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New Books, 3 February

* Asher, Neal : Dark Intelligence
(Skyhorse/Night Shade 978-1-59780-824-8, $26.99, 416pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00P6U51SK
UK edition: 978-0230750722 (Thu 29 Jan 2015)
Transformation #1

SF novel, first volume of a new trilogy set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This beautifully paced book does just as well at slam-bang action scenes as at painting frightening pictures of Isobel’s changes, and provides an interesting climax while leaving plenty of space for the next two books. This is space opera at a high peak of craftsmanship.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online: “What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels.”

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+ Asher, Neal : The Gabble and Other Stories
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805315, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, November 2008)

Collection of 10 stories, first published from 1994 to 2006, set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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* Bara, Dave : Impulse
(DAW 978-0-7564-0996-8, $24.95, 368pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698161689
Lightship Chronicles #1

Military SF novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about an officer in the Unified Space Navy given a new assignment following an attack on a Lightship.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This energetic mélange of tried-and-true elements—futuristic jargon, military and romantic tactics, and multiple levels of skullduggery—easily grabs the reader’s attention; more impressive is that Bara’s story holds that attention all the way to the end.”

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* Bear, Elizabeth : Karen Memory
(Tor 978-0-7653-7524-7, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466846340

Steampunk SF novel set in 19th century Seattle, about an orphaned young woman working in a high-class bordello.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “rollicking, suspenseful, and sentimental”.
• John Scalzi’s blog has this Big Idea post by Bear.
• Russell Letson’s review from the January issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises, and despite Karen’s opening line, I can’t imagine anyone not liking what she has to tell us.”

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* Davis, Hank : As Time Goes By
(Baen 978-1-4767-8052-8, $14, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2015, cover art Adam Burn)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-353-9

Anthology of 14 time travel stories.
• Authors include Poul Anderson, John Wyndham, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Murray Leinster, and Christopher Priest.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several stories.

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* Fisher, Sharon Lynn : Echo 8
(Tor 978-0-7653-7637-4, $15.99, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851207

SF romance novel about a parapsychologist studying doppelgangers from a parallel world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The novel suffers from shallow characters and predictable relationships, but it’s held together by an ambitious plot and the unusual dilemma at its heart.”

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* Flint, Eric, & Ryk E. Spoor : Castaway Planet
(Baen 978-1-4767-8027-6, $25, 304pp, hardcover, February 2015, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-350-8
Boundary #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following Boundary (2006), Threshold (2010), and Portal (2013), about colonists on their way to a new world.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Gaiman, Neil : Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-233026-0, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062330291
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062373687
UK edition: Headline 978-1472217684 (Tue 3 Feb 2015)


Collection of 24 stories, published since 2004. One story, “Black Dog”, about the protagonist of American Gods, is original to this volume.
• Titles include Locus Award winners “An Invocation of Incuriosit”, “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains”, “The Thing About Cassandra”, “The Case of Death and Honey”, and “The Sleeper and the Spindle”.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
• Tor.com has this review by Mahvesh Murad: “Gaiman is a storyteller through and through: even when he’s telling us a story about how he came to write a story, he’s telling it well.”

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* Ing, Dean : It’s Up to Charlie Hardin
(Baen 978-1-4767-8030-6, $16.99, 256pp, hardcover, February 2015, cover art Dan Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-351-5

Associational (non-SF/fantasy) novel about the adventures of a 12-year-old boy in 1944 Austin, Texas.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “There’s a bucolic feel to these youthful misadventures, an innocence and naivety that belongs to a long-vanished era and location. Ing infuses Charlie’s tale with humor and dry wit…”

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* Link, Kelly : Get in Trouble
(Random House 978-0-8041-7968-3, $25, 352pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-7971-3
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-39954-7

Collection of 9 stories, first published since 2006.
• Titles include Shirley Jackson Award winner “The Summer People”.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Like Kafka hosting Saturday Night Live, Link mixes humor with existential dread.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “…in general the tone of Get In Trouble is a bit darker and the characters a bit more damaged than in earlier Link collections, but the magic remains, and so do the iguanas.”

