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The View From Monday - April 13, 2020


It is Monday again.

There are 4 debuts this week:

Simantov by Asaf Ashery;

Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang and translated by Ken Liu;

Edge of Heaven by RB Kelly;

and

The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited and translated by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback.

The View From Monday - April 13, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



The View From Monday - April 13, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

April 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Simantov (D - English) Asaf Ashery SF/PP/Occ/Sup
A Strange Country Muriel Barbery LF/HistF/VisM
The City Where We Once Lived (h2tp) Eric Barnes Dys
A Life Without End Frédéric Beigbeder
Frank Wynne (Tr)
Bio/Medical/SFHu
Sunspot Jungle: Volume Two: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction (2) Bill Campbell (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Book of Koli M. R. Carey SF/AP/PA/Dys/LF - Rampart Trilogy 1
The Eyelid S. D. Chrostowska Pol/MR
Lake Like a Mirror Ho Sok Fong
Natascha Bruce (Tr)
LF/MR/SS/CW
The Unsettling Stars Alan Dean Foster SF - Star Trek
The Annotated American Gods Neil Gaiman CF
Unforeseen: Stories (h2tp) Molly Gloss SS
Vagabonds (D) Hao Jingfang
Ken Liu (Tr)
SF/HSF
Edge of Heaven (D - US) RB Kelly SF
Bubblegum Adam Levin LF/SF/HU
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (h2tp) Ken Liu (Ed, Tr) SF - Anthology
The Reign of the Kingfisher (h2tp) T.J. Martinson Th/SH
The Caretakers Eliza Maxwell Gothic/Psy
The Unsuitable (D) Molly Pohlig LF/Hist/BlHu/Gothic
The Mistress of Illusions Mike Resnick F/DF - Dreamscape Trilogy  2
Bone Silence Alastair Reynolds SF/SO/SE - Revenger Universe 3
The Last Emperox John Scalzi SF/SO - Interdependency 3
The Crown Lord (h2tp) William Sirls AH/Pol/CH/Cr
Sons of War Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Sons of War 1
The Something Girl Jodi Taylor F/HU - Frogmorton Farm
Kirby: Art & Style Collection Various Art/SF/F
The Stolen Bicycle Ming-Yi Wu
Darryl Strek (Tr)
LF/HistF/Psy
Queen Timothy Zahn SF/SO/AC - Sibyl's War 3



April 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Don't F[Bleep]k with the Coloureds Andre Duza AB/H/SF
Go Fish: A Tor.com Original (e) Ian Rogers H
The Slave Yards Najwa Bin Shatwan
Nancy Roberts (Tr)
Dys/LF - Middle East Literature In Translation
Water Must Fall Nick Wood SF/PA



April 16, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Collection of Dreamscapes Christina Sng Poetry
Lady of Shadows (e) Breanna Teintze F/HU/RF



April 17, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Toby Chalmers Hits a New Low Jeremy Thompson SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator(s)
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - February 24, 2020


Happy last Monday in February!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Last Smile in Sunder City (The Fetch Phillips Archives 1) by Luke Arnold;

Master of Sorrows (Silent Gods 1) by Justin T. Call;

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore;

and

Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies; translated by Lucy Van Cleef.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

False Value (Rivers of London 6) by Ben Aaronovitch;

If You Take My Meaning: A Tor.Com Original by Charlies Jane Anders;

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (An Official Stranger Things Novel) by Adam Christopher is out in Trade Paperback;

Carved From Stone and Dream (Los Nefilim 2) by T. Frohock;

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor 3) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu;

The Fenmere Job (Streets of Maradaine) 3 by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

and

St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid: A Tor.com Original by C.L. Polk.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - February 24, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

February 24, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fire & Water (e) Alexis Hall UF - Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator 3



