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mid October
Eoin Colfer
James Enge
Isamu Fukui
Charlaine Harris
Kim Harrison
Jim C. Hines
Charlie Huston
Mercedes Lackey
Jonathan Lethem
Tom Lloyd
Paul McAuley
Richelle Mead
Mendlesohn & James
Housuke Nojiri
Pearl North
Otsuichi
Rennison & Andrews

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

2009 Directories




 

* Armstrong, Kelley : Frostbitten
(Bantam 978-0-553-80662-5, $26, 339pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket illustration Craig White)

Supernatural fantasy novel, tenth in the "Women of the Otherworld" series following Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, No Humans Involved, Personal Demon, and Living with the Dead.
• In this book, werewolf Elena Michaels and her mate Clayton Danvers pursue a predator attacking humans in Alaska.
• Bantam's site has this description, with an excerpt.
• The author's website has this page about the book, with a description and links to various editions.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that "New readers may be baffled by Pack politics, but fans will find this a solid entry in Armstrong's popular series."

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+ Connolly, John : The Gates
(Atria 978-1439172636, $24, 296pp, hardcover, October 2009) First US edition (UK: Hodder & Stoughton, October 2009)

Humorous young adult fantasy novel about a boy and his dachsund who discover, three days before Halloween, that their neighbors have opened a gateway to Hell.
• The author's website has this page about the book, with quotes from reviews and a chapter one excerpt.
• Amazon has its "Look Inside" feature with an excerpt, and reader reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says that "Connolly plays this potentially spooky scenario strictly for laughs, larding the narrative with droll jokes, humorous asides and the slapstick pratfalls of Nurd, an amusingly incompetent subdemon whom Samuel ultimately befriends..."

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* Dietz, William C. : At Empire's Edge
(Ace 978-0-441-01759-1, $24.95, 310pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket illustration Don Sipley)

SF novel, first of a duology, about a xeno-cop's mission to capture a renegade shape-shifting alien.
• Amazon has the publisher's description.
Publishers Weekly calls it a "testosterone-soaked tale of violent retribution" and reviewer Harriet Klausner says it's "an entertaining police procedural (loosely that is) space opera for fans who relish blood, gore and blood."

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* Fletcher, Christopher, ed. : Things We Are Not
(M-Brane SF 978-1449522964, $16, 343pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art Mari Kurisato)

Anthology of 17 original stories, subtitled "M-Brane SF Presents New Tales of the Queer".
• Authors include Brandon Bell, Eden Robins, Alex Wilson, Derek J. Goodman, Stephen Gaskell, and Abby Rustad; one story, Alex Jeffers' "Composition with Barbarian and Animal", is revised from its appearance in Silverberg & Haber's Universe 3 (1994).
• The editor runs blog M-BRANE SF-Queer about the book, and M-BRANE SF about the monthly magazine M-Brane SF.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the table of contents and an excerpt.

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* Francis, Diana Pharaoh : Bitter Night
(Pocket 978-1-4165-9814-5, $7.99, 387pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover illustration Chad Michael Ward)

Urban fantasy novel, first of the Horngage Witches series, about Max, a woman bound by a witch into servitude as her 'Shadowblade', and the ancient Guardians of Earth who are trying to destroy the mortal world.
• The author's new website has this page for the series, with a description and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly says "The tough, feel-good, grand-scale supernatural fights... Will keep action fans coming back for book after book."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "Max is a little too good to be true, and there remain plenty of questions about how this world and its magic works, but the high-octane action adventure plot rushes you along right to the end and leaves you looking for more."

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* Gavin, Richard : The Darkly Splendid Realm
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-73-8, $16.95, 187pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art Harry O. Morris)

Collection of 13 horror stories, all but two original to this volume.
• Laird Barron provides an introduction; the author provides an afterword.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with a link to a PDF sample.

(Mon 26 Oct 2009) • (Directory Entry)

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : Flesh and Fire
(Pocket 978-1-4391-0141-4, $26, 374pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket illustration Chris McGrath)

Fantasy novel, first book of "The Vineart War", set in a world where magic is created from wine.
• The author's site has this page for the series, with excerpt from reviews and a PDF excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also has an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "With a unique, pleasingly consistent magic system based on the production and consumption of wine, urban fantasist Gilman turns a standard coming-of-age tale into something wholly new..."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine, calling it "an overlong prologue to what promises to be a intriguing, epic fantasy -- once it gets moving."