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* Maresca, Marshall Ryan : The Thorn of Dentonhill
(DAW 978-0756410261, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698180093
Maradaine #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a university magic student who leads a double life.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Marmell, Ari : Covenant’s End
(Pyr 978-1-61614-986-4, $17.99, 271pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Widdershins #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Thief’s Covenant, False Covenant (both 2012), and Lost Covenant (2013), about an orphan and thief in the city of Davillon.
• Pyr’s site has this description.

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* Tettensor, E. L. : Master of Plagues
(Roc 978-0451419996, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Nicolas Lenoir #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Darkwalker (2013), about a former police inspector haunted by a vengeful spirit.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Tierney, Kathleen : Cherry Bomb
(Roc 978-0451416551, $16, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101594896
Siobhan Quinn #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Blood Oranges (2013) and Red Delicious, about a lesbian ex-junkie demon hunter in New England.
• The author, on the cover, is “Caitlín R. Kiernan writing as Kathleen Tierney”.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Trichter, Judd : Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-03602-5, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250036018

SF novel, the author’s first novel, set in a future LA, about a man who falls in love with an android who’s kidnapped and sold for parts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Trichter foregrounds Eliot and Iris’s intimate love affair against a meticulously worked out near future in which androids, who live in polluted ghettos as second-class citizens, are on the verge of violent revolt against the humans who exploit them for their labor.”

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* Zahn, Timothy : Cobra Outlaw
(Baen 978-1-4767-8034-4, $15, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2015, cover art Dave Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-352-2
Cobra Rebellion #2

SF novel, second in a new series, following Cobra Slave (2013), about the Cobra, nano-tech enhanced warriors built to defend humanity against aliens.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 2 February

A new “Fever” novel by Karen Marie Moning, Burned (Delacorte), debuts strongly, ranking at #5 or #6 on four lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.08
WP
02.01
LAT
02.01
USAT
01.25
PW
02.02
Amz
(02.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.02)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brown, Golden Son 01.19.15 / 3 x   7 ++ 147 -36       xx
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 24       41 -4   80 -18   xxx..
Grahame-Smith, The Last American Vampire 02.02.15 / 1         24 ++      
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 28 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 148 -47 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 16 20 -6 xxx.. xx 128 -59 15 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Koontz, Saint Odd 01.26.15 / 2 3 = 4 ++ 5 ++ 16 -12 3 -2     x
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 10 14 -3   8 + 125 -18 24 = xxx..    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 17   xx xxx xxx 20 -2 97 + xxx.. 56 +28
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 17 xxx.. xxx.. 18 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Moning, Burned 02.02.15 / 1 5 ++ 5 ++   6 ++ 5 ++      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 123 11 +2     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 13     20 -3 101 -3 14 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 75     xxx.. 44 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 31     xxx.. 107 +20 5 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 142 xxx..   xxx.. 14 +21 2 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 3 6 =     116 -32 22 -9      
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 27       134 -15 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.08
WP
02.01
LAT
02.01
USAT
01.25
PW
02.02
Amz
(02.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.02)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 13       84 +9 6 -1      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 45     xxx.. 15 -1 16 -1 xx xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 19       xxx   x xxx.. 40 -5
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 13     x 22 -1   73 -27    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 29 xxx..   xx       20 =  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 5 14 -2     xxx.. 12 -2      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 9 xxx     xxx.. 16 +3      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 57     xxx.. 64 +3 3 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 201 12 +6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 119 xxx.. xxx.. 7 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 44       xxx..   91 + xxx.. 22 +20
Murakami, The Strange Library [tpb] 12.15.14 / 7 xx   6 +   xxx..      
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 11 x   11 -2          
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 84 xxx..   xxx.. 52 -12 12 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 14 xxx..   13 + xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               90 +  
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 13 6 -1 7 + 3 +3 62 -2 17 -2 57 -5   28 +23
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.08
WP
02.01
LAT
02.01
USAT
01.25
PW
02.02
Amz
(02.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.02)
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 January

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/

January 2015
Issue 164-165, cover art by Sam Burley
Issue 165, posted January 22, has stories by Therese Arkenberg and Raphael Ordoñez, with an audio fiction podcast by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, an archive podcast by Justin Howe, and an archive story by Rosamund Hodge.
Issue 164, posted January 8, has stories by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and Tamara Vardomskaya, a novel excerpt by James Morrow and an audio podcast, an audio vault podcast by Geoffrey Maloney, and an archive story by K.D. Wentworth.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
• Stories posted this past month are by Caroline M. Joachim, Sarah Pinsker, Melanie Rees, J.Y. Yang, Yoon Ha Lee, and others.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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Farrago’s Wainscot

