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New in Paperback, March – April 2016

Anderson, Kevin J. : Blood of the Cosmos
(Tor 978-0765369352, $8.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Saga of Shadows #2

(First edition: Tor, June 2015)

SF novel, second in a series following the Hugo-nominated The Dark Between the Stars (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Baxter, Stephen : Ultima
(Penguin/Roc 978-0451467737, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Proxima #2

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, November 2014)

SF novel, second of a duology following Proxima (2013), about a 27th century colonization of a planet circling Proxima Centauri.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Russell Letson reviewed the book in Locus Magazine. ” ‘‘Ultima’’ can mean ‘‘farthest’’ as well as ‘‘last,’’ and that extremity would seem to be the destination of this second volume, though it takes its time getting there and wanders through some genre spaces that do not at first seem much related to the cosmic gosh-wow promised by the vatic opening and closing passages of Proxima. (Part of me wonders whether Baxter is seeing how many SF tropes and traditions he can fit into one big narrative framework.)”

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Cherryh, C. J. : Tracker
(Daw 978-0756410759, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Foreigner #16

(First edition: DAW, April 2015)

SF novel, 16th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), Protector (2013), and Peacemaker (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The latest book in the series, Visitor, was just released in hardcover.

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Flint, Eric : Grantville Gazette VII
(Baen 978-1476781396, $7.99, 624pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016

(First edition: Baen, April 2015)

Anthology of alternate history stories set in the universe of Flint’s 1632 and sequels, concerning a 20th century American town sent back in time to 17th century Europe.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several stories, and an introduction explaining that this book, like the previous volumes, is a collection of the best stories from several issues of the online magazine.

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Harris, Charlaine : Day Shift
(Ace 978-0425263204, $9.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Midnight, Texas #2

(First edition: Ace, May 2015)

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Midnight Crossroad (2014), about the residents of a small Texas town, who have various paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The next book in the series, Night Shift, is due May 3 in hardcover.

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Herbert, Brian : The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma
(Tor 978-0765381507, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016

(First edition: Tor, July 2014)

Near-future SF novel in which the US has saved the environment at the cost of becoming a dictatorship.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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King, Stephen : Finders Keepers
(Pocket 978-1501100123, $9.99, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Mar 2016
Bill Hodges #2

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Scribner, June 2015)

Crime thriller (with no fantastic content), second in a trilogy following Mr. Mercedes (2014), about a vengeful reader who has murdered his favorite author.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: Finders Keepers is an unsettling novel that holds up to fandom a mirror that most people who think of themselves as fans would prefer not to look into.”

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Novik, Naomi : Uprooted
(Del Rey 978-0804179058, $16, 464pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, May 2015)

Fantansy novel about a wizard who protects a town from the malevolent power of the nearby woods, in exchange for a new female from the town every 10 years.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Ursula K. Le Guin, Lev Grossman, and others.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Novik goes from alternate history dragons to full-on fairy tale in this nicely warped ‘Beauty and the Beast’.”

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Orullian, Peter : Trial of Intentions
(Tor 978-0765364708, $9.99, 768pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Vault of Heaven #2

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Unremembered (2011), about three orphans who embark on a quest.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Taylor, Travis S. : Trail of Evil
(Baen 978-1476781402, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Tau Ceti #4

(First edition: Baen, April 2015)

Military SF novel, fourth in a series following One Day on Mars (2007), The Tau Ceti Agenda (2008), and One Good Soldier (2009).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Valentine, Genevieve : Persona
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481425131, $14.99, 336pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, March 2015)

Near-future political thriller about an assassination attempt on a diplomat from the new country United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this desription.