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* Hendee, Barb : Hunting Memories
(Roc 978-0-451-46291-6, $15, 306pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Vampire Memories" series following Blood Memories (2008), about a reluctant vampire, Eleisha Clevon, who has learned how to feed from her victims without killing them, and who seeks others of her inclination.
• The author's website has descriptions and excerpts of both books in the series.
• Amazon has five enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* McGachey, Daniel : They That Dwell in Dark Places and Other Ghost Stories
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-72-1, $18.95, 345pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art Julia Helen Jeffrey)

Anthology of 13 horror stories, six of which are original to this volume.
• Charles Black provides an introduction; the author provides notes on the stories, and a biography.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with a link to a PDF sample story.

(Mon 26 Oct 2009) • (Directory Entry)

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Imager's Challenge
(Tor 978-0-7653-2126-8, $27.99, 460pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket art Donato Giancola)

Fantasy novel, second book in the Imager Portfolio trilogy following Imager (March 2009), about an apprentice artist who discovers his rare ability to visualize things and make them real.
• Tor's website has this description with a video trailer.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Priest, Cherie : Boneshaker
(Tor 978-0-7653-1841-1, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

Zombie/steampunk novel about the effects of a drilling machine that leaves 19th-century Seattle in ruins, and a trip to the city by the inventor's son intent on clearing his father's name.
• Tor's website has this description with a link to author site The Clockwork Century, with background on the world, a FAQ, descriptions of stories set in the world, and excerpts from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Intelligent, exceptionally well written and showcasing a phenomenal strong female protagonist who embodies the complexities inherent in motherhood, this yarn is a must-read for the discerning steampunk fan."
• Adrienne Martini reviewed it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "It's not the deep thoughts that propel you through the text; it's Priest's ability to imagine all of the gee-gaws and accessories of her Clockwork world. This world's texture is luscious and deep -- and it will be interesting to see what happens in it next."

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* Reeve, Laura : Vigilante
(Roc 978-0-451-46298-5, $7.99, 324pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)

Military SF novel, second Major Ariane Kedros novel following Peacekeeper (2008), about a former N-space pilot who's sent on an undercover assignment after several of her former crewmates are killed.
• In this book Kedris and her partner discover alien ruins on a remote planet.
• The author's site has descriptions of the two books, plus a page about the series and a list of characters.

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* Ringo, John, & Tom Kratman : The Tuloriad
(Baen 978-1-4391-6278-1, $26, 385pp, hardcover, October 2009, cover by Kurt Miller)

SF novel in the authors' long-running Posleen series, about a remote group of defeated Posleen searching for their homeworld.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews and an excerpt from the Publishers Weekly review: "As its Homeric-sounding name suggests, the latest Posleen War novel tells of a defeated people fleeing annihilation in search of a new home. ... Ringo and Kratman turn this space adventure into an intriguing discussion of the power of faith apart from the existence of God."

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* Shinn, Sharon : Quatrain
(Ace 978-0-441-01758-4, $24.95, 369pp, hardcover, October 2009, jacket illustration Dominick Finelle)

Collection of four original novellas, each story set in a different world of the author's various series -- Samaria, Heart of Gold, Summers at Castle Auburn, and Twelve Houses.
• Amazon has a brief description, and reader reviews.
• BSCreview has this review by Elena Nola. The Publishers Weekly review says "The four enchanting novellas within Shinn's shimmering collection make delightful introductions to her romantic science fantasy worlds and thrill fans eager for a return visit."

