This week won’t be the biggest week for new releases we’ve seen lately but there are some very interesting books on the list this week.
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Beyond Redemption, by Michael R. Fletcher, (June 16, Harper Voyager)
Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken, men and women whose delusions manifest, twisting reality. High Priest Konig seeks to create order from chaos. He defines the beliefs of his followers, leading their faith to one end: a young boy, Morgen, must Ascend to become a god. A god they can control. There are many who would see this would-be-god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own Doppels, and a Slaver no one can resist. Three reprobates, The Greatest Swordsman in the World, a murderous Kleptic, and possibly the only sane man left, have their own nefarious plans for the young god. There’s one more obstacle: time is running out. When one’s delusions become more powerful, they become harder to control. The fate of the Geisteskranken is to find oneself in the Afterdeath. The question, then, is: Who will rule there?
Day Four (The Three #2), by Sarah Lotz, (June 16, Little, Brown and Co.)
Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors. When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world’s press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality. (U.S. Release)
Deadfall (Blackbird Duology #2), by Anna Carey, (June 16, Harper Teen)
A week ago, you woke up in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. The only thing you knew: people are trying to kill you. You put your trust in Ben, but he betrayed you and broke your heart. Now you’ve escaped to New York City with a boy named Rafe, who says he remembers you from before. But the two of you are not safe. The same people who are after you are tailing Rafe as well. As the chase heats up, your memory starts to return, but your past cannot save you from the terrifying circumstances of your present, or the fact that one wrong move could end this game forever.
Ghost Summer: Stories, by Tananarive Due, (June 16, Prime Books)
Tananarive Due brings you her debut short fiction collection. The title novella, Ghost Summer, won a Kindred Award from the Carl Brandon Society. This collection includes Patient Zero, The Lake, The Knowing, Herd Immunity and many other stories.
Glittering Shadows (Dark Metropolis #2), by Jaclyn Dolamore, (June 16, Disney-Hyperion)
The revolution is here. Bodies line the streets of Urobrun; a great pyre burns in Republic Square. The rebels grow anxious behind closed doors while Marlis watches as the politicians search for answers, and excuses, inside the Chancellery. Thea, Freddy, Nan, and Sigi are caught in the crossfire, taking refuge with a vibrant, young revolutionary and a mysterious healer from Irminau. As the battle lines are drawn, a greater threat casts a dark shadow over the land. Magic might be lost, forever.
Hunters in the Dark (Halo #15), by Peter David, (June 16, Gallery Books)
It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing-in-action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00, the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark, as part of the final chapter in humanity’s bloody thirty-year struggle against the forces of the Covenant. As a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling scientific discovery is made, and the riddle behind its Forerunner origins could very well seal the fate of the entire galaxy within a matter of weeks. In order to unravel these dangerous secrets, a heroic, hastily formed coalition of humans and Elites must attempt to overcome their differences as they embark on a covert mission back to the Ark, an astonishing, enigmatic place beyond comprehension from which few have returned and where mortal danger awaits them all.
Measure of Danger (Kade Sims #1), by Jay Klages, (June 16, Thomas & Mercer)
Success in a secret operation could be his redemption. But to get inside the mysterious group known as The Chapter, he’ll have to become one of them. Kade Sims is a young former intelligence officer, recruited by the FBI to secretly collect evidence of organized crime at an agricultural biotech company in rural Oregon. But when he uncovers the activities of a high-tech militia and an imminent threat to the nation, he realizes he’s the only one who has a chance to stop a savage terror attack already in progress. And when he’s made an associate of The Chapter, Kade will learn there’s no escaping their network.
Pure Blooded (Jessica McClain #5), by Amanda Carlson, (June 16, Orbit)
Jessica arrives back from the Underworld to find her father embroiled in a battle against the Made wolves. She and her crew drop everything to join them. Once she arrives, the threat is after her. Jessica is lured into danger when her adversary takes something precious from her. With help from an unlikely source, Jessica goes up against her creator in a battle that will decide the path of everyone involved. She must war against a new set of foes, ones who could not only steal her power, but could take her soul as well.
The Devil’s Only Friend (John Cleaver #4), by Dan Wells, (June 16, Tor)
John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they’ve killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he’s always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can, but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war. John doesn’t want the life he’s stuck with. He doesn’t want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn’t want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn’t want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn’t want to kill people. But as the song says, you can’t always get what you want. John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it. When John again faces evil, he’ll know what he has to do.
