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2010 Directories




 

* Akers, Tim : The Horns of Ruin
(Pyr 978-1-61614-246-9, $16, 269pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Benjamin Carre)

Steampunk novel about rivalry between three brothers regarded as gods in the city of Ash.
• Pyr's site has this description.
• Tor.com posted this preview back in October.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Ash is a vibrant city, and the cults of the three brothers have a relationship as ambivalent and complicated as the relationship among any actual siblings."

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+ Barclay, James : Elfsorrow
(Pyr 978-1616142483, $17, 421pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Raymond Swanland)
Legends of the Raven #1

Fantasy novel, first book in the "Legends of the Raven" series following earlier "Chronicles of the Raven" (Dawnthief, Noonshade, and Nightshade), in which the Raven face a cursed plague that threatens to wipe out the elven race.
• The book was published in the UK in 2002 by Gollancz.
• Pyr's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Three more books will follow, as summarized on the author's website.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Barclay uses complexly threaded plot lines to follow several heroes, villains, and ordinary people as they attempt to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the terrible war... Real enjoyment of this volume requires both familiarity with the previous trilogy and a commitment to reading future installments."

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+ Blackthorne, Thomas : Edge
(Angry Robot 978-0857660404, $7.99, 398pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Edge #1

Near-future SF novel set in a Britain which has legalized duelling with knives.
• The author is John Meaney, writing has Thomas Blackthorne.
• The book was first published in the UK in February 2010; the next book in the series, Point, is due in February 2011.
• Angry Robot's site has this description with quotes from reviews, a link to a PDF excerpt, and blurbs from Stephen Baxter and Robert J. Sawyer.

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* Card, Orson Scott : Pathfinder
(Simon Pulse 978-1-4169-9176-2, $18.99, 662pp, hardcover, November 2010)
Pathfinder #1

Young adult novel about a boy, Rigg, who discovers he has the power not only to see the past, but to change it.
• The publisher's site has this description with a chapter 1 excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a "series opener" and notes a second, intertwined story, about a starship captain facing paradoxes following an interspatial jump. PW concludes, "While Card delves deeply into his story's knotted twists and turns, readers should have no trouble following the philosophical and scientific mysteries, which the characters are parsing right along with them. An epic in the best sense, and not simply because the twin stories stretch across centuries."
• Amazon has several mostly positive reviews.

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* Foster, Alan Dean : The Human Blend
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51197-3, $26, 226pp, hardcover, December 2010)
The Tipping Point #1

Near-future thriller, first of a trilogy, in which criminals are punished through genetic engineering and body manipulation, about partners in crime who acquire a mysterious metallic thread from their latest victim.
• Del Rey's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon's reader reviews are mixed.

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* Jerome, Celia : Trolls in the Hamptons
(DAW 978-0-7564-0630-1, $7.99, 313pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover art Daniel Dos Santos)
Willow Tate #1

Fantasy romance novel about a graphic novelist whose latest subject, a ten-foot-tall troll, comes to life.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• It appears to be the author's first novel, and the first of at least five books in the series. The author's website has a chapter 1 excerpt and a preview of the second book.
• Amazon has a few mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Kittredge, Caitlin : Bone Gods
(St. Martin's Paperbacks 978-0-312-38820-1, $7.99, 343pp, mass market paperback, December 2010)
Black London #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in the "Black London" series following Street Magic (2009) and Demon Bound (2009), about Pete Caldecott, a London detective investigating supernatural events.
• In this book Pete faces the return of mage Jack Winter and ongoing supernatural turf wars.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.

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* Knapp, James : The Silent Army
(Roc 978-0-451-46361-6, $7.99, 372pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
State of Decay #2

Zombie thriller, sequel to the author's first novel State of Decay (2010), set in a future America in which the military uses undead 'revivors' -- people exempt from military service until after they die -- as soldiers.
• The author's site has this page about the book. One more volume in the trilogy is planned.
• Amazon has the same description, and a handful of reader reviews.

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* Lackey, Mercedes : Trio of Sorcery
(Tor 978-0-7653-2851-9, $24.99, 351pp, hardcover, November 2010)

Collection of three original urban fantasy novellas, two involving protagonists of earlier Lackey books, the third introducing a new character.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides a preview.
• Amazon has numerous 5-star reader reviews.

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* Lebbon, Tim : Echo City
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59322-8, $7.99, 482pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Kathleen Lynch)

Dark fantasy novel about a desert city where a few renegades believe there is more to the world than the city and its subterranean Echoes.
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides a preview.
• Amazon has a couple enthusiastic reader reviews.

