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3rd week June
Alex Bell
Jacqueline Carey
Gardner Dozois
Esther M. Friesner
Tanya Huff
Denise Little
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Drew Morse
Dan Stone
Robert Charles Wilson

early-mid June
Robert Alan
Kevin J. Anderson
Stephen J. Bauer
Mark Chadbourn
S.J. Day
P.R. Frost
Simon R. Green
Charlaine Harris
A.W. Hill
Dean Koontz
Tim Lebbon
Lisa Morton
Chloe Neill
James O'Neal
Alastair Reynolds
Brandon Sanderson
Robert Silverberg
Mark L. Van Name
Phaedra Weldon

2009 Directories




 

* Davidson, MaryJanice : Undead and Unwelcome
(Berkley Sensation 978-0-425-22773-2, $24.95, 14+282pp, hardcover, June 2009, jacket illustration Don Sipley)

Humorous romantic fantasy novel, eighth book in the "Queen Betsy (Undead)" series following Undead and Unwed, Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated (2005), Undead and Unreturnable (2005), Undead and Unpopular (2006), Undead and Uneasy (2007), and Undead and Unworthy (2008).
• In this book Betsy returns Antonia's body to the werewolf clan on Cape Cod.
• The publisher's site has a description plus a special feature.
• The author's site has this page about the series.

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* Del Toro, Guillermo, & Chuck Hogan : The Strain
(William Morrow 978-0-06-155823-8, $26.99, 401pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Vampire novel, first of a trilogy, in which a vampiric virus infects New York City.
• Del Toro is best known as a film director, whose works include Pan's Labyrinth and forthcoming The Hobbit.
• The back dust jacket flap displays covers for the next two volumes: The Fall and The Night Eternal.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a video by del Toro, a "Browse and Buy" button leading to an excerpt, and an audio excerpt.
• Amazon has a Chapter One excerpt, its own "Best of the Month" review by Daphne Durham -- "Great summer reading." -- and the starred Publishers Weekly review: "The authors maintain the suspense and tension throughout in a tour de force reminiscent of Whitley Strieber's early work."

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* Douglas, Ian : Semper Human
(Eos 978-0061238642, $7.99, 10+382pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover art Fred Gambino)

Military SF novel, third in the "Inheritance" trilogy following Star Strike and Galactic Corps, and ninth book overall in the author's series about Star Marines battling the alien Xul.
• Eos' website has this description with a "Browse and Buy" button linking to an excerpt.
• Ian Douglas is a pseudonym for William H. Keith, Jr.

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* Dozois, Gardner, & Jonathan Strahan, eds. : The New Space Opera 2
(Eos 978-0-06-156235-8, $15.99, 544pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Stephan Martiniere)

Anthology of 19 original stories of interstellar adventure.
• It follows earlier anthology The New Space Opera (2007) and features a different selection of authors, this time including Robert Charles Wilson, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, John Kessel, and Tad Williams.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book listing the authors and with a "Browse and Buy" function including excerpts.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "The impressive diversity of stories reaffirms that soap opera is alive and well, and where some of the genre's most innovative writing is taking place."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine, discussing how the New Space Opera movement has become more of a mode than a movement -- "Here are three signs of a movement becoming a mode: it becomes a kind of performance space, it grows self-referential, and its outlines are familiar enough to invite parody and humor." -- and says the strongest stories in the book are those by Robert Charles Wilson, Neal Asher, and John C. Wright, whose "The Far End of History" is a "stunning and beautifully controlled piece suggests an entirely new meaning for the term planetary romance -- it's literally a kind of romance between planets called Ulysses and Penelope, carried out on a frankly Stapledonian scale -- and it manages to celebrate all the possible languages of space opera, from pure astronomy to simple poetry, in an almost Joycean way."

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* Heitz, Markus : The Dwarves
(Orbit 978-0316049443, $15.99, 736pp, trade paperback, June 2009, cover art Bob Lee)

Fantasy novel, first published in German in 2005 and a bestseller there, about a dwarf raised among men, now faced with a battle to protect the people of Girdlegard.
• It's the first of a series, with The War of the Dwarves due here next year.
• Orbit's site has this extract.

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* Hoffman, Alice : The Story Sisters
(Random House/Shaye Areheart 978-0307393869, $25, 325pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Literary fantasy novel about three sisters who share a secret fantasy world, and the effects on their lives of drug addiction and sexual abuse.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- which says that though "Hoffman's prose is as lovely as ever ... The Story family's nonstop catastrophes are wearying." -- and a more positive review from the Washington Post: "Grin and bear it, readers, because a brilliantly detailed delineation of ever-shifting power relations among siblings and a beautiful portrait of love's redemptive power are twined around the fey Arnelle material and grim recollections of the abuse. ... This radiant finale reminds us what a satisfying novelist Alice Hoffman can be, when she feels like it."
• This is the book about which the author reacted furiously to a review of in the Boston Globe.

