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Aqueduct Press

Will Do Magic For Small Change by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press 01 June 2016 / ) - Book Description: Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on the stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But at 5'10" and 180 pounds, she's theatrically challenged. Her family life is a tangle of mystery and deadly secrets, and nobody is telling Cinnamon the whole truth. Before her brother died, he gave Cinnamon The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer, a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform in Paris and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, The Chronicles may be magic or alien science, but the story is definitely connected to Cinnamon's family secrets. When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theatre squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds together. (see review)

Baen

A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant) by David Weber and Timothy Zahn (Baen 28 June 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: NEW SERIES FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHORS. Book #1 in Manticore Ascendant, a new series set in David Weber's best-selling Honorverse from David Weber and Timothy Zahn. Adventure in the heroic days and frontier past of Honor Harrington's Star Kingdom!

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...the two things his neglectful mother couldn't or wouldn't provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he'd finally found the structure he'd always wanted so desperately.

But life in the RMN isn't exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

The Star Kingdom is a minor nation among the worlds of the Diaspora, its closest neighbors weeks or months away, with little in the way of resources. With only modest interstellar trade, no foreign contacts to speak of, a plague-ravaged economy to rebuild, and no enemies looming at the hyper limit, there are factions in Parliament who want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources and manpower elsewhere.

But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place. Travis Long is about to find that out.

Read our review of A Call to Duty in our October, 2014 issue. (Source: Baen)

A Long Time Until Now (Temporal Displacement) by Michael Z Williamson (Baen 28 June 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: Book 1 in a new series from the creator of the best-selling Freehold Universe series. A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only its guns and portable hardware.

Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow, they arrive in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: Imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans and a small cadre of East Indian peasants. Despite their technological advantage, the soldiers only have ten people, and know no way home. Then two more time travelers arrive from a future far beyond the present with a treacherous agenda that may very well lead to the death of the displaced in a harsh and dangerous era.

Read our review of A Long Time Until Now in our September 2015 issue.

(Source: Baen)

Black Tide Rising by (Baen 07 June 2016 / $26.00) - Product Description: A collection of all-original stories set in the Black Tide Rising series of novels created by author John Ringo. Stories by John Ringo, Eric Flint, John Scalzi & Dave Klecha, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Z. Williamson and more.

The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: "What do we do now?" For a group of neighbors in the Chicago suburbs of Northern Indiana, it was "work together or die"...and figure out how to live on top of oil storage tanks to keep the zombies at bay. For the Biological Emergency Response Teams in New York City, it was "how long can we fight off the infected before it's too late" ... as well as having to fight other groups all out to claim a dwindling stock of supplies and safety. And for a group of cheerleaders, it was about the end of their world. And about what happens when you get a group of physically fit young women really, really angry.

(Source: Baen)

Death's Bright Day (RCN Saga) by David Drake (Baen 07 June 2016 / $26.00) - Product Description: Leary and Mundy are back in another military science fiction adventure as they undertake a mission to a distant but critical star system.

Captain Daniel Leary thinks that his marriage will allow him to slip into the quiet role of a naval officer in peacetime. His friend, the spy and cybrarian Adele Mundy, is content to be collating data in her library. But high officials of both superpowers are involved! Those who want Daniel and Adele to become involved in the Tarbell Stars claim that only they can prevent a war between the Republic of Cinnabar and its great rival, the Alliance of Free Stars. The conflict is political, but at the sharp end it means blazing warfare and cold-blooded murder. Daniel and Adele will be at the sharp end.

The odds in ships and guns are badly in the enemy's favor. Daniel, Adele, and the crew of the Princess Cecile will do everything humanly possible, but that may not be enough against an enemy battleship. And even if Daniel and his companions succeed in battle, they can't be sure whether their employers really wanted them to win--or whether they even want them alive. All they can do is to race forward, hoping to come through into DEATH'S BRIGHT DAY.

