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4th week November
Tim Akers
Piers Anthony
Terry Bisson
Jim Butcher
Card & Black
Gwyneth Jones
Steven L. Kent
Denise Little
Denise Little
Jennifer Rardin
Kim Stanley Robinson
Mike Shepherd
Jeff VanderMeer
Weber & Flint

3rd week November
Keri Arthur
Scott Bakker
Alex Bledsoe
Bruce Boston
Steven R. Boyett
Carlos J. Cortes
Ellen Datlow
Ellen Datlow
Julie Kenner
Katharine Kerr
Jay Lake
Juliet Marillier
Devon Monk
Philip Palmer
Nicole Peeler

2009 Directories




 

* Carlson, Jeff : Plague Zone
(Ace 978-0441017997, $7.99, 318pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover art Eric Williams)

Science fiction novel, third in a trilogy following Plague Year (2007) and Plague War (2008), about survivors of a nanotech plague that killed everyone living below 10,000 feet in elevation.
• In this book researchers discover a new contagion.
• The author's website includes an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

(Tue 17 Nov 2009)
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* DeNiro, Alan : Total Oblivion, More or Less
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59254-2, $15, 306pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

SF/fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a teenaged Minnesota girl, Macy, who sets off down the Mississippi after her world undergoes a bizarre transformation.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has blurbs from Dan Chaon and Hannah Tinti, and a reader review by Christopher Barzak. Publishers Weekly called it "an impressive debut from a promising writer."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "There's nothing cutesy about this surreal saga of a dystopian near future where America enters a new Dark Age, strangely permeated by figures from much earlier eras... "

(Tue 1 Dec 2009)
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* Douglas, Carole Nelson : Vampire Sunrise
(Juno 978-1-4391-5677-3, $7.99, 372pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover art Gordon Crabb)

Paranormal romance novel, third in the "Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator" series following Dancing with Werewolves and Brimstone Kiss, set in Las Vegas.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an excerpt and a recipe for a Vampire Sunrise Cocktail.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "The action moves so fast, so over-the-top crazy with so much supernatural Vegas color, it entertains no matter how shaky the plot may get."

(Mon 23 Nov 2009)
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* Fell, Aly, & Duddlebug, eds. : The Future of Fantasy Art
(CollinsDesign 978-0-06-180990-3, $29.99, 192pp, hardcover, November 2009, cover art Jon Sullivan)

Anthology of contemporary fantasy art, a companion to Fantasy Art Now: The Very Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art & Illustration (2007).
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse and Buy" function.

(Wed 2 Dec 2009)
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* Gay, Kelly : The Better Part of Darkness
(Pocket Books 978-1-4391-0965-6, $7.99, 394pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover art Chris McGrath)

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about cop Charlie Morgan in Atlanta, where doorways have appeared to alternate dimensions identified with Heaven and Hell.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The author blogs at http://www.kellygay.net/; her books page links to several reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature includes an excerpt.

(Fri 20 Nov 2009)
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* Gregory, Daryl : The Devil's Alphabet
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50117-2, $15, 388pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

SF novel, the author's second novel after Pandemonium, about an eastern Tennessee town affected by a mysterious disease that transforms its residents into three bizarre variants of humanity.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "A wide variety of believable characters, a well-developed sense of place and some fascinating scientific speculation will earn this understated novel an appreciative audience among fans of literary SF."
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in the December issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; "Daryl Gregory continues to be amongst the most interesting of the newer writers to emerge in the past decade, and he's rapidly becoming one of the most unpredictable..."

(Tue 1 Dec 2009)
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* Harihareswara, Sumana, & Leonard Richardson, eds. : Thoughtcrime Experiments
(CreateSpace 978-1442157903, $5.09, 180pp, trade paperback, May 2009)

Anthology of nine original SF and fantasy stories. Authors include Mary Anne Mohanraj.
• The book includes appendices by co-editor Richardson about assembling the anthology, with a sample contract.
• The anthology is available for free from its website as HTML, PDF, and in various mobile editions.

