Black, Holly : Black Heart
(McElderry 978-1442403475, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Apr 2013
Curse Workers #3

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/McElderry, April 2012)

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series following The White Cat (2010) and Red Glove (2011), about a family of illegal curse workers.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a “Browse Inside” function.
• Gwenda Bond’s review in the June 2012 issue of Locus Magazine concluded, “As in the previous novels, Black toys with the reader, but to complain would e a sin. The truth is, Black Heart is essentially a perfect book.”

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Evenson, Brian : Immobility
(Tor 978-0-7653-3097-0, $14.99, 256pp, trade paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Apr 2013

(First edition: Tor, April 2012)

Horror/apocalyptic SF novel about a man who awakes, paralyzed, in a world following some catastrophe he cannot remember.
• Tor’s website has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Peter Straub and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded, “Prose honed to a razor sharpness carries him through a broken landscape of menace and despair that never brightens. Grim and unrelenting, this compelling book will darken the mood of even the most lighthearted readers as Evenson drives it toward an inevitable but still surprising ending.”

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Flint, Eric, Gorg Huff & Paula Goodlett, eds. : 1636: The Kremlin Games
(Baen 978-1-4516-3890-5, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Mar 2013
Ring of Fire #19

(First edition: Baen, June 2012)

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• See Wikipedia’s entry for details of the series thus far.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to maps and several chapters.

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Fowler, Karen Joy : What I Didn’t See and Other Stories
(Small Beer Press 978-1931520485, $16, 256pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Apr 2013

(First edition: Small Beer Press, September 2010)

Collection of 12 stories, first published from 1991 to 2010, with one story, “Booth’s Ghost”, original to this book.
• Other stories include Shirley Jackson Award winner “The Pelican Bar” and Nebula Award winners “Always” and the title story.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the complete table of contents, and links to several of the stories online.
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review in Locus Magazine said: “Karen Joy Fowler is one of those writers who can write an almost thoroughly mainstream realistic story and nearly convince us we’re reading SF, or write an SF story and convince us we’re reading mainstream realism.”
• The book won a World Fantasy Award for Best Collection.

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Freer, Dave : Dog and Dragon
(Baen 978-1-4516-3885-1, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Mar 2013
Dragon’s Ring #2

(First edition: Baen, April 2012)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Dragon’s Ring (2009), about a young woman destined to become Defender of Lyonesse on a planet where an ancient sorceress battles with her human subjects.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Princeps
(Tor 978-0-7653-6837-9, $8.99, 673pp, mass market paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Mar 2013
Imager Portfolio #5

(First edition: Tor, May 2012)

Fantasy novel, new book in the universe of the Imager Portfolio trilogy — Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), Imager’s Intrigue (2010), and Scholar • Tor's website has this description with an excerpt.

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Sawyer, Robert J. : Triggers
(Ace 978-0-425-25652-7, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Mar 2013

(First edition: Ace, April 2012)

SF thriller about an experimental device and a terrorist bombing that gives a group of people — including the US President — the ability to read each others’ minds.
• Sawyer’s site has this page for the book, with a summary and links to excerpts and reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that “Sawyer offers an escape from the recent run of near-future dystopias in a combination of classic and contemporary science fiction.”

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Smith, Sherwood : Banner of the Damned
(DAW 978-0-7564-0804-6, $7.99, 752pp, mass market paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Apr 2013
Sartorias-deles #5

(First edition: DAW, April 2012)

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Inda, The Fox, King’s Shield, and Treason’s Shore (2009), this one set 400 years after the earlier books and concerning a young scribe assigned to a princess.
• The author’s site has this page with links to background, characters in each book, and maps.
• Carolyn Cushman’s review last year in Locus Magazine said,: “Fortunately, it all comes together nicely in a frequently thrilling tale, full of adventure, romance, and magic, a charming mix of everyday details and epic overtones.”

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Wilson, G. Willow : Alif the Unseen
(Grove 978-0802121226, $16, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Apr 2013

(First edition: Grove, June 2012)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a computer hacker in a Middle Eastern country who writes a program to hide his existence from the woman who spurned him – who is marrying the head of state security instead.
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs from Neil Gaiman and others, quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
• Gwenda Bond’s review last year in Locus Magazine concluded, “A fusion of the Arab Spring with djinn lore and a thoroughly modern thriller plot, Wilson’s novel just might be the debut of the year. Highly recommended to all fantasy readers.”

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