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New Books, 2 April

* 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.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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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.
• Amazon also has a text 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.
• Strange Chemistry’s site has this description with a preview function.

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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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Weekly Bestsellers, 31 March

The US edition of Terry Pratchett’s Raising Steam (Doubleday) debuts strongly on four lists, ranking as high as #2 on the New York Times and Washington Post fiction hardcover lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.06
WP
03.30
LAT
03.30
USAT
03.23
PW
03.31
Amz
(03.31)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.31)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.31)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 2 10 -8   13 ++ 43 -37 11 -8      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 33       147 -35 16 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 243 xxx..   xxx.. 67 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 216     xxx.. 13 +1 5 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back 03.31.14 / 1 12 ++              
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 24 xxx.. xxx.. 18 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Pratchett, Raising Steam 03.31.14 / 1 2 ++ 2 ++   24 ++ 4 ++      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 13 6 =     88 -22 11 = xxx..   xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 79 4 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 32     x 4 -1 1 +1 7 -1 28 +10 10 +6
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 1           2 ++ 53 ++ 4 ++
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 100 xxx..   10 = 2 = xxx.. 6 -1 15 +22 14 +12
Salvatore, Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, Book 1 03.24.14 / 2 16 +3     x 17 -1      
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 7 8 -3 4 -3 4 -2 63 -26 12 -2 xx   82 -7
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 7 21 =   8 -1 100 +20 21 +3 xx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.06
WP
03.30
LAT
03.30
USAT
03.23
PW
03.31
Amz
(03.31)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.31)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.31)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 11 13 -4 xxx.. 1 +5 xxx.. x xxx.. 10 -4  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 173   7 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 100 13 +6 xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 54         14 +1 xxx xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 55         xxx.. 81 -23 x xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 195 xxx..   xxx.. 57 -1 xxx.. xxx x xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 1       7 ++        
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 9 22 -4 xxx..   xx xx xxx..   xxx..
King, Under the Dome, Part 1 03.24.14 / 2 25 -1              
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 13       99 +   85 -34    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 144 19 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 23 6 +3 xxx.. xxx 123 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xx 67 +23
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 155 22 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 159 9 +2 xxx.. xxx.. 93 +10 xxx.. xxx.. 50 +26 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 100 xxx.. xxx.. 8 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 1             62 ++  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 143 24 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 1           26 ++   15 ++
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 39     xxx.. 36 +4 7 +1      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 42 xxx..   4 -3 1 = 3 = 4 -2 12 +9 11 -5
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 4             33 + xxx..
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 10 xxx..   9 +5   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.06
WP
03.30
LAT
03.30
USAT
03.23
PW
03.31
Amz
(03.31)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.31)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.31)
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 March

Asimov’s Science Fiction

• Science Fiction magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.asimovs.com/

June 2014
Vol. 38 No. 6 (whole #461), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Maurizio Manzieri
• This issue has novelettes by Suzanne Palmer, David Erik Nelson, and Lavie Tidhard, and short stories by Kara Dalkey, Ian Creasey, Sylvain Jouty, James Van Pelt, and Nancy Kress.
• Poetry is by Shawn Fitzpatrick, G.O. Clark, Robert Frazier, Robert Borski, Jane Yolen, and William F. Cullen.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Alice Sola Kim, a “Reflections” column by Robert Silverberg, an “On the Net” column by James Patrick Kelly, about awards, and book reviews by Peter J. Heck.

(Fri 28 Mar 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/

March/April 2014
Issue 39, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Ben Baldwin
• Stories in this issue are by Ralph Robert Moore, Tyler Keevil, Vajra Chandrasekera, Joel Arnold, Steven J. Dines, and Suzanne Palmer.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Tennant, and Tony Lee.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue earlier this month, recommending the story by Vajra Chandrasekera.

(Mon 24 Mar 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/

January 2014
Issue 97, $5, 20pp, cover art by Hanes Bach
• This issue has poetry by Neal Wilgus, Sofia Rhei with a translation by Lawrence Schimel, Jane Yolen, Robert Borski, Mary Soon Lee, and others.
• David C. Kopaska-Merkel posts regular updates at the Dreams & Nightmares blog.

