November 2014 Whispersync Roundup: Octavia Butler’s Dawn, Peter David’s Artful, Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan, and more

Now that we’re about halfway through November, it’s past time to round up this month’s Whispersync (and other) deals. First up, the usual gold source for new Whispersync deals, the Kindle monthly deals. 12 books to send up this time:

Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1 | Octavia E. Butler Artful: A Novel | Peter David Fiend: A Novel | Peter Stenson

Dawn (The Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 1) By Octavia E. Butler, Narrated By Aldrich Barrett for Audible for $1.99+$3.49 – “In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is “awakened”, she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever. Bonded to the aliens in ways no human has ever known, Lilith tries to fight them even as her own species comes to fear and loathe her. A stunning story of invasion and alien contact by one of science fiction’s finest writers.” Continue reading

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Release Week: Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire, Steven Erikson’s Willful Child, Daryl Gregory’s Pandemonium, and Tad Williams’ Otherland

OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 4, 2014: Breathtakingly imaginative epic fantasy, sarcastic star-crossing science fiction, a demon possession pandemic, and multiverse-spanning virtual realities make for a fantastic release week of concurrent and backlist new audiobooks this week to start November. It’s a packed week as well, with several very good titles also out this week including Stephen Baxter’s Proxima, Jack McDevitt’s Coming Home, Kim Newman’s An English Ghost Story, Lydia Millet’s Mermaids in Paradise, Ryan Graudin’s The Walled City, Jamie Metzl’s Genesis Code, Paul Dale’s The Dark Lord’s Handbook, Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis’s The Map to Everywhere, and two David Drake “Hammer’s Slammers” novels read by Jay Snyder. And, outside of speculative fiction, Richard Ford returns to his Frank Bascombe stories with Let Me Be Frank With You, and a pair of non-fiction titles catch my eye/ear as well: Bill Nye’s Undeniable and Martin Short’s I Must Say, both read by the author. It’s also a week with some intriguing books in the “seen but not heard” listings, including David James Keaton’s The Last Projector, Chaz Brenchley’s collection Bitter Waters, Fred Venturini’s The Heart Does Not Grow Back, Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s anthology Shattered Shields, and a new Wild Cards mosaic novel, Lowball. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga | [Kameron Hurley] Willful Child by Steven Erikson Continue reading

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Release Week: Gibson, Faber, Rothfuss, Martin, Rice, Shiner, and! Mieville

OCTOBER 22-28, 2014: What was already an absolutely packed release week for concurrent new releases (Gibson, Faber, Rothfuss, Martin, Rice) and already with one back-list gem (Lewis Shiner’s Frontera) includes the magnificent surprise of China Mieville’s The Scar and Iron Council finally coming to US audio. It’s been over a year and a half since I last fully turned my attention to the digital regional divide and these are two right from the top of the overseas wishlist, though in the meantime, several more have gone onto the list, from Lavie Tidhar’s just-released (in the UK only) A Man Lies Dreaming to The Islands of Chaldea by the late Diana Wynne Jones. The digital divide giveth, and the digital divide taketh away. It happens. Also out this week: A new Doctor Who short story by Holly Black, W. Bruce Cameron’s The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, Sheckley’s The Game of X read by Oliver Wyman, Weis and Krammes’ The Seventh Sigil, Jason Stoddard’s Winning Mars, and an I’m-not-sure-is-it-imaginative-or-just-weird full cast Cold War-set adaptation of The Island of Doctor Moreau. There’s also plenty of fiction (David Nicholls’s Us, Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, Molly Gloss’s Falling from Horses), thrillers (John Connolly’s The Wolf in Winter, Clive and Dirk Cussler’s Havana Storm), and non-fiction (Peter Ackroyd’s Charlie Chaplain, read by Ralph Lister, and Herbie Hancock reading his own Herbie Hancock) to tempt your earbuds. In “seen but not heard” listenings do check out Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming among others, including The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes and We Will All Go Down Together by Gemma Files. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

The Peripheral | [William Gibson] The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

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Audible’s “Thrills and Chills” sale through October 31

Just in time for Halloween, Audible is having a Thrills and Chills sale, with a goodly pile of audiobooks on sale for $6.95 through October 31. (Meanwhile, today’s Daily Deal is The Amityville Horror for $2.95, so there’s that, too.)

