Pierce Brown, Khan, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Oct. 2017, Pt. 1

Bonansinga, Jay. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781250058522. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862753. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR
Lilly Caul has survived the apocalypse and settled her people safely in plague-desecrated Atlanta. But she cannot let go of her dream of returning to home-sweet-home Woodbury and finally departs with a messy group of like-minded followers, learning some truths about herself that will allow them all to survive. Face it, Walking Dead fans are everywhere.

Brown, Pierce. Iron Gold. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Red Rising Saga, Bk. 4). Oct. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780425285916. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780425285923. SF
Just when it looks as if Darrow and the Rising are about to defeat holdout Golds and endbrownpierce their world’s cruel color-coded caste system, a new foe comes along, so this fourth book set in the Red Rising world is also the first book of a new trilogy. The first three books were all New York Times best sellers, with last year’s Morning Star hitting the top spot.

Carr, Robyn. The Summer That Made Us. Mira: Harlequin. Oct. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780778330868. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488023644. WOMEN’S
In this latest women’s fiction entry from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, a television talk show host booted out when her ratings tumble returns to her childhood summer home, now in a woeful state of disrepair. A gathering of female relatives reveals very different memories of what happened during a fateful last summer there. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Chamberlain, Diane. The Stolen Marriage. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781250087270. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250087294. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S
Following Pretending To Dance, New York Times best-selling author Chamberlain waltzes us down to early 1940s Hickory, NC, where Tess finds herself stuck in an airless marriage to cool, distant Henry after impulsively breaking off her engagement to her longtime love. She finds purpose by working at the newly built polio hospital but knows that townsfolk regard her with suspicion and starts sensing that her life might be in danger.

Colgan, Jenny. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery. Morrow Paperbacks. Oct. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062662996. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062663009. WOMEN’S
In 2013, Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe first put UK author Colgan on the New York colganTimes best sellers list, so it’s appropriate that her new title is also set during the holidays. Polly’s Little Beach Street bakery is aglow with sugar-and-spice treats, and her love life is looking good, too. But then a storm rages in and cuts off her Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne from the mainland. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Dozois, Gardner, ed. The Book of Swords. Bantam. Oct. 2017. 544p. ISBN 9780399593765. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780399593772. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY
Fantasy stories from George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, and more, with editing by 15-time Hugo and 34-time Locus award–winning editor/anthologist Dozois? That’s fantastic! The big plum here is a new, fresh-as-blood “Song of Ice and Fire” story.

Gaynor, Hazel & Heather Webb. Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I. Morrow Paperbacks. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062562685. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062562692. HISTORICAL
As World War I rages, Evie Elliott longs to shrug off the restrictions of upper-crust British life and do more for the war effort, but at least she exchanges increasingly heartfelt letters with her brother’s best friend, Thomas Harding. Decades later, with those letters tightly in hand, Thomas heads for Paris and a reckoning with the past. A New York Times best-selling author and winner of the UK’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award, Gaynor here joins forces with popular historical novelist Webb. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Hearne, Kevin. A Plague of Giants. Del Rey: Ballantine. Oct. 2017. 640p. ISBN 9780345548603. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780345548610. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY
In this latest from New York Times best-selling author Hearne (Staked), a bard proclaims the story of a kingdom rescued from an invasion by giant warriors when a mage rediscovers the language that will allow him to talk to magical beasts, persuading them to join forces with humans.

Hilderbrand, Elin. Winter Solstice. Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780316435451. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316435482. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316510219. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. WOMEN’S
For the first time in years, the Quinn family will all be together for the holidays, now thathilderbrand Bart has safely returned from Afghanistan. And readers will have the last chance to visit the family’s Winter Street Inn on Nantucket, as Hilderbrand wraps up a series that has sold 450,000 copies across formats. With a 200,000-copy first printing and a national tour.

Hoover, Colleen. Without Merit. Atria. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781501179761. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501170638. WOMEN’S
Ready to run out on her family, not the picture-perfect bunch they appear to be, a young woman spills a lot of dirty secrets, then finds herself stuck in town and facing the consequences. From the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of November 9.

Howey, Hugh. Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories. John Joseph Adams: Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781328767523. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781328764331. SF/SHORT STORIES
It’s hardly surprising that the New York Times best-selling author of the “Silo” series offers sf and fantasy stories whose topics range from artificial intelligence to parallel universes. Fresh stuff: three stories are set in the world of Wool, two were written exclusively for this volume, and 15 are collected here for the first time.

Khan, Ausma Zehanat. The Bloodprint. Harper Voyager. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062459190. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062459213. FANTASY
Having triumphed with her mystery series featuring Canadian Muslim detective Esa khanKhattak, Khan leaps into fantasy with the first in a four-book series. A terrible force called the Talisman, ruled by the One-Eyed Preacher, has taken over the land and aims to suppress learning and women. But the courageous women called the Companions of Hira may have discovered a magical symbol, called the Bloodprint, that can help them defeat their foes. With a 50,000-copy first printing; part of a surge of diverse young voices coming from Harper Voyager this year.

Macomber, Debbie. Merry and Bright. Ballantine. Oct. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780399181221. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780399181238. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S
As Merry is ridiculously wrapped up with family and work responsibilities, her mother and brother sneakily create an online dating profile for her, and one of the matches turns out to be a real charmer. When she finally meets him, she realizes that he’s not even a stranger. With five of this No. 1 New York Times best-selling author’s Christmas novels having become big-deal movies on the Hallmark Channel, you know this will attract a crowd.

Sanderson, Brandon. Edgedancer. Tor. Oct. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781250166548. $10.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250166609. FANTASY
Billed as Volume 2.5 of the New York Times best-selling Stormlight Archive, this work features ten-year-old Lift, now a Knight Radiant, who arrives in Yeddaw and looks desperately for another Radiant before a man called Darkness destroys them all. In mini-book format; cool for fans.

Smith, Wilbur. The Tiger’s Prey: A Novel of Adventure. Morrow. Oct. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780062276506. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062276568. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL
In the next in a series launched in 1964 (talk about historical), Tom Courtney, the son of famed Sir Hal Courtney and hero of Monsoon and Blue Horizon, sails into the sunset in search of more adventure. More 17th-century-set thrills from blockbuster historical novelist Smith; with 150,000-copy first printing.

Steel, Danielle. Fairytale. Delacorte. Oct. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781101884065. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101884072. CD: Random Audio. lrg. prnt. WOMEN’S
After Stanford grad Camille loses her mother to cancer, her father, Christophe, marries a scheming steeldanielleFrenchwoman with two slacker sons, who quickly takes over the family’s famed Napa Valley winery when Christophe perishes in a plane wreck. Thank goodness for the intervention of a neighboring vintner’s handsome son, especially with the Harvest Ball coming soon.

Wong, David. What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781250040206. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466835443. HORROR
The New York Times best-selling Wong returns us to the blackly funny world of his thrillers John Dies at the End and This Book Is Full of Spiders, whose antiheroes now face a shapeshifter from another dimension that’s grabbing local children. And what they find does not bring them peace.

Woods, Sherryl. Lilac Lane. Mira: Harlequin. Oct. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780778331339. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488028328. WOMEN’S
In this next in the “Chesapeake Shores” series, Moira O’Brien invites her grieving mother, Keira, to come visit from Dublin, ostensibly to help out with the newborn and to pitch in at the Irish pub owned by Moira’s husband. Sparks fly between Kiera and the pub’s handsome but demanding new chef, although at first it’s because they disagree about everything. Of course things soon