February 25, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
False Value Ben Aaronovitch UF/CF - Rivers of London 8
The Last Smile in Sunder City (D) Luke Arnold F - The Fetch Phillips Archives 1
Master of Sorrows (D) Justin Travis Call F - Silent Gods 1
Norma Jeane Baker of Troy Anne Carson Poetry
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (h2tp) Adam Christopher SupTh - Stranger Things
Finna Nino Cipri SF
Tor.com Publishing 2020 Debut Sampler (e) Nino Cipri
Kathleen Jennings
K. M. Sparza
Nghi Vo
F/SF
House of Assassins (h2mm) Larry Correia F - Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 2
Blood Ink (tp2mm) Dana Fredsti DF - Lilith 2
Carved from Stone and Dream T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 2
Wheel of Time Premium Boxed Set III Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
Winter's Heart (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 9
The Path of Daggers (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 8
A Crown of Swords (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 7
Holy Sister (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 3
The Edge (tp2mm) Tim Lebbon DF - Relics 3
Jade War (h2tp) Fonda Lee F - The Green Bone Saga 2
Carpe Diem (ri) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe 10
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Ken Liu SF - Collection
Surrender Ray Loriga
Carolina De Robertis (Tr)
Dys
The Fenmere Job Marshall Ryan Maresca F/UF - Streets of Maradaine 3
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (ri) George R. R. Martin SS - A Song of Ice and Fire
A Memory Called Empire (h2tp) Arkady Martine SF/SO - Teixcalaan 1
Imaginary Numbers Seanan McGuire UF - InCryptid 9
Oona Out of Order (D) Margarita Montimore CW
The Brink (h2mm) James S Murray
Darren Wearmouth
SupTh - Awakened 2
Man-Kzin Wars XV (tp2mm) Larry Niven (Creator) SF - Man-Kzin Wars Anthology
Black Leviathan (D - English) Bernd Perplies
Lucy Van Cleef (Tr)
F
Aliens: Phalanx Scott Sigler SF/MTI
Wolf Rain (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changling Trinity 3
How to Love Your Elf Kerrelyn Sparks FR - Embraced by Magic 1
Soot Dan Vyleta HistF - Smoke 2
Blood Truth (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 4
Firstborn (h2mm) Michelle West F - House War 7
Knight (h2tp) Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Sibyl's War 2



February 26, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
If You Take My Meaning: A Tor.com Original (e) Charlies Jane Anders SF
St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid: A Tor.com Original (e) C. L. Polk F



February 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Death Unleashed Steve McHugh UF - The Rebellion Chronicles 2



February 29, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Knife Children Lois McMaster Bujold F - Sharing Knife 5
Science Fiction and Psychology Gavin Miller LC - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies LUP 62



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR- Fantasy Romance
GothicM - Gothic Mystery
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Clarissa Goenawan (2018)

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida
Soho Press, March 10, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
From the critically acclaimed author of Rainbirds comes a novel of tragedy and dark histories set in Japan.

University sophomore Miwako Sumida has hanged herself, leaving those closest to her reeling. In the months before her suicide, she was hiding away in a remote mountainside village, but what, or whom, was she running from?

To Ryusei, a fellow student at Waseda; Chie, Miwako’s best friend; and Fumi, Ryusei’s older sister, Miwako was more than the blunt, no-nonsense person she projected to the world. Heartbroken, Ryusei begs Chie to take him to the village where Miwako spent her final days. While he is away, Fumi receives an unexpected guest at their shared apartment in Tokyo, distracting her from her fear that Miwako’s death may ruin what is left of her brother’s life.

Expanding on the beautifully crafted world of Rainbirds, Clarissa Goenawan gradually pierces through a young woman’s careful façade, unmasking her most painful secrets.





Ken Liu (2015)

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories
Gallery / Saga Press, February 25, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories.

Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years—sixteen of his best—plus a new novelette.

In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne.





Adrian J. Walker (2017)

The Human Son
Solaris, April 28, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 380 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Solaris Spring 2020 Lead Title from critically acclaimed author, Adrian J. Walker

A startling, emotional, beautiful (and at times funny) book – one that feels like the best sort of science fiction, a book that should be enjoyed widely, a book that speaks of what it is to be human, a parent, and a child.

It is 500 years in the future and Earth is no longer populated by humans.

The new guardians of Earth, the genetically engineered Erta, have reversed climate change. They are now faced with a dilemma; if they reintroduce the rebellious and violent Homo Sapiens, all of their work will be undone.

They decide to raise one final child; a sole human to help decide if humanity should again inherit the Earth.

But the quiet and clinical Ima finds that there is more to raising a human than she had expected; and there is more to humanity’s history than she has been told.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Anne Corlett (2017)

The Space Between the Stars
Berkley, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 15, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
A Recommended Summer Read from The Verge and io9
A Recommended June Read from Hello Giggles and Tor.com
When the world ends, where will you go?

In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.


All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit…

Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.

Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be…





Mark Lawrence (2011)

Red Sister
Book of the Ancestor 1
Ace, February 27, 2018
Mass Market Paperback, 496 Pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 4, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen’s War trilogies begins a stunning epic fantasy series about a secretive order of holy warriors…

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.

A bloodstained child of nine falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’s care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.

Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.

Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.



Grey Sister
Book of the Ancestor 2
Ace, April 3, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
The second novel in a brilliant fantasy series from the international bestselling author of Prince of Thorns.

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to–and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord.

As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she is sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pulls of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty.

And in all this only one thing is certain: there will be blood.





