New Books : 25 April 2017

* Brennan, Marie : Within the Sanctuary of Wings
(Tor 978-0-7653-7765-4, $27.99, 352pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466856998
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427292322
The Lady Trent Memoirs #5

Fantasy novel, fifth and final book in a series after A Natural History of Dragons (2013), The Tropic of Serpents (2014), Voyage of the Basilisk (2015), and In the Labyrinth of Drakes (2016), about a dragon naturalist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Lady Trent is the perfect heroine for this history-flavored fantasy romp.”

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* Broaddus, Maurice : Buffalo Soldier
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9429-3, $14.99, 144pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765394286

Steampunk alternate history novel about a Jamaican espoinage agent and a mysterious boy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “This alternate-present steampunk adventure novella starts out strong, but the short length keeps both the world and the narrative from fully developing.”

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* Doctorow, Cory : Walkaway
(Tor 978-0-7653-9276-3, $26.99, 384pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765392787

Near-future SF novel about revolution in a post-scarcity society.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt
• The Publishers Weekly review cites authorial “eccentricities” but concludes describing the author’s “creative premise: a near-future where the rich are on the verge of achieving immortality, a development that one character fears spells the “end of morality,” and rebels, known as walkaways, attempt to create a functioning gift economy.”
• Russell Letson reviewed it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “For all of its engagement with What’s Happenin’ Now, Baby, Walkaway feels like good old-fashioned science fiction: part thrill-ride, part warning, part all-night political wrangle with your really smart college roommate.”

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* Honeywell, Antonia : The Ship
(Orbit 978-0-316-46985-2, $26, 336pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316469890

Apocalyptic SF novel about escapees from a burning London on a ship that holds only 500 people.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This mixed bag of beauty and vexation has a gut-twisting epilogue that will appeal to lovers of psychological speculative fiction.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Dogs of War
(St. Martin’s 978-1250098481, $15.99, 544pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250098498
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427282958
Joe Ledger #9

Horror thriller, ninth in a series following following Patient Zero (2009), The Dragon Factory (2010), The King of Plagues (2011), Assassin’s Code (2012), Extinction Machine (2013), Code Zero (2014), Predator One (2015), and Kill Switch, about a Baltimore detective recruited by the US Department of Military Sciences to fight various terrorist threats. In this book the threat is from robot dogs.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Staveley, Brian : Skullsworn
(Tor 978-0-7653-8987-9, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765389893
Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne #4

Fantasy novel, standalone novel following the trilogy The Emperor’s Blades (2014), The Providence of Fire (2015), and The Last Mortal Bond (2016).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite the outsize aspects of this adventure, it still feels remarkably intimate, right up to an epilogue that casts the book’s events in a whole new light.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “Stavely pulls it all off with style.”

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* VanderMeer, Jeff : Borne
(Macmillan/MCD 978-0-374-11524-1, $26, 336pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374714925

SF novel about a scavenger in a postapocalyptic landscape who adopts a shape-shifting creature she finds and calls Borne.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and quotes from reviews from The New Yorker, Booklist, and others.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of Borne shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit. What’s even more remarkable is the reservoirs of feeling that VanderMeer is able to tap into throughout Rachel and Wick’s postapocalyptic journey into the Company’s warped ruins, resulting in something more than just weird fiction: weird literature.”

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