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New Books, 9 September

* Bennett, Robert Jackson : City of Stairs
(Crown/Broadway 978-0-8041-3717-1, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-3718-8

Fantasy novel about a city, Bulikov, that conquered the world until its divine protectors were killed.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Bennett ventures into secondary-world fantasy in this action-packed, occasionally numinous, noir-like novel, which combines metaphysical and geopolitical observations.”

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* Carlson, Amanda : Red Blooded
(Orbit 978-0316404334, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316404341
UK edition: 978-0356504032 (Thu 9 Oct 2014)
Jessica McClain #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Full Blooded (2012), Hot Blooded (Apr 2013), and Cold Blooded (Oct 2013), about a woman who becomes the first female werewolf.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Eller, Jonathan R. : Ray Bradbury Unbound
(University of Illinois 978-0-252-03869-3, $34.95, 336pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 30 Aug 2014

Nonfiction biography of Ray Bradbury, a continuation of Eller’s earlier book Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011), this time focusing on Bradbury’s film and stage projects.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “… fans who know Bradbury only for his fiction are likely to enjoy this diverse look at his work and creative process.”

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* Finn, Ed, & Kathryn Cramer, eds. : Hieroglyph
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062204691, $27.99, 560pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Anthology of 20 original stories, subtitled “Stories and Visions for a Better Future”, inspired by a 2011 essay by Neal Stephenson.
• Authors include Neal Stephenson, Gregory Benford, Rudy Rucker, Cory Doctorow, David Brin, and Bruce Sterling.
• Lawrence M. Krauss provides a foreword, Neal Stephenson a preface, and the editors an introduction.
• The book’s Scribd page shows the table of contents and several pages of preview.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.

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* Gould, Steven : Exo
(Tor 978-0765336545, $25.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466828483
Jumper #5

SF novel, latest in a series following Jumper (1992), Reflex (2004), prequel Jumper: Griffin’s Story (2007), and Impulse (2013), about a teenager who can teleport.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Harrison, Kim : The Witch With No Name
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-195795-6, $26.99, 480pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062356017
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062350619
Hollows #13

Urban fantasy novel, thirteenth and final 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, Ever After (2012), and The Undead Pool (Mar 2014).
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The magical escapades are plentiful and profound, as Harrison goes for one final shake-up of the status quo, and they lead to a satisfying ending for almost everyone involved. A Rowlingesque peek into the future offers some last-minute surprises, and should be enough to satisfy any fan who’s followed Rachel’s journey from its beginning.”

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* Kress, Nancy : Yesterday’s Kin
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-175-6, $14.95, 189pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

SF novel aliens who arrive on Earth warning of a plague of spores that threatens both them and humanity.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “There’s plenty of modern science in the story, but the plot’s twists and moral quality feel oddly reminiscent of golden-age stories.”
• Both Gardner Dozois and Gary K. Wolfe review the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine. Dozois calls it “one of the strongest sto- ries of the year to date”, while Wolfe concludes, “Kress’s clear prose and deft strokes of character add to the sense of a much larger canvas done almost in miniature, and her ideas, even when some-what familiar, are as compelling as always. She is, as I mentioned earlier, a hard SF writer in the classic mold, and she shows us that the form still has a lot of life in it.”

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* Link, Kelly, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. : Monstrous Affections
(Candlewick Press 978-0763664732, $22.99, 480pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Young adult anthology of 15 original stories about monsters and love.
• Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Nalo Hopkinson, Patrick Ness, Kelly Link, M.T. Anderson, and Holly Black.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a 56-page PDF sampler.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, citing stories by Bacigalupi, Black, Anderson, and others, concluding “all of the entries are strong, and many are splendid.”

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* Maguire, Gregory : Egg & Spoon
(Candlewick Press 978-0763672201, $17.99, 496pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Middle-grade fantasy novel, based on Russian folklore, about an impoverished girl who switches placed with a wealthy young woman on a passing train.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a 49-page PDF sampler.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Like the matryoshka doll Elena carries, there are a lot of layers to Maguire’s story. Rich, descriptive language will reward readers who like to sink their teeth into a meaty story.”

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* Miller, Karen : The Falcon Throne
(Orbit 978-0-316-12008-1, $20, 528pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235563
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781619696730
UK edition: 978-1841499598 (Tue 9 Sep 2014)
Tarnished Crown #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series, about strife within a divided kingdom.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite some flaws, the story is complex and engrossing; fans of George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie should particularly take note.”