(Fri 28 Mar 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/

March 2014
• Fiction posted this past month includes Carlie St. George’s Such Lovely Teeth, Such Big Teeth (in two parts) and Nathaniel Lee’s The Mountain Demon’s Ballad.
• There are columns by Renay, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and Genevieve Valentine, plus a month-end discussion of culture and reviewing with an essay by Nisi Shawl, an essay by Samuel R. Delany, and roundtable on Inclusive Reviewing with Delany, Duchamp, Samatar, and others.
• There is also poetry by Sandi Leibowitz, Liz Bourke, Francesca Forrest, and Gemma Files, and thrice-weekly book reviews.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue in her most recent column.

(Sat 29 Mar 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/

March 2014
• Original stories posted this past month include Daniel José Older’s Anyway, Angie, Elizabeth Fama’s Noma Girl, Lindsay Smith’s Doppel, and A.M. Dellamonica’s The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti.
• Lois Tilton just reviewed the story by Lindsay Smith.

(Sat 29 Mar 2014)

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New Books: March Supplemental

* Attebery, Brian : Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth
(Oxford University Press 978-0-19-931607-6, £70, 272pp, trade paperback, January 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Jan 2014

Nonfiction study, with notes, bibliography, and an index.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents. It’s also available as a hardcover (978-019931606).
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, concluding “If there weren’t points you can quibble with, or points you’re tempted to expand upon yourself, the book would hardly have been worth writing, but Attebery is persuasive enough and widely enough read to make this probably the most cogent and wide-ranging discussion of fantasy and myth that has yet appeared.”

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* Barker, Clive : Chiliad: A Meditation
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-595-6, $30, 96pp, hardcover, January 2014, jacket illustration Jon Foster)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Jan 2014

Fantasy novella consisting of two inter-related stories set 1000 years apart.
• Subterranean’s site has this description indicating both editions are sold out. Amazon also indicates it “temporarily out of stock”.
• The Publishers Weekly review warns that the book “it is neither horror nor a story in any conventional sense. It has the abstraction of nihilistic philosophy, expressed through largely emotionless vignettes.”

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* Berman, Steve, ed. : Handsome Devil: Tales of Seduction and Sin
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-425-6, $15.95, 319pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 5 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-60701-430-0

Anthology of 25 stories, a mix of originals and reprints, about infernal males.
• Authors include Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Hand, Brad Strickland, Richard Bowes, Nick Mamatas, Alex Jeffers, and Tanith Lee.
• Prime’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Brit Mandelo reviewed the book for Tor.com: “Despite following a very particular theme, it manages to never feel too repetitive or stale. The stories are arranged cleverly to shift tone and focal point just enough between each piece that there are no disjunctions, but also no echoes.”

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* Block, Francesca Lia : Teen Spirit
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-200809-1, $17.99, 240pp, hardcover, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0062239167

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl who relocates to Beverly Hills after her grandmother dies.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “While the spooky goings-on, eerie romance, and magical-hipster Los Angeles setting have broad appeal, the story has even richer treasures in store for readers who dig deeper.”

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* Calhoun, Kenneth : Black Moon
(Hogarth 978-0-8041-3714-0, $24, 288pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-3715-7

SF novel about a plague of insomnia that takes over the world. It’s the author’s first novel.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Calhoun’s debut presents one of the most terrifying disaster scenarios of all time, perhaps because it’s somehow plausible: a worldwide insomnia epidemic turns people into the real living dead, making them prone to hallucinations and fits of anger.”
• Jeff VanderMeer reviewed it for the Los Angeles Times, concluding ” “Black Moon” doesn’t quite cohere, but there is promise in some of the prose and promise in the novel’s off-kilter frenetic energy.”

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* Clareson, Thomas D., & Joe Sanders : The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction
(McFarland 978-0-7864-7498-1, $45, 232pp, trade paperback, January 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Jan 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-4766-1310-9

Nonfiction book, in the publisher’s “Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy” series, with an introduction by Frederik Pohl.
• McFarland’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Edwards, Graham : Talus and the Frozen King
(Solaris 978-1-78108-199-0, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
UK edition: 978-1781081983 (Thu 10 Apr 2014)

Prehistoric detective story concerning the murder of a king whose six sons are all suspect.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review remarks, “Although flavored with fantasy elements, this work resembles nothing so much as a certain consulting detective and his physician amanuensis transported back to the Neolithic.”

