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Weekly Bestsellers: 3 April 2017

John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire (Tor) debuts on two lists, ranking has high as #17 on the Publishers Weekly fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.09
WP
04.02
LAT
04.02
USAT
03.26
PW
04.02
Amz
(04.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.02)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 3         17 -1      
Briggs, Silence Fallen 03.20.17 / 3 x xx   116 -73 24 -13      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 17 xxx.. xxx.. 12 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 43 9 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 9 4 -1 2 + 2 = 34 -11 6 -3 48 -11 x 106 -51
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 3 13 -4 5 + 4 -1 129 -48 13 -5 xx    
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 10 2 =     xx 18 =      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 2       40 -35 2 =      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 2             23 -3 x
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 23     xxx xxx.. 13 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 60     8 +4 150 -27 10 = 73 +19 53 -6 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 7 12 -5 9 + 1 = 99 -29 11 -4 95 +   xx
Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire 04.03.17 / 1       25 ++ 17 ++      
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 12 6 +       xxx..      
Tolkin, NK3 02.20.17 / 3     14 +          
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 35 x xx 5 +15 124 -16 21 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.09
WP
04.02
LAT
04.02
USAT
03.26
PW
04.02
Amz
(04.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.02)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 7             61 + 55 -37
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 12 5 +2 2 + 3 = 16 +16   34 -28   xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 18 xxx..   xxx..     96 ++    
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 16     10 + 115 -14       xxx..
King, It 04.03.17 / 1           35 ++ 28 ++  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 295   xx 2 +2 63 -6   x 30 +3 26 +7
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 27 xxx..   13 + xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               69 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               49 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               93 -3  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 132 -11   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 66             99 -20 32 -6
Sapkowski, The Lady of the Lake [tpb] 03.27.17 / 2       x x     71 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.09
WP
04.02
LAT
04.02
USAT
03.26
PW
04.02
Amz
(04.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.02)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Periodicals, late March 2017

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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

March 2017
Issue 220-222, cover art by Ward Lindhout
Issue 222, posted March 30, has stories by Jonathan Edelstein and J.W. Halicks, and an archive story by Barbara A. Barnett.
Issue 221, posted March 16, has stories by Rodello Santos and J.S. Veter, and an archive story by Camille Alexa.
Issue 220, posted March 2, has stories by Sara Saab and Kurt Hunt, and an archive story by Margaret Ronald.

(Fri 31 Mar 2017)

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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/

March 2017
• Stories posted in March are by Peter M Ball, Mario Milosevic, Evan Dicken, Ken Brady, and others.

(Fri 31 Mar 2017)

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Fireside Magazine

• Quarterly fiction and comics magazine, since 2012, edited and published by Brian White
• Format: Online
• Frequency: quarterly
http://www.firesidefiction.com/

March 2017
• This ‘zine, which now posts content throughout the month rather than in monthly issues, has March stories by Nino Cipri, Alec Austin, and Cassandra Khaw.
• There are also news and editorial posts.

(Fri 31 Mar 2017)

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Into the Ruins

• Quarterly “science fiction for the real world”, edited by Joel Garis; since Spring 2016
• Format: Print and Digital
• Frequency: Quarterly
https://intotheruins.com/

Winter 2017
Issue 4, cover art by Joel Caris
• Fourth issue of a “new deindustrial science fiction quarterly focused on publishing speculative fiction that explores a future defined by natural limits, energy and resource depletion, industrial decline, climate change, and other consequences stemming from the reckless and shortsighted exploitation of our planet, and to imagine the ways that humans will adapt, survive, live, die, and thrive within this future.”
• This issue has stories by Chloe Woods, Jeanne Labonte, Ralph Walker, Wilson Bertram, and Joel Caris.
• There are also letters to the editor, and reviews by John Michael Greer, of three books by John Crowley, and by Jason Heppenstall, of Lionel Shrivere’s The Mandibles.

