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first week December
Tim Akers
James Barclay
Thomas Blackthorne
Orson Scott Card
Alan Dean Foster
Celia Jerome
Caitlin Kittredge
James Knapp
Mercedes Lackey
Tim Lebbon
Martin & Dozois
Rachel Neumeier
Graham Sharp Paul
M. Rickert
Freda Warrington

last week November
Eric Brown
Ally Condie
Glen Cook
Carole Nelson Douglas
Fowler & Notkin
Griffith & Griffith
Paula Guran
M.L.N. Hanover
Anne Rice
Ekaterina Sedia
Patrick Swenson
Ray Vukcevich
Tad Williams
Erzebet YellowBoy

2010 Directories




 

* Aaron, Rachel : The Spirit Eater
(Orbit 978-0-316-06908-3, $7.99, 422pp, mass market paperback, December 2010)
The Legend of Eli Monpress #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following the author's first novel The Spirit Thief, and The Spirit Rebellion, about wizard thief Eli Monpress.
• The author's site has descriptions of all three books.
• Orbit's website has an extract.

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* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : The Way of the Wizard
(Prime Books 978-1607012320, $14.95, 477pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover art Scott Grimando)

Anthology of 32 stories, a mix of originals and reprints. Authors include George R.R. Martin, Susanna Clarke, Jeffrey Ford, Orson Scott Card, Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
• Adams has a dedicated site for the book, with the complete table of contents and introductions to each story, a set of author interviews, and complete texts of seven of the stories.
• Brit Mandelo just reviewed the book at Tor.com, giving it an overall grade of B+.
• Richard Horton reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine, commenting that "The originals are by and large a strikingly good set of stories", and especially recommending the stories by Lev Grossman, Nnedi Okorafor, and Christie Yant.

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* Armstrong, Jon : Yarn
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-210-9, $14.99, 309pp, trade paperback, December 2010, cover art Anthony Palumbo)
Grey #2

Science fiction novel, a prequel to the author's 2007 first novel Grey, set in a future dominated by high fashion and celebrity culture.
• The publisher's site has this description and order form.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "Armstrong's stylized tale is a profoundly moving fusion of visionary images and compelling social commentary."
• The book is highlighted in Paul Di Filippo's Barnes & Noble/Salon essay Is Science Fiction Dying?, where it's cited as an example of satirical sf; "Half the fun of Armstrong's books is the lush, ornate, rococo language, worthy of a Russell Hoban or Anthony Burgess. The neologisms are captivating, the dialogue is both sophisticated and rude, and the descriptive passages are boldly visual."
• Adrienne Martini reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine: "What makes Yarn rise above its familiar plot are all of the accessories that Armstrong has woven into his richly imagined world. He never breaks from his fully detailed vision of how his Seattlehama and its environs would sound and smell and look. It's immersive and by turns alienating and wonderful."

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* Asprin, Robert, & Jody Lynn Nye : Dragons Deal
(Ace 978-0-441-01926-7, $15, 385pp, trade paperback, December 2010, cover art Rob Johnson)
Griffen McCandles #3

Fantasy novel, third in the "Griffen McCandles" or "Dragons" series, following Dragons Wild (2008) and Dragons Luck (2009), about a con artist who discovers that members of his family are dragons.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an excerpt.

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* Downum, Amanda : The Bone Palace
(Orbit 978-0-316-06900-7, $7.99, 458pp, mass market paperback, December 2010, cover illustration Larry Rostant)
The Necromancer Chronicles #2

Fantasy novel, second book in the "Necromancer Chronicles" following the author's first novel The Drowning City (2009), about a necromancer pursuing revolutionaries in Symir, the Drowning City.
• The author's website has this description with links to extracts and a soundtrack.
• Amazon has reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist -- both starred reviews. PW's review concludes, "Finely drawn characters love and betray with enthralling passion and pain, and the taverns and gardens of plague-ridden Erisin and the titular ruined palace at its center make a dark and richly detailed background for this complex and bloody tale of sorcery, madness, and intrigue."

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* Jones, Stephen Graham : The Ones That Got Away
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-235-1, $24.95, 251pp, hardcover, December 2010)

Collection of 13 horror stories, first published from 2005 to 2010 with one story, "Crawlspace", "mostly unpublished" (an earlier version was called "Gabriel").
• Laird Barron provides an introduction, and the author provides story notes.
• The publisher's site has this description.