Ken Liu (2015)
Malka Older (2016)

Twelve Tomorrows
Twelve Tomorrows Series
Wade Roush (Editor)
The MIT Press, May 25, 2018
Trade Paperback, 248 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
In this book, new and established voices in science fiction come together to offer original stories of the future. Ken Liu writes about a virtual currency that hijacks our empathy; Elizabeth Bear shows us a smart home tricked into kidnapping its owner; Clifford V. Johnson presents, in a graphic novella, the story of a computer scientist seeing a new side of the AIs she has invented; and J. M. Ledgard describes a 28,000-year-old AI who meditates on the nature of loneliness. We encounter metal-melting viruses, vegetable-based heart transplants, search-and-rescue drones, and semi-automated sailing ships. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, and always relevant, Twelve Tomorrows offers compelling visions of potential futures.

Originally launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the future implications of emerging technologies through the lens of fiction. Featuring a diverse collection of authors, characters, and stories rooted in contemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offers conceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating and continuing the genre of “hard” science fiction pioneered by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. Twelve Tomorrows is the first volume of the series to be published in partnership with the MIT Press.

Contributors
Elizabeth Bear, SL Huang, Clifford V. Johnson, J. M. Ledgard, Liu Cixin, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Nnedi Okorafor, Malka Older, Sarah Pinsker, Jason Pontin, Mark Pontin, Alastair Reynolds





Malka Older (2016)

Null States
The Centenal Cycle 2
Tor.com, August 7, 2018
Trade Paperback, 448 Pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 19, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
"Kinetic and gripping" —NPR on Infomocracy

Null States continues Campbell Award finalist Malka Older's Centenal Cycle, the near-future science fiction trilogy beginning with Infomocracy

The book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history"
Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot
A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel

The future of democracy is about to implode.

After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order.

In the newly-incorporated DarFur, a governor dies in a fiery explosion. In Geneva, a superpower hatches plans to bring microdemocracy to its knees. In Central Asia, a sprawling war among archaic states threatens to explode into a global crisis. And across the world, a shadowy plot is growing, threatening to strangle Information with the reins of power.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Geoffrey Girard (2013)

Mary Rose
Adaptive Books, October 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on a remote Scottish island. She reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.

After Simon hears about this disturbing episode in Mary Rose’s childhood, he becomes obsessed with finding out what happened. He proceeds to launch his own investigation and arranges during their honeymoon for them to visit the island where she disappeared. But as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need for Simon to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What he uncovers is beyond his most terrifying fears.

Mary Rose is author Geoffrey Girard’s chilling and modern take on a classic ghost story originally written by J. M. Barrie. And for years, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock attempted to adapt Mary Rose into a film but was never successful. With this novel, Girard taps into the nightmarish fears that inspired both Barrie and Hitchcock, while also bringing the story to the present day with his own unique voice.





Kat Howard (2016)

An Unkindness of Magicians
Saga Press, September 26, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.

Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.





Ken Liu (2015)

The Legends of Luke Skywalker
Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    J.G. Jones (Illustrated by)
Disney Lucasfilm Press, October 31, 2017
Hardcover, 432 pages
    Juvenile Fiction \ Media Tie-In

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
As a cargo ship rockets across thegalaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary JediKnight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious LukeSkywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy toanother? Is Skywalker really a famous Jedi hero, an elaborate charlatan,or even part droid? The deckhands will have to decide for themselves when they hear The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

A collection of myths and tall-tales about the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, written by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.

The View From Monday - July 17, 2017

Happy Monday!

There are 5 debuts this week.

The Bone Mother by David Demchuk;

Devil's Call by J. Danielle Dorn (eBook; print August 8th);

The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard;

Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil;

and

Hook's Tale by John Leonard Pielmeier.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Company Town by Madeline Ashby is out in Trade Paperback;

Conspiracy of Ravens (The Shadow 2) by Lila Bowen (Delilah S. Dawson) is out in Trade Paperback;

Raining Fire (Rising Tide 3) by Rajan Khanna;

Arabella and the Battle of Venus (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 2) by David D. Levine;

and

The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty 2) by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - July 17, 2017



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

July 17, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hard Magic (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - Paranormal Scene Investigations 1
Love Me to Death Maggie Shayne PNR



