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third week October
Rachel Aaron
Ilona Andrews
Beth Bernobich
Lois McMaster Bujold
William C. Dietz
Stephen R. Donaldson
Felix Gilman
Lena Meydan
Lavie Tidhar
David J. Williams
Connie Willis

second week October
Galen Beckett
Larry Correia
Esther M. Friesner
Sylvia Kelso
Sylvia Kelso
Jonathan Maberry
Niven & Lerner
Okorafor & Mohanraj
Rachel Swirsky
Gav Thorpe
Scott Westerfeld

2010 Directories




 

+ Banks, Iain M. : Surface Detail
(Orbit 978-0-316-12340-2, $25.99, 627pp, hardcover, November 2010)
Culture #9

Far future SF novel set in the author's Culture, about a war between supporters and opponents of virtual hells where thousands of races consign the souls of their sinners.
• Banks' website has this blog about the book, with posts linking reviews and interviews, and the first chapter excerpt.
• Wired has this intereview with Banks about the book.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Leaping with jaw-dropping speed from character to character and from reality to virtuality, the narrative swiftly pulls these concerns together. New readers may be taken aback by the rapid pace, but fans will dive right in and won't come up for air until the final page." -- and 20 mostly 5-star reader reviews.

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* Butcher, Jim : Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
(Roc 978-0-451-46365-4, $25.95, 418pp, hardcover, November 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)
Dresden Chronicles #13

Fantasy collection of 11 stories featuring crime-solving wizard Harry Dresden in Chicago, following the novel Changes (2010). One story, concluding novella "Aftermath", is original to this book.
• The author's website has this page about the book, with a list of stories and links to a couple of them available online.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says about "Aftermath", "This entry is the collection's strongest, full of powerful emotion."
• Amazon has a couple dozen mostly 5-star reader reviews.

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* del Toro, Guillermo, & Chuck Hogan : The Fall
(Morrow 978-0-06-155822-1, $26.99, 308pp, hardcover, September 2010)
The Strain #2

Vampire novel, second of a trilogy following The Strain (2009), in which a vampiric virus infects New York City.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a video and a "browse inside" function.
Publishers Weekly calls it "gripping"; its review concludes, "Despite the story's essential grimness, the authors manage to inject some sardonic humor, even as the plot developments will leave readers wondering how the concluding book can possibly end well."
• Amazon has separate Q&As with both co-authors, and several dozen 4- and 5-star reader reviews.

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : Weight of Stone
(Gallery 978-1-4391-0145-2, $24.99, 374pp, hardcover, October 2010, jacket illustration Chris McGrath)
Vineart War #2

Fantasy novel, second book of "The Vineart War" following Flesh and Fire (2009), set in a world where magic is created from wine.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "browse inside" function.
Publishers Weekly gave the earlier book a starred review, but isn't quite as enthusiastic about this one, though it does say "Gilman's intriguing and innovative system of magic based on the art of winemaking is deepened and clarified, which will delight fans of the first book, and plenty of action sequences keep things moving."

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* Hendee, Barb : Memories of Envy
(Roc 978-0-451-46353-1, $15, 287pp, trade paperback, October 2010, cover painting Gene Mollica)
Vampire Memories #3

Fantasy novel, third in the "Vampire Memories" series following Blood Memories (2008) and Hunting Memories (2009), about a reluctant vampire, Eleisha Clevon, who has learned how to feed from her victims without killing them, and who seeks others of her inclination.
• The publisher's site has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews. PW says the book "plays up the emo side of vampirism", and concludes "Part soap opera, part supernatural thriller, Hendee's series will satisfy readers looking for blood-soaked pathos."

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* Kadrey, Richard : Kill the Dead
(Eos 978-0-06-171431-3, $22.99, 434pp, hardcover, October 2010)
James Stark #2

Urban fantasy thriller, sequel to Sandman Slim (2009), about a hit man from Hell, James Stark, who returns to life in Los Angeles. In this book he becomes Lucifer's bodyguard.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "browse inside" function.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller."
• Adrienne Martini reviewed the book in the October issue of Locus Magazine, commenting "What's best displayed by Kill the Dead is Kadrey's snappy prose. From the first lines -- 'Imagine shoving a cattle prod up a rhino's ass, shouting "April fool!," and hoping the rhino thinks it's funny. That's about how much fun it is hunting a vampire' -- you know you're in for a Chandler-meets-the-undead treat."

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* Kearney, Paul : Corvus
(Solaris 978-1-906735-76-0, $7.99, 459pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)
Ten Thousand #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Ten Thousand (2008), about a young war-leader named Corvus.
• Solaris' site has this description along with a PDF excerpt of the book's first 31 pages.
• Amazon has one very detailed 5-star reader review.

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* Kiernan, Celine : The Rebel Prince
(Orbit 978-0-316-07707-1, $14.99, 405pp, trade paperback, October 2010, cover illustration Steve Stone)
Moorehawke Trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, the third book of the "Moorehawke" trilogy following The Poison Throne (2008 UK, 2009 US) and The Crowded Shadows (2009 UK, 2010 US), involving political intrigue in an alternate 15th-century Europe.
• The author's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Unlike the first two books, this volume was published more-or-less simultaneously (within a couple weeks) in the US and the UK.
Publishers Weekly likes this one too: "An odd blend of complex and delicate political maneuvering and teen soap opera histrionics leads to an abrupt ending, but there's enough action and emotional payoff to make this a worthy wrapup that will content fans of the earlier books."

