Release Week: Steve Erickson’s Zeroville, Jane Smiley’s The Greenlanders, Robert W. Chambers’ The Maker of Moons, and Luisa May Alcott’s A Whisper in the Dark

DECEMBER 10-16, 2014: For the first time in (at least recent) memory, all four of my picks for the week come off the “never before in audio” list, with none of the books even being released this decade and some being well out of copyright in text, and all under some of the best narrators in the field. There’s still more backlist audiobooks and even more concurrent new releases also out this week, from the 50-audiobook “The Saint” series in its mind-boggling entirety to David Drake’s Skyripper to Jane Yolen’s Sword of the Rightful King, from Frank Tallis’ creepy The Voices to Kate Milford’s Greenglass House, to paranormal romance (Elizabeth Hunter’s The Scribe) and Nobel Prize winner fiction, to still plenty more where all that came from. Meanwhile, just a few days ago on December 24th, a new Baen Audio Books production was out just in time for your holiday enjoyment, as Baen’s Free Radio Hour podcast debuted Larry Correia’s “Detroit Christmas”. After all, what goes with the holly and the ivy better than a Tommy gun? (And for those curious about the behind the scenes of a full cast, sound effects and original score production, there’s a short video for you.) Speaking of audiobooks with high production values, the current Humble Bundle is a pay-what-you-want offer on a huge batch of Doctor Who audiobooks, including seasons voiced by David Tennant and Colin Baker. Enjoy!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Zeroville by Steve Erickson The Greenlanders | [Jane Smiley]

Zeroville by Steve Erickson, narrated by Bronson Pinchot for Blackstone Audio (Dec 12) — I first became curious about this 2007 American surrealist novel after reading Jeff VanderMeer’s interview with the author for Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog, and here voiced by no less than Bronson Pinchot, who narrated VanderMeer’s latest novels earlier this year, an interesting (and perhaps surreal) bit of weird synchronicity to go along with the text at hand: “On the same August day in 1969 that a crazed hippie “family” led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders in the canyons above Los Angeles, a young ex-communicated seminarian arrives with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift—“the two most beautiful people in the history of the movies”—tattooed on his head. At once childlike and violent, Vikar is not acineaste but “cineautistic,” sleeping at night in the Roosevelt Hotel where he’s haunted by the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a culture in upheaval: strange drugs that frighten him, a strange sexuality that consumes him, a strange music he doesn’t understand. Over the course of the seventies and into the eighties, he pursues his obsession with film from one screening to the next and through a series of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran film editors, only to discover a secret whose clues lie in every film ever made.” [Also out a bit earlier at Audible.]

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley, narrated by Ralph Lister for Audible (Dec 16) — Pulitzer-winner Smiley’s 1988 novel in the epic Norse tradition comes to audio, and the New Delhi-born British actor Lister is a fantastic choice, bringing his years of stage and voice work to bear on both impeccable mainline narration and beautiful pronunciation of names and places. “Set in the 14th century in Europe’s most farflung outpost, a land of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains, The Greenlanders is the story of one family – proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable audiobook. Jane Smiley takes us into this world of farmers, priests, and lawspeakers, of hunts and feasts and long-standing feuds, and by an act of literary magic, makes a remote time, place, and people not only real but dear to us.”

The Maker of Moons | [Robert W. Chambers] A Whisper in the Dark: Turbulent Tales from Louisa May Alcott | [Louisa May Alcott]

My second pair of picks this week both come in the form of short story collections released by Skyboat Media, starting with The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Dec 16) — “Released in 1896, one year after the publication of The King in Yellow—a milestone of supernatural fiction—Robert W. Chambers’ title story of this short-story collection is considered one of his finest weird tales. It is followed by a series of romantic art nouveau stories. Chambers’ love of natural scenery, symbolic animal figures, and ghostly imagery are on full display as he weaves his characters through these otherworldly tales.” Rudnicki’s affection for Chambers’ work continues to be on display, from his short fiction (including in Rudnicki’s Fantastic Imaginings anthology where I first encountered Chambers’ fiction) to of course his masterwork narration on The King in Yellow. [Also available at Audible.]

This last one is deeply intriguing to me as I had no idea these stories even existed: A Whisper in the Dark by Louisa May Alcott, directed by Claire Bloom and Gabrielle de Cuir, read by Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Susan Hanfield, and Stefan Rudnicki (Dec 16) stands both in contrast to Alcott’s beloved colletcion of children’s stories The Enchanted Collection as well as some distance from the series for which she is so well known: “From the author of Little Women comes a collection of gothic, romantic, and spellbinding tales guaranteed to surprise and delight. This collection represents the best of Alcott’s adult oeuvre. The stories in this volume display dramatic intensity and thrilling, suspenseful plots that show Alcott to be a complex and passionate writer. Listeners will discover within this maelstrom of murder, deceit, obsessive desire, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can still conquer all.” [Also available at Audible.] Here is another gem culled from dusty library backrooms from the folks at Skyboat, gleaned from their passionate and wide love of literature in all its forms.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

Skyripper: Tom Kelly, Book 1 | David Drake Sword of the Rightful King | Jane Yolen The Voices | Frank Tallis
The Night Gardener | Jonathan Auxier Greenglass House | Kate Milford The Disappearance Boy | Neil Bartlett

  • Skyripper: Tom Kelly, Book 1 and Fortress: Tom Kelly, Book 2 By David Drake, Narrated By Kevin T. Collins (Dec 10) — “In five years, little green men are going to invade Earth – and the only man who knows is Professor Emil Vlasov. Is Vlasov crazy? Or is something actually watching the Earth… waiting…”
  • 1634: The Galileo Affair By Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis, Narrated By George Guidall for Recorded Books (Dec 12)
  • Teen: Sword of the Rightful King By Jane Yolen, Narrated By Steven Crossley (Dec 12) — “Even though he has been king of Britain for four years, Arthur’s position is far from secure. Rulers of the island’s many small fiefdoms are still reluctant to admit his sovereignty. And the sorceress Morgause, believing her own sons have as much blood right to rule as Arthur, plots openly against his life.”
  • Fiction: The Hakawati By Rabih Alameddine, Narrated By Assaf Cohen (Dec 12) — Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut in 2003 to stand vigil at his father’s deathbed, recalling and sharing stories of his storytelling grandfather
  • The Voices By Frank Tallis, Narrated By Gildart Jackson for Pegasus (Dec 14) — Eeeeeeek! “In the scorching summer of 1976 – the hottest since records began – Christopher Norton, his wife Laura, and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices.”
  • Anthology: Five Glass Slippers By Elisabeth Brown, Emma Clifton, Rachel Heffington, Stephanie Ricker, Clara Diane Thompson, Narrated By Becky Doughty (Dec 15) — “What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?” Ricker’s retelling “A Cinder’s Tale” continues in The Cendrillon Cycle which begins with The Battle of Castle Nebula on December 21.
  • The Scribe and The Singer By Elizabeth Hunter, Narrated By Zachary Webber for Audible (Dec 16) — “Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers. Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.”
  • The Night Gardener By Jonathan Auxier, Narrated By Beverly Crick for Recorded Books (Dec 16) — “follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives.”
  •  We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, the Fourth Season By KC Wayland, Narrated By Claire Dodin, Elisa Eliot, Nate Geez, Jim Gleason, Glenn Hoeffner (Dec 16) — audioplay with score, sound effects and more
  • Kids: Greenglass House By Kate Milford, Narrated By Chris Henry Coffey for Recorded Books (Dec 16) — “It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and 12-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house.”
  • Shorts: Several shorts from the Carniepunk anthology including: Carniepunk: Hell’s Menagerie: A Charlie Madigan Short Story By Kelly GayCarniepunk: The Three Lives of Lydia: A BLUD Short Story By Delilah S. DawsonCarniepunk: Recession of the Divine By Hillary Jacques, and Carniepunk: Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea By Seanan McGuire all narrated by Candace Thaxton (Dec 16)
  • Fiction: The Disappearance Boy By Neil Bartlett, Narrated By Neil Bartlett for Audible for Bloomsbury (Dec 16) — “Reggie Rainbow is an angry young man who treads the backstage corridors of down-at-heel theatres for a living. Childhood polio has left him with a limp, but his strong arms and nimble fingers are put to perfect use behind the scenes, helping the illusionist Mr Brookes to “disappear” a series of glamorous assistants twice nightly.”
  • Fiction: Suspended Sentences By Patrick Modiano, Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti, Read by Bronson Pinchot, Sean Runette, and Arthur Morey for Blackstone Audio (Dec 16) — “In this essential trilogy of novellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French author Patrick Modiano reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory and exploring the mysteries to be encountered there. Each novella in the volume—Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of Ruin—represents a sterling example of the author’s originality and appeal, while Mark Polizzotti’s superb English-language translations capture not only Modiano’s distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose.”
  • Teen fiction: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces By Isabel Quintero, Narrated By Kyla Garcia for Listening Library (Dec 16) — “Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.”
  • Non-fiction: Shakespeare, Our Contemporary By Jan Kott, Directed by Cassandra de Cuir and Claire Bloom, Read by Stefan Rudnicki for Skyboat Media (Dec 16) — “a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions.”