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New Books, 12 April 2016

* Anderson, Kevin J., & John McFetridge, eds. : 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush.
(ECW Press 978-1770412927, $16.95, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016

Anthology 18 stories, mostly original, inspired by the music of Rush.
• One of the reprints is Fritz Leiber’s “Gonna Roll the Bones”, which inspired the song “Roll the Bones.”
• Other contributors include David Niall Wilson, Mercedes Lackey, Gregn Van Eekhout, Michael Z. Williamson, and Larry Dixon.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* Aryan, Stephen : Bloodmage
(Orbit 978-0316298315, $16.99, 528pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316298308
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478964100
Age of Darkness #2

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following Battlemage (2015), about survivors of a battlemage war.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Boyczuk, Robert : The Book of David
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483513, $16.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483520

SF novel about an artificial world of concentric spheres created and settled by the Catholic Church to escape persecution.
• ChiZine’s site has this description, with a blurb by Laird Barron.

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* Brin, David : Insistence of Vision
(The Story Plant 978-1-61188-221-6, $13.95, 374pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-943486-82-3

Collection of 22 stories and essays, first published from 1989 to 2015.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt from story “Stones of Significance”.
• Brin’s site has this description with the table of contents and links to several stories.

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* Burgis, Stephanie : Masks and Shadows
(Pyr 978-1-63388-132-7, $17, 300pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016

Historical fantasy novel about a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor in a society where everyone wears masks.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Faren Miller reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Key scenes take place during a masquerade – no less wild and licentious for its courtly setting – and Burgis explores the nature of shadows, over the course of interwoven plotlines with shifting (and complex) viewpoint characters.”

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* Chappell, Fred : A Shadow All of Light
(Tor 978-0-7653-7912-2, $27.99, 384pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466866133

Fantasy novel about a young man from the country who becomes apprentice to a master thief in the port city of Tardocco.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Chappell has a deft touch for comedy and for capers, and his witty, elegant prose shows a poet’s deep love for words…”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Such passages, exploring the secret nature of light, shadow, and self, lead to the ultimate paradox that gives the book its name. When we finally see this ‘Shadow All of Light’, the miracle is potent beyond any attempt to define it.”

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : Street Magicks
(Prime Books 978-1607014690, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016

Anthology of 20 fantasy stories about roads, walkways, and other paths.
• Authors include Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Ford, R.A. Lafferty, Charles de Lint, Jay Lake, and John Shirley.
• Prime’s site has this description with the table of contents and the introduction.

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* Morris, Mark : Wrapped in Skin
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483575, $16.99, 300pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483582

Collection of stories.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
• Cemetery Dance Online has this review by Blu Gilliand.

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* Parker, K. J. : Downfall of the Gods
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-755-4, $40, 112pp, hardcover, March 2016, jacket art Vincent Chong)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Mar 2016

Fantasy novella about a Goddess who is obliged to forgive a man who killed her favorite musician.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Though it clocks in at just more than 100 pages, this novella packs the punch of a full-length work.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “easily the funniest of his recent string of novellas from Subterranean, and the one most directly suggestive of Parker’s alter ego Tom Holt…”

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* Roman, Peter : The Apocalypse Ark
(ChiZine Publications 978-1-77148-377-3, $16.99, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483780
The Book of Cross #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following The Mona Lisa Sacrifice (2013) and The Dead Hamlets (2015), about an immortal angel killer who seeks out Noah.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The Cross series is a spiritual relative to Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim and Lavie Tidhar’s Bookman series, meaning that anyone (and anything) in the literary universe is fair game. …”

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* Schneider, Susan, ed. : Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, Second Edition
(Wiley Blackwell 978-1-118-92261-3, $21.95, 422pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 7 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-118-92260-6

Nonfiction anthology of essays, the second edition of a book first published in 2009.
• Contributors include Plato, David J. Chalmers, Ray Kurzweil, Isaac Asimov, and Daniel C. Dennett.
• Wiley’s site has this description with the complete table of contents and blurbs from David Brin and Martin Rees.

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* Schow, David J. : DJSturbia
(Subterranean Press 978-1596067721, $40, 320pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Mar 2016

Collection of 26 horror stories.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Great writing, boundless creativity, and remarkable career recollections make this a truly wonderful compilation.”

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* Sederholm, Carl H., & Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, eds. : The Age of Lovecraft
(University Of Minnesota Press 978-0816699254, $24.95, 296pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 25 Mar 2016

Nonfiction anthology of essays about H.P. Lovecraft “in relation to twenty-first-century critical theory and culture”.
• There a foreword by Ramsey Campbell and an interview with China Miéville.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the complete table of contents.

