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October
Kevin J. Anderson
Piers Anthony
Elizabeth Bear
William C. Dietz
N.K. Jemisin
Jordan & Sanderson
Violette Malan
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Terry Pratchett
Ken Scholes
Sharon Shinn
Connie Willis

September
Iain M. Banks
C.F. Bentley
Brom
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David Anthony Durham
Terry Goodkind
Kelly & Weekes
Jonathan Lethem
Robert Masello
Stephenie Meyer
Richard Powers
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S.M. Stirling

2010 Directories




 

Bacigalupi, Paolo : Pump Six and Other Stories
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-202-4, $14.99, 239pp, trade paperback, November 2010, cover by Claudia Noble)
(First edition: Night Shade Books, February 2008)

Collection of 10 stories, the author's debut collection. The title story, original to this book, won a Locus Award, as did the book.
• Other stories include Sturgeon Award finalist "The Fluted Girl", Hugo and Nebula finalist "The People of Sand and Slag", Hugo finalist and Sturgeon winner "The Calorie Man", and Hugo finalist "Yellow Card Man".
• The publisher's site has this order page with the jacket description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides a preview.
• Gary K. Wolfe wrote in Locus Magazine that "Bacigalupi is mostly the spiritual heir of C.M. Kornbluth, one of the few classic-age SF writers with a similarly grim and mordant view of human nature. The Kornbluthian tone is most distinctive in the one new story in the collection, 'Pump Six', in which a sewage engineer in a stinky, deteriorating New York plagued by energy and food shortages and nearly overrun with homeless near-subhuman 'trogs' discovers that his dimwitted assistant has permitted sewage to back up overnight due to the failure of the Pump Six of the title. ... If you can imagine 'The Marching Morons' without the comic-satirical edge, you begin to get a sense of the darkness of this tale."

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Boyett, Steven R. : Elegy Beach
(Ace 978-0-441-01943-4, $7.99, 424pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Ariel #2
(First edition: Ace, November 2009)

Urban fantasy novel, sequel to Ariel (1983), about a mysterious Change that renders technology inoperable and magical beings to appear.
• In this book the unicorn Ariel and human Peter Garey try to prevent a spellcaster who wants to reverse the Change.
• The author's website points to book site http://www.elegybeach.com/, with background information, sample chapters, maps, etc.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "sporadically charming", and reader reviews.

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Brown, John : Servant of a Dark God
(Tor 978-0-7653-6230-8, $7.99, 607pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
(First edition: Tor, October 2009)

Fantasy novel, first in the "Dark Gods" series and the author's first novel, set in a world where godlike Divines harvest people's life forces.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The author's site has this page for the book, with quotes from reviews and links to experts.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Brown's narrative takes a few hundred pages to get up to speed, but the latter parts are breakneck-paced and action-packed. Patient readers will be rewarded with a thoroughly enjoyable fantasy adventure."

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de Lint, Charles : Muse and Reverie
(Orb 978-0-7653-2341-5, $15.99, 350pp, trade paperback, November 2010)
(First edition: Tor, December 2009)

Collection of 13 stories, all previously published (from 2001 to 2007), set in Newford, the artist city setting of numerous de Lint stories and novels.
• Tor's website has this description.
• The author's website has this description with the complete table of contents and original publication sources.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly, which concludes, "The endings often contain twists worthy of O. Henry. These clever, frightening, wise and entertaining stories are an excellent introduction to de Lint's writing and imagination, and will also provide longtime fans a welcome return to Newford."

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Dick, Anne R. : The Search for Philip K. Dick
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-000-1, $14.95, 279pp, trade paperback, November 2010)

Biography of Philip K. Dick by his third wife.
• Tachyon's website has this description, with several blurbs including one by Thomas M. Disch specifically addressing the influence of Anne on PKD's writing.
• This is a reprint of a 2009 trade paperback from Point Reyes Press. Amazon's page for that edition has several 5-star reader reviews.

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Holland, Cecelia : Varanger
(Forge 978-0-7653-1233-4, $16.99, 303pp, trade paperback, October 2010)
Corban Loosestrife #4
(First edition: Tor/Forge, April 2008)

Historical novel set in Viking times, fourth novel in the Corban Loosestrife series following The Soul Thief (2002), Witches' Kitchen (2004), and The Serpent Dreamer (2005). A fifth novel in the series, The High City, appeared in 2009.
• This volume concerns Corban's son Conn and his cousin Raef, who embark on an expedition into southern Europe.
• The publisher's site has this description. Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "The action ebbs and flows, the plot is occasionally opaque and the proliferation of obscure names and places can be daunting, but the novelty of Vikings out of their traditional milieu keeps the pages turning."

