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mid February
Stephen Deas
Lorna Freeman
Robin Hobb
Sarah A. Hoyt
Brian J. Hunt
Martin Millar
Alex Prentiss
Robert V.S. Redick
John Ringo
Dan Simmons
Lucy A. Snyder
Peter Straub
Mark Teppo
Michelle West
Yolen & Snyder

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

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Bennett, Robert Jackson : Mr. Shivers
(Orbit US 978-0-316-05468-3, $19.99, 327pp, hardcover, January 2010)

Horror/dark fantasy novel about a man searching for his child's murderer during the Great Depression. It's the author's first novel.
• The author's blogs at Shuffling and Muttering, where several posts discuss the book and link to reviews. Orbit's site has excerpts from several reviews, and a chapter one excerpt.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review, which says the book reads "like a collaboration between Stephen King and John Steinbeck"; the review concludes, "Bennett makes dark fantasy feel like gritty realism, achieving a rare laconic eloquence that will captivate horror readers hungry for new voices."
• Adrienne Martini reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine, suggesting a similar Steinbeck/King comparison: "Mr. Shivers is a very American book - and unapologetic about being so. Bennett strides across the same dusty landscape as Steinbeck, where Hoovervilles and hoboes pock the countryside and violence is always imminent. ... Despite its darkness, it's a journey that is intriguing to take."

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* Edelman, David Louis : Geosynchron
(Pyr 978-1-59102-792-8, $16, 508pp, trade paperback, February 2010, cover by Stephan Martiniere)

SF novel, third in the "Jump 225" trilogy following Infoquake (2006) and MultiReal (2008), a cyberpunkish thriller about civil war that breaks out worldwide following the disappearance of the MultiReal technology to project possible futures.
• Pyr's website has this description with excerpts from reviews
• Series site http://www.multireal.net/ has this page for the book, with links to excerpts, audio/video, a glossary, timeline, etc.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Edelman does manage to bring his disparate threads together to create a coherent and even cohesive conclusion that's most accessible and satisfying to those who have read the earlier books."
• Paul Witcover reviews the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine: "This smart, idiosyncratic blend of cyberpunk, libertarian entrepreneurship, and social engineering will, I think, stand as a seminal work of 21st century SF."

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* Fox, Daniel : The Jade Man's Skin
(Del Rey 978-0-345-50304-6, $15, 419pp, trade paperback, March 2010)

Fantasy novel set in feudal China, second in a series following Dragon in Chains (2009).
• In this book, the once-chained dragon is now free, and threatens human civilization.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Readers who enjoyed Fox's delicate descriptions and leisurely prose will be thrilled to find more of the same, along with greater depth of story as the numerous characters are pulled together by schemes and destiny."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "...Fox does manage to bring it all together as a close-knit saga of love and war -- shaped by the supernatural aspects of jade, dragon and goddess without losing a sense of human character that many a mainstream writer might envy."

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* Greene, Kris : The Dark Storm
(St. Martin's Paperbacks 978-0-312-94422-3, $7.99, 302pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a New York City college kid who's recruited to fight a demonic war.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's site includes the same description, a biography, and a just-launched blog.

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* Greenwood, Ed : Falconfar
(Solaris 978-0-906735-61-6, $24.99, 369pp, hardcover, February 2010, cover art Jon Sullivan)

Fantasy novel, third in the Falconfar Saga following Dark Lord and Arch Wizard, about a fantasy writer lost inside a magical world that he created.
• Solaris' site has this description.

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* Henderson, C. J. : The Sleep that Rescues
(Elder Signs Press 978-1-934501-15-3, $14.95, 271pp, trade paperback, September 2009)

Fantasy novel about an occult detective, Teddy London, who needs to save the universe from a cat burglar who has access to its secrets.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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* Hill, Joe : Horns
(Morrow 978-0-06-114795-1, $25.99, 370pp, hardcover, March 2010)

Fantasy thriller about a man, Ig, who wakes up one morning to find horns sprouting from his forehead.
• The publisher's site has this description with an audio excerpt.
• The author's site has this page about the book with a chapter one and two excerpt.
• Amazon names it one of the Best Books of the Month for March, with a review by Daphne Durham: "Horns is a wickedly fun read, and reveals Hill's uncanny knack for creating alluring characters and a riveting plot."
Publishers Weekly calls it "compulsively readable" and concludes "Toggling between past and present, and incidents that range from the supernaturally surreal to the brutally realistic, Hill spins a story that's both morbidly amusing and emotionally resonant. The explanations for Ig's weird travails won't satisfy every reader, but few will dispute that Hill has negotiated the sophomore slump."

