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New Books: March Supplemental

* Attebery, Brian : Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth
(Oxford University Press 978-0-19-931607-6, £70, 272pp, trade paperback, January 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Jan 2014

Nonfiction study, with notes, bibliography, and an index.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents. It’s also available as a hardcover (978-019931606).
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, concluding “If there weren’t points you can quibble with, or points you’re tempted to expand upon yourself, the book would hardly have been worth writing, but Attebery is persuasive enough and widely enough read to make this probably the most cogent and wide-ranging discussion of fantasy and myth that has yet appeared.”

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* Barker, Clive : Chiliad: A Meditation
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-595-6, $30, 96pp, hardcover, January 2014, jacket illustration Jon Foster)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Jan 2014

Fantasy novella consisting of two inter-related stories set 1000 years apart.
• Subterranean’s site has this description indicating both editions are sold out. Amazon also indicates it “temporarily out of stock”.
• The Publishers Weekly review warns that the book “it is neither horror nor a story in any conventional sense. It has the abstraction of nihilistic philosophy, expressed through largely emotionless vignettes.”

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* Berman, Steve, ed. : Handsome Devil: Tales of Seduction and Sin
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-425-6, $15.95, 319pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 5 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-60701-430-0

Anthology of 25 stories, a mix of originals and reprints, about infernal males.
• Authors include Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Hand, Brad Strickland, Richard Bowes, Nick Mamatas, Alex Jeffers, and Tanith Lee.
• Prime’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Brit Mandelo reviewed the book for Tor.com: “Despite following a very particular theme, it manages to never feel too repetitive or stale. The stories are arranged cleverly to shift tone and focal point just enough between each piece that there are no disjunctions, but also no echoes.”

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* Block, Francesca Lia : Teen Spirit
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-200809-1, $17.99, 240pp, hardcover, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0062239167

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl who relocates to Beverly Hills after her grandmother dies.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “While the spooky goings-on, eerie romance, and magical-hipster Los Angeles setting have broad appeal, the story has even richer treasures in store for readers who dig deeper.”

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* Calhoun, Kenneth : Black Moon
(Hogarth 978-0-8041-3714-0, $24, 288pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-3715-7

SF novel about a plague of insomnia that takes over the world. It’s the author’s first novel.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Calhoun’s debut presents one of the most terrifying disaster scenarios of all time, perhaps because it’s somehow plausible: a worldwide insomnia epidemic turns people into the real living dead, making them prone to hallucinations and fits of anger.”
• Jeff VanderMeer reviewed it for the Los Angeles Times, concluding ” “Black Moon” doesn’t quite cohere, but there is promise in some of the prose and promise in the novel’s off-kilter frenetic energy.”

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* Clareson, Thomas D., & Joe Sanders : The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction
(McFarland 978-0-7864-7498-1, $45, 232pp, trade paperback, January 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Jan 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-4766-1310-9

Nonfiction book, in the publisher’s “Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy” series, with an introduction by Frederik Pohl.
• McFarland’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Edwards, Graham : Talus and the Frozen King
(Solaris 978-1-78108-199-0, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
UK edition: 978-1781081983 (Thu 10 Apr 2014)

Prehistoric detective story concerning the murder of a king whose six sons are all suspect.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review remarks, “Although flavored with fantasy elements, this work resembles nothing so much as a certain consulting detective and his physician amanuensis transported back to the Neolithic.”

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* Green, Sally : Half Bad
(Viking 978-0670016785, $18.99, 416pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143760

Young adult novel, first of a trilogy, about modern day witches and a sixteen-year-old boy who is half white witch and half black witch.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “This grim and thrilling tale, first in a planned trilogy, features understated prose that lets readers’ imaginations fill in the blanks, as well as a well-developed sense of Witch culture.”

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* Lansdale, Joe R. : The Ape Man’s Brother
(Subterranean 978-1-59606-618-2, $20, 104pp, hardcover, February 2014, jacket illustration Ken Laager)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Jan 2014

Short novel about an ape-man whose orphaned ‘brother’ is rescued from the jungle, after which both are taken off to New York to become celebrities.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Lansdale is a master craftsman, and even when he is paying homage to a carefully unnamed famous protagonist from a long string of novels and movies, he adds something new (and often unsavory) to the mix. This brief tale does not overstay its welcome, and Lansdale completists will snatch it up.”

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* Lovegrove, James : Age of Shiva
(Solaris 9781781081815, $8.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
UK edition: 978-1781081808 (Thu 10 Apr 2014)
Pantheon #6

Military SF novel, sixth in a series following The Age of Ra (2009), The Age of Zeus (2010), Age of Odin (2011), Age of Aztec (2012), and Age of Voodoo (2013), though this is described as a standalone novel.
• This book concerns a group of billionaires creating super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* Maurer, Yael : The Science Fiction Dimensions of Salman Rushdie
(McFarland 978-0-7864-7496-7, $40, 212pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 16 Jan 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-4766-1402-1

Nonfiction book about the Sfnal aspect of Rushdie’s novels.
• McFarland’s site has this description with a link to the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Peek, Ben : Dead Americans and Other Stories
(ChiZine Publications 9781771481717, $16.95, 325pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771481724

Collection of 10 stories.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with links to samples in various formats.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Failure is always an option for Peek’s protagonists, but even if they can never reach the heights to which they aspire, they can at least envision them, a rarity in a field that too often rejects progress. Although Peek’s appropriation of other people’s lives for his own purposes can be disquieting, readers will be seduced by the outrage that drives much of his fiction and Peek’s undeniable skills as a writer.”

