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mid May
Kevin J. Anderson
Kage Baker
Lyn Benedict
Eric Brown
Tobias S. Buckell
Jack Campbell
S.J. Day
Thomas A. Day
Jocelynn Drake
Ian C. Esslemont
C.C. Finlay
Emily Gee
Laura Anne Gilman
Lee & Miller
Martin Millar
Sarah Monette
Devon Monk
Rebecca Ore
Brian Ruckley
Andrzej Sapkowski

early May
Stephen Baxter
S.C. Butler
Mark Chadbourn
C.J. Cherryh
David Drake
C.E. Murphy
Robert V.S. Redick
Lane Robins
Alison Sinclair
Maria V. Snyder
J.R.R. Tolkien

2009 Directories




 

* Barnes, Steven : Shadow Valley
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-45903-9, $26, 254pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket illustration John Harris)

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to Great Sky Woman (2006), about prehistoric tribes in the aftermath of an explosion of 'Father Mountain' (Mt. Kilimanjaro).
• Del Rey's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes the book's slow opening, "but those who stay the course will find it worth the effort...." and the tale "becomes all at once rugged and elegant in style, a mix of harsh bloodletting with a primeval close-to-the-land beauty."

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* Carey, Jacqueline : Santa Olivia
(Grand Central 978-0-446-19817-2, $13.99, 341pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Near-future SF novel -- in contrast to Carey's epic fantasy novels -- about Loup Garron, daughter of a genetically-modified "Wolf-Man", who joins a vigilante group in a Texas town near the Mexico border, where she portrays local patron saint Santa Olivia.
• The publisher's site has a description and a link to an "OpenBook" feature with an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also has an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly starred review calls it a "powerful near-future tale" and concludes that "Carey's fans will enjoy meeting another strong, fearless heroine with special powers, while new readers will appreciate the tight focus that intensifies the depth of character and emotion."

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* Foster, Alan Dean : Flinx Transcendent
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49607-2, $26, 398pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket illustration Robert Hunt)

SF novel, final volume of the long-running series about empath Philip Lynx and his mini-dragon companion Pip that began with The Tar Aiym Krang in 1972.
• In this book Flinx faces an evil colossus that threatens the Human Commonwealth.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Once the story picks up steam, the pace never slows. Flinx fans will delight in seeing familiar faces come together for one last grand adventure."
• Carolyn Cushman's review appears in the April issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Francis, Diana Pharaoh : The Turning Tide
(Roc 978-0-451-46268-8, $7.99, 399pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

Fantasy novel, third book in the "Crosspointe" series following The Cipher (2007) and The Black Ship, set in a port city.
• In this book Crosspointe is threatened by the loss of its compass makers.
• The author's new website has this page for the book, with quotes from a review and excerpts of the first two chapters.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Gilman, Greer : Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter's Tales
(Small Beer Press 978-1-931520-55-3, $26, 439pp, hardcover, May 2009, cover art Kathleen Jennings)

Linked collection of three tales set in the realm of Cloud, setting of the author's first novel Moonwise (1991), including two previously published stories: "Jack Daw's Paw" (2000), a Nebula nominee, and "A Crowd of Bone" (2003), a World Fantasy Award winner.
• The third section, "Unleaving", is original and comprises the bulk of the book, over 300 pages.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book, with a description and quotes from reviews, a link to A Crowd of Bone, and links to interviews and other resources.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "Though the sublimely lyrical Jacobeanesque dialect is challenging, readers who enjoy symbolism and allusion will cherish Gilman's use of diverse folkloric elements to create an unforgettable realm and ideology."
• Faren Miller's review from the May issue of Locus Magazine is posted here: "The payoff is immense. I finished Cloud & Ashes almost tempted to write a thesis that compares it favorably to what James Joyce did in Ulysses and tried in Finnegan's Wake, yet feeling like I'd lived through it all. Amazing."

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* Hartwell, David G., & Kathryn Cramer, eds. : Year's Best SF 14
(Eos 978-0-06-172174-8, $7.99, 12+498pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover art Bob Warner)

Anthology of 21 SF stories first published in 2008, with an introduction by the editors, and introductions to each story. Authors include Carolyn Ives Gilman, Neil Gaiman, Ted Chiang, Cory Doctorow, Ted Kosmatka, Daryl Gregory, Rudy Rucker, and Sue Burke.
• The publisher's site has this description with a 'Browse Inside' feature including the table of the contents, the introduction, and the first 85 pages of stories.

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* Hoffman, Nina Kiriki : Fall of Light
(Ace 978-0-441-01468-2, $24.95, 307pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket illustration Aleta Rafton)

Fantasy novel about a special effects make-up artist who realizes one of her actors is under the influence of a supernatural being.
• It's a sequel of sorts to A Fistful of Sky (2002).
• The publisher's website does have this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an "entertaining supernatural thriller with cozy, sexually explicit scenes of reawakening and personal growth".
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Kasai, Kirsten Imani : Ice Song
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50881-2, $15, 372pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover illustration Melanie Delon)

Science fiction novel, the author's first novel, about Sorykah Minuit, a genetically-modified Trader who can switch genders, on a polar expedition to find her abducted twin children.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "strikingly original but uneven"; "Passages of stunning imagery veer abruptly into purple prose as Sorykah heads into the perilous, icy wilderness..."

