers, covering titles by Ann Leckie and others.

(Thu 3 Apr 2014)

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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/

April 2014
Issue 59, cover art by Mehrdad Isvandi
• This issue has fiction by Haddayr Copley-Woods, Tom Piccirilli, Ferret Steinmetz, and John Chu, with an additional story by Pamela Dean and a novel extract by Lavie Tidhar that are exclusive to ebook/subscribers.
• There’s also poetry by Beth Cato, Michele Bannister, Sonya Taaffe, and Chris Lynch.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Ferrett Steinmetz and Mehrdad Isvandi, an essay by Abra Staffin-Wiebe, and an editorial.

(Sat 5 Apr 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/

April 2014
Issue 144, cover art by David Demaret
• This issue, posted April 3, has stories by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Raphael Ordoñez, with an audio podcast of the former.

(Sat 5 Apr 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/

April 2014
Issue 91, cover art by Peter Mohrbacher
• This issue has fiction by Michael Swanwick, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Kali Wallace, Sean Williams, Susan Palwick, and Dominic Green.
• Nonfiction includes a conversation with Ben Tanzer, essays by Julie Novakova and Daniel Abraham, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

(Sat 5 Apr 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/

April 2014
• This month’s story is “Three Partitions” by Bogi Takács.

(Sat 5 Apr 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/

March 2014
Issue 38, cover art by Scott Altmann
• Stories in this issue are by Gareth D. Jones, Jeffrey A Ballard, Alter S. Reiss, Brain K. Lowe, and Edmund R. Schubert.
• There’s an interview with Allen M. Steele, an essay on film by Chris Bellamy, and a podcast story by Shannon Peavey.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Interzone

• SF magazine, currently bimonthly, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/

March/April 2014
Issue 251, cover art by Wayne Haag
• This issue has fiction by John Grant, Karl Bunker, Greg Kurzawa, Suzanne Palmer, Tracie Welser, and Gareth L. Powell.
• Features and reviews are by David Langford, Tony Lee, Nick Lowe, Paul Kincaid, and others, with an interview of Simon Ings.

(Sat 29 Mar 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/

April 2014
Issue 47, cover art by Rémi Le Capon
• Science fiction stories this month are by RoboNinja, translated by Brooke Bolander, Scott Sigler, Linda Nagata, Shaenon K. Garrity, and Ted Chiang. Fantasy stories are by Carmen Maria Machado, K.J. Bishop, C.J. Cherryh, and Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Darren Aronofky and Scott Sigler.
• Exclusive ebook content includes a novella by Michael Shea and a tribue to Shea by Laird Barron, and novel excepts by Daryl Gregory and Elizabeth Bear.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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Mythic Delirium

• Quarterly fiction and poetry journal published and edited by Mike Allen; debuted 1998 as a biannual poetry journal, became quarterly in 2013
http://www.mythicdelirium.com/

April-June 2014
Issue 04
• April content from this quarterly issue is now online: a short story by Rhonda Parrish and poems by Lynette Mejía and Jane Yolen. Poems to be posted in May and June are also listed.
• There’s also an editorial by Mike Allen.

(Fri 4 Apr 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/

April 2014
Issue 19
• Stories this month are by Bones, Dale Bailey, Nancy Etchemendy, and Martin Cahill.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Darren Shan and a column by Nicholas Kaufman.

(Sat 5 Apr 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/

April 2014
Cover art by Keith Bentham
• This month’s stories are by James Turnbull, Harris Tobias, Michele Dutcher, Bill Kowaleski, Gordon Rowlinson, and Jerome Henry.
• There’s also flash fiction by Harris Tobias, and an editorial by Michele Dutcher.

(Sat 5 Apr 2014)

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