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The View From Monday - August 20, 2018

Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Vox by Christina Dalcher;


The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After 1) by Drew Williams.

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

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Of the Mortal Realm (Mancer Trilogy 3) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes;

Shadowblack (Spellslinger Series 2) by Sebastien de Castell;


Blood of the Gods (The Ascension Cycle 2) by David Mealing.

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The View From Monday - August 20, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

The View From Monday - August 20, 2018

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

August 21, 2018
Titanicus Dan Abnett SF - Adeptus Titanicus
The Winter Vow Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 3
So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica
Mark A. Altman
Edward Gross
Of the Mortal Realm (e) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes DF/F - Mancer Trilogy 3
Foundryside Robert Jackson Bennett F/UF - The Founders Trilogy 1
Shadowblack Sebastien de Castell F/HU - Spellslinger Series 2
The Black God's Drums P. Djèlí Clark HistF/SF/SP
The Phantom Tree Nicola Cornick Hist/Gothic/R
Vox (D) Christina Dalcher CW/Dys/PolTh
Heartbreaker Claudia Dey LF/SF
Ararat (h2tp) Christopher Golden SupTh/H
The Fated Sky Mary Robinette Kowal SF/AH/HSF - Lady Astronaut 2
Tarma and Kethry Mercedes Lackey F/FR - Vows and Honor Omnibus
Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (h2tp) Ken Liu (Ed) SF - Anthology
Windhaven George R. R. Martin Lisa Tuttle
Elsa Charretier (Illus)
Star Trek: Lost Scenes Curt McAloney
David Tilotta
Ravencry Ed McDonald DF/F - Raven's Mark 2
Servants of the Machine God Graham McNeill
Gave Thorpe
David Guymer
David Annandale
Andy Clark
SF - Adeptus Mechanicus Anthology
Blood of the Gods David Mealing F/HistF - The Ascension Cycle 2
Japanese Folktales: Classic Stories from Japan's Enchanted Past Yei Theodora Ozaki FairyT/FolkT/LM/CulH
From Distant Stars Sam Peters SF - From Darkest Skies
The Collected Adventures of Bannon & Clare Lilith Saintcrow SP/FR/CF/P/UF - Bannon & Clare
Coldfall Wood Steven Savile CF/DF
Rattus New Yorkus (e) Hunter Shea H - Hunter Shea: One Size Eats All 2
2020 Kenneth Steven Dys
The Stars Now Unclaimed (D)Drew Williams SF/SO/HU - The Universe After 1
Terra Incognita: Three NovellasConnie Willis SF/Satire - Collection
The Realmgate Wars: Volume 1Chris Wraight
Guy Haley
Nick Kyme
Josh Reynolds
C.L. Werner
Darius Hinks

F - The Realmgate Wars Omnibus

August 23, 2018
By the Pricking of Her Thumb (e) Adam Roberts SF

August 25, 2018
Report to Megalopolis: The Post-modern Prometheus Tod Davies F/Dys/FairyT/FolkT/LM/DF - The History of Arcadia 4

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 Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator

AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PI - Private Investigator
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PP - Police Procedural
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
Sagas - Sagas
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2018 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on September 7, 2018, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be posted.

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2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Art by Argh! Nottingham

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Jacket photo of woman by Karan Kapoor/Getty Images;
Jacket typography by Doctor Letters;
Jacket design by Steve Meditz

2018 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

There are 5 debut novels for August.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The August debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite August cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15, 2018.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for August 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.

Christina Dalcher

Berkley, August 21, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
One of Entertainment Weekly’s and SheReads’ books to read after The Handmaid’s Tale
One of Good Morning America’s “Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer”

Set in a United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning…

Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard.

…not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

Ling Ma

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 14, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Maybe it’s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma’s offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she’s had her fill of uncertainty. She’s content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend.

So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.

Candace won’t be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They’re traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers?

A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines, and missed opportunities of contemporary life, Ling Ma’s Severance is a moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire. Most important, it’s a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.

Joshua Mattson

A Short Film About Disappointment
Penguin Press, August 7, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
An ingenious novel about art and revenge, insisting on your dreams and hitting on your doctor, told in the form of 80 movie reviews

In near-future America, film critic Noah Body uploads his reviews to a content aggregator. His job is routine: watch, seethe, pan. He dreams of making his own film, free from the hackery of commercial cinema. Faced with writing about lousy movies for a website that no one reads, Noah smuggles into his work episodes from his trainwreck of a life.

We learn that his apartment in Miniature Aleppo has been stripped of furniture after his wife ran off with his best friend—who Noah believes has possessed his body. He’s in the middle of an escalating grudge match against a vending machine tycoon with a penchant for violence. And he’s infatuated with a doctor who has diagnosed him with a “disease of thought.” Sapped by days performing the labor of entertainment, forced to voice opinions on cinema to earn his water rations, Noah is determined to create his own masterpiece, directed by and starring himself.

Written by a debut novelist with a rotten wit and a singular imagination, A Short Film About Disappointment is a story about holding on to a scrap of hope in a joyously crummy world of nanny states and New Koreas.

Lauren C. Teffeau

Angry Robot, August 7, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink… or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller

When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new masters exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence – freedom from the dome – but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad, and Emery is caught between factions: those who want her blood, and those who just want her dead.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Under the Dome | Blood Courier | Disconnected | Bright Future ]

Drew Williams

The Stars Now Unclaimed
The Universe After 1
Tor Books, August 21, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Think big guns, smugglers, epic space battles, and a telekinetic girl with all the gifts.

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax—a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.

And that's just the beginning . . .
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