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second week November
Philippa Ballantine
Merrie Destefano
James Enge
Jordan & Sanderson
Stephen King
Robin McKinley
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Jennifer Rardin
Lilith Saintcrow
Pamela Sargent
Ian Whates

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

2010 Directories




 

* Bear, Greg : Hull Zero Three
(Orbit US 978-0-316-07281-6, $19.99, 307pp, hardcover, November 2010)

SF novel about an amnesiac man who wakes from hibernation aboard an interstellar starship in mid-voyage.
• The author's website has this description with a link to an excerpt and trailer on Orbit's site.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly and the Booklist reviews; PW concludes, "Not for those who prefer their space opera simpleminded, this beautifully written tale where nothing is as it seems will please readers with a well-developed sense of wonder", while Booklist's Carl Hays calls it "One of Bear's most thought-provoking and well-crafted novels to date."
• Gary K. Wolfe's review from the November issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; Wolfe writes "The main strength of Hull Zero Three, at least for veteran hard SF readers, lies in the ingenious manner in which Bear has constructed these through-the-looking-glass puzzles, and in which he eventually unpacks them..."

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+ de Bodard, Aliette : Servant of the Underworld
(HarperCollins/Angry Robot US 978-0-85766-031-2, $7.99, 413pp, mass market paperback, September 2010)
Obsidian & Blood #1 First US edition (UK: HarperCollins UK/Angry Robot, January 2010)

Historical fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first book of a trilogy, a murder mystery about an Aztec priest responsible for conducting human sacrifices to prevent the end of the world.
• Angry Robot's site has this description with quotes from reviews and links to free samples in various formats.
• Amazon also has the description, and blurbs from Kevin J. Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, and others.

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* Freeman, John, ed. : Sci-Fi Art Now
(Collins Design 978-0-06-200557-1, $29.99, 192pp, hardcover, October 2010)

Compilation of artworks by contemporary SF artists from around the world.
• The book is arranged by subject, with sections on "Radical Robots and Electric Dreams", "Spacecraft and Space Travelers", "Aliens and Alien Worlds", etc. There's a Foreword by Chris Foss, and an introduction by the editor.
• Artists include Jon Sullivan, Kai Boguschewski, SMS, Lee Gibbons, Bob Eggleton, Sergey Musin, Duncan Long, John Picacio, Mark Harrison, Ognian Bonev, and Tom Kidd, among many others.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has a couple 5-star reader reviews.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2010 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607012337, $19.95, 568pp, trade paperback, October 2010)

Anthology of 39 dark fantasy and horror stories first published in 2009. This is the inaugural volume of a new series edited by Guran for Prime Books.
• Authors include Elizabeth Bear, Barbara Roden, Margo Lanagan, Catherynne M. Valente, Peter Straub, Kelly Link, Ramsey Campbell, Lucius Shepard, and Michael Marshall Smith.
• DarkEcho has this description with the complete table of contents.

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* Harvey, Colin : Damage Time
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-064-0, $7.99, 465pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover art Chris Moore)

SF thriller set in 2050 as sea levels have risen and New York City is protected by tidal barriers, concerning an NYPD officer accused of murder.
• Angry Robot's site has this description, quotes from reviews, a free sample link, and blurbs from Christopher Barzak and C.C. Finlay.

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* Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. : Songs of Love and Death
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1-4391-5014-6, $26, 468pp, hardcover, November 2010)

Anthology of 17 original stories, subtitled "All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love".
• Authors include Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Cecelia Holland, Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Tuttle, Peter S. Beagle, and Diana Gabaldon.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt; the Amazon page also provides a text excerpt of Jim Butcher's "Love Hurts".

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* Pelegrimas, Marcus : Skinners: Vampire Uprising
(Eos 978-0-06-198633-8, $7.99, 407pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover art Larry Rostant)
Skinners #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in the "Skinners" series following Blood Blade, Howling Legion, and Teeth of Beasts, about a video game designer who discovers that monsters of the night -- vampires, werewolves, shape-shifting monsters -- are real, and who becomes a member of a secret society devoted to fighting them.
• The publisher's site has this description with with a preview function.
• Amazon has a couple 5-star reader reviews.

