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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Spotlight on January Books

This month we are featuring 24 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 January 2012 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 Since information sometimes is out of date even in the Amazon links we use for listings, books get delayed or sometimes even released earlier, we would truly appreciate if you would send us an email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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The Man Who Rained by Ali Shaw. UK Release Date: January 1, 2012. Published by Atlantic. (SF/FAN).
Seven Princes by John R. Fultz. Release Date: January 3, 2012. Published by Orbit. (FAN).
Leaves of Flame by Benjamin Tate. Release Date: January 3, 2012. Published by DAW. (FAN).
The Daemon Prism by Carol Berg. Release Date: January 3, 2012. Published by Roc. (FAN).
A Path to Coldness of Heart by Glen Cook. Release Date: January 10, 2012. Published by Night Shade Books. (FAN).
The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells. Release Date: January 10, 2012. Published by Night Shade Books. (FAN).

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Faith by John Love. Release Date: January 10, 2012. Published by Night Shade Books. (SF).
Gideon's Corpse by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Release Date: January 10, 2012. Published by Grand Central. (MISC).
Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian Cameron Esslemont. UK Release Date: January 12, 2012. Published by Bantam UK. (FAN).
In the Lion's Mouth by Michael Flynn. Release Date: January 17, 2012. Published by Tor. (SF).
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus. Release Date: January 17, 2012. Published by Knopf. (FAN).
Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds. UK Release Date: January 19, 2012. Published by Gollancz. (SF).

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In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley. UK Release Date: January 19, 2012. Published by Gollancz. (SF).
Transmission by John Meaney. UK Release Date: January 19, 2012. Published by Gollancz. (SF).
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon by Mark Hodder. Release Date: January 24, 2012. Published by Pyr. (Steampunk).
Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Release Date: January 24, 2012. Published by Pyr. (SF).
Pineapple Grenade by Tim Dorsey. Release Date: January 24, 2012. Published by William Morrow. (MISC).
Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan. Release Date: January 31, 2012. Published by Orbit. (FAN / Omnibus).

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Giant Thief by David Tallerman. Release Date: January 31, 2012. Published by Angry Robot. (FAN).
Greatshadow by James Maxey. Release Date: January 31, 2012. Published by Solaris. (FAN).
The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar. Release Date: January 31, 2012. Published by Angry Robot. (Steampunk).
Sadie Walker Is Stranded by Madeleine Roux. Release Date: January 31, 2012. Published by St. Martin’s Griffin. (HF).
The Faceless by Simon Bestwick. Release Date: January 31, 2012. Published by Solaris. (HF).
Shadows West by Joe R. Lansdale & John L. Lansdale. Release Date: January 31, 2012. Published by Subterranean Press.

4 comments:

Liviu said...

This month the books of great interest for me are Daemon Prism (read, rv jan 3), The Man who Rained (not have yet but an asap), In the Lion's Mouth (reading), Blue Remembered earth (buy on release), In the Mouth of the whale (buy on release), Heir of Novron (reading), Expedition to the Mountains of the moon (reading, The Great Game (reading).

In addition I will take a look at Flame Alphabet upon release and maybe Transmission (as an UK novel this I need to buy and I may despite being so-so on Ragnarok 1)

I also have to do two earlier reviews (Maria Snyder and Odd?) and the rest as time/energy/mood goes.

Bibliotropic said...

I'm looking forward to reading "The Cloud Roads." It's a shame I probably won't get to it in January, but probably in February. I'm hoping it's as good as all the signs are indicating!

bascule said...

Liviu,

When you've read "Mountains of the moon" I'd be really happy to hear your take on the end. It cannot be talked about in the open as you will see. But it needs to be talked about.

Liviu said...

You made me very curious - I am in a sfnal mood and i just finished In the Lion's Mouth which I greatly enjoyed, probably even more than January Dancer (liked but had reservations on Up Jim River) and I was planning to start that or Great Game, so now Burton and Swinburne 3 is next...

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