+ Fowler, Christopher : The Invisible Code
(Bantam 978-0-345-52865-0, $26, 368pp, hardcover, December 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Dec 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-53958-8
Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #10

Supernatural crime novel, 10th in a series about detectives Bryant and May that began with Full Dark House (2004).
• The book was first published as Bryant & May and the Invisible Code in the UK in 2012.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In the light of the challenges that Fowler has given his heroes in prior books, it’s particularly impressive that he manages to surpass himself once again.”

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* Holt, Tom : When It’s a Jar
(Orbit 978-1-84149-782-2, $15, 450pp, trade paperback, December 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Dec 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316226110
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478979876

Humorous fantasy novel about one man who finds himself performing heroic acts and another man who wakes up inside a jar.
• Hachette’s site has this description. Orbit’s site has this excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Often witty and mostly lighthearted, this comically surreal mash-up of mythology and multiverse theory is consistently entertaining.”
• Adrienne Martini reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine: “It’s fun, yes, and scratches any light, smart science fiction itches one might have. And yet, somehow, it’s still slightly disappointing to get exactly the book that is expected, no matter mildly enjoyable the reading was at the time.”

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* Horwood, William : Winter
(UK: Macmillan 978-0230712638, £18.99, 448pp, hardcover, December 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 Dec 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0230771277
Hyddenworld Quartet #4

Fantasy novel, fourth and final book in the sequence following Spring (2010), Awakening (2011), and Harvest (2012), about the Hydden, little people living on the borders of the human world. In this book, storms presage the End of Days.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description.
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* Koontz, Dean : Innocence
(Bantam 978-0-553-80803-2, $28, 352pp, hardcover, December 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Dec 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-53965-6
UK edition: HarperCollins 978-0007518012 (Thu 2 Jan 2014)


Fantasy thriller about a mysterious recluse and his encounter with an 18-year-old Goth girl.
• Random House’s site has this description with a video trailer.
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• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…this is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes, ed. : Elementary: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters
(DAW 978-0-7564-0959-3, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, December 2013, cover art Jody Lee)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Dec 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143371

Anthology of 19 original fantasy stories.
• Authors include Diana L. Paxson, Fiona Patton, Tanya Huff, Jody Lynn Nye, and the editor.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
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* Resnick, Mike : The Doctor and the Dinosaurs
(Pyr 9781616148614, $18, 300pp, trade paperback, December 2013, cover illustration Andrew Bosley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Dec 2013
Weird West Tales #4

Steampunk novel, fourth “Weird West Tale” following The Buntline Special (Dec 2010), The Doctor and the Kid (2011), and The Doctor and the Rough Rider (2012).
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