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Print Periodicals, April – May 2016

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

• Science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited, since April 2013, by Trevor Quachri
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.analogsf.com/

June 2016
Vol. 136 No. 6, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Bob Eggleton
• This issue has a novella by Michael F. Flynn, novelettes by Bill Johnson and Christopher L. Bennett, and short stories by Marie Vibbert, C.S. Lane, Jay Werkheiser, and J.T. Sharrah. There’s also a poem by Robert Frazier.
• The science article, by Edward M. Lerner, is part two of a history of time travel.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Michael F. Flynn, an “Alternate View” column by Richard A. Lovett, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Wed 4 May 2016)

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

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

June 2016
Vol. 40 No. 6 (whole #485), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Dominic Harman
• This issue has a novella by Jay O’Connell, a novelette by Dominica Phetteplace, and short stories by Sarah Pinsker, Mercurio D. Rivera, Rick Wilber, and Paul McAuley.
• Poetry is by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, G.O. Clark, Geoffrey A. Landis, Tony Daniel, and Andrew Darlington.
• Departments include an editorial by Sheila Williams; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections” column, “My Trip to the Future”; James Patrick Kelly’s “On the Net” column, about Mars; and book reviews by Norman Spinrad.

(Wed 4 May 2016)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

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

May/June 2016
Vol. 130 No. 5&6 (whole #725), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Max Bertolini
• This issue has a novella by Pat MacEwen, novelets by Charlotte Ashley, Brian Trent, Albert E. Cowdrey, William Ledbetter, and Ted Kosmatka, and short stories by Rich Larson, Allora & Calzadilla and Ted Chiang, Joseph Tomaras, Susan Palwick, and Yukimi Ogawa.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, a “Books” column by Elizabeth Hand, a “Films” column by David J. Skal, and a “Curiosities” page by Paul Di Filippo.

(Mon 18 Apr 2016)

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New Books, 3 May 2016

* Asher, Neal : War Factory
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-834-7, $26.99, 478pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
UK edition: Macmillan/Tor UK 978-0230750746 (Tue 3 May 2016)
Transformation #2


SF novel, second in a trilogy following Dark Intelligence (2015), set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Asher ventures into some terrifying minds and incredible space battles in this tangled but heart-pounding sequel, which achieves a rare success in depicting truly nonhuman forms of intelligence.”

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* Campbell, Jack : The Lost Stars: Shattered Spear
(Ace 978-0425272275, $27, 352pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143333
The Lost Stars #4

Military SF novel, fourth in a new sequence related to his “Lost Fleet” series, following Tarnished Knight (2012), Perilous Sword (2013), and Imperfect Sword (2014) set on the Syndicate World of Midway.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell.

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* Chu, Wesley : The Days of Tao
(Subterranean Press 978-1596067882, $40, 120pp, hardcover, April 2016, jacket art Galen Dara)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 30 Apr 2016
Tao #4

SF novella, fourth in a series following The Lives of Tao (May 2013), The Deaths of Tao (Nov. 2013), and The Rebirths of Tao (2015), about two warring alien races.
• Previous novels in the series were published by Angry Robot.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.

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* Coe, David B. : Shadow’s Blade
(Baen 978-1-4767-8125-9, $26, 320pp, hardcover, May 2016, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-495-6
Case Files of Justis Fearsson #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Spell Blind (Jan. 2015) and His Father’s Eyes (July 2015), about an Arizona private detective who uses magic in his hunt for a serial killer.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “gripping” and concludes, “This noir-tinged urban fantasy with real-feeling magic and multiple moral quandaries is highly recommended.”

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* Danker, Sean : Admiral
(Roc 978-0-451-47579-4, $27, 320pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197251
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780399567148
Evagardian #1

Military SF novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a man who wakes on a sleeper ship to learn he an admiral of the Evagardian Empire.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “For a first effort, the workmanlike quality shows skill, but there is little to differentiate it from other novels in the genre.”

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* DeLillo, Don : Zero K
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-5011-3539-2, $27, 288pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501135408
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781508211778

Literary SF novel about a billionaire who invests in technologies to conquer death.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “But a few components elevate Zero K, which is among DeLillo’s finest work. … [H]is focus and curiosity have moved far into the future: much of this novel’s (and Ross’s) attention is paid to humankind’s relationship and responsibility to what’s to come.”

