The Website of The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field
Locus Online
   odd frost giants
Sub Menu contents
Monitor

New Books


first week August
Mark Chadbourn
Rowena Cory Daniells
Mark Del Franco
Greg Egan
Seressia Glass
Golden & Lebbon
Harry Harrison
Trent Jamieson
Pittacus Lore
George Mann
Richelle Mead
Kelly Meding
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Moira J. Moore
Christopher Rowley
Jeff Somers
S.A. Swann

last week July
Lou Anders
Kelley Armstrong
Kage Baker
Bruce Boston
B.K. Evenson
P.C. Hodgell
Project Itoh
Kessler & Kittredge
Todd McCaffrey
Karen Miller
Chloie Neill
Eric Nylund
Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Gary Shteyngart
Harry Turtledove
Jeff VanderMeer

2010 Directories




 

+ Carroll, Lee : Black Swan Rising
(Tor 978-0-7653-2597-6, $14.99, 396pp, trade paperback, August 2010)
Black Swan #1 First US edition (UK: Bantam UK, July 2010)

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series, about a New York city jewelry designer, a silver box with the symbol of a swan, and evil forces unleashed into Manhattan.
• Lee Carroll is a pseudonym for mystery writer Carol Goodman and her husband, poet Lee Slonimsky.
• Tor's site has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has excerpts from a few reviews, including Library Journal's: "Fans of Charles de Lint and Mercedes Lackey should enjoy this vibrant addition to the urban fantasy genre."

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Drake, Jocelynn : Pray for Dawn
(Eos 978-0-06-185180-3, $7.99, 367pp, mass market paperback, July 2010, cover art Don Sipley)
Dark Days #4

Dark fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Nightwalker (2008), Dayhunter (2009), and Dawnbreaker (2009), about Mira, a centuries-old enforcer for a secret organization who has the special ability to create fire.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "read now" feature including an excerpt.
• The author's website also has a description, plus pages of background and deleted scenes.

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Duane, Diane : Omnitopia Dawn
(DAW 978-0-7564-0623-3, $24.95, 360pp, hardcover, August 2010)
Omnitopia #1

Near-future SF thriller, first of a trilogy, about a popular massively multiplayer online game on the verge of rolling out a new expansion.
• The publisher's site has this long description, plus an excerpt.
• Amazon has a couple 5-star reader reviews.

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Gibson, Ian : Stuff of Legends
(Ace 978-0-441-01930-4, $7.99, 293pp, mass market paperback, August 2010, cover art Brandon Dorman)

Humorous fantasy novel based on the author's webcomic of the same name that began in 2003, about a retired hero, Jordon the Red, who is relucantly dragged back into new adventures.
• The book was a finalist for Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award in 2009. The publisher's site has this essay by the book's editor, a description, and an excerpt
• Amazon has rather mixed reader reviews.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "It's a fond satire, but with an occasional almost Pratchett-ish edge."

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Liu, Marjorie : A Wild Light
(Ace 978-0-441-01901-4, $7.99, 308pp, mass market paperback, August 2010, cover art Craig White)
Hunter Kiss #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in the "Hunter Kiss" series following The Iron Hunt (2008) and Darkness Calls (2009), about demon hunter Maxine Kiss, whose tattoos are her armor against the demons who threaten humanity.
• The author's website has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has several reader reviews.

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

+ Lloyd, Tom : The Ragged Man
(Pyr 978-1-61614-206-3, $16, 544pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover illustration Todd Lockwood)
Twilight Reign #4 First US edition (UK: Gollancz, July 2010)

Epic fantasy novel, fourth in the Twilight Reign series following The Stormcaller (2008), The Twilight Herald (2009), and The Grave Thief (2009).
• In this book, Lord Isak is dead and King Emin takes the initiative in the ongoing war.
• Pyr's site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The author's site has this series page with links to descriptions and reviews of the first three books.

(Fri 13 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Mantchev, Lisa : Perchance to Dream
(Feiwel & Friends 978-0-312-38097-7, $16.99, 337pp, hardcover, May 2010, cover illustration Jason Chan)
Theatre Illuminata #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in the "Theatre Illuminata" series following Eyes Like Stars (2009), about 17-year-old Bertie Shakespeare Smith's life in a magical theater.
• The first book, Eyes Like Stars, was a finalist both for SFWA's Andre Norton Award and for the Mythopoeic Award.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Booklist review: "As in the previous volume, romance (more steamy suggestion than actual bodice-ripping) drives the girl-power plot, but the humorous allusions to famous literature, the breakneck banter among the magical cast, and, most of all, Bertie's astonishing ability to influence the course of actions with her written words will captivate readers."

