New Books, 3 February

* Asher, Neal : Dark Intelligence
(Skyhorse/Night Shade 978-1-59780-824-8, $26.99, 416pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00P6U51SK
UK edition: 978-0230750722 (Thu 29 Jan 2015)
Transformation #1

SF novel, first volume of a new trilogy set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This beautifully paced book does just as well at slam-bang action scenes as at painting frightening pictures of Isobel’s changes, and provides an interesting climax while leaving plenty of space for the next two books. This is space opera at a high peak of craftsmanship.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online: “What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels.”

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+ Asher, Neal : The Gabble and Other Stories
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805315, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, November 2008)

Collection of 10 stories, first published from 1994 to 2006, set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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* Bara, Dave : Impulse
(DAW 978-0-7564-0996-8, $24.95, 368pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698161689
Lightship Chronicles #1

Military SF novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about an officer in the Unified Space Navy given a new assignment following an attack on a Lightship.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This energetic mélange of tried-and-true elements—futuristic jargon, military and romantic tactics, and multiple levels of skullduggery—easily grabs the reader’s attention; more impressive is that Bara’s story holds that attention all the way to the end.”

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* Bear, Elizabeth : Karen Memory
(Tor 978-0-7653-7524-7, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466846340

Steampunk SF novel set in 19th century Seattle, about an orphaned young woman working in a high-class bordello.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “rollicking, suspenseful, and sentimental”.
• John Scalzi’s blog has this Big Idea post by Bear.
• Russell Letson’s review from the January issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises, and despite Karen’s opening line, I can’t imagine anyone not liking what she has to tell us.”

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* Davis, Hank : As Time Goes By
(Baen 978-1-4767-8052-8, $14, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2015, cover art Adam Burn)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-353-9

Anthology of 14 time travel stories.
• Authors include Poul Anderson, John Wyndham, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Murray Leinster, and Christopher Priest.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several stories.

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* Fisher, Sharon Lynn : Echo 8
(Tor 978-0-7653-7637-4, $15.99, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851207

SF romance novel about a parapsychologist studying doppelgangers from a parallel world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The novel suffers from shallow characters and predictable relationships, but it’s held together by an ambitious plot and the unusual dilemma at its heart.”

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* Flint, Eric, & Ryk E. Spoor : Castaway Planet
(Baen 978-1-4767-8027-6, $25, 304pp, hardcover, February 2015, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-350-8
Boundary #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following Boundary (2006), Threshold (2010), and Portal (2013), about colonists on their way to a new world.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Gaiman, Neil : Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-233026-0, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062330291
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062373687
UK edition: Headline 978-1472217684 (Tue 3 Feb 2015)


Collection of 24 stories, published since 2004. One story, “Black Dog”, about the protagonist of American Gods, is original to this volume.
• Titles include Locus Award winners “An Invocation of Incuriosit”, “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains”, “The Thing About Cassandra”, “The Case of Death and Honey”, and “The Sleeper and the Spindle”.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
• Tor.com has this review by Mahvesh Murad: “Gaiman is a storyteller through and through: even when he’s telling us a story about how he came to write a story, he’s telling it well.”

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* Ing, Dean : It’s Up to Charlie Hardin
(Baen 978-1-4767-8030-6, $16.99, 256pp, hardcover, February 2015, cover art Dan Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-351-5

Associational (non-SF/fantasy) novel about the adventures of a 12-year-old boy in 1944 Austin, Texas.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “There’s a bucolic feel to these youthful misadventures, an innocence and naivety that belongs to a long-vanished era and location. Ing infuses Charlie’s tale with humor and dry wit…”

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* Link, Kelly : Get in Trouble
(Random House 978-0-8041-7968-3, $25, 352pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-7971-3
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-39954-7

Collection of 9 stories, first published since 2006.
• Titles include Shirley Jackson Award winner “The Summer People”.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Like Kafka hosting Saturday Night Live, Link mixes humor with existential dread.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “…in general the tone of Get In Trouble is a bit darker and the characters a bit more damaged than in earlier Link collections, but the magic remains, and so do the iguanas.”

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* Maresca, Marshall Ryan : The Thorn of Dentonhill
(DAW 978-0756410261, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698180093
Maradaine #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a university magic student who leads a double life.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Marmell, Ari : Covenant’s End
(Pyr 978-1-61614-986-4, $17.99, 271pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Widdershins #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Thief’s Covenant, False Covenant (both 2012), and Lost Covenant (2013), about an orphan and thief in the city of Davillon.
• Pyr’s site has this description.

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* Tettensor, E. L. : Master of Plagues
(Roc 978-0451419996, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Nicolas Lenoir #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Darkwalker (2013), about a former police inspector haunted by a vengeful spirit.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Tierney, Kathleen : Cherry Bomb
(Roc 978-0451416551, $16, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101594896
Siobhan Quinn #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Blood Oranges (2013) and Red Delicious, about a lesbian ex-junkie demon hunter in New England.
• The author, on the cover, is “Caitlín R. Kiernan writing as Kathleen Tierney”.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Trichter, Judd : Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-03602-5, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250036018

SF novel, the author’s first novel, set in a future LA, about a man who falls in love with an android who’s kidnapped and sold for parts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Trichter foregrounds Eliot and Iris’s intimate love affair against a meticulously worked out near future in which androids, who live in polluted ghettos as second-class citizens, are on the verge of violent revolt against the humans who exploit them for their labor.”

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* Zahn, Timothy : Cobra Outlaw
(Baen 978-1-4767-8034-4, $15, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2015, cover art Dave Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-352-2
Cobra Rebellion #2

SF novel, second in a new series, following Cobra Slave (2013), about the Cobra, nano-tech enhanced warriors built to defend humanity against aliens.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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