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early October
Michael Andre-Diussi
Ilona Andrews
Stephen Baxter
Gail Carriger
James Chambers
Sylvia Louise Engdahl
Esther M. Friesner
Neil Gaiman
Justine Larbalestier
Henry Melton
Karen Marie Moning
Richard Powers
Terry Pratchett
Scott Westerfeld

late September
Anderson & Sebanc
Margaret Atwood
Patricia Briggs
Steven Erikson
Lackey & Mallory
Lee & Miller
Paul McAuley
Seanan McGuire
Audrey Niffenegger
Justina Robson
S.M. Stirling
Laini Taylor
Betsy Tobin
Mark von Schegell
F. Paul Wilson

2009 Directories




 

* Colfer, Eoin : And Another Thing...
(Hyperion 978-0-4013-2358-5, $25.99, 275pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket illustration Larry Rostant)

Humorous SF novel, sixth installment in the popular "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series by Douglas Adams, first published from 1979 (the title novel) to 1984 (So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish).
• The publisher's site has this description from the dust jacket flap, plus an audio excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes a text excerpt; Amazon also has a video trailer, and mixed reader reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review remarked that "Readers may find this volume paradoxical. On its own it is a funny novel, but Adams set a legendary, nearly impossible standard..."

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* Enge, James : This Crooked Way
(Pyr 978-1-59102-784-3, 413pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover illustration Dominic Harman)

Fantasy novel, sequel to the author's first novel Blood of Ambrose, about swordsman and magician Morlock Ambrosius.
• In this book Morlock is ambushed and embarks on a meandering trip to discover his enemy.
• The book has a map and interior illustrations by Chuck Lukacs. Several sections of the novels were first published as stories in Black Gate magazine.
• Pyr's site has this page about the book with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the book is "narrated by an ensemble cast in achingly precise prose..."

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* Fukui, Isamu : Truancy Origins
(Tor Teen 978-0-765-32262-3, $17.95, 382pp, hardcover, March 2009, jacket art Scott M. Fischer)

Young adult SF novel, a prequel to Truancy (2008), which was published when the author was 17 years old. It's about teenagers battling an oppressive school system.
• Tor's website has this description, with quotes from reviews, and a link to The Truancy website, with news about the next book in the series, a forum, etc.
• Amazon has an excerpt in its "Look Inside" feature, and the Booklist review, which concludes "Fukui, who is a teen himself, focuses primarily on deftly depicted violence and explosive action sequences that will resonate most with reluctant male readers."

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* Harris, Charlaine : A Touch of Dead
(Ace 978-0-441-01783-6, $23.95, 192pp, hardcover, October 2009)

Collection of five stories about Sookie Stackhouse, heroine of Harris' popular series of novels about the southern vampire and basis for the TV series True Blood.
• The stories were first published in various anthologies from 2004 to 2008. Wikipedia lists the contents.
• Amazon has a video trailer for True Blook, and mixed reader reviews.

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* Harrison, Kim : Once Dead, Twice Shy
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-171816-8, $16.99, 232pp, hardcover, June 2009)

Young adult supernatural fantasy about Madison Avery, a Goth teenager whose encounter with a dark reaper leaves her in a state between life and death.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "Browse and Buy" function.
• The author's website has this description and excerpt.
• Posted except from Harrison's May 2009 interview with Locus Magazine include comments about the book.
• Amazon has reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist; the latter concludes "For ardent fans of the good-looking undead, this has plenty of verve, an enjoyable role reversal (Madison is constantly rescuing the good-guy hunk), and is quite fun when the supernatural characters are placed within a regular high-school milieu..."

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* Hines, Jim C. : The Mermaid's Madness
(DAW 978-0-756-40583-0, $7.99, 339pp, mass market paperback, September 2009, cover art Scott Fischer)

Fantasy novel based on fairy tales, second book in the author's Princess series following The Stepsister Scheme (January 2009). This book is a take-off on the Little Mermaid.
• The author's site has this page about the series, with a PDF preview and titles of the next two books in the series.
• Amazon has several reader reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded "This novel will appeal anyone who yearns for the heroines of their childhood -- or just a witty, well-constructed adventure tale about powerful women stepping up with skill and cleverness."

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* Huston, Charlie : My Dead Body
(Del Rey 978-0-345-49589-1, $14, 302pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Vampire detective novel about Manhattan private investigator and 'vampyre' Joe Pitt, fifth and final book in the series following Already Dead (2005), No Dominion (2006), Half the Blood of Brooklyn (2007), and Every Last Drop (2008).
• Del Rey's website has this description of the book.
• The author's website has this post about the publication of this last book of the series.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded "Readers new to the series might find this book tough to penetrate (though Huston does mix some exposition into the story), but longtime fans will jump right in, and the fast pacing, sharp dialogue and pulp action will keep them entertained."

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* Lackey, Mercedes : Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit
(DAW 978-0756405854, $25.95, 511pp, hardcover, September 2009, jacket art Todd Lockwood)

Fantasy novel, a feminist take on the King Arthur legend, about the queen Guinevere.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The author's website has this page about the book, citing passages from Welsh legends about the "third Guinevere" that inspired this book.

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* Lethem, Jonathan : Chronic City
(Doubleday 978-0-385-51863-5, $27.95, 467pp, hardcover, October 2009)

Literary novel with SF and fantasy elements, set on New York's Upper East Side, concerning a former child star whose fiancee is an astronaut trapped in orbit on the International Space Station.
• Doubleday's site has this description, with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a "Best of the Month" review by Tom Nissley: "Every page is a pleasure of pitch-perfect banter and spot-on cultural satire, cut sharply with the melancholic sense that being able to explain your city doesn't make you any more capable of living in it."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "Sometimes chaotic and self-indulgent, sometimes sharply satirical and wildly funny, sometimes just nuts, but always deeply humanistic and frequently marked by the passages of brilliantly coruscating prose for which Lethem is deservedly admired."

