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

New in Paperback


June
Joe Abercrombie
Jacqueline Carey
Eoin Colfer
Cory Doctorow
Alan Dean Foster
Lev Grossman
Tanya Huff
Stephen Hunt
Karen Miller
John Ringo
Mark L. Van Name
Freda Warrington
Phaedra Weldon
Robert Charles Wilson

May
Kevin J. Anderson
Isaac Asimov
Paolo Bacigalupi
Bernard Beckett
C.J. Cherryh
Jennifer Fallon
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Richard Kadrey
Dani & Eytan Kollin
George Mann
China Miéville
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Alison Sinclair
Kim Wilkins
Gene Wolfe

2010 Directories




 

Asaro, Catherine : Diamond Star
(Baen 978-1-4391-3382-8, $7.99, 691pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
Skolian Saga #13
(First edition: Baen, May 2009)

SF novel, 13th in the author's long-running Skolian Saga, following The Ruby Dice (2008).
• This book concerns Del, a rock star and member of the dynasty that rules the Skolian Imperialate.
• Baen's site' has this description of the book, with links to several chapters.
• The author's site also has a description, and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Baxter, Stephen : Flood
(Roc 978-0-451-46328-9, $7.99, 482pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: UK: Gollancz, July 2008)

Near-future catastrophe novel in which sea levels rise and flood coastal cities -- though not because of global warming.
• It's first of a diptych, followed by Ark, published in hardcover by Roc in May (description) and in the UK by Gollancz last August.
• Gary K. Wolfe's review in Locus Magazine noted that the book "mak[es] few conceptual demands of the reader and [is] replete with the kind of melodramatic coincidences and touching reunions of pop disaster tales"; and he concluded "for what it is, a largely old-fashioned disaster tale presented with spectacle and efficient pacing, Flood is a pretty effective entertainment."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Campbell, Alan : God of Clocks
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-58933-7, $7.99, 388pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Ballantine Spectra, May 2009)

Fantasy novel, third volume of the "Deepgate Codex" trilogy following Scar Night (2006) and Iron Angel (2008), concerning war in a city called Deepgate that is suspended over a bottomless abyss.
• Bantam's site has this description with an interactive book preview feature, and a text excerpt.
• The author's website has background and a link to his blog.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Campbell's experience in video game design is evident in the relentless pacing and highly imaginative settings as well as his meticulous attention to detail in the many fight sequences."

(Mon 28 Jun 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Collins, Suzanne : The Hunger Games
(Scholastic Press 978-0439023528, $8.99, 374pp, trade paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Scholastic Press, October 2008)

Young adult SF novel, first of a trilogy, set in post-apocalyptic America in which young people are forced to battle to the death on TV.
• The book has been on bestseller lists (see Locus Online's latest weekly summary) for a year and a half, and its sequel Catching Fire for nearly a year. The third book in the series, Mockingjay, is due in hardcover in August and has been ranking on Amazon.com's bestseller list with advance sales for five months.
• Scholastic has this series site with video clips, audio excerpts, games, and a message board.
• Amazon's page has over 1000 reader reviews, 3/4 of them ranking it 5 stars, and the starred Publishers Weekly review by Megan Whalen Turner: "Rather less 1984 and rather more Death Race 2000, hers is a gripping story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories..."
• Carolyn Cushman's review in Locus Magazine called it "rousing".

(Mon 28 Jun 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Czerneda, Julie E. : Rift in the Sky
(DAW 978-0-7564-0609-7, $7.99, 434pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: DAW, July 2009)

SF novel, third in the "Stratification" sequence following Reap the Wild Wind (2007) and Riders of the Storm (2008).
• The author's website has a description -- she calls it "the most emotional book I've ever written" -- and a brief excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman's review in Locus Magazine said the book "left me looking forward to the next trilogy, Reunification, set after the Trade Pact trilogy, which will bring the M'hiray back to their roots and reveal more about the fascinating world of Cersi."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Del Toro, Guillermo, & Chuck Hogan : The Strain
(Harper 978-0-06-155824-5, $9.99, 585pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: William Morrow, June 2009)