(Source: Baen)

Galactic Games by (Baen 07 June 2016 / $16.00) - Product Description: The Olympic Games--man vs. man, woman vs. woman, pushing skills, minds, brains and bodies to their limits in the ultimate competition on Earth. But now mankind has reached the stars and new challenges and possibilities arisen in sports. From alien opponents to literal death defying stakes and more, galactic games have given the ultimate competition a whole new framework. From top selling authors like George R.R. Martin, Mercedes Lackey, Todd McCaffrey, David Farland, and Seanan McGuire to legends like Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett, Gene Wolfe, Mike Resnick, and Jack C. Haldeman. GALACTIC GAMES offers 20 one of a kind stories of sports in the future. From variations on old classics like downhill figure skating or horse racing with alien kladnars, from baseball played with speedboats to basketball on Mars and golf on the moon, GALACTIC GAMES brings you a new level of competition you've never seen before.

(Source: Baen)

The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015: Vol. 2 by (Baen 07 June 2016 / $16.00) - Product Description: The year's best military SF, space opera, and adventure SF stories.  The second of a new series featuring the best stories of the year from the top magazines and online venues with a military and adventure science fiction theme.

The new Golden Age of short science fiction has arrived! Selected from the premier print and online markets in the field, here are stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories of future military men and women, space opera on a grand scale, and edge-of-your-seat adventure science fiction in the grand pulp tradition. The second volume in an on-going series, The Year's Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction, features stories by giants of the genre and the hottest new voices.

Plus, you be the judge! INTERACTIVE READER VOTING. One story from this anthology will be chosen via proctored online voting for The Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Reader's Choice Award, presented at DragonCon in Summer 2016. For more information, go to Baen.com.

(Source: Baen)

Three Faces of Asprin by Robert Asprin (Baen 07 June 2016 / $16.00) - Product Description: Three action packed science fiction novels by the author and creator of the Myth Adventures series. Contains The Cold Cash Wars, The Bug Wars, and Tambu.

The Cold Cash War: International conglomerates plot a complete domination of the free world, facing off against world governments in a calculated and vicious battle of wits and blood.

The Bug Wars: The reptilian Tzen have battled their way to dominance in a hostile environment, honing their skills as fierce warriors and master strategists. They will need these abilities and more when the Enemy swarms toward the planet of Tzen.

Tambu: For years the mysterious figure known only as Tambu has held the settled planets in his iron grip. The fleet of pirates and criminals under his command have established and maintained a reign of terror and extortion, successfully defying all efforts of the newly formed Defense alliance to halt or curb their activities. Now, for the first time, a reporter has been granted an interview with Tambu: the story will finally be told of Tambu's origin, his rise to power, and--most important--his philosophies and logic for running his force. If Tambu can be believed. And if the reporter is allowed to leave with his story.

(Source: Baen)

Berkley

Bay of Sighs (Guardians Trilogy) by Nora Roberts (Berkley 14 June 2016 / $17.00) - Product Description: The new Guardians Trilogy novel from the author of Stars of Fortune.

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces.

Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star.

Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground.

And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled--the mermaid's in the water and the traveler's on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.

(see review)

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman (Berkley 07 June 2016 / $26.00) - Product Description: Remember that car that passed you near midnight on Route 66, doing 105 with its lights off? You wondered where it was going so quickly on that dark, dusty stretch of road, motor roaring, the driver glancing out the window as he blew by.

Did his greedy eyes shine silver like a coyote's? Did he make you feel like prey? You can't remember now.

You just saw the founder of the Suicide Motor Club. Be grateful his brake lights never flashed. Be grateful his car was already full.

They roam America, littering the highways with smashed cars and bled-out bodies, a gruesome reflection of the unsettled sixties. But to anyone unlucky enough to meet them in the lonely hours of the night, they're just a blurry memory.

That is--to all but one... Two years ago, they left a witness in the mangled wreck of her family car, her husband dead, her son taken. She remembers their awful faces, despite their tricks and glamours. And she's coming for them--her thirst for vengeance even more powerful than their hunger for blood.

