Release Week: Fade to Black, Dreams and Shadows, Between Two Thorns, Oz Reimagined, Deadhouse Gates, The Judging Eye, and more

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Release Week: Fade to Black, Dreams and Shadows, Between Two Thorns, Oz Reimagined, Deadhouse Gates, The Judging Eye, and more

Posted on 2013-02-27 at 16:12 by Sam

It’s an absolutely massive release week to wind up February, with debut novels, anthologies, previously published books in two epic fantasy series coming to audio, on and on. It’s a week so big that even a new book co-authored by Neal Stephenson, Book 3 of The Mongoliad, and new books in The Night of the Swarm and The Imager Portfolio, don’t make it above the fold. (And, of course, more Scalzi, with The Dog King: The Human Division, Episode 7.) I can barely find it in me to complain about the “Seen but not Heard” list. (This is helped by my most anticipated title of the week, Ariel Djanikian’s The Office of Mercy, being booked for a March release from Tantor Audio.) Meanwhile, I’m expecting the first few books in David Drake’s Lord of the Isles series to pop up any day now, and I’m very happy to report that The AudioBookaneers’ own Dave Thompson has turned in his narration of James Maxey’s Bitterwood, which should also be coming soon to an Audible listing near you. From Maxey’s report, he’s very pleased indeed with Dave’s narration, and I’m literally jumping up and down in anticipation. OK. Onto the ridiculous number of…


Fade to Black By Francis Knight, narrated by Paul Thornley for Hachette Audio, concurrent with the print/ebook release from Orbit — Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins — There’s an excerpt available, and a Big Idea post on Scalzi’s Whatever blog, but, seriously, you had me at “noir fantasy/tech secondary world”. This one looks most definitely to be an interesting debut, the first in a new series: “From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala. It’s a city built upwards, not across - where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under. Rojan Dizon doesn’t mind staying in the shadows, because he’s got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can’t hide forever. Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan - this is going to hurt.”

Fade to Black | [Francis Knight] Dreams and Shadows: A Novel | [C. Robert Cargill]

Speaking of anticipated debuts, Dreams and Shadows: A Novel by C. Robert Cargill (Harper Voyager and Harper Audio, Feb 26, 2013). Here’s the pitch: “A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill - part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs - that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods. There is another world than our own - one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares - where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.”

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman is also new this week, read by the author for Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio: “In this intelligently-written urban fantasy novel, listeners will sink into Emma Newman’s mirror world, hidden somwhere amid the streets of Bath, England.” Another book with a recent Big Idea write-up, and one to at least check out in this crowded release week:

Between Two Thorns: The Split Worlds Series, Book 1 | [Emma Newman] Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond | [Douglas Cohen (editor), John Joseph Adams (editor), Orson Scott Card, Jane Yolen, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Simon R. Green, Tad Williams]

My last pick among the concurrent new releases this week is an anthology from Brilliance Audio, Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen. With stories from Seanan McGuire, Tad Williams, Theodora Goss, Jeffrey Ford, Rachel Swirsky, and more, narrated by Nick Podehl and Tany Eby.

Although not concurrent new releases by any means, this week also brings “new” audiobooks from two of the best epic fantasy series of this young millenium, starting with Deadhouse Gates: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2 By Steven Erikson, narrated by Ralph Lister for Brilliance Audio. At a hair over 34 hours, it’s even longer than the first installment, Gardens of the Moon, which was published late last year.

Deadhouse Gates: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2 | [Steven Erikson] The Judging Eye

The Judging Eye: The Aspect-Emperor, Book 1 by R. Scott Bakker, narrated by Kevin Orton for Recorded Books. This book begins the second trilogy after Bakker’s Prince of Nothing trilogy, which begins with The Darkness That Comes Before and is available in its entirety from Audible Frontiers narrated by David DeVries. Book two in The Aspect-Emperor, The White-Luck Warrior, has, strangely enough, been available for a while from Recorded Books, also read by Orton. Here: “A luminary in the fantasy genre firmament, R. Scott Bakker returns fans to his acclaimed Prince of Nothing universe with The Judging Eye. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus is waging a terrifying war, subjugating all nations in his path. There are those willing to stand together against him, but these rebellious souls must act quickly and decisively to thwart his mad schemes of power and domination.”

And one final pick above the fold this week, a short indie audiobook, Homo Sylvanus by Amber D. Sistla, narrated by Kimberly Jordan, coming in at just over an hour. “In a future in which genetic research is controlled by a religion, Brennan Candler wants to give his daughter, Tamsyn, a chance to live a long life. He agrees to genetic modification from a Methuselah tree but things will not prove that simple. Sistla creates a believable culture and some good characters and I’ll look forward to more from this author.” (


The Night of the Swarm: Chathrand Voyage Series, Book 4 | [Robert V. S. Redick] The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 | [Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo]

TANTOR AUDIO: The Night of the Swarm (Book 4 in the Chathrand Voyage series) By Robert V. S. Redick, Read By Michael Page; Imager’s Battalion: Book 6 in the Imager Portfolio by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., read by William Dufris; and The Line of Illeniel: Mageborn, Book 2 By Michael G. Manning, narrated By Todd McLaren

CROSSROAD PRESS: Futile Efforts By Tom Piccirilli, Narrated By Chet Williamson; and Halloweenland: Orangefield, Book 3 By Al Sarrantonio, Narrated By Gene Blake

