New Books : 4 April 2017

* Cherryh, C. J. : Convergence
(DAW 978-0756409111, $26, 336pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698164277
Foreigner #18

SF novel, 18th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), Protector (2013), Peacemaker (2014), Tracker (2015), and Visitor (2016).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Clarke, Neil, ed. : The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Two
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808965, $17.99, 624pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017

Anthology of 27 stories first published in 2016.
• Authors include Ian R. MacLeod, Nina Allan, Sam J. Miller, Alastair Reynolds, Robert Reed, Rich Larson, and Ken Liu.
• The editor’s site has the table of contents.

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* de Bodard, Aliette : The House of Binding Thorns
(Ace 978-0-451-47739-2, $27, 368pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698409934
House of Binding Thorns #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The House of Shattered Wings (2015), about rival Great Houses in a late 20th-century Paris still devastated by the Great War.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Having fully crafted her world, de Bodard is now completely in control: she can move swiftly from gentle poetic touches to bloody Grand Guignol gestures, and she sure-handedly holds the reader by exposing the vulnerabilities and needs that drive even the seemingly all-powerful figures of rebel angels and ancient serpents to surrender to a higher collective power.”

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* Dolkart, N. S. : Among the Fallen
(Angry Robot 978-0857665706, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665713
UK edition: 9780857665690 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)
Godserfs #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Silent Hall (2016), about five refugees and a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods.
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* El Akkad, Omar : American War
(Knopf 978-0-451-49358-3, $25.95, 352pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780451493590
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524779795

Near-future SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a second American civil war and its aftermath.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “El Akkad’s debut novel transports us to a terrifyingly plausible future in which the clash between red states and blue has become deadly and the president has been murdered over a contentious fossil fuels bill.”
• Michiko Kakutani reviewed it in The New York Times: “Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, “American War,” is an unlikely mash-up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young-adult dystopian series “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” From these incongruous ingredients, El Akkad has fashioned a surprisingly powerful novel — one that creates as haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy did in “The Road” (2006), and as devastating a look at the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in “The Plot Against America” (2004).”

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* Emrys, Ruthanna : Winter Tide
(Tor 978-0-7653-9090-5, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390912
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427288530
The Innsmouth Legacy #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about refugees from Innsmouth rounded up by the government in 1928 and taken to desert camps.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Emrys’s characters are more openly comfortable with the supernatural than Lovecraft’s horror-struck mortals, and her sensitive comparisons of Aphra’s experience to those of other confined and displaced peoples make the novel historically relevant and resonant.”

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* Flint, Eric, & Griffin Barber : 1636: Mission to the Mughals
(Baen 978-1476782140, $25, 432pp, hardcover, April 2017, cover art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ring of Fire #23

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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* Jacka, Benedict : Bound
(Ace 978-1-101-98852-7, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Alex Verus #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in a series following Fated (March 2012), Cursed (June 2012), Taken (Sept. 2012), Chosen (2013), Hidden (2014), Veiled (2105), and Burned (2016), about a London magician who can foresee the future.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Jacka is doing a splendid job in all respects, and this volume builds up to a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger climax.”

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* Jennings, Holly : Gauntlet
(Ace 978-1101988954, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698406971
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524756505
Arena #2

SF novel, second in a series following Arena (2016), about virtual gaming tournaments where competitors fight to the digital death.
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* Kessel, John : The Moon and the Other
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-481-48144-1, $27.99, 608pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481481465

Sf novel, the author’s first novel in some 20 years, about a matriarchal utopia on the moon.
• The novel incorporates Tiptree Award winner “Stories for Men” (2002).
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Kessel’s complex ideas and worldbuilding will appeal to any fan of character- and culture-driven speculative fiction.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: The Moon and the Other brilliantly balances character, social commentary, and hard SF in a novel of surprising density and depth of feeling.”

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* Lawrence, Mark : Red Sister
(Ace 978-1-101988-85-5, $27, 480pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
The Ancestor #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series about a secretive order of holy warriors.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The contours of the plot will feel familiar to genre fans—a young orphan, possessed of special gifts, receiving lessons in a cloistered community on how to realize her potential—but Lawrence makes it seem fresh through evocative prose and three-dimensional characterizations.”

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* Lee, Tanith : Redder Than Blood
(DAW 978-0756412517, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698404663

Collection of 19 stories that deconstruct familiar fairy tales, in the manner of her earlier work Red as Blood (1983).
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* Matthews, Susan R. : Blood Enemies
(Baen 978-1-4767-8216-4, $16, 272pp, trade paperback, April 2017, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-572-4
Under Jurisdiction #7

SF novel, seventh in the series that began with An Exchange of Hostages (1997) and most recently included Warring States (2006), about the surgeon/inquisitor Andrej Kosciusko.
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* Neuvel, Sylvain : Waking Gods
(Del Rey 978-1101886724, $28, 336pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101886731
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524773984
Themis Files #2

SF novel, second in a a series following Sleeping Giants (2016), about giant robots invading Earth.
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* North, Claire : The End of the Day
(Orbit US/Redhook 978-0-316-31674-3, $26, 416pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316316767
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478941231
UK edition: 978-0356507347 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)

Fantasy novel about a man named Charlie who visits people before they are visited by Death.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “With its fragmented structure and occasionally self-consciously meditative prose, The End of the Day might puzzle some who enjoyed the thriller plotting of The Sudden Appearance of Hope, but at its best it reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer.”

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* O’Keefe, Megan E. : Inherit the Flame
(Angry Robot 978-0857664969, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664976
UK edition: 9780857664952 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)
Sands of Aransa #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Steal the Sky and Break the Chains (both 2016), about two conmen planning to steal an airship from the oasis city of Aransa.
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* Priest, Cherie : Brimstone
(Ace 978-1-101-99073-5, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101990742

Historical fantasy novel about a soldier damaged by his experience in the Great War, and a Florida clairvoyant who believes she can help him.
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Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In this pitch-perfect penny dreadful, Priest evokes the strangeness and charm of early-19th-century Florida and the fortitude of two spectacular protagonists.”

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* Yatsuhashi, Keith : Kokoro
(Angry Robot 978-0857666185, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666192
UK edition: 9780857666178 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)
Kojiki #2

SF novel, sequel to Kojiki (2016), about a prince from a planet descending into religious civil war who uses a sentient armored suit to reach Earth.
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