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late May
Steven Barnes
Jacqueline Carey
Alan Dean Foster
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Greer Gilman
Hartwell & Cramer
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Kirsten Imani Kasai
China Miéville
S.M. Peters
Tamora Pierce
Rabe & Greenberg
Paul T. Riddell
Lisa Shearin
Jeri Smith-Ready

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

2009 Directories




 

* Brennan, Marie : In Ashes Lie
(UK: Orbit 978-0-316-02032-9, $14.99, 438pp, trade paperback, June 2009)

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to Midnight Never Come (2008), set in an alternate London inhabited by humans and faerie.
• This book, set in 1666, concerns the Great Fire of London, whose spirit threatens the fearie world.
• The author's website has this page for the book and an extract.
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine: "In Ashes Lie may not seem much like traditional High Fantasy, but it does not neglect the Fae, giving a remarkably lucid view of their complexities of zone, kind, philosophy and personality right up to a conclusion that's suitably dark yet not hopeless for the survivors in either the overt or the hidden version of London..."

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* Calvo, Javier : Wonderful World
(Harper 978-0-06-155768-2, $27.99, 470pp, hardcover, March 2009)

Literary mystery/fantasy novel, first published in 2007, here translated from the Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem, concerning a Barcelona antiques dealer, and a 12-year-old girl obsessed with Stephen King.
• The publisher's site has this description, with its "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon has the starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist; the latter describes it as "Extravagant, absurd, sometimes over the top, and with an undercurrent of the ominous..." and the review concludes "Surreal, sexy, wildly funny, self-indulgent, and wretchedly excessive, Wonderful World is clearly not for all readers, but it will have its passionate advocates and has all the earmarks of a cult favorite in the making."
Locus Magazine included it among May's New and Notable Books.

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* Crowley, John : Four Freedoms
(Morrow 978-0-06-123150-6, $25.99, 389pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Historical novel concerning a (fictional) Oklahoma aircraft factory in the 1940s.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon has the starred Booklist review, which calls the book "complex and subtle" and concludes "Four Freedoms is also a triumph of both research and imagination. Crowley's aircraft company is an invention, but his detailed descriptions of sights, smells, and sounds in the plant, and his evocation of everyday life at home during WWII, are compelling. A wonderful novel that readers won't soon forget."
• Amazon also has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Devoti, Lori : Amazon Ink
(Pocket Books/Juno 978-1-4391-5427-4, $7.99, 372pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover illustration Timothy Lantz)

Urban fantasy novel about a Madison tattoo-parlor owner, raised among the Amazon, who's trying to protect her daughter from her Amazon heritage.
• The publisher's site has this description, links to the author's site and blog, and a PDF excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "Devoti's fascinating mix of myth and reality will keep readers engaged."
• Note that with this book, Juno is now an imprint of Pocket Books.

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* Farrell, S. L. : A Magic of Nightfall
(DAW 978-0-756-40539-7, $24.95, 608pp, hardcover, March 2009, jacket painting Todd Lockwood)

Fantasy novel, second book in the Nessantico Cycle after A Magic of Twilight (2008), about a power struggle to succeed an aging ruler.
• The author, who also writes as Stephen Leigh and Matthew Farrell, has this description of the book with sample chapters and a page about A Magic of Dawn, in progress.
• Amazon's "Search Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Finlay, C. C. : Traitor to the Crown: A Spell for the Revolution
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50391-6, $7.99, 378pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover illustration Craig Howell)

Historical fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following The Patriot Witch, published last month, and The Demon Redcoat, scheduled for later this month, about male witch Proctor Brown during the American Revolutionary war.
• The author is better known as Charles Coleman Finlay, whose novella "The Political Prisoner" is a Hugo and Nebula nominee this year.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Search Inside" function includes an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly wrote of the first book: "Finlay provides enough well-researched minutiae of daily life in colonial America to make this a fine historical novel, while offering a magic-tinged view of the happenings at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill that impressively restores suspense and uncertainty to long-settled events."

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* Grant, Michael : Hunger: A Gone Novel
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-144906-2, $17.99, 590pp, hardcover, May 2009)

Young adult novel, sequel to Gone (2008), about kids in a small town after everyone over the age of 14 has vanished.
• In this book, three months have passed and many kids are developing supernatural abilities.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Browse Inside" function.
• Grant's website for the series is www.thefayz.com.
• Amazon has its "Search Inside" function with an excerpt, and reader reviews.

