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early February
Eric Brown
Rachel Caine
Ellen Datlow
Mark Del Franco
Jennifer Estep
Seressia Glass
Greenberg & Hughes
Faith Hunter
William Jones
William Jones
Julie Kenner
James Lowder
Evan Mandery
Miyuki Miyabe
Laura Resnick
Michael Shea
Sherman & Cragg
S. Andrew Swann
Lavie Tidhar
Connie Willis

late January
Carol Berg
Michael Bowers
Bradley & Ross
Laura Bynum
Paul Chafe
Steven Erikson
Flint & Freer
Hendee & Hendee
C.J. Henderson
Rich Horton
Charlie Huston
Fiona McIntosh
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Mike Resnick
Margaret Ronald
Timothy Zahn

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

+ Deas, Stephen : The Adamantine Palace
(Roc 978-0-451-46313-5, $24.95, 368pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket illustration Stephen Youll) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, March 2009)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, set in a land where dragons are violent creatures subdued into servitude by human masters.
• The author's website has this page for the book with links to an excerpt, a trailer, and a map.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Deas's dragons provide fitful shuddery glimpses into alien minds..."
• First published last year in the UK, the book is one this year's Locus Recommended Reading List.

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* Freeman, Lorna : Shadows Past
(Roc 978-0-451-46322-7, $7.99, 391pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

Fantasy novel, third in the Borderlands series following Covenants (2004) and The King's Own (2006), about an heir to the king, learning to use magic.
• The author blogs at www.lornafreeman.com
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the January issue of Locus Magazine: "It takes too long for people to realize they're being manipulated by magic, but figuring out who's behind it is a fun (if rather overcomplicated) mystery, with lots of surprising secrets being revealed, including one really big one that will thrill those who've followed the series from the start."

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+ Hobb, Robin : Dragon Keeper
(Eos 978-0-06-156162-7, $26.99, 13+474pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket illustration Steve Stone) First US edition (UK: Voyager, June 2009)

Fantasy novel, first in the "Rain Wild Chronicles" set in the same world as her Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies. It concerns a group of debilitated dragons, rejected by human culture, setting out to find their ancient home.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Hobb's meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore."
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Hoyt, Sarah A. : Darkship Thieves
(Baen 978-1-4391-3317-0, $16, 370pp, trade paperback, January 2010, cover art Allan Pollack)

Space opera romance novel about an Earth ruler's daughter who escapes a kidnapping attempt and takes refuge with a legendary darkship thief.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.
• Amazon has over a dozen 5-star reader reviews.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: "The basic plot is rather predictable, harking back to things like pirate adventures and Robin Hood, but it's good fun watching it play out in this SF setting, with lots of action to keep things moving."

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* Hunt, Brian J., ed. : The Outlandish Art of Mahlon Blaine
(GB Graphics 978-0-578-04385-2, $39.99, 451pp, trade paperback, December 2009)

Art book of black & white illustrations by an artist who was prolific in children's books, mainstream magazines, and erotic portfolios from the 1920s to the early '30s.
• Fantastic subjects include books by Edgar Rice Burroughs and William Beckford.
• There are introductions by Gerry de la Ree and Richard Lupoff.
• Not available from Amazon; see http://www.mahlonblaine.com/ for a description, samples of work that didn't make it into the volume, and ordering information.

(Sat 13 Feb 2010) • (Directory Entry)

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+ Millar, Martin : Ruby and the Stone Age Diet
(Soft Skull Press 978-1-59376-232-2, $13.95, 152pp, trade paperback, December 2009, cover art Maya Hayuk)

Fantasy novel about a man, haunted by spirits, whose girlfriend encourages him to live on a Stone Age diet.
• The novel was first published in 1989 in the UK by Fourth Estate. Martin Millar is better known by his pseudonym, Martin Scott, author of the Thraxas novels, the first of which won a World Fantasy Award in 2000.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a brief excerpt.

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* Prentiss, Alex : Night Tides
(Bantam 978-0-553-59297-9, $7.99, 308pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

Paranormal thriller, the author's first novel, about a Wisconsin woman whose special communion with the spirits of the lake where she almost drowned is used by police to help solve crimes.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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+ Redick, Robert V. S. : The Ruling Sea
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50885-0, $27, 616pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket illustration Craig Howell)

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Red Wolf Conspiracy (2009), about the giant merchant ship Chathrand, which possesses a powerful weapon sought by a wizard trying to destroy humanity.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the book "features enough plot twists and double-crosses to satisfy the most demanding lover of suspense."

