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New Books, 8 July

* Brooks, Terry : The High Druid’s Blade
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54070-6, $28, 320pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54071-3
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9063-3
UK edition: Little, Brown UK/Orbit 978-0356502168 (Tue 8 Jul 2014)
Defenders of Shannara #1


Fantasy novel, first book in a new series set hundreds of years after the “Dark Legacy of Shannara” series (Wards of Faerie (2012), Bloodfire Quest (2013), and Witch Wraith (2013)).
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “After vast world-spanning epics filled with quests and armies, Brooks tries his hand at a more personal story, first with Paxon’s training and then his rushing off when the ambitious Arcannen takes Chrys a second time. The intriguing premise veers into old and familiar patterns, though…”

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* Currie, Evan : Out of the Black
(Amazon/47north 978-1477817872, $14.95, 448pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F0SI3EM
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480581562
Odyssey One #4

Military SF novel, fourth in the Odyssey One series, following Into the Black (2012), The Heart of the Matter (2012), and Homeworld (2013), about humanity’s first starship and hostile aliens who think humanity is too barbaric to be allowed into the cosmos.
• Amazon has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Fearful Symmetries
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771481939, $16.99, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771481946

Anthology of 20 original fantasy and horror stories.
• Authors include Nathan Ballingrud, Pat Cadigan, Jeffrey Ford, Robert Shearman, and Garth Nix.
• The book was funded on Kickstarter, as the publisher’s description explains. The page lists the complete table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…on balance, this is an excellent anthology for horror fans, with a nice range of tones and styles and some intriguing new voices.”

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+ Erikson, Steven : The Wurms of Blearmouth
(Tor 978-0-7653-2426-9, $24.99, 208pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466860704
Malazan #11

First US edition (UK: PS Publishing, September 2012)

Fantasy novella, subtitled “A Tale of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach”.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• There’s also a trade paperback edition (978-0-7653-7622-0).
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There are hidden sorcerers and goddesses, and all manner of nefarious deeds going down. Erikson has produced another winning entry in the long-lived, endlessly fascinating Malazan Book of the Fallen series.”

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* Green, Simon R. : Tales of the Hidden World
(Open Road 978-1-4804-9116-8, $14.99, 240pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014

Collection of 17 stories, including one original about the Droods.
• The author provides an afterword to each story.
• Open Road’s site has this description.
• One of the reader reviews on Amazon lists the table of contents.

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* Herbert, Brian : The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma
(Tor 978-0-7653-3254-7, $25.99, 412pp, hardcover, July 2014, jacket art Stephen Youll)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466856059

Near-future SF novel in which the US has saved the environment at the cost of becoming a dictatorship.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book’s text is set in green type.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Herbert skimps on dystopian motifs, creating a fresh and forbidding near-future world.”

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* Hodder, Mark : The Return of the Discontinued Man
(Pyr 978-1-61614-905-5, $18, 340pp, trade paperback, July 2014, cover illustration Jon Sullivan)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Burton & Swinburne #5

Steampunk fantasy novel, fifth in a series following The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (winner of a Philip K. Dick Award), The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (2012), and The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (2013).
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers persistent enough to make their way through the bewildering opening will be riveted by Hodder’s ingenious reinventing of both history and recent present, while quailing at what that reimagining does to the future.”

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* Hoover, Kenneth Mark : Haxan
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771481755, $16.99, 250pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771481762
Haxan #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about an eternal war being fought by a marshal in Haxan, New Mexico.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with a long blurb from Richard Parks.
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* Jackson, D. B. : A Plunder of Souls
(Tor 978-0-7653-3818-1, $26.99, 304pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466840782
Thieftaker Chronicles #3

Historical fantasy, third in a series following Thieftaker (2012) and Thieves’ Quarry (2013), about Ethan Kaille, a conjurer in pre-revolutionary Boston who casts spells to solve crimes.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Jackson is a pseudonym for David B. Coe.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The fiery climax recalls other urban fantasies, but Kaille and his city remain their own creations. Jackson is an increasingly reliable tour guide to America’s colonial past.”

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* Johansen, Erika : The Queen of the Tearling
(Harper 978-0-06-229036-6, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062290373
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062332288
Queen of the Tearling #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first book of a trilogy, about a young princess attempting to reclaim her dead mother’s throne.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Johansen makes an impressive debut with this ambitious fantasy adventure, which takes place several centuries from now following the collapse of civilization and mass migration to a newly discovered continent. The resultant society resembles medieval Europe, with modern technology all but forgotten, and magic is subtly present.”