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* Haarsma, PJ : The Softwire: Wormhole Pirates on Orbis 3
(Candlewick 978-0763627119, $16.99, 378pp, hardcover, March 2009)

Young-adult SF novel, third in a series following The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 (2006) and The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2 (2008), about teenaged settlers in the rings of Orbis.
• This book concerns threats from wormhole pirates.
• The author's website leads to The Softwire's Rings of Orbis, with games and other features.
• The publisher's site has this description with links to both an excerpt and a sample chapter.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Hines, Jim C. : The Stepsister Scheme
(DAW 978-0756405328, $7.99, 344pp, mass market paperback, January 2009)

Fantasy novel based on fairy tales, in which Cinderella's marriage to the Prince is disrupted by an attack from her stepsister Charlotte.
• The author's site has this page about the series, with a PDF preview and titles of the next three books in the series.
• Amazon a description, which says the book crosses "Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels", and enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Lake, Jay : Green
(Tor 978-0-7653-2185-5, $26.95, 368pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket art Daniel Dos Santos)

Fantasy novel about an orphan girl grown to become a courtesan and assassin in a world where the Gods meddle in human affairs.
• Tor's site has this description of the book, with an excerpt.
• Faren Miller and Adrienne Martini both review the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine; despite feeling a bit let down by the end, Martini writes: "What's most striking may be the volume of thought that illuminates Green. What could be a straightforward hero's journey story is made much richer by Lake's attention to detail, which merges seamlessly into the main action without ever weighing it down. ... [W]hat Lake has achieved with Green is immersive and amazing."

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* Marco, John : Starfinder: A Skylords Novel
(DAW 978-0-7564-0551-9, $24.95, 326pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket art Tom Kidd)

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, about two teens from a mountaintop city facing poweful creatures called Skylords, who guard the skies from human airships.
• The author's website has this description.
• Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Marr, Melissa : Fragile Eternity
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-121471-4, $16.99, 389pp, hardcover, April 2009)

Young adult fantasy novel, sequel to Wicked Lovely (2007) and Ink Exchange (2008), about Aislinn, a teenage girl who has become a faerie.
• This book deals with Aislinn's attractions both to her faerie Summer King and to her mortal boyfriend Seth.
• The publisher's site has this description with a 'Browse Inside' function providing an excerpt.
• Amazon has its own review by Heidi Broadhead -- "In the doomed loves that permeate these books, Marr deftly explores the essence of longing as she questions notions of fated love. Her characters are strong, with even the nastiest of the faerie troublemakers coming through as absolutely compelling and sympathetic." -- and mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Martin, Gail Z. : Dark Haven
(Solaris 978-1844165988, $7.99, 606pp, mass market paperback, February 2009)

Fantasy novel, third in the "Chronicles of the Necromancer" following The Summoner (2007) and The Blood King (2008), about a prince who summons the ranks of the dead to avenge the death of his father.
• Solaris' website has a description and a PDF sample chapter.
• The author's official site has background, sneak peeks, media kits, etc.

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* McCullough, Kelly : MythOS
(Ace 978-0-441-01724-9, $7.99, 289pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover art Christian McGrath)

SF/fantasy novel, fourth in the "Ravirn" series following WebMage (2006), Cybermancy (2007), and CodeSpell (2008) in which the sentient computer Necessity that runs the magical Internet is attacked by a virus.
• The author's web page includes this chapter one excerpt of this book.
• Amazon has a couple reader reviews.

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* McMann, Lisa : Fade
(Simon Pulse 978-1416953586, $15.99, 248pp, hardcover, February 2009)

Young adult fantasy novel, sequel to Wake (2008), about a girl who can experience other people's dreams.
• In this book Janie applies her dream-catching abilities to investigating teacher abuse at her high school.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's site has this description and a link to her blog.
• Amazon has the Booklist review, which calls it "A great blend of mystery, romance, and supernatural elements, and featuring a strong but vulnerable female protagonist", and many positive reader reviews.

