Adams, John Joseph, ed. : Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom
(Simon & Schuster 978-1442420304, $9.99, 368pp, trade paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Feb 2013

(First edition: Simon & Schuster, February 2012)

Anthology of 14 original stories inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom novels.
• Contributors include Peter S. Beagle, Theodora Goss, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Genevieve Valentine, S.M. Stirling, Catherynne M. Valente, and Jonathan Maberry.
• Illustrations for the stories are by Gregory Manchess, Charles Vess, John Picacio, Michael Wm. Kaluta, and others.
• There’s also a 24-page appendix by Richard A. Lupoff, “Who’s Who and What’s What on Mars…”
• Adam’s dedicated site for the book has the table of contents, an art gallery, and links to Free Reads.
• Amazon’s page has a “Look Inside” preview function.

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Barron, Laird : The Croning
(Night Shade Books 978-1597802314, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Feb 2013

(First edition: Night Shade Books, May 2012)

Horror novel, the author’s first novel, about a geologist whose anthropologist wife pursues clues about prehuman “little people”.
• Night Shade’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides an excerpt.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “In his award-winning short stories, Barron has often effectively evoked that Lovecraftian sense of existential dread characters feel when they realize their insignificance compared to the awesome cosmic forces that shape their reality… To do so for such a sustained performance in this novel-length tale is quite an achievement.”

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Bear, Elizabeth : Range of Ghosts
(Tor 978-0-7653-3536-4, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013
Endless Sky #1

(First edition: Tor, March 2012)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, set on a world resermbling central Asia as various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The next title, due in March, is Shattered Pillars.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review said “Bear creates a vivid world where wizards must sacrifice their ability to procreate in order to control magic and the sky changes to reflect the gods of the land’s rulers. The strong setting and engaging characters will have readers eager for the second installment.”

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Briggs, Patricia : Fair Game
(Ace 978-0-425-25618-3, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013
Alpha and Omega #3

(First edition: Ace, March 2012)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), about a woman who becomes a rare type of werewolf.
• The author’s website has some background and a sample chapter.

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Britain, Kristen : Blackveil
(Daw 978-0-7564-0779-7, $8.99, 656pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Feb 2013
Green Rider #4

(First edition: DAW, February 2011)

Fantasy novel, fourth in the series that began with The Green Rider (1998) and continued with First Rider’s Call (2003) and The High King’s Tomb (2007), about an elite group of messengers for the king who now face a threat from dark magicians.
• The author’s website has this description and a PDF sample chapter.

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Card, Orson Scott : Shadows in Flight
(Tor 978-0-7653-6866-9, $7.99, 294pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013
The Shadow Series #5

(First edition: Tor, January 2012)

SF novel, fifth in the sequence of novels paralleling Card’s Hugo and Nebula award winning Ender’s Game (1985) and its sequels — following Ender’s Shadow (1999), Shadow of the Hegemon (2001), Shadow Puppets (2002), and Shadow of the Giant (2005).
• Tor’s Macmillan site has this description with an excerpt.

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Cooper, Elspeth : Songs of the Earth
(Tor 978-0-7653-6850-8, $7.99, 482pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013
The Wild Hunt #1

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, June 2011)

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a novice knight with the ability to hear magical music in a society where Church Knights execute as witches anyone who hears the ‘song of the Earth’.
• Tor’s site has this description.
• The second book, due next week, is Trinity Rising.
• The author’s site has this page with links to extracts and descriptions of the next two books.

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Deas, Stephen : The Order of the Scales
(Roc 978-0-451-46500-9, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Feb 2013
The Memory of Flames #3

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, May 2011)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Adamantine Palace (2010) and The King of the Crags, set in a land where dragons are violent creatures subdued into servitude by human masters.
• The author’s website has this page for the book with a link to an excerpt.

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Frater, Rhiannon : Fighting to Survive
(Tor 978-0-7653-6683-2, $7.99, 436pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013
As the World Dies #2

(First edition: Tor, November 2011)

Zombie apocalypse novel, second in a series following The First Days (2011).
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Hobb, Robin : City of Dragons
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-156169-6, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013
Rain Wild Chronicles #3

(First edition: Harper Voyager US, February 2012)

Fantasy novel, third in the “Rain Wild Chronicles” following Dragon Keeper (UK 2009, US 2010) and Dragon Haven (2010), and set in the same world as her Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies. It concerns a group of debilitated dragons, rejected by human culture, setting out to find their ancient home.
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Knight, E. E. : Dragon Fate
(Penguin/Roc 978-0-451-41488-5, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Feb 2013
The Age of Fire #6

(First edition: Roc, December 2011)

Fantasy novel, sixth and final book in a series set in a world in which dragons are becoming extinct, following Dragon Champion (2006), Dragon Avenger (2006), Dragon Outcast (2007), Dragon Strike (2008), and Dragon Rule (2009).
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Kosmatka, Ted : The Games
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52662-5, $9.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jan 2013

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, March 2012)

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a future Olympic games where non-human, genetically-engineered monsters fight to the death.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt and a link to a YouTube trailer.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed last year in Locus Magazine, concluding: “This may not be the novel that Kosmatka’s short fiction would lead us to expect, but who’s to blame him for taking the Michael Crichton route, especially since he almost certainly handles the material in a more sophisticated and less silly way that Crichton himself would have? The Games may not be as original as we know Kosmatka can be, and it may not even be about the Games of its title, but it’s an efficient thriller that does what it sets out to do, and promises a good deal more in the future.”

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Weber, David : A Rising Thunder
(Baen 978-1-4516-3871-4, $15, 480pp, trade paperback, February 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Feb 2013
Honor Harrington #13

(First edition: Baen, March 2012)

SF space opera novel, 13th volume in the Honor Harrington series, following Mission of Honor (2010).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Wikipedia has this entry on the Honor Harrington series.

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