* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : Other Worlds Than These
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-433-2, $16.99, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012

Anthology of 30 stories set on alternate Earths.
• Contributors include Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, Ian McDonald, Kelly Link, Gregory Benford, Paul McAuley, and Stephen King.
• Lev Grossman provides a Foreword.
• The editor’s site has the table of contents with links to free online content and a page of author interviews.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Adams’s selections are mirrors reflecting one other with the best images of alternate realities. Readers will greatly enjoy this exploration of our world’s foremost and ascendant speculative authors.”

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* Anderton, Jo : Suited
(Angry Robot US 978-0857661579, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, July 2012, cover by Dominic Harman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Veiled Worlds #2

SF novel, second of a trilogy following Debris (2011), set in a far future where a woman who controls pions, the building blocks of matter, suffers an accident leaving her with the ability only to collect the “debris” left by pions.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.

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* Arthur, Keri : Darkness Devours
(Signet Select 978-0-451-23711-8, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Dark Angels #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series set in the world of the Guardians, following Darkness Unbound (Oct 2011) and Darkness Rising (Nov 2011).
• Amazon’s page has a text excerpt.
• The author’s site has a series page with a description (scroll down)

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* Ballantine, Philippa : Hunter and Fox
(Pyr 978-1-61614-623-8, $17.95, 277pp, trade paperback, July 2012, cover by Cynthia Sheppard)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Shifted World #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, set in a world that is constantly shifting, about a hunter estranged from her people who joins forces with a teller of tales.
• Pyr’s site has this description.

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* Corey, James S. A. : Caliban’s War
(Orbit US 978-0-316-12906-0, $15.99, 624pp, trade paperback, June 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Expanse #2

Space opera novel, second book of “The Expanse” following Hugo Award nominated Leviathan Wakes (2011).
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Series site http://www.the-expanse.com/ is a shared blog by the authors, with this description of the book
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This breakneck tale will have readers itching for book three.”
• Russell Letson’s review from the June issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; Caliban’s War, subtitled Book Two of the Expanse, offers a remix of basic ingredients (plus some new additives) that is even better than the first volume’s. It’s sufficiently self-contained and satisfactorily resolved to be read on its own.”

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* Daniells, Rowena Cory : Besieged
(Solaris 978-1781080115, $8.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
The Outcast Chronicles #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a tribe of mystics persecuted by people without magical abilities.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• The author’s site has this page about the series with cover images of the next two books.

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* Duncan, Glen : Talulla Rising
(Knopf 978-0-307-59509-6, $25.95, 352pp, hardcover, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
The Last Werewolf #2

Supernatural thriller, sequel to The Last Werewolf (2011), about a newly turned werewolf protecting her children from vampires.
• The Random House site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that it is “Decidedly not for the squeamish” and calls it a “disturbingly raunchy” sequel to the earlier book.

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* Guran, Paula : The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607013457, $19.95, 544pp, trade paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jun 2012

Anthology of 32 dark fantasy and horror stories first published in 2011.
• Authors include Joan Aiken, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Stephen King, Tanith Lee, Maureen F. McHugh, Tim Powers, and Catherynne M. Valente.
• Prime’s site has this description and the complete list of stories with prior credits.

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* Kane, Paul, & Marie O’Regan : The Mammoth Book of Body Horror
(Running Press 978-0762444328, $13.95, 512pp, trade paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012

Anthology of 25 stories in the sub-genre of “body horror”, which concerns disease and mutilation, self-inflicted or otherwise.
• Authors include Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and Mary Shelley.
• Director Stuart Gordon provides an introduction.

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* Kane, Stacia : Chasing Magic
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52752-3, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, June 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Downside Ghosts #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Unholy Ghosts (June 2010), Unholy Magic (July 2010), City of Ghosts (August 2010), and Sacrificial Magic (April 2012), about a claims adjustor for the Church of Real Truth, which compensates citizens bothered by ghosts of the living dead.
• The author’s site has this page with a description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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* Kemp, Paul S. : The Hammer and the Blade
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-245-3, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Tale of Egil and Nix #1

Fantasy sword & sorcery novel, first of a series, about an adventurer and a priest whose retirement plans are interrupted by a wizard who sends them on a new mission.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs, quotes from reviews, and a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “The structure of the story has the feeling of a classic Dungeons & Dragons campaign as the heroes and supporting cast cross a wasted plateau in search of the tomb; however, the strong characters, setting, and history turn what could be a cookie-cutter adventure into a gripping tale.”
• Tor.com has this review by Alex Brown.

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* Mackenzie, Kasey : Blackhearted Betrayal
(Ace 978-1937007652, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Shades of Fury #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in the series following Red Hot Fury (2010) and Green-Eyed Envy (2011), about “Riss” Holloway, a modern-day Greek Fury fighting magical crimes in Boston.
• The author’s website has this series page.

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* Marmell, Ari : False Covenant
(Pyr 978-1616146214, $16.95, 250pp, trade paperback, June 2012, cover by Jason Chan)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Widdershins #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a series following The Thief’s Covenant (Feb. 2012), about an orphan and thief in the city of Davillon.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The author’s site indicates two more titles in the series are forthcoming.
• Tor.com has this review by Stefan Raets: “Even now, well past the target age for YA literature, I had a blast revisiting Davillon and Widdershins.”

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* Maxey, James : Hush
(Solaris 978-1781080177, $8.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Dragon Apocalypse #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Greatshadow (Feb. 2012), about a team of 12 adventurers who try to slay a malevolent dragon who spies on human affairs.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* McCullough, Kelly : Bared Blade
(Ace 978-1937007676, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Fallen Blade #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Broken Blade (2011), about a swordsman and his familiar whose goddess has been murdered.
• The author’s site has this page about the series with a description and details about the next book.

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* Peeler, Nicole : Tempest’s Fury
(Orbit 978-0-316-12811-7, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
Jane True #5

Paranormal romance novel, fitth in the series following Tempest Rising (2009), Tracking the Tempest (2010), Tempest’s Legacy (2011), and Eye of the Tempest (2011), about half-selkie Jane True.
• The author’s site has this description, with quotes from reviews of the series.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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* Stauber, Katy : Spin the Sky
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-340-3, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012

SF novel, a retelling of the Odyssey, about a man returning to an orbital colony after 15 years of wandering in space.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.

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* Walker, Karen Thompson : The Age of Miracles
(Random House 978-0812992977, $26, 288pp, hardcover, June 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012

Literary fantasy novel about what happens when the Earth’s rotation begins slowing.
• The Random House site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides an excerpt. Amazon names one of the Best Books of the Month for June, and has a Q&A with the author.
• NPR ran this interview with the author. Slate asks Could the Earth’s Rotation Really Slow Down? as depicted in the novel.
• Tor.com has this review by Jenn Northington.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “A triumph of vision, language, and terrifying momentum, the story also feels eerily plausible, as if the problems we’ve been worrying about all along pale in comparison to what might actually bring our end.”

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* Zettel, Sarah : Dust Girl
(Random House 978-0-375-86938-9, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, July 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jun 2012
American Fairy Trilogy #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl who, after her mother goes missing in a Kansas dust storm, follows clues to her destiny in California.
• The Random House site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon provides both a text excerpt and its “Look Inside” preview.

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