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Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. : Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance
(Tor 978-0-7653-2086-5, $27.99, 669pp, hardcover, December 2010)
(First edition: Subterranean Press, October 2009)

Anthology of 22 original stories, a tribute anthology to Jack Vance, created with the cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents.
• Authors include Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Jeff VanderMeer, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Elizabeth Hand, Dan Simmons, Howard Waldrop, George R.R. Martin, and Neil Gaiman.
• Dean Koontz provides a tribute/introduction, and Vance a preface.
• The book, first published by Subterranean Press in 2009, was on Locus' 2009 Recommended Reading List. In this year's Locus Poll, the book placed 3rd in the anthology category, and Neil Gaiman's "An Invocation of Incuriosity" won in the short story category.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides a preview. Amazon has its own "Best Books of December 2010" review by Darryl Campbell -- "Some stories capture Vance's style and inventiveness, while others recreate his perfect combination of black humor and creeping dread." -- and the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Exquisitely illustrated by Tom Kidd, these are tales to savor and a fitting tribute to one of the field's finest authors."

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* Neumeier, Rachel : Law of the Broken Earth
(Orbit 978-0-316-07993-8, $7.99, 435pp, mass market paperback, December 2010)
Griffin Mage #3

Fantasy novel, third book in the "Griffin Mage" trilogy following Lord of the Changing Winds and Land of the Burning Sands.
• The author's website has this page about the series.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "vivid, satisfying conclusion" to the trilogy.

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* Paul, Graham Sharp : The Battle for Commitment Planet
(Del Rey 978-0345513717, $7.99, 374pp, mass market paperback, November 2010, cover illustration Chris McGrath)
Helfort's War #4

Military space opera novel, fourth in the Helfort's War series following The Battle at the Moons of Hell (2007), The Battle of the Hammer Worlds (2008), and The Battle of Devastation Reef (2009).
• In this book the bad guys demand Helfort's surrender or they'll execute his love.
• Del Rey's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" also provides a preview.

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* Rickert, M. : Holiday
(Golden Gryphon Press 978-1-930846-65-4, $24.95, 9+164pp, hardcover, November 2010, cover art Thomas Canty)

Collection of 11 stories, first published from 2003 to 2010 (seven of them in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction).
• The author provides an introduction.
• Thomas Canty illustrates the end-papers and each story.
• The publisher's site has this description with the table of contents, and the review from Tangent Online
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "...Rickert asks us directly 'How do stories help us solve the terrible riddle of being human? How do we take all our suffering, the rapes, and wars, and children dying, and turn it into something like a bird song in the night?' That's a tall order for any writer to set for herself, but you come away from these dark and glowing tales thinking that Rickert knows..."

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* Warrington, Freda : Midsummer Night
(Tor 978-0-7653-1870-1, $27.99, 412pp, hardcover, November 2010, jacket art Kinuko Y. Craft)
Elfland #2

Fantasy novel, sequel to Elfland (2009) about Aetherials, or Fair Folk, who live among humans, and a gate that is opened every seven years to the Other World.
• This book concerns a woman in a northwest Scotland mansion which serves as portal to the Other World.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "moody and spine-shivering".
• Faren Miller reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: "While Warrington loves to invoke and explore the emotional, sensuous, difficult tangle of relationships, betrayals, and obsessions of mortals and immortals (on both sides of the border between worlds, and in the odd dusky areas where they sometimes meet), beneath all this lies something with the power of myth and the great old tales."

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

posted 11 December 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 59 96 155
Fantasy Novels 43 264 307
Horror Novels 11 10 21
totals 113 370 483
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

Rigg and Father usually set the traps together, because it was Rigg who had the knack of seeing the paths that the animals they wanted were still using.

Father was blind to it -- he could never see the thin shimmering trails in the air that marked the passage of living creatures through the world. But to Rigg it was, and always had been, part of what his eyes could see, without any effort at all. The newer the path, the bluer the shimmer; older ones were green, yellow; the truly ancient ones tended toward red.




Opening lines:

"Let's riffle the dead man." Jiminy scowled at the newly won corpse and hopped to it.

Viewed up close, the freshly demised Meld wasn't much of a prize--but then, Jiminy Cricket wasn't much of a thief. Neither was his occasional mudbud Whispr. As Jiminy slipped the still-warm barker back inside his shirt, the two men bent over the motionless middle-aged Meld who'd had the unluck to be singled out as prey. Whispr was relieved the man had finally stopped gasping. In the deceptive calm of the Savannah alley where they had dragged the lumpy body, the dead man's penultimate air suckling had grown progressively more disconcerting. Now it, and he, were stilled.




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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