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* Stanton, Steve : Freenet
(ECW Press 978-1770412293, $14.95, 264pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Apr 2016

SF novel set in a far future dominated by a near-omniscient data matrix, about a woman who crash-lands on desert planet with a cave-dwelling culture.
• ECW’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Trent, Letitia : Almost Dark
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483360, $16.99, 300pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483377

Horror novel about a librarian who received visitations from her twin brother, who died in an accident 15 years earlier.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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* Wexler, Django : The Palace of Glass
(Penguin/Dawson 978-0803739789, $16.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101604298
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780147525512

Middle grade fantasy novel, third in a series following The Forbidden Library (2014) and The Mad Apprentice (2015), about a girl and her uncle’s magical library.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Williamson, Chet : Psycho: Sanitarium
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-06105-8, $24.99, 288pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466866775
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427281531

Horror novel, sequel to Robert Block’s 1959 Psycho, concerning the two decades between that book and Bloch’s own Psycho II.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The novel shines when he focuses on Norman and both his internal struggles with his ‘Mother’ personality and his awkwardness around his newfound sibling. Whenever Norman gets the spotlight, the novel feels like a lost Bloch work.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 11 April 2016

— posted Monday 11 April 2016 @ 10:50 am PDT

Editions of “Newt Scamander” ‘s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, including the 2015 hardcover edition shown here, are rising up on Amazon lists this week, presumably in anticipation of the film adaptation, due in December.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.17
WP
04.10
LAT
04.10
USAT
04.03
PW
04.11
Amz
(04.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.11)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Fire Touched 03.21.16 / 4 x xxx xx 131 -31 24 -5      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 4 1 =     20 -12 2 = xx xx xxx
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 26     xxx.. 117 -34 9 +4 xxx   xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 106     xxx.. xxx.. 18 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 57     xxx.. xxx.. 20 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 04.11.16 / 1           20 ++    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 9           1 = 3 +3 3 -2
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 22             77 -13 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 28       xxx.. 7 +13 47 -16 xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 35             79 + xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 36 2 =     136 -70 4 +1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.17
WP
04.10
LAT
04.10
USAT
04.03
PW
04.11
Amz
(04.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.11)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 66 13 -1 xxx.. 11 + xxx..   xxx..   84 +
King, 11/22/63 02.08.16 / 10 12 -5   x 92 -12 22 -11      
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 2 4 -2   10 ++ 57 = 4 =      
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 84       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 60 +33
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 254   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xx 93 -18
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 53 xxx..   xxx.. 83 -31 xxx.. xx    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 120 xxx..   5 +2 23 -16 xxx.. 67 -30 xxx xxx
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 11             9 + xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 18       x 5 +5 xxx..   32 ++
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               98 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               54 +21  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               92 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 68 -24   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 16             50 +16 xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 75 11 -4 x x 85 -25 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xx
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 52 1 =   xxx.. 66 -42 6 +1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.17
WP
04.10
LAT
04.10
USAT
04.03
PW
04.11
Amz
(04.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.11)
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

New Books, 5 April 2016

— posted Tuesday 5 April 2016 @ 2:10 pm PDT

* Armstrong, Kelley : Forest of Ruin
(HarperCollins 978-0062071309, $17.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062071323
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062417893
Age of Legends #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Sea of Shadows (2014) and Empire of Night (2015), about twin sisters who are the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood.
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.

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+ Baker, Jacqueline : The Broken Hours
(Skyhorse/Talos Press 978-1940456553, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016

Historical fantasy novel, subtitled “A Novel of H.P. Lovecraft”, about a man in 1936 Providence who takes a position as a live-in assistant for a reclusive employer.
• Talos’ site has this description with a blurb by S.T. Joshi.
• The book was originally published by HarperCollins Canada in 2014. The Publishers Weekly review of that edition concluded, “Baker writes with the conviction of a fan, adeptly evoking the shadowy melancholy of Lovecraft’s world while always keeping the narrative’s momentum moving. While lacking in the intensity of Lovecraft’s own work, the novel creates an atmosphere of haunted New England menace that sinks subtly into the skin.”

