Abercrombie, Joe : Red Country
(Orbit 978-0-316-18720-6, $16, 480pp, trade paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, October 2012)

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel set the world of his “First Law” trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and The Last Argument of Kings) and The Heroes (2011), about a young woman in pursuit of a killer who has kidnapped her brother and sister.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Graham Sleight’s review in Locus Magazine said “Abercrombie remains extremely good at action sequences: there is, for instance, a superbly gripping Ghost attack on a group of wagons towards the end of the book’s second part. Here, he manages to capture the dazing effect of violence happening too fast and in too many places to be perceived by any one person.”

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Anthony, Piers : Luck of the Draw
(Tor 978-0-7653-6687-0, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Oct 2013
Xanth #36

(First edition: Tor, December 2012)

Humorous fantasy novel, 36th in the popular, pun-filled “Xanth” series, following Well-Tempered Clavicle (2011).
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Baxter, Stephen : Bronze Summer
(Roc 978-0-451-41486-1, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Oct 2013
Northland Saga #2

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, September 2011)

Alternate history novel, second of a trilogy following Stone Spring (2010), set 10,000 years in the past among tribes living on the land that then connected Britain to Europe, concerning a tsunami that threatens them and a plan to build a wall against the flood.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The third book, Iron Winter, is due from Roc in November.

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Campbell, Jack : The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight
(Ace 978-0-425-26235-1, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Sep 2013
The Lost Stars #1

(First edition: Ace, October 2012)

Military SF novel, first in a new sequence related to his “Lost Fleet” series, set on the Syndicate World of Midway.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The second book in the series, The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield, has just been published in hardcover.

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Carey, Jacqueline : Dark Currents
(Roc 978-0-451-41483-0, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Oct 2013
Agent of Hel #1

(First edition: Roc, October 2012)

Contemporary fantasy novel, first of a new series, set in a small midwestern town visited both by humans and by various supernatural entities.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The second book in the series, Autumn Bones, has just been published in hardcover.

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del Toro, Guillermo, & Chuck Hogan : The Night Eternal
(Morrow 978-0-06-219692-7, $16.99, 560pp, trade paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Oct 2013
The Strain #3

(First edition: Morrow, November 2011)

Vampire novel, third in a trilogy following The Strain (2009) and The Fall (2010), in which a vampiric virus infects New York City.
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Hill, Joe : NOS4A2
(Morrow 978-0-06-220058-7, $17.99, 720pp, trade paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, May 2013)

Supernatural thriller about a man who abducts children in his Rolls Royce with license plate NOS4A2, and one of his victims who escaped him years before.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine, concluding “This is Hill’s third and most fully realized novel, and it’s an impressive testament to his growth and maturity as a fantasist.”

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Lackey, Mercedes : Redoubt
(DAW 978-0-7564-0805-3, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Oct 2013
Collegium Chronicles #4

(First edition: DAW, October 2012)

SF novel, fourth volume in the “Collegium Chronicles” following Foundation (2008), Intrigues (2010), and Changes (2011), set early in the history of Valdemar.
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Philip, Gillian : Firebrand
(Tor 978-0-7653-6941-3, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Oct 2013
Rebel Angels #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series of four, set in the 16th century, about a Veil that separates the human worlds from that of the Sithe.
• The book was first published in 2010 in the UK. The author’s site has this description with quotes from numerous reviews.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The second book in the series, Bloodstone, is coming from Tor in November.

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Pratchett, Terry : A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction
(UK: Transworld/Corgi 978-0552163330, £7.99, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 10 Oct 2013

(First edition: UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK, October 2012)

Collection of 33 stories, first published from 1963 to 2009, with a foreword by A.S. Byatt.
• The Random House UK site has this synopsis with an “Open the Book” function providing a preview, including the table of contents.

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Shinn, Sharon : Still Life With Shape-Shifter
(Ace 978-0-425-25635-0, 336pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Sep 2013
Shifting Circle #2

(First edition: Ace, November 2012)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Shape of Desire (April 2012), about a women who keeps her lover’s shape-shifting identity from family and friends.
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Spoor, Ryk E. : Phoenix Rising
(Baen 978-1-4767-3613-6, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, October 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Sep 2013

(First edition: Baen, November 2012)

Fantasy novel about a highborn woman who sets out to battle rising evil in her land following the murder of her family.
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