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2010 Directories




 

* Anderson, Kevin J., ed. : Blood Lite II: Overbite
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 9781439187654, $16, 438pp, trade paperback, October 2010)

Anthology of 31 original humorous horror stories, presented by the Horror Writers Association.
• Authors include Janis Ian, Scott Nicholson, Don D'Ammassa, L.A. Banks, Edward Bryant, Sharyn McCrumb, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Kelley Armstrong.
• The publisher's site has this description with a browse inside function.
• Amazon's page has an excerpt from the opening story by Kevin J. Anderson and Janis Ian.

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* Boyczuk, Robert : Nexus: Ascension
(ChiZine Publications 978-0-9813746-8-0, $15.95, 382pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover art Erik Mohr)

Science fiction novel, the author's first novel, about a starship that returns from a 30-year-mission to find its homeworld dead.
• ChiZine's site has this description with a PDF preview of the first 24 pages.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which notes that "in typical comic-book fashion, gadgets and scenery trump characterization, and female characters are relegated to emoting, nurturing, and providing sex. Surrounding the typecasting, however, are page-turning thrills aplenty." The review concludes, "Boyczuk borrows from sources as diverse as Tolkien, Star Wars, and Alan Moore, and integrates the miscellany admirably into a fast-paced plot. The dystopian human dynamics, on the other hand, are the stuff of an epic nihilistic hangover."

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+ Hodder, Mark : The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
(Pyr 978-1616142407, $16, 371pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover illustration Jon Sullivan)
Burton & Swinburne #1

Steampunk fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about explorer Sir Richard Burton and poet Algernon Swinburne in pursuit of a creature called Spring Heeled Jack.
• Pyr's site has this description, and the Booklist starred review: "The usual superlatives for really clever fantasy (imaginative, mind-bending, phantasmagorical) aren't nearly big enough for this debut novel...."
• The book was published earlier this year in the UK.
• The author runs site The Sexton Blake Resource, about the famous fictional detective.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Fans of steampunk will be intrigued by the alternate history setting, in which the queen dies mid-century; they will also enjoy following Burton and his sidekick, poet Algernon Swinburne, as they investigate the dark secrets of 19th-century England and recall Burton's legendary expedition to find the source of the Nile..."

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* MacGregor, Trish J. : Esperanza
(Tor 978-0765326027, $24.99, 335pp, hardcover, September 2010)
Esperanza #1

Supernatural thriller about at FBI agent and a journalism professor who both find themselves waiting for a bus to the remote Andean town of Esperanza, without remembering how they got there.
• Tor's site has this description. The author, an astrologer and student of metaphysics, has photos of the world of the book and pages about the characters and the sequel.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the book "mixes time travel with a centuries' long struggle between good and evil", and several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Murphy, C. E. : Truthseeker
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51606-0, $15, 320pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover illustration Gene Mollica)
Truthseeker #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a Boston tailor who learns she has the talent of telling truth from falsehood.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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+ Ness, Patrick : Monsters of Men
(Candlewick Press 978-0-7636-4751-3, $18.99, 603pp, hardcover, September 2010)
Chaos Walking #3 First US edition (UK: Walker UK, May 2010)

Young adult SF novel, third in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy following The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008) and The Ask and the Answer (2009), set on a colony planet where living things project their thoughts.
• In this book war breaks out between the humans and the indigenous Spackle.
• The publisher's site has this description, with links to a text excerpt and a PDF sample chapter.
• Amazon also provides an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and it has a video trailer.
Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review: "The Chaos Walking trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion in this grueling but triumphant tale. ... As in his preceding books, Ness offers incisive appraisals of violence, power, and human nature, and with the series complete, it's clear that he has crafted one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years."

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+ Pratchett, Terry : I Shall Wear Midnight
(Harper 978-0-06-143305-4, $16.99, 355pp, hardcover, October 2010, jacket art Bill Mayer)
Discworld/Tiffany Aching #4

Yound adult fantasy novel, fourth and concluding volume in the series about Tiffany Aching and set in the Discworld universe, following The Wee Free Men (2003), A Hat Full of Sky (2004), and Wintersmith (2006).
• In this book Tiffany pursues the source of evil against the witches.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon also provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Pratchett's trademark wordplay and humor are much in evidence, but he's also interested in weightier topics, including religious prejudice and the importance of living a balanced life. Tiffany Aching fans, who have been waiting for this novel since Wintersmith (2006), should be ecstatic."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: "Even Shakespeare had his clowns and Fools, sometimes near the center of things, and though Sir Terry's not the Bard he continues to be one of the most interesting Big Names in fantasy -- not content to repeat himself endlessly or to rest upon his laurels."

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* Priest, Cherie : Dreadnought
(Tor 978-0-7653-2578-5, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2010, cover art Jon Foster)
Clockwork Century #2

Steampunk thriller, sequel to Boneshaker (2009, winner of a Locus Award and a Hugo nominee), about a trip across country on a train pulled by a steam engine called Dreadnought.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• Series site The Clockwork Century has background on the world, a FAQ, descriptions of stories set in the world, and excerpts from reviews.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "The battles and intrigue are entertaining, but the real draw is Priest's latest no-nonsense heroine, who comes equipped with a full measure of sharp judgment and brutal competence as well as a nurse's kind (but not saintly) heart."

