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New Books, 12 August

* Bernheimer, Kate : How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales
(Coffee House Press 978-1566893473, $15.95, 158pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014

Collection of eight stories, by the author who won a World Fantasy Award for anthology My Mother, She Killed Me, My Father, He Ate Me.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Slate‘s Kady Waldman posted an essay/review, The Cabinet of Marvels, about the book.

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* Cole, Nick : Soda Pop Soldier
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-221022-7, $14.99, 360pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062210234

Near future SF novel about a gamer who fights for his corporation’s share of advertising space in an online combat sport arena.
• Harper’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: ” In all situations, he manages to be a tough, snarky warrior battling his corrupt society’s worst excesses. This is a cheeky and enjoyable effort from an author to watch.”

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* Gregory, Daryl : We Are All Completely Fine
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-171-8, $14.95, 182pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014

Fantasy novel about a therapy group for victims of horror stories.
• Tachyon’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This complex novel—scathingly funny, horrific yet oddly inspiring—constructs a seductive puzzle from torn identities, focusing on both the value and peril of fear.”
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from the August issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; he concludes, “Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.”

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+ Hager, Mandy : Resurrection
(Pyr 978-1-61614-909-3, $17.99, 361pp, hardcover, August 2014, cover illustration Jackie Cooke)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Blood of the Lamb #3

Dystopian YA novel, third in a series following The Crossing (2013) and Into the Wilderness (Jan. 2014), about a girl and her friends who escape a Pacific island domanated by religious apostles for an unsettled island.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The book was first published in New Zealand in 2011. The author’s site has this page about the trilogy.

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* Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Hellhole Inferno
(Tor 978-0-7653-2271-5, $27.99, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948227
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427235435
Hellhole #3

Military SF novel, third book in a trilogy following Hellhole (2011) and Hellhole Awakening (2013), about desperate colonists on a ravaged planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Booklist gave the first book a starred review, calling it a “militaristic sf story of galactic proportions”.

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* Hobb, Robin : Fool’s Assassin
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-553-39242-5, $28, 688pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-553-39243-2
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-54635-4
The Fitz and the Fool #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new trilogy, about two characters from her earlier novels, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Though a leisurely beginning slows the plot slightly, the fully realized characters and vivid prose show that Hobb remains a supremely talented author of epic fantasy.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “Where some fantasists specialize in ponderous trilogies with immense casts of characters, elaborately unimaginative world-building, and an overall aura of the ‘medievalesque,’ Hobb distills similar materials into a far more potent brew. However paradoxical it seems, her epics manage to feel intimate.”

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* Krinard, Susan : Black Ice
(Tor 978-0-7653-3209-7, $14.99, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429955959
Midgard #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series after Mist (2013), about a San Francisco woman who discovers her boyfriend is Loki and that she’s a Valkyrie.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Ringo, John : Islands of Rage & Hope
(Baen 978-1-4767-3662-4, $25, 416pp, hardcover, August 2014, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-303-4
Black Tide Rising #3

SF/horror novel, third in a series following Under a Graveyard Sky (2013) and To Sail a Darkling Sea (2014), about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Swenson, Patrick : The Ultra Thin Man
(Tor 978-0-7653-3694-1, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466829299

SF novel, the first novel by the editor of Talebones magazine, about intelligence operatives in a 22nd interstellar culture pursuing terrorists who crashed the moon Coral into its home planet Ribon.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the heart of the self.”

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* Wells, Jaye : Cursed Moon
(Orbit 978-0316228466, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316228459
Prospero’s War #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of a series after Dirty Magic (Jan. 2014), about a Magical Enforcement Agency.
• Hachette’s site has this description, with a preview function.

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+ Wooding, Chris : The Ace of Skulls
(Titan 978-1781168004, $14.95, 495pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Tales of the Ketty Jay #4

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2013)

Fantasy steampunk novel, fourth in a series following Retribution Falls (UK 2009, US 2011), The Black Lung Captain (UK 2010, US 2011), and The Iron Jackal (UK 2011; US 2012), about sky pirates.
• The author’s site has this description and commentary about the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews of the UK Gollancz edition.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 11 August