July 18, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Company Town (h2tp) Madeline Ashby SF/GenEng/Noir
Conspiracy of Ravens (h2tp) Lila Bowen HistF - The Shadow 2
Dice Tales: Essays on Roleplaying Games and Storytelling (e) Marie Brennan RPGs
The Empty Ones (h2tp) Robert Brockway HU/UF/H - The Vicious Circuit 2
Strange Dogs: An Expanse Novella (e) James S. A. Corey SF - The Expanse
War for the Planet of the Apes: Official Movie Novelization Greg Cox SF/MTI
The Memory Agent Matthew B.J. Delaney SF
The Bone Mother (D) David Demchuk H/FairyT/FolkT/LM/ F/DF
Devil's Call (D)(e) J. Danielle Dorn Occ/Sup/W
One Year After (ri) William R. Forstchen Th/SF/AP/PA - John Matherson 2
The Epiphany Machine (D - SpecFic) David Burr Gerrard LF/AH/SF
Spellbinder Thea Harrison PNR - Moonshadow 2
Graveyard Shift (D) Michael F. Haspil UF/SupTh/M
The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay LF
The Unit (ri) Ninni Holmqvist Dys/SF/Psy
Raining Fire Rajan Khanna SF/AP/PA/SP - Rising Tide 3
Exodus Alex Lamb
Arabella and the Battle of Venus David D. Levine AH/SF - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 2
The Wall of Storms (h2tp) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 2
Equus Rhonda Parrish (Ed) F - Anthoolgy
Hook's Tale (D) John Leonard Pielmeier Fict
The Gradual (h2tp) Christopher Priest F/HistF/LF
Hell Divers II: Ghosts Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF - The Hell Divers Trilogy 2
And the Rest is History Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF - The Chronicles of St. Mary's8
Armistice: The Hot War Harry Turtledove AH/SF - Hot War 3
Icon (h2tp) Genevieve Valentine SF - The Persona Sequence 2
The Blood Mirror (h2tp) Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 4
Underground Airlines (h2tp) Ben Winters Th/AH



July 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hole in the Moon and Other Tales by Margaret St. Clair Margaret St. Clair SF - Collection
The Martian Obelisk: A Tor.com Original (e) Linda Nagata SF



July 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Quiet War Omnibus: The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun (e)(ri) Paul McAuley SF - The Quiet War
The Vastening Omnibus: In the Mouth of the Whale and Evening's Empires (e) Paul McAuley SF - The Vasteming



July 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Of Masques and Martyrs (e)(ri) Christopher Golden DF - Peter Octavian 3



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RPGs - Role Playing Games
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superhero(es)
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Review: The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu


The Wall of Storms
Author:  Ken Liu
Series:  The Dandelion Dynasty 2
Publisher:  Saga Press, October 4, 2016
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 880 pages
List Price:  US$29.99 (print); US$9.99 (eBook)
ISBN:   9781481424301 (print); 9781481424325 (eBook)

Review: The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
In the much-anticipated sequel to the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR) Grace of Kings, Emperor Kuni Garu is faced with the invasion of an invincible army in his kingdom and must quickly find a way to defeat the intruders.

Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara—and chaos results.

But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara’s savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.



Brannigan's Review

Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings was one of my top books of last year. The Wall of Storms is the second book in his Dandelion Dynasty series and I have to say it is an amazing sequel. Liu does everything right for his sequel, he expands on the cast of characters, the world itself and the conflict.

When it comes to characters, Liu knows how to bring complexity. I thought he had a lot of characters in The Grace of Kings, well I was wrong. He added even more for this book and spends plenty of time giving them time on the page to develop their own stories. Something I really enjoyed with this second book is the fact that so many female characters got so much attention and development. The Emperor Kuni Garu, the main protagonist, has two wives (or a wife and a consort), and a daughter--not to mention the leaders and scholars in the court that are also female. Each of these female characters play major parts in this story as they all want to have as much influence in the court as possible and go about it in different ways and even work against each other to accomplish their goals.

Some things that I really enjoyed about the first book that continue over into this book is the way that Ken Liu does writes his characters in such an equitable way. There are never any truly good or evil characters. They all seem to do the wrong things, even if they've justified them to be right in their minds. Yet because they stay true to their needs, I find myself forgiving them or at least feeling empathy. The antagonists in this story have plenty of relatable aspects to their personalities and yet they do some really horrible things even if you can understand why they do it. I love the complexity Liu gives them.

The world expands a lot in this second book as we see how the islands react after the rebellion and the new Emperor starts his rule. Once again the gods spend a lot of time in the story popping in and out, taking sides with different factions and generally causing as much chaos as possible. I've never been a huge fan of deities in fantasy fiction. We see the mixture of technology and magic development much more in this second book, which I found very entertaining. We are also introduced to the Wall of Storms, which I don't remember ever being mentioned in the first book. Basically, the islands are protected or separated from the mainland by a wall of cyclones that keeps ships from crossing it. This aspect of the world plays a major part of the conflict in the story.