(Thu 5 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Millar, Martin : Curse of the Wolf Girl
(Underland Press 978-0980226058, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover illustration John Coulthart)
Werewolf Girl #2

Young adult werewolf novel, sequel to Lonely Werewolf Girl (2007), about the youngest daugher in a clan of Scottish werewolves who has fled to London.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has several positive reader reviews.

(Thu 29 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Richardson, Kat : Labyrinth
(Roc 978-0-451-46336-4, $24.95, 355pp, hardcover, August 2010, cover art Chris McGrath)
Greywalker #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in the series following Greywalker (2006), Poltergeist (2007), Underground (2008), and Vanished (2009), about a Seattle PI Harper Blaine, who wakes up two minutes after being killed, able to move between our world and the other side.
• In this book Harper tries to free her father's ghost from a Grey maze.
• The author's website has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, "As this series continues its shift from paranormal mystery to more complex vampire-centric fantasy, Richardson's once-playful Harper is clearly evolving into a supernatural force to be reckoned with."
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "...it's a good read, with some interesting new developments for the series."

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Robinson, Kim Stanley, edited by Jonathan Strahan : The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-184-3, $27.95, 389pp, hardcover, August 2010, cover illustration Joe Jesus)

Collection of 22 stories, arranged in chronological order and first published from 1981 ("Venice Drowned") to 2005 ("Prometheus Unbound, At last"), with the last story, "The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942", original to this book.
• Other stories include World Fantasy Award winner "Black Air" (1983), "The Lucky Strike", Nebula Award winner "The Blind Geometer", "Escape from Kathmandu", "Vinland the Dream", and "Sexual Dimorphism".
• The author provides several pages of story notes at the end of the book.
• The publisher's site has this description with the full table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Robinson is equally at home in the furthest reaches of the cosmos and among scotch-swilling NASA scientists stuck in traffic, and every story pivots around a different fascinating idea that will hit readers right in that 'sense of wonder' SF sweet spot."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, citing new story "The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942" as one of the best: "[H]ere he achieves the remarkable effect of transforming a minute-byminute account of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, performed by an orchestra long since stripped of its Jewish performers, into a moving tale of artistic resistance to the Nazi overlords in the audience... If he can do that to real history with his short fiction, we clearly need more of it."

(Wed 4 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Thomas, Jeffrey : Nocturnal Emissions
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-84-4, $19.95, 196pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover art M. Wayne Miller)

Collection of nine horror stories, three of them original to this book.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from reviews of the author's work, and a book trailer.
• There are also limited hardcover and signed leatherbound editions available.
• Not available on Amazon; order from the publisher's site.

(Thu 1 Jul 2010) • (Directory Entry)

|

* Viehl, S. L. : Dream Called Time
(Roc 978-0-451-46346-3, $7.99, 371pp, mass market paperback, August 2010)
Stardoc #10

SF novel, tenth book in the author's long-running Stardoc universe of medically-themed space operas, following most recently in Rebel Ice (2006), Plague of Memory (2007), Omega Games (2008), and Crystal Healer (2009)
• In this book Dr. Cherijo Torin discovers a technologically advanced alien spaceship, and is sucked into a rift in spacetime.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The author's blog has this post about the book, with the dedication.

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Williamson, Michael Z. : Do Unto Others
(Baen 978-1-4391-3383-5, $22, 375pp, hardcover, August 2010, cover by Kurt Miller)
Freehold #5

Military SF novel, sequel to Better to Beg Forgiveness (2007) and fifth novel in the "Freehold" series, following other titles Freehold (2004), The Weapon (2005), and Contact with Chaos (2009).
• In this book, the Prescot family of miners has developed technological breakthroughs for developing planets that has made them wealthy, and the target of powerful enemies.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.
• Amazon has several reader reviews.

(Thu 12 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

New SF/F/H books:
second week August 2010

posted 15 August 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 40 63 103
Fantasy Novels 32 179 211
Horror Novels 9 6 15
totals 81 248 329
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




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.






   
Locus Online is an associate of Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Your purchase of books through these links (click on titles or covers) helps support Locus Online.


© 2010 by Locus Publications. All rights reserved.