Ilona Andrews’ Magic Breaks (Ace), latest in her Kate Daniels series, debuts on two lists, ranking as high as #16 on the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.17
WP
08.03
LAT
08.10
USAT
08.03
PW
08.11
Amz
(08.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.11)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Andrews, Magic Breaks 08.11.14 / 1       16 ++ 20 ++      
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 12       71 -16 16 -4 xxx 58 -1 43 +9
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 44       xxx.. 25 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 229     xxx.. xxx.. 18 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 8 15 -2   12 + 91 -15 16 -1 xxx   49 -27
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 2           x   31 +33
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 6 4 -2 [ 5 ] 3 -1 27 -17 5 -1 x x 37 -14
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 18 12 -2   x 58 -19 11 -3 xx xxx.. 41 +40
Koontz, The City 07.14.14 / 5 x     x 17 -3      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 4 22 -6   4 = x x      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 23             48 -3  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 32 x     xxx.. 22 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 98 8 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 51     xxx.. 25 -2 6 -2 45 +35 43 -5 19 +55
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 20       101 -11   97 + 93 + 70 -45
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 6     13 -6 9 -4 1 = 13 +2   6 +5
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 119 xxx..   xxx.. 20 = xxx.. 18 +16 34 +8 24 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.17
WP
08.03
LAT
08.10
USAT
08.03
PW
08.11
Amz
(08.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.11)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 30 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 52 +6  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 184       104 -10 xxx.. 34 +3 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 119 10 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 68       130 +8 xxx.. xxx.. 98 + xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 203 xxx..   xxx.. 37 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 20     x 19 +2   19 = 95 -6  
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 14 xxx   13 +2          
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 9 16 +4   xxx xxx.. 16 -2      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 28 24 -13   xxx.. x xxx.. xxx..   xx
Harrison, The Undead Pool 08.11.14 / 1 16 ++              
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 8 xx     xxx 18 -5      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 32       7 = 7 -1 78 -73   39 +53
Lynch, The Republic of Thieves 08.11.14 / 1 24 ++              
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 162 15 -5   x x xxx.. xxx.. 28 -7 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 42 9 -4   xxx.. 116 -6 25 -2 xx 40 -5 xx
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 169 23 -8   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 178 4 -2   4 +7 69 -9 xxx.. xxx.. 38 -16 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 161 17 -6   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 32 -3 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 20       114 -29   43 -17   7 -4
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 203       120 -8   49 -14 70 + xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 58     xxx.. 89 -12 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 61 xxx..   xx 15 -1 19 -3 16 +27 60 +11 51 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.17
WP
08.03
LAT
08.10
USAT
08.03
PW
08.11
Amz
(08.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.11)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New in Paperback, August

Barker, Emily Croy : The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic
(Penguin 978-0143125679, $16, 576pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Viking, August 2013)

Fantasy novel, the journalist author’s first novel, about a woman who escapes into a fantasy world.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Barron, Laird : Occultation
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805148, $15.99, 246pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Night Shade Books, June 2010)

Collection of nine horror/dark fantasy stories, three of them original to this book, with an introduction by Michael Shea.
• The book was a Bram Stoker Award finalist, and it won a Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection.

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Choo, Yangsze : The Ghost Bride
(William Morrow 978-0062227331, $14.99, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062227386

(First edition: William Morrow, 2013)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a young Chinese woman in colonial Malaysia who becomes a “ghost bride” for a recently deceased young man.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The book was a finalist for this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards, and is currently a finalist for this year’s Mythopoeic Awards.

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Goyer, David S., & Michael Cassutt : Heaven’s Fall
(Ace 978-0425256206, $9.99, 560pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Heaven’s Shadow #3

(First edition: Ace, August 2013)

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Heaven’s Shadow (2011) and Heaven’s War (2012), about an enormous asteroid approaching the sun that is guided by aliens seeking humanity’s help.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Harrison, Kim : The Undead Pool
(Harper Voyager 978-0061957949, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Hollows #12

(First edition: Harper Voyager, March 2014)

Urban fantasy novel, twelfth and penultimate volume in the “Hollows” or “Rachel Morgan” series about bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan, following Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, and Ever After (2012).
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The final volume, The Witch With No Name, is due on September 9th.

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Hines, Jim C. : Codex Born
(DAW 978-0756408398, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Magic Ex Libris #2

(First edition: DAW, August 2013)

Humorous fantasy novel, second of a series following Libromancer (2012), about a magician with the ability to draw forth objects from books.
• Penguin’s site has this description, with a link to an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine, commenting, “It’s all packed together with lots of over-the-top action fought with weapons pulled out of books ranging from H.G. Wells’s SF and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, to the Vorkosigan series from Lois McMaster Bujold.”

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Johnson, Alaya Dawn : The Summer Prince
(Scholastic/Levine 978-0545417808, $9.99, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, March 2013)

Young adult fantasy novel set in futuristic Brazilian city Palmares Três, where artist June Costa and her best friend both fall in love with Enki, the new Summer King.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with several reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The book was a finalist for this year’s Andre Norton Award, and was on this year’s James Tiptree, Jr. Award honor list.

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Lambshead, John : Wolf in Shadow
(Baen 978-1476736617, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Baen, July 2013)

Urban fantasy novel about a Welsh girl who settles in London’s East End, where demons lurk in human form.
• This is the first mass market paperback edition.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Lynch, Scott : The Republic of Thieves
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0553588965, $7.99, 704pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Gentleman Bastards #3

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, October 2013)

Fantasy novel, third in the “Gentleman Bastard” sequence following The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) and Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007).
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page with excerpts from all three books and maps of the world.
• Adrienne Martini and Faren Miller both reviewed it in the October 2013 issue of Locus Magazine; Martini commented, “This world is rich in the tropes you’d expect from sword, magic-and-sea-based fantasy but Lynch makes the cunning witches, witty thieves, and saucy barwenches feel fresh. Lynch’s voice, which feels immediate and smart, is what draws you into his world; what keeps you there are his characters. Each is dimensional. Even the bit players who are shoved into the action simply to keep it moving along are distinct.”

