* Baxter, Stephen : The Massacre of Mankind
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473205093, £18.99, 464pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473205123
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781409166269

SF novel, an authorized sequel to H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, set 14 years after the invasion in that book.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Adam Roberts reviewed the book for The Guardian: “It’s Baxter’s best novel in a long time, and this may be because it reads like a genuine labour of love.”
• And Tor.com has a review by Niall Alexander: “the estate of H. G. Wells has authorised a superb sequel by science fiction stalwart Stephen Baxter which, while overlong, turns the terrific tale Wells told in his time into the foundation of something greater.”

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* Brust, Steven, & Skyler White : The Skill of Our Hands
(Tor 978-0-7653-8288-7, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466889736
The Incrementalists #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following The Incrementalists (2013), about a secret society whose members have worked for 40,000 years to make the world better.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The unclear source of the Incrementalists’ abilities makes this hard to categorize as fantasy or SF, but its examination of human responsibility in the face of inhumane policies strongly recalls some of Kim Stanley Robinson’s best work.”

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* Crilley, Paul : Department Zero
(Pyr 978-1-63388-201-0, $17, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017

Fantasy novel about a crime officer who discovers a secret multiverse and the reality of everything H.P. Lovecraft wrote about.
• Pyr’s site has this description with excerpts from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Lovecraft fans might have a lot of fun with this one, but those looking for deeper engagement will need to look elsewhere.”

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* Goodkind, Terry : Death’s Mistress
(Tor 978-0-7653-8821-6, $29.99, 512pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765388223
The Nicci Chronicles #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series that centers on one character from the Sword of Truth series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book “is more of an episodic ramble than a classic fantasy quest.”

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* Kemp, Paul S. : A Conversation in Blood
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0553392005, $27, 272pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553392012
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780735285750
Egil & Nix #-

Fantasy sword & sorcery novel, third in a series following The Hammer and the Blade (2012) and A Discourse in Steel (2013, both published by Angry Robot), about an adventurer and a priest whose attempts to retire keep getting interrupted.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
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* Klages, Ellen : Passing Strange
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8952-7, $14.99, 222pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-8951-0

Short fantasy novel about six women in a 1940s San Francisco that’s hosting a World’s Fair.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Klages folds history and the modern world into a thoroughly satisfying novella that’s rich in detail, warm in regard, and clever in execution.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine: Passing Strange may be the most fully developed and richly detailed of all of Klages’s stories for adults, but it never feels like it needs to be a longer novel, and despite the fascinating side-trips into the World’s Fair or those painfully exploitative nightclubs, its plot unfolds with the same clarity and focus we’ve come to expect from Klages’s stories. This may be, and probably is, her finest short work to date.”

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* Newman, Kim : Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories
(Titan 978-1781165706, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
UK edition: 978-1781165706 (Wed 1 Feb 2017)

Collection of 19 stories featuring famous characters such as Jack the Ripper, Jekyll and Hyde, etc., including an original story, “Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899”.
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* Price, Susan : A Sterkarm Tryst
(Open Road 978-1504021760, 524pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017

YA time-travel novel, third in a trilogy following The Sterkarm Handshake (1998, winner of the Guardian Prize) and A Sterkarm Kiss (2003), about a 21st century Time Tube that reaches sixteenth-century Scotland.
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* Toner, Tom : The Weight of the World
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-159780-875-0, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Amaranthine Spectrum #2

SF novel, second in a series following The Promise of the Child (2016), set among post-human worlds in the 147th century.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Toner’s richly layered sequel to 2015’s The Promise of the Child is a sprawling space opera likely to remind readers of complex works such as Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun.”

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