SF/Fantasy/Horror/Noir: Fiction Previews, Aug. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Series start-ups and wrap-ups will keep fans busy at summer’s end.

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Evenson, Brian. The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell. Coffee House. Aug. 2021. 248p. ISBN 9781566896115. pap. $16.95. HORROR/SHORT STORIES

Hearne, Kevin. Paper & Blood. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Ink & Sigil, Bk. 2). Aug. 2021. 304p.cover of Kadrey's King Bullet ISBN 9781984821287. $27. Downloadable. FANTASY

Jones, Stephen Graham. My Heart Is a Chainsaw. Saga: S. & S. Aug. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781982137632. $26.99. HORROR

Kadrey, Richard. King Bullet. Harper Voyager. Aug. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780062951571. $28.99. FANTASY/URBAN

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Velvet Was the Night. Del Rey: Ballantine. Aug. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780593356821. $27. NOIR

Naslund, Brian. Fury of a Demon. Tor. (Dragons of Terra, Bk. 3). Aug. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9781250309693. $30.99; pap. 9781250309709. $18.99.

Palmer, Ada. Perhaps the Stars. Tor. Aug. 2021. 608p. ISBN 9780765378064. $28.99. SF

Penelope, L. Requiem of Silence. St. Martin’s Griffin. Aug. 2021. 576p. ISBN 9781250148131. pap. $19.99. FANTASY/HISTORICAL

Repino, Robert. Malefactor. Soho. Aug. 2021. NAp. ISBN 9781641290982. $27. FANTASY

Salvatore, R.A. Starlight Enclave. Harper Voyager. Aug. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780063029774. $27.99. FANTASY

Tchaikovsky, Adrian. Shards of Earth. Orbit: Hachette. Aug. 2021. 592p. ISBN 9780316705851. $28. SF

Three-time O. Henry Prize winner and Shirley Jackson finalist Evenson takes readers to The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell in a short story collection purveying near-future psychological and environmental horrors. Second in a spinoff from Hearne’s New York Times best-selling “Iron Druid Chronicles” series, Paper & Blood features cameos from beloved characters Atticus, Oberon, and the Morrigan but stars wily Scottish detective Al MacBharrais, solving another impossible mystery. Wealthy newcomers wreak havoc to the point of horror in a lakeside rural town in Bram Stoker Award winner Jones’s My Heart Is a Chainsaw (100,000-copy first printing). New York Times best-selling Kadrey wraps up his iconic Sandman Slim series with the marauding Shoggot gang, led by King Bullet, overrunning a virus-undone Los Angeles (75,000-copy first printing). Author of the LJ best-bookedMexican Gothic, Moreno-Garcia returns with Velvet Was the Night, featuring a romance magazine–reading secretary in 1970s Mexico City who becomes obsessed with the disappearance of her beautiful next-door neighbor. Follow-up to the praised Blood of an Exile and Sorcery of a Queen, Naslund’s Fury of a Demon traps Bershad and Ashlyn in the Deepwood, with mercenaries and weird alchemical creations threatening them and Bershad in danger of losing his humanity (50,000-copy first printing each for hardcover and paperback). In John W. Campbell Award winner Palmer’s latest, the Hive system of nations without fixed locations has shattered into civil war, forcing humanity to consider an alternative: Perhaps the Stars (50,000-copy first printing). From the winner of Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s self-publishing ebook award for Song of Blood and Stone, Penelope’s Requiem of Silence wraps up the “Earthsinger Chronicles,” with the nation of Elsira destabilized by refugees and the True Father building an army that can be vanished only by Nethersong. Repino’s Malefactor brings the acclaimed “War with No Name” series to a close, with the city of Hosanna and its joint animal-human government under attack. With Starlight Enclave, the mega-best-selling Salvatore launches a new series, with the redoubtable Drizzt Do’Urden on a spiritual journey and Jarlaxle worried that civil war will break out (75,000-copy first printing). In Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Tchaikovsky’s Shards of Earth, an elite fighting group created to protect humanity after Earth’s destruction decades ago now seems obsolete—but the alien Architects that caused their troubles may be back again (40,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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