New Books : 8 August 2017

* Avdic, Asa : The Dying Game
(Penguin 978-0-14-313179-3, $16, 288pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781524705640
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780525493150

Alternate history SF novel, the author’s first novel, set in a 2037 in which the Soviet Union never fell, about a bureaucrat who is assigned to stage her own death in order to see how six competitors react.
• The book was first published in Sweden in 2016 and is translated here by Rachel Willson-Broyles.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Avdic not only constructs a fascinating and original plot but makes her imagined reality chillingly plausible.”

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* Blue, Elly : Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures
(Microcosm/Blue 978-1-62106-206-6, $9.95, 128pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017

Anthology of feminist SF stories about bicycling, fourth in a series of such anthologies.
• Microcosm’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The final book and television reviews feel superfluous, but otherwise this is a deeply moving and powerful anthology.”

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* Brown, Eric : Binary System
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781085516, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017

SF novel about the survivor of a starship crash stranded on a world of hostile aliens.
• The book was first published as two e-books, in Sept. 2016 and July 2017.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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* Chance, Karen : Ride the Storm
(Berkley 978-1-101-98998-2, $7.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101989999
Cassie Palmer #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in a series that began with Touch the Dark (2006), about clairvoyant Cassandra Palmer.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “It’s all a bit exhausting to keep up with, but Chance’s imagination knows no bounds, and fans will find a lot to love in her blend of epic action with private drama.”

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* Leicht, Stina : Blackthorne
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-2780-7, $32.99, 720pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481427821
The Malorum Gates #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Cold Iron (2015), about two fraternal twins fighting military invaders.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Leicht mostly focuses on the male characters, but she populates her story with plenty of swashbuckling, swaggering women who defy stereotypes and more than carry their weight among the men…”

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* Lostetter, Marina J. : Noumenon
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-249784-0, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062497857

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a centuries-long space voyage by nine ships carrying generations of clones to a mysterious star that may be manufactured.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, calling it “amibitious and stunning”; the review concludes, “Lostetter handles a complex and fractured narrative masterfully, never allowing her novel to become confusing or unconvincing. There are no easy answers to the book’s questions, but the lingering sense of wonder and discovery thoroughly justifies its title.”

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* Martin, George R. R., Ben Avery & Mike S. Miller : The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel
(Penguin Random House/Bantam 978-0345549396, $26, 160pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017

Graphic novel adaptation of Martin’s novella “The Mystery Knight” (first published in Dozois & Martin’s 2010 anthology Warriors). The adaptation is by Ben Avery, the art by Mike Miller.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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