LJ Best Books 2016

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LJ Fiction Reviews: September 15, 2016

Below is a list of Fiction, Graphic Novels, and SF/Fantasy titles to be reviewed in the September 15, 2016, issue of Library Journal. These lists include pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.

Starred reviews are indicated with **.

Publishers: Please remember to send us one finished copy of each book that is scheduled for review (i.e., all of the forthcoming titles listed below) if you initially submitted a galley or bound manuscript. Our reviewers are not paid, and we like to send a finished copy of the reviewed book as a thank you. Materials should be mailed to: Library Journal, 123 William Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10038.

FICTION

**Ackerman, Elliot. Dark at the Crossing. Knopf. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101947371. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947388. F

thenext.jpg9216Brown, Karen. The Clairvoyants. Holt. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781627797054. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781627797061. F

Casey, Anne-Marie. The Real Liddy James. Putnam. Sept. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780399160226. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399574764. F

**Coe, Jonathan. Number 11. Knopf. Jan. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780451493361.$27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451493378. F

Cornwell, Bernard. The Flame Bearer. Harper. (Saxon Tales, Bk. 10). Nov. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780062250780. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780062250827. F

Dawson, Maddie. The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness. Lake Union: Amazon. Oct. 2016. 411p. ISBN 9781503939103. pap. $14.95. F

Fishman, Zoe. Inheriting Edith. Morrow. Nov. 2016. 290p. ISBN 9780062378743. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062378750.  F

**Francis, Richard. Crane Pond. Europa. Oct. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781609453510. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781609453565. F

**Gangi, Stephanie. The Next. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250110565. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250110589. F DEBUT

Gervais, Simon. A Red Dotted Line. Story Plant. Nov. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781611882353. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781943486960. F

Gillespie, Karin. Love Literary Style. Henery. Nov. 2016. 265p. ISBN 9781635110852. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781635110876. F

**Grossman, David. A Horse Walks into a Bar. Knopf. Feb. 2017. 208p. tr. from Hebrew by Jessica Cohen. ISBN 9780451493972. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451493972. F

Gunning, Sally Cabot. Monticello: A Daughter and Her Father. Morrow. Sept. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780062320438. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062320452. F

tellthetruth.jpg9216Jenoff, Pam. The Orphan’s Tale. Mira: Harlequin. Feb. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780778330639. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780778319818. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460396421. F

Jung, Young Moon. Vaseline Buddha. Deep Vellum. Jul. 2016. 184p. tr. from Korean by Yewon Jung. ISBN 9781941920343. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781941920350. F

Just, Ward. The Eastern Shore. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780544836587. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780544836617. F

McKenzie, Catherine. Fractured. Lake Union: Amazon. Oct. 2016. 373p. ISBN 9781477817940. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781503937826. F

**Marchetta, Melina. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Oct. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780316349291. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316349284. F

Noblin, Annie England. Just Fine with Caroline. Morrow. Oct. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780062465627. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062465634. F

**Rash, Ron. The Risen. Ecco: HarperCollins. Sept. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780062436313. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062436337. F

Saccomanno, Guillermo. Gesell Dome. Open Letter. Aug. 2016. 616p. tr. from Spanish by Andrea G. Labinger. ISBN 9781940953380. pap. $18.95. F

**Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. Penguin Pr. Nov. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9781594203985. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399564314. F

SHORT STORIES

Moyes, Jojo. Paris for One and Other Stories. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Oct. 2016. 239p. ISBN 9780735221079. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735221192. F

LAST-MINUTE MYSTERY

**Läckberg, Camilla. The Lost Boy. Pegasus Crime. Oct. 2016. 496p. tr. from Swedish by Tiina Nunnally. ISBN 9781681772042. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681772721. M

POSSIBLE FUTURES

**Weinstein, Alexander. Children of the New World. Picador. Sept. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9781250098993. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781250099006. F

girlincastle.jpg9216THE HISTORY GIRLS

**Montefiore, Santa. The Girl in the Castle. Morrow. (Deverill Chronicles, Bk. 1). Sept. 2016. 512p. ISBN 9780062490797. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062456854. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062456878. F

Smith, Martin Cruz. The Girl from Venice. S. & S. Oct. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781439140239. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781439153192. F

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Altes, Steve (text) & Andy Fish & Veronica Fish (illus.). Geeks & Greeks. Relentless Goat Prods. Mar. 2016. 184p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780996350440. pap. $19.95. F

Beaumont, Henny. Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth. Pennsylvania State Univ. (Graphic Medicine). Oct. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780271077406. pap. $24.95. Memoir