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : The One-Eyed Man
(Tor 978-0765370419, $8.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Tor, September 2013)

SF novel, subtitled “A Fugue, with Winds and Accompaniment”, about a consultant investigating the fragile ecology of a colony world that produces life-extending drugs.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Novik, Naomi : Blood of Tyrants
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345522900, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Temeraire #8

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2013)

Fantasy novel, eighth and penultimate book in the Temeraire series about dragons used as weapons during the Napoleonic Wars, following the initial trilogy His Majesty’s Dragon, Black Powder War, and Throne of Jade, which collectively won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, fourth book Empire of Ivory (2007), fifth book Victory of Eagles (2008), sixth book Tongues of Serpents (2010), and seventh book Crucible of Gold (2012).
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, concluding, “All of this makes for a narrative almost as fragmented as the Captain’s mind, often intriguing yet not entirely satisfying in itself. But since there’s one volume left to go, there could still be a real conclusion – or at least a memorable turning point in the course of alternate history.”
• The final book, League of Dragons, is not yet scheduled.

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Sniegoski, Thomas E. : Walking in the Midst of Fire
(Roc 978-0451465467, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Remy Chandler #6

(First edition: Roc, August 2013)

Urban fantasy novel, sixth in a series about Remy Chandler, a private investigator who’s an angel on Earth in human form, following A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (2008), Dancing on the Head of a Pin (2009), Where Angels Fear to Tread (2010), A Hundred Words for Hate (2011), and In the House of the Wicked (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Spencer, Wen : Eight Million Gods
(Baen 978-1476736693, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Baen, June 2013)

Fantasy novel about a horror novelist whose compulsion toward violence leads her to battle with Japanese gods.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Category: New in Paperback

Periodicals, early August

— posted Thursday 7 August 2014 @ 10:34 am PDT

Apex Magazine

• Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, since 2005; current editor Sigrid Ellis
• Format: Online; Ebook formats
• Frequency: Monthly
http://apex-magazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 63, cover art by Cyril Rolando
• Stories in this issue are by Foz Meadows, Amanda Forrest, John Moran, and Erik Amundsen, with ebook/subscriber exclusives by Nene Ormes and Colin Adams.
• Poetry is by Bogi Takács and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with John Moran and Cyril Rolando, an article by Duane de Four, short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley, and an editorial by Sigrid Ellis.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Aurealis

• Australian SF magazine, published irregularly since 1990; online for purchase since 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aurealis.com.au/

August 2014
Issue 73
• This issue has stories by Daniel Baker and Allan Chen.
• There’s an article on selling e-books by Shane M. Brown, and reviews.
• The current issue page features the issue’s editorial.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

• Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews
• Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats
• Frequency: biweekly
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

August 2014
Issue 153, cover art by Tomas Honz
• This issue has stories by Michael Haynes and Rachel Halpern, an audio fiction podcast by Fran Wilde, an audio vault podcast by Kenneth Mark Hoover, and an archive story by Camille Alexa.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Clarkesworld

• SF and fantasy fiction, nonfiction, and podcasts, since 2006; publisher/editor Neil Clarke
• Format: Online; Ebook
• Frequency: Monthly
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 95, cover art by Julie Dillon
• Fiction in this issue is by Caroline M. Yoachim, Joseph Tomaras, Kat Howard, James Patrick Kelly, Naomi Novik, and Ian R. MacLeod.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Peter Watts, a column by Daniel Abraham, a concluding essay by Susan E. Connolly about gender in genre fiction, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Dreams and Nightmares

• Magazine of fantastic poetry, published since 1986, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://dreamsandnightmares.interstellardustmites.com/

May 2014
Issue 98, $5, 20pp, cover art by Michael Csontos
• This issue has poetry by F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, GO Clark, Sheila Kopaska-Merkel, Wade German, and others.
• David C. Kopaska-Merkel posts regular updates at the Dreams & Nightmares blog.

(Fri 1 Aug 2014)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

August 2014
• This month’s story is “Between Sea and Shore” by Vanessa Fogg.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Lightspeed

• Science fiction and fantasy stories, original and reprint, plus features; edited by John Joseph Adams; debuted June 2010; combined with former Fantasy Magazine since Jan 2012
• Format: Online; ebook
• Frequency: Monthly issues in ebook formats for purchase; weekly online updates free
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 51
• This issue has original SF stories by An Owomoyela and E. Catherine Tobler, SF reprints by Gardner Dozois and David I. Masson, fantasy originals by Tahmeed Shafiq and Kat Howard, and fantasy reprints by Ken Liu and Gwyneth Jones.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Christopher Moore and Elizabeth Bear.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes stories and excerpts by Sherwood Smith, Peter Watts, and Dru Pagliassotti.