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+ Lloyd, Tom : The Grave Thief
(Pyr 978-1-59102-780-5, $16, 491pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover illustration Todd Lockwood) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, January 2009)

Epic fantasy novel, third in the Twilight Reign series following The Stormcaller (2008) and The Twilight Herald (2009), about Isak, a "White Eye" with a special relationship to the gods.
• Pyr's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Though Lloyd's prose is as strong as ever, this volume is more of a stepping stone than a solid story in its own right."

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* McAuley, Paul : Gardens of the Sun
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-07936-6, £18.99, 439pp, hardcover, October 2009)

SF novel, a sequel to The Quiet War (2008), in which city states in the outer solar system have fallen to the Earth Alliance.
• The publisher's site has this description from the book's dust jacket.
• McAuley's website has this description, with links to several chapters posted online.
• Adam Roberts just posted this review (with spoilers), concluding "To be clear: my sense is that The Quiet War/Gardens of the Sun, taken together, is a very major work of contemporary science fiction, amongst the great genre achievements of the noughties, a long novel that will still be being read and remembered fifty years from now."

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* Mead, Richelle : Blood Promise
(Razorbill 978-1595141989, $16.99, 503pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Young adult vampire romance novel, fourth in the "Vampire Academy" series following the title debut novel (2007), Frostbite (2008), and Shadow Kiss (2008).
• The publisher's site has this description with a video trailer.
• Amazon has over 100 mostly 4- and 5-star reader reviews.

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* Mendlesohn, Farah, & Edward James : A Short History of Fantasy
(UK: Middlesex University Press 978-1-904-75068-0, £11.99, 285pp, trade paperback, July 2009, cover illustration Charles Vess)

Nonfiction history of fantasy literature, from its origins with The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey, with chapters on the early 20th century, Tolkien and Lewis, and decades from the 1950s through Pullman, Rowling, and Pratchett up to 2000-2010.
• Following the text is a 30+ page "Chronology of Important Works and People", a glossary, a bilbiography, and two indexes.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the table of contents and several pages of the introduction.

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* Nojiri, Housuke : Usurper of the Sun
(Haikasoru 9781421527710, $15.99, 276pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

SF novel, first published in Japanese in 2002, about a high school student who witnesses the arrival of alien Builders, whose ringworld around the Sun threatens Earth with its shadow.
• This is another book in VIZ Media's new SF line, Haikasoru, bringing Japanese SF into English translation. The series is edited by Nick Mamatas. SciFi Wire had this article about the line earlier this year.
• Publisher site http://www.haikasoru.com/ has this page for the book, with a synopsis, an excerpt, and blog posts.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the author, which notes that this book won a Seiun Award in 2003 as Best [Japanese] Novel of the year.

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* North, Pearl : Libyrinth
(Tor Teen 978-0-765-32096-4, $17.99, 332pp, hardcover, July 2009, jacket art Melanie Delon)

Young adult SF novel, set on a forgotten colony world of Earth, about a young girl, a Libyrarian, who discovers that the books of the ancients speak to her.
• Tor's website has this description, which notes this as the first of three book, and that the author has written SF and fantasy for adults under another name.
• The URL of the Pearl North blog reveals the author as Anne Harris.
• Tor Teen's blog has this plus from editor Jim Frenkel.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Amazon has five five-star reader reviews.

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* Otsuichi : Zoo
(Haikasoru 9781421525877, $13.99, 257pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Collection of 11 horror short stories, first published several years ago in Japanese.
• This is another book in VIZ Media's new SF line, Haikasoru, bringing Japanese SF into English translation. The series is edited by Nick Mamatas. SciFi Wire had this article about the line earlier this year.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the author, who was born in 1978; it lists more than a dozen other books, plus manga and movie adaptation, including a 2005 anthology film Zoo, covering five of the stories from this book.
• Publisher site http://www.haikasoru.com/ has this page for the book, with a synopsis, an excerpt, and blog posts.
• Karen Burnham reviewed the book for Strange Horizons: "What did shine through as something that I don't see often in English-language speculative fiction was an air of constrained energy beneath the fairly straightforward prose. All of these stories tend towards a "journalistic" or "transparent" style, favoring shorter, direct sentences."

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* Rennison, Nick, & Stephen E. Andrews : 100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels
(UK: A&C Black 978-1-4081-1487-2, £6.99, 30+178pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Nonfiction reference work, one of the "Bloomsbury Good Reading Guides" and a follow-up to the same authors' 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels (2006).
• The book has an introduction and the list of the 100 titles, followed by the main section of the book, consisting of entries by author highlighting the selected titles and referencing related titles, with occasional sidebar thematic lists interspersed. At the end is a list of World Fantasy Award winning novels, a brief glossary, and an index.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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New SF/F/H books:
mid October 2009

posted 25 October 2009




Opening lines:

A hundred murdered ships swung around Saturn in endless ellipses. Slender freighters and sturdy tugs. Shuttles that had once woven continuous and ever-changing paths between the inhabited moons. Spidery surface-to-orbit gigs. The golden crescent of a clipper, built by a co-operative just two years ago to ply between Saturn and Jupiter, falling like a forlorn fairy-tale moon past the glorious arch of the ring system. Casualties of a war recently ended.




Opening lines:

I first met Perkus Tooth in an office. Not an office where he worked, though I was confused about this at the time. (Which is itself hardly an uncommon situation, for me.)




Opening lines:

If you're listening to this I'm dead.

(laughter)




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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