  • Indie: Song of the Shaman By Annette Vendryes Leach, read by the author (Dec 16) — “Orphaned when her mother died in childbirth, Sheri Lambert is a lonely New York ad woman who decides to become a single mother. From the start, her son Zig displays strange behavior: He recalls people and places he couldn’t possibly know and leads Sheri to a startling discovery of a hidden ancestry she never knew existed. From the urban grind of present-day Brooklyn to the shamans and rituals in the rain forests of 19th century Panama and Costa Rica, two interwoven stories collide.” (Note: Kindle+Whispersync price is $3.99+$1.99.)
  • Performance: Christmas Eve, 1914 By Charles Olivier, Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, Damon HerrimanJames Scott, John Beck, Lance Guest, Gabe Greenspan, and Nate Jones (Dec 16) — a 73-minute radioplay of The Great War

ALSO ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

Straggletaggle 

  • Straggletaggle by J.M. McDermott (Dec 10) — “The clockwork kingdom of Saxonia engineered itself into a machine of the law, refashioning even its citizens’ bodies into cogs and pistons. Before the chirurgeons and engineers splice his brain inside the crown, Prince Hollownot escapes into the kingdom’s flogistan soul, where he sees all possible futures. In one, Princess Sapsorrow can break the law with contradiction and shatter the kingdom. But saving the world from the machine comes at a high price: Her love, her family, and her physical body will all be destroyed.  The neighboring kingdom of Bavaria has seen nothing come past the great clockwork wall of Saxonia for centuries until a Straggletaggle appears with an odd physiognomy — maybe human, maybe not — and an incredible tale of escape from Saxonia. She claims ignorance of the nearby fatal airship crash and the exquisite prosthetic foot in the wreckage. When a phonograph wrapped in the shell of a man arrives demanding Princess Sapsorrow’s return, Bavaria’s disgraced prince and scientist princess, with their intrepid bodyguard, embark on a perilous mission with the Straggletaggle as their guide, to stop a war that, should it start, can only end with Saxonia turning the people of Bavaria into components of its horrific machine.” [Weightless Books]
  • Novella: Paranormal Bromance by Carrie Vaughn (self-published, Dec 11) — “Sam has been a vampire for 15 years, and now he’s having a midlife crisis. That is, if he were still human, he’d be turning 40 and having a midlife crisis. He’s just met exactly the kind of woman he’s always wanted — but these days, all he really wants is blood. Maybe he could work through it, but his vampire roommates just don’t understand. Wasn’t unlife supposed to get easier? This novella is set in the world of Carrie Vaughn’s bestselling Kitty Norville series.”
  • Kaiju Storm (Kaiju Winter Book 2) by Jake Bible (Severed Press, Dec 12) — “The Yellowstone supervolcano has erupted and out of the massive chasm of its smoldering caldera came the kaiju- giant monsters bent on destroying everything in sight! Federal Marshal Lu Morgan and her ragtag group of survivors and government agents fought hard to stay alive and defeat the massive monsters, but now a second eruption has sent things even more deadly flying up into the ash cloud that covers the land.”
  • The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey (Broad Reach, Dec 14) — “The ocean is dying. The sea is growing warmer and is gradually rising. Seashells have become so rare that collecting them is now a national obsession. Flawless specimens sell like priceless works of art. Families hunt the tideline in the dark of night with flashlights. Crowds gather on beaches at the lowest of tides, hoping to get lucky.  Supreme among these collectors is Ness Wilde, CEO of Ocean Oil. Ness owns many of the best beaches, and he keeps them to himself. It’s his fault the world turned out this way. And I aim to destroy him. My name is Maya Walsh. You might be familiar with my shelling column in the Times. I was working on a series of pieces about Mr. Wilde, when out of the blue, he called. He says he wants to talk. But I don’t think he’s going to like what I have to say.”
  • Anthology: STRAEON edited by M. David Blake (Rampant Loon, December 15) — a new original short fiction anthology series from the author of “Absinthe Fish” and editor of the Campbellian Anthology pre-reading anthology series
  • The Bone Flower Queen (The Bone Flower Trilogy Book 2) by T.L. Morganfield (Feathered Serpent Books, Dec 15)
  • The Jupiter Pirates #2: Curse of the Iris by Jason Fry (Dec 16, 2014)
  • Anthology: Kwe edited by Joseph Boyden (Penguin Canada, Dec 16) — “Driven by deep frustration, anger, and sorrow in the wake of yet another violent assault upon a First Nations woman in November 2014, dozens of acclaimed writers and artists have come together to add their voices to a call for action addressing the deep-rooted and horrific crimes that continue to fester in our country.”
  • Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon by Cameron Pierce (Broken River Books, December 2014) — reviewed at Electric Literature as: “Fish stories and memories haunt these characters’ lives and many are unable to escape their own fears and base drives. Pierce’s characters tell stories that are not to be believed. Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon challenges our understanding of why we seek out opportunities to kill for sport. Does it say something about us that we bond while hunting lesser animals? For Pierce, fishing is both calming hobby and barbarous obsession. His characters are caught somewhere in between.”

COMING SOON:

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2015 and LATER:

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  • Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (GraphicAudio, Jan 1) — Priest’s 2013 novel in her Clockwork Century series, first audio edition/adaptation: “Young ex-slave Gideon Bardsley is a brilliant inventor, but the job is less glamorous than one might think, especially since the assassination attempts started. Worse yet, they’re trying to destroy his greatest achievement: a calculating engine called Fiddlehead, which provides undeniable proof of something awful enough to destroy the world. Both man and machine are at risk from forces conspiring to keep the Civil War going and the money flowing.” — meanwhile BookList has a fantastic review of GraphicAudio adaptation of the first book in the series
  • Control Point by Myke Cole (GraphicAudio, Jan 1) — a standard audiobook exists for this first book in Cole’s “Shadow Ops” series, now coming to GraphicAudio’s “movie in your mind” format
  • Future Crime By Ben Bova, Read by Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, and Stefan Rudnicki for Blackstone Audio (Jan 1) — “An exciting collection of SF stories by Hugo Award–winning author Ben Bova.”
  • The Last Passenger By Manel Loureiro, Andres Alfaro (translator), Narrated By Angela Dawe for Brilliance Audio (Jan 1)
  • Marked: Servants of Fate, Book 1 By Sarah Fine, Narrated By Emily Foster for Brilliance Audio (Jan 1)
  • Just Like Beauty by Lisa Lerner, read by Jorjeana Marie for Blackstone Audio (Jan 1) — “A brilliantly inventive 2002 debut novel that blends adolescent angst and cultural satire and is set in a disconcertingly not-so-distant future complete with high-tech food, mutant animals, socially sanctioned violence, and despoliation of the planet. This surprising combination gives author Lisa Lerner a fresh and funny way to explore family dynamics, gender roles, competitiveness, and the “beauty myth” in a society that keeps reinventing them anew for each generation. A plague of mutant grasshoppers is invading American suburbia. An underground suicide cult is gaining national prominence. Gangs of teenage boys with blow torches run amok. But what really has 14-year-old Edie Stein distracted from her town’s annual Feminine Woman of Conscience Pageant is Lana Grimaldi, the sexy girl next door. How does a feminine woman of conscience deal with her?” — out a bit early at Audible (Dec 18)
  • The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (Del Rey, Jan 6, 2015) — a follow-on to 2013′s The Best of All Possible Worlds: “For years, Rafi Delarua saw his family suffer under his father’s unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under close watch, but, hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are the norm, not the exception. Punartam is also the centre for his favourite sport, wallrunning – and thanks to his best friend, he has found a way to train with the elite. But Rafi soon realises he’s playing quite a different game, for the galaxy is changing; unrest is spreading and the Zhinuvian cartels are plotting, making the stars a far more dangerous place to aim. There may yet be one solution – involving interstellar travel, galactic power and the love of a beautiful game.”
  • Firefight (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, Jan 6, 2015) — follow-on to best-selling Steelheart
  • Spell-Blind (Casebooks of Justis Fearsson) by David B. Coe (Baen, Jan 6, 2015)
  • Unbound (Magic Ex Libris #3)  by Jim C. Hines, Narrated By David DeVries (DAW, Jan 6)
  • Tales from the Nightside By Simon R. Green, Narrated By Marc Vietor (Jan 6)
  • Half-Resurrection Blues: Bone Street Rumba, Book 1 By Daniel José Older, Narrated By Daniel José Older (Jan 6) — [Excerpt]
  • Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man By Mark Tufo, Narrated By Sean Runnette (Jan 6)
  • Carousel Seas: Archer’s Beach, Book 3 By Sharon Lee, Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers (Jan 6)
  • ADDED: Wildalone: A Novel By Krassi Zourkova, Narrated By Barrie Kreinik (Jan 6)
  • ADDED: Dead Wrong: A Rho Agenda Novel, Book 2 By Richard Phillips, Narrated By MacLeod Andrews (Jan 6)
  • ADDED: Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5) By Ben Aaronovitch, Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Jan 6)
  • ADDED: Agenda 21: Into the Shadows By Glenn Beck, Narrated By Jeremy Lowell, January LaVoy (Jan 6)
  • Strands of Sorrow (Black Tide Rising) by John Ringo, Narrated By Tristan Morris (Jan 6)
  • The Witches of Echo Park By Amber Benson, Narrated By Amber Benson (Jan 6)
  • Iron Axe: The Books of Blood and Iron, Book 1 By Steven Harper, Narrated By P. J. Ochlan (Jan 6)
  • Zombie Rules by David Achord, read by Graham Halstead for Tantor (Jan 6)
  • ADDED: Crime: Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess, read by Rachel Fulginiti (Highbridge Audio, January 6)
  • Related non-fiction: The Deep Zoo by Rikki Ducornet (Coffee House Press, Jan 6) — “a record of Rikki Ducornet’s reading of the world, a gathering of alchemies where the unknown has become visible through the medium of art, be they Borges’s tigers and Cortazar’s lions, desire, mystery, or the grotesque.”