(Mon 20 Mar 2017)

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Persistent Visions

• Speculative Fiction Journal, with weekly story posts, since 2016; fiction editor Heather Shaw
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
https://persistentvisionsmag.com/

March 2017
• Stories posted since early February are by Story Boyle, Cassie Alexander, Laura Keating, and David Ira Cleary.

(Fri 31 Mar 2017)

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Strange Horizons

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

March 2017
• Issue 6 March has fiction by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, poetry by Juanjo Bazán, a “Scores” column by John Clute, and other reviews.
• Issues 13 March, 20 March, and 27 March have fiction by Hanus Seiner, Abdul wakil Sulamal, and Suvi Kauppila, poetry and reviews, and columns by Andrea Hairston, Andrea Phillips,
• Posted at the end of February was 100 African Writers of SFF by Geoff Ryman.

(Fri 31 Mar 2017)

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Terraform

• Weekly online SF magazine, edited by Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans, since November 2014
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
http://motherboard.vice.com/terraform

March 2017
• Posts in March include a story by Caleb March, Mandatory Carry, and a story by Brendan C. Byrne, Sophokles In His Cave.

(Fri 31 Mar 2017)

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Tor.com

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

March 2017
Original stories posted in March are by Max Gladstone, Julianna Baggott, A.C. Wise, Matthew Kressel, and Theodora Goss, plus 11 Nevertheless, She Persisted shorts by Alyssa Wong, Nisi Shawl, Jo Walton, Catherynne M. Valente, and others.
Excerpts are from works by Ian McDonald, Emma Newman, Cory Doctorow, Brian Staveley, and others.

(Fri 31 Mar 2017)

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New Books : 28 March 2017

* Eves, Rosalyn : Blood Rose Rebellion
(Knopf 978-1-101-93599-6, $17.99, 408pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101936016
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780735207110

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a 16-year-old girl who lacks her family’s ability to perform magic.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This richly imagined historical fantasy enchants while contemplating sexism, classism, and how best to effect social change. Intrigue, action, and star-crossed romance abound, propelling this trilogy opener toward a heartbreaking yet hopeful conclusion.”

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+ McDermott, Andy : The Midas Legacy
(Dell 978-1-101-96531-3, $9.99, 640pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101965320
Nina Wild/Eddie Chase #12

Action adventure novel, twelfth in a series about archaeologist Nina Wilde and her bodyguard Eddie Chase that began with The Hunt for Atlantis (2008).
• The UK hardcover first edition appeared last September.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* McDonald, Ian : Luna: Wolf Moon
(Tor 978-0-7653-7553-7, $27.99, 400pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466847644
UK edition: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473202269 (Thu 23 Mar 2017)
Luna #2


SF novel, second in a series after Luna: New Moon (2015), about a lunar settlement run by rival corporations called the Five Dragons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Although this middle volume in a trilogy does not end so much as pause, it is still compelling throughout. Each of McDonald’s viewpoint characters is made human in fascinating and occasionally disturbing detail, and the solar system of the 22nd century is wonderfully delineated.”

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+ Sapkowski, Andrzej : The Lady of the Lake
(Orbit 978-0316273831, $16.99, 560pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316273770
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478915713
UK edition: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473211599 (Thu 16 Mar 2017)
The Witcher #5


Fantasy horror novel, fifth novel in a series following Blood of Elves (2008), The Time of Contempt (2013), Baptism of Fire (2014), and The Tower of Swallows (2016), about sorcerer Geralt de Riv, basis for the Atari videogame The Witcher.
• This book was first published in Polish in 1999, and is here translated by David French.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Taylor, Laini : Strange the Dreamer
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-34168-4, $18.99, 544pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316341646
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478913054
Strange #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a duology, about war orphan and junior librarian Lazlo Strange who is obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next.”

