* Brooks, Terry : Bloodfire Quest
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52350-1, $28, 368pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-52352-5
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-307-91368-5
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Mar 2013
The Dark Legacy of Shannara #2

Fantasy novel, second in trilogy following Wards of Faerie (2012), set seven years after the previous High Druid of Shannara trilogy.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shannara fans will delight in Brooks’s sorcerous action, skilled characterizations, and rapid-fire storytelling twists, but readers new to the series may yearn for a glossary to tell the heroines and monsters apart.”

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* Hopkinson, Nalo : Sister Mine
(Grand Central 978-0-446-57629-5, $23.99, 310pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781455517732
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1624064579
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Mar 2013

Fantasy novel about two sisters, conjoined at birth but separated, leaving one of them without the magic of their demigod father.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed, though it comments, “The story overflows with fantasy: the twins’ mother happens to be a lake monster, a kudzu vine named Quashee takes possession of her father’s soul, Makeda knits a flying carpet, and Abby dates a young man who used to be a guitar.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, commenting, Sister Mine offers Hopkinson’s most fully worked-out plot (this has not been her strongest point in earlier novels) and some of her most accomplished prose to date; at one point, she conveys the multivalent perceptions of Makeda through stunning passages of pure synaesthesia, and the recurrent use of music as a controlling metaphor is impressive…”

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* Howey, Hugh : Wool
(Simon & Schuster 9781476735115, $26, 528pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B0071XO8RA
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: B0092K47MG
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Mar 2013

Dystopian SF novel, best-known as a series of self-published online stories beginning in 2011 that became bestsellers in 2012, now in print for the first time, in both hardcover and paperback, comprising five e-book volumes. It’s already been optioned by Hollywood. (The ebook edition linked above was available in January 2012. The audiobook edition linked above was released in August 2012.)
• It concerns a stratified underground community where the sheriff breaks a taboo by asking to go outside, and Juliette, a mechanic who takes over for him to fix their silo.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with an excerpt and a video calling it “the next great sci-fi saga”.
Washington Post just posted a review by Keith Donohue: “It’s easy to see how exuberant word of mouth spread so quickly on the Internet for ‘Wool.’ The characters are well drawn, with a rousing protagonist and antagonist, and the plot races forward without resorting to melodrama. … ‘Wool’ is the kind of sci-fi novel you can give to those who love the genre and those who never read the stuff.”

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* Irvine, Ian : Rebellion
(Orbit 978-0-316-07285-4, $15.99, 638pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-316-18384-0
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Mar 2013
The Tainted Realm #2

Fantasy novel, second book of a trilogy following Vengeance (2012), about descendants of slaves on the island nation of Cythe.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The author’s site has this series page, with descriptions and excerpts of the first two books.

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* Lang, Michele : Rebel Angels
(Tor 978-0-7653-2319-4, $27.99, 320pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429947831
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Mar 2013
Lady Lazarus #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Lady Lazarus (2011) and Dark Victory (2012), about a Jewish witch fighting the Nazis.
• Parent publisher Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly has this review.

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* Reed, Kit : The Story Until Now
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7349-0, $35, 468pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7350-6
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 15 Mar 2013

Collection of 34 stories, subtitled “A Great Big Book of Stories”, including 6 original to this volume, with an introduction by Gary K. Wolfe.
• Wesleyan’s site has this description with reviews and the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” preview also includes the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Often dark but always worth reading, this collection is a must-have for both those new to Reed and those who have been following her work for decades.”

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* Tem, Steve Rasnic : Onion Songs
(Chômu Press 978-1-907681-21-9, $17, 370pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 13 Mar 2013

Collection of 42 stories spanning Tem’s career.
• Chômu Press’ site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “He manages to beautifully spin these universal and often overused tropes in a refreshing way, using obscurity and impressions of madness to hint at the deeper human emotions hiding behind his unnerving, strange premises. … Tem lets his characters, their situations, and their emotions creep up slowly on the reader. His style is thoughtful and poetic, and the tension he builds effectively sustains well-crafted plots.”

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