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early December
Jeff Carlson
Alan DeNiro
Carole Nelson Douglas
Fell & Duddleberg
Kelly Gay
Daryl Gregory
Harihareswara & Richardson
Julie Kenner
Caitlin R. Kiernan
John Levitt
Charlene Teglia
Catherynne M. Valente
Jo Walton

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

2009 Directories




 

* Bullington, Jesse : The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
(Orbit 978-0-316-04934-4, $14.99, 435pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover illustration Istvan Orosz)

Historical fantasy novel about two brothers wandering through medieval Europe seeking the fabled crypts of Gyptland.
• The author's website has a description, links to online pieces, excerpts from reviews, and the author's blog.
• Jeff VanderMeer first blogged about the novel before it was published. More recently, Strange Horizons interviewed the author, and Amazon.com listed the book among its top 10 SF & fantasy titles of 2009.
Publishers Weekly's review was mixed: "The mix of grimmer-than-Grimm fairy tale tropes, spaghetti Western dialogue ('Yeah, can't suffer no traitorous churls to keep on bein traitorous') and medieval history is striking and often funny, but..."

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* Chadbourn, Mark : The Silver Skull
(Pyr 978-1-59102-783-6, $16, 424pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover illustration Chris McGrath)

Historical fantasy novel, first book in the "Swords of Albion", set in Elizabethan England, about spy Will Swyfte and an ongoing Cold War with the forces of Faerie.
• Pyr's website has this description, with quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review noted, "Graphic presentations of tortures from the rack to waterboarding recall contemporary issues in national security, carefully contextualized with Swyfte's dilemmas of personal versus professional codes."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "The Silver Skull has such an array of complex characters, deeply involved in their interesting times and guarding so many painful memories and secrets, there's something here for anyone who wants more than a bunch of cardboard figures going through the motions while the body count keeps rising."

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* Fitzmon, Penni : Earth Girls Are Deadly
(Tuppshar Press 978-0-9823216-2-1, $5.95, 91pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

SF novella about combatants in an interstellear war whose battle comes to Earth, threatening the innocence of young women in a California town.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Hamilton, Laurell K. : Divine Misdemeanors
(Ballantine 978-0-345-49596-9, $26, 333pp, hardcover, December 2009, jacket illustration Don Sipley)

Paranormal romance novel, eighth in the Meredith Gentry series following A Kiss of Shadows (2000), A Caress of Twilight (2002), Seduced by Moonlight (2004), A Stroke of Midnight (2005), Mistral's Kiss (2006), A Lick of Frost (2007), and Swallowing Darkness (2008), about a faerie princess/private eye.
• This book concerns a serial killer.
• The publisher's site has this description, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a review of the book by its author, and lopsidedly negative reader reviews.
Publishers Weekly rather liked it: "...Hamilton doesn't shy away from difficult real-world issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual abuse. Though newcomers will be lost, and mystery fans may feel the sex scenes crowd out the plot, veterans of the series will no doubt enjoy their return to Hamilton's meticulously constructed world."

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* Jones, Stephen, ed. : The Dead That Walk: Flesh-Eating Stories
(Ulysses Press 978-1-56975-737-6, $14.95, 308pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

Horror anthology of 24 mostly reprint stories about zombies.
• Authors include Michael Marshall Smith, Joe Hill, Richard Matheson & Richard Christian Matheson, H.P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, Robert E. Howard, Harlan Ellison, and Stephen King.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes the table of contents.

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+ Kirkpatrick, Russell : Beyond the Wall of Time
(Orbit 978-0316007177, $7.99, 682pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover illustration Steve Stone)

Fantasy novel, third book in "The Broken Man" series following Dark Heart and Path of Revenge, about Husk, a once-powerful magician planning his revenge.
• Orbit's website has this post about the publication of the book.
• The Australian edition was published in January; HarperCollins Australia's website has this description with a "Browse Inside" feature.
• The author's somewhat out of date website has this page of maps and diagrams for the series.

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* Mitchell, Karen Anne : Finding Words
(Tuppshar Press 978-0-9823216-1-4, $10.95, 173pp, trade paperback, October 2009)

SF novel about a young woman who's spent 20 years enslaved on the world of Vandhaqa, now free on Earth but choosing to return to the planet to confront her captors.
• The author's site has this description with two excerpts and a video.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also includes an excerpt.

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* Paul, Graham Sharp : The Battle of Devastation Reef
(Del Rey 978-0-345-51370-0, $7.99, 357pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover illustration Chris McGrath)

Military space opera novel, third in the Helfort's War series following The Battle at the Moons of Hell (2007) and The Battle of the Hammer Worlds (2008).
• In this book Lt. Michael Helfort leads a Federated dreadnought to find the secret antimatter warhead facility of the savage Hammer worlds.
• Del Rey's site has this description with a biography of the author.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Pelegrimas, Marcus : Howling Legion
(Eos 978-0-06-146306-8, $7.99, 356pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover art Larry Rostant)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the "Skinners" series following Blood Blade (Feb. 2009), about a video game designer who discovers that monsters of the night -- vampires, werewolves, shape-shifting monsters -- are real, and who becomes a member of a secret society devoted to fighting them.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Browse and Buy" function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Summers, Jordan : Crimson
(Tor 978-0-765-35916-2, $6.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, November 2009, cover art Chris McGrath)

SF/fantasy/thriller romance novel, third in the "Dead World" series following Red (2008) and Scarlet (June 2009), about two law enforcement officers, accused of crimes they did not commit, who flee society to become werewolves in a No Man's Land of outcasts and nomads.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.

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* Takami, Koushun : Battle Royale: The Novel
(Haikasoru 978-1-4215-2772-7, $16.99, 12+608pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

SF novel set in a totalitarian Japan in which junior high school students are taken to a desert island, given weapons, and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left.
• This is a revised translation of an earlier English language edition; the Japanese original was published in 1999, and was made into a feature film. This edition has a foreword by Max Allan Collins.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Turtledove, Harry : Liberating Atlantis
(Roc 978-0-451-46296-1, $25.95, 440pp, hardcover, December 2009, jacket art Steve Stone)

Alternate history novel, third in a series following Opening Atlantis (2007) and The United States of Atlantis (2008), about the 15th century European discovery of a continent located between Europe and the east coast of Terranova (North America).
• The publisher's site has this description.

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* Waters, Sarah : The Little Stranger
(Riverhead 978-1-59448-880-1, $26.95, 466pp, hardcover, April 2009)

Fantasy/horror novel, a haunted house story set in post-World War II Britain, about Hundreds Hall, a declining Georgian residence occupied by the Ayres family, where country physician Dr. Faraday returns 30 years after visiting at age 10.
• Published earlier this year, the novel came to attention with its Man Booker Prize nomination and with Stephen King's selection of the book as his #1 ranking Top 10 Books of 2009. King wrote "This is a terrifying, engrossing ghost story set in the English countryside not long after World War II, but it's so much more. Although told in straightforward prose, this is a deeply textured and thoughtful piece of work. Several sleepless nights are guaranteed."
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review -- "a stunning haunted house tale whose ghosts are as horrifying as any in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House" -- the Washington Post review by Ron Charles, and its "Look Inside" feature including an excerpt.

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* Wright, S. L. : Confessions of a Demon
(Roc 978-0-451-46232-9, $7.99, 339pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)

Urban fantasy novel about Allay, a human/demon hybrid and bar owner, who gets caught up in a clan war between humans and demons in New York City.
• The author also publishes as Susan Wright; her website has a description of this book with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
mid December 2009

posted 27 December 2009




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.

* = first edition
+ = 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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