* Belcher, R. S. : The Six-Gun Tarot
(Tor 978-0-7653-2932-5, $25.99, 364pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Jan 2013

Historical fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, set in a Nevada town in 1869.
• The publisher’s description calls it “Buffy meets Deadwood”, and includes an excerpt and quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Against the backdrop of Chinese and Mormon mythology and the Civil War, with a bit of Frankenstein for color, the mix of theology, frontier justice, and zombies is merely cover for an intense and irreverent exploration of good, evil, and free will.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “a strong first novel”.

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* Cameron, Miles : The Red Knight
(Orbit 978-0-316-21228-1, $16.99, 746pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Jan 2013
The Traitor Son Cycle #1

Historical fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about a mercenaries hired to protect a group of nuns from a rogue sorcerer.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Orbit’s site has this post today with comments from the author and a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that Cameron is “a pseudonymous author of historical fiction” and concludes that he “packs this thick volume with enough magic, violence, and intrigue for three books, flavoring the story with period detail and earthy dialogue.”

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* Harrison, Kim : Ever After
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-195791-8, $24.99, 435pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Jan 2013
Hollows #11

Urban fantasy novel, eleventh in the “Hollows” series about bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan, following Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, and A Perfect Blood.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The result is fast-paced and entertaining, but not exactly friendly to new readers.”

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Imager’s Battalion
(Tor 978-0-7653-3283-7, $27.99, 512pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Jan 2013
Imager Portfolio #6

Fantasy novel, third volume in the second arc following Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), and Imager’s Intrigue (2010), Scholar (2011), and Princeps (2012) — where some have the magical skill to visualize things and make them real.
• Tor’s website has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function also provides a preview.

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* Smith, Jad : John Brunner
(University of Illinois 978-0-252-07881-1, $21.95, 192pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 30 Jan 2013

Nonfiction study of Brunner’s fiction, first volume in the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series from the University of Illinois.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with blurbs from Gary K. Wolfe and Gary Westfahl.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the January issue of Locus Magazine, saying that the book “proves to be an excellent model for what later volumes in the series might look like – clearly and accessibly written, free of theoretical or historical hobbyhorses, and meticulously researched.”

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