Barnes, John :
The Armies of Memory
(Tor 0-765-34224-3, $7.99, 429pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Tor, April 2006)
SF novel, final volume in the 'Thousand Cultures' or 'Giraut' series that began with A Million Open Doors (1992) and continued with Earth Made of Glass (1998) and The Merchants of Souls (2001), set in an interstellar far future featuring 'psypyx' immortality and instantaneous matter transmission.
Locus Magazine's recent interview with Barnes, excerpted online, addresses the underlying patterns in Barnes' novels.
The book is included on this year's recommended reading list.
Carey, Jacqueline :
(Warner 0-446-61002-X, $7.99, 943pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Warner, June 2006)
Historical fantasy novel in the author's Kushiel Legacy series, first of a new trilogy following the initial trilogy of Kushiel's Dart (2001), Kushiel's Chosen (2002), and Kushiel's Avatar (2003), set in the Renaissance world of Terre d'Ange. This volume follows Imriel, a prince of the blood who was a sex slave as a boy, as he grows into adulthood.
The next book in the series, Kushiel's Justice, is due in June.
Carey's website has this synopsis.
Faren Miller wrote about the book last year in Locus Magazine: "Haunted by sex and death, permeated with ambiguity, uncertainty, and tentative knowledge, it's also a grand adventure."
Drake, David :
Fortress of Glass
(Tor 0-765-35116-1, $7.99, 402pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Tor, April 2006)
Fantasy novel, first volume in "The Crown of the Isles" trilogy that will conclude the earlier 6-volume "Lord of the Isles" sequence that ran from Lord of the Isles (1997) through Master of the Cauldron (2004). In this book two survivors of the earlier magical peak come together.
The next book in the series, Mirror of Worlds, is due from Tor in July.
Baen's website has this description of the book, with links to several chapter excerpts.
Feist, Raymond E. :
Flight of the Nighthawks
(Eos 0-06-079279-5, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: UK: Voyager, September 2005)
Fantasy novel, Book One of the Darkwar Saga, set in the world of Midkemia, setting of Feist's earlier Riftwar series.
The second book in the series, Into a Dark Realm, appeared in hardcover from Eos earlier this month.
The author's site has this description of the book, as well as background on Midkemia and maps.
HarperCollins has a description and chapter excerpt.
Hamilton, Peter F. :
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-46167-3, $8.99, 1008pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: UK: Macmillan UK, October 2005)
SF novel, "Part Two of the Commonwealth Saga", conclusion of a single long work that began with Pandora's Star (2004), about a far-future interstellar Commonwealth being attacked by alien Primes.
Hamilton's site has this description: "After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth..."
Del Rey's site has this description and an excerpt.
Faren Miller's review last year in Locus Magazine said that despite the books' lengths, she "gobbled them up with delight. Yes delight, rather than brain-cramp, aching wrists and eyestrain! This guy wields the tropes with panache, adroitly spinning multiple plotlines that turn out (in the sequel) to belong to a greater whole."
Lumley, Brian :
Necroscope: The Touch
(UK: Solaris 1-84416-485-3, £9.99, 431pp, trade paperback, April 2007, cover art Bob Eggleton)
(First edition: Tor, June 2006)
Horror novel in the Necroscope series, the 15th book in the series overall, which began with Necroscope (1986), about people who can communicate with the dead.
Wikipedia has this entry about the series.
This Solaris edition is distributed in the US, but there's no listing for it yet on the US Amazon site.
Martinez, A. Lee :
In the Company of Ogres
(Tor 0-765-35457-8, $6.99, 318pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Tor, August 2006)
Humorous fantasy novel, follow-up to the author's first novel Gil's All-Fright Diner (2005). This book is about a soldier, Never Dead Ned, who's died and come back to life 49 times, now put in command of a company of misfit ogres, goblins, trolls, etc.
The author's next book, The Nameless Witch, is due from Tor in May.
The author's website includes a blog, a forum, and ordering information.
McCarthy, Cormac :
(Vintage 0-307-38789-5, 287pp, trade paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Knopf, October 2006)
Literary post-apocalypse novel by the author of All the Pretty Horses and Blood Meridian, concerning a father and son walking through a burned-out America.
The book recently won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club.
The publisher-hosted site has quotes from reviews and leads to this description and more praising quotes.
Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, saying "The Road may well be the most merciless post-apocalypse novel yet written, and it's significant to readers of SF and fantasy in some important ways. ... McCarthy is a famously unsentimental writer, who has not shied away from portraying extreme violence, appallingly brutal characters, and even such gothic fillips as necrophilia. By even his own bleak standards, though, The Road is a shocker."