• Quarterly journal of the literary weird in fiction and poetry, since 2007; editor-in-chief Darin Bradley
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.farragoswainscot.com/

January 2015
• First new issue of this ‘zine since October 2009, with stories by Toiya Kristen Finley, Forrest Aguirre, Jason Heller, and Richard Bowes.
• There’s also poetry by Bryan D. Dietrich, Glenn Shahenn, John Gallaher, and Adrienne J. Odasso.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
• Fiction posted this month includes Vacui Magia by L.S. Johnson, The Animal Women (part 2) by Alix E. Harrow, and The Truth About Owls by Amal El-Mohtar.
• The site also has podcasts of these stories, and poetry by Marinelle G. Ringer, Daniel Ausema, Samantha Renda-Dollman, and David C. Kopaska-Merkel, with a poetry roundtable podcast.
• Columns are by Genevieve Valentine, Liz Bourke, and Eleanor Arnason. There are also interviews with Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein and Jo Walton, and an editorial presenting results of the 2014 readers’ poll.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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

January 2015
• Stories posted this past month include Faster Now by Paul Di Filippo, How a Machine Works, Exactly by Mark von Schlegell, CES 2067 by Sam Biddle, Re-Homing by Debbie Urbanski, and Rockall by Andrew David Thaler.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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/

January 2015
• Stories posted this past month include Kia and Gio by Daniel José Older, A Beautiful Accident by Peter Orullian, And the Burned Moths Remain by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Damage by David D. Levine, and The Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castellucci.
Excerpts include those from works by Walter Mosley, Elizabeth Bear, Will Elliott, Neal Asher, and others.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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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/

January/February 2015
Issue 2, cover art by Julie Dillon
• This issue has fiction by Sam J. Miller, Hao Jingfang, Sunny Morraine, Richard Bowes, Amal El-Mohtar, and Ann Leckie.
• Poetry is by Isabel Yap, Mari Ness, and Rose Lemberg.
• There are also interviews by Hao Jingfang and Ann Leckie, and essays by Jim C. Hines, Michi Trota, and others.

(Fri 30 Jan 2015)

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New Books, 27 January

* Cole, Myke : Gemini Cell
(Ace 978-0425269640, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101636756
Shadow Ops #4

Military SF novel, fourth in a series following Control Point (2012), Fortress Frontier (2013), and Breach Zone (2014), in which the US Army tries to control the many people who have developed magical talents.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Dietz, William C. : Deadeye
(Ace 978-0425273333, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698150102
The Mutant Files #1

SF novel, first book in a new series, about an LA detective in the years following an act of bioengineered terrorism in 2038 that left part of the population with horrible mutations.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Mosley, Walter : Inside a Silver Box
(Tor 978-0-7653-7521-6, $25.99, 300pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858442

SF novel about a torture device that has captured its alien builders, and two people in New York City who must save humanity from destruction by the alien Laz as they try to regain control of the box.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Mosley really pulls out all the stops, managing with improbable success to combine a struggle for the fate of all existence with a story about two New Yorkers from very different backgrounds coming to understand each other and address the mistakes they’ve made in their own lives. Wild concepts and deep thoughts sit comfortably alongside the musings of ordinary people undergoing radical changes in this top-notch tale.”

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* Shannon, Samantha : The Mime Order
(Bloomsbury 978-1-62040-893-3, $25, 528pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
The Bone Season #2

Fantasy novel, second in a project seven-volume series following The Bone Season (2013), about a dreamwalker in a future London.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Shannon’s world-building is original and intriguing, especially the complex, almost mythic voyant underground.”

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* Shearin, Lisa : The Dragon Conspiracy
(Ace 978-0425266922, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101618431
SPI Files #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Grendel Affair (2014), about a Seer for the Supernatural Protection & Investigations agency in New York City.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Shearin’s light, breezy style suits the simple plot; her naïve protagonist serves as both guide and expository catalyst. Although the justification for keeping mythological beings secret is never made clear, plenty of dismembered people and grand schemes will distract the reader from questioning the plot holes.”