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Eclipse Three
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-162-1, $14.95, 289pp, trade paperback, December 2009, cover art Richard Powers)

Anthology of 15 original SF and fantasy stories, third in the annual series.
• Contributors include Karen Joy Fowler, Ellen Klages, Jeffrey Ford, Peter S. Beagle, Molly Gloss, and Ellen Kushner.
• The publisher's site has this order page for the book, with the back cover description and the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review says "Australian editor Strahan continues his wide-ranging and occasionally controversial anthology series with 15 boundary-pushing stories" and cites those by Cadigan, Okorafor, McHugh, Klages, Ford, Beagle, and Griffith.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the November issue of Locus Magazine, analyzing the book in detail and comparing the series to earlier anthologies series from Damon Knight and Terry Carr: "There's a distinct sense that Eclipse is developing a personality and sensibility of its own, somewhat literary but not averse to genre convention or outright goofiness, and willing to provide a supervised playspace for even veteran writers wanting to try something new. If Strahan can keep this up, he has achieved a worthy successor to those classic series anthologies that at one time seemed to be about redefining the possibilities of SF and fantasy, and which delivered on that promise in ways we only understood years later."

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* Thomas, Jeffrey : Thought Forms
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-71-4, $18.95, 267pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art M. Wayne Miller)

Supernatural horror novel about two cousins stalked by mysterious enemies.
• The publisher's site has this description and order form, including a full cover image.

(Mon 26 Oct 2009) • (Directory Entry)

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* Vance, Jack : This Is Me, Jack Vance!
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-245-0, $40, 208pp, hardcover, August 2009)

Autobiography, subtitled "(Or, More Properly, This Is "I")", by the reclusive author of The Dying Earth and many other works.
• The book includes 14 pages of black and white photos.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with excerpts from reviews.
• Amazon has reader reviews, including one very detailed outline of the book's contents.
• Russel Letson's review appears in the November issue of Locus Magazine, noting that the work dwells on Vance's personal life with little about his writing; "For all of his desire to fade into his work, Jack Vance is anything but an invisible man. This book tells more than was told before, but reveals less than some would like. All the more reason to look to the fiction. That is where the inward Jack Vance lives."

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* VanderMeer, Ann, & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. : Last Drink Bird Head
(Ministry of Whimsy 978-1-890464-12-7, $35, 157pp, hardcover, October 2009, cover art Scott Eagle)

Anthology of original flash fiction stories, subtitled "Flash Fiction for Charity", with over 80 contributors including Daniel Abraham, Michael Bishop, Paul Di Filippo, Stephen R. Donaldson, Hal Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Ellen Kushner, Jay Lake, Nick Mamatas, Tim Pratt, Peter Straub, Michael Swanwick, and Gene Wolfe, among many others.
• Jeff VanderMeer provides an introduction, explaining the original of the title phrase and has challenge to contributors to explain what it means. His blog has this post about the book, with some excerpts.

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New SF/F/H books:
late October 2009

posted 8 November 2009




Opening lines:

On the night in question, Mr Abernathy answered the door to find a small figure dressed in a white sheet standing on his porch. The sheet had two holes cut into it at eye level so that the small figure could walk around without bumping into things, a precaution that seemed wise given that the small figure was also wearing rather thick glasses. The glasses were balanced on its nose outside the sheet, giving it the appearance of a short-sighted, and not terribly frightening, ghost. A mismatched pair of sneakers, the left blue, the right red, poked out from the bottom of the sheet.




Opening lines:

As was his habit each evening before retiring, Mr. Elmsmore stood at the balcony of his upper floor study and looked out over the grounds of his estate. This open air ritual was a necessary pleasure before bedtime -- his wife being of that breed of woman who cannot abide tobacco smoke in the house. Through the haze of his own smoke, the scene he was forced to gaze upon was no hardship to endure. To the West he could survey his avenue of yew trees leading to the fountain imported, at no little expense, from Italy, and the walled garden. To the East, there was the orchard and summerhouse, wherein he would sometimes risk a cigar or pipe. Straight ahead, beyond the yew walk, was the rose garden. He had, at one point, considered a hedge maze, but an old school friend of his had once had rather an unpleasant experience in a maze, so Mrs. Elmsmore’s roses had won their place.




Opening lines:

For her birthday, Norah got a Pink cd from the twins, a book about vampires from her grown-up sister, High School Musical 2 from her grandma (which Norah might have liked if she'd been turning ten instead of fifteen), and an iPod shuffle plus an Ecko Red t-shirt and two hundred-dollar darkwash 7 jeans -- the most expensive clothes Norah had ever owned -- from her mother and father.




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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