Asaro, Catherine : Carnelians
(Baen 978-1-4516-3849-3, $7.99, 560pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012
Skolian Empire #14

(First edition: Baen, October 2011)

SF novel, 14th in the author’s long-running Skolian Saga, following Diamond Star (2009).
• Baen’s site’ has this description, with links to several chapters.

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Baxter, Stephen : Stone Spring
(Penguin/Roc 978-0-451-46446-0, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Northland Saga #1

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, June 2010)

Alternate history novel, first of a trilogy, set 10,000 in the past among tribes living on the land that then connected Britain to Europe, concerning a tsunami that threatens them and a plan to build a wall against the flood.
• Baxter’s site has a short story set in the universe of book 2, Bronze Summer, , which just appeared in the US, while book 3, Iron Winter, appeared in August in the UK.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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Benulis, Sabrina : Archon
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-211690-1, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Books of Raziel #1

(First edition: Harper Voyager, January 2012)

Urban fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about angels and demons battling for the possession of a girl.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
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Conroy, Robert : Himmler’s War
(Baen 978-1-4516-3848-6, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012

(First edition: Baen, December 2011)

Alternate history novel in which Hitler is removed from power and Heinrich Himmler takes over the Third Reich.
• Baen’s site has several chapter excerpts.

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Huff, Tanya : The Wild Ways
(DAW 978-0-7564-0763-6, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Enchantment Empire #2

(First edition: DAW, November 2011)

Urban fantasy novel, sequel to The Enchantment Emporium (2009) about a member of the Gale family who is a Wild Power.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Carolyn Cushman’s review last year in Locus Magazine said: “It’s a great adventure, full of music and magic and just a little goofy at times, thanks to the delightful oddities of the Gales.”

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Ivey, Eowyn : The Snow Child
(Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books 978-0-316-17566-1, $14.99, 416pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012

(First edition: Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur Books, February 2012)

Literary fantasy novel set in 1920 Alaska about a childless couple who find a mysterious young girl in the woods.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt function.
• Amazon named it a best book of February, with a review by Malissa Kent: “With the transparent prose of a fairy tale and descriptions to put nature writing to shame…”

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Jablokov, Alexander : Brain Thief
(Tor 978-0-7653-6172-1, $7.99, 357pp, mass market paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2012

(First edition: Tor, January 2010)

Near-future SF novel, a screwball cyberpunk noir adventure tale involving an AI space exploration robot.
• This is Jablokov’s first novel in over a decade, since Deepdrive (1998); the author’s site explains that he’s been away working full-time and raising children.
• Tor’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Russell Letson’s review in Locus Magazine said: “[L]ike the famously convoluted plot of the film version of The Big Sleep, this one spins us all around so thoroughly (often with a bucket over our heads) that by the time it’s all sorted out it’s hard to tell whether it all made sense. (I think it does, just don’t make me explain how in detail.) … This really is a science fiction story after all — just one that’s set on the other side of the rabbit hole, which is always an entertaining place to visit.”

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King, Stephen : The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1451658910, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2012
Dark Tower #8

(First edition: Scribner, May 2012)

Fantasy novel, eighth book in King’s long-running “Dark Tower” series that began with The Gunslinger (1982) and whose previous volume was The Dark Tower (2004). This book is not a sequel, but a semi-independent story taking place after the fourth volume, Wizard and Glass.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Wikipedia has this page about the book.
• This is a reprint of Scribner’s hardcover edition, which was preceded by a limited edition from Donald M. Grant with illustrations by Jae Lee.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Even those who aren’t familiar with the series will find the conclusion both satisfying and moving. This gripping novel is sure to put King back on the bestseller lists.”

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Koja, Kathe : Under the Poppy
(Small Beer Press 978-1618730275, $16, 360pp, trade paperback, October 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Oct 2012

(First edition: Small Beer Press, October 2010)

Historical fantasy novel set in 19th century Brussels, about a brothel owner who is love with the leader of a puppet troupe.
• Small Beer’s site has this description, with numerous blurbs and quotes from reviews, and links to Koja’ Big Idea essay on John Scalzi’s blog and to an excerpt on Scribd.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides an excerpt.
• The book on a Gaylactic Spectrum Award as best novel of the year.

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Mitsuse, Ryu : Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights
(Haikasoru 978-1421549316, $14.99, 256pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Nov 2012

(First edition: Haikasoru, November 2011)

SF novel in which Plato, Christ, and Siddhartha Gautama travel into the future to witness the death and rebirth of the world.
• Billed as “The greatest Japanese science fiction novel of all time”, it was first published in 1967 and revised in 1973.
• Haikasoru’s website has this description with an excerpt.
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Revis, Beth : A Million Suns
(Penguin/Razorbill 978-1595145376, $9.99, 400pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 21 Nov 2012
Across the Universe #2

(First edition: Penguin/Razorbill, January 2012)

Young adult SF novel, sequel to the the author’s first novel Across the Universe (2011), about the starship Godspeed sent to colonize a new world on a 300-year mission.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this description with links to the official series site with diagrams of the ship and a PDF excerpt.
• A third book, Shades of Earth, is due in January.

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Rosen, Lev AC : All Men of Genius
(Tor 978-0-7653-2795-6, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, November 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Nov 2012

(First edition: Tor, October 2011)

Steampunk novel, the author’s first novel, inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, about a young London woman determined to attend a male-only science college.
• Tor’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has a description, links to sample chapters and deleted scenes, and a page of quotes from reviews, including Publishers Weekly‘s: “Rosen’s lighthearted debut puts a steampunk spin on the Victorian comedy of manners while sneakily critiquing the gender biases of both genres…”

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