The Website of The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field
Locus Online
   odd frost giants
Sub Menu contents
Monitor

New Books


first week October
Cat Adams
Ann Aguirre
Maurice Broaddus
Eric Flint
Karen Joy Fowler
Mercedes Lackey
Helen Lowe
Hannu Rajaniemi
Ken Scholes
Tan &s Zaiatz
Patrick Vanner
K.D. Wentworth

last week September
Kevin J. Anderson
Robert Boyczuk
Mark Hodder
Trish J. MacGregor
C.E. Murphy
Patrick Ness
Terry Pratchett
Cherie Priest
Andy Remic
Mike Shevdon
Maria V. Snyder
Adrian Tchaikovsky
David Weber
D. Harlan Wilson
Sherrida Woodley

2010 Directories




 

* Beckett, Galen : The House on Durrow Street
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-80759-2, $16, 685pp, trade paperback, October 2010, cover illustration Phillip Heffernan)
Mrs. Quent #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following the author's first novel, The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (2008), set in an alternate Regency England.
• In this book Ivy Quent deals with the secrets of her father's mysterious house.
• Bantam's site has this description with a preview feature.
• Amazon has an excerpt and reader reviews.

(Fri 15 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Correia, Larry : Monster Hunter Vendetta
(Baen 978-1439133910, $7.99, 612pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover art Alan Pollack)
Monster Hunter #2

Humorous fantasy novel, sequel to Monster Hunter International (2007), about a man recruited by a covert organization dedicated to eradicating monsters.
• In this book Owen Zastava Pitt deals with an evil death cult called the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the first seven chapters.
• Amazon has more than 20 mostly 5-star reader reviews.

(Fri 8 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Friesner, Esther M., ed. : Fangs for the Mammaries
(Baen 978-1439133927, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover art Clyde Caldwell)

Anthology of 19 original stories about vampires.
• Authors include Jody Lynn Nye, K.D. Wentworth, Sarah A. Hoyt, David D. Levine, Robin Wayne Bailey, Sarah Zettel, and Steve Piziks.
• Baen's site has this description with links to the introduction and several stories.
• Amazon also has the description, and a reader review.

(Wed 6 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Kelso, Sylvia : Source
(Jupiter Gardens Press 978-0-9827637-8-0, $17.95, 459pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover art Caroline Husher)
Amberlight #3

Fantasy novel, sequel to Amberlight (2007) and Riversend (2009), about a journey upRiver to find the River's source.
• The publisher's site has this order page with an excerpt.
• Book View Caf‚ also has an excerpt.

(Tue 12 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Kelso, Sylvia, ed. : The WisCon Chronicles: Volume 4: Voices of WisCon
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-40-9, $18, 5+229pp, trade paperback, July 2010)

Nonfiction anthology of essays and stories by attendees and contributors to the annual feminist convention WisCon, held annually in Madison, Wisconsin.
• Contributors include Nisi Shawl, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Andrea Hairston, Nancy Jane Moore, Beverly Friend, and Robin Small-McCarthy.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.

(Wed 13 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Maberry, Jonathan : Rot & Ruin
(Simon & Schuster 978-1-4424-0232-4, 458pp, hardcover, October 2010)

Young adult zombie novel set in a post-apocalypse America, about a 15-year-old boy who apprentices with his older brother as a zombie hunter.
• The publisher's site has this description with a video trailer and a "Browse Inside" function.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "In turns mythic and down-to-earth, this intense novel combines adventure and philosophy to tell a truly memorable zombie story, one that forces readers to consider them not just as flesh-eating monsters or things to be splattered, but as people."
• Amazon has half a dozen 5-star reader reviews.

(Fri 15 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Niven, Larry, & Edward M. Lerner : Betrayer of Worlds
(Tor 978-0-7653-2608-9, $25.99, 315pp, hardcover, October 2010)
Ringworld prequel #4

SF novel, a "prelude" to Niven's Ringworld (1970) on the 40th anniversary of that book's publication. (There have been three previous prequels by these authors to Ringworld: Fleet of Worlds (2007), Juggler of Worlds (2008), and Destroyer of Worlds (2009).)
• In this book the authors reveal why Louis Wu was selected by the Puppeteers to explore the Ringworld in the first place.
• Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon also has an excerpt, and a couple reader reviews.

(Mon 4 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Okorafor, Nnedi, & Mary Anne Mohanraj : Without a Map
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-41-6, $12, 149pp, trade paperback, June 2010)

Collection published in conjunction with the two authors' appearance as Guests of Honor at WisCon 34, held in Madison, Wisconsin, in May 2010.
• The book consists of an excerpt from Okorafor's novel Stormbringer, a sequel to The Shadow Speaker, and 10 poems, essays, and stories by Mohanraj.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page.

(Wed 13 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Swirsky, Rachel : Through the Drowsy Dark: Short Fiction and Poetry
(Aqueduct Press 978-1933500-38-6, $12, 145pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

Collection of 19 stories and poems; volume 27 in the publisher's "Conversation Pieces" series.
• The publisher's site has description and order page.
• Amazon has two 5-star reader reviews, including one by Nathan Blumenfeld that lists the table of contents divided by stories and poems.
• Rich Horton reviewed the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "The story that most impressed me may be unfamiliar to many readers: 'The Debt of the Innocents' first appeared in the 2007 UK anthology Glorifying Terrorism. It's strong SF, positing a future in which energy shortages doom many poor babies to unnecessary deaths because of a lack of incubators. The viewpoint character is a nurse who joins a terrorist movement to resist this. The story doesn't really insist on taking a side, though it presents its arguments in a curiously asymmetric fashion. The effect in the end is quite powerful."

(Wed 13 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

+ Thorpe, Gav : The Crown of the Blood
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-058-9, $7.99, 525pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover art Paul Young)

Epic fantasy novel about a victorious general who returns home to the capital of the Empire.
• Angry Robot's site has this description, with blurbs from Gillian Polack and others, and a preview function.
• The book was published in September in the UK and Australia.

(Wed 6 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Westerfeld, Scott : Behemoth
(Simon Pulse 978-1-4169-7175-7, $18.99, 485pp, hardcover, October 2010, jacket design and illustration Sammy Jr. Yuen)
Leviathan #2

Young adult alternate history steampunk novel, second of a four-book series following Leviathan (2009), about conflict between Darwinists and Clankers in 1914 Europe. Interior illustrations are by Keith Thompson.
• The publisher's site has this description with a chapter 1 excerpt• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.
• io9.com ran a
reviews by Charlie Jane Anders: "With Behemoth, Westerfeld takes the adventure-story format of the first novel a good deal further, with bracing results. Every few pages, one of our two heroes mounts a daring rescue, escapes from certain death, sneaks into or out of occupied territory, or outsmarts the Germans. It's sort of like a comic book, or an old-school adventure serial -- but what saves it from feeling too repetitive or episodic is the fact that Westerfeld keeps the plot moving steadily forward, and the characters develop a lot (in sometimes quite surprising ways) as the story progresses."
• Tor.com ran a review by Jaymee Goh: "This series is shaping up to be a gem across genres. And frankly, I can't wait to see what happens in the finale."

(Thu 14 Oct 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

New SF/F/H books:
second week October 2010

posted 17 October 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 49 85 134
Fantasy Novels 34 221 255
Horror Novels 11 7 18
totals 94 313 407
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




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.






   
Locus Online is an associate of Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase of books through these links (click on titles or covers) helps support Locus Online.


© 2010 by Locus Publications. All rights reserved.