New Books, 10 March

* Adams, C. T. : The Exile
(Tor 978-0-7653-3687-3, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466829329
Book of the Fae #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first solo novel, about the owner of an occult shop who possesses the last portal between the human and fae worlds.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Adams does an admirable job of breathing life into Faerie and its creatures before ending on a game-changing cliffhanger.”

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : The Doll Collection
(Tor 978-0-7653-7680-0, $27.99, 352pp, hardcover, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851948

Anthology of 17 original dark fantasy stories about dolls.
• Authors include Joyce Carol Oates, Jeffrey Ford, Tim Lebbon, Pat Cadigan, Seanan McGuire, and Richard Bowes.
• Macmillan’s site has this page about the book.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Datlow’s ban on clichéd “evil doll” stories encouraged contributors to explore refreshingly original ideas… Accompanying photos of dolls and their parts intensify the eeriness of these works, which easily transcend their familiar theme.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine.

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* Hartman, Rachel : Shadow Scale
(Random House 978-0-375-86657-9, $18.99, 608pp, hardcover, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-375-89659-0
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-307-96896-8
Seraphina #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second of a duology following Seraphina (2012), about a girl who is part human, part dragon, in a world where war is breaking out between humans and dragons.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The previous book won a Sunburst Award and was a finalist for several other awards.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “As the page count attests, Hartman’s style is leisurely; she builds her epic fantasy carefully, with attention to detail and atmosphere, while letting the plot simmer and allowing just as much to happen off-screen as in Seraphina’s presence. … This is a worthy and wholly satisfying continuation of Seraphina’s tale.”

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* Ishiguro, Kazuo : The Buried Giant
(Knopf 978-0-307-27103-7, $26.95, 336pp, hardcover, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-35322-9
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-7393-8178-6

Historical fantasy novel set in early medieval England, about an elderly couple searching for their long-lost son.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly has a lengthy starred review by Lydia Millet: “It’s a sad, elegiac story, one that has a tone and texture suited to its subject matter: a dreamy journey, repetitive and searching as lost memory. … The Buried Giant is a slow, patient novel, decidedly unshowy but deliberate and precise—easy to read but difficult to forget.”
• Neil Gaiman reviewed it in the New York Times: “Ishiguro is not afraid to tackle huge, personal themes, nor to use myths, history and the fantastic as the tools to do it.”

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+ Joshi, S. T., ed. : Black Wings of Cthulhu 3
(Titan 978-1783295715, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Mar 2015

Anthology, subtitled “Seventeen New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror”.
• Authors include Jonathan Thomas, Darrell Schweitzer, Don Webb, Lois Gresh, and Brian Stableford.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Rusch, Kristine Kathryn : The Peyti Crisis
(UK: WMG Publishing 978-1561466160, £12.99, 364pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 8 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00QTZ3Q7Y
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: B00R8IF8CW
Retrieval Artist #12

Mystery/SF novel, twelfth in the ‘Retrieval Artist’ series following The Disappeared (2002), Extremes (2003), Consequences (2004), Buried Deep (2005), Paloma (2006), Recovery Man (2007), Duplicate Effort (2009), Anniversary Day (2011), Blowback (2012), A Murder of Clones (2015), and Search & Recovering (2015), and fifth in the sequence beginning with Anniversary Day.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Linked here is the UK trade paperback edition; Amazon.com lists only the Kindle and audiobook editions.

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* Simmons, Dan : The Fifth Heart
(UK: Sphere 978-0751560954, £18.99, 624pp, hardcover, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780748132652

Alternate history literary fantasy about Sherlock Holmes, who comes to America (while still presumed to be dead following Reichenbach Falls) to team up with novelist Henry Adams.
• Little, Brown UK’s site has this description.
• The US edition is due March 24th.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Simmons knows the Holmes canon and uses that expertise in the service of a highly original reimagining of the beloved sleuth.”

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* Tregillis, Ian : The Mechanical
(Orbit 978-0-316-24800-6, $17, 480pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316247993
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478983057
The Alchemy Wars #1

Alternate history SF novel in which the Netherlands has become the world power via an army of mechanical men called Clakkers, invented in the 17th century by Christiaan Huygens.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Tregillis’s complex setting is elegantly delivered, and the rich characters and gripping story really make this tale soar.”

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* Valente, Catherynne M. : The Boy Who Lost Fairyland
(Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends 978-1250023490, $16.99, 240pp, hardcover, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250072795
UK edition: 978-1472119278 (Thu 5 Mar 2015)
Fairyland #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2009), The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012), and (2013), this time about a changeling boy, once a troll in Fairyland, who finds his way back home.
• Illustrations are by Ana Juan.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Valentine, Genevieve : Persona
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-2512-4, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Mar 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481425148

Near-future political thriller about an assassination attempt on a diplomat from the new country United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this desription with a link to Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Through flashbacks, Valentine brings a measure of depth to her protagonists as well as their assorted colleagues and companions, all of whom are portrayed with a humorous, satiric edge…”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine.

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