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* Jemisin, N. K. : The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
(Orbit 978-0-316-04391-5, $13.99, 412pp, trade paperback, February 2010)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first of a trilogy, about a teenaged girl who, after her mother's murder, is summoned to the capital city as a potential heir to the throne.
• The author's site has a description and links to several chapter excerpts.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "convoluted without being dense" and compares it to Roger Zelazny; "Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, calling it "a highly promising debut".

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+ Joyce, Graham : How to Make Friends with Demons
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-142-3, $14.95, 298pp, trade paperback, February 2010, cover art Mike Dringenberg) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, October 2008)

Psychological horror novel about a rare book forger who has the ability to see real demons.
• The books was first published in the UK as by William Heaney, the book's narrator, and was called The Memoirs of a Master Forger. It was included on the 2008 Locus Recommended Reading List.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Joyce effortlessly sustains multiple plot lines in smooth prose, by turns comic, philosophical and deeply terrifying."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in Locus Magazine, comparing it to the author's previous novels and concluding that it "is characterized by the same trademark prose, the same concerns with fantasy versus reality, and the same finely tuned and slightly off-balance characters. It's the sort of non-fantasy fantasy that Joyce readers will appreciate, the sort of writing that is increasingly coming to make genre irrelevant."

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* Knapp, James : State of Decay
(Roc 978-0-451-46310-4, $7.99, 370pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)

SF thriller/zombie novel, the author's first novel, about a future America in which the military uses undead 'revivors' -- people exempt from military service until after they die -- as soldiers.
• The author's site has this page about the book, plus links to a profile, interactive fiction, etc.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Knapp's writing is sharp and his fast and furious plot twists keep the pages turning. [F]ans of zombie fiction and readers looking for a good thrill will find it here."

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* McCammon, Robert : Mister Slaughter
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-276-4, $24.95, 445pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket illustration Vincent Chong)

Historical non-supernatural thriller, follow-up to Speaks the Nightbird (2002) and The Queen of Bedlam (2007), about 18th-century investigator Matthew Corbett. In this book Corbett takes an assignment to escort a mass murderer, Tyranthus Slaughter, from Philadelphia to New York City.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page with links to an excerpt and an interview.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "McCammon shows a sure hand balancing scenes of Matthew's quiet contemplation with the cold-blooded carnage that makes his quarry's name so appropriate."
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed the book in the December '09 issue of Locus Magazine: "Slaughter is as chillingly repellant as some of McCammon's supernatural villains, and the brutal murders he commits after his escape make for bracing reading... Readers who have enjoyed its two predecessors, or at the very least who are familiar with The Queen of Bedlam, will find this an entertaining continuation of what is becoming an increasingly imaginative genre-blending series."

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* Morton, Lisa : The Castle of Los Angeles
(Gray Friar Press 978-1-906331-15-3, $14, 178pp, trade paperback, February 2010, cover by Gary Fry)

Horror novel about a theatre director who takes over a Los Angeles artists' community, whose residence The Castle is haunted.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.
• The author's site has links to a first chapter excerpt at Scribd, and a book trailer at YouTube.

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* Rowley, Christopher : Pleasure Model: Netherworld, Book 1
(Tor/Heavy Metal Pulp 978-0-7653-2388-0, $14.99, 238pp, trade paperback, February 2010)

SF noir detective novel about a cop's investigation of a murder, whose only eye-witness is an illegal, gene-grown Pleasure Model.
• This book is first in Tor's new Heavy Metal Pulp line, "combining noir fiction with fantastic art featuring the themes, story lines, and graphic styles of Heavy Metal magazine."
• Tor's site has this description with a trailer and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which isn't impressed, and mostly positive reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
late February 2010

posted 5 March 2010




Opening lines:

Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke the next morning with a headache, put his hands to his temples, and felt something unfamiliar, a pair of knobby pointed protuberances.




Opening lines:

I am not as I once was. They have done this to me, broken me open and torn out my heart. I do not know who I am anymore.

I must try to remember.




Opening lines:

Margaret Surina is rejuvenated.

She hovers wraithlike in the thin membrane between existence and nothingness. Skin the olive tinge of the Indian subcontinent, robe a billowing tent of blue and green, fingers long and precise as praying mantises. Hair tar black but streaked with white, manifestation of the paradox behind those sapphire eyes.




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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+ = first US edition

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