(Fri 11 Jul 2014)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 23, cover art by Reiko Murakami
• Stories this month are by Desirina Boskovich, Tia V. Travis, Ben Peek, and Simon Strantzas.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Daniel Knauf and a column by Lucy A. Snyder.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Quantum Muse

• Science fiction, fantasy and alternative stories and artwork, based on writers’ group submissions and critiques, since 1998; current lead editor Tim Goyette
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.quantummuse.com/

August 2014
• This month’s stories are by Harris Tobias, Jessica Baumgartner, Michele Dutcher, and Rocky Hutson.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Gordon Rowlinson.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Star*Line

• Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA); edited by Marge Simon
http://www.sfpoetry.com/

Summer 2014
Issue 37.3, $5, 48pp, cover art by Gregory Schulte
• This issue has poetry by Wade German, James S. Dorr, Lauren McBride, Robert Borski, Matthew Wilson, and many others.
• Features include an editorial by F.J. Bergmann, a President’s Message by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, small press reviews, a column on Stealth SF by Denise Dumars, and an “In Memoriam” by Bruce Boston about Steve Eng.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 5 August

— posted Tuesday 5 August 2014 @ 1:31 pm PDT

* Abraham, Daniel : The Widow’s House
(Orbit 978-0316203982, $17, 544pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
The Dagger and the Coin #4

Military fantasy novel, third of a series following The Dragon’s Path (2011), The King’s Blood (2012), and The Tyrant’s Law (2013), about resistance to the lord regent of a young king.
• The author’s site has this description. Orbit’s site has this excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave the previous book starred review: “This smart, absorbing, fascinating military fantasy, exciting and genuinely suspenseful, will keep readers on their toes.”

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* Anders, Lou : Frostborn
(Random House/Crown 978-0-385-38778-1, $16.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-38780-4
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-39584-6
Thrones and Bones #1

Middle-grade fantasy novel, the author’s first and first of a series, about a farmboy obsessed with the board game Thrones and Bones who’s forced to flee with a half-human, half-frost giantess.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series.”

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+ Asher, Neal : Hilldiggers
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805117, $15.99, 560pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, July 2007)

First US edition of a 2007 stand-alone novel in Asher’s Polity universe.
Skyhorse Publishing still does not have information on Night Shade titles.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews of the 2008 UK paperback edition.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the novel.

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* Berg, Carol : Dust and Light
(Roc 978-0-451-41724-4, $16, 480pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Sanctuary #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series that began with Flesh and Spirit (2007) and Breath and Bone (2008), about a pureblood sorcerer with the magical ability to identify the dead.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “With an impressive command of language, sure-handed plotting, and perceptive characterizations, Berg traces the arc of Lucian’s arduous quest to solve the murders of several illegitimate royals.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, calling it a “powerful, involving fantasy.”

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* Blackmore, Stephen : Broken Souls
(DAW 978-0-7564-0942-5, $7.99, 272pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698175327
Eric Carter #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Dead Things (2013), about a necromancer who returned to Los Angeles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s page for the book has a link to a preview.

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* Blake, E. C. : Shadows
(DAW 978-0-7564-0760-5, $19.95, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698150782
The Masks of Aygrima #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Masks (2013), in which the Autarchy of Aygrima has been cut off from its overseas trading partners.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review of the previous book mentioned that Blake is a pseudonym for Edward Willet, author SF novels such as The Helix War (2012), and concluded, “Sharp characterization, a fast-moving plot, and a steady unveiling of a bigger picture make this a welcome addition to the genre.”

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+ Egan, Greg : The Arrows of Time
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-487-5, $26.99, 364pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Orthogonal #3

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, November 2013)

Hard science fiction novel, third of a trilogy following The Clockwork Rocket (2011) and The Eternal Flame (2012), set in a universe with unusual physical laws (e.g. light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy).
• Gollancz’ site has this description of the UK edition.
• The Publishers Weekly review finds the book overwhelming: “Egan buries the series’ underlying concept in an afterword; the prose is so dense (“Perhaps a physicist will find a way to transform our positive luxagens into negative ones”), and the hard science so hard, that very few will comprehend either.”
• Egan’s site has this page about the series, and an excerpt of this book that includes diagrams.

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* Esslemont, Ian C. : Assail
(Tor 978-0-7653-2998-1, $29.99, 544pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948616
UK edition: 978-0593064481 (Thu 14 Aug 2014)
Malazan-Esslemont #6

Fantasy novel set in the Malazan Empire, the world co-created by Esslemont and Steven Erikson, author of the 10-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series.
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This is the sixth book by Esslemont, following Blood and Bone (UK 2012, US 2013). This book is more-or-less simultaneous in both countries.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Gannon, Charles E. : Trial by Fire
(Baen 978-1-4767-3664-8, 1515, 640pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Caine Riordan #2

SF novel, sequel to Nebula Award finalist Fire with Fire (2013), about an intelligence operative battling superior aliens and traitorous corporations.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the back link if necessary to see it) with links to several chapters.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The charm of Caine’s harrowing adventure lies in Gannon’s attention to detail, which keeps the layers of political intrigue and military action from getting too dense.”

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* Goodkind, Terry : Severed Souls
(Tor 978-0-7653-2774-1, $29.99, 560pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948449
Richard and Kahlan #-

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Omen Machine (2011) and The Third Kingdom (2013), concerning two characters, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell, from the author’s popular “Sword of Truth” series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Grossman, Lev : The Magician’s Land
(Viking 978-0-670-01567-2, 416pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101633533
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611762679
Magicians #3

Fantasy novel, concluding book of a trilogy that began with The Magicians (2009) and The Magician King (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and blurbs from George R.R. Martin and others.
The New York Times Book Review just ran this review by Edan Lepucki: ” ‘The Magician’s Land’ is the strongest book in Grossman’s series. It not only offers a satisfying conclusion to Quentin Coldwater’s quests, earthly and otherwise, but also considers complex questions about identity and selfhood as profound as they are entertaining.”