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* Lepucki, Edan : California
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-25081-8, $26, 400pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316250825
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478978268

Literary post-apocalyptic SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a couple that flees a devastated Los Angeles.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a blurb by Jennifer Egan.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though real-world parallels can be drawn regarding the circumstances of the world’s decline and rebirth in the novel—“the Group” is like a mash-up of the Occupy Wall Street and Weather Underground movements; the sterile wealthier “Communities” clearly signify the 1%—Lepucki focuses on Cal and Frida’s evolving relationship and their divergent approaches to their predicament. As seen in chapters told from their alternating perspectives, the less they trust each other, the more tension mounts, building to an explosive climax that few readers will see coming.”
• The New York Times recently ran this article about how interest in the book exploded after Stephen Colbert recommended the book in the context of the Amazon-Hachette brawl.
• And Jeff VanderMeer reviewed it in the NYT Book Review this past Sunday, comparing it to other dystopian novels: “But there’s a middle path too — one exemplified by Edan Lepucki’s first novel, “California,” in which characters traverse a cross-section of mid-collapse landscape, framed by the gradual decline of civilization. This approach may seem too optimistic given dire news about melting icecaps and acidic oceans, but it does allow for a reading of the novel as satire, skewering the elements of modern life that have brought us to this tipping point.”

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* Ouellette, Pierre : The Forever Man
(Random House/Alibi 978-0-8041-7719-1, $2.99, 316pp, e-bk, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014

Near-future thriller, in an e-book only publication, about a contract cop in a degenerated Portland who discovers that his brother is part of a secret experiment into immortality.
• Random House’s site has this description,
• The author previously published The Deus Machine (1993) and The Third Pandemic (1996).
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* Roth, Veronica : Four: A Divergent Collection
(Katherine Tegan 978-0062345219, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00IRCZGXY
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0062346766

Collection of stories that precede or enhance the author’s popular YA series Divergent (2011), Insurgent (2012), and Allegiant (2013). Several of the stories have previously been released as e-books.
• Harper’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this page about the book.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 7 July

Two forthcoming books are selling on Amazon and can be expected to rank on print lists in the next few weeks. Veronica Roth’s Four: A Divergent Collection (to be published tomorrow) is highest, ranking #5 today on Amazon.com, while Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life (due July 15th)ranks as high as #11 today at Amazon Canada.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.13
WP
06.28
LAT
07.06
USAT
06.29
PW
06.30
Amz
(07.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.07)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Abercrombie, Half a King (UK) 07.07.14 / 1             60 ++  
Butcher, Skin Game 05.26.14 / 7 18 -5   20 -10 127 -44 [ 17 ] xxx   xxx
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 7       26 -12 [ 5 ] 79 -28 35 -22 30 -12
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 3 5 -2 [ 4 ] 3 +1 23 -14 [ 3 ] 56 -37   9 -2
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 1           29 ++ 82 ++ 14 ++
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 13 4 = [ 3 ] 8 -6 10 -5 [ 2 ] 48 -28 x 13 -1
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 18             94 -53  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 27 12 +3     xxx.. [ 15 ] xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 93 10 =     xxx.. [ 7 ]      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 46     xxx.. 18 -2 [ 4 ] 30 +5 50 +7 76 -36
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 15       110 -15   xxx.. xxx.. 56 -22
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 1           5 ++   11 ++
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 114 xxx..   xxx.. 15 -4   32 -1 52 -6 50 +21
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.13
WP
06.28
LAT
07.06
USAT
06.29
PW
06.30
Amz
(07.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.07)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 25 xxx..   xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. 42 =  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 179       107 +6   45 -8 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 114 12 -2   xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 63       126 +9 [ 11 ] xxx.. 77 -8 xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 202 xxx..   xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. 96 -6 xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 15       13 =   21 -10    
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 10 x   5 +          
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 2       96 +        
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 4 11 -5   6 +4 x [ 10 ]      
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 3 9 =     81 -21 [ 3 ]      
King, Joyland 06.09.14 / 5 20 -4     xxx [ 25 ]      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 27       53 =   51 -4    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 157 11 -4   x 125 -23   xxx.. 36 -18 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 37 7 -3   8 + 94 -33 [ 15 ] 81 -12 51 -21 34 +33
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 164 15 -7   xxx.. x   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 173 2 -1   4 +1 32 -12   xx 25 -18 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 114 12 -2   xxx.. xxx..   xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 14             54 +28  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 156 14 -5   xxx.. x   xxx.. 55 -33 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 15       52 -27   11 -3   2 =
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 198       146 -1   37 -5 58 +8 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 53     xxx.. 77 -2        
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 56 xxx..   xx 9 -2 [ 9 ] 47 -21 59 -15 39 +20
Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni [tpb] 01.13.14 / 6 xxx..   xxx.. 105 +        
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.13
WP
06.28
LAT
07.06
USAT
06.29
PW
06.30
Amz
(07.07)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.07)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.07)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New Books, 5 July

* Blaylock, James P. : The Adventure of the Ring of Stones
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-584-0, $35, 176pp, hardcover, June 2014, jacket art J. K. Potter)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 30 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00LE4QC58

Short novel in Blaylock’s series of stories about Langdon St. Ives, this one concerning a mystery discovered in the log of a murdered lighthouse keeper.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page, with sample illustrations.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Cardin, Matt, ed. : Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti
(Subterranean Press 978-1596066212, $40, 248pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 30 Jun 2014

Collection of interviews and nonfiction pieces.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page. A $60 limited edition is also available.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the July issue of Locus Magazine, concluding, “A certain amount of repetition is inevitable, since many of the interviewers ask Ligotti the same question or about the same story. Nevertheless, Ligotti always manages to find refreshing new ways to state what he has said before. The final interview question in the book is ‘‘Why do you write,’’ and you couldn’t ask for a better answer than Ligotti’s: ‘‘Words and what they express have the best chance of returning the baneful stare of life.’’”