On the deserted highways of America, the hunters are about to become the hunted.

(Source: Berkley)

Del Rey

Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan (Del Rey 28 June 2016 / $26.00) - Product Description: Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.

(see review)

League of Dragons (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik (Del Rey 14 June 2016 / $28.00) - Product Description: With the acclaimed Temeraire novels, New York Times bestselling author Naomi Novik has created a fantasy series like no other, combining the high-flying appeal of Anne McCaffrey's Pern saga and the swashbuckling derring-do of Patrick O'Brian's historical seafaring adventures. Now, with League of Dragons, Novik brings the imaginative tour de force that has captivated millions to an unforgettable finish.

Napoleon's invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Capt. William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force, and he'll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive. While the emperor regroups, the allies have an opportunity to strike first and defeat him once and for all--if internal struggles and petty squabbles don't tear them apart.

Aware of his weakened position, Napoleon has promised the dragons of every country--and the ferals, loyal only to themselves--vast new rights and powers if they fight under his banner. It is an offer eagerly embraced from Asia to Africa--and even by England, whose dragons have long rankled at their disrespectful treatment.

But Laurence and his faithful dragon soon discover that the wily Napoleon has one more gambit at the ready--one that that may win him the war, and the world.

(see review)

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories by China Miéville (Del Rey 07 June 2016 / $16.00) - Product Description: The fiction of multiple award–winning author China Miéville is powered by intelligence and imagination. Like George Saunders, Karen Russell, and David Mitchell, he pulls from a variety of genres with equal facility, employing the fantastic not to escape from reality but instead to interrogate it in provocative, unexpected ways.

London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs. Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose. An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpse's bones--designs clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimony to ... what?

Of such concepts and unforgettable images are made the twenty-eight stories in this collection--many published here for the first time. By turns speculative, satirical, and heart-wrenching, fresh in form and language, and featuring a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face-to-face with the deep weirdness of the world—and at times the deeper weirdness of themselves--Three Moments of an Explosion is a fitting showcase for one of our most original voices.
(see review)

Fairwood Press

Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls by Michael Bishop (Fairwood Press 01 June 2016 / $16.99) - Book Description: Joel-Brock Lollis's family has vanished into the labyrinthine Sporangium below a curious Georgia emporium, Big Box Bonanzas. Glimpses of an older J-B Lollis of the Atlanta Braves on a BBB television suggest that Joel-Brock may never get back his parents and sister. The Valorous Smalls--almost-ten Joel-Brock, lively teen Addi, and tiny detective Valona--forge their way into the mushroom realm to change that possible future.

(Source: Fairwood Press)

FSG Originals

Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (The Tale of Shikanoko, #2) by Lian Hearn (FSG Originals 07 June 2016 / $14.00) - Product Description:

Shikanoko has been humbled by failure, and his once clear destiny has become clouded . . .

The Autumn Princess and the boy who is the true emperor are fugitives in the forest, alone and unprotected . . .

In the mountain sorcerer's hut a new generation of the Old People is born―the Spider Tribe, not quite human, not quite demons, and quickly coming of age . . .

One clan is in retreat, the other holds the capital, and natural disasters follow one upon another. Will Heaven ever be placated?

In Autumn Princess, Dragon Child, the old order has come unsettled and the weave of destiny has become unpredictable as it is pulled tighter, sharper, faster, by the instincts for vengeance and redemption, loyalty and survival. The battle for the Lotus Throne has begun in earnest.
In this medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's peerless imagination―so full of magic, beauty, violence, love, and sorrow―the only thing truly inevitable is that these forces are building to a brutal climax, though who the players will be and what the stakes will be cannot yet be told.

The Tale of Shikanoko, Book One: Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016)
The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Two: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016)
The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Three: Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016)
The Tale of Shikanoko, Book Four: The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016)

(see review)

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 14 June 2016 / $16.99) - Product Description: A triumphant victory over the witches has proven that Princess Cadet Evie really does belong at Pennyroyal Academy. News of her heroism has traveled far and wide--inspiring a kingdom of grateful citizens and, when the new term starts, a wave of fresh Academy recruits.