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* Pratt, T. A. : Bride of Death
(Merry Blacksmith 978-0615954349, $13.95, 238pp, trade paperback, January 2014, cover art Lindsey Look)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jan 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00GHYJ97S
Marla Mason #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh in the Marla Mason series that began with Blood Engines (2007), about a kick-ass sorcerer.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The series site has links and descriptions about earlier books and free stories.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Simon, Marge, & Mary Turzillo : Sweet Poison
(Dark Renaissance 978-1-937128-86-9, $14.95, 121pp, trade paperback, March 2014, cover art M. Wayne Miller)

Collection of 60 poems by Simon or Turzillo, some of them consisting of ‘call and response’ on a particular theme. About a third are reprints; the others are originals.
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs by Ann K. Schwader, James Dorr, and John Amen.

(Fri 14 Feb 2014)
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* Slusser, George : Gregory Benford
(University of Illinois Press 978-0-252-07980-1, $23, 198pp, trade paperback, January 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jan 2014

Nonfiction study of the work of Gregory Benford, the third in the publisher’s “Modern Masters of Science Fiction” series (after volumes about John Brunner and William Gibson).
• The book includes an interview with Benford, a short bibliography, notes, and an index.
• The University Press’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• There is also a hardcover edition (978-0-252-03822-8, $85).

(Mon 10 Feb 2014)
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New Books, 25 March

* Ballantine, Pip, & Tee Morris : Dawn’s Early Light
(Ace 978-0425267318, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101621455
Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3

Steampunk fantasy novel, third of a series following Phoenix Rising (2011) and The Janus Affair (2012), about two agents in a clandestine organization in Victorian London.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Boatman, Michael : Last God Standing
(Angry Robot 978-0857663955, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663962
UK edition: 9780857663948 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
God #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, in which God quits his job and becomes a member of the human race.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description. A second title, Who Wants To Be the Prince of Darkness?, is scheduled for 2015.
• The author is an actor and screenwriter, with a short story collection and one previous novel already published.

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* Carr, Scott Christian, & Andrew Conry-Murray : Wasteland Blues
(Raw Dog Screaming 978-1935738596, $14.95, 220pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 20 Mar 2014

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, first of a trilogy, about trek across a United States devastated by nuclear and biological war to find a rumored haven.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Christopher, Adam : The Burning Dark
(Tor 978-0-7653-3508-1, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466820869
Spider War #1

SF novel, first book in a trilogy, about a veteran of a space war against machine intelligences, now trapped on a remote space station, who detects mysterious messages from Earth’s past.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author has a Big Idea post about the book on John Scalzi’s blog today.
• The Tor/Forge blog posts the starred review of the book from Library Journal: “This dark and chilling novel from the versatile Christopher builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is sf you will want to read with the light on.”

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* Dalglish, David, & Robert J. Duperre : Wrath of Lions
(Amazon/47north 9781477817957, $14.95, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F3MKEEW
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480581609
The Breaking World #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Dawn of Swords (Jan. 2014), about two brother gods who recreate mankind on the young world of Dezrel.
• Amazon has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Higgins, Peter : Truth and Fear
(Orbit 9780316219723, $26, 368pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316219730
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478979463
Wolfhound Century #2

Alternate history novel, second in a series following Wolfhound Century (2012), set in an alternate Stalinist Russia.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function, and blurbs and quotes from reviews of the books.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Sentient water, censored artists, mechanical constructs, old-fashioned detective work, and the secret police are all woven together in this rich and fascinating tapestry.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Code Zero
(St. Martin’s Griffin 9781250033437, $15.99, 480pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250033420
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427241290
Joe Ledger #6

Horror thriller, sixth in a series following following Patient Zero (2009), The Dragon Factory (2010), The King of Plagues (2011), Assassin’s Code (2012), and Extinction Machine (2013), 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, and a note that this book is a direct sequel to the first in the series, Patient Zero.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, ” Maberry’s shout-outs to popular culture’s depictions of zombies lessens the tension and feeling of doom, albeit just slightly.”

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* Nix, Garth, & Sean Williams : Blood Ties
(Scholastic 9780545522458, $12.99, 192pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Spirit Animals #3

Children’s fantasy novel, third in a “multiplatform” series, about a world where humans and animals are linked by a spirit bond.
• The first two books in the series were written by Brandon Mull and Maggie Stiefvater.
• Scholastic’s site has this description with an excerpt and a link to a Spirit Animals game. Several more volumes are planned.