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* Green, Sally : Half Bad
(Viking 978-0670016785, $18.99, 416pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143760

Young adult novel, first of a trilogy, about modern day witches and a sixteen-year-old boy who is half white witch and half black witch.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “This grim and thrilling tale, first in a planned trilogy, features understated prose that lets readers’ imaginations fill in the blanks, as well as a well-developed sense of Witch culture.”

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* Lansdale, Joe R. : The Ape Man’s Brother
(Subterranean 978-1-59606-618-2, $20, 104pp, hardcover, February 2014, jacket illustration Ken Laager)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Jan 2014

Short novel about an ape-man whose orphaned ‘brother’ is rescued from the jungle, after which both are taken off to New York to become celebrities.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Lansdale is a master craftsman, and even when he is paying homage to a carefully unnamed famous protagonist from a long string of novels and movies, he adds something new (and often unsavory) to the mix. This brief tale does not overstay its welcome, and Lansdale completists will snatch it up.”

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* Lovegrove, James : Age of Shiva
(Solaris 9781781081815, $8.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
UK edition: 978-1781081808 (Thu 10 Apr 2014)
Pantheon #6

Military SF novel, sixth in a series following The Age of Ra (2009), The Age of Zeus (2010), Age of Odin (2011), Age of Aztec (2012), and Age of Voodoo (2013), though this is described as a standalone novel.
• This book concerns a group of billionaires creating super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* Maurer, Yael : The Science Fiction Dimensions of Salman Rushdie
(McFarland 978-0-7864-7496-7, $40, 212pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 16 Jan 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-4766-1402-1

Nonfiction book about the Sfnal aspect of Rushdie’s novels.
• McFarland’s site has this description with a link to the table of contents.
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* Peek, Ben : Dead Americans and Other Stories
(ChiZine Publications 9781771481717, $16.95, 325pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771481724

Collection of 10 stories.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with links to samples in various formats.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Failure is always an option for Peek’s protagonists, but even if they can never reach the heights to which they aspire, they can at least envision them, a rarity in a field that too often rejects progress. Although Peek’s appropriation of other people’s lives for his own purposes can be disquieting, readers will be seduced by the outrage that drives much of his fiction and Peek’s undeniable skills as a writer.”

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* Pratt, T. A. : Bride of Death
(Merry Blacksmith 978-0615954349, $13.95, 238pp, trade paperback, January 2014, cover art Lindsey Look)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jan 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00GHYJ97S
Marla Mason #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh in the Marla Mason series that began with Blood Engines (2007), about a kick-ass sorcerer.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The series site has links and descriptions about earlier books and free stories.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Simon, Marge, & Mary Turzillo : Sweet Poison
(Dark Renaissance 978-1-937128-86-9, $14.95, 121pp, trade paperback, March 2014, cover art M. Wayne Miller)

Collection of 60 poems by Simon or Turzillo, some of them consisting of ‘call and response’ on a particular theme. About a third are reprints; the others are originals.
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs by Ann K. Schwader, James Dorr, and John Amen.

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* Slusser, George : Gregory Benford
(University of Illinois Press 978-0-252-07980-1, $23, 198pp, trade paperback, January 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jan 2014

Nonfiction study of the work of Gregory Benford, the third in the publisher’s “Modern Masters of Science Fiction” series (after volumes about John Brunner and William Gibson).
• The book includes an interview with Benford, a short bibliography, notes, and an index.
• The University Press’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• There is also a hardcover edition (978-0-252-03822-8, $85).

(Mon 10 Feb 2014)
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Category: New Books

New Books, 25 March

— posted Tuesday 25 March 2014 @ 5:57 pm PDT

* Ballantine, Pip, & Tee Morris : Dawn’s Early Light
(Ace 978-0425267318, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101621455
Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3

Steampunk fantasy novel, third of a series following Phoenix Rising (2011) and The Janus Affair (2012), about two agents in a clandestine organization in Victorian London.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Boatman, Michael : Last God Standing
(Angry Robot 978-0857663955, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663962
UK edition: 9780857663948 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
God #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, in which God quits his job and becomes a member of the human race.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description. A second title, Who Wants To Be the Prince of Darkness?, is scheduled for 2015.
• The author is an actor and screenwriter, with a short story collection and one previous novel already published.

