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New Books

second week December
Rachel Aaron
John Joseph Adams
Jon Armstrong
Asprin & Nye
Amanda Downum
Stephen Graham Jones
Gini Koch
Juliet Marillier
McCaffrey & Scarborough
Patricia A. McKillip
Richelle Mead
Richard Parks
Taylor & Johnson
Harry Turtledove
S.L. Wright

first week December
Tim Akers
James Barclay
Thomas Blackthorne
Orson Scott Card
Alan Dean Foster
Celia Jerome
Caitlin Kittredge
James Knapp
Mercedes Lackey
Tim Lebbon
Martin & Dozois
Rachel Neumeier
Graham Sharp Paul
M. Rickert
Freda Warrington

2010 Directories


* Anthony, Piers : Knot Gneiss
(10 978-0765323521, $25.99, 303pp, hardcover, November 2010, jacket art Darrell K. Sweet)
Xanth #34

Humorous fantasy novel, 34th in the popular, pun-filled "Xanth" series, following Jumper Cable (2009).
• This one is Wenda Woodwife, who seeks help from Good Magician Humphrey while her husband, Prince Charming, is off on Adventure.
• Tor's website has this description of the book.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

(Wed 5 Jan 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


+ Beukes, Lauren : Zoo City
(Angry Robot US 978-0875660558, $7.99, 182pp, trade paperback, January 2011)

Urban fantasy novel set in a parallel world, about a woman with the power to find lost things who becomes involved in an investigation into the death of one of her clients.
• The publisher's site has this description with quotes from numerous reviews. The UK edition was published in September, 2010.
• John Clute reviewed it for Strange Horizons: "The urban world Beukes describes discharges in the reader's face with something of the interjaculatory insistence of worlds depicted by Paolo Bacigalupi or Ian McDonald, or for that matter Jerome Charyn when he is deep deep deep into Manhattan. Zoo City is exceedingly smart..."
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Beukes delivers a thrill ride that gleefully merges narrative styles and tropes, almost single-handedly pulling the "urban fantasy" subgenre back towards its groundbreaking roots."

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


* Collins, Nancy A. : Right Hand Magic
(Roc 978-0-451-46366-1, $6.99, 289pp, mass market paperback, December 2010)
Golgotham #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series, set in New York City's supernatural ghetto, Golgotham.
Publishers Weekly calls it "bubbly" and concludes, "Readers will look for future installments to flesh out the intriguing setting, the true star of the series."
• Amazon has mixed reader reviews.

(Thu 9 Dec 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Estep, Jennifer : Venom
(Pocket 978-1439148013, $7.99, 389pp, mass market paperback, October 2010, cover illustration Tony Mauro)
Elemental Assassin #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in the Elemental Assassin series following Spider's Bite and Web of Lies, about assassin Gin Blanco in the southern city of Ashland.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author's website has this page about the series, with frequenty asked questions, recipes, and explanations of runes.
• Amazon has several dozen mostly 4- and 5-star reader reviews.

(Wed 15 Dec 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Francis, Diana Pharaoh : Crimson Wind
(Pocket 978-1-4165-9815-2, $7.99, 353pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Horngate Witches #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of the Horngage Witches series following Bitter Night (2009), about Max, a woman bound by a witch into servitude as her 'Shadowblade', and the ancient Guardians of Earth who are trying to destroy the mortal world.
• The author's website has this page for the series, with a description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

(Fri 17 Dec 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Lovegrove, James : Age of Odin
(UK: Solaris 978-1-907519-40-6, £7.99, 585pp, trade paperback, January 2011, cover art Marek Okon)
Pantheon Triptych #3

SF novel, third in a series following The Age of Ra (2009) and The Age of Zeus (2010), a human rebellion against beings who've arrived on Earth as incarnations of the ancient Greek gods.
• The author's website has a description, where he now refers to the series as the "Pantheon Triptych", along with an excerpt.

(Sat 4 Dec 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon • (Directory Entry)


* Robertson, Linda : Arcane Circle
(Pocket/Juno 978-1-4391-9025-8, $7.99, 401pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Persephone Alcmedi #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series about witch Persephone (Seph) Alcmedi, following Vicious Circle (2009), Hallowed Circle (2010), and Fatal Circle (2010).
• The publisher's site has this description with links to an excerpt and information about the author.

(Fri 17 Dec 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Engineering Infinity
(Solaris US 978-1-907519-51-2, $7.99, 333pp, trade paperback, January 2011, cover art Stephan Martiniere)

Anthology of 14 original hard SF stories.
• Authors include Peter Watts, Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross, Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, and John Barnes.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• The editor has posted the complete table of contents.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the book in her Locus Online column.

(Sat 4 Dec 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


* Swirsky, Rachel, & Sean Wallace, eds. : People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-238-2, $14.95, 318pp, trade paperback, December 2010, cover art Liwei Wang)

Anthology of 20 stories, all first published from 2000 to 2010, with one story, by Elena Gomel, original to this book.
• Ann VanderMeer provides the introduction.
• Authors include Peter S. Beagle, Michael Chabon, Eliot Fintushel, Neil Gaiman, Theodora Goss, and Benjamin Rosenbaum.
• The publisher's site has this description.

(Mon 3 Jan 2011) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)


New SF/F/H books:
second half December 2010

posted 8 January 2011

2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 60 99 159
Fantasy Novels 44 273 317
Horror Novels 11 10 21
totals 125 382 507
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).

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+ = first US edition

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