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+ Pratchett, Terry, & Jacqueline Simpson : The Folklore of Discworld
(Anchor Books 978-0-8041-6903-5, $15.95, 518pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-6901-1
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9343-6

First US edition (us: Transworld/Doubleday UK, 2008)

Nonfiction book subtitled “Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth”. This is an updated version of the book first published in the UK in 2008.
• Random House’s site has this description, with a “Look Inside” function.
• Wikipedia has this page for the 2008 UK edition, listing the 16 sections of the book.

(Thu 20 Mar 2014)
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* Robertson, Freya : Sunstone
(Angry Robot 978-0857663894, $14.99, 496pp, trade paperback, April 2014, cover art Alejandro Colucci)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663900
UK edition: 9780857663887 (Thu 3 Apr 2014)
The Elemental Wars #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following Heartwood (2013).
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a link to an extract and quotes from reviews.

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* Russell, Karen : Sleep Donation
(Atavist Books B00HRGXNQS, $3.99, ebk, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014

E-book novella, by the author of 2011 novel Swamplandia! and 2013 collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove, about an epidemic that leaves hundreds of thousands of Americans without the ability to sleep.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Los Angeles Times has this profile and review; Slate has a review by Katy Waldman titled Yes, Karen Russell Is a Genius; and this Entertainment Weekly review by Stephan Lee gives it an A-: “The combination of Russell’s dazzling imagination and virtuosic prose adds up to pleasurable sensory overload.”

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* Schroeder, Karl : Lockstep
(Tor 978-0-7653-3726-9, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466833364

Young-adult hard SF novel about an interstellar civilization whose members live for millennia by alternating long periods of hibernation with shorter periods of wakefulness.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Schroeder depicts the corrosive effects of power and fame on family and self, but larger themes falter in the face of obedient, incongruously adorable bots, cuddly intelligent pets, and the inevitable but flimsy romance between Toby and Corva.”
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine: Lockstep tells a dense and textured story: a family-history mystery, a revolutionary adventure, and glimpses of Stapledonian panoramas, all studded with marvels and vistas and appealing science-fictional ideas and devices (my favorites: the genetically engineered cat-otter pets called denners and the AI/simulation-game-based/statistically representative government called a demarchy).”

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* Sylvan, Dianne : Shadowbound
(Ace 978-0-425-25984-9, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698143289
The Shadow World #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series about a woman able to manipulate people with her music who comes into contact with a society of vampires, following Queen of Shadows (2010), ShadowFlame (2011), Shadow’s Fall (2012), and Of Shadow Born (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 24 March

— posted Monday 24 March 2014 @ 1:14 pm PDT

This week’s notable debut is Patricia Briggs’ Night Broken (Ace), latest in her Mercy Thompson, on three lists, as high as #2 at New York Times and #3 at Publishers Weekly.

Two other titles debut this week: Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson’s Mentats of Dune (Tor), and a new title by R.A. Salvatore, Night of the Hunter (Wizards of the Coast)


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.30
WP
03.23
LAT
03.23
USAT
03.16
PW
03.24
Amz
(03.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.24)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Briggs, Night Broken 03.24.14 / 1 2 ++     6 ++ 3 ++      
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 32       112 -30 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 242 xxx..   xxx.. 61 +18 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 215     xxx.. 14 +11 4 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 23 xxx.. xxx.. 13 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harrison, The Undead Pool 03.10.14 / 3 25 -14 xx   95 -34 20 -8      
Herbert/Anderson, Mentats of Dune 03.24.14 / 1 17 ++       23 ++      
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 12 6 -1     66 -16 11 -2 xxx..   xx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 78 4 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 31     15 -4 3 +2 2 -1 6 +8 38 +49 16 +14
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 99 xxx..   10 +8 2 +1 xxx.. 5 +5 37 +32 26 +20
Salvatore, Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, Book 1 03.24.14 / 1 19 ++     69 ++ 16 ++      
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 6 5 -4 1 = 2 ++ 37 -35 10 -9 x   75 -35
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 6 21 -7   7 = 120 -4 24 -5 x   xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.30
WP
03.23
LAT
03.23
USAT
03.16
PW
03.24
Amz
(03.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.24)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 10 9 -6 xxx.. 6 + xxx 24 -2 xxx.. 6 -2  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 99 19 -5 xxx.. xxx x xxx xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 53         15 -2 xx xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 54         xxx.. 58 -10 67 + xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 194 xxx..   xxx.. 56 +25 xxx.. xx 91 + xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 3 xx   8 -1          
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 1       47 ++        
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 8 18 -6 xxx   x x xxx..   xxx..
King, Under the Dome, Part 1 03.24.14 / 1 24 ++              
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 12       xxx..   51 +    
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 143 18 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 22 9 +1 xxx.. xx 124 +5 xxx xxx.. x 90 +
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 158 11 +1 xxx.. xxx 103 +18 xxx.. xxx.. 76 -20 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 99 xxx.. xxx.. 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 142 25 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 38     xxx.. 40 -5 8 -2      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 41 xxx..   1 +10 1 = 3 -1 2 +1 21 +30 6 +8
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 9 xxx..   14 -4   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.30
WP
03.23
LAT
03.23
USAT
03.16
PW
03.24
Amz
(03.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.24)
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, mid-March