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* Cormick, Craig : The Shadow Master
(Angry Robot 978-0857665157, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, July 2014, cover art Steve Stone)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665164
UK edition: 9780857665140 (Thu 3 Jul 2014)
Walled City #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, set in a Walled City where two families, followers of Leonardo and Galileo, vie for control.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2014 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-431-7, $19.95, 576pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jun 2014

Anthology of 33 dark fantasy and horror stories first published in 2013.
• Authors include Dale Bailey, Elizabeth Bear, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Lisa Tuttle, and Carrie Vaughn.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “this fearful feast of revelations, hauntings, and shattered realities reveals the horror genre’s enduring power and creativity.”

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* Johnson, Matthew : Irregular Verbs and Other Stories
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771481779, $16.99, 275pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771481786

Collection of 22 stories.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “With an introduction by Helen Marshall, these stories represent if not the totality of the author’s stories to date, then a very healthy majority. Readers interested in modern speculative fiction would be strongly recommended to make this their next choice.”

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+ Jones, Stephen Lloyd : The String Diaries
(Little, Brown/Mulholland 978-0-316-25446-5, $26, 423pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316254441
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478953708

Horror novel, the author’s first novel, about a Welsh family haunted for generations by a shape-shifting monster.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The publisher’s site quotes the starred Booklist review: “A scary and exciting horror novel that keeps us off kilter, trying to figure out what’s going on until we’re so involved in the story that we couldn’t look away even if we tried. . . . This is Jones’ first novel, and you don’t see many debuts more ambitious and memorable than this one.”

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* Kendall, Gillian Murray : The Garden of Darkness
(Rebellion/Ravenstone 978-1-78108-248-5, $9.99, 336pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 25 Jun 2014

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel, about four children and one adult who seem to be the only survivors of a plague that has wiped out the rest of humanity.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Kendall tells the story from an emotional distance and at a leisurely pace, helping to strengthen the bleak, horrifying nature of the setting and premise. The narrative, while sometimes prone to meandering and digression, is strong and occasionally haunting, and the ending leaves much open for future exploration.”

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* Koontz, Dean : The City
(Bantam 978-0-345-54593-0, $28, 416pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54594-7

Historical novel novel with metaphysical elements about a musical prodigy’s life and experiences in 1960′s New York City.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Kirkus review concludes, “Koontz offers a passable modern fairy tale about good and evil, love and loyalty.”

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* Ligotti, Thomas : The Spectral Link
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-650-2, $20, 96pp, hardcover, June 2014, jacket art Harry O. Morris)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 30 Jun 2014

Collection of two horror stories, both original to this volume.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page. There’s also a $60 limited edition.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “His writing, an inspiration for the HBO series True Detective, is mannered and introspective, not for action fans. Ligotti publishes slowly, but like a philosophical oyster irritated by the grit of existence, he produces miniature pearls.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine, relating it to the context of Ligotti’s 2011 manifesto about the misery of human existence: “Ligotti noted in an interview conducted four years before his book’s publication and reprinted in Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti, ‘‘we must smother our consciousness as best we can by using various tactics. The result is a whole species of beings that have to lie unceasingly to themselves, not always successfully, about what they are and what their lives are really like.’’”

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* Millet, Lydia : Pills and Starships
(Black Sheep 978-1617752766, $22.95, 256pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014

Young adult SF novel set in a future affected by climate change, about two children visiting their long-lived parents in Hawaii, where the parents have decided to end their lives.
• The publisher’s site has this description. Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Washington Post ran this review by Sara Sklaroff: “Nat has a credible and charming voice, and the book provides enough twists and turns to suit a teenage reader. And enough hope: The world Millet describes is terribly damaged but not fully lost. Her shorthand on the environmental science behind the catastrophe is spot-on for young adults, if a bit heavy-handed for older readers.”
Locus Online‘s Roundtable recently posted a guest essay by Millet.

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* Moore, James A. : The Blasted Lands
(Angry Robot 978-0857663924, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663931
UK edition: 9780857663917 (Thu 3 Jul 2014)
Seven Forges #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Seven Forges (2013), about an expedition into the far north Blasted Lands, inhabited by a half-forgotten race.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Weil, Josh : The Great Glass Sea
(Grove Press 978-0-8021-2215-5, $27, 400pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 2 Jul 2014

Alternate history SF novel, the author’s first novel, about two brothers in an alternate contemporary Russia, where they work in a greenhouse perpetually lit by space mirrors.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A well-timed dystopian tale, the novel beautifully details both the politics of this hypothetical Russia—“oligarchs bred beneath the clamp of communism let loose upon loot-fueled dreams”—and its impact on one small family.”

