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September
Iain M. Banks
C.F. Bentley
Brom
Dann & Dozois
David Anthony Durham
Terry Goodkind
Kelly & Weekes
Jonathan Lethem
Robert Masello
Stephenie Meyer
Richard Powers
Michael Rubens
S.M. Stirling

early August
Kelley Armstrong
Margaret Atwood
Ben Bova
David Drake
David Lynn Golemon
Herbert & Anderson
Lackey & Mallory
Edward M. Lerner
Patrick Ness
Kat Richardson

2010 Directories




 

Anderson, Kevin J. : Enemies & Allies
(Harper 978-0-06-166256-0, $7.99, 303pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
(First edition: William Morrow, May 2009)

Comics-based novel subtitled "The Dark Knight meets the Man of Steel", in which Batman and Superman first meet to combat the world's bad guys.
• The publisher's site has this description with its "Browse Inside" function including an excerpt, and a video clip from Anderson.
Publishers Weekly dismissed it, but Amazon readers are mostly positive.

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Anthony, Piers : Jumper Cable
(Tor 978-0-7653-6336-7, $6.99, 363pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Xanth #33
(First edition: Tor, October 2009)

Humorous fantasy novel, 33rd in the popular, pun-filled "Xanth" series.
• This one is about an arachnid named Jumper who must assume human form to save the realm of Xanth.
• Tor's website has this description of the book and an excerpt.
• The next book in the series, Knot Gneiss, is due in hardcover on November 23rd.

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Bear, Elizabeth : By the Mountain Bound
(Tor 978-0-7653-5852-3, $7.99, 318pp, mass market paperback, September 2010)
Ragnorak #2
(First edition: Tor, November 2009)

Fantasy novel based on Norse mythology, sequel to All the Windwracked Stars (2008).
• Tor's website has this description.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes, "Numerous fantasy authors adopt the tropes of Norse mythology, but Bear actively pursues them, channeling those myths directly rather than overlaying them on more familiar ones. The result demands much from readers, but repays it in vivid, sensual imagery of a wholly different world."

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Dietz, William C. : At Empire's Edge
(Ace 978-0-441-01944-1, $7.99, 310pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Empire Duology #1
(First edition: Ace, October 2009)

SF novel, first of a duology, about a xeno-cop's mission to capture a renegade shape-shifting alien.
• The second book, Bones of Empire, is due in hardcover this month.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly, which calls it a "testosterone-soaked tale of violent retribution".

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Jemisin, N. K. : The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
(Orbit 978-0-316-04392-2, $7.99, 410pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Inheritance Trilogy #1
(First edition: Orbit, February 2010)

Fantasy novel, the author's first novel and first of a trilogy, about a teenaged girl who, after her mother's murder, is summoned to the capital city as a potential heir to the throne.
• This is a mass market paperback edition of the book, which was first published in February as a trade paperback.
• The author's site has a description and links to several chapter excerpts.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "convoluted without being dense" and compares it to Roger Zelazny: "Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists."
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, calling it "a highly promising debut".
• Amazon's Omnivoracious blog interviewed Jemisin about the book.
Locus Magazine interviewed Jemisin in its August issue; excerpts are posted here.

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Jordan, Robert, & Brandon Sanderson : The Gathering Storm
(Tor 978-0-7653-4153-2, $9.99, 1097pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Wheel of Time #12
(First edition: Tor, November 2009)

Fantasy novel, 12th volume in Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, completed by Sanderson after Jordan's death. It's the first of three books that will conclude the series, with the overall title "A Memory of Light".
• The next book, Towers of Midnight, will be published in hardcover on November 2nd.
• Tor's site has this description, with an audio excerpt.
• Amazon currently has over 500 reader reviews, of which 470 rank it 4- or 5-stars.