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* Sykes, Sam : The City Stained Red
(Orbit 978-0316374873, $16, 640pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316374866
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478927846
Bring Down Heaven #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series about the characters from the author’s previous Aeons’ Gate series, about adventurer Lenk and his companions battling demons trying to break free from Hell.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review, comments, “The fantastical, dangerous world and the creatures that populate it are packed with potential, different enough from standard fantasy fare to be exciting.”

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* Van Eekhout, Greg : Pacific Fire
(Tor 978-0-7653-2856-4, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
California Bones #2

Fantasy novel set in an alternate Los Angeles, sequel to California Bones (2014), about an osteomancer, who who consumes bones to gain power.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed, but notes “the rich and amazing setting.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Van Eekhout’s scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative… “

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 26 January

— posted Monday 26 January 2015 @ 11:06 am PST

Dean Koontz’s Saint Odd (Bantam), the final book in his Odd Thomas series, debuts this week, as high as #1 on the USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.01
WP
01.18
LAT
01.25
USAT
01.18
PW
01.26
Amz
(01.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.26)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brown, Golden Son 01.19.15 / 2 20 ++     111 ++       x
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 23       37 =   62 +5   xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 27 xxx..   xxx.. 101 +13 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 15 14 -4   x 69 -13 13 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Koontz, Saint Odd 01.26.15 / 1 3 ++     4 ++ 1 ++     55 ++
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 9 11 +1   x 107 -3 24 -3 xxx..    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 16   [ 10 ] xx xx 18 -1 x xxx 84 +9
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 16 xxx   18 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 122 13 -3     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 12     17 -1 98 -18 11 -3 xxx xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 74     xxx.. 44 -9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 30     xxx.. 127 -22 3 +2 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 141 xxx..   xxx.. 35 -11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 2 6 -5     84 -75 13 -11      
Sanderson, Steelheart 10.07.13 / 17 15 -4     xxx.. xxx..      
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 26       119 -54 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.01
WP
01.18
LAT
01.25
USAT
01.18
PW
01.26
Amz
(01.26)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.26)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 12       93 +13 5 +2      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 44     xxx.. 14 -2 15 -5 x xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 18       xx   100 -20 xxx.. 35 +31
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 12     13 + 21 -1   46 =    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 28 xxx..   x       20 -3  
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 2           68 +    
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 4 12 -3     xxx.. 10 -1      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 8 xx     xxx 19 +1      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 56     xxx.. 67 -10 4 +2 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 200 18 -4   xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 118 xxx   4 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 43       xxx   xxx xxx.. 42 -13
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 213       xxx..   75 + x xxx
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 10 15 -2   9 +3          
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 83 xxx..   xxx.. 40 -10 16 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 12 5 -1 [ 9 ] 6 -4 60 -9 15 -4 52 +3   51 -8
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
01.18
LAT
01.25
USAT
01.18
PW
01.26
Amz
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(01.26)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Category: Bestsellers

New Books: January Supplemental

— posted Saturday 24 January 2015 @ 11:39 am PST

* Strayhorn, Willa : The Way We Bared Our Souls
(Penguin/Razorbill 978-1595147356, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 22 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698137240

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about five trouble teens who, in a mystical ceremony in New Mexico, exchange each other’s sorrows.
• Penguin’s site has this description

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* Sykes, Sam : The City Stained Red
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575132177, £16.99, 656pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575132191
Scions Gate #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series about the characters from the author’s previous Aeons’ Gate series, about adventurer Lenk and his companions battling demons trying to break free from Hell.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review (of the US edition, due in February), comments, “The fantastical, dangerous world and the creatures that populate it are packed with potential, different enough from standard fantasy fare to be exciting.”

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* Weinberg, Robert, Douglas Ellis & Robert T. Garcia : The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay
(American Fantasy Press 978-0-9907846-1-6, $125, 208pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014

Artbook collecting black and white and color illustration by Finlay, who was popular from the 1930s to the 1960s.
• The book has 48 pages of color illustrations, and 160 pages of text and black & white artwork. There are commentary by Robert Weinberg and Doug Ellis, and profiles of the collectors from whose collections these works are drawn.
• The book is signed by Robert Weinberg, Douglas Ellis, Robert T. Garcia, and Lail Finlay.
• The publisher’s site has a description, with photos of sample pages, links to background and interview articles, and Paypal buttons for purchasing various editions.
• The book was among Michael Dirda’s picks for holiday gift books last month.

