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March
Poul Anderson
Anne Bishop
Jim Butcher
Kate Elliott
S.L. Farrell
Ed Greenwood
Warren Hammond
Brian Keene
Tom Kratman
Brian Lumley
David Marusek
Eric Nylund
David Weber
Liz Williams

February
Sarah Ash
Jedediah Berry
David B. Coe
C.S. Friedman
Neil Gaiman
Jo Graham
Kate Griffin
Barb Hendee
Nancy Kress
A. Lee Martinez
Ringo & Cochrane
Walter Jon Williams

2010 Directories




 

Anderson, James, & Mark Sebanc : The Stoneholding
(Baen 978-1439133491, $7.99, 605pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Baen, September 2009)

Epic fantasy novel, first of series, about refugees from an ancient highlands community who seek an abducted prince.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The second book in the series, Darkling Fields of Arvon, just appeared in trade paperback.

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Baxter, Stephen : Weaver
(Ace 978-0-441-01854-3, $7.99, 369pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, February 2008)

Historical SF novel, final volume of the "Time's Tapestry" saga, following Emperor, Conqueror, and Navigator, concerning mysterious prophecies that may be manipulating the course of history. This volume is set during World War II, as Germany invades England.
• The publisher's site has a description.
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine concluded, "In the end the Time's Tapestry series evokes the same wondrous questions as the best alternate history tales, and does so on as broad an historical canvas as we've ever seen: is time malleable? Are we living in the wrong history? Do our choices matter?"

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Brett, Peter V. : The Warded Man
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51870-5, $7.99, 453pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: UK: HarperVoyager, September 2008)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, first published in 2008 in the UK as The Painted Man. It concerns a human society besieged by demons.
• The author's website has excerpts on its news page, plus artwork, background on the author, and deleted scenes from the book.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Brett's debut builds slowly and grimly on a classic high fantasy framework of black-and-white morality and bloodshed... With its nameless enemies that exist only to kill, Brett's gritty tale will appeal to those who tire of sympathetic villains and long for old-school orc massacres."
• The second volume in the series, The Desert Spear, just appeared in hardcover.

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Day, Thomas A. : A Grey Moon Over China
(Tor 978-0-7653-6105-9, $7.99, 501pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Black Heron Press, October 2006)

SF novel about energy wars between the US, Japan, and California, and a group of Army engineers with plans for a device that could prevent environmental disaster.
• It was first published by Black Heron Press in 2006, and named by Kirkus as one of the Best SF books of the year. Entertainment Weekly gave it an A.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The author's site has a long description, background on the author, and excerpts from various reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes "...this well-written, decidedly grim novel is replete with strong, thorny characters, fast-paced action sequences and rich descriptions of human folly and true heroism."

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Dozois, Gardner, & Jonathan Strahan, eds. : The New Space Opera 2
(Eos 978-0-06-156236-5, $7.99, 626pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Eos, July 2009)

Anthology of 19 original stories of interstellar adventure. It follows earlier anthology The New Space Opera (2007) and features a different selection of authors, this time including Robert Charles Wilson, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, John Kessel, and Tad Williams.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book listing the authors and with a "Browse and Buy" function including excerpts.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine, discussing how the New Space Opera movement has become more of a mode than a movement -- "Here are three signs of a movement becoming a mode: it becomes a kind of performance space, it grows self-referential, and its outlines are familiar enough to invite parody and humor."
• Peter Watts' story "The Island" is currently a Hugo Award nominee, while Watt's story and the book are Locus Award finalists.

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Esslemont, Ian C. : Night of Knives
(Tor 978-0-765-36349-7, $7.99, 318pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: UK: PS Publishing, April 2005)

Fantasy novel set in the Malazan Empire, the world co-created by Esslemont and Steven Erickson, author of the 10-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series. This book concerns the one-in-a-generation appearance of a Shadow Moon on the island of Malaz.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Series website Malazan Empire includes a readers' forum and a Encyclopedia Malazica.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Esslemont nails the feel and flavor of Erickson's books and brings the historical characters to life with a dexterity that will win over even the most skeptical fans."

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Flint, Eric, & Dave Freer : Slow Train to Arcturus
(Baen 978-1439133484, $7.99, 425pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Baen, October 2008)

SF novel about aliens who investigate a passing human starship filled with various misfit populations outcast from Earth.
• Baen's site has this blurb and links to several chapters.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

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Hamilton, Peter F. : The Temporal Void
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49656-0, $7.99, 661pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: UK: Macmillan UK, October 2008)

Far future SF novel, second volume of a trilogy that began with The Dreaming Void (2008), about humanity's quest for transcendence inside a black hole Void at the center of the galaxy.
• Del Rey's website has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's website includes a description plus a map of Makkrathan and a chapter 1 sample.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling." -- and mostly positive reader reviews.

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Lindskold, Jane : Nine Gates
(Tor 978-0-765-35622-2, $7.99, 467pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Tor, August 2009)

Fantasy novel, second in the series based on Chinese folklore following Thirteen Orphans (2008), about a college student who discovers that her ancestors came from another world to Earth, where they hid their magic system in the game of mah-jong.
• Tor's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.
• The next book in the series, Five Odd Honors, is due this month in hardcover.

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Monette, Sarah : Corambis
(Ace 978-0-441-01860-4, $7.99, 513pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Ace, April 2009)

Fantasy novel, fourth in the series following Mélusine (2005), The Virtu (2006), and The Mirador (2007), set in the magical city of Mélusine. This book concerns rival wizards and a fortress called the Mirador.
• The author's site has links to excerpts from the earlier novels, to a map and an explanation of the calendar, and to mp3 author readings of the first two chapters of this book.
• Faren Miller's review in Locus Magazine said that the book "should satisfy even the rare cynical reader who hasn't already been won over by Monette's gifts for character, voice and great prose."

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Niven, Larry, & Jerry Pournelle : Escape from Hell
(Tor 978-0-765-35540-9, $7.99, 346pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Tor, February 2009)

Fantasy novel, sequel to the authors' Hugo and Nebula-nominated Inferno (1976), about SF writer Allen Carpenter who dies and explores the nine circles of Dante's Hell.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Russell Letson reviews it last year in Locus Magazine: "Inferno and Escape from Hell come across as a curious combination of reasonably serious moral commentary and afterlife-fantasy pulp-adventure -- of, say, C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce (Escape is dedicated to Lewis) crossed with the Heroes in Hell series of 20 years back. The mix is not entirely comfortable or consistently successful, but it is strangely compelling."

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Sanderson, Brandon : Warbreaker
(Tor 978-0-765-36003-8, $7.99, 656pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Tor, June 2009)

Fantasy novel, a stand-alone and not part of a series, about two sister princesses, a God King one of them is to marry, and resurrected heroes.
• Tor's website has this description with a video interview, quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
• Amazon has nearly 150 four- and five-star reader reviews.

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Sawyer, Robert J. : WWW: Wake
(Ace 978-0-441-01853-6, $7.99, 372pp, mass market paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Ace, April 2009)

SF novel, first a trilogy, about an experimental treatment that enables a blind teenager to perceive the emerging consciousness of the World Wide Web.
• Sawyer's site has this page about the book, with the first several chapters of text, the cover text, a discussion guide, an audio of the author reading the first chapter, and much else.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "one of Sawyer's strongest works to date."
• The second book in the series, Watch, appeared last month in hardcover.

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New in Paperback: April 2010

posted 13 May 2010










This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online. (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. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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