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2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Aguirre, Ann : Hell Fire
(Roc 978-0-451-46324-1, $6.99, 315pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, second in the "Corine Solomon" series, about a woman with the ability to touch an object and perceive its history and future.
• In this book Corine returns to her childhood home to uncover secrets about the origin of her gift.
• The author's website has this page for the book with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Full of well-drawn characters, a nearly tangible setting, and the threat of death around every corner, this spine-chilling paranormal mystery is sure to keep readers turning pages -- and glancing over their shoulders."

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* Baum, Henry : The American Book of the Dead
(Backword Books 978-0-578-02693-0, $13.95, 234pp, trade paperback, November 2009)

Apoclyptic SF novel about an author who discovers parallels between his novel about the end of the world, and the real world.
• The publisher's site has this description... "In the tradition of Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson, The American Book of the Dead explores the nature of reality and the human race's potential to either disintegrate or evolve."
• The author blogs at The American Book of the Dead.
• Amazon has three longish, positive reader reviews.

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* Koch, Gini : Touched by an Alien
(DAW 978-0-7564-0600-4, $7.99, 389pp, mass market paperback, April 2010, cover art Daniel Dos Santos)

SF novel about a woman who discovers that alien invaders from Alpha Centauri are turning humans into monsters.
• The author's website has descriptions of this book and its forthcoming sequel, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has a negative review from Publishers Weekly -- "Koch's derivative debut piles on the comic book clichés" -- and a positive, starred Booklist review -- "This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route."
• Amazon also has half a dozen positive reader reviews.

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* Lowachee, Karin : The Gaslight Dogs
(Orbit US 978-0316021791, $7.99, 341pp, mass market paperback, April 2010, cover illustration Sam Weber)

Fantasy novel about an Arctic tribe facing a technology enemy.
• The is the author's first novel since Cagebird (2005).
• The author's site, in progress, has links to a forum and to an "Open Book" function that provides an excerpt.

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+ Mann, George : Ghosts of Manhattan
(Pyr 978-1-61614-194-3, $16, 237pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover illustration Benjamin Carré) First US edition (UK: Snowbooks, February 2010)

Steampunk superhoer novel set in an alternate 1927 Manhattan.
• Pyr's site has this description.
• The author's blog has this page for The Ghost, which indicates this book as first in a series of noir mystery novels.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and a couple reader reviews.

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+ McDonald, Ian : Ares Express
(Pyr 978-1-61614-197-4, $16, 389pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover illustration Stephan Martiniere) First US edition (UK: Simon & Schuster/Earthlight, May 2001)

SF novel set on a terraformed Mars, follow-up to McDonald's first novel Desolation Road (1988), which won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
• This novel was published in the UK in 2001 and only now has a US edition.
• Pyr's website has this description.
• The author blogs at Cyberabad.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "McDonald's fantastic Mars is vividly detailed and owes much to Bradbury's Martian stories. Despite a bit of hand waving around technology that is glibly indistinguishable from magic, this sequel is entirely worthy of its rightly lauded predecessor."

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* Palmer, Dexter : The Dream of Perpetual Motion
(St. Martin's 978-0-312-55815-4, $24.99, 340pp, hardcover, March 2010)

Alternate reality steampunk novel, the author's first novel, about a greeting-card writer penning his memoir while imprisoned aboard a zeppelin powered by perpetual motion.
• The publisher's site has this description with an art gallery, audio clips, a PDF excerpt, and various features.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Palmer's dazzling debut explodes with energy and invention on almost every page. ... This book will immediately connect with fans of Neal Stephenson and Alfred Bester, and will surely win over readers who'd ordinarily pass on anything remotely sci-fi."
• Elizabeth Hand reviewed it for Washington Post, calling it an "extravagantly wondrous and admirable first novel".
• Faren Miller reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: "The glorious stuff of antiquated science fiction mingles with Shakespeariana and Industrial Age philosophy, including a shrewd take on those seeming opposites the Virgin and the Dynamo. And -- Mercy upon us! -- the whole crazy experiment actually works."

