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early August
Kage Baker
Ben Bova
Mike Carey
Seamus Cooper
Chris Evans
C.C. Finlay
Tony Gonzales
Greenberg & Hughes
Jones & Bennett
Vicki Pettersson
Kat Richardson
Karl Schroeder
Sherwood Smith
Jonathan Strahan

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

2009 Directories




 

* Caine, Rachel : Cape Storm
(Roc 978-0-451-46284-8, $7.99, 308pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)

Fantasy novel, eighth in the "Weather Wardens" series about people who can control the weather, following Ill Wind (2003), Heat Stroke (2004), Chill Factor (2005), Windfall (2005), Firestorm (2006), and Thin Air (2007), and Gale Force (2008).
• In this book heroine Joanne Baldwin battles a malevolent hurricane from a hijacked cruise ship.
• The author's website has a video trailer and a sample chapter.

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+ Erikson, Steven : The Lees of Laughter's End
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-144-7, $25, 120pp, hardcover, September 2009, cover illustration Ian Kirkpatrick) First US edition (UK: PS Publishing, March 2007)

Fantasy novella set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, sequel to Blood Follows (2002) and The Healthy Dead (2004), about a sailing ship with something mysterious in its hold.
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description. A limited edition is also available.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the story "is filled with striking characters and ambience, but light on action and plot".

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* Goodkind, Terry : The Law of Nines
(Putnam 978-0-399-15604-5, $27.95, 502pp, hardcover, September 2009)

Fantasy thriller about a man who, on his 27th birthday, receives an inheritance, saves the life of a beautiful young woman from another planet, and discovers that numerous people are out to kill him. It's a standalone book, not related to his popular Sword of Truth series.
• The author's website has this page with a video trailer and a PDF chapter excerpt.
• Amazon's page also has an excerpt.
• The book got a prominent review in Entertainment Weekly, which graded it B-: "Despite the rollicking plot, Goodkind just doesn't seem nearly as comfortable in the straight-thriller vein as he does with fantasy. That changes during the final scenes, when he returns to what he knows best and starts to dish up more meaty fantasy. His writing becomes nimble, clear, dimensional."

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* Grossman, Lev : The Magicians
(Viking 978-0-670-02055-3, $26.95, 402pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket art Didier Massard)

Literary fantasy novel, by the Time Magazine book critic, about a high school boy who discovers the land he's read about in a series of fantasy novels actually exists.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's page has a podcast interview with the author, its own "Amazon Best of the Month" review, and the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Genre fans will easily pick up the many nods to J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien in the climactic battle between the bad guy and a magician."
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine, calling it a "clever mix of mainstream and the fantastic".

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* Gunn, Derek : The Estuary
(Permuted Press 978-1-934861-24-0, $14.95, 266pp, trade paperback, 2009, cover art Johann Bodin)

Horror novel about zombies infesting a small Irish town, where survivors seek refuge at a Keep in the mouth of an estuary.
• The publisher's site has this description with reader reviews.
• The author's website includes an excerpt.

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* Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : The Winds of Dune
(Tor 978-0765322722, $27.99, 448pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket art Steve Stone)

SF novel, the tenth collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
• This book is a direct sequel to Dune Messiah.
• Tor's site has this description with a video interview, an audio excerpt, and a text excerpt.
• The Amazon page has quotes from numerous reviews.

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* Kadrey, Richard : Sandman Slim
(Eos 978-0-06-171430-6, $22.99, 388pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Urban fantasy thriller about a hit man from Hell, James Stark, who returns to life in Los Angeles.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "Browse and Buy" function, and quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a "testosterone- and adrenaline-charged noir thriller".
• Adrienne Martini reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "If you accept it for what it is, which an urban fantasy and a spaghetti western tossed into a blender with a soup‡on of action hero bad-assery and laser-bright images of an LA gone dark, you will be richly rewarded."

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* Lamplighter, L. Jagi : Prospero Lost
(Tor 978-0-7653-1929-6, $24.99, 347pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket art Sam Weber)

Fantasy novel, a sequel to Shakespeare's "The Tempest", set 400 years later as mysterious "shadowed ones" threaten the family business run by Prospero's daughter Miranda. It's the author's first novel, and first in a series.
• Tor's website has this description, with a note that Lamplighter is the wife of author John C. Wright.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Featuring glimpses into a rich and wondrous world of the unseen, this is no ordinary urban fantasy, but a treasure trove of nifty ideas and intriguing revelations. A cliffhanger ending will leave readers panting for sequels."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine; despite some reservations, she called the book "exuberant and inventive".

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* Lovegrove, James : The Age of Ra
(Solaris US 978-1-84416-747-0, $7.99, 443pp, mass market paperback, August 2009, cover art Marek Okon)

SF novel in which the ancient Egyptian gods control the world, except for an area called Freegypt where a humanist leader called Lightbringer fights against divine rule.
• Solaris' website has this press release announcing the book's acquisition, with comments by editor George Mann and background on the author.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Lovegrove deftly weaves social commentary on religion, family, love and war into the contest between theocracy and humanism."