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* Farland, David : L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 32
(Galaxy 978-1619865020, $15.95, 496pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

Anthology of winners and finalists in the Writers and Illustrators of the Year contests.
• Included are articles by Tim Powers, Brandon Sanderson, Sergey Poyarkov, Bob Eggleton, and L. Ron Hubbar.
• The Galaxy Press site has a description.

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* Flint, Eric : Ring of Fire IV
(Baen 978-1-4767-8124-2, $25, 560pp, hardcover, May 2016, cover art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-494-9
Ring of Fire #4

Anthology of 12 stories “1632” universe that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000).
• Authors include David Brin, Charles E. Gannon, and Virginia DeMarce.
• Baen’s site has this blurb with links to the introduction and several chapters.

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+ Hardinge, Frances : The Lie Tree
(Abrams/Amulet 978-1-4197-1895-3, $17.95, 384pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016

First US edition (UK: Macmillan, May 2015)

Young adult fantasy novel about a young woman, seeking to understand her father’s death, who discovers a strange tree that bears fruit when she whispers a lie to it.
• Abrams’ site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The Reverend’s murder is a compelling mystery, grounded not just in professional envy and greed, but in the theological high-stakes game of Darwinian evolution and its many discontents. It’s a ripping good yarn, one that should hold particular appeal for readers who are attracted to philosophically dense works like those of David Almond and Margo Lanagan.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “It’s a rather stunning page-turner of a performance, and an excellent introduction to Hardinge’s increasingly important body of work.”

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* Harris, Charlaine : Night Shift
(Ace 978-0-425-26322-8, $28, 320pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101598832
Midnight, Texas #3

Fantasy novel, third of a trilogy following Midnight Crossroad (2014) and Day Shift (2015), about the residents of a small Texas town, who have various paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s very slow site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Bestseller Harris (the Sookie Stackhouse books) brings a real sense of community to the characters she introduced in Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift, deepening the reader’s connection to an irresistible assortment of phone psychics and cowpunching vampires.”

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* Hendee, Barb : To Kill a Kettle Witch
(Roc 978-0451471345, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698168596
Mist-Torn Witches #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in series following The Mist-Torn Witches (2013), Witches in Red (2014), and Witches With the Enemy (2015), about two orphaned sisters posing as witches in the nation of Droevinka.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Jensen, Danielle L. : Warrior Witch
(Angry Robot 978-0857664693, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, May 2016, cover art Steve Stone)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664709
UK edition: 9780857664686 (Thu 5 May 2016)
Malediction Trilogy #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third book in a trilogy following Stolen Songbird (2014) and Hidden Huntress. (2015), about a young woman kidnapped to the underground city of the trolls.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Invision
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250063885, $19.99, 400pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466868878
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427267726
Chronicles of Nick #7

Young adult fantasy novel, seventh in a series following Infinity (2010), Invincible (2011), Infamous (2012), Inferno (2013), Illusion (2014), and Instinct (2015), about 14-year-old Nick Gautier and the vampire-slaying Dark Hunters.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with a book trailer.

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* Koch, Gini : Camp Alien
(DAW 978-0-7564-1008-7, $7.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698161726
Alien #13

SF novel, thirteenth a series following Touched by an Alien (April 2010), Alien Tango (Dec 2010), Alien in the Family (April 2011), Alien Proliferation (2011), Alien Diplomacy (Apr 2012), Alien vs. Alien (Nov. 2012), Alien in the House (May 2013), Alien Research (Dec. 2013), Alien Collective (May 2014), Universal Alien (Dec. 2014), Alien Separation (May 2015), and Alien in Chief (Dec 2015), about alien invaders from Alpha Centauri turning humans into monsters.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of Kitty’s snarky, music-driven jaunts into danger will continue finding much to love in a series that shows no signs of losing its kaboom.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes, ed. : Nebula Awards Showcase 2016
(Pyr 978-1-63388-138-9, $18, 408pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

Anthology of stories and novel excerpts from winners and nominees of the Nebula Awards given in 2015 for works published in 2014.
• Authors include winners Ursula Vernon, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Nancy Kress, and Jeff VanderMeer.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes other works by Ken Liu, Eugie Foster, and Sarah Pinsker.

