Release Week: David Niall Wilson’s Killer Green, Martha Wells’ Razor’s Edge, Hugh Howey’s Dust, and Tim Lebbon’s London Eye

SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2013: After two weeks of huge releases to end September, October tiptoes in with a quieter slate, though with a quite loud (to me) “missing in audio” title, Ann Leckie’s space opera Ancillary Justice. Still, some intriguing releases this week to check out, whether it’s unique noir/sf mashup, a new Star Wars tie-in, the conclusion of Hugh Howey’s Wool series, or Tim Lebbon’s take on a toxic, blasted London. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Killer Green by David Niall Wilson, narrated by Tom Pile for Crossroad Press, which has for years been doing its independent thing, publishing top-notch productions. Here:  “Quentin Tarantino meets Smokey & The Bandit in this noir, science-fiction thriller. Sometimes, people just need killing. When Sam West wanders into the Sunny-Side-Up Diner for the last time, hoping for a last slice of Mort’s world-class pie, and one last look at a waitress named Delilah, he has no idea he’s about to become the instrument of a great, kharmic cleansing. … Killer Green began life as a joking conversation on Twitter. It became a phenomenon – was written into a screenpaly – shared on the Internet, optioned by a production company, and continues it’s social media-born roll toward the Mexican border. It’s ecologically relevant. It’s good for the environment. It’s a novel you will not forget, that will leave you laughing and hold your attention to the last word.”

Killer Green | [David Niall Wilson] Razor's Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1 | [Martha Wells]

Out last Wednesday in audio was Razor’s Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1 by Martha Wells, Narrated By January LaVoy for Random House Audio. Wells, who followed her Ile-Rien series with the fantastic Books of the Raksura, and has already this year had another novel published, Emilie and the Hollow World, by Strange Chemistry, pens a story of Leia and a fragile Rebel Alliance taking place in between Episode IV (A New Hope) and Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back). “Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death – or embrace it – to keep the rebellion alive.”

Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3 By Hugh Howey, Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds for Howey’s Broad Reach Publishing. Howey blew into the publishing world by self-publishing Wool to stratospheric success, and now concludes his series by, of course, self-publishing a well-produced audiobook from a top flight narrator in Reynolds (Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations). “Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.”

Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3 | [Hugh Howey] London Eye: Toxic City, Book One | [Tim Lebbon]

Lastly, one of 2012’s Pyr Teen releases comes to audio: London Eye: Toxic City, Book One By Tim Lebbon, Narrated By Steven Kynman for Audible Inc. “Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers. The rest of Britain believes that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But Jack and his friends – some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday – know that the reality is very different. At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London – and it is incredible. Because the handful of London’s survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.”

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

The Hobbit: Jackanory | [J. R. R. Tolkein] Unbreakable: The Legion | [Kami Garcia] We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better | [Dave Eggers]

  • Teen: Unbreakable (The Legion) by Kami Garcia, read by Candice Accola (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Audio, Oct 1, 2013) — from the author of Beautiful Creatures, the first book in a new YA series: “I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me. When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, she doesn’t realize that paranormal forces are responsible – not until mysterious identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her room and destroy a deadly spirit sent to kill her. Kennedy learns that her mother’s death was no accident, and now she has to take her place in the Legion of the Black Dove – a secret society whose five members were all murdered on the same night, leaving the Legion in the hands of the next generation: a misfit group with unique skills.”
  • The Hobbit: Jackanory By J. R. R. Tolkein, Narrated By Bernard Cribbins for AudioGO — “The BBC TV soundtrack of the acclaimed Jackanory multi-voice reading of The Hobbit. Broadcast to mark the 3000th programme of the much-loved children’s series Jackanory, The Hobbit was transmitted over two weeks and 10 episodes in 1979.” Basically, a heavily abridged retelling of The Hobbit set to English horn music, well-produced and entertaining.
  • Mistress of the Catacombs: Lord of the Isles, Book 4, Goddess of the Ice Realm: Lord of the Isles, Book 5 and Master of the Cauldron: Lord of the Isles, Book 6 By David Drake, Narrated By Michael Page for Audible Frontiers — now the entire Lord of the Isles and The Crown of the Isles series are all in audio, read by the masterful Page.
  • Free Short: We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better By Dave Eggers, Narrated By Dion Graham for the New York Times. “A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, 30 feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all.A story from The New York Times Magazine, adapted from The Circle, a new novel by Dave Eggers.”