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Category: New Books

New Books, 2 July

— posted Wednesday 2 July 2014 @ 2:21 pm PDT

* Ambrose, E. C. : Elisha Magus
(DAW 978-0756409265, $24.95, 304pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101637418
Dark Apostle #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Elisha Barber (2013), about witchcraft in 14th century England.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly The said of the first book, “Pseudonymous fantasist Ambrose’s version of 14th-century England has an interesting system of magic and is filled with visceral horrors described in graphic detail.”

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* Buckell, Tobias S. : Hurricane Fever
(Tor 978-0-7653-1922-7, $24.99, 272pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429949286
UK edition: Del Rey UK 978-0091953539 (Thu 3 Jul 2014)
Roo Jones #2


Near-future SF novel, sequel to Arctic Rising (2012), about former agent Prudence “Roo” Jones, now investigating a conspiracy involving the death of a murdered fellow spy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “near-future techno-thriller” and concludes, “The scenes of sailing and spying action move quickly, and the climax, set on a supersized satellite-launching cannon, is one white cat shy of a Bond movie.”

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* Cheney, J. Kathleen : The Seat of Magic
(Roc 978-0-451-41776-3, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101606902
Golden City #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Golden City (2013), about a spy for the magical sea folk who are banned from the Golden City.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “mesmerizing”, and comments, “Despite a somewhat rambling plot, Cheney assembles the necessary details to build convincing scenes of unpleasant things happening to the believable, fallible, mostly sympathetic characters.”

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* Correia, Larry : Monster Hunter Nemesis
(Baen 978-1-4767-3655-6, $25, 368pp, hardcover, July 2014, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-294-5
Monster Hunter #5

Humorous fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Monster Hunter International (2007), Monster Hunter Vendetta (2010), Monster Hunter Alpha (2011), and Monster Hunter Legion (2012), about a man recruited by a covert organization dedicated to eradicating monsters.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the ‘back’ link in the upper right if necessary), with links to several chapters.

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* Gibson, Julia Mary : Copper Magic
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765332110, $16.99, 336pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429955935

Young adult historical fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a girl who discovers an ancient talisman on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1906.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Hickman, Tracy, & Laura Hickman : Unwept
(Tor 978-0-7653-3203-5, $22.99, 272pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429955928
Nightbirds Trilogy #1

Historical fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, set in a seaside town in Maine, where a woman has lost her memory.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and a book trailer.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “When the magical elements finally appear, they show up at breakneck speed, slamming the reader against some abrupt revelations about Gamin, Ellis, and her friends in the eclectic Nightbirds society. The novel is not one of the authors’ strongest efforts, but that won’t stop their fans from investing in this series.”

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* Kratman, Tom : The Rods and the Axe
(Baen 978-1-4767-3656-3, $25, 496pp, hardcover, July 2014, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-295-2
Carrera #6

Military SF novel, sixth in a series following A Desert Called Peace (2007), Carnifex (2007), The Lotus Eaters (2010), The Amazon Legion (2011), and Come and Take Them (2013), about military leader Carrera and his battles against Islamic terrorists and other threats on the world of Terra Nova.
• Baen’s site has this description (hit the ‘back’ link in upper right once or twice if necessary) with links to several chapters.

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* Palmatier, Joshua : Shattering the Ley
(DAW 978-0-7564-0919-7, $25.95, 496pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Erenthrall #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about the magical city of Erenthrall, hub of a ley line system that links it to the rest of the world.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This initial installment feels like buildup for the rest of the story, but still delivers a compelling adventure.”

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* Park, Paul : All Those Vanished Engines
(Tor 978-0-7653-7540-7, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466847163

SF novel in three parts, each set in its own alternate-history universe.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and video trailer.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The story simultaneously stretches forward and backward in time, revealing dense layers with even more mysteries to be explored, from extraterrestrial intervention in the Civil War to the shifting truths behind family history and the nature of storytelling itself. Park handles multiple viewpoints, time lines, and story lines masterfully in this dense, philosophically provocative story.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “Closer in form to Borges than to Wells, All Those Vanished Engines is not so much a return to science fiction as an effort, maddening and brilliant by turns, to re-invent it as a way of understanding our own tangled histories.”

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+ Philip, Gillian : Wolfsbane
(Tor 978-0765333247, $24.99, 432pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429967907
Rebel Angel #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series of four following Firebrand and Bloodstone (both US 2013), set in the 16th century and about a Veil that separates the human worlds from that of the Sithe.
• The book was first published in the UK in 2012.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Philip continues to excel at depicting relationship and character growth, and the slow boil to action among the long-lived but increasingly impatient Sithe.”

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* Rowland, Diana : How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back
(DAW 978-0-7564-0822-0, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101608593
Zombies #4

Humorous zombie novel, fourth in a series following My Life as a White Trash Zombie (2011), Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (2012), and White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This orgy of super science, roadhouse rumbles, and slapstick supernaturalism should satisfy readers searching for blood-soaked fun.”

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* Ryan, Anthony : Tower Lord
(Ace 978-0425265628, $28.95, 624pp, hardcover, July 2014, cover illustration Cliff Nielsen)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101612941
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780698163690
Raven’s Shadow #-

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following Blood Song (2013), about the Sixth Order, a band of warriors who defend their realm and its faith.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review of the first novel said, “Ryan hits all the high notes of epic fantasy—a gritty setting, ancient magics, ruthless intrigue, divided loyalties, and bloody action—in this originally self-published launch title for the Raven’s Shadow trilogy.” (This second title has not been previously published.)

