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1st week June
Taylor Anderson
Justin Cronin
Jennifer Estep
Flint & Spoor
Gevers & Halpern
Simon R. Green
Hartwell & Cramer
Juliet E. McKenna
Nnedi Okorafor
Alastair Reynolds
Darren Shan
Phaedra Weldon
Alayna Williams
Gene Luen Yang

late May
Paolo Bacigalupi
Camille Bacon-Smith
Kage Baker
Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud
Sara Creasy
Cory Doctorow
David Drake
Mira Grant
Devon Monk
Natasha Rhodes
Hiroshi Yamamoto

2010 Directories
2009 Directories




 

* Black, Holly : The White Cat
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books 978-1-4169-6396-7, $17.99, 310pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Dark fantasy young adult novel, first of a series, about a family of illegal curse workers and the one 'straight' kid in the family who is not, a boy now suffering dreams of a white cat.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" function.
• The author's website has this page about the book, with a Chapter One excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "With prose that moves from stark simplicity to almost surreal intensity in a moment, Black (Ironside) has created a believable alternate America where mobsters are magicians and no one is entirely trustworthy."
• Amazon has several dozen mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Brennan, Sarah Rees : The Demon's Covenant
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books 978-1-4169-6381-3, $17.99, 440pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Demon's Lexicon (2009), about two brothers hunted by evil magicians.
• This book changes the point of view to Mae, a girl who appeals to the brothers for help.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" function.
• The author's site has this page about the book, with an excerpt and links to reviews, editions, and background.
• Amazon has several mostly 5-star reader reviews.

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* Campbell, Jack : The Lost Fleet: Victorious
(Ace 978-0-441-01869-7, $7.99, 16+331pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Peter Bollinger)

Military SF novel, sixth in the "Lost Fleet" series following Dauntless, Fearless, Courageous, Valiant, and Relentless, about an Alliance Fleet in enemy territory.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell. His website has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

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+ Chadbourn, Mark : The Devil in Green
(Pyr 978-1-61614-198-1, $16, 351pp, trade paperback, May 2010, cover illustration John Picacio)

Fantasy novel, first in the "Dark Age" trilogy set in the same magical Britain of the "Age of Misrule" novels (World's End, Darkest Hour, and Always Forever). It concerns a new group of Knights Templar allied with Wiccans to fight for humanity's place in the world.
• Pyr's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review.

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* Duane, Diane : A Wizard of Mars
(Harcourt 978-0152047702, $18, 550pp, hardcover, April 2010, cover illustration Cliff Nielsen)

Young adult fantasy novel, ninth book in the "Young Wizards" series that began with So You Want to be a Wizard and most recently included Wizards at War (2005).
• In this book Kit and Nita are part of a team investigating ancient inhabitants of Mars.
• The author's site has a description, and quotes the Kirkus review. Series site Young Wizards also has descriptions, plus background, FAQ, etc.
• Amazon has an exclusive letter from the author about the writing of the book, plus positive reader reviews. The "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

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* Hamilton, Laurell K. : Bullet
(Berkley 978-0425234334, $26.95, 356pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Erotic fantasy vampire novel, 19th in the bestselling series about Anita Blake, vampire hunter, that began with Guilty Pleasures (2002) and most recently included Flirt (Feb. 2010).
• In this book Anita, back in St. Louis, is haunted by the Mother of All Darkness.
• Hamilton's website has this page for the book, with a link to a PDF sample chapter.
• Though the book is on bestseller lists, Amazon's reader reviews are largely negative.

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* Harris, Charlaine : Dead in the Family
(Ace 978-0-441-01864-2, $25.95, 311pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Humorous fantasy novel, tenth in the popular Southern Vampire series about Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse that began with Dead Until Dark (2001) and included most recently Dead and Gone (2009).
• The author's website has this PDF excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that "Harris delivers her usual mix of eccentric characters and engaging subplots."
• Reader reviews on Amazon, nearly 700 of them, are mixed.
• Carolyn Cushman's review appeared in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "The plot ends up too complicated, with too many threads needing to be tied off, but fans of the series will appreciate seeing old friends reconnect..."