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* Black, Jenna : Nightstruck
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-8004-3, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466871762

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a paranormal horror series, about a teenage girl in Philadelphia who opens a door between worlds.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Effectively blending grisly horror, teenage dilemmas, and a touch of romance, Black has built a genuinely scary city where the night literally has teeth.”

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* Brennan, Marie : In the Labyrinth of Drakes
(Tor 978-0-7653-7763-0, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466856981
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427279101
A Natural History of Dragons #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series after A Natural History of Dragons (2013), The Tropic of Serpents (2014), and Voyage of the Basilisk (2015), about a dragon naturalist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “It’s a time of changes for the main character, but this mix of scientific and fantastic creatures remains in fine form.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Once again, the work is a delight. Its most appealing aspect isn’t the genre-bending riffs on genuine events so much as the level-headed outlook that people like Lady Trent bring to both fantasy and romance.”

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* Brennan, Sarah Rees : Tell the Wind and Fire
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion 978-0544318175, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780544318847

Young adult fantasy novel about a young woman from the Dark half of the city who has found a home in the Light half.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* Carey, M. R. : Fellside
(Orbit 978-0316300285, $27, 496pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316300308
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478911531
UK edition: 978-0356503585 (Thu 7 Apr 2016)

Fantasy thriller about a maximum security prison on the Yorkshire Moors where the walls whisper.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Cherryh, C. J. : Visitor
(DAW 978-0756409104, $26, 384pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698164260
Foreigner #17

SF novel, 17th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), Protector (2013), Peacemaker (2014), and Tracker (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Freer, Dave : Changeling’s Island
(Baen 978-1-4767-8120-4, $10.99, 256pp, trade paperback, April 2016, cover art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-491-8

Young adult fantasy novel about a teenager sent to live on a remote Australian island, which he discovers is alive with ancient magic.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Gordon, Alex : Jericho
(Harper Voyager 978-0061687389, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062102331
Gideon #2

Fantasy thriller, follow-up to the author’s first novel Gideon (2015), about a young witch fighting an ancient evil.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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+ Harte, Aidan : Spira Mirabilis
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681445205, $26.99, 544pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
The Wave Trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, third volume of a trilogy following Irenicon (UK 2012, US 2014) and The Warring States (UK 2015, US March 2016), about an empire that uses the magical science of Wave Technology.
• The book first appeared in the UK in 2015.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* Hunter, Faith : Shadow Rites
(Roc 978-0-451-46597-9, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101636251
Jane Yellowrock #10

Urban fantasy novel, tenth in the series following Skinwalker (2009), Blood Cross (2010), Mercy Blade (2011), Raven Cursed (Jan. 2012), Death’s Rival (2012), Blood Trade (2013), Black Arts (Jan. 2014), Broken Soul (Oct. 2014), and Dark Heir (2015), about a shapeshifting vampire-hunter of Cherokee descent.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Jane is a fully realized, complicated woman; her power, humanity, and vulnerability make her a compelling heroine.”

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* Jacka, Benedict : Burned
(Ace 978-0-425-27576-4, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698165083
Alex Verus #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh in a series following Fated (March 2012), Cursed (June 2012), Taken (Sept. 2012), Chosen (2013), Hidden (2014), and Veiled (2105), about a London magician who can foresee the future.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The seventh Alex Verus novel may be the best so far in a consistently outstanding urban fantasy series.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Even [Alex’s] fascinating talent as a diviner has let him down, leaving enough of a cliffhanger ending to make it hard to wait for the next book in this intriguing series.”

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* Jennings, Holly : Arena
(Ace 978-1-101-98876-3, $26, 336pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698406933
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780804195065
Arena #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about virtual gaming tournaments where competitors fight to the digital death.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Jennings’s debut novel has a strong concept but doesn’t do it justice.”