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* Parzybok, Benjamin : Sherwood Nation
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-086-2, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014

Near future SF novel about a drought-stricken Portland, Oregon.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with quotes from numerous reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Parzybok’s self-conscious reinvention of the Robin Hood legend is well-founded on contemporary environmental, social, and economic concerns…”
• Paul Di Filippo will a have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Planck, M. C. : Sword of the Bright Lady
(Pyr 978-1-61614-988-8, $18, 403pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
World of Prime #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about an man who goes for a walk in Arizona and finds himself in a magical world.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers looking for a new twist on an old story will be interested in this tale of modern idealism set in a gritty medieval world.”

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* Waldorf, Marek : Widow’s Dozen
(Turtle Point Press 978-1-933527-77-2, $15.95, 316pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-933527-78-9

Collection of 11 interrelated short stories connected by a 1974 time capsule in New York’s Bearden County.
• The publisher has a description on its recent and forthcoming books page.
• The Publishers Weekly review describes it as “Eleven stories [that] portray a world rocked by a bizarre disaster that plays havoc with natural laws. Whether that world is ours, an alternate world, a combination of the two, or something else entirely, depends on who is narrating, and when.” The review concludes, “This collection could prove a hard read for readers looking for more traditional fiction, but will attract those willing to indulge anchorless experimental prose.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 8 September

The major debut this week is Brent Weeks’ The Broken Eye (Orbit), which debuts on four print lists this week, as high as #5 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list.

Also debuting this week: John Scalzi’s Lock In (Tor), coming in at #20 on the New York Times list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.14
WP
09.07
LAT
09.07
USAT
08.31
PW
09.08
Amz
(09.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.08)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 12 16 +1 xxx.. 18 + x 25 -3 xxx..   x
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 6 x   6 -3 xx xx xxx..   xxx..
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 10 11 = xx x 109 -54 18 -6 xxx.. xxx.. x
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 22 x xxx.. xxx.. x 20 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xx
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 8 xxx..   4 = xxx.. xxx..      
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 2           42 -35 11 +1 7 +16
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 35 15 -1     xxx.. xxx xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 102 9 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 55     xxx.. 23 -5 9 -3 xx x 55 +35
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 24       115 -52   xxx.. xxx 91 -42
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 10     xx 20 -8 3 -2 61 -8   33 -6
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 123 xxx..   xxx.. 21 -8 xxx.. 88 -33 x xx
Scalzi, Lock In 09.08.14 / 1 20 ++     107 ++        
Weeks, The Broken Eye 09.08.14 / 1 5 ++ 7 ++   26 ++ 9 ++     96 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.14
WP
09.07
LAT
09.07
USAT
08.31
PW
09.08
Amz
(09.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.08)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 188   xxx..   79 -15 xxx.. 78 -16 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 123 16 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 24     15 + 9 -5 10 -1 19 +7 xxx  
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 16 xxx..   8 +          
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 9 xxx..   xxx..       42 -18  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 13 19 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 24 -9      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 36     3 -1 8 -6 4 = 32 -8   xx
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 166 25 -9 xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 92 -26 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 46 15 -7 xxx.. x xx xxx.. xxx.. 82 -27 xxx
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 182 12 -6 xxx.. x x xxx.. xxx.. 95 -23 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 165 x   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 83 -23 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 24       xx   xxx   31 -19
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 207   xxx..   x   65 +32 58 +24 50 +
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 65 xxx..   x 18 -7 23 -13 72 -22 xx xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.14
WP
09.07
LAT
09.07
USAT
08.31
PW
09.08
Amz
(09.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.08)
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, early September

Apex Magazine

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

September 2014
Issue 64, cover art by Jeff Ward
• Stories in this issue are by Gary Kloster, Seth Dickinson, Liz Argall, and Karin Lowachee. Ebook/subscriber exclusives are stories and excerpts by Emma Bull & Will Shetterly, Timothy Zahn, and Walter Mosley.
• Poetry is by Amanda Lord, irving, and Marsheila Rockwell.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Seth Dickinson and Jeff Ward, an article by Charles Tan, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 74
• This issue has stories by Imogen Cassidy and Leife Shallcross.
• And there are articles by Stephen Higgins and Chris Large.
• The current issue page features the issue’s editorial.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 155, cover art by Tomas Honz
• This issue, posted September 4th, Tony Pi and Alter S. Reiss, with a podcast of the Pi story and an audio vault story by Kathryn Allen.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 96, cover art by Ian McQue
• Fiction in this issue is by Susan Palwik, Jy Yang, Xia Jia, Brendan Dubois, Leigh Kennedy, and Peter Watts
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Ann Leckie, essays by Mark Cole and Alethea Kontis, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

