We are cruising along through the month of March with almost twenty more new releases this week. There are some very interesting titles on this week’s list.
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A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (Discworld #10.5, 14.5 16.5, 23.5 and 37.5 inc.), by Terry Pratchett, (March 17, Doubleday)
In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press, and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with Terry’s inimitable brand of humour. (U.S. Release)
Bite Me, by Robyn Bachar, (March 17, Samhain)
After an out-of-control spell triggers the zombie apocalypse, Lizzy Addams is left in the ruins of Chicago with the unhinged commentary of her inner demon for company. She is forced to find survivors to feed from. Officer Angela Kinney was on duty when hungry corpses overwhelmed the city. The survivors look to her for leadership. Nothing prepared her for a beautiful monster who offers safety in exchange for blood. Sean MacMillan never expected to see Lizzy again after she rejected his attempts to lure her back to the vampire fold. With his flock threatened by the horde and his murderous vampire brother, Lizzy is the only one he can trust. Humanity’s only hope is to forge an alliance with vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. Accepting their aid could be a devil’s bargain that puts humans at the bottom of the food chain. (ebook only)
Clash of Eagles (Clash of Eagles #1), by Alan Smale, (March 17, Del Rey)
In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a new place in this strange land.
Duplicity, by N.K. Traver, (March 17, Thomas Dunne Books)
Seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. He looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. Two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the girl who insists on looking beneath the surface, and a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Brandon’s reflection seems to be grooming him for something, washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places. When it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, he will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape. He’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he’s gone.
Equinox (Containment #2), by Christian Cantrell, (March 17, 47North)
A delicate balance exists between humankind on Earth and the Coronians, the descendants of terrestrial scientists who were marooned aboard the space station Equinox. In exchange for raw materials crucial to expanding their off-world home, the Coronians provide precious space-based solar power to an Earth obscured by greenhouse gasses. Their future rests in the hands of Ayla Novik, a smuggler desperate to survive the world in which she plies her trade, and Luka Mance, a drug-addicted technician determined to save his planet and his people. When Ayla makes a devil’s deal to take human hostages in a Coronian power play, her mission sparks a revolt that will force an ultimate confrontation between earthbound and space-born, deciding once and for all whether two races will rise to coexistence or collapse in devastation.
Hostage Run (Mindwar #2), by Andrew Klavan, (March 17, Thomas Nelson)
Rick Dial’s life as a superstar quarterback ended when a car accident left him crippled. But his uncanny gaming ability caused him to catch the attention of a secret government organization trying to stop a cyber attack on America. He’s been to the Realm, and returned to Real Life victorious. But the stakes just went up. Another attack is imminent. Though they’re in a hidden facility, there seems to be a traitor among them. Every time Rick returns to The Realm, he risks becoming trapped there permanently. And now, his best friend Molly is being held hostage. And they’re threatening to kill her. He’s not sure the people in charge can be trusted. The people closest to him are in danger. A fate worse than death may be waiting for him. With no good options, how do you proceed?
Into the Fire (The Detainee Trilogy #2), by Peter Liney, (March 17, Jo Fletcher)
Having escaped the Island, a wasteland that housed those no longer able to contribute to society, ageing ‘Big Guy’ Clancy thought his fight was over. But they have returned to the mainland to find that it is not the haven they anticipated. With the punishment satellites that kept them on the Island, and the city under control, gone, hell has been unleashed. Clancy is about to discover that his work is far from over. (U.S. Release)
Less Than Hero, by S.G. Browne, (March 17, Gallery Books)
For the pharmaceutical soldiers on the front lines of medical science, volunteers who test experimental drugs for cash, the common side effects are a small price to pay to defend your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of antidepressants. Lloyd Prescott, thirty-year-old professional guinea pig, is the first to notice the bizarre, seemingly implausible consequences of years of testing not-quite-legal drugs: his lips go numb, he becomes overwhelmed with exhaustion, and instantly a stranger crumples into a slumbering heap before him. Lloyd and his guinea pig friends band together to project their debilitating side effects onto petty criminals who prey upon the innocent. When a horrible menace with powers eerily similar to their own threatens the city, only one force can stop this evil: the handful of brave men who routinely undergo clinical trials.
Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1), by Gail Carriger, (March 17, Orbit)
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances: names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?
Reluctantly Charmed, by Ellie O’Neill, (March 17, Touchstone)
Kate McDaid is listing her new-year’s resolutions hoping to kick-start her rather stagnant love life and career when she gets some very strange news. She is the sole benefactor of a great great-great-great aunt and self-proclaimed witch also called Kate McDaid, who died over 130 years ago. The will instructs that, in order to receive the inheritance, Kate must publish seven letters, one by one, week by week. Kate agrees and opens the first letter, and finds that it’s a passionate plea to reconnect with the long-forgotten fairies of Irish folklore. Kate’s life is turned upside down. Her romantic life takes a surprising turn and she is catapulted into the public eye. Kate must decide whether she can fulfil her great-aunt’s final, devastating request, and whether she can face the consequences if she doesn’t. (U.S. Release)
The Darkside War (Icarus Corps), by Zachary Brown, (March 17, Saga Press)
People used to wonder if we were alone in the universe. Well, we’re not. Not by a long shot. Aliens come in all shapes and sizes, and even the good guys are likely to haunt your nightmares. And oh, you’ll have nightmares, even after you leave the service. If you leave the service. Devin is a reluctant conscript to an alien-run army: when the Accordance conquered Earth, they said it was to prepare against the incoming alien Conglomeration forces. But as Devin travels to the dark side of the moon for boot camp and better acquaints himself with his so-called allies, his loyalties are increasingly tested. Because the enemy of the enemy is not always a friend. Sometimes they’re a far, far worse threat.