— posted Saturday 22 March 2014 @ 2:12 pm 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 2014
Issue 142, cover art by Ferdinand Dumago Ladera
• Another special double-issue, this features stories by Yoon Ha Lee and Seth Dickinson, two audio fiction podcasts, with part two of the story by Dean Wells to be posted March 27.
Issue 142, posted March 6th, has stories by Aliette de Bodard and Rachel Sobel, with two additional stories to be posted March 13, by Nathaniel Lee and Dean Wells.

(Sat 22 Mar 2014)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

February 2014
Issue 306, Vol. 26 No. 6, 32pp
• This special “Shadows of Erasmus” issue features Victor Grech on Jung and Star Trek, and the second part of a historical essay by Brian Stableford.
• There’s also an essay about James P. Blaylock, by Mike Barrett, book reviews by Derek Künsken and Jenny Blackford, and an opera review by Jen Gunnels.
• There’s also an editorial by Kevin J. Maroney and the editors.

(Sat 15 Mar 2014)

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On Spec

• Canadian magazine of the fantastic, since 1989; managing editor Diane Walton
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.onspec.ca/

Winter 2013/2014
Issue 95, Vol. 25 No. 4, $6.95, 108pp, cover art by Lynne and Steve Fahnestalk
• Stories in this issue are by Harding Young, Tony Pi, Marissa Lingen and Alec Austin, Brandon Crilly, Adria Laycraft, and Kevin Harkness.
• Nonfiction includes an editorial by Susan MacGregory, and interviews with Adria Laycraft and Lynne & Steve Fahnestalk.

(Sat 15 Mar 2014)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

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

March 2014
Cover art by John Waltrip
• Stories in this issue are by Robert N. Stephenson, Sierra July, Mark Ayling, Simon Kewin, Bob Sojka, L. Joseph Shosty, Aaron Polson, David Barber, Mark Bilsborough, Conor Powers-Smith, and George Sandison.
• Articles are by Eric M. Jones and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 22 Mar 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

Classic Reprints, March

— posted Thursday 20 March 2014 @ 3:33 pm PDT

* Bayley, Barrington : SF Gateway Omnibus: The Soul of the Robot, The Knights of the Limits, The Fall of Chronopolis
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575103160, £18.99, 496pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473201941

Omnibus of two novels novels and a collection (the second title), first published in 1974 (revised 1976), 1978, and 1974.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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* de Camp, L. Sprague : SF Gateway Omnibus: Lest Darkness Fall, Rogue Queen, The Tritonian Ring
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575103672, £18.99, 528pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473201910

Omnibus of three novels, first published in 1941, 1951, and 1953/1968 respectively.
Lest Darkness Fall is an an influential time travel about a traveler to sixth-century Rome who tries to influence history.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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Heinlein, Robert A. : Past Through Tomorrow: The SF Gateway Omnibus
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575120860, £18.99, 816pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202009

Omnibus volume of 23 stories and a novel, Methuselah’s Children, all set in Heinlein’s “future history” and first published in 1967.
• This edition has an introduction adapted from the entry for Heinlein in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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* Lafferty, R. A. : The Man Who Made Models
(Centipede Press 978-1613470466, $45, 250pp, hardcover, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Feb 2014

Collection of 17 stories, first volume in a planned series to collect all of Lafferty’s short fiction.
• The book has an introduction by Michael Swanwick, and an afterword by John Pelan. This is a limited edition of 300 copies.
• Centipede’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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McAuley, Paul : Confluence: Child of the River, Ancient of Days, Shrine of Stars
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575119390, £25, 944pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 20 Feb 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575119567

Omnibus of three novels, first published from 1997 to 1999, set on an immense world ship called Confluence.
• The three novels were published as omnibus Confluence in 2000 by the Science Fiction Book Club.
• Orion’s site has this description.
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+ VanderMeer, Ann, & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. : The Time Traveler’s Almanac
(Tor 978-0-7653-7421-9, $37.99, 960pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466841451

First US edition (UK: Head of Zeus, November 2013)

Anthology of 69 time travel stories.
• Authors include H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Gene Wolfe, David I. Masson, Geoffrey Landis, and many many others.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with quotes from reviews. A trade paperback edition (978-0-7653-7424-0) is also available.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
• NPR has this review by Jason Sheehan: The lineup in this book is like the guest list for the greatest cocktail party of all time — writers modern and not so, alive and dead, known tinkerers with the time stream and those who just got it in their heads one day to go back in time and kiss their great-grandmothers or whatever.

