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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spotlight on November Books

This month we are featuring 30 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 November 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 Since information sometimes is out of date even in the Amazon links we use for listings, books get delayed or sometimes even released earlier, we would truly appreciate if you would send us an email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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"Parallel Stories" by Peter Nadas Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, (MISC).
Daylight on Iron Mountain by David Wingrove. UK Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Corvus. (SF).
The Other by Matthew Hughes. Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Underland Press. (SF).
Firebird by Jack McDevitt. Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Ace. (SF).
Stone Spring by Stephen Baxter. Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Roc. (AH / US Debut).
A Fighting Chance by William C. Dietz. Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Ace. (SF).

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The Folded World by Catherynne M. Valente. Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Night Shade Books. (AH).
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz. US/UK Release Date: November 1, 2011. Published by Mulholland Books/Orion. (MISC).
The Ascendant Stars by Michael Cobley. UK Release Date: November 3, 2011. Published by Orbit UK. (SF).
"The Time in Between" by Maria Duenas Release Date: November 8, 2011. Published by Atria. (MISC).
11/22/63 by Stephen King. Release Date: November 8, 2011. Published by Scribner. (MISC).
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. Release Date: November 8, 2011. Published by Tor. (FAN).

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Scholar by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Release Date: November 8, 2011. Published by Tor. (FAN).
When the Saints by Dave Duncan. Release Date: November 8, 2011. Published by Tor. (FAN).
Endurance by Jay Lake. Release Date: November 8, 2011. Published by Tor. (FAN).
Thieving Fear by Ramsey Campbell. Release Date: November 15, 2011. Published by Dorchester. (HF / US Debut).
Lightbringer by K. D. McEntire. Release Date: November 15, 2011. Published by Pyr. (YA).
The Dragon Arcana by Pierre Pevel. UK Release Date: November 17, 2011. Published by Gollancz. (FAN).

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Hearts of Smoke and Steam by Andrew P. Mayer. Release Date: November 22, 2011. Published by Pyr. (Steampunk).
Autumn: Disintegration by David Moody. Release Date: November 22, 2011. Published by St. Martin’s Griffin. (HF / Reprint).
Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey. Release Date: November 22, 2011. Published by Grand Central. (MISC).
Somewhere Beneath Those Waves by Sarah Monette. Release Date: November 22, 2011. Published by Prime Books. (Collection).
Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. Release Date: November 23, 2011. Published by Orbit. (FAN / Omnibus).
The Pilgrims by Will Elliott. UK Release Date: November 24, 2011. Published by Quercus. (FAN).

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Honor Among Thieves by David Chandler. Release Date: November 29, 2011. Published by Harper Voyager. (FAN).
Winning Mars by Jason Stoddard. Release Date: November 29, 2011. Published by Prime Books. (MISC).Link
Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews. Release Date: November 29, 2011. Published by Ace. (UF).
Killing Rites by M.L.N. Hanover. Release Date: November 29, 2011. Published by Pocket. (UF).
Theme Planet by Andy Remic. Release Date: November 29, 2011. Published by Solaris. (SF).
The Hunter from the Woods by Robert McCammon. Release Date: November 30, 2011. Published by Subterranean Press. (Collection).

2 comments:

Liviu said...

November has 3 huge novels for me though one is very dense and strange literary non-sff, one is in Spanish and one I read a few times but it is finally published in the major leagues; so Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas, 1150+dense pages, 18 years to write and a possibility of a masterpiece for the ages; while the US release was October 25, the UK is early November.

Then November 17 and El Prisionero del Cielo by CR Zafon appears in Spain; the 3rd "Cemetery of Books/Barcelona" series after the superb Shadow of the Wind and Angel's Game

Then Novmeber 23 and Michael Sullivan's theft of Swords will see its release; the first omnibus of the Ryria Revelations - Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha - you will see a lot about it this month here as I am a huge fan and read the books quite a few times so far since their original indie publication starting in 2008, including the omnibus of course.

Other than that, few books of interest as I am not a fan of either King or Sanderson who are the big commercial hitters of the month.

I'll have reviews of a bunch of late October books (Deas, Wooding, Solaris Rising, Jemisin - though of course I still have to read the last 3).

Of the actual November books I read Scholar and Time in Between and I will read Hearts of Smoke and Steam which i have, while I will try Firebird as I am a huge McDevitt fan but the last Benedict novel sadly showed its age - the 10k future world building that looks like America of the 50's jarred very badly there.

I will take a look also at Saints Astray and Theme Planet but probably in December or later as I have to wait for the books to be published, while the second Green book by Jay Lake (Endurance) and the Monette collection are of "if they come into my hands" kind.

Loved Pilo's Circus but will Elliott's offering is a portal fantasy and I simply detest such - my feeling is that if you read one, you read all and I read Mark Twain's decades ago.

I also have a copy of winning Mars from its indie release days of years ago and i liked the story on which it is based, but I am unsure if i will take another look for now

Great cover for the Pevel 3rd book, but the 1st book in the series disapointed me badly and the second gave me no reason to change my opinion, so it's an avoid

I have copies of both stone Spring and its sequel but I am not in the mood for them - read 50 pages from stone Spring last year and while I like a lot of S. Baxter's novels, this is a maybe in the future one; I'd rather have edge of science, far future novels from the author than Auel wannabe novels that are a dime a dozen

Ashley Williams said...

Nice blog1! thank you!!

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