I love Ken Liu's writing, but I always try to point out one or two flaws I find in the book to be fair. Liu is a master storyteller and mixes in some beautiful poetic lines in his prose. His descriptions are breathtaking. However, this is not a short book. It's 858 pages and it's a very slow read with a lot of political dueling and the introduction of many new characters while balancing the already large cast. Things don't really pick up speed until the last 1/3 of the book. This is not to say I didn't enjoy every part of the book, but it took me much longer to read. Much like the pacing of the book, the number of characters and plots going through this book can become very confusing. Once again, you have to know your limits as a reader. If you prefer your cast of main characters to be under ten, this isn't the book for you.

The Wall of Storms brought everything I wanted in a sequel. I spent a good month enjoying myself in this one book and would love to do it again. I can't wait to see where we go from here and even though I'm not a huge fan of stories lasting longer than three books, I'll be sad if it ends in the next book. If you love an immersible Asian Fantasy with a large cast of complex characters, you're going to be in heaven with this one. You really need to read the first book in the series to enjoy this book, but you won't regret the time you'll spend in Liu's world. Frankly, they would be the perfect two books to enjoy over the holidays.





Previously

The Grace of Kings
The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Saga Press, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, February 23, 2016

Review: The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by NPR.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.


See Brannigan's Review here.

The View From Monday - October 31, 2016


The View From Monday - October 31, 2016
Happy Monday and Happy Halloween!!




There are 3 debuts this week:

The Facefaker's Game by Chandler Birch;

Death at First Sight (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 1) by Lena Gregory;

and

The Burning Isle by Will Panzo.


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And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler;

The Operative (San Angeles 2) by Gerald Brandt;

Reports on the Internet Apocalypse (Internet Apocalypse Trilogy 3) by Wayne Gladstone

The Weaver by Emmi Itäranta;

Invisible Planets edited by Ken Liu;

An Import of Intrigue (Maradaine Constabulary 2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

and

Dominion (Burned Man 2) by Peter McLean.


Of the Abyss by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Courier (San Angeles 1) by Gerald Brandt is out in Trade Paperback;

How to Save the World (Superheroes Anonymous 3) by Lexie Dunne is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Staked (Iron Druid Chronicles 8) by Kevin Hearne is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga 2) by Kameron Hurley is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Arena (Arena 1) by Holly Jennings is out in Trade Paperback.



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



The View From Monday - October 31, 2016



October 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Long December Richard Chizmar H - Collection
Six Scary Stories Stephen King (Selected by) H - Anthology
The Madness of Dr. Caligari Joseph S. Pulver (Ed) H - Anthology



