Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016

July 9, 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.





Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016Necessity (Thessaly, #3) by Jo Walton
Published by Tor Books on July 12th 2016
Pages: 336
Our reviews of this author: The Just City, Necessity

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Necessity: the sequel to the acclaimed The Just City and The Philosopher Kings, Jo Walton's tales of gods, humans, and what they have to learn from one another.
More than sixty-five years ago, Pallas Athena founded the Just City on an island in the eastern Mediterranean, placing it centuries before the Trojan War, populating it with teachers and children from throughout human history, and committing it to building a society based on the principles of Plato's Republic. Among the City's children was Pytheas, secretly the god Apollo in human form.
Sixty years ago, the Just City schismed into five cities, each devoted to a different version of the original vision.
Forty years ago, the five cities managed to bring their squabbles to a close. But in consequence of their struggle, their existence finally came to the attention of Zeus, who can't allow them to remain in deep antiquity, changing the course of human history. Convinced by Apollo to spare the Cities, Zeus instead moved everything on the island to the planet Plato, circling its own distant sun.
Now, more than a generation has passed. The Cities are flourishing on Plato, and even trading with multiple alien species. Then, on the same day, two things happen. Pytheas dies as a human, returning immediately as Apollo in his full glory. And there's suddenly a human ship in orbit around Plato--a ship from Earth.


Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016Red Queen (The Chronicles of Alice, #2) by Christina Henry
Published by Ace on July 12th 2016
Pages: 304

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The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, twisted, and fascinating world based on the works of Lewis Carroll...  The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.   Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.   The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen...


Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016The Devourers by Indra Das
Published by Del Rey on July 12th 2016
Pages: 320
Our reviews of this author: The Devourers

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For readers of Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, China Mieville, and David Mitchell comes a striking debut novel by a storyteller of keen insight and captivating imagination.   On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.   From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok’s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent.   Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel. Advance praise for The Devourers  “A wholly original, primal tale of love, violence, and transformation . . . I’ve never read anything quite like it.”—Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Red Rising Trilogy
“Astonishing . . . a narrative that takes possession of you and pulls you along in its wake.”—M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts
“Intense and thrilling . . . Indra Das’s writing is powerful and precise.”—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Mars


Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016The Ghoul King (Dreaming Cities, #2) by Guy Haley
Published by Tor.com on July 12th 2016
Our reviews of this author: The Emperor's Railroad

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Quinn returns in THE GHOUL KING, another story of the Dreaming Cities by Guy Haley.
The Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world – whatever that means, any more – to restock his small but essential inventory.
After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest to find the secret to repairing her semi-functional robot.
But the technological secret it guards may be one truth too many…
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur, #2) by Rjurik Davidson
Published by Tor Books on July 12th 2016
Pages: 416

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The stunning adventure begun in the critically acclaimed debut Unwrapped Sky continues
The Stars Askew is the highly anticipated sequel to the New Weird adventure begun by talented young author Rjurik Davidson. With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving.
When the moderate leader Aceline is murdered, the trail leads Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its center is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Armand is vying for control of the Directorate, the highest political position in the city, until Armand is betrayed and sent to a prison camp to mine deadly bloodstone.Meanwhile, Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god Aya. Aya leads Max to the realm of the Elo-Talern to seek a power source to remove Aya from Max’s brain. But when Max and Aya return, they find the vigilants destroying the last remnants of House power.
It seems the seditionists' hopes for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur have come to naught, and every attempt to improve the situation makes it worse. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max, and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle in the city, but if they can escape with their lives.




Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton
Published by Pyr on July 12th 2016
Pages: 280
Our reviews of this author: It Happened One Doomsday

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Can her magic save the world — before his curse destroys it?
Magic is real. Only a handful of natural-born sorcerers can wield its arcane power against demons, foul creatures, and the forces of darkness. These protectors of the powerless are descendants of an elite order. The best magic-users in the world.
Unfortunately, Dru isn’t one of them.
Sure, she’s got a smidge of magical potential. She can use crystals to see enchantments or brew up an occasional potion. And she can research practically anything in the library of dusty leather-bound tomes she keeps stacked in the back of her little store. There, sandwiched between a pawn shop and a 24-hour liquor mart, she sells enough crystals, incense, and magic charms to scrape by. But everything changes the day a handsome mechanic pulls up in a possessed black muscle car, his eyes glowing red.
Just being near Greyson raises Dru’s magical powers to dizzying heights. But he’s been cursed to transform into a demonic creature that could bring about the end of the world.
Then she discovers that the Harbingers, seven fallen sorcerers, want to wipe the planet clean of humans and install themselves as new lords of an unfettered magical realm. And when they unearth the Apocalypse Scroll, the possibility of a fiery cosmic do-over suddenly becomes very real.
There’s only one chance to break Greyson’s curse and save the world from a fiery Doomsday – and it’s about to fall into Dru’s magically inexperienced hands...




Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
Published by Tor Books on July 12th 2016
Pages: 352

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Ever since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, they proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.
Now, one century later, a plantation in the flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby. A tomboy who shares her father’s deft hand with complex automatons. Being raised on the Martian frontier by her Martian nanny, Arabella is more a wild child than a proper young lady. Something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.
Arabella soon finds herself trying to navigate an alien world until a dramatic change in her family’s circumstances forces her to defy all conventions in order to return to Mars in order to save both her brother and the plantation. To do this, Arabella must pass as a boy on the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company with a mysterious Indian captain who is intrigued by her knack with automatons. Arabella must weather the naval war between Britain and France, learning how to sail, and a mutinous crew if she hopes to save her brother from certain death.


Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016Time Siege by Wesley Chu
Published by Tor Books on July 12th 2016
Pages: 432
Our reviews of this author: The Days of Tao, The Rise of Io

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Continuing the harrowing adventures of chronman James Griffin-Mars and scientist Elise Kim across the toxic ruins of future Earth.
James and Elise have allies: Grace Priestly, the venerated inventor of time travel herself; Levin, James's mentor and former pursuer, now disgraced; and the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world.
They also have enemies: the full military might of benighted solar system ruled by corporate greed and a desperate fear of what James will do next. The sword's point of their campaign is Kuo, the ruthless security chief, who wants James's head on a pike and will stop at nothing to get it.


Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016Drowned Worlds by Jonathan Strahan, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Lavie Tidhar, Kim Stanley Robinson, Charlie Jane Anders, James Morrow, Jeffrey Ford
Published by Solaris on July 12th 2016
Pages: 336
Our reviews of this author: The Grace of Kings, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, The Wall of Storms, Central Station, All the Birds in the Sky

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The brand new anthology from multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan, featuring stories set in futures wracked by the deluge, from some the best writers in SF, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Jeffrey Ford, and James Morrow.
We stand at the beginning of one of the greatest ecological disasters in the time on Man. The world is warming and seas are rising.  We may deny it, but we can’t hide when the water comes. Already the streets of Miami flood regularly and Mick Jones looks more and more prescient when he sang that “London is drowning and I, I live by the river!” all those years ago.
And yet water is life. It brings change. Where one thing is wiped away, another rises in its place.  There has always been romance and adventure in the streets of a drowned London or on gorgeous sailing cities spanning a submerged world, sleek ships exploring as land gets ever rarer.
Drowned Worlds looks at the future we might have if the oceans rise, good or bad.  Here you’ll find stories of action, adventure, romance and, yes, warning and apocalypse. Stories inspired by Ballard’s The Drowned World, Sterling’s Islands in the Net, and Ryman’s The Child Garden.  Stories that allow that things may get worse, but remembers that such times also bring out the best in us all.


Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature by Jacob Weisman, Jim Shepard, W. P. Kinsella, Steven Millhauser, Max Apple, Amiri Baraka, Ben Loory
Published by Tachyon Publications on July 12th 2016
Pages: 384

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The invasion of the future has begun.
Literary legends including Steven Millhauser, Junot Diáz, Amiri Baraka, and Katharine Dunn have attacked the borders of the every day. Like time traveling mad-scientists, they have concocted outrageous creations from the future. They have seized upon tales of technology gone wrong and mandated that pulp fiction must finally grow up.
In these wildly-speculative stories you will discover the company that controls the world from an alley in Greenwich Village. You’ll find nanotechnology that returns memories to the residents of a nursing home. You’ll rally an avian-like alien to become a mascot for a Major League Baseball team.
The Invaders are here. But did science fiction colonize them first?