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* Miéville, China : The City & the City
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49751-2, $26, 312pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Fantasy novel about a murder investigation in the European city of Beszel, which coexists with another city called Ul Qoma.
• Del Rey's site has this description, which calls it an "existential thriller", plus an author Q&A and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a video interview with the author, and the starred Booklist review, which concludes "An excellent police procedural and a fascinating urban fantasy, this is essential reading for all mystery and fantasy fans."
• The starred Publishers Weekly review says the author offers "an outstanding take on police procedurals with this barely speculative novel".
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in the April issue of Locus Magazine is posted here: "One of his most impressive achievements is the manner in which he respects and retains the integrity of the police procedural form while introducing layer upon layer of more complex mysteries..."

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* Peters, S. M. : Ghost Ocean
(Roc 978-0-451-46269-5, $7.99, 479pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, the author's second novel after steampunk fantasy Whitechapel Gods (2008), concerning mythical beings imprisoned in the town of St. Ives.
• The publishers page for the book has no description at all.
• Amazon does have a brief description, and two divergent reader reviews.
• BSCreview has this enthusiastic review.

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* Pierce, Tamora : Bloodhound
(Random House 978-0-375-81469-3, $18.99, 551pp, hardcover, May 2009)

Young-adult fantasy novel, second in the Beka Cooper series following Terrior (2006), about a young woman law enforcer.
• In this book Beka travels to Port Caynn to investigate the source of counterfeit money.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an excerpt.
• Amazon has a video Q&A with the author, and over two dozen very positive reader reviews.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine, concluding "the tone of this series [is] somewhat more adult than in many of Pierce's titles, but intriguing."

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* Rabe, Jean, & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. : Terribly Twisted Tales
(DAW 978-0-756-40554-0, $7.99, 303pp, mass market paperback, May 2009)

Anthology of 18 original stories that give twists on traditional fairy tales.
• Authors include Dennis L. McKiernan, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Jody Lynn Nye, Jim C. Hines, Michael A. Stackpole, and Paul Genesse.
• Amazon has a reader review that lists the complete table of contents.

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* Riddell, Paul T. : Greasing the Pan: The "Best" of Paul T. Riddell
(Fantastic Books 1-60489-721-6, $19.99, 481pp, trade paperback, March 2009)

Nonfiction collection of over a hundred articles, essays, and reviews about science fiction, most first published in various magazines and websites from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Riddell provides 2009 postscripts to many of them.
• Warren Lapine has this post about the book with the back cover description.
• Amazon also has the description, and reader reviews.

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* Riddell, Paul T. : The Savage Pen of Onan
(Fantastic Books 1-60459-723-2, $19.99, 407pp, trade paperback, April 2009)

Nonfiction collection of columns from Riddell's 1998-2002 Internet column "Hell's Half-Acre Herald", and volume 2 of Riddell's collected works with the title listed above.
• Warren Lapine has this post with the book's back cover description.
• Amazon also has the description.

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* Shearin, Lisa : The Trouble with Demons
(Ace 978-0-441-01712-6, $7.99, 370pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover art Aleta Rafton)

Fantasy detective novel, third in the Raine Benares series about a sorceress who finds missing people and things, following Magic Lost, Trouble Found and Armed & Magical.
• This book involves a demon infestation on the Isle of Mid.
• The author's site has a synopsis, with author blurbs, and links to excerpts to the first three chapters.
• Amazon has enthusiatic reader reviews.

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* Smith-Ready, Jeri : Bad to the Bone
(Pocket 978-1-4165-5178-2, $15, 356pp, trade paperback, May 2009, cover illustration Don Sipley)

Humorous urban fantasy novel, sequel to Wicked Game (2008), about vampire DJs who run a Maryland radio station.
• In this book the Family Action Network (FAN) disrupts the station's Halloween broadcast.
• The author's site has this description with links to an excerpt and a playlist.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Smith-Ready pours plenty of fun into her charming, fang-in-cheek urban fantasy, which frequently skirts the edge of parody."

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New SF/F/H books:
late May 2009

posted 3 June 2009




Opening lines:

I could not see the street or much of the estate. We were enclosed by dirt-coloured blocks, from windows out of which leaned vested men and women with morning hair and mugs of drink, eating breakfast and watching us. This open ground between the buildings had once been sculpted. It pitched like a golf course—a child’s mimicking of geography. Maybe they had been going to wood it and put in a pond. There was a copse but the saplings were dead.




Opening lines:

He is met at a crossroads on a windy night, the moon in tatters and the mist unclothing stars, the way from Ask to Owlerdale: a man in black, whiteheaded, with a three-string fiddle in his pack. Or in a corner of an ale house, querulous among the cups, untallied; somehow never there for the reckoning, though you, or Hodge, or any traveller has drunk the night with him. A marish man: he speaks with a reedy lowloand wauling, through his beak, as they say. He calls Cloud crowland.




Opening lines:

They touched the sigue coast at dusk, just as the ice was cracking. Standing on the slippery top deck as the massive ice- drilling submarine churned toward shore, Sorykah Minuit inhaled, taking the cold ocean air deep into her lungs. It felt so good to be outside after weeks below sea, working cheek by jowl with sixty filthy, sweat- stained miners and their collective, tactile reek. The air sang down her throat and pierced her lungs, but she welcomed the discomfort. It helped to clear her head of melancholy and milk- fog. For a moment it seemed that the cold would solidify around her and crack apart her carefully wrought shell, releasing her from the prison of her secrecy–but it did not.




Opening lines:

The things I believe in can be counted on one hand-even if that hand were two-fifths occupied with, say, smoking a cigarette, or making a bunny for a shadow puppet show, or forming "devil horns" at a heavy metal concert. The things I believe in boil down to three major categories:

1. Rock 'n' roll

2. Vampires

3. A damn good pair of shoes




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online. (Locus Online does not have access to materials sent to Locus Magazine).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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+ = first US edition

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