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first week November
Rachel Aaron
Jerry & Sharon Ahern
Glen Cook
N.K. Jemisin
Jordan & Sanderson
Steven L. Kent
Sharon Lee
Jack McDevitt
Devon Monk
Jonathan Oliver
Pierre Pevel
Ken Scholes
Catherynne M. Valente
Skyler White

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

2010 Directories




 

* Ballantine, Philippa : Geist
(Ace 978-0-441-01961-8, $7.99, 294pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover art Jason Chan)
Book of the Order #1

Fantasy novel, subtitled "A Book of the Order", about a mystical order that protects humans from the haunting of geists.
• This is the first novel from a major publisher by the New Zealand writer who has previously published podcasts and two novels with Dragon Moon Press.
• The author's site has a blog, an archive of podcasts, and a link to book site Books of the Order.
• Amazon has several favorable reader reviews.

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* Destefano, Merrie : Afterlife
(Eos 978-0-16-199081-6, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover art Gordon Crabb)
The Resurrection Chronicles #1

Urban fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first in a series, set in a futuristic New Orleans, in which Babysitter Chaz Dominguez helps the newly resurrected (via clones) to adjust to their new lives.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "browse inside" function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides a preview.
• Amazon has a number of enthusiastic reader reviews.

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* Enge, James : The Wolf Age
(Pyr 978-1-61614-243-8, $17, 465pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Dominic Harman)
Morlock Ambrosius #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Blood of Ambrose (2008) and This Crooked Way (2009), about swordsman and magician Morlock Ambrosius.
• In this book Morlock is trapped in a land where werewolves enslave humans.
• Pyr's site has this page about the book with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Enge's elegant prose perfectly captures Morlock's terse and morbid nature, which thrives in the vicious, honorable werewolf nation. Numerous intimate, complicated, and contentious relationships provide depth and gravity to the grim tale, which will enthrall fans of the dark and sinister."
• Tim Pratt reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine. The entire review is posted here. Pratt writes, "Enge's plot is admirably twisty, and he keeps things moving with impressive set pieces, werewolf battles, bizarre magical airships, miraculous feats, and liberal doses of skewed humor. ... Enge is one of the most engaging of the new sword and sorcery authors, and I hope we get to follow Morlock's exploits for a long time to come."

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Jordan, Robert, & Brandon Sanderson : Towers of Midnight
(Macmillan Audio 978-1-4272-1022-7, $79.99, cdrom, November 2010)
(First edition: Tor, November 2010)

CD audiobook edition of the 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. There are also hardcover, digital audio, and leather editions available
• Amazon's page has a sample of the audiobook.

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* King, Stephen : Full Dark, No Stars
(Scribner 978-1-4391-9256-6, $27.99, 368pp, hardcover, November 2010)

Collection of four original novellas.
• The publisher's site has this description with a browse inside function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides a preview. Amazon names it one of the "Best Books of the Month" for November, and has a review by Daphne Durham, who says the book "features four one-sitting yarns showcasing King at his gritty, gruesome, giddy best..."
• Amazon also has guest reviewers for each story: Justin Cronin reviews "1922", Suzanne Collins reviews "Big Driver", Margaret Atwood reviews "A Good Marriage", and T.C. Boyle reviews "Fair Extension".
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "As in Different Seasons (1982), King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes. Now, as then, these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable."
• Amazon has over 100 reader reviews, about half rating it 5 stars, with a significant portion giving it 1 star in outrage that the Kindle edition costs more than the hardcover.

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* McKinley, Robin : Pegasus
(Putnam 978-0-399-24677-7, $18.99, 404pp, hardcover, November 2010, cover illustration Elisabetta Sinopoli)
Pegasus #1

Young adult fantasy novel about a thousand-year alliance between humans and pegasi, and a 12-year-old princess whose paring with her pegasus results in a telepathic bond.
• The author's site has this description with a brief excerpt. Her homepage notes the Pegasus II is coming in 2012.
• Amazon has the Booklist review by Daniel Kraus: "McKinley's storytelling is to be savored. She lavishes page after page upon rituals and ceremonies, basks in the awe of her intricately constructed world, and displays a masterful sense of pegasi physicality and mannerisms."

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Empress of Eternity
(Tor 978-0-7653-2664-5, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, November 2010, jacket art Daniel Dociu)

Stand-alone SF novel about three far-future socities investigating an enormous canal that spans the mid-continent on Earth.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has reader reviews (one quite long).

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* Rardin, Jennifer : Bitten in Two
(Orbit 978-0-316-04378-6, $13.99, 312pp, trade paperback, November 2010)
Jaz Parks #7

Fantasy novel, seventh in the series that began with Once Bitten, Twice Shy (2007), about martial artist vampire hunter Jaz Parks.
• The author's site has a page about the character Jaz Parks.
• The author died on September 20, 2010. The final book in the series, The Deadliest Bite, will appear in June 2011.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Saintcrow, Lilith : Heaven's Spite
(Orbit 978-0-316-07417-9, $7.99, 300pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Jill Kismet #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in the series about Jill Kismet, a Hunter who tracks down hellbreeds, following Flesh Circus (2009).
• This book concerns the demon hellbreed.
• The author's site has brief descriptions of the books.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly, which notes, "It's difficult to see why this series is sometimes classified as urban fantasy or paranormal romance: a more appropriate categorization would be Christian horror. ... The focus is on the demon hellbreed, and both Jill and the plot put everything else aside to wallow in the bloody imminence of damnation."

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* Sargent, Pamela : Seed Seeker
(Tor 978-0-7653-1428-4, $25.99, 287pp, hardcover, November 2010, jacket art Matt Stawicki)
Seed #3

SF novel, sequel to Earthseed (1983) and Farseed (2007), set on a planet called Home where the human settlers have split into two cultures.
• In this book Ship, the starship that brought settlers to the planet, returns.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "With prose as spare as the unadorned clothes and tools of her characters, Sargent digs down to the raw emotional roots below the contentment of a materially satisfied life."
• Site io9 ran this review by Annalee Newitz, who concludes, "I highly recommend Seed Seeker if you're looking for a book about post-humanity that explores what would happen if humans used biotechnology to return to their humble, agrarian roots. Is it possible that the world of Home is the most advanced of all human civilizations?"

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+ Whates, Ian : City of Dreams & Nightmare
(Angry Robot 978-0-8576-6049-7, $7.99, 427pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover art Greg Bridges)
City of a Hundred Rows #1 First US edition (UK: HarperCollins UK/Angry Robot, March 2010)

Fantasy novel, first in a series, set in the ancient vertical city of Thaiburley.
• The publisher's site has this description with a PDF sample chapter and quotes from reviews.
• Note the publisher calls this book "Ian Whates' debut novel", though the author's The Noise Within (described here) was published earlier.
• The second book, City of Hope & Despair, will be published in Spring 2011.

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

posted 17 November 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 56 92 148
Fantasy Novels 38 249 287
Horror Novels 11 9 20
totals 105 350 455
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.






   
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