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Kerr, Katharine : The Silver Mage
(DAW 978-0-7564-0631-8, $7.99, 484pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
The Silver Wyrm #4
(First edition: DAW, November 2009)

Fantasy Novel, fourth book of "The Silver Wyrm" following The Gold Falcon (2006), The Spirit Stone (2007), and The Shadow Isle (2008), and 15th and final book in the overall Deverry cycle, which began in 1986 with Daggerspell.
• Amazon has the publisher's description. The author's website has this bibliography of books in the Deverry sequence, and this excerpt of the 15th book.
• Amazon has reader reviews.

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Marillier, Juliet : Heart's Blood
(Tor 978-0-451-46326-5, $7.99, 398pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
(First edition: Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia, January 2009)

Fantasy novel set in historical Ireland, about a young woman who flees an arranged marriage and takes refuge with the cursed chieftain of Whistling Tor.
• The author's site has this description with images of the US, UK, and Australian editions, and a Chapter One excerpt.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: "While things can get quite dark, with horror and villainy coming from more than one source, Marillier also finds room for politics, scholarship, and the pride a craftswoman takes in her profession. It all makes for a fine mix from this prolific fantasist who hasn't lost her touch."

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Niven, Larry, & Edward M. Lerner : Destroyer of Worlds
(Tor 978-0-7653-6177-6, $7.99, 424pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
(First edition: Tor, November 2009)

SF novel in Niven's Known Space universe, third prequel to his Hugo and Nebula award winning Ringworld, following Fleet of Worlds (2007) and Juggler of Worlds (2008).
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "With the authors working hard to knit together backstory, this one is primarily for fans of Niven's Known Space setting who will enjoy seeing past puzzles made clear."
• Russell Letson's review, from the November 2009 issue of Locus Magazine, is posted here.

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Ringo, John : Live Free or Die
(Baen 978-1-4391-3397-2, $7.99, 551pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Troy Rising #1
(First edition: Baen, February 2010)

SF novel, first of a three-book series, about a New England entrepeneur who exploits alien Horvath's taste for maple syrup to defend Earth against their domination.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The next volume, Citadel, will appear in January.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review -- "Ringo imbues this near-future epic with a somewhat self-indulgent air, mixing lengthy and sometimes interminable discussions of science and economics with do-or-die action." -- and reader reviews.

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Sedia, Ekaterina : The Secret History of Moscow
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-229-0, $6.99, 298pp, mass market paperback, August 2010, cover art Scott Grimando)
(First edition: Prime Books, November 2007)

Urban fantasy novel set in Moscow in the 1990s, about the discovery of an underground world beneath the city.
• The author's site has this page for the book with quotes from reviews, a synopsis, and links to excerpts.
• Amazon's "search inside" feature includes an excerpt. Amazon also has the Publishers Weekly review: "On the whole, this wholeheartedly Russian tale is most compelling as social commentary."
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine concluded, "The Secret History of Moscow is a truly remarkable performance, written in a consistently graceful and focused prose, and it succeeds both as a coherent fantasy novel and a meditation on the anxieties of history."

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Taylor, Travis S. : One Good Soldier
(Baen 978-1-4391-3403-0, $7.99, 418pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Tau Ceti #3
(First edition: Baen, December 2009)

Military SF novel, third in a series following One Day on Mars (2007) and The Tau Ceti Agenda (2008).
• This book follows 24 hours in a single critical day in the history of the United States of the Sol System.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has a couple 5-star reader reviews.

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Turtledove, Harry : The Golden Shrine
(Tor 978-0-7653-5640-6, $7.99, 438pp, mass market paperback, November 2010)
Bronze Age #3
(First edition: Tor, October 2009)

Alternate history novel, third in the series following Beyond the Gap (2007) and The Breath of God (2008), in which the last Ice Age overlaps humanity's Bronze age.
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, and reader reviews.

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Williams, Tad : Shadowrise
(DAW 978-0-7564-0641-7, $16, 564pp, trade paperback, November 2010)
Shadowmarch #3
(First edition: DAW, March 2010)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Shadowmarch (2004) and Shadowplay (2007), about conflict between humans and a race of fairy folk called the Qar.
• The author's website has a description with links to excerpts, while website www.shadowmarch.com has background about the world and a message board.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.
• The fourth volume, Shadowheart, is due November 30th.

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New in Paperback: November 2010

posted 19 November 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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