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2nd week June
Holly Black
Sarah Rees Brennan
Jack Campbell
Mark Chadbourn
Diane Duane
Laurell K. Hamilton
Charliane Harris
Robin Hobb
James P. Hogan
Alaya Johnson
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Stephen King
Jane Lindskold
Stephenie Meyer
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Philip Pullman
Michael Scott
Lisa Shearin
Jeri Smith-Ready
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

1st week June
Taylor Anderson
Justin Cronin
Jennifer Estep
Flint & Spoor
Gevers & Halpern
Simon R. Green
Hartwell & Cramer
Juliet E. McKenna
Nnedi Okorafor
Alastair Reynolds
Darren Shan
Phaedra Weldon
Alayna Williams
Gene Luen Yang

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Adams, Cat : Blood Song
(Tor 978-0-7653-2494-8, $14.99, 364pp, trade paperback, June 2010)
Blood Song #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series, about a bodyguard who protects clients from supernatural entities, who is transformed into an Abomination, something neither human nor vampire.
• 'Cat Adams' is a joint pseudonym for C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "The story line and setting will draw in readers from the start, but late revelations may have them paging backwards to pick up on clues, and some answers will just have to wait for the sequels."

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* Andrews, Ilona : Magic Bleeds
(Ace 978-0-441-01852-9, $7.99, 349pp, mass market paperback, June 2010, cover art Chad Michael Ward)
Kate Daniels #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in the "Kate Daniels" series following Magic Bites, Magic Burns, and Magic Strikes, about a female mercenary in a magical Atlanta.
• The author's site has this description and excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: "Kate is wonderfully stubborn, determined to get the job done no matter how what anyone else says, resulting in a delightful wry humor even as things get really grim..."

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* Arnason, Eleanor : Tomb of the Fathers
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-36-2, $15, 144pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover illustration Jeanne Gomoll)

SF novel, subtitled "A Lydia Duluth Adventure", about an interstellar traveler who joins an expedition to the mysterious homeworld of the lizardlike alien Atch.
• Arnason published several Lydia Duluth stories in Asimov's about a decade ago, beginning with "Stellar Harvest" (Apr 1999).
• The publisher's site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews, including Publishers Weekly's: "Fans of Arnason's dry wit, entertaining character interactions, and complex, imaginative futures will be delighted by this tale and the promise of a forthcoming Lydia Duluth collection."
• Rich Horton's review will appear in the August issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Baxter, Stephen : Stone Spring
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-08918-1, £18.99, 501pp, hardcover, June 2010)
Northland Saga #1

Alternate history novel, first of a trilogy, set 10,000 in the past among tribes living on the land that then connected Britain to Europe, concerning a tsunami that threatens them and a plan to build a wall against the flood.
• The publisher's site has this description, which indicates that the trilogy will proceed to to the year 1500, "in a world that never saw the Roman Empire, Christianity or Islam."
• SFX has this review by Saxon Bullock: "He does a fantastic job of evoking the book's harsh and brutal environment, utilising plenty of convincing world-building while keeping the story moving along at a gripping pace."

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* Bender, Aimee : The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
(Doubleday 978-0-385-50112-5, $25.95, 292pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Magical realist fantasy novel about a young woman who perceives the emotions of those who prepare her food.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Bender has been called a fabulist, but emerges as more a spelunker of the human soul; carefully burrowing through her characters' layered disorders and abilities, Bender plumbs an emotionally crippled family with power and authenticity." -- and mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Carey, Jacqueline : Naamah's Curse
(Grand Central 978-0-446-19805-9, $26.99, 567pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket illustration Alan Ayers)
Kushiel #8

Fantasy novel, eighth installment in the Kushiel series after Kushiel's Mercy (2008) and Naamah's Kiss (2009), set in an allegorical version of Earth where angels watch over lands called Terre d'Ange [France] and Alba [Great Britain].
• In this book Moirim searches this world's version of Asia for her soulmate.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an "Open Book" function providing an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which quibbles but concludes "Carey's storytelling ability is top-notch, however, and readers will applaud her willingness to resolve major plot threads in the middle book of a trilogy."
• io9's Annalee Newitz is a fan: "Carey has managed to write a gripping novel whose central question -- when is love a curse? -- is answered in ways both subtle and meaningful. ... Bring this book with you on vacation to rip through in a fun frenzy, but don't be surprised if you're thinking about it for days afterward."