ALSO ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

The Outside | [Laura Bickle] The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield: Lost Stars, Book 2 | [Jack Campbell]

HARPER AUDIO: (Teen) Blackout By Robison Wells, Narrated By Ray Porter; (Fiction, 2006) Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories By Ben Fountain, Narrated By Christian Baskous; and (Fiction) The Tilted World: A Novel By Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly, Narrated By Brian D’Arcy James [which started its life as a zombie apocalypse short story, before being recast during the 1927 Mississippi floods, moonshine bootlegging and all]

HACHETTE AUDIO: Childless: A Novel By James Dobson, Kurt Bruner, Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark

RECORDED BOOKS: (Historical Fiction) The Spymistress By Jennifer Chiaverini, Narrated By Christina Moore

TANTOR AUDIO: The Death of the Necromancer: Ile-Rien Series, Book 2 By Martha Wells, Narrated By Derek Perkins

BOLINDA AUDIO: Chimaera: Well of Echoes, Book 4 By Ian Irvine, Narrated By Grant Cartwright; The First Bird, Episode 1 and The First Bird, Episode 3 By Greig Beck, Narrated By Sean Mangan; Endless: Violet Eden, Book 4 By Jessica Shirvington, Narrated By Rebecca Macauley; Justice: The Tainted Realm Trilogy, Book 3 By Ian Irvine, Narrated By Grant Cartwright; (Teen) Greylands By Isobelle Carmody, Narrated By Isobelle Carmody; and Combustion By Steve Worland, Narrated By Sean Mangan

RHEMALDA: Subliminal By Brian Blocker, Narrated By David Coatney

HARLEQUIN: Claimed by the Demon By Doranna Durgin, Narrated By Dina Pearlman; Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, Book 2) By Gena Showalter, Narrated By Natalie Gold; and Out of the Night By Trish Milburn, Narrated By Erin Bennett

BRILLIANCE AUDIO: (Fiction) The Night Guest By Fiona McFarlane, Narrated By Lisbeth Kennelly

AUDIBLE INC: The Outside (The Hallowed Ones, Book 2) By Laura Bickle, Narrated By Nora HunterThe Lady of Serpents and The Queen of Wolves By Douglas Clegg, Narrated By Napoleon Ryan; The Children’s Hour By Douglas Clegg, Narrated By Derek Shetterly; (Short) Flyers By Vonda N. McIntyre, Narrated By Maxwell Glick; (Short) That Thing at the Zoo: A Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter Prequel Novella By James R. Tuck, Narrated By Jim Beaver; (Non-Fiction) Atlantis and the Silver City By Peter Daughtrey, Narrated By William Neenan; and The General Zapped an Angel By Howard Fast, Narrated By Dena Pacitti

AUDIBLE FRONTIERS: The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield: Lost Stars, Book 2 By Jack Campbell, Narrated By Marc Vietor; Year of the Demon: The Fated Blades, Book 2 By Steve Bein, Narrated By Allison Hiroto; The Tilian Cure: Book Three of The Pandemic Sequence By Tom Calen, Narrated By Scott Aiello; Assault Troopers By Vaughn Heppner, Narrated By Christian Rummel; Bastion: Collegium Chronicles, Book 5 By Mercedes Lackey, Narrated By Nick Podehl; and The Godborn: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book II By Paul S. Kemp, Narrated By John Pruden

INDIE: The Calling By Jacqueline Druga, Narrated By Gene Blake; The Warrior & The Flower: 3 Kingdoms, Book 1 By Camille Picott, Narrated By Al Kessel; and As the World Dies: Untold Tales, Volume 3 By Rhiannon Frater, Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