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* Petrucha, Stefan : Blood Prophecy
(Grand Central 978-0446555999, $7.99, 354pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)

Historical fantasy novel about the survivor of a Puritan family killed by an undead creature, who travels the world for 150 years seeking to regain his humanity.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which says the author "combines the paranormal with the historical for this unique, page-turning adventure."

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* Price, Kalayna : Grave Witch
(Roc 978-0-451-46380-7, $6.99, 325pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Alex Craft #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series about Alex Craft, a police consultant who can communicate with the dead.
• The author's site has this description with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "The world is nothing new, but a zippy pace and entrancing descriptions of 'grave sight,' which juxtaposes a decaying spirit world on top of ours, will keep readers happily turning pages."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine, calling it "a thoroughly enjoyable magical mystery, the first in a very promising new series."

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* Rabe, Jean, & Martin H. Greenberg, ed. : Steampunk'd
(DAW 978-0-7564-0643-1, $7.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)

Anthology of 14 original steampunk stories.
• Authors include Michael A. Stackpole, William C. Dietz, Jody Lynn Nye, and Robert E. Vardeman.

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* Remic, Andy : Soul Stealers
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-067-1, $7.99, 398pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover art Adrian Smith)
The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Kell's Legend (2010), in which the land of Falanor is invaded by an albino army.
• In this book Kell is pursued by two vampire assassins.
• Angry Robot's site has this description, with excerpts from reviews and a link to a free sample.

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+ Roberson, Chris : Book of Secrets
(HarperCollins/Angry Robot US 978-0-85766-010-7, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)

Fantasy novel about a reporter hunting for a missing book, and a chest of pulp magazines left him by his grandfather.
• Angry Robot's site has this description with quotes from reviews and links to samples in formats.
• The book was first published in the UK in August 2009. An earlier version was published by the author in 2001 as Voices of Thunder.
• Amazon has one lengthy, 5-star reader review.

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* Rushdie, Salman : Luka and the Fire of Life
(Random House 978-0-679-46336-8, $25, 218pp, hardcover, November 2010, jacket illustration Niroot Puttapipat)

Young adult fantasy novel, a companion to earlier YA novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1991); this book concerns Haroun's younger brother Luka, who must travel to the Magic World in order to save his father's life.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• The Amazon page has a background statement from the author, and mostly positive reader reviews.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine, noting that the book "is essentially a middle-grade book disguised by Random House as young adult and marketed as general fiction". Wolfe writes, "As inventive and footloose as it seems, though, there's as much of Rushdie the Dad in this narrative as of Rushdie the Tale-teller, and at regular intervals we find ourselves yanked right out of this festive chaos in order to read what's on the blackboard..."

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* Shepherd, Mike : Kris Longknife: Redoubtable
(Ace 978-0-441-01956-4, $7.99, 328pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover art Scott Grimando)
Kris Longknife #8

Military SF adventure novel, eighth the series following Mutineer, Deserter (both 2004), Defiant (2005), Resolute (2006), Audacious (2007), Intrepid (2008) and Undaunted. (2009), about a Prime Minister's daughter who joins the space navy.
• In this book, slavers kidnap a twelve-year-old girl.
• Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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* Snyder, Lucy A. : Shotgun Sorceress
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51210-9, $7.99, 326pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Dan Dos Santos)
Spellbent #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Spellbent (2009), about a young mage trying to rescue her lover after accidentally opening a portal to Hell.
• In this book Jessie realizes that her new powers, and the mysterious circumstances of her birth, make her a magical revolutionary.
• Del Rey's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.

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+ Waggoner, Tim : Nekropolis
(Angry Robot 9780857660138, $7.99, 401pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover art Vincent Chong)
Nekropolis #1 First US edition (UK: HarperCollins/Angry Robot, January 2010)

Dark fantasy novel about a zombie private eye working in a city called Nekropolis.
• Angry Robot's site has this description with quotes from many reviews and links to free samples in various formats.
• This edition is expanded from the 2004 Five Star edition. A second novel in the series, Dead Streets, has already appeared in the UK and will be published in the US next March.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it an "imaginative, morbidly witty, and frightening series launch".

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

posted 24 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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