New in Paperback, August 2016

Aycliffe, Jonathan : A Shadow on the Wall
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808576, $13.99, 200pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: UK: Severn House, February 2000)

Horror novel about an unspeakable force unearthed during the renovation of an ancient English church.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The novel was a finalist for the International Horror Awards in 2001.

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Bova, Ben : Death Wave
(Tor 978-0765379511, $8.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Star Quest #1

(First edition: Tor, November 2015)

Hard SF novel, follow-up to Farside (2013) and New Earth (2014) and first of a trilogy, about explorers to another solar system who discover evidence of a wave of radiation from the galactic core heading toward Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Canavan, Trudi : Angel of Storms
(Orbit 978-0316209243, $15.99, 608pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Millennium’s Rule #2

(First edition: Orbit, November 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Thief’s Magic (2014), about a sentient book in a world where magic powers an industrial revolution.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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de Bodard, Aliette : The House of Shattered Wings
(Roc 978-0451477644, $16, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Roc, August 2015)

Fantasy novel about rival Great Houses in a late 20th-century Paris still devastated by the Great War.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “…it’s all the more remarkable that Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings reads not quite like any fantasy you’ve read before, with or without fallen angels.”
• The book won this year’s British SF Association award for best novel.

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Flint, Eric, & Walter H. Hunt : 1636: The Cardinal Virtues
(Baen 978-1476781693, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ring of Fire #22

(First edition: Baen, July 2015)

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Gaiman, Neil : American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition
(Harpercollins/Morrow 978-0062472106, $9.99, 784pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, June 2001)

Contemporary fantasy novel about old gods vs. new, staged as a road trip across modern America. This 10th anniversary edition is updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, and a special introduction by the author.
• HarperCollins’ site has this page for the book, with a description and preview.
• The novel won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker awards.
• Wikipedia has this entry with a long summary and background on influences.

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Grant, Mira : Chimera
(Orbit 978-0316381000, $16.99, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Parasitology #3

(First edition: Orbit US, November 2015)

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Parasite (2013) and Symbiont (2014), about genetically engineered tapeworms designed to attack disease that instead attack their hosts.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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Hair, David : Unholy War
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681444987, $14.99, 688pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Moontide Quartet #3

(First edition: UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, October 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Mage’s Blood and The Scarlet Tides (both 2013), about war between two continents.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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Holland, Cecelia : Dragon Heart
(Tor 978-0765337955, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor, September 2015)

Fantasy novel about an ancient royal family threatened by a growing Empire in the east and a powerful dragon in the sea.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Liu, Cixin : The Dark Forest
(Tor 978-0765386694, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Remembrance of Earth’s Past #2

(First edition: Tor, August 2015)

SF novel, second in a trilogy following The Three-Body Problem (2014), about humanity preparing for the arrival of invading Trisolarians in four hundred years.
• The translator is Joel Martinson.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Liu, Ken : The Grace of Kings
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481424288, $16.99, 656pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
The Dandelion Dynasty #-

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, April 2015)

Epic fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about rivals for the throne of an unpopular emperor.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: The Grace of Kings [is] one of the most important, surprising, and sheerly enjoyable fantasies this year.”
• The novel was a finalist in this year’s Nebula Awards, and won this year’s Locus Award for best first novel.
• The next book, The Wall of Storms, is due in October.

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McDevitt, Jack : Thunderbird
(Ace 978-0425279205, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ancient Shores #2

(First edition: Ace, December 2015)

SF novel, sequel to Ancient Shores (1996), about a working stargate discovered in North Dakota.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Meluch, R. M. : The Twice and Future Caesar
(DAW 978-0756410858, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Merrimack #6

(First edition: DAW, August 2015)

Military SF novel, sixth in the series about the USS Merrimack, in a 25th century with American and Roman interstellar empires battling an alien threat called the Hive, following The Myriad (2005), Wolf Star (2006), The Sagittarius Command (2007), Strength and Honor (2008), and The Ninth Circle (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Simmons, Kristen : The Glass Arrow
(Tor Teen 978-0765336644, $9.99, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor Teen, February 2015)

Young adult dystopian novel set in a future in which women have become property, only to be owned and bred.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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van Eekhout, Greg : Pacific Fire
(Tor 978-0765380449, $14.99, 336pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Daniel Blackland #2

(First edition: Tor, January 2015)

Fantasy novel set in an alternate Los Angeles, sequel to California Bones (2014), about an osteomancer, who who consumes bones to gain power.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Van Eekhout’s scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative… “

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Weber, David, Timothy Zahn & Thomas Pope : A Call to Arms
(Baen 978-1476781563, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Manticore Ascendant #2

(First edition: Baen, October 2015)

Military SF novel, second book of a series set in Weber’s Honorverse, following A Call to Duty (2014).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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