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* Koch, Gini : Alien Tango
(DAW 978-0-7564-0632-5, $7.99, 428pp, mass market paperback, December 2010, cover art Daniel Dos Santos)
Alien #2

SF novel, second a series following Touched by an Alien (April 2010), about a woman who discovers that alien invaders from Alpha Centauri are turning humans into monsters.
• The author's website has descriptions of this book and the upcoming third book in the series, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Booklist review: "Quirky characters, wacky situations, and nonstop action from battleground to bedroom keep this romp entertaining."

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+ Marillier, Juliet : Seer of Sevenwaters
(Roc 978-0-451-46355-5, $24.95, 418pp, hardcover, December 2010, cover art John Jude Palencar)
Sevenwaters #5

Fantasy novel, fifth book in the Sevenwaters series following the initial trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy) and Heir of Sevenwaters (2008).
• In this book Sibeal of Sevenwaters, in training to be a druid, spends a summer on an isolated island.
• The author's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Readers will thrill to this strong, heartfelt tale of the Sevenwaters family and their magical exploits."

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* McCaffrey, Anne, & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough : Catacombs
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51378-6, $26, 236pp, hardcover, December 2010)
Tales of the Barque Cats #2

SF novel, second "Tale of the Barque Cats", about a breed of cats who have become prized crewmembers on interstellar starships, following Catalyst.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, describing it as "another light space adventure featuring super-smart cats", and concluding, "Readers of all ages will be entertained as the barque cats explore strange new worlds and save the day."

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* McKillip, Patricia A. : The Bards of Bone Plain
(Ace 978-0-441-01957-1, $24.95, 329pp, hardcover, December 2010, jacket illustration Kinuko Y. Craft)

Fantasy novel about a reluctant young bard researching a legendary place called Bone Plain.
• The publisher's site has a description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "rich, resonant story of poetry, riddles, mystery, and magic". The review concludes, "McKillip seduces readers with lyrical prose; intriguing, complex characters; and resonant riddles-within-riddles."

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* Mead, Richelle : Last Sacrifice
(Razorbill 978-1595143068, $17.99, 594pp, hardcover, December 2010)
Vampire Academy #6

Young adult vampire romance novel, sixth and final book in the "Vampire Academy" series following the title debut novel (2007), Frostbite (2008), Shadow Kiss (2008), Blood Promise (2009), and Spirit Bound (May 2010).
• The publisher's site has a Vampire Academy subsite, with this page for the book.
• Amazon has over 60 reader reviews, the majority with 5-star ratings.

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* Parks, Richard : On the Banks of the River of Heaven
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-226-9, $24.95, 254pp, hardcover, December 2010)

Collection of 14 fantasy stories, most first published from 2005 to 2008, with three of the stories original to this book.
• Charles de Lint provides an introduction.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which begins "Gods, mortals, and entities somewhere in between provide provocative reflections on human nature in this breezy collection of 14 fantasy stories."
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the December issue of Locus Magazine, raving "These 14 works are superb to the point where it seems both unnecessary and impossible to pick out special gems. ... If you aren't already familiar with Parks, be prepared to have your mind turned inside-out."

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* Taylor, Travis S., & Les Johnson : Back to the Moon
(Baen 978-1-4391-3405-4, $25, 363pp, hardcover, December 2010, cover art David Mattingly)

SF novel about the United States' return to the Moon, which becomes a rescue mission when an earlier Chinese mission is stranded there.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has one detailed reader review.

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* Turtledove, Harry : Atlantis and Other Places
(Roc 978-0-451-46364-7, $24.95, 430pp, hardcover, December 2010, jacket art Steve Stone)

Collection of 12 alternate history stories, first published from 2000 to 2007.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "These stories, some dead serious and some absurdly improbable, demonstrate his ability to slip, chameleonlike, from one mode to the next. ... Turtledove's research is always solid, his speculation thoughtful, and his execution professional."
• Steven H Silver has posted this detailed review.

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* Wright, S. L. : Demon Underground
(Roc 978-0-451-46367-8, $7.99, 340pp, mass market paperback, December 2010)
Demon #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Confessions of a Demon (2009), about Allay, a human/demon hybrid and bar owner, who gets caught up in a clan war between humans and demons in New York City.
• The author also publishes as Susan Wright; her website has a description of this book with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has a couple reader reviews.

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

posted 17 December 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 60 99 159
Fantasy Novels 44 270 314
Horror Novels 11 10 21
totals 125 379 504
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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