Release Week: Falling Kingdoms, Tears of Rain, Joel Rosenberg, and Dean Ing

The second release week in December sees another avalanche of titles from Audible Frontiers (over a dozen from Mike Resnick alone) along with a few new books of interest as well.

Falling Kingdoms: Falling Kingdoms, Book 1 By Morgan Rhodes, Narrated By Fred Berman for Penguin Audio — Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins. “In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power – brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.”

Falling Kingdoms: Falling Kingdoms, Book 1 | [Morgan Rhodes] Tears in Rain | [Rosa Montero]

Tears in Rain By Rosa Montero, Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal for Brilliance Audio — Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins. Set in the world of Blade Runner. “As a replicant, or “technohuman”, Detective Bruna Husky knows two things: humans bioengineered her to perform dangerous, undesirable tasks, and she has just 10 years on the United States of Earth before her body automatically self-destructs. But with “antitechno” rage on the rise and a rash of premature deaths striking her fellow replicants, she may have even less time than she thought.”

The Sword and the Chain: Guardians of the Flame, Book 2 and The Silver Crown: Guardians of the Flame, Book 3 by Joel Rosenberg, Narrated By Keith Silverstein for Audible Frontiers. Ever since The Sleeping Dragon: Guardians of the Flame, Book 1 was released last month to start Rosenberg’s Guardians of the Flame series in audio, I’ve been excited to see some reviews come in for one of my favorite fantasy series from my teenage years. (Also out by Rosenberg this week is Paladins II: Knight Moves., Narrated By Alex Hyde-White.) Here, the Guardians of the Flame series picks back up where book 1 left off: “Once they had been college students playing a roleplaying game. Then, they found that somehow they had become their characters, transported to the Other Side. Now they have chosen the fantasy world for their own, and are fighting for its freedom.”

The Sword and the Chain: Guardians of the Flame, Book 2 | [Joel Rosenberg] The Big Lifters | [Dean Ing]

The Big Lifters By Dean Ing, Narrated By Gary Dikeos for Audible Inc. — Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins — originally published by Tor in 1988: “John Peel is a hardnosed engineer and business tycoon whose innovations in air transportation threaten the status quo. Now the trucking industry, the unions and certain Middle Eastern terrorists want him dead.”

ALSO OUT TUESDAY:

EARLIER THIS WEEK:

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

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  • Collection: Don’t Pay Bad for Bad by Amos Tutuola (Cheeky Frawg, Dec 5) — ebook collection with rare and previously unpublished stories by the iconic Nigerian author, with a blurb from Nnedi Okorafor and an afterword by Matthew Cheney, along with an extensive introduction by Tutuola’s son, Yinka Tutuola. From Okorafor: “I first discovered the worlds of Amos Tutuola deep in the African Literature section of Michigan State University’s library. I haven’t been the same since. His stories utterly threw me off. They were Yoruba folktales woven into indigenous quirky Nigerian fantasy. Tutuola’s work is under-celebrated, overwhelming, deliciously mad and many times just plain hilarious. In his worlds, Death isn’t even safe from misfortune. His tales are both local and universal. If you are a fan of speculative literature, Don’t Pay Bad for Bad is required reading.”
  • The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones (Thomas Dunne, Dec 11) — sequel to (also not available in audio…) The Desert of Souls
  • Kids: The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon, S.S. Taylor (McSweeney’s/McMullens, December 11) — “The first middle-grade novel from McSweeney’s McMullens imprint” (via Flavorwire)
  • Z 2134 by Sean Platt & David W. Wright (47North, Dec 11) — originally a Kindle Serial
  • Collection: That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote by K.J. Bishop (Dec 13, 2012)

ON PRE-ORDER LISTINGS:

COMING SOON:

The Folly of the World The Merchant of Dreams

  • The Abolition of Species by Dietmar Dath, translated by Samuel P. Wilcocks (Seagull Books, Dec 15)
  • The Folly of the World by Jesse Bullington (Orbit, Dec 18) — “On a stormy night in 1421, the North Sea delivers a devastating blow to Holland: the Saint Elizabeth Flood, a deluge of biblical proportions that drowns hundreds of towns, thousands of people, and forever alters the geography of the Low Countries. Where the factions of the noble Hooks and the merchant Cods waged a literal class war but weeks before, there is now only a nigh-endless expanse of grey water, a desolate inland sea with moldering church spires jutting up like sunken tombstones. For a land already beleaguered by generations of civil war, a worse disaster could scarce be imagined. Yet even disaster can be profitable, for the right sort of individual, and into this flooded realm sail three conspirators: a deranged thug at the edge of madness, a ruthless conman on the cusp of fortune, and a half-feral girl balanced between them.”
  • The Merchant of Dreams by Anne Lyle (Angry Robot and Brilliance Audio, Dec 18) — the second book in Night’s Masque. The first book is The Alchemist of Souls
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot, Dec 18)
  • The Complete John Thunstone by Manly Wade Wellman (Haffner Press, Dec 22)
  • Luck of the Draw by Piers Anthony (Tor, Dec 24)
  • The Hermetic Millennia by John C. Wright (Tor, Dec 24) — sequel to Count to a Trillion
  • The Shadow’s Heir by K.J. Taylor (Ace, Dec 24)
  • Anthology: Latin American Science Fiction: Theory and Practice edited by M. Elizabeth Ginway and J. Andrew Brown (Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 24)
  • The Shadow’s Heir (The Risen Sun) by K. J. Taylor (Ace, Dec 24)
  • Unnatural Acts (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.) by Kevin J. Anderson (Kensington and Brilliance Audio, Dec 24)
  • Blood and Bone: A Novel of the Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont (Bantam Press, Dec 25)
  • Witchbreaker: The Dragon Apocalypse 3 by James Maxey (Solaris, Dec 26) — after Greatshadow and Hush
  • Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris, Dec 26)
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglass by J. L. Bourne (Permuted Press, Brilliance Audio, Dec 26)
  • Glass Thorns (Glass Thorns 1) by Melanie Rawn (Titan, Dec 28)
  • Doktor Glass by Thomas Brennan (Ace, Dec 31)
  • Ember: A Penguin Special from Roc by James K. Decker (Roc, Dec 31) — prequel novella to The Burn Zone
  • Nell Gwynne’s On Land and At Sea by Kage Baker & Kathleen Bartholomew (Subterranean, Dec 31)
  • The Dog in the Dark: A Novel of the Noble Dead by Barb Hendee & J.C. Hendee (Roc Hardcover, Dec 31)
  • The Circle by Bentley Little (Cemetery Dance, December)
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