Release Week: The Secret of Ji, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, The Siren Depths, and Domino Falls

The middle of February brings a bestselling French fantasy to both English and audio, as well as welcoming back Austin Grossman to the ranks of Mad Scientist storyteller, the conclusion of Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura, and a new novel from frequent collaborators Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes. (And, of course, John Scalzi’s The Human Division continues with Back Channel: The Human Division, Episode 6.  Doesn’t that go without saying by now?)

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Six Heirs (The Secret of Ji, Book One) by Pierre Grimbert, translated by Matthew Ross and Eric Lamb, read by Michael Page for Brilliance Audio, out concurrent with the US print/ebook release from AmazonCrossing. Long a bestselling epic fantasy sensation in France, the first of fourteen books (so far) in the series: “The Known World is a sprawling region ruled by mortals, protected by gods, and plied by magicians and warriors, merchants and beggars, royals and scoundrels. Here, those with the gift of the Erjak share a psychic bond with animals; a far-reaching fraternity unites criminals of every persuasion in a vast army of villainy; and upon the mighty river Alt, the dead will one day sail seeking vengeance on the enemies of their descendants. But for all the Known World’s wonders, splendors, and terrors, what has endured most powerfully is the strange legacy of Ji. Emissaries from every nation—the grand Goranese Empire; desolate, frozen Arkary; cosmopolitan Lorelia; and beyond—followed an enigmatic summons into the unknown. Some never returned; others were never the same. Each successive generation has guarded the profound truth and held sacred the legendary event. But now, the very last of them—and the wisdom they possess—are threatened. The time has come to fight for ultimate enlightenment…or fall to infinite darkness.”

Six Heirs: The Secret of Ji, Book 1 | [Pierre Grimbert] The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius | [John Joseph Adams (editor)]

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius edited by John Joseph Adams, read by Stefan Rudnicki, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Justine Eyre for Brilliance Audio. Concurrent with the print/ebook publication by Tor, with stories from Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire (among 22 in all): “Everybody loves villains. They’re bad; they always stir the pot; they’re much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How—and why—do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in luck: It’s finally time for the madmen’s side of the story.”

The Siren Depths (Books of the Raksura, Book 3) by Martha Wells (2012), narrated By Christopher Kipiniak for Audible Frontiers — after The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea. Now the trilogy is complete in audio as well: “ll his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature – until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him.”

The Siren Depths | [Martha Wells] Domino Falls | [Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes]

Domino Falls by Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, narrated By Emily Bauer for Audible Frontiers, concurrent with print/ebook from Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books: “It began on Freak Day – that day no one could explain, when strangers and family members alike went crazy and started biting one another. Some thought the outbreak was caused by a flu shot, others that it was a diet drug gone terribly wrong. All anyone knew is that once you were bitten and went to sleep, you woke up a freak.”

[Note: Due to their continued use of DRM-only formats, my new content here on The AudioBookaneers will no longer where possible include links to Audible.com. -Sam]

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

Fuse by Julianna Baggott http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/5/9780062268235.jpg

HACHETTE AUDIO: Fuse (Book Two of the Pure Trilogy) by Julianna Baggott, read by Khristine Hvam, Kevin T. Collins, Pierce Cravens, and Casey Holloway [Downpour]

HARPER AUDIO: Star Corps and Battlespace (Books One and Two of The Legacy Trilogy) by Ian Douglas, narrated By David Drummond for Harper Audio

AUDIOGO: Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire by Dean P. Turnbloom, narrated By Ric Jerrom

RECORDED BOOKS: Blood’s Pride by Evie Manieri, narrated By Bianca Amato; and Out of the Shadows (Shadows Trilogy, Book 1) by Kay Hooper, narrated By C. J. Critt

BRILLIANCE AUDIO: Extinction Point (Extinction Point, Book 1) by Paul Antony Jones, narrated By Emily Beresford

AUDIBLE FRONTIERS: Neverwinter (Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 2) by R. A. Salvatore, narrated By Victor Bevine; The Black Queen (Black Throne, Book 1) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, narrated By Peter Ganim; The Traitor’s Daughter (Veiled Isles, Book 1) by Paula Brandon, narrated By J. Michael McCullough; and The Ranger Boys in Space by Hal Clement, narrated By Maxwell Glick; along with books by Charles Sheffield, Jack Williamson, Dave Duncan, Fred Saberhagen, and L. Sprague de Camp, among others

AUDIBLE INC: The Savage Gentleman by Philip Wylie (1923), narrated By Jason Watt

CARINA PRESS: Drynn (Last of the Shardyn, Book One) by Steve Vera, narrated By Alison Edwards; Dark Secrets by Shona Husk, narrated By Jack LeFleur; The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf (Accidental Enchantments, Book Two) by Tia Nevitt, narrated By Angela Park; and Vacant Graves (The Magnocracy Series, Book 2) by Christopher Beats, narrated By Steve Coulter

TROUT LAKE MEDIA: The Horror at Red Hook by H. P. Lovecraft, narrated By Jim Donaldson (short)