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* Carr, Scott Christian, & Andrew Conry-Murray : Wasteland Blues
(Raw Dog Screaming 978-1935738596, $14.95, 220pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 20 Mar 2014

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, first of a trilogy, about trek across a United States devastated by nuclear and biological war to find a rumored haven.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Christopher, Adam : The Burning Dark
(Tor 978-0-7653-3508-1, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466820869
Spider War #1

SF novel, first book in a trilogy, about a veteran of a space war against machine intelligences, now trapped on a remote space station, who detects mysterious messages from Earth’s past.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author has a Big Idea post about the book on John Scalzi’s blog today.
• The Tor/Forge blog posts the starred review of the book from Library Journal: “This dark and chilling novel from the versatile Christopher builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is sf you will want to read with the light on.”

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* Dalglish, David, & Robert J. Duperre : Wrath of Lions
(Amazon/47north 9781477817957, $14.95, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F3MKEEW
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480581609
The Breaking World #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Dawn of Swords (Jan. 2014), about two brother gods who recreate mankind on the young world of Dezrel.
• Amazon has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Higgins, Peter : Truth and Fear
(Orbit 9780316219723, $26, 368pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316219730
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478979463
Wolfhound Century #2

Alternate history novel, second in a series following Wolfhound Century (2012), set in an alternate Stalinist Russia.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function, and blurbs and quotes from reviews of the books.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Sentient water, censored artists, mechanical constructs, old-fashioned detective work, and the secret police are all woven together in this rich and fascinating tapestry.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Code Zero
(St. Martin’s Griffin 9781250033437, $15.99, 480pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250033420
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427241290
Joe Ledger #6

Horror thriller, sixth in a series following following Patient Zero (2009), The Dragon Factory (2010), The King of Plagues (2011), Assassin’s Code (2012), and Extinction Machine (2013), about a Baltimore detective recruited by the US Department of Military Sciences to fight various terrorist threats.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt, and a note that this book is a direct sequel to the first in the series, Patient Zero.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, ” Maberry’s shout-outs to popular culture’s depictions of zombies lessens the tension and feeling of doom, albeit just slightly.”

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* Nix, Garth, & Sean Williams : Blood Ties
(Scholastic 9780545522458, $12.99, 192pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Spirit Animals #3

Children’s fantasy novel, third in a “multiplatform” series, about a world where humans and animals are linked by a spirit bond.
• The first two books in the series were written by Brandon Mull and Maggie Stiefvater.
• Scholastic’s site has this description with an excerpt and a link to a Spirit Animals game. Several more volumes are planned.

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+ Pratchett, Terry, & Jacqueline Simpson : The Folklore of Discworld
(Anchor Books 978-0-8041-6903-5, $15.95, 518pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-6901-1
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9343-6

First US edition (us: Transworld/Doubleday UK, 2008)

Nonfiction book subtitled “Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth”. This is an updated version of the book first published in the UK in 2008.
• Random House’s site has this description, with a “Look Inside” function.
• Wikipedia has this page for the 2008 UK edition, listing the 16 sections of the book.

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* Robertson, Freya : Sunstone
(Angry Robot 978-0857663894, $14.99, 496pp, trade paperback, April 2014, cover art Alejandro Colucci)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663900
UK edition: 9780857663887 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
The Elemental Wars #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following Heartwood (2013).
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a link to an extract and quotes from reviews.

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* Russell, Karen : Sleep Donation
(Atavist Books B00HRGXNQS, $3.99, ebk, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014

E-book novella, by the author of 2011 novel Swamplandia! and 2013 collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove, about an epidemic that leaves hundreds of thousands of Americans without the ability to sleep.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Los Angeles Times has this profile and review; Slate has a review by Katy Waldman titled Yes, Karen Russell Is a Genius; and this Entertainment Weekly review by Stephan Lee gives it an A-: “The combination of Russell’s dazzling imagination and virtuosic prose adds up to pleasurable sensory overload.”

