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2010 Directories




 

+ Beukes, Lauren : Moxyland
(HarperCollins/Angry Robot 978-0857660046, $7.99, 370pp, mass market paperback, August 2010)

Near-future SF thriller, the author's first novel, following four narrators in a dystopian Cape Town, South Africa.
• The book was first published in 2008 (in South Africa, apparently), then in July 2009 in the UK and Australia. This 2010 US edition is one of six books from Angry Robot's US debut (along with the Kaaron Warren title listed below).
• Angry Robot's site has this description, with blurbs from Charles Stross, William Gibson, and many others.
• The book's website has info about a soundtrack, lots of reviews, and both text and PDF excerpts.
• Amazon has slightly mixed but mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Birmingham, John : After America
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50291-9, $26, 465pp, hardcover, August 2010)
Without Warning #2

Alternate history novel set three years after the US has been destroyed in 2003, now trying to rebuild from a government headquartered in Seattle.
• This is second book in a series that began with Without Warning (2009).
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reveiws.

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* Brennan, Marie : A Star Shall Fall
(Tor 978-0-7653-2536-5, $15.99, 494pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover art Cliff Nielsen)
The Onyx Court #3

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to Midnight Never Come (2008) and In Ashes Lie (2009), set in an alternate London inhabited by humans and faerie.
• This book concerns Edmond Halley's prediction that a comet -- a banished dragon -- will return.
• With this book the series has moved to Tor, whose website has this description.
• The author's site has this description and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Anthropologist Brennan strikes a resonant balance between history and fantasy in this new tale of the faerie domain beneath 1750s London... Enchanting, fearsome faerie vistas and pinpoint character delineations make Galen's absorbing quest one to savor and remember."
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: "A Star Shall Fall has room enough for intellect and emotion, great issues as well as an array of individuals and personalities: self-mocking wit, bluntness, and ardor among others. As fear of the Dragon mounts, humans and fae come together in powerful scenes that both reflect and find ways to transcend the gap between beings with such very different experience of Life and Time."

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* Caine, Rachel : Total Eclipse
(Roc 978-0-451-46345-6, $7.99, 305pp, mass market paperback, August 2010)
Weather Warden #9

Fantasy novel, ninth in the "Weather Wardens" series about people who can control the weather, following Ill Wind (2003), Heat Stroke (2004), Chill Factor (2005), Windfall (2005), Firestorm (2006), and Thin Air (2007), Gale Force (2008), and Cape Storm (2009).
• In this book, Earth has been poisoned and heroine Joanne Baldwin and her djinn husband are losing their magical abilities.
• The author's site has this page for the book with sample chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review called it "thrilling, steamy" and concluded, "Solid pacing, romantic tension that leaps off the page, and the battle to save the world make this ideal summer reading for the paranormal romance fan."

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* Hamilton, Peter F. : The Evolutionary Void
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-49657-7, $28, 694pp, hardcover, September 2010, jacket illustration Paul Youll)
Void Trilogy #3

Far future SF novel, conclusion of a trilogy following The Dreaming Void (2008) and The Temporal Void (2009), about humanity's quest for transcendence inside a black hole Void at the center of the galaxy.
• The publisher's site has this description with a peview function.
• The author's website includes a description and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, "Dense and dazzling with complex story lines, compelling characters, and universe-spanning drama, Hamilton's latest offering is a satisfying conclusion to the Void trilogy... With intimate storytelling threads woven through a grand tapestry of epic adventure, the tale will be a struggle for new readers, but will captivate returning fans who can dive right in."
• Amazon has positive reader reviews (excerpt for a couple complaining about Kindle pricing).

