New Books : 12 September 2017

* Abraham, Brad : Magicians Impossible
(St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne 978-1-250-08352-4, $27.99, 400pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250083531

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a man who discovers his late father was a secret agent in a society of magical spies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Abraham writes with a certain wistful charm…”

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* Anderson, M. T. : Landscape with Invisible Hand
(Candlewick Press 978-0-7636-8789-2, $16.99, 160pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780763697242

Young adult SF novel about the invasion of Earth by alien vuvv, who provide free advanced technology and cures for all illnesses, triggering a collapse of Earth’s economy.
• Candlewick’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Anderson takes issues of colonialism, ethnocentrism, inequality, and poverty and explodes them on a global, even galactic, scale. A remarkable exploration of economic and power structures in which virtually all of humanity winds up the losers.”

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* Cawdron, Peter : Retrograde
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/John Joseph Adams 978-1328834553, $24, 256pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781328834522

SF novel about what happens to an international Mars colony when disaster strikes Earth.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers craving scientific realism will appreciate the frequent narrative interruptions that provide details on what a Martian colony would actually need, including radiation protection and divisions of labor. This tense cat and mouse game plays off fears of self-aware computers to satisfying result.”

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* Ford, Jeffrey : The Twilight Pariah
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9734-8, $14.99, 176pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765397331

Short horror novel about three college friends who explore a vacant mansion and discover a skeleton of a horned child.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Endearing characters, elegant descriptions, and imaginative monsters make this a breezy beach read for horror fans.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “There is, in short, a good deal more plot in this novella than the initial haunted house premise seems to suggest, and while Ford ramps up to a satisfying pyrotechnic finale, what finally distinguishes the story is its understated but convincing portrayal of friendship…”

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* Gailey, Sarah : Taste of Marrow
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9525-2, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9524-5
River of Teeth #2

Alternate history novel, second in a series following River of Teeth (May 2017), about hippopotamuses imported to Louisiana in the late 19th century.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While there are no new revelations about our heroes, Gailey deepens the existing characterizations and relationships that were a highlight of her previous work.”

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* Gibson, William : Archangel
(IDW Publishing 978-1-63140-875-5, $24.99, 144pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017

Graphic novel about political leaders in 2016 and a machine called the Splitter, which will manufacture a new reality.
• Amazon and the publisher’s page also credit co-author Michael St. John Smith and illustrators Butch Guice, Alejandro Barrionuevo, and Wagner Reis.

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* Gladstone, Max : The Ruin of Angels
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9589-4, $24.99, 576pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765395887
Craft Sequence #6

Fantasy novel, sixth in a series following Three Parts Dead (2012), Two Serpents Rise (2013), Full Fathom Five (2014), Last First Snow (2015), and Four Roads Cross (2106), about a magical Craftswoman in the city of Alt Coulumb.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this, as it did for all five earlier books, a starred review: “Gladstone packs a lot into his tale (including a brilliant sequence in which Kai encounters another trans person who lacked Kai’s access to divine resources), and longtime readers may find some of his choices surprising. The intriguing future story lines opened up by some of these new concepts help make the world feel even more vivid and real than it did before.”

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* Hutchinson, Dave : Acadie
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9826-0, $10.99, 112pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9825-3

SF novella about humans from Earth bent on the destruction of genetically enhanced colonists who settled on a new planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “With a light touch on the science and society, Hutchinson creates a world that is not terribly far from our own, with the benefits and drawbacks of genome sequencing affecting perception and reality.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the Septembere issue of Locus Magazine: “Those familiar with Hutchinson’s dense, dark, award-winning Fractured Europe trilogy may at first be taken aback at the hilarious opening, but by the end it’s pretty clear that he’s thought through the deeper implications of his tale as well, while celebrating both the themes and forms of the classic SF novella.”

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* King, Maggie Shen : An Excess Male
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-266255-2, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062662576

Dystopian SF novel, the author’s first novel, about 40 million males in near-future China who, as a result of the One Child Policy and the preference for sons, now can’t find wives.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “thoughtful, heartbreaking,” and concludes, “King expertly explores the myriad routes to family, hope, and love in a repressive country.”
• Rachel Swirsky reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “I was impressed by this book’s unusual engagement with complex political issues, its complex characters, and its largely elegant plot development.”

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* Kristoff, Jay : Godsgrave
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-07303-7, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466885042
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427290243
Nevernight #2

Epic fantasy novel, ssecond in a series following Nevernight (2016), set in a land where three suns almost never set.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Through tragedy, betrayal, and victory, this glorious adventure thrills and satisfies with cold violence, terrifying monsters, roaring crowds, and bloody honor.”

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* Mann, George : Wychwood
(Titan 978-1783294091, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017

Fantasy novel about a woman who investigates a series of ritual murders in the forest near her mother’s home.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Meadows, Jodi : Before She Ignites
(HarperCollins/Tegen Books 978-0-06-246940-3, $17.99, 496pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062469427
Fallen Isles #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first in a trilogy, about a young woman who is betrayed and sent to prison, where she strives to defend the dragons she loves.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Meadows leaves room to flesh out Mira’s island world in future books while exploring issues of inclusivity and discrimination.”

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* Porter, Sarah : When I Cast Your Shadow
(Tor Teen 978-0765380562, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765397560

Young adult fantasy novel about a teenage girl who calls her brother back from the dead.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Sloan, Robin : Sourdough
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux/MCD 978-0-374-20310-8, $26, 272pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374716431
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427289278

SF novel about a San Francisco software engineer who gets involved with Bay Area food culture when she acquires a a sourdough starter for making bread.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Through narrative and email correspondence, Sloan captures contemporary work environments, current reality, and future trends.”

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Infinity Wars
(Solaris 978-1781084915, $14.99, 356pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781786180858

Anthology of 15 original stories.
• Authors include Nancy Kress, Peter Watts, Carrie Vaughn, Rich Larson, and Indrapramit Das.
• Rebellion’s site has this description.
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