Upcoming Releases: July 10 – 16, 2016Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane
Published by Solaris on July 12th 2016
Pages: 384

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Sherlock Holmes faces his greatest challenge yet when he meets the Cenobites, the infamous servants of hell.
Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish – as the person in question vanished from a locked room – and something to occupy him other than testing the limits of his mind and body.
But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers and known only as ‘The Order of the Gash’. As more and more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover – as he finds himself face to face not only with those followers who do the Order’s bidding on Earth, but those who serve it in Hell: the Cenobites...





Arabella of Mars Levine, David D. 7/12/2016 Tor Books
Drowned Worlds Jonathan Strahan 7/12/2016 Solaris
Invaders Jacob Weisman 7/12/2016 Tachyon
It Happened One Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton 7/12/2016 Pyr
Necessity Jo Walton 7/12/2016 Tor
Red Queen Christina Henry 7/12/2016 Ace
Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell Paul Kane 7/12/2016 Solaris
The Devourers Indra Das 7/12/2016 Del Rey
The Ghoul King Guy Haley 7/12/2016 Tor.com
The Stars Askew Rjurik Davidson 7/12/2016 Tor
Time Siege Chu, Wesley 7/12/2016 Tor Books


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One Comment

  • Simon Ellberger July 9, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Also worth noting as coming out in this time period are the following four books, which includes one very major, long-awaited release:

    1. “The Great Ordeal (The Aspect-Emperor, Book 3)” by R. Scott Bakker, to be published by The Overlook Press on July 12, 2016:

    The much-anticipated third installment of R. Scott Bakker’s acclaimed series, “The Aspect-Emperor.”

    Praised by fans and critics worldwide, R. Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy literature. With “The Great Ordeal,” Bakker presents the long-anticipated third volume of “The Aspect-Emperor,” a series that stands with the finest in the genre for its grandiose scope, rich detail, and thrilling story.

    The “Aspect-Emperor” series follows Bakker’s “Prince of Nothing” saga, returning to the same world twenty years later. “The Great Ordeal” follows “The Judging Eye” and “The White-Luck Warrior,” and delivers the first half of the conclusion to this epic story. Returning to Bakker’s richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, “The Aspect-Emperor” continues to set the bar for the fantasy genre, reaching new heights of intricacy and meaning.

    2. “The Returned: An American Faerie Tale” by Bishop O’Connell, to be published by Harper Collins Voyager on July 12, 2016 (ebook only: print edition will come out in August):

    Almost a year after their wedding, and two since their daughter Fiona was rescued from a kidnapping by dark faeries, life has finally settled down for Caitlin and Edward. They maintain a façade of normalcy, but a family being watched over by the fae’s Rogue Court is far from ordinary. Still, it seems the perfect time to go on their long-awaited honeymoon, so they head to New Orleans.

    Little do they know, New Orleans is at the center of a territory their Rogue Court guardians hold no sway in, so the Court sends in Wraith, a teenage spell slinger, to watch over them. It’s not long before they discover an otherworldly force is overtaking the city, raising the dead, and they’re drawn into a web of dark magic. At the same time, a secret government agency tasked with protecting the mortal world against the supernatural begins their own investigation of the case. But the culprit may not be the villain everyone expects. Can Wraith, Caitlin, and Edward stop whoever is bringing the vengeful dead back to life before another massacre, and before an innocent is punished for crimes beyond her control?

    3. “Spirit Animals (Ritual Crime Unit, Book 3)” by E.E. Richardson, to be published by Abaddon on July 12, 2016:

    On a chilly morning in February, DCI Claire Pierce is called off her latest investigation—an animal sacrifice case—to a graveyard in Nottinghamshire, where a murder scene looks set to re-open an old case.

    Three times before, Yorkshire’s Ritual Crime Unit tried and failed to catch the “Valentine Vampire,” a ritualistic serial killer whose victims show up drained of blood. Fourteen years after the last deaths, it seemed the case would never be solved.

    Now there’s another body, and if the killer’s pattern holds up, there are at least two still to come.

    4. “Ghosts (Bookburners, Season 2: Episode 4)” by Margaret Dunlap, to be published by Serial Box on July 13, 2016 (ebook only):

    The Team sees strange times on the Silk Road in the fourth episode of Bookburners, the gritty Urban Fantasy presented by Serial Box, now in its second season. Frustrated at the still-broken Orb, Liam does some old-school web fishing and gets a nibble from Turkey. When Team Three travels to investigate they stumble upon a strange and ghostly crossroads where Liam is shocked to see someone he knows—or who at least knows him.