New Books, 17 May 2016

* Ashby, Madeline : Company Town
(Tor 978-0-7653-8290-0, $24.99, 256pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466889859

SF novel set on a city-sized oil rig off the Canadian coast, about a series of murders that seem to implicate the only non-bio-engineered person on the rig.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers are left with a resolution that’s original but feels forced into too few pages to work properly. This is a small blemish in an otherwise very solid page-turner.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “As a brutal murder mystery in a very detailed and convincing SF setting, Company Town never falters in its pacing, and introduces its more SFnal complications with considerable skill.”
• The author has a Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog today.

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* Castle, Jack : Europa Journal
(Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1770531062, $14.95, 280pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 15 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781770530911

SF novel about World War II pilots who disappear in the Bermuda Triangle and whose traces are found on Jupiter’s moon Europa in 2168.
• The publisher’s site has this description

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* Denning, G. S. : Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone
(Titan 978-1-783299-71-3, $14.95, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016

Fantasy novel about Dr. Watson’s dimwitted but demonically powerful companion.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “delightfully absurd”.

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* Divya, S. B. : Runtime
(Tor.Com 978-0765389794, 128pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765389787

SF novella about a day-long race, for cyborgs, across the Sierra Nevada.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There’s enough here to justify a much longer story; in its current form, it doesn’t quite go far enough.”

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* Hemstreet, Patrick : The God Wave
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-241950-7, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062419545
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062561503
The God Wave Trilogy #1

SF novel, first book in a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a neuroscientist who has discovered how to access the dormant power of 90% of our brains.
• Harper’s site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a strong debut reminiscent of Ben Bova’s classic work.”
• File 770 has this interview with the author about the book.

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* Hill, Joe : The Fireman
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-220063-1, $28.99, 608pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062200655
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062443786

Fantasy thriller about a plague of spontaneous combustion that spreads across the US.
• Harper’s site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hill has followed 2013’s NOS4A2 with a tremendous, heartrending epic of bravery and love set in a fully realized and terrifying apocalyptic world, where hope lies in the simplest of gestures and the fullest of hearts.”

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* Howard, Kat : Roses and Rot
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-5116-1, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481451185

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about two sisters who escape their cruel stepmother to attend a prestigious school where certain sacrifices need to be made.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Howard weaves a dark and enticing tale of sisterly bonds, fairy promises, and the price of artistic success in this lushly written debut fantasy set in the present-day U.S.”

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* Ingram, Dayna : All Good Children
(Lethe 978-1-59021-589-0, $15, 202pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 13 May 2016

Young adult SF novel about a 14-year-old girl attending a summer camp, in a world where women are bred like cattle by alien overlords.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Ingram’s supporting cast is also well-rounded, and the action moves along at a fast clip. This novel is at once refreshing and thoughtful, and a great addition to the genre.”

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* Irvine, Ian : The Summon Stone
(Orbit 978-0316386876, $16.99, 624pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316386869
The Gate of Good and Evil #1

Epic fantasy novel, first in a new series, set in the world of earlier series View from the Mirror.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Orbit’s site has this excerpt.

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* North, Claire : The Sudden Appearance of Hope
(Orbit/Redhook 978-0316335997, $27, 480pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316335973
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478960928
UK edition: 978-0356504520 (Thu 19 May 2016)

Fantasy novel about a girl named Hope whom no one remembers meeting.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Sapkowski, Andrzej : The Tower of Swallows
(Orbit 978-0316273718, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316273763
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938743
UK edition: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473211568 (Thu 19 May 2016)
The Witcher #4


Fantasy horror novel, fourth novel in a series following Blood of Elves (2008), The Time of Contempt (2013), and Baptism of Fire (2014), about sorcerer Geralt de Riv, basis for the Atari videogame The Witcher.
• Note the UK edition has a slightly different title.
• This book was first published in Polish in 1997.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781084373, $19.99, 624pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781849979320
UK edition: 978-1781084366 (Thu 5 May 2016)

Anthology of 27 science fiction and fantasy stories first published in 2015.
• Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Greg Bear, Kelly Link, Sam J. Miller, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Alyssa Wong (her Nebula-winning story).
• Rebellion’s site has this description of the UK edition.
• Jonathan Strahan has this post listing the complete table of contents.

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* Van Young, Adrian : Shadows in Summerland
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483834, $16.99, 350pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483841

Historical fantasy novel about a man in 1859 Boston who photographs spirits (roughly based on the real-life story of William H. Mumler).
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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