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* Williams, T. R. : Journey Through the Mirror
(S&S/Atria 978-1-4767-1341-0, $16, 544pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Rising World Trilogy #2

Dystopian SF novel, second in a trilogy following Journey into the Flame (2014), about survivors of a worldwide cataclysm in 2027 who depend on a set of ancient books, the Chronicles of Satraya, for survival.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The series site is www.satraya.com/.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “the jumble of New Age empowerment, Mayan and Egyptian religious practices, pyramid power, and world-dominating secret societies feels more like 1970 than 2070.”

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Classic Reprints, January

— posted Thursday 22 January 2015 @ 2:05 pm PST

Carey, Jacqueline : Kushiel’s Dart
(Tor 978-0765379726, $17.99, 656pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, June 2001)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, and first in what has become a long-running series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this article about the book.
• It won the Locus Award in 2002 for Best First Novel.
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the June 2001 issue of Locus Magazine, saying “Carey dismantles standard notions of both magic and morality to produce a long, complex saga worthy of the field’s best…an astonishing debut.”

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Egan, Greg : Diaspora
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805421, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

(First edition: UK: Millennium, September 1997)

Far-future hard SF novel in which humanity has split into several forms, including conscious software called polises and robotic bodies called gleisners.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Wikipedia has this article about the book.
• Egan’s own site has this page for the book, with errata and numerous links to background information and illustrations.

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Egan, Greg : Distress
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805414, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

(First edition: UK: Millennium, December 1995)

Hard SF novel setin 2055, concerning a physics conference on an artificial island called Stateless, a society that’s defined five new genders, and a new mental disorder called Distress.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Wikipedia has this short article.
• Egan’s own site has this page for the book with an excerpt.

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* Ellison, Harlan : The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison
(Subterranean Press/Edgeworks Abbey 978-1-59606-634-2, $45, 536pp, hardcover, December 2014, jacket illustration Michael Whelan)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014

Collection of 23 stories, from “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” (1965) to “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” (2010), all of which have won awards.
• (The awards include Hugos, Nebulas, and Locus Awards as well as the Edgar Award and the Writers Guild of Canada award.)
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the complete table of contents.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine, who says the book “may be the single most useful Ellison collection to date … The massive The Essential Ellison may have provided a more comprehensive mosaic of Ellison’s entire life and career, with plenty of nuggets for enthusiasts, but here we have only the stories.”

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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books, 20 January

— posted Tuesday 20 January 2015 @ 11:41 am PST

* Files, Gemma : We Will All Go Down Together
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771482011, $16.99, 350pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 25 Nov 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771482028

Fantasy novel about a strange village in the Ontario woods and the five clans who’ve lived there for hundreds of years.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with links to samples in various formats.
• The site links to this Entertainment Weekly review column on short-story cycles, which describes this book as “a vivid, haunting mix of horror and fantasy woven together through a complex fugue of short stories. The effect is powerful. It’s a book you have to work hard at, in order to make sure you’re not missing any of the peripheral connections. But it rewards the effort, and then some.”

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* Fine, Sarah : Marked
(Amazon/47North 9781477825853, $14.95, 332pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Jan 2015
Servants of Fate #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a Boston paramedic whose side job is to ferry the dead to the Afterlife.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Hocking, Amanda : Frostfire
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250049827, $9.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466850774
The Kanin Chronicles #1

Middle-grade fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a half-blood blond girl in a magical secret kingdom.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Subsequent volumes are due in May and August.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the book is set in the world of the author’s Trylle trilogy, and concludes, “Those unfamiliar with Hocking’s Trylle novels may find the boundary between the human and troll worlds difficult to discern, but the novel’s lingering questions and the author’s knack for cliffhangers are reason enough to anticipate the next installment.”

