New Books : 9 May 2017

* Benford, Gregory : The Berlin Project
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-8764-1, $26.99, 480pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481487665

Alternate history SF novel in which the atom bomb is ready by 1944, in time to stop Hitler.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Diagrams help illustrate the scientific concepts involved, and the story line is laced with stranger-than-fiction facts, such as the national security apparatus’s concerns that stories in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction were based on leaks of classified information.”

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+ Hardinge, Frances : A Face Like Glass
(Abrams/Amulet 978-1419724848, $19.95, 496pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01MAXR63J

First US edition (UK: Macmillan, May 2012)

Young adult fantasy novel set in an underground city where people’s faces are blank, and expressions must be learned.
• Abrams’ site has this description with quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hardinge’s characteristically lush and sophisticated language will entrance readers, and she makes wonderful use of her singular setting and wildly eccentric cast to pose haunting questions about reality, artifice, and the things we attempt to conceal.”

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* Hobb, Robin : Assassin’s Fate
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-553-39295-1, $32, 864pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553392975
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781101912812
Fitz and the Fool #3

Fantasy novel, third book in a trilogy following Fool’s Assassin (2014) and Fool’s Quest (2015), about two characters from her earlier novels, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hobb’s exquisitely drawn characters, fast-paced plotting, and enthralling prose beguile readers through a blockbuster of an ending for this trilogy and for the overarching series.”

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Deadmen Walking
(Tor 978-0-7653-8568-0, $27.99, 384pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765385697
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427287199
Deadman’s Cross #1

Historical fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a dark warlord commanding a ship of Deadmen on a mission to keep the damned at bay.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This piratical tale is very heavily front-loaded with worldbuilding information, including a panoply of pantheons, but there’s still room for swashbuckling, death, glory, and just the tiniest hint of romance.”

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* Khaw, Cassandra : Food of the Gods
(Abaddon 978-1-78108-519-6, $15, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Rupert Wong #-

Fantasy novel, combination of two previously published ebook novellas, Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef (2015) and Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth, about a chef in Chinese Hell.
• Rebellion’s site has this post about the book.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This amazing book is perfect for foodies, readers of modernized mythology and light supernaturals, and fans of the smart, underpowered survivor who wins in the face of cosmic might and mundane brawn.”
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: Food of the Gods is well-paced, with at times stomach-curdling tension. Its energetic prose leaps off the page.”

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* Klages, Ellen : Wicked Wonders
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-261-6, $15.95, 288pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017

Collection of 14 stories, first published from 2007 through 2014, with one story original to this book, and another story revised from first publications.
• Karen Joy Fowler provides an introduction.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The emotional impact of the stories is carefully managed in a way that’s meant to sweep readers up, not knock them down. The tie that binds these works together is humanity, lovingly and quietly explored no matter the genre.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “For decades, it seemed like Ray Bradbury was SF’s default poet of childhood, even though, with few exceptions (such as ‘‘All Summer in a Day’’), the girls in his evocative tales were notable mostly by their absence. I wonder if Ellen Klages is gradually assuming that mantle while redressing the imbalance.”

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* Kroese, Robert : The Last Iota
(St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne 978-1-250-08846-8, $26.99, 320pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250088475
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427286109
The Big Sheep #2

SF novel, first in a series following The Big Sheep (2016), set in a Disincorporated Zone of Los Angeles in 2039, about a private investigator and crimes linked to virtual currency called iotas.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The plot twists are both logical and surprising, with developments and motivations straight out of classic L.A. noir. Every part of the book simply works. The compelling story, memorable leads, and imaginative worldbuilding suggest the series has a long and promising future.”

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* Rustad, A. Merc : So You Want to Be a Robot
(Lethe 978-1-59021-641-5, $20, 234pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 6 May 2017

Collection of 21 stories, first published from 2013 to date, with two of the stories original to this book.
• Lethe’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Swaying freely between science fiction and fantasy, diverse in setting and tone, this debut collection by prolific short story author Rustad is creative, often whimsical, and deliciously inclusive.”

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* White, Corey J. : Killing Gravity
(Tor.com 978-0765396310, $14.99, 176pp, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765395085
The Voidwitch Saga #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a psychic voidwitch pursued by a bounty hunter and left trapped in a dying spaceship.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This novella feels like a blockbuster… It’s perfect for an airplane ride or an afternoon on a beach, and this world is ripe for multiple sequels.”
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “On the whole, Killing Gravity is a damn good read.”

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