  • Short: Payoff and Rabbit Trick By Alex Hughes, Narrated By Daniel Thomas May (Jan 6)
  • Kids: Dragonbreath #10: Knight-napped! by Ursula Vernon (Jan 6, 2015)
  • Teen: Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)  by Amanda Hocking (St. Martin’s Griffin, Jan 6)
  • Blood Will Follow  by Snorri Kristjansson (Jo Fletcher, January 6)
  • Short: Glitch by Hugh Howey, read by Gabra Zackman for Audible (Jan 6) — Howey’s 2014 short story: “When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?”
  • ADDED: Collision: Book Four of the Secret World Chronicle By Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere, Narrated By Nick Sullivan (Jan 6)
  • ADDED: Memoir: Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt, read by the author for Simon & Schuster Audio (Jan 6)
  • Reishi Adept: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 7 By David A. Wells, Narrated By Derek Perkins for Podium (Jan 9)
  • The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) by Brian Staveley (Tor, Jan 13, 2015) — “Brian Staveley’s Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series in the tradition of Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin. The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.”
  • The Just City by Jo Walton — Thessaly #1 (Tor, Jan 13, 2015)
  • The Whispering Swarm: Book One of The Sanctuary of the White Friars by Michael Moorcock (Tor, Jan 13)
  • Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link (Random House, Jan 13, 2015)
  • Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea By Adam Roberts, Narrated By Simon Vance (Jan 13) — yes!
  • The Silent History By Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett, , Narrated By Gabra Zackman and LJ Ganser (Jan 13) — yes!
  • The Dagger’s Path by Glenda Larke (Orbit, Jan 13, 2015) — sequel to The Lascar’s Dagger
  • ADDED: Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel By Adam Sternbergh, Narrated By Arthur Morey (Jan 13)
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown (Jan 13, 2015) — narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds for Recorded Books
  • The Last American Vampire By Seth Grahame-Smith, Narrated By MacLeod Andrews (Jan 13) — follow-on to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
  • ADDED: The Education of Brother Thaddius and Other Tales of DemonWars By R. A. Salvatore (Jan 13)
  • Fiction: Binary Star by Sarah Gerard (Two Dollar Radio, Jan 13) — “Sara Gerard’s star is rising. The NYC-based bookseller slash art-mag-employee slash writer drew attention last fall with “Things I Told My Mother,” an essayistic inquiry into women’s representation in society, spawned by a topless walk the author took through Times Square. This kind of intensity and boldness guide all of Gerard’s work — whether concerning other writers, or her own bout with anorexia, addiction, and a stint jumping freight trains, and now in her first novel Binary StarBinary Star interweaves astronomical research with a story about an unnamed anorexic who burns through her intensely dysfunctional life like a star burns fuel, never to be replenished.” (via The Millions)
  • ADDED: Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7 By Dean Koontz, Narrated By David Aaron Baker for Brilliance Audio (Jan 13)
  • Glow by Ned Beauman (Knopf, Jan 20) — “Beauman’s previous novels, The Boxer Beetle and The Teleportation Accident — the one a fanciful look at eugenics and fascism, the other a genre-bending wonder about an avant-garde set designer in 1930s Berlin — each displayed a learned, diabolical imagination at work. His latest appears just as unhinged. Enrolled in a “continuous amateur neurochemistry seminar” and suffering from a sleep disorder, its hero experiments with the designer drug, “glow,” which opens up a gateway into a Pynchonian universe: a disappeared friend, pirate radio stations, and a nefarious Burmese mining company.” (via The Millions)
  • ADDED: Mort(e): A Novel By Robert Repino, Narrated By Bronson Pinchot (Jan 20) — “Former house cat turned war hero Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind Mort(e)’s recklessness is his ongoing search for a pretransformation friend – a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony.”
  • A Murder of Clones: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 3 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Narrated By Jay Snyder (Jan 20)
  • Exile: Star Force, Book 11 By B.V. Larson and David VanDyke, Narrated ByMark Boyett (Jan 20)
  • Polaris (Avalon, #2)  by Mindee Arnett (Balzer+Bray, Jan 20)
  • ADDED: The Globe: The Science of Discworld II: A Novel By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Narrated By Steven Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens (Jan 20)
  • ADDED: Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle By Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, Narrated By Angela Dawe (Jan 20)
  • ADDED: The Prey By Tom Isbell, Narrated By Ariana Delawari, Christian Barillas (Jan 20)
  • The Mime Order: The Bone Season (The Remnant Chronicles) by Samantha Shannon (Jan 25, 2015) — sequel to The Bone Season – “Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.”
  • Inside a Silver Box  by Walter Mosley (Tor, Jan 25)
  • The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files) by Lisa Shearin (Ace, Jan 27, 2015)
  • Gemini Cell  by Myke Cole (Ace, Jan 27)
  • Woven  by Michael Jensen (Scholastic, Jan 27) — “Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.”
  • Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout (Tor, Jan 27) — could this be a follow-on to California Bones? Signs point to maybe…
  • Deadeye: The Mutant Files, Book 1 By William C. Dietz, Narrated ByChristina Delaine (Jan 27)
  • Teen: A Cold Legacy (Madman’s Daughter Book 3) by Megan Shepherd(Jan 27, 2015)
  • Teen: Fairest by Melissa Meyer (Macmillan, Jan 27) — a prequel to Cinderin her The Lunar Chronicles series
  • Teen: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins, January 27, 2015) – the final book in the Madman’s Daughter series
  • ADDED: Bound by Flames: Night Prince, Book 3 By Jeaniene Frost, Narrated By Tavia Gilbert (Jan 27)
  • Dark Intelligence: Transformation: Book One by Neal Asher (29 Jan 2015)
  • The Boy Who Wept Blood (Erebus Sequence, #2)  by Den Patrick (Gollancz, Jan 29)
  • After #5: Red Scare by Scott Nicholson (Jan 30) — fifth in Nicholson’s post-apocalyptic series, available for preorder on Kindle,Kindle UK, Kobo, and Apple
  • Forsaken (Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong (Subterranean Press, Jan 31) — deluxe illustrated hardcover
  • Related non-fiction: The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction (Cambridge Companions to Literature) by Gerry Canavan and Eric Link (Jan 31, 2015)
  • ADDED: Crime screenplay: The Principle by J. David Osborne (Broken River, Jan 31)
  • Horror: This is Filth by Nathan Ballingrud (This is Horror Press, January 2015) — “Ballingrud is a master at writing about the darkness inside us. And as terrifying as it might be to see, you can’t look away or close your eyes against it thanks to his beautifully precise and evocative prose. There’s a dark heart to The Visible Filth and Ballingrud uses its blood for ink to tell a story that really gets under your skin, or rather calls to something that might already be there. Fantastic work, highly recommended.” –Ray Cluley
  • The Boatmaker by John Benditt (Tin House, January 2015) — “A fierce and complicated man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the isolated island where he was born. Encountering the wider world for the first time, the reluctant hero falls into a destructive love affair, is swept up into a fanatical religious movement, and finds himself a witness to racial hatred unlike anything he’s ever known. The boatmaker is tempted, beaten, and betrayed: his journey marked by chilling episodes of violence and horror while he struggles to summon the strength to make his own way.The Boatmaker is a fable for our times, a passionate love story, and an odyssey of self-discovery.”
  • Anthology: Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer (PM Press, Feb 1, 2015)
  • Anthology: As Time Goes By  edited by Hank Davis (Baen, Feb 1) — “Timetravel tales of love and the future, alternate realities, and the worlds of fantasy.”
  • Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (Tor, Feb 3) — “Hugo-Award winning author Elizabeth Bear offers something new in Karen Memory, an absolutely entrancing steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century—an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront. Karen is a “soiled dove,” a young woman on her own who is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts into her world one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, seeking sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered. Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper-type story of the old west with the light touch of Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.” — cover by Cynthia Sheppard
  • Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: A Novel  by Judd Trichter (Thomas Dunne, Feb 3) — “Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android—but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.”
  • Impulse: Lightship Chronicles, Book 1 by Dave Bara (DAW, Feb 3)
  • Collection: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (Feb 3)
  • City of Savages by Lee Kelly (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, Feb 3, 2015)
  • Bayonets, Balloons, and Ironclads: Britain and France Take Sides with the South by Peter G. Tsouras (Skyhorse, Feb 3)
  • Covenant’s End (Widdershins Adventures, #4)  by Ari Marmell (Pyr, Feb 3)
  • The Eterna Files  by (Tor, Feb 3) — “London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.”