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+ Joyce, Graham : The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit
(Doubleday 978-0-385-53863-3, 288pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53864-0

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2013)

Fantasy novel about a man who takes a holiday camp job during the summer of 1976, amidst political and racial tensions. It was published last year in the UK as The Year of the Ladybird.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Precisely because Joyce is a master of dialogue and character, the artificial plot complications provided by the mystery of David’s unresolved past feel unnecessary, but, otherwise, his sweltering summer escapades make for a terrific and absorbing read.”

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* Kashina, Anna : The Guild of Assassins
(Angry Robot 978-0857665270, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, August 2014, cover art Alejandro Colucci)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665287
UK edition: 9780857665263 (Thu 7 Aug 2014)
The Majat Code #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Blades of the Old Empire (2014), about a female warrior.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Lackey, Mercedes, & James Mallory : The House of the Four Winds
(Tor 978-0-7653-3565-4, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466824201
One Dozen Daughters #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about a royal family with one son and a dozen daughters, who must fend for their own futures.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Parker, K. J. : Academic Exercises
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-609-0, $40, 536pp, hardcover, July 2014, jacket art Vincent Chong)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014

Collection of 10 stories and three essays, the author’s first collection. Contents include World Fantasy Award winners “Let Maps to Others” and “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong”.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Parker … deliver[s] all the cynicism, dry wit, and gray morality that fans have come to expect.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, describing Parker’s shorter fiction as “practically a master class in the form, a body of work that suggests an already accomplished artist refining a particular instrument while still experimenting with structure and technique. Parker’s familiar dry and mordant wit is still much in evidence, as is the meticulous attention to procedural matters and odd bits of microhistorical lore…”

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* Radford, Irene : The Wandering Dragon
(DAW 978-0-7564-0914-2, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101637364
Children of the Dragon Nimbus #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Silent Dragon (2013) and The Broken Dragon (Jan. 2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Richardson, Kat : Revenant
(Roc 978-0-451-46528-3, $25.95, 464pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698145603
Greywalker #9

Urban fantasy novel, ninth and final book in the series following Greywalker (2006), Poltergeist (2007), Underground (2008), Vanished (2009), Labyrinth (2010), Downpour (2011), Seawitch (2012), and Possession (2013), about a private investigator who died for two minutes and recovered with the ability to perceive the paranormal realm.
• Penguin’s site has this description
• The author’s website has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Shafer, David : Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
(Little, Brown/Mulholland Books 978-0-316-25263-8, $26, 432pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316252645
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478953876

Near-future comic SF novel, the author’s first novel, about three thirty-somethings and a battle between corporations trying to privatize all data and an online Underground resisting them.
• Hachette’s site has this description, which says the book is “in the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk”, with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Journalist Shafer hits all the right buttons in his debut as he mixes crime fiction, espionage, and SF in a darkly comic novel about paranoia and big business.”

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* Shepard, Lucius : Beautiful Blood
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-652-6, $40, 296pp, hardcover, July 2014, jacket art K. J. Potter)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014

Fantasy novel about the Dragon Griaule, subject of several stories over the course of Shepard’s career, beginning with “The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule” in 1984.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The volume brings the Griaule cycle to a very satisfying conclusion, leaving the reader wishing that Shepard had lived to tell more tales.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “There is more than enough material here for a novel three times the length of Beautiful Blood, but Shepard, for all his occasional flights of lyrical excess, was really a rather economical writer, and it may be that the novella was the most suitable arena for the kinds of stories he told, with enough space to intrigue us with characters and settings, and enough vacancies to leave us wanting more. Beautiful Blood, both fortunately and unfortunately, leaves us wanting more.”

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* Strieber, Whitley : Alien Hunter: Underworld
(Tor 978-0-7653-3154-0, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429922746
Alien Hunter #2

SF thriller, second in a series following Alien Hunter, about a police detective pursuing alien killers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Stross, Charles : Equoid
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-664-9, $35, 112pp, hardcover, July 2014, jacket art Steve Montiglio)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014

Fantasy novella in the author’s “Laundry Files” series about British secret service agent Bob Howard battling Lovecraftian horrors. It was published by Tor.com in 2013.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Laundry Files fans accustomed to more action-oriented spy riffs might be a little disturbed by the horror elements, but if they can stomach it, there’s plenty of traditional action (including a car chase and a close-quarters zombie fight) and Stross’s trademark wit.”

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* Thurman, Rob : Downfall
(Roc 978-0-451-46529-0, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101634684
Cal Leandros #9

Urban fantasy novel, ninth in the “Cal Leandros” series following Nightlife (2006), Moonshine (2007), Madhouse (2008), Deathwish (2009), Roadkill (2010), Blackout (2011), Doubletake (2012), and Slashback, set in a New York City inhabited by various preternatural beings.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Varley, John : Dark Lightning
(Ace 978-0-425-27407-1, $26.95, 352pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698154421
Thunder and Lightning #-

SF novel, fourth in a sequence of Heinleinian-SF novels following Red Thunder (2003), Red Lightning (2006), and Rolling Thunder (2008). This book concerns a crisis aboard a starship heading for New Earth.
• Penguin’s site has this description. Varley’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly is not impressed. Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Weitz, Chris : The Young World
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-22629-5, $19, 384pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316226271
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478953968
Young World #1