(Thu 4 Sep 2014)

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Galaxy’s Edge

• Bimonthly online SF ezine, beginning March 2013, edited by Mike Resnick
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.galaxysedge.com/

September 2014
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Brian Trent, Robert J. Sawyer, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Larry Niven, Laurie Tom, K.C. Norton, Tobias S. Buckell, Ian Whates, Mercedes Lackey, and Eric Flint.
• There’s also the fourth part of a serialization of L. Sprague de Camp’s novel Lest Darkness Fall.
• There’s also an interview with George R.R. Martin, and columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Paul Cook.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
• This month’s story is “The Curator’s Job” by Laura E. Price.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 52
• This issue has original SF stories by Tananarive Due, Saundra Mitchell, Holly Black, and Sam J. Miller, and fantasy stories by Sarah Pinsker, Aliette de Bodard, Matthew Hughes, and Rhys Hughes.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Mary Robinette Kowal and Diana Gabaldon.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes stories and excerpts by Gregory Feeley, Jonathan L. Howard, and Randy McCharles.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
Issue 24, cover art by Sam Guay
• Stories this month are by Sunny Moraine, Charles L. Grant, Daniel José Older, and Lisa Tuttle.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Cecil Baldwin, a column by Lesley Bannatyne, and an editorial.
• Exclusive ebook content includes novel excerpts by Eric Red and Mason James Cole.

(Thu 4 Sep 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/

September 2014
• This month’s stories are by Harris Tobias, Edward Sullivan, Jessica Baumgartner, and Richard Tornello.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Michele Dutcher.

(Thu 4 Sep 2014)

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New Books, 2 September

* Briggs, Patricia : Shifting Shadows
(Ace 978-0-425-26500-0, $26.95, 464pp, hardcover, September 2014, cover art Daniel Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101609507
Mercy Thompson #-

Collection of 10 stories, subtitled “Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson”. Four stories are original to this book.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “These intriguing, suspenseful, and occasionally heartwarming stories will thrill and delight fans of Mercy and her friends.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “All together, it’s a highly entertaining read, and though most likely to interest fans of the series, most of the stories standalone enough to be of interest to urban fantasy fans in general.”

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* Daniel, Tony, & David Drake : The Savior
(Baen 978-1-4767-3670-9, $25, 416pp, hardcover, September 2014, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-309-6
The General #10

SF novel set on the planet Duisenberg, where an Egyptian-like culture has developed and a young hero tries to lead the planet out of the galactic dark ages.
• It’s the tenth book, following The Heretic (2013), in a series called The General written by S.M. Stirling and others from outlines by Drake (according to Wikipedia).
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link a couple times) with links to several chapters.

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* Hunter, Sylvia Izzo : The Midnight Queen
(Ace 978-0425272459, $15, 432pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698144651
Noctis Magicae #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a student sent away in disgrace from Oxford’s Merlin College.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Jacka, Benedict : Hidden
(Ace 978-0-425-26494-2, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101609439
Alex Verus #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Fated (March 2012), Cursed (June 2012), Taken (Sept. 2012), and Chosen (2013), about a London magician who can foresee the future.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that a development in this book “promises really exciting, substantial conflict for future books in the series.”

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Son of No One
(St. Martin’s 978-1250029911, $27.99, 432pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Dark-Hunter #24

Supernatural romance novel, 24th volume in the bestselling “Dark-Hunters” series, following Retribution (2011), Time Untime (2012), and Styxx (2013).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with links to excerpts, background, and the book’s playlist.

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* Lewis, J. F. : Grudgebearer
(Pyr 978-1-61614-984-0, $18, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Grudgebearer #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about disputes between a race of former slaves and the race that enslaved them.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publisehrs Weekly review concludes, “The well-worn framing device of a game between disappointingly one-dimensional gods is the weakest part of this otherwise complex trilogy opener from Lewis, which features a particularly interesting and thoughtful exploration of slavery.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Fall of Night
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1-250-03494-6, $15.99, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250034953
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427251893
Dead of Night #2

Zombie horror novel, second in a series following Dead of Night (2011), with characters linking these books to the author’s Joe Ledge and Rot & Ruin series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Messy, tense, and highly atmospheric, this is a perfect example of zombie action.”

