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2nd week March
Ben Bova
Blake Charlton
David B. Coe
Ellen Datlow
Marianne De Pierres
Kate Griffin
Chohei Kambayashi
Kay Kenyon
Paul McAuley
Lisa McMann
Liane Merciel
Joel Shepherd
Jonathan Strahan
Tad Williams

1st week March
Elizabeth Bear
Amber Benson
Anne Bishop
Kevin Brockmeier
Catherine Fisher
Flint & Wentworth
Walter Greatshell
Chris Marie Green
Kim Harrison
Nancy Holzner
Stacia Kane
Ari Marmell
Seanan McGuire
Alexey Pehov
Rabe & Greenberg
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Allen Steele
Anton Strout
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Rob Thurman

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Chance, Karen : Death's Mistress
(Onyx 978-0-451-41276-8, $7.99, 422pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the Dorina Basarab series following Midnight's Daughter. (2008), about a dhampir, half human and half vampire.
• In this book Dorina is back home in Brooklyn, where someone is killing members of the vampire Senate.
• The author's website has this description with a sample chapter.
• Amazon has over two dozen enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Conroy, Robert : Red Inferno: 1945
(Ballantine 978-0-345-50606-1, $15, 353pp, trade paperback, March 2010)

Alternate history novel in which President Truman's move of US forces in Berlin triggers an attack by Stalin's Russia.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and the starred Booklist review by Roland Green: "If Conroy's enthusiasm for alternate history leads to a sequel to this one, it will continue a story comparable to the best by the subgenre's masters."

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* Crane, Carolyn : Mind Games
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59261-0, $7.99, 371pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover illustration Gene Mollica)

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a hypochondriac woman who is recruited to join a private crime-fighting team.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The author writes popular blog The Thrillionth Page.
• Amazon has mostly enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Douglas, Ian : Earth Strike
(Eos 978-0-06-184025-8, $7.99, 357pp, mass market paperback, March 2010)

Military SF novel, first in the "Star Carrier" series, about an intergalactic battle between humanity and an evil empire.
• The publisher's page says it's "In the vein of the hit television show Battlestar Galactica...", and has a "Browse Inside" feature with an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature also has an excerpt. Reader reviews are generally positive.

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* Englehart, Steve : The Long Man
(Tor 978-0-7653-1730-8, $25.99, 379pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket art Frank Stockton)

Fantasy novel, sequel to The Point Man (1981 -- just released in paperback), about DJ Max August.
• This book concerns zombies and an organization called the Free Range Coalition trying to take over the world.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The author's website has this page with a longer description, with links to several prose samples.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which notes the book's "unintentionally absurd plot", and a couple enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Heitz, Markus : The War of the Dwarves
(UK: Orbit 978-0-316-04936-8, $15.99, 747pp, trade paperback, March 2010)

Fantasy novel, first published in German in 2004 and a sequel to The Dwarves published here in 2009, about a dwarf raised among men.
• The parent publisher's site has this description, with an "OpenBook" feature providing an excerpt.
• Orbit's website has this post about the book, and an extract.

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+ Larke, Glenda : The Last Stormlord
(Orbit 978-0-316-06915-1, $7.99, 674pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover illustration Larry Rostant)

Fantasy novel, first book in the "Stormlord" or "Watergivers" series, about a desert community whose Cloudmaster is approaching death.
• The book was published last year in Australia.
• The author's site has this descripton with quotes from numerous reviews, plus a page for the second book, Stormlord Rising, just published in Australia.
• Orbit's website has an extract.

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* Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. : Warriors
(Tor 978-0-7653-2048-3, $27.99, 736pp, hardcover, March 2010)

Anthology of 20 original stories about warriors.
• Authors include Cecelia Holland, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Peter S. Beagle, Diana Gabaldon, Naomi Novik, David Weber, Howard Waldrop, Robert Silverberg, and the editors. Martin's story is set in his "Song of Ice and Fire" universe.
• Tor's website has this description, with an excerpt from Cecelia Holland's story "The King of Norway".
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded, "There are a few clunkers, but on the whole, the editors succeed admirably in their mission to break down genre barriers and focus on pure entertainment."

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+ Nix, Garth : The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7: Lord Sunday
(Scholastic Press 978-0-439-70090-0, $17.99, 320pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket art John Blackford)

YA fantasy novel, seventh and final book in the series following Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, and Superior Saturday, about human Arthur Penhaligon battling a succession of enemies (each based on one of the seven deadly sins) for the 'keys' to inherit the Earth.
• Australian site www.keystothekingdom.com.au has this description with links to text and audio excerpts. The Australian edition was published in February by Allen & Unwin.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt. Reader reviews are very positive.

