New Releases July 25—July 31 and Readers Choice Contest

We finish off the month of July this week and as you will see, July ends with a large list of new releases. There are more than thirty-five books from which to pick and choose this week.

What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.

atkinsonFire Witch (A Witches of Etlantium novella), by Thea Atkinson, (July 25, Amazon Digital)
When nineteen year old Aislin is captured by a gang of marauders intent on their own personal brand of violence. She manages to use the paltry bit of inherent maternal magic she owns to temporarily defend herself, but since her mother has so far refused to impart the marks that will bring her latent power to fullness, she can’t protect herself for long. Aislin struggles to keep her hope alive in the brutish land, using her wits to survive instead of magic as she waits for her mother to come for her. It’s only when the sullen son of the invaders, Jaad, intercedes for her against his older brother who decides that she is booty worth taking that she realizes help is never coming. (ebook only)

tylerLion’s Shadow (Redemption #5), by A.L. Tyler, (July 26, Amazon Digital)
Ember expected her return to the island to be a homecoming, but things have changed while she’s been away. New relationships are putting strain on old ones, and as she resumes living with demons, questions arise as to where her loyalties truly lie. A plan is developed to make her prove her allegiance to the community, a plan that involves murder. (ebook only)

mcfarlandSoul of Smoke (Dragonsworn #1), by Caitlyn McFarland, (July 27, Carina Press)
On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai grabs the nearest sword and saves his life. As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human is the last thing Rhys wants. With an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death. Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind, or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys’s life, a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know. (ebook only)

grossmanCrooked, by Austin Grossman, (July 28, Mulholland Books)
Richard Milhous Nixon lived one of the most improbable lives of the twentieth century. Our thirty-seventh president’s political career spanned the button-down fifties, the Mad Men sixties, and the turbulent seventies. He faced down the Russians, the Chinese, and ultimately his own government. The man went from political mastermind to a national joke leaving us with one burning question: how could he have lost it all? Here is the tale told in his own words: the terrifying supernatural secret he stumbled upon as a young man, the truth behind the Cold War, and the truth behind the Watergate cover-up. What if our nation’s worst president was actually a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? What if the man we call our worst president was, in truth, our greatest?

mcalisterDragon Fall (Black Dragons #1), by Katie MacAlister, (July 28, Forever)
For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she’s seen some extraordinary things. It’s too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog, and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that’s both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon’s fire burns. Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical, and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul.

mollesExtinction (The Remaining #6), by D.J. Molles, (July 28, Orbit)
This is the sixth and final novel in the series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde. The merciless tide of infected is flooding south and time is running out to stop them. Bolstered by new allies, Captain Lee Harden continues his struggle to establish a safe haven from which the embers of a shattered society can be rekindled.

ochseGrunt Traitor (Task Force Ombra #2), by Weston Ochse, (July 28, Solaris)
Their spies were among us for years. They mapped our electrical infrastructure, learned our weaknesses, until finally they flipped the switch and threw us back into the Dark Ages. Only OMBRA and its battalions around the world seem capable of defending Earth from the next wave of attack, terraforming. At what price can we gain our freedom from these yet to be identified aliens? They’re pushing the human race to the edge of extinction if we can’t find a way to change things. What will we humans become to survive this threat. This is a time for heroes. For killers. For Grunts. Benjamin Carter Mason will be asked this question over and over as he dives deep into the nasty heart of an alien transformed Los Angeles. And in the end, he might be the last person on Earth defending not just our lives, but our humanity.

abercrombieHalf a War (Shattered Sea #3), by Joe Abercrombie, (July 28, Del Rey)
Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright. The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head, a man who worships no god but Death. Some, like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith, are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others, like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver, would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.

loreI Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files #10-12), by Pittacus Lore, (July 28, Harper Collins)
The Fugitive follows Mark James as he tries to track down Sarah Hart, evade the Mogadorians and the FBI, and discover the identity of the mysterious blogger he knows only as GUARD. The Navigator reveals the truth about the crew of the two Loric spaceships who escaped to Earth and shows what happened to the pilots after they arrived and parted ways with the Garde. The Guard tells the story of the hacker who has been aiding the Lorien survivors from the shadows for years. She’s determined to defeat the Mogs, and she just found her secret weapon. You know the truth about the Mogadorians’ invasion of Earth and the Garde who will do anything to defeat them, yet there is still so much to learn. The stories in Rebel Allies will help you get the answers you seek. They will not help you stop the coming war. Only the Garde can save our planet. They are not alone.