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* Koontz, Dean : Saint Odd
(Bantam 978-0-345-54587-9, $28, 352pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54588-6
UK edition: 978-0007518111 (Thu 15 Jan 2015)
Odd Thomas #7

Horror novel, seventh and final book in a series following Odd Thomas (2003), Forever Odd (2005), Brother Odd (2006), Odd Hours (2008), Odd Apocalypse (2012), and Deeply Odd (2013), about a young man who can see spirits of the dead.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* O’Flaherty, Dennis : The King of the Cracksmen
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-551-3, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015

Alternate history steampunk novel, the author’s first novel, set in an 1877 in which US land west of the Mississippi has been sold to Russia.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with blurbs from Phil Foglio and K.W. Jeter.
• The Publishers Weekly review: “…O’Flaherty has done plenty of research and thought through the implications of the changes to history…”

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* Powers, Tim : Nobody’s Home
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-670-0, $35, 88pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014
• SF Encyclopedia: Tim Powers

Fantasy novella in the setting of Powers’ first novel The Anubis Gates (1983).
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine: Nobody’s Home is a fairly slight tale which only hints at the richness of invention of the larger world of The Anubis Gates, but for all its brevity it packs a fair amount of Powers’s uniquely evocative prose, his skill at quickly establishing a vivid, ominous setting, and his gift for extraordinarily creepy figures…”
• And Lois Tilton reviewed it for Locus Online: “There’s a lot of interesting ghost lore, which seems to be the original creation of the author. I’m particularly taken by the use of a hopscotch course for the purpose of exorcism.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen : The Globe: The Science of Discworld II
(Anchor Books 978-0-8041-6896-0, $15.95, 368pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-6897-7
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9361-0

First US edition (UK: Ebury Press, May 2002)

Nonfiction guide to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, second volume following The Science of Discworld (US edition June 2014 from Anchor Books). This second volume, first published in 2002, does not seem to have been revised since then.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 19 January

— posted Monday 19 January 2015 @ 9:23 am PST

Brandon Sanderson’s YA novel Firefight (Delacorte) debuts this week, ranking #1 on the NY Times Young Adult list, #2 on the equivalent Publishers Weekly list, and #9 on the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.25
WP
01.18
LAT
01.18
USAT
01.11
PW
01.19
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
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Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brown, Golden Son 01.19.15 / 1               80 ++
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 22       37 -10   67 +   xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 26 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 114 +31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 14 10 -4 xx 20 + 56 -18 11 -6 xxx xxx xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 8 12 =   12 +8 104 -25 21 -3 xxx    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 15   10 + x x 17 -8 82 + xx 93 +
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 121 10 -1     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 11     16 -6 80 -35 8 +1 xx xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 73     xxx.. 35 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 29     xxx.. 105 -47 5 -3 xxx..   xxx
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 140 xxx..   xxx.. 24 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 1 1 ++     9 ++ 2 ++      
Sanderson, Steelheart 10.07.13 / 16 11 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 25       65 -26 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.25
WP
01.18
LAT
01.18
USAT
01.11
PW
01.19
Amz
(01.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 77       143 -38 21 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 208 xxx..   xxx.. 133 -33 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 11       106 -40 7 =      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 43     xxx.. 12 -4 10 = 94 + xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 17       x   80 + xxx.. 66 +
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 11     xxx.. 20 -6   46 +    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 27 xxx..   15 +       17 +  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 25 18 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 3 9 ++     xxx.. 9 ++      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 7 x     xx 20 -9      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 55     xxx.. 57 = 6 +6 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 56 x xxx.. 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 199 14 -7 xxx.. xxx x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 117 xx xxx.. 13 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 42       xx   xx xxx.. 29 +
Murakami, The Strange Library [tpb] 12.15.14 / 6 17 -3   3 -2   xxx..      
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 46   2 +   xxx..       xxx..
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 212   xxx..   xxx..   xx 76 + xx
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 9 13 -2   12 =          
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 82 xxx..   xxx.. 30 -7 12 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 11 4 -2 9 + 2 +5 51 -3 11 = 55 +   43 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.25
WP
01.18
LAT
01.18
USAT
01.11
PW
01.19
Amz
(01.19)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.19)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.19)
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Category: Bestsellers

New in Paperback, January

— posted Saturday 17 January 2015 @ 12:21 pm PST

Cook, Glen : Working God’s Mischief
(Tor 978-0765379269, $8.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Instrumentalities of the Night #4

(First edition: Tor, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, fourth volume of the “Instrumentalities of the Night” following The Tyranny of the Night (2005), Lord of the Silent Kingdom (2007), and Surrender to the Will of the Night (2010), concerning political and religious turmoil in a world surrounded by walls of ice.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Friedman, C. S. : Dreamwalker
(DAW 978-0756409647, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Dreamwalker #1

(First edition: DAW, February 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a 16-year-old girl who discovers she is not related to her parents but is one of a race of besieged “changelings”.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The next book in the series, Dreamseeker, is due in July.

