New Books : 29 December 2020

New books this week are by Genevieve Cogman, Cass Morris, and Michael Marshall Smith.


+ Cogman, Genevieve : The Dark Archive
(Ace 978-1-984804-78-5, $16, 352pp, trade paperback, December 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Dec 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781984804792
The Invisible Library #7

Alternate history fantasy novel, seventh book of a series after The Invisible Library (June 2016), The Masked City (Sep. 2016), The Burning Page (US 2017), The Lost Plot (Jan. 2018), The Mortal Word (Nov. 2018), and The Secret Chapter (Nov. 2019), about a mysterious Library that collects books from different realities.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The UK edition, in mass market paperback, appeared in November 2020.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Without sacrificing the adventure that is a hallmark of the series, Cogman pulls Irene through a multilevel maze of doubts and paranoia that will have readers jumping at shadows, too. Fans will be delighted to find this series still going strong.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Morris, Cass : Give Way to Night
(DAW 978-0-7564-1231-9, $27, 448pp, hardcover, December 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Dec 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756412289
Aven Cycle #2

Historical fantasy novel, second in a series following From Unseen Fire (2018), set in an alternate Rome.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though the plot is slow going, shifting perspective between a dozen characters, the multilayered politics—both mundane and supernatural—will keep readers hooked. This is a satisfying return to the series.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Smith, Michael Marshall : The Best of Michael Marshall Smith
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-950-3, $45, 568pp, hardcover, December 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Dec 2020

Collection of 30 stories, with illustrations by Les Edwards.
• Titles include award-winners “What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night,” “More Tomorrow,” “The Man Who Drew Cats,” and “The Dark Land.”
• Subterranean’s site has this description with excerpts and the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Smith conveys his fantastical plots in evocative prose; in one story, he describes the rustling of a femme fatale’s dress as sounding ‘like a shiver of leaves outside a window in the night.’ This collection makes for a perfect introduction to a gifted writer who merits a larger audience.”
• Paula Guran reviewed the book in the November issue of Locus Magazine: “As is befitting a ‘best of,’ there’s not a ‘meh’ story in the bunch. The Best of Michael Marshall Smith is simply brilliant.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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These listings are based on publisher schedules and availability on Amazon (rather than on confirmation of physical publication via purchase, review copies, or sightings in bookstores). Titles are listed only once they are published (with rare exception). We do not list galleys or advance reading copies. Page counts are based on publisher or Amazon listings, and typically only approximate the bibliographic page counts of finished books. * = first edition + = first US edition Date with publisher info is official publication month. ‘Nominal Publication Date’ is the day of publication, typically as indicated by Amazon.com.


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