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* Willis, Connie : SF Gateway Omnibus: Lincoln’s Dreams, Passage
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 9780575131071, £18.99, 768pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202016

Omnibus of two novels, Lincoln’s Dreams (1987) and Passage (2001).
• The first title won a John W. Campbell Award; the second, a Locus Award.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books, 18 March

— posted Tuesday 18 March 2014 @ 3:53 pm PDT

+ Elliott, Will : The Pilgrims
(Tor 978-0-7653-3188-5, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429944939
Pendulum Trilogy #1

Alternate world fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a London journalist and a homeless drunk who discover a magical door to the land of Levaal.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• This is the first US edition; it was published in Australia in January 2010, and the UK in November 2011.
• Faren Miller reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “Despite that premise, the maps, and a Dramatis Personae where humans coexist with gods and monsters, this first volume of the Pendulum trilogy shows its rebellious streak as early as page one.”

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* Larke, Glenda : The Lascar’s Dagger
(Orbit 978-0-316-39966-1, $15, 512pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316399647
UK edition: 9780356502724 (Tue 18 Mar 2014)
The Forsaken Lands #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a religious conspiracy that implicates the king’s spiritual adviser.
• Orbit’s site has this post by the author providing some background.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “As the slow-burning plot unfolds, Larke’s attention to detail and worldbuilding come into their own, and a complex web of political machinations is gradually revealed. Densely plotted without being convoluted, this is an absorbing political fantasy that bodes well for the rest of the series.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry : Raising Steam
(Random House/Doubleday 978-0-385-53826-8, $26.95, 384pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53829-9
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-6453-5
Discworld #40

First US edition (UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK, October 2013)

Fantasy novel, latest in the author’s popular Discworld series following Snuff (2011), about an inventor’s steam engine that triggers a railroad industry in Discworld.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “As always, Pratchett’s unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 17 March

— posted Monday 17 March 2014 @ 12:50 pm PDT

Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance (Tor), second in his projected 10-volume sequence following The Way of Kings, debuts on four lists, ranking #1 on three of them and #2 on the fourth.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.23
WP
03.16
LAT
03.16
USAT
03.09
PW
03.17
Amz
(03.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.17)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bishop, Murder of Crows 03.17.14 / 1       75 ++        
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 31       82 + 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 241 xxx..   xxx.. 79 +31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 214     xxx.. 25 +9 5 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Corey, Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves 03.17.14 / 1         21 ++      
Eggers, The Circle 10.07.13 / 22 xxx.. xxx.. 10 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harrison, The Undead Pool 03.10.14 / 2 11 -10 x   61 -54 12 -8      
King, Doctor Sleep 05.27.13 / 40 25 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xx 20 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 3           42 + xx  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 11 5 =     50 +9 9 -2 xxx   x
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 77 4 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 30     11 +9 5 = 1 = 14 -3 87 +8 30 +11
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 98 xxx..   18 -5 3 +1 xxx.. 10 -2 69 + 46 +15
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 5 1 ++ 1 ++   2 ++ 1 ++ 99 -72   40 -29
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 5 14 -2   7 +5 116 -8 19 -5 92 +   xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.23
WP
03.16
LAT
03.16
USAT
03.09
PW
03.17
Amz
(03.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.17)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 9 3 = xxx.. x xx 22 -7 xxx.. 4 +1  
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 98 14 -2 xxx.. xx 123 -29 xx xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 52         13 = x xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 53         xxx.. 48 -24 xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 193 xxx..   xxx.. 81 +31 xxx.. x xxx.. xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 2 x   7 ++          
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 7 12 -10 xx   130 -59 15 -8 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 142 23 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 21 10 -1 xxx.. x 129 -3 xx xxx.. 92 + xx
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 154 25 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 157 12 +3 xxx.. xx 121 -3 xxx.. xxx.. 56 + xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 141 24 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
McGuire, Half-Off Ragnarok 03.17.14 / 1 18 ++              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 191       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 77 +
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 37     xxx.. 35 +13 6 -1      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 40 xxx..   11 -9 1 = 2 +1 3 -1 51 +29 14 +13
Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories [tpb] 01.20.14 / 8 xxx   10 +   xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.23
WP
03.16
LAT
03.16
USAT
03.09
PW
03.17
Amz
(03.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.17)
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 in Paperback, March

— posted Saturday 15 March 2014 @ 5:13 pm PDT

Adams, Cat : The Eldritch Conspiracy
(Tor 978-0-7653-6716-7, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014
Blood Song #5

(First edition: Tor, January 2013)

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Blood Song (June 2010), Siren Song (Oct 2010), Demon Song (2011), and The Isis Collar 2012), about a bodyguard who is transformed into an Abomination, something neither human nor vampire.
• ‘Cat Adams’ is a joint pseudonym for C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp.
• Tor’s website has this description, with an excerpt.

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Bishop, Anne : Written in Red
(Roc 978-0-451-41790-9, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
The Others #1

(First edition: Roc, March 2013)

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about unearthly entities who rule the Earth and prey off humans.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The second book, Murder of Crows, was just published in hardcover.

