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Mario Acevedo
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George R.R. Martin
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2009 Directories




 

Ash, Sarah : Flight into Darkness
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-58986-3, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, February 2010, cover illustration Phillip Heffernan)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, February 2009)

Fantasy novel, sequel to Tracing the Shadow (2008), concerning characters from her Tears of Artamon trilogy and set in a kingdom that has purged itself of its magicians.
• Bantam's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; the latter describes it as about "the exploits of dozens of characters in several different countries, dealing with politics, mythology, espionage, ghosts, religion, music, and romance."

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Berry, Jedediah : The Manual of Detection
(Penguin 978-0143116516, $15, 278pp, trade paperback, January 2010)
(First edition: Penguin, February 2009)

Surrealistic fantasy/mystery novel, about a clerk in an unnamed city investigating a series of murders committed in people's dreams. It's the first novel by the author, who works as an editor for Small Beer Press.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: "At its best, it's a small classic of that small tradition of genuinely surrealistic mysteries ... alternating anarchic comedy with ingenious philosophical conundra and occasional passages of hauntingly evocative imagery (a feral traveling carnival, a parade of somnambulists carrying bags of alarm clocks through night-time streets, a bedroom set up in a clearing in the woods...)."
• The novel won this year's William L. Crawford Award as best first book by a new fantasy writer.

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Coe, David B. : The Horsemen's Gambit
(Tor 978-0-765-35551-5, $7.99, 451pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Tor, January 2009)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Blood of the Southlands" trilogy following The Sorcerer's Plague (2007).
• Tor's site has this description of the book and an excerpt.

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Friedman, C. S. : Wings of Wrath
(DAW 978-0-7564-0594-6, $7.99, 437pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: DAW, February 2009)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Magister" trilogy following Feast of Souls (2008).
• The author's website has this description.

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Gaiman, Neil : Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
(Eos 978-0-06-051523-2, $7.99, 33+344pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, October 2006)

Collection of 31 stories and poems, most first published in various anthologies and magazines over the past decade. One story was original to this volume, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties". It won a Locus Award as Best Short Story of its year.
• Other titles include Hugo and Locus award winner "A Study in Emerald", and Locus Award winners "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire", "Closing Time", "October in the Chair", and "Sunbird".
• There was an earlier trade paperback; this is a mass market paperback reprint edition.
• Gaiman's webpage for the book has a description and a link to an audio excerpt.

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Graham, Jo : Hand of Isis
(Orbit US 978-0-316-06801-7, $7.99, 622pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)
(First edition: Orbit US, March 2009)

Historical fantasy novel set in ancient Egypt, about Cleopatra's half sister Charmian, who is the incarnate Hand of Isis.
• The publisher's site has this description. The book includes an afterword, glossary, further reading, and an "extras" author interview and reading group guide.
• Faren Miller reviewed the book for Locus Magazine: "While it would make a fine adjunct to a class on history, mythology -- Egyptian, Greek, Roman -- or even military post-traumatic stress syndrome, this is no dry academic discourse. Graham knows her stuff, and makes it come alive..."

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Griffin, Kate : A Madness of Angels
(Orbit 978-0-316-06859-8, $7.99, 613pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Orbit US, April 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, subtitled "Or, the Resurrection of Matthew Swift", about a young London sorcerer who wakes up two years after his death, determined to bring vengeance upon his killer.
• Griffin is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, author of YA novels.
• The author's website has this description of the book, with images of both the UK and US edition covers.
• The Publishers Weekly review says "Griffin's lush prose and chatty dialogue, modeled after the best work of other modern British fantasy writers, create a wonderful ambience but often diffuse the tension, leaving readers to make their own way through the uncomplicated plot."

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Hendee, Barb : In Shade and Shadow
(Roc 978-0-451-46302-9, $7.99, 420pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)
(First edition: Roc, January 2009)

Fantasy novel, seventh in the "Noble Dead" series following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, Rebel Fay, and Child of a Dead God, about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• The author's site NobleDead.com has a description with quotes from reviews, a pronunciation guide, and an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also includes an excerpt.

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Kress, Nancy : Steal Across the Sky
(Tor 978-0-765-35956-8, $7.99, 351pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Tor, February 2009)

SF novel about alien Atoners who claim to have wronged humanity, and who invite human witnesses to travel to distant worlds to understand their crime.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine, not wanting to give away surprises: "Take my word that the issues are as strongly felt as any in the Beggars or Probability sequences, and as difficult to resolve..."
• The novel is included on the 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List.

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Martinez, A. Lee : Monster
(Orbit 978-0-316-04991-7, $7.99, 315pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Orbit, May 2009)

Humorous SF novel about a pest control agent named Monster, his girlfriend Judy, and their encounters with a yeti, trolls, and other cryptobiological invaders.
• The author's website has this description with reader comments.
• Orbit's website has this excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the book "pokes at big-picture questions, like the nature of the universe and the meaning of life, with abundant, zany humor in this charming tale."

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Ringo, John, & Julie Cochrane : Honor of the Clan
(Baen 978-1-439-13335-4, $7.99, 469pp, mass market paperback, February 2010)
(First edition: Baen, January 2009)

Military SF novel, sixth in Ringo's "Posleen War" series following Cally's War (2004).
• Baen's site has this description with links to chapter excerpts.
• Wikipedia has an entry about the Legacy of the Aldenata series with a list of titles in the series.

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Williams, Walter Jon : This Is Not a Game
(Orbit US 978-0-316-00316-2, $7.99, 462pp, mass market paperback, January 2010)
(First edition: Orbit US, March 2009)

Near-future thriller about a game designer who flees riots in Jakarta to return to murder and corporate espionage in Los Angeles.
• The publisher's site has this description of the hardcover edition, with a link to a BookBrowse Reader excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine said: "Williams, from his own experience, knows how these games work and how the participants interact, and the result is that This Is Not A Game succeeds not only as a suspense novel, but as an incisive portrait of a subculture for whom reality is increasingly contingent, and increasingly mediated."
• The novel is included on the 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List.

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New in Paperback: February 2010

posted 25 February 2010










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