Young adult novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about a plague that only teenagers survive.
• The author is best known as a screenwriter and film director, whose works include About a Boy and The Golden Compass.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Weitz offers a satisfying YA interpretation of the Greek classic Anabasis, brimming with grisly encounters and gallows humor. He also finds room to touch upon issues of race, class, commercialism, and sexuality in nuanced moments that are sharply juxtaposed with the near-constant dangers and seeming hopelessness of the larger picture.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 4 August

Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life debuts on two more print lists this week, now ranking in the top 10 of all five print lists compiled here.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.10
WP
08.03
LAT
08.03
USAT
07.27
PW
08.04
Amz
(08.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.04)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 11       55 -10 12 -1 xx 57 -2 52 -5
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 43       xxx.. 24 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 228     xxx.. xxx.. 14 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 7 13 = xxx x 76 -9 15 -2 xx   22 -7
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 1           95 ++   64 ++
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 5 2 -1 5 ++ 2 ++ 10 -9 4 -3 58 -27 78 -8 23 -9
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 17 10 = xxx 20 -2 39 -11 8 = x xxx.. 81 -13
Koontz, The City 07.14.14 / 4 24 -4 xxx   87 -33 14 -2      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 3 16 +   4 +6 145 + 21 -12      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 22             45 +14  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 31 15 -2     xxx.. 18 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 97 9 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 50     xxx.. 23 -7 4 = 80 -30 38 +15 74 -25
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 19       90 +20   xxx.. xxx.. 25 =
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 5     7 ++ 5 -1 1 = 15 -3   11 -1
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 118 xxx..   xxx 20 -5 xxx.. 34 -8 42 +22 xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.10
WP
08.03
LAT
08.03
USAT
07.27
PW
08.04
Amz
(08.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.04)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 29 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 58 -12  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 183   xxx..   94 = xxx.. 37 +4 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 118 9 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 67       138 -8 xxx xxx.. x xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 19     14 -3 21 -4   19 +24 89 ++  
del Toro/Hogan, The Strain 07.13.10 / 7 17 =     x xxx..      
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 13 xx   15 -2          
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 8 20 -6 xxx.. xx xxx.. 14 =      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 27 11 +12 xxx.. xxx.. 79 +7 xxx.. xxx..   x
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 7 x     xx 13 -2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 31       7 +5 6 +3 5 +10   92 ++
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 161 10 +1 xxx.. 12 + 150 + xxx.. xxx.. 21 +12 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 41 5 = xxx.. xxx.. 110 +2 23 = x 35 +5 x
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 168 15 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 177 2 -1 xxx.. 11 -1 60 -8 xxx.. xxx.. 22 -3 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 160 11 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 29 +19 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 19       85 =   26 -7   3 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 202   xxx..   112 +9   35 +12 x xx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 57     xxx.. 77 +3 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 60 xxx..   x 14 -1 16 = 43 -11 71 -5 x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.10
WP
08.03
LAT
08.03
USAT
07.27
PW
08.04
Amz
(08.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.04)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Periodicals, late July

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

• Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews
• Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats
• Frequency: biweekly
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

July 2014
Issue 151-152, cover art by Alex Ries
• Issue 152, posted July 24, has stories by Fran Wilde and Sylvia Anna Hiven, and an audio vault podcast by Tina Connolly.
Issue 151, posted July 10, has stories by Cat Rambo and Helen Marshall, plus the debut episode of new podcast The BCS Audio Valt.

(Fri 11 Jul 2014)

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Black Static

• British fantasy and horror magazine, debuting 2007 (formerly The Third Alternative), edited by Andy Cox
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/

July/August 2014
Issue 41, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Richard Wagner
• Stories in this issue are by Tim Waggoner, Vajra Chandrasekera, Ralph Robert Moore, Carole Johnstone, Leah Thomas, Ray Cluley, and Thersa Matsuura.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Tennant, and Tony Lee.

(Tue 29 Jul 2014)

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Daily Science Fiction

• Original science fiction & fantasy emailed to you every weekday; debuted September 1, 2010; editors Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso
• Format: Online; email
• Frequency: daily
http://dailysciencefiction.com/

July 2014
• Stories posted this past month are by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Mari Ness, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Chris Batchelor, and others.

(Wed 30 Jul 2014)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

• Fiction and interviews, since 2005; publisher and executive editor Orson Scott Card, editor Edmund R. Schubert
• Format: Online, subscription access
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/

July 2014
Issue 40, cover art by M. Wayne Miller
• Stories in this issue are by Alex Shvartsman, James van Pelt, Mike Barretta, Bud Webster, M.K. Hutchins, and Nathaniel Lee.
• There’s an interview with Jonah Knight, and podcast of the Nathaniel Lee story.

(Wed 30 Jul 2014)

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Interzone

• SF magazine, currently bimonthly, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/

July/August 2014
Issue 253, cover art by Wayne Haag
• Stories in this issue are by James Van Pelt, Andrew Hook, Neil Williamson, D.J. Cockburn, E. Catherine Tobler, and Caren Gussoff.
• Features include David Langford’s “Ansible Link” column of news, a Book Zone section of book reviews and an interview with John Joseph Adams, blu-ray and DVD reviews by Tony Lee, and film reviews by Nick Lowe.