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* Lima, Maria : Blood Heat
(Pocket/Juno Books 978-1-4391-6777-9, $7.99, 351pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Blood Lines #4

Fantasy/paranormal/mystery novel, fourth in the Blood Lines series following Matters of the Blood (2007), Blood Bargain (2008), and Blood Kin (2009), about a woman from a paranormal family in Texas.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt, and quotes from reviews of the previous books.

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* Navarro, Yvonne : Highborn
(Pocket/Juno Books 978-1-4391-9173-6, $7.99, 375pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Dark Redemption #1

Dark fantasy novel, first of a series, about a fallen angel who's come to Earth and a serial killer terrifying Chicago.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has several reader reviews.

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* Palmer, Philip : Version 43
(Orbit 978-0316018944, $14.99, 529pp, trade paperback, October 2010)

SF novel, described by its author as a "pulp noir novel set in a far future universe", about a cyborg cop sent to investigate a killing on a criminal planet.
• The author's site has this description.
• Orbit's site has an extract, as well as a post linking wallpaper, videos, and an Amazon UK article.

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* Stackpole, Michael A. : At the Queen's Command: The Crown Colonies, Book 1
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-200-0, $14.99, 430pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Ryan Pancoast)
The Crown Colonies #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, first book in "The Crown Colonies", that re-imagines the American Revolutionary War.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The author's site has chapter one and chapter two.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Stackpole captures the grandeur and danger of the New World, an effort undermined only by some frontier stereotypes."

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* VanderMeer, Ann, & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. : Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-001-8, $14.95, 426pp, trade paperback, November 2010)

Anthology of 22 stories, plus a collaborative "Secret History of Steampunk", nonfiction by Gail Carriger and Jake von Slatt, and a roundtable interview; sequel to 2008 anthology Steampunk.
• Three of the stories, by Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Shehadeh, and Jess Nevins, are original; other contributors include William Gibson, Stephen Baxter, Margo Lanagan, Chris Roberson, Tanith Lee, and Catherynne M. Valente.
• Tachyon's site has this description.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which says the contents "define, deepen, and demonstrate the clockwork beauty of automaton-laden science fiction".

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Weber, David : Out of the Dark
(Macmillan Audio 978-1-4272-1061-6, $49.99, CD, October 2010)
(First edition: Tor, October 2010)

Audiobook version of Weber's 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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+ Wells, Dan : Mr. Monster
(Tor 978-0-7653-2248-7, $11.99, 287pp, trade paperback, October 2010)
John Cleaver #2

Horror novel, sequel to the author's debut novel I Am Not a Serial Killer (March 2010), about a psychopath who targets serial killers.
• Tor's site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly calls it a "fast-paced, gripping horror novel" and concludes, "A brutal, bloody read with overtones of soft-core torture porn, this tale inevitably recalls Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels and their TV adaptation. It nonetheless stands out with taut, sharp writing, strong plotting, vivid angst, and a compelling portrayal of a disturbed man's struggles for self-control."

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* Wilson, F. Paul : Fatal Error
(Tor 978-0-7653-2282-1, $25.99, 332pp, hardcover, October 2010)
Repairman Jack #14

Fantasy/thriller novel, 14th in the "Repairman Jack" series about a vigilante hero who deals in the paranormal, following last year's Ground Zero.
• This volume involves a cosmic war with the Otherness, who seek to bring about the end of the world.
• The series has its own website, www.repairmanjack.com, with a page for the author's Secret History of the World.
• Tor's website has this description (which notes this as volume 14 of 18) with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the review from Publishers Weekly, which likes this book a lot better than the previous book; "Wilson gives his multilayered plot an invigorating aura of cosmic creepiness as he deftly weaves together subplots and themes that have been snaking their way through the past dozen novels..."

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* Zajac, Gord : Major Karnage
(ChiZine 978-0981374666, $15.95, 334pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover art Erik Mohr)

SF novel, the author's first novel, about a former military man, consigned to an insane asylum with the advent of world peace, who escapes to fight invading aliens.
• The publisher's site has this description, with links to a video, an author interview, and book samples in PDF and Kindle format.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review.

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

posted 6 November 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 54 90 144
Fantasy Novels 35 239 274
Horror Novels 11 9 20
totals 100 338 438
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

"This one might be trouble."

She heard one of them say this, only ten or so metres away in the darkness. Even over her fear, the sheer naked terror of being hunted, she felt a shiver of excitement, of something like triumph, when she realised they were talking about her. Yes, she thought, she would be trouble, she already was trouble. And they were worried too; the hunters experienced their own fears during the chase. Well, at least one of them did. The man who'd spoken was Jasken; Veppers' principal bodyguard and chief of security. Jasken. Of course; who else?




Opening lines:

I was in a cheerful mood. The sky was a rich blue. The twelve moons of Belladonna shone, it seemed to me, like globes on a Christmas tree in the daytime sky. I could smell heliotropes, growing in banks beside the moving walkways, and orchids and lilies and peonies growing in baskets that hovered above the pedestrian boulevard.




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).

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