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* Menden, A. J. : Tekgrrl
(Leisure 978-0-505-52787-5, $6.99, 319pp, mass market paperback, June 2009)

Superhero romance novel, second in the "Elite Hands of Justice" series following Phenomenal Girl 5 (2008), about Mindy, a mechanical genius with the superhero squad who's troubled by part of her past that's been erased.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "browse inside" function.
• The book is copyright by Amy Mendenhall.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Rucker, Rudy : Hylozoic
(Tor 978-0-7653-2074-2, $25.95, 334pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Science fiction novel, sequel to Postsingular (2007), in which the singularity has made all matter conscious and telepathic.
• In this book various aliens arrive at Earth with diverse intentions, and media stars Thuy and JayJay fend them off.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly concludes "Rucker's plotting can be as loopy as his time lines, and the ending is so confusing that even his characters complain, but his wild imagination never slows down."
• Paul Witcover reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "Rucker juggles the disparate elements of his plot with the zany aplomb of the Flying Karamazov Brothers."

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* Sparhawk, Bud : Vixen
(Cosmos 978-0843959451, $6.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, December 2008)

Science fiction novel about colonists to a new star system who discover aliens.
• The author's website describes it as "a tale of conquest, of interstellar flight, of finding God, of betrayal and love, of lust and corruption, of bestiality and brutality, the fruits of pride, and the loss of innocence" and links to this Fast Forward interview with the author.
• Amazon's "Search Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* van Eekhout, Greg : Norse Code
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59213-9, $7.99, 292pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover illustration Cliff Neilsen)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a genome project, NorseCODE, that reveals Valkyries recruiting warriors for the end of the world -- Ragnarok.
• The publisher's site has description, an excerpt, and a link to the author's blog.
• Amazon's "Search Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says "van Eekhout makes a successful leap to long fiction with this thrilling urban fantasy", and concludes "... the compelling prose and epic blend of mythological and modern elements make it clear that van Eekhout is an author to watch."
• Adrienne Martini reviews the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine, calling it a "flat-out enjoyable adventure cloaked in a brief lesson on Norse mythology."

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* Williams, David J. : The Burning Skies
(Bantam Spectra 978-0-553-90658-8, $15, 401pp, trade paperback, June 2009, cover illustration Stephan Martiniere)

SF thriller, sequel to The Mirrored Heavens (2008), about cyberwarfare between the North American empire and the Eurasian coalition.
• Bantam's site has this description, and an excerpt.
• Official book site http://www.autumnrain2110.com/ has background, excerpts, and a blog.
• The Publishers Weekly review describes the book as "replicating the rapid-fire cuts, high-tech equipment and flat characters of computer games and Bond movies" and warns that it is "nearly incomprehensible to new readers" (who haven't read the previous book).

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* Williams, Sean : Astropolis: The Grand Conjunction
(Ace 978-0-441-01713-3, $7.99, 317pp, mass market paperback, May 2009, cover art Scott Grimando)

SF novel, third in the "Astropolis" sequence following Saturn Returns (2007) and Earth Ascendant (2008), set in the 43rd millennium of human history.
• The author's website has this description of the Astropolis series -- a "gender-bending murder mystery and a love story, a sexy post-apocalyptic celebration of the spirit".
• Amazon has two enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Yolen, Jane : Dragon's Heart
(Harcourt 978-0152059194, $17, 391pp, hardcover, May 2009, jacket illustration Tristan Elwell)

Young-adult SF novel, fourth volume of the Pit Dragon Chronicles, following Dragon's Blood, Heart's Blood, and A Sending of Dragons.
• The author's bibliography page has links to descriptions of the first three books.
• The publisher's website has generated database errors this past week -- no page there is available for this book.
• Amazon has a short description.

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New SF/F/H books:
late May to early June 2009

posted 10 June 2009




Opening lines:

The sky of Camber Sands looks like those brains that live in a tank surrounded by machines. In a mad scientist's laboratory.




Opening lines:

The first thing I can remember in this life is my father driving his white ox, Endurance, to the sky burial platforms.




Opening lines:

The bakery lay silent and dark in the small hours of the morning, lit only by the faint glow of embers from the hearth. Faggots of wood sat under the beehive dome of the oven, awaiting the morning's burden: loaves of bread, pots of baked meat. Sunday was a day of rest, but not of fasting, and so the baker must to work.




Opening lines:

Jayjay awoke beside Thuy; comfortably he molded himself against her. Early sunlight filtered in through the redwoods. The newlyweds were in sleeping bags on the forest floor beneath a tree. They'd teleported here to install their home. It was the first of May.




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