Adams, Cat : Siren Song
(Tor 978-0-7653-6423-4, $7.99, 348pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2011
Blood Song #2

(First edition: Tor, October 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Blood Song (June 2010), about a bodyguard who is transformed into an Abomination, something neither human nor vampire.
• ‘Cat Adams’ is a joint pseudonym for C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp.
• Tor’s website has this description.
• The third book, Demon Song, came out last March.

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Bradbury, Ray : A Pleasure to Burn
(Harper Perennial 978-0-06-207102-6, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2011

(First edition: Subterranean Press, March 2010)

Collection of 16 stories, subtitled “Fahrenheit 451 Stories”, expanding of theme of Bradbury’s famous novel. Contents include the original novella version of that novel, “The Fireman”.
• Harper’s site has this description.
• Original publisher Subterranean has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review: “An essential addition to the bookshelf of every Bradbury fan, the collection is also accessible to curious readers with a taste for the dark, the strange, and the macabre.”

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Buchanan, Col : Farlander
(Tor 978-0-7653-6660-3, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2011
Heart of the World #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s debut novel, set in a religious empire where an assassin and his apprentice seek vengeance for the murder of a woman under their protection.
• Tor’s site has this description.
• The book was first published by Tor UK in March 2010.
• The second book in the series, Stands a Shadow, is due in November.

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Condie, Ally : Matched
(Penguin/Speak 978-0142419779, $9.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2011
Matched #1

(First edition: Dutton, November 2010)

Young adult dystopian SF novel set in a future where Society Officials determine people’s lives, including who one marries. It’s the author’s first novel, and first book of a planned trilogy.
• Book site http://www.matched-book.com/ includes a trailer, reviews, a PDF excerpt, etc.
• The next book, Crossed, comes out November 1st.

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Donaldson, Stephen R. : Against All Things Ending
(Ace 978-0-441-02081-2, $16, 624pp, trade paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #3

(First edition: Putnam, October 2010)

Fantasy novel, third and penultimate book in the ‘‘Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” following The Runes of Earth (2004) and Fatal Revenant (2007).
• The publisher’s site has this description; the author’s website has PDFs excerpts from all three volumes thus far.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly, which called the book “unreservedly emo” and concludes, “The focus is on Linden rather than Covenant, whose passive and distracted presence mostly gives others something to react to, but that won’t matter to Covenant’s large and loyal following, for whom Donaldson delivers all the self-loathing, despair, guilt, pain, and stubborn determination they could ask for.”

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Douglass, Sara : The Infinity Gate
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-088220-4, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2011
DarkGlass Mountain #3

Fantasy novel, third in the “DarkGlass Mountain” trilogy following The Serpent Bride (2007) and The Twisted Citadel (2008).
• The publisher’s site has this description with its “browse inside” feature.
• The author’s website has this page about the series, with a map.

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Hartley, A.J. : Will Power
(Tor 978-0-765-36089-2, $8.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2011
Will #2

(First edition: Tor, September 2010)

Fantasy novel, second in a series that began with Act of Will (2009), about medieval actor Will Hawthorne and his band of thieves.
• In this book, Will and his friends become involved in a war between goblins and humans.
• Tor’s site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: “All of the fast pacing, outrageous dilemmas, and sharp, cynical humor are back in full force… Fans will dive in with the gusto of Will quaffing a tankard of beer, and new readers should have no problem keeping up.”

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Huff, Tanya : The Truth of Valor
(DAW 978-0-7564-0684-4, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Confederation #5

(First edition: DAW, September 2010)

Military SF novel, fifth in the “Confederation” series following Valor’s Choice (2000), The Better Part of Valor (2002), The Heart of Valor (2007), and Valor’s Trial (2008).
• DAW’s website has this brief description.

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Jemisin, N. K. : The Broken Kingdoms
(Orbit 978-0-316-04395-3, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Sep 2011
Inheritance Trilogy #2

(First edition: Orbit, November 2010)

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following the author’s first novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Feb. 2010).
• The author’s site has a description with links to three chapters and quotes from reviews.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Many interrogations, flights, disastrous recaptures, and other perils that beset our heroine and her friends while they thrill the reader, must pass before the book’s many mysteries yield some fascinating answers.”

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King, Stephen : Full Dark, No Stars
(Pocket 978-1439192603, $9.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2011

(First edition: Scribner, November 2010)

Collection of four original novellas.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a browse inside function.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides a preview. Amazon named it one of the “Best Books of the Month” for November 2010, and has a review by Daphne Durham, who says the book “features four one-sitting yarns showcasing King at his gritty, gruesome, giddy best…”
• Amazon also has guest reviewers for each story: Justin Cronin reviews “1922”, Suzanne Collins reviews “Big Driver”, Margaret Atwood reviews “A Good Marriage”, and T.C. Boyle reviews “Fair Extension”.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “As in Different Seasons (1982), King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes. Now, as then, these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable.”

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Marillier, Juliet : Seer of Sevenwaters
(Penguin/Roc 978-0-451-46385-2, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Sevenwaters #5

Fantasy novel, fifth book in the Sevenwaters series following the initial trilogy (Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy) and Heir of Sevenwaters (2008).
• The author’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Ness, Patrick : Monsters of Men
(Candlewick Press 978-0763656652, $9.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Sep 2011
Chaos Walking #3

(First edition: UK: Walker UK, May 2010)

Young adult SF novel, third in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy following The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008) and The Ask and the Answer (2009), set on a colony planet where living things project their thoughts.
• Amazon provides an excerpt via its “Look Inside” function, and it has a video trailer.
Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review: “The Chaos Walking trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion in this grueling but triumphant tale. … As in his preceding books, Ness offers incisive appraisals of violence, power, and human nature, and with the series complete, it’s clear that he has crafted one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years.”
• So did Booklist: “This is science fiction at its best, and is a singular fusion of brutality and idealism that is, at last, perfectly human.”

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Smith, Sherwood : Coronets and Steel
(Daw 978-0-7564-0685-1, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011

(First edition: DAW, September 2010)

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series, about an L.A. grad student who yearns for older, more romantic times.
• The second book in the series, Blood Spirits, just came out in hardcover.

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Stirling, S. M. : The High King of Montival
(Roc 978-0-451-46401-9, $9.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
The Sunrise Lands #4

(First edition: Roc, September 2010)

Alternate history SF novel, fourth in the series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), and The Sword of the Lady (2009).
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to sample chapters and a map.
• The fifth book in the series, The Tears of the Sun, just came out in hardcover.

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Weber, David : Out of the Dark
(Tor 978-0-765-36381-7, 528pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2011
Out of the Dark #1

(First edition: Tor, October 2010)

Military SF novel in which humanity resists an attempt by the Galactic Hegemony to neutralize Earth via invasion by the alien, doglike Shongairi.
• It’s expanded from a novella of the same title that appear earlier in the anthology Warriors.
• Tor’s site has this description.

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Weeks, Brent : The Black Prism
(Orbit 978-0-316-06813-0, $7.99, 800pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Sep 2011
Black Prism #1

(First edition: Orbit, August 2010)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about Gavin Guile, a priest and emperor who has five years to achieve five impossible goals.
• The author’s site has this description with a link to Orbit’s site, which has the first three chapters.
• Amazon has mostly 5-star reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review, which says “With this complicated fantasy about family politics, bestseller Weeks moves into familiar territory. … Weeks manages to ring new tunes on these old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way.”

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