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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Spotlight on July 2009 Books

This month Robert Thompson provided most of the book titles with additions by Cindy Hannikman, Liviu Suciu and Mihir Wanchoo. We are featuring 40 books.

Since we have quite a few books and we want to keep the post manageable and easily navigable, so people do not give up halfway through the list, we are doing just covers, titles, links, but no blurbs. Click on any link and you will find more information about the book or the author(s).

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.

“The Osiris Ritual” by George Mann. UK Release Date: July 1, 2009

“Wireless” by Charles Stross. UK Release Date: July 2, 2009.

"The Motley Man” by Daniel Duguay. UK Release Date: July 3, 2009.

"The Dwarves" by Markus Heitz Release Date: July 3, 2009.

“Lord of Silence” by Mark Chadbourn. UK Release Date: July 6, 2009.

“By Heresies Distressed” by David Weber. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“Eye of the Storm” by John Ringo. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

"The Shimmer" by David Morrell. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

"Eyes Like Stars" by Lisa Mantchev Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“Winter Duty” by E.E. Knight. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“Zadayi Red” by Caleb Fox. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“Libyrinth” by Pearl North. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“Wildfire” by Sarah Micklem. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“Desolate Angel” by Chaz McGee. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“The Affinity Bridge” by George Mann. Release Date: July 7, 2009 (US 1st)

"The Purifying Fire" by Laura Resnick
“The Unscratchables” by Cornelius Kane. Release Date: July 7, 2009.

“Lobster Johnson: Satan Factory” by Thomas E. Sniegoski. Release Date: July 8, 2009

“Oceanic” by Greg Egan. UK Release Date: July 16, 2009. (UK reprint)

“Avilion” by Robert Holdstock. UK Release Date: July 16, 2009.

“The Cold Kiss of Death” by Suzanne McLeod. UK Release Date: July 16, 2009.

“Destroyer of Worlds” by Mark Chadbourn. UK Release Date: July 16, 2009.

“The Price of Spring” by Daniel Abraham. Release Date: July 21, 2009.

“The Gods of Amyrantha” by Jennifer Fallon. Release Date: July 21, 2009. (US/UK 1st)

“The Stars Blue Yonder” by Sandra McDonald. Release Date: July 21, 2009.

“Sandman Slim” by Richard Kadrey. Release Date: July 21, 2009.

“The Calling” by David Mack. Release Date: July 21, 2009.

“Dead and Alive” by Dean Koontz. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“Always Forever” by Mark Chadbourn. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“The Light of Burning Shadows” by Chris Evans. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“Shadow Magic” by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“Snakeskin Road” by James Braziel. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“Monster Hunter International" by Larry Correia. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“Dark Time” by Dakota Banks. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“Demon Inside” by Stacia Kane. Release Date: July 28, 2009.

"Age of Ra" by James Lovegrove Release Date: July 28, 2009.

"The Thorn Queen" by Richelle Mead Release Date: July 28, 2009.

“Metatropolis” ed. by John Scalzi. Release Date: July 30, 2009.

“Purple & Black” by K.J. Parker. Release Date: July 30, 2009.

“The Ebb Tide” by James P. Blaylock. Release Date: July 31, 2009.


Anonymous said...

cool, thank you.

Anonymous said...

I keep up with the blog and am especially grateful for your Monthly spotlites which I have been keeping up on for about 6 months now. I just wanted to say keep it up. And I am surprised that this was posted within the first minute of July. Thanks again guys I appreciate your efforts.

Sweet Book Delights said...

OMG what an awesome, AWESOME collabo of bookaliciousness!!
Dribbling over it all now :]
Bless up,
Vice xx

Liviu said...

Thank you for your kind words.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a pile. At first I was a little disappointed that there wouldn't be any blurbs, but after seeing the number of books, suddenly it makes sense!

Is this just a big month or are there always so many new releases? I try to keep up with genre releases but half of these are totally new to me.

Thanks for putting this together.

