New Books: 1 March 2016

* Baker, Mishell : Borderline
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481453066, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481429795
The Arcadia Project #1

Urban fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a Hollywood filmmaker who joins a secret organization in contact with Fairyland.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Fully articulated, flawed, and fascinating characters combine with masterly urban fantasy storytelling in Baker’s debut novel.”

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* Belcher, R. S. : The Brotherhood of the Wheel
(Tor 978-0-7653-8028-9, $27.99, 384pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466872530
Brotherhood #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a secret society of truckers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “With characters impossible not to root for, this fun, nonstop tale (set throughout the eastern half of the U.S.) has genuinely creepy moments, rendered vividly by Belcher’s fertile imagination.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “Brotherhood never entirely yields to the lure of Americana, pop cultures, or regional cuisines. Deeper, older currents of dark fantasy and myth run through the book: the Forest and the Horned God; the Triune Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone).”

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* Boatman, Michael : Who Wants to Be the Prince of Darkness?
(Angry Robot 978-0857663986, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663993
UK edition: 9780857663979 (Thu 3 Mar 2016)

Fantasy novel about the ruler of Hell’s plot to use a TV reality show to recruit human souls to Hell.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Brandt, Gerald : The Courier
(DAW 978-0-7564-1139-8, $25, 304pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756411404
San Angeles #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first book in a series, about a motorcycle courier in a near future where multi-level San Angeles stretches from San Francisco to San Diego.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “gritty near-future science fiction thriller” and comments, “The setting, with its warring megacorporations and a government under corporate control, will be familiar to old-school cyberpunk fans.”

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* Cady, Jack : Fathoms
(Resurrection House/Underland Press 978-1630230319, $16, 280pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016

Collection of 17 stories, with an introduction by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
• Titles include multiple-award-winning novella “The Night We Buried Road Dog”.
• Amazon’s “Search Inside” function provides previews.

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* Caine, Rachel : Midnight Bites
(Penguin/NAL 978-1101989784, $9.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101989791

Collection of 22 stories set in the Texas town of the “Morganville Vampires” series.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* de Abaitua, Matthew : The Destructives
(Angry Robot 978-0857664754, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664761
UK edition: 9780857664747 (Thu 3 Mar 2016)

SF novel about a university lecturer on the Moon who’s the subject of one of the AIs who reside in a Stapledon Sphere beyond the orbit of Mercury.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Knaak, Richard A. : Black City Saint
(Pyr 978-1-63388-136-5, $18, 390pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016

Urban fantasy novel about a guardian of the gate between the human world and Faerie, set in Chicago 50 years after the great fire.
• Pyr’s site has this description with blurbs from Mike Resnick and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Nick’s adventures are fast-paced and fun, and urban fantasy fans will enjoy the inventive setting.”

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* Lubar, David : Character, Driven
(Tor Teen 978-0765316332, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466852693

Young adult associational (i.e. non-sf/f) novel about a high school senior’s coming of age.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Filled with wordplay and moments of wry observation and revelation, this contemporary coming-of-age-novel follows the trials of a big-hearted teen who suffers some hard knocks.”

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* Lyris, Sonia Orin : The Seer
(Baen 978-1-4767-8126-6, $15, 656pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Seer #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a poor young woman who visions make her key to her ruler’s ambitions.
• Baen’s site has this description with a link to sample chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “solidly entertaining sword-and-sorcery adventure with characters who are often frustratingly slow to reach obvious conclusions.”
• Tom Whitmore reviewed it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “It’s a big, ambitious, well-done medieval-style fantasy, and definitely not for everyone. If you’re the right person, it’s a difficult book to stop reading, because Lyris has an excellent ability to make the story flow.”

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* McGuire, Seanan : Chaos Choreography
(DAW 978-0-7564-0813-8, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101602423
InCryptid #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Discount Armageddon (2012), Midnight Blue-Light Special (2013), Half-Off Ragnorak (2014), and Pocket Apocalypse (2015), about a crytozoologist who’d rather study ballroom dancing than the monsters of the world.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “…for the readers, it’s loads of fun, with the added entertainment of meeting another interesting member of Verity’s family.”