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* Westerfeld, Scott : Horizon
(Scholastic 978-0-545-91677-6, $14.99, 256pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
Horizon #1

Middle grade fantasy novel, first in a new series, about eight young survivors of a plane crash in the arctic.
• The book is part of a multiplatform series, including a digital game, that has website http://horizon.scholastic.com/ with this description of the book and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The fast-paced action and mystery surrounding the plane crash, along with seeing how the characters react to the challenges that arise, should keep readers glued to this book and eager for the next one…”

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Weekly Bestsellers: 27 March 2017

Three debuts this week, beginning with a new “Hogwarts Library” edition of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Arthur A. Levine), ranking #5 on the USA Today list.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 (Orbit) ranks on two lists, as high as #22 on Publishers Weekly‘s fiction hardcover list.

And the US edition of Andrzej Sapowski’s The Lady of the Lake (Orbit) ranks on two lists, as high as #19 on PW‘s trade paperback list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.02
WP
03.19
LAT
03.26
USAT
03.19
PW
03.27
Amz
(03.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.27)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 2         16 +      
Briggs, Silence Fallen 03.20.17 / 2 10 -8 [ 3 ]   43 -41 11 -9      
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 20 10 -1       xxx..      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 42 9 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 8 3 = [ 2 ] 2 = 23 +1 3 = 37 -13 95 -6 55 -26
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 2 9 -4 [ 4 ] 3 ++ 81 -16 8 -3 x    
Robinson, New York 2140 03.27.17 / 1       115 ++ 22 ++      
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 9 2 =     x 18 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 1       5 ++ 2 ++      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 1             20 ++ 100 ++
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 22     xx xxx 13 -3 xxx.. xxx xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 59     12 +3 123 = 10 -3 92 -2 47 +15 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 6 7 -3 [ 5 ] 1 = 70 -20 7 -3 x   x
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 34 14 -5 [ 6 ] 20 -15 108 -4 19 -8 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Hogwarts Library 03.27.17 / 1       36 ++        
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.02
WP
03.19
LAT
03.26
USAT
03.19
PW
03.27
Amz
(03.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.27)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 6             xx 18 ++
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 11 7 +2 [ 6 ] 3 +11 32 +10   6 +22   xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 55 xxx..   14 +       xxx..  
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 15     xxx.. 101 +       xxx..
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 294   [ 9 ] 4 -1 57 -10   93 -42 33 +38 33 -16
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               54 +1  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               90 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 121 -3   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 65             79 +17 26 -4
Sapkowski, The Lady of the Lake [tpb] 03.27.17 / 1       92 ++ 19 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.02
WP
03.19
LAT
03.26
USAT
03.19
PW
03.27
Amz
(03.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.27)
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]

Classics in Reprint, March 2017

* Anderson, Poul : The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 7: Question and Answer
(NESFA Press 978-1-61037-313-5, $32, 550pp, hardcover, February 2017, cover art Vincent di Fate)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 17 Feb 2017

Collection of 12 short novels and stories, the seventh in NESFA’s ongoing series to gather the best short works of Anderson.
• Contents include the title story, originally a two-part magazine serial later published as an Ace Double titled Planet of No Return (1956), and “To Outlive Eternity”, originally a two-part magaziner serial in 1967.
• NESFA Press’ site has this description and order page.
• Paul Di Filippo will review the book for Locus Online in April.

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Bowes, Richard : From the Files of the Time Rangers
(Lethe Press 978-1590216309, $18, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: Golden Gryphon Press, September 2005)

Time-travel fantasy novel, composed of 9 previously published stories, about Greek gods who recruit humans to be ‘time rangers’ with the ability to change history.
• This edition has a new introduction by Jeffrey Ford.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
• The book was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2007.

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Lee, Tanith : Delusion’s Master
(DAW 978-0756410940, $7.99, 272pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: DAW, September 1981)

Fantasy novel, third in the “Flat Earth” series of interconnected stories following Night’s Master (1978) and Death’s Master (179)
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.