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* Parker, K. J. : The Folding Knife
(Orbit US 978-0-316-03844-7, $14.99, 442pp, trade paperback, February 2010)

Fantasy novel about a powerful man, Basso the Magnificent, in an imaginary world based on ancient Rome, as he tries to lead his nation to prosperity and makes one crucial mistake.
• The parent publisher's site has this page for the book, with links to a description and cover images.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
Locus Magazine includes it among April's New and Notable Books.

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* Sawyer, Robert J. : WWW: Watch
(Ace 978-0-441-01818-5, $24.95, 352pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art Tony Mauro)

SF novel, second of a trilogy following WWW: Wake (just nominated for a Hugo Award, about the emerging consciousness of the World Wide Web.
• Sawyer's site has this page about the book, with the opening chapters, links to reviews and interviews, and to Penguin Canada's official site for the trilogy.

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* Schweitzer, Darrell, ed. : Cthulhu's Reign
(DAW 978-0756406165, $7.99, 309pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)

Anthology of 15 original stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, addressing what happens when the Old Ones return to take over the Earth.
• Authors include Ian Watson, Mike Allen, John Langan, Jay Lake, Brian Stableford, Gregory Frost, and Richard A. Lupoff.
• Black Gate magazine's website posted this interview with 11 of the anthologies authors.
• Amazon has one detailed reader review.

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+ Tchaikovsky, Adrian : Dragonfly Falling
(Pyr 978-1-61614-195-0, $16, 467pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover illustration Jon Sullivan)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Shadows of the Apt" series after Empire in Black and Gold, about a peaceful Lowlands threatened by the hungry Wasp Empire.
• Pyr's website has this description. The book was published by Tor UK in 2009.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews, as well as a dozen positive reader reviews; PW says "Tchaikovsky's setting is innovative, the characters are engaging, and the battles are epic."

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Weber, David : A Mighty Fortress
(Macmillan Audio 978-1-4272-0900-9, $69.99, cd, April 2010)
(First edition: Tor, April 2010)

Audiobook edition of far future SF novel, fourth in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), and By Heresies Distressed (2009), in which the Church of God Awaiting has suppressed technology on the planet Safehold.
• The reader is Oliver Wyman.
• The hardcover edition is from Tor, whose website has this description with an audio excerpt.

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* Wilson, E. O. : Anthill
(Norton 978-0-393-07119-1, $24.95, 378pp, hardcover, April 2010)

Associational literary novel by the renowned entomologist about a boy who grows up in rural Alabama and becomes a naturalist. The middle section of the book depicts the life cycle of an ant colony.
• The publisher's site has this description, with quotes from reviews, and a Google Books excerpt.
• Amazon has starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly -- "Lush with organic details, Wilson's keen eye for the natural world and his acumen for environmental science is on brilliant display in this multifaceted story about human life and its connection to nature." -- and Booklist -- "Wilson has written a debut novel of astonishing dimension, acuity, and spirit."

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New SF/F/H books:
early April 2010

posted 16 April 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 18 26 44
Fantasy Novels 15 68 83
Horror Novels 7 2 9
totals 40 96 136
See Directory for sorted lists




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I now knew what I was — knew who I was.

I'd been shown Earth as it appears from space, looking back upon itself, upon myself: a world so vast, a wideness so lonely, a web so fragile.

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And I had things I needed to do.




Opening lines:

A man is sitting on the roof of a coach, crawling through a dusty plain. He wears an expensive coat, dirty and stained, and ruined good shoes. Next to him, avoiding conversation, sit a liveried porter, an armed man and a gloomy individual in a faintly comic footman's outfit. In front of them there's an impressive pile of luggage, trunks and cases and chests, secured to the rail with strong rope. The coatch rolls over a stone and all four men sway precariously.




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