November 1, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre John Joseph Adams (Ed) F - Anthology
Of the Abyss (mm) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes F - Mancer Trilogy Series 1
The Burning Light Bradley P. Beaulieu
Rob Ziegler
SF/AP/PA
The Facefaker's Game (D) Chandler J. Birch F
Twice Told Tail Ali Brandon CM - A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery 6
The Courier (h2mm) Gerald Brandt SF/CyberP/AP/PA - San Angeles 1
The Operative Gerald Brandt SF/CyberP/AP/PA - San Angeles 2
Decoherence Liana Brooks TechTh - Time & Shadows Mystery 3
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (h2tp) Lois McMaster Bujold SF/SO - Vorkosigan Saga 17
The Vor Game (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF/SO - Vorkosigan Saga 6
Congress of Secrets Stephanie Burgis HistF/AH
Shadowed Souls Jim Butcher (Ed)
Kerrie L. Hughes (Ed)
UF/CF - Anthology
Octavia E. Butler Gerry Canavan HC/SF -Modern Masters of Science Fiction Series
The Shattered Vigil Patrick W. Carr F - Darkwater Saga Series 2
Illicit Cathy Clamp P - Luna Lake 2
The Severed Streets (h2mm) Paul Cornell CF - Shadow Police 2
The Lost Child of Lychford Paul Cornell CF - Witches of Lychford 2
Beholder's Eye (ri) Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO - Web Shifters 1
Hidden in Sight (ri) Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO - Web Shifters 3
Changing Vision (ri) Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO - Web Shifters 2
Nightmares Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Empires: The First Battle Gavin Deas SF - Empires
The Right to Arm Bears (ri) Gordon R Dickson SF
How to Save the World (mm) Lexie Dunne UF - Superheroes Anonymous 3
Willful Child: Wrath of Betty Steven Erikson SF/SO - Willful Child 2
Pillar to the Sky (tp2mm) William R. Forstchen Th/SF
A Hunter Under the Mistletoe: All Is Bright \ Heat of a Helios (e) Addison Fox
Karen Whiddon
SFR/PNR
Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days Neil Gaiman F/GN
Survival Game Gary Gibson SF/AP/PA - Apocalypse Duology 2
Reports on the Internet Apocalypse Wayne Gladstone LF/TechTh/Dys/HU/AP/PA/SF - Internet Apocalypse Trilogy 3
Immortal Billionaire (e) Jane Godman PNR
Warheart (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 4
Death at First Sight (D) Lena Gregory CM - A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 1
Ghal Maraz Guy Haley
Josh Reynolds
F - The Realmgate Wars 2
Christmas Magic David G. Hartwell (Ed) F - Anthology
Staked (h2mm) Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 8
The Dark Lord Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/LM/HU
Binary Storm Christopher Hinz SF/SO - Liege-Killer
Faithful Alice Hoffman CW
Curse on the Land Faith Hunter UF/CF/P - A Soulwood Novel 2
Empire Ascendant (h2mm) Kameron Hurley F - Worldbreaker Saga 2
The Weaver Emmi Itäranta Dys
Arena (h2tp) Holly Jennings SF - Arena 1
Saga of Recluce: Year 1-415 (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Recluce Omnibus
Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka Franz Kafka LFSF - Collection
Illidan: World of Warcraft William King F - World of Warcraft
Death's Master (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF - Flat Earth 2
The Hidden People Alison Littlewood HistM
Invisible Planets Ken Liu (Ed) SF - Anthology
Old Man's Ghosts Tom Lloyd F - Empire of a Hundred Houses 2
Cosmonaut Keep: The Opening Novel in An Astonishing New Future History Ken MacLeod SF/AC - Engines of Light 1
An Import of Intrigue Marshall Ryan Maresca F/UF/DF - Maradaine Constabulary 2
Den of Wolves Juliet Marillier HistF - Blackthorn & Grim 3
Venom and Vanilla Shannon Mayer UF - Venom Trilogy 1
Dominion Peter McLean UF - Burned Man 2
The Burning Isle (D) Will Panzo F
Invisible Planets Hannu Rajaniemi F - Collection
The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance (ri) Kim Stanley Robinson SF
DemonWars: The First King: The Dame and The Bear (e)(ri) R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King
Children of the Country (D) Abigail R. Shaffer LF/CoA/Occ/Sup
The Child to Come: Life after the Human Catastrophe Rebekah Sheldon LC/SF/F
Unquiet Land Sharon Shinn FR/F - Elemental Blessings 4
Archangel's Heart Nalini Singh PNR/F/UF - Guild Hunter 9
The Death of Dulgath Michael J. Sullivan F - Riyria Chronicles 3
The Beast (h2mm) J. R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 14
Shadow of Victory David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 19
Angeleyes Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold Series 7
Once a Gypsy Danica Winters PNR - The Irish Traveller 1
The Path of Heaven Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy
Burn Suzanne Wright FR - Dark in You 1
Living Spectres Chelsea Quinn Yarbro CM - A Chesterton Holte, Gentleman Haunt Mystery  2



November 2, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Loud Table: A Tor.com Original (e) Jonathan Carroll SF
Dune: Red Plague (e) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF



November 3, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Jo Fletcher Books Anthology (e) Various SF/F - Anthology


D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21


This is the twenty-first in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Robert Levy (2015)

The Glittering World
Gallery Books, January 3, 2017
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 10, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21
In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, family secrets and the search for truth in his debut supernatural thriller.

AS A BOY, HE VANISHED INTO THE WOODS. SOMETHING ELSE CAME BACK.

It’s a long way from the grit of New York City to the stark beauty of Nova Scotia, and many years separate Blue Whitley’s only two journeys between them. One occurred at age five, when his mother stole him away from the hinterlands of Canada. Now, twenty-five years later, he’s returning to sell a house left to him by a grandmother he barely remembers. Envisioning the trip as a week of countryside leisure, Blue is accompanied by his best friend Elisa, her stalwart husband Jeremy, and Gabe, his young and admiring co-worker. Starling Cove, however, is not your typical vacation spot. Blue senses secrets withheld. Strange whispers on the wind welcome him home, and at first he finds himself staring transfixed into the woods. Then he feels them gazing back. After a shocking discovery—that Blue went missing in these forests for weeks as a child—life as he knows it begins to fall apart. And when another abduction strikes, the truth about Starling Cove begins to emerge.

Told from all four characters' points of view, through lush, evocative prose Robert Levy conjures a fascinating, sinister landscape. A unique blend of taut psychological thriller and supernatural suspense, The Glittering World is a stunning debut novel about belonging and betrayal, the mysteries of the natural world and the secrets buried deep within the human heart.





