* Aaronovitch, Ben : Whispers Under Ground
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52461-4, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Rivers of London #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Midnight Riot (UK title Rivers of London) and Moon Over Soho (both 2011), about a London police officer who can speak to the dead.
• Del Rey’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This fast, engrossing novel is enjoyable, cheerful, and accessible to new readers.”

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* Andrews, Ilona : Gunmetal Magic
(Ace 978-0425256138, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Kate Daniels #7

Urban fantasy novel, a novel set in the world of the “Kate Daniels” series — Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Mourns, and Magic Bleeds — about Andrea, a sniper werehyena.
• The author’s site has this description and excerpt.

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* Ashby, Madeline : vN
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-262-0, $12.99, 356pp, trade paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
The Machine Dynasty #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first novel of a series, about a family of self-replicating humanoids.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with an extract and an impressive collection of blurbs by Cory Doctorow, Peter Watts, Rudy Rucker, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed: “Ashby manages to create real sympathy for her synthetics, but fails to detail her near-future landscape (a Pacific Northwest depopulated by an enormous earthquake) with enough distractions to cover the paucity of human characters.”

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* Barnes, Steven, & Tananarive Due : Devil’s Wake
(Simon & Schuster/Atria 978-1-4516-1700-9, $15, 278pp, trade paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012

Zombie thriller about a plague that has brought civilization to collapse, concerning a group of survivors traveling from Washington state to California.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “fast-paced but predictable homage to zombie film and fiction.”

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* Brandon, Paula : The Wanderers
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-58383-0, $15, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, third of a trilogy following The Traitor’s Daughter (2011) and The Wounded City (March 2012), set in a land threatened by revolution and an upheaval in magic.
• Spectra’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Carroll, Jonathan : The Woman Who Married a Cloud
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-494-2, $45, 584pp, hardcover, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012

Collection of 37 stories, subtitled “The Collected Short Stories of Jonathan Carroll”, including several original to this book.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Like a capricious god who bestows grace erratically, Carroll entangles characters in the mysteries of love and forgiveness throughout this weighty collection of 37 of his shorter works.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the July issue of Locus Magazine, concluding “There are dogs and children and lost lovers populating these tales, to be sure, and there are fair doses of grief and sentiment in some of them, but mostly there are the lineaments of a vision so distinctive, and so morally grounded, that it hardly bears comparison with anything else in modern fiction at all.”

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* Daniells, Rowena Cory : Exile
(Solaris 978-1781080139, $8.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
The Outcast Chronicles #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following Besieged (July 2012), 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 the cover image of the next book.

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : Dragon Justice
(Luna 978-0373803484, $14.95, 336pp, trade paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jul 2012
Paranormal Scene Investigations #4

Paranormal fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Hard Magic (2010), Pack of Lies (2011), and Tricks of the Trade (2011), about a paranormal investigations team in New York.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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* Holzner, Nancy : Darklands
(Ace 978-1937007706, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Deadtown #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following debut Deadtown (2010), Hellforged (Jan. 2011), and Bloodstone (Nov. 2011), about shape-shifter Victory Vaughn fighting demons in an alternate Boston.
• The author’s site has background on the series.

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* Johnson, Jean : An Officer’s Duty
(Ace 978-1937007690, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Theirs Not To Reason Why #2

Military SF novel, second of a series following A Soldier’s Duty (2011), about a precog who enlists in the Terran United Planets military.
• The author’s site has an excerpt.

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+ Koontz, Dean : Odd Apocalypse
(Bantam 978-0-553-80774-5, $28, 368pp, hardcover, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Odd Thomas #5

Horror novel, fifth in a series following Odd Thomas (2003), Forever Odd (2005), and Brother Odd (2006), and Odd Hours (2008), about a young man who can see spirits of the dead.
• The author’s site has this page for the book with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “wry, offbeat” and comments that “This supernatural thriller surely ranks as one of the series’ funniest.”

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* Kratman, Tom : Countdown: H Hour
(Baen 978-1451637939, $7.99, 624pp, mass market paperback, August 2012, cover by Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Countdown #3

Modern-day military adventure novel, third in a series following Countdown: The Liberators (Jan 2011) and Countdown: M Day (Sep. 2011), set in the Philippines outback.
• Baen’s site has a description with links to several chapters.

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* Larson, B. V. : Technomancer
(Amazon/47north 978-1-612-18232-2, $14.95, 374pp, trade paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jul 2012
Unspeakable Things #1

Supernatural detective novel, first of a series, about an amnesiac who wakes up in a private sanatorium and learns he’s implicated in a series of murders.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed.

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* McCarthy, T. C. : Chimera
(Orbit 978-0-316-12817-9, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Subterrene War #3

Military SF novel, third of a series following author’s first novel Germline (2011) and Exogene (2012), about genetically-engineered super-soldiers.
• Orbit’s site has this excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, as it did the previous book; “Breathtaking and heartrending, this is the future of military science fiction.”
• The first book, Germline, won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel.

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* Morgan, Lou : Blood and Feathers
(Solaris 978-1781080191, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012

Urban fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a woman named Alice who finds herself in the midst of a war between the angels and the Fallen.
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* Thorpe, Gav : The Crown of the Usurper
(Angry Robot Us 978-0857661333, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Crown of the Blood #3

Epic fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Crown of the Blood (2010) and The Crown of the Conqueror (2011), about a victorious general who now rules over an empire.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description, with a preview function.

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* Thurman, Rob : All Seeing Eye
(Pocket 978-1451652222, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012

Supernatural thriller about the survivor of a family massacre who grows up to become a psychic-for-hire.
• The author’s site has this page about the book.
• Amazon’s page has a text excerpt.

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* Turtledove, Harry : Coup d’Etat
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52465-2, $28, 432pp, hardcover, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
The War that Came Early #4

Alternate history novel, fourth in a series following Hitler’s War (2009), West and East (2010), and The Big Switch (2011), about an alternate World War II that followed when Neville Chamberlain stood up to Hitler rather than appeased him with the Munich Accord.
• Del Rey’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Vaughn, Carrie : Kitty Steals the Show
(Tor 978-0-7653-6566-8, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, August 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jul 2012
Kitty Norville #10

Fantasy novel, tenth book in the series following Kitty’s Greatest Hits (2011), about werewolf radio talk show host Kitty Norville.
• Tor’s site has this description and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The solid, entertaining tale primarily serves as part of a larger story, answering some questions and creating more.”

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