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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Spotlight on September Books

This month we are featuring 42 books. There are more than twice as many new sff and related releases this month in traditional publishing not to speak of the countless indies from Amazon and Smashwords but we are limiting ourselves to books that will be reviewed here or are similar with such. For the full schedule of September 2011 titles known to us, you can consult the Upcoming Releases page.

The release dates are US unless marked otherwise, though for books released in the UK and US in the same month but on different dates we use the earliest date without comment and they 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 Since information sometimes is out of date even in the Amazon links we use for listings, books get delayed or sometimes even released earlier, we would truly appreciate if you would send us an email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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“Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute” by Jonathan L. Howard. UK Release Date: September 1, 2011. Published by Headline. (MISC).
“The Departure” by Neal Asher. UK Release Date: September 5, 2011. Published by Tor UK. (SF).
“Legacy of Kings” by C.S. Friedman. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by DAW. (FAN).
“Into the Hinterlands” by David Drake & John Lambshead. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Baen. (SF).
“Blood Spirits” by Sherwood Smith. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by DAW. (FAN).
“The Realms Thereunder” by Ross Lawhead. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Thomas Nelson. (FAN).

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“Thomas World” by Richard Cox. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Night Shade Books. (SF).
“The Burning Soul” by John Connolly. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Atria. (MISC).
“The Taker” by Alma Katsu. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Gallery. (MISC).
“Santcus” by Simon Toyne. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by William Morrow. (MISC).
“Those Across the River” by Christopher Buehlman. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Ace. (HF).
“The Panama Laugh” by Thomas Roche. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Night Shade Books. (HF).

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“My Soul to Take” by Tananarive Due. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Washington Square Press. (HF).
“Hellbent” by Cherie Priest. Release Date: September 6, 2011. Published by Spectra. (UF).
“How Firm A Foundation” by David Weber. Release Date: September 13, 2011. Published by Tor. (SF).
“Spellbound” by Blake Charlton. Release Date: September 13, 2011. Published by Tor. (FAN).
“Prospero Regained” by L. Jagi Lamplighter. Release Date: September 13, 2011. Published by Tor. (FAN).
“The Highest Frontier” by Joan Slonczewski. Release Date: September 13, 2011. Published by Tor. (SF).

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“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Release Date: September 13, 2011. Published by Doubleday. (MISC).
“So Silver Bright” by Lisa Mantchev. Release Date: September 13, 2011. Published by Feiwel & Friends. (YA).
“Bronze Summer” by Stephen Baxter. UK Release Date: September 15, 2011. Published by Gollancz. (AH).
“War in Heaven” by Gavin Smith. UK Release Date: September 15, 2011. Published by Gollancz. (SF).
“Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales” edited by Julie Czerneda & Susan MacGregor. Release Date: September 15, 2011. Published by EDGE. (ANTHO).
“Briarpatch” by Tim Pratt. Release Date: September 15, 2011. Published by ChiZine Publications. (MISC).

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“Reamde” by Neal Stephenson. Release Date: September 20, 2011. Published by William Morrow. (SF).
“The Fractal Prince” by Hannu Rajaniemi. UK Release Date: September 20, 2011. Published by Gollancz. (SF).
“Blackdog” by K.V. Johansen. Release Date: September 20, 2011. Published by Pyr. (FAN).
“The Rift Walker” by Clay & Susan Griffith. Release Date: September 20, 2011. Published by Pyr. (FAN).
“Goliath” by Scott Westerfeld. Release Date: September 20, 2011. Published by Simon Pulse. (YA).
“The Islanders” by Christopher Priest. UK Release Date: September 22, 2011. Published by Gollancz. (MISC).

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“Fire & Thorns” by Rae Carson. UK Release Date: September 22, 2011. Published by Gollancz. (FAN).
“Cold Fire” by Kate Elliott. Release Date: September 26, 2011. Published by Orbit. (Steampunk).
“Ganymede” by Cherie Priest. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Tor. (Steampunk).
“The Immorality Engine” by George Mann. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Tor. (Steampunk / US Debut).
“All Men of Genius” by Lev AC Rosen. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Tor. (Steampunk).
“Debris” by Jo Anderton. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Angry Robot. (SF).

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“Darkness Falling” by Peter Crowther. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Angry Robot. (HF).
“Dead Bad Things” by Gary McMahon. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Angry Robot. (HF).
“Vacation” by Matthew J. Costello. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Thomas Dunne. (HF).
“Spider's Revenge” by Jennifer Estep. Release Date: September 27, 2011. Published by Pocket. (UF).
“The Revisionists” by Thomas Mullen. Release Date: September 28, 2011. Published by Mulholland Books. (MISC).
“Mr. Fox” by Helen Oyeyemi. Release Date: September 29, 2011. Published by Riverhead. (FAN).

5 comments:

redhead said...

I'm excited about that new Neal Stephenson!!

Liviu said...

I have a copy and reads very well but I have not found yet the big chunks of time/energy it needs for a proper read; it is huge too

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I'm very much looking forward to Cold Fire - I really enjoyed Cold Magic. I still haven't read any Charlton or Priest but I want to get on that as soon as possible

underext7 said...

That's a hell of a post... I see a few promising ones... Legacy of kings seems to be getting great reviews, and it's good to see Spellbound get a new cover lol... Also, Blackdog looked promising, but had a terrible premise... Good cover though!

Liviu said...

Lots of great choices this month:

- the huge asap's for me are Cold Fire and The islanders and I think i will give an asap try to Fractal prince when published despite being only so-so about Quantum Thief

- I read and loved the first 2 CS Friedman novels in the Legacy Kings series and reviewed #2 but I have been a little distanced from traditional fantasy for some months now so that is a take a look when i see a copy for now

-All Men of Genius is very intriguing so I will check it out on publication and I will take a look at The Highest frontier and Fire&Thorns as they are published and i can get a sample

War in Heaven, Bronze Summer are #2 in series I have and opened #1 but neither advanced beyond page 20, nor gave up on, so those are "if in the mood"

Goliath is #3 in a YA series I loved the debut Leviathan, but never got to Behemoth though I have a copy, so I may read both when Goliath is out

Prospero Regained is #3 in a series I unexpectedly loved #1, but was meh on #2, so I will check it out but with low expectations

Mr. Fox is by an author i really loved a book (White is for Witching) so I have to check it despite that I dislike books with its premise of mixing people and their fictions

I have Reamde and it reads well but I will probably wait for a digital copy to tackle this monster novel of 1000 pages

I read and loved:

The Rift Walker (rv posted)
Into the Hinterlands (rv posted)
The Night Circus (rv done tbp soon)
How firm a Foundation (rv tbd)
The Immorality Engine (rv tbd)
Debris (rv tbd)

I read and liked well enough but not as much as I expected The Deaprture (rv tbd)

Of the rest most are sure no interest for me, though there is one or two I may look at if they or a sample come into my hands

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