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late July
Joe Abercrombie
Daniel Abraham
Booker & Thomas
David Dunwoody
Jennifer Fallon
David Gunn
Stephen Hunt
Stacia Kane
Sandra McDonald
Issui Ogawa
John Ringo
Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Ken Shufeldt
Williams & Beale

mid July
Jes Battis
Mark Chadbourn
G.O. Clark
Julie E. Czerneda
S.J. Day
P.N. Elrod
E.E. Knight
Philip Martin
Charles Stross
Michael Swanwick
David Weber
Liz Williams

2009 Directories




 

* Baker, Kage : The Hotel Under the Sand
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-892391-89-6, $8, 180pp, trade paperback, July 2009)

Yound adult fantasy novel about a girl who's lost at sea and lands on a remote island occupied by a magical hotel.
• The publisher's site has this description with blurbs by Dianna Wynne Jones, Richard A. Lupoff, and Cecelia Holland.
• Illustrations are by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.
• Adrienne Martini reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "There are very few books that I immediately want to press into the hands of other readers the instant I turn the last page. This year I am shouting about Kage Baker's The Hotel Under the Sand."

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* Bova, Ben : Return
(Tor 978-0-7653-0925-9, $25.99, 464pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Thomas Tenery)

SF novel, fourth book in the "Voyagers" series following Voyagers (1981), Voyagers II: The Alien Within (1986), and Voyagers III: Star Brothers (1990), about an Earth explorer who makes alien contact and, in this book, returns to Earth.
• This book combines the "Voyagers" series with the author's "Grand Tour" series (most recently, Mars Life (2008)), with the astronaut and his family returning to a solar system dominated by the New Morality government.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.

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+ Carey, Mike : Dead Men's Boots
(Grand Central 978-0-446-58032-8, $25.99, 420pp, hardcover, July 2009)

Supernatural thriller, sequel to The Devil You Know (2005) and Vicious Circle, about a London exorcist in near-future England.
• The publisher's site has a description with a chapter excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls the author "Every bit as good as the better-known Jim Butcher".
• This is the first US edition; Orbit published it in the UK in September 2007.

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* Cooper, Seamus : The Mall of Cthulhu
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-127-0, $13.95, 235pp, trade paperback, June 2009, cover art Scott Altmann)

Lovecraftian horror novel set ten years after two college students escape a vampire incursion at a Delaware university, now facing a threat to a local mall.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The Publisher's Weekly review concludes "Diehard fans of [H.P. Lovecraft's] short story 'Call of Cthulhu' might not like the unflattering picture of their idol, but those with a passing familiarity will find the pages turning swiftly thanks to the silly action."

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* Evans, Chris : The Light of Burning Shadows
(Pocket 978-1416570530, $26, 368pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Alan Dingman)

Fantasy novel, Book Two of the Iron Elves following A Darkness Forged in Fire, about exiled mercenary Konowa Swift Dragon.
• In this book Konowa journeys across the sea pursuing the prophecy of another mysterious Star.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also has an excerpt.

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* Finlay, C. C. : Traitor to the Crown: The Demon Redcoat
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50392-3, $7.99, 391pp, mass market paperback, June 2009, cover illustration Craig Howell)

Historical fantasy novel, third in the trilogy following The Patriot Witch and A Spell for the Revolution, about male witch Proctor Brown during the American Revolutionary war.
• The author is also known as Charles Coleman Finlay, whose novella "The Political Prisoner" was a Hugo and Nebula nominee this year.
• Del Rey's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review, noting the absence of Proctor's wife from this volume, concludes "Though the abrupt ending lessens the book's charms and the Deborah-less narrative lacks some of the intimacy of the first volumes, inspired scenes and some imaginative historical revisionism still yield an enjoyable tale."

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+ Gonzales, Tony : EVE: The Empyrean Age
(Tor 978-0-7653-6390-9, $7.99, 657pp, mass market paperback, August 2009, cover art B. Borkur Eiriksson) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2008)

SF novel based on the MMORPG EVE Online, set 20,000 years in the future and concerning elite spaceship pilots who can download themselves into clone bodies in the event of physical destruction.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a dozen or so mostly positive reviews.

