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last week October
Iain M. Banks
Jim Butcher
del Toro & Hogan
Laura Anne Gilman
Barb Hendee
Richard Kadrey
Paul Kearney
Celine Kiernan
Maria Lima
Yvonne Navarro
Philip Palmer
Michael A. Stackpole
VanderMeer & VanderMeer
David Weber
Dan Wells
F. Paul Wilson
Gord Zajac

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

2010 Directories




 

* Aaron, Rachel : The Spirit Rebellion
(Orbit 978-0-316-06911-3, $7.99, 441pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
The Legend of Eli Monpress #2

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following the the author's first novel The Spirit Thief, about wizard thief Eli Monpress.
• The third volume, The Spirit Eater, will be published next month.
• The author's site has descriptions of all three books.

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* Ahern, Jerry, & Sharon Ahern : Written in Time
(Baen 978-1439133996, $7.99, 644pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)

SF time travel novel about a freelance writer who's given a photo showing him and his family in a 1903 Nevada town.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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* Cook, Glen : Gilded Latten Bones
(Roc 978-0-451-46371-5, $7.99, 361pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Garrett P.I. #13

Fantasy/mystery novel, 13th in the series about Garrett, P.I.
• In this book Garrett deals with a kidnap attempt on his partner, and an attack on his best friend.
• Wikipedia has an extensive entry on Garrett P.I..
• The publisher's site has an excerpt.
• Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Jemisin, N. K. : The Broken Kingdoms
(Orbit 978-0-316-04396-0, $13.99, 401pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Cliff Nielsen)
Inheritance Trilogy #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following the author's first novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Feb. 2010).
• This book, set a decade later, concerns a blind artist who becomes involved in a murder conspiracy.
• The author's site has a description with links to three chapters and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "Returning fans will especially appreciate certain details, but this novel stands on its own and is worth reading purely for its own strengths."
• Faren Miller reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "Many interrogations, flights, disastrous recaptures, and other perils that beset our heroine and her friends while they thrill the reader, must pass before the book's many mysteries yield some fascinating answers."

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* Jordan, Robert, & Brandon Sanderson : Towers of Midnight
(Tor 978-0765325945, $29.99, 861pp, hardcover, November 2010, jacket art Darrell K. Sweet)
Wheel of Time #13

Fantasy novel, 13th volume in Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, completed by Sanderson after Jordan's death. It's the second of three books that will conclude the series, following The Gathering Storm (2009).
• Tor's site has this description, with a book trailer. CD, digital audio, and a $250.00 leather edition are also available.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Amazon has 130 reader reviews, half of them rating the book 5 stars, but a significant number rating it only 1 star by way of complaint that the e-book edition is not yet available.

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* Kent, Steven L. : The Clone Empire
(Ace 978-0-441-01958-8, $7.99, 360pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover art Christian McGrath)
Clone #6

Military SF novel, sixth in the series following The Clone Republic, Rogue Clone (both 2006), The Clone Alliance (2007), The Clone Elite (2008), and The Clone Betrayal (2009), set in a 26th century galaxy ruled by an Earth-based military of clones.
• The author's website, Sad Sam's Palace, has an excerpt.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.

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* Lee, Sharon : Carousel Tides
(Baen 978-1-4391-3395-8, $14, 306pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover art Dominic Harman)

Urban fantasy novel about a woman who returns to a small town in Maine and becomes involved in a faerie war.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has blurbs, several enthusiastic reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review: "Lee brings these disparate subplots together in a pyrotechnic finale that plays out magically behind the ordinary facade of smalltown Maine life, evoking much of the romance and magic of her popular Liaden series."

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* McDevitt, Jack : Echo
(Ace 978-0-441-01924-3, $24.95, 371pp, hardcover, November 2010, jacket illustration John Harris)
Alex Benedict #5

SF novel concerning interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath, fifth in the series following A Talent for War (1989), Polaris (2004), Nebula Award winner Seeker (2005), and The Devil's Eye (2008).
• This book concerns a stone tablet that suggests that the explorer who found it may have discovered another intelligent race.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "There are hints of the existential malaise that permeates McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins novels, but despite the book's terrible events, the series retains its essential optimism about redemption and progress."
• Russell Letson's review from the November issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; "This a sure-enough science fiction mystery. The resolution is both more and less than the possibilities considered during the search, and there are surprises packed inside the surprises. And perhaps the biggest surprise is how McDevitt manages to make the odd coupling of the cozy and the cosmic into effective and moving SF."

