Release Week: Jay Lake’s Kalimpura, James P. Blaylock’s The Aysleford Skull, Norse Code, and (of course) another episode of The Human Division

Now that’s what I’m talking about — an absolutely monstrous release week, with a long list of concurrent new releases, exciting previously released books coming to audio for the first time, and even another haul of Dungeons and Dragons audiobooks. And that’s just the past few days — already this week had brought us Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout and The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan, and of course it also brings the next installment of John Scalzi‘s The Human Division, with We Only Need the Heads: The Human Division, Episode 3. And, also of course, and as has gotten to be the usual thing for these “release week” roundups, a few more “Whispersync for Voice Price Quirks” at the bottom of the post.

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Kalimpura: Green Universe, Book 3 By Jay Lake, Narrated By Katherine Kellgren for Audible Frontiers — Series: Green Universe, Book 3 — Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins. Out also in print/ebook from Tor, while this is third in a series, via author @jay_lake on Twitter: “KALIMPURA should stand alone, but will make more sense & have more depth if you’ve read the first two. Not a ‘tight’ series.” Here is the publisher copy: “This sequel to Green and Endurance takes Green back to the city of Kalimpura and the service of the Lily Goddess. Green is hounded by the gods of Copper Downs and the gods of Kalimpura, who have laid claim to her and her children. She never wanted to be a conduit for the supernatural, but when she killed the Immortal Duke and created the Ox god with the power she released, she came to their notice.Now she has sworn to retrieve the two girls taken hostage by the Bittern Court, one of Kalimpura’s rival guilds. But the Temple of the Lily Goddess is playing politics with her life.”

Kalimpura: Green Universe, Book 3 | [Jay Lake] The Aylesford Skull | [James P Blaylock]

The Aylesford Skull By James P Blaylock, Narrated By William Gaminara for Audible Ltd — Recently at the sf convention illogiCon, I heard praise after praise for Blaylock’s writing both from guest of honor Tim Powers and other attendees; here, the first new steampunk novel in over twenty years from one of the genre’s founding voices: “It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives – brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer – is at home in Aylesford with his family. However, a few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay; the crew murdered and pitched overboard. In Aylesford itself a grave is opened and possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of Langdon St. Ives. When Dr. Narbondo returns to kidnap his four-year-old son Eddie and then vanishes into the night, St. Ives and his factotum Hasbro race to London in pursuit.”

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

Norse Code | [Greg Van Eekhout] The Madman's Daughter: Madman's Daughter Trilogy, Book 1 | [Megan Shepherd]

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

Trafalgar Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales

COMING SOON:

Salvage and Demolition cover A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

The Best of All Possible Worlds Six-Gun Snow White

MARCH:

APRIL:

MAY and LATER:

SEPTEMBER and LATER:

  • The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3) by Scott Lynch (Spectra, September 3)
  • Shaman: A novel of the Ice Age by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, 3 Sep 2013) — UK release date, US date not confirmed for this historical fiction “novel set in the ice age, about the people who made the paintings in the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France, about 32,000 years ago”
  • Monsters of the Earth (Books of the Elements #3) by David Drake (Tor, September 2013)
  • Three (Duskwalker Cycle #1) by Jay Posey (Angry Robot, Autumn 2013)
  • Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (Tor, Autumn 2013)
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Scribner and Simon & Schuster Audio, September 24) — King returns to The Shining
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Sep 24, 2013)
  • Dead Run, The by Adam Mansbach (HarperCollins, Sep 24, 2013)
  • Hero by Alethea Kontis (Harcourt Children’s Books, October 1)
  • Copperhead by Tina Connolly (Tor, October? 2013) — not formally announced, but cover revealed
  • Collection: Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor (Prime, October 2013)
  • Maze by J.M. McDermott (Apex, January 2014)
  • The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (Viking, Early 2014) — book three after The Magicians and The Magician King
  • City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown/Broadway, Early 2014) — “a second-world story of spies, subterfuge, and statesmanship set in a nation of dead gods.”
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2014) — the first of three “Southern Reach” novels being published in 2014 — “For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious, remote, and concealed by the government as an environmental disaster zone even though it is to all appearances pristine wilderness. For thirty years, too, the secret agency known as the Southern Reach has monitored Area X and sent in expeditions to try to discover the truth. Some expeditions have suffered terrible consequences. Others have reported nothing out of the ordinary. Now, as Area X seems to be changing and perhaps expanding, the next expedition will attempt to succeed where all others have failed. What is happening in Area X? What is the true nature of the invisible border that surrounds it?”

WHISPERSYNC FOR VOICE PRICE QUIRKS: [Is there anybody else reading these and picking up titles on occasion?]

Replay | [Ken Grimwood] Red Seas Under Red Skies | [Scott Lynch]

  • Replay By Ken Grimwood, Narrated By William Dufris for Tantor Audio — Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins. Regular Price :$24.49 / Member Price :$17.14 or 1 Credit — “Listen to Replay, then pick up right where you left off with the Kindle book, available from Amazon.com for $7.99. Get this Audiobook for the reduced price of $3.99, when you buy the Kindle edition first.”
  • The Legacy of Heorot By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes, Narrated By Tom Weiner for Blackstone Audio — Series: Heorot, Book 1 — Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins — Regular Price :$23.07  / Member Price :$16.15 or 1 Credit — “Listen to The Legacy of Heorot, then pick up right where you left off with the Kindle book, available from Amazon.com for $6.35. Get this Audiobook for the reduced price of $6.49, when you buy the Kindle edition first.”
  • Zeuglodon By James P Blaylock, Narrated By Jennifer Woodward — Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins — “Listen to Zeuglodon, then pick up right where you left off with the Kindle book, available from Amazon.com for $6.99. Get this Audiobook for the reduced price of $1.99, when you buy the Kindle edition first.”
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies By Scott Lynch, Narrated By Michael Page for Tantor Audio — Series: Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book 2 — Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins — “Listen to Red Seas Under Red Skies, then pick up right where you left off with the Kindle book, available from Amazon.com for $7.99. Get this Audiobook for the reduced price of $6.99, when you buy the Kindle edition first.” So, total is maybe what you might have paid for a credit, so it’s about six of one, half-dozen of the other, unless you are out of credits and ready for another book early.
  • Prince of Thorns By Mark Lawrence, Narrated By James Clamp for Recorded Books — while the current Kindle retail price of $7.99 and the discounted “Whispersync upgrade” price of $6.49 together is about on the low end for mention here as that’s about the price of a credit, you may have (like thousands of others) picked up the Kindle version late last year during a $1.99 promotional campaign, in which case the audiobook becomes a genuine steal.

Finally, two short crime/thriller/mystery titles which are both $0.99 Kindle and $1.99 audiobook, vs. $6.95 / $4.86 audiobook regular price, both by Brian Knight and narrated by Dave Thompson:

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