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Kevin J. Anderson
Isaac Asimov
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C.J. Cherryh
Jennifer Fallon
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Richard Kadrey
Dani & Eytan Kollin
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China Miéville
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Gene Wolfe

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Anderson & Sebanc
Stephen Baxter
Peter V. Brett
Thomas A. Day
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Peter F. Hamilton
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Sarah Monette
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2010 Directories




 

Abercrombie, Joe : Best Served Cold
(Orbit 978-0-316-04495-0, $7.99, 882pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, June 2009)

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel set the world of the author's "First Law" trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and The Last Argument of Kings), concerning a battle between Duke Orso and General Monza Murcatto.
• The US publisher's site has this description. The author's site has an extract.
• Faren Miller's review last year in Locus Magazine said that, despite its violence, the book "has room for genuine wisdom, ironies and other humor, screwing (metaphoric and otherwise), and some well-conceived surprises."

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Carey, Jacqueline : Naamah's Kiss
(Grand Central 978-0-446-19804-2, $7.99, 773pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Grand Central, June 2009)

Fantasy novel, seventh installment in the Kushiel series after Kushiel's Mercy (2008), set in an allegorical version of Earth where angels watch over lands called Terre d'Ange [France] and Alba [Great Britain].
• This book concerns a young woman, Moirim, whose romantic adventures take her from Terre d'Ange to Ch'in.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an "Open Book" function providing an excerpt.
• Carey's website has the chapter one excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concluded "Carey's triumph as a writer lies in her ability to turn these stock -- nearly stereotyped -- components into an engaging, fascinating novel."
• The sequel just appeared in hardcover: Naamah's Curse.

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Colfer, Eoin : And Another Thing...
(Hyperion 978-1401310301, $14.99, 273pp, trade paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Hyperion, October 2009)

Humorous SF novel, sixth installment in the popular "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series by Douglas Adams, first published from 1979 (the title novel) to 1984 (So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish).
• The publisher's site has this description from the dust jacket flap, plus an audio excerpt.
• Amazon has its "Look Inside" function with an excerpt, and the Publishers Weekly review, which remarked that "Readers may find this volume paradoxical. On its own it is a funny novel, but Adams set a legendary, nearly impossible standard..."

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Doctorow, Cory : Little Brother
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2311-8, $9.99, 382pp, trade paperback, April 2010)
(First edition: Tor, May 2008)

Near-future young adult SF novel about a 17-year-old high school student suspected by the Department of Homeland Security of being involved in a major terrorist attack on San Francisco.
• The author's website has this page for the book, with a page of links to various digital downloads.
• Gary K. Wolfe and Russell Letson both reviewed in Locus Magazine; Wolfe remarked "Little Brother is easily the most important book Doctorow has written, the most directly confrontational, and possibly the best. As its title suggests, it's a more or less direct homage to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, updated for the Homeland Security age...". Letson concluded "Little Brother is an effective combination of thriller and tract, with enough forward motion to make up for any didactic lumps. It certainly does a good job of evoking the frightening pathologies of the security state... Doctorow may be preaching to the choir, but it's a tub-thumper of a sermon."
• The book won four major awards: the Campbell Memorial Award (in a tie) for best SF novel of the year; the Sunburst Award for best YA Canadian novel; the Hal Clement Golden Duck Award for best YA novel; and the Prometheus Award for best libertarian novel of the year.

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Foster, Alan Dean : Flinx Transcendent
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49608-9, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, June 2009)

SF novel, final volume of the long-running series about empath Philip Lynx and his mini-dragon companion Pip that began with The Tar Aiym Krang in 1972.
• In this book Flinx faces an evil colossus that threatens the Human Commonwealth.
• Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.

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Grossman, Lev : The Magicians
(Plume 978-0452296299, $16, 402pp, trade paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Viking, August 2009)

Literary fantasy novel by the Time Magazine book critic about a high school boy who discovers the land he's read about in a series of fantasy novels actually exists.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon's page has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Genre fans will easily pick up the many nods to J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien in the climactic battle between the bad guy and a magician."
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, calling it a "clever mix of mainstream and the fantastic".