Here’s what most caught my eye in a scan through of the 158 titles:

The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I | [Stephen King] Horns: A Novel | [Joe Hill]

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Release Week: Manly Wade Wellman’s The Old Gods Waken, Eric Flint’s Islands, Peter F. Hamilton’s The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Daniel Abraham’s A Shadow in Summer, Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, and Tim Robbins reads Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

OCTOBER 15-21, 2014: Appalachian folk magic from the legendary Manly Wade Wellman, a full cast radioplay adaptation of an Eric Flint novella, new space sf, backlist epic fantasy from Daniel Abraham, Pynchon’s postmodern epic Gravity’s Rainbow, and Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian tale Fahrenheit 451 under the voice of Tim Robbins headline this week’s releases which also include: Ytasha Womack’s Rayla 2212, Chuck Palahniuk’s Beautiful You, Eliza Granville’s debut novel Gretel and the Dark read by Stefan Rudnicki and Cassandra Campbell, Pierre Grimbert’s third Secret of Ji novel, David Drake’s “Reaches” series, Frank Herbert’s Destination: Void, Sean Platt’s The Beam, Tonia Brown’s Devouring Milo, and! Certainty by Victor Levine, a debut novel from a narrator very near and dear to AudioBookaneers ears. In terms of other audiobook news, I was very happy to see some pre-order listings show up for the end of October: Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire and the first two books of Tad Williams’ Otherland series. Meanwhile, next week will bring highly-anticipated audiobooks including William Gibon’s The Peripheral, Patrick Rothfuss’ The Slow Regard of Silent Things, George R.R. Martin’s The World of Ice and Fire, Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, and Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

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Release Week: The Doubt Factory, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, The Lottery and Other Stories, and As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

OCTOBER 8-14, 2014:  October continues to be a month of bountiful harvests in terms of audiobooks, as my first pass for picks came up with 16 titles to strongly consider. So! After the four picks, do check out the “also out this week” (and perhaps even the “also also out this week”) listings. The “seen but not heard” titles include Julia Elliott’s The Wilds, Blake Butler’s 300,000,000, Beth Bernobich’s The Time Roads, and Kerry Howley’s Thrown, so there’s certainly plenty to read if your ears get tired. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

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Release Week: Ancillary Sword, Boy’s Life, The Maze of Games, The Chaplain’s War, The Lesser Dead, and Gillian Anderson’s A Vision of Fire

OCTOBER 1-7, 2014: In six picks from an absolutely packed week, we get a sequel to a many-multiple award-winning sf novel, a fantastical puzzle book, author-read audiobooks from World Fantasy Award-nominated author Christopher Buehlman and X-Files star Gillian Anderson, a highly-anticipated military sf debut built from the pages of Analog, and Robert McCammon’s classic Boy’s Life. We also get: new genre novels from John Twelve Hawks, Tina Connolly, Steven Brust, Richard Morgan, Anton Strout, Gwenda Bond, and David Weber and Timohy Zahn; a just-delayed audiobook for S.E. Grove’s The Glass Sentence; the second of the JJA/Howey “Apocalypse Triptych” anthologies; fiction (Marilynne Robinson‘s Lila and Liz Rosenberg’s The Moonlight Palace); and Alan Cumming’s memoir Not My Father’s Son. (And still more, October really is going to be a huge month.) While the audiobooks we did get make for quite a long list to look through for a next listen, the “seen but not heard” crop is also long and strong, including James Maxey’s Bad Wizard, Johanna Sinisalo’s The Blood of Angels, Rajan Khanna’s Falling Sky, Beth Revis’ The Body ElectricChristopher Fowler’s Nyctophobia, and a long list of fantastic anthologies including War StoriesNightmare CarnivalFearsome Magics, and the first Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Not much news to pass along this week, but! there is a free “Reckoners” audio short from author Brandon Sanderson and narrator Macleod Andrews: Mitosis. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Ancillary Sword | [Ann Leckie] Boy's Life | [Robert McCammon]

