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December
Stephen Baxter
Galen Beckett
Jim Butcher
Jo Graham
Justin Gastainis
Tom Kratman
John Meaney
David Oppegaard
Fiona Patton
Ringo & Taylor
Harry Turtledove

November
Taylor Anderson
James P. Blaylock
Juliet Marillier
Jack McDevitt
R.M. Meluch
L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Jeff Somers
Harry Turtledove
Gene Wolfe
Timothy Zahn

2009 Directories




 

Acevedo, Mario : Jailbait Zombie
(Eos 978-0-06-156717-9, $7.99, 311pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: Eos, March 2009)

Vampire detective novel, fourth in the series following The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, X-Rated Bloodsuckers, and The Undead Kama Sutra (2008), about an ex-soldier who became a vampire while serving in Iraq.
• In this volume PI Felix Gomez deals with a nest of zombies outside Denver.
• The next book in the series, Werewolf Smackdown, is due in March.
• HarperCollins has this page for the book, with its Browse Inside function.

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Bova, Ben : The Immortality Factor
(Tor 978-0-7653-4436-6, $7.99, 508pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)
(First edition: Tor, April 2009)

Medical thriller about two brothers on opposite sides of a controversy over a medical breakthrough in organ regeneration.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review noted that this book is an "uncut version" of Bova's 1996 novel Brothers. The Booklist review concludes "Bova masterfully presents the subtleties of all sides of both personal and scientific issues in a movie-like presentation of court testimony interspersed with chapters of backstory. Guaranteed riveting reading."

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Bujold, Lois McMaster : The Sharing Knife: Horizon
(Eos 978-0-06-137537-8, $7.99, 422pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Eos, February 2009)

Romantic fantasy novel, concluding volume in "The Sharing Knife" series following Beguilement (2006), Legacy (2007), and Passage (2008). In this book exiled Lakewalker Dag and his wife Fawn face a new malice threat.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" feature including an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman's review in Locus Magazine said, "...the bickering and banter are fun, and the latest malice threat has some nifty new variations, providing plenty of thrills before things wrap up with a charming epilogue..."

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Card, Orson Scott : Ender in Exile
(Tor 978-0-7653-4415-1, $7.99, 465pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)
(First edition: Tor, November 2008)

SF novel, a direct sequel to Card's Ender's Game (1985), concerning 12-year-old Ender Wiggin and his exile from Earth following victory over the alien buggers.
• Tor's website has this description with a video interview with Card, and an excerpt.
• Wikipedia has this page about the series, with a diagram illustrating the chronology of the various novels and stories.

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Carroll, Jonathan : The Ghost in Love
(Tor 978-0-7653-2305-7, $14.95, 318pp, trade paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Sarah Crichton, October 2008)

Fantasy novel about a man who doesn't die from a head injury, and what happens to the ghost sent to take his soul to heaven.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a link to Carroll's interview on KCRW's Bookworm, and an excerpt.
• The author's site has this page with a description, excerpts from reviews, and a link to chapter one Word document.

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Drake, David : The Gods Return
(Tor 978-0-7653-5118-0, $7.99, 463pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)
(First edition: Tor, November 2008)

Fantasy novel, third volume in "The Crown of the Isles" trilogy, following Fortress of Glass (2006) and The Mirror of Worlds (2007), that closes the long-running "Lord of the Isles" series.
• It concerns the Kingdom of the Isles, united under the rule of Prince Garric, threatened by the return of the Gods of Palomir.
• Tor's website has this description; Baen's Webscription site has this page for the book, with the author's acknowledgements and an author's note, and links to several chapters.

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Martin, George R. R., ed. : Wild Cards: Busted Flush
(Tor 978-0-7653-5713-7, $7.99, 450pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: Tor, December 2008)

Mosaic novel, second in a new trilogy set in the "Wild Cards" shared-world universe begun in 1987, about an alien virus that hits New York City in 1946 and leaves a minority of survivors with superhuman powers. It follows Inside Straight (2008).
• Contributors to this volume include Melinda M. Snodgrass, Carrie Vaughn, and S.L. Farrell.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "While those unfamiliar with the Wild Cards mosaic novels will flounder, the clever twists on today's political landscape and the unique powers of several new aces will lure back past readers."

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Redick, Robert V. S. : The Red Wolf Conspiracy
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50884-3, $7.99, 513pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, February 2008)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy and the author's first novel, concerning a giant merchant ship on a mission to bring peace between the Empire of Arqual and the Mzithrin Empire.
• The second book, The Ruling Sea, has just been published in hardcover.
• Del Rey's site has this description, and an excerpt.
• Faren Miller's review last year in Locus Magazine said, "Redick's inventiveness sometimes outpaces his eloquence, and he produces the occasional expository lump, but The Red Wolf Conspiracy still manages to be an irresistible read. I'll certainly look forward to seeing more of his work."

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Ruckley, Brian : Fall of Thanes
(Orbit 978-0-316-06808-6, $7.99, 568pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Orbit, May 2009)

Fantasy novel, third book of "The Godless World" trilogy following Winterbirth (2007) and Bloodheir (2008), about war between the clans of the Black Road and the True Bloods.
• The author's site has this synopsis and an extract.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Steele, Allen : Coyote Horizon
(Ace 978-0-441-01840-6, $7.99, 386pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Ace, March 2009)

SF novel, subtitled "A Novel of Interstellar Discovery" and first book in the Coyote Chronicles, following the original trilogy (Coyote, Coyote Rising, and Coyote Frontier) about colonists from Earth settling a planet in the 47 Ursae Majoris system, and two other novels set in the Coyote universe, Spindrift and Galaxy Blues.
• This book concerns interaction between the colonists and the alien hjadd, first encountered in Spindrift. The second book in the duology, Coyote Destiny, is due in March.
• The series website includes artwork, an interactive map, a rare story, a quiz, and more.
• Russell Letson's review last year in Locus Magazine concluded, "This is not the real endgame, since Coyote Horizon is just the first half of the whole story, and my technical and aesthetic objections will not prevent me from looking forward to seeing how events play out in Coyote Destiny."

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Strieber, Whitley : Critical Mass
(Tor 978-0-7653-6247-6, $7.99, 371pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)

Thriller about the reaction to a terrorist nuclear attack on Las Vegas.
• Tor's website has this description with a video trailer.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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Weis, Margaret, & Tracy Hickman : Bones of the Dragon
(Tor 978-0-7653-5924-7, $7.99, 532pp, mass market paperback, December 2009)
(First edition: Tor, January 2009)

Fantasy novel, first in the "Dragonships of Vindras" series, with six books projected, about seagoing tribes (inspired by Viking and Norse mythology) who fight side by side with dragons and gods.
• Tor's site has this description with a video interview and an audio excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Despite some clumsy alterations to Norse myth and history, Weis and Hickman have created a believably human story out of their mix of saga and sorcery..."
• The second book, Secret of the Dragon, is due in March.

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New in Paperback: January 2010

posted 25 February 2010










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