HARPER AUDIO: Fragments: Partials, Book 2 By Dan Wells, Narrated By Julia Whelan; and Star Marines: The Legacy Trilogy, Book 3 By Ian Douglas, Narrated By David Drummond

LISTENING LIBRARY: Dualed by Elsie Chapman, narrated By Alicyn Packard

BRILLIANCE AUDIO: The Mongoliad: Book Three (The Foreworld Saga) by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo and Nicole Galland (Feb 26, 2013) and Seer: The Third Prequel to the Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga By Mark Teppo, Narrated By Luke Daniels; The Truth: Area 51, Book 7 By Bob Mayer, Narrated By Eric G. Dove; and The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book 2 By Maureen Johnson, Narrated By Nicola Barber

AUDIBLE FRONTIERS: Not Quite Scaramouche: Guardians of the Flame, Book 9 By Joel Rosenberg, Narrated By Keith Silverstein; The Sorcerers’ Plague: Blood of the Southlands, Book 1 By David B. Coe, Narrated By Michael Page; Wartorn: Resurrection and Wartorn: Obliteration By Robert Asprin and Eric Del Carlo, Narrated By George Newbern; The First Book of Swords By Fred Saberhagen; along with books by L. Sprague de Camp, Philip Wylie, Jack L. Chalker, Hal Clement, William C. Dietz, S. M. Stirling, James Doohan, Anne McCaffrey, Jody Lynn Nye, John Norman, and Patrick D’ Orazio, and another haul of Dungeons & Dragons books, including Charon’s Claw: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 3 By R. A. Salvatore, Narrated By Victor Bevine and The Second Generation By Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

AUDIBLE INC: The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 By Jasper Fforde, narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki; The Lost Novels of Bram Stoker By Bram Stoker, Narrated By Robin Sachs; Darker Angels By S. P. Somtow; and Ladies of Mandrigyn By Barbara Hambly

INDIE: The Immortals of Myrdwyer: A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel, Book 3 By Brian Kittrell; Sunset: Pact Arcanum, Book 1 By Arshad Ahsanuddin; and Heaven Bent By Robert T. Jeschonek


The Office of Mercy: A Novel The Savage Boy Star Trek: The Original Series: Devil's Bargain The Teleportation Accident Keeper of the Black Stones The Different Girl

  • The Office of Mercy: A Novel by Ariel Djanikian (Viking Adult, Feb 21, 2013) — “Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five—a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it.” -- Coming to audio from Tantor (March 25) read by Emily Woo Zeller -- great blurbs from (among others) Charles Yu
  • The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway (Dutton Juvenile, Feb 21, 2013)
  • The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist (Dutton Juvenile, Feb 21, 2013)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Devil’s Bargain by Tony Daniel (Pocket Books/Star Trek, Feb 26)
  • The Teleportation Accident: A Novel by Ned Beauman (Bloomsbury, Feb 26, 2013) -- Booker-longlisted for its 2012 UK publication, now a US release
  • Hell to Pay by Matthew Hughes (Angry Robot:26 February)
  • The Savage Boy by Nick Cole (HarperCollins, Feb 26, 2013) — sequel to The Old Man and the Wasteland
  • Gideon’s Angel by Clifford Beal (Solaris, Feb 26) -- "Alternate history novel set in 1653, about an exiled royalist returning from France, where he finds he must save Oliver Cromwell in order to prevent England from descending into Hell." (via Locus Online)
  • Age of Voodoo by James Lovegrove (Solaris, Feb 26) -- "Military SF novel, fifth in a series following The Age of Ra (2009), The Age of Zeus (2010), Age of Odin (2011), and Age of Aztec (2012)." (via Locus Online)
  • Black City by Christina Henry (Ace, Feb 26) -- "Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Black Wings (2010), Black Night (2011), Black Howl (March 2012), and Black Lament (Nov. 2012), about a Chicago woman who escorts souls to the afterlife." (via Locus Online)
  • Mountain Echoes by C.E. Murphy (Harlequin/Luna, Feb 26) -- "Urban fantasy novel, eight in the “Walker Papers” series following Urban Shaman, Thunderbird Falls, Coyote Dreams, Walking Dead, Demon Hunts, Spirit Dances (2011), and Raven Calls (2012), about a police mechanic who has shamanic powers." (via Locus Online)
  • Dead Letter Day by Eileen Rendahl (Ace, Feb 26) -- "Paranormal romance novel, third in a series following Dead on Delivery (2011) and Don’t Kill the Messenger (2012), about a messenger for supernatural creatures." (via Locus Online)
  • Trickster by Jeff Somers (Pocket, Feb 26) -- "Urban fantasy novel, first of a new series, about mages whose spells are made more powerful by using human blood." (via Locus Online)
  • Last Days by Adam Nevill (St. Martin's Griffin, Feb 26) -- "Horror novel about an indie filmmaker commissioned to make a documentary about an Arizona cult that self-destructed in 1975." (via Locus Online)
  • Teen: Pulse by Patrick Carman (HarperCollins/Tegan, Feb 26) -- "Young adult SF novel, first of a trilogy, about classmates in 2051 who develop their telekinetic powers." (via Locus Online)
  • Froggy Style by J.A. Kazimer (Kensington, Feb 26, 2013) -- follow-on to Curses! A F**ked-Up Fairy Tale -- subject of today's Big Idea
  • Teen: Keeper of the Black Stones (Stone Ends) by PT McHugh (Glass House Press, Feb 26, 2013) -- time travel/historical fantasy for ages 12+

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  • 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
  • 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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