  • Shutter  by Courtney Alameda (Feiwel and Friends, Feb 3) — “Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens.”
  • The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca (DAW, Feb 3)
  • ADDED: It’s Up to Charlie Hardin  by Dean Ing (Baen, Feb 3) — “It is the summer of 1942, and young teen Charlie Hardin has been set loose on the streets of Austin, Texas with only one command from his parents: stay out of trouble. Charlie means to do just that. He never wants to disobey, but sometimes in a boy’s life situations come up that he cannot ignore and still be true-blue to his own restless soul. And when that time comes . . .”
  • Cities & Thrones by Carrie Patel (Feb 5, 2015) — follow-up to The Buried Life
  • The Synchronicity War, Part 1 By Dietmar Wehr, Narrated By Luke Daniels (Feb 6)
  • The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (Orbit, Feb 10, 2015)
  • Dendera by Yuya Sato and translated by Edwin Hawkes (Haikasoru, Feb 10, 2015)
  • The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron, read by Luke Daniels for Tantor (Feb 10) — Book 4 in the Eli Monpress series
  • An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 Book 3) by Scott Meyer, read by Luke Daniels for Brilliance Audio (47North, Feb 10)
  • Search & Recovery: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 4 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Narrated By Jay Snyder (Feb 10)
  • The Hidden Masters of Marandur: The Pillars of Reality, Book 2 By Jack Campbell, Narrated By Macleod Andrews (Feb 10)
  • The Damned: A Novel by Andrew Pyper (Feb 10)
  • Crazy Love You: A Novel by Lisa Unger (Touchstone, Feb 10)
  • Teen: The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)  by Maureen Johnson (Putnam Juvenile, Feb 10)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Feb 10, HarperTeen)
  • Teen: Rebellion (Extraction, #2)  by Stephanie Diaz (St. Martin’s Griffin, Feb 10)
  • Cannonbridge  by Jonathan Barnes (Solaris, Feb 10)
  • Deathblade: A Tale of Malus Darkblade  by C.L. Werner (Games Workshop, Feb 10)
  • Monstrous  by MarcyKate Connolly (Harper Children’s, Feb 10)
  • Guns of the Dawn  by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK, Feb 12)
  • Second Life  by S.J. Watson (Doubleday, Feb 12)
  • Half the World (Shattered Sea, #2)  by Joe Abercrombie (Feb 12)
  • Find Me by Laura van den Berg (FSG, Feb 17) — “Laura van den Berg’s fictions often unfurl just beyond the real, with their madcap mix of zany and dreamlike set-ups. Case in point, van den Berg’s recent story collection, The Isle of Youth, was peopled by yacht thieves, a mother-daughter magician team, and newlyweds who survive a plane crash. Her first novel, Find Me, continues this surreal, at times catastrophic streak, as it follows Joy, a grocery clerk, cough-syrup addict who’s immune to an ongoing plague of memory illness. Joy’s resulting hospital stay and cross-country journey plotline sounds like a surreal mash-up of Stephen King’s The Stand and Grace Krilanovich’s The Orange Eats Creeps.”
  • Semper Fi: The Empire’s Corps, Book 4 By Christopher G. Nuttall, Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer (Feb 17)
  • Related Non-Fiction: They Live (Cultographies) by D. Harlan Wilson (Wallflower press, Feb 17, 2015) — “Born out of the cultural flamboyance and anxiety of the 1980s,They Live (1988) is a hallmark of John Carpenter’s singular canon, combining the aesthetics of multiple genres and leveling an attack against the politics of Reaganism and the Cold War. The decision to cast the professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as his protagonist gave Carpenter the additional means to comment on the hypermasculine attitudes and codes indicative of the era. This study traces the development of They Live from its comic book roots to its legacy as a cult masterpiece while evaluating the film in light of the paranoid/postmodern theory that matured in the decidedly ‘Big 80s.’”
  • Something Coming Through  by Paul J. McAuley (Gollancz, Feb 19)
  • ADDED: The Synchronicity War: Part 2 By Dietmar Wehr, Narrated By Luke Daniels (Feb 20)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade by Tony Daniel (Feb 24, 2015)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)  by V.E. Schwab (Tor, Feb 24)
  • Collection: Lucky Alan: And Other Stories  by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday, Feb 24)
  • Unremembered By Jessica Brody, Narrated By Julia Whelan (Feb 24)
  • The Remaining: Allegiance By D.J. Molles, Narrated By Christian Rummel (Feb 24)
  • The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz, Feb 26, 2015) — “The Death House is a home where, in a world where people are safe against illness, children and teenagers who are susceptible to terminal conditions are sent to die. Their fates are certain. Their lives are in their hands. The question is: what will they choose to do with them?”
  • Those Above by Daniel Polansky (Hodder & Stoughton, Feb 26, 2015) — “You’ve seen him do crime – low fantasy by way of HBO’s The Wire. You knew it as Low Town, the crime-ridden city where only death is certain. But you’ve never seen him do epic fantasy. Until now. From the acclaimed author of THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE comes this spectacular new series – epic fantasy, as only Daniel Polansky can imagine it.”
  • Prisoner 489 by Joe R. Lansdale (Dark Regions, February 2014) — a new novella — “On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair for execution. After multiple surges of electricity and nearly knocking out power to the entire island, the prisoner is finally dead. The staff buries him in the prison graveyard with a simple marker baring three numbers: 489.” — hardcover pre-orders will be emailed an ebook well ahead of the release date
  • Anthology: Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams (Titan Books, February 2015) – “the star-studded follow-up to the 2008 bestselling anthology Wastelands.”
  • Teen: The Burning Depths by James P. Smythe (Hodder, February 2015) — “Centuries ago, the Australia left a dying Earth in search of an inhabitable planet its colonists could call home. But no such planet was ever discovered. Law and order gave way to rioting and chaos as gangs began battling for control of the ship and its dwindling resources, and the Australia was left to drift, directionless, through the emptiness of space. Seventeen-year-old Chan, fiercely independent and self-sufficient, keeps her head down and lives quietly, careful not to draw attention to herself amidst the violence and disorder. Until the day she makes an extraordinary discovery – a way to return the Australia to Earth. But doing so would bring her to the attention of the fanatics and the murderers who control life aboard the ship, putting her and everyone she loves in terrible danger. And a safe return to Earth is by no means certain.”
  • A Man’s Word (The King’s Hounds Book 3) by Martin Jensen (March 1)
  • Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four by Seanan McGuire (Mar 3, 2015)
  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot, Mar 3, 2015)
  • Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex) by R. A. Salvatore (March 3)
  • Anthology: Old Venus by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Mar 3, 2015)
  • The Devil’s Detective: A Novel by Simon Kurt Unsworth (Doubleday, Mar 3)
  • The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles, #1)  by Becky Wallace (Margaret McElderry, Mar 3)
  • Edge of Dark (The Glittering Edge) by Brenda Cooper (Pyr, Mar 3, 2015) — “What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living.  And yet, that life thrived?  It grew and learned and became far more than you ever expected, and it wanted to return to the sun.  What if it didn’t share your moral compass in any way? The Glittering duology describes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh and blood life meets the near-AI’s that it banished long ago.  This is a story of love for the wild and natural life on a colony planet, complex adventure set in powerful space stations, and the desire to live completely whether you are made of flesh and bone or silicon and carbon fiber.  In Edge of Dark, meet ranger Charlie Windar and his adopted wild predator, and explore their home on a planet that has been raped and restored more than once.  Meet Nona Hall, child of power and privilege from the greatest station in the system, the Diamond Deep.  Meet Nona’s best friend, a young woman named Chrystal who awakens in a robotic body….”
  • Into the Maelstrom (Citizen) by David Drake and John Lambshead (Baen, Mar 3, 2015) — book two after Into the Hinterlands
  • Heir to the Jedi (Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, #3)  by Kevin Hearne (LucasBooks, Mar 3)
  • Vision In Silver: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop (Roc, Mar 3)
  • Madness in Solidar: The Ninth Book of the Imager Portfolio by L. E. Modesitt (Tor, Mar 3)
  • Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz (Angry Robot, Mar 3)
  • Kids: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland, #4)  by Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends, March 3, 2015)
  • Death Marked (Death Sworn, #2) by Leah Cypess (Greenwillow, March 3)
  • ADDED: Anthology: Operation Arcana edited by John Joseph Adams (Baen, March 3) — all-new stories of “High fantasy, contemporary and urban fantasy, and fantasy action and adventure all set in a military vein by top authors including Jonathan Maberry, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Moon, Tanya Huff, Glen Cook, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, and Linda Nagata.”