Vampire novel, first of a trilogy, in which a vampiric virus infects New York City.
• Del Toro is best known as a film director, whose works include Pan's Labyrinth and, for a time, The Hobbit.
• The next book, The Fall, is due in hardcover on September 21.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "Read Now" function providing an excerpt.
• Amazon has a Chapter One excerpt, its own "Best of the Month" review by Daphne Durham -- "Great summer reading." -- and the starred Publishers Weekly review: "The authors maintain the suspense and tension throughout in a tour de force reminiscent of Whitley Strieber's early work."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Frost, P. R. : Faery Moon
(DAW 978-0-7564-0606-6, $7.99, 370pp, mass market paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: DAW, June 2009)

Supernatural romance/mystery novel about a fantasy writer who fights demons, sequel to Hounding the Moon (2006) and Moon in the Mirror (2007).
• In this book Tess Noncoiré travels to Las Vegas, where she learns that dancers in a show are actually kidnapped faeries.
• The author's webpage has excerpts from both the first and second books.

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Jones, Jaida, & Danielle Bennett : Shadow Magic
(Spectra 978-0-553-59138-5, $7.99, 427pp, mass market paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, August 2009)

Fantasy novel, sequel to Havemercy (2008), about the aftermath of a battle between two countries loosely based on Shogun Japan and Imperial Rome.
• Bantam's site has this description and an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, Dragon Soul, appeared in hardcover in June.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which concludes "Deft characterizations even of minor players, broad humor, convincing dialogue and sure-handed timing, especially in the dueling scenes, make this novel an outstanding example of world-building and good old-fashioned fun."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

King, Stephen : Under the Dome
(Gallery 978-1439149034, $19.99, 1074pp, trade paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Scribner, November 2009)

Science fiction/horror novel about a mysterious, transparent dome that appears over a small town in Maine, and the consequences of their isolation on the people living inside.
• The publisher's site has this description, with a "Browse Inside" function and an audiobook excerpt.
• Amazon has a video interview with King, and exclusive review by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, background on the hardcover edition's wraparound cover art, and a color version of the map of Chester's Mill, Maine.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed the book in the February '10 issue of Locus Magazine, calling it "Stephen King's sumptuous allegorical rendering of the paranoia rampant in post-9/11 America and the demagogues who skillfully manipulate it to their benefit." He concluded, "It is written with a relentless narrative drive that makes its thousand-plus pages fly, and it is one of the best novels King has given us in recent years."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Link, Kelly : Pretty Monsters
(Penguin/Speak 978-0142416723, $9.99, 404pp, trade paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: Viking, October 2008)

Collection of nine stories, eight previously published and one, the title story, original to this book, with illustrations by Shaun Tan. The book is classified as Young Adult and can be found in the YA sections of bookstores.
• Three of the stories, "Magic for Beginners", "The Specialist's Hat", and "The Faery Handbag", appear in previous Link collections; the remaining five stories are "The Wrong Grave", "Monster", "The Wizards of Perfil", "The Surfer", and "The Constable of Abal".
• The publisher's site has this description; Link's site has this page and two complete stories: The Wrong Grave and The Faery Handbag.
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review: "With a quirky, fairytale style evocative of Neil Gaiman, the author mingles the grotesque and the ethereal to make magic on the page."
• The book was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2009.
• Both Gary K. Wolfe and Amelia Beamer reviewed the book for Locus Magazine; Beamer wrote, "The inimitable Kelly Link voice is still present, but the resolution for each story derives from plot elements rather than the narrative complexity and strangeness Link has mapped as her territory in previous collections..." She concluded, "Link's stories usually work because they make something strange, or something familiar, because they are funny and tragic and different, and because they require the reader to piece together the ending."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Niffenegger, Audrey : Her Fearful Symmetry
(Scribner 978-1439169018, $15, 406pp, trade paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Scribner, September 2009)