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* Krinard, Susan : Battlestorm
(Tor 978-0-7653-3210-3, $15.99, 480pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429953399
Midgard #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series after Mist (2013) and Black Ice (2014), about a San Francisco woman who discovers her boyfriend is Loki and that she’s a Valkyrie.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Krinard’s attempts to tie mythological detail to the narrative don’t always succeed because they overwhelm the story—the parts are so much more than their sum.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes, & Cody Martin : Silence
(Baen 978-1-4767-8123-5, $25, 336pp, hardcover, April 2016, cover art Larry Dixon)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-489-5
SERRAted Edge #9

Urban fantasy novel, ninth in a series by Lackey and others that began with Born to Run (by Lackey and Larry Dixon, 1992) and ran through Lazerwarz (by Mark Shepherd, 1999), about a teenage girl sent to live with her mother in a remote Maine town.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* McGuire, Seanan : Every Heart a Doorway
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8550-5, $17.99, 176pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765383877
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427279095

Short fantasy novel about a home for wayward children from fantasy realms.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “McGuire puts her own inimitable spin on portal fantasy, adding horror elements to the mix, and her characters are strange and charming.”

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* Rogers, Cam : Quantum Break: Zero State
(Tor 978-0765391599, $25.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765391612

SF novel based on the video game.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Sigler, Scott : Alight
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0553393156, $18, 448pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553393163
Generations Trilogy #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a trilogy following Alive (2015), about a group of teenagers awake in a strange place with no knowledge of how they got there.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Sniegoski, Thomas E. : The Demonists
(Roc 978-0451473523, $15, 336pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698185517
Demonists #1

Dark fantasy novel, first in a new series, about an exorcist who accidentally unleashes a horde of demons.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Stewart, Alex : Shooting the Rift
(Baen 978-1-4767-8118-1, $16, trade paperback, April 2016, cover art Stephan Martiniere)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-490-1

Space opera SF novel, the author’s first novel under his own name, about a man cast out by his family who becomes caught up in an interstellar war.
Stewart wrote a number Warhammer 40,000 novels under the pseudonym Sandy Mitchell.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Strieber, Whitley : Alien Hunter: The White House
(Tor 978-0-7653-7869-9, $25.99, 288pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466863293
Alien Hunter #3

SF thriller, third in a series following Alien Hunter (2013) and Alien Hunter: Underworld (2014), about a police detective pursuing alien killers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review remarks, “Though exciting in spots, Strieber’s thriller is punctuated with lengthy generic action sequences, and his caricature of the deliriously dysfunctional First Family at the center of the intrigues approaches the comic absurd.”

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* Tomlinson, Patrick S. : Trident’s Forge
(Angry Robot 978-0857664877, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, April 2016, cover art Larry Rostant)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664884
UK edition: 9780857664860 (Thu 7 Apr 2016)
Children of a Death Earth #2

SF novel, second in a series following The Ark (2015), about a generation starship that has reached Tau Ceti G.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Wells, Martha : The Edge of Worlds
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-843-9, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016
Three Worlds #1

Fantasy, first volume of a new series set in the author’s Raksura universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Filtering the story mostly through the semi-outsider Moon, Wells overcomes pacing flaws to keep this series going strong with an imaginative world of engaging characters.”

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* Williams, Conrad, ed. : Dead Letters
(Titan 978-1783294503, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Apr 2016

Anthology of original stories about “the undelivered, the missing, the returned…”
• Authors include Joanne Harris, Lisa Tuttle, Pat Cadigan, and Maria Dahvana Headley & China Miéville.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 4 April 2016