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* McGuire, Seanan : The Winter Long
(DAW 978-0756408084, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101601754
October Daye #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in a series about October (Toby) Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author’s debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), A Local Habitation (2010), An Artificial Night (2010), Late Eclipses (March 2011), One Salt Sea (2011), Ashes of Honor (2012), and Chimes of Midnight (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Mitchell, David : The Bone Clocks
(Random House 978-0-8129-9473-5, $30, 640pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8129-9473-5

Literary novel with SF and fantasy elements, following the life of a woman named Holly Sykes over the decades from the 1980s to 2043.
• Random House’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “From gritty realism to far-out fantasy, each section has its own charm and surprises. With its wayward thoughts, chance meetings, and attention to detail, Mitchell’s novel is a thing of beauty.”

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* Monk, Devon : House Immortal
(Roc 978-0-451-46736-2, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698140226
House Immortal #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, set in a world where eleven ruling Houses fight for control of immortal creations called the galvanized.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Monk’s corporatist feudal future is painted in broad strokes, and while the technology that drives the plot is uninhibited by any sort of plausibility, the melodramatic story moves with such energy that readers will be inclined to forgive its slip-ups.”

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* Nye, Jody Lynn : Fortunes of the Imperium
(Baen 978-1-4767-3672-3, $15, 480pp, trade paperback, September 2014, cover art David Mattingly)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-311-9
Imperium #2

Military SF novel, sequel to View from the Imperium (2011), about a new Acadamy graduate of aristocratic background given his first command.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Priest, Cherie : Maplecroft
(Roc 978-0-451-46697-6, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698138384
The Borden Dispatches #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about Lizzie Borden and her sister, plagued by the evil that possessed their parents.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author has a Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog today.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Readers will be intrigued by the weird monsters and 19th-century science, but the story is really carried by the characters’ emotional dynamics, especially those between the Borden sisters.”

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* Spencer, Wen : Wood Sprites
(Baen 978-1-4767-3671-6, $25, 496pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Elfhome #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Tinker (2003), Wolf Who Rules (2006), and Elfhome (2012), in which near-future Pittsburgh borders the land of the elves.
• Baen’s site has a description and links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, ” The mélange of science fiction and fantasy tropes, starships rubbing shoulders with proud elf warriors, is uncommon but tasty.”

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* Stirling, S. M. : The Golden Princess
(Roc 978-0451417336, $27.95, 432pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101603260
Change #8

Alternate history SF novel, eighth in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), The High King of Montival (2010), The Tears of the Sun (2011), Lord of Mountains (2012), and The Given Sacrifice (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to 10 sample chapters.

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* VanderMeer, Jeff : Acceptance
(Farrar Straus Giroux/FSG Originals 978-0-374-10411-5, 368pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
UK edition: HarperCollins UK/Fourth Estate 978-0007553532 (Tue 2 Sep 2014)
Southern Reach #3


SF novel, third volume of a trilogy, about decades of efforts to understand a mysterious region called Area X.
• It follows Annihilation (Feb. 2014) and Authority (May 2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “In many ways, this is the most mysterious and puzzling book of the three: VanderMeer employs multiple flashbacks and POVs, which contribute to a multifaceted, mutating portrait of Area X. … By the time the book is finished, the reader knows that this trilogy is that rare thing—a set in which the whole is as great as the parts.”
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “…over its wandering course Acceptance shows just how narrow-minded technophilia can be, compared to an active sense of wonder.”

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* Watson, Angus : Age of Iron
(Orbit 978-0-316-39978-4, $16, 576pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Iron Age #1

Fantasy novel set in the Iron Age, first of a series, and the author’s first novel.
• Orbit’s blog has this post about the book, with quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The blend of historical accuracy and authorial liberties suggests an old-school sword-and-sorcery epic, though with some clearly modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure.”