Clowes, Daniel. Patience. Fantagraphics. Mar. 2016. 177p. ISBN 9781606999059. $29.99. SF/ROMANCE

thelotteryjackson.jpg9216Cornell, Paul (text) & Tony Parker (illus.). This Damned Band. Dark Horse. May 2016. 160p. ISBN 9781616557799. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781630080990. GRAPHIC NOVELS

Girard, Pascal. Nicolas. Drawn & Quarterly. Sept. 2016. 112p. tr. from French by Helge Dascher. ISBN 9781770462625. $14.95. MEMOIR

**Jackson, Shirley (text) & Miles Hyman (illus.). Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery: A Graphic Adaptation. Hill & Wang: Farrar. Oct. 2016. 160p. ISBN 9780809066490. $30; pap. ISBN 9780809066506. $16. F

Johnson, Crockett & Ted Ferro (text) & Jack Morley (illus.). Barnaby. Vol. 3: 1946–1947. Fantagraphics. Jun. 2016. 372p. notes. ISBN 9781606998236. $39.99. COMICS

**Schulz, Gabby. Sick. Secret Acres. Jun. 2016. 84p. ISBN 9780996273916. $21.95. GRAPHIC NOVELS

Shaw, Dash. Cosplayers. Fantagraphics. Sept. 2016. 116p. ISBN 9781606999486. $22.99. F

**Shiga, Jason. Demon. Vol. 1. First Second. Oct. 2016. 176p. ISBN 9781626724525. pap. $19.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

ferryman.jpg9216

DEBUT OF THE MONTH

Gigl, Colin. The Ferryman Institute. Gallery. Oct. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9781501125324. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501125331. FANTASY

CHECK THESE OUT

Adams, Cat. All Your Wishes. Tor. (Blood Singer, Bk. 7). Oct. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780765375711. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466847866. FANTASY

**Andrews, Ilona. Magic Binds. Ace: Berkley. (Kate Daniels, Bk. 9). Sept. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780425270691. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698136786. FANTASY

Birch, Chandler J. The Facefaker’s Game. Simon451: S. & S. Nov. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9781501147753. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501111990. FANTASY DEBUT

Brennan, Marie. Cold-Forged Flame. Tor.com. Sept. 2016. 112p. ISBN 9780765391391. pap. $11.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765391384. FANTASY

Cogman, Genevieve. The Masked City. Roc: NAL. (Invisible Library, Bk. 2). Sept. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781101988664. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781101988671. FANTASY

Cox, Greg. The Librarians and the Lost Lamp. Tor. Oct. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780765384072. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9780765384089. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765384065. FANTASY

**Grant, Mira. Feedback. Orbit: Hachette. (Newsflesh, Bk. 4) Oct. 2016. 496p. ISBN 9780316379342. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316379328. HORROR

McGuire, Seanan. Once Broken Faith. DAW. (October Daye, Bk. 10). Sept. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780756408107. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101601822. FANTASY

certaindarkthings.jpg9216McIsaac, Jodi. Bury the Living. 47North: Amazon. Sept. 2016. 338p. ISBN 9781503935518. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781503990524. FANTASY

**Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Certain Dark Things. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781250099082. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250099099. HORROR

**Priest, Cherie. The Family Plot. Tor. Sept. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780765378248. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466860650. HORROR

Tatum, Bradford. Only the Dead Know Burbank. Harper Perennial. Oct. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780062428752. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062428769. HORROR

Winters, Cat. Yesternight. Morrow. Oct. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780062440860. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062440853. Horror

COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES

Armstrong, Kelley. Otherworld Chills. Plume. (Otherworld Chronicles). Oct. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780452298361. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698173569. FANTASY

**Bellet, Annie. Level Grind. Saga: S. & S. (Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Bks. 1–4). Oct. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9781481479400. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781481479394. $15.99. FANTASY

SERIES LINEUP

dreaminghunt.jpg9216Dees, Cindy & Bill Flippin. The Dreaming Hunt. Tor. (Sleeping King, Bk. 2). Sept. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780765335159. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466821293. FANTASY

Herbert, Brian & Kevin J. Anderson. Navigators of Dune. Tor. (Great Schools of Dune, Bk. 3). Sept. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780765381255. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466878808. SF

Modesitt, L.E., Jr. Treachery’s Tools. Tor. (Imager Portfolio, Bk. 10). Oct. 2016. 512p. ISBN 9780765385406. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765385420. FANTASY

ADDITIONAL SF/FANTASY

**Duncan, Patrick Sheane. Dracula vs. Hitler. Inkshares. Oct. 2016. 544p. ISBN 9781942645085. $25.99. HORROR

**What the #@&% Is That? The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre. Saga: S. & S. Nov. 2016. 368p. ed. by John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen. ISBN 9781481434997. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781481434935. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481435000. HORROR

 

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