Here are some of the speculative fiction titles I have received over the past week or so from H.B. Fenn, PYR SF and Ink Oink Art, Inc. Publishers. I am running a giveaway for the much anticipated The Gathering Storm by Sanderson and Jordan here.
I love an alternate re-telling of classic fairy tales and until I received Beauty's Curse by Traci E. Hall, I was unaware of this title which I am looking forward to. Released November 1.
7th Son: Descent by J.C. Hutchins is a thriller with a killer concept. Literally. Podcasts and other interesting features available on his website. Released October 27.
The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president's murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear he may know the seven better than they know themselves.
Canticle by Ken Scholes is the follow up novel to last years Lametation in his series The Psalms of Isaak. An absolutely gorgeous cover by artist Gregory Manchess. Released October 13.
SYNOPSIS: Nine months ago, the power and wealth of the now-dissolved Androfrancine Order passed into the hands of Rudolfo, General of the Wandering Army and Lord of the Ninefold Forest Houses. Nine months ago, his consort, Jin Li Tam, told him that she was finally with child and he would have an heir. Nine months ago, Rudolfo and Isaak began the arduous task of transcribing the books and records from the devastated city of Windwir that were stored in the memories of the mechoservitors, and collecting whatever books remained in the Named Lands into a new Great Library.
Today, many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. Jin Li Tam lies in childbed, laboring to give birth....
Suddenly, as the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and magicked, invisible assassins attack. The Gypsy Scouts are unable to fight them off, and all of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. And yet Rudolfo himself is not touched.
And at the same time, on the Keeper's Gate, which guards the Named Lands from the Churning Wastes, a strange figure has appeared with a message for Petronus, the Hidden Pope.
I received this Escape Clause speculative fiction anthology from the folks at Ink Oink Art Inc Publishing and yes I wanted this book as soon as I saw the wonderful cover from artist Thomas Anfield.
A new Venice 'snipe' is commissioned to stop a statue that has become sentient:
- Is it dangerous, Sir?
- Oh, I should think not. Just don’t let the pigeons get too near.
An overweight teen stranded at fat camp, notices his fellow inmates going missing. And it's not mere weight loss.
During a flood, a farmer finds that his land has become an island. Then things come out of the water, searching for higher ground…
A body-builder finds a painting, and does the right thing, returning it to the artist who lost it. But is it the really right thing?
A newly dead man is tasked with cultivating the sorrows of the living.
A ghoul proves that you don't have to have a mind of your own to know right from not quite right.
A soldiers tries to thwart a prophecy that someone will steal his one true love.
Curios and Oddities await your turn of the page in this collection of short fiction. Tales as diverse as our international writers will take you from Egypt to outer space with a few stops on and off the map. If magic and mystery and solid genre writing appeal, this is the book for you. I am thrilled to introduce you to the people who are bound to become some of your favorite authors.
Kit St. Germain-- Publisher.
Muse and Reverie from Charles de Lint is an all-new collection of short fiction in his “Newford” universe—the fifth such collection since 1993, and the first since 2002. Previous collections are Dreams Underfoot (1993), The Ivory and the Horn (1995), the World Fantasy Award-winning Memory and Dream (1994), and Tapping the Dream Tree (2002). A new collection by de Lint is always a treat. To be released December 8 in hardcover.
SYNOPSIS: The city of Newford could be any city in North America, bursting with music, commerce, art, love and hate, and of course magic. Magic in the sidewalk cracks, myth at the foundations of its great buildings, enchantment in the spaces between its people. In this new collection, de Lint explores that magic and those spaces, shedding new light on the people and places that readers of novels like Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and The Mystery of Grace have come to love.
The Authorized Ender Companion by Jake Black also called the Ender Encyclopedia is a comprehensive guide to the extensive award-winning Ender science fiction series by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game (1985) and Speaker for the Dead (1986), the first two volume sin the series both won the Nebula and Hugo Awards. The most recent volume in the series was Ender in Exile (2008). Releasing November 10.
If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you’ll find the answer here. If you ever wondered how the battle room worked, you’ll find the answer here. If you forgot the names of the people were who discovered the descolada, the answer is here. The history of Gloriously Bright’s world? Here.
The Authorized Ender Companion contains all that and more. There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees.
I received a copy of the urban fantasy Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica shortly after having already purchased a copy for myself so stay tuned tomorrow for a speical contest for the extra copy.