kadreyKilling Pretty (Sandman Slim #7), by Richard Kadrey, (July 28, Harper Voyager)
Someone has tried to kill Death, ripping the heart right out of him, or rather the body he’s inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim’s help. He believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA’s subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to Weimar Republic mystical societies. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl, distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes, as badass as Slim; she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world, and a few others.

meyerMaster of Formalities, by Scott Meyer, (July 28, 47North)
Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families, the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire, have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler’s only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace. Enter Wollard, the impeccably distinguished and impossibly correct Master of Formalities for House Jakabitus. When he suggests that Master Hennik be taken in as a ward of the House, certain complications arise. Wollard believes utterly and devotedly in adhering to rules and good etiquette. But how does one inform the ruler of a planet that you are claiming his son as your own, and still create enough goodwill to deescalate an intergalactic war?

nassise_howisonMidian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, edited by Joseph Nassise and Del Howison, (July 28, Tor)
Tells the stories of the Nightbreed after the fall of their city, Midian. Driven from their homes, their friends and family members slain before their eyes, the monsters become a mostly-hidden diaspora. Some are hunted; others, hunters. Some seek refuge. Others want revenge. Contributors include: Karl Alexander; Amber Benson; Nancy Holder; Seanan McGuire; Weston Ochse; David J. Schow; Stephen Woodworth; and many more, 23 stories in all. With an introduction by Clive Barker, this is an outstanding collection of original horror short stories in a dazzling variety of styles.

creaghOblivion (Nevermore #3), by Kelly Creagh, (July 28, Atheneum BYR)
The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all. Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s, especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp, anything.

reidPretty Dark Sacrifice (Pretty Dark Nothing #2), by Heather L. Reid, (July 28, Month9books)
It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since the demons forced Quinn to throw herself into the raging river, since Aaron sacrificed himself to save her, since his body disappeared without a trace. Everyone wants Quinn to move on, but she can’t, not after a spirit appears to her at Aaron’s memorial, convincing her he’s still alive. When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds she’s at the center of an ancient prophesy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith, Adam’s first wife. If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve, trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment. All it will cost is her blood. (ebook only)

dietzRedzone (Mutant Files #2), by William C. Dietz, (July 28, Ace)
The year is 2065, almost thirty years since a bioterrorist attack decimated the population. The world has been divided, and new nations have formed. Those mutated from exposure inhabit the red zones, while “norms” live in the green zones. In the nation of Pacifica, Los Angeles detective Cassandra Lee is in charge of investigating a disturbing case, tracking a cop killer dubbed the Bonebreaker. But strange new murders have occurred, falling outside the normal pattern and leaving Lee and her team wondering if the serial killer has become unpredictable, or if he’s no longer acting alone. To make matters worse, Lee’s attention is diverted after she receives a letter from her long-lost mother. Now she must venture into the red zone, a lawless land where might makes right, and where the biggest danger may be her own family.

shades in shadowShades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych, by N.K. Jemisin, (July 28, Orbit)
From the shadows of the greater stories, away from the bright light of Sky and wending ’round the sagas of the Arameri, come three quieter tales. A newborn god with an old, old soul struggles to find a reason to live. A powerful demon searches for her father, and answers. And in a prequel to the Inheritance Trilogy, a newly-enslaved Nahadoth forges a dark alliance with a mortal, for survival, and revenge. Return to the world of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms in this triptych of short tales. (ebook only)

castleSiren’s Call (Rainshadow #4), by Jayne Castle, (July 28, Jove)
In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He’s knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him. Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months, and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep, or to their deaths. But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks, and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame.

estepSpider’s Trap (Elemental Assassin #13), by Jennifer Estep, (July 28, Pocket Books)
One lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld, a lot more punches are being thrown my way. That’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. The real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be. My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. This Spider weaves her own webs of death.