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* Greenberg, Martin H., & Kerrie Hughes, eds. : Gamer Fantastic
(DAW 978-0756405632, $7.99, 309pp, mass market paperback, July 2009)

Anthology of 13 original stories about role-playing games and virtual universes.
• Authors include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Ed Greenwood, Bill Fawcett, David D. Levine, Kerrie Hughes, and Jim C. Hines.
• Gardner Dozois covers the book in his column in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "there's a lot of pleasant entertainment here, certainly enough to make the book worth your $7.99, but nothing really major. The best stories are by David D. Levine, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jody Lynn Nye, and S.L. Farrell..."

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* Jones, Jaida, & Danielle Bennett : Shadow Magic
(Bantam Spectra 978-0-553-80697-7, $25, 387pp, trade paperback, August 2009)

Fantasy novel, sequel to Havemercy (2008), about the aftermath of a battle between two countries loosely based on Shogun Japan and Imperial Rome.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Deft characterizations even of minor players, broad humor, convincing dialogue and sure-handed timing, especially in the dueling scenes, make this novel an outstanding example of world-building and good old-fashioned fun."

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* Pettersson, Vicki : City of Souls
(Avon 978-0-06-145678-7, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, July 2009, cover art Tony Mauro)

Supernatural fantasy novel, fourth in the "Sign of the Zodiac" series about a Las Vegas heiress who fights supernatural evil, following The Scent of Shadows, The Taste of Night, and A Touch of Twilight.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse and Buy" function.
• Amazon has quotes from reviews, and its "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Richardson, Kat : Vanished
(Roc 978-0-451-46277-0, $23.95, 351pp, hardcover, August 2009, cover art Chris McGrath)

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in the series following Greywalker (2006), Poltergeist (2007), and Underground (2008), about a Seattle PI Harper Blaine, who wakes up two minutes after being killed, able to move between our world and the other side.
• In this book Harper investigates her past.
• The author's website has a description and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "Richardson continues to develop strong, intriguing plots, and fans will enjoy learning about Harper's childhood and seeing some of her literal ghosts put to rest."

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* Schroeder, Karl : The Sunless Countries
(Tor 978-0-7653-2076-6, $25.99, 335pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)

Science fiction novel, fourth book set in Virga, a miniature cosmos filled with numerous artificial worlds, following Sun of Suns (2006), Queen of Candesce (2007), and Pirate Sun (2008). (The books share a setting but do not need to be read in sequence.)
• This book is set in the city of Sere, where mysterious attacks from "outside" occur, and a religious movement challenges the idea that their world was not created, but is eternal.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "inventive and solidly enjoyable."
• Russel Letson reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "What makes these books so much fun is not only their intricate and energetic storytelling but the density and variety of Schroeder's imaginings -- the unexpected and often amusing implications of the ideas that provide the everyday machineries and the underpinnings of this world."

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* Smith, Sherwood : Treason's Shore
(DAW 978-0-7564-0573-1, $25.95, 691pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Matt Stawicki)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Inda, The Fox, and King's Shield, about a prince turned mercenary.
• In this book Inda, now King Evred's protector, is given orders to protect the strait from their enemies.
• The author's site has a page about Inda's Story, with links to pages about the world, the ships, the characters, a timeline, and a pronunciation guide.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Three
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-149-2, $19.95, 510pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art Fred Gambino)

Anthology of 28 science fiction and fantasy stories first published in 2008. Authors include Ted Chiang and Elizabeth Bear, with their Hugo Award-winning stories, Peter S. Beagle, Ian McDonald, Sephen King, Kij Johnson, Greg Egan, Michael Swanwick, and Kelly Link. Strahan provides an introduction to the book and introductions to each of the stories.
• The publisher's site has this order page for the book, with the complete table of contents.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine, examing the stories in detail and concluding that "readers willing to follow the story as told may find this the strongest yet of Strahan's annuals."

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New SF/F/H books:
early August 2009

posted 12 August 2009




Opening lines:

Cleverness and bravery and absolutely necessary for good adventures.




Opening lines:

When Leal shut off the engine the whole world went away. Sight, sound, and touch fled into darkness, leaving only the sighing of her own breath. The touch of the pilot's seat faded as her weightless body drifted away from it. Leal kept her long fingers on the starter key for a few seconds, as if she might never find it again once she let go.




Opening lines:

It started just like it had in real life: The man belts me in the temple and it feels like my head is caving in. I tumble out of the chair, onto the hardwood floor. In the dream I can see its pattern of dark and light wood making a ribbon around the edge of the room, like a magic circle to contain the terror.




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

Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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