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second week April
Dan Abnett
L-J Baker
Elizabeth Bear
M.M. Buckner
Paula Guran
Graham Joyce
Katharine Kerr
Gini Koch
Tom Kratman
C.E. Murphy
Robert J. Sawyer

first week April
Daniel Abraham
Peter S. Beagle
Bradley P. Beaulieu
Alex Bledsoe
Eric Brown
Steven Brust
Eric Flint
Kate Griffin
M.D. Lachlan
Will McIntosh
Elizabeth Moon
Ekaterina Seda

2011 Directories




 

* Banks, L. A. : Surrender the Dark
(Pocket 978-1-4516-0778-9, $7.99, 373pp, mass market paperback, April 2011, cover illustration Gene Mollica)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2011
Surrender #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a new series, about a woman who discovers she is a human-angel crossbreed.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" function. The author's website also has an excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature also provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says that Banks "packs plenty of drama, religion, the paranormal, and urban grit into this flashy series launch", and mixed reader reviews.

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* Bateman, Sonya : Master and Apprentice
(Pocket 978-1-4391-6085-5, $7.99, 406pp, mass market paperback, April 2011, cover illustration Craig White)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2011
Gavyn Donatti #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Master of None (2010), about an unlucky thief and the resentful djinn who's obliged to serve him.
• The author's site has this description with an excerpt.

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+ Bullington, Jesse : The Enterprise of Death
(Orbit 978-0-316-08734-6, $14.99, 442pp, trade paperback, March 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 24 Mar 2011

Historical fantasy novel about a Moorish slave cursed by a necromancer to search for a mysterious book.
• The author's website has a brief description, links to online pieces, excerpts from reviews, and the author's blog.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly's review: "Bullington bounces almost giddily between gruesome and tongue-in-cheek, from more horrific aspects of raising the dead to the odd problems faced by a necromancer with a conscience."

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* Cherryh, C. J. : Betrayer
(DAW 978-0-7564-0654-7, $25.95, 328pp, hardcover, April 2011, jacket painting Todd Lockwood)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2011
Foreigner #12

SF novel, 12th volume in Cherryh's long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010).
• DAW's LiveJournal has a post with the book description.
• Amazon has 10 reader reviews, all giving the book 5 stars.

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* Datlow, Ellen, & Terri Windling, eds. : Teeth: Vampire Tales
(Harper 978-0-06-193514-5, $9.99, 26+452pp, trade paperback, April 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2011
- #0

Anthology of 19 original stories about vampires.
• Authors include Neil Gaiman, Christopher Barzak, Suzy McKee Charnas, Jeffrey Ford, Lucius Shepard, and Tanith Lee.
• Harper's site has this description with the complete list of contributors.
• Ellen Datlow posted the table of contents.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides the table of contents, and an excerpt.

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+ Feist, Raymond E. : A Kingdom Besieged
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-146839-1, $27.99, 353pp, hardcover, April 2011, jacket illustration Steve Stone)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2011
Chaoswar Saga #1

Epic fantasy novel, first book in the Chaoswar Saga, a new part of the Riftware Cycle that comprises most of Feist's works.
• The publisher's site has this description with an audio excerpt and a browse inside feature.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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* Forbeck, Matt : Vegas Knights
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-085-5, $7.99, 402pp, mass market paperback, April 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2011

Urban fantasy novel about college students who attempt to use magic in Las Vegas.
• Angry Robot's site has this description, which calls it "Harry Potter meets Ocean's Eleven", numerous blurbs, and a link to an excerpt.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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* Knapp, James : Element Zero
(Roc 978-0-451-46392-0, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2011
Revivors #3

Zombie thriller, third in a series following State of Decay (2010) and The Silent Army (2010), set in a future America in which the military uses undead 'revivors' -- people exempt from military service until after they die -- as soldiers.
• The author's site has this page about the book, with a sample chapter.