harmanStorm Moon (Moonlight Trilogy #3), by Teri Harman, (July 28, Jolly Fish Press)
After marrying her soul mate Simon Howard, Willa Fairfield prepares for the couple’s honeymoon. Unbeknownst to her, it is not Simon who is sleeping beside her; it is Bartholomew the Dark, the legendary and dangerous witch. As Willa’s mother watches the couple leave for Europe, she has the inescapable feeling that something is terribly wrong, even as she tries to convince herself that she stopped believing such signs a long time ago when she turned away from a life of magic. How can Willa fight an enemy hidden behind Simon’s eyes? Can she discover the evil that resides inside him when Bartholomew has the ability to control her mind? How can she save Simon and herself before Bartholomew destroys everything?

griffith x 2The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3), by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith, (July 28, Del Rey)
To avenge a centuries-old betrayal, Gaios is hell-bent on summoning the elemental forces of the earth to level London and bury Britain. The Crown and Key Society, a secret league consisting of a magician, an alchemist, and a monster-hunter, is the realm’s only hope, and to stop Gaios, they must gather their full strength and come together as a team, or the world will fall apart. But Simon Archer, the Crown and Key’s leader and the last living magician-scribe, has lost his powers. As Gaios searches for the Stone of Scone, which will give him destructive dominion over the land, monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane, alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther, gadget geek Penny Carter, and Charlotte the werewolf scramble to reconnect Simon to his magic before the world as they know it is left forever in ruins.

milanThe Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaur Lords #1), by Victor Milan, (July 28, Tor)
A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate. Colossal plant-eaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meat-eaters like Allosaurus, and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles. A place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics except the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. During the course of one of these epic battles, the Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac, and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.

kendleyThe Drowning God, by James Kendley, (July 28, Harper Voyager Impulse)
To uncover modern Japan’s darkest, deadliest secret, one man must face a living nightmare from his childhood. Few villagers are happy when Detective Tohru Takuda returns to his hometown to investigate a string of suspicious disappearances. Even the local police chief tries to shut him out from the case. For behind the conspiracy lurks a monstrous living relic of Japan’s pagan history: the Kappa. Protected long ago by a horrible pact with local farmers, and now by coldly calculating corporate interests, the Kappa drains the valley’s lifeblood, one villager at a time. As the body count rises, Takuda must try to end the Drowning God’s centuries-long reign of terror, and failure means death, or worse. (ebook only)

pineiroThe Fall, by R.J. Pineiro, (July 28, Thomas Dunne Books)
Jack Taylor has always been an adrenaline junkie. As a federal contractor, he does dangerous jobs for the government. Jack has been assigned to test an orbital jump. If it works, the United States government will have a new strategy against enemy countries. Jack and his wife Angela are both workaholics and are on the verge of getting a divorce. The night before his jump, Jack and Angela begin to rekindle their romance. On his jump, he doesn’t burn up like some predicted. He hits the speed of sound and disappears. Jack wakes up in an alternate universe. One where he died during a mission five years earlier and where Angela is still madly in love with him. His boss, Pete, has turned to the dark side, is working against him, and the government is now on his tail. Jack must return to his own world. The only way for him to do that is to perform another orbital jump. This time is more difficult though, no one wants to see him go.

trippThe Fifth House of the Heart, by Ben Tripp, (July 28, Gallery Books)
Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang, a vainglorious and well-established antiques dealer, has made a fortune over many years by globetrotting for the finest lost objects in the world. Only Sax knows the true secret to his success: at certain points of his life, he’s killed vampires for their priceless hoards of treasure. But now Sax’s past actions are quite literally coming back to haunt him, and the lives of those he holds most dear are in mortal danger. To counter this unnatural threat, and with the blessing of the Holy Roman Church, a cowardly but cunning Sax must travel across Europe in pursuit of incalculable evil, and immeasurable wealth, with a ragtag team of mercenaries and vampire killers to hunt a terrifying, ageless monster, one who is hunting Sax in turn.

