New Books, second week September

* Buehlman, Christopher : Those Across the River
(Ace 978-0-441-02067-6, $24.95, 368pp, hardcover, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011

Literary horror novel, the author’s first novel, about a Great War veteran who investigates a ruined plantation in a small Southern town.
• The author’s site has this page with a synopsis and an excerpt.
• Amazon has mostly positive reader reviews.

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* Dann, Jack, & Nick Gevers, eds. : Ghosts by Gaslight
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-199971-0, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011

Anthology of 17 original steampunk horror stories.
• Authors include Peter S. Beagle, Gene Wolfe, Robert Silverberg, James Morrow, and Jeffrey Ford.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, concluding “It seems almost unfair to single out individual works when all 17 are superb and will be cherished by steampunk and horror fans alike.”
• Lois Tilton reviewed the book for Locus Online, calling it “a first-rate anthology” and especially recommending the story by Paul Park.

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* Drake, David, & John Lambshead : Into the Hinterlands
(Baen 978-1-4391-3461-0, $25, 384pp, hardcover, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Hinterlands #1

Military SF novel, first in a new series, about conflict between colonials and power-hungry Terrans.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.
• Amazon has reader reviews, including a couple who observe parallels between the book’s plot and American history.

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* Friedman, C.S. : Legacy of Kings
(DAW 978-0-7564-0693-6, $25.95, 448pp, hardcover, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Magister #3

Fantasy novel, third in the “Magister” trilogy following Feast of Souls (2008) and Wings of Wrath (2009).

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* Griffith, Clay, & Susan Griffith : The Rift Walker
(Pyr 978-1-61614-523-1, $16, 300pp, trade paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Vampire Earth #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Greyfriar, set in 2020, 150 years after vampires have conquered most of the world and driven human survivors south.
• Pyr’s site has this description, with blurbs and quotes from reviews.

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* Lockhart, Ross E., ed. : The Book of Cthulhu
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-232-1, $15.99, 529pp, trade paperback, September 2011, cover art Obrotowy)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2011

Anthology of 27 fantasy and horror stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos.
• Two of the stories, by Laird Barron and John Hornor Jacobs, are originals. Other authors include Ramsey Campbell, Charles Stross, Gene Wolfe, Kage Baker, and Cherie Priest.
• Night Shade’s site has this order page with a description and the complete table of contents.
• Amazon has a couple reader reviews, and its “Look Inside” function with a preview.

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* McGuire, Seanan : One Salt Sea
(DAW 978-0-7564-0683-7, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
October Daye #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series about October (Toby) Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author’s debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), A Local Habitation (2010), An Artificial Night (2010), and Late Eclipses (March 2011).

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* Murphy, C.E. : Wayfinder
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51607-7, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Worldwalker Duology #2

Urban fantasy novel, second a duology following Truthseeker (2010), about a Boston tailor who learns she has the talent of telling truth from falsehood.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” provides a preview.

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* Priest, Cherie : Hellbent
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-345-52062-3, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Cheshire Red Reports #2

Vampire novel, second in a series following Bloodshot (Feb. 2011) about vampire and international thief Raylene Pendle.

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* Scott, M.J. : Shadow Kin
(Roc 978-0-451-46404-0, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Half-Light City #1

Urban fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, set on a world where Blood Lords and the Beast Kind rule on one side, Fae and humans on the other.
• The author’s site has this page for the book with a long excerpt.
• Amazon has several long reader reviews.

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* Shiner, Lewis : Dark Tangos
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-396-9, $35, 213pp, hardcover, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 31 Aug 2011

Associational thriller set in Argentina, about an American computer programmer transferred to Buenos Aires, where a girlfriend gets him involved in a new series of Dirty War trials.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with quotes from the Booklist and Publishers Weekly reviews.
• John Scalzi posted this essay by Shiner on the genesis of the novel and the issue of when violence is ever justified.

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* Smith, Sherwood : Blood Spirits
(DAW 978-0756406981, $24.95, 496pp, hardcover, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Coronets #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series, following Coronets and Steel (2010), about an L.A. grad student who yearns for older, more romantic times.

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* Stirling, S.M. : The Tears of the Sun
(Roc 978-0-451-46415-6, $26.95, 544pp, hardcover, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Emberverse #5

Alternate history SF novel, fifth in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), and The High King of Montival (2010).
• Stirling’s official website has this description with links to sample chapters and a map.

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* Williamson, Michael Z. : Rogue
(Baen 978-1-4391-3462-7, $24, 352pp, hardcover, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Freehold #6

Military SF novel, sixth in the “Freehold” series following Freehold (2004), The Weapon (2005), Better to Beg Forgiveness (2007), Contact with Chaos (2009), and Do Unto Others (2010).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.

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* Winters, Ben H. : Bedbugs
(Quirk 978-1-59474-532-2, $14.95, 256pp, trade paperback, September 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011

Horror novel (by the author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters) about a couple who move into a Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.
• Quirk’s site has this description with a video trailer.
Publishers Weekly concluded, “By turns gruesome and compelling, fueled by a slow-burn tension, and full of in-jokes about contemporary Brooklyn culture, Winters’s breezy summer read will leave readers compulsively scratching.”
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