Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016

October 29, 2016

Here’s a rundown of the books we think you should look out for in coming in the week. See any that you are really looking forward to? Find any you had not heard of yet? Know of books we missed?

We know we don’t have everything and would love to hear what you feel we may have overlooked.

 

FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION

 

FANTASY


Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Christmas Magic by David G. Hartwell, Donald E. Westlake, Harlan Ellison, Alan Dean Foster, Robert F. Young, Ken Wisman, Kit Reed, David Nickle, Karl Schroeder, David Morrell, Gordon Van Gelder, A.J. Austin, M.J. Engh, James P. Hogan, Janet Kagen, David R. Bunch, Chet Williamson, William Browning Spencer, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jose R. Nieto, Wil McCarthy, Gregory R. Hyde, Madeleine E. Robins, Alexander Jablokov, Margaret St. Clair, Mildred Clingerman, Donald A. Wollheim, Robert Frazier, James Patrick Kelly
Published by Tor Science Fiction on November 15th 1994
Pages: 448

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A collection of holiday stories features the works of today's most popular fantasy and science fiction authors and includes the tale of a little girl's quest to become one of Santa's elves, a boy's discovery of Santa's tenth reindeer, and more. Original.

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis
Published by Pyr on November 1st 2016
Pages: 340
Our reviews of this author: Masks and Shadows, Congress of Secrets

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In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, and aristocrats and royals from across the continent come together to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon…among them Lady Caroline Wyndham, a wealthy English widow. But Caroline has a secret: she was born Karolina Vogl, daughter of a radical Viennese printer. When her father was arrested by the secret police, Caroline’s childhood was stolen from her by dark alchemy.
Under a new name and nationality, she returns to Vienna determined to save her father even if she has to resort to the same alchemy that nearly broke her before. But she isn’t expecting to meet her father’s old apprentice, Michael Steinhüller, now a charming con man in the middle of his riskiest scheme ever.
The sinister forces that shattered Caroline’s childhood still rule Vienna behind a glittering façade of balls and salons, Michael’s plan is fraught with danger, and both of their disguises are more fragile than they realize. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim, #3) by Juliet Marillier
Published by Roc on November 1st 2016
Pages: 448
Our reviews of this author: Tower of Thorns, Den of Wolves

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The “powerful and emotionally-charged” fantasy series from the author of the Sevenwaters novels continues, as Blackthorn and Grim face haunting secrets and old adversaries...
Feather bright and feather fine, None shall harm this child of mine...
Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.
Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies...
Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone...

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly
Published by Tor Teen on November 1st 2016
Pages: 240

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A sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in Seriously Wicked
Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.
Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.
Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016The Burning Isle by Will Panzo
Published by Ace on November 1st 2016
Pages: 432
Our reviews of this author: The Burning Isle

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A powerful and gripping debut grimdark fantasy novel, set in a world of criminals, pirates, assassins, and magic…
“A man has only three reasons for being anywhere: to right a wrong, to earn a coin, or because he is lost.”
Cassius is not lost…
The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio. Five miles of slum on the edge of fifty miles of jungle, Scipio is a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit…
But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money. This a treacherous island where the native gods are restless, and anything can happen…

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell
Published by Tor.com on November 1st 2016

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It’s December in the English village of Lychford – the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and… another.
Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means… well, business as usual, really.
Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle, yet!
The Lost Child of Lychford is the sequel to Paul Cornell's Witches of Lychford.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Unquiet Land (Elemental Blessings, #4) by Sharon Shinn
Published by Ace on November 1st 2016
Pages: 400

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From the national bestselling author of Jeweled Fire and Royal Airs comes the latest novel in the Elemental Blessings series.
Leah Frothen has returned home. But she can scarcely catch her breath before she is summoned by regent Darien Serlast, the man who made her a spy. Leah is reluctant to take on a new assignment, but Darien has dangled the perfect lure to draw her in…
Leah finds she enjoys the challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago.
But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, Leah soon learns that everyone—her regent, her lover, and even her daughter—have secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.

 

URBAN FANTASY


Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Dominion (The Burned Man, #2) by Peter McLean
Published by Angry Robot on November 1st 2016
Our reviews of this author: Drake, Dominion, Damnation

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In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth elementals are dying. Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to.
Enter Don Drake, diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie. When the Matriarch tells Don that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job.
Bianakith is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the elementals and bringing down the city.
But the Burned Man has other plans, and those may have dire consequences for everyone.
The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Illicit (Luna Lake, #2) by Cathy Clamp
Published by Tor Books on November 1st 2016
Pages: 304

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In Cathy Clamp's Illicit, when a border dispute between two bear clans destabilizes shapeshifter relations throughout Europe and threatens to reveal their existence to humans, the Sazi High Council orders both sides to the negotiation table. The peace talks take place in Luna Lake, the American community where all shifter species--wolf, cat, bird, bear, and more--live in harmony.
Diplomats, their families, and security personnel stream into town, among them Dalvin Adway, a Wolven agent. Dalvin is startled to find Rachel Washington in Luna Lake. The last time he saw her, they were children in Detroit. Then she was kidnapped and, he thought, murdered. But Rachel became an owl-shifter as a result of the attack and has avoided family and old friends ever since, knowing they would not understand her . She's stunned to see Dalvin and learn that he, too, is an owl-shifter.
Their wary friendship is on the brink of becoming something more when conspiracy and betrayal cause the peace talks to break down. The fight between the bear clans will be settled through a form of traditional challenge--a risky tactic that might lead to full-blown war. Rachel is determined to prevent that, even if it means taking up the challenge herself!