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  • On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon’s Children) by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz UK, Sep 26, 2013)
  • Jupiter War by Neal Asher (Tor UK, Sep 26, 2013)
  • Shadows by Robin McKinley (Nancy Paulsen Books, Sep 26) — “A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titles Beauty, Chalice, Spindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine. Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around?”
  • Datura by Leena Krohn, translated from the Finnish by J. Robert Tupasela and Anna Volmari (Cheeky Frawg, Sep 26, 2013) — from the award-winning author of Tainaron  — PW starred review: “Shadows of Kafka and Strindberg are infused with Krohn’s love of her fragile characters…Aficionados of the surreal will find this a contemporary masterwork.”
  • Elementari Rising (The Elementari) by Nancy Hightower (Pink Narcissus Press, Sep 27, 2013)
  • The Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean Press, Sep 30) — “Short fantasy novel, prequel to Bone and Jewel Creatures (2010).” (via Locus Online)
  • Collection: Jewels in the Dust by Peter Crowther (Subterranean Press, September 30)
  • How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Press, Sep 30)
  • Lonely in the Heart of the World by Mindi Meltz (Logosophia, Sep 30, 2013) — Asheville author, starred PW review, described as “. It begins with the unseen princess—named Lonely by the wind—of a City whose people have forgotten their bodies, hearts, and souls; as she escapes from her illusory tower to search for the mysterious prince who never showed up. Guided in her journey by wilderness outcasts, gods, and wise animals, she gradually becomes human; discovering her first desire with a tortured dragon god of the desert, and awakening to the cycles of earth and family on a humble mountain farm. At last she soars to spiritual heights with her ghost-prince above the clouds, only to lose him again, falling backward into the painful truth of her own past as the polluted river goddess carries her to the City at the Heart of the World.”
  • She Walks in Darkness by Evangeline Walton (Tachyon, Sep 30) — “Short fantasy novel, previously unpublished, by the author who died in 1996, about ancient treasures that lie beneath an estate in Tuscany.” (via Locus Online)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit, Oct 1, 2013) — “On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren–a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose–to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.” — via a glowing early review from Liz Bourke at Tor.com
  • The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel & Friends / Dreamscape Media, Oct 1, 2013) — audio is coming but apparently not quite yet in time for the print release of this, the third book in the series which TIME magazine calls “One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.” Here: “September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.”
  • Let the Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist (St. Martin’s, Oct 1) — “A classic short story collection from the writer called Sweden’s Stephen King that continues the breathtaking story begun in the internationally acclaimed classic Let the Right One In. Because of the two superb films made of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire masterpiece Let the Right One In, millions of people around the world know the story of Oskar and Eli and of their final escape from Blackeberg at the end of the novel. Now at last, in “Let the Old Dreams Die,” the title story in this absolutely stunning collection, we get a glimpse of what happened next to the pair.”
  • Spider in a Tree by Susan Stinson (Small Beer Press, Oct 1) — “Jonathan Edwards is considered America’s most brilliant theologian. He was also a slave owner. This is the story of the years he spent preaching in eighteenth century Northampton, Massachusetts.”
  • Ghosts Know by Campbell, Ramsey (Tor, Oct 1, 2013) — first US release for this 2011 limited hardcover from PS Publishing, a novel which is “a fascinating exploration of the twists and turns of reality-media personalities, the line between the dead and the living…and how the truth can be twisted to serve all manner of reality.”
  • Treecat Wars by David Weber (Baen, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Hero by Alethea Kontis (Harcourt Children’s Books, October 1)
  • Collection: In the Company of Thieves by Kage Baker (Tachyon, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Teen: Shadows by Robin McKinley (Penguin/Pausen, Sep 26, 2013)
  • Battleground by Terry A. Adams (DAW, Oct 1) — D’neeran #3
  • Year of the Demon: A Novel of the Fated Blades by Steve Bein (Roc, Oct 1, 2013) — Fated Blades #2
  • The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman (Ace, Oct 1) — “Fantasy novel about a Russian man who practices withcraft confronted by Baba Yaga.” (via Locus Online) — coming to audio from Tantor on Oct 28 — Buehlman is the author of Those Across the River and Between Two Fires
  • Bastion: Book Five of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel) by Mercedes Lackey (DAW, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Cursed: A Fallen Siren Novel by S.J. Harper (Roc, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Robert Asprin’s Dragons Run by Jody Lynn Nye (Ace, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Teen: Children of the Uprising: The Children of Paranoia Series by Trevor Shane (NAL, Oct 1, 2013)
  • 1636: The Devil’s Opera (Ring of Fire)  by Eric Flint (Baen, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Day One: A Novel by Kenyon, Nate (St. Martin’s Press, Oct 1, 2013) — near-future technothriller reviewed as“This is a highly imaginative thriller with solidly built characters and a story that, if it weren’t told so well, might have seemed silly (coffee makers and photocopiers going berserk?). Exciting and inventive stuff.” in its Booklist starred review, and described as “Scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his deteriorating career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company, Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows a major computing breakthrough is in the works at Eclipse and he wants to use the profile as a foot in the door to find out more. After he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a phone call from his frantic wife, and just before the phone goes dead, she indicates that someone is trying to break down the apartment door. Soon, Hawke and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone—with no obvious enemy in sight. The bridges and tunnels have been destroyed. New York City is under attack from a malevolent entity that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. It is deadly. It is brilliant. And it wants to eradicate the population of New York. Somehow, Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and young son in New Jersey. Their lives depend upon it as does the rest of the human race.”
  • The Delphi Deception by Chris Everheart (Oct 1) — book 2 of the Delphi Trilogy
  • King Breaker by Rowena Cory Daniells (Solaris, Oct 1)
  • Anthology: In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Hank Davis (Baen, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Anthology: Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia (Baen) — “Eleven new tales set in the legendary worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs.”
  • Swords of Exodus by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari (Baen, Oct 1)
  • Teen: Skulk by Rosie Best (Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry, Oct 1)
  • Anthology: Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction: The Exile Book of Anthology Series, Number Eight edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Exile Editions, Oct 1, 2013)

