New Books, October Supplemental

* Aguirre, Forrest : Heraclix and Pomp
(Underland Press 978-1-63023-001-2, $24.95, 296pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Fantasy novel about a man-like golem and a time-bending fairy traveling through Europe in the 18th century, exploring ideas of identity and immortality.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* Alexander, Maria : Mr. Wicker
(Raw Dog Screaming 978-1-935738-66-4, $14.95, 236pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014

Fantasy novel about a woman who commits suicide and finds herself before the master of the Library of Lost Chilhood Memories.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Illness, loss, and heartache color this splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood.”

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* Allen, Mike, & Anita Allen, eds. : Mythic Delirium
(Antimatter Press 978-0-9889124-3-4, $14.95, 176pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Oct 2014

Anthology of stories and poems reprinted from the first year of online ‘zine Mythic Delirium.
• Authors include Marie Brennan, Sonya Taaffe, Jane Yolen, Mari Ness, Yoon Ha Lee, Beth Cato, and Ken Liu.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Rich word choices and settings that blend speculative concepts with quotidian reality highlight this stellar anthology of prose and poetry from well-known editor Mike Allen and his wife and copublisher, Anita Allen.”

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* Allen, Mike : Unseaming
(Antimatter 978-0-9889124-1-0, $15.95, 224pp, trade paperback, October 2014, cover art Danielle Tunstall)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014

Collection of 14 stories, the author’s debut short fiction collection, with an introduction by Laird Barron.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with blurbs from Thomas Ligotti, Gemma Files, and John Langan.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Never obvious, sometimes impenetrable, Allen’s stories deliver solid shivering terror tinged with melancholy sorrow over the fragility of humankind.”

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* Anderson, Kevin J., & Keith J. Olexa, eds. : A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories
(Wordfire 978-1-61475-202-8, $16.99, 306pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 28 Jul 2014

Anthology of 14 original stories about the Christmas season.
• Authors include Mercedes Lackey, Mike Resnick, Eric James Stone, Patricia Briggs, and Brad R. Torgersen.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “And what holiday collection would be complete without zombies and possessed pigs attacking as the innocent sit down to their Christmas feasts? This is the perfect escape for weary holiday shoppers.”

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* Bradley, Darin : Chimpanzee
(Underland Press 978-1-63023-000-5, $18.95, 220pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Aug 2014

Dystopian SF novel about a university professor who loses his job, defaults on his loans, and finds his education subject to “repossession therapy”.
• Underland’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers will identify strongly with Cade, whose increasing realization that he is only a powerless pawn—alternately pushed around by Homeland Renewal, the rebel underground, and other social and political forces beyond his control—adds gravitas to the novel’s grim mantra: “We are not ‘in charge.’?” “
• Tim Pratt reviewed the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine, noting that this book is thematically related to Bradley’s first novel Noise. Chimpanzee isn’t cheerful stuff, but there’s a revolutionary zeal, and a belief in the power of the mind to effect change in the world, that provides some light in this otherwise bleak dystopia.”

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* Engdahl, Sylvia Louise : Herald of the Flame
(Ad Stellae Books 978-0692293768, $16.5, 472pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 2 Oct 2014
Rising Flame #2

SF novel, fourth overall in the “Flame” series and second in the “Rising Flame” series following Defender of the Flame (2013), about colonists with psi powers settling a new planet.
• The publisher is the author’s personal imprint; its site has this page about the series and this page about this book, with an excerpt. The author also has this FAQ about the books.

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* Jeffers, Alex : That Door Is a Mischief
(Lethe 978-1-59021-266-0, $15, 214pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 15 Sep 2014

Fantasy novel about a fairy changeling living with a gay dad.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
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* John, Steven : Outrider
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805339, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014

Near-future SF novel about horseback riders who protect enormous solar farms from high-tech terrorists.
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* Marshall, Helen : Gifts for the One Who Comes After
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483025, $16.99, 300pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483032

Collection of 17 stories, the second collection by the author who won a Best Newcomer British Fantasy Award for her first, Hair Side, Flesh Side.
• ChiZine’s site has this description with blurbs from Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, and others.
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* Morris, Mark : The Wolves of London
(Titan Us 978-1781168660, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Oct 2014
Obsidian Heart #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a trilogy, about a psychology professor and his daugher, in possession of a magical stone, who are pursued by unearthly assassin.
• Titan’s site has this description.
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* Mullins, Debra : Heart of Stone
(Tor 978-0-7653-7614-5, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429942881
Truthseers #2

Paranormal romance novel, second in a series following Prodigal Son (2013), about a bounty hunter descended from the fabled Atlanteans.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A fascinating blend of mythos and plot, the novel builds on the strengths of the first book and also stands strong on its own merits.”

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* Rice, Anne : Prince Lestat
(Random House/Knopf 978-0-307-96252-2, $28.95, 458pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-307-96253-9
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-385-36178-1
The Vampire Chronicles #14

Vampire novel, the first new book in the author’s Vampire Chronicles series since Blood Canticle in 2003.
• The book appendices describing the characters and the earlier books.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Compared to the poorly received Blood Canticle (2003), Rice’s newest Vampire Chronicles installment is triumphant.”

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* Spinrad, Norman : Raising Hell
(PM Press 978-1-60486-810-4, $12, 128pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jul 2014

Short collection of two stories (the title story original to this book) and an interview, a volume in the publisher’s “Outspoken Authors” series edited by Terry Bisson.
• PM Press’ site has a description on its Norman Spinrad page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book earlier this month for Locus Online: “If we cast a critical eye back at Spinrad’s career, we see a portrait of an artist-agitator, someone engaged with topical issues and bent on encapsulating them in dramatic form.”

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* Sterling, Bruce, ed. : Twelve Tomorrows
(MIT Technology Review B00N272GHI, $9.99, 234pp, ebook, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 25 Aug 2014

Special science fiction issue of the MIT Technology Review, the third such volume following last year’s issue called Twelve Tomorrows edited by Stephen Cass, and 2011 issue under the name TRSF.
• Contributors include Cory Doctorow, Cadigan, and William Gibson. There’s also a long interview with Gene Wolfe.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.
• Both Rich Horton and Gardner Dozois review it in the October issue of Locus Magazine. Dozois likes stories by Lauren Beukes and Paul Graham Raven the best; Horton recommends the Cory Doctorow.

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* Westerfeld, Scott : Afterworlds
(Simon Pulse 978-1481422345, $19.99, 608pp, hardcover, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Sep 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481422369
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781442372467

Young adult fantasy novel within a novel, about a young novelist who comes to New York City to finish her book, which is about an “Afterworld” between the living and the dead.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The back-and-forth between Darcy’s story and her thriller is dizzying, but “Reading Zealots” like the kids Darcy hung with in high school will love the insider details about the YA writer’s life … An ambitious concept, well executed.”

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