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+ Hobb, Robin : Dragon Haven
(Eos 978-0-06-193141-3, $27.99, 508pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket illustration Steve Stone) First US edition (UK: HarperVoyager, March 2010)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Rain Wild Chronicles" following Dragon Keeper (UK 2009, US 2010) and set in the same world as her Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies. It concerns a group of debilitated dragons, rejected by human culture, setting out to find their ancient home.
• The publisher's site has this description with a "Browse Inside" function.
• Amazon has the starred Booklist review by Roland Green: "Let us applaud, and shelve this with the rest of Hobb's magisterial fantasy fiction, though it won't stay on the shelf long."
• Faren Miller reviewed the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "Dragon Haven manages to counter the first book's general air of helplessness through both movement and examples of initiative, including outright scheming. ... It's all that a reader of the first book, bummed out but hoping for better things for Hobb's array of characters (or most of them) could ask."

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* Hogan, James P. : Migration
(Baen 978-14391-3352-1, $23, 298pp, hardcover, May 2010, cover illustration Alan Pollack)

SF novel about a post-apocalyptic civilization that rediscovers technology and builds a generation starship to migrate to another world.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has one long 5-star reader review/plot synopsis that suggests the book is first of a series.

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* Johnson, Alaya : Moonshine
(St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne 978-0-312-64806-0, $14.99, 278pp, trade paperback, May 2010)

Alternate history fantasy novel, first of a series, about vampires and social struggles in a parallel 1920s New York.
• The publisher's site has this description with blurbs from Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling, Emma Bull, and others, and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concluded, "The prose is generally solid, and Johnson's light, tongue-in-cheek approach makes it surprisingly easy to imagine supernatural creatures picketing Gentleman Jimmy Walker's City Hall."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Infinity
(St. Martin's Griffin 978-0-312-59907-2, $17.99, 464pp, hardcover, June 2010, jacket illustration Cliff Nielsen)

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a new series "Chronicles of Nick" addressing the backstory of a character from the author's popular "Dark-Hunters" series. In this book Nick Gautier, 14 years old, is saved and recruited by the immortal vampire slaying Dark Hunters.
• The publisher's site has this description with an audio excerpt. An audiobook edition is also available.
• Amazon has mixed but generally positive reader reviews.

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* King, Stephen : Blockade Billy
(Scribner 978-1-451-60821-2, $14.99, 132pp, hardcover, May 2010, cover illustration Glenn Orbik)

Collection of two stories, the title novella and a short story, "Morality". The title story is about a mysterious 1950s baseball player.
• There's also a limited edition published by Cemetery Dance.
• King's website has this description with FAQ.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "As King's fiction goes, this suspenseful short is a deftly executed suicide squeeze."
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: "King has made a career out of showing us that you can find horror in the unlikeliest and most ordinary aspect of life, and Blockade Billy is a sharp line drive from the dark side of the diamond."

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* Lindskold, Jane : Five Odd Honors
(Tor 978-0-7653-1702-5, $27.99, 367pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket art Sam Weber)

Fantasy novel, third in the series based on Chinese folklore following Thirteen Orphans (2008) and Nine Gates (2009), about a college student who discovers that her ancestors came from another world to Earth, where they hid their magic system in the game of mah-jong.
• In this book the orphans try to rescue five of their dead from the Lands Born from Smoke and Sacrifice.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt. The Publishers Weekly review says, "While stepping up the offstage violence, Lindskold maintains a focus on Chinese folklore and interpersonal connection, and her characters work through their problems in dialogue as often as action."

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* Meyer, Stephenie : The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
(Little Brown 978-0-316-12558-1, $13.99, 178pp, hardcover, June 2010)

Novella in the author's Twilight series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn), concerning newborn vampire Bree Tanner, a character from Eclipse.
• The book can be read for free from the official website through July 5th.
• Wikipedia has this entry for the book with a plot summary, character descriptions, and background on the writing of the book.
• Amazon has over 200 mixed, but more positive than not, reader reviews.

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* Pfeffer, Susan Beth : This World We Live In
(Harcourt 978-0-547-24804-2, $17, 239pp, hardcover, April 2010)

Young adult SF novel, third in the series that began with Life as We Knew It (2006) and The Dead and the Gone (2008), about natural disasters that befall Earth following the collision of an asteroid with the moon.
• This book focuses on Miranda, whose family takes in refugees.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt. There's also a video trailer for the series, and an exclusive letter from the author.
Publishers Weekly gave it, like the previous book, a starred review: "Pfeffer masterfully evokes the cold, colorless world in which her characters reside. ... Throughout, readers will be moved by displays of compassion, strength, and faith as characters endure grim realities and face an uncertain future."