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Huff, Tanya : The Enchantment Emporium
(DAW 978-0-7564-0605-9, $7.99, 473pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: DAW, June 2009)

Urban fantasy novel about a young woman who inherits her grandmother's Calgary junk shop, and discovers that it serves a supernatural community.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: "Amusingly, even for the bad guys, everything turns out to be about family, and a big part of the fun of this offbeat contemporary fantasy is figuring out just what's really going on with Allie's extended family."

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Hunt, Stephen : The Kingdom Beyond the Waves
(Tor 978-0-7653-6023-6, $7.99, 556pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: UK: HarperVoyager, May 2008)

Fantasy novel about archeologist Amelia Harsh and her search for the legendary lost kingdom of Camlantis. The book is set in the same world as the author's previous novel, The Court of the Air.
• Tor's site has this description, which calls the protagonist "a female Indiana Jones if there ever was one".
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which called it a "delightful, thrill-packed adventure" and concluded "Wildly imaginative and compelling, Amelia's journey plays out against a backdrop of civil war and failed rebellion, layered and complex treachery and love in surprising corners."

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Miller, Karen : The Prodigal Mage
(Orbit 978-0-316-07640-1, $7.99, 631pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Orbit, August 2009)

Fantasy novel, first book of the "Fisherman's Children" and follow-up to the "Kingmaker, Kingbreaker" duology, The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage, about a fisherman's son who finds a job in the royal palace.
• This book concerns Rafel, son of the sorcerer Asher, who's inherited his father's talents.
• The next book in the series, The Reluctant Mage, appears in late July from Orbit.

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Ringo, John : Eye of the Storm
(Baen 978-1-4391-3362-0, $7.99, 567pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Baen, July 2009)

Military SF novel, part of the "Legacy of the Aldenata" series that includes the "Posleen War" novels that began with A Hymn Before Battle (2000).
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review, which noted that "Ringo brings together characters and plot threads from his solo novels and collaborations", and concluded "Ringo's lively action scenes and thorough knowledge of military subculture dynamics make enjoyable reading."

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Van Name, Mark L. : Overthrowing Heaven
(Baen 978-1-4391-3371-2, $7.99, 541pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
Jon & Lobo #3
(First edition: Baen, June 2009)

Military SF novel, third in a series following One Jump Ahead (2007) and Slanted Jack (2008), about nano-enhanced warrior Jon Moore and his assault vehicle Lobo.
• In this book the two pursue a scientist performing illegal nano research on children.
• Baen's site has this description, with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review said, "While some major characters are little more than cardboard cutouts, the pedal-to-the-metal narrative and nonstop action will satisfy most adventure SF fans."
• The next book in the series, Jump Gate Twist, will be published in July.

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Warrington, Freda : Elfland
(Tor 978-0-7653-5840-0, $7.99, 610pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Tor, August 2009)

Fantasy novel about Aetherials, or Fair Folk, who live among humans, and a gate that is opened every seven years to the Other World.
• Tor's website has this description. The author's page for the book has some background about the writing of the book, and excerpts from reviews.
• Faren Miller reviewed last year in Locus Magazine, saying the book "gives Warrington an opportunity to deal with her version of elves as though they were characters in a mainstream novel..."

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Weldon, Phaedra : Phantasm
(Ace 978-0-441-01887-1, $7.99, 312pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
Zoe Martinique #3
(First edition: Ace, June 2009)

Paranormal fantasy, third of a series following Wraith (2007) and Spectre (2008), about ZoČ Martinique, a professional snoop with astral abilities.
• In this book ZoČ deals with the sudden loss of her powers.
• Ace's website has this description and anl excerpt.
• The latest book in the series, Revenant, just appeared in trade paperback.

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Wilson, Robert Charles : Julian Comstock
(Tor 978-0-7653-5923-0, $8.99, 689pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Tor, June 2009)

SF novel, subtitled "A Story of 22nd-Century America", set in a future when the US is ruled by a religious Dominion and has reverted to 19th-century technology. It's an expansion of Wilson's 2006 novella Julian: A Christmas Story, a Hugo and Sturgeon award finalist.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe's review from Locus Magazine is posted here: "[B]eautifully written, populated with engaging and sympathetic, if conflicted, characters, and unlike anything else [Wilson has] done to date".
• The novel was a Locus Awards finalist and is currently a Hugo Award finalist and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist.

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New in Paperback: June 2010

posted 28 June 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).

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