New Books, 1 November

+ Baxter, Stephen : Stone Spring
(Roc 978-0-451-46418-7, $25.95, 512pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Northland Saga #1

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2010)

Alternate history novel, first of a trilogy, set 10,000 in the past among tribes living on the land that then connected Britain to Europe, concerning a tsunami that threatens them and a plan to build a wall against the flood.
• Baxter’s site has a short story set in the universe of book 2, Bronze Summer, which just appeared in the UK.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the book.
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* Caine, Rachel : Last Breath
(NAL 978-0-451-23487-2, $17.99, 352pp, trade paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Morganville Vampires #11

Vampire novel, 11th in the “Morganville Vampires” series following Bite Club (May 2011).
• The series site has this description with sample chapters.

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* Carman, Patrick : Dark Eden
(HarperCollins/Tegen Books 978-0-06-200970-8, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011

Young adult SF novel about teenagers who undergo treatment to confront their phobias.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a “Read Now” function.
• Amazon has a couple dozen mostly positive reader reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a competent but slow thriller”.

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* Condie, Ally : Crossed
(Dutton 978-0-525-42365-2, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Matched #2

Young adult dystopian SF novel, second in a trilogy following Matched (2010), set in a future where Society Officials determine people’s lives, including who one marries.
• The series site has this description with a link to ew.com’s excerpt.
• Amazon has a video by the author and a dozen or so positive reader reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Condie’s sequel to her acclaimed Matched is very much a middle book, centering on a transformative journey and setting up the finale to come.”

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* Correia, Larry : Spellbound
(Baen 978-1451637755, $25, 448pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Grimnoir Chronicles #2

Alternate history fantasy novel, second in a series following Hard Magic (May 2011), about an ex-con hired by the Bureau of Investigation for his magical talent.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Dietz, William C. : A Fighting Chance
(Ace 978-0-441-02072-0, $24.95, 368pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Legion of the Damned #9

Military SF novel, ninth and final novel in the “Legion of the Damned” series following When Duty Calls (2009).
• The author’s site has a complete list of his books. His new releases page has a description of this book and a Chapter One excerpt.

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* Doctorow, Cory : The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
(PM Press 978-1-60486-404-5, $12, 136pp, trade paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011

Short collection in PM Press’ Outspoken Authors series, including the 100-page title novella, an essay (an address to the 2010 World SF Convention) “Creativity vs. Copyright”, an interview by Terry Bisson, and a bibliography.
• The PM Press site has this description and order page.
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with a trailer and a link to a review on Tor.com.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

(Tue 18 Oct 2011)
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* George, Jessica Day : Tuesdays at the Castle
(Bloomsbury 978-1-59990-644-7, $16.99, 240pp, hardcover, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Oct 2011

Young adult fantasy novel about a princess in a castle that changes constantly who needs to save the ambushed king and queen.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews the book in the November 2011 issue of Locus Magazine: “This is clearly aimed at a young audience, with blatant (and none-too-bright) villains, and minimal violence, and practical jokes instead of intrigue.”

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* Greenberg, Martin H., & Russell Davis : Courts of the Fey
(DAW 978-0-7564-0699-8, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011

Anthology of original stories.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Locus Online has not located a table of contents or the number of stories included in the book [which has not been seen].

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* Gregory, Daryl : Unpossible and Other Stories
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-30-9, $16.99, 274pp, trade paperback, November 2011, cover illustration Antonello Silverini)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011

Collection of 14 stories, 12 first published from 1990 to 2010, two others original to this volume.
• Fairwood Press’ site has this description and order page.
• Faren Miller and Gary K. Wolfe both review the book in the November 2011 issue of Locus Magazine; Wolfe comments “At his best, Gregory can write so fluently and convincingly about relationships that he barely needs the machinery of the fantastic at all…”

(Sat 29 Oct 2011)
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* Harper, Steven : The Doomsday Vault
(Roc 978-0-451-46429-3, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Clockwork Empire #1

Steampunk SF novel, subtitled “A Novel of the Clockwork Empire”.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Author Stephen Harper Piziks’ blog has this post about the book’s release: “Air pirates! Zombies! Mad scientists!”

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* Huff, Tanya : The Wild Ways
(DAW 978-0-7564-0686-8, $24.95, 295pp, hardcover, November 2011, cover by Alan Ayers)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Enchantment Empire #2

Urban fantasy novel, sequel to The Enchantment Emporium (2009) about a member of the Gale family who is a Wild Power.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine: “It’s a great adventure, full of music and magic and just a little goofy at times, thanks to the delightful oddities of the Gales.”

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* Jemisin, N. K. : The Kingdom of Gods
(Orbit 978-0-316-04393-9, $13.99, 624pp, trade paperback, October 2011, cover illustration Cliff Nielsen)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Oct 2011
Inheritance Trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Feb. 2010) and The Broken Kingdoms (Nov. 2010).
• The author’s site has a description with links to three chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Jemisin is as talented as ever, and the focus on desperate longing lends the series thematic unity despite being a bit of a drag. There is room for sequels but no need for them, allowing Jemisin to move on to new frontiers.”

(Sat 29 Oct 2011)
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* Jerome, Celia : Fire Works in the Hamptons
(DAW 978-0-7564-0688-2, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Willow Tate #3

Fantasy romance novel, third in a series following Trolls in the Hamptons (2010) and Night Mares in the Hamptons (2011), about a graphic novelist with the ability to bring her fantasy subjects to life.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly calls this volumen “low-key”.

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* Jones, Stephen, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: 22
(Running Press 978-0762442706, $13.95, 560pp, trade paperback, October 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011

Anthology of 23 horror stories first published in 2010.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• SF Signal posted the table of contents indicating stories by Scott Edelman, Michael Marshall Smith, Joel Lane, Christopher Fowler, Steve Rasnic Tem, John Langan, and others.
• Amazon.com has one detailed reader review.

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* Maguire, Gregory : Out of Oz
(Morrow 978-0-06-054894-0, $26.99, 592pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Wicked #4

Fantasy novel, subtitled “The Final Volume in the Wicked Years”, following Wicked (1995), Son of a Witch (2005), and A Lion Among Men (2008), all derived from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its 1939 film version.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a “Read Now” function.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the series.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “For fans, this will be a revealing and satisfying end to the layered tale begun in Wicked.”
• Elizabeth Hand just reviewed the book for Washington Post, saying the series is “one of the most audacious and successful fantasy series of the past few decades.”

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* McDevitt, Jack : Firebird
(Ace 978-0-441-02073-7, $24.95, 384pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Alex Benedict #6

SF novel concerning interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath, fifth in the series following A Talent for War (1989), Polaris (2004), Nebula Award winner Seeker (2005), The Devil’s Eye (2008), and Echo (2010).
• This book concerns the disappearance of a renegade physicist with controversial theories about alternate universes.
• Russell Letson’s review will appear in the December issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Meluch, R.M. : The Ninth Circle
(DAW 978-0-7564-0694-3, $24.95, 416pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Merrimack #5

Military SF novel, fifth in the series about the USS Merrimack, in a 25th century with American and Roman interstellar empires battling an alien threat called the Hive, following The Myriad (2005), Wolf Star (2006), The Sagittarius Command (2007), and Strength and Honor (2008).
• DAW’s site has this description.
• The author’s website has this excerpt.

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* Monk, Devon : Magic on the Line
(Roc 978-0-451-46428-6, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Allie Beckstrom #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh novel in the series following Magic to the Bone (2008), Magic in the Blood (2009), Magic in the Shadows (2009), Magic on the Storm (2010), Magic at the Gate (2010), and Magic on the Hunt (Apr. 2011), about Allison Beckstrom, a “Hound” who can trace a magic spell back to whoever cast it.
• The author’s site has this description.

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* Oates, Joyce Carol : The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
(Grove/Atlantic/Mysterious 978-0-8021-2602-3, $24, 224pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011

Collection of seven stories, first published from 1996 to 2011 — including “Fossil-Figures”, from Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio’s anthology Stories: All-New Tales, which story just won a World Fantasy Award.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The starred Publishers Weekly review concludes, ” This volume burnishes Oates’s reputation as a master of psychological dread.”
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* Oates, Joyce Carol, ed. : New Jersey Noir
(Akashic Books 978-1617750342, $24.95, 280pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011

Anthology of 18 original stories and poems, latest in the publisher’s series of Noir anthologies.
• Contributors include the editor, Edmund White & Michael Carroll, Bradford Morrow, Jeffrey Ford, and Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini.
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and the table of contents.
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* Reichert, Mickey Zucker : I, Robot: To Protect
(Roc 978-0-451-46419-4, $24.95, 400pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
I Robot #1

SF novel, first book in a prequel trilogy inspired by Isaac Asimov’s classic collection I, Robot.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Valente, Catherynne M. : The Folded World
(Night Shade Books 978-1597802031, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Prester John #2

Historical fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following The Habitation of the Blessed (2010), about the fabled 12th-century realm of Prester John.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The author’s blog has a couple posts about the release of the book.

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* Viehl, Lynn : Nightshine
(Penguin/Signet 978-0-451-41314-7, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Kyndred #4

Dark fantasy novel, fourth in the Kyndred series following Shadowlight (2009), Dreamveil (2010), and Frostfire (Jan. 2011), about humans who try to hide the paranormal abilities gained through genetic engineering.
• The publisher’s site has this description and an excerpt.

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* White, Steve : Wolf Among the Stars
(Baen 978-1-4516-3754-0, $25, 256pp, hardcover, November 2011)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Nov 2011
Eagle Against the Stars #2

SF novel set in the same universe as Eagle Against the Stars (2000) set five decades after alien Lokaron invaded the Earth.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…this slam-bang space intrigue adventure does suffer at times from egregious recaps and excessive exposition, but as a criticism of the simplistic xenophobia, isolationism, and imperialism common in human-uber-alles space opera as well as real life, it is distinctly refreshing.”

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