New Books : 26 September 2017

+ Delaney, Joseph : The Dark Assassin
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0062334596, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062334619
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062688279
Starblade Chronicles #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following A New Darkness (2014) and The Dark Army (2016), about a 17-year-old spook and his female apprentice battling evil warriors.
• The UK edition was published January 5, 2017.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* Doyle, Tom : War and Craft
(Tor 978-0-7653-3753-5, 352pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466834590
American Crafts #3

Military fantasy novel, third in a series following American Craftsman (2014) and The Left-Hand Way (2015), about modern soldiers who use magic.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The volume hits many of the right notes for a satisfying conclusion, but it feels too muddied and rushed. Despite an uneven performance across this series, Doyle remains an author to watch.”

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* Graudin, Ryan : Invictus
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-50307-5, $18.99, 464pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316503136
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478977087

Young adult SF novel about the son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and an ancient Roman gladiator.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Romantic entanglements add tension and drama while Graudin’s intricate worldbuilding brings the distant past and far future to vivid life. Readers who like their science fiction shot through with humor will be enthralled.”

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* Kaster, Allan, ed. : The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories
(CreateSpace 978-1976168987, $15.99, 222pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 6 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B075MGLBL1
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1884612688

Anthology of 11 stories first published in 2016.
• Authors include Ken Liu, Gregory Benford, Alastair Reynolds, Paul McAuley, and Ian R. MacLeod.
• The AudioText site has this description of the audiobook contents.

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* King, Stephen, & Owen King : Sleeping Beauties
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-5011-6340-1, $32.5, 720pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501163425
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781508238133

Father/son collaborative horror novel set in a small town where the women fall asleep and become shrouded cocoons, leaving the men on their own.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The authors’ writing is seamless and naturally flowing. The book gets off to a slow start because of the amount of setup needed, but once the action begins, it barrels along like a freight train.”

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* Leckie, Ann : Provenance
(Orbit 978-0-316-38867-2, $26, 448pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316388634
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478923176
UK edition: 0356506951 (Thu 28 Sep 2017)

Standalone SF novel, set in the universe of the author’s Imperial Radch trilogy, about a woman driven to restore her own and her planet’s status.
• Hachette’s site has this description; Orbit’s site has an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though full of the charm and wit characterizing Leckie’s other works, including delightful appearances by a Radch ambassador and tantalizing hints about the upcoming conclave, this novel nevertheless doesn’t quite have the depth and richness Leckie fans might expect. It’s primarily an optimistic coming-of-age story…”

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* MacLeod, Ken : The Corporation Wars: Emergence
(Orbit Us 978-0316363747, $9.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316363723
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478913733
UK edition: 978-0356505046 (Thu 28 Sep 2017)
The Corporation Wars #3

SF novel, third in a trilogy following The Corporation Wars: Dissidence (May 2016) and The Corporation Wars: Insurgence (Dec. 2016), about a reincarnated soldier and mining robot that has gained sentience fighting in a far-future A.I. war.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed both novels last year for Locus Online: “The overarching designation of the series—’The Corporation Wars’—has an echt-cyberpunk air about it. But the series, while dealing with some of the core tropes of that sub-genre, is really more New Space Opera with a Greg Egan-ish overlay of metaphysics.”

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* Sawyer, Jamie : The Eternity War: Pariah
(Orbit Us 978-0316433228, $9.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316433204
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478923091
The Eternity War #1

SF novel, first in a series set in the same universe as his Lazarus War trilogy, about elite soldiers who protect mankind from the alien Krell Empire and the machine race known as the Shard.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Walker, Sage : The Man in the Tree
(Tor 978-0-7653-7992-4, $26.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466871090

SF novel, the author’s second novel 21 years after Locus Award winning first novel Whiteout, about a security officer aboard a “seed ship” about to launch into space.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from James S.A. Corey, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and others.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Walker demonstrates new ways of thinking about futuristic social systems that are optimistic rather than dystopic. Fans of hard science fiction and philosophical mystery will enjoy this hopeful view of humankind’s future.”

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* Wilde, Fran : Horizon
(Tor 978-0-7653-7787-6, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765377890
Bone Universe #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Updraft (2015) and Cloudbound (2016), set in a city of living bone.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…fans of the series will be satisfied by its conclusion.”

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