While it's good to be returning to the Academy as a second-class Cadet, things are not as they should be. Evie witnesses the vicious attack of an innocent woman--by a trio of princesses. Pennyroyal's Headmistress General, Princess Beatrice, is dubious about what Evie saw--princesses are enforcers of truth and justice, not thugs. But Evie isn't so sure. Then, amidst piles of fan mail, she finds a letter with an ominous threat. A secret society has come out of the shadows with a wicked plan, putting the Academy in peril. It's up to Evie and her friends to unravel the devious plot and save Pennyroyal Academy.

(Source: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

Harper Voyager

In the Shadow of the Gods (Bound Gods) by Rachel Dunne (Harper Voyager 21 June 2016 / $15.99) - Product Description: A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals led by a violent, secretive man must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.

Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked until now.

Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny--to set off a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.

When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters--Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.

These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun ... and plunging their world into darkness.

(Source: Harper Voyager)

The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim) by Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager 28 June 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: Sandman Slim returns in a stunning, high-octane thriller filled with the intense kick-ass action and inventive fantasy that are the hallmarks of Richard Kadrey.

The request from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn't come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man who's most recently met Death—and death's killer--a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy--and help uncover council members who might be tied to Wormwood's power brokers.

Stark's plans change when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious black liquid that could be a secret weapon in the ongoing war between angels who want to allow human souls into Heaven and rebel angels willing to die to keep them out. When one of Stark's closest friends is poisoned with the black liquid, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place where they might find a cure: Hell.

But standing in their way are the damned souls who, even after death, still work for Wormwood. The secret deal they've struck with the rebel angels is darker than anything Stark has encountered. Not only does the fate of the world hang in the balance, but also the souls of everyone in it. Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure for the black poison, and make it back to LA in one piece--where an old enemy waits to finish him once and for all.

(see review)

Medallion Press

This is Not the End by Jesse Jordan (Medallion Press 14 June 2016 / $9.99) - Product Description: James Salley is turning sixteen, and it's not going well. His family's too busy to care, the local bully creates new tortures daily, someone appears to be following him, and he's just learned that he's the Antichrist.

All James ever wanted out of life was for Dorian Delaney--the operatically trained and suicidal girl of his dreams--to fall as in love with him as he is with her. But once he's told of his bloody destiny, he finds himself fighting between who he thought he was and who he's supposed to be.

With the school librarian pushing him to begin the Apocalypse, an irritable homunculus watching his back, and a murderous cabal of Catholics following him everywhere, James must discover how to navigate a world in which everything he's ever believed is wrong--and if it's possible to be the hero of a story when you've already been cast as the villain.

(Source: Medallion Press)

Night Shade Books

Just One Damned Thing After Another (Chronicles of St. Mary's #1) by Jodi Taylor (Night Shade Books 07 June 2016 / $12.99) - Product Description: The first book in the bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. "History is just one damned thing after another."--Arnold Toynbee

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time travel"--these historians "investigate major historical events in contemporary time." And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary's is that one wrong move and history will fight back--sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it's not only history they're often fighting.

The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots--Director Bairstow, Leon "Chief" Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more--as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-traveling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary's go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake.

(see review)

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight by (Night Shade Books 07 June 2016 / $15.99) - Product Description: A town is held hostage by an unholy bargain made by some of the inhabitants; a party game on Halloween brings back memories better left forgotten; one misstep changes the balance of survival during the apocalypse; a group of seemingly typical travelers are stranded in an airport; a widower's holiday in a seaside town becomes a nightmare ...

The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year's best offerings in short fiction horror.