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Levin, Ira : Rosemary’s Baby
(Pegasus 978-1681774664, $15.95, 256pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: Random House, March 1967)

50th anniversary edition about a Manhattan couple who move into a building of eccentrics, whose behavior turns sinister as Rosemary becomes pregnant.
• This edition has an introduction by David Morrell.
• Pegasus’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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New Books : 21 March 2017

* Allan, Jay : Flames of Rebellion
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-256680-5, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062566836
Flames of Rebellion #1

Military SF novel, first in a series, about rebels on the planet Haven revolting against Federal America.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* Asher, Neal : Infinity Engine
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-889-7, $26.99, 488pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
UK edition: Macmillan/Tor UK 978-0230750753 (Thu 23 Mar 2017)
Transformation #3


SF novel, third in a trilogy following Dark Intelligence (2015) and War Factory (2016), set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: a “””powerful work that transcends the borders of morality, existence, and spacetime itself.””

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* Baker, Mishell : Phantom Pains
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-5192-5, $29.99, 416pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481451932
The Arcadia Project #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Nebula-nominated Borderline (2016), about a Hollywood filmmaker who joins a secret organization in contact with Fairyland.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””Baker has a wonderfully subtle touch with delicate emotional, psychological, and romantic elements, and she builds a solid foundation of complex and interesting characterization upon which she layers heart-pounding action and a brilliantly twisty plot. Each word is deliberately chosen for maximum effect. Everything readers think they know about both worlds will be upended by this enthralling installment.””

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* Clarke, Cassandra Rose : Star’s End
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-4429-3, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481444316

SF novel about a family-run planetary system in which the eldest daughter prepares to take over the business.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””The well-developed characters enhance this novel of grand ideas, bringing relatable human motives and vulnerabilities to a world in which industry, government, warfare, and space travel are inextricably intertwined.””

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* Cornell, Paul : Chalk
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9095-0, $17.99, 272pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9094-3

Fantasy novel about a bullied boy who discovers a West Country chalk horse at a site of ancient power.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Cornell weaves human and supernatural horror together in powerful and disturbing ways. Children of the ’80s will get a thrill from the music references, and the climax at the Fasley Grange School Halloween disco couldn’t be more perfect.””

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* Fujii, Taiyo : Orbital Cloud
(Viz/Haikasoru 978-1-4215-9213-8, $16.99, 528pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017

SF novel, first published in Japanese in 2014 and here translated by Timothy Silver, about space-based terror involving the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NORAD, and the CIA.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Lebbon, Tim : Relics
(Titan 978-1-78565-030-7, $14.95, 336pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017

Fantasy novel, first in a trilogy, about a black market for the remains of gryphons, faeries, and other fantastic creatures.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Lebbon’s visual imagination is good, and his experience with movie novelizations is amply evident…””

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* Scalzi, John : The Collapsing Empire
(Tor 978-0-7653-8888-9, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765388896

SF novel, first in a new series, about the discovering of The Flow, an extradimensional field that gives humanity access to the planets around other stars.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Scalzi’s storytelling centers on dynamic and quick-thinking players with strong personalities who engage in spirited social interactions, making the slightly dubious physics forgivable. Expect several future works set in this sprawling universe.””

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* Strickland, AdriAnne, & Michael Miller : Shadow Run
(Delacorte 978-0-399-55253-3, $17.99, 390pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399552540

Young adult SF novel about a prince-in-hiding who becomes a cargo loader on a starship whose captain holds the key to changing galactic civilization.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Weis, Margaret, & Robert Krammes : Spymaster
(Tor 978-0-7653-8107-1, $27.99, 576pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466877955
The Dragon Corsairs #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a female sailor hired to find a young man who claims to be the heir the throne.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 20 March 2017

— posted Monday 20 March 2017 @ 12:15 pm PDT

Three titles debut prominently, beginning with Patricia Briggs’ Silence Fallen (Ace), latest in her Mercy Thompson series, ranking in 2nd place on three lists and in 3rd place on a fourth.

