New Books: 19 July 2022
Anderson, Kevin J., Longueira, Allyson, eds.: Gilded Glass
(WordFire Press 978-1680573435, $17.99, 338pp, formats: trade paperback, hardcover, ebook, July 19, 2022)
Anthology of 24 original short speculative stories on the theme of deception. Authors include Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry, Alan Dean Foster, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Michaelbrent Collings. Edited by Anderson and Longuiera along with their publishing graduate students at Western Colorado University.
Cassidy, Nat: Mary: An Awakening of Terror
(Tor Nightfire 978-1-250-26523-4, $21.99, 416pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Horror novel. Mary Mudgett, a quiet middle aged woman, recently fired from her job as a bookseller, is haunted by visions of decaying older women, and voices urging her to do terrible things.
Crouch, Blake: Upgrade
(Penguin Random House/Ballantine 978-0-593-15753-4, $28.00, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 12, 2022)
Near-future SF thriller set in a world after DNA engineering caused the Great Starvation. An agent investigating an illegal genetics lab undergoes a startling genetic transformation and discovers a plot to force humanity into the next stage of evolution.
Fletcher, C.A.: Dead Water
(Orbit US/Redhook 978-0316538633, $28.00, 512pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Apocalyptic horror novel. Something in the water causes a strange disorder to infect a small North Atlantic island community, and contact with the world outside is lost.
Gailey, Sarah: Just Like Home
(Tor 978-1-250-17472-7, $26.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Speculative thriller novel. Vera Crowder returns to her childhood home to reunite with her dying mother and investigates murders her father was accused of.
Hand, Elizabeth: Hokuloa Road
(Little, Brown/Mulholland Books 978-0316542043, $28.00, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Horror/mystery novel. Grady Kendall, wanting change, becomes caretaker for a billionaire’s mansion in Hawaii, but becomes concerned when he discovers local homeless people have been disappearing.
Itäranta, Emmi: The Moonday Letters
(Titan Books US 9781803360447, $15.95, 368pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, July 19, 2022)
Epistolary eco-thriller. Lumi searches for their Earth-born wife Sol, who has disappeared. Clues lead to underground environmental groups, affluent Mars colonies, the ruins of Earth, and Sol’s own past.
Jamieson, Trent: The Stone Road
(Erewhon 978-1-645660187, $27.95, 320pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Dark fantasy novel set in a post-oil dystopia. In a town near an otherworldly fire that lures people to the flames, monsters stalk the woods, and one girl is raised to be the town’s magical protector.
Klune, TJ: Heat Wave
(Tor Teen 978-1-250-20373-1, $18.99, 384pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Young-adult queer superhero fantasy romance novel, third and final in the Extraordinaries series.
Koontz, Dean: The Big Dark Sky
(Amazon/Thomas & Mercer 978-1542019880, $28.99, 390pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Thriller/horror novel. Joanna receives strange pleas for help on the phone, TV, even in dreams, and goes back to Montana searching for answers, only to find she’s not the only one.
Laurens, Sasha: Youngblood
(Penguin Random House/Razorbill 978-0-593353202, $19.99, 416pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Young-adult vampire fantasy novel about two queer teen vampires at an elite vampire school who uncover a conspiracy.
Lebbon, Tim: The Last Storm
(Titan Books US 978-1803360423, $15.95, 352pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Dystopian futuristic fantasy. A man whose efforts to magically summon rain caused disaster, races to stop his daughter who has his powers, and plans to summon a storm herself.
Malfi, Ronald: Black Mouth
(Titan Books US 978-1-78909-865-5, $15.95, 448pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Supernatural horror/mystery novel. Friends return to their hometown to confront a nightmare from their teens.
Mombauer, Dennis: The House of Drought
(Stelliform Press 978-1-7770917-8-1, $14.99, 122pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, July 11, 2022)
Horror novella of climate change and colonial greed. In an abandoned colonial mansion in Sri Lanka, people who seek shelter end up having uncanny experiences.
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia: The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
(Penguin Random House/Del Rey 978-0-593-35533-6, $28.00, 320pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Magical realism historical horror novel, a reimagining of H.G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau. Carlota Moreau, raised on a distant, luxuriant estate in the Yucatán peninsula, has questions.
Like all good reboots, Moreno-Garcia takes the key ingredients – Moreau’s “study of the plasticity of living forms,” his alcoholic assistant Montgomery, an isolated environment, and, most importantly, the “Beast People” – and reimagines them in a notably different manner but in keeping with the source material. The inclination would be to update the story for the 21st century, to reframe the Doctor as a fringe scientist illegally experimenting with animal and human DNA. Thankfully, Moreno-Garcia goes in a different direction, one that aligns with her undertaking to infuse traditional genre tropes – whether it be vampires, the Gothic, or Regency romances – with Mexican culture and history.
Ow, Anya: Ion Curtain
(Rebellion/Solaris US 978-1786185990, $14.99, 336pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Far-future space opera novel. A scavenger recovers the top secret AI from a Russian battleship. The UN wants it and the Russians want it back, as an even more powerful foe approaches from the dark of space.
Papathanasiou, Shameez Patel: The Last Feather
(Flame Tree Press US 978-178758708-3, $26.95, 288pp, formats: trade paperback, hardcover, ebook, July 19, 2022)
Portal fantasy novel, the first in the Selene trilogy. Med student Cassia is kidnapped by a mysterious warrior and transported to a parallel world that needs help defeating monstrous creatures.
Stableford, Brian, ed.: Snuggly Tales of Femmes Fatales
(Snuggly Books 978-1-645251002, $20.00, 296pp, formats: trade paperback, July 19, 2022)
Anthology of 17 stories about femmes fatales, including dark fairy tales and fin-de-siècle decadence, many never before published in English. Translated from the French by Brian Stableford.
Topping, Zac: Wake of War
(Tor/Forge 978-1-250-81497-5, $26.99, 240pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 19, 2022)
Near-future military SF/thriller. With the United States crumbling, the Revolutionary Front takes control of Salt Lake City.
Waggoner, Tim: We Will Rise
(Flame Tree Press US 978-1-78758-522-5, $16.95, 256pp, formats: trade paperback, hardcover, ebook, July 19, 2022)
Horror novel. In Echo Hill, Ohio where the undead, ghosts, and bizarre apparitions have begun to attack and kill the residents, a group of survivors comes together in hope of escape.
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