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* Lockwood, Todd : The Summer Dragon
(DAW 978-0-7564-0833-6, $26, 400pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101611449
Evertide #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a family that raises dragons for the political war machine.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The tone of his dialogue can be jarringly uneven in sections, but vivid imagery and a cast of rich, diverse characters combine to make Lockwood’s first full-length outing a rousing success.”

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* Maas, Sarah J. : A Court of Mist and Fury
(Bloomsbury 978-1619634466, $18.99, 640pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second book in a series following A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015), about a 19-year-old huntress, Feyre, who is abducted to the world of immortal faeries.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Maas gives Feyre the space to regain her agency and prove herself the equal of any High Lord, resulting in an immersive, satisfying read.”

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* Moore, James A. : The Silent Army
(Angry Robot 978-0857665751, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, May 2016, cover art Alejandro Colucci)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665096
UK edition: 9780857665072 (Thu 7 Apr 2016)
Seven Forges #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Seven Forges (2013), The Blasted Lands (2014), and City of Wonders (2015), about an expedition into the far north Blasted Lands, inhabited by a half-forgotten race.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Oates, Joyce Carol : The Doll-master and Other Tales of Terror
(Mysterious Press 978-0-8021-2488-3, $24, 304pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8021-8993-6

Collection of six stories.
• Grove Atlantic’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This devil’s half-dozen of dread and suspense is a must read.”

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* Posey, Jay : Outriders
(Angry Robot 978-0857664518, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664525
UK edition: 9780857664501 (Thu 5 May 2016)
Outriders #1

Military SF novel, first of a series, about a captain who dies on page one and who is recruited into a secretive new unit.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Strydom, Fred : The Raft
(Skyhorse/Talos Press 978-1940456607, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

Postapocalyptic SF novel, the author’s first novel, in which everyone on Earth loses their memory on Day Zero and are forced into communes run by some oppressive movement.
• Talos’ site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Strydom reinvigorates the genre with a suspenseful concept and intimately realized characters. Shrouding the origins of the catastrophe in lost memories, this sucker punch of a novel exchanges the traditional Sturm und Drang of apocalypse theatrics for internal action that’s even more shocking and seductive, leaving readers with a great deal to think about.”

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* Wells, Dan : Over Your Dead Body
(Tor 978-0-7653-8068-5, $26.99, 304pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466874985
John Cleaver #5

Horror novel, fifth in a series about a 17-year-old sociopath, following I Don’t Want to Kill You (2011) and The Devil’s Only Friend (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review begin, “Sympathetic and insightful teen sociopath John Wayne Cleaver battles literal external demons as well as his metaphorical ones in the strong fifth entry in Wells’s contemporary horror series.”

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* Wilde, Fran : The Jewel and Her Lapidary
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8983-1, $10.99, 80pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-8497-3
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427273901

Fantasy novella about kingdom protected by people bound to singing gemstones.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Wilde manages to describe many layers of a broad culture and a great loss in a short space, with a satisfying portrayal of how honor and love might survive in a new world born from the destruction of the old.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 2 May 2016

J. K. Rowling’s forthcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child slips a few notches on a couple Amazon sites, but remains the highest ranking genre title on lists again this week.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.08
WP
05.01
LAT
05.01
USAT
04.24
PW
05.02
Amz
(05.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.02)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brown, Morning Star 02.15.16 / 6 xxx.. xxx.. 15 + xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 7 1 =   x 85 -18 5 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 29     xxx.. xxx 10 = xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 04.11.16 / 2     17 ++     xxx    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 12           4 -3 5 -2 2 +19
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 25             99 -17 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 31       xxx.. 8 +1 80 -10 xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 39 2 =     xxx 6 +2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.08
WP
05.01
LAT
05.01
USAT
04.24
PW
05.02
Amz
(05.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.02)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Brown, Red Rising [tpb] 05.02.16 / 1       21 ++        
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 68 15 -4 xxx.. xxx xxx..   xxx..   xxx
Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders [tpb] 11.06.07 / 2 xxx..     71 ++        
King, 11/22/63 02.08.16 / 13 13 +2   xxx.. 147 -46 xx      
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 5 4 -1   xxx 135 -45 5 +2      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 242 xxx.. xxx.. 15 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 58 +5 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 87       xxx..   61 -7 xxx.. 44 +
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 256   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 83 +9
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 123 xxx..   9 +4 35 -3 xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 14             28 -7 70 +
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 21       110 +33 3 +2 xx   xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               54 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 74 -6   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 19             59 +19 xxx..
Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five 04.24.07 / 10 xxx..     96 + xxx.. xxx..    
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 78 xx xxx.. xxx.. 18 +90 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 55 1 =   xxx.. 22 +67 15 -2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.08
WP
05.01
LAT
05.01
USAT
04.24
PW
05.02
Amz
(05.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.02)
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 April 2016