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* Schultz, Jamie : Premonitions
(Roc 978-0451467447, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698140691
Premonitions #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series and apparently the author’s first novel, about a team of thieves with paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “promising urban fantasy series launch”, and concludes, “The development of the three women’s relationships will keep readers coming back to this gritty series.”

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* Shepherd, Mike : Vicky Peterwald: Target
(Ace 978-0-425-26657-1, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101617311
Vicky Peterwald #1

Military SF novel, first in a spinoff series to Shepherd’s long-running Kris Longknife series. This is about the emperor’s daughter, whose brother was killed by Kris Longknife, now compelled to join the Navy.
• Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “This first spin-off from Shepherd’s popular Kris Longknife books is fast paced, but restricted to setting up the conundrums that will drive the next two novels in the trilogy.”

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* Stross, Charles : The Rhesus Chart
(Ace 978-0-425-25686-2, $26.95, 368pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698140288
Laundry Files #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in the author’s “Laundry Files” sequence following The Atrocity Archives (2004), The Jennifer Morgue (2006), The Fuller Memorandum (2010), and The Apocalypose Codex (2012), about British secret service agent Bob Howard battling Lovecraftian horrors.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Stross stumbles a bit at times—by this point in the series, the multipage jokes about British bureaucracy complicating things have gotten tired—but generally offers a meaty story.”

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* Wexler, Django : The Shadow Throne
(Roc 978-0-451-41806-7, $25.95, 528pp, hardcover, July 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Shadow Campaigns #2

Military fantasy novel, second of a series following The Thousand Names (2013), about a colonial garrison trying to survive a rebellion.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “audacious and subversive”, and concludes, “There are a few threads that get wrapped up a little too neatly off-screen, but readers will still be eager to see how the trilogy ends.”

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* White, Steve : Ghosts of Time
(Baen 978-1-4767-3657-0, $15, 272pp, trade paperback, July 2014, cover art Don Maitz)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-296-9
Jason Thanou #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following Blood of the Heroes (2006), Sunset of the Gods (Jan. 2013), and Pirates of the Timestream (Aug. 2013), about a time traveler to ancient Greece where the Greek gods are real.
• Baen’s site has this description (if it auto-forwards to the map, click the ‘back’ link in upper-right) with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Meticulous research, vivid historical descriptions, and tense action sequences help flesh out this rousing time-travel adventure, though it occasionally threatens to collapse under its own convoluted weight as characters play merry havoc with cause and effect across the centuries.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 30 June

— posted Monday 30 June 2014 @ 10:58 am PDT

George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois’ anthology Rogues (Bantam) debuts this week, ranking as high as #7 on the New York Times chart.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.06
WP
06.28
LAT
06.29
USAT
06.22
PW
06.30
Amz
(06.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.30)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Butcher, Skin Game 05.26.14 / 6 13 -5 xxx 10 -5 83 -34 17 -3 xx   xx
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 6       14 -8 5 = 51 -14 13 +5 18 -4
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 40       xxx.. 19 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 2 3 -2 4 -3 4 ++ 9 -7 3 -2 19 -8   7 -5
Hearne, Shattered 06.30.14 / 1       21 ++        
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 12 4 -2 3 -1 2 +2 5 -1 2 = 20 -10 74 -23 12 -1
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 17             41 +23  
Martin/Dozois, Rogues 06.30.14 / 1 7 ++     50 ++ 15 ++      
Pratchett/Baxter, The Long Mars (UK) 06.30.14 / 1             70 ++  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 26 15 +     xxx.. 15 = xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 92 10 -3     xxx.. 7 =      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 45     xxx.. 16 -3 4 = 35 +1 57 +8 40 -10
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 14       95 -20   xxx xxx.. 34 +11
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 113 xxx..   xxx.. 11 = xxx.. 31 -1 46 -10 71 -34
Wilson, Robogenesis 06.30.14 / 1     11 ++          
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.06
WP
06.28
LAT
06.29
USAT
06.22
PW
06.30
Amz
(06.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.30)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 24 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 42 -1  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 178   xxx..   113 +7 xxx.. 37 +3 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 113 10 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clare, City of Bones [tpb] 04.08.08 / 89 xxx..     141 -22 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 62       135 -20 11 = xxx.. 69 = xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 201 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 90 -14 xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 14       13 +1   11 +7    
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 9 19 +1   x          
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 3 6 +1 x 10 = 110 -15 10 =      
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 2 9 +3     60 +1 3 +3      
King, Joyland 06.09.14 / 4 16 +2     xx 25 ++      
Koontz, Deeply Odd 06.09.14 / 4 19 -8     x 10 -2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 26       53 -9   47 -3    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 156 7 = xxx.. 11 + 102 +12 xxx.. xxx.. 18 +2 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 36 4 = xxx.. x 61 +32 15 + 69 -10 30 +1 67 +10
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 163 8 +5   xxx.. 116 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 172 1 = xxx.. 5 -1 20 +10 xxx.. x 7 +1 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 113 10 = xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 13             82 -55  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 155 9 =   xxx.. 146 + xxx.. xxx.. 22 +7 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 14       25 +9   8 -5   2 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 197   xxx..   145 -9   32 +9 66 +13 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 52     xxx.. 75 -13 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 55 xxx..   x 7 -2 9 = 26 +3 44 +15 59 +22
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               92 +  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.06
WP
06.28
LAT
06.29
USAT
06.22
PW
06.30
Amz
(06.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.30)
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 June