Mohsin Hamid’s surrealistic Exit West (Riverhead) also debuts on four print lists, ranking as high as #4 on the Washington Post list.

And Anne Bishop’s Etched in Bone (Ace), latest “Novel of the Others”, debuts on four lists, ranking as high as #10.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.26
WP
03.19
LAT
03.19
USAT
03.12
PW
03.20
Amz
(03.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.20)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bishop, Etched in Bone 03.20.17 / 1 15 ++ 10 ++   18 ++ 16 ++      
Briggs, Silence Fallen 03.20.17 / 1 2 ++ 3 ++   2 ++ 2 ++      
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 19 9 =       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 16 xxx.. xxx.. 7 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 41 8 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 7 3 -1 2 -1 2 = 24 +2 3 -2 24 +2 89 -35 29 +8
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 1 5 ++ 4 ++   65 ++ 5 ++ 69 ++    
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 8 2 =     94 + 15 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 21     x xx 10 -1 xxx.. xx xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 23       xxx.. 23 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 58     15 + 123 +17 7 -1 90 -21 62 -12 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 5 4 -3 5 -3 1 = 50 -13 4 -2 84 -48   86 -21
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 33 9 -5 6 -3 5 -1 104 -15 11 -2 xxx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
03.19
LAT
03.19
USAT
03.12
PW
03.20
Amz
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 10 9 +1 6 = 14 -10 42 +29   28 -10   xxx..
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 7       83 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
McGuire, Magic for Nothing 03.20.17 / 1       132 ++        
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 293   9 -6 3 +5 47 -8   51 -19 71 -10 17 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               68 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               55 +2  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 118 +28   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 64             96 + 22 -3
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 41       xxx..   94 -15   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
03.19
LAT
03.19
USAT
03.12
PW
03.20
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-March 2017

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Apex Magazine

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

March 2017
Issue 94, cover art by Caroline Jamhour
• This issue has stories by John Hornor Jacobs, Mary Elizabeth Burroughs, and Ken MacLeod.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with John Hornor Jacobs and Caroline Jamhour, books reviews, and short fiction reviews by A.C. Wise.

(Sat 18 Mar 2017)

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Aphelion

• Webzine of SF and fantasy; nonpaying; since 2001
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/

March 2017
Issue 215
• This 20th anniversary issue has fiction by Robin B. Lipinski, Jake Zawlacki, Walter G. Esselman, Colt Leasure, Susan Anwin, and others.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to more of the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

(Sat 18 Mar 2017)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

November 2016
Issue 339, Vol. 29 No. 3, 32pp
• This special “War at Literature’s Borders” issue features a review by Mark Scroggins of the four novels in Michael Moorcock’s Cornelius Quartet, and a review by Joe Milicia of John Joseph Adams’ anthology Invaders.
• Other reviews are by Kris Dikeman, on Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 2; David V. Griffin, on the film Creepshow; Martin Morse Wooster, on a book about UK fandom; and several books of “random reading” by David Langford.
• Other pieces are by Darrell Schweitzer, interviewing Albert E. Cowdrey; Mike Barrett, on The Worm Ouroboros; Brian Stableford, on S. Henry Berthold; Gustavo Bondoni, on Soviet SF writers; and Kevin J. Maroney’s editorial, on favorite comics from 2016.

(Wed 15 Mar 2017)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

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

March 2017
Cover art by Jung Sang
• Stories in this issue are by Lauren C. Teffeau, Tom Jolly, James Van Pelt, Eric Del Carlo, Tim Jeffreys, Dave Creek, Jez Patterson, and Benjamin Sonnek. Shorter stories are by L.L. Hill, Robin White, and Russell Hemmell.
• Articles are by Daniel M. Kimmel and The Wyss Institute.
• There’s also a comic strip by Casey Brillon, an editorial, and a page of reviews by Carol Kean and Joshua Berlow.

