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early April
Ann Aguirre
Henry Baum
Gini Koch
Karin Lowachee
George Mann
Ian McDonald
Dexter Palmer
K.J. Parker
Robert J. Sawyer
Darrell Schweitzer
Adrian Tchaikovsky
David Weber
E.O. Wilson

last week March
Mario Acevedo
John Banville
Laura Bickle
William Peter Blatty
Patricia Briggs
Gail Carriger
Marianne de Pierres
Jetse de Vries
Kincaid & Harrison
Joe R. Lansdale
James Lovegrove
A. Lee Martinez
Ian McEwan
Elizabeth Moon
Norman Spinrad
Jaye Wells

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Armstrong, Kelley : Tales of the Otherworld
(Bantam 978-0-553-80788-2, $25, 387pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art Katarina Sokolova)

Supernatural fantasy collection of seven stories in the author's "Women of the Otherworld" series following novels Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, No Humans Involved and Personal Demon, and collection Men of the Otherworld (2009).
• The author's website has this description with a list of story titles.
• Bantam's site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that many of the stories were "first posted on her Website to fill in the gaps about characters from her novels".
• Amazon has positive reader reviews.

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* Barnes, John : Directive 51
(Ace 978-0-441-01822-2, $25.95, 483pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art Craig White)

SF thriller about forces intent on destroying modern civilization by unleashing a "Daybreak" plague, forcing the US government to implement its top-secret "Directive 51" emergency response.
• The publisher's site has this description plus an essay by the author about the real Directive 51.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.
• Russell Letson's review will appear in the June issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Black, Jenna : The Devil's Playground
(Dell 978-0440244943, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, March 2010, cover illustration Don Sipley)

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in the series about exorcist Morgan Kingsley, following The Devil Inside, The Devil You Know, The Devil's Due, and Speak of the Devil.
• The author's website has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon also has an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and reader reviews.

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* Butcher, Jim : Changes
(Roc 978-0-451-46317-3, $25.95, 441pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art Chris McGrath)

Fantasy novel, twelfth in the "Dresden Chronicles" about crime-solving wizard Harry Dresden in Chicago, following Turn Coat (2009).
• The author's website has this page about the book, with several chapters on a preview page.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls the book "fast-paced and compelling", and which concludes "Butcher is deft at relieving some of the tension and grimness with bursts of gallows humor that keep readers coming back for more."
• Amazon has several dozen 5-star reader reviews.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: "It's an action-packed adventure full of desperation, leavened with a few sharp bits of humor, and some tantalizing new developments."

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+ Esslemont, Ian C. : Return of the Crimson Guard
(Tor 978-0-7653-2370-5, $17.99, 702pp, trade paperback, April 2010) First US edition (UK: Bantam Press, October 2008)

Fantasy novel set in the Malazan Empire, the world co-created by Esslemont and Steven Erikson, author of the 10-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series. This is a sequel to Esslemont's novel Night of Knives (2009).
• This book concerns the return of a mercenary force intent on destroying the Malazan Empire.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review -- "In a long, bloody, explosive-filled battle to end all battles, Esslemont handily outdoes series cocreator Steven Erikson, evoking the gore and grit of the battlefield while cannily expanding the labyrinthine Malazan world and untangling the wickedly intertwined stories just enough to keep readers from feeling lost." -- and several 5-star reader reviews.

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* Files, Gemma : A Book of Tongues
(ChiZine Publications 978-0-9812978-6-6, $16.95, 274pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover art Erik Mohr)

Fantasy/horror novel set in 19th century America, the author's first novel and first book in the "Hexslinger" series, concerning a Pinkerton agent investigating an ex-Confederate chaplain with magical powers.
• The publisher's site has this page about the book, with links to several posts on the author's blog about the book, and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Files smoothly weaves an unusual magic system, Aztec mythology, and a raunchily explicit gay love story into a classic western tale of outlaws and revenge. ...[T]his promising debut fully delivers both sizzling passions and dark chills."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: "Even Clint Eastwood's stoic gunslinger from those spaghetti westerns might blanch at some of the doings here, as Files describes them with a graphic, unflinching eloquence."

