* Barnes, Mark T. : The Obsidian Heart
(Amazon/47north 978-1477807606, $14.95, 438pp, trade paperback, October 2013, cover art Stephan Martiniere)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00BJ8YD6Y
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480531451
Echoes of Empire #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Garden of Stones (May 2013).
• Amazon’s page has a description, and a preview via its “Look Inside” function.
• The author’s site has the same description, and author profile, plus concept artwork for the cover by Stephan Martiniere.

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* Berman, Steve, ed. : Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-399-5, $20, 254pp, trade paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59021-498-5

Anthology of 13 original stories and a poem that apply queer spins to the story of Count Dracula.
• Authors include Lee Thomas, Laird Barron, Seth Cadin, and Jeff Mann.
• Lethe Press’ site has this description

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* Cast, P. C., & Kristin Cast : Revealed
(St. Martin’s Griffin 9780312594435, $18.99, 320pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250038494
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427233271
UK edition: Atom 978-1905654918 (Tue 15 Oct 2013)
House of Night #11


Young adult vampire novel, eleventh and penultimate volume in the House of Night series, following Hidden (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Cole, Nick : The Wasteland Saga
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-221019-7, $16.99, 672pp, trade paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0062210203

Omnibus of three novels, The Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, and The Road is a River, the first two previously published as ebooks earlier this year, set in a post-apocalyptic America following a thermonuclear war.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Connolly, Tina : Copperhead
(Tor 978-7653-3060-4, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429993050
Ironskin #2

Romantic fantasy novel, sequel to Nebula-nominated Ironskin (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Connolly is more inventive than in her previous book, but straying from a good model allows the tension to deflate. More successful than the citywide threat are the domestic dilemmas and a romantic triangle with Helen at its apex.”

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* Crilley, Paul : The Osiris Curse
(Pyr 978-1616148577, $17.99, 290pp, hardcover, October 2013, cover illustration Cliff Nielsen)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00CGHRBXY
Tweed & Nightingale #2

Young adult steampunk SF novel, second in a series following The Lazarus Machine (2012), set in Victorian London. This book concerns a secret society responsible for the death of Nikola Tesla.
• Pyr’s site has this description.

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* Donaldson, Stephen R. : The Last Dark
(Putnam 978-0-399-15920-6, $35, 592pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101636435
UK edition: Gollancz 978-0575076020 (Thu 17 Oct 2013)
Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #4


Fantasy novel, fourth book in the “Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” following The Runes of Earth (2004), Fatal Revenant (2007), and Against All Things Ending (2010), and the final book in the entire Thomas Covenant series.
• Penguin’s site has a brief summary.
• The author’s site has PDFs excerpts from all four volumes.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Although richly allegorical, the novel’s great strength is the warm humanity of its characters, who distinguish themselves by repeatedly confronting and overcoming their personal frailties. Donaldson’s fans will find this a fitting finale 36 years in the making.”

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* Jeschke, Wolfgang : The Cusanus Game
(Tor 978-0-7653-1908-1, $25.99, 540pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429988711

SF novel about a nuclear disaster that has laid waste to much of Europe, and a Vatican research project to use time travel to retrieve plant specimens from the Middle Ages.
• The book was first published in German in 2005, and is here translated by Ross Benjamin.
• Macmillan’s site has this description, with blurbs from Gregory Benford, Tom Shippey, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and others.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “This is only one piece of a vast convoluted puzzle spread across both her life and the multiverse that constantly drops paradoxical hints from past, future, present, and alternate todays. ‘What is reality?’ the story asks, and the answer is predictably complex and far-reaching. Jeschke’s epic is a mind-expanding SF thriller that will grab readers and shake them up.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine, concluding “It is an extraordinary novel in almost every way, and with any justice should gain the sort of attention that sadly has tended to elude even the best works of translated SF in the past.”

(Fri 4 Oct 2013)
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* Jeter, K. W. : Fiendish Schemes
(Tor 978-0-7653-7402-8, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429992909
Infernal Devices #2

Steampunk novel, sequel to Infernal Devices (1987), concerning the son of the inventor from the earlier book.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Jeter’s vision of a Victorian world transformed by steam power is fascinating and funny, populated by ambulatory lighthouses, grain-disdaining meatpunks, anarchist coalpunks, and depraved “fex” addicts obsessed with “valve girls.” He thoroughly entertains readers with brilliant speculation and a charmingly reluctant hero.”
• Faren Miller review it in the October issue of Locus Magazine, commenting that the book is “like a wild dissection where the wonders of steampunk are taken apart piece by piece.”
Locus Online will have a review by Paul Di Filippo shortly.

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* Rice, Anne : The Wolves of Midwinter
(Knopf 978-0-385-34996-3, $25.95, 388pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-34997-0
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-4854-2
Wolf Gift Chronicles #2

Werewolf novel, second in a series following The Wolf Gift (2012), in which the reporter from that book, now a werewolf at a northern California mansion, takes on his role as Man Wolfe.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review has reservations, but concludes, “Still, the book is not without charm: Reuben and Felix are sympathetic protagonists, and the series mythology, suggesting that the fair folk may be evolved human ghosts, is fascinating.”

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* Shusterman, Neal : UnSouled
(Simon & Schuster 978-1442423695, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442423718
Unwind Dystology #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a series following Unwind (2007) and UnWholly (2012), set in a post-civil war America in which teenagers can be ‘unwound’ by having their body parts harvested.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review in 2007: “Shusterman explores one of the most divisive of topics—abortion—in this gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller.”

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* VanderMeer, Jeff : Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
(Abrams Image 9781419704420, $24.95, 352pp, trade paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013

Nonfiction guide to writing, heavily illustrated by Jeremy Zerfoss.
• Abrams’ site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function offers extensive previews.
• Tor.com has this excerpt.
• VanderMeer’s website has numerous posts about the book, including this one listing contributors.
• A companion website is planned.

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+ Williams, Mark H. : Sleepless Knights
(Atomic Fez 978-1-927609-01-9, $24.99, 410pp, hardcover, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978–1–927609–02–6
UK edition: 978-1-927609-01-9 (Tue 24 Sep 2013)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about the head butler to King Arthur.
• Atomic Fez’ site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, calling it a “brilliant debut”, and concluding, “Williams, an experienced playwright and television writer, has created a delightful addition to the Arthurian canon.”
• Adrienne Martini reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine: “Is it deep? No, not really. It is, however, a heck of a lot of fun.”

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* Wilson, F. Paul : Dark City
(Gauntlet Press 978-0-7653-3015-4, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466834194
Repairman Jack #17

Fantasy/thriller novel, 17th in the “Repairman Jack” series about a vigilante hero who deals in the paranormal, second in a prequel trilogy about the early years of the character, following Cold City (2012)
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The series has its own website, www.repairmanjack.com.

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