New Books : 6 November 2018

This long list of new books lets us discover the monsters within, with surgically-reformed murderers, screaming angels, vampire mothers, a voidwitch, fractured fairy tales, garden of eldritch delights, airborne zombie plague, and Someone Like Me

Dave Hutchinson’s Europe at Dawn, Glen Hirshberg’s Nothing to Devour, Andy Duncan’s collection An Agent of Utopia, and titles by Tamara Berry, Amanda Bridgeman, M.R. Carey, James Alan Gardner, Christopher Golden, W.L. Goodwater, Kate Heartfield, Natasha Ngan, Tristan Palmgren, John Ringo & Mike Massa, Brandson Sanderson, Lucy A. Snyder, Bogi Takács, Corey J. White, and Jane Yolen

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* Berry, Tamara : Séances Are for Suckers
(Kensington 978-1-4967-1962-1, $26, 320pp, hardcover, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Oct 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781496719652
Eleanor Wilde #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a ghost hunter who doesn’t believe in ghosts.
• Kensington’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Berry mixes a cunning whodunit with sly humor in what promises to be a winning paranormal cozy series.”

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* Bridgeman, Amanda : The Subjugate
(Angry Robot 978-0857667717, $12.99, 400pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857667724
UK edition: 9780857667717 (Thu 1 Nov 2018)

Near-future SF thriller set in a town of surgically-reformed murderers.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Carey, M.R. : Someone Like Me
(Orbit 978-0-316-47742-0, $26, 512pp, hardcover, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316477444
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781549168765

Fantasy/horror novel about a mother of two children who gradually develops a dark side.
• Orbit’s site has an excerpt.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Carey’s mastery of tension and diversity of voice will keep readers engaged until the well-earned ending, and his handling of mental illness is nuanced without romanticizing or sensationalizing trauma. This intense thriller shows human nature in all its grimness and glory.”

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* Duncan, Andy : An Agent of Utopia
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-153-1, $17, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731548

Collection of 12 stories, subtitled “New and Selected Stories.”
• Contents include Nebula Award winner “Close Encounters” and World Fantasy Award winner “The Pottawatomie Giant.”
• Small Beer’s site has this description with the table of contents and links to several excerpts.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Zany and kaleidoscopic, the 12 stories in Duncan’s third collection draw on Southern traditions of tall tales and span time periods, continents, and the realm of human imagination to create an intricate new mythology of figures from history, literature, and American folklore.”

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* Gardner, James Alan : They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded
(Tor 978-0765398789, $17.99, 352pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765398772
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault #2

Humorous superhero novel, follow-up to All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault (2017), about four college students who gain superhuman powers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “The themes of identity and self-discovery are strong but not overwhelming, and Gardner elevates this enjoyable urban fantasy with an appealing cast and well-crafted prose.”

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* Golden, Christopher, ed. : Hark! The Herald Angels Scream
(Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books 978-0-525-43316-3, $16.95, 384pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Oct 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780525433170

Anthology of 18 Christmas-themed horror stories.
• Authors include Kelley Armstrong, Sarah Pinborough, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Smith, and Elizabeth Hand.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review cites stories by Michael Koryta, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, and others.

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* Goodwater, W. L. : Breach
(Ace 978-0-451-49103-9, $16, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780451491046
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780525641223
Cold War Magic #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, in which the Berlin Wall is made entirely of magic.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The novel’s ambitions get the better of it sometimes, with a few plot holes and underdeveloped characters as well as a startling absence of non-white people, but the well-constructed world and thrilling vibe more than make up for it.”

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* Heartfield, Kate : Alice Payne Arrives
(Tor.com 978-1250313737, $15.99, 172pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250313744
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781250231659
Alice Payne #1

Short SF novel, first in a series, about a time-traveling thief.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Hirshberg, Glen : Nothing to Devour
(Tor 978-0-7653-3747-4, $29.99, 320pp, hardcover, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466834439
Motherless Children #3

Vampire novel, third of a trilogy following Motherless Child (2012/2015) and Good Girls (2016), about two North Carolina single mothers who are turned into vampires.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it, as it did the previous book, a starred review: “As in the previous books, Hirshberg keeps the traditional vampire lore to a minimum, focusing instead on his characters’ inner lives and the compulsions, grief, sorrow, loneliness, and will to survive that drive them all. His novel is a dramatic tour de force that compels reader sympathy for mortals and monsters alike.”