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Bradley, Marion Zimmer, & Deborah J. Ross : The Children of Kings
(DAW 978-0-7564-0854-1, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Darkover #-

(First edition: Daw, March 2013)

Fantasy novel set in Bradley’s Darkover universe, about smugglers hiding out on Darkover.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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Card, Orson Scott : The Gate Thief
(Tor 978-0-7653-6539-2, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014
Mither Mages #2

(First edition: Tor, March 2013)

YA fantasy novel, second book in the “Mither Mages” trilogy following The Lost Gate (2011), about Danny North, member of rural family with magical powers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that “Card’s afterword reveals his struggles with clarifying his unusual and highly complicated world-building, but only the most devoted readers will have sympathy for these creative problems.”

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Clare, Cassandra : City of Lost Souls
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1442416871, $12.99, 560pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
The Mortal Instruments #4

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/McElderry, May 2012)

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in the “Mortal Instruments” trilogy following City of Bones (2007), City of Ashes (2008), and City of Glass (2009).
• The publisher’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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Cornell, Paul : London Falling
(Tor 978-0-7653-6810-2, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014

(First edition: UK: Macmillan/Tor UK, December 2012)

Urban fantasy police procedural about a detective who investigates the mysterious murder of suspected drug dealer.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from George R. R. Martin and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes, “This is not a lighthearted or playful romp through a sexy urban fantasy setting; instead it explores elements of real horror, such as kidnapping, rape, and gruesome murder.” And it concludes, “Stumbling in the dark is a slow process, but when the lights come on they reveal an interesting and very gritty new fantasy world with ample room for sequel stories.”

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Czerneda, Julie E. : A Turn of Light
(DAW 978-0-7564-0952-4, $7.99, 832pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014

(First edition: DAW, March 2013)

Fantasy novel — the author’s first fantasy novel, after a dozen or so SF novels — about a pioneer town that overlaps into a magical world called the Verge.
• The author’s website has a description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “charming character-driven fantasy” and concludes that the author “will charm fantasy readers with multidimensional characters, a vivid setting, and powerful themes of hope and renewal.”

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Fowler, Karen Joy : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
(Plume 978-0142180822, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014

(First edition: Putnam/Marian Wood, June 2013)

Associational novel about an American family with one unusual member. It’s a finalist for this year’s Nebula Awards.
• Penguin’s site has this description with links to an excerpt and a reading group guide.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “It’s worth the trouble to avoid spoilers, including the ones on the back cover, for Fowler’s marvelous new novel; let her introduce the troubled Cooke family before she springs the jaw-dropping surprise at the heart of the story.”
• Adrienne Martini reviewed it in the April 2013 issue of Locus Magazine: “Without any doubt, We are all completely beside ourselves isn’t a genre book. Also without any doubt, it is a book you should read the instant it is available.”

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Gannon, Charles E. : Fire With Fire
(Baen 978-1-4767-3632-7, $7.99, 656pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014

(First edition: Baen, April 2013)

SF novel about an intelligence analyst facing assassins and saboteurs as he tries to learn the truth about a sentient race in the Delta Pavonis system.
• The book is a finalist in this year’s Nebula Awards.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Gould, Steven : Impulse
(Tor 978-0-7653-6602-3, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014
Jumper #4

(First edition: Tor, January 2013)

SF novel, third or fourth in a series that began with Jumper (1992), continued with Reflex (2004), and included prequel Jumper: Griffin’s Story (2007). This book is about a girl and her parents hiding from those who would control their ability to teleport.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review advises familiarity with the earlier books, and concludes, “Fans of the series will enjoy meeting the next generation, but other readers may just feel lost.”

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Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Necessity’s Child
(Baen 978-1476736310, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014
Liaden #16

(First edition: Baen, February 2013)

SF novel in the authors’ long-running Liaden Universe series, following last year’s Dragon Ship.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Scalzi, John : The Human Division
(Tor 978-0-7653-6955-0, $8.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014
Old Man’s War #5

(First edition: Tor, May 2013)

SF novel, latest in the series that began with Old Man’s War (2005) and following The Last Colony (2007), in which Earth, feeling betrayed by the human Colonial Union, considers an invitation to join an alliance of alien races.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Scull, Luke : The Grim Company
(Roc 978-0-425-26485-0, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Grim Company #1

(First edition: Roc, September 2013)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, set in a land where the gods have been killed by magelords and their magical troops.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…this novel will please fantasy fans who like their protagonists to sweat, swear, bleed, and obsess about bodily functions. Scull both revels in and gently tweaks genre conventions while delivering a visceral, sometimes off-putting story.”

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Taylor, Laini : Days of Blood & Starlight
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-13398-2, $11, 544pp, trade paperback, February 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Feb 2014
Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2

(First edition: Little, Brown, November 2012)

Young adult fantasy novel, second of a trilogy after Daughter of Smoke & Bone (2011), about a 17-year-old art student in Prague whose encounter with an angel reveals the mysteries of her family.
• The author’s site has descriptions of both books with quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Taylor’s dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction, even if it offers less of the cross-genre appeal that made its predecessor so extraordinary.”