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* Pynchon, Thomas : Inherent Vice
(Penguin Press 978-1-59420-224-7, $27.95, 369pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Literary novel set in 1970s Southern California, concerning a private investigator and his old flame, listed here for associational interest and possible surrealistic or psychedelic content, though descriptions don't indicate any specific fantasy content. It's one of Pynchon's relatively short novels, which like The Crying of Lot 49 and Vineland is set in California.
• Unauthorized site http://www.thomaspynchon.com/ has a video promo for the book, and links several wikis about Pynchon's novels, including this page for Inherent Vice, with an excerpt.
• The Amazon page lists the author's soundtrack for the book, and has a short review by Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, noting that Pynchon has "more or less alternated these West Coast chamber pieces with his more formidable symphonies (V; Gravity's Rainbow; Mason & Dixon; Against the Day). Partisans of the latter may find this one a tad slight. Fans of the former will know it for the throwaway masterwork it is: playful as a dolphin, plaintive as whale song, unsoundably profound as the blue Pacific."

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* Resnick, Mike : Dreamwish Beasts and Snarks
(Golden Gryphon Press 978-1-930846-60-9, $24.95, 11+278pp, hardcover, September 2009, cover painting Bob Eggleton)

Collection of nine stories, first published from 1981 to 2008.
• Resnick provides brief introductions to the stories. Kristine Kathryn Rusch provides an introduction to the book, and Lezli Robyn provides an afterword.
• Contents include Hugo and Nebula nominee "Hunting the Snark", Teddy Roosevelt story "Two Hunters in Manhattan", and Kikuyu story "Bwana".
• The publisher's site has this description along with the starred Publishers Weekly review, which says that "Resnick packs a wide variety of genre tales full of surprising twists and turns."

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* Robinson, Kim Stanley : Galileo's Dream
(UK: HarperVoyager 978-0-00-726031-7, £18.99, 584pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Science fiction novel about 17th-century scientist Galileo, the consequences of his discoveries through the telescope, and his visions of Jovian inhabitants 3000 years in the future, whose existence depends on Galileo's mediation.
• The publisher's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The US edition will be published in January 2010.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "Galileo's Dream may turn out to be the most moving and accurate fictional portrait of this 'first scientist' that we're likely to see, and if Robinson wants to abstract the philosophical conundra of the tale into a 31st century didactic space opera, he can just about get away with it through the force of his own narrative skill, but he doesn't need to: Galileo's own story, even demythified and enriched with the textures of real life, is powerful enough on its own terms."

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* Romanko, Karen A., ed. : Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy
(Raven Electrick Ink 978-0-9819643-0-0, $13.95, 166pp, trade paperback, 2009)

Anthology of 32 original stories and poems about movies.
• Authors include Greg Beatty, Robert Borski, G.O. Clark, Deborah P. Kolodji, Tony Pi, and Lisa Morton.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an annotated table of contents, and a sample story by J.S. Bangs.

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* Rubens, Michael : The Sheriff of Yrnameer
(Pantheon 978-0-307-37847-7, $22.95, 269pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Humorous SF novel about a rogue who becomes sheriff on the last unsponsored planet in the galaxy -- designated Yrnameer, a contraction of "Your Name Here".
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has an exclusive review by Seth Grahame-Smith, who compares the author to Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, and a Q&A with author Rubens. Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Rubens grandly ignores the niceties of world building and coherent plotting in favor of clever pop culture references and a rocket-fast, knee-slapping narrative."

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* Turtledove, Harry : Hitler's War
(Del Rey 978-0-345-49182-4, $27, 496pp, hardcover, August 2009, jacket illustration Carlos Beltran)

Alternate history novel, first of a series about an alternate World War II, in which the 1938 Munich Accord between Britain and Hitler, allowing the annexation of Czechoslovakia, is not signed, prompting Hitler's invasion instead.
• Del Rey's site has a detailed description.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews. The Publishers Weekly review notes "the period military hardware and nationalistic mindsets that Turtledove so expertly describes, though readers looking for more characterization or plotting may be disappointed."

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* Viehl, S. L. : Crystal Healer
(Roc 978-0451462855, $7.99, 366pp, mass market paperback, August 2009)

SF novel, ninth book in the author's long-running Stardoc universe of medically-themed space operas, most recently in Rebel Ice (2006), Plague of Memory (2007), and Omega Games (2008).
• In this book Dr. Cherijo Torin investigates a black mineral on the planet oKia that crystalizes its victims bodies.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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New SF/F/H books:
mid August 2009

posted 23 August 2009




Opening lines:

It was the pirate flag flying atop the plumbing truck that first caught his attention. The white skull and crossbones seemed to be straining to keep from being blown off the flapping black flag as the flatbed truck, apparently trying to beat the light, cannonballed through the intersection. The truck heeled over as it cut an arc around the corner. White PVC pipe rolled across the diamond plate of the truck bed, sounding like the sharp rattle of bones. At the speed it was traveling the truck looked to be in danger of capsizing.




Opening lines:

Quentin did a magic trick. Nobody noticed.




Opening lines:

I wake up on a pile of smoldering garbage and leaves in the old Hollywood Forever cemetery behind the Paramount Studio lot on Melrose, though these last details don't come to me until later.




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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