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* Neill, Chloe : Midnight Marked
(Penguin/NAL 978-0451472335, $15, 384pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698180727
Chicagoland Vampires #12

Paranormal romance novel, twelfth in the “Chicagoland Vampires” series following Dark Debt (2015), about a grad student initiated into a society of vampires.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Nelson, J. C. : The Reburialists
(Ace 978-0425278192, $16, 416pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698183162

Urban fantasy novel about an agent at the Bureau of Special Investigations, which is responsible for making sure the dead stay dead.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Parker, K. J. : The Devil You Know
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8789-9, $10.99, 126pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765384478
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427275448

Short fantasy novel about a great philosopher making a deal with the devil.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The one rule for reading any Parker story is never to assume that anything is what it appears to be, and that rule especially applies to this novella, set in a fantasy world.”

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* Samatar, Sofia : The Winged Histories
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-114-2, $24, 300pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731159

Fantasy novel, companion to the author’s first novel A Stranger in Olondria, winner of the World Fantasy and Crawford awards, about four women caught up on opposing sides of a rebellion.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt at Tor.com.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the March issue of Locus Magazine, comparing it to the earlier novel: “…some may initially find it a more difficult novel, but it is one that rewards patience.”

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* Sawyer, Robert J. : Quantum Night
(Ace 978-0-425-25683-1, $27, 368pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101638880

SF novel about an experimental psychologist who develops a technique for identifying psychopaths, a quantum physicist who’s made a discovery about human consciousness, and a tide of violence sweeping the world.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Sawyer’s latest work is a fast-moving, mind-stretching exploration of the nature of personality and consciousness; it balances esoteric speculation with action and character.”

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* Spoor, Ryk E. : Phoenix Ascendant
(Baen 978-1476781297, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Balanced Sword #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Phoenix Rising (2012) and Phoenix in Shadow (2015), about a highborn woman who battles evil in her land.
• Baen’s site has this description with a link to sample chapters.

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* Steele, Allen : Arkwright
(Tor 978-0-7653-8215-3, $26.99, 336pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466886438

SF novel about a seminal 20th century SF writer who, in his advanced years, creates a foundation to build a starship to colonize another planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “Speaking of starship design and the prospect of space travel and colonization, I marvel at the synchronicity that produced this book right next to Carter Scholz’ Gypsy (reviewed last month) and to a whole line of contrarian depictions of humans-into-space that includes Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora and Charles Stross’s deflating robots-in-space books. Steele’s book is not a counter-argument so much as a counter-assertion…”

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* Swann, S. Andrew : Dragon Wizard
(DAW 978-0756411244, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698407732
Dragon #3

Humorous fantasy novel about the misadventures of a career thief, third in a series following Dragon Princess (2014) and Dragon Thief (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Tieryas, Peter : United States of Japan
(Angry Robot 978-0857665331, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665348
UK edition: 9780857665324 (Thu 3 Mar 2016)

Alternate history SF novel set in a world where Japan won the Second World War, in which rebels called the George Washingtons are distributing a video game imagining a world in which the US won instead.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs by Richard Thomas and Ken Liu.

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* Weber, David, & Joelle Presby : The Road to Hell
(Baen 978-1476780672, $28, 720pp, hardcover, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Hell’s Gate #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Hell’s Gate (2006) and Hell Hath No Fury (2007), about a network of parallel Earths and a portal that links them.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to sample chapters.

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* White, Steve, & Charles E. Gannon : Imperative
(Baen 978-1-4767-8119-8, $16, 464pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Starfire #7

Military SF novel, latest in a series following Extremis (2011), about the fallout of an alien invasion on the Rim Federation.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to sample chapters.
• The Publisher Weekly review comments, “White and Gannon love military acronyms, briefings, missile specs, and four-syllable words…”

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