* Addison, Katherine : The Goblin Emperor
(Tor 978-0-7653-2699-7, $25.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429946407

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel under this name, about a half-goblin heir to the throne who becomes emperor.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Tor.com ran this review by Liz Bourke, which mentions that Addison is an open pseudonym for Sarah Monette, and concludes, The Goblin Emperor is the best fantasy I’ve read in quite some time. It’s certainly my favourite of the last great while, and though it’s early days yet, I suspect it may be the best single novel I read this year. I vigorously recommend it, and I really hope that there’s a sequel in the works. Because I desperately want to read more.”

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* Ahlborn, Ania : The Bird Eater
(Amazon/47north 978-1477817605, $14.95, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00EZCY0MS
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480580824

Paranormal fantasy novel about a bereft man returning to his childhood home in Arkansas.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The author’s site lists her previous books.

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* Anonymous : Battle Royale Slam Book: Essays on the Cult Classic Novel by Koushun Takami
(Vizmedia/Haikasoru 978-1421565996, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

Nonfiction collection of essays about the Japanese novel Battle Royale, a new edition of which is listed below.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description.
• Contributors include John Skipp, Sam Hamm, and Toh Enjoe.

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+ Beckett, Chris : Dark Eden
(Broadway 978-0-8041-3868-0, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-3869-7
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9057-2

First US edition (UK: Corvus, January 2012)

First US edition of a novel that won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2013, about a community of colonists on a sunless planet who cling to the hope that rescuers from Earth will someday arrive.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says that “predictability mars a solid concept.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Beckett’s award-winner is a type of tale instantly recognizable within the genre. But it’s done so splendidly it feels brand new and remade.”

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* Benulis, Sabrina : Covenant
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-206941-2, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062069450
Books of Raziel #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series after Archon (2012), about angels and demons battling for the possession of a girl.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
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* Cherryh, C. J. : Peacemaker
(DAW 978-0-7564-0883-1, $25.95, 384pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101635216
Foreigner #15

SF novel, 15th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), and Protector (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description, with an excerpt.

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* Duncan, Hal : Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-193-9, 226pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

Collection of 15 stories, two original to this book, including five stories about the title characters, a group of immortal street youths.
• Lethe’s site has this description for a deluxe hardcover edition (978-1-59021-394-0), which includes additional original story and 40 color photographs.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, calling it a “thrilling, funny, and moving collection.”
• Tor.com has this review by Brit Mandelo: “As a whole, Scruffians! is a very strong collection. Duncan’s voice is uniquely grand, and the stories gathered here reflect his ongoing exploration of both queer experience and mythic/narrative modes of storytelling and meaning-making. Frequently sharp-tongued and a bit dark—I’d even say a little roguish, sometimes—these stories are delightful and provocative, and I’d certainly recommend picking them up for a read.”

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* Fisher, Sharon Lynn : The Ophelia Prophecy
(Tor 978-0-7653-7418-9, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1429960557

Romantic SF novel about two human survivors on an Earth overrun by engineered fighters called the Manti.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite pedestrian dialogue and paper-thin characters, Fisher makes a solid case for responsible bioengineering research and creates colorful settings from boggy Ireland to Manti-and-Moorish Granada.”

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* Flewelling, Lynn : Shards of Time
(Del Rey 978-0-345-52231-3, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54673-9
Nightrunners #7

Fantasy novel, seventh and final book in the “Nightrunner” series following Luck in the Shadows (1996), Stalking Darkness (1997), Traitor’s Moon (1999), Shadows Return (2008), The White Road (2010), and Casket of Souls (2012).
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Gilman, Felix : The Revolutions
(Tor 978-0-7653-3717-7, $26.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466831360

Standalone SF novel, about a journalist in 1893 London who gets a well-paying job with a mysterious occult society.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
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* Harris, Charlaine, & Toni L. P. Kelner, eds. : Games Creatures Play
(Ace 978-0-425-25687-9, $26.95, 368pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101638873
UK edition: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1780872605 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)


Anthology of 15 original paranormal fantasy stories.
• Authors include the editors, Adam-Troy Castro, Mercedes Lackey, Ellen Kushner, Joe R. Lansdale, and Brandon Sanderson.
• Penguin’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Hughes, Alex : Marked
(Roc 978-0-451-46693-8, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698138209
Mindspace Investigations #3

SF novel, third of a series after the author’s first novel Clean (2012) and then Sharp (2013), about an ex-Telepath’s Guild member who helps police solve crimes.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Powered by incisive writing, conflicted characters, and strong plotting, this effort solidifies Hughes’s place on the urban fantasy shelves.”

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* Jensen, Danielle L. : Stolen Songbird
(Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry Us 978-1908844965, $9.99, 480pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1908844972
UK edition: 978-1908844958 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
Malediction Trilogy #1

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, and young woman kidnapped to the underground city of the trolls.
• Strange Chemistry’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Illusion
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250002846, $18.99, 464pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466847279
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427236258
Chronicles of Nick #5

Young adult fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Infinity (2010), Invincible (2011), Infamous (2012), and Inferno (2013) about 14-year-old Nick Gautier and the vampire-slaying Dark Hunters.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with text and audio excerpts.
• The author’s site has this page about the book, with a playlist and character profiles.

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* Knight, E. E. : Baltic Gambit
(Roc 978-0-451-41446-5, $24.95, 288pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101637951
Vampire Earth #11

SF novel about human resistance to alien invaders, elevent in the “Vampire Earth” series following Way of the Wolf (2003), Choice of the Cat (2004), Tales of the Thunderbolt (2005), Valentine’s Rising (2005), Valentine’s Exile (2006), Valentine’s Resolve (2007), Fall with Honor (2008), Winter Duty (2009), March in Country (2011), and Appalachian Overthrow (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Martin, Gail Z. : Reign of Ash
(Orbit 978-0-316-09363-7, $16, 656pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
UK edition: 978-1841499161 (Tue 1 Apr 2014)
Ascendant Kingdoms #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series after Ice Forged (2013), about colonists in a northern wasteland who return to the kingdom that exiled them.
• Orbit’s site has this post by the author about the book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Martin draws upon traditional genre elements, such as self-sacrifice and fate vs. free will, to hint at significance, but provides few attractions other than the vibrant action.”

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* Monk, Devon : Stone Cold
(Roc 978-0-451-41793-0, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101608883
Broken Magic #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Hell Bent (2013), about a world in which magic is broken, where two “breakers” have the power to bring magic back to full power.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Fantasy need not be bound by the laws of our reality; a writer can, in all good conscience, blow something up with magic. But she has to really blow it up.”

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* Schoon, Christian : Under Nameless Stars
(Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry Us 978-1908844873, $9.99, 368pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781908844880
UK edition: 9781908844869 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
Zenn Scarlett #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a series following Zenn Scarlett (2013), 17-year-old girl who training as an exoveterinarian on Mars.
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* Takami, Koushun : Battle Royale: Remastered
(Vizmedia/Haikasoru 978-1421565989, $16.99, 600pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Apr 2014

New translation of the 1999 Japanese SF novel set in a totalitarian Japan in which junior high school students are taken to a desert island, given weapons, and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left.
• Haikasoru has this description. This publication is accompanied by a nonfiction book, The Battle Royal Slam Book, listed above.

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