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

Cover of The Inner City Low Down Death Right Easy

  • Tallest Stories by Rhys Hughes (Eibonvale Press, Feb 1, 2013) — “If every tale told in a tavern is a tall story, then what happens when the entire universe becomes a tavern? It means that every story ever told is tall and therefore untrue, and this includes the true tales. They are all lies.”
  • FISH edited by Carrie Cuinn and KV Taylor (Dagan Press, Feb 5) — with stories by Claude Lalumière, Cate Gardner, Cat Rambo, Ken Liu, M. Bennardo, and Camille Alexa among others
  • Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne (Swallowdown Press, Feb 13, 2013) — from the author of By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends – excerpt available — “It’s about meth, fishing, trash American culture and young adult despair. Imagine a Raymond Carver or Jim Thompson for the text message age and that would only begin to get it.”–KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of Reverend America
  • The Emperor of all Things by Paul Witcover (Bantam UK, 14 Feb 2013)
  • The Inner City by Karen Heuler (ChiZine, February 19) — “Heuler continues to delight with her thoughtful brand of modern surrealism/magic realism—a criminally underrated writer. –Jeff VanderMeer”
  • Trinity Rising by Elspeth Cooper (Tor, Feb 19) — first US release for the second book in Cooper’s UK-published series after Songs of the Earth — both books are out in audio in the UK but no US release yet
  • Firebrand (Rebel Angels, #1) by Gillian Philip (Tor, Feb 19) — new US hardcover edition of this 2010 Strident (UK) novel of 16th century angels
  • Encounters with Enoch Coffin by W.H. Pugmire and Jeffrey Thomas (Dark Regions, Feb 19) — “Enoch Coffin is a proud inhabitant of Massachusetts, an artist following in the footsteps of local legend Richard Upton Pickman. Coffin is an artist with a singular quest: to capture in paint, or ink, or clay — however he might — sights that no mortal has ever portrayed in art before…and lived to exhibit. His quest will take him throughout actual New England locations, and that other New England of H. P. Lovecraft, where his models will be doomed souls, ravening ghouls, and entities from beyond the veil.”
  • Elsewhens by Melanie Rawn (Tor, Feb 19)
  • The Demi-Monde: The Shadow Wars by Rod Rees (HarperCollins/Morrow, Feb 19) — SF thriller, second in a series after The Demi-Monde
  • Son of Destruction by Kit Reed (Feb 1, Severn House) — “A spellbinding American Southern Gothic thriller with a supernatural twist”
  • Anthology: 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology edited by M. David Blake (Rampant Loon/Stupefying Stories, Feb 8) — free e-anthology “Containing 80 complete short stories by 43 different authors, as well as additional information about another 58 potential candidates” for this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
  • Anthology: Superheroes, edited by Rich Horton (Prime Books, Feb 19)
  • Anthology: Encounters of Sherlock Holmes edited by George Mann (Titan, Feb 19) — “a new collection of adventures from Titan Books include stories from horror and steampunk authors like James Lovegrove, Paul Magrs, Guy Adams, George Mann and Mark Hodder” (via an interview with editor Mann)
  • Anthology: Shards and Ashes edited by Melissa Marr and Kelly Armstrong (HarperCollins, Feb 19) — YA dystopian anthology

COMING SOON:

The Office of Mercy: A Novel 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”
  • Constellations: A Play by Nick Payne (Faber and Faber Plays, Sep 3, 2013) — already available in Kindle and in the UK — via an interesting review on Tor.com
  • 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)
  • Pandemic by Scott Sigler (Crown, Oct 1, 2013)
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss (Abrams Image, Oct 15, 2013) — an audiobook for this doesn’t make sense and so there isn’t one and won’t be one, but definitely a project I’m looking forward to
  • Copperhead by Tina Connolly (Tor, October 15, 2013) — follow-on to Ironskin cover revealed
  • The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar (Hodder UK, October 2013) — just announced — “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy meets Watchmen in Tidhar’s The Violent Century, the thoughtful and intensely atmospheric novel about the mystery, and the love story, that determined the course of history itself. The Violent Century is the sweeping drama of a time we know too well; a century of fear and war and hatred and death.  In a world where everyday heroes may become übermenschen, men and women with extraordinary powers, what does it mean to be a hero? To be a human? Would the last hundred years have been that much better if Superman were real? Would they even have been all that different?”
  • Collection: Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor (Prime, October 2013)
  • Twenty-First Century Science Fiction by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor, Nov 5, 2013)
  • Maze by J.M. McDermott (Apex, January 2014)
  • City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown/Broadway and Recorded Books, April 1, 2014) — “a second-world story of spies, subterfuge, and statesmanship set in a nation of dead gods.”
  • The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (Viking, Early 2014) — book three after The Magicians and The Magician King
  • 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?”
  • Anthology: Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (May 2014) — table of contents includes Joe Abercrombie, Lev Grossman, and Pat Cadigan, among others
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