* Barnett, David : Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl
(Tor 978-0-7653-3424-4, $14.99, 352pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1466809086

Alternate history steampunk novel, set in London after a failed American revolution.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, concluding, “With sky pirates, gibbering frog-faced hordes, and nods to historical figures both real and imaginary, Barnett doesn’t miss a trope, and even readers who don’t usually love steampunk will gobble it up.”

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* Berman, Steve : Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-403-4, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, September 2013, cover art Sherin Nicole)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-60701-4195

Anthology of 22 supernatural and ghost stories set in the American Civil War.
• Authors include Ambrose Bierce (“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”), Will Ludwigsen, Albert E. Cowdrey, Nick Mamatas, Laird Barron, and Melissa Scott.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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* Guran, Paula : Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-402-7, $15.95, 360pp, trade paperback, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-60701-418-8

Anthology of 18 stories, with an introduction by the editor.
• Authors include Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron, Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and John Shirley.
• Prime Books’ site has this description, with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, and the table of contents.

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* Ness, Patrick : More Than This
(Candlewick Press 978-0-7636-6258-5, $19.99, 480pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0763667672

Young adult fantasy novel about a boy, Seth, who drowns and then wakes in the town where his family lived before they moved to America.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a PDF sample chapter.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “complex, ambitious novel”, and concludes, “Ness’s exploration of big questions—specifically Seth’s yearning to find out if life will ever offer more than the rotten hand he’s been dealt—will provide solace for the right readers.”

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* Newman, Kim : Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard
(Titan 978-0-85768-086-0, $24.99, 448pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
UK edition: Titan 978-1783290994 (Fri 6 Sep 2013)
Anno Dracula #4


Alternate history vampire novel, fourth novel in the series that began with Anno Dracula (1992). In this book Dracula comes to New York.
• Titan Books’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The exuberance of Newman’s satire is overwhelming at times, but takeoffs such as a benefit concert for the Transylvania Movement (featuring ‘the Free Transylvania anthem—John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ the greatest song ever written by a vampire’) are undeniably funny.”

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* Shepherd, Joel : 23 Years on Fire
(Pyr 978-1-61614-809-6, $16.95, 450pp, trade paperback, September 2013, cover illustration Stephan Martiniere)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Cassandra Kresnov #-

SF novel, fourth in a series following Crossover (2001), Breakaway (2003), and Killswitch (2004), about a cyborg soldier.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While new readers may have trouble getting up to speed on the complex backstory, Shepherd delivers plenty of action and suspense to entertain fans of military SF.”

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* Yancey, Rick : The Final Descent
(Simon & Schuster 978-1442451537, $18.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Sep 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1442451551
Monstrumologist #4

Young adult horror novel, fourth and final volume in a series following The Monstrumologist (2009), The Curse of the Wendigo (2010), and The Isle of Blood (2011), about a boy’s apprenticeship to a 19th century “monstrumologist”.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this descrption with a link to a Google preview.
• Amazon’s has the starred Booklist review: “It can now be said with assurance that The Monstrumologist series is a landmark of modern YA fiction. … Beyond a simple finale, this is a brave statement about the duplexity of good and evil, and the deadly trap in which all of us are snared.”

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