McGarry, Terry :
(Tor 0-765-34329-0, $7.99, 592pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Tor, November 2005)
Fantasy novel, third in the "Eiden Myr" trilogy following Illumination (2001) and The Binder's Road (2003).
Tor's website has this description.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews, and its 'search inside' feature includes an excerpt.
McMullen, Sean :
(Tor 0-765-35292-3, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Tor, February 2006)
SF novel, third in the "Moonworlds" series following The Voyage of the Shadowmoon (2002) and Glass Dragons (2004), set on Verral, an Earth-sized satellite of a gas giant planet where radiation gives the inhabitants certain magical abilities. In this book, one world invades another using cylindrical ships and tripod fighting machines, in a replay of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.
McMullen's website has this page with a table of contents and links to excerpts.
Nick Gevers reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine: "When traveling in McMullen's robust company expect fine repartee, opulent local color and plentiful well-choreographed violence."
The author's next book is collection Walking to the Moon from Wildside Press in June.
Ringo, John :
Into the Looking Glass
(Baen 1-4165-2105-4, $7.99, 366pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Baen, May 2005)
Near-future SF novel in which central Florida is wiped out by a huge explosion, the result of a quantum physics experiment, that opens gateways to other realities.
Baen's site has a description and links to two chapters.
Amazon has the PW review: "Ringo (Hell's Faire) excels in the depiction of combat, managing to capture the carnage and horror while maintaining a sense of the absurd. The plot flows naturally from the implications of the scientific background, but with the kind of unexpected twists that Ringo has made his hallmark."
The sequel, Vorpal Blade, is due in September.
Roberson, Jennifer :
(DAW 0-7564-0409-6, $7.99, 441pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: DAW, April 2006)
Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a karavan fleeing a war-torn land into a changeable deepwood called Alisanos.
The next book in the series, Deepwood, is due from DAW in June.
The author's site has this description, and an excerpt.
Carolyn Cushman's reacted to the book last year in Locus Magazine: "There's so much background and so many characters to establish that very little actually happens until the very end, but the many mysteries set up are tantalizing enough to make me impatient for more."
Sagan, Nick :
(NAL 0-451-22043-9, $13.95, 243pp, trade paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Penguin/Putnam, May 2006)
SF novel, third in a trilogy following Idlewild (2003) and Edenborn (2004), about a group of posthumans who attempt to estabish a collective society following a world-ravaging epidemic.
The author's site has this page for the book with an description, quotes from reviews, and an excerpt.
The publisher's site has this description.
Thompson, Eldon :
The Obsidian Key
(Eos 0-06-074153-8, $7.99, 736pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: Eos, July 2006)
Fantash novel, second in the "Legend of Asahiel" trilogy following The Crimson Sword (2005). In this book the young King of Alson battles powerful spirits from another dimension who are enslaving the souls of men.
The HarperCollins site has a description, and text excerpt
The author's website has information on this book and the next in the trilogy, The Divine Talisman, due in 2008.
Vinge, Vernor :
(Tor 0-812-53636-3, $7.99, 381pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Tor, May 2006)
SF novel set in San Diego in 2025, about a recovering Alzheimer's patient, a conspiracy to use technology for world domination, and the conversion of the UCSD library into digital archives.
The book is currently a finalist for year's Hugo and Locus awards.
Damien Broderick wrote last year in Locus Magazine: "It's arguable that this is the most impressively conceived and mounted invention of the future that science fiction has yet seen, the most densely realized..."
Watt-Evans, Lawrence :
The Wizard Lord
(Tor 0-765-34901-9, $7.99, 366pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Tor, March 2006)
Fantasy novel, "Volume One of the Annals of the Chosen", about a young man who is one of eight Chosen Heroes who have the responsibility of defeating the current rogue Wizard Lord.
Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
The next volume, The Ninth Talisman, is due from Tor in May.
The author's site has this page for the book, with a description, excerpt, and links to pages for the next two volumes.
Williamson, Michael Z. :
(Baen 1-416-52118-6, $7.99, 637pp, mass market paperback, April 2007)
(First edition: Baen, August 2005)
Military SF novel about a secret military operative, responsible for the death of billions when Earth launched an invasion of his world, whose identity has been discovered. It's the second in the author's series about the Freehold War, following Freehold (2004).
Baen's site has a description with links to several chapter excerpts.
Amazon has several enthusiastic reader reviews.