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first week May
Ballantine & Morris
Lyn Benedict
Jenna Black
Jack Campbell
Larry Correia
Christopher Farnsworth
Charlaine Harris
Robin Hobb
Celia Jerome
Simon Morden
Nnedi Okorafor
Jonathan Strahan
Whitley Strieber
VanderMeer & Chambers
Weis & Krammes
Ian Whates
Chris Wooding

last week April
Joan Aiken
R. Scott Bakker
Jasper Fforde
Mark Hodder
Douglas Hulick
Stephen Hunt
Simon Morden
Derryl Murphy
Robert V.S. Redick
Sam Sykes
Catherynne M. Valente
Gordon Van Gelder
Jaye Wells

2011 Directories




 

* Brooks, Albert : 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
(St. Martin's 978-0-312-58372-9, $25.99, 375pp, hardcover, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2011

Near-future science fiction novel -- the actor/writer/director's first novel -- set in a 2030 when cancer has been cured and America's aging population is booming, as a massive earthquake hits Los Angeles with nationwide consequences.
• The parent publisher's site (Macmillan) has this description with quotes from reviews and an excerpt.
• Janet Maslin reviewed it in the New York Times: "Why should his prophecies be taken seriously, let alone presented as major elements in a halfway serious book? The answers are that his prognostications are not so farfetched for futuristic fiction; that he has worked them into a real novel, not a tricked-up movie treatment; and that a little humor goes a long way in this often bleak genre."
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls the book a "surprisingly serious debut", and which concludes, "Brooks's mordant vision encompasses the future of politics, medicine, entertainment, and daily living, resulting in a novel as entertaining as it is thought provoking, like something from the imagination of a borscht belt H.G. Wells."

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* Cleage, Pearl : Just Wanna Testify
(Ballantine/One World 978-0-345-50636-8, $25, 14+229pp, hardcover, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2011

Urban fantasy novel about five supermodels who arrive in Atlanta's West End district, prompting concern by unofficial mayor Blue Hamilton.
• The publisher's site has this description and excerpt.
• The author is well-known for What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (an Oprah's Book Club selection) and other titles, some also set in Atlanta's West End, but this may be her first with supernatural elements.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "There's moments of kick butt fun, and although the plot veers toward hackneyed and the 'Say what?' ending is a groaner, fans will be pleased."

(Mon 25 Apr 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Henderson, C. J. : Central Park Knight
(Tor 978-0-7653-2084-1, $15.99, 350pp, trade paperback, May 2011, cover art Cliff Nielsen)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2011
Knight #2

Urban fantasy thriller, second in a series after Brooklyn Knight (2010) about the curator at the Brooklyn Museum, who specializes in arcane and paranormal artifacts.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which begins "Superhero museum curator Piers Knight saves the world in the first two chapters of this sequel to 2010's Brooklyn Knight, but fear not, another apocalypse is on the way. This time it's dragons."

(Thu 28 Apr 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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* Hobson, M. K. : The Hidden Goddess
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-59266-5, $7.99, 374pp, mass market paperback, May 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2011
Native Star #2

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to the author's first novel The Native Star (2010).
• In this book the witch Emily Edwards falls in love with a warlock in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century New York City.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
Locus Magazine interviewed Hobson in June 2010.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.

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+ Rajaniemi, Hannu : The Quantum Thief
(Tor 978-0-7653-2949-3, $24.99, 330pp, hardcover, May 2011, jacket art Kekai Kotaki)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2011 First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2010)

Hard science fiction novel, the author's first novel, about Jean le Flambeur, a post-human thief in the Heterarchy, the culture of the far future solar system.
• Tor's site has this description.
• The author is a Finnish mathematician with a PhD in String Theory.
• Gary K. Wolfe's review of the UK edition in last September's Locus Magazine is posted here; "It's clear that Rajaniemi feels he has to get a lot done with this widely anticipated first novel, and for the most part he succeeds brilliantly. ... [H]e's spectacularly delivered on the promise that this is likely the most important debut SF novel we'll see this year."
• Amazon has quotes from numerous reviews, and mostly positive reader reviews.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Rajaniemi melds a caper novel, New Wave aesthetics, and theoretical physics into a stellar debut. ... The plot itself is straightforward, allowing the mix of multiple narrative styles and viewpoints, elegant world building, and gonzo futurism to astonish without overwhelming."

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* Ringo, John : The Hot Gate
(Baen 978-1-4391-3432-0, $26, 399pp, hardcover, May 2011, cover illustration Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2011
Troy Rising #3

SF novel, third of a three-book series following Live Free or Die (2010) and Citadel (2011), about humans fending off alien invaders from the Rangora Empire.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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* Scalzi, John : Fuzzy Nation
(Tor 978-0-7653-2854-0, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, May 2011, cover art Kekai Kotaki)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2011

SF novel updating and re-imagining H. Beam Piper's 1962 Little Fuzzy, about miners on a planet whose cute native bipeds may be intelligent.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author's site includes this post answers questions about the project, and explaining why this is a "reboot" of Piper's book, not a sequel.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "A perfectly executed plot clicks its way to a stunning courtroom showdown in a cathartic finish that will thrill Fuzzy fans old and new."
• Amazon reader reviews are mixed but more positive than not.

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* Valentine, Genevieve : Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-253-5, $14.95, 284pp, trade paperback, May 2011, cover art Kiri Moth)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 25 Apr 2011

Steampunk fantasy novel, the author's first novel, about a mechanical circus in a land threatened by war.
• The publisher's redesigned website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Faren Miller's review from the May issue of Locus Magazine is posted here: "Beginning as fractured narrative, offering only hints and glimpses of the truth, Mechanique comes together as the story of a strange collective which can't remain entirely untouched by the outer world... "
• The Publishers Weekly review said "This steampunk-flavored circus story begins with a disturbing undertone, like an out-of-tune calliope, and develops in hints and shadows. ... Fans of grim fantasy will love this menacing and fascinating debut."

(Wed 20 Apr 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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+ Whates, Ian : City of Hope and Despair
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-088-6, $7.99, 399pp, mass market paperback, March 2011, cover art Greg Bridges)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2011
City of a Hundred Rows #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following City of Dreams and Nightmares (2010), set in the ancient vertical city of Thaiburley.
• The publisher's site has this description with a sample chapter and quotes from reviews.
• The UK and Australia editions, according to the publisher, were slightly earlier -- March 3rd, 2011.

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* White, Steve, & Charles E. Gannon : Extremis
(Baen 978-1-4391-3433-7, $24, 630pp, trade paperback, May 2011, cover illustration Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2011
Starfire #2

SF novel, sequel to Exodus by White and Shirley Meier (2007), about aliens whose sun has gone nova attempting to colonize a planet already occupied by humans.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "vivid" and concludes "Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis on what it means to be a sentient and moral being."

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Previous New Books: first week May

New SF/F/H books:
second week May 2011

posted 15 May 2011




2011 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 8 40 48
Fantasy Novels 11 99 110
Horror Novels 1 3 4
totals 20 142 162
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

Date with publisher info is official publication month.

'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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