Release Week: Rip-Off!, Mayan December, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Terry Goodkind’s The First Confessor, and more

The middle of December brings some ear candy for the holiday season, including an all-star author/narrator anthology, the end of the world, secondary world fantasy, and quite a bit more. Still, with all that, my mind’s on a “missing” audiobook, that for Jesse Bullington’s The Folly of the World, my most-anticipated title this week. And at the bottom, details for another “Whispersync for Voice” price quirk, this time netting you both the Kindle and Audible formats of Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim. (Sorry for the 2-day delay in the usual Wednesday release week posting — been quite an unexpected adventure this week!)

The all-star author/narrator anthology is Rip-Off!, bringing authors John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Robert Charles Wilson, Mike Resnick, Elizabeth Bear, Allen Steele, Daryl Gregory, Lavie Tidhar, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tad Williams, James Patrick Kelly, Nancy Kress, Paul Di Fillipo, and Gardner Dozois (editor), with narrators Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, Jonathan Davis, Stefan Rudnicki, David Marantz, Ilyana Kadushin, Khristine Hvam, L. J. Ganser, Dina Pearlman, Allyson Johnson, Marc Vietor, and Nicola Barber for Audible Frontiers, in partnership with SFWA– Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins — “13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) – then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story. In the world of Rip-Off!, “Call me Ishmael” introduces a tough-as-nails private eye – who carries a harpoon; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz inspires the tale of an aging female astronaut who’s being treated by a doctor named Dorothy Gale; and Huckleberry Finn leads to a wild ride with a foul-mouthed riverboat captain who plies the waters of Hell.”

Rip-Off! | [John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Robert Charles Wilson, Mike Resnick, Elizabeth Bear, Allen Steele, Daryl Gregory, Lavie Tidhar, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tad Williams, James Patrick Kelly, Nancy Kress, Paul Di Fillipo, Gardner Dozois (editor)] Mayan December | [Brenda Cooper]

Just in time for the end of the world — if you start listening now — is Mayan December By Brenda Cooper, Narrated By Allyson Johnson for Audible Frontiers — Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins — “Dr. Alice Cameron is a famous scientist – an archeoastronomer – devoted to studying ancient Mayan culture. The era driving her career has always been the end of the Mayan baktun, so she’s on the Yucatan Peninsula in December 2012 with her daughter Nixie…and so are fellow serious scholars, plenty of end-of-the-world crazies, and – at an international summit – the President of the United States and other heads of state. When Nixie disappears into the past in the Mayan jungle, rationality and mysticism, the present and the past start merging. Meanwhile, Alice is drawn into the machinations of statecraft by an old friend. A savvy scientist, a handsome dreadlocked time-traveler, an ancient shaman, a noble Mayan couple, a computer nerd, and an 11-year-old traverse the past and present in a search for the meaning of life and a way to save two worlds.”

A very well-regarded secondary world fantasy series has started to come to audio, with The Winds of Khalakovo: The Lays of Anuskaya, Book 1 and The Straits of Galahesh: The Lays of Anuskaya, Book 2 By Bradley P. Beaulieu, Narrated By Ray Chase for Audible Frontiers — Series: Lays of Anuskaya, Book 1 — each book is 20+ hours — “Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo’s eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade. Now, Khalakovo is to play host to the Nine Dukes, a meeting which will weigh heavily upon Khalakovo’s future.”

The Winds of Khalakovo: The Lays of Anuskaya, Book 1 | [Bradley P. Beaulieu] The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus | [Terry Goodkind]

Earlier this year, multiple bestselling author Terry Goodkind raised a few eyebrows when he self-published a book in his Sword of Truth series. Now, via ACX, he’s brought the book to audio as well. The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus is narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald for Goodkind’s own FINE Group. Some of his thoughts and notes on the audiobook publishing process are at the audiobook listing, with a physical edition coming soon as well.  It’s a well-produced audiobook, with music and a very clear and clean studio grade narration. Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins.

OUT TUESDAY:

EARLIER THIS WEEK:

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

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  • The Apocalypse Ocean (Xenowealth #4) by Tobias S. Buckell (self-published via Kickstarter campaign, Dec 13)
  • 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.”
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot, Dec 18)

ON PRE-ORDER LISTINGS:

COMING SOON:

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WHISPERSYNC FOR VOICE PRICE QUIRK:

Buy the first installment of Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series, Sandman Slim, for $0.99 on Kindle, get the audiobook for $4.99. Not bad, not bad at all.

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