Table of Contents: Summation 2015 - Ellen Datlow; We Are All Monsters Here - Kelley Armstrong; Universal Horror - Stephen Graham Jones; Slaughtered Lamb - Tom Johnstone; In a Cavern, In a Canyon - Laird Barron; Between the Pilings - Steve Rasnic Tem; Snow - Dale Bailey; Indian Giver - Ray Cluley; My Boy Builds Coffins - Gary McMahon; The Woman in the Hill - Tamsyn Muir; Underground Economy - John Langan; The Rooms Are High - Reggie Oliver; All the Day You'll Have Good Luck - Kate Jonez; Lord of the Sand - Stephen Bacon; Wilderness - Letitia Trent; Fabulous Beasts - Priya Sharma; Descent - Carmen Maria Machado; Hippocampus - Adam Nevill; Black Dog - Neil Gaiman; The 21st Century Shadow - Stephanie M. Wytovich; This Stagnant Breath of Change - Brian Hodge; Honorable Mentions.

(see review)

Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge by (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy 07 June 2016 / ) - Product Description: Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Christian Matheson, and many more venture into the darkest corners of the human psyche in this compilation of wicked acts of payback.

From Shakespeare to Poe, revenge has always been one of the great themes in literature. This anthology contains eighteen stories of ruthless vengeance. A philanderer spends a night with one nameless woman too many. A second-rate music video talent turns down a chance at superstardom and escapes a deadly contract. A comedy duo realizes that retribution is no laughing matter. And a single woman must face the shocking reasons for her solitary lifestyle.

Available for the first time in the United States, Lethal Kiss is a collection of eighteen horrifying tales on evening the score.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ellen Datlow, including rare photos from the editor's personal collection.
(Source: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

Orbit

Hope and Red (Empire of Storms) by Jon Skovron (Orbit 28 June 2016 / $9.99) - Product Description: In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people will find a common cause.

Hope, the lone survivor when her village is massacred by the emperor's forces is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance.

Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist.

(see review)

Roc

Blood In the Water: Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson (Roc 14 June 2016 / $27.00) - Product Description: Taylor Anderson's alternate history series continues as game-changing revelations upend the Grand Alliance in a potentially cataclysmic war.

Ever since the USS Walker came from another world war to defy the terrifying Grik and diabolical Dominion, Matt Reddy and his crew have given their all to protect the oppressed Lemurians. But with the Walker in desperate need of repairs just as the Grik's First General is poised to strike, Reddy is desperate.

With more enemies than ever before arrayed against them, the crew of the Walker needs new allies. That means combing the lethal wilds of Madagascar to find the Lemurians' fabled ancestors, as well as the enigmatic dwellers east of the Pass of Fire. But what Reddy's crew unearths may be more than they can handle—discoveries so shattering they could tilt the balance of the war in either direction.

But Reddy's greatest adversary is from his past: a madman named Kurokawa whose single-minded mission of revenge will shake the Alliance to its core and raise the stakes to the most personal and terrifying levels Reddy has ever faced.

(see review)

DR. DOA (Secret Histories) by Simon R. Green (Roc 07 June 2016 / $27.00) - Product Description: From the author of From a Drood to A Kill comes the next Secret Histories adventure.

The name is Drood, Eddie Drood, also known as Shaman Bond. My family has been safeguarding humanity for generations, facing the hidden horrors of the world so you can sleep at night and remain oblivious to the existence of the monstrous nightmares that walk and stalk among us.

Speaking of predatory night terrors, there is a man who gets away with murder. A man who specializes in removing the problems from other people's lives, by killing the people who cause those problems. He operates from the darkest shadows of the hidden world, coming and going unseen. No-one knows who he is, just his nomme du muerte. Dr. DOA.

Somehow, this demented doc poisoned me. I don't know how he did it, when or where, but whatever is coursing through my veins seems to be immune to magic cures and treatments. But that's not going to stop me from finding him and whoever hired him and give them both a taste of their own medicine.

(see review)

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (Roc 14 June 2016 / $15.00) - Product Description: One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction...

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen.

London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something--secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn't just Irene's reputation at stake, it's the nature of reality itself...

FEATURING BONUS MATERIAL: including an interview with the author, a legend from the Library, and more!

(see review)

Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.