— posted Saturday 28 June 2014 @ 1:01 pm PDT

Aurealis

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

June 2014
Issue 71
• This issue has stories by Michael Grey and Emma Osborne.
• There’s also an article by Shane M Brown about publishing ebooks, and a reviews section.
• The current issue page features the issue’s editorial.

(Sat 28 Jun 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/

June 2014
Issue 149,150, cover art by Alex Ries
• This double issue, posted June 26, has stories by Richard Parks and Oliver Buckram, with stories by Adam Callaway and Stephen Case due July 3rd.
Issue 149, posted June 12, has stories by Vylar Kaftan and Greg Linklater.

(Sat 28 Jun 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/

June 2014
• Stories posted this past month are by Cat Rambo, Alan Baxter, Alex Shvartsman, Preston Grassmann, Liz A. Vogel, and others.

(Sat 28 Jun 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/

June 2014
• Fiction posted this past month include Michelle Ann King’s Tomorrow, We’ll Go Yak Herding, Yukimi Ogawa’s Rib, and JY Yang’s Storytelling for the Night Clerk.
• There are columns by Renay, S.E. Connolly, and John Clute, whose Scores covers titles by Lucius Shepard and Jo Walton.
• There is also poetry by Salik Shah, Zella Christensen, Laura W. Allen, and Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, plus reviews.

(Sat 28 Jun 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/

June 2014
• Original stories posted this past month include Jay Lake and the Last Temple of the Monkey King by Ken Scholes, Chapter Six by Stephen Graham Jones, Combustion Hour by Yoon Ha Lee, The Color of Paradox by A.M. Dellamonica, and Little Knife by Leigh Bardugo.
Excerpts include those from novels by James Morrow, Tobias Buckell, Paul Park, Ben Peek, and many others.

(Sat 28 Jun 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, June Supplemental

— posted Friday 27 June 2014 @ 11:14 am PDT

+ Asher, Neal : The Voyage of the Sable Keech
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805100, $15.99, 592pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jun 2014
Spatteryjay #2

First US edition (UK: Macmillan/Tor, February 2006)

SF novel, sequel to Asher’s 2002 novel The Skinner, set on the watery world Spatterjay. This seems to be the first US edition.
• The UK publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Russell Letson’s review of the book in Locus Magazine concluded, “it’s the sort of ingenious, entertaining, non-stop roller-coaster/grand guignol I have come to expect from Asher.”

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Gaiman, Neil, illustrated by Eddie Campbell : The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds
(HarperCollins/Morrow 9780062282149, $21.99, 80pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jun 2014

Illustrated, hardcover edition of Gaiman’s Locus and Shirley Jackson award winning 2010 novelette, first published in the anthology Stories.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Horn, J. D. : The Source
(Amazon/47north 978-1477820148, $14.95, 352pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00GM54GJS
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480597846
Witching Savannah #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Line (Feb. 2014), about powerful families of witches in Savannah, Georgia.
• A third book, The Void, is due in November.
• Amazon has a book description, and previews via its “Look Inside” function.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book “This tightly paced, entertaining series opener shows great potential.”

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* Joshi, S. T., ed. : Searchers After Horror: New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic
(Fedogan and Bremer 978-1-878252-26-5, $30, 366pp, hardcover, June 2014, jacket art Richard Corben)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 1 Jun 2014

Anthology of 21 fantasy stories, all but one original to this volume.
• Authors include John Shirley, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Stableford, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Nick Mamatas.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “This collection is an essential primer for anyone new to the genre, and a must-read for horror fans.”

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* Kelly, Michael, ed. : Shadows & Tall Trees, Volume 6
(ChiZine Publications/Undertow 9780981317731, $16.95, 272pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780981317748

Anthology of 17 original horror stories.
• Authors include Eric Schaller, Kaaron Warren, F. Brett Cox, and David Surface.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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* Underwood, Michael : Shield and Crocus
(Amazon/47north 978-1477823903, $14.95, 416pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00HWI5OOK
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1491520796

Fantasy novel about a group of heroes fighting to reclaim the city of Audec-Hal from the five tyrants who control it.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and previews via its “Look Inside” function.

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* Valentine, Genevieve : The Girls at the Kingfisher Club
(Atria 978-1476739083, $24, 288pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00GEEB84S
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1629236728

Associational novel set in Jazz Age Manhattan, about the eldest of 12 daughters who helps them sneak out of their father’s townhouse at night to visit speakeasies. It’s based on the Brothers Grimm story “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed; “The book’s imagery has a cinematic sweep, but the narrative itself is less dazzling.”