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* Kring, Tim, & Dale Peck : Shift
(Crown 978-0307453457, $26, 356pp, hardcover, August 2010)
Gate of Orpheus #1

Alternate history thriller, first of a trilogy, that asks "Did LSD kill JFK?", in which 1963 people see a strange apparition in the sky above Dallas in 2012.
• The publisher has this page for the book, with background about Kring (a creator of TV series Heroes) though not Peck (author of critical essays collected in Hatchet Jobs and recent Lambda Award-winning YA Sprout). The site also links to an excerpt.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews, the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "their implausible hidden history of how the world works never coheres", and a special review by Max Brooks: "Fans of the Jason Bourne series, as well as Heroes' sci-fi angle, will be drawn to Kring's fiction debut, co-written with literary critic and sometime thriller writer Dale Peck. With colorful cameos from the likes of J. Edgar Hoover, Timothy Leary, and Sam Giancana, Shift is definitely a 'trip' worth taking."

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* Sanderson, Brandon : The Way of Kings
(Tor 978-0-7653-2635-5, $27.99, 1007pp, hardcover, August 2010, jacket art Michael Whelan)
Stormlight Archive #1

Epic fantasy novel, first in a new 10-book series, about a war over mystical weapons on a world wracked by power sweeps.
• The press release notes that Sanderson has been at work for a decade on this series, which will have the scope of its model, Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time.
• Tor's site has this description, with an audio excerpt.
• The author's site has several sample chapters.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function also has an excerpt. The Publishers Weekly review concludes, "Race-related plot themes may raise some eyebrows, and there's no hope for anything resembling a conclusion in this introductory volume, but Sanderson's fondness for misleading the reader and his talent for feeding out revelations and action scenes at just the right pace will keep epic fantasy fans intrigued and hoping for redemptive future installments."
• There's also a CD ROM audiobook edition, running unabridged on 36 CDs, read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.

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* Shannon, Harry : A Host of Shadows
(Dark Regions Press 978-1-888993-82-0, $19.95, 280pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover art Yossi Sasson)

Collection of 25 horror stories, several first published in this volume, with an introduction by Rick Hautala, notes by the author, and a biography.
• The publisher's site has this description, with blurbs by Brian Keene, Tom Piccarilli, and Gary A. Braunbeck.
Publishers Weekly said, "Shannon's riveting second collection of horror stories plumbs the traditional terrors of human psychology and the supernatural in unusual and deeply unnerving ways."

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+ Warren, Kaaron : Slights
(HarperCollins/Angry Robot US 978-0857660077, $7.99, 504pp, mass market paperback, August 2010) First US edition (UK: HarperCollins/Angry Robot, October 2009)

Horror novel, the author's first novel, about Stevie Searle, a young woman repeatedly pursuing near-death experiences.
• This is one of the first six titles of publisher Angry Robot's US debut. Angry Robot's site has this author profile and this page for the book, with quotes from numerous reviews.
• An Angry Robot blog post today notes that the book just won a Ditmar Award, in addition to a Shadows Award made previously.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "With outstanding control, Warren manipulates Stevie's voice to create a portrait of horror that in no way reads like a first novel."

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New SF/F/H books:
end August 2010

posted 3 September 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 43 71 114
Fantasy Novels 32 190 222
Horror Novels 11 7 18
totals 86 268 354
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels seen so far this year




Opening lines:

Kalak rounded a rocky stone ridge and stumbled to a stop before the body of a dying thunderclast. The enormous stone beast lay on its side, riblike protrusions from its chest broken and cracked. The monstrosity was vaguely skeletal in shape, with unnaturally long limbs that sprouted from granite shoulders. The eyes were deep red spots on the arrowhead face, as if created by a fire burning deep within the stone. They faded.




Opening lines:

The room was a shabby one to contain the intellectual brilliance of England. Small and scant of windows, it was nearly unbearable in the warmth of an early summer day, and filled with gentlemen looking forward to the pleasanter air of their country estates, away from the stinks of London. Some listened with interest to the letters being read, an exchange between two of their fellows regarding the island of Formosa; others fanned themselves futilely with whatever papers came to hand, wishing they dared nod off. But the gimlet eye of their president was upon them, and though Sir Isaac Newton might be more than sixty years old, age had not slowed him in the least, nor dulled the sharp edge of his tongue.




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

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






   
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