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early July
Catherine Asaro
Stephen Baxter
Alan Campbell
Suzanne Collins
Julie E. Czerneda
Del Toro & Hogan
P.R. Frost
Jones & Bennett
Stephen King
Kelly Link
Audrey Niffenegger
Karl Schroeder
Will Shetterly
Jeff Somers
Charles Stross
Sarah Waters
Michael Z. Williamson

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

2010 Directories




 

Birmingham, John : Without Warning
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345502902, $7.99, 526pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, February 2009)

Alternate history novel in which, just before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, mysterious radiation destroys most of North America.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has blurbs and dozens of mostly-positive reader reviews.
• Birmingham's next book, After America, is due in August.

(Wed 14 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Di Filippo, Paul : Fuzzy Dice
(Fantastic Books 978-1-60459-890-2, $14.95, 250pp, trade paperback, October 2009)
(First edition: UK: PS Publishing, July 2003)

SF novel about a failed writer given the chance to travel through quantum wormholes to alternate earths, courtesy an odd alien.
• The publisher's site has this description and order page, with customer reviews from Amazon.
• This edition is copyright 2009, and both Amazon and the publisher's page indicate Oct. '09 release, but the book was just received for review in July by Locus Online.
• Jonathan Strahan reviewed it back in the September 2003 issue of Locus Magazine: "It's like Tom Robbins's college classic Even Cowgirls Get the Blues recast in the hands of gonzo mathematician Rudy Rucker as a kind of ontological day trip."

(Tue 13 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Fahy, Warren : Fragment
(Dell 978-0-553-59245-0, $7.99, 516pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)

SF thriller about a cable TV crew that discovers an island full of bizarre creatures that have evolved independently for millions of years.
• The publisher's site has this description with a text excerpt and a preview function.
• The book was first published in hardcover by Delacorte in June, 2009.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "Fahy's imaginative debut puts a fresh spin on the survival-of-prehistoric-beasts theme popularized by Jurassic Park ....Exciting debates on topics like the role of sexual reproduction in the development of life on Earth provide a sound scientific background."
• Amazon has generally positive reader reviews.

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

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Howard, Jonathan : Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
(Anchor 978-0767930765, $15, 291pp, trade paperback, June 2010)
(First edition: UK: Hodder Headline Review, June 2009)

Steampunk fantasy novel about a sorcerer who makes a deal with the devil to regain his soul.
• The publisher's site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon has a Q&A with the author, and the Publishers Weekly review, calling it Howard's "darkly funny debut" and concluding, "Howard's ear for witty banter and his skill at rendering black comedy bode well for the future."
• The sequel, Johannes Cabal the Detective, was just published in July in hardcover.

(Thu 22 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Knight, E. E. : Winter Duty
(Roc 978-0451463012, $7.99, 354pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Roc, July 2009)

SF novel about human resistance to alien invaders, eighth in the "Vampire Earth" series following Way of the Wolf (2003), Choice of the Cat (2004), Tales of the Thunderbolt (2005), Valentine's Rising (2005), Valentine's Exile (2006), Valentine's Resolve (2007), and Fall with Honor (2008).
• The series website has background on the milieu and settings of the series.

(Wed 14 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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O'Neal, James : The Human Disguise
(Tor 978-0-7653-5977-3, $7.99, 365pp, mass market paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Tor, June 2009)

Near-future thriller set in a war-ravaged US in which a Florida police officer discovers a battle between two ancient races for control of Earth.
• Tor's website has this description and an excerpt.
• This is the author's first SF novel, but he's published crime novels under the name James O. Born. The author's website includes a bio, and photos.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: "O'Neal provides the postapocalyptic genre with few innovations, but his self-assured, hard-edged writing style, solid characters and wildly entertaining thriller plot will keep readers enthralled."
• The second book in the series, The Double Human, appeared in hardcover in June.

(Thu 22 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Pynchon, Thomas : Inherent Vice
(Penguin Press 978-0143117568, $16, 369pp, trade paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Penguin Press, August 2009)

Literary novel set in 1970s Southern California, concerning a private investigator and his old flame, listed for associational interest and for possible psychedelic/surrealistic content.
• Unauthorized site http://www.thomaspynchon.com/ has a video promo for the book, and links several wikis about Pynchon's novels, including this page for Inherent Vice, with an excerpt.
• The Amazon page lists the author's soundtrack for the book, and has a short review by Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, noting that Pynchon has "more or less alternated these West Coast chamber pieces with his more formidable symphonies (V; Gravity's Rainbow; Mason & Dixon; Against the Day). Partisans of the latter may find this one a tad slight. Fans of the former will know it for the throwaway masterwork it is: playful as a dolphin, plaintive as whale song, unsoundably profound as the blue Pacific."

(Thu 22 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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Twelve Hawks, John : The Golden City
(Vintage 978-1400079315, $14.95, 358pp, trade paperback, July 2010)
(First edition: Doubleday, September 2009)

Sf thriller, third in "The Fourth Realm" trilogy following The Traveler (2005) and The Dark River (2007), about a secret organization that monitors the world via a 'Vast Machine', and the Travelers who oppose it.
• The publisher's site has this description with a text excerpt and a preview function.
• Vintage has re-released the first two books of the trilogy in matching trade paper editions: The Traveler and The Dark River.

(Wed 14 Jul 2010) • Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense • (Directory Entry)

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New in Paperback: late July 2010

posted 1 August 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).

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