* Files, Gemma : We Will All Go Down Together
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771482011, $16.99, 350pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
• Nominal Publication Date: Wed 25 Nov 2015
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771482028
Fantasy novel about a strange village in the Ontario woods and the five clans who’ve lived there for hundreds of years.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with links to samples in various formats.
• The site links to this Entertainment Weekly review column on short-story cycles, which describes this book as “a vivid, haunting mix of horror and fantasy woven together through a complex fugue of short stories. The effect is powerful. It’s a book you have to work hard at, in order to make sure you’re not missing any of the peripheral connections. But it rewards the effort, and then some.”
* Fine, Sarah : Marked
(Amazon/47North 9781477825853, $14.95, 332pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Jan 2015
• Servants of Fate #1
Fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a Boston paramedic whose side job is to ferry the dead to the Afterlife.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and its “Look Inside” function provides previews.
* Hocking, Amanda : Frostfire
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250049827, $9.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466850774
• The Kanin Chronicles #1
Middle-grade fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a half-blood blond girl in a magical secret kingdom.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Subsequent volumes are due in May and August.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the book is set in the world of the author’s Trylle trilogy, and concludes, “Those unfamiliar with Hocking’s Trylle novels may find the boundary between the human and troll worlds difficult to discern, but the novel’s lingering questions and the author’s knack for cliffhangers are reason enough to anticipate the next installment.”
* Koontz, Dean : Saint Odd
(Bantam 978-0-345-54587-9, $28, 352pp, hardcover, January 2015)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Jan 2015
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54588-6
• UK edition: 978-0007518111 (Thu 15 Jan 2015)
• Odd Thomas #7
Horror novel, seventh and final book in a series following Odd Thomas (2003), Forever Odd (2005), Brother Odd (2006), Odd Hours (2008), Odd Apocalypse (2012), and Deeply Odd (2013), about a young man who can see spirits of the dead.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
* O’Flaherty, Dennis : The King of the Cracksmen
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-551-3, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015
Alternate history steampunk novel, the author’s first novel, set in an 1877 in which US land west of the Mississippi has been sold to Russia.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with blurbs from Phil Foglio and K.W. Jeter.
• The Publishers Weekly review: “…O’Flaherty has done plenty of research and thought through the implications of the changes to history…”
* Powers, Tim : Nobody’s Home
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-670-0, $35, 88pp, hardcover, December 2014)
• Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014
• SF Encyclopedia: Tim Powers
Fantasy novella in the setting of Powers’ first novel The Anubis Gates (1983).
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine: “Nobody’s Home is a fairly slight tale which only hints at the richness of invention of the larger world of The Anubis Gates, but for all its brevity it packs a fair amount of Powers’s uniquely evocative prose, his skill at quickly establishing a vivid, ominous setting, and his gift for extraordinarily creepy figures…”
• And Lois Tilton reviewed it for Locus Online: “There’s a lot of interesting ghost lore, which seems to be the original creation of the author. I’m particularly taken by the use of a hopscotch course for the purpose of exorcism.”
+ Pratchett, Terry, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen : The Globe: The Science of Discworld II
(Anchor Books 978-0-8041-6896-0, $15.95, 368pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-6897-7
• Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-8041-9361-0
First US edition (UK: Ebury Press, May 2002)
Nonfiction guide to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, second volume following The Science of Discworld (US edition June 2014 from Anchor Books). This second volume, first published in 2002, does not seem to have been revised since then.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.