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2010 Directories




 

Banks, Iain M. : Transition
(Orbit 978-0316071994, $14.99, 404pp, trade paperback, September 2010)
(First edition: Orbit, September 2009)

Science fiction novel about a mysterious organization called the Concern, which intervenes in history across multiple parallel worlds, and an operative of the Concern, Temudjin Oh, who announces himself as an "Unreliable Narrator".
• The author's website has this description.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Banks's prose is elegant and electric and his story dizzying, but inevitable contradictions are brilliantly tied together -- the only way many characters maintain sanity is to question everything, and readers would be well-advised to do the same."
• The novel was included on Locus Magazine's 2009 Recommended Reading List.

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Bentley, C. F. : Enigma
(DAW 978-0756406257, $7.99, 468pp, mass market paperback, August 2010)
(First edition: DAW, August 2009)

SF/fantasy novel, sequel to Harmony (2008), about a planet, sole source of a valuable metal, that's caught in a conflict between the human Confederate Star System and the alien Marillon Empire.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and reader reviews.

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Brom : The Child Thief
(Eos 978-0-06-167134-0, $19.99, 481pp, trade paperback, September 2010)
(First edition: Eos, September 2009)

Fantasy novel, a dark retelling of the Peter Pan legend by the well-known gothic artist. In this version, Peter recruits children to join the Devils in Avalon, where they fight real monsters.
• The book has black and white illustrations, and an 8-page color insert, by the author.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Read Now" function. Amazon's "Look Inside" also provides an excerpt.
• The author's site has this page showing some of the artwork, with a statement by the author.
• Amazon's page has 80 reader reviews, 51 of them 5-star.

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Dann, Jack, & Gardner Dozois, eds. : The Dragon Book
(Ace 978-0-441-01920-5, $16, 433pp, trade paperback, September 2010)
(First edition: Berkley, November 2009)

Anthology of 19 original stories about dragons.
• Authors include Gregory Maguire, Naomi Novik, Andy Duncan, Cecelia Holland, Peter S. Beagle, and Jane Yolen.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The anthology, and three of the stories from it, were included on Locus Magazine's 2009 Recommended Reading List.

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Durham, David Anthony : The Other Lands
(Anchor 978-0-307-38676-2, $7.99, 599pp, mass market paperback, August 2010)
(First edition: Doubleday, September 2009)

Fantasy novel, second book in the "Acacia" trilogy following Acacia (2007), in which the children of an assassinated ruler struggle to avenge their father's death.
• This book focuses on the oldest child, Corrin, now a queen.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon's page has a statement by the author, and the Publishers Weekly review, which says that the first book "isn't quite matched by this sequel, though it still features intelligent, well-crafted prose and complex characters."

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Goodkind, Terry : The Law of Nines
(Jove 978-0515147483, $9.99, 566pp, mass market paperback, September 2010)
(First edition: Putnam, September 2009)

Fantasy thriller about a man who, on his 27th birthday, receives an inheritance, saves the life of a beautiful young woman from another planet, and discovers that numerous people are out to kill him.
• The author's website has a description on its bookshelf page.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, and rather mixed reader reviews.

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Kelly, Michael, & Carol Weekes : Ouroboros
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-87-5, $18.95, 244pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover art Vincent Chong)

Horror novel set in a small coastal town where Tom Christiansen grieves over the death of his wife of 35 years, and neighbors notice his increasingly strange behavior.
• This is a reprint of a limited edition hardcover published in 2009.
• Amazon also has the description.

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Lethem, Jonathan : Chronic City
(Vintage 978-0-307-27752-7, $15.95, 467pp, trade paperback, August 2010)
(First edition: Doubleday, October 2009)

Literary novel with SF and fantasy elements, set on New York's Upper East Side, concerning a former child star whose fiancee is an astronaut trapped in orbit on the International Space Station.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: "Sometimes chaotic and self-indulgent, sometimes sharply satirical and wildly funny, sometimes just nuts, but always deeply humanistic and frequently marked by the passages of brilliantly coruscating prose for which Lethem is deservedly admired."
• The novel was included on Locus Magazine's 2009 Recommended Reading List.

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Masello, Robert : Blood and Ice
(Bantam 978-0-553-59196-5, $7.99, 675pp, mass market paperback, August 2010)

Supernatural thriller about two lovers cast overboard from a 19th century Antarctic expedition, and a present-day magazine writer who discovers their story.
• The novel was first published by Bantam in hardcover in February 2009.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist; the former concludes, "The thrills and, most decidedly, the chills mount to a believable, sad and hopeful ending. Fans of John Campbell's Who Goes There? -- the basis for the movie The Thing -- will find much to like."

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Meyer, Stephenie : Breaking Dawn
(Little, Brown 978-0316067935, $14.99, 756pp, trade paperback, August 2010)
(First edition: Little Brown Young Readers, August 2008)

Young adult vampire novel, fourth book in the popular series following Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse.
• The author's website has this page about the book.
• Amazon currently has over 5000 reader reviews, about half ranking the book 5-stars, but over 1000 ranking it 1-star.
• Elizabeth Hand's review for Washington Post ripped it: "This ick factor goes through the roof in Breaking Dawn, which is, frankly, dreadful. ... Reader, I hurled."

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Powers, Richard : Generosity: An Enhancement
(Picador 978-0312429751, $15, 322pp, trade paperback, August 2010)
(First edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2009)

Literary SF novel about the discovery of a happiness gene.
• The publisher's site has this description with links to an audio excerpt and a reading group guide.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Much of the tension behind Powers's idea-driven novels stems from the delicate balance between plot and concept, and he wisely adopts a voice that is -- sometimes painfully -- aware of the occasional strain ... Powers strays from mere record to attempt an impossible task: to make the world right."

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Rubens, Michael : The Sheriff of Yrnameer
(Vintage 978-0307455147, $14.95, 269pp, trade paperback, August 2010)
(First edition: Pantheon, August 2009)

Humorous SF novel about a rogue who becomes sheriff on the last unsponsored planet in the galaxy -- designated Yrnameer, a contraction of "Your Name Here".
• The publisher's site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has an exclusive review by Seth Grahame-Smith, who compares the author to Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, and a Q&A with author Rubens. Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Rubens grandly ignores the niceties of world building and coherent plotting in favor of clever pop culture references and a rocket-fast, knee-slapping narrative."

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Stirling, S. M. : The Sword of the Lady
(Roc 978-0451463081, $9.99, 659pp, mass market paperback, September 2010)
(First edition: Roc, September 2009)

Alternate history SF novel, third in a trilogy following The Sunrise Lands (2007) and The Scourge of God (2008), set a generation after a mysterious "Change" has rendered most technology inoperative.
• In this book clan leader Rudi MacKenzie reaches Nantucket Island, origin of the Change, where he discovers a sword inside a stone house.
• Stirling's official website has this description with links to sample chapters and a map.
• The latest book in the series, The High King of Montival, was just published in hardcover.

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New in Paperback: early September 2010

posted 15 September 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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