  • The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) by Jodi Meadows (Katherine Tegen, March 10)
  • Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)  by Rachel Hartman (Random House Children’s, March 10)
  • Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron, read by Luke Daniels for Tantor (Mar 10) — Book 5 in the Eli Monpress series
  • Persona by Genevieve Valentine (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, 3/10/15) — “When Suyana, Face of the United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation, secretly meets Ethan of the United States for a date that can solidify a relationship for the struggling UARC, the last thing she expects is an assassination attempt. Daniel, a teen runaway-turned-paparazzi out for his big break, witnesses the first shot hit Suyana, and before he can think about it, he jumps into the fray, telling himself it’s not altruism, it’s the scoop. Just like that, Suyana and Daniel are now in the game of Faces. And if they lose, they’ll die.”
  • Ancestral Machines: A Humanity’s Fire novel by Michael Cobley (Orbit, Mar 10, 2015)
  • The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars) by Ian Tregillis (Orbit, March 10, 2015)
  • Teen: The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone Book 2) by Lori M. Lee (Skyscape, March 10)
  • Vanishing Girls  by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins, Mar 10)
  • ADDED: The Peyti Crisis: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 5 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Narrated By Jay Snyder (Audible, Mar 10)
  • The Black Dream (Heart of the World #3) by Col Buchanan (March 12)
  • The Last Days of Video: A Novel by Jeremy Hawkins (Soft Skull Press, Mar 17, 2015) — “The video stores are dying. But most of you don’t care. You’ve got your Netflix and your Redbox and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store?
  • Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale (Del Rey, Mar 17, 2015) — “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.”
  •  The Darkside War by Zachary Brown (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, 3/17/15) — “People used to wonder if we were alone in the universe. Well, we’re not. Not by a long shot. Aliens come in all shapes and sizes, and even the good guys are likely to haunt your nightmares. And oh, you’ll have nightmares, even after you leave the service. If you leave the service.”
  • ADDED: The Outcast: The Empire’s Corps, Book 5 By Christopher G. Nuttall, Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer (March 17)
  • The Glorious Angels  by Justina Robson (Gollancz, March 19)
  • In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey (Penguin/Kathy Dawson, Mar 24, 2015)
  • Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory (Tor, March 24)
  • Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy, #2)  by Steven Erikson (Bantam, March 24)
  • Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2)  by Sally Green (Viking Juvenile, Mar 24, 2015)
  • The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent, #3)  by Marie Brennan (Tor, Mar 31)
  • Anthology: The Doll Collection edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor, March 2015) — all-original dark tales including: “Heroes and Villains” by Stephen Gallagher; “The Doll-Master” by Joyce Carol Oates; “Gaze” by Gemma Files; “In Case of Zebras” by Pat Cadigan; “Miss Sibyl-Cassandra” by Lucy Sussex; “Skin and Bone” by Tim Lebbon; “There Is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold” by Seanan McGuire; “Goodness and Kindness” by Carrie Vaughn; “Daniel’s Theory of Dolls” by Stephen Graham Jones; “After and Back Before” by Miranda Siemienowicz; “Doctor Faustus” by Mary Robinette Kowal; “Doll Court” by Richard Bowes; “Visit Lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line” by Genevieve Valentine; “Ambitious Boys Like You” by Richard Kadrey; “The Permanent Collection” by Veronica Schanoes; “Homemade Monsters” by John Langan; “Word Doll” by Jeffrey Ford
  • Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (Subterranean Press, March 2015) — “When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.”
  • Fiction: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Tin House, March 2015) — “Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed.”
  • Stiletto (The Checquy Files 2) by Daniel O’Malley (Head of Zeus, 1 Apr 2015) — UK release for the sequel to The Rook
  • Victory of the Hawk (Rebels of Adalonia) by Angela Highland (Carina Press, April 6)
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (Simon & Schuster/SAGA, 4/7/15) — “Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, conspiring goddesses, underwater boats, magical books, as a streetfighter-cum-general who takes her place as the greatest tactitian of the age. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.”
  • Disciple of the Wind: A Novel of the Fated Blades by Steve Bein (Roc, Apr 7, 2015) —  concluding book in a trilogy (Daughter of the Sword and Year of the Demon)
  • Superposition by David Walton (Pyr, Apr 7)
  • Tracker: A Foreigner Novel by C. J. Cherryh (DAW, Apr 7)
  • Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove (Roc, Apr 7)
  • King of Ashes: Book One of The War of Five Crowns by Raymond E. Feist (April 7, 2015)
  • Dark Heir: A Jane Yellowrock Novel by Faith Hunter (Apr 7, 2015)
  • The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu (Angry Robot, Apr 7)
  • Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2)  by Kelley Armstrong (HaperCollins, April 7)
  • Collection: Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below  by Martha Wells (Night Shade Books, April 7)
  • Dragon of the Stars  by Alex J. Cavanaugh (Dancing Lemur, April 7) — “The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.”
  • Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig, read by Kate Reinders for Brilliance Audio (April 7) — “You don’t mess with Atlanta Burns. Everyone knows that. And that’s kinda how she likes it—until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead—by an apparent suicide—Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: she knows it’s her fault. You go poking rattlesnakes, maybe you get bit. Previously published as two volumes, Shotgun Gravy and Bait Dog, this combined edition includes editorial revisions.”
  • Teen: Zeroboxer  by Fonda Lee (Flux, April 8) — “Rocky meets Gattaca
  • Clash of Iron by Angus Watson (Orbit, Apr 14, 2015) — “Battle-hardened warriors and bloodthirsty druids clash in the second volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy that will appeal to fans of Joe Abercrombie and HBO’s Game of Thrones.”
  • Sympathy For The Devil by Terrence McCauley (April 14)
  • The Winter Family: A Novel by Clifford Jackman (Apr 14) — a “hyperkinetic western noir”
  • A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall (Orbit, April 14) — “It was all going so nicely, right up until the massacre.”
  • Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel by Bray, Libba (Apr 14, 2015)
  • The Dead Lands: A Novel  by Benjamin Percy (Grand Central, April 14)
  • ADDED: Vigilantes: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 6 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Studios, April 14)
  • Valkyrie’s Song (The Wolfsangel Cycle #4)  by M.D. Lachlan (Gollancz, April 16)
  • Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, April 16, 2015) — Book #3 of Poseidon’s Children after Blue Remembered Earth and On a Steel Breeze
  • Kids: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon (Dial, Apr 21, 2015) — “From the creator of Dragonbreath comes a tale of witches, minions, and one fantastic castle, just right for fans of Roald Dahl and Tom Angleberger. When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite.”
  • Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (Putnam, Apr 21)
  • Positive: A Novel by David Wellington (Harper Voyager, April 21) — “In the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimeraand The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.”
  • War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit, April 21, 2015) — book 3 in the Ascendant Kingdoms saga which began with Ice Forged
  • The Affinities  by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, April 21)
  • Dave vs. The Monsters: Emergence (David Hooper 1) by John Birmingham (Titan Books, April 24)
  • Teen: Rogue (Talon, #2)  by Julie Kagawa (Harper Teen, April 28)
  • Lords of the Sith  by Paul S. Kemp (Del Rey, April 28)
  • Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor, Apr 28, 2015) — coming simultaneously in audio from Audible, read by the author; RT has the scoop on the cover reveal for this latest in Kowal’s Regency fantasy Glamourist Histories series
  • Teen: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (Harper Collins, Apr 28, 2015) — “a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.”
  • The Philosopher’s Zombie by Robert J. Sawyer (April 2015)
  • The Ninth Wind by Moses Siregar III (April 2015) — Follow-on to The Black God’s War in Siregar’s epic fantasy “Splendor and Ruin” trilogy: “I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of The Ninth Wind by Moses Siregar, a terrific Indy writer who I think is going to blow up big when this comes out. A top tier epic fantasy from him, and hopefully it will be out soon.” –Jonathan Wood, author of NO HERO
  • Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant (Curiosity Quills Press, April 2015) — “Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated–super-heroic changes. Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man. When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew–one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.”
  • Fiction: Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald (Tin House, April 2015) — “Mary Rose MacKinnon is a successful author of YA fiction doing a tour of duty as stay-at-home mom while her partner, Hilary, takes a turn focusing on her career. She tries valiantly to balance the (mostly) solo parenting of two young children with the relentless needs of her aging parents. But amid the hilarities of full-on domesticity arises a sense of dread. Do other people notice the dents in the expensive refrigerator? How long will it take Mary Rose to realize that the car alarm that has been going off all morning is hers, and how on earth did the sharpest pair of scissors in the house wind up in her toddler’s hands?”
  • The Book of Phoenix  by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW Hardcover, May 5) — a prequel to Who Fears Death in Okorafor’s magical futurism mode!
  • A Long Time Until Now by Michael Z Williamson (Baen, May 5, 2015)
  • Sword of the North (The Grim Company, #2)  by Luke Skull (Roc Hardcover, Hay 5)
  • Midnight’s Kiss (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison (Berkeley, May 5)
  • Teen: Girl at the Bottom of the Sea by Michelle Tea (McSweeney’s McMullen’s, May 5, 2015) — “the follow-up to Michelle Tea’s beloved Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, “a refreshing breath of air in the world of YA, equal parts eerie, heartbreaking, and fantastical.””
