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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Spotlight on July Books

This month Robert Thompson provided most of the book titles with additions by Cindy Hannikman, Liviu Suciu and Mihir Wanchoo. We are featuring 60 books. This month there were considerably more new sff releases but we tried to limit ourselves to a reasonable number and we chose the books most in tune with what's reviewed here.

The release dates are US unless marked otherwise and the books are first edition unless noted differently. The dates are on a best known basis so they are not guaranteed; same about the edition information. Since information sometimes is out of date even in the Amazon/Book Depository links we use for listings, books get delayed or sometimes even released earlier, we would truly appreciate if you would send us an email about any listing with incorrect information.


Sometimes a cover image is not available at the time of the post and also sometimes covers change unexpectedly so while we generally use the Amazon one when available and cross check with Google Images, the ultimate bookstore cover may be different.

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“The Crowded Shadows” by Celine Kiernan. Release Date: July 1, 2010.
“The Restoration Game” by Ken MacLeod. UK Release Date: July 1, 2010.
“A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories” by Beth Bernobich. July 1, 2010.
“Heartless” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Release Date: July 1, 2010.
“Forbidden Sea” by Sheila A. Nielson. Release Date: July 1, 2010.
"Ghostopolis" by Doug Tennapel Release Date: July 1, 2010.

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"The Blackhope Enigma"
by Teresa Flavin UK Release Date: July 1, 2010.
“The Sleeping Beauty” by Mercedes Lackey. Release Date: July 1, 2010.
“Empire of Light” by Gary Gibson. UK Release Date: July 2, 2010.
"Death by Diamonds" by Annette Blair - 6 July 2010
"Discord's Apple" by Carrie Vaughn - 06 Jul 2010

“The Fuller Memorandum” by Charles Stross. Release Date: July 6, 2010.

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"Think of a Number" by John Verdon - 06 Jul 2010
"A Devil in the Details" by K A Stewart - 06 Jul 2010

“The Year's Best SF: 27th Annual Collection” edited by Gardner Dozois. July 6, 2010.
“Song of the Dragon” by Tracy & Laura Hickman. July 6, 2010.
“Gateways” ed. by Elizabeth A. Hull. Release Date: July 6, 2010.
“Red Hood's Revenge” by Jim C. Hines. Release Date: July 6, 2010.

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“The Girls with Games of Blood” by Alex Bledsoe. July 6, 2010.
“Pathfinder” by Laura E. Reeve. Release Date: July 6, 2010.
“The Word For World Is Forest” by Ursula K. Le Guin. July 6, 2010 (Reprint).
“Primeval” by David L. Golemon. Release Date: July 6, 2010.
“The Season of Risks” by Susan Hubbard. Release Date: July 6, 2010.
“The Magickers Chronicles” by Emily Drake. Release Date: July 6, 2010.

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“The Grimm Legacy” by Polly Shulman. Release Date: July 8, 2010.
"The Khilaian Sphere" by
Aaron Rosenberg Release Date: July 8, 2010.
"The Whisperers" by John Connolly - 13 Jul 2010
“Johannes Cabal the Detective” by Jonathan L. Howard. Release Date: July 13, 2010.
“Lucy” by Laurence Gonzales. Release Date: July 13, 2010.
“7 Souls” by Barnabas Miller & Jordan Orlando. Release Date: July 13, 2010.

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“X Isle” by Steve Augarde. Release Date: July 13, 2010.
“Sleepless” by Cyn Balog. Release Date: July 13, 2010.
“The Unit” by Terry DeHart. Release Date: July 14, 2010.
“The Very Best of Charles de Lint” by Charles de Lint. Release Date: July 15, 2010.
“The Third Bear” by Jeff VanderMeer. Release Date: July 15, 2010.
"Urchin and the Rage Tide" by
M.I. McAllister Release Date: July 20, 2010.

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“Masked” edited by Lou Anders. Release Date: July 20, 2010.
"Blood Men" by Paul Cleave Release Date: 20 Jul 2010
“Imager's Intrigue” by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.. Release Date: July 20, 2010.
“The Bird of the River” by Kage Baker. Release Date: July 20, 2010.
“All That Lives Must Die” by Eric Nylund. Release Date: July 20, 2010.
“Dead Space: Martyr” by B.K. Evenson. Release Date: July 20, 2010.

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“The Selected” by Patrick Cave. Release Date: July 20, 2010.
“Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater. Release Date: July 20, 2010.
“The War that Came Early: West & East” by Harry Turtledove. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“Dragongirl” by Todd McCaffrey. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“The Dervish House” by Ian McDonald. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“The Hounds of Avalon” by Mark Chadbourn. Release Date: July 27, 2010 (US Debut).

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“Hawkwood and the Kings” by Paul Kearney. Release Date: July 27, 2010 (US Debut).
“The Uncrowned King” by Rowena Corey Daniels. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“Stormlord Rising” by Glenda Larke. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“The Chamber of Ten” by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“The Terminal State” by Jeff Somers. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
"Wolf's Cross" by S A Swann Release Date: July 27, 2010.

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“Lincoln's Sword” by Debra Doyle & James Macdonald. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“Stuff of Legends” by Ian Gibson. Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“Heroes Return" by Moira J. Moore Release Date: July 27, 2010.
“The Four Fingers of Death” by Rick Moody. Release Date: July 28, 2010.
“The Reluctant Mage” by Karen Miller. Release Date: July 28, 2010.
“The Black Lung Captain” by Chris Wooding. UK Release Date: July 29, 2010.

7 comments:

Anne said...

Have any of you read Devil is in the Details? It sounds either really good or really bad. Wondering which :)

Anne said...

One more comment - I've read Think of a Number, and while I loved it (as did some of my colleagues) it is not sff, just a really good mystery-thriller.

Liviu said...

Both of these look like Mihir's choices so he may comment on them.

Even at 60 books - which I selected from a considerably lengthier list - and it is impossible to cover all, but we try to have the books of interest to us and/or the ones closest such

The Reader said...

Hi Anne

Thanks for your comments, I'll be trying to review both the books over here. If you like here's a lengthy excerpt of "A Devil in the Details" http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780451463432,00.html?sym=EXC

"Think of a number" is a supposedly good debut & I would love to hear your thoughts about it on FB. We try to cover as many genres as we can as evidenced by Liviu & Cindy's reviews(even though we are called Fantasybookcritic) Thanks & have a fun I-Day weekend.

Mihir

Bastard said...

I'm interested in A Devil in the Details by K.A. Stewart myself. Heard that fans of Dresden should enjoy it.

Will look forward to a review if you guys end up doing one.

The Reader said...

@ B.

I'll try to review this one if I get the arc copy. From what I read in the excerpt, the book seems intriguing.

Mihir

Bastard said...

Hey Mihir and the rest:

I'm actually reading A Devil in the Details right now, and I'm liking it so far. Even if you end up not liking the concept, you can tell that the author will be one to keep an eye out in the genre. The main character's voice is a good one, and the situation of champion vs. demon is more interesting than one is led to believe.

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