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Haldeman, Joe : Work Done for Hire
(Ace 978-0425256619, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014

(First edition: Ace, January 2014)

Associational thriller about a former military sniper, trying to build a career writing near-future SF, who is obliged to accept an assassination contract.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviewed in last year in Locus Magazine: “Eventually, when the Spoiler Statute of Limitations is reached, there will be interesting analyses and critiques and evaluations of this book – it positively begs to be anatomized. In the meantime, just read it and discuss it among yourselves. Just keep schtum on how it all works out and how you would have solved the various plot problems.”

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Hendee, Barb, & J.C. Hendee : A Wind in the Night
(Roc 978-0451468147, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Noble Dead #12

(First edition: Roc, January 2014)

Fantasy novel, twelfth in the “Noble Dead” series following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, and Rebel Fay, In Shade and Shadow, Child of a Dead God, Through Stone and Sea, Of Truth and Beasts, Between Their Worlds, and The Dog in the Dark (2013), about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The 13th book in the series, First and Last Sorcerer, just appeared in hardcover.

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King, Stephen : Mr. Mercedes
(Gallery 978-1476754475, $16, 448pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Scribner, June 2014)

Crime thriller (with no fantastic content) about a retired detective pursuing the driver of a stolen Mercedes who ran down people at a job fair a year earlier.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “We’ve seen [Brady’s] type before in King’s fiction, but King often endows such characters with a supernatural pedigree, to set them apart from the ordinary people they torment. Brady is unremarkably human: he mistakes his ability to get away with murder for his superiority to the weak and defenseless people he preys on. In fact, he’s very fallible and, as villains go, pretty pathetic. His most frightening aspect is his anonymity, and King unnerves with a story that suggests that such monsters walk among us, unrecognized and unsuspected.”

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Rex Regis
(Tor 978-0765370907, $8.99, 640pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Imager Portfolio #8

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Fantasy novel, eighth volume in a series following Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), Imager’s Intrigue (2010), Scholar (2011), Princeps (2012), and Imager’s Battalion (Jan. 2013), and Antiagon Fire (2013) — where some have the magical skill to visualize things and make them real.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Spoor, Ryk E. : Spheres of Influence
(Baen 978-1476737096, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Grand Central Arena #2

(First edition: Baen, November 2013)

SF novel, sequel to Grand Central Arena (2010), about a starship crew that discovers an alien “Arena”.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Steele, Allen : V-S Day
(Ace 978-0425259757, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014

(First edition: Ace, February 2014)

Alternate history novel in which the space race occurs during the years of World War II.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The author’s site notes that it’s based on an earlier story, “Goddard’s People”.
• Steven H Silver’s review compares this book to Steele’s 1996 novel on the same theme, The Tranquility Alternative.

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Tregillis, Ian : Something More Than Night
(Tor 978-0765375780, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014

(First edition: Tor, December 2013)

Standalone fantasy novel, a murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’ vision of heaven.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Weber, David : Like a Mighty Army
(Tor 978-0765361271, $8.99, 912pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Safehold #7

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Far future SF novel, seventh in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), By Heresies Distressed (2009), A Mighty Fortress (2010), How Firm a Foundation (2011), and Midst Toil and Tribulation (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Wright, John C. : The Judge of Ages
(Tor 978-0765375803, $16.99, 384pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Count to a Trillion #3

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

SF novel, third in a series following Count to a Trillion (2011) and The Hermetic Millennia (2012), about rival efforts to counter an alien menace that will arrive at Earth in another 4000 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the previous book for Barnes & Noble, describing it as a mix of Olaf Stapledon, Jack Vance, Philip José Farmer, and Jared Diamond: “It’s a heady brew that achieves an ever-oscillating balance between pulp action and philosophical gravitas.”
• The final book in the series, The Architect of Aeons, is due in April.

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Category: New in Paperback


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