New Books : 14 March 2017

* Fletcher, Charlie : The Remnant
(Orbit 978-0316279567, $16.99, 464pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316279581
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478940364
UK edition: 978-0356502960 (Thu 16 Mar 2017)
Oversight #3

Dark fantasy novel, third in a series following The Oversight (2014) and The Paradox (2015), about a group that guards the border between the mundane and the magic.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives the previous book a starred review: “Fletcher’s Victorian London is an atmospheric, creepily delicious concoction of alleyways and dark magic, mirror worlds where danger dwells at every turn, and nuanced, complex characters, all with their own story.”

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* Helmreich, Joseph : The Return
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-05219-3, $25.99, 256pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466853508

SF novel about an astrophysicist who returns from an alien abduction and denies that the abduction happened.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The plot takes some clever turns, though the ending doesn’t quite live up to the beginning, and Helmreich’s characters are satisfyingly multidimensional.”

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* Knaak, Richard A. : Black City Demon
(Pyr 978-1-63388-275-1, $18, 363pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781633882768
Black City #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Black City Saint (2016), 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.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The novel unfolds like a mystery as curious characters and mutilated corpses pop up, some with supernatural origins.”

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* Murad, Mahvesh, & Jared Shurin, eds. : The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories
(Solaris 978-1781084175, $15.99, 356pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
UK edition: 978-1781084168 (Thu 9 Mar 2017)

Anthology of 21 original stories.
• Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, K.J. Parker, Claire North, and Maria Dahvana Headley.
• Solaris’ site has this description and this post with blurbs and quotes from reviews.

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* Neumeier, Rachel : The White Road of the Moon
(Penguin Random House/Knopf 978-0553509328, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553509342

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl, with the ability to see ghosts, who runs away from her hated aunt.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Newman, Emma : Brother’s Ruin
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9396-8, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9395-1
Industrial Magic #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, first in a series, set in 1850 London where talented young mages are recruited by the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Urban fantasy enthusiasts might enjoy this novella, but several elements feel too familiar.”

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* Robinson, Kim Stanley : New York 2140
(Orbit 978-0-316-26234-7, $28, 624pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316262330
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478941224

SF novel about the effects of rising sea levels on New York City in the year 2140.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers open to an optimistic projection of how humans could handle an increasingly plausible environmental catastrophe will find the info dumps worth wading through.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “…the novel at times becomes such a tribute to the resilience and ingenuity of New Yorkers that the drowned Manhattan seems more intriguing than frightening, and a pretty attractive place to explore… [T]here have been more than a few environmental catastrophe tales set in a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting.”

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* Xue, Can : Frontier
(Open Letter 978-1-940953-54-0, $16.95, 470pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017

Fantasy novel by a pseudonymous Chinese author, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping, about a young woman’s life in a surreal town where she attempts to unify the grand opposites of life.
• The publisher’s site has this description and an excerpt.
• The Kirkus review concludes, “Odd, atmospheric, and enchanting: a story in which, disbelief duly suspended, one savors improbabilities along with haunting images and is left wanting more.”

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