— posted Monday 4 April 2016 @ 11:08 am PDT

The mass market paperback edition of Stephen King’s Finders Keepers (Pocket) debuts strongly on a couple lists, ranking as high as #2 on the New York Times mass market list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.10
WP
04.03
LAT
04.03
USAT
03.27
PW
04.04
Amz
(04.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.04)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Fire Touched 03.21.16 / 3 20 -9 xx x 100 -65 19 -11      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 3 1 =     8 -3 2 -1 x x xx
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 25     xxx.. 83 +15 13 -3 xx   xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 56     xxx.. xxx.. 19 + xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 8           1 = 6 -2 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 21             64 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 27       xxx.. 20 -3 31 + xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 35 2 =     66 +16 5 -1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.10
WP
04.03
LAT
04.03
USAT
03.27
PW
04.04
Amz
(04.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.04)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 215   10 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 65 12 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
Hardinge, The Lie Tree (UK) [tpb] 02.08.16 / 9             94 -33  
King, 11/22/63 02.08.16 / 9 7 -1   10 + 80 -12 11 -2      
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 1 2 ++     57 ++ 4 ++      
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 83       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 93 +
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 253   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. x 75 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 52 xxx..   xxx.. 52 +12 xxx.. x    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 119 xxx..   7 + 7 -3 xxx.. 37 -26 xx xx
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 17       129 + 10 -3 xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               75 -40  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 44 +18   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 15             66 -14 xxx..
Weir, The Martian 08.31.15 / 31 12 +1       xxx..   xxx xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 74 7 -2 9 + 9 + 60 -31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. x
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 51 1 =   xxx.. 24 +4 7 -2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.10
WP
04.03
LAT
04.03
USAT
03.27
PW
04.04
Amz
(04.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.04)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early April 2016

— posted Saturday 2 April 2016 @ 11:10 am PDT

Aphelion

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

March 2016
Issue 204
• This issue has a long fiction by Grisha Syssoyev, short stories by Steve Evans, J. Eckert Lytle, I. Verse, James Tatam, D.A. Cairns, Dave Schultz, and Paul Michael Moreau.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Sat 2 Apr 2016)

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Clarkesworld

• SF and fantasy fiction, nonfiction, and podcasts, since 2006; publisher/editor Neil Clarke
• Format: Online; Ebook
• Frequency: Monthly
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/

April 2016
Issue 115, cover art by Rudy Faber
• This issue has fiction by Carolyn Ives Gilman, Chen Quifan, Gregory Feeley, Sara Saab, Garth Nix, and Elizabeth Hand.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with David Brin and essays by Jason Heller and Margot Atwell.

(Sat 2 Apr 2016)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

April 2016
• This month’s story is “The Garden of Sons and Husbands” by Alex Jeffers.

(Sat 2 Apr 2016)

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Kaleidotrope

• Semi-regular sf/f/h zine, since 2006, becoming electronic after Fall 2011; editor Fred Coppersmith
• Format: Print
• Frequency: 2-3/year
http://www.kaleidotrope.net/

Spring 2016
Cover art by Tex McCranie
• This issue has stories by Michelle Ann King, Kurt Hunt, Neil Carstairs, and Dana Beehr.
• There’s also poetry by Lynette Mejía, Darrell Lindsday, and Sandi Leibowitz.

(Sat 2 Apr 2016)

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Lightspeed

• Science fiction and fantasy stories, original and reprint, plus features; edited by John Joseph Adams; debuted June 2010; combined with former Fantasy Magazine since Jan 2012
• Format: Online; ebook
• Frequency: Monthly issues in ebook formats for purchase; weekly online updates free
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

April 2016
Issue 71
• This issue has SF stories by Carrie Vaughn, Matthew Bailey, Patricia Strand, and Peter Watts, plus fantasy stories by Nghi Vo, Rudy Rucker, Theodora Goss, and Ken Scholes.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Bill McGoldrick, book reviews by Andrew Liptak, and a TV review by Christiopher East.

(Sat 2 Apr 2016)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

April 2016
Issue 43, cover art by Yana Moskaluk
• This issue has stories by Ian Whates, Kaaron Warren, Rahul Kanakia, and P.D. Cacek.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with David J. Schow and a column by Evan J. Peterson.

(Sat 2 Apr 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

Periodicals, late March 2016

— posted Thursday 31 March 2016 @ 10:34 am PDT

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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

March 2016
Issue 194-196, cover art by Leon Tukker
Issue 196, posted March 31, has stories by Alter S. Reiss and C.A. Hawksmoor, a podcast of the Reiss story, and an archival story by Oliver Buckram.
Issue 195, posted March 17, has stories by Aliette de Bodard, Sarah Pinsker, and Jason Sanford, podcasts of the first two stories, and an archival story by Chris Willrich.
Issue 194, posted March 3, has stories by Yoon Ha Lee, Cat Rambo, and Anaea Lay, with podcasts of the first two stories, and an archival story by Anne Ivy.