Penric and the Shaman (Penric & Desdemona Book 2) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. 23 June 2016 / ) - Product Description: In this NOVELLA set in The World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in Penric's Demon, Penric is a divine of the Bastard's Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a Locator of the Father's Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected. Penric's roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end.



Bujold delivers an astonishing tale that is not soon forgotten.

"Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics."
- Library Journal

"Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion."
- SF Site

"Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years."
- Locus Magazine

"A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction."
- Rave Reviews

"Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners."
- Chicago Sun Times

"Superb far-future saga."
- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF."
- Publishers Weekly (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

The Walking Dead: Invasion by Jay Bonansinga (St. Martin's Griffin 07 June 2016 / $15.99) - Product Description: Out of the ashes of a devastated Woodbury, Georgia, two opposing camps of ragtag survivors develop - each one on a collision course with the other.

Underground, in the labyrinth of ancient tunnels and mine shafts, Lilly Caul and her motley crew of senior citizens, misfits, and children struggle to build a new life. But a secret ambition still burns in Lilly's heart and soul. She wants her beloved town of Woodbury back from the plague of walkers, and now the only thing that stands in her way currently roams the wasted backwaters of Georgia.

Way out in the hinterlands, amidst the rising tide of walkers that seem to be pushing in from all directions, the psychotic Reverend Jeremiah Garlitz rebuilds his army of followers with a diabolical secret weapon. He has designs on the destruction of Lilly and her crew - the very people who vanquished his cultish church - and now, for the first time, he has the means to bring a special brand of hell down upon the tunnel dwellers.

The final confrontation between these two human factions unleashes an unthinkable weapon - forged from the monstrous hordes of undead, perfected by a madman, and soaked in the blood of innocents.

(Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

Subterranean

Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds by Alastair Reynolds (Subterranean 30 June 2016 / $45.00) - Product Description: The Guardian called Alastair Reynolds' work "a turbulent, wildly entertaining ride" and The Times acclaimed him as "the mastersinger of space opera". With a career stretching back more than 25 years and across fourteen novels, including the classic Revelation Space series, the bestselling Poseidon's Children series, Century Rain, Pushing Ice, and most recently The Medusa Chronicles (with Stephen Baxter), Reynolds has established himself as one of the best and most beloved writers of hard science fiction and space opera working today.

A brilliant novelist, he has also been recognized as one of our best writers of short fiction. His short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, British Fantasy, British Science Fiction, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, Locus, Italia, Seiun, and Sidewise Awards, and have won the Seiun and Sidewise Awards.

The very best of his more than sixty published short stories are gathered in Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds, a sweeping 250,000 word career retrospective which features the very best stories from the Revelation Space universe like "Galactic North", "Great Wall of Mars", "Weather", "Diamond Dogs", and "The Last Log of the Lachrymosa" alongside thrilling hard science fiction stories like Hugo Award nominee "Troika", "Thousandth Night", and "The Star Surgeon's Apprentice". Spanning more than fifteen years, the book also collects more recent stories like environmental SF tale "The Water Thief", powerful and moving YA "The Old Man and the Martian Sea" and the brilliant "In Babelsberg".

Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds has something for every reader of science fiction, and easily meets the challenge of delivering stories that are the hardest of hard science fiction and great entertainment.

(see review)

Down and Out In Purgatory by Tim Powers (Subterranean 30 June 2016 / $30.00) - Product Description: What do you do if the man you've vowed to kill dies before you can kill him?

In college, Tom Holbrook worshipped Shasta DiMaio from afar, but she married the arrogant John Atwater--and Atwater eventually murdered her.

All that's left for Tom is revenge. He has devoted the rest of his life to finding Atwater and killing him--but when he finally finds him, Atwater is in a bag in the Los Angeles County morgue.

How do you kill a man who has already died?

