* Strayhorn, Willa : The Way We Bared Our Souls
(Penguin/Razorbill 978-1595147356, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, January 2015)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 22 Jan 2015
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698137240
Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about five trouble teens who, in a mystical ceremony in New Mexico, exchange each other’s sorrows.
• Penguin’s site has this description
* Sykes, Sam : The City Stained Red
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575132177, £16.99, 656pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
• Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Oct 2014
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575132191
• Scions Gate #1
Fantasy novel, first book in a new series about the characters from the author’s previous Aeons’ Gate series, about adventurer Lenk and his companions battling demons trying to break free from Hell.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review (of the US edition, due in February), comments, “The fantastical, dangerous world and the creatures that populate it are packed with potential, different enough from standard fantasy fare to be exciting.”
* Weinberg, Robert, Douglas Ellis & Robert T. Garcia : The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay
(American Fantasy Press 978-0-9907846-1-6, $125, 208pp, hardcover, November 2014)
• Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Dec 2014
Artbook collecting black and white and color illustration by Finlay, who was popular from the 1930s to the 1960s.
• The book has 48 pages of color illustrations, and 160 pages of text and black & white artwork. There are commentary by Robert Weinberg and Doug Ellis, and profiles of the collectors from whose collections these works are drawn.
• The book is signed by Robert Weinberg, Douglas Ellis, Robert T. Garcia, and Lail Finlay.
• The publisher’s site has a description, with photos of sample pages, links to background and interview articles, and Paypal buttons for purchasing various editions.
• The book was among Michael Dirda’s picks for holiday gift books last month.
* Williams, T. R. : Journey Through the Mirror
(S&S/Atria 978-1-4767-1341-0, $16, 544pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
• Rising World Trilogy #2
Dystopian SF novel, second in a trilogy following Journey into the Flame (2014), about survivors of a worldwide cataclysm in 2027 who depend on a set of ancient books, the Chronicles of Satraya, for survival.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The series site is www.satraya.com/.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “the jumble of New Age empowerment, Mayan and Egyptian religious practices, pyramid power, and world-dominating secret societies feels more like 1970 than 2070.”