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* Monk, Devon : Magic at the Gate
(Roc 978-0-451-46362-3, $7.99, 346pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Allie Beckstrom #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifith novel in the series following Magic to the Bone (2008), Magic in the Blood (2009), Magic in the Shadows (2009), and Magic on the Storm (2010), about Allison Beckstrom, a "Hound" who can trace a magic spell back to whoever cast it.
• The author's site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Allie's adventures are gripping and engrossing, with an even, clever mix of humor, love, and brutality."

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* Oliver, Jonathan : The End of the Line
(UK: Solaris 978-1-907519-32-1, £7.99, 374pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover art Luke Preece)

Anthology of 19 stories, all but one original to this book, set on and around the London Underground.
• Authors include Ramsey Campbell, Pat Cadigan, Michael Marshall Smith, Christopher Fowler, Conrad Williams, James Lovegrove, and Joel Lane.
• Solaris' site has this description.
• The UK edition is shown here, which is trade paperback sized and listed by Amazon UK as published November 1st. Also received by Locus Online is the US edition, mass market sized and running just 358 pages, which Amazon.com indicates as published October 26th, thus the true first edition.

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+ Pevel, Pierre : The Cardinal's Blades
(Pyr 978-1-61614-245-2, $16, 309pp, trade paperback, October 2010, cover illustration Jon Sullivan) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2009)

Alternate history fantasy novel set in a 17th-century Paris populated by dragons and wyverns, in which Cardinal Richelieu defends France against the Black Claw cult.
• The book was first published in France in 2007, then translated by Tom Clegg and published in the UK in 2009. This is the first US edition.
• Pyr's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Pevel, winner of the 2002 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire and the 2005 Prix Imaginales, makes a stunning English-language debut with this breathless, swashbuckling tale of intrigue, spying, and swordfights."
• The book was a finalist for this year's David Gemmel Legend Award for best novel, and Pevel won the award in the Best Newcomer category.

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* Scholes, Ken : Diving Mimes, Weeping Czars, and Other Unusual Suspects
(Fairwood Press 978-0-9820730-8-7, $17.99, 247pp, trade paperback, October 2010, cover by Paul Swenson)

Collection of 17 stories, first published from 2000 to 2010, with an afterword by the author and an introduction by John "J.A." Pitts.
• Fairwood Press' site has this description, with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon also has the publisher's description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls this book "lively, arresting and gleefully offbeat", and concludes, "By turns baroque, off-kilter, and haunting, Scholes's writing will delight lovers of the unusual and wildly imaginative."

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* Valente, Catherynne M. : The Habitation of the Blessed
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-199-7, $14.99, 269pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover art Rebecca Guay)
Prester John #1

Historical fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about the fabled 12th-century realm of Prester John.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Filled with lyrical prose and fabled creatures, this languorous fairy tale is as captivating as Prester John's original letter."
• Amazon has several (some quite long) 5-star reader reviews.

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* White, Skyler : In Dreams Begin
(Berkley 978-0-425-23695-6, $15, 375pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover art Craig White)

Romantic fantasy novel about a modern woman who channels 19th-century Irish freedom fighter Maud Gonne and, through her, falls in love with poet William Butler Yeats.
• The author's site has a description, quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review and mostly positive reader reviews.

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New SF/F/H books:
first week November 2010

posted 12 November 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 55 91 146
Fantasy Novels 38 244 282
Horror Novels 11 9 20
totals 104 344 448
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

I remember that it was midmorning.

Gardening was my favorite task of the day. Iíd had to fight for it, because my motherís terraces were famous throughout the territory and she didnít quite trust me with them. I couldnít really blame her; my father still laughed over whatever Iíd done to the laundry that one time I tried.




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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