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+ Douglass, Sara : The Infinity Gate
(Eos 978-0-06-088219-8, $26.99, 533pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket illustration Steve Stone)
DarkGlass Mountain #3

Fantasy novel, third in the "DarkGlass Mountain" trilogy following The Serpent Bride (2007) and The Twisted Citadel (2008).
• The publisher's site has this description with its "browse inside" feature.
• The book was first published earlier this year by HarperCollins Australia.
• The author's website has this page about the series, with a map.

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* Gaiman, Neil, & Al Sarrantonio, eds. : Stories: All-New Tales
(William Morrow 978-0-06-123092-9, $27.99, 428pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket illustration Tom Gauld)

Anthology of 27 original fantasy stories. Authors include a mix of genre and non-genre names: Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Chuck Palahniuk, Stewart O'Nan, Jeffrey Deaver, Richard Adams, Michael Swanwick, Peter Straub, Gene Wolfe, Tim Powers, Michael Moorcock, Elizabeth Hand, Joe Hill, and others.
• The book's introduction sets out its intention to expand the boundaries of traditional fantasy fiction, focusing on the question of readers: "...and then what happened?"
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "Browse Inside" function. Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides the table of contents and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "The range of voices and subjects practically guarantees something for any reader, but the overall quality is frustratingly variable: most stories are good, some aren't, and few are exceptional."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the upcoming July issue of Locus Magazine: "While in some ways Stories is surprisingly uneven, its best stories -- Hand, Oates, Straub, Gaiman, Lansdale, Ford, Swanwick, Powers -- are more than enough to make it worth the trip. What is almost unavoidable, though saying it risks appearing to defend the perimeter, is that with few exceptions those authors already comfortable with the fantastic handle the mainstream elements far more adroitly than mainstream writers (whether literary or bestseller) handle the fantastic."

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+ Holt, Tom : Blonde Bombshell
(Orbit US 978-0-316-08699-8, $13.99, 382pp, trade paperback, June 2010) First US edition (UK: Orbit, May 2010)

Humorous SF novel about a bomb sent by aliens to destroy Earth, where the bomb takes human form to find out why its predecessor disappeared.
• Orbit's site has this Q&A with Holt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Holt, well-known in the U.K. for historical flights of fancy, is set to make a splash in the U.S. with this wickedly funny, take-no-prisoners mashup of love, Armageddon, activists, and one of the universe's most valuable commodities: octopi."
• Adrienne Martini reviewed the UK edition in the April issue of Locus Magazine: " 'Romp' may be the best word to describe Bombshell, although that moniker sells it short. There is more depth to the story than 'romp' might evoke. While there are uber-silly moments .. The book as a whole adds up to an interesting gloss on what it means to be human."

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* Horton, Rich, ed. : The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2010 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-218-4, $19.95, 540pp, trade paperback, June 2010)

Anthology of 30 stories first published in 2009.
• Authors include Peter Watts, Lucius Shepard, Jo Walton, Jay Lake, Damien Broderick, Nancy Kress, Paul Park, and John Kessel.
• Horton provides an introduction to the book, author biographies at the end, and a list of recommended reading.
• A couple sites, oldcharliebrown and SF Signal, have almost-but-not-quite-final tables of contents. (In the printed book, John Kessel's story is the last.)
• Gary K. Wolfe's review will appear in the August issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Jones, Jaida, & Danielle Bennett : Dragon Soul
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-80769-1, $26, 400pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket illustration Paul Youll)
Havemercy #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Havemercy (2008) and Shadow Magic (2009), about the war between two countries loosely based on Shogun Japan and Imperial Rome.
• This book concerns brothers Rook and Thom in the aftermath of the war.
• Bantam's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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* Kelleher, Pat : Black Hand Gang
(Abaddon Books 978-1-906735-84-5, $9.99, 335pp, trade paperback, June 2010)
No Man's World #1

SF novel, first in the "No Man's World" series, about a battalion of Pennine Fusiliers transported from a 1916 battlefield to an alien planet.
• The publisher's site has this page about the author but nothing yet on this title.
• The parent publisher, Simon & Schuster, has this page for the book.