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* Schroeder, Karl : Lockstep
(Tor 978-0-7653-3726-9, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466833364

Young-adult hard SF novel about an interstellar civilization whose members live for millennia by alternating long periods of hibernation with shorter periods of wakefulness.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Schroeder depicts the corrosive effects of power and fame on family and self, but larger themes falter in the face of obedient, incongruously adorable bots, cuddly intelligent pets, and the inevitable but flimsy romance between Toby and Corva.”
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine: Lockstep tells a dense and textured story: a family-history mystery, a revolutionary adventure, and glimpses of Stapledonian panoramas, all studded with marvels and vistas and appealing science-fictional ideas and devices (my favorites: the genetically engineered cat-otter pets called denners and the AI/simulation-game-based/statistically representative government called a demarchy).”

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* Sylvan, Dianne : Shadowbound
(Ace 978-0-425-25984-9, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143289
The Shadow World #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series about a woman able to manipulate people with her music who comes into contact with a society of vampires, following Queen of Shadows (2010), ShadowFlame (2011), Shadow’s Fall (2012), and Of Shadow Born (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 24 March

— posted Monday 24 March 2014 @ 1:14 pm PDT

This week’s notable debut is Patricia Briggs’ Night Broken (Ace), latest in her Mercy Thompson, on three lists, as high as #2 at New York Times and #3 at Publishers Weekly.

Two other titles debut this week: Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson’s Mentats of Dune (Tor), and a new title by R.A. Salvatore, Night of the Hunter (Wizards of the Coast)


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.30
WP
03.23
LAT
03.23
USAT
03.16
PW
03.24
Amz
(03.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.24)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 1 2 ++     6 ++ 3 ++      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 32       112 -30 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 242 xxx..   xxx.. 61 +18 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 215     xxx.. 14 +11 4 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 23 xxx.. xxx.. 13 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harrison, The Undead Pool 03.10.14 / 3 25 -14 xx   95 -34 20 -8      
Herbert/Anderson, Mentats of Dune 03.24.14 / 1 17 ++       23 ++      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 12 6 -1     66 -16 11 -2 xxx..   xx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 78 4 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 31     15 -4 3 +2 2 -1 6 +8 38 +49 16 +14
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 99 xxx..   10 +8 2 +1 xxx.. 5 +5 37 +32 26 +20
Salvatore, Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, Book 1 03.24.14 / 1 19 ++     69 ++ 16 ++      
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 6 5 -4 1 = 2 ++ 37 -35 10 -9 x   75 -35
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 6 21 -7   7 = 120 -4 24 -5 x   xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.30
WP
03.23
LAT
03.23
USAT
03.16
PW
03.24
Amz
(03.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.24)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 10 9 -6 xxx.. 6 + xxx 24 -2 xxx.. 6 -2  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 99 19 -5 xxx.. xxx x xxx xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 53         15 -2 xx xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 54         xxx.. 58 -10 67 + xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 194 xxx..   xxx.. 56 +25 xxx.. xx 91 + xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 3 xx   8 -1          
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 1       47 ++        
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 8 18 -6 xxx   x x xxx..   xxx..
King, Under the Dome, Part 1 03.24.14 / 1 24 ++              
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 12       xxx..   51 +    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 143 18 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 22 9 +1 xxx.. xx 124 +5 xxx xxx.. x 90 +
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 158 11 +1 xxx.. xxx 103 +18 xxx.. xxx.. 76 -20 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 99 xxx.. xxx.. 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 142 25 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 38     xxx.. 40 -5 8 -2      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 41 xxx..   1 +10 1 = 3 -1 2 +1 21 +30 6 +8
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 9 xxx..   14 -4   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.30
WP
03.23
LAT
03.23
USAT
03.16
PW
03.24
Amz
(03.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.24)
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]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-March

— posted Saturday 22 March 2014 @ 2:12 pm PDT

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/

March 2014
Issue 142, cover art by Ferdinand Dumago Ladera
• Another special double-issue, this features stories by Yoon Ha Lee and Seth Dickinson, two audio fiction podcasts, with part two of the story by Dean Wells to be posted March 27.
Issue 142, posted March 6th, has stories by Aliette de Bodard and Rachel Sobel, with two additional stories to be posted March 13, by Nathaniel Lee and Dean Wells.