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+ Remic, Andy : Kell's Legend
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-016-9, $7.99, 429pp, mass market paperback, September 2010, cover art Adrian Smith)
The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, in which the land of Falanor is invaded by an albino army.
• Angry Robot's site has this description, with excerpts from and links to numerous reviews.
• Angry Robot first published the book a year ago in the UK.
• Amazon has a video trailer.

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* Shevdon, Mike : Sixty-One Nails
(Angry Robot 978-0857660282, $7.99, 514pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
Courts of the Feyre #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series and the author's first novel, about a London man who wakes from a heart attack to discover his relationship to the supernatural Feyre races.
• Angry Robot's site has this description with excerpts from and links to numerous reviews. Angry Robot published the book a year ago in the UK.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded, "Comparisons to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere are both inevitable and erroneous; Shevdon's grittily believable, charmingly described underworld packs a dark punch all its own."

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* Snyder, Maria V. : Spy Glass
(Mira 978-0-7783-2847-6, $13.95, 424pp, trade paperback, September 2010)
Glass Magic #3

Romantic fantasy novel, third in a series following Storm Glass and Sea Glass (both 2009), about a student at a magical academy who discovers latent mystical talents.
• The author's site has description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and mostly positive reader reviews.

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+ Tchaikovsky, Adrian : Salute the Dark
(Pyr 978-1-61614-239-1, $16, 325pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover illustration Jon Sullivan)
Shadows of the Apt #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in the "Shadows of the Apt" series after Empire in Black and Gold, Dragonfly Falling, and Blood of the Mantis, about a peaceful Lowlands threatened by the hungry Wasp Empire.
• Pyr's website has this description. The book was published earlier this year Tor UK.
• Amazon has an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the book "is that rarest of gems in series fantasy: an intermediate book in which genuinely decisive events occur." The review concludes, "Readers who like their military fantasy to come with real consequences will be completely enthralled."

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* Weber, David : Out of the Dark
(Tor 978-0-7653-2412-2, $25.99, 381pp, hardcover, October 2010, jacket art Stephan Martiniere)
Out of the Dark #1

Military SF novel, first of a trilogy, in which humanity resists an attempt by the Galactic Hegemony to neutralize Earth via invasion by the alien, doglike Shongairi.
• It's expanded from a novella of the same title that appear earlier this year in the anthology Warriors.
• Tor's site has this description with an audio excerpt.
• Amazon has an exclusive Q&A with the author, an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and reviews from readers, who are largely unimpressed.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Weber pulls off this conceit in audacious style with a focus on military-powered action that will thrill fans of his Honor Harrington series, and he keeps the pedal to the metal right up to the almost unbelievable conclusion."

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* Wilson, D. Harlan : They Had Goat Heads
(Atlatl 978-0-9826281-2-6, $12.95, 134pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover art Brandon Duncan)

Collection of 39 stories, many quite short (vignettes or flash fiction), most previously published.
• The cover description says, "Masked in absurdity, these stories reveal the horrifying and hilarious faces of everyday life. Wilson tells of egg raids, hog rippers, monk spitters, fathers who take their children to pet stores to buy them whales..."
• The publisher's site has the full description and blurbs from Rhys Hughes and others.
• The Amazon page also has reviews from Horrorbound Magazine and others.
• Review copy received in July, but not available (from Amazon) until Sept. 27th.

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* Woodley, Sherrida : Quick Fall of Light
(Gray Dog Press 978-1-936178-18-6, $16.95, 282pp, trade paperback, July 2010)

SF novel about a bird flu pandemic that is linked to a colony of passenger pigeons still alive in the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington state.
• Book site www.quickfalloflight.com has a description, author profile and message, and a page of endorsements from James C. Glass and numerous authors of books concerning Rachel Carson, birds, and other topics.

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New SF/F/H books:
last week September 2010

posted 2 October 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 48 79 127
Fantasy Novels 34 215 249
Horror Novels 11 7 18
totals 93 301 394
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

"War," says Mayor Prentiss, his eyes glinting. "At last."

"Shut up," I say. "There ain't no at last about it. The only one who wants this is you."




Opening lines:

Down in the laundry room with the bloody-wet floors and the ceiling-high stacks of sheets, wraps, and blankets, Vinita Lynch was elbows-deep in a vat full of dirty pillowcases because she'd promised -- she'd sworn on her mother's life -- that she'd find a certain windup pocket watch belonging to Private Hugh Morton before the device was plunged into a tub of simmering soapy water and surely destroyed for good.




Opening lines:

The ship drove toward its hellish perihelion.

On its cramped flight deck spun a simulacrum of a binary system: two white dwarfs locked in a vicious gravitational embrace, a combined orbital period of two minutes, twenty-five seconds. Their luminosity had been muted to make them bearable. Even so, the display cast double shadows throughout the cabin that slashed across walls and deck like whirling blades.

Too late, he thought from the confines of his narrow cell. Too late to change anything.




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online, via purchases, review copies received, or bookstore sightings. (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.

* = first edition
+ = first US edition

Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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