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Tregillis, Ian : Necessary Evil
(Tor 978-0-7653-3729-0, $14.99, 384pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
The Milkweed Triptych #3

(First edition: Tor, April 2013)

Alternate history novel, third in a trilogy following Bitter Seeds (2010) and The Coldest War, about a British secret agent in 1939 investigating supernatural beings created by the Nazis.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “The satisfying third volume of Tregillis’s Milkwood Triptych successfully throws time travel into a mix that already included alternate history, spycraft, and mad science.”

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Walton, David : Quintessence
(Tor 978-0-7653-3091-8, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014

(First edition: Tor, March 2013)

Alternate history fantasy novel set in a Europe of 500 years ago, where an alchemist pursues the magical substance quintessence on an island at the edge of the world.
• Macmillan’s site has this page for the book, with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes “Walton reinvents the age of exploration with imaginative detail and a rich bestiary of magical creatures (though, too conveniently, there are no indigenous humans to protest the invasion). Despite some slack pacing at the start and a rushed denouement, the heart of the adventure is consistently entertaining.”

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Weber, David : Shadow of Freedom
(Baen 978-1476736280, $15, 464pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Honor Harrington #14

(First edition: Baen, March 2013)

SF space opera novel, 14th novel in the Honor Harrington series, following A Rising Thunder (2012).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Wikipedia has this entry on the Honor Harrington series.
• There’s also an Honorverse wiki, which has this entry for the book.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 11 March

— posted Tuesday 11 March 2014 @ 1:30 pm PDT

* Black, Jenna : Resistance
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3372-8, $9.99, 368pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466804906
Replica #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a trilogy following Replica (2013), about a human replicant trying to solve the murder of his original self.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Briggs, Patricia : Night Broken
(Ace 978-0-425-25674-9, $26.95, 352pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101619650
UK edition: Little, Brown/Orbit 978-0356501543 (Tue 11 Mar 2014)
Mercy Thompson #8


Fantasy novel, eighth in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who’s also a car mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), Bone Crossed (2009), Silver Borne (2010), River Marked (2011), and Frost Burned (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Briggs continues to surprise and intrigue readers with Mercy’s inventiveness and intuition under duress.”

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* Cameron, Miles : The Fell Sword
(Orbit 978-0-316-21233-5, $17, 640pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316212342
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478979432
UK edition: Gollancz 978-1407247199 (Thu 30 Jan 2014)
Traitor Son #2


Historical fantasy novel, second in a series following The Red Knight (2013), about a mercenaries hired to protect a group of nuns from a rogue sorcerer.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an OpenBook excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Cameron makes it easy for new readers to use this complex volume as a starting point for the series.”

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* Cook, Glen : Working God’s Mischief
(Tor 978-0-7653-3420-6, $27.99, 432pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466809079
Instrumentalities of the Night #4

Fantasy novel, fourth volume of the “Instrumentalities of the Night” following The Tyranny of the Night (2005), Lord of the Silent Kingdom (2007), and Surrender to the Will of the Night (2010), concerning political and religious turmoil in a world surrounded by walls of ice.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that this series “feels like a reexamination of Cook’s Dread Empire series: both use secondary worlds greatly influenced by Europe and Asia, both concern themselves with the catalytic role of determined mortals in global affairs, and both present grand histories with a certain air of absurdity. Cook’s decades of experience and expanded modern page counts allow him to weave a complex plot, but the result is comfortingly familiar to his longtime fans.”

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+ Cooper, Elspeth : The Raven’s Shadow
(Tor 978-0-7653-3167-0, $27.99, 567pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429997270
The Wild Hunt #3

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, August 2013)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following the author’s first novel Songs of the Earth (2011) and Trinity Rising (2012), about a novice knight with the ability to hear magical music in a society where Church Knights execute as witches anyone who hears the ‘song of the Earth’.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review says that “Cooper ratchets up the stakes and the tension”, and it concludes, “While the plot feels a bit familiar, the strong writing and deft characterization make this book well worth reading.”

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* de Castell, Sebastien : Traitor’s Blade
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1848663794, £12.99, 384pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1782066767
The Greatcoats #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about a troupe of travelling Magisters now reviled for having failed to prevent the overthrow of their king.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• Tor.com has an excerpt and a review by Niall Alexander: “With a tip of his hat at Alexandre Dumas, Sebastien de Castell make a fine first impression in this entertaining debut. Excepting the regrettable digression at its centre—and even then it’s easy reading—Traitor’s Blade is a bunch of fun from one cover to the other. Recommended especially to readers who’ve had it up to here with unhappy heroes.”