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* Reynolds, Alastair : Terminal World
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-07718-8, £18.99, 487pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket illustration Chris Moore)

Far-future SF novel set in Spearpoint, a city-spire where different city-states operate to different physical laws, and maintain different levels of technology.
• The author's website calls it a "steampunk-influenced planetary romance about the adventures of an exiled pathologist, and a city in need of medicine..."
• Beginning January 2010 the author's blog is now at Approaching Pavonis Mons by balloon.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews. The Amazon UK page has somewhat mixed reader reviews.
• Russell Letson reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: "I was pulled through this long, zig-zag story partly by the plot machine, partly by the ingenious and vivid settings, and partly by the underlying (or overarching) mysteries: How did the zones originate? What is Spearpoint, really? Is this even our universe? ... I will say that while the last movement completes the action, readers will be quite justified in expecting Reynolds to produce a sequel -- and it's going to require some fancy dancing to top the exotic scenery, special effects, set-pieces, and costume design of this one."

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* Rowland, Diana : Blood of the Demon
(Bantam 978-0-553-59236-8, $7.99, 369pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover illustration Juliana Kolesova)

Urban fantasy/police procedural novel, second in the "Kara Gillian" series following Mark of the Demon (2009), about a Louisiana cop who consults with a demon lord while investigating a series of murders.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's website has this page about her books, plus a bio, a blog, etc.
• Amazon has enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Sinclair, Linnea : Rebels and Lovers
(Bantam 978-0-553-59219-1, $7.99, 430pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover art Gene Mollica)

Space opera romance novel, fourth book in the Dock Five Universe series following Gabriel's Ghost (2005), Shades of Dark (2008), and Hope's Folly (2009), about a patrol ship captain and her renegade lover.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The author's books page has this page about the book, with a trailer, quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Tidhar, Lavie, & Nir Yaniv : The Tel Aviv Dossier
(ChiZine 978-0-9809410-5-0, $16.95, 215pp, trade paperback, September 2009, cover art Erik Mohr)

Apocalyptic SF novel about the destruction of the city of Tel Aviv by bizarre, supernatural forces.
• Though the book has just turned up in Borders, it's currently not available from Amazon. The publisher's site has this description and order page, with quotes from reviews, and a link to a PDF extract.
• Amazon has long quotes from several reviews.

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* Wolfe, Gene : The Sorcerer's House
(Tor 978-0-7653-2458-0, $24.99, 302pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket art Cliff Nielsen)

Contemporary fantasy novel about a man who inherits a large house filled with supernatural secrets.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publisher's Weekly review calls it a "a complex, spellbinding web of otherworldly sorcery and hauntings".
• Paul Witcover reviewed it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, commenting that "Gene Wolfe's novels have grown ever more hermetic, becoming like exquisite but finicky puzzle boxes that deny entrance and pleasure to all but a few aficionados who are adept in the strategies necessary to solve them..."

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New SF/F/H books:
3rd week March 2010

posted 8 April 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 14 20 34
Fantasy Novels 11 60 71
Horror Novels 7 2 9
totals 32 82 114
See Directory for sorted lists




Opening lines:

The call came in to the Department of Hygiene and Public Works just before five in the afternoon. Something messy down on the ledge, maybe a faller from one of the overhanging buildings up in Fourth, maybe all the way from Circuit City. The dispatcher turned to the wall map, surveyed the pin lights and found a clean-up van close enough to take the call. It was one of the older crews, men he knew. He lifted the black handset of his telephone and spun the dial, taking a drag on his cigarette while the switchboard clunked and whirred.




Opening lines:

I promised I would write you after I got out, and I like to keep my word. I am in Medicine Man, at a motel too cheap to supply stationery. Envelopes and this notebook filler from Wal-Mart will have to do. God knows I do not miss the screws or Building 19, but I do miss my friends. You most of all. You and Lou.




Opening lines:

Arthur fell.

The air rushed past him, stinging his eyes and ripping at his hair and clothes. He had already fallen through the hole made by Saturdayís assault ram, past the grasping roots and tendrils of the underside of the Incomparable Gardens. Now he was plummeting through the clouds, and a small part of him knew that if he didnít do something really soon he was going to smash into Saturdayís tower and in all likelihood be so badly broken that even with his newly reshaped Denizen body he would die -- or wish he was dead.




Opening lines:

The hastily gathered flotilla of small motor launches plowed through the calm water of the Elbe River as their outboards churned toward the rapidly closing enemy-held ground ahead. The helmeted men inside the collection of small boats hunched down, as if willing themselves to be invisible and, thus, out of harm's way.




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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