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* Williams, Tad : Sleeping Late on Judgement Day
(DAW 978-0756408893, $25.95, 448pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698157699
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780756409951
Bobby Dollar #3

Fantasy novel, third book in a series following The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012) and Happy Hour in Hell (2013), about an angel on Earth who helps souls caught between Heaven and Hell.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 1 September

— posted Monday 1 September 2014 @ 10:57 am PDT

David Mitchell’s new novel, The Bone Clocks (Random House), officially due tomorrow, is selling today on the three Amazon lists, ranking as high as #7 at Amazon.com.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.07
WP
08.31
LAT
08.31
USAT
08.24
PW
09.01
Amz
(09.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.01)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Armstrong, Visions 09.01.14 / 1               70 ++
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 15       145 -42 19 = xxx.. xx 72 +11
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 232     xxx.. xxx.. 18 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 11 17 -3 xxx.. xxx 112 -14 22 -3 xxx..   84 -31
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 5 21 -11   3 +1 x x xxx..   xxx
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 9 11 -4 x 11 -5 55 -17 12 -1 xxx.. xxx.. 76 +20
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 21 20 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 103 -18 17 -6 xxx.. xxx.. x
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 7 xxx   4 -3 xxx.. xxx..      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 26             75 +15  
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 1           7 ++ 12 ++ 23 ++
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 34 14 +     xxx.. xx xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 101 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 54     xxx.. 18 -2 6 = x 71 -1 90 +8
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 23       63 -30   xxx xx 49 +20
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 9     x 12 -5 1 = 53 -15   27 -4
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 122 xxx..   xxx.. 13 -2 xxx.. 55 +9 52 +32 x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.07
WP
08.31
LAT
08.31
USAT
08.24
PW
09.01
Amz
(09.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.01)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 33 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 86 -16  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 187   xxx..   64 +1 xxx.. 62 -14 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 122 11 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 23     xx 4 +5 9 = 26 -1 xx  
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 8 xxx..   xxx..       24 -6  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 12 20 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 15 +5      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 35     2 +13 2 = 4 = 24 +6   x
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 165 16 -3 xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 66 +65 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 45 8 -1 xxx.. 15 + x xxx xxx.. 55 -1 xx
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 181 6 -1 xxx.. 7 +5 107 -10 xxx.. xxx.. 72 +3 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 164 21 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 60 +34 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 23       x   xx   12 +6
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 206   xxx..   98 +7   97 -36 82 +1 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 61     xxx.. 132 -22 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 64 xxx..   8 + 11 -5 10 = 50 +1 x xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.07
WP
08.31
LAT
08.31
USAT
08.24
PW
09.01
Amz
(09.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.01)
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, late August

— posted Saturday 30 August 2014 @ 12:54 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/

August 2014
Issue 153-154, cover art by Tomas Honz
• Issue 154, posted August 21st, has stories by Peter Darbyshire and Stephen V. Ramey, an audio podcast by Michael Haynes, an audio vault podcast by Catherine S. Perdue, and an archive story by Nancy Fulda.
Issue 153 had 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.

(Sat 30 Aug 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/

August 2014
• Stories posted this past month are by Tim Pratt, James Van Pelt, Jonathan L. Miller, Caroline M. Yoachim, and others.

(Sat 30 Aug 2014)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.fandsf.com/

September/October 2014
Vol. 127 No. 3&4 (whole #715), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Bryn Barnard
• Novelets in this issue are by Jérôme Cigut, Phyllis Eisenstein, Albert E. Cowdrey, Matthew Hughes, and David Gerrold, with short stories by Oliver Buckram, Tom Underberg, Jay O’Connell, Dale Bailey, Brenda Carre, Robert Reed, and Ray Vukcevich.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering comic books; a “Books” column by Elizabeth Hand, covering Rene Denfeld, Matthew Olshan, and Finnish Weird; a “Science” column by Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty; a “Film” column by David J. Skal; and a “Curiosities” page by Graham Andrews about a 1964 novel by John Lymington.

(Thu 28 Aug 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/

August 2014
Issue 312, Vol. 26 No. 12, 32pp
• This special “The Past Is Present” issue features a review by Maureen Speller Kincaid of Alan Garner and an essay by Michael Bishop about Philip K. Dick.
• Reviews include David Mead on James L. Cambias, Jenny Blackford on Leigh Kennedy, Eugene Reynolds on Steampunk III, John Crowley on Calvino’s Complete Cosmicomics, and Greg L. Johnson on Max Gladstone.
• There are also essays by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay on Ian Watson and Darrell Schweitzer on Thrilling Wonder Stories, plus an editorial on the to replace the bust of H.P. Lovecraft as the design of the World Fantasy Awards.