(Thu 31 Mar 2016)

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Black Static

• British fantasy and horror magazine, debuting 2007 (formerly The Third Alternative), edited by Andy Cox
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/

Mar-Apr 2016
Issue 51, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Martin Hanford
• Stories in this issue are by Stephen Graham Jones, Mark Morris, Gary McMahon, Caren Gussoff, Stephen Hargadon, and Norman Prentiss.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Gary Couzens, and Peter Tennant, whose book review section includes an interview with Molly Tanzer.

(Mon 21 Mar 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/

March 2016
• Stories posted in March are by Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold, Chen Qiufan, Robert Reed, Caroline M. Yoachim, and many others.

(Thu 31 Mar 2016)

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Interzone

• SF magazine, currently bimonthly, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/

March/April 2016
Issue 263, cover art by Vincent Sammy
• This issue has fiction by Alexander Marsh Freed, Christopher Fowler, Michelle Ann King, Jeffrey Thomas, Rich Larson, and E. Catherine Tobler.
• Features include columns by Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan, David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits, a book review section, film reviews by Nick Lowe, and DVD/Blu-ray reviews by Tony Lee.

(Mon 21 Mar 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/

March 2016
• Stories posted in March are The Angel of Divine Intent by Tim Akers, Meltwater by Benjamin C. Kinney, and The Name of the Forest by Margaret Killjoy.
• Columns and articles include Vajra Chandrasekera on Marginalia, Andrea Phillips on Video Games, and Renay on Sophia McDougall.
• There’s also a podcast of the month’s poetry by Sofia Samatar, Lev Mirov, Anne Carly Abad, Christina Im, Matthew Porto, and Jane Crowley.

(Thu 31 Mar 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/

March 2016
• Original stories posted in March are by Alyssa Wong, Karin Tidbeck, Laurie Penny, Carrie Vaughn, Caighlan Smith, and David D. Levine.
Excerpts are from works by Mary Robinette Kowal, Guy Gavriel Kay, Marie Brennan, Harry Turtledove, and others.

(Thu 31 Mar 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 29 March 2016

— posted Tuesday 29 March 2016 @ 10:50 am PDT

* Cole, Myke : Javelin Rain
(Ace 978-0425269657, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101636763
Shadow Ops #5

Military SF novel, fifth in a series following Control Point (2012), Fortress Frontier (2013), Breach Zone (2014), and Gemini Cell (2015), 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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* Fowler, Christopher : Bryant & May: Strange Tide
(UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK 978-0857523426, £16.99, 416pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 24 Mar 2016
Bryant & May #13

Supernatural crime novel, thirteenth in a series about detectives Bryant and May that began with Full Dark House (2004) and most recently included The Burning Man (2015).
• Penguin UK’s site has this description.
• The US edition is due in December.

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* Gemmell, Stella : The Immortal Throne
(UK: Transworld/Bantam UK 978-0593071489, £18.99, 576pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 24 Mar 2016
The City #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The City (2013), about a vast ancient city occupied by an emperor who’s lived an unnaturally long life.
• Penguin UK’s site has this description.
• The US edition is due in December.

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* Lovegrove, James : World of Water
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781083055, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
UK edition: 978-1781083048 (Thu 7 Apr 2016)
Dev Harmer #2

SF novel, second in a series following World of Fire (2014), about an interstellar security agent trying to restore order on a water world with a sub-aquatic indigenous race.
• Solaris’ site has this post with an essay by the author about his pulp hero.