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/

April 2016
Issue 197-198, cover art by Geoffrey Icard
Issue 197, posted April 14, has stories by Tony Pi and Kelly Stewart, a podcast of the Pi story, an archive podcast of an earlier Pi story, and an archive story by Tina Connolly.
Issue 198, posted April 28, has stories by Thomas M. Waldroon and Sylvia V. Linsteadt, a podcast of the Linsteadt story, and an archive story by Noreen Doyle.

(Sat 30 Apr 2016)

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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/

April 2016
• Stories posted in April are by Kelly Sandoval, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Beth Cato, KC Myers, and others.

(Sat 30 Apr 2016)

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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/

April 2016
• Stories posted in April are The Right Sort of Monsters by Kelly Sandoval, This Is a Letter to My Son by KJ Kabza, and We Have a Cultural Difference, Can I Taste You? by Rebecca Ann Jordan.
• Columns and articles include Kari Sperring on Louise Lawrence; John Clute’s Scores column, covering Ali Shaw, Rief Larsen, and Brian Evenson; and Eleanor Arnason on space opera by women.
• There’s also poetry and reviews.

(Sat 30 Apr 2016)

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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/

April 2016
• Original stories posted in April are by Marie Brennan, Glen Hirshberg, Michael R. Underwood, Lavie Tidhar, Jack Nicholls, Tara Isabella Burton, and Genevieve Valentine.
Excerpts are from works by Steven Erikson, Lavie Tidhar, Ada Palmer, Fran Wilde, and others.

(Sat 30 Apr 2016)

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New UK Books, April 2016

* de Castell, Sebastien : Saint’s Blood
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1782066804, £18.99, 576pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781784299644
The Greatcoats #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Traitor’s Blade (2014) and Knight’s Shadow (2015), about a troupe of travelling Magisters reviled for having failed to prevent the overthrow of their king.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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* Gonzales, Tony : The Tabit Genesis
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575093232, £8.99, 416pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 28 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575093249

Far future SF novel about the survivors of a space that fled Earth now destroyed by hostile aliens.
• Orion’s site has this description, which blurbs it as “GAME OF THRONES meets BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: New Lovecraftian Fiction
(UK: Robinson 978-1472120038, $10.99, 496pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Apr 2016

Anthology of 25 original stories based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
• Authors include Laird Barron, John Langan, Yoon Ha Lee, Michael Shea, John Shirley, and Sandra McDonald.
• The US edition is due May 24th from Running Press, whose site has this description.

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* McAuley, Paul : Into Everywhere
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473203983, $16.99, 432pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 21 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473204003

SF novel, sequel to Something Coming Through (2015), about aliens, the Jackaroo, who have provided humanity with technology to access other worlds.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.

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* Peek, Ben : Leviathan’s Blood
(UK: Macmillan/Tor UK 978-1447251316, £18.99, 704pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 7 Apr 2016
Children #2

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following The Godless (2014), set 15,000 years after warring Gods have left their bodies across the world.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The US edition is due May 31st from St. Martin’s. The Publishers Weekly review calls it “innovative in concept but long-winded in execution.”

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Category: New Books

New Books, 26 April 2016

— posted Tuesday 26 April 2016 @ 11:26 am PDT

* Abercrombie, Joe : Sharp Ends
(Orbit 978-0316390811, $25, 304pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316390804
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909040
UK edition: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575104679 (Tue 26 Apr 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; Orion/Gollancz’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this post from 2015 listing the table of contents.

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* Aiken, Joan : The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-112-8, $24, 256pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731135

Collection of 20 stories.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with the table of contents and links to the introduction and one of the stories.
Publishers Weekly has a signed review by Rose Fox: “Aiken’s prose is extraordinary, impossible to do justice to in this small space. Her skill with the language of folk tales—specifically the oral storytelling native to the British Isles—is unparalleled.”