(Sat 22 Mar 2014)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

• Essays and reviews, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.; PDF and other electronic formats since Sept. 2012
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.nyrsf.com/

February 2014
Issue 306, Vol. 26 No. 6, 32pp
• This special “Shadows of Erasmus” issue features Victor Grech on Jung and Star Trek, and the second part of a historical essay by Brian Stableford.
• There’s also an essay about James P. Blaylock, by Mike Barrett, book reviews by Derek Künsken and Jenny Blackford, and an opera review by Jen Gunnels.
• There’s also an editorial by Kevin J. Maroney and the editors.

(Sat 15 Mar 2014)

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On Spec

• Canadian magazine of the fantastic, since 1989; managing editor Diane Walton
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.onspec.ca/

Winter 2013/2014
Issue 95, Vol. 25 No. 4, $6.95, 108pp, cover art by Lynne and Steve Fahnestalk
• Stories in this issue are by Harding Young, Tony Pi, Marissa Lingen and Alec Austin, Brandon Crilly, Adria Laycraft, and Kevin Harkness.
• Nonfiction includes an editorial by Susan MacGregory, and interviews with Adria Laycraft and Lynne & Steve Fahnestalk.

(Sat 15 Mar 2014)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

• E’zine of hard SF fiction, nonfiction, and art, since 2012; edited by Sam Bellotto Jr.
• Format: Monthly
• Frequency: Online
http://www.perihelionsf.com/

March 2014
Cover art by John Waltrip
• Stories in this issue are by Robert N. Stephenson, Sierra July, Mark Ayling, Simon Kewin, Bob Sojka, L. Joseph Shosty, Aaron Polson, David Barber, Mark Bilsborough, Conor Powers-Smith, and George Sandison.
• Articles are by Eric M. Jones and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 22 Mar 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

Classic Reprints, March

— posted Thursday 20 March 2014 @ 3:33 pm PDT

* Bayley, Barrington : SF Gateway Omnibus: The Soul of the Robot, The Knights of the Limits, The Fall of Chronopolis
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575103160, £18.99, 496pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473201941

Omnibus of two novels novels and a collection (the second title), first published in 1974 (revised 1976), 1978, and 1974.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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* de Camp, L. Sprague : SF Gateway Omnibus: Lest Darkness Fall, Rogue Queen, The Tritonian Ring
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575103672, £18.99, 528pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473201910

Omnibus of three novels, first published in 1941, 1951, and 1953/1968 respectively.
Lest Darkness Fall is an an influential time travel about a traveler to sixth-century Rome who tries to influence history.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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Heinlein, Robert A. : Past Through Tomorrow: The SF Gateway Omnibus
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575120860, £18.99, 816pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202009

Omnibus volume of 23 stories and a novel, Methuselah’s Children, all set in Heinlein’s “future history” and first published in 1967.
• This edition has an introduction adapted from the entry for Heinlein in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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* Lafferty, R. A. : The Man Who Made Models
(Centipede Press 978-1613470466, $45, 250pp, hardcover, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Feb 2014

Collection of 17 stories, first volume in a planned series to collect all of Lafferty’s short fiction.
• The book has an introduction by Michael Swanwick, and an afterword by John Pelan. This is a limited edition of 300 copies.
• Centipede’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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McAuley, Paul : Confluence: Child of the River, Ancient of Days, Shrine of Stars
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575119390, £25, 944pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 20 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575119567

Omnibus of three novels, first published from 1997 to 1999, set on an immense world ship called Confluence.
• The three novels were published as omnibus Confluence in 2000 by the Science Fiction Book Club.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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+ VanderMeer, Ann, & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. : The Time Traveler’s Almanac
(Tor 978-0-7653-7421-9, $37.99, 960pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466841451

First US edition (UK: Head of Zeus, November 2013)

Anthology of 69 time travel stories.
• Authors include H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Gene Wolfe, David I. Masson, Geoffrey Landis, and many many others.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with quotes from reviews. A trade paperback edition (978-0-7653-7424-0) is also available.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
• NPR has this review by Jason Sheehan: The lineup in this book is like the guest list for the greatest cocktail party of all time — writers modern and not so, alive and dead, known tinkerers with the time stream and those who just got it in their heads one day to go back in time and kiss their great-grandmothers or whatever.