Fantasy novel about two twins who inherit a haunted London apartment that borders Highgate Cemetery.
• It's the author's second novel, following her immensely popular and filmed The Time Traveler's Wife.
• The publisher's site has this page for the book, with a description, video from the author, and audiobook excerpt.
• Amazon has evenly mixed reader reviews, and its own review by Brad Thomas Parsons: "Niffenegger brings these quirky, troubled characters to marvelous life, but readers may need their own supernatural suspension of disbelief as the story winds to its twisty conclusion."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

* Schroeder, Karl : Virga: Cities of the Air
(Tor 978-0-7653-2670-6, $17.99, 590pp, trade paperback, July 2010, cover art Stephan Martiniere)

Omnibus edition of the first two novels in Schroeder's "Virga" series, set in a miniature cosmos filled with numerous artificial worlds: Sun of Suns (2006), and Queen of Candesce (2007). Both books have previously appeared in mass market paperback.
• Tor's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Russel Letson's review of Queen of Candesce in Locus Magazine concluded "My hope is that these books turn out to be not a trilogy but an open-ended series -- Schroeder's world-building, storytelling, and character-drawing chops seem strong enough to give even Known Space a run for its money."

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Shetterly, Will : The Gospel of the Knife
(Tor 978-0-312-87539-8, $15.99, 319pp, trade paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Tor, July 2007)

Fantasy novel about a 14-year-old boy in 1969 and a mysterious benefactor who offers to send him to an exclusive school. It's a sequel to Shetterly's 1997 novel Dogland.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• It was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2008.

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Somers, Jeff : The Eternal Prison
(Orbit US 978-0-316-07560-2, $7.99, 450pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Orbit US, August 2009)

SF thriller, third in a series following The Electric Church (2007) and The Digital Plague (2008), about killer-for-hire Avery Cates.
• In this book Cates finds himself incarcerated in Chengara Penitentiary.
• The series website has background developed for the first book and a link to the author's blog.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function includes an excerpt.

(Mon 28 Jun 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Stross, Charles : Wireless
(Ace 978-0-441-01893-2, $7.99, 318pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Ace, July 2009)

Collection of nine stories, including an original novella, "Palimpsest".
• Reprinted stories include Locus Award winner "Missile Gap" (2006), "Trunk and Disorderly" (2007), and "Unwirer" (2004, with Cory Doctorow). Stross provides a book introduction, and afterwords to the stories.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says the stories "demonstrate Stross's ability to crisscross genres, blending SF, fantasy, horror and espionage."
• Russell Letson reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine; he called "Palimpsest" "a Strossian take on Poul Anderson's Time Patrol motif, with a big dash of the paranoia and solipsism of '-- All You Zombies-- ' and tips of the hat to a number of other temporal-displacement classics."

(Mon 28 Jun 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Waters, Sarah : The Little Stranger
(Riverhead 978-1594484469, $16, 512pp, trade paperback, May 2010)
(First edition: Riverhead, April 2009)

Fantasy/horror novel, a haunted house story set in post-World War II Britain, about Hundreds Hall, a declining Georgian residence occupied by the Ayres family.
• The novel was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and was Stephen King's #1 ranked "Top 10 Books of 2009" in Entertainment Weekly. King wrote "This is a terrifying, engrossing ghost story set in the English countryside not long after World War II, but it's so much more. Although told in straightforward prose, this is a deeply textured and thoughtful piece of work. Several sleepless nights are guaranteed."
• Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review -- "a stunning haunted house tale whose ghosts are as horrifying as any in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House" -- the Washington Post review by Ron Charles, and its "Look Inside" feature including an excerpt.

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|

Williamson, Michael Z. : Contact with Chaos
(Baen 978-1-4391-3373-6, $7.99, 441pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Baen, April 2009)

SF novel in the author's "Freehold" sequence, following Better to Beg Forgiveness (2007), about first contact with intelligent aliens, and the divergent reactions of Freehold, the UN, and other human factions.
• Baen's site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.
• The next book in the series, Do Unto Others, is due in hardcover in August.

(Thu 8 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

|


New in Paperback: July 2010

posted 12 July 2010










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.