* Andrews, Ilona : Steel’s Edge
(Ace 978-1937007829, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
The Edge #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following On the Edge (2009), Bayou Moon (2010), and Fate’s Edge (2011) about a family that lives on the “Edge” of two worlds, the mundane and the magical.
• The authors’ site (the byline is that of Ilona and Gordon Andrews) has a description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly called the previous book “an appealing blend of madcap caper, spy thriller, and romantic comedy”.

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* Bertin, Joanne : Bard’s Oath
(Tor 978-0-312-87370-7, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Dragonlord #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Last Dragonlord (1998) and Dragon and Phoenix (1999), set on a world where Dragonlords can change form from dragon to human.
• Tor’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a respectable if unexceptional throwback to the morally black-and-white heroic fantasy of the 1990s.”

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* Butcher, Jim : Cold Days
(Penguin/Roc 978-0-451-46440-8, $27.95, 496pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Dresden Files #14

Fantasy novel, fourteenth in the “Dresden Chronicles” about crime-solving wizard Harry Dresden in Chicago, following Ghost Story (2011).
• The author’s website has this page about the book, with links to several chapter excerpts.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “yet another engaging urban fantasy that leavens apocalyptic threats with smart-ass humor”, and concludes, “Plentiful backstory allows newcomers to have little trouble getting caught up in the action or connecting with the charismatic lead.”

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+ Chan, Kylie : Heaven to Wudang
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-221034-0, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Journey to Wudang #3

Fantasy novel, third in a new series following Earth to Hell (October 2012) and Hell to Heaven (November 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 2011.

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* Foster, Alan Dean : The Sum of Her Parts
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51202-4, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
The Tipping Point #3

Near-future thriller, third of a trilogy following The Human Blend (2010) and Body, Inc. (2012), in which a scientist and a thief travel to Africa to trace the origin of a mysterious metallic thread.
• Del Rey’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Those who appreciate Foster’s slap-dash derring-do will be glad to see that the trilogy wrapup leaves open the possibility of continuation.”

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* Gilman, Felix : The Rise of Ransom City
(Tor 978-0-7653-2940-0, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
The Half-Made World #2

Fantasy alternate-history novel, sequel to The Half-Made World (2010), set in a reimagined American West in which conflict rages between two factions, the Line and the Gun.
• Tor’s site has this description, and an excerpt.
• The
Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This sequel to The Half-Made World stands well alone; written like an old-fashioned memoir, it seamlessly blends whimsy with deadly seriousness. Ransom himself comes across as an eccentric, and readers will share his hope that human inventiveness might win out over the soul-grinding war.”

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* Hearne, Kevin : Trapped
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-53364-7, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Iron Druid Chronicles #5

Urban fantasy novel, fourth book of a series following Hounded, Hexed, Hammered (all 2011), and Tricked (May 2012), about a 2000-year-old Druid living in Arizona.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Hirshberg, Glen : Motherless Child
(Earthling 978-0-9838071-1-7, $40, 250pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 15 Oct 2012

Vampire novel about two North Carolina single mothers who are turned into vampires.
• Earthling’s site has this description with reviews and blurbs, and also the news that the book is already out of print.
• Amazon indicates a third party source (Ziesing).
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it a “blockbuster narrative”, and concluding, “The clash of human and vampire worlds in the tumultuous final showdown presents a satisfying, startling, conclusion and infuses this work with both literary and genre merit.”

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* Macallan, Ben : Pandaemonium
(Solaris 978-1781080511, $8.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Desdaemona #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Desdaemona (2011), by Chaz Brenchley writing under a pseudonym.
• It’s about Jordan, a supernatural runaway who helps kids, and Desdaemona, who enlists his help to find her sister.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Brenchley’s site has this description with comments from the author about writing the book.

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* Madison, Shawntelle : Kept
(Ballantine 978-0-345-52917-6, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Coveted #2

Paranormal romance novel, second in a series following Coveted (April 2012), about a werewolf in New Jersey.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* McCullough, Kelly : Crossed Blades
(Ace 978-1937007843, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Fallen Blade #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Broken Blade (2011) and Bared Blade (July 2012), about a swordsman and his familiar whose goddess has been murdered.
• The author’s site has this page about the book with a description and excerpt.

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* Nassise, Joseph : King of the Dead
(Tor 978-0-7653-2719-2, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Eyes to See (2011), about a man who turns to the supernatural after his life is ruined.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes “the oddball trio provides a refreshing change from the usual petulant-yet-kickass paranormal heroine.”

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+ Rajaniemi, Hannu : The Fractal Prince
(Tor 978-0-7653-2950-9, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, October 2012, jacket art Kekai Kotaki)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Quantum Thief #2

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2012)

Hard science fiction novel, sequel to the author’s first novel The Quantum Thief (2010), about Jean le Flambeur, a post-human thief in the Heterarchy, the culture of the far future solar system.
• Tor’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function includes a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…The plot can get muddled as a result, but Rajaniemi’s witty language (‘On the day the Hunter comes for me, I am killing ghost cats from the Schrödinger Box’) and charmingly wry hero will make the read well worth the effort for the first installment’s fans.”
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from the November issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; he writes, “There was a lot more to Rajaniemi’s future than The Quantum Thief really needed or could sustain, and now with The Fractal Prince – the second novel in a projected trilogy – we begin to learn that a great deal more is at stake.”

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* Sedia, Ekaterina : Moscow But Dreaming
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-362-4, $15.95, 288pp, trade paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012

Collection of 21 stories, the author’s first collection, with an introduction by Jeffrey Ford.
• Prime’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, concluding “This masterful stylist’s lyrical stories will delight the thoughtful reader.”

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Edge of Infinity
(Solaris 978-1781080566, $8.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, December 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Nov 2012

Anthology of 13 original stories of hard SF, a follow-up to earlier anthology Engineering Infinity (2011).
• Authors include Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling, Hannu Rajaniemi, Stephen Baxter, and Alastair Reynolds.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Strahan’s blog has some background and the table of contents.

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* VanderMeer, Ann, ed. : Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-086-5, $15.95, 432pp, trade paperback, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 5 Oct 2012

Anthology of 27 stories and and four nonfiction pieces, third in a series following Steampunk (2008) and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (2010), both edited with Jeff VanderMeer.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review cites several outstanding stories and concludes, “Readers who enjoy steampunk largely for its visual aesthetic or use in other genres like YA and mystery may find less appeal in a collection geared mostly toward hardcore devotees.”

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