AUGUST 6-19, 2014: Another two-weeks-worth of roundup here, with new books from Murakami, Joyce, and Hobb, backlist Sedia, Shirley, and Gannon, and highly notable epic fantasy audio from the completely unexpected to the completely unprecedented. Yup. And there’s a long list of “also out this week” titles of note including (at least) Sean Platt and David Wright’s Yesterday’s Gone from Podium Publishing, Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett’s Point of Dreams, J.G. Ballard’s The Drought, The Atrocity Exhibition, and The Crystal World, R.A. MacAvoy’s Death and Resurrection, Sarah Creech’s Season of the Dragonflies, AG Riddle’s The Atlantis World, Michael Mather’s The Dystopia Chronicles, Richard Phillips’ Once Dead, Drew Karpyshyn’s The Scorched Earth, Charles Beaumont’s horror collection The Hunger and Other Stories, Bernard Malamud’s God’s Grace, and Brazilian author Cristovao Tezza’s 1998 Machado de Assis Award winning Brief Space Between Color and Shade in English for the first time. The “seen but not heard” listings aren’t short on books to check out, either, including Brent Hayward’s Head Full of Mountains, Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s Scale-Bright, Patrick Swenson’s Ultra Thin Man, Nick Cole’s Soda Pop Soldier, John Hornor Jacobs’ The Incorruptibles, Ben Peek’s The Godless, and Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine. Lastly, some casting news to pass along: Brad Torgersen announced that George Newbern (fantastic on Tad Williams’ Bobby Dollar audiobooks) will narrate his debut novel The Chaplain’s War for Audible. Whew! Next week — er, tomorrow — is set to be a big one, and the September 2 crop is another epic haul, so: Happy listening!
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