COMING SOON:

 

NOVEMBER:

  • Burning Paradise  by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, November 5, 2013)
  • Starhawk (A Priscilla Hutchins Novel)  by Jack McDevitt (Ace Hardcover, November 5, 2013)
  • Contagion (Toxic City) by Tim Lebbon (Pyr, Nov 5, 2013) — book #3 in the Toxic City series
  • Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox Series)  by Rachel Bach (Orbit, Nov 5, 2013)
  • A Dance of Blades (Shadowdance) by David Dalglish (Orbit, Nov 5, 2013)
  • Twenty-First Century Science Fiction by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor, Nov 5, 2013)
  • Hell Bent: A Broken Magic Novel by Devon Monk (Roc, Nov 5, 2013)
  • The Royal Ranger: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 12 By John Flanagan, Narrated By John Keating — Scheduled Release Date: 11-05-13
  • Anthology: A Cosmic Christmas 2 You edited by Hank Davis (Baen, Nov 5, 2013) — “Twelve new stories of Christmas in very unusual circumstances, ranging from vampires to robots, from the hills of Appalachia to a high orbit space station, all celebrating the holiday in their own, off-beat ways.” Includes stories by (among others) Joe Haldeman, Connie Willis, and Tony Daniel
  • Non-Fiction: This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage By Ann Patchett, Narrated By Patchett for Harper Audio — an essay collection including the title story, which was released as a standalone speech in 2011
  • Anthology: Space Opera edited by Rich Horton, Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear and Jay Lake (Nov 6, 2013)
  • Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (Tor, Nov 12, 2013) — latest novel in Priest’s Boneshaker series The Clockwork Century
  • Hild: A Novel by Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov 12, 2013) — “Since Griffith has won the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, the Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award six times, you’re well advised to grab this fictionalized portrait of a girl name Hild who grew up in seventh-century Britain and became St. Hilda’s of Whitby. Griffith gives us a determined and uncannily perceptive Hild who seems capable of predicting the future (or at least of human behavior), a trait that puts her in the life-and-death position of being made the king’s seer. The writing itself is uncannily perceptive, with none of the flowery excess of some historical fiction writing, though the detailed narrative runs close to 600 pages. I thought of Hillary Mantel’s Wolf Hall even before I noted the comparison in the promotion.” — LibraryJournal
  • Apparition by Trish J. MacGregor (Tor, Nov 12)
  • Slam by Lewis Shiner, read by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, November 15, 2013) — Shiner’s 1990 novel of a paroled tax evader, anarchist skateboarders, and, well, 23 cats.
  • Collection: Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts (Tachyon, Nov 18, 2013)
  • The Orphans’ Promise (Secret of Ji, Book Two) by Pierre Grimbert, translated by Matt Ross and Eric Lamb (Nov 19, 2013)
  • Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nassise (Tor, November 19)
  • Bloodstone by Gillian Philip (Tor, Nov 19)
  • Arcanum by Simon Morden (Orbit, Nov 19) — “A historical fantasy novel of medieval Europe in which the magic that has run the world for centuries is disappearing– and now the gifts of the gods must be replaced with the ingenuity of humanity.”
  • Wild Fell by Michael Rowe (ChiZine, Nov 19, 2013)
  • Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo by Miyuki Miyabe and translated from Japanese by Daniel Huddleston (Haikasoru, Nov 19, 2013)
  • The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen and translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers (Pushkin Press, Nov 21, 2013) — “A highly contagious book virus, a literary society, and a Snow Queen-like disappearing author.”
  • The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal)  by Greg Egan (Gollancz UK, November 21, 2013) — book 3 after The Clockwork Rocket and The Eternal Flame — the Night Shade Books US release has moved to 2014
  • The Land Across by Gene Wolfe (Tor, Nov 26) — audiobook coming January 4, 2014 from Brilliance Audio
  • Last to Rise by Francis Knight (Orbit, Nov 26) — concluding volume in a new trilogy which started with Knight’s debut Fade to Black in early 2013
  • The Irreal Reader: Fiction & Essays from The Cafe Irreal edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg (Guide Dog, November 2013)
  • Collection: Bleeding Shadows by Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean, November 2013)