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* Erikson, Steven : Fall of Light
(Tor 978-0765323576, $29.99, 864pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858459
UK edition: 978-0593062197 (Thu 21 Apr 2016)
Kharkanas Trilogy #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following Forge of Darkness (2012), set millennia before the author’s 10-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Hearn, Lian : Emperor of the Eight Islands
(Macmillan/FSG Originals 978-0374536312, $14, 272pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374715014
The Tale of Shikanoko #1

Fantasy novel set in medieval Japan, first of a four-book series, all of which will be published this year at two-month intervals.
• Macmillan’s site has this description and quotes from reviews, including Library Journal‘s: “a thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists, political intrigue, romance, and a richly detailed setting that will appeal to a variety of readers, especially those with an interest in Japanese mythology and otherworldly influences.”

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* Hieber, Leanna Renee : Strangely Beautiful
(Tor 978-0765377432, $20.99, 544pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466855878

Fantasy novel, first published as two volumes and here revised, about a young woman in Victorian London who can communicate with ghosts.
• The two earlier books were The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (2009) and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (2010).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* James, Elliott : In Shining Armor
(Orbit 978-0316302333, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316302340
Pax Arcana #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Charming (2013), Daring (2014), and Fearless (2015), about a cursed prince named John Charming.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “…it’s all entertaining, if you don’t mind high hit counts and a good bit of gore.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Kill Switch
(St. Martin’s 978-1250065254, $16.99, 544pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250100887
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427279347
Joe Ledger #8

Horror thriller, eighth in a series following following Patient Zero (2009), The Dragon Factory (2010), The King of Plagues (2011), Assassin’s Code (2012), Extinction Machine (2013), Code Zero (2014), and Predator One (2015), about a Baltimore detective recruited by the US Department of Military Sciences to fight various terrorist threats.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Maberry evokes Lovecraftian elements and modern-day thriller tropes to craft a fast-paced tale that incorporates an a wide array of conspiracy theories, fringe culture motifs, and Cold War weird science into a sort of kitchen-sink affair that shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does.”

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* Neuvel, Sylvain : Sleeping Giants
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1101886694, $26, 320pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101886700
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780147522627
Themis Files #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about the investigation into a giant metal hand found underground in South Dakota.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Pierce Brown and Blake Crouch.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Behind them looms the gigantic, inhuman figure of the robot. There are hints that it was placed on Earth to protect humankind, but from what? Far from being a clone of the Transformers, this intriguing tale is entirely worthy of an adult audience.”

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* Olde Heuvelt, Thomas : HEX
(Tor 978-0-7653-7880-4, $25.99, 384pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466864580
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427271259

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a Hudson Valley town haunted by a cursed 17th-century woman.
• The book was first published in Dutch in 2013; the translator here is Nancy Forest-Flier.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Despite some emotional gut punches, Heuvelt’s supernatural thriller fails to fully capitalize on its intriguing premise.”
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this week.

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* Thomas, Kara : The Darkest Corners
(Delacorte 978-0-553-52145-0, $17.99, 327pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553521474
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780147521354

Yound adult fantasy thriller about two girls in a town haunted by ghosts.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…a truly surprising ending and the aching beauty of Tessa and Callie’s friendship, reforged in adversity, ensure a memorable, disquieting read.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 25 April 2016

— posted Monday 25 April 2016 @ 10:30 am PDT

With genre titles still few and far-between on general lists this week, the most notable item is next Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, due July 31st, still #1 on Amazon.com today.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
04.24
LAT
04.24
USAT
04.17
PW
04.25
Amz
(04.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.25)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 6 1 =   14 +1 67 -22 7 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 28     xxx.. xx 10 +3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 11           1 = 3 +1 21 -19
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 24             82 +17 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 30       xxx.. 9 -2 70 +9 xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 38 2 =     xx 8 = xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.01
WP
04.24
LAT
04.24
USAT
04.17
PW
04.25
Amz
(04.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.25)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 67 11 + xxx.. xx xxx..   xxx..   xx
Kenyon, Dragonbane 04.25.16 / 1         18 ++      
King, 11/22/63 02.08.16 / 12 15 -1   xxx 101 -10 x      
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 4 3 =   xx 90 +24 7 =      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 241 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 63 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 86       xxx..   54 + xxx.. x
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 255   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 92 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 55 xxx..   xxx.. 113 +3 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 122 xxx..   13 -5 32 +5 xxx.. x xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 13             21 -12 xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 20       143 + 5 +4 x   x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               88 -8  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               59 -15  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               100 -12  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 68 +49   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 18             78 -24 xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 77 x xxx xxx 108 +7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 54 1 =   xxx.. 89 +22 13 -1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.01
WP
04.24
LAT
04.24
USAT
04.17
PW
04.25
Amz
(04.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.25)
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Category: Bestsellers