The Forgotten (An American Faerie Tale #2), by Bishop O’Connell, (March 17, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Dante, Regent of the fae’s Rogue Court, has been receiving disturbing reports. Human children are manifesting magical powers in record numbers. Shunned and forgotten, they live on the streets in ragtag groups with the already-booming population of homeless changelings. But the streets aren’t a haven; someone, or something, is hunting these children down. Wraith, a teenage spell slinger, has no home, no family, and no real memories of her past. She and her friends SK, Fritz, and Shadow are constantly on the run, fleeing from a dark and unknown enemy. But when her companions are taken by “the snatchers,” Wraith is their only hope. Her journey to find them will test the limits of her magic, and her trust. A dark force is on the rise, and it could spell the end of our world as we know it. (ebook only)
The Mermaid’s Child, by Jo Baker, (March 17, Vintage)
The magical story of a young girl in search of her mother, who just might be a mermaid. Malin has always been different, and when her father dies, leaving her alone, her choice is clear: stay, and remain an outsider forever, or leave in search of the mythical inheritance she is certain awaits her. Apprenticed to a series of strange and wonderful characters, Malin embarks on a grueling journey that crosses oceans and continents, from the high seas to desert plains, and leads to a discovery that she could never have expected. (U.S. Release)
The Essential W.P. Kinsella, by W.P. Kinsella, (March 17, Tachyon Publications)
This career retrospective celebrates the 80th birthday of baseball’s greatest scribe, W. P. Kinsella (Shoeless Joe), as well as the 25th anniversary of Field of Dreams, the film that he inspired. In addition to his classic baseball tales, W. P. Kinsella is also a critically-acclaimed short fiction writer. His satiric wit has been celebrated with numerous honors, including the Order of British Columbia. Here are his notorious First Nation narratives of indigenous Canadians, and a literary homage to J. D. Salinger. Alongside the “real” story of the 1951 Giants and the afterlife of Roberto Clemente, are the legends of a pirated radio station and a hockey game rigged by tribal magic. Eclectic, dark, and comedic by turns, The Essential W. P. Kinsella is a living tribute to an extraordinary raconteur.
The Whisper (The Riverman Trilogy #2), by Aaron Starmer, (March 17, Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR)
Twelve-year-old Alistair Cleary has washed up on shore. But where? It seems to be Aquavania, the magical realm where children create entire worlds from their imagination. There’s something wrong, though. The creators have disappeared and the worlds are falling apart. All Alistair wants is to find his friend Fiona Loomis and go home. Easier said than done. Animals made of starlight, a megalomaniacal boy king, and astronauts who peddle riddles are hard enough to outwit, but they’re only the beginning. To find Fiona, Alistair must travel from world to world. He must confront the mistakes of his past. And he must face countless monsters, including the soul-stealing stalker that some people call the Riverman, the merciless but misunderstood servant of Aquavania who refers to himself as the Whisper.
The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose, (March 17, Atria)
Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires. Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten, her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.
Thirteen: Stories of Transformation, edited by Mark Teppo, (March 17, Underland Press)
The thirteenth Tarot card is Death, and he is a symbol not of the end, but of transformation and rebirth. The authors of this collection are voices who are not afraid to explore what comes next. Whether it be a life after death, a life without love, a life filled with hunger, or the life shared by a ghost. The ghosts of the past have been eaten by the children of the future: this endless cycle of birth, death, and renewal is the magic of thirteen. With stories from: Liz Argall, M. David Blake, Richard Bowes, George Cotronis, Amanda C. Davis, Julie C. Day, Jetse de Vries, Jennifer Giesbrecht, Daryl Gregory, Rik Hoskin, Rebecca Kuder, Claude Lalumière, Marc Levinthal, Grá Linnaea, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Juli Mallett, Lyn McConchie, Fiona Moore, Gregory L. Norris, Adrienne J. Odasso, Cat Rambo, Andrew Penn Romine, David Tallerman, Tais Teng, Richard Thomas, Fran Wilde, A. C. Wise and Christie Yant.
The Museum and the Music Box: A Tor.Com Original, by Noah Keller, (March 18, Tor)
A neglected museum gradually succumbs to the elements. A music box rusts beneath a bell of glass. Fragmented texts are pieced together which tell the history of a lost love, the destruction of a civilization, and the origin of the museum. (ebook only)
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!