DECEMBER:

NEXT YEAR:

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  • The Queen of Dreams by Peter Hamilton (Doubleday UK, 2 Jan 2014) — first children’s book by the epic sf author Peter F. Hamilton: “Taggie and Jemima are summer holidaying on their dad’s farm. They know just what to expect – a tumbledown cottage, sunshine and strawberry-picking. But then Jemima sees a white squirrel wearing glasses . . . And things become even more extraordinary when their dad is captured and whisked away to a faerie world. Magical adventures await, as the two sisters discover powers they never knew they had and a series of worlds to explore. But can Taggie and Jemima rescue their dad and defeat the evil King of Night?”
  • The Land Across by Gene Wolfe (Tor, Nov 26) — audiobook coming January 4, 2014 from Brilliance Audio
  • The Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson (Jo Fletcher Books, January 7, 2014) — a “Viking fantasy novel” by a new Icelandic author
  • The Girl with All the Gifts by M.J. Carey (Orbit, Jan 7, 2014) — “Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.” — link to cover
  • Rex Regis by L. E. Modesitt (Tor, Jan 7, 2014)
  • Fury of the Demon by Diana Rowland (Jan 7, 2014)
  • Work Done for Hire  by Joe Haldeman (Ace Hardcover, January 7, 2014) — novel about an ex-sniper turned sf screenwriter turned reluctant hitman; I’ve hear Haldeman read from this novel in draft and am very much looking forward to its release
  • Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh by Jay Lake (Prime Books, January 7, 2014) — “Markus Selvage has been bent by life, ground up and spit out again. In San Francisco’s darkest sexual underground, he is a perpetual innocent, looking within bodies – his own and others’ – for the lost secrets of satisfaction. But extreme body modification is only the beginning of where he will go before he’s finished…”
  • Rex Regis (Imager Portfolio)  by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Jan 7, 2014)
  • 1636: Seas of Fortune  by Iver Cooper (January 7, 2014)
  • Black Arts: A Jane Yellowrock Novel  by Faith Hunter (Jan 7, 2014)
  • Darkest Fear (Birthright) by Cate Tiernan (Jan 7, 2014)
  • Once In a Blue Moon by Green, Simon R. (Jan 7, 2014)
  • Watchers in the Night (Guardians of the Night) by Jenna Black (Jan 14, 2014)
  • The Man Who Made Models: The Collected Short Fiction  by R.A. Lafferty (Centipede Press, January 14, 2014)
  • Dawn of Swords (The Breaking World)  by David Dalglish (Jan 14, 2014)
  • Dirty Magic (Prospero’s War) by Jaye Wells (Jan 21, 2014)
  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, January 21, 2014) — book 2 in The Stormlight Archive after The Way of Kings
  • Pandemic by Scott Sigler (Crown,Jan 21, 2014)
  • The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’ Lacey (Jan 28, 2014)
  • A Darkling Sea by James Cambias (Tor, Jan 28, 2014)
  • Maze by J.M. McDermott (Apex, January 2014)
  • Leaving the Sea: Stories by Ben Marcus (Knopf, January 2014)
  • The Emperor’s Blades (The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1) by Brian Stavely (Tor, January 2014) — “follows siblings Valyn, Kaden, and Adare, who are in different parts of the world when they learn about the assassination of their father, the Emperor. All of them are in danger of being the next targets, and all of them are caught in the maelstrom of conspiracy, intrigue, treachery, and magic that sweeps through Staveley’s auspicious debut novel.”
  • Reign of Ash (Book Two in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga) by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit, January 2014) — follow-on to Ice Forged
  • Annihilation (Southern Reach, Volume 1) by Jeff VanderMeer (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, Feb 4, 2014) — the first of a trilogy of “Southern Reach” novels being published in 2014 — “For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious, remote, and concealed by the government as an environmental disaster zone even though it is to all appearances pristine wilderness. For thirty years, too, the secret agency known as the Southern Reach has monitored Area X and sent in expeditions to try to discover the truth. Some expeditions have suffered terrible consequences. Others have reported nothing out of the ordinary. Now, as Area X seems to be changing and perhaps expanding, the next expedition will attempt to succeed where all others have failed. What is happening in Area X? What is the true nature of the invisible border that surrounds it?”
