New Books : 2 August 2017

* Correia, Larry : Monster Hunter Siege
(Baen 978-1-4814-8255-4, $25, 384pp, hardcover, August 2017, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-601-1
Monster Hunter #6

Humorous fantasy novel, sixth in a series following Monster Hunter International (2007), Monster Hunter Vendetta (2010), Monster Hunter Alpha (2011), Monster Hunter Legion (2012), and Monster Hunter Nemesis (2014), about a man recruited by a covert organization dedicated to eradicating monsters.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Correia’s latest slugfest between men and demons covers all the bases: heavy-duty weaponry, slick military banter, humor, tough evil dudes, and a strong-jawed hero who’s ready to save the world.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Escalada, V. M. : Halls of Law
(DAW 978-0-7564-0933-3, $26, 496pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756413347
Faraman Prophecy #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about the invasion of a military empire where lawgivers have magical talents.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Hodgell, P. C. : The Gates of Tagmeth
(Baen 978-1-4814-8254-7, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, August 2017, cover art Eric Williams)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-602-8
Kencyrath #8

Fantasy novel, eighth in the “Kencyrath” series (or the “God Stalker Chronicles”) following God Stalk (1982), Dark of the Moon (1985), Seeker’s Mask (1994), To Ride a Rathorn (2006), Bound in Blood (2010), Honor’s Paradox (2011), and Sea of Time (2014).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Merbeth, K. S. : Raid
(Orbit 978-0-316-30873-1, $9.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316308724
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478916161
Wastelanders #2

Postapocalyptic SF novel, second in a series following Bite (2016), about a band of raiders in a lawless world.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a sequel replete with abundant meaningless violence, amorality, and bold personalities…”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Nassise, Joseph, ed. : Urban Enemies
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1501155086, $16, 448pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501155093

Anthology 17 original stories featuring the villains from their authors various urban fantasy series.
• Authors include Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong, and Kevin Hearne.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The collection feels balanced and entertaining and is a solid companion to Nassise’s Urban Allies.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Noon, Jeff : A Man of Shadows
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-670-3, $14.99, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666710
UK edition: 9780857666697 (Thu 3 Aug 2017)
Nyquist Mystery #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel in 15 years, about a private eye on a world divided into Dayzone and Nocturna.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a kaleidoscopic noir novel of dizzying dream logic.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Palmatier, Joshua : Reaping the Aurora
(DAW 978-0-7564-1328-6, $26, 464pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756413309
Ley #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Shattering the Ley (2014) and Threading the Needle (2016), about the magical city of Erenthrall, hub of a ley line system that links it to the rest of the world.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Palmatier juggles a large cast and myriad plot threads as he brings this postapocalyptic fantasy saga to a close; naturally, the stakes are immense, the body count considerable, and the action intense.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Percy, Benjamin : The Dark Net
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 978-0-544-75033-3, $26, 272pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780544750579

Fantasy technothriller about an ancient darkness that invades the criminal regions of the internet.
• Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…fans of cyberpunk and occult-flavored fiction may enjoy this outlandish nonreligious fable of good and evil.”
• John Langan reviewed it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “The result is a tense story of the most ancient of evils trying to exploit the most current of technologies, and the white-knuckle race to stop them.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Pulley, Natasha : The Bedlam Stacks
(Bloomsbury 978-1-62040-967-1, $26, 352pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781620409688

Historical fantasy novel set in 1859 about a former smuggler recruited for a mission to find quinine in a magical Peru.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with a video trailer.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Pulley makes the fantastic feel plausible and burnishes her reputation as a gifted storyteller.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Reid, Rob : After On
(Del Rey 978-1-5247-9805-5, $28, 576pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781524798062
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780525529125

Near future technothriller about the emergence of artificial intelligence in a Silicon Valley app called Phluttr.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Reid’s pop-culture references are spot-on, and his pacing is fast and funny, but the narrative is saturated with racism and sexism (presumably meant to be edgy and ironic but never actually funny or incisive), and political correctness is a punchline.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Ridler, Jason : Hex-Rated
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-903-0, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
The Brimstone Files #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series, described as “a salacious throwback to the detective pulps of the 70s.”
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The novel’s wild mix of comedy and supernatural perils bodes well for its detective’s future adventures.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Schafer, William, ed. : The Best of Subterranean
(Subterranean Press 978-1596068377, $45, 752pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017

Anthology of 30 stories first published in Subterranean magazine from 2005 to 2014.
• Authors include Ted Chiang, George R.R. Martin, Kelley Armstrong, Karen Joy Fowler, Joe Hill, and Harlan Ellison.
• Subterranean’s site has this description with the table of contents.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Spencer, William Browning : The Unorthodox Doctor Draper and Other Stories
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-831-5, $40, 288pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017

Collection of nine stories and one poem.
• Subterranean’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Spencer’s tales twist the mundane into something altogether eerie, and relatable characters and a firm grasp of the uncanny elevate this highly entertaining collection.”
• Paul Di Filippo just reviewed it for Locus Online: “Spencer’s deadpan, droll, caustic introduction sets the tone for the rest of the book. Despite the variegated bizarro (yet utterly empathizable) characters and exotic settings of these stories, they share similar themes: betrayal of friends, family, self; the death of dreams and ambitions; heartbreak; the futility of artistic striving with its inherent material limits.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Straub, Peter : The Process (Is a Process All Its Own)
(Subterranean Press 978-1596068353, $40, 96pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017

Fantasy novella about Tillman Hayward, a serial killer who appeared in earlier Straub works The Skylark and A Special Place (both 2010).
• Subterranean’s site has this description with an excerpt.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* Tomlinson, Patrick S. : Children of the Divide
(Angry Robot 978-0857666826, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666833
UK edition: 9780857666819 (Thu 3 Aug 2017)
Children of a Dead Earth #3

SF novel, third in a series following The Ark (2015) and Trident’s Forge (2016), about a generation starship that has reached Tau Ceti G.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|

* White, Steve : Gods of Dawn
(Baen 978-1-4814-8257-8, $16, 224pp, trade paperback, August 2017, cover art Don Maitz)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-604-2
Jason Thanou #6

SF novel, sixth in a series following Blood of the Heroes (2006), Sunset of the Gods (Jan. 2013), Pirates of the Timestream (Aug. 2013), Ghosts of Time (2014), and Soldiers Out of Time (2015), about a time traveler to ancient Greece where the Greek gods are real.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “It’s a strong story, though there’s an episodic feel as the protagonists move incrementally toward a distant final showdown with their enemies.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

|