  • Straits of Hell: Destroyermen, Book 10 by Taylor Anderson (Roc, May 5)
  • 1882: Custer in Chains by Robert Conroy (Baen, May 5)
  • The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray (Angry Robot, May 5, 2015)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (May 5, 2015)
  • Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)  by Amy Plum (May 5)
  • Apex (Nexus, #3)  by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot, May 5)
  • Teen: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)  by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s, May 5, 2015)
  • Corsair  by James L. Cambias (Tor, May 5)
  • Beneath London  by James P. Blaylock (Titan, May 5)
  • Fiction: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf Press, May 5) — “a genre-bending memoir, a work of “autotheory” offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author’s relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson’s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.”
  • Lord of Ashes (Steelhaven, #3)  by Richard Ford (Headline, May 7)
  • Hallow Point (Mick Oberon, #2)  by Ari Marmell (Titan, May 12)
  • Teen: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days, #3)  by Susan Ee (Skyscape, May 12)
  • Where  by Kit Reed (Tor, May 12) — unsettling speculative fiction set in Carolina’s Outer Banks
  • The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  by Renee Ahdieh (Putnam Juvenile, May 12)
  • Dreams of Shreds and Tatters  by Amanda Downum (Solaris, May 12)
  • ADDED: Starbase Human: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 7 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Studios, May 12)
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow, May 19, 2015) — I know nothing yet about this book, other than that I will be reading and/or listening to it on April 14, and that Upcoming4Me has posted a synopsis
  • Eternity’s Wheel (InterWorld Trilogy) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves (May 19, 2015)
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, May 19, 2015) — “A new work that takes us on an interstellar journey in search of a new home planet from New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson.”
  • The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski (Pantheon, May 19, 2015)
  • The Shadow of Elysium  by Django Wexler (InterMix, May 19) — a novella in The Shadow Campaigns
  • The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (May 19)
  • Illusionarium  by Heather Dixon (Greenwillow, May 19)
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf, May 26, 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.”
  • Odin: The Viking Allfather (Myths and Legends) by Steven Long and Maria Moreno(Osprey, May 26, 2015)
  • The Paradox (Oversight Trilogy, #2)  by Charlie Fletcher (Orbit, May 26)
  • Long Black Curl: A Novel of the Tufa  by Alex Bledsoe (Tor, May 26)
  • Dance of Chaos by David Dalglish (Orbit, May 2015)
  • Fiction: Minnow by James McTeer (Hub City, May 2015) — winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize — “Minnow is a gorgeous fever-dream of a novel,” said competition judge Ben Fountain. “McTeer’s story of a young boy’s quest achieves a narrative drive and depth that are rare in any novel, much less a debut effort. Minnow picked me up by the scruff of the neck and carried me along as powerfully as a novel by Pat Conroy or Toni Morrison. Yeah, McTeer is that good. I look forward to many more novels by this excellent young writer.”
  • Fiction: Trompe l’Oeil by Nancy Reisman (Tin House, May 2015) — “During a vacation in Rome, the Murphy family experiences a life-altering tragedy. In the immediate aftermath, James, Nora, and their children find solace in their Massachusetts coast home, but as the years pass the weight of the loss disintegrates the increasingly fragile marriage and leaves its mark on each family member.”
  • Rhune (The First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan (Spring, 2015) — “Before the Dark Ages, there was the age of Myth and Legend. Before kings and castles, there were mystics and heroes. Before two thieves, there was an empire. And before there was an empire, there was Nyphron.”
  • Fiction: Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt (280 Steps, Spring 2015) — “from the author ofDirtbags, a twisted and sinister crime story.”
  • Anthology: Aickman’s Heirs edited by Simon Strantzas (Undertown Books, Spring 2015) — “an anthology of strange, weird tales by modern masters of weird fiction, in the milieu of Robert Aickman, the master of strange and ambiguous stories.”
  • Shower of Stones by Zachary Jernigan (Night Shade Books, Spring 2015) — “Conclusion to the visceral, inventive narrative begun in No Return, ‘the most daring debut novel of 2013,’ Shower of Stones pits men against gods, swords against world-destroying magic, offering readers another glimpse into the fascinatingly harsh world of Jeroun.”
  • The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key) by Clay and Susan Griffith (Jun 2, 2015) — “In the 1820s, a powerful but inexperienced magician is trapped in a struggle between ancient necromancers and elementals. To save innocents from the growing darkness, he gathers a group of alchemists, arcane engineers, and monster hunters to fight with him. Think of it as Charlotte Bronte’s Avengers.”
  • A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel by Paul G. Tremblay (William Morrow, June 2)
  • The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth (Change Series) by S. M. Stirling (Roc, June 2)
  • The Fold: A Novel by Peter Clines (Crown, June 2)
  • Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King (June 2)
  • Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling) by Nalini Singh (June 2)
  • Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (Jun 2, 2015) — first novel from 2010 Clarion Workshop graduate
  • Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton (June 2)
  • Dragon in Exile (Liaden Universe) by Sharon Lee (Baen, June 2)
  • The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War #2)  by Mark Lawrence (Ace, June 2)
  • Hungry Ghosts (Eric Carter, #3)  by Stephen Blackmoore (DAW, June 2)
  • Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor, June 2, 2015) — synopsis and cover available at SFSignal
  • Spellstorm by Ed Greenwood (Wizards of the Coast, June 2)
  • Knight’s Shadow  by Sebastien de Castell (Jo Fletcher, June 2)
  • Storm and Steel  by Jon Sprunk (Pyr, June 2)
  • The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger Duology, #2)  by Beth Cato (Harper Voyager, June 9)
  • The Long Utopia  by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Harper, June 9)
  • The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling) by Erika Johansen (June 9)
  • The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood (Tor, Jun 9)
  • Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon, June 9)
  • The Liminal War  by Ayize Jama-Everett (Small Beer Press, June 9, 2015) — YES! A follow-on to The Liminal People is a thing which is happening and now I want to virtual high-five Gavin Grant and the rest of the Small Beer Press team but they are too busy doing awesome things…
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly  by Stephanie Oakes (Dial, June 9)
  • Slow Bullets  by Alistair Reynolds (Tachyon, June 9) — “From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself.”
  • ADDED: Masterminds: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 8 (Retrieval Artist Universe) By Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Audible Studios, June 9)
  • The Devil’s Only Friend (John Cleaver, #4)  by Dan Wells (Tor, June 16)
  • The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson (Simon & Schuster / Saga Press, June 16,  2015) — “set in a Manhattan “shrouded in mystery” and follows a 17-year-old Catholic high school student who begins to acquire supernatural powers after being introduced to a book called The Calendar of Sleights by a strange classmate. The protagonist is then pulled into a long-running war among rival factions of magicians.” (via PW)
  • Beyond Redemption (Manifest Delusion #1) by Michael R. Fletcher (Harper Voyager, June 16)
  • Ruin (The Faithful and the Fallen #3)  by John Gwynne (Tor UK, June 18)
  • The Undying Legion (Crown & Key, #2)  by Clay and Susan Griffith (June 30)
  • The Hollow Queen (The Symphony of Ages) by Elizabeth Haydon (June 30)
  • Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey (Orbit, June 2015) — “The fifth novel in James S.A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse series–now being produced for television by the SyFy Channel!”
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey, June 2015) — “Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire novels, is taking us to a new world with Uprooted! The story is a dark fairy tale, where a grim wizard defends villagers from the horrors of an enchanted Wood. In return? He demands ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing. Now the choosing is approaching, and a young woman named Agnieszka fears that her best friend, the lovely Kasia, will be taken. But what if the wizard makes a different choice?” (via Tor.com)
  • AnthologyThe End has Come: The Apocalypse Triptych #3 edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey (June 2015) — via io9
  • The Philosopher Kings  by Jo Walton — Thessaly #2 (Tor, June 30)
  • Old Man’s Ghosts (The Empire of a Hundred Houses, #2)  by Tom Lloyd (Gollancz, July 1)
  • The Annihilation Score (Laundry Files, #6)  by Charles Stross (July 2)
  • The Immortal Throne  by Stella Gemmell (Bantam, July 2)
  • ADDED: Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris, July 7, 2015) — “A Steampunk novel set in the fictional city of New Pittsburgh. New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as ‘hell with the lid off.'”
  • The Price of Valour (The Shadow Campaigns, #3)  by Django Wexler (Roc, July 7)
  • The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks (Del Rey, July 7)
  • The Chart of Tomorrows (Gaunt and Bone, #3)  by Chris Willrich (Pyr, July 7)
  • Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed by Clive Barker (Tor, July 7)
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (Jul 7, 2015) — cover reveal on Tor.com for this second book in “The 3-Body Problem” translated by Ken Liu
  • The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway (Tor, July 7, 2015) — “Tor said the books are “hilarious urban fantasy novels” set in a world that pulls from New York’s punk scene in the 1970s as well as the modern-day Los Angeles entertainment industry.” (via PW)
  • Time Salvager by Wesley Chu (Tor, July 7)
  • Queen of Fire (Raven’s Shadow, #3)  by Anthony Ryan (July 7)
  • Last First Snow (Craft Sequence) by Max Gladstone (Tor, Jul 14, 2015) — Gladstone writes about writing this novel (in the universe which includes Three Parts Dead) at Tor.com
  • Kids: Nightborn (Thrones and Bones, Book 2) by Lou Anders (Crown Books for Young Readers, Jul 14, 2014) — follow-on to Frostborn, a fantastic Viking-infused middle grade fantasy of board games, dragons, frost giants, and more
  • Teen: Deceptive (Illusive, #2)  by Emily Lloyd-Jones (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, July 14)
  • Alive by Scott Sigler (Del Rey, Jul 14, 2015) — “For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival.”
  • Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Tor, July 14)
  • Bombs Away: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, July 14)
  • Chaos Unleashed by Drew Karpyshyn (Del Rey, July 14)
  • The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #3)  by Charlie N. Holmberg (47North, July 21)
  • Return to the Dark House (Dark House, #2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Disney Hyperion, July 21)
  • Leviathan’s Blood: Book Two of the Children Trilogy  by Ben Peek (Thomas Dunne, July 28)
  • Armada by Ernest Cline (Crown, July 28, 2015) — “Cline wowed the world with Ready Player One in 2011, a brilliant debut that was pure geek gold: a glorious fusion of near future science fiction, epic fantasy quest, and unlikely love story, that above all else is an homage to the 1980s. Millions of readers worldwide have been anxiously awaiting his second novel, which evidently chronicles the adventures of a video game geek named Zack, who is conscripted into a top-secret government program and must save the world from an alien invasion.” (via Paul Goat Allen’s “The Most Anticipated Sci-fi and Fantasy Releases of 2014″ for Barnes & Noble)
  • The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key, #3)  by Clay and Susan Griffith (July 28)
  • The Fall: A Novel by R. J. Pineiro (Thomas Dunne, Jul 28) — “A sci-fi thriller in which a man jumps from the upper-most reaches of the atmosphere and vanishes, ending up on an alternate Earth where he died five years earlier.”
  • The Dinosaur Lords  by Victor Milan (July 2015)
  • The Cage by Megan Shepherd (Balzer+Bray, Summer 2015) — first in a new “YA sci-fi trilogy about six teenagers trapped in an elaborate “human zoo” by an otherworldly race known as the Kindred.”
  • John Claude Bemis is set to launch a new Steampunk/alchemist series for young readers, to be published by Disney/Hyperion starting in summer 2015
  • The Casualties: A Novel  by Nick Holdstock (Thomas Dunne, Aug 4)
  • The Way of Sorrows (The Angelus Trilogy, #3)  by Jon Steele (Blue Rider, Aug 4)
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by Jemisin, N. K. (Orbit, August 4, 2015) — “This is the way the world ends. Again.”
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews (Ace, Aug 4)
  • Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s, Aug 4)
  • Nightwise by R. S. Belcher (Tor, Aug 4)
  • Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass (Aug 4)
  • Kitty Saves the World (Kitty Norville) by Carrie Vaughn (Aug 4)
  • The Veil: A Devil’s Isle Novel by Chloe Neill (Aug 4)
  • The Bestiary by Ann VanderMeer (Centipede Press, Aug 4) — “A modern bestiary of made-up fantastical creatures organized from A to Z, along with an ampersand and an invisible letter, featuring some of the best and most respected fantasists from around the world, including Karen Lord, Dexter Palmer, Brian Evenson, China Mieville, Felix Gilman, Catherynne M. Valente, Rikki Ducornet, and Karin Lowachee.”
  • Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Clarion, Aug 4)
  • Black Heart  by Mark Smylie (Pyr, Aug 5)
  • Fool’s Quest (The Fitz and The Fool, #2)  by Robin Hobb (Del Rey, Aug 11)
  • The End of All Things (The Human Division, Book 2) by John Scalzi (Tor, Aug 11, 2015)
  • Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick (Aug 11) — “Apparently a date has been set for Chasing the Phoenix, my second Darger and Surplus novel, and it is… drum roll, please!… August 11, 2015.  That’s the cover up above.  The big fella would have to be Vicious Brute.  And the little one?  Maybe Little Spider, possibly even Surplus.  Though that would make Vicious Brute very large indeed. You can read an anticipatory review (based on the publicity material rather than the text, which is not available yet) over at Bibliosanctum by clicking here.”
  • Power Surge by Ben Bova (Tor Books, Aug 11)
  • Related non-fiction: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day (Aug 11, 2015) — “From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.” [See the book announcement video!]
  • The Fire Sermon  by Francesca Haig (Harper Voyager, Aug 14)
  • Deceptions: A Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong (Aug 18)
  • Teen: Court of Fives  by Kate Elliott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug 18) — “A teenage girl secretly competes in her city’s prestigious athletic competitions in this high-fantasy adventure that can be pitched as Game of Thronesmeets The Hunger Games meets Little Women.”
  • The House of Shattered Wings  by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz, Aug 20) — “It is the beginning of the 21st Century, and Paris is a city of witches and alchemists; of warlocks and Fallen angels; where the colonies still feed an irrepressible appetite for novelty and distractions. The Great Magicians’ War has come and gone, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins are haunted ruins; Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart.”
  • Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore (William Morrow, Aug 25)
  • World of Water by James Lovegrove (Solaris, August 25, 2015) — follow-on to World of Fire — “Dev Harmer has landed in a new body on a new planet. He has gills and fins and a chronic malfunction in his genes. With only 72 hours to bring the settlers and natives of a colonised world to peace before his temporary body expires, murder and corruption are the least of his worries.”
  • The Trials  by Linda Nagata (Saga, Aug 25)
  • Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #1)  by Bradley P. Beaulieu (DAW, August 2015)
  • The Spider’s War by Daniel Abraham (Orbit, August 2015) — “The epic conclusion to The Dagger and The Coin series, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin.”
  • The Wolf in the Attic  by Paul Kearney (Solaris, Sep 15)
  • The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer, #2)  by Elizabeth May (Sep 17)
  • Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare (September 2015)
  • The Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley (Oct 6, 2015) — sequel to The Mirror Empire
  • The Black Wolves (The Black Wolves Trilogy, #1)  by Kate Elliott (Orbit, Oct 6)
  • Teen: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rich Riordan (Disney Hyperion, Oct 6)
  • The Dread Wyrm (The Traitor Son Cycle, #3)  by Miles Cameron (Gollancz, Oct 15)
  • The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) by Justin Cronin (Orion, Oct 22)
  • Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch, #3) by Ann Leckie (Orbit, October 2015)
  • The Lost Country by William Gay (Dzanc Books, October 2015) — “Dzanc Books has acquired world, performance, and audio rights for William Gay’s long-awaited novel,The Lost Country (tentatively scheduled for October 2015), as well as another book entitled Little Sister Death and paperback reprint rights for Gay’s debut novel,The Long Home.”
  • Fake Fruit Factory by Patrick Wensink (Curbside Splendor, Fall 2015) — “Thrilled to announce that we’ll publish best-selling author Patrick Wensink’s next novel FAKE FRUIT FACTORY in Fall 2015. Part screwball comedy, part sociological autopsy of small town America, and part love story FAKE FRUIT FACTORY is like Karen Russell by way of E.L. Doctorow.”
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Tor, Fall 2015) — “The series is set in a world where three empires rule and every member of the population is born with a magical skill set, known as a “witchery.” Tor elaborated: “Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries-long war is about to end, the balance of power will fall on the shoulders of two young women, who must accept their fate, and themselves, to survive.”” (via PW)
  • Related non-fiction: Luke Skywalker Can’t Read by Ryan Britt (Plume, Fall 2015) — essay collection from the former Tor.com staff writer and creator of the “genre in the mainstream” column
  • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, Fall 2015)
  • Illuminae by Annie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Knopf, Fall 2015) — “Told through a dossier of hacked documents – including emails, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, graphics, and more – for what’s billed as a found footage-style mashup of Battlestar Galactica and Ten Things I Hate About You, Illuminae is the story of of a young hacker and her fighter pilot ex-boyfriend who must uncover the truth about the deadly plague ravaging their fleet, the AI that should be protecting them, and the powers that be who may or may not be lying about everything.”
  • King of Shards by Matthew Kressel (Resurrection Press/Arche Press, Fall 2015) — “Across the ineffable expanse of the Great Deep float billions of failed creations, shattered universes known as the Shards. Populated with wrathful demons and struggling humans, the Shards depend on Earth for their existence as plants depend on the sun for life. Earth itself is sustained by thirty-six righteous people, thirty-six anonymous saints known as the Lamed Vav. Kill but a few of the Lamed Vav and Earth shatters, and the Shards that depend on Earth for life will die in a horrible, eons-long cataclysm.”
  • ADDED: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (Pan Macmillan UK and Penguin Random House US, Fall 2015) — “The book takes us to a Regency London where the Crown calls on magic, and English high society holds an uneasy truce with the land of the Faerie. Even though Zacharias Wythe has only begun his work as England’s first African Sorcerer Royal, he’s is already facing three non-magical problems: The Fairy court thinks he murdered his predecessor, a dangerous faction is scheming to unseat him by any means necessary, and…Prunella Gentleman. Prunella, an orphan who has spent her life toiling at a school she hates, has just uncovered a secret that might change the course of English Magic. Wythe doesn’t want to work with her, but it looks like he doesn’t have a choice…”
  • Normal: A Novel by Warren Ellis (FSG Originals, Nov 3, 2015) — “A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future—by an iconic visionary writer. Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.”