  • Like a Mighty Army (Safehold) by David Weber (Feb 4, 2014)
  • The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2) by Brian McClellan (Orbit, February 2014)
  • Like a Mighty Army (Safehold)  by David Weber (Feb 4, 2014)
  • V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History  by Allen Steele (Feb 4, 2014) — narrated by Ray Chase
  • Empire of Men by David Weber and John Ringo (Feb 4, 2014)
  • The Waking Engine by David Edison (Feb 11, 2014)
  • The Judge of Ages (Count to a Trillion) by John C. Wright (Feb 25, 2014)
  • The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison (Feb 25, 2014)
  • Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman (February 2014)
  • Night Broken (A Mercy Thompson Novel)  by Patricia Briggs (Mar 4, 2014)
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans (The Shambling Guides) by Mur Lafferty (Orbit, Mar 4, 2014) — sequel to The Shambling Guide to New York City
  • The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons) by Marie Brennan (Mar 4, 2014)
  • Hope Rearmed by S.M. Stirling and David Drake (March 4, 2014)
  • Half-Off Ragnarok: An Incryptid Novel by Seanan McGuire (Mar 4, 2014
  • Blood and Iron (The Book of the Black Earth) by Jon Sprunk (Pyr, March 11)
  • Resistance by Jenna Black (Mar 11, 2014)
  • Working God’s Mischief (Instrumentalities of the Night)  by Glen Cook (Mar 11, 2014)
  • Mentats of Dune  by Brian Herbert (March 11, 2014)
  • Anthology: The Time Traveler’s Almanac by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer (Tor, Mar 18, 2014)
  • Lockstep  by Karl Schroeder (Mar 25, 2014)
  • The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher (Mar 25, 2014)
  • Anthology: KAIJU RISING (Kickstarter, March 2014)
  • City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown/Broadway and Recorded Books, April 1, 2014) — “a second-world story of spies, subterfuge, and statesmanship set in a nation of dead gods.”
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (April 1, 2014)
  • Cauldron of Ghosts (Crown of Slaves) by David Weber (April 1, 2014)
  • Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth by E.E. Knight (April 1, 2014)
  • Shipstar  by Larry Niven and Gregory Benford (Tor, April 8, 2014)
  • Transhuman  by Ben Bova (April 15, 2014)
  • The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes (Gollanz UK, 17 Apr 2014) — from the author of Tome of the Undergates
  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton, April 2014) — “The Nigerian megacity of Lagos is invaded by aliens, and it nearly consumes itself because of it.”
  • The Moon King by Neil Williamson (Newcon, April 2014) — Debut novel: “The story of The Moon King grew out of its setting, the sea-locked city of Glassholm, which is a thinly veneered version of Glasgow, Scotland where I live. Glasgow is a city of mood swings, brilliant with sun and warm sandstone one minute and dour with overcast and rain soaked tarmac the next. Summer days are long and filled with light. The winter months pass mostly in darkness. Living here, your spirit is tied to the city’s mood. As soon as I hooked that almost bipolar sense to the idea of natural cycles, the story blossomed. In Glassholm, the moon never sets and everything, from entropy to the moods of the populace, is affected by its phasing from Full to Dark and back to Full again. I wanted to know what would life be like there, what quirks nature might throw into the mix. And what would happen if it was discovered that the cyclic euphorias and depressions were not natural after all.”
  • Immolation (Children, #1) by Ben Peek (Tor UK, Spring 2014) is “set fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods. The bodies of the gods now lie across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on her home. With the help of the immortal Zaifyr, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. The saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Split between the three points of view, Immolation‘s narrative reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.”
  • Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson (Tor, Spring 2014) — “Caeli-Amur: a city torn by contradiction. A city of languorous philosopher-assassins and magnificent creatures from ancient myth: minotaurs and sirens. Three Houses rule over an oppressed citizenry stirring into revolt. The ruins of Caeli-Amur’s sister city lie submerged beneath the sea nearby, while the remains of strange advanced technology lie hidden in the tunnels beneath the city itself.”