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* Hutchins, J.C., & Jordan Weisman : Personal Effects: Dark Art
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-38382-4, $24.95, 320pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Supernatural thriller, first of a series, about a murder suspect who claims to be channeling the impulses of a Russian demon.
• The box-like hardcover volume includes a front pocket with assorted pieces of evidence -- photos, etc. -- for the reader to analyze.
• The publisher's page for the book includes further interactive features -- phone numbers and websites to investigate -- plus a PDF extract.
• Amazon has a video trailer, the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "stellar", blurbs from Gore Verbinski, Scott Sigler, and others, and several dozen mostly very positive reader reviews.

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* Kessler, Jackie, & Caitlin Kittredge, eds. : Black and White
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-38631-8, $15, 452pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Juda Tverski)

Fantasy novel about two students, Jet and Iridium, who are friends at a superheroes academy but who later in life become mortal enemies.
• The publisher's site has this description plus an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Jet and Iridium's multifaceted relationship will appeal to all who have come to want more from their superheroes than good vs. evil and mindless battles."

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* Langford, David : Starcombing
(Cosmos Books 978-0-8095-7348-6, $14.95, 233pp, trade paperback, June 2009)

Nonfiction collection of 85 articles, reviews, and other pieces, first published from 2000 to 2009 (though mostly since 2005).
• The majority are columns from SFX magazine (through June 2009!); there are also pieces from The New York Review of Science Fiction, Foundation, Nature (several 'Futures' vignettes), Fortean Times, etc., many with brief afterwords by the author.
• Adam Roberts provides an introduction, and the book concludes with an index.

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* Maxey, James : Dragonseed
(Solaris 978-1844167555, $7.99, 559pp, mass market paperback, July 2009, cover art Michael Komarck)

Science fantasy novel, follow-up to Bitterwood (2007) and Dragonforge (2008), about a future in which dragons have conquered humanity.
• The publisher's site has this page for the previous book.
• The author has set up this mini-site about the books, though it's not been updated in a year or so.

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+ Mills, K. E. : Witches Incorporated
(Orbit 978-0316035446, $7.99, 543pp, mass market paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Steve Stone)

Fantasy novel, second in the Rogue Agent trilogy following The Accidental Sorcerer, about three witches who set up an agency to solve magical problems.
• In this book they deal with a government agent handling a case of espionage.
• Mills is a pseudonym for Karen Miller, whose website has this page about the book (the first edition, published in the UK in April), with an extract.

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* Robertson, Linda : Vicious Circle
(Pocket/Juno Books 978-1-4391-5428-1, $7.99, 375pp, mass market paperback, July 2009, cover art Don Sipley)

Urban fantasy novel about a witch, Persephone Alcmedi, who seeks help from a werewolf Goth band singer to help destroy a vampire killer.
• The publisher's site has various posts about the book, including several reviews.
• The author's site has an excerpt as well as the title and cover for the next volume.

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* Sniegoski, Thomas E. : Dancing on the Head of a Pin
(Roc 978-0451462510, $14, 290pp, trade paperback, April 2009, cover art Gene Mollica)

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series about Remy Chandler, a private investigator who's an angel on Earth in human form, following A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (2008).
• In this book Chandler investigates the theft of antique, powerful weaponry.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Zafón, Carlos Ruiz : The Angel's Game
(Doubleday 978-0-385-52870-2, $26.95, 531pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Literary thriller, follow-up to the The Shadow of the Wind, about David Martin, a pulp writer in 1920s Barcelona, whose latest commission leads to demonic dangers.
• Amazon has a short essay by the author in which he explains that this book and The Shadow of the Wind are two volumes of a planned quartet, each volume a stand-alone but informing the others.
• Doubleday's site has this description, sample reviews, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Zafón's novel is detailed and vivid, and David's narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering."

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

posted 8 July 2009




Opening lines:

A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting any≠one discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day, and what he covets the most: his name printed on a miserable piece of paper that surely will outlive him. A writer is condemned to remember that mo≠ment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price.




Opening lines:

"Once upon a time," said Abraham Setrakian's grandmother, "there was a giant."




Opening lines:

Once a year there was a knock at the door. Two times, then nothing. No one else heard, only me. Even when I was a baby in my cradle. My mother didnít hear. My father didnít hear. My sisters continued sleeping. But the cat looked up.

When I was old enough I opened the door. There she was. A lady wearing a gray coat. She had a branch from a hawthorn tree, the one that grew outside my window. She spoke, but I didnít know her language. A big wind had come up and the door slammed shut. When I opened it again, she was gone.

But I knew what she wanted.

Me.




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).

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