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* Monk, Devon : Magic on the Hunt
(Roc 978-0-451-46391-3, $7.99, 346pp, mass market paperback, April 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2011
Allie Beckstrom #6

Urban fantasy novel, sixth novel in the series following Magic to the Bone (2008), Magic in the Blood (2009), Magic in the Shadows (2009), Magic on the Storm (2010), and Magic at the Gate (2010), about Allison Beckstrom, a "Hound" who can trace a magic spell back to whoever cast it.
• The author's site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Orullian, Peter : The Unremembered
(Tor 978-0-7653-2571-6, $27.99, 669pp, hardcover, April 2011, jacket art Kekai Kotaki)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2011
The Vault of Heaven #1

Fantasy novel, first book of a series, and the author's first novel, about three orphans who embark on a quest.
• The publisher's site has this description with a video trailer and several blurbs.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides a preview.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "This well-worn epic fantasy formula suffers from an inflated, pretentious creation-myth prologue, unprepared shifts in point of view, and jerkily inserted gobbets of history. Nevertheless, Orullian often achieves convincing poignancy in the relationships he develops among his young protagonists."
• Tor.com has promoted the book heavily in recent weeks, with an excerpt, story The Battle of the Round, and several interviews.

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* Pehov, Alexey : Shadow Chaser
(Tor 978-0-7653-2404-7, $25.99, 367pp, hardcover, April 2011, jacket art Kekai Kotaki)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2011
Chronicles of Siala #2

Epic fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Shadow Prowler and first published in Russia in 2002, about a legendary thief in pursuit of a magic Horn that will restore peace to his kingdom.
• Tor's website has this description with a video trailer and an excerpt.
• The author's site has descriptions, background on the author, etc.

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* Pohl, Frederik : All the Lives He Led
(Tor 978-0-7653-2176-3, $25.99, 347pp, hardcover, April 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2011

Near-future science fiction novel, Pohl's first novel since The Boy Who Would Live Forever (2004), set in 2079 as a virtual reality festival celebrates the 2000th anniversary of the destruction of Pompeii by Vesuvius.
• The publisher's site has this description
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes: "This seminihilistic novel, reminiscent of Mining the Oort and The Cool War, is not among Pohl's best only because the Grand Master's previous novels have set such a high standard, and it stands as a demonstration of his continuing strengths in the eighth decade of his career."
• Russell Letson reviews the novel in the April issue of Locus Magazine: "Fred Pohl remains a cunning, astringent, and entertaining observer of our follies."

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Life on Mars: Tales of the New Frontier
(Viking 978-0-670-01216-9, $19.99, 333pp, hardcover, April 2011, jacket illustration Stephan Martiniere)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Apr 2011

Young adult science fiction anthology of 12 stories set on Mars. All but one (by Kim Stanley Robinson) are original to this book.
• Authors are, in addition to Robinson, Kage Baker, Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, Stephen Baxter, Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Ellen Klages, Rachel Swirsky, Ian McDonald, Chris Roberson, and John Barnes.
• Strahan posted the complete table of contents.
Publishers Weekly calls it a "strong anthology" that "collects stories by some of the most talented writers in science fiction. Ranging from the first Mars landing to the far future, they often make use of the most recent scientific data about the Red Planet."

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* Vaughn, Carrie : After the Golden Age
(Tor 978-0-7653-2555-6, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, April 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2011

Superhero novel about the accountant daughter of two Commerce City superheroes who's forced to testify in a trial of the evil Destructor.
• The publisher's site has this description, with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls the book "a loving homage to classic superheroes, throwing in layers of darkness and realism while avoiding the cynical satire and deconstruction common in contemporary comics."

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Previous New Books: second week April

New SF/F/H books:
third week April 2011

posted 24 April 2011




2011 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 9 30 39
Fantasy Novels 11 77 88
Horror Novels 1 3 4
totals 21 110 131
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2011 first novels




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online, via purchases, review copies received, or bookstore sightings. (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.

* = first edition
+ = first US edition

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'Nominal Publication Date' is the day of publication, typically as indicated by Amazon.com.

Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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