(Wed 2 Dec 2009)
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* Kenner, Julie : Torn
(Ace 978-0441017973, $7.99, 287pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover art Craig White)

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

(Tue 17 Nov 2009)
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* Kiernan, Caitlin R. : The Red Tree
(Roc 978-0-451-46276-3, $16, 385pp, trade paperback, August 2009, cover art Gene Mollica)

Fantasy novel about a writer who leaves Atlanta for an old house in rural Rhode Island, where she discovers a manuscript concerning an ancient oak growing on the property.
• The author's website is devoted to the book.
• Amazon has 24 out of 26 5-star reader reviews.
• Tim Pratt reviewed the book in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "You may find your mind returning frequently to this tale, attempting to reconcile the irreconcilable, and you may find yourself, like me, bowing to Kiernan's artistry, and her ability to create Mystery. This is her most personal, ambitious, and accomplished work yet."

(Tue 1 Dec 2009)
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* Levitt, John : Unleashed
(Ace 978-0441017980, $7.99, 294pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover art Don Sipley)

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Dog Days (2007) and New Tricks (2008), about Mason, an enforcer in San Francisco who keeps magical practitioners in line.
• In this book Mason deals with practitioners who've unleashed a monster.
• The publisher's site has this brief description.
• The author's site has an excerpt.

(Tue 17 Nov 2009)
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* Teglia, Charlene : Claimed by the Wolf
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-53742-5, $13.99, 292pp, trade paperback, December 2009, cover illustration Craig White)

Paranormal erotic romance novel, first in a series, about alpha male "Shadow Guardians" who protect humanity from evil.
• The author's site has this page for the book with a description, review quotes, and an excerpt.
• Publishers Weekly concluded "The plot is sparse, but Teglia's prose is snappy; Sybil is a determined, witty heroine; the men are likable and distinct; and their erotic misadventures are a feast for the senses."

(Tue 17 Nov 2009)
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* Valente, Catherynne M. : Under in the Mere
(Rabid Transit Press 0-9817437-1-4, $10, 141pp, trade paperback, December 2009, cover art James A. & Jeremy Owen)

Short Arthurian fantasy novel, with interior illustrations by James A. Owen and Jeremy Owen.
• It's the second volume in the publisher's Electrum Novella Series.
• The publisher's site has this order page for the book, with a description.

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* Walton, Jo : Lifelode
(NESFA Press 978-1-886778-82-5, $25, 271pp, hardcover, February 2009, jacket illustration Stephan Martiniere)

Domestic fantasy novel about a woman who runs a feudal house in a fantasy kingdom.
• NESFA's site has this order page with a brief description. The book has an introduction by Sharyn November.
Locus Magazine ran reviews by Paul Witcover in its September '09 issue, and Adrienne Martini in December; Martini wrote "Jo Walton's Lifelode is a quiet book, one whose impact you don't fully feel until it ends, then its gentle kick to heart and brain connects all at once, leaving your knees weak."
• The Baltimore City Paper's Year in Books: Top Ten ranked it #1.

(Sat 7 Nov 2009)
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New SF/F/H books:
early December 2009

posted 13 December 2009




Opening lines:

If you go far enough to the west, they say, you come to the lands where people are like statues, going through the day's round the same each day out of pure routine. Contrariwise, if you set off east, people become feyer and stranger, more powerful maybe, but less able to remember who they are from moment to moment, until at last they run together and separate as fast as rainbows on oil and only the gods can keep themselves whole. Between these extremes fall the Marches, where folk have wit and will enough to keep themselves to themselves.




Opening lines:

Pax knew he was almost to Switchcreek when he saw his first argo.

The gray-skinned man was hunched over the engine of a decrepit, roofless pickup truck stalled hood-up at the side of the road. He straightened as Pax's car approached, unfolding like an extension ladder. Ten or eleven feet tall, angular as a dead tree, skin the mottled gray of weathered concrete. No shirt, just overalls that came down to his bony knees. He squinted at Pax's windshield.




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