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2nd week November
John Joseph Adams
Greg Bear
Dann & Dozois
Maurice G. Dantec
A.M. Dellamonica
J.C. Hutchins
Niven & Lerner
Tony Richards
Wilson Roberts
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Joel Shepherd
Kit Whitfield

early November
Poppy Z. Brite
John Brown
Harry Connolly
Cory Doctorow
David Farland
Gunn/Barr/Candelaria
Jordan & Sanderson
Kilpatrick & Morrell
Stephen King
Maria Lima
Jack McDevitt
Clelie Rich
Ken Scholes
Sherman & Barzak
Jeff VanderMeer

2009 Directories




 

* Arthur, Keri : Bound to Shadows
(Dell 978-0-553-59116-3, $7.99, 346pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in the Riley Jenson series following Full Moon Rising (2006), Kissing Sin (Feb. '07), Tempting Evil (March '07), Dangerous Games (April '07), Embraced by Darkness (August '07), The Darkest Kiss (2008), and Deadly Desire (2009), about a half-vampire, half-werewolf guardian who protects humans from various supernatural races.
• In this one Riley investigates, among other things, a series of beheadings at a popular area for vampires/human hook-ups.
• Bantam Dell's site has this description with a preview features.
• The author's website has has this page for the book, with a link to an excerpt.

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+ Bakker, Scott : Neuropath
(Tor 978-0-7653-2189-3, $24.99, 316pp, hardcover, October 2009) First US edition (UK: Orbit, May 2008)

SF thriller about a neurologist's experiment to crack the minds of terrorists that results in a mad scheme to control human brains.
• Tor's website has this description, with blurbs by Douglas Preston and Whitley Strieber.
• Blog The Pinocchio Theory has a detailed review and analysis of the book's theoretical premises.

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* Bledsoe, Alex : Burn Me Deadly
(Tor 978-0-7653-2221-0, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, November 2009, jacket art Jean-Sebastien Rossbach)

Sword-and-sorcery detective novel, sequel to The Sword-Edged Blonde (2007), about sword-jockey Eddie LaCrosse.
• In this book Eddie is ambushed and implicated in the murder of damsel in distress Laura Lesperitt.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review: "Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world and manages to stay true to both fantasy and mystery traditions."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "Alex Bledsoe managed a successful hybrid of fantasy and hardboiled detective in his first novel The Sword-Edged Blonde and surpasses even that in sequel Burn Me Deadly. ... I'll urge you to discover how much depth, mental and emotional, a really effective genre hybrid can possess."

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* Boston, Bruce : North Left of Earth
(Sam's Dot Publishing 978-0-9819696-5-7, $8.95, 69pp, chapbook, 2009, cover art Marge Simon)

Collection of 24 science fiction poems, first published in publications ranging from Aboriginal SF and Asimov's to Star*Line and Strange Horizons.
• Boston's site has this page for the book, with a description and blurbs by G.O. Clark and Howard V. Hendrix.

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* Boyett, Steven R. : Elegy Beach
(Ace 978-0-441-01795-9, $24.95, 375pp, hardcover, November 2009, jacket illustration Steve Stone)

Urban fantasy novel, sequel to Ariel (1983), about a mysterious Change that renders technology inoperable and magical beings to appear.
• In this book the unicorn Ariel and human Peter Garey try to prevent a spellcaster who wants to reverse the Change.
• The author's website points to book site http://www.elegybeach.com/, with background information, sample chapters, maps, etc.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "sporadically charming", and reader reviews.

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* Cortes, Carlos J. : The Prisoner
(Spectra 978-0-553-59163-7, $7.99, 397pp, mass market paperback, October 2009, cover illustration Douglas Paul)

SF thriller set in a future in which prisoners, and political dissidents, are suspended in hibernation tanks, where one such prisoner manages to escape.
• The publisher's website has this description with a preview feature.
• The author's site has an excerpt.
• Amazon has several five-star reader reviews.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : The Best Horror of the Year: Volume One
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-161-4, $15.95, 321pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art Santaiago Caruso)

Anthology of 19 horror stories and 2 poems first published in 2008. This is the first volume in Datlow's new series, after the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies with co-editors Kelly Link and Gavin Grant (and before them, Terri Windling), was discontinued.
• Authors include Richard Bowes, Glen Hirshberg, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan, and Simon Bestwick.
• Datlow provides a lengthy summation, covering the year's awards, novels, anthologies, collections, magazines, etc., and three pages of honorable mentions at the end.
• The publisher's site has this description with the complete table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "As in the past, [Datlow's] picks confirm that 'horror' is a storytelling approach with endlessly inventive possibilities. ... In addition to the richly varied stories, Datlow provides her usual comprehensive coverage of the year in horror in an introduction that's indispensable reading for horror aficionados."
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews the book in the December issue of Locus Magazine: "Datlow's selections suggest that horror is increasingly becoming (if it wasn't always) an unwieldy label for stories that might comfortably fit the parameters of other popular fiction genres."