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Malan, Violette : The Storm Witch
(DAW 978-0-7564-0628-8, $7.99, 380pp, mass market paperback, September 2010)
Dhulyn and Parno #4
(First edition: DAW, September 2009)

Heroic fantasy novel, fourth in the series about mercenaries Dhulyn and Parno following The Mirror Prince (2006), The Sleeping God (2007), and The Soldier King (2008).
• In this book the friends of Dhylun and Parno are taken hostage by Long Ocean Nomads.
• The author's site includes an excerpt.
• The fifth book in the series, Path of the Sun, was published in hardcover last month.

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Imager's Challenge
(Tor 978-0-7653-6090-8, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Imager Portfolio #2
(First edition: Tor, October 2009)

Fantasy novel, second book in the "Imager Portfolio" series following Imager (March 2009), about an apprentice artist who discovers his rare ability to visualize things and make them real.
• Tor's website has this description with a video trailer and an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, Imager's Intrigue, was published in hardcover in July. A fourth book is forthcoming.

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Pratchett, Terry : Unseen Academicals
(Harper 978-0-06-116172-8, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
Discworld #37
(First edition: Harper, October 2009)

Fantasy novel, latest in Pratchett's popular, long-running Discworld series, following Making Money (2007).
• This book concerns Unseen University's entry into the world of sports.
• HarperCollins' site has this description, with a Browse Inside function.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "an affectionate satire on the foibles of sports and sports fans . [T]he prose crackles with wit and charm, and the sendups of league football, academic posturing, Romeo and Juliet and cheesy sports dramas are razor sharp and hilarious but never cruel."

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Scholes, Ken : Canticle
(Tor 978-0-7653-6092-2, $7.99, 482pp, mass market paperback, September 2010)
Psalms of Isaak #2
(First edition: Tor, October 2009)

Fantasy novel, second in the "Psalms of Isaak" series following the author's debut novel Lamentation, about the destruction of the great city Windwir and a mechoservitor, Isaak, who may know why it happened.
• Tor's site has this description with an excerpt. The page indicates this book as volume 2 of 5.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly starred review: "Abounding in prophecy, myth and mystery, this grand-scale saga is a towering storytelling tour de force."
• Gary K. Wolfe and Faren Miller both reviewed the book in Locus Magazine; Wolfe remarked "Scholes adds layers of complexity to the tale both in terms of setting and character, and from the latter point of view Canticle is actually a stronger novel than Lamentation."
• The third book, Antiphon, just appeared in hardcover this month.

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Shinn, Sharon : Quatrain
(Ace 978-0-441-01847-5, $7.99, 341pp, mass market paperback, October 2010)
(First edition: Ace, October 2009)

Collection of four original novellas, each story set in a different world of the author's various series -- Samaria, Heart of Gold, Summers at Castle Auburn, and Twelve Houses.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which says "The four enchanting novellas within Shinn's shimmering collection make delightful introductions to her romantic science fantasy worlds and thrill fans eager for a return visit."

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Willis, Connie : Blackout
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-345-51983-2, $16, 491pp, trade paperback, September 2010)
Blackout #1
(First edition: Ballantine Spectra, February 2010)

SF time travel novel about historians from 2060 visiting 1940s Britain to investigate the Blitz.
• It shares the background of earlier novels To Say Nothing of the Dog (1999) and Doomsday Book (1992), and expands the theme of her 1982 Hugo- and Nebula-winning novelette "Fire Watch".
• This book is actually only the first half of a single long novel that will conclude with All Clear, to be published October 19th.
• Spectra's site has this description and an excerpt.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "a page-turning thriller".
• Adrienne Martini reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: "What [Willis is] able to do is to play her reader like a newly tuned piano. Scenes that could be milked for every last mawkish drop somehow get around your defenses and wring out your heart. Moments that you think you know how they'll feel because you've seen them played out so many times -- like when a historian is caught outside during an air raid and shells are falling near her -- don't feel routine here. Willis makes them immediate and new, so that you feel them even more keenly."

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New in Paperback: early October 2010

posted 10 October 2010





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