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+ Pullman, Philip : The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
(Canongate 978-0802129963, $24, 245pp, hardcover, May 2010) First US edition (UK: Canongate, March 2010)

Historical fantasy, or alternate history, novel that imagines Jesus and Christ as twin brothers born of Mary.
• The publisher's site has this description with an author profile.
• Book site http://thegoodmanjesusandthescoundrelchrist.co.uk/ has press extracts and other information.
• Amazon quotes reviews from Newsweek, Slate, Washington Post, and many others, and has reader reviews skewed toward the 5-star and the 1-star.

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* Scott, Michael : The Necromancer
(Delacorte 978-0-385-73531-5, $18.99, 389pp, hardcover, May 2010, jacket art Michael Wagner)

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in the "Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" following The Alchemyst (2007), The Magician (2008), and The Sorceress (2009), about twins Sophie and Josh and an ancient codex fought over by alchemists Nicholas Flamel and John Dee.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has video clues, its own review, and 33 5-star reader reviews.

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* Shearin, Lisa : Bewitched & Betrayed
(Ace 978-0-441-01872-7, $7.99, 366pp, mass market paperback, May 2010, cover art Aleta Rafton)

Fantasy detective novel, fourth in the Raine Benares series about a sorceress who finds missing people and things, following Magic Lost, Trouble Found, Armed & Magical, and The Trouble with Demons.
• This book involves a soul- stealing stone of unlimited power.
• The author's site has a description and a page of links to sample chapters.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Smith-Ready, Jeri : Shade
(Simon Pulse 978-1-4169-9406-0, $17.99, 309pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, set after a worldwide "Shift" has given those born after it the ability to perceive ghosts.
• The author's site has this description and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Though adult author Smith-Ready's occasionally racy YA debut resolves almost none of the issues surrounding the Shift, leaving the door open for future books, it is a fully satisfying read on its own, with well-developed, believable characters."
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Zafón, Carlos Ruiz : The Prince of Mist
(Little Brown 978-0-316-04477-6, $17.99, 217pp, hardcover, May 2010)

Young adult fantasy novel, the author's first novel, published in Spanish in 1993 and now translated into English. The author has become known for The Shadow of the Wind (2004) and The Angel's Game (2009).
• The book is about 13-year-old Max, who moves with his family to a country house, where he experiences mysterious events related to the previous owner.
• The publisher's site has this description with an OpenBook function providing an excerpt.
• Amazon has an excerpt via its "Look Inside" function, and an exclusive interview with the author.
• Wikipedia has a detailed plot synopsis.

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New SF/F/H books:
2nd week June 2010

posted 17 June 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 25 44 69
Fantasy Novels 20 109 129
Horror Novels 8 3 11
totals 53 156 209
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles. Looking dizzily down. I suck in a breath of icy air.

Above me are stars. Below me, the bronze statue of Colonel Wallingford makes me realize Iím seeing the quad from the peak of Smythe Hall, my dorm.




Opening lines:

Nobody that Korshak had met in his thirty-one years of mostly traveling, nor any of the preserved writings that he knew of, had been able to tell him precisely how long ago the old world had destroyed itself in the Great Conflagration. Some put it at two or three generations; others said centuries; a few thought as much as a thousand years. Different schools of history had different ways of estimating, and no two seemed able to produce the same result. The ruins of cities that had once extended for miles decayed away under weather, weeds, and encroaching sands, and the machines that had animated them corroded back into the earth without divulging their secrets.




Opening lines:

I'm shivering, and I can't tell if it's because something strange is going on or because of the dream I had or just because I'm in the kitchen, away from the warmth of the woodstove. It's 1:15 AM, the electricity is on, and I'm writing in my diary for the first time in weeks.




This page lists selected newly published science fiction, fantasy, and horror books seen by Locus Online. (Locus Online does not have access to materials sent to 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.

* = first edition
+ = first US edition

Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.






   
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