(see review)

Thomas Dunne Books

Pressure by Brian Keene (Thomas Dunne Books 21 June 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: Off the coast of tropical Mauritius, an ecological catastrophe with global implications is occurring. The ocean's floor is collapsing at a rapid rate. World-champion free diver and marine biologist Carrie Anderson joins a scientific expedition determined to discover the cause-and how to stop it. But what they uncover is even more horrific. Deep beneath the surface, something is awake. Something hungry. Something...cold. Now, the pressure builds as Carrie and her colleagues must contend with the murderous operatives of a corrupt corporation, an unnatural disaster that grows bigger by the day, and a monstrous predator that may spell the extinction of all mankind.

(Source: Thomas Dunne Books)

Tor Books

False Hearts (Pacifica) by Laura Lam (Tor Books 14 June 2016 / $24.99) - Product Description: Laura Lam's adult SF debut False Hearts: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.

Raised in the closed cult of Mana's Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins' home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder--the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin's life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins' past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.

(Source: Tor Books)

Ghostbusters by Nancy Holder (Tor Books 28 June 2016 / $9.99) - Product Description: The official novelization for a new generation of Ghostbusters, based on the new movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth and directed by Paul Feig!

After Dr. Erin Gilbert is disgraced at a job interview for her belief in ghosts, she is roped into investigating a haunting by her former colleague, Abby Yates and Abby's new co-worker, Jillian Holtzmann. The three scientists soon discover that some specters do far more than go bump in the night.

MTA employee, Patty Tolan, finds that New York City's subway tunnels are becoming a hive of ghostly apparitions. She calls on Erin, Abbey, and Jillian to investigate, revealing that paranormal activity across New York City is swiftly becoming a disaster of near-biblical proportions

Together, these four would-be paranormal investigators are determined to find out what's going on, save their city, and maybe make a profit while they're at it. The team must stop a mysterious evil known only as Rowan from destroying the barrier between this life and the next and turning Manhattan into a literal hellscape.

(Source: Tor Books)

Judenstaat by Simone Zelitch (Tor Books 21 June 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: Simone Zelitch has created an amazing alternate history in Judenstaat. On April 4th, 1948 the sovereign state of Judenstaat was created in the territory of Saxony, bordering Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.

Forty years later, Jewish historian Judit Klemmer is making a documentary portraying Judenstaat's history from the time of its founding to the present. She is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband, Hans, a Saxon, shot by a sniper as he conducted the National Symphony. With the grief always fresh, Judit lives a half-life, until confronted by a mysterious, flesh-and-blood ghost from her past who leaves her controversial footage on one of Judenstaat's founding fathers--and a note: "They lied about the murder."

Judit's research into the footage, and what really happened to Hans, embroils her in controversy and conspiracy, collective memory and national amnesia, and answers far more horrific than she imagined.

(Source: Tor Books)

MEG: Nightstalkers by Steve Alten (Tor Books 14 June 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: In this fifth installment of the MEG series, Nighstalkers picks up where MEG: Hell's Aquarium left off. Bela and Lizzy, the dominant Megalodon siblings from Angel's brood, have escaped the Tanaka Institute to roam the Salish Sea in British Columbia. While Jonas Taylor and his friend Mac attempt to either recapture or kill the sisters, Jonas's son, David, embarks on his own adventure, motivated by revenge. Having witnessed his girlfriend's gruesome death, David has joined a Dubai Prince's ocean expedition, tracking the 120-foot, hundred-ton Liopleurodon that escaped from the Panthalassa Sea. Haunted by night terrors, David repeatedly risks his life to lure the Lio and other prehistoric sea creatures into the fleet's nets, while battling his own suicidal demons.

(Source: Tor Books)

The Seascape Tattoo by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (Tor Books 28 June 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: Aros of Azteca and Neoloth-Pteor are the deadliest of enemies: swordsman and sorcerer, locked in mortal combat, who have tried to kill each other more times than either can count. But when the princess Neoloth loves is kidnapped, there is only one plan that offers any hope of rescue and that requires passing off the barbarian Aros as a lost princeling and infiltrating the deadliest cabal of necromancers the world has ever seen. They cannot trust each other. They will betray or kill each other the first chance they get. But they're all each other has.

