New in Paperback, January 2016

Bear, Elizabeth : Karen Memory
(Tor 978-0765375254, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Jan 2016

(First edition: Tor, February 2015)

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 with an excerpt.
• Russell Letson’s review from 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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Bova, Ben, & Eric Choi, eds. : Carbide Tipped Pens
(Tor 978-0765334312, $17.99, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Jan 2016

(First edition: Tor, December 2014)

Anthology of 17 original hard SF stories.
• Authors include Gregory Benford, Howard Hendrix, Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu), Jack McDevitt, and Robert Reed.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and a video trailer.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the book for Locus Online, recommending the Gregory Benford story.

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Green, Simon R. : Tales from the Nightside
(Ace 978-0425270769, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016

(First edition: Ace, January 2015)

Collection of 10 stories, one original to this book, set in the author’s Nightside universe.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Hendee, Barb, & J.C. Hendee : First and Last Sorcerer
(Roc 978-0451469311, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Noble Dead #13

(First edition: Roc, January 2015)

Fantasy novel, thirteenth in the “Noble Dead” series following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, and Rebel Fay, In Shade and Shadow, Child of a Dead God, Through Stone and Sea, Of Truth and Beasts, Between Their Worlds, The Dog in the Dark (2013), and A Wind in the Night (2014), about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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Henderson, Randy : Finn Fancy Necromancy
(Tor 978-0765385659, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016

(First edition: Tor, February 2015)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a man trying to prove his innocence after being convicted of necromany and exiled from the mortal world for 25 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Hines, Jim C. : Unbound
(DAW 978-0756409692, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Magic Ex Libris #3

(First edition: DAW, January 2015)

Humorous fantasy novel, third of a series following Libromancer (2012) and Codex Born (2013), about a magician with the ability to draw forth objects from books.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Liu, Cixin : The Three-Body Problem
(Tor 978-0765382030, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Jan 2016
Three-Body Problem #1

(First edition: Tor, November 2014)

SF novel by “China’s most beloved science fiction author”, about a military project to contact aliens, who in turn plan to invade Earth. It’s the first volume of a trilogy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
The book won a Hugo Award and was a finalist for the Nebula, Campbell, Locus, and Prometheus awards.
• The second volume in the trilogy, The Dark Forest, was published in August 2015.

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Reichert, Mickey Zucker : Fields of Wrath
(DAW 978-0756410568, $7.99, 656pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Renshai #8

(First edition: DAW, February 2015)

Fantasy novel set in the author’s long-running Renshai sequence, based on Norse mythology.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s Wikipedia entry has a detailed bibliography.

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Ringo, John : Strands of Sorrow
(Baen 978-1476781020, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Dec 2015
Black Tide Rising #4

(First edition: Baen, January 2015)

SF/horror novel, fourth in a series following Under a Graveyard Sky (2013), To Sail a Darkling Sea (2014), and Islands of Rage and Hope (2014), about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Schwab, V. E. : A Darker Shade of Magic
(Tor 978-0765376466, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jan 2016

(First edition: Tor, February 2015)

Fantasy novel about a magical Traveler who can move among a series of alternate Londons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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