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* Sykes, Sam : The Mortal Tally
(Orbit 978-0316374897, $15.99, 688pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316374903
UK edition: 978-0575132214 (Thu 31 Mar 2016)
Bring Down Heaven #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The City Stained Red (2015), about adventurer Lenk and his companions battling demons trying to break free from Hell.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 28 March 2016

— posted Monday 28 March 2016 @ 11:45 am PDT

Two of last week’s debuts remain on lists this week. Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight remains #1 on two YA lists, and Patricia Briggs’ Fire Touched debuts on one more list and drops on others.

We may drop the Washington Post list from this page, since the paper’s site now limits non-subscriber access; this week’s list was not available.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.03
WP
03.20
LAT
03.27
USAT
03.20
PW
03.28
Amz
(03.28)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.28)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.28)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Fire Touched 03.21.16 / 2 11 -9 [ 1 ] 9 ++ 35 -33 8 -6      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 2 1 =     5 -4 1 = 93 -30 33 -6 x
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 24     xxx.. 98 + 10 +12 x   xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 105     xxx.. xxx.. 18 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 7           1 +4 4 +5 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 26       xxx.. 17 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 34 2 =     82 -5 4 -1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.03
WP
03.20
LAT
03.27
USAT
03.20
PW
03.28
Amz
(03.28)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.28)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.28)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 64 10 +1   xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
Hardinge, The Lie Tree (UK) [tpb] 02.08.16 / 8             61 +18  
King, 11/22/63 02.08.16 / 8 6 +1   xx 68 -7 9 +1      
Novik, Uprooted [tpb] 03.28.16 / 1     9 ++          
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 252       xxx..   xxx.. 87 + x
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 51 xxx..   xxx.. 64 + xxx.. 83 -23    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 118 xxx..   xxx.. 4 +91 xxx.. 11 -3 x x
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 16       xx 7 -2 xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               70 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK) 07.22.08 / 9             98 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               91 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               35 +1  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               82 +14  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 62 -4   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 14             52 +7 xxx..
Weir, The Martian 08.31.15 / 30 13 +       xxx..   xx xxx
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 73 5 +1   x 29 +1 xxx.. xxx xxx.. 94 -20
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 50 1 =   xxx.. 28 +4 5 -1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.03
WP
03.20
LAT
03.27
USAT
03.20
PW
03.28
Amz
(03.28)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.28)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.28)
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

Print Periodicals, March 2016

— posted Sunday 27 March 2016 @ 12:09 pm PDT

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/

May 2016
Vol. 136 No. 5, $4.99, 112pp
• This issue has novelettes by Ryan W. Norris, Andy P. Smith, and Howard V. Hendrix, and short stories by Ian Creasey, Brendan DuBois, Bethany Gilton, Shane Halbach, and Lettie Prell. There’s also a poem by Timons Esaias.
• The science article, by Edward M. Lerner, is about time travel.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Edward M. Lerner, and “Alternate View” column by John G. Cramer, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Fri 25 Mar 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/

April/May 2016
Vol. 40 No. 4&5 (whole #483&484), $7.99, 112pp
• This double issue has a novella by Suzanne Palmer, novelettes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alexander Jablokov, Dominica Phetteplace, Derek Kunsken, and C.W. Johnson, and short stories by James Van Pelt, Robert Reed, Robert R. Chase, T.R. Napper, and Esther M. Friesner.
• Poetry is by John Fosslee, Alicia Cole, Aimee Ogden, Leslie J. Anderson, Ron Koertge, and Kendall Evans & David C. Kopaska-Merkel.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Charlie Jane Anders; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections” column, about Homer; and book reviews by Peter Heck.

(Wed 24 Feb 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/

Mar/Apr 2016
Vol. 130 No. 3&4 (whole #724), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Jason Van Hollander
• This issue has a novella by John P. Murphy, novelets by Marc Laidlaw, Cat Rambo, Juliette Wade & Sheila Finch, and Sarina Dorie, and short stories by Nancy Kress, Justin Barbeau, Chris De Vito, N.J. Schrock, and James L. Cambias.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, a “Books” column by Michelle West, a “Films” column by Kathi Maio, a “Plumage from Pegasus” vignette by Paul Di Filippo, and a “Curiosities” page by Douglas A. Anderson.

(Mon 21 Mar 2016)

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