(Sat 30 Aug 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/

August 2014
• Fiction posted this month includes Resurrection Points by Usman T. Malik, The Air We Breathe is Stormy, Stormy, and Cold as the Moon by Sunny Moraine.
• Poetry this month is by Lisa Bellamy, Jessy Randall, Chalres Bane, Jr., and Cory O’Brien.
• Nonfiction includes John Clute’s Scores column, covering Paul Park, and an article by Stephe Harrop about A Song of Ice and Fire.

(Sat 30 Aug 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/

August 2014
• Original stories posted this past month include In the Sight of Akresa by Ray Wood, Sleeper by Jo Walton, La Signora by Bruce McAllister, Hero of the Five Points by Alan Gratz, Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land by Ruthanna Emrys, Strongest Conjuration by Skyler White, and A Cup of Salt Tears by Isabel Yap.
Excerpts include those from novels by Robert Jackson Bennett, Steven Gould, John Scalzi, Nancy Kress, and many others.

(Sat 30 Aug 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books: August UK Books

— posted Friday 29 August 2014 @ 4:08 pm PDT

* Jacobs, John Hornor : The Incorruptibles
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575133662, £20, 320pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575123632
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781409156284

Fantasy novel about a group of mercenaries who protect a royal family in a territory where native “stretchers” threaten intruders.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has the same description plus blurbs from Pat Rothfuss, Mark Lawrence, and others.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* James, John : The Fourth Gwenevere
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 9781848664128, £20, 288pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781848664142

Posthumous novel by John James, writer of historical novels, especially Votan, just reissued as a Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks volume.
• This book, which is “completed and edited” by John and Caitlín Matthews, is about the woman who is the key to peace in Britain following the death of Arthur.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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* Neill, Chloe : Blood Games
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575108240, £8.99, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575108387
Chicagoland Vampires #10

Paranormal romance novel, tenth in the “Chicagoland Vampires” series following Wild Things (2014), about a grad student initiated into a society of vampires.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The US edition appeared August 5th.

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* Pollock, Tom : Our Lady of the Streets
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1780870144, $14.99, 445pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781780870168
The Skyscraper Throne #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series after The City’s Son (2012) and The Glass Republic (2013), in which London is a battleground between opposing gods.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Gorgeously written and brimming with bizarre urban creatures, this darkly imagined and sometimes painful tale should delight fans of Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and Holly Black.”

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* Thompson, Arianne ‘Tex’ : One Night in Sixes
(UK: Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781082379, £7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2014, cover art Thomasz Jedruszek)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014
Children of the Drought #1

Dark fantasy western, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a border town near an area populated by shapeshifters and animal gods.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The US edition appeared July 29th.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The racially divided societies of this weird western are uncomfortable but not implausible, and while Sil is a pompous, dangerous nitwit without much to redeem him, hapless Elim is more endearing. Thompson’s debut is clearly written and engaging even if the details of her setting remain murky.”

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Category: New Books

New Books, 26 August

— posted Tuesday 26 August 2014 @ 7:21 pm PDT

* Aguirre, Ann : Havoc
(Ace 978-0-425-25812-5, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
The Dred Chronicles #2

SF novel, second in a series after Perdition (2013), about politics aboard a spaceship prison in orbit around an asteroid.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Some of Aguirre’s characters are simply monstrous, but most have intriguing, complex histories and motives, and she brings them together for a raucous tale of grit and gumption.”

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* Anderson, Kevin J. : Slimy Underbelly
(Kensington 978-1617731143, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. #4

Fantasy novel about a zombie detective, fourth in a series following Death Warmed Over (2012), Unnatural Acts (2013), and Hair Raising (2013).
• Kensington’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Carson, Rae : The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-233433-6, $9.99, 272pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062345578

Collection of three novellas set in the world of Carson’s fantasy series The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011), The Crown of Embers (2012), and The Bitter Kingdom (2013). The novellas were originally published digitally.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Dashner, James : The Rule of Thoughts
(Delacorte 978-0-385-74141-5, $18.99, 336pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-375-98464-8
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-2250-4
Mortality Doctrine #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a series following The Eye of Minds (2013), about teenagers battling a sentient computer program whose plan is to populate the earth with human bodies populated by similar programs.
• Random House’s site has this description.

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* Duncan, Rod : The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-530-0, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, September 2014, cover art Staehle)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665317
UK edition: 9780857665294 (Thu 4 Sep 2014)
The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, first of a duology, set in a divided United Kingdom.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description. The second book, Unseemly Science, is due in February 2015.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Steeped in illusion and grounded in an alternative history of the Luddite Rebellion, Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series.”