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* Willis, Connie : SF Gateway Omnibus: Lincoln’s Dreams, Passage
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575131071, £18.99, 768pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202016

Omnibus of two novels, Lincoln’s Dreams (1987) and Passage (2001).
• The first title won a John W. Campbell Award; the second, a Locus Award.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books, 18 March

— posted Tuesday 18 March 2014 @ 3:53 pm PDT

+ Elliott, Will : The Pilgrims
(Tor 978-0-7653-3188-5, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429944939
Pendulum Trilogy #1

Alternate world fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a London journalist and a homeless drunk who discover a magical door to the land of Levaal.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• This is the first US edition; it was published in Australia in January 2010, and the UK in November 2011.
• Faren Miller reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “Despite that premise, the maps, and a Dramatis Personae where humans coexist with gods and monsters, this first volume of the Pendulum trilogy shows its rebellious streak as early as page one.”

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* Larke, Glenda : The Lascar’s Dagger
(Orbit 978-0-316-39966-1, $15, 512pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316399647
UK edition: 9780356502724 (Tue 18 Mar 2014)
The Forsaken Lands #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a religious conspiracy that implicates the king’s spiritual adviser.
• Orbit’s site has this post by the author providing some background.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “As the slow-burning plot unfolds, Larke’s attention to detail and worldbuilding come into their own, and a complex web of political machinations is gradually revealed. Densely plotted without being convoluted, this is an absorbing political fantasy that bodes well for the rest of the series.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry : Raising Steam
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0-385-53826-8, $26.95, 384pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53829-9
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-6453-5
Discworld #40

First US edition (UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK, October 2013)

Fantasy novel, latest in the author’s popular Discworld series following Snuff (2011), about an inventor’s steam engine that triggers a railroad industry in Discworld.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “As always, Pratchett’s unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 17 March

— posted Monday 17 March 2014 @ 12:50 pm PDT

Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance (Tor), second in his projected 10-volume sequence following The Way of Kings, debuts on four lists, ranking #1 on three of them and #2 on the fourth.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.23
WP
03.16
LAT
03.16
USAT
03.09
PW
03.17
Amz
(03.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.17)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bishop, Murder of Crows 03.17.14 / 1       75 ++        
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 31       82 + 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 241 xxx..   xxx.. 79 +31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 214     xxx.. 25 +9 5 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Corey, Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves 03.17.14 / 1         21 ++      
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 22 xxx.. xxx.. 10 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harrison, The Undead Pool 03.10.14 / 2 11 -10 x   61 -54 12 -8      
King, Doctor Sleep 05.27.13 / 40 25 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xx 20 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 3           42 + xx  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 11 5 =     50 +9 9 -2 xxx   x
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 77 4 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 30     11 +9 5 = 1 = 14 -3 87 +8 30 +11
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 98 xxx..   18 -5 3 +1 xxx.. 10 -2 69 + 46 +15
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 5 1 ++ 1 ++   2 ++ 1 ++ 99 -72   40 -29
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 5 14 -2   7 +5 116 -8 19 -5 92 +   xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.23
WP
03.16
LAT
03.16
USAT
03.09
PW
03.17
Amz
(03.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.17)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 9 3 = xxx.. x xx 22 -7 xxx.. 4 +1  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 98 14 -2 xxx.. xx 123 -29 xx xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 52         13 = x xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 53         xxx.. 48 -24 xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 193 xxx..   xxx.. 81 +31 xxx.. x xxx.. xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 2 x   7 ++          
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 7 12 -10 xx   130 -59 15 -8 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 142 23 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 21 10 -1 xxx.. x 129 -3 xx xxx.. 92 + xx
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 154 25 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 157 12 +3 xxx.. xx 121 -3 xxx.. xxx.. 56 + xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 141 24 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
McGuire, Half-Off Ragnarok 03.17.14 / 1 18 ++              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 191       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 77 +
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 37     xxx.. 35 +13 6 -1      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 40 xxx..   11 -9 1 = 2 +1 3 -1 51 +29 14 +13
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 8 xxx   10 +   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.23
WP
03.16
LAT
03.16
USAT
03.09
PW
03.17
Amz
(03.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.17)
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]

Category: Bestsellers


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