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Release Week: Tobias Buckell’s Hurricane Fever, Benjamin Parzybok’s Sherwood Nation, Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse, Howard Jacobson’s J, and David Cronenberg’s Consumed read by William Hurt

SEPTEMBER 24-30, 2014: I already knew this was going to be a big week, ahead of a huge October slate (previewed by Bookpage, io9, SFSignal, and BuzzFeed) and then several surprises made coming up with a manageable set of picks a nearly impossible task. Beyond the five audiobooks I do highlight this week, there’s plenty more to check out in the “also out” listings including Garth Stein’s A Sudden Light, Hilary Mantel’s The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Jason Mott’s The Wonder of All Things, Jonathan L. Howard’s latest “Brothers Cabal” book, a new full cast production of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, a Recorded Books collection of Asimov’s Robot Dreams, Rich Horton’s Superheroes anthology, and! Elizabeth May’s debut The Falconer comes to audio as well. I’m also updating the October Whispersync Deal Roundup with a big list of titles from SFSignal’s monthly ebook sales listings. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Hurricane Fever | [Tobias Buckell] Sherwood Nation | [Benjamin Parzybok]

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October Whispersync Deal Roundup: Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon, Tim Pratt’s Heirs of Grace, James Blaylock’s The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, and more (UPDATED!)

October is here, and so a new crop of monthly e-book deals are live. While quite a lot of the September roundup remains live as well (outside of the specifically monthly price drops) here’s what’s new:

NOTE: Updated on Tuesday Oct 7 with a pile of new listings! And again on Oct 15!

Kindred | [Octavia E. Butler] The Dark Is Rising: Book 2 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence | [Susan Cooper]

Octavia Butler’s Kindred ($2.09+$3.49) — Narrated by Kim Staunton for Recorded Books, this is one of the all-time-great novels of any genre in my opinion, and a fantastic audiobook: “The first science-fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of African-American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. Author Octavia E. Butler skilfully juxtaposes the serious issues of slavery, human rights, and racial prejudice with an exciting science-fiction, romance, and historical adventure. Kim Staunton’s narrative talent magically transforms the listener’s earphones into an audio time machine.” Continue reading

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Release Week: Wolf in White Van, Afterworlds, Rooms, Horrorstör, and Terry Pratchett’s A Slip of the Keyboard

SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2014: Whew! It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and this release week roundup is more than a week late. But! I can’t do my usual trick of combining two weeks into one roundup, because there’s just too many great titles coming out here as summer turns to fall. This week: a full review of John Darnielle’s affecting Wolf in White Van, along with picks from YA (Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds) and horror (Lauren Oliver’s adult debut Rooms and Grady Hendrix’s bizarre and aptly-published-by-Quirk-Books Horrorstör), and Terry Pratchett’s essay collection A Slip of the Keyboard. Also out this week: an omnibus edition of Ellen Kushner’s Riverside novels, Robin Cook’s groundbreaking medical thriller Coma, Benjamin Whitmer’s Cry Father, Will Wiles’ The Way Inn, a US release for Audible’s original dramatic production The Child, and a pair of shorts: Roberto Trotta’s The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know about the All-There-Is (read by Bronson Pinchot) and Robertson Dean’s narration of Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Meanwhile in podcast land, part two of the Baen audio drama “Islands” debuted on the Baen Free Radio Hour, and! episode one of Mur Lafferty’s Ghost Train to New Orleans, a free podcast of her second “Shambling Guides” novel, published by Hachette Audio in March. In “seen but not hear” a few which really catch my eye, including Jenna Black’s “Game of Thrones meets House of Cards” contemporary urban fantasy The Gifted Dead and Greer Gilman’s Small Beer Press-published Exit, Pursued By a Bear. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Wolf in White Van | [John Darnielle] Afterworlds | [Scott Westerfeld]

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