* Bear, Elizabeth : Shoggoths in Bloom
(Prime Books 978-1607013617, $15.95, 336pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Oct 2012

Collection of 20 stories, include award winners “Tideline” (Hugo and Sturgeon) and the title story.
• Scott Lynch provides an introduction.
• Prime’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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* Brom : Krampus: The Yule Lord
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-209565-7, $27.99, 368pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012

Illustrated fantasy novel about Krampus, the enemy of Santa Claus, and a West Virginia songwriter who gets entangled in a feud between the two.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The author’s site has this page for the books with the prologue and samples of artwork.
• Amazon has the Booklist review by Regina Schroeder: “This is a surprisingly good story, told with entertaining style and some unexpectedly sympathetic characters, and the illustrations are a treat.”

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* Card, Orson Scott : Ruins
(Simon Pulse 978-1-4169-9179-3, $18.99, 544pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Pathfinder #2

Young adult novel, second in a trilogy following Pathfinder (2010), about a boy, Rigg, who discovers he has the power not only to see the past, but to change it.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “…the way Card explores time travel, logic puzzles, and parallel societal development, as well as the clever fashion in which various problems are resolved and the engrossing details of the world he has created, keep the plot moving forward—and often backward in time.”

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* Chan, Kylie : Hell to Heaven
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-202155-7, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Journey to Wudang #2

Fantasy novel, second in a new series following Earth to Hell (October 2012), about Chinese gods living on Earth.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The author’s site has this description of the original edition, which was published in Australia and New Zealand in January 2010.

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* Cobley, Michael : The Orphaned Worlds
(Orbit 9780316214018, $7.99, 656pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Humanity’s Fire #2

SF novel, second of a series following Seeds of Earth (UK 2009, US October 2012), in which various human and AI factions battle over the planet Darien and the weapons it contains.
• Orbit’s website has this extract.
Publishers Weekly called the first book “a well-constructed space opera with a sense of vast scope, populated with an array of beautifully differentiated intelligences both organic and artificial.”

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* Danielewski, Mark Z. : The Fifty Year Sword
(Pantheon 978-0-307-90772-1, $26, 288pp, hardcover, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Oct 2012

Horror novel about a seamstress attending a Halloween party in East Texas and a Story Teller’s tale involving five orphans.
• Pantheon’s site has a brief synopsis and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the work was published in the Netherlands in 2005 “in a different form”, and describes the layout of the book: “Danielewski (House of Leaves) knows that typographical landscaping can be a narrative tool. With rare exception, he unfurls his tale down one side of the page in quoted speech of different colors representing five orphans whose obscure connection is hinted at in an author’s note; text is juxtaposed or shares space with illustrations. Tension builds visually; some scenes slows to a sentence per page (a trick the author’s fans will recognize), vertically tearing the white space (readers resistant to textual hijinks may be frustrated). More of a narrative poem than a novella, this would be well suited to an oral reading and may be best thought of as an objet d’art that chillingly holds us accountable for our worst thoughts.”

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* Griffin, Kate : Stray Souls
(Orbit 978-0-316-18726-8, $14.99, 442pp, trade paperback, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Magicals Anonymous #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series related to the author’s four Matthew Swift/Midnight Mayor books, about a London support group called Magicals Anonymous.
• Orbit’s site has this sample.
• Faren Miller reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Hawk, Rhodi : The Tangled Bridge
(Tor 978-0-7653-2497-9, $14.99, 528pp, trade paperback, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Madeleine LeBlanc #-

Southern gothic thriller, second in a series following A Twisted Ladder (2009), about a psychologist battling members of her own family in order to save a little boy from the demons her family controls.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
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* Henry, Christina : Black Lament
(Ace 978-0425256572, $7.99, 288pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Black Wings #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Black Wings (2010), Black Night (2011), and Black Howl (March 2012) about a Chicago woman who escorts souls to the afterlife.
• The author’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Hurley, Kameron : Rapture
(Night Shade Books 978-1597804318, $15.99, 372pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Oct 2012
Bel Dame Apocrapha #3

Far future science fiction novel, third book in a series following God’s War (2010) and Infidel (2011), about a centuries-old war and a government assassin who may be able to end it.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
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* Jeter, K. W., & Gareth Jefferson Jones : Death’s Apprentice
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-0-312-54771-4, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Grimm City #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series to be based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales, about the 17-year-old apprentice of Death in a city that is the Devil’s capital on Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
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* Kent, Steven L. : The Clone Sedition
(Ace 978-0425258187, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Clone #8

Military SF novel, eighth in the series following The Clone Republic, Rogue Clone (both 2006), The Clone Alliance (2007), The Clone Elite (2008), The Clone Betrayal (2009), The Clone Empire (2010), and The Clone Redemption (2011), set in a 26th century galaxy ruled by an Earth-based military of clones.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Long, Nathan : Swords of Waar
(Night Shade Books 978-1597804295, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Oct 2012
Waar #2

Fantasy novel, sequel to Jane Carver of Waar (March 2012), a parody of Edgar Rice Burrough about a biker chick who’s transported to an alien planet.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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* Painter, Kristen : Out for Blood
(Orbit 978-0316200172, $7.99, 481pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
House of Comarre #4

Gothic urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series Blood Rights, Flesh and Blood, and Bad Blood, about a special race of humans bred to feed vampires.
• Orbit’s site has this post about the book.
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* Sedia, Ekaterina, ed. : Bloody Fabulous
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-360-0, $15.95, 336pp, trade paperback, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Oct 2012

Anthology of 14 “Stories of Fantasy and Fashion”, of which six are reprints and the rest original to this book.
• Authors include Holly Black, Kelly Link, Rachel Swirsky, Nick Mamatas, and Genevieve Valentine.
• Prime’s description includes the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While some stories may not click with all readers, the uniformly strong writing makes this tasty sampler a fine foray into the fashionable side of speculative fiction.”

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* Shearman, Robert : Remember Why You Fear Me
(Chizine Publications 978-1927469217, $16.95, 425pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012

Collection of 20 stories, subtitled “The Best Dark Fiction of Robert Shearman”, with an introduction by Stephen Jones.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents and Stephen Jones’ introduction.

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* Shepherd, Mike : Kris Longknife: Furious
(Ace 978-1937007393, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Kris Longknife #10

Military SF adventure novel, tenth the series following Mutineer, Deserter (both 2004), Defiant (2005), Resolute (2006), Audacious (2007), Intrepid (2008), Undaunted (2009), Redoubtable (2010), and Daring (2011), about a Prime Minister’s daughter who joins the space navy.
• Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe. The author’s site has a sample chapter.

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* Tidbeck, Karin : Jagannath
(Cheeky Frawg Books 978-0-9857904-0-0, $11.99, 142pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 27 Jun 2012

Collection of 13 fantasy stories by a writer previously published in Swedish, here with her English language debut from Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s new publishing imprint.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents and Elizabeth Hand’s introduction.
• Cheeky Frawg Books’ site has this advance description, with blurbs.
• Weightless Books’ page for the Epub edition includes blurbs from Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville, Karen Joy Fowler, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “By turns brilliant and indecipherably cryptic, this book will capture the imaginations of fans of experimental fantasy and science fiction and is a fine launch for Cheeky Frawg, a new press dedicated to international and translated fiction.”

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* Williams, Sandy : The Shattered Dark
(Ace 978-1937007812, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Shadow Reader #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in series following The Shadow Reader (2011), about a Houston college student who tracks fae for the fae King and who’s in love with the King’s sword-master.
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with an excerpt.

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