New Books, 15 September 2015

* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-5307-3, $27.99, 484pp, hardcover, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481450317

Anthology of 26 stories about climate change, first published from 1990 to 2015.
• Authors include Robert Silverberg, Paolo Bacigalupi, Nancy Kress, Gregory Benford, Kim Stanley Robinson, Charlie Jane Anders, Chen Qiufan, and Margaret Atwood.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “These works combine effective storytelling and a passionate desire to promote taking action on climate change before it’s too late.”

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* Anderson, Kevin J., & Neil Peart : Clockwork Lives
(ECW 978-1-77041-294-1, $24.95, 400pp, hardcover, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Clockwork #2

Dystopian steampunk novel, follow-up to Anderson’s Clockwork Angels (2012) that was based on story and lyrics by Rush drummer and lyricist Neal Peart.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “this book instead introduces Marinda Peake, a woman unwillingly charged by her late father, an inventor, with seeking out “the true gift of life.” Forced to collect the life stories of others via a magical journal, Peake embarks on wide-ranging adventures that become interspersed with these new tales in a panorama of stories, à la Canterbury Tales.”

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* Dickinson, Seth : The Traitor Baru Cormorant
(Tor 978-0-7653-8072-2, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466875128
UK edition: Macmillan/Tor UK 978-1447281139 (Thu 24 Sep 2015)
Traitor #1


Fantasy novel, first book of a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a young woman who tries to liberate her people.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book is being released in the UK on September 24th under the title The Traitor.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Dickinson’s worldbuilding is ambitious and his language deviously subtle; both are seductive in their complexity. He combines social engineering, economic trickery, and coldhearted pseudoscientific theories to weave a compelling, utterly surprising narrative that keeps readers guessing until the end.”

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* Elliott, Will : The Pilo Traveling Show
(Resurrection/Underland 978-1-63023-008-1, $16, 232pp, trade paperback, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Pilo #2

Fantasy novel, sequel to the award-winning The Pilo Family Circus (2006), about a man who has escaped his role as a clown.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This novel’s plot is very similar to that of its predecessor, but Elliott once again displays his skill at balancing the humorous and the horrific. Readers who enjoyed the first Pilo outing will find similar pleasures in this follow-up.”

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* Forstchen, William R. : One Year After
(Forge 978-0-7653-7670-1, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851894
One Second After #2

SF thriller, sequel to One Second After (2009), about the effects on the US of EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) weapons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers should be prepared for some heavy-handed political commentary, but fans of Forstchen’s historical novels coauthored with Newt Gingrich will be satisfied.”

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* Prineas, Sarah : Ash & Bramble
(HarperTeen 978-0062337948, $17.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062337962

Young adult fantasy novel, a retelling of Cinderella.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Prineas handily incorporates numerous twists on fairy-tale conventions, including a fairy godmother villainess and same-sex romances for Rapunzel and the frog prince, in this feminist reimagining of the Cinderella story.”
• The author has this Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog today.

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* Reiss, Alter S. : Sunset Mantle
(Tor.com 9780765385215, $12.99, 192pp, trade paperback, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466891883
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427269065

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a wandering warrior who defends the settlement of Reach Antach.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “After a slow and formal start, Reiss’s debut novel handily constructs the etiquette and political structure of an intriguing fantasy world.”

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* Stroud, Jonathan : Lockwood & Co. : The Hollow Boy
(Disney/Hyperion 978-1484709689, $16.99, 400pp, hardcover, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00WLEEKZ4
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1101917374
Lockwood & Co. #3

Middle-grade fantasy novel, third in a series after The Screaming Staircase (2013) and The Whispering Skull (2014), about three teenagers who team up to hunt ghostly visitors that are plaguing the British Isles.
• Series site Lockwood & Co. has this PDF excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said about the first book: “Stroud plays with ghost story conventions along the way, while laying intriguing groundwork that suggests that the Problem isn’t the only problem these young agents will face in books to come—the living can be dangerous, too.”

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* van Eekhout, Greg : Dragon Coast
(Tor 978-0-7653-2857-1, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Sep 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429951432
California Bones #3

Fantasy novel set in an alternate Los Angeles, third in a series following California Bones (2014) and Pacific Fire (Jan. 2015), about an osteomancer, who who consumes bones to gain power.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This installment features strong writing from van Eekhout, with exciting magical battles and a difficult heist…”

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