(Tue 29 Jul 2014)

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Strange Horizons

• Fiction, art, articles, poetry, and reviews; founded September 2000; editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi through 2010, Niall Harrison beginning 2011
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly; reviews posted three times a week
http://www.strangehorizons.com/

July 2014
• Fiction posted this month includes Chopin’s Eyes by Lara Elena Donnelly, The World Resolute by E. Catherine Tobler, and Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale by C.S.E. Cooney.
• Poetry this month is by Bogi Takács, Juan Martínez, Leslianne Wilder, and Heather Knox.
• Columns are by Genevieve Valentine, Eleanor Arnason, and Renay. There’s also a symposium on British SF and fantasy, with Juliet E. McKenna, Kari Sperring, Nina Allan, Dan Hartland, Martin Lewis, and Maureen Kincaid Speller, and an interview with David Kopaska-Merkel.

(Wed 30 Jul 2014)

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Tor.com

• SF & fantasy fiction, reviews, commentary, founded 2008; staff includes fiction editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Daily
http://www.tor.com/

July 2014
• Original stories posted this past month include The Devil in the Details by Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald, Sleep Walking Now and Then by Richard Bowes, The Angelus Guns by Max Gladstone, A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star by Kathleen Ann Goonan, Brisk Money by Adam Christopher, The Colonel by Peter Watts, and A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade by John Chu.
Excerpts include those from novels by Peter Watts, Daryl Gregory, Greg Egan, and many others.

(Wed 30 Jul 2014)

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New Books, 29 July

* Andrews, Ilona : Magic Breaks
(Ace 978-0-425-25622-0, $25.95, 400pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146402
Kate Daniels #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh in the “Kate Daniels” series following Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds (2010), Magic Slays (2011), and Magic Rises (2012), about a female mercenary in a magical Atlanta.
• This is the first hardcover in the series.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Character profiles, an overview of the story to date, and an additional short story ensure that existing fans will be entertained, while new readers won’t be entirely lost.”

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* Bear, Elizabeth : One-Eyed Jack
(Prime Books 978-1607014065, $15.95, 360pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Jul 2014
Promethean Age #5

Fantasy novel, a new volume in the author’s “Promethean Age” series, about a battle between archetypical spirits of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
• Prime’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Brown, Eric : Jani and the Greater Game
(Solaris 978-1781082058, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2014, cover art Eominic Harman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781849977630
UK edition: 978-1781082041 (Thu 31 Jul 2014)
Jani #1

Steampunk adventure novel set in 1910, first of a series, abaout 18-year-old Janisha Chaterjee, who discovers a mysterious device in British-controlled India.
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* Cunningham, Bailey : Path of Smoke
(Ace 978-0425261071, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698139701
Parallel Parks #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Pile of Bones, about a park in Regina that turns into a magical native hunting ground after midnight.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Gaiman, Neil, & P. Craig Russell : The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-219481-7, $19.99, 192pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062312556

First of a two-volume graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman’s 2008 young adult novel The Graveyard Book.
• Volume two is due in two months.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The artwork sets out to entertain rather than to horrify; even the initial murder scene has a certain tranquility. It’s a treasure worth having even if the novel is already on the shelf.”

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* Gambino, Fred : Dark Shepherd: The Art of Fred Gambino
(UK: Titan 978-1781168431, $34.95, 160pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

Art book collections of concept art, illustrations, paintings, and sketches.
• Titan’s site has this page for a limited edition with a different cover.

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* Johnson, Jean : Hardship
(Ace 978-0425256497, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698139688
Theirs Not to Reason Why #4

Military SF novel, fourth of a series following A Soldier’s Duty (2011), An Officer’s Duty (2012), and Hellfire (2013), about a precog who enlists in the Terran United Planets military.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has an excerpt.

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* Nelson, J. C. : Free Agent
(Ace 978-0425272671, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146396
Grimm Agency #-

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a young woman obliged to work for a fairy godmother.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is a fireball of a start to Nelson’s Grimm Agency series.”

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* Snyder, Lucy : Soft Apocalypses
(Raw Dog Screaming 978-1935738626, $12.95, 158pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 25 Jul 2014

Collection of 15 stories, including one in collaboration with Gary Braunbeck.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents and blurbs from Seanan McGuire, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Lisa Morton.
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* Waters, M. D. : Prototype
(Dutton 978-0-525-95424-8, $26.95, 368pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 24 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698157231
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780698162259

SF thriller, second of a two-part series following Archetype (Feb. 2014), about a woman who wakes in a hospital with no memories, and whose dreams contradict what she is told about her new life.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “disappointing follow-up” to the first book.
• Adrienne Martini said of the first book, in Locus Magazine, “What Archetype most resembles is Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. Similar themes are at play, even if the DNA of Waters’s story resembles romance more than science fiction.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 28 July

Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life (Viking), final volume in her All Souls trilogy, debuts strongly, ranking #1 this week on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.03
WP
07.13
LAT
07.27
USAT
07.20
PW
07.28
Amz
(07.28)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.28)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.28)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Abercrombie, Half a King 07.28.14 / 1       103 ++        
Butcher, Skin Game 05.26.14 / 9 xx   17 + xxx xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 10       45 -5 11 + x 55 -18 47 +5
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 42       xxx.. 24 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 227     xxx.. xxx.. 15 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 6 13 + [ 6 ] 15 -3 67 -19 13 -4 x   15 -5
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 4 1 ++     1 +111 1 ++ 31 -23 70 -22 14 +33
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 16 10 -2 [ 4 ] 18 -8 28 -1 8 -2 99 -23 xxx.. 68 -34
Koontz, The City 07.14.14 / 3 20 -3 [ 9 ]   54 -10 12 -5      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 2 x   10 ++ x 9 +11      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 21             59 +14  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 30 13 +1     xxx.. 19 + xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 96 9 +2     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 49     xxx.. 16 +7 4 + 50 +8 53 +4 49 +1
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 18       110 +13   xxx.. xxx.. 25 +
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 4       4 -2 1 ++ 12 -7   10 +11
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 117 xxx..   xx 15 +5 xxx.. 26 +1 64 -23 x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.03
WP
07.13
LAT
07.27
USAT
07.20
PW
07.28
Amz
(07.28)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.28)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.28)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 28 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 46 +3  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 182       94 = xxx.. 41 +1 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 117 9 +4   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 64         xxx.. xxx.. 93 + xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 66       130 + xx xxx.. 80 +4 xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 18     11 = 17 +5   43 -15    
del Toro/Hogan, The Strain 07.13.10 / 6 17 +     126 + xxx..      
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 12 x   13 -5          
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 7 14 -2   x xxx.. 14 -1      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 26 23 +   xxx.. 86 + xxx.. xxx..   78 +
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 6 20 -4     x 11 -2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 30       12 +6 9 + 15 +6    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 160 11 -3   xx x xxx.. xxx.. 33 -7 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 40 5 =   xxx 112 -10 23 + 96 -1 40 +2 74 -7
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 167 15 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 176 1 =   10 = 52 -5 xxx.. xxx.. 19 +3 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 159 12 +3   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 48 -10 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 18       85 +12   19 -3   2 +1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 201       121 +10   47 -16 49 +11 x
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 56     xxx.. 80 +3 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 59 xxx..   12 +1 13 +3 16 + 32 +20 66 +14 95 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               97 -2  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.03
WP
07.13
LAT
07.27
USAT
07.20
PW
07.28
Amz
(07.28)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.28)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.28)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New UK Books, June-July

* Carey, Mike, Linda Carey & Louise Carey : The House of War and Witness
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575132726, £16.99, 528pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575132740

Historical fantasy novel set in 1740, about a company of Austrian soldiers defending the border with Prussia.
• Despite the similarity of title, this does not seem to be a sequel to the Arabian fantasy The City of Silk and Steel (2013) (published as The Steel Seraglio, 2012, in the US)
• Gollancz’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The US edition will be published by ChiZine in November.

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* Kristjansson, Snorri : Blood Will Follow
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1782063360, £20, 400pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781782063377
The Valhalla Saga #2

Viking fantasy novel, second in a series following Swords of Good Men (2013).
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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* Liney, Peter : Into the Fire
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 9781782060369, £13.99, 368pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 3 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781782060383
The Detainee #2

Dystopian SF novel, second in a series following The Detainee (2013), in which the old, sick, and poor are exiled to a remote island watched over by punishment satellites.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
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* Lovegrove, James : Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War
(UK: Titan 9781781165430, £7.99, 256pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 27 Jun 2014

Alternate history fantasy novel, one of a shared series of novels about Sherlock Holmes (others are by George Mann and Guy Adams). This one is set in 1919 and involves men seeking divine aid to bring about a world war.
• Titan’s site has this description.
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* Pollack, Rachel : The Child Eater
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1848663220, £14.99, 368pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 3 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781848663237

Young adult fantasy novel about an Earth child who can perceive the ghosts of dead children.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
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* Singh, Nalini : Shield of Winter
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575111332, $16.99, 448pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575111646
Psy-Changeling #13

Parapsychological fantasy novel, 13th in a series by the New Zealand author who has won two Sir Julius Vogel for shorter works in the same series.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
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* Sylvester, Simon : The Visitors
(UK: Quercus 978-1848663701, $16.99, 368pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781848663725

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a remote Scottish island where few leave and a strange man and daughter arrive to visit.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
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* Tchaikovsky, Adrian : The Seal of the Worm
(UK: Macmillan/Tor Uk 978-0230770010, $14.99, 500pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 3 Jul 2014
Shadows of the Apt #10

Fantasy novel, tenth in the “Shadows of the Apt” series after Empire in Black and Gold, Dragonfly Falling, and Blood of the Mantis, Salute the Dark, The Scarab Path (2010), The Sea Watch (2011), Heirs of the Blade (2011), The Air War (2012), and War Master’s Gate (2013), about a peaceful Lowlands threatened by the hungry Wasp Empire.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description.
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* Wallace, Jon : Barricade
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575117945, £14.99, 256pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575118270

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a genetically engineered “Ficial” who has survived the Ficials’ war on humanity and survives in post-apocalyptic Britian as a taxi driver.
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Category: New Books


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