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mid December
Jesse Bullington
Mark Chadbourn
Penni Fitzmon
Laurell K. Hamilton
Stephen Jones
Russell Kirkpatrick
Karen Anne Mitchell
Graham Sharp Paul
Marcus Pelegrimas
Jordan Summers
Koushun Takami
Harry Turtledove
Sarah Waters
S.L. Wright

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

2009 Directories




 

* Aronovitz, Michael : Seven Deadly Pleasures
(Hippocampus Press 978-0-9824296-0-0, $15, 247pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

Collection of 7 stories of "contemporary weird fiction". Three stories were previously published; the other four are original to this book.
• S.T. Joshi provides an introduction.
• The publisher's site has this order page with the cover description and blurbs.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.

(Sat 26 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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+ Barclay, James : Nightchild
(Pyr 978-1-59102-785-0, $16, 403pp, trade paperback, November 2009, cover illustration Sam Hadley)

Fantasy novel, third book in the "Chronicles of the Raven" following Dawnthief and Noonshade, about a group of six men and an elf who hire out as mercenaries in the ongoing wars in Balaia.
• Pyr's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The author's website has this description, with an extract.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Barclay's characters have matured and aged since their first adventure, and while the cinematic and violent battle scenes will likely be the primary draw, readers will also get a few lessons about how would-be heroes handle obligations to family and friends."

(Tue 29 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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+ Barclay, James : Noonshade
(Pyr 978-1-59102-782-9, $16, 421pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover illustration Sam Hadley)

Fantasy novel, second book in the "Chronicles of the Raven" following Dawnthief, about a group of six men and an elf who hire out as mercenaries in the ongoing wars in Balaia.
• Pyr's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The author's website has this description, with an extract.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Despite RPG-style dialogue and fantasy standards like supercilious elves and imperious dragons, Barclay's novel arcana, such as a cadre of warriors with shared souls, are mostly enough to keep readers intrigued."

(Tue 29 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Card, Orson Scott : Hidden Empire
(Macmillan Audio 978-1-4272-0777-7, $39.99, CD, December 2009)

Audiobook edition of Card's novel sequel to Empire (2006), set in the aftermath of a US civil war between the right and the left. In this book, the US quarantines all of Africa as it's affected by a new plague.
• The hardcover edition (not yet seen) was published in December by Tor, whose website has this description with an excerpt.
• Card's website has this description with an excerpt.

(Tue 15 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Clore, Dan : Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon
(Hippocampus Press 978-0-9824296-4-8, $25, 568pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

Dictionary of words found in the work of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and other writers, together with derivations and citations of usages by earlier and later authors.
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description and author bio.
• Amazon has a reader review by W.H. Pugmire.

(Sat 26 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* de Lint, Charles : Muse and Reverie
(Tor 978-0-7653-2340-8, $25.99, 350pp, hardcover, December 2009, jacket art John Jude Palencar)

Collection of 13 stories, all previously published (from 2001 to 2007), set in Newford, the artist city setting of numerous de Lint stories and novels.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The author's website has this description with the complete table of contents and original publication sources.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, concluding "The endings often contain twists worthy of O. Henry. These clever, frightening, wise and entertaining stories are an excellent introduction to de Lint's writing and imagination, and will also provide longtime fans a welcome return to Newford."

(Wed 23 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Harvey, Colin : Winter Song
(UK: Angry Robot 978-0-00-732101-8, £7.99, 428pp, mass market paperback, October 2009)

SF adventure novel about a spaceman who crashes on a remote planet occupied by savage descendants of a Viking race.
• This UK edition is the first book seen by Locus Online from new HarperCollins SF imprint Angry Robot Books, which began publishing in the UK and Australia in July 2009 and will begin publishingin the US in May 2010; its current schedule is here.
• The publisher's site has this description of the book with excerpts from several reviews.
• Amazon has several somewhat mixed reader reviews.

(Wed 30 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon • (Directory Entry)

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* Hayes, Erica : Shadowfae
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-57800-8, $14.99, 277pp, trade paperback, October 2009, cover illustration Craig White)

Urban fantasy novel set in Melbourne, the author's first novel, about succubus Jade and incubus Rajah, both enslaved by a demon lord, whose struggle to escape is complicated by falling in love.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The author's site has this page for the book with links to an excerpt, a playlist, and a trailer.
• Amazon has mostly-positive reader reviews and the mixed Publishers Weekly review: "The numerous erotic scenes are compellingly emotional and intense, and are perfectly in place as a plot about sexual predators develops. Urban fantasy readers will love the atmosphere..."

(Mon 21 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Light, Claire : Slightly Behind and to the Left
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-35-5, $12, 87pp, chp, December 2009)

Collection of seven stories, subtitled "Four Stories & Three Drabbles", with an afterword by the author.
• The publisher's site has a description with an excerpt from the lead story, "Vacation".
• The author's blog is SeeLight.

(Thu 24 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Roden, Barbara : Northwest Passages
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-205-4, $24.95, 254pp, hardcover, November 2009)

Collection of 10 horror stories, two stories original to this book, the others first published from 2004 to 2009.
• The author, best known as an editor, has won two World Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker specialty press award. The title story of this book, "Northwest Passage", was a World Fantasy Award nominee.
• Michael Dirda provides an introduction.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Readers with a taste for deftly executed tales of subtle horror will welcome Roden's fine debut story collection..."

(Tue 22 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Small Beer Press : A Working Writer's Daily Planner 2010
(Small Beer Press 978-193152058-4, $13.95, 136pp, spiral, January 2010)

Spiral-bound 2010 calendar and planner, with right-hand pages containing readering lists, author spotlights, descriptions of story competitions and fellowship opportunities, etc.
• The publisher's site has this description with a PDF sample.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" includes samples of the first few pages.

(Mon 28 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Taylor, Travis S. : One Good Soldier
(Baen 978-1-4391-3316-3, $23, 297pp, hardcover, December 2009, cover by Kurt Miller)

Military SF novel, third in a series following One Day on Mars (2007) and The Tau Ceti Agenda (2008).
• This book follows 24 hours in a single critical day in the history of the United States of the Sol System.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has a couple 5-star reader reviews.

(Wed 23 Dec 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Williams, Conrad A. : Decay Inevitable
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-748-7, £7.99, 411pp, mass market paperback, September 2009, cover art Dave McKean)

Dark fantasy novel about a failed experiment to unearth the secrets of the soul.
• Solaris' site has this description.

(Mon 23 Nov 2009) • Purchase this book from Amazon • (Directory Entry)

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New SF/F/H books:
late December 2009

posted 3 January 2010




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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