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November
Taylor Anderson
James P. Blaylock
Juliet Marillier
Jack McDevitt
R.M. Meluch
L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Jeff Somers
Harry Turtledove
Gene Wolfe
Timothy Zahn

October
Piers Anthony
Orson Scott Card
Brenda Cooper
William C. Dietz
David Drake
William Drinkard
Sylvia Louise Engdahl
David Farland
Barb Hendee
Stephen King
Mercedes Lackey
Maria Lima
Richard Matheson
Dennis L. McKiernan
Andy Remic

2009 Directories




 

Baxter, Stephen : Navigator
(Ace 978-0-441-01800-0, $7.99, 355pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, July 2007)

Historical SF novel, third in the "Time's Tapestry" saga, following Emperor and Conqueror, concerning mysterious prophecies that may be manipulating the course of history.
• This volume concerns war against Islam and the voyage of Christopher Columbus.
• The fourth volume, Weaver, is due in paperback in March.
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine noted that "Whereas Asimov took the Roman Empire and neatly if unsubtly transformed it into SF, Baxter is taking SF and transforming it right back into the Roman Empire - or at least the long history of Roman and post-Roman Britain."

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Beckett, Galen : The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
(Spectra 978-0-553-59255-9, $15, 498pp, trade paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, August 2008)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, set in an alternate England, about a young woman who becomes governess at a country estate while pursuing a cure for her magician father.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman's review last year in Locus Magazine called it a "striking fantasy, a mix of Victorian gothic and Regency comedy of manners" and an "extraordinarily accomplished first novel".

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Butcher, Jim : Princeps' Fury
(Ace 978-0-441-01796-6, $9.99, 622pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Ace, December 2008)

Fantasy novel, fifth in the "Codex Alera" following Furies of Calderon (2004), Academ's Fury (2005), Cursor's Fury (2006), and Captain's Fury (2007), set in a realm where adults have bonds with magical spirits that provide defenses and talents.
• The latest book in the series, First Lord's Fury, was published in December.
• The author's website has this page about the book.

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Graham, Jo : Black Ships
(Orbit US 978-0-316-06799-7, $7.99, 458pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: Orbit US, March 2008)

Historical fantasy novel, based on Virgil's The Aeneid, about an oracle whose vision of black ships fleeing a city leads her on a journey with survivors of Wilusa (Troy) to found a new city. It's the author's first novel.
• The publisher's site has this excerpt.
• Faren Miller's review last year in Locus Magazine concluded, "What lifts Black Ships above standard tales of magically touched people in something like olden times is its vivid sense of place and era, true even when it raises echoes contemporary issues... There's food for thought here, as well as emotional depth and a refreshingly different approach to a legend we only thought we knew."

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Gustainis, Justin : Evil Ways
(UK: Solaris 978-1-84416-766-1, £7.99, 444pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)

Fantasy novel, second in a series about occult investigator Quincey Morris and his witch consultant Libby Chastain, following Black Magic Woman.
• This book concerns murders of witches and murders of children.
• The first edition was published in January 2009.
• The author has a brief description on his website.

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Kratman, Tom : Carnifex
(Baen 978-1-416-59150-4, $7.99, 920pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: Baen, November 2007)

Military SF novel, sequel to A Desert Called Peace, about a colonel on an Earthlike planet 500 years from now, who vows to destroy terrorists who have killed his family.
• Baen's site has this description and links to excerpts.
• Amazon has mostly 5-star reader reviews.

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Meaney, John : Black Blood
(Spectra 978-0-553-59096-8, $15, 374pp, trade paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, March 2008)

Dark fantasy novel, second in a series following Bone Song (2008), about a zombie policeman in the city of Tristopolis.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "The politics and police procedure mix well with a virtual deluge of macabre imagery and symbolism to create a fast-moving and satisfying noir gothic fantasy."

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Oppegaard, David : The Suicide Collectors
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-58650-8, $14.99, 294pp, trade paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: St. Martin's Press, December 2008)

Near-future SF novel about a plague of ennui, "The Despair", that has caused nearly 90% of humanity to commit suicide.
• It's the author's first novel.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The author's website also has quotes from reviews, plus a bio, links to interviews, and a link to the author's blog.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review: "Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaar's astonishing debut..."

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Patton, Fiona : The Golden Tower
(DAW 978-0-7564-0577-9, $7.99, 389pp, mass market paperback, November 2009)
(First edition: DAW, November 2008)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Warriors of Estavia" series following The Silver Lake (2005), about three children of prophecy in Anavatan, the city of the Silver Lake.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Ringo, John, & Travis B. Taylor : Claws that Catch
(Baen 978-1-439-13313-2, $7.99, 487pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: Baen, November 2008)

SF novel, fourth in the Looking Glass sequence following Into the Looking Glass (2005), Vorpal Blade (2007), and Manxome Foe (2008).
• In this book the ship Vorpal Blade II confronts a new alien menace.
• Baen's site has this description -- "Great Ideas! Cool Space Ships! Evil Alien Butt Blasted to Smithereens!" -- and links to several chapters.

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Turtledove, Harry : The United States of Atlantis
(Roc 978-0-451-46258-9, $7.99, 468pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: Roc, December 2008)

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

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New in Paperback: December 2009

posted 25 February 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).

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