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second week September
John Joseph Adams
Dakota Banks
Datlow & Mamatas
Kate Elliott
Kelly Gay
Kris Greene
A.J. Hartley
M.K. Hobson
Mary Robinette Kowal
Karen Lord
Violette Malan
Seanan McGuire
S.M. Stirling
Joan Frances Turner
Walter Jon Williams

first week September
Laura Bickle
Gail Carriger
Cassandra Clare
Rowena Cory Daniells
William Gibson
David Macinnis Gill
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Stephen R. Lawhead
Karen A. Romanko
Sherwood Smith
Robin Spriggs
Sam Sykes
Sheri S. Tepper
Jean-Christophe Valtat
Charles Yu

2010 Directories




 

* Connolly, Harry : Game of Cages
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-50890-4, $7.99, 338pp, mass market paperback, September 2010, cover illustration Chris McGrath)
Twenty Palaces #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following the author's first novel Child of Fire (2009), about a mysterious society that hunts down renegade magicians.
• The parent publisher's site has this description with a preview function. Amazon's "Look Inside" also provides an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave this book, as it did with the earlier novel, a starred review: "Connolly fulfills and sustains the promise of his 2009 rural noir debut, Child of Fire, with this thoughtful Lovecraftian sequel. ... Connolly doesn't shy away from tackling big philosophical issues--whether good ends justify evil means, how many civilian deaths can be justified in the pursuit of creatures that can destroy the world--amid gory action scenes and plenty of rapid-fire sardonic dialogue."
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "Once things start moving, the fast pacing and over-the-top action never let go. This has become one of my must read series."

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* Drake, David : What Distant Deeps
(Baen 978-1439133668, $25, 370pp, hardcover, September 2010, cover art Stephen Hickman)
RCN #8

Military SF novel, eighth in the "RCN" series following With the Lightnings, Lt. Leary, Commanding, The Far Side of the Stars, The Way to Glory, Some Golden Harbor, and When the Tide Rises, and In the Stormy Red Sky (2009).
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Amazon has several 5-star reader reviews.

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+ Egan, Greg : Zendegi
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-174-4, $24.95, 279pp, hardcover, September 2010) First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2010)

Near-future SF novel set in Iran, about the Human Connectome Project to construct a detailed map of the wiring of the human brain, and a virtual world called Zendegi.
• Egan's site has this page with a description, an excerpt, and several pages of Egan's diary describing his visits to Iran.
• Night Shade's site has this description and order page.
• Amazon's page for the US edition has starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist; PW says "Egan creates a thought-provoking, intensely personal story about conflicting instincts and desires as technology recapitulates humanity."
• Russell Letson reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: "This book satisfies the claims that SF has to being an art form as fully engaged with the worlds of the family and the community as it is with those of the laboratory, the machine shop, the space habitat, or the computational environment. Egan's aliens and post-human personalities are engaging, sympathetic, and understandable creations. When he turns his attention to ordinary humans, living in a world that is just around the corner from our own, he will break your heart."
• Letson's entire review is posted in its entirety here.

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* Funke, Cornelia : Reckless
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-05609-0, $19.99, 394pp, hardcover, September 2010)
Reckless #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series based on the Brothers Grimm, about a 12-year-old boy who follows his father into Mirrorworld.
• Book site www.get-reckless.com has videos of the author reading excerpts, plus a text excerpt, background on the characters, etc.
Publishers Weekly wrote, "The rich re-imagining of familiar fairy tale details is the best part, as there is little character development. There are few child characters, and veiled sexual innuendo and violence make this edgier fare..."
• Amazon has the School Library Journal review, and a few positive reader reviews.

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* Geillor, Harrison : The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten
(Night Shade Books 978-1-89780-196-6, $14.99, 293pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover art Scott Altmann)

Zombie novel parodying Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with an author bio and blurbs from Vore Gidal, Dob Bylan, Charles S. Mulchz Jr., and others.
• Tor.com has this post by Harrison Geillor, "Small Town Zombies".
• Amazon's "Look Inside" feature includes an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave this a starred review: "The humor in this parody lies in the simple truth that even a zombie bear with a hatchet in its head won't faze a Minnesotan.... As in Garrison Keillor's writing, dry humor leads to moments of real feeling and pathos. A Minnesotan might say that it's pretty good if you like that kind of thing."