(Mon 13 Mar 2017)

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Uncanny

• Magazine of SF and fantasy, since 2014; edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://uncannymagazine.com/

March/April 2017
Issue 15, cover art by Julie Dillon
• This issue has original fiction by Beth Cato, Stephen Graham Jones, JY Yang, Sarah Pinsker, and S. Qiouyi Lu, and reprint fiction by Kameron Hurley.
• Poetry is by Cassandra Khaw, Brandon O’Brien, Bogi Takács, and Lisa M. Bradley,
• There are also interviews with Stephen Graham Jones and Sarah Pinsker, and essays by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Sam J. Miller, Paul Booth, Dawn Xiana Moon, and Shveta Thakrar.

(Sat 18 Mar 2017)

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Category: Periodicals

New in Paperback : February – March 2017

— posted Friday 17 March 2017 @ 1:11 pm PDT

Abercrombie, Joe : Sharp Ends
(Orbit 978-0316390828, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017

(First edition: Orbit, April 2016)

Collection of stories, subtitled “Stories from the World of the First Law”, with some of the stories original to this book.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this post from 2015 listing the table of contents.

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Brennan, Marie : In the Labyrinth of Drakes
(Tor 978-0765377647, $16.99, 368pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
A Natural History of Dragons #4

(First edition: Tor, April 2016)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series after A Natural History of Dragons (2013), The Tropic of Serpents (2014), and Voyage of the Basilisk (2015), about a dragon naturalist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Once again, the work is a delight. Its most appealing aspect isn’t the genre-bending riffs on genuine events so much as the level-headed outlook that people like Lady Trent bring to both fantasy and romance.”

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Das, Indra : The Devourers
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1101967539, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017

(First edition: Penguin India, 2015)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a college professor’s encounter with a mysterious stranger who recounts tales of an ancient race of people.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Lawrence, Mark : The Wheel of Osheim
(Ace 978-0425268834, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Feb 2017
The Red Queen’s War #3

(First edition: Ace, June 2016)

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Prince of Fools (2014) and The Liar’s Key (2015), about a prince of the Broken Empire.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Locke, Kate : The Queen Is Dead
(Orbit 978-0316334761, $9.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Feb 2017
Immortal Empire #2

(First edition: Orbit, February 2013)

Steampunk fantasy novel, second of a series following God Save the Queen (2012), in which Queen Victoria and other London aristocrats have become vampires and werewolves and are still alive in 2012.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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Oyeyemi, Helen : What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
(Penguin Random House/Riverhead 978-1594634642, $16, 352pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: Penguin/Riverhead, March 2016)

Collection of nine stories, four of them previously published.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with quotes from numerous reviews.

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Sawyer, Robert J. : Quantum Night
(Ace 978-0425256428, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Feb 2017

(First edition: Ace, March 2016)

SF novel about an experimental psychologist who develops a technique for identifying psychopaths, a quantum physicist who’s made a discovery about human consciousness, and a tide of violence sweeping the world.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• Sawyer’s site has this page for the book with quotes from reviews and background material.

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Staveley, Brian : The Last Mortal Bond
(Tor 978-0765336453, $17.99, 672pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3

(First edition: Tor, March 2016)

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Emperor’s Blades (2014) and The Providence of Fire (2015), about the daughter and two sons of a slain emperor.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Steele, Allen : Arkwright
(Tor 978-0765382160, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017

(First edition: Tor, March 2016)

SF novel about a seminal 20th century SF writer who, in his advanced years, creates a foundation to build a starship to colonize another planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Speaking of starship design and the prospect of space travel and colonization, I marvel at the synchronicity that produced this book right next to Carter Scholz’ Gypsy (reviewed last month) and to a whole line of contrarian depictions of humans-into-space that includes Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora and Charles Stross’s deflating robots-in-space books. Steele’s book is not a counter-argument so much as a counter-assertion…”

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Straub, Peter : Interior Darkness: Selected Stories
(Random House/Anchor 978-1101971222, $16.95, 496pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017

(First edition: Doubleday, February 2016)

Collection of 16 stories drawn from three earlier collections with three stories previously uncollected.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Tremblay, Paul : Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
(Morrow 978-0062363275, $14.99, 368pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017

(First edition: Morrow, June 2016)

Horror novel about the impact on a family of the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The book is currently a finalist for the Bram Stoker Awards.

