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late February
Robert Jackson Bennett
David Edelman
Daniel Fox
Kris Greene
Ed Greenwood
C.J. Henderson
Joe Hill
N.K. Jemisin
Graham Joyce
James Knapp
Robert McCammon
Lisa Morton
Christopher Rowley

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

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Bear, Elizabeth : Chill
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59108-8, $7.99, 310pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover art Philip Lee Harvey)

SF novel, sequel to Dust (2008), about the generation starship Jacob's Ladder, now damaged and again fleeing through space.
• Bantam's site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly's review said "Bear enhances the usual generation ship themes -- social amnesia, decaying infrastructure, and mission-threatening grand calamities -- with enough new flourishes, including a biotechnology-based class system and cruel experiments based on misapprehensions of Darwin, to keep readers happily engaged."

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* Benson, Amber : Cat's Claw
(Ace 978-0-441-01843-7, $7.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, March 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, sequel to Death's Daughter (2009), about Calliope Reaper-Jones, the immortal human daughter of Death, living in New York City.
• The author is also an actress, known for work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has cowritten several earlier novels with Christopher Golden and others. (Wikipedia)
Publishers Weekly calls the book "slow-moving" but also says "Callie bounces from twist to twist as she explores Benson's richly imagined world, where multiple mythologies blend, and the afterlife is run as a corporation. The chick lit voice gets its share of laughs..."

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* Bishop, Anne : Shalador's Lady
(Roc 978-0-451-46315-9, $24.95, 476pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket painting Larry Rostant)

Supernatural fantasy romance novel, eighth in the "Black Jewels" series, following The Shadow Queen (2009).
• The author's website has this description of the book with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Faithful fans will cheer to find Lady Cassidy at last on track to a happy ending."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "I occasionally wished someone would just slap Cassidy and tell her to stand up for herself, but then there wouldn't have been much of a story, and it's too much fun watching the various characters finally figure out what's going on and do something about it."

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* Brockmeier, Kevin, ed. : Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy, Volume 3
(Underland Press 978-0-9802260-8-9, $14.95, 16+318pp, trade paperback, February 2010, cover illustration John Coulthart)

Anthology of 20 fantasy stories first published in 2008, third volume in the series with series editor Matthew Cheney, whose first two volumes were edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer.
• The series blog announces forthcoming guest editors, and a new series editor, and the complete table of contents and recommended reading from this volume.
• Stories in this volume are by Peter S. Beagle, Jeffrey Ford, John Kessel, Stephen King, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lisa Goldstein, and others.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "What really seems striking is how some of these writers seem to regard the fantastic as a conceit, while others (King among them) view it as a premise". Wolfe concludes that some writers want "to make art, some to make tales, and some to do both. Fantasy, in Brockmeier's eclectic view, can accommodate it all."

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+ Fisher, Catherine : Incarceron
(Dial 978-0-8037-3396-1, $17.99, 442pp, hardcover, January 2010, jacket art Samuel Jr. Yuen) First US edition (UK: Hodder Children's Books, May 2007)

Young adult SF novel, first of a series, set in a vast future prison where society's malcontents are kept locked in primitive utopian society.
• The author's site has a synopsis with background on the book's inspiration, and an extract.
• Amazon names it one of the Best Books of the Month for February, with a review by Anne Bartholomew: "Fans of Garth Nix and Suzanne Collins will take to this epic, twisty fantasy instantly, but it's also the kind of book that will draw in the most hesitant fantasy reader."
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Complex and inventive, with numerous and rewarding mysteries, this tale is certain to please."

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* Flint, Eric, & K. D. Wentworth : The Crucible of Empire
(Baen 978-1-4391-3338-5, $25, 428pp, hardcover, March 2010, cover illustration Bob Eggleton)

SF novel, sequel to the same authors' The Course of the Empire (2003), about humans, the Jao, their alien conquerors, and the Ekhat, a race that threatens both.
• Baen's site has this page with links to several chapter excerpts.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Greatshell, Walter : Xombies: Apocalypticon
(Ace 978-0-441-01845-1, $7.99, 308pp, mass market paperback, February 2010, cover art Cliff Nielsen)

Zombie novel, third in a series following Xombies (2003) and Xombies: Apocalypse Blues (2009), about survivors of a zombie-making plague, who've taken refuge aboard a submarine, now scavanging for supplies.
• The author's site has descriptions of the books and a blog.

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* Green, Chris Marie : Deep in the Woods
(Ace 978-0-441-01820-8, $15, 310pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover art Larry Rostant)

Urban fantasy vampire novel, sixth in the Vampire Babylon series following Night Rising (2007), Midnight Reign (2008), Break of Dawn (2008), A Drop of Red (2009), and Path of Razors (2009), about a Hollywood stuntwoman battling L.A. vampires.
• Series website http://www.vampirebabylon.com/ has this excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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* Harrison, Kim : Black Magic Sanction
(Eos 978-0-06-113803-4, $25.99, 487pp, hardcover, March 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in the "Hollows" series about bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan, following Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, and White Witch, Black Curse.
• Eos' website has this description with an audio excerpt and a "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "This thrill ride celebrates the can-do spirit of one of urban fantasy's most charming witches."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Holzner, Nancy : Deadtown
(Ace 978-0-441-01813-0, $7.99, 326pp, mass market paperback, January 2010, cover art Don Sipley)

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about shape-shifter Victory Vaughn fighting demons in an alternate Boston.
• The author's website has this page about the book with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "This fun and facile tale would be a great beach read if it weren't coming out in the middle of the winter" -- and lots of reader reviews.