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* Green, Simon R. : Voices from Beyond
(Ace 978-0-425-25994-8, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698139732
Ghost Finders #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Ghost of a Chance (2010), Ghost of a Smile (2011), Ghost of a Dream (2012), and Spirits from Beyond (2013), about operatives of the Carnacki Institute whose mission is to do something about the ghosts.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Hurley, Kameron : The Mirror Empire
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-556-0, $14.99, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665577
UK edition: 9780857665553 (Thu 4 Sep 2014)
Worldbreaker Saga #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a world where people and civilizations are affected by changing stars.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Readers will blaze through this opening installment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”

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* Kadrey, Richard : The Getaway God
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-209461-2, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062094629
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062332363
Sandman Slim #6

Urban fantasy thriller, sixth in a series following Sandman Slim (2009), Kill the Dead (2010), Aloha from Hell (2011), Devil Said Bang (2012), and Kill City Blues (2013), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The novel is wall-to-wall action, and Stark careens from mayhem to chaos, doing battle with the recently deceased and those who can never die. His choices are anchored in the salvation of a video store, a donut shop, and a woman he can’t be sure he knows…”

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* Scalzi, John : Lock In
(Tor 978-0-7653-7586-5, 336pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466849358

Near-future SF novel, a departure from Scalzi’s space opera novels, about a virus that leaves survivors trapped within bodies they can experience but from which they cannot respond.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers.”
• Scalzi’s blog has this post: “The novel is getting some of the best reviews of my career to date, include starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist. Io9 calls it one of my best novels yet; others have also been nicely positive.

You can read the first five chapters at Tor.com. You can also read the related novella “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome” at Tor.com.”

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* Watts, Peter : Echopraxia
(Tor 978-0-7653-2802-1, $24.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948067

SF novel, sequel to the author’s acclaimed Blindsight (2006).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “dense, fast-moving companion to 2006’s Blindsight set in a late-21st-century world of genetically resurrected vampires, weaponized zombies, and Nobel-winning monastic hive minds”, and its review concludes, “The novel delivers an intricately inventive and coolly deterministic lesson in the futility of trying to outthink evolution, less a critique of human transcendence than an indictment of its basic assumptions.”
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online in September.

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* Weeks, Brent : The Broken Eye
(Orbit 978-0-316-07992-1, $28, 816pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014
UK edition: 978-1841499093 (Tue 26 Aug 2014)
Lightbringer #3

Fantasy novel, third of a trilogy following The Black Prism (2010) and The Blinding Knife (2012).
• The author’s site has this post about the book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “His characters are charming even as they are threatened with being swept off the chessboard. Fans of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire will find the family dynamics of the Guiles quite familiar.”

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* Whates, Ian, ed. : Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction
(Solaris 978-1781082096, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014

Anthology of 18 original science fiction stories.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Contributors include Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Ken Liu, Ian Watson, Adam Roberts, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 25 August

— posted Monday 25 August 2014 @ 5:09 pm PDT

We’ll mention that Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is #1 on a couple lists this week, but it doesn’t seem to have any fantastic element, and so it won’t be tracked here or posted on any of our Monitor pages.

Also, David Mitchell’s next novel, The Bone Clocks, is bubbling with pre-publication sales on the various Amazon lists; we’ll list it once it’s published.