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* Murphy, C. E. : Demon Hunts
(Luna 978-0-373-80314-9, $14.95, 361pp, trade paperback, June 2010)
Walker Papers #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in the "Walker Papers" series following Urban Shaman, Thunderbird Falls, Coyote Dreams, and Walking Dead, about a police mechanic who has shamanic powers
• In this book Joanne Walker and her partner face a cannibalistic serial killer.
• The author's website has an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Pettersson, Vicki : Cheat the Grave
(Eos 978-0-06-145677-0, $7.99, 360pp, mass market paperback, June 2010, cover art Don Sipley)
Sign of the Zodiac #5

Supernatural fantasy novel, fifth in the "Sign of the Zodiac" series about a Las Vegas heiress who fights supernatural evil, following The Scent of Shadows, The Taste of Night, A Touch of Twilight, and City of Souls.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse and Buy" function.
• Amazon has a dozen 5-star reader reviews.

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Scalzi, John, ed. : Metatropolis
(Tor 978-0-7653-2710-9, $24.99, 286pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket illustration Aleksandar Velasevic)
(First edition: Subterranean Press, August 2009)

Trade edition of a shared world anthology of original stories by Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, and the editor, about the evolution of cities.
• The first edition was published by Subterranean Press in 2009 and is now sold out. An Audible.com audio edition was a finalist in the 2009 Hugo Awards in the "Dramatic Presentation: Long Form" category.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Each story shines on its own; as a group they reinforce one another, building a multifaceted view of a realistic and hopeful urban future."

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* Sprunk, Jon : Shadow's Son
(Pyr 978-1-61614-201-8, $16, 279pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover art Michael Komarck)
Shadow's Son #1

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first of a trilogy, about an assassin in a holy city battling a conspiracy in the church.
• Pyr's site has this description, with quotes from numerous reviews, such as this one from Grasping for the Wind: "It is just straight up, old fashioned sword and sorcery. The type of tale that makes for great reading after a long, brain-straining day at work. Nothing showy, nothing flashy, just good, solid storytelling, an interesting character, a foe to be fought and a damsel to be saved."

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* Sturges, Matthew : The Office of Shadow
(Pyr 978-1-61614-202-5, $16, 421pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover illustration Chris McGrath)
Midwinter #2

Fantasy novel set in a world where winter comes only every 100 years, sequel to Midwinter (2009).
• In this book Silverdun leads a team to prevent war with Empress Mab, who has developed an unstoppable weapon.
• Pyr's site has this description. The author's blog has several posts with bonus features for the book.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Standard spy tropes -- training sequences, double agents, betrayals from within -- take on new life when melded with high fantasy, and Sturges has an easy ear for dialogue and character."

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* Thurman, Rob : Chimera
(Roc 978-0-451-46342-5, $7.99, 337pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)

SF thriller about a bodyguard for the Russian mafia who rescues a genetically-altered assassin-in-training who turns out to be his long lost younger brother.
• The author's website has a description and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says "A touching story on the nature of family, trust, and love lies hidden in this action thriller."
• Amazon has nearly two dozen 5-star reader reviews.

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

posted 23 June 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 28 46 74
Fantasy Novels 21 118 139
Horror Novels 8 3 11
totals 57 167 224
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

The comet swam out of the dark. Its light bathed the planet that lay ahead, reflecting from a hemisphere that gleamed a lifeles bone-white.




Opening lines:

It happened for the first time on a Tuesday afternoon, a warm spring day in the flatlands near Hollywood, a light breeze moving east from the ocean and stirring the black-eyed pansy petals newly planted in our flower boxes.




Opening lines:

Lydia Duluth arrived at the stargate station alone except for the AI inside her skull, which had been her closest companion for years. The station was new. Its cold air smelled of plastic foam and carpet glue; and there were panels down in places. Looking in, she saw metal ductwork and bundles of translucent cable. It was an oddly primitive sight for a place this high-tech.




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).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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+ = first US edition

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