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2009 Directories




 

Anderson, Taylor : Crusade
(Roc 978-0-451-46257-2, $7.99, 395pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Roc, October 2008)

Alternate history SF novel, second in the "Destroyermen" trilogy following Into the Storm (2008) and followed by Maelstrom (2009), about a World War II US battleship transported back in time to an era when two intelligent dinosaur species are fighting a war.
• Amazon's "look inside" feature includes an excerpt.

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Blaylock, James P. : The Knights of the Cornerstone
(Ace 978-0-441-01788-1, $7.99, 287pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Ace, December 2008)

Fantasy novel about a cartoonist who visits his relatives in an isolated California desert town, New Cyprus, home of the mysterious Knights of the Cornerstone.
• It's the author's first novel in nine years, since The Rainy Season (1999). The author's website has his description.
• Faren Miller's review in Locus Magazine said, "The Knights of the Cornerstone combines modern action-adventure (phone taps, guns, vehicle chases and arson) with metaphysics, magic, and even a bit of nicely non-sappy romance. From start to finish, it's a delight."

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Marillier, Juliet : Heir to Sevenwaters
(Roc 978-0-451-46263-3, $7.99, 398pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Roc, November 2008)

Fantasy novel set in the land of the author's Sevenwaters trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy), in which Clodagh, daughter of the lord of Sevenwaters, and her cousin Cathal attempt to rescue a human child replaced by a changeling.
• The author's site has this description with covers of the US, UK, and Australian editions.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Marillier's gripping tale of adventure and enduring love bobbles slightly at the start, mostly due to Clodagh's modern attitude and cadence, but slides quickly and assuredly into a grand tale of ancient Erin."

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McDevitt, Jack : The Devil's Eye
(Ace 978-0-441-01785-0, $7.99, 374pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Ace, November 2008)

SF novel concerning interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath, fourth in the series following A Talent for War (1989), Polaris (2004), and Nebula Award winner Seeker (2005).
• This book concerns a mysterious message from a popular horror writer -- "They're all dead" -- and a remote planet threatened by a catastrophe suppressed by local bureaucrats.
• Russell Letson's review last year in Locus Magazine said, "McDevitt is working familiar SF territory -- playing with effects of scale -- but without the outsized heroic figures and shiny city-of-the-future movie sets of the pulps. There is heroic action (Chase in particular does some pretty snazzy stunt work and comes in for some well-deserved lionizing by the end), but it doesn't feel that way from inside the hero. The big show, McDevitt seems to be saying, is Out There, and we should remember that we're just playing the lounge."

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Meluch, R. M. : Strength and Honor
(DAW 978-0-7564-0578-6, $7.99, 402pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: DAW, November 2008)

Military SF novel, fourth in the series about the USS Merrimack, in a 25th century with American and Roman interstellar empires battling an alien threat called the Hive, following The Myriad (2005), Wolf Star (2006), and The Sagittarius Command (2007).
• In this book the Roman forces declare war against the US, and the Hive renews its invasion.
• The author's website has this excerpt.

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : The Lord-Protector's Daughter
(Tor 978-0-7653-6138-7, $7.99, 292pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Tor, November 2008)

Fantasy novel, a stand-alone novel in the author's Corean Chronicles and final book in the series, following Legacies (2002), Darknesses (2003), Scepters (2004), Alector's Choice (2005), and Cadmian's Choice (2006).
• It concerns the daughter of the Lord-Protector of Lanachrona who discovers an embezzlement plot and struggles to save her father and her land.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.

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Somers, Jeff : The Electric Church
(Orbit US 978-0316053938, $7.99, 371pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Orbit US, September 2007)

SF thriller, the author's first novel, about a bodyguard assigned to assassinate the head of the Electric Church, which converts people by turning them into cyborgs.
• Website www.the-electric-church.com is, according to the publisher's blog, "a front for the actual Electric Church that purports to be an 'official' book site"...
• Two sequels have been published: The Digital Plague (2008), and The Eternal Prison (2009).

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Turtledove, Harry : The Breath of God
(Tor 978-0-7653-5639-0, $7.99, 396pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Tor, December 2008)

Alternate history novel, second in the series following Beyond the Gap (2007), in which the last Ice Age overlaps humanity's Bronze age.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• The next book in the series, The Golden Shrine, was just published in hardcover.

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Wolfe, Gene : An Evil Guest
(Tor 978-0-7653-2134-3, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Tor, September 2008)

Supernatural horror novel about an actress, a private detective, and a rich man who's visited a human colony on an alien planet.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's "signature review" by Caitlin Kiernan: "It succeeds by tumbling from unexpected world to unexpected world, from one grand absurdity to another, from one choreographed dance scene to the next, without ever missing a beat."
Locus reviews editor Jonathan Strahan posted his reaction last year: "simply the most enjoyable Gene Wolfe novel I've ever read."

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Zahn, Timothy : Odd Girl Out
(Tor 978-0-7653-5670-3, $7.99, 379pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Tor, September 2008)

SF novel, third in a series following Night Train to Rigel (2005) and The Third Lynx (2007), about interstellar private investigator Frank Compton. In this book Compton is framed for murder.
• Tor's site has this description with an excerpt.

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New in Paperback: November 2009

posted 21 November 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).

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