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* Hutchinson, Dave : Europe at Dawn
(UK: Solaris 978-1781086094, £7.99, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B07GDTWS27
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: B07K4PML6M
Fractured Europe #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following Europe in Autumn (2014), Europe at Midnight (2015), and Europe in Winter (2016), the third of which won the British SF Association Award.
• Solaris’ site has this post. This is a UK edition, but it available through Amazon.com as well as Amazon UK.
• Paul Kincaid reviewed the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “His portrait of a Europe where every streetcorner or scrap of wilderness sees independence as the solution to any petty dispute is made convincing by a ready humour and an underlying sense of tragedy. … This fractured Europe makes for high-octane thrills, mind-twisting concepts, smart and engaging storytelling; yet under it all is a sense that Dave Hutchinson reads the world more sharply than any of us, and this is indeed what tomorrow could look like.”

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* Ngan, Natasha : Girls of Paper and Fire
(Jimmy Patterson Presents 978-0316561365, $18.99, 400pp, hardcover, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316561389
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478992691

Young adult fantasy novel about a lower caste girl who attracts the interest of the king.
• This is part of the “Jimmy Patterson Presents” series by various authors, published by Little, Brown. Hachette’s site has this description (scroll way down) with an excerpt and an author tour.
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: “This is a vital and energetic novel, an accomplished fantasy debut that mounts with increasing tension towards an explosive conclusion.”

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* Palmgren, Tristan : Terminus
(Angry Robot 978-0857667588, $12.99, 464pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666741
UK edition: 9780857667588 (Thu 1 Nov 2018)
The Unity #2

SF novel, second in a series following Quietus (March 2018), about alien operatives living in medieval Italy.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Palmgren’s impeccably built, immersive setting of plague-era Italy is more accessible than the complex elements of the multiverse. Readers looking for something exciting from a promising new voice will find Palmgren’s debut worth their time.”

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* Ringo, John, & Mike Massa : The Valley of Shadows
(Baen 978-1-4814-8355-1, $25, 304pp, hardcover, November 2018, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-670-7
Black Tide Rising #6

SF/horror novel, sixth book in a series following Under a Graveyard Sky (2013), To Sail a Darkling Sea (2014), Islands of Rage and Hope (2014), Strands of Sorrow (2015), and the anthology Black Tide Rising (2017), about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Sanderson, Brandon : Skyward
(Delacorte 978-0-399-55577-0, $19.99, 528pp, hardcover, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399555794
Skyward #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a series, about a girl who yearns to become a pilot and fight in the war for humanity’s future.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast—including a strangely humorous, mushroom-obsessed robot—set against the backdrop of a desperate conflict.”

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* Snyder, Lucy A. : Garden of Eldritch Delights
(Raw Dog Screaming 978-1-947879-08-9, $14.95, 184pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018

Collection of 12 horror stories.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This collection will not suit every reader, but those who love the poignant and bizarre—at which Snyder excels—won’t be disappointed.”

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* Takács, Bogi, ed. : Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction
(Lethe 978-1-59021-706-1, $18, 264pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Nov 2018

Anthology of 19 stories first published in 2017.
• Authors include Yoon Ha Lee, K.M. Szpara, Rose Lemberg, Charlie Jane Anders, and Indapramit Das.
• Lethe’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Each story honors its subjects with uncommon beauty and grace, and the people feel real even as they wreathe themselves in fire or argue with minor deities in hospital waiting rooms. Takács has brought together aching, melancholic, and marvelous speculative stories that speak to the humanity and variety of trans characters.”

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* White, Corey J. : Static Ruin
(Tor.com 978-1250195548, $15.99, 218pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250195531
The Voidwitch Saga #3

SF novel, third in a series following Killing Gravity (2017) and Void Black Shadow (2018), about a psychic supersoldier.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “This novella feels like a blockbuster… It’s perfect for an airplane ride or an afternoon on a beach, and this world is ripe for multiple sequels.”

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* Yolen, Jane : How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-306-4, $16.95, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2018)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61696-305-7

Collection of 28 stories, with an introduction by Marissa Meyer and a section of Notes and Poems.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents and quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers will find most of these stories relatable and powerful in their messages, and Yolen’s notes about each work’s origin are so interesting that they’re worth rereading in their own right.”

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