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* Flynn, Michael : Up Jim River
(Tor 978-0-7653-2284-5, $25.99, 332pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket painting Sparth)

Far future space opera novel, follow-up to The January Dancer (2008), about a League agent who has vanished up the river on a world called Dangchao Waypoint.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded, "Flynn's tale is self-consciously retro in its sensibilities, with florid prose and a straightforward, conventional plot."

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* Jones, J. V. : Watcher of the Dead
(Tor 978-0-7653-1979-1, $27.99, 445pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art Jean Pierre Targete)

Fantasy novel, fourth in the Sword of Shadows series following A Cavern of Black Ice (1999), A Fortress of Grey Ice (2002), and A Sword from Red Ice (2007).
• Tor's site has this description (which calls it Volume 4 of 5) and an excerpt.
• The author's site has this page about the book, with facts about its writing, a synopsis, notes about the cover art, the prologue and two other excerpts, and a secret map.

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+ Kiernan, Celine : The Poison Throne
(Orbit US 978-0-316-07706-4, $14.99, 475pp, trade paperback, April 2010, cover illustration Steve Stone)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first book of the "Moorehawke" trilogy, involving political intrigue in an alternate 15th-century Europe.
• The author's site has this description and an excerpt, plus info about the next two volumes, an author profile, and, of course, a blog.
• This is the first US edition; it was published in Ireland in 2008.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews, and the starred Publishers Weekly review: "The beginning of what promises to be a powerful trilogy with YA crossover appeal, this epic starts strong and doesn't falter one iota, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave readers demanding more."

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* Kratman, Tom : The Lotus Eaters
(Baen 978-1439133460, $24, hardcover, April 2010, cover by Kurt Miller)

Military SF novel, third in a series following A Desert Called Peace (2007) and Carnifex (2007) about Carrera and his battles against Islamic terrorists on the world of Terra Nova.
• In this book Carrera has won his war but faces new battles with the aid of his wife.
• Baen's site has this description and links to excerpts.
• Amazon has several enthusiastic 5-star reader reviews.

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* Lake, Jay : Pinion
(Tor 978-0-7653-2186-2, $26.99, 348pp, hardcover, April 2010, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)

Science fantasy 'steampunk' novel set in a 19th century clockwork universe, third book in the series following Mainspring (2007) and Escapement (2008).
• In this book the child prodigy Paolina Barthes has gone south over the Great Wall dividing the hemispheres.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review from its February 22nd issue: "Lake wields big themes -- magic and religion versus science, free will, colonialism, and a bit of romance -- with surprising elegance, and readers will enjoy cherishing the characters and pondering the concepts of this 'clockpunk' world."
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, concluding "Pinion proves to be a sometimes challenging but ultimately satisfying book, masterful and gloriously eccentric."

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* Shepard, Lucius : The Taborin Scale
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-288-7, $35, 103pp, hardcover, March 2010, jacket illustration J. K. Potter)

Fantasy novella set in the world of earlier stories "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule" (1984), "The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter" (1988), "The Father of Stones" (1989) and "Liar's House" (2003). This story concerns a dragon's scale that transports a man into an alternate reality.
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description and quotes from reviews. It's listed there as sold out, though Amazon.com still apparently has copies.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Beautifully written and intensely ironic, this tale will strongly appeal to connoisseurs of sophisticated adult fantasy."

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New SF/F/H books:
mid April 2010

posted 26 April 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 18 30 48
Fantasy Novels 15 73 88
Horror Novels 7 2 9
totals 40 105 145
See Directory for sorted lists




Opening lines:

Against the tapestry of stars the ship, its lightsail furled, spun on its own long axis. Below, likewise spinning, though at right angles to the ship, was the unimaginatively named blue, green and white world of Terra Nova. Between the world and the stars, past the ship's geosynchronous orbit, whirled the moons Hecate, Eris, and Bellona.




Opening lines:

No one would have called my life normal even before I became the human host of Lugh, the demon king, who was embroiled in a mostly covert war for the throne. So the fact that I was beginning to think of my life as "normal" now could have been a cause for alarm. But hey, it had been more than two months since anyone had tried to kill me, torture me, or frame me for murder. These days, that was about as normal as it got.




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