Ken Liu (2015)

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Saga Press, October 4, 2016
Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 8, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21
Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.

With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon Award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).

Insightful and stunning stories that plumb the struggle against history and betrayal of relationships in pivotal moments, this collection showcases one of our greatest and original voices.


The Wall of Storms
The Dandelion Dynasty 2
Saga Press, October 4, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 880 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21
In the much-anticipated sequel to the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR) Grace of Kings, Emperor Kuni Garu is faced with the invasion of an invincible army in his kingdom and must quickly find a way to defeat the intruders.

Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara—and chaos results.

But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara’s savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.


Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
Ken Liu, Editor and Translator
Tor Books, November 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21
Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards (including Hao Jingfang’s Hugo-winning novella, Folding Beijing); some have been included in various 'Year's Best' anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken's personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of New York Times bestseller Liu Cixin’s two stories) belong to the younger generation of 'rising stars'. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin's essay, The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths, gives a historical overview of SF in China and situates his own rise to prominence as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan's The Torn Generation gives the view of a younger generation of authors trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first Ph.D. issued for the study of Chinese SF, asks What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?





Michael Livingston (2015)

The Shards of Heaven
The Shards of Heaven 1
Tor Books, October 25, 2016
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Hardcover and eBook, October 26, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21
Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar's ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar's legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history.

Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods-or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.

Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves . . . and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself.

Michael Livingston's The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.


The Gates of Hell
The Shards of Heaven 2
Tor Books, November 15, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21
Alexandria has fallen, and with it the great kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra is dead. Her children are paraded through the streets in chains wrought of their mother's golden treasures, and within a year all but one of them will be dead. Only her young daughter, Cleopatra Selene, survives to continue her quest for vengeance against Rome and its emperor, Augustus Caesar.

To show his strength, Augustus Caesar will go to war against the Cantabrians in northern Spain, and it isn't long before he calls on Juba of Numidia, his adopted half-brother and the man whom Selene has been made to marry -- but whom she has grown to love. The young couple journey to the Cantabrian frontier, where they learn that Caesar wants Juba so he can use the Trident of Poseidon to destroy his enemies. Perfidy and treachery abound. Juba's love of Selene will cost him dearly in the epic fight, and the choices made may change the very fabric of the known world.

The Gates of Hell is the follow up to Michael Livingston’s amazing Shards of Heaven, a historical fantasy that reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.





Todd Lockwood (2016)

The Summer Dragon
Evertide 1
DAW, July 4, 2017
Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 3, 2016

[cover not yet revealed]
The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator–a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.

Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas.

And so Maia is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors—thralls of the enemy—and a faceless creature drawn from her fears. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself.





Shawntelle Madison (2012)

Surrender to You
An At Your Service Novel 2
Loveswept, July 12, 2016
eBook, 200 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 21
In this seductive novel from the author of Bound to You, two career-oriented friends with benefits discover that good morning doesn’t have to mean goodbye.

Late-night booty calls are the most romantic gesture that Carlie Jason expects from business magnate Tomas Goodfellow. Ever since they were teenagers, they’ve provided each other the kind of no-strings pleasures that don’t involve regrets. Now Carlie finds it easier to kiss and run rather than face the fact that she wants so much more. But when she takes a job as a concierge at one of Tomas’s properties, a hotel where the rich and famous get their kink on, Carlie’s tempted to reconsider the rules of surrender.

As the head of an international empire, Tomas knows how to bring out the best in his employees. Putting Carlie in charge of managing the desires of his wealthiest clients was a stroke of genius—only now that she’s close enough to touch, he finds he doesn’t want to let her go. Their long, dark history has built up intimacy in ways he’s only just beginning to understand, but Tomas isn’t ready to trust her just yet. He knows his feelings are more than skin-deep. But first he needs to convince Carlie of one thing: the ties that bind go straight to the heart.

The View From Monday - October 3, 2016


Happy 1st Monday in October! There is one debut this week:

Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History by Jonathan Crown.