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* Kane, Stacia : Demon Possessed
(Pocket Books/Juno 978-1-4391-6761-8, $7.99, 321pp, mass market paperback, March 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Personal Demons (2008) and Demon Inside (2009), about a radio talk show host who promises to slay her listeners' "personal demons".
• Juno's site has this description with extracts from reviews, an excerpt, and a recipe for peanut butter cake.

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* Marmell, Ari : The Conqueror's Shadow
(Spectra 978-0-553-80776-9, $26, 432pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket illustration Larry Rostant)

Dark fantasy novel about an evil overlord, Corvis Rabaine, who years after he's retired is threatened by a new would-be conqueror, Audriss.
• The author is a veteran of the gaming industry. His website has a description of the book with excerpts from reviews.
• Spectra's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "breezy adventure" and which concludes "The result is an amusing adventure pitting an only somewhat amoral sociopath and his legion of morally compromised friends against an army set on conquest and a genuinely evil villain whose ambitions threaten the world itself."

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* McGuire, Seanan : A Local Habitation
(DAW 978-0-7564-0596-0, $7.99, 377pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series about October Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author's debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), which is on Locus's 2009 Recommended Reading List.
• The author's website has this description of the book, with a sample chapter, and excerpts from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "a fast-paced cross between a murder mystery and a slasher film, liberally spiked with magic and technology"; the review concludes, "the world-building is solid, the storytelling energetic, and the atmosphere sinister as mythological creatures face off against mad scientists".

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* Pehov, Alexey : Shadow Prowler
(Tor 978-0-765-32403-0, $24.99, 396pp, hardcover, February 2010, jacket art Kekai Kotaki)

Epic fantasy novel, first of a trilogy and first published in Russia in 2002, about a legendary thief in pursuit of a magic Horn that will restore peace to his kingdom.
• Tor's website has this description with a video trailer and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a Booklist review by Rebecca Gerber, which notes issues with translation and/or point of view, but concludes "Those who like fantasy novels offering ogres, elves, undead creatures, wizards, and the like joined in an epic quest will be delighted once they get past the inconsistent narration, for such genre fodder as pitched battles are described so well that they seem to unfold before one's eyes."

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* Rabe, Jean, & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. : Timeshares
(DAW 978-0-7564-0615-8, $7.99, 306pp, mass market paperback, March 2010)

Anthology of 19 original stories about vacations via time travel.
• Authors include Kevin J. Anderson, Greg Cox, Michael A. Stackpole, Gene DeWeese, Jody Lynn Nye, and Kelly Swails.

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* Sniegoski, Thomas E. : Where Angels Fear to Tread
(Roc 978-0-451-46314-2, $14, 288pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover art Gene Mollica)

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series about Remy Chandler, a private investigator who's an angel on Earth in human form, following A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (2008) and Dancing on the Head of a Pin (2009).
• In this book Chandler investigates a missing girl with preternatural gifts.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "pedestrian", and several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Steele, Allen : Coyote Destiny
(Ace 978-0-441-01821-5, $25.95, 336pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket art Ron Miller)

SF novel, subtitled "A Novel of Interstellar Civilization" and second book in the Coyote Chronicles following Coyote Horizon (2009). These books follow Steele's original trilogy (Coyote, Coyote Rising, and Coyote Frontier) about colonists from Earth settling a planet in the 47 Ursae Majoris system, and two other novels set in the Coyote universe, Spindrift and Galaxy Blues.
• In this book a vessel from Earth arrives, bringing good news and bad news.
• Tor.com has this review by Mark Graham about the book, which calls it "perhaps the best space-colonization series ever".

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* Strout, Anton : Dead Matter
(Ace 978-0-441-01844-4, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover art Don Sipley)

Urban fantasy novel, third in the "Simon Canderous" series following Dead to Me (2008) and Deader Still (2009), about an agent of New York City's Department of Extraordinary Affairs who has the ability to divine the history of an object by touching it.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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+ Tchaikovsky, Adrian : Empire in Black and Gold
(Pyr 978-1-61614-192-9, $16, 415pp, trade paperback, March 2010, cover illustration Jon Sullivan) First US edition (UK: Macmillan/Tor UK, July 2008)

Fantasy novel, first in the "Shadows of the Apt" series, the author's first novel, about a peaceful Lowlands threatened by the hungry Wasp Empire.
• Pyr's website has this description with some sample chapters.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which notes the familiar fantasy elements: "Tchaikovsky exercises considerable talent in assembling these well-worn pieces into a new puzzle, developing an interesting story and world with humor and skillful prose."

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* Thurman, Rob : Roadkill
(Roc 978-0-451-46319-7, $7.99, 333pp, mass market paperback, March 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in the "Cal Leandros" series following Nightlife (2006), Moonshine (2007), Madhouse (2008), and Deathwish (2009), set in a New York City inhabited by various preternatural beings.
• The author's website has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has numerous enthusiastic reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
1st week March 2010

posted 14 March 2010




Opening lines:

From eighty kilometers, Starbridge Earth was a small silver ring floating at its Lagrange point near the Moon, its surface reflecting the light of the distant sun. A portal to the galaxy, it seemed as if it were impatiently waiting for the stars to wake up and take notice.




Opening lines:

Night is the best time for my kind. When I appear in the street, ordinary people have long been asleep in their warm, soft beds. Old drunks out drinking late won't brave the city's impenetrable darkness. No, they would rather spend an uncomfortable night in a tavern.




Opening lines:

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But ... that is not what great ships are built for.




Opening lines:

Finn had been flung on his face and chained to the stone slabs of the transitway. His arms, spread wide, were weighted with links so heavy he could barely drag his wrists off the ground. He couldn't raise his chest to get enough air. He lay exhausted, the stone icy against his cheek.




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