(see review)

The Weaver's Lament (Symphony of Ages) by Elizabeth Haydon (Tor Books 21 June 2016 / $26.99) - Product Description: Elizabeth Haydon returns with a heartbreaking tale of love and valor in The Weaver's Lament, the ninth and final installment of her Symphony of Ages series that began with Rhapsody.

For a thousand years, the lands ruled by the Cymrian Alliance have been at peace. When the brutal death of a dear friend catapults the kingdom to the brink of civil war, Rhapsody finds herself in an impossible situation: forced to choose between her beloved husband, Ashe, and her two oldest friends, Grunthor and Achmed. Choosing her husband will mean the death of thousands of innocents. Siding against him will cost Rhapsody the other half of her soul, both in this life and the next.

In The Weaver's Lament, the lines between the past and future are irrevocably blurred, and the strength of true love is tested in unthinkable ways. Bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon has delivered a spectacular conclusion to the Symphony of Ages.

(Source: Tor Books)

Wolf's Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan (Tor Books 28 June 2016 / $26.99) - Product Description: When her mother and brother are murdered, young noblewoman Accala Viridius cries out for vengeance. But the empire is being torn apart by a galactic civil war, and her demands fall on deaf ears. Undeterred, Accala sacrifices privilege and status to train as a common gladiator. Mastering the one weapon available to her--a razor-sharp discus that always returns when thrown--she enters the deadly imperial games, the only arena where she can face her enemies.

But Fortune's wheel grants Accala no favors--the emperor decrees that the games will be used to settle the civil war, the indigenous lifeforms of the arena-world are staging a violent revolt, and Accala finds herself drugged, cast into slavery and forced to fight on the side of the men she set out to kill.

Set in a future Rome that never fell, but instead expanded to become a galaxy-spanning empire, Accala's struggle to survive and exact her revenge will take her on a dark journey that will cost her more than she ever imagined.

(see review)

Tor Teen

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (Tor Teen 14 June 2016 / $17.99) - Product Description: Steeplejack, the first book in a new series, is A.J. Hartley's YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world.

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation's higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there's Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm's edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon's theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit's murder―except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city's mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon's theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah's haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

(Source: Tor Teen)

William Morrow

Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow 21 June 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.

The search isn't yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy's disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil's Rock.

Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy's journal begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.

As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy's disappearance at Devil's Rock.

(Source: William Morrow)

Hell's Gate by Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch (William Morrow 07 June 2016 / $26.99) - Product Description: When a Japanese submarine is discovered abandoned deep in the Brazilian wilderness, a smart, adventurous, and tough zoologist must derail a catastrophic plot in Hell's Gate.

1944. As war rages in Europe and the Pacific, Army Intel makes a shocking discovery: a 300-foot Japanese sub marooned and empty, deep in the Brazilian interior. A team of Army Rangers sent to investigate has already gone missing. Now, the military sends Captain R.J. MacCready, a quick-witted, brilliant scientific jack-of-all-trades to learn why the Japanese are there--and what they're planning.

Parachuting deep into the heart of Central Brazil, one of the most remote regions on the planet, Mac is unexpectedly reunited with his hometown friend and fellow scientist Bob Thorne. A botanist presumed dead for years, Thorne lives peacefully with Yanni, an indigenous woman who possesses mysterious and invaluable skills. Their wisdom and expertise are nothing short of lifesaving for Mac as he sets out on a trail into the unknown.

Mac makes the arduous trek into an ancient, fog-shrouded valley hidden beneath a 2000-foot plateau, where he learns of a diabolical Axis plot to destroy the United States and its allies. But the enemy isn't the only danger in this treacherous jungle paradise. Silently creeping from the forest, an even darker force is on the prowl, attacking at night and targeting both man and beast. Mac has to uncover the source of this emerging biological crisis and foil the enemy's plans ... but will he be in time to save humanity from itself?

(Source: William Morrow)

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