+ Abercrombie, Joe : Red Country
(Orbit 978-0-316-18721-3, $25.99, 640pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012

First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz, October 2012)

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel set the world of his “First Law” trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and The Last Argument of Kings) and The Heroes (2011), about a young woman in pursuit of a killer who has kidnapped her brother and sister.
• The parent publisher’s site has this description with a preview function. Orbit’s site has this excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Terrific fight scenes, compelling characters (some familiar, some new), and sardonic, vivid prose show Abercrombie at the top of his game.”
• Graham Sleight reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine, commenting: “Abercrombie remains extremely good at action sequences: there is, for instance, a superbly gripping Ghost attack on a group of wagons towards the end of the book’s second part. Here, he manages to capture the dazing effect of violence happening too fast and in too many places to be perceived by any one person.”

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* Andre-Driussi, Michael : Gate of Horn, Book of Silk
(Sirius Fiction 978-0-9642795-4-4, $29.95, 296pp, hardcover, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 14 Oct 2012

Nonfiction guide to Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the Long Sun and The Book of the Short Sun, consisting mostly of alphabetical listings of characters, places, themes, locations, etc., plus appendices on languages, typos, and paginations. Gene Wolfe provides an introduction.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with a short review by Michael Swanwick. A trade paperback edition is also available.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview, including the table of contents.

(Sat 10 Nov 2012)
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* Condie, Ally : Reached
(Dutton 978-0-525-42366-9, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
Matched #3

Young adult dystopian SF novel, third in a trilogy following Matched (2010) and Crossed (2011), set in a future where Society Officials determine people’s lives, including who one marries.
• The series site has this description with a links to a trailer and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Condie continues to draw readers in to her vivid broken world, adding rich color to the story through the interplay between characters and small but important moments. Unpredictable twists and revelations—yes, that includes a happy resolution to the trilogy’s romantic triangle—will leave readers satisfied with the fates of their favorites.”

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* Crawford, Gary William, & Bruce Boston : Notes from the Shadow City
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-937128-40-1, $9.95, 94pp, trade paperback, 2012)

Collection of 48 poems, with an introduction by Michael R. Collings and photo collages by Bruce Boston.
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* Fukui, Isamu : Truancy City
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2263-0, $19.99, 384pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
Truancy #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a trilogy following Truancy (2008) and its prequel Truancy Origins (2009), about teenagers battling an oppressive school system.
• Macmillan’s site has this description, with an excerpt.
• Amazon has an excerpt in its “Look Inside” feature, and the Booklist review, which concludes “Fukui, who is a teen himself, focuses primarily on deftly depicted violence and explosive action sequences that will resonate most with reluctant male readers.”

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* Hand, Elizabeth : Errantry
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-030-5, $16.95, 288pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012

Collection of 10 stories, first published from 2007 to 2011, including World Fantasy Award winner “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” and Shirley Jackson Award winner “Near Zennor”.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Hand’s outsiders haunt themselves, the forces of darkness answering to the calls of their battered souls. Yet strange hope clings to these surreal elegies, insisting on the power of human emotion even in the shadow of despair. Elegant nightmares, sensuously told.”

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* Howard, Jonathan L. : Katya’s World
(Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry US 978-1908844132, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
The Russalka Chronicles #1

Young adult SF novel, first of a series, about a young woman making her first submarine voyage on a stormy colony world.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A strong cast and a believable sense of danger drive Howard’s first book for teens (the combination, of course, ensures that many characters do not survive). SF fans looking to stretch their range will find much to love and will look forward to the planned second installment.”

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* Johnson, Suzanne : River Road
(Tor 978-0-7653-2780-2, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
Sentinels of New Orleans #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Royal Street (April 2012), about a preternatural storm in post-Katrina New Orleans.
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• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Solid plotting and a well-described, consistent setting make this a strong and intriguing addition to the genre.”

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* Kress, Nancy : Flash Point
(Viking 978-0-670-01247-3, $17.99, 400pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 8 Nov 2012

Young adult SF novel about a teenage girl who volunteers for a reality TV show in order to support her family after the Collapse.
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• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Sadly, the concept of this exploitative reality show is entirely believable, as is the financially ruinous setting. Strong characterization rounds out this unsettling thriller, although the resolution lacks oomph given all the buildup.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes, & James Mallory : Crown of Vengeance
(Tor 978-0-7653-2438-2, $27.99, 608pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
The Dragon Prophecy #1

Fantasy novel, first of a new series set in the world of the authors’ Obsidian and Enduring Flame trilogies, about the Elven Queen Vielissiar Faricarnon.
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* Moers, Walter, translated by John Brownjohn : Labyrinth of Dreaming Books
(Overlook Press 978-1468301267, $26.95, 432pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 8 Nov 2012
Zamonia #5

Fantasy novel, fifth novel set on Zamonia following The City of Dreaming Books, in which the city of Bookholm, destroyed by fire in that book, has now been restored as a metropolis of books and storytelling.
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• Wikipedia has a lengthy description of the earlier book, with examples of the author’s wordplay.
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* Priest, Cherie : The Inexplicables
(Tor 978-0-7653-2947-9, $14.99, 368pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
Clockwork Century #5

Steampunk thriller, fifth in a series following Boneshaker (2009, winner of a Locus Award and a Hugo nominee), Clementine (2010, from Subterranean Press), Dreadnought (2010), and Ganymede (2011).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Priest’s alternate 1880 is as intriguing and enjoyable as ever, but the pacing is slack, and Rector is a more passive protagonist than the vibrant leads of her other three Clockwork Century books. Newcomers would be advised to begin at the beginning.”

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* Souders, J. A. : Renegade
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3245-5, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
The Elysium Chronicles #1

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about a sixteen-year-old girl in an underwater utopia who learns that everything she thought she knew is a lie.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Debut author Souders addresses antiwar, socioeconomic, and ecological themes in addition to the main issue of adolescent rebellion against crazed authority…”

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* Williams, Mazarkis : Knife-Sworn
(Night Shade Books 978-1597803861, $26.99, 346pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012
Tower and Knife #2

Fantasy novel, the author’s second novel following The Emperor’s Knife (2011), set in an empire plagued by a ‘Pattern’, concerning palace schemes to take control once the Pattern affects the Emperor.
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* Yolen, Jane : Curse of the Thirteenth Fey
(Penguin/Philomel 978-0-399-25664-6, $16.99, 304pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 8 Nov 2012

Young adult fantasy novel, subtitled “The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty”.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Yolen’s trademark humor is apparent throughout (‘He clearly never met a comma or period he liked,’ Gorse remarks after her family receives the king’s Bidding), and while the story takes some time getting started, as Gorse shares stories of family history and magical mishaps, that by no means detracts from its many pleasures.”

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