* Aaron, Rachel : Spirit’s End
(Orbit 978-0-316-19836-3, $14.99, 560pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012
Eli Monpress #5

Fantasy novel, fifth book in a series following The Spirit Thief, The Spirit Rebellion, and The Spirit Eater (all 2010), and The Spirit War (June 2012), about wizard thief Eli Monpress.
• The author’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Anderson, Kevin J. : Tucker’s Grove
(Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick 978-161242-099-8, $9.99, 180pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Nov 2012

Collection of 13 linked dark fantasy stories set in a Wisconsin town cursed by ghost, demons, madmen, et al.
• It was first published last year as an ebook, as described by Anderson on his blog.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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+ Cobley, Michael : The Ascendant Stars
(Orbit 978-0-316-21403-2, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012
Humanity’s Fire #3

First US edition (UK: Orbit, October 2011)

SF novel, third in a series following Seeds of Earth (2009) and The Orphaned Worlds (2010), in which various human and AI factions battle over the planet Darien and the weapons it contains.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Eric Brown reviewed it last year for Guardian: “a space opera of mind-bending depth and scope which sets complexly thought-out alien races and chilling cyborg armies against humans riven by competing political philosophies and agendas…”

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* Leahy, John : Crogian
(Necro Publications 978-1478224891, $12.95, 249pp, trade paperback, August 2012, cover art Travis Anthony Soumis)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 2 Aug 2012

Horror novel, the author’s first novel, about a mysterious find in Alaska and a subsequent military project set up in a small Texas town.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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+ Leather, Stephen : Nightmare
(Amazon/47north 978-1612182315, $14.95, 472pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012
Nightingale #3

Supernatural thriller, third in a trilogy, about a police negotiator haunted by a nine-year-old girl who death ended his career.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and previews via its “Look Inside” function.
• The book was first published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton in January, 2012.

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* Magnason, Andri Snaer, translated by Victoria Cribb : LoveStar
(Seven Stories 978-1-60980-426-8, $16.95, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012

Dystopian SF novel, translated from the Icelandic, set in a future where people are ‘cordless’, free of gadgets, and whose lives are guided by machines that validate their choices and select their soul mates.
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.”

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* Marshall, Helen : Hair Side, Flesh Side
(Chizine Publications 978-1927469248, $16.95, 300pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012

Collection of 15 horror stories, with an introduction by Robert Shearman.
• ChiZine’s site has this description, with a book trailer and blurbs from John Langan and others.
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* Murphy, Derryl : Over the Darkened Landscape
(Fairwood 978-1-933846-35-4, $15.99, 198pp, trade paperback, November 2012, cover art Antonello Silverini)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 2 Jul 2012

Collection of 13 stories, first published from 1993 to 2008, with an introduction by Julie Czerneda.
• Fairwood’s site has this description with the PW review and numerous blurbs.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “excellent collection” and concludes, “Murphy’s range is impressive, as is his ability to immerse readers in a variety of worlds.”

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* Oliver, Jonathan, ed. : Magic
(Solaris 978-1781080542, $9.99, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

Anthology of 15 original stories, subtitled “An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane”.
• Authors include Audrey Niffenegger, Gemma Files, Robert Shearman, Storm Constantine, and Christopher Fowler.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Niall Alexander reviewed the book for Tor.com: “…the fifteen tales tall and true that make up Magic do indeed succeed when it comes to confounding one’s expectations. On the whole, then, this is a spellbinding collection, and ideal reading for a season that lives and dies by its surprises.”

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* Silverberg, Robert, & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro : When the Blue Shift Comes
(Arc Manor 978-1-61242-074-5, $12.99, 190pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Nov 2012

Novella begun in 1987 by Silverberg and recently completed by newcomer Zinos-Amaro, part of a “Stellar Guild” series of such collaborations from this publisher. It’s about far future immortals threatened by a “hole in the continuum” of space.
• The book includes an introduction by series editor Mike Resnick.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Amaro more than matches Silverberg’s energetically expository style and manages to tie up all the loose ends, but flat characters and a slim plot keep the story firmly anchored in the 1980s.”

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* Smith, Kevin Scott : Host of the Armageddon
(Necro Publications/Bedlam Press 978-1479210978, $15.95, 245pp, trade paperback, September 2012, cover art Travis Anthony Soumis)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 29 Aug 2012
The Horsemen Chronicles #1

Horror novel, first of a series, about a photojournalist who discovers that the evils of the world are not random events, but are brought about the Biblical four horsemen.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
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* Van Pelt, James : Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille and Other Stories
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-34-7, $17.99, 308pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 18 Jul 2012

Collection of 23 stories, first published from 1991 to 2012, with an introduction by Brenda Cooper.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with the PW review and numerous blurbs.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Vivid atmospheres and solid plotting make for satisfying reading.”

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+ Wurts, Janny : Initiate’s Trial
(Harper Voyager 978-0-00-721783-0, $9.99, 578pp, mass market paperback, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Oct 2012
The Wars of Light and Shadow #9

First US edition (UK: Harper Voyager, November 2011)

Fantasy novel, 9th book in the series “The Wars of Light and Shadow” that began with The Curse of the Mistwraith (1993) and most recently included Stormed Fortress (2007), and first book of “Sword of the Canon” Arc within the overall series.
• Harper’s site has this description. The book appears to be the UK paperback edition, restickered for US sale.
• The author’s site has this page for the book with an excerpt.

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