The View From Monday - October 3, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Dangerously Charming (A Broken Riders Novel 1) by Deborah Blake;

The Rise of Io (Io 1) by Wesley Chu;

How to Save the World (Superheroes Anonymous 3) by Lexie Dunne is out in digital format;

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback;

The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty 2) by Ken Liu

Break the Chains (Scorched Continent 2) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky;

Viscera by Gabriel Squailia;

and

The Failed Fellowship (Genrenauts Episode 5 & 6) by Michael R. Underwood.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



The View From Monday - October 3, 2016



October 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Savant Nik Abnett SF
All Your Wishes Cat Adams UF - The Blood Singer Novels 7
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Box Set: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (e) Douglas Adams SF/M
The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories Robert Aickman GH/Occ/H - Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Otherworld Chills Kelley Armstrong CF - An Otherworld Anthology
Beatlebone (h2tp) Kevin Barry LF/Psy/AH
Level Grind: Justice Calling; Murder of Crows; Pack of Lies; Hunting Season Annie Bellet UF - The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Omnibus 1
Dangerously Charming Deborah Blake PNR - A Broken Riders Novel 1
The Witch and the Dead Heather Blake PCM - Wishcraft Mystery 7
The Tau Empire Braden Campbell
Peter Fehervari
Phill Kelly
Joe Parrino
Andy Smillie
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium Anthology
The Rise of Io Wesley Chu SF - Io 1
Camelot Rising Michael Clary SF/TT - The Camelot Wars 2
Our Lives Became Unmanageable Jackie Craven F/SF - The Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize
Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History (D) Jonathan Crown LF
Undead and Done MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 15
Into the Guns William C. Dietz AH/PA/SF - America Rising 1
The Motion of Puppets Keith Donohue H
Air and Darkness (h2mm) David Drake HistF - The Books of the Elements 4
How to Save the World (e) Lexie Dunne UF - Superheroes Anonymous 3
The Devil You Know Erin M. Evans F - Brimstone Angels 6
Castaway Odyssey Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF/SO - Boundary 5
The Rift Uprising Amy S. Foster SF - The Rift Uprising Trilogy 1
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 Karen Fowler (Ed)
John Joseph Adams (Series Ed)
SF - Anthology
This Shared Dream Kathleen Ann Goonan AH - Dance Family 2
Feedback Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh 4
The Apartment S. L. Grey H/GH/Th
Ascendant's Rite David Hair F - The Moontide Quartet 4
Ghost Times Two Carolyn Hart PCM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 4
Ghost to the Rescue (h2mm) Carolyn Hart PCM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 3
The Color of Evil (ri) David G. Hartwell (Ed) H - Dark Descent 1 Anthology
An Ancient Peace (h2mm) Tanya Huff SF - Peacekeeper 1
This Is How You Die David Jester H
Paws and Effect Sofie Kelly PCM - Magical Cats 8
A Hard Day's Night Searcher (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - A Dark-Hunter Story
Ashley Bell (h2mm) Dean Koontz Sus/LF/F
The White Spell Lynn Kurland FR/F - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 10
Closer to the Chest Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: The Herald Spy 3
Closer to the Heart (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: The Herald Spy 2
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck (ri) Alexander Laing Occ/Sup - Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Wild Eve Langlais
Kate Douglas
A.C. Arthur
PNR  - Stories
The Wall of Storms Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 2
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (h2tp) Ken Liu SF - Collection
License to Shift Kathy Lyons FR - Grizzlies Gone Wild 2
Stranded Bracken MacLeod SupTh
Tower of Thorns (h2mm) Juliet Marillier HistF - Blacthorn & Grim 2
The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine John Matthews
Caitlin Matthews
Tarot
Fleet Inquisitor Susan R. Matthews SF/SO - Under Jurisdiction Omnibus
Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the Near Future Jamie Metzl Th
Solar Express (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt, Jr. SF
Angels of Music Kim Newman F
Break the Chains Megan E. O'Keefe F - Scorched Continent 2
A City Dreaming Daniel Polansky CF
Book of the Night: The Black Musketeers Oliver Pötzsch HistF
Invisible Planets Hannu Rajaniemi F - Collection
Legacy of the Demon Diana Rowland CF/UF - Demon Novels/Kara Gillian 8
Shadows of Self (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 5
A Feast of Sorrows: Stories Angela Slatter F - Collection
A Very Jaguar Christmas Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Jaguar 5
Viscera Gabriel Squailia F
The Great Game Lavie Tidhar SP
Cursed (e) Sue Tingey CF - The Soulseer Chronicles 2
The Failed Fellowship Michael R. Underwood SF/F - Genrenauts Ep 5 & 6
Eye of Terra Various SF - The Horus Heresy Anthology
Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels Kurt Vonnegut
Siney Offit (Ed)
SF/F/Satire
Gold Fame Citrus (h2tp) Claire Vaye Watkins Dys/Political/LF
Impersonations Walter Jon Williams SF - A Story of the Praxis
Crosstalk Connie Willis SF/GenEng/R
Yesternight Cat Winters Hist/Occ
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (h2tp) David Wong SF
Forever After (e)(ri) Roger Zelazny (Ed) SF - Anthology



October 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn from Them Carl Abbott LC/SF/F
Swift to Chase Laird Barron H - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Illus - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy


Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

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