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2010 leftovers
Michal Ajvaz
Elizabeth Bear
Benford & Zebrowski
Brian Conn
D.M. Cornish
Charles de Lint
Elizabeth Hand
Grace Krilanovich
L. Jagi Lamplighter
Larry Niven
Robert Silverberg
Peter Straub

mid January
Mike Carey
Matt Forbeck
Simon R. Green
Greenberg & Hughes
Christina Henry
Nancy Holzner
Kameron Hurley
E.E. Knight
Stina Leicht
Paul McAuley
J.M. McDermott
John Ringo
Jo Walton
Gene Wolfe
Timothy Zahn

2010 Directories




 

+ Buchanan, Col : Farlander
(Tor 978-0-7653-3105-2, $24.99, 388pp, hardcover, January 2011, jacket art Steve Stone)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011
Heart of the World #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author's debut novel, set in a religious empire where an assassin and his apprentice seek vengeance for the murder of a woman under their protection.
• Tor's site has this description with quotes from reviews and blurbs from L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and David Drake.
• The book was first published by Tor UK in March 2010.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly and Booklist reviews; the latter's Carl Hays says the book "relies less on the genre's usual staple of sorcery and curious creatures than on the author's impressive skill at fleshing out characters."

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* Courtenay Grimwood, Jon : The Fallen Blade
(Orbit US 978-0-316-07439-1, $14.99, 417pp, trade paperback, January 2011, cover illustration Larry Rostant)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Jan 2011
Vampire Assassin #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, set in a Renaissance Venice populated by vampires and werewolves.
• The author's site has this description, with links to reviews and a Chapter 2 extract.
• The publisher's site has this extract.
• Salon Futura recently talked with the author about the book.
• Amazon has the Publishers Weekly review, which concludes: "Both politicians and supernatural entities engage in cruelty and nastiness that almost overwhelm the story; many of the scenes, such as murders of children and a forced impregnation, are not for the squeamish, but little is gratuitous. This grim tale will appeal to fans of political and historical fantasy as well as those who appreciate more traditional interpretations of vampires and werewolves."

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* Gee, Emily : The Sentinel Mage
(Solaris 978-1907519505, $7.99, 509pp, mass market paperback, January 2011, cover art Larry Rostant)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jan 2011
Cursed Kingdoms #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about Prince Harkeld of Osgaard, the only man who can stop an encroachment of magic into the Seven Kingdoms.
• The publisher's site has this description.
• Amazon has a couple lengthy reader reviews.

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : Pack of Lies
(Luna 978-0-373-80324-8, $14.95, 378pp, trade paperback, February 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011
Paranormal Scene Investigations #2

Paranormal fantasy novel, second in the "Paranormal Scene Investigations" series following Hard Magic (2010), about a paranormal investigations team in New York.
• The publisher's site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "another winning mix of snappy writing and a fun and intelligent story about crime-solving magic users". The review concludes, "Gilman delivers style and substance with layers of mystery, science, politics, romance, and old-fashioned investigative work mixed with high-tech spellcraft."

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* Jones, Gwyneth : The Universe of Things
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-933500-44-7, $18, 7+279pp, trade paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 1 Jan 2011

Collection of 15 stories, first published from 1988 to 2009, with an introduction by Steven Shaviro.
• The Aqueduct Press site has this description, which quotes the starred Publishers Weekly review: "Jones's sharp writing forces the reader to reconsider the standard building blocks of SF in light of real human history, sociology, and radical analyses of power structures. As engineer-journalist Johnny Guglioli observes in 'Blue Clay Blues,' The technology is helpless to save the world. It's what goes on between people that fucks things up."
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the January 2011 issue of Locus Magazine: "She is at core a hard SF writer who can whip up an alien-artifact instantaneous transfer collider torus or a posthuman diaspora with the best of them, but it's uncommon when we see the same hard-SF rigor applied equally to issues of colonialism, gender identity, sexuality, or even parenting."

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* Lee, Tanith : Disturbed by Her Song
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-311-7, $18, 13+186pp, trade paperback, August 2010, cover painting David P. Gilmore)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 1 Aug 2010

Collection of 9 stories, identified as "writing as and with Esther Garber and Judas Garbah" -- some stories are by-lined Esther Garber, some Judas Garbah, and one each as Tanith Lee & Esther Garber, and Esther Garber & Tanith Lee.
• Lethe Press' site has this description and explanation, with links to a review and an interview.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.

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* McDonald, Sandra : Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-094-9, $15, 283pp, trade paperback, June 2010, cover illustration Niki Smith)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jun 2010

Collection of 14 stories, five of them published earlier from 2004 to 2009, the others original to this book.
• Lethe Press' site has this description, with links to a couple reviews.
• Amazon's "Look Inside" function provides an excerpt.
• Amazon has the starred Booklist review by Ray Olson -- "McDonald fields a first collection that comes close to being another novel. In it the paths of three characters cross and converge, though in some stories, none of them appears... No matter the setting and the tools, their stories are all enthralling." -- and a 5-star reader review by Thomas Cardamone.
• Rich Horton reviewed the book in the September 2010 issue of Locus Magazine: "[T]he stories are lovely really. The title character shows up in several pieces, at various stages in her long life. My favorite appeared last year in Strange Horizons as 'Diana Comet', and here as 'Diana Comet and the Disappearing Lover'..."

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* Petersen, Jesse : Flip This Zombie
(Orbit 978-0316102957, $7.99, 250pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 1 Jan 2011
Living with the Dead #2

Zombie novel, second in a series following Married with Zombies (2010), about a Zombie Apocalypse and a couple, Sarah and David, who form a business, ZombieBusters.
• The author's site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it "cute and gory", and concludes: "Petersen throws in copious amounts of gore and action en route to the unsurprising ending, which nicely wraps up the immediate story while setting up book three."
• Amazon has several mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Priest, Cherie : Bloodshot
(Spectra 978-0-345-52060-9, $15, 359pp, trade paperback, February 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jan 2011
Bloodshot #1

Vampire novel, apparently first of a series (judging from reviews), about vampire and international thief Raylene Pendle.
• Spectra's site has this description and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly calls it an "entertaining conspiracy thriller", and concludes, "Raylene's breezy, first-person voice and quirky views on life add plenty of bite to the story, but the lack of a clear-cut resolution may grate on readers used to Priest's self-supporting steampunk novels."
• Amazon has 40 mostly 5- and 4-star reader reviews.

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* Ubukata, Tow : Mardock Scramble
(Haikasoru 978-1421537641, $17.99, 775pp, trade paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jan 2011

Space opera/cyberpunk science fiction, first published in Japan in 2003, about a prostitute turned into a cyborg.
• Haikasoru's website has this description with an author bio and an excerpt.
• There is apparently already a Japanese anime based on the book.

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+ Warren, Kaaron : Walking the Tree
(Angry Robot US 978-0857660435, $7.99, 488pp, mass market paperback, January 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Dec 2010

Science fiction novel about communities on an island, Botanica, dominated by a huge tree.
• Angry Robot's site has this description with quotes from reviews and a PDF sample chapter. The book was first published in the UK and Australia in February 2010.
• Strange Horizons posted this long review by Matt Denault: "Walking the Tree is thus the rare book that depicts a society based on pluralism instead of the more common contemporary notion of tolerance. ..."

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New SF/F/H books:
late January 2011

posted 9 February 2011




2010 Novels, Sort Counts
Stand-alones Sequels and Series totals
SF Novels 60 99 159
Fantasy Novels 46 278 324
Horror Novels 11 10 21
totals 117 387 504
See Directory 1a for sorted lists
See Directory 1b for 2010 first novels




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