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third week August
James Axler
Mark Chadbourn
Paul Finch
Anthony Huso
Stacia Kane
Devon Monk
Rick Moody
Lisanne Norman
William H. Patterson, Jr.
Laura Reeve
Aaron Renier
Laura Resnick
Bill Shears
Jeri Smith-Ready
Mark L. Van Name

second week August
Lee Carroll
Jocelynn Drake
Diane Duane
Ian Gibson
Marjorie Liu
Tom Lloyd
Lisa Mantchev
Martin Millar
Kat Richardson
Kim Stanley Robinson
Jeffrey Thomas
S.L. Viehl
Michael A. Williamson

2010 Directories


* Brooks, Terry : Bearers of the Black Staff
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-48417-8, $27, 353pp, hardcover, September 2010, jacket illustration Steve Stone)
Genesis of Shannara #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in the "Genesis of Shannara" series following Armageddon's Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph (2008), set on a plague-ridden future Earth besieged by demons attempting to exterminate humanity.
• The Random House site has this description with an excerpt.
• Del Rey's site is now, which has blog posts about recent books, including this one.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "superlative Tolkien-style fantasy tweaked with a contemporary vibe."

(Thu 26 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Chiang, Ted : The Lifecycle of Software Objects
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-317-4, $25, 140pp, hardcover, July 2010)

Science fiction novella, the author's longest work to date, about digients, digital entities created as pets in a virtual reality called Data Earth.
• The publisher's site has this order page with a description and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has the long "signature" review from Publishers Weekly written by Charles Stross -- "a welcome surprise: a triumphant combination of the rigorous extrapolation of artificial intelligence and artificial life, two of the high concepts of contemporary SF, with an exploration of its consequences for the ordinary people whose lives it derails."
• Gary K. Wolfe's review from the July issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; he concludes, "Conceptually, The Lifecycle of Software Objects may seem understated compared to the intellectual bottle rocket of a story like 'Exhalation', but it joins 'Story of Your Life' and a handful of other tales which remind us that Chiang can write as movingly about characters as about ideas."

(Tue 24 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Collins, Suzanne : Mockingjay
(Scholastic Press 978-0-439-02351-1, $17.99, 398pp, hardcover, August 2010, jacket art Tim O'Brien)
Hunger Games #3

Young adult SF novel, conclusion of the trilogy that began with The Hunger Games (2008) and continued with Catching Fire (2009), set in a future dystopia in which pairs of teenagers from the twelve districts of Panem are forced to compete to the death.
• In this book Katniss is persuaded to join the revolution against the Capitol by the rebels of District 13.
• The publisher's site has this order page, with an audio excerpt read by the author.
• Amazon currently has about 250 reader reviews, about half 5-star.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "This concluding volume in Collins's Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level."

(Tue 24 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Fingerman, Bob : Pariah
(Tor 978-0-7653-2627-0, $14.99, 365pp, trade paperback, August 2010)

Comedic zombie thriller about survivors in a New York City apartment building of a worldwide zombie plague.
• Tor's site has this page for the book with no description, but blurbs from Trey Parker, Augesten Burroughs, and others.
• Wikipedia's entry for Bob Fingerman describes his work in comics and graphic novels.

(Thu 26 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Haley, Cameron : Mob Rules
(Luna 978-0-373-80320-0, $14.95, 313pp, trade paperback, September 2010)
The Underworld Cycle #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series and the author's first novel, about a mob sorceress Domino Riley and war in the supernatural underworld of Los Angeles.
• The author's site has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Much of the story is series setup, but fast pacing, pungent wit, surprise twists, thoughtful discussions of morality, and escalating, cinematic battles keep the pages turning."

(Fri 27 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Harris, Charlaine, & Toni L. P. Kelner, eds. : Death's Excellent Vacation
(Ace 978-0441018680, 339pp, hardcover, August 2010, jacket illustration Lisa Desimini)

Anthology of 13 original urban fantasy stories, including a new "Sookie Stackhouse" story by Charlaine Harris.
• Other authors include A. Lee Martinez, L.A. Banks, Christopher Golden, and Lilith Saintcrow.
• The publisher's site has a brief description.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews, including one with a detailed story-by-story evaluation.

(Thu 26 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Resnick, Mike : Blasphemy
(Golden Gryphon Press 978-1-930846-64-9, $24.95, 11+349pp, hardcover, August 2010, cover painting Don Maitz)

Collection of five stories and two novels; the latter are Walpurgis III (1982) and The Branch (1984), while the stories were first published from 1984 to 1999.
• Jack McDevitt provides an introduction, Lezli Robyn an afterword.
• Golden Gryphon's site has this description.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review: "Resnick is irreverent, funny, and deeply concerned with revealing what he views as unthinking slavishness to the Christian deity and fictitious religion. The juxtaposition of grotesque violence, explicit sex, and cheerful blasphemy may be off-putting to some readers, but others will enjoy the often funny, usually shocking, sometimes didactic examination of religious beliefs."

(Sat 21 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Samson, Sandy : Red Dust and Bones
(Purple Sword Publications 978-1936165384, $22.99, 555pp, trade paperback, 2010)

SF novel about a Mars base that goes silent, a rescue mission sabotaged by a traitor, and discoveries on Earth concerning artifacts from the red planet.
• The publisher's site has this description with a short excerpt.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also provides an excerpt.

(Wed 25 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Weeks, Brent : The Black Prism
(Orbit 978-0-316-07555-8, $25.99, 629pp, hardcover, August 2010, jacket illustration Richard Jones)
Black Prism #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about Gavin Guile, a priest and emperor who has five years to achieve five impossible goals.
• The author's site has this description with a link to Orbit's site, which has the first three chapters.
• Amazon has mostly 5-star reader reviews, and the Publishers Weekly review, which says "With this complicated fantasy about family politics, bestseller Weeks moves into familiar territory. ... Weeks manages to ring new tunes on these old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way."

(Thu 26 Aug 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


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

posted 29 August 2010

2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 42 68 110
Fantasy Novels 32 187 219
Horror Novels 10 7 17
totals 84 262 346
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.

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+ = first US edition

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