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* Gunn, Eileen : Questionable Practices
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-075-6, $16, 276pp, trade paperback, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F4DL81S

Collection of 17 stories, first published from 2005 to present, with two stories original to this book.
• Stories include four co-written with Michael Swanwick, and one co-written with Rudy Rucker.
• Small Beer Press’s site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews and the table of contents, with links to stories online.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Though Gunn first saw print in the 1970s, this short collection contains a surprisingly large portion of her stories; her rate of publication has recently been increasing, giving fans reason to hope for many more delights to come.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “But back to that ‘writer’s writer’ question. There is at least one sense in which it’s valid: Gunn writes, comfortably and knowledgeably, from within the headspace of SF as fully as any writer I can think of.”

(Fri 7 Mar 2014)
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* Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Mentats of Dune
(Tor 978-0-7653-2274-6, $27.99, 448pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429949767
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427236333
Dune #12

SF novel, the twelfth collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
• This book is second in a new trilogy following Sisterhood of Dune (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* MacLeod, Ken : Descent
(UK: Orbit 978-1841499413, £19.99, 416pp, hardcover, March 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0748131143

Near-future SF novel about a young man in an independent Scotland investigating what seems to be a cover-up of a UFO encounter he had as a boy.
• Little, Brown’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Orbit’s site has the description along with summaries of famous reported alien encountes.
• Tor.com has this review by Niall Alexander: “In both senses—as a skiffy conspiracy thriller and an approachable coming-of-age confessional—Descent is a success in large part thanks to its fittingly conflicted central character. … It’s a reasonably sweet story about a boy becoming a man—and all the realisations that transition requires—which doubles as exploration of a subject that contemporary science fiction seems to have lost interest in.”

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+ Pass, Emma : ACID
(Delacorte 978-0-385-74387-7, $17.99, 382pp, hardcover, March 2014, jacket art Larry Rostant)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-37241-1

Young adult dystopian SF novel, apparently the author’s first novel, about a young woman imprisoned by ACID, a brutal police force, for a crime she doesn’t remember.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The UK edition was published in April 2013 by Corgi Childrens.

(Wed 5 Mar 2014)
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* Reed, Robert : The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-426-3, $19.95, 624pp, trade paperback, March 2014, cover art Benoit Penaud)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 5 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-60701-429-4

SF novel set in the author’s extended “Great Ship” universe, written as three separate novels but published here together. The first section, “Diamond”, is about one day in the life of a 12-year-old boy in a mysterious environment.
• Prime’s site has this description.
• The author’s website has an essay (scroll down) about the genesis and development of this book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Reed’s three-part story is rich in strangeness, spectacle, grand battles, and breakneck action, but there are few complex characters, and the plot is unusually cursory for a work of this length.”

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* Sprunk, Jon : Blood and Iron
(Pyr 978-1-61614-893-5, $18, 427pp, trade paperback, March 2014, cover illustration Jason Chan)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Mar 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61614-894-2
The Book of the Black Earth #1

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel, first of a series, about a soldier shipwrecked among the people he was sent to kill.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Sprunk’s world is fascinating and original, reminiscent of ancient Sumeria and Babylon…”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 10 March

— posted Monday 10 March 2014 @ 1:55 pm PDT

Kim Harrison’s The Undead Pool (Harper Voyager), penultimate novel in her Rachel Morgan/Hollows series, debuts in the #1 spot on the New York Times fiction hardcover list. It’s also in the top 10 at Washington Post, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.16
WP
03.09
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USAT
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PW
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Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 240 xxx..   xxx.. 110 -11 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 213     xxx.. 34 +48 4 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harrison, The Undead Pool 03.10.14 / 1 1 ++ 6 ++   7 ++ 4 ++      
King, Doctor Sleep 05.27.13 / 39 20 +1 xxx.. xxx.. x 19 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 10 5 =     59 -26 7 -2 xx   80 =
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 76 4 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 29     20 + 5 = 1 = 11 +1 95 + 41 +9
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 97 xxx..   13 +2 4 = xxx.. 8 +5 x 61 -10
Sanderson, Words of Radiance 02.17.14 / 4           27 -18   11 -8
Weir, The Martian 02.17.14 / 4 12 -1   12 +2 108 -33 14 = xx   x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
03.09
LAT
03.09
USAT
03.02
PW
03.10
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 8 3 +1 xxx 8 -6 x 15 -5 xxx.. 5 +1  
Atwood, The Year of the Flood [tpb] 03.10.14 / 1               47 ++
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 97 12 -4 xxx.. x 94 -48 x xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire [tpb] 06.04.12 / 51         13 -1 97 + xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 52         xxx.. 24 +46 xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 192 xxx..   xxx.. 112 -17 xxx.. 71 + xxx.. xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 1 19 ++              
Helprin, Winter’s Tale [tpb] 02.03.14 / 6 2 -1 x   71 -39 7 -4 xxx   xxx
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 20 9 -3 xxx.. 11 + 126 -32 x xxx x x
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 156 15 -5 xxx.. x 118 -21 xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 36     xxx 48 -17 5 -2      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 39 xxx..   2 +2 1 +1 3 +3 2 +1 80 +1 27 -3
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.16
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03.09
LAT
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USAT
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Amz
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Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
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Category: Bestsellers


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