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Valente, Catherynne M. : The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home
(Macmillan/Square Fish 978-1250104014, $7.99, 320pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Fairyland #5

(First edition: Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, March 2016)

Young adult fantasy novel, fifth in a series following The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2009), The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012), The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (2013), and The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (2015), about a girl from Nebraska who travels to Fairyland. Illustrations are by Ana Juan.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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New Books : 14 March 2017

— posted Tuesday 14 March 2017 @ 10:48 am PDT

* Fletcher, Charlie : The Remnant
(Orbit 978-0316279567, $16.99, 464pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316279581
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478940364
UK edition: 978-0356502960 (Thu 16 Mar 2017)
Oversight #3

Dark fantasy novel, third in a series following The Oversight (2014) and The Paradox (2015), about a group that guards the border between the mundane and the magic.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives the previous book a starred review: “Fletcher’s Victorian London is an atmospheric, creepily delicious concoction of alleyways and dark magic, mirror worlds where danger dwells at every turn, and nuanced, complex characters, all with their own story.”

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* Helmreich, Joseph : The Return
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-05219-3, $25.99, 256pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466853508

SF novel about an astrophysicist who returns from an alien abduction and denies that the abduction happened.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The plot takes some clever turns, though the ending doesn’t quite live up to the beginning, and Helmreich’s characters are satisfyingly multidimensional.”

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* Knaak, Richard A. : Black City Demon
(Pyr 978-1-63388-275-1, $18, 363pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781633882768
Black City #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Black City Saint (2016), about a guardian of the gate between the human world and Faerie, set in Chicago 50 years after the great fire.
• Pyr’s site has this description with blurbs from Mike Resnick and others.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The novel unfolds like a mystery as curious characters and mutilated corpses pop up, some with supernatural origins.”

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* Murad, Mahvesh, & Jared Shurin, eds. : The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories
(Solaris 978-1781084175, $15.99, 356pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
UK edition: 978-1781084168 (Thu 9 Mar 2017)

Anthology of 21 original stories.
• Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, K.J. Parker, Claire North, and Maria Dahvana Headley.
• Solaris’ site has this description and this post with blurbs and quotes from reviews.

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* Neumeier, Rachel : The White Road of the Moon
(Penguin Random House/Knopf 978-0553509328, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553509342

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl, with the ability to see ghosts, who runs away from her hated aunt.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Newman, Emma : Brother’s Ruin
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9396-8, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9395-1
Industrial Magic #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, first in a series, set in 1850 London where talented young mages are recruited by the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Urban fantasy enthusiasts might enjoy this novella, but several elements feel too familiar.”

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* Robinson, Kim Stanley : New York 2140
(Orbit 978-0-316-26234-7, $28, 624pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316262330
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478941224

SF novel about the effects of rising sea levels on New York City in the year 2140.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers open to an optimistic projection of how humans could handle an increasingly plausible environmental catastrophe will find the info dumps worth wading through.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “…the novel at times becomes such a tribute to the resilience and ingenuity of New Yorkers that the drowned Manhattan seems more intriguing than frightening, and a pretty attractive place to explore… [T]here have been more than a few environmental catastrophe tales set in a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting.”

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* Xue, Can : Frontier
(Open Letter 978-1-940953-54-0, $16.95, 470pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017

Fantasy novel by a pseudonymous Chinese author, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping, about a young woman’s life in a surreal town where she attempts to unify the grand opposites of life.
• The publisher’s site has this description and an excerpt.
• The Kirkus review concludes, “Odd, atmospheric, and enchanting: a story in which, disbelief duly suspended, one savors improbabilities along with haunting images and is left wanting more.”

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