New Books : 19 September 2017

* Canavan, Trudi : Successor’s Promise
(Orbit 978-0316209281, $27, 576pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316324960
UK edition: 978-0356501161 (Thu 21 Sep 2017)
Millennium’s Rule #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Thief’s Magic (2014) and Angel of Storms (2015), about a sentient book in a world where magic powers an industrial revolution.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Cashore, Kristin : Jane, Unlimited
(Kathy Dawson Books 978-0-8037-4149-2, $18.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698158894
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780525493365

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl who accepts an invitation to a friend’s family gala on is their island mansion Tu Reviens.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that “The story then restarts five times in five genres—spy thriller, horror, science fiction, mystery, fantasy—sometimes repeating information verbatim from a previous section.” The review concludes, “An ambitious departure for Cashore that will reward (and perhaps demand) many re-readings.”

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* Johnson, Kij : The River Bank
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-130-2, $24, 224pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731319

Children’s fantasy novel, a sequel to Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Wlllows, about the adventures of Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with the table of contents and quotes from numerous reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is a sequel that will hit the spot for Grahame fans, but isn’t afraid to build on his characters and fill in some gaps for a modern readership.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “The delicate balance of challenging the assumptions of a beloved classic while retaining the oracular charm of that classic seems almost effortless in Johnson’s hands, but it’s more of an achievement than it might at first seem.”

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* Jones, Kelly : Murder, Magic, and What We Wore
(Knopf 978-0553535204, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553535228

Young adult fantasy novel about a 16-year-old girl in 1818 London who becomes a spy with her magical ability to sew glamours.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Mead, Syd : The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist
(Titan 978-1785651182, $49.95, 256pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

Nonfiction collection of concept art for films including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Tron, and Aliens.
• Titan’s site has this description

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* Morris, Mark, ed. : New Fears
(Titan 978-1785655524, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

Anthology of 19 original horror stories.
• Authors include Alison Littlewood, Angela Slatter, Ramsey Campbell, Nina Allan, Sarah Lotz, and Stephen Laws.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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+ Ness, Patrick : Release
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-240319-3, $17.99, 288pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062403216
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062795267

Young adult novel about a gay teenager’s coming of age, with a supernatural element about a ghost.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description, which acknowledges the author’s debut to Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, with a sample.
• The UK edition from Walker Books was published May 4, 2017.
The Guardian ran this review by Imogen Russell Williams in May: “Ness’s great achievement in Release is to acknowledge the weight, worth and agony of first love, and to show the richer blooming of a second, still prone to pain and error, irrevocably shaped by earlier experience, but knowing and expecting more, now, from both parties. It’s a book that will speak, with passionate warmth, to anyone who has ever been made to feel ‘less than’.”

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* Newitz, Annalee : Autonomous
(Tor 978-0-7653-9207-7, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765392091
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427290731

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a military agent and his bot partner Paladin on the trail of a drug hack that has left people addicted to their work.
• Macmillan’s site has this description, with blurbs from Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In a phenomenal debut that’s sure to garner significant awards attention, Newitz, cofounder of io9, sends three fascinating characters on an action-packed race against time through a strange yet familiar futuristic landscape.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “Paladin is by far the most interesting character in the book, and while his/her grappling with the notion of being human is far from new in SF, Newitz’s sophisticated understanding of current AI research and of the social construction of gender make a good case for rethinking the fictional uses of bots, and make Autonomous one of the most accomplished debut novels of the year.”

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* Older, Malka : Null States
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9338-8, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765393371
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427290717
The Centenal Cycle #2

Near-future SF novel, second in a series following the author’s first novel Infomocracy (2016), about threats to the global micro-democracy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There are great character moments, including Information employee Roz’s slow-building romance with a local sheik, and teammate Minzhe dealing with potential conflicts of interest due to his mother’s presence in a local government; those will please returning fans.”

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* Sakuraba, Kazuki : A Small Charred Face
(Haikasoru 978-1-4215-9541-2, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017

Fantasy novel about a boy saved from death by a member of secretive race of vampires called “bamboo.”
• Haikasoru’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was first published in Japan in 2014. The translation here is by Jocelyne Allen.

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* Shatner, William, & Jeff Rovin : Zero-G: Green Space
(Simon & Schuster 978-1-5011-1158-7, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501111600
Samuel Lord #2

SF novel, second in a series following Zero-G (2016), about threats to the space station Empyrean in 2050.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shatner and Rovin’s fictional science is detailed, lending it an air of reality, and their characters’ awe at their surroundings and philosophic musings give them depth. Action, science, and politics mix in this enjoyable second outing.”

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* Stasi, Linda : Book of Judas
(Tor/Forge 978-0-7653-7875-0, $25.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466863361
Alessandra Russo #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Sixth Station (2013), a religious thriller about the discovery and disappearance of a gospel that declares Judas the beloved, not betrayer, of Jesus.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The plot follows predictable lines, but fans of Indiana Jones–style adventure should be satisfied.”

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