For this week, the notable debut is Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Assassin (Del Rey), which ranks #13 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list, and debuts lower on two other lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.31
WP
08.24
LAT
08.24
USAT
08.17
PW
08.25
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
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 / 14       103 -18 19 -2 xxx.. x 83 -21
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 231     xxx.. xxx.. 18 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 10 14 +4 xxx.. xx 98 -8 19 + xxx..   53 +31
Goodkind, Severed Souls 08.18.14 / 2 19 -15   20 ++ x x      
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 4 10 -9   4 ++ 129 -107 20 -12 xxx   xx
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 8 7 = 10 -3 6 -2 38 -5 11 -5 xxx xxx 96 -3
Hobb, Fool’s Assassin 08.25.14 / 1 13 ++     51 ++ 23 ++      
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 20 18 -3 xxx.. xxx 85 -13 11 + xxx.. xxx.. 136 -102
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 6 xx   1 +2 xxx xxx      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 25             90 -18  
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 100 10 -2     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 53     xxx.. 16 = 6 -1 104 -36 70 -6 98 -80
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 22       33 +22   xx x 69 -46
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 8     10 -2 7 -3 1 = 38 -16   23 -12
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 121 xxx..   xxx.. 11 -1 xxx.. 64 -24 84 -63 94 -56
Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 08.25.14 / 1     18 ++          
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.31
WP
08.24
LAT
08.24
USAT
08.17
PW
08.25
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 32 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 70 -4  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 186   xxx..   65 +27 xxx.. 48 -16 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 121 8 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 22     x 9 +3 9 -1 25 -4 x  
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 15 xxx..   11 +          
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 7 xxx..   xxx..       18 -2  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 11 18 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 20 -3      
Grossman, The Magicians [tpb] 06.08.10 / 13 25 + xxx.. xxx.. 147 -13 xxx..      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 30 x xxx.. xxx.. 149 -24 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 34     15 ++ 2 +1 4 +2 30 -12   77 +15
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 164 13 = xxx.. x xxx xxx.. xxx.. 131 -98 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 44 7 +1 xxx.. x 137 +3 xx xxx.. 54 -2 x
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 180 5 -1 xxx.. 12 -7 97 -11 xxx.. xxx.. 75 -39 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 163 21 -5   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 94 -55 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 22       148 -1   x   18 -8
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 205   xxx..   105 +10   61 -8 83 -24 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 60     xxx.. 110 +25 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 63 xxx..   xxx.. 6 = 10 = 51 -26 123 -76 x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.31
WP
08.24
LAT
08.24
USAT
08.17
PW
08.25
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
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Category: Bestsellers

New Books: August Supplemental

— posted Saturday 23 August 2014 @ 2:25 pm PDT

* Fine, Sarah : Of Metal and Wishes
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1-4424-8358-3, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442483606

Young adult novel set in an alternate Asia, about a 16-year-old girl whose father’s medical clinic is located inside a slaughterhouse haunted by a ghost.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fine creates a memorable atmosphere of desperation, deftly weaving together numerous subplots that intersect in a grisly and satisfying climax.”

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* Lockhart, Ross E., & Justin Steele, eds. : The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron
(Word Horde 978-1-939905-02-4, $29, 344pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-939905-03-1

Anthology of 17 original stories in honor of horror author Laird Barron.
• Contributors include Gemma Files, Michael Cisco, Jeffrey Thomas, Stephen Graham Jones, and John Langan.
• The publisher’s site has description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book is ” a worm-riddled literary playground from elements of the fiction of horror maestro Laird Barron. The results come across with a coherent feeling of dread, without feeling derivative of the source.”

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* O’Connell, Bishop : The Stolen
(Harper/Voyager Impulse 978-0-06-235879-0, $6.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062358776
An American Faerie Tale #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a woman whose daughter is stolen by faeries.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Smith, Ken Scott : Path of the Reliquary
(Necro Publications 978-1-939065-61-2, $12.95, 256pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Travis Anthony Soumis)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
The Horseman Chronicles #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Host of the Armageddon (2012), about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.

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* Spriggs, Robin : The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom
(Anomalous Books 978-0-9634296-6-7, $16.95, 205pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Kelly O)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Aug 2014

Fictional biography composed of numerous short chapters of stories and poems.
• The publisher’s site has a description on its titles page (scroll down).
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Medium is the message in this dazzling anti-story, a love letter to the weird. Despite obvious homage to Dunsany and Lovecraft, a distinct vision, lent eerie authority by copious scholarly footnotes and self-referential secondary sources, emerges.”

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* Teppo, Mark : The Court of Lies
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-44-6, $16.99, 294pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 16 Jul 2014

Collection of 17 stories, the author’s first collection. One story, “Sequence”, is previously unpublished.
• Fairwood Press’ site has this description with the PW review and a blurb by Daryl Gregory.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews. (This title has been announced for some months now but was published just this past month; do not believe the Amazon date of March 20.)
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Fascinating and quirky characters come together in this excellent collection of short stories by Teppo. … Even the linear plots feature twists and turns, thanks to unreliable narrators. This collection is a true hit for Teppo’s fans and new readers alike.”

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* Thomas, Jonathan : 13 Conjurations
(Hippocampus 978-1-61498-067-4, $20, 278pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Jason C. Eckhardt)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 20 Aug 2014

Collection of 13 stories, all apparently original to this book.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with reviews by Hellnotes and Don D’Ammassa.
• The Publishers Weekly review remarks that the stories “are stronger in conception than in execution”.

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Category: New Books


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