Classic Reprints, April 2016

— posted Thursday 21 April 2016 @ 10:42 am PDT

Banks, Iain M. : Feersum Endjinn
(UK: Gollancz 978-1473202511, £12.99, 288pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Apr 2016

(First edition: UK: Orbit, June 1994)

Far future SF novel in which rival Cryptographers and Engineers face a coming Encroachment, which will destroy the Earth.
• The book is famously known for its semi-phonetic spelling in some first-person chapters, e.g. “Woak up. Got dresd. Had brekfast. Spoke wif Ergates thi ant who sed itz juss been wurk wurk wurk 4 u lately master Bascule…”
• The book won a British Science Fiction Association Award in 1995.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.

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Leiber, Fritz : Ill Met in Lankhmar and Ship of Shadows
(Open Road B01BM1TJ2K, $3.99, 116pp, ebk, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016

Collection of two novellas, the first about Leiber’s fantasy characters Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, the second about a man aboard a starship who rediscovers his past.
• Both stories won Hugo Awards; the former also won a Nebula Award.
• Open Road’s site has this description.

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Moorcock, Michael : The English Assassin
(Titan 978-1783291816, $9.95, 240pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
The Cornelius Quartet #4

(First edition: London: Allison & Busby, 1972)

Contemporary SF novel about a hip 1960s superhero, Jerry Cornelius; third of a four book sequence following The Final Programme and A Cure for Cancer
• The final volume, The Condition of Muzak, will appear from Titan next month.

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* Simmons, Dan : This Year’s Class Picture
(Subterranean Press 978-1596067646, $20, 56pp, hardcover, March 2016, jacket illustration David Palumbo)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Mar 2016

Fantasy novelette about the teacher of a class of fourth-grade zombies.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• The story won the World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Theodore Sturgeon, and Seiun awards.

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Yolen, Jane : Briar Rose
(Tor Teen 978-0765382948, $10.99, 272pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016

(First edition: Tor, 1992)

Fantasy novel, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in German forests during World War II.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The book won a Mythopoeic Award and was a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards.

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New Books, 19 April 2016

— posted Tuesday 19 April 2016 @ 11:55 am PDT

* Carter, Matt : Almost Infamous
(Skyhorse/Talos Press 978-1-940456-50-8, $15.99, 328pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016

Fantasy novel, subtitled “A supervillain novel”, about an 18-year-old with telekinetic abilities who’s too lazy to become a professional superhero.
• Talos’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “quirky riff on the coming-of-age novel.”

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* Griep, Camille : New Charity Blues
(Amazon/47North 978-1503951204, $14.95, 286pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B010LAT3JM
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1511327176

Post-apocalyptic SF novel about two surviving communities and a hydroelectric dam.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Haley, Guy : The Emperor’s Railroad
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8984-8, $12.99, 178pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466891975
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427273888
Dreaming Cities #1

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, first in a series, about far-future feudal societies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Haley serves up equal helpings of horror, fantasy adventure, and SF in this stark, intriguing story of a ruined Earth where the remaining humans are determined to survive.”

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* Hand, Elizabeth : Hard Light
(Minotaur 978-1-250-03038-2, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250030375
Cass Neary #3

Associational crime novel, third in a series about Cass Neary following Generation Loss (2007) and Available Dark (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…Cass conveys an expert’s knowledge of the 1970s East Village punk scene, Iron Age rituals, Paleolithic icons, and the intricacies of photography and film noir. Somehow it all adds up to a gripping, if unlikely, tale.”

