Books released today…
Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising (Deadlands #2) by Jeffrey Mariotte. Historical Fantasy, Tor Books
Fear is abroad in the Deadlands as a string of brutal killings and cattle mutilations trouble a frontier town in the Arizona Territory, nestled in the forbidding shadow of the rugged Thunder Mountains. A mule train is massacred, homes and ranches are attacked, and men and women are stalked and butchered by bestial killers who seem to be neither human nor animal. Meanwhile, a ruthless land baron tries to buy up all the surrounding territory—and possibly bring about an apocalypse. Once an officer in the Union Army, Tucker Bringloe is now a worthless drunk begging for free drinks at the corner saloon. When he’s roped into a posse searching for the nameless killers, Tuck must rediscover the man he once was if he’s to halt the bloodshed and stop occult forces from unleashing Hell on Earth … when the Thunder Moon rises.
Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3) by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu. SF, Tor Books
Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent. Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?
The Family Plot by Cherie Priest. Paranormal Fantasy, Tor Books
Music City Salvage is a family operation, owned and operated by Chuck Dutton. But business is lean and times are tight, so he’s thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Withrow appears in his office. She has a massive family estate to unload—for a check and a handshake, it’s all his. And it’s enough of a gold mine that he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project. Dahlia preps a couple of trucks and takes a small crew down to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the ancient Withrow house is waiting—and so is a small, overgrown cemetery that Augusta Withrow left out of the paperwork. Augusta left out a lot of things. The property is empty, but it isn’t abandoned. Something in the Withrow mansion is angry and lost. This is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever, and there’s still plenty of room in the strange little family plot…
Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, Ace
Mercenary Kate Daniels and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…
Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead. The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…
The Warren by Brian Evenson. Science Fiction, Tor.com Publishing
X doesn’t have a name. He thought he had one—or many—but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him. Or maybe he really is called X.
He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be. But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species.
Zero-G by William Shatner & Jeff Rovin. Science Fiction, Simon & Schuster
In the year 2050, the United States sends the FBI to govern its space station, the Empyrean. Under the command of former fighter pilot and FBI field agent Samuel Lord, the space based “Zero-G” men are in charge of investigating terrorism, crime, corruption, and espionage beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and of keeping an eye on the rival Chinese and Russian stations. During the Zero-G team’s first days in space, a mysterious and beautiful scientist, Dr. May, shows up to the Empyrean claiming that important research has been stolen from her lab on the moon. Her arrival suspiciously coincides with timing of a tsunami that destroys part of the coast of Japan. Meanwhile, the Chinese space station has gone mysteriously silent. In this gripping space adventure, Director Lord must connect the dots to discover who or what has caused the tsunami as well as subsequent disasters, and how Dr. May and the Chinese might be involved.
A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess. YA High Fantasy, Random House Books for Young Readers
Blood Red Kiss (MoonBound Clan Vampires #2.5) by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter. Paranormal Romance Anthology, Pocket Books
The Dark Army (Starblade Chronicles #2) by Joseph Delany. YA Fantasy, Greenwillow
Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch. Fantasy, Balzer & Bray
The Gradual by Christopher Priest. Alternate Fantasy, Titan
Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24) by Lynsay Sands. Paranormal Romance, Avon
The Iscariot Sanction (Lazarus Gate #2) by Mark Latham. Historical Fantasy, Titan
Metaltown by Kristen Simmons. YA Dystopia, Tor Teen
The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst. Fantasy, Harper Voyager
Red Tide (Chronicles of the Exile #3) by Marc Turner. Fantasy, Tor Books
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. YA Fantasy, Bloomsbury
The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2) by Erin Bow. YA SF, Margaret K. McElderry
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. YA High Fantasy, HarperTeen
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. YA Urban Fantasy, Tor Teen
Witch’s Pyre (Worldwalker #3) by Josephine Angelini. YA Fantasy, Feiwel & Friends
Happy reading! Until next week in geek…