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* Ringo, John : Live Free or Die
(Baen 978-1-4391-3332-3, $26, 404pp, hardcover, February 2010, cover by Kurt Miller)

SF novel, first of a three-book series, about a New England entrepeneur who exploits alien Horvath's taste for maple syrup to defend Earth against their domination.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Ringo imbues this near-future epic with a somewhat self-indulgent air, mixing lengthy and sometimes interminable discussions of science and economics with do-or-die action." -- and reader reviews.

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* Simmons, Dan : Black Hills
(Little Brown/Reagan Arthur Books 978-0-316-00698-9, $25.99, 487pp, hardcover, February 2010)

Supernatural horror novel about Custer's Last Stand in 1876, in which Custer's ghost visits past and future via a 10-year-old Sioux warrior.
• The publisher's site has this description with links to a video and an audio excerpt.
• Subterranean Press will publish a limited edition hardcover.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which says Simmons "displays the impressive breath of his imagination in this historical novel with a supernatural slant. ... In his ability to create complex characters and pair them with suspenseful situations, Simmons stands almost unmatched among his contemporaries."

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* Snyder, Lucy A. : Spellbent
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51209-3, $7.99, 350pp, mass market paperback, December 2009, cover illustration Dan Dos Santos)

Urban fantasy novel, first of a trilogy and the author's first novel, about a young mage trying to rescue her lover after accidentally opening a portal to Hell.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review: "Snyder combines the best of Jim Butcher and T.A. Pratt in this wildly imaginative and intensely gripping urban fantasy trilogy launch."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "The novel's a weird mix overall, filling a basic urban dark fantasy framework with bent humor, bits of romance and sex, and some moments of crushing horror -- not for those with sensitive stomachs (especially the homunculi) but not explicitly gory, either. [A] a highly promising first novel."
• It's included on this year's Locus Recommended Reading List.

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* Straub, Peter : A Dark Matter
(Doubleday 978-0-385-51638-9, $26.95, 397pp, hardcover, February 2010)

Horror novel about the aftermath of an occult ceremony in which four high school friends were traumatized by a "wandering guru".
• The publisher's site has this description with a Browse function.
• Amazon has a book trailer, mixed reader reviews, and Publishers Weekly's starred review: "Brilliant in its orchestration and provocative in its speculations, this novel ranks as one of the finest tales of modern horror."
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, comparing it to an earlier draft of the same story now published by Subterranean Press as The Skylark (description from Subterranean). He calls this book "a powerful and eloquent crystallization of the ambitions of the modern horror story" and concludes that "The publication of the two together constitutes a major event in horror publishing this early in the 21st century."

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* Teppo, Mark : Heartland
(Night Shade Books 978-1597801553, $7.99, 427pp, mass market paperback, February 2010, cover by Chris McGrath)

Urban fantasy novel, second in "The Codex of Souls" following Lightbreaker (2008), about a man battling a secret society of magicians.
• Though Amazon still lists the originally-announced publication date of August 2009, the book just appeared this year. Night Shade's website has this description and order page.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Amazon's Omnivoracious blog just posted two essays by the author, On the Nature of Magick and On the Existence of Monsters.

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* West, Michelle : City of Night
(DAW 978-0-756-40598-4, $25.95, 624pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket painting Jody A. Lee)

Fantasy novel, second in "The House Wars" series following The Hidden City (2008), about a city besieged by worshippers of the Lord of the Hells.
• In this book, the den formed earlier by Jewel is joined by a farm boy named Angel.
• The author also writes books as Michelle Sagara; her website has a detailed bibliography, including her book review columns for F&SF. She blogs at Trying to Catch Up.
• Amazon has a brief description, and reader reviews.

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* Yolen, Jane, & Midori Snyder : Except the Queen
(Roc 978-0-451-46273-2, $23.95, 371pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket art Aleta Rafton)

YA urban fantasy novel about two fairies who are stripped of their magic and banished to Earth, where they befriend a tattooed girl and a homeless boy.
• Yolen's site has this background on the writing of the book, with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Unconventional narrative techniques and a full dose of magic and folklore give this urban fantasy a lyrical, mythic feel."

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New SF/F/H books:
mid February 2010

posted 5 March 2010




Opening lines:

Paha Sapa pulls his hand back sharply but not before he feels the rattlesnake-strike shock of the dying Wasicun's ghost leaping into his fingers and flowing up his arm and into his chest.




Opening lines:

I never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in discovering the truth about the darkships. You always get what you don't ask for.




Opening lines:

The great revelations of my adult life began with the shouts of a lost soul in my neighborhood breakfast joint.




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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