  • A Red Rose Chain (October Daye, #9)  by Seanan McGuire (Corsair, Nov 5)
  • Teen: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel and Friends, Nov 24)
  • Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounder’s Arc, #3)  by Jeff Salyards (Night Shade Books, November 2015)
  • Teen: Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)  by Gail Carriger (November 2015)
  • The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch (2015)
  • Breakout (Dred Chronicles, #3)  by Ann Aguirre (Ace, 2015)
  • Chimera (Parasitology, #3)  by Mira Grant (Orbit, 2015)
  • The Blood Curse (Cursed Kingdoms, #3)  by Emily Gee (2015)
  • The Labyrinth of Flame (Shattered Sigil, #3)  by Courtney Shafer (2015) — “I will be running a kickstarter in mid-February (2015) to fund production for The Labyrinth of Flame. This will include production of both a limited-edition trade paperback and an ebook.”
  • A Pitiless Rain (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #10)  by Glen Cook (2015?)
  • The Dragon House (The Wild Hunt, #4)  by Elspeth Cooper (2015?)
  • Matryoshka (Deathless, #2)  by Catherynne M. Valente (Tor, 2015?)
  • The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld, #41) (Tiffany Aching, #5)  by Terry Pratchett (2015?)
  • The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle, #4) by Peter V. Brett (2015?)
  • The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) — “Originally planned as a collection of short stories, the project changed to focus on Harry D’Amour going up against Pinhead. The novel has been in works for more than a decade and we’ll be able to read it in 2015, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press: ‘Clive is delighted to announce that St Martin’s Press has acquired world English rights to publish The Scarlet Gospels, his upcoming novel featuring Pinhead and Harry D’Amour. St Martin’s anticipates a winter 2015 publication date.’”
  • The Uninvited by Cat Winters (William Morrow, 2015) — via PW Book Deals: “Lucia Macro at HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint acquired world English rights to Cat Winters’s novel, The Uninvited. The book, which Morrow compares to The Night Circus and The Thirteenth Tale, is a paranormal work set during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Winters, who was represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, was a finalist for the YALSA’s 2014 Morris Award, for her novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds.”
  • How to Invent a Language by David Peterson (Penguin, 2015) — via PW Book Deals: “For Penguin Press, Elda Rotor took world rights to David Peterson’s How to Invent a Language. Peterson has created languages for shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Syfy’s Defiance, and the book will be a guide for anyone looking to craft a new tongue. Agent Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media represented Peterson.”
  • Anthology: Neverland’s Shadow edited by Shawn Speakman and Roger Bellini (Grim Oak Press, 2015) — from the editor/publisher of Unfettered comes an original short fiction anthology focusing on the antagonist, with contributors including Ken Liu, Ann Aguire, R. Scott Bakker, Mark Lawrence, Tanith Lee, Scott Lynch, and Michael J. Sullivan (among others)
  • Anthology: Exigencies edited by Richard Thomas (Dark House Press, 2015) — a 22-story original neo-noir fiction anthology
  • Anthology: The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction edited by David Afsharirad (Baen, 2015) — first installment in a new anthology series
  • YA: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly (Tor Teen, 2015) — “a YA about a girl who’s being raised by a seriously wicked witch. It contains: 1 sweet boy-band boy, 1 dragon who lives in an RV garage, 1 demon who occasionally imitates Elvis, 1 hidden phoenix that’s going to explode on Halloween, 1 witch who just wants to run the whole city, sheesh, is that too much to ask? and 1 girl named Cam trying to fix it all”
  • The Lost Level by Brian Keene (Apex Books, 2015)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (HarperCollins, 2015?) — “A modern retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. With magic!”
  • Six of Crows: The Dregs, Book 1 by Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt, 2015?) — “The project, described as a blend of Ocean’s 11 and Game of Thrones, is set in Kerch, a small island nation in the “Grishaverse” (meaning the same universe as her Shadow and Bone books) with tremendous economic power, the hub of all international trade and a country rich in art and culture … but also home to one of the most dangerous criminal underworlds. A crew of dangerous felonious misfits face impossible odds when they are pulled together to break into one of the most guarded places in the world.”
  • The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (DAW, 2015) — Williams returns to the world of his Memory, Sorrow and Thorn epic fantasy trilogy
  • Crime: Eddie & Sunny by Stacey Cochran (Amazon Kindle Scout, 2015) — “Eddie and Sunny have never had much in life, save for each other’s love. For months they’ve lived out of a car with their young son. A tragedy on the road one night turns the couple into fugitives of the law, separates them, and eventually leads each to believe that the other has died and all hope is lost. A passionate, triumphant conclusion follows as the very essence of love, hope, and the American Dream unite in a novel of beautiful simplicity.”
  • Joe Ledger: Wet Works by Jonathan Maberry (JournalStone, 2015)
  • Angel of Storms (Millenium’s Rule, #2)  by Trudi Canavan (Orbit, 2015)
  • Updraft by Fran Wilde (Tor, 2015) — first novel
  • Teen: The Dead House  by Dawn Kurtagich (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015)
  • Teen: The Forgotten Crown (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)  by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen, 2015)
  • The Song of the Orphans (Silvers, #2)  by Daniel Price (2015?)
  • League of Dragons (Temeraire, #9)  by Naomi Novik (2015?)
  • The Tower of Bann (Blackthorn and Grim, #2)  by Juliet Mariller (2015?)
  • All the Worlds Against Us (Jon and Lobo) by Mark L. Van Name (Baen, 2015?) — Audible Frontiers has produced the previous books in the series, under fantastic narrations by Tom Stechschulte
  • Half a War (Shattered Sea, #3)  by Joe Abercrombie (2015?)
  • Welcome to Night Vale (Harper Perennial, 2015?)
  • City of Blades by Robert Jackston Bennett (Crown, 2015?) — sequel to City of Stairs
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)  by Jim Butcher (2015?) — “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Sherlock meets Hornblower”
  • Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16)  by Jim Butcher (2015?)
  • Thunderbird (Miriam Black, Book 4) by Chuck Wendig (Saga Press, 2015?)
  • Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick (2015?)
  • Ebon (Pegasus, #2) by Robin McKinley (2015?)
  • The Unholy Consult (Aspect-Emperor, #3)  by R. Scott Bakker (2015?)
  • The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW, 2015?)
  • The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6) by George R.R. Martin (2015?)
  • Graphic novel: The Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (First Second, 2015?) — “Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.”
  • Collection: Blood: Stories by Matthew Cheney (Black Lawrence Press, January 2016) — “We are very pleased to announce that we have chosen a winner for the 2014 Hudson Prize. Congratulations to Matthew Cheney! His manuscript Blood: Stories will be published by Black Lawrence Press in January, 2016. We offer this excerpt of the title story for your reading pleasure. “Blood” was originally published in One Story,along with an interview with Matthew in which he discusses violence in art, how playwriting informs his fiction, and the best writing advice he has ever received.”
  • The Revenant Express (Newbury and Hobbes, #5)  by George Mann (Tor, Feb 1 2016)
  • The Thousand and One: Book II of The Crescent Moon Kingdoms by Saladin Ahmed (Spring 2016) — “Revolution has come to the Crescent Moon Kingdoms, and ancient terrors roam the deserts and alleyways. Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, the last real ghul hunter in the city of Dhamsawaat, stubbornly ignores the turmoil around him — until his long-awaited wedding is interrupted by the enigmatic Queen of the Djenn. Meanwhile, the tribeswoman Zamia Badawi, haunted by dead kinsmen and forbidden love, becomes an unlikely general in a brutal civil war. And holy warrior Raseed bas Raseed undertakes a deadly journey back to the Lodge of God, hoping to purify himself of religious doubts and his troubling attraction to Zamia. Once again, Adoulla and his friends set out to make things right in a world gone wrong — but the greatest threat may be the one they can’t see.”
  • Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland, Spring 2016) — “an ‘epic contemporary detective story,’ according to the publisher, set in alternate world in which the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in the American South. The novel follows an undercover agent trying to capture an escaped slave. Winters, who has written titles for adults and children, won both the Edgar and the Philip K. Dick Award for books in the Last Policeman series.” (via PW)
  • The Medusa Chronicles
  • Once Broken Faith (October Daye, #10)  by Seanan McGuire (September 2016)
  • Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear (Gollanzc, late 2016) — first in a two-book space opera which “imagines the invention of The White Drive: an easy, nonrelativistic means of travel across unimaginable distances. The gripping story follows salvage operators, Haimey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz, as they pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human – and alien – vessels.”
  • The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley (Saga Press, 2016) — “a standalone space opera for fans of Ann Leckie and China Mieville; set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, it follows the feud between the matriarchal families of two of the world-ships, whose feud will grow into a war to wrest control of the fading hopes of the legion of worlds.”
  • ADDED: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (2016) — long-awaited follow on to His Dark Materials
  • Jerusalem by Alan Moore (2016?) — “Comics legend Alan Moore has finished the first draft of his second novel, Jerusalem – and it runs to more than 1m words.”
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