The End of All Things #2: This Hollow Union: The End of All Things, by John Scalzi, (June 16, Tor)
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And for the multi-species Conclave, desperate times have arrived. Faced with the prospect of major planets and species leaving the alliance, the Conclave’s leadership has just a few cards left to play, to unpredictable effect. (ebook only)
The Gods’ Day to Die, by David Welch, (June 16, 47North)
Desmond Taylor didn’t mean to fall in love. When he stumbles upon a beautiful archer deep in the wilderness, they begin a romance like no other. The woman is the goddess Artemis. Artemis has walked among mortals for thousands of years. Desmond and Artemis’s isolated paradise is violently shattered when they’re tracked down by the goddess Athena’s insane mortal son: a man hell-bent on killing every last god. Desmond finds himself traveling the globe at Artemis’s side, dodging bullets and proving himself as a fighter. The gods must come together to defend themselves, or risk dying violently at the hands of the psychopath. While they are skilled in battle, there are but a few gods left to fight the onslaught of mercenaries sent by their nemesis. Can Desmond stop the massacre of the last immortals, or could this truly be the end of the gods? (ebook only; print available July 2015)
The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins, (June 16, Crown)
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. She and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. They’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing, perhaps even dead, and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her. Carolyn has a plan. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.
The Two of Swords: Part Five, by K.J. Parker, (June 16, Orbit)
A soldier with a gift for archery. A woman who kills without care. Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies. No one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no one knows how it will end. (ebook only)
The War Against the Assholes, by Sam Munson, (June 16, Saga Press)
Mike Wood is satisfied just being a guy with broad shoulders at a decidedly unprestigious Catholic school in Manhattan. But on the dirty streets of New York City he’s an everyman with a moral code who is unafraid of violence. And when Mike is unwittingly recruited into a secret cell of magicians by a fellow student, Mike’s role as a steadfast soldier begins. These magicians don’t use ritualized rote to work their magic, they use willpower in their clandestine war with the establishment: The Assholes.
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas 2015, edited by Paula Guran, (June 16, Prime Books)
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas 2015 inaugurates a new annual series of anthologies featuring some of the year’s best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich and rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow’s technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with the impact of a short story and the detailed breadth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of “short novels” showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers. Authors include: Seth Chambers, James S.A. Corey, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Nancy Kress, John P. Murphy, K.J. Parker, Mary Rickert, Patrick Rothfuss and Genevieve Valentine.
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2015 Edition, edited by Rich Horton, (June 16, Prime Books)
This seventh volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Cory Doctorow, James Patrick Kelly, Yoon Ha Lee, Kelly Link, Ken Liu, Sandra MacDonald, K.J. Parker, Robert Reed, Peter Watts, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, Subterranean, and other top venues, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.
Fabulous Beasts: A Tor.Com Original, by Priya Sharma, (June 17, Tor)
A horror novelette about a strange woman living in luxury with her lover, but irrevocably tied to her childhood of deprivation and dark secrets in northwest England. The woman recalls the unravelling of the family upon her uncle’s release from prison. (ebook only)
The Good Brother, by Elaine Chen, (June 17, ChiZine)
Tori Wong is starting over. She’s given herself a new name, dropped out of school to work at a bookstore, and fled her parents’ strict home to do all the things she’s never done before. Like flirt with her cute co-worker Egan, and live out of the shadow of her overachieving brother, to whom her parents compare her. Even though he’s dead. She finds that reinventing herself isn’t as easy as it seems. Especially during Yu Lan, the Festival of Hungry Ghosts, when traditional Chinese believe that neglected spirits roam the earth. Three forgotten ghosts come back to haunt Tori: her vengeful brother Seymour, and ambitious Vicky and meek little Mui-Mui, herself at age seventeen and eleven. None of them approve of Tori’s new life. They sabotage her job and her budding relationship with Egan. Tori learns the truth about Seymour’s death, and in doing so learns to accept herself.
Belt Three, by John Ayliff, (June 18, Harper Voyager)
Alien machines known as Worldbreakers have destroyed the solar system’s planets, but a remnant of humanity survives in the debris. Society is divided between a ‘true-born’ ruling class and a ‘tank-born’ working class. Jonas is a tank-born, but has been living as a true-born since he assumed his dead true-born lover’s identity. When he is kidnapped by a pirate and forced to aid her in her obsessive campaign against the Worldbreakers, he enters a universe of danger where humanity’s last hope might be found in the very machines that have destroyed them. (ebook only; print available Dec. 2015)
Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf, by Terry Newman, (June 18, Harper Voyager)
CSI in the land of elves, but they aren’t cute and christmassy, they’re sometimes sinister, and definitely deceased. Private eye Nicely Strongoak is your average detective-for-hire, if your average detective is a dwarf with a Napoleon complex. In a city filled with drug-taking gnomes, goblins packing heat and a serious case of missing-persons, Strongoak might be what’s needed. When on the trail of the vanished surfer, Perry Goodfellow, Nicely receives a sharp blow to the head, is burgled by goblins and awakes in a narcotic-induced haze on the floor of a steamwagon with an extremely deceased elf, who just happens to have Nicely’s axe wedged in his head. Nicely must enter the murky world of government politics if he is going to crack his toughest case. He’ll have to find Perry, uncover who the dead elf is and leave no cobblestone unturned.
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