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* Harbour, Katherine : Nettle King
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-228678-9, $12.99, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062286826
Night and Nothing #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Thorn Jack (2014) and Briar Queen (2015), about a supernatural New York town.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The story is full of exciting moments and has a hectic pace, but it suffers from a too-large cast. …”

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* Kadrey, Richard : The Everything Box
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-238954-1, $24.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062389565
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062456946
Coop #1

Supernatural fantasy novel, first in a series, about a contemporary thief who comes into possession of a device lost by an angel who’d meant to destroy the world.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Kadrey’s plot doesn’t depend on magic; instead, magic is the broth bringing all manner of delicious ingredients together in this wonderful stew of a story. This unusual urban fantasy is a delight.”
• Adrienne Martini reviewed it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: The Everything Box is filled with West Coast fantasy noir, complete with spells, vampires, and thieves….”

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* Kittredge, Caitlin : Grim Tidings
(Harper Voyager 978-0062316936, $14.99, 272pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062316943
Hellhound Chronicles #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Black Dog (2014), about a servant for the reaper who sends errant souls to hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Kloos, Marko : Chains of Command
(Amazon/47north 978-1503950320, $14.95, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Frontlines #4

Military SF novel, fourth in a series following Terms of Enlistment (2013), Lines of Departure (2014), and Angles of Attack (2015).
• The second novel in the series was nominated for the 2015 Hugo Award, but was withdrawn by the author.
• Amazon’s page has the description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Larke, Glenda : The Fall of the Dagger
(Orbit 978-0316399708, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316399692
The Forsaken Lands #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Lascar’s Dagger (2014) and The Dagger’s Path (2015), about a religious conspiracy that implicates the king’s spiritual adviser.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book “Densely plotted without being convoluted, this is an absorbing political fantasy that bodes well for the rest of the series.”

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+ Richards, Justin : The Blood Red City
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-05921-5, $26.99, 400pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466863781
The Never War #2

Alternate history SF novel, second in a series following The Suicide Exhibition (2013), in which Germans in 1940 make contact with alien Vril and their Ubermensch.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes, “Richards, an author of numerous Doctor Who novels, seems to be an omnivorous recycler as he showers the reader with variations on H.P. Lovecraft, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

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* Turtledove, Harry : The House of Daniel: A Novel of Miracles, Magic, and Minor League Ball
(Tor 978-0-7653-8000-5, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466871335

Alternate history fantasy novel about a man from Enid, Oklahoma who joins a hotshot baseball team in a Depression-era America populated with wizards and zombies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Turtledove’s feel for historical accuracy brings Jack’s era to life and keeps an otherwise episodic travelogue from growing stale.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 18 April 2016

— posted Monday 18 April 2016 @ 10:40 am PDT

Two titles debut this week, if not prominently. Faith Hunter’s paperback original Shadow Rites (Roc), 10th book in her Jane Yellowrock fantasy series, ranks #33 on the USA Today list; and R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: Homecoming Book II: Maestro (Wizards of the Coast), ranks #64 on the USAT list and #15 on the Publishers Weekly fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.24
WP
04.17
LAT
04.17
USAT
04.10
PW
04.18
Amz
(04.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.18)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 5 1 =   15 ++ 45 -25 4 -2 xxx xxx xxx..
Harris, Midnight Crossroad 05.19.14 / 5 xxx..     92 + xxx..      
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 27     xxx.. x 13 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 58     xxx.. xxx.. 25 -5 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 10           1 = 4 -1 2 +1
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 23             99 -22 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 29       xxx.. 7 = 79 -32 xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 36             82 -3 xxx..
Salvatore, Forgotten Realms: Homecoming Book II: Maestro 04.18.16 / 1       64 ++ 15 ++      
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 37 2 =     x 8 -4 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.24
WP
04.17
LAT
04.17
USAT
04.10
PW
04.18
Amz
(04.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.18)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Hunter, Shadow Rites 04.18.16 / 1       33 ++        
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant [tpb] 01.25.16 / 10     13 +          
King, 11/22/63 02.08.16 / 11 14 -2   xx 91 +1 24 -2      
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 3 3 +1   x 114 -57 7 -3      
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 85       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 57 +3
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 54 xxx..   xxx.. 116 -33 xxx.. xxx    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 121 xxx..   8 -3 37 -14 xxx.. 96 -29 xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 12             9 = xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 19       xx 9 -4 36 +   24 +8
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               80 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               44 +10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               88 +4  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 117 -49   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 17             54 -4 xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 76 13 -2 xx xx 115 -30 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 53 1 =   xxx.. 111 -45 12 -6 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.24
WP
04.17
LAT
04.17
USAT
04.10
PW
04.18
Amz
(04.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.18)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers


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