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Shadowed Souls by Kerrie L. Hughes, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, Rob Thurman, Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Erik Scott de Bie
Published by Roc on November 1st 2016
Pages: 352
Our reviews of this author: The Aeronaut's Windlass, Every Heart a Doorway

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In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad...
New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.
In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner...
And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty
Impossible Monsters
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ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BYTanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *
From the Trade Paperback edition.

 

SCIENCE FICTION


Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Binary Storm by Christopher Hinz
Published by Angry Robot on November 1st 2016

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Near the end of the 21st century, Earth is in chaos from environmental devastation and a vicious undeclared war against binaries, genetically engineered assassins. Composed of a single consciousness inhabiting two human bodies (tways), binaries are ruled by an alpha breed, the Royal Caste. Nick Smith, computer programmer and brilliant strategist, hooks up with Annabel Bakana, the savvy new director of E-Tech, an organization dedicated to limiting runaway technological growth. Together both romantically and professionally, they secretly assemble a small combat team to hunt and kill binaries. But there's a fly in the ointment, the mysterious team leader, Gillian. A tormented soul with an unseemly attraction to Annabel, his actions just might help the Royal Caste's cause and draw the world closer to Armageddon. Serving as both a stand-alone novel and prequel to Liege-Killer, Binary Storm is a futuristic tale of bold characters pushed to the brink in a dangerous world. Startling action, political intrigue and powerful themes that echo our contemporary era are fused into a plot brimming with twists and surprises. File Under Science Fiction[ Paratwa / Double Trouble / Corporations Kill / An Undying Connection ]"

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation by Ken Liu
Published by Tor Books on November 1st 2016
Pages: 384
Our reviews of this author: The Grace of Kings, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, The Wall of Storms

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Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards; some have been included in various 'Year's Best' anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken's personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of Liu Cixin) belong to the younger generation of 'rising stars'.
In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin's essay, The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths, gives a historical overview of SF in China and situates his own rise to prominence as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan's The Torn Generation gives the view of a younger generation of authors trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first Ph.D. issued for the study of Chinese SF, asks What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?.

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu, Rob Ziegler
Published by Tor.com on November 1st 2016
Pages: 176
Our reviews of this author: Of Sand and Malice Made, With Blood Upon the Sand

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Disgraced government operative Colonel Chu is exiled to the flooded relic of New York City. Something called the Light has hit the streets like an epidemic, leavings its users strung out and disconnected from the mind-network humanity relies on. Chu has lost everything she cares about to the Light. She’ll end the threat or die trying.
A former corporate pilot who controlled a thousand ships with her mind, Zola looks like just another Light-junkie living hand to mouth on the edge of society. She’s special though. As much as she needs the Light, the Light needs her too. But, Chu is getting close and Zola can’t hide forever.
A thrilling and all-too believable science fiction novella from the authors of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and Seed.

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016The Operative (San Angeles, #2) by Gerald Brandt
Published by DAW on November 1st 2016
Pages: 320

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Second in a trilogy, this far-future science fiction is set in Los Angeles—action adventure with a cyberpunk tone.
Kris Ballard’s life changed irrevocably when, a year ago, she was targeted for termination by the Meridian corporation, one of the mega-conglomerates that controls the government in this dystopian future. She hid amongst the underground resistance—but now, right as her training with the anti-corporate movement is nearing its end, their compound is destroyed. Ready or not, Kris and the other trainees are recalled to the dangerous metropolis of San Angeles. But their transport is shot down and Ian Miller, the man she loves, is captured. Someone, it seems, is using him to get to Kris.
With the help of a retired operative with PTSD, and the mysterious man who fled the scene when Kris’s parents were killed, Kris searches for any sign of Ian. As the corporations battle civil unrest—and each other—the city slowly shuts down. Kris is running out of time.

 

Upcoming Releases: October 30 – November 5, 2016Willful Child: Wrath of Betty by Steven Erikson
Published by Tor Books on November 1st 2016
Pages: 336

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From New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new SF novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous, and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space...
The continuing adventures of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the...
And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space.'
The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen series has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankindexploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-ofhigh-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown adventure. The result is an SF novel that deftly parodies the genre while also paying fond homage to it.

 

 

 

FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION

Binary Storm Christopher Hinz 11/1/2016 Angry Robot
Christmas Magic Hartwell, David G. 11/1/2016 Tor Books
Congress of Secrets Burgis, Stephanie 11/1/2016 Pyr
Den of Wolves Marillier, Juliet 11/1/2016 Roc
Dominion Peter McLean 11/1/2016 Angry Robot
Illicit Clamp, Cathy 11/1/2016 Tor Books
Invisible Planets Liu, Ken 11/1/2016 Tor Books
Seriously Shifted Connolly, Tina 11/1/2016 Tor Teen
Shadowed Souls Butcher, Jim 11/1/2016 Roc
The Burning Isle Panzo, Will 11/1/2016 Ace
The Burning Light Beaulieu, Bradley P. 11/1/2016 Tor.com
The Lost Child of Lychford Cornell, Paul 11/1/2016 Tor.com
The Operative Brandt, Gerald 11/1/2016 DAW
Unquiet Land Shinn, Sharon 11/1/2016 Ace
Wrath of Betty Steven Erikson 11/1/2016 Tor Books
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