(P.S. Love the cover for Eyes Like Stars -- I have no idea what it's about, but I really like that design.)

Liviu said...

Regarding numbers - hard to say; last month we had 40 books too, but before, Robert had many books since he tried to be comprehensive, while my philosophy is more to showcase books someone here (including Robert) finds of interest

Regarding blurbs - I think that they do not add enough value overall for the space they take; title, author and cover should be enough to decide if there is interest and then I provided links to a site about the book (usually Amazon for US books) and a site about the author (author' site whenever available) so it's one click away for more details

For myself, whenever I see a book of interest online - review, mention, blurb, whatever - I immediately look for more info on Amazon and author site and I truly appreciate when links are provided rather than having to Google, so I try to replicate here what I find the most useful in my experience

Larry Correia said...

That is an impresssive list. Found it from the Wordpress track back to my blog.

I'm on there. And I'll admit that I'm enough of a geek that I clicked on every single one to see how my Amazon sales rankings stacked up in comparison. :)

Robert said...

Actually, July 2009 is a pretty slow month compared to most months. When I used to do the spotlights, I tried to cover all speculative fiction including YA, urban fantasy, reprints, UK releases, small press, etc, and I'd average over eighty releases per month with some months going over the 100 barrier. This list like Liviu said, is more what we're most looking forward to...

Personally, I like the blurbs myself, but it does make the post a bit long ;)

Oh, regarding The Motley Man, I'm not 100% sure on this, but I believe the book was pushed back to a 2010 publication...

Liviu said...

I was not sure about Motley Man either but it seems an interesting book so at least people can know it's in the plans if delayed...
Amazon still had July 3 as date, but with no preorder...

Regarding ranks, I do not believe any book will beat BHD which is a NYT bestseller almost guaranteed based on past Weber/Safehold history, but I hope that all here will sell well since as mentioned these are books someone at FBC looks forward to.

Hilcia said...

This works out beautifully as is. I bookmark your monthly book releases. Now I'll take my time just browsing. Much appreciated.

Robert said...

Yeah, I saw that Amazon listing too. The Book Depository has it listed for 2010 though, and I can't even find the book on the Tor UK page, which pretty much means it won't be released any time soon. I don't mind waiting though. Still a ton of 2009 releases to look forward to...

Anonymous said...

I also must thank you while clicking on your links I discovered free shipping to anywhere in the world is awesome. I was able to pick up Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie without breaking my pocket and it arrived in 4 days to Wisconsin USA for only $19 so sweet.

Motley Man looks interesting as well I'll be following it.

Liviu said...

Before BD was launched in 2006 I used to group my purchases to at least save on the per order fee, but after BD I started buying books from the UK on publication

If you live in the UK and carries the book, it's probably cheaper, same with US and Amazon, but otherwise (and not only for US buyers of UK books, but for buyers in all the countries BD serves with free sh) it's the best deal around and they are fast - I bought easily 50 books from them in almost 3 years now

Anonymous said...

I like the new format for the releases, but I do miss the blurbs, although I fully understand the reason for not including them, especially when you cover so many books!

The one I do is for sci-fi only so it's great to see other genres here :) But I'll keep the blurbs on my list!

Cindy said...

Thanks for the comments, though I just do the adding of titles :).

At first I was torn between blurbs and just posting this, but the blurbs would time out on me and a lot of times I went based on the cover first.

mythusmage said...

About Always Forever

I sit at my keyboard typing this out, while a copy of the book sits before my iMac. A copy purchased at the downtown San Diego Borders. I'm up to page 52, and I've read Church's and Ruth's encounter with what appears suspiciously to be Chadbourn's take on Harry Dresden.

So either the July 28th release date is a bit off, or somebody set the book out prematurely.

Liviu said...

Smaller publishers (Baen, Pyr, Solaris) release books quite a while before official pub date, even up to a month ahead, so yes I saw the Chadbourn June book (#2) slated for end June, very early in the month and I am sure book 3 will follow the pattern.


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