  • The Furies: A Thriller  by Mark Alpert (April 22, 2014)
  • Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff VanderMeer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 6, 2014)
  • The Sea Without a Shore by David Drake (May 6, 2014) — Lt. Leary series
  • Graphic novel: All You Need Is Kill: The Graphic Novel by Nick Mamatas, Lee Ferguson, Fajar Buana, and Zack Turner, based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (VIZ Media/Haikasoru, May 6, 2014)
  • The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne (Random House/Crown, May 2014) — “traces the harrowing twin journeys of two women forced to flee their homes in different times in the near future. The first, Meena, is a Brahmin-caste student whose odyssey takes her from the coastal city of Mumbai toward Djibouti across a futuristic but treacherous bridge that spans the Arabian Sea. The second, Mariama, escapes from slavery as a small child in Mauritania, joining a caravan heading across Saharan Africa toward Ethiopia.”
  • My Real Children by Jo Walton (Tor, May 2014) — “story about one woman and the two lives that she might lead”
  • The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones (Greenwillow, Summer 2014) — “Fans of the late writer Diana Wynne Jones – who died in March 2011 – are in for an unexpected treat. In the summer of 2014, Greenwillow will publish a new title from the acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author. Titled The Islands of Chaldea, the book is a standalone novel unconnected to any of the author’s earlier works. It is also the result of an unusual, asynchronous collaboration between the writer and her younger sister, Ursula Jones.”
  • The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (Viking, August 2014) — book three after The Magicians and The Magician King
  • The Chaplain’s War by Brad Torgerson (Baen, 2014)
  • Colossus by Stephen Messer (Random House Children’s Books, 2014)
  • The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks (Orbit, 2014)
  • The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books, 2014) — the first of an announced trilogy of translated editions of this 400,000-copy-selling Chinese sf series
  • Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1) by Lou Anders (Random House Children’s Books, August 2014) — longtime Pyr editor Anders’ debut novel, a young reader book which “introduces Karn, who would rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones, and Thianna, half-frost giant, half-human, who team up when they are chased by wyverns, a dead Viking sea captain, and a 1200-year-old dragon.”
  • Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale (Del Rey, 2014) — “His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles” in the Panverse Two anthology (edited by Dario Ciriello), won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and he has recently sold a trilogy of novels set in the same universe. The first book, CLASH OF EAGLES, will appear from Del Rey in 2014.”
  • Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris, Summer 2014) — “It’s official! I’ll be writing a new urban fantasy novel for Solaris Books called “Deadly Curiosities” (from my short story universe of the same name) that will come out in summer, 2014!”
  • Echopraxia by Peter Watts (2014) — “We are going to the Sun, rs and Ks.  Whereas the last time out we froze in the infinite Lovecraftian darkness of the Oort, now we are diving into the very heart of the solar system— and man, there’s gonna be a hot time in the ol’ town tonight.”
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf, 2015) — “Knopf has acquired a new novel by Paolo Bacigalupi, the science fiction writer whose 2009 book “The Windup Girl” sold 200,000 copies and was considered one of the top novels of the year. The new book, “The Water Knife,” is set in a lawless, water-starved American Southwest in the not-too-distant future.”

UNDATED:

  • When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson, read by Janis Ian for Dog Ear Audio
  • A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, coming from Audible
  • (Collection) North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud, coming from Audible
  • Fair Coin and Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers, coming from Audible
  • All the Worlds Against Us (Jon and Lobo) by Mark L. Van Name (Baen) — Audible Frontiers has produced the previous books in the series, under fantastic narrations by Tom Stechschulte
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