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* Webb, Janeen : Death at the Blue Elephant
(Ticonderoga Publications 978-1-921857-77-5, A$30, 342pp, trade paperback, June 2014)

Collection of 18 stories, the first collection by Webb, with an introduction by Pamela Sargent.
• Ticonderoga’s site links to this description and order page. There are also hardcover and limited hardcover editions.

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Category: New Books

Classic Reprints, June

— posted Thursday 26 June 2014 @ 10:55 am PDT

* Burroughs, Edgar Rice : SF Gateway Omnibus: Carson of Venus: Pirates of Venus, Lost on Venus, Carson of Venus
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-12920-7, £18.99, 448pp, trade paperback, May 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 May 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1473202054

Omnibus of three novels, first published in book form in 1934, 1935, and 1939 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Dick, Philip K. : The Broken Bubble
(Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-13308-2, £8.99, 256pp, mass market paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575133099

(First edition: Arbor House, July 1988)

Associational non-SF novel written in 1956 but not first published until 1988, set in San Francisco of the 1950s.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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* Hamilton, Edmond : SF Gateway Omnibus: Captain Future and the Space Emperor, The Star Kings, The Weapon from Beyond
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-09281-5, £18.99, 416pp, trade paperback, May 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 May 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202160

Omnibus of three SF novels, first published in 1940, 1949, and 1967 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Ings, Simon : Headlong
(Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-13112-5, £8.99, 288pp, mass market paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575131255

(First edition: UK: HarperCollins/Voyager, February 1999)

SF novel that the publisher describes as “post-cyberpunk”, about robotic workers transforming the moon.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* James, John : Votan and Other Novels
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575105508, £9.99, 752pp, mass market paperback, May 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 Jun 2014

Omnibus of three fantasy novels, Votan (1966), Not for All the Gold in Ireland (1968), and Men Went to Cattreath (1969).
• This edition is a new volume in the publisher’s “Fantasy Masterworks” series, and has an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Moorcock, Michael : Behold the Man
(Orion/Gollancz 978-0-575-08099-7, $8.99, 160pp, mass market paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575080782

(First edition: UK: Alison & Busby, 1969)

New edition of Moorcock’s 1969 novel, expanded from an earlier Nebula Award winning novella, about a time traveler who encounters Jesus Christ in 29 AD.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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Moorcock, Michael : Jerry Cornelius: His Lives and His Times
(Orion/Gollancz 978-1473200722, £9.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, May 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 May 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473200739

Collection of 21 stories about English assassin and physicist, hero of many of the author’s work since the 1960s.
• This is an expanded, “definitive” edition of the collection first published in 1976 as The Lives & Times of Jerry Cornelius.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents and story credits.

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Pohl, Frederik : Chernobyl
(Tor 978-0765375964, $18.99, 368pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466833005

(First edition: Bantam Spectra, September 1987)

Associational novel, a fictional account of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has a text excerpt and reader reviews.

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* Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris : Hard to Be a God
(Chicago Review 978-1-61374-828-2, $16.95, 256pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 1 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00K4JX2FM

New translation, by Olena Bormashenko, of an SF novel published in Russian in 1964 and first translated into English in 1973. It’s about a human visitor, ordered to observe but not to interfere, to a planet where a government official orders the murders of intellectuals who threaten his power.
• The book includes a foreword by Hari Kunzru and an afterword by Boris Strugatsky.
• The publisher’s site has this order page.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””The unadorned prose cloaks rich ideas, illustrating the ability of imaginative literature to probe troubling moral questions.””

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* Sturgeon, Theodore : SF Gateway Omnibus: The Dreaming Jewels, To Marry Medusa, Venus Plus X
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575117150, £18.99, 368pp, trade paperback, May 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 May 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202498

Omnibus of three SF novels, first published in 1950, 1958, and 1960 respectively. (The second title was first published in book form as The Cosmic Rape.)
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books, 24 June

— posted Tuesday 24 June 2014 @ 11:03 am PDT

* Butler, Octavia E. : Unexpected Stories
(Open Road 978-1-4976-0137-6, $3.99, 95pp, ebk, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014

Collection of two previously-unpublished stories by Butler, who died in 2006, with a foreword by Walter Mosley.
• The stories are a novella, “A Necessary Being”, and “Childfinder”, commissioned for Harlan Ellison’s anthology The Last Dangerous Visions.
• The publisher’s site has this description. Open Road Media also released this video celebration of Butler, with comments from Gary K. Wolfe, N.K. Jemisin, Kate Elliott, Jonathan Lethem, Walter Mosley, and Samuel R. Delany, and photos of Butler.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “These riveting additions to Butler’s oeuvre are superb examples of her craft and will be welcomed by Butler fans and scholars alike.”

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* Dellamonica, A. M. : Child of a Hidden Sea
(Tor 978-0-7653-3449-7, $25.99, 331pp, hardcover, June 2014, jacket art Karla Ortiz)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-4668-1235-2
Stormwrack #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about a young San Francisco woman whisked away to the magical world of Stormwrack.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While Sophie’s relationship with Stormwrack and its people develops slowly, her amazement at this new world and its varied fauna is shared in a satisfying manner that leaves the reader looking forward to the next installment.”

