New Books : 22 August 2017

+ Baxter, Stephen : The Massacre of Mankind
(Crown 978-1-5247-6012-0, $27, 496pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781524760144
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780525496458

First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz, January 2017)

SF novel, an authorized sequel to H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, set 14 years after the invasion in that book.
• The UK edition appeared in January.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Once readers let go of any hope of a pastiche of Wells’s style, they’ll appreciate this capacious reworking of his themes.”
• Paul Di Filippo will review the book for Locus Online later this month.

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* Beagle, Peter S., & Jacob Weisman, eds. : The New Voices of Fantasy
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-257-9, $16.95, 325pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61696-258-6

Anthology of 19 stories, first published since 2011, with one story, by Eugene Fischer, original to this book.
• Other authors include Alyssa Wong, Sofia Samatar, Amal El-Mohtar, E. Lily Yu, Hannu Rajamiemi, and Usman T. Malik.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This excellent anthology showcases up-and-coming speculative fiction writers, many of whom have received award nominations and critical attention to support their status as future influencers of the genre.”

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* Ellsworth, Spencer : A Red Peace
(Tor.Com 978-0765395733, $16.99, 208pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765395726
Starfire #1

Space opera novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, set in the aftermath of a revolution against the interstellar Second Empire.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This first volume primarily sets up the narrative that is to come, and leaves too many threads dangling for the conclusion to be satisfying.”

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* Fletcher, Michael R. : Swarm and Steel
(Talos 978-1-940456-89-8, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Manifest Delusions #3

Epic fantasy novel, third in a series following Beyond Redemption (2015) and The Mirror’s Truth (2016), about a woman teams up with a warrior to escape the deranged religion created by her own mind.
• Talos’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “a tour de force of dark fantasy shot through with wonder and black humor.”

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* Hemstreet, Patrick : The God Peak
(Voyager 978-0-06-241956-9, $26.99, 384pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062419583
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062675019
The God Wave Trilogy #2

SF novel, second in a trilogy following The God Wave (2016), about a neuroscientist who has discovered how to access the dormant power of 90% of our brains.
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “This fast-paced, thought-provoking technothriller maintains a level of plausibility even as the author bumps up the supernatural power levels considerably.”

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* Islington, James : An Echo of Things to Come
(Orbit 978-0-316-27411-1, $26, 752pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316274128
Licanius Trilogy #2

Epic fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Shadow of What Was Lost (2016).
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Islington’s magic-soaked setting has plenty of opportunities for conflict between competing powers even as earth-shattering evil approaches. Epic fantasy fans will enjoy this dense, suspenseful adventure.”

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* Keene, Brian, & Steven Shrewsbury : Throne of the Bastards
(Apex Publications 978-1-937009-60-1ca, $14.95, 196pp, trade paperback, August 2017, cover art Daniel Kamarudin)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Bastards #2

Sword and sorcery novel, sequel to King of the Bastards (2015).
• Apex’s site has this description.

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* Poore, Michael : Reincarnation Blues
(Del Rey 978-0-399-17848-1, $27, 384pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399178498
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780525494508

Fantasy novel about a man who has 10,000 chances to relive his life in order to earn a place in the cosmic soul.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Poole aims to amuse more than to philosophize, but his ideas about human nature and the randomness of life make this more than a time-jumping farce.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “There are times when the novel threatens to founder under the weight of its own whimsical wisdom, but there’s much wisdom which is genuine as well, and the overall effect is a rich tapestry of posthumous fantasy leavened with a fair amount of reasonably well-thought-out SF, and a supernatural love story which in the end seems utterly genuine.”

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