Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Week of Debuts!

There are a lot debuts in recent and upcoming weeks. This round-up has more hard science fiction and dark fiction than I usually see.

Mary Modern by Camille Deangelis came out in hardcover by Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Random House, on July 10, 2007. This novel is about a cloning gone awry, and has been compared to the Frankenstein story. Her website has a FAQ that reads like a self-interview and a prologue, There are reviews at Publisher's Weekly (4th one down) and at Armchair Interviews (requires registration) and Book Reporter.

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey also came out in hardcover on the 10th. It's about a freelance exorcist who takes on a job that proves to be more than he expected. His website is actually a blog. He has a UK-based website here. The novel came out last year in the UK and is now available over there in paperback. There are reviews at Infinity Plus, Fantasy Book Critic and SFReview.

Hurricane Moon by Alexis Glynn Latner comes out today! It is a trade paperback about a group of human exiles who flee a doomed earth, only to find that their long hibernation damaged their genome, dooming them anew. This one looks tempting to me. The first three chapters are avalable at Pyr, the publisher. Read reviews at Publisher's Weekly (scroll way down) and Alternative Worlds.

Slaves of the Shinar by Justin Allen comes out on July 19th. It is about two men in the ancient middle east who battle a fictional Niphilim onslaught. I'm not able to find many links on this book except for the publisher's website, Overlook Press. There is a review at Publisher's Weekly (again, scroll way down), but I have not been able to find much else except, interestingly enough, his involvement with ballet. Since I am an ancient history buff, this one looks interesting to me.

The odd title of Warren Ellis's debut, Crooked Little Vein, gives me a case of the willies. Who knows, maybe this is on purpose? Anyway, the plot -- where some detective types look for the other constitution -- looks convoluted enough to make Carl Hiaasen proud. It is due out on the 24th. I found reviews at Paperback Reader, Comic Timing and Discorder. I also found an interview at Publishers Weekly. He has a LiveJournal blog, a MySpace and something called a BadSignal.

Hat Tip: Robert, the Fantasy Book Critic! Thanks!


Robert said...

Nice article Tia! Keep them coming :D

Tia Nevitt said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

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Keep up the good work.

Justin Allen

Tia Nevitt said...

Thank you. I will check it out.