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* Gaiman, Neil, & Adam Rex : Chu’s First Day of School
(Harper 978-0-06-222397-5, $17.99, 32pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
Chu #2

Children’s picture book, sequel to Chu’s Day (2013), about a panda whose sneezes cause bad things to happen.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Gaiman and Rex expertly blend humor and tension to delicious narrative effect.”

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* Martin, Gail Z. : Deadly Curiousities
(Solaris 978-1781082331, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
UK edition: 978-1781082324 (Thu 3 Jul 2014)

Fantasy novel, apparently first in a series, about a magical antique shop in Charleston, South Carolina.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A few loose threads leave the impression that this is the first of many adventures for Cassidy and her team, and a refreshing lack of interpersonal and sexual drama will appeal to longtime fans of paranormal mysteries.”

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* Molles, D. J. : The Remaining: Aftermath
(Orbit 978-0-316-40417-4, 448pp, mass market paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
UK edition: 978-0356503479 (Tue 24 Jun 2014)
The Remaining #2

Post-apocalypse zombie novel, second in four-volume series previously published as ebooks and now appearing in mass market paperback.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A cramped and claustrophobic hospital provides both a forbidding backdrop for a harrowing showdown, and an opportunity to stretch the story further into what should be an eagerly awaited sequel.”

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* Pillsworth, Anne M. : Summoned
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3589-0, $17.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466826571
Redemption’s Heir #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a series, about a teenaged boy who answers a classified ad in a newspaper dated 1985, found in an Arkham bookstore.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Sapkowski, Andrzej : Baptism of Fire
(Orbit 9780316219181, $16, 400pp, trade paperback, June 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jun 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316219167
The Witcher #3

Fantasy horror novel, third novel in a series following Blood of Elves (2008) and The Time of Contempt (2013), about sorcerer Geralt de Riv, basis for the Atari videogame The Witcher.
• This book was first published in Polish in 1996.
• The UK ebook edition was published in March.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 23 June

— posted Monday 23 June 2014 @ 10:06 am PDT

Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Delacorte) debuts on four lists, ranking #1 on three of them, knocking last week’s debut, Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, down a notch or two.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.29
WP
06.22
LAT
06.22
USAT
06.15
PW
06.23
Amz
(06.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.23)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Butcher, Skin Game 05.26.14 / 5 8 -6 xx 5 ++ 49 -19 14 -8 x   x
Card/Johnston, Earth Awakens 06.23.14 / 1 19 ++     66 ++        
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 5       6 -3 5 -2 37 -19 18 -8 14 +1
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 39       xxx.. 18 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 1 1 ++ 1 ++   2 ++ 1 ++ 11 ++   2 ++
Hamilton, A Shiver of Light 06.16.14 / 2 21 -16     117 -110 21 -14      
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 11 2 -1 2 ++ 4 ++ 4 -2 2 -1 10 -2 51 -29 11 -5
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 16             64 =  
Moore, The Serpent of Venice 05.05.14 / 7 xxx.. xxx.. 14 + xxx.. xxx..      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 25 xx     xxx.. 15 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 91 7 +3     xxx.. 7 +1      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 44     xxx.. 13 -4 4 +1 36 -3 65 -3 30 +13
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 13       75 +10   xx xxx.. 45 -15
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 112 xxx..   xxx.. 11 -3 xxx.. 30 +7 36 +11 37 +23
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.29
WP
06.22
LAT
06.22
USAT
06.15
PW
06.23
Amz
(06.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.23)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 23 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 41 +7  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 177   xxx..   120 +16 xxx.. 40 +10 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 112 6 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clare, City of Bones [tpb] 04.08.08 / 88 xxx..     119 +10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 63         22 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 61       115 ++ 11 = xxx.. 69 + xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 200 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 76 + xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 13       14 +14   18 +2    
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 8 20 -1   6 +          
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 2 7 +1 9 ++ 10 ++ 95 +32 10 +2      
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 1           93 ++    
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 1 12 ++     61 ++ 6 ++      
King, Joyland 06.09.14 / 3 18 -2     x        
Koontz, Deeply Odd 06.09.14 / 3 11 -2     150 -52 8 -1      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 25       44 +20   44 -5    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 155 7 +4 xxx.. xxx.. 114 + xxx.. xxx.. 20 +12 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 35 4 +2 xxx.. 13 + 93 +16 xxx 59 -12 31 +10 77 +
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 162 13 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 171 1 +1 xxx.. 4 + 30 +8 xxx.. 66 -3 8 +5 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 112 10 +1 xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 12             27 +2  
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 154 9 +16   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 29 +10 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 13       34 +10   3 =   1 =
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 196   xxx..   136 +   41 +3 79 + xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 51     xxx.. 62 +46 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 54 xxx..   14 + 5 -1 9 = 29 -5 59 +10 81 -3
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.29
WP
06.22
LAT
06.22
USAT
06.15
PW
06.23
Amz
(06.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.23)
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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