grahamThe Forgotten (Krewe of Hunters #16), by Heather Graham, (July 28, Mira)
A woman named Maria Gomez is murdered in Miami, apparently by her husband, who’d been presumed dead. FBI agent Brett Cody can’t believe it; the man had loved his wife. Lara Mayhew has just begun working at a dolphin research facility. A dolphin brings her something unexpected from the deep. A human hand. More body parts show up, and when Brett looks into the situation, he discovers that the dismembered corpse is Miguel’s. The Krewe of Hunters, an elite FBI unit of paranormal investigators, is called in. Brett and Lara find themselves working with the Krewe, and working closely together. An elderly crime boss who’s losing his memory seems to be key to solving this case, but, there’s no motive. Unless Brett and Lara can uncover one in the Miami underworld. And that means they have to protect themselves. And each other.

holtThe Good, the Bad and the Smug, by Tom Holt, (July 28, Orbit)
New Evil. Same as the Old Evil, but with better PR. Mordak isn’t bad, as far as goblin kings go, but when someone, or something, starts pumping gold into the human kingdoms it puts his rule into serious jeopardy. Suddenly he’s locked in an arms race with a species whose arms he once considered merely part of a calorie-controlled diet. Helped by an elf with a background in journalism and a masters degree in being really pleased with herself, Mordak sets out to discover what on earth (if indeed, that’s where he is) is going on. He knows that the truth is out there. If only he could remember where he put it.

wilsonThe Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral #2), by C.L. Wilson, (July 28, Avon)
Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate’s gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement than risk her heart, until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire. When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys is in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer’s formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

johnsonThe Terrans (First Salik War #1), by Jean Johnson, (July 28, Ace)
Born into a political family and gifted with psychic abilities, Jacaranda MacKenzie has served as a border-watcher and even spent time as a representative on the United Planets Council. Now she just wants to spend her days in peace and quiet as a translator, but the universe has other plans. Humans have long known that they would encounter more alien species, and while those with precognitive abilities agree a terrible war is coming, they do not agree on who will save humanity, a psychic soldier or a politician. But Jackie is both. After she is pressured into rejoining the Space Force to forestall the impending calamity, Jackie makes an unsettling discovery. Their new enemy, the Salik, seem to be rather familiar with fighting Humans, as if their war against humanity had already begun.

sheltonThirteen Chairs, by Dave Shelton, (July 28, David Fickling Books)
A spine-tingling collection of ghost stories. When a boy finds himself drawn into an empty house one cold night, he enters a room in which twelve unusual-looking people sit around a table. And the thirteenth chair is pulled out for him. One by one, each of those assembled tells their own ghost story: tales of doom and death; of ghostly creatures and malevolent spirits; of revenge and reward. It is only at the end of the night that the boy starts to understand what story he must tell.

sheaTortures of the Damned, by Hunter Shea, (July 28, Pinnacle)
First, the electricity goes, plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack. Millions panic. Millions die. They are the lucky ones. Next, the chemical weapons take effect, killing or contaminating everything alive. Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter. They are the damned. Then, the real nightmare begins. Hordes of rats force two terrified families out of their shelter, and into the savage streets of an apocalyptic wasteland. They are not alone. Vicious, chemical-crazed animals hunt in packs. Dogs tear flesh, cats draw blood, horses crush bone. Roaming gangs of the sick and dying are barely recognizable as human. These are the times that try men’s souls. These are the tortures that tear families apart. This is hell on earth. The rules are simple: Kill or die.

lockeTrial Run (Fault Lines #1), by Thomas Locke, (July 28, Revell)
Reese Clawson’s work is mind-bending, literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into cutting-edge intelligence gathering. She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness, and the boundaries of secrets and lies. Her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three people into the search for answers, an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, a scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert computer encryption. As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and even time twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don’t know can kill you. (ebook only; print available in August)

whittaAbomination, by Gary Whitta, (July 29, Inkshares)
He is England’s greatest knight, the man who saved the life of Alfred the Great and an entire kingdom from a Viking invasion. But when he is called back into service to combat a plague of monstrous beasts known as abominations, he meets a fate worse than death and is condemned to a life of anguish, solitude, and remorse. She is a fierce young warrior, raised among an elite order of knights. Driven by a dark secret from her past, she defies her controlling father and sets out on a dangerous quest to do what none before her ever have, hunt down and kill an abomination, alone. When a chance encounter sets these two against one another, an incredible twist of fate will lead them toward a salvation they never thought possible, and prove that the power of love, mercy, and forgiveness can shine a hopeful light even in history’s darkest age.