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Lovecraft Unbound
(Dark Horse Books 978-1-59582-146-1, $19.95, 419pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Anthology of 20 stories "inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft". Four of the stories, by Brian Evenson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Michael Chabon, and Joyce Carol Oates, are reprints; the other 16 stories are original to this book, by authors including Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud, Anna Tambour, Holly Phillips, Marc Laidlaw, Lavie Tidhar, Michael Shea, Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas.
• Datlow provides a short introduction. The authors provide short notes following their stories.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a preview.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Readers who know Lovecraft's legacy mostly through turgid and tentacled Cthulhu Mythos pastiches will find this book a treasure trove of literary terrors."
• Rich Horton reviews the book in the December issue of Locus Magazine, citing Monette & Bear's "Mongoose" as particularly outstanding.

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* Kenner, Julie : Tainted
(Ace 978-0-441-07184-3, $7.99, 302pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover art Craig White)

Urban fantasy novel, first in the "Blood Lily Chronicles", in which a woman, killed while trying to protect her sister, is returned to life to learn how to kill demons.
• The next two books, Torn and Turned, will be published in December and January.
• The author's website has this page for the book, with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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* Kerr, Katharine : The Silver Mage
(DAW 978-0756405878, $24.95, 450pp, hardcover, November 2009, cover painting Jody A. Lee)

Fantasy Novel, fourth book of "The Silver Wyrm" following The Gold Falcon (2006), The Spirit Stone (2007), and The Shadow Isle (2008), and 15th and final book in the overall Deverry cycle, which began in 1986 with Daggerspell.
• Amazon has the publisher's description. The author's website has this bibliography of books in the Deverry sequence, and this excerpt of the 15th book.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Lake, Jay : Madness of Flowers
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-098-3, $14.95, 326pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover art David Palumbo)

Fantasy novel, sequel to Trial of Flowers (2006), set in the City Imperishable.
• In this book Lord Mayor Imago deal with political intrigue while trying to rebuild his war-wracked city.
• The publisher's site has this description, plus a page for The City Imperishable gathering descriptions of both books and the earlier novella that first established the setting.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "The result is exuberantly odd, melodramatically ironic and dangerously wonderful."

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+ Marillier, Juliet : Heart's Blood
(Roc 978-0-451-46293-0, $24.95, 402pp, hardcover, November 2009, cover art Melanie Delon)

Fantasy novel set in historical Ireland, about a young woman who flees an arranged marriage and takes refuge with the cursed chieftain of Whistling Tor.
• The author's site has this description with images of the US, UK, and Australian editions, and a Chapter One excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the book "incorporates familiar elements of mystery, fantasy and Irish history into a strong tale of very human romance. ... [It's] best suited to romance readers who like a bit of fantasy rather than fantasy readers who like a bit of romance."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine: "While things can get quite dark, with horror and villainy coming from more than one source, Marillier also finds room for politics, scholarship, and the pride a craftswoman takes in her profession. It all makes for a fine mix from this prolific fantasist who hasn't lost her touch."

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* Monk, Devon : Magic in the Shadows
(Roc 978-0-451-46287-9, $7.99, 350pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, follow-up to Magic to the Bone (2008) and Magic in the Blood (2009), about Allison Beckstrom, a "Hound" who can trace a magic spell back to whoever cast it.
• In this book Allie deals with erased memories and her father, who has channeled himself into her mind.
• The author's site has the publisher's description; on her homepage, she offers a knitting pattern for "Soapthulhu".
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Palmer, Philip : Red Claw
(Orbit US 978-0-316-01893-7, $12.99, 432pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

SF novel about scientists, cataloguing life on New Amazon, battling a hostile planet, space marines, and killer robots.
• The publisher's site has this post about the book's launch.
• The author's site has this page for the book with a description and links to two extracts.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Peeler, Nicole : Tempest Rising
(Orbit 978-0316056588, $7.99, 346pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover illustration Sharon Tancredi)

Paranormal romance novel, first in a series, about a 26-year-old Maine woman who discovers the world of the supernatural, and that she herself is half-selkie.
• The author's site has this description, with links to numerous reviews and to an excerpt. There's also a page for Tracking the Tempest, the second book due next July.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
3rd week November 2009

posted 6 December 2009




Opening lines:

The blonde dashed out of the darkness into the moonlight, right in front of me.

My horse, Lola, tried to bolt in surprise. I yanked on the reins and drew her up short. She reared and nearly threw me, but I held on and turned her away so she wouldn't trample the woman. We spun for a moment like a trick rider in a show, kicking up dust on the dry, deserted road. Then she found her footing; I pulled the reins tight and managed to regain control.




Opening lines:

The last thing in this world I wanted to see was another damned unicorn. They were the big deal for schoolgirls in Del Mar this year. Gaggles of them came into Paypay's shop wanting their vewwy own unicorn that would wait for them outside Miss Cowardan's school with tail swishing to walk them home. Some women wanted one in the living­room like some sort of knick knack. They could have one too, for a half a pound of coffee, a couple ounces of chocolate, a jar of decent homebrew, or whatever else Paypay was trading for this week.




Opening lines:

He had quickly tired of divinity. There was a soul-satisfying warmth in opening his empty hand to find a flax seed or gaming chip. The trick never failed to amuse at dinners. But he had not been prepared for the expectation of spiritual purpose that accrued around him like flies on a street drunk.




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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