* Bernobich, Beth : Fox & Phoenix
(Viking 978-0-670-01278-7, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 13 Oct 2011
Lóng City #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, about a street rat in a mountain city who is friends with the daughter of the dying king.
• The author’s site has this page about the series, with descriptions and a link to an excerpt. The setting was first depicted in the story “Pig, Crane, Fox” in the anthology Magic in the Mirrorstone.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides an excerpt.
• The author discusses this book in her October issue interview in Locus Magazine, excerpted here.

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* Campbell, J. R., & Charles Prepolec, eds. : Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes
(Canada: Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1894063609, $15.95, 224pp, trade paperback, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Sep 2011

Anthology of 12 original stories involving Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural. It’s a follow-up to the same editors’ Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2008) and Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2009).
• Authors in this volume include Stephen Volk, Christopher Fowler, Kim Newman, Fred Saberhagen, and Simon Clark.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides an excerpt.

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : The Shattered Vine
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1439101483, $26, 352pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Oct 2011
The Vineart War #3

Fantasy novel, third book of “The Vineart War” following Flesh and Fire (2009) and Weight of Stone (2010), set in a world where magic is created from wine.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with a “browse inside” function.

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* Golden, Christopher, ed. : The Monster’s Corner
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-0-312-64613-4, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2011

Anthology of 19 original stories written from the monster’s point of view.
• Authors include Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Kevin J. Anderson, Tom Piccirilli, Heather Graham, and Michael Marshall Smith.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides an excerpt and the table of contents.

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* Habel, Lia : Dearly, Departed
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52331-0, $16.99, 480pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Oct 2011
Dearly #1

Young adult novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about zombies in a Victorian society recreated in 2195.
• The publisher’s site has this synopsis with an excerpt.
• The author’s site also has the description with a link to a PDF excerpt. She also has a blog.
• Amazon has nearly two dozen reader reviews, mostly 4- and 5-star.

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* Hamilton, Kiki : The Faerie Ring
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2722-2, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Sep 2011
Faerie Ring #1

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about an orphan in Victorian London who steals a ring that binds Queen Victoria to the realm of Faerie.
• The publisher’s site has this description with numerous blurbs and quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly says “Hamilton wears her literary inspirations (Oliver Twist; Cinderella) on her sleeve as she melds disparate elements into a cohesive whole.”

(Tue 27 Sep 2011)
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* Haynes, Simon : Hal Junior: The Secret Signal
(Bowman Press 978-1-877034-07-7, $6.99, 175pp, trade paperback, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 1 Oct 2011

Middle grade SF novel by the author of the “Hal Spacejock” series, about a mischievous boy who lives aboard a space station with his parents.
• The publisher’s site has this profile, which describes it as “Dennis the Menace in space”.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides an excerpt.

(Tue 11 Oct 2011)
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* Kadrey, Richard : Aloha from Hell
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-171432-0, $23.99, 448pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Oct 2011
Sandman Slim #3

Urban fantasy thriller, third in a series following Sandman Slim (2009) and Kill the Dead (2010), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with a “browse inside” function.
• Amazon has numerous blurbs and quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly concluded, “This installment feels a bit long at times, but its profane mixture of noir atmospherics, black humor, and nonstop action will please Kadrey’s many fans.”

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+ Lindqvist, John Ajvide : Harbor
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-0-312-68027-5, $25.99, 512pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Oct 2011

Horror novel about a man revisiting the site of his daughter’s disappearance, two years earlier, from an icebound lighthouse.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt and an audio excerpt.
• The UK edition appeared in September 2010.
Publishers Weekly calls it an “enthralling dark fantasy”.

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* Murray, Lynne : The Falstaff Vampire Files
(Pearlsong Press 978-1597190381, $18.95, 275pp, trade paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 28 Sep 2011

Vampire novel about a San Francisco psychologist who doesn’t believe in vampires, until she’s attacked and takes refuge with the undead Sir John Falstaff.
• The publisher’s site this page for the book with a link to a free sample, and blurbs from Andrew Fox and others.

(Thu 13 Oct 2011)
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* Oakley, Ryan : Technicolor Ultra Mall
(Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1894063548, $14.95, 224pp, trade paperback, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 15 Oct 2011

Dystopian SF novel set in a violent future Toronto where a young tries to escape his past by selling his perceptions to a gang leader.
• The author’s blog has blurbs from Robert J. Sawyer and Minister Faust, plus posts with links to reviews of the book.

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+ Palahniuk, Chuck : Damned
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0-385-53302-7, $24.95, 256pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Oct 2011

Fantasy novel about a rich 11-year-old girl who dies of a marijuana overdose and wakes in Hell, where she joins others her age on a trip to confront Satan.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The UK edition was published September 1st.
• The author’s page for the book has the publisher’s description plus an informal description by the author.

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* Sagara, Michelle : Cast in Ruin
(Luna 978-0-373-80330-9, $14.95, 464pp, trade paperback, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Sep 2011
Chronicles of Elantra #7

Fantasy novel, seventh in the “Chronicles of Elantra” series following Cast in Shadow (2005), Cast in Courtlight (2006), Cast in Secret (2007), Cast in Fury (2008), Cast in Silence (2009), and Cast in Chaos (2010), about Kaylin Neya, member of an elite team that keeps the city of Elantra safe.
• Luna’s website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has over a dozen mostly 5-star reader reviews.

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* Whitehead, Colson : Zone One
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0-385-52807-8, $25.95, 272pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Oct 2011

Zombie novel set in a postapocalyptic world where humans are beginning to rebuild civilization as the zombie plague passes.
• The publisher’s site has this synopsis and an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page about the book, with links to an interview, a list of movies that inspired the book, and excerpts from reviews.
• The UK edition, released on October 6th, is technically the first edition.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Whitehead dumpster dives genre tropes, using what he wants and leaving the rest to rot, turning what could have been another zombie-pocalypse gore-fest into the kind of smart, funny, pop culture–filled tale that would make George Romero proud.”
• Amazon has a guest review by Justin Cronin: “What truly sets Zone One apart from the literary and filmic zombie hordes is the sheer quality of the writing. Whitehead’s language zings and soars…”
• Jeff VanderMeer reviews it for The Barnes & Noble Review, calling it a “nearly perfect” novel, “a sad, funny, and frightening tale that revitalizes a sometimes half-baked genre.”

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