edwardsOld Dog, New Tricks (Black Dog #4), by Hailey Edwards, (July 30, Amazon Digital)
While Thierry is away, the Morrigan will play. Snatching the crown from her daughter-in-law’s head wasn’t the motherly thing to do, but Thierry doesn’t mind trading the throne in Faerie for the ratty couch in her Texas apartment. The old crow is welcome to it. But ruling one world is not enough. The Morrigan wants an all-access pass to the mortal realm too. An attack on the marshal’s office leaves Thierry shaken, and Shaw missing. Now the fight brewing since Thierry took up the Black Dog’s mantle has landed on her doorstep, and the only way to save the man she loves is to defend the title she never wanted. (ebook only)

parkerSavages, by K.J. Parker, (July 31, Subterranean)
An unnamed man wakes to find himself facing the loss of everything that matters most to him. Against all odds, he escapes with his life and heads out into the turbulence of the wider world, recreating himself, step by step, as he goes along. That wider world is dominated by an empire that has existed for decades in a state of near perpetual war. A host of colorful characters will help to shape the destiny of the empire, and its constantly shifting array of allies and adversaries; among them, a master military strategist, a former pacifist who inherits his father’s moribund arms business, a beautiful forger and a very lucky counterfeiter. Each of them, together with corrupt bureaucrats and the nomadic ‘savages’ of the title, plays a part in a gradually unfolding drama of conflict and conquest played for the highest of stakes.

hartwellThe Best of Gregory Benford, edited by David G. Hartwell, (July 31, Subterranean)
This is a monumental collection of thirty-eight Gregory Benford stories, including some of the best science fiction of the last fifty years, chosen from the more than two hundred he has published to date. We have here a series of snapshots of a moving target, a writer who has been growing and changing for decades, extending his art, and the art of science fiction writing. Benford continues building himself challenging structures to write in with two story series in progress that may emerge as major works. He’s not slowing down. But for the record we now have this book, a permanent chronicle of a major career. Six decades so far.

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!

45 thoughts on “New Releases July 25—July 31 and Readers Choice Contest

  1. Spider’s Trap (Elemental Assassin #13), by Jennifer Estep, would be my choice today. Thanks.

  2. Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim #7), by Richard Kadrey in print. OMG! My hubby is reading book 2 (or is it 3) in this series. He just got back from a 7 month deployment and I’d love to win it for him. I myself want to read the Nixon book so thanks for sharing that with me.

  3. I would like the first book in Joe Abercrombie Shattered Sea serie : Half a King.

  4. I think I’m in the mood for some horror today … with “Tortures of the Damned”!

  5. I can’t choose between Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister and Siren’s Call by Jayne Castle. Too many amazing authors this week.

  6. The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral #2), by C.L. Wilson. I’ve enjoyed everything I have read from this author!

  7. I’d love Sea King cy C.L. Wilson as I, too, absolutely loved the first one! But… I believe the publication has been delayed… I want it when it’s released, but now that’s not slated until 2016. I’m reading Dragon Fall right now… I’ll go with Tortures of the Damned by Hunter Shea IF we can’t pre-order the Sea King. Hunter’s stories can always be counted on to have me gasping… Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. The Terrans looks promising. So does Master of Formalities. Too many choices this week!

  9. I love the sound of The Terrans (First Salik War #1), by Jean Johnson 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  10. Pretty Dark Sacrifice (Pretty Dark Nothing #2), by Heather L. Reid. Thanks for the chance! I already have book one so I’d love to win this to continue the series! 🙂

  11. Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep. The Elemental Assassin books are always a fun read.

  12. I’d love to win a copy of The Sea King. I’ve been waiting for it to come out!

  13. i like the cover of this book : creaghOblivion (Nevermore #3), by Kelly Creagh,

  14. I love this series, so I’m going with Siren’s Call (Rainshadow #4), by Jayne Castle.

  15. Siren’s Call by Jayne Castle sounds interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!