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* Holmes, Julia : Meeks
(Small Beer Press 978-193152065-2, $16, 189pp, trade paperback, July 2010, cover art Robyn O'Neil)

Dystopian SF novel, set in a society in which bachelors must find wives or be consigned to civil service, concerning a foreigner named Meeks who lives in the park and is hunted by the Brothers of Mercy.
• The publisher's site has this description, with links to excerpts and quotes from reviews. There's also an excerpt via Amazon's "Look Inside" function.
• The novel is included in Locus Magazine's New and Notable Books for September.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it a "highly imaginative debut ... Holmes has fashioned a terrifying and utterly convincing world in which the perfect human being is one stripped of all illusions."

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* Huff, Tanya : The Truth of Valor
(DAW 978-0756406202, $24.95, 329pp, hardcover, September 2010, jacket painting Paul Youll)
Confederation #5

Military SF novel, fifth in the "Confederation" series following Valor's Choice (2000), The Better Part of Valor (2002), The Heart of Valor (2007), and Valor's Trial (2008).
• In this book former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr and her partner Craig Ryder are attacked by pirates.
• DAW's website has this brief description.
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

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+ Kent, Jasper : Twelve
(Pyr 978-1-61614-241-4, $17, 447pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover illustration Paul Young)
Twelve #1

Historical vampire novel, first of a series, set in 1812 as Napoleon's army nears Moscow and encounters a legendary creature called a voordalak.
• Pyr's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
• The author's site has this page for the series, with a description and link to an
• Amazon has several mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Melton, Henry : Follow That Mouse
(Wire Rim Books 978-0-9802253-7-2, $14.95, 254pp, trade paperback, September 2010, cover art Brad W. Foster)

Young adult SF novel, part of the author's loose series "Small Towns, Big Ideas" featuring high school aged heroes confronted with classic SF and fantasy themes.
• This book concerns a teenaged girl in a small Utah town where animals, and her father, are showing signs of irrational rage.
• The author's site has this page for the book, with a description and links to reviews.

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* Sylvan, Dianne : Queen of Shadows
(Ace 978-0441019250, $7.99, 389pp, mass market paperback, September 2010, cover art Gene Mollica)
The Shadow World #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series, about a woman able to manipulate people with her music who comes into contact with a society of vampires.
• The author has previously written nonfiction books about pagan spirituality, but this is her first novel.
• The author's site has this description with a chapter one excerpt.
• Amazon has over a dozen 5-star reader reviews.

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* Thurman, Rob : The Grimrose Path
(Roc 978-0-451-46349-4, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, September 2010)
Trickster #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in the "Trickster" series following Trick of the Light (2009), about a Las Vegas bar owner who becomes involved in a war between angels and demons.
• The author's website has a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has several positive reader reviews.

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* Webster, Bud : Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF Anthologies
(The Merry Blacksmith Press 978-1453750032, $19.95, 328pp, trade paperback, September 2010)

Nonfiction anthology of 26 essays about science fiction anthologies, reprinted from various publications over the past decade. Recent essays have been published in the SFWA Bulletin.
• Most essays are themed by editors, e.g. those edited by Frederik Pohl, those edited by Robert Silverberg, the various SFWA anthologies, etc.
• The book has an introduction by Mike Ashley, an appendix listing the "Anthopology 101 Five-Foot Bookshelf", and an index.
• The publisher's site has description and order form, with the complete table of contents, and blurbs from Ben Bova, Pamela Sargent, Barry Malzberg, and Robert Silverberg. Websiter's introduction is posted online.

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New SF/F/H books:
third week September 2010

posted 26 September 2010




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 47 77 124
Fantasy Novels 34 208 242
Horror Novels 11 7 18
totals 92 292 384
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, via purchases, review copies received, or bookstore sightings. (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.

* = 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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