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This page lists selected newly published SFFH books seen by Locus Online (independently from the listings compiled by Locus Magazine).

Review copies received will be listed (though reprints and reissues are on other pages), but not galleys or advance reading copies. Selections, some based only on bookstore sightings, are at the discretion of Locus Online.

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Notable new SF, Fantasy, and Horror books seen, 18 - 24 October 2002


* Allende, Isabel City of the Beasts
(HarperCollins 0-06-050918-X, $19.99, 406pp, hc, November 2002, jacket illustration Cliff Nielsen, jacket design Hilery Zarycky)
Young-adult fantasy novel by renowned Chilean author (of The House of the Spirits and others); another of this season's crop of YA novels by authors who usually write adult books. It's about a boy who accompanies his eccentric grandmother on a South American voyage in search of a "Beast". Reviewed by Faren Miller in the November Locus Magazine; comparing it to Michael Chabon's Summerland, she remarks that Allende's "book seems aimed at a younger, less sophisticated audience". The author's website doesn't yet have anything specific about this book, but the publisher's website has this info and this excerpt. (Tue 22 Oct 2002)
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* Anderson, M.T. Feed
(Candlewick Press 0-7636-1726-1, $16.99, 237pp, hc, October 2002)
Young-adult SF novel, a consumer-society satire in which computers are hooked into everyone's brains in childhood, and containing, according to Patty Campbell's review on Amazon, "a dead-on parody of the worst teenspeak". The Amazon page also has PW and other reviews. The publisher's website has this bio and background. This book, though only just published, is one of the just announced nominees for the 2002 National Book Awards (whose process is evidently a distinct contrast to the multi-year procedures of most SFFH awards). (Wed 23 Oct 2002)
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* Anthony, Piers Up in a Heaval
(Tor 0-312-86904-5, $24.95, 348pp, hc, October 2002, jacket art Darrell K. Sweet, jacket design Carol Russo Design)
Fantasy novel, latest in Anthony's popular, long-running, pun-filled Xanth series. The Amazon page has the book flap description, and there's a shorter description and brief excerpt on this fan site. (Tue 22 Oct 2002)
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* Bunch, Chris Star Risk Ltd.
(Roc 0-451-45889-3, $6.99, 344pp, pb, August 2002, cover art Steve Stone)
Military SF novel about a space marine major who forms a team of mercenaries to carry out risky missions. Roland Green reviews the book on the Amazon page, noting that Bunch's "pacing is superior, his characterization is better than that of most others who produce similar books", and Science Fiction Weekly posted this review by Mark H. Walker. (Wed 23 Oct 2002)
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* Eco, Umberto Baudolino
(Harcourt 0151006903, $27, 522pp, hc, October 2002)
Historical novel with fantastic elements, first published in Italian in 2000, by the author of The Name of the Rose, to which this book is being compared both for its historical setting (medieval Italy) and its playful erudition. The Amazon page has numerous reviews; Faren Miller reviews it in the November Locus Magazine, concluding that the book "may be a long and bumpy ride but itís worth taking". This looks like the author's official academic webpage, while The Modern World has extensive information about Eco, among other writers. (Tue 22 Oct 2002)
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* Froud, Brian Lady Cottington's Fairy Album
(Harry N. Abrams 0-8109-3294-6, $25, 64pp, hc, September 2002)
Humorous fantasy/art book, sequel to Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (1994, a Hugo Award winner in the temporary "original artwork" category). The byline reads "Verified by Brian Froud". The website http://www.worldoffroud.com/ has background on this and other Froud productions. (Fri 18 Oct 2002)
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* Kritzer, Naomi Fires of the Faithful
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58517-7, $6.99, 8+373pp, pb, October 2002, cover art Franco Accornero)
Fantasy novel, a first novel, about a music student in an oppressive religious society. Response is very positive from reviewers and from Amazon readers. Faren Miller reviews it in the November Locus Magazine, calling it "subtly brilliant from start to finish". The author has her own URL and webpage. The next book, Turning the Storm, is due in January 2003. (Tue 22 Oct 2002)
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* Philip, Neil The Little People: Stories of Fairies, Pixies, and Other Small Folk
(Harry N. Abrams 0-8109-0570-1, $24.95, 115pp, hc, September 2002, jacket illustration Richard Doyle, jacket design Alan Peacock)
Illustrated guide to fairies, with art by William Blake, Richard Dadd, Richard Doyle, and other classic artists, and new drawings by Jacqueline Mair. Includes a bibliography, a glossary of fairies, and notes on lore and paintings. Fantastica Daily posted this review. (Tue 22 Oct 2002)
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* Sheffield, Charles Between the Strokes of Night
(Baen 0-7434-3568-0, $15, 343pp, hc, November 2002, cover art David Mattingly)
SF novel, expanded by 25,000 words from the original (1985), amending it with the latest astrophysical speculation. The author's website has the Introduction, which explains the theoretical shifts over the past 15 years that caused Sheffield to update the book, and several excerpts. Baen's site has the blurb plus even more excerpts. (Thu 24 Oct 2002)
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