New Books, 28 October

* Andrews, Ilona : Burn for Me
(Avon 978-0-06-228923-0, $5.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062289247
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062359612
Hidden Legacy #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series, about a detective in a magical society.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Andrews serves up a refreshing new magical society, excellent world-building, beguiling characters, and strong storytelling.”

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* Armstrong, Kelley : Otherworld Nights
(Penguin/Plume 978-0-452-29834-7, $16, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698173491

Collection of eight stories, including one original novella, set in the author’s Otherworld universe.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments that this is the first of three planned anthologies.

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* Faber, Michel : The Book of Strange New Things
(Random/Hogarth 978-0-553-41884-2, $28, 512pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-553-41885-9
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-54621-7

Literary sf novel, by the author of Under the Skin and others, about a man of faith on a mission to another planet, whose Bible becomes a “book of strange new things” to a native population.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “the book wears its strong premise and mixture of Biblical and SF tropes extremely well.”

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* Gaiman, Neil, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti : Hansel & Gretel
(Candlewick Press/Toon Books 978-1935179627, $16.95, 56pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014

Short illustrated novel based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
• Candlewick’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Gaiman makes the story’s horrors feel very real and very human, and Mattotti’s artwork is genuinely chilling.”

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* Gibson, William : The Peripheral
(Penguin/Putnam 978-0-399-15844-5, $27.95, 496pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698170704
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611763355

SF thriller involving a future economic collapse called “the jackpot”, and a beta-tester for an online game.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “All of Gibson’s characters are intensely real, and Flynne is a clever, compelling, stereotype-defying, unhesitating protagonist who makes this novel a standout.”
• Russell Letson’s review from the October issue of Locus Magazine is posted here: “The world evoked by The Peripheral is deliberately and progressively estranged, not only by its genre furniture (around to which we will get eventually), but by the writerly craft with which everything in the story is delivered.”

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* Haydon, Elizabeth : The Tree of Water
(Tor/Starscape 978-0-7653-2059-9, $17.99, 400pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466863675
The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Floating Island (2006), The Thief Queen’s Daughter (2007), and The Dragon’s Lair (2009), about an explorer seeking out the world’s magic.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
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* Henry, Christina : Black Spring
(Ace 978-0-425-26678-6, $7.99, 288pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101618172
Black Wings #7

Urban fantasy novel, seventh in a series following Black Wings (2010), Black Night (2011), Black Howl (March 2012), Black Lament (Nov. 2012), Black City (2013), and Black Heart (2013), about a Chicago woman who escorts souls to the afterlife.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This quick-paced but thematically introspective read will delight series fans.”

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* Kittredge, Caitlin : Black Dog
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-231691-2, $14.99, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Hellhound Chronicles #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a servant for the reaper who sends errant souls to hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Lawhead, Stephen R. : The Fatal Tree
(Thomas Nelson 978-1-5955-4808-5, $26.99, 400pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Bright Empires #5

SF/fantasy, final book of a five-book series following The Skin Map (2010), The Bone House (2011), The Spirit Well (2012), and The Shadow Lamp (2013)
• Thomas Nelson’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite flaws, this is still a pleasant read and a fitting conclusion to the series.”

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* Martin, George R. R., Elio M. Garcia, Jr. & Linda Antonsson : The World of Ice and Fire
(Bantam 978-0-553-80544-4, $50, 336pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-53555-9
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-41006-8

Nonfiction guide to the setting of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, compiled with the founders of fan site Westeros.org. The book includes color art, maps, a history of the Seven Kingdoms, family trees, etc.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s page has a sample of the audiobook version.

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* Rothfuss, Patrick : The Slow Regard of Silent Things
(DAW 978-0756410438, $18.95, 176pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698184947
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780756410575

Short fantasy novel about Auri, a character from the author’s “Kingkiller Chronicle” novels.
• There are illustrations by Nate Taylor.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
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* Wilber, Rick : Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-548-3, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00KSFLXJE

Anthology of previously published stories about baseball.
• Authors include Karen Joy Fowler, Stephen King, Kim Stanley Robinson, Gardner Dozois, John Kessel, and Harry Turtledove.
• The editor’s site has a description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the October issue of Locus Magazine, concluding “As some of these names might suggest, the level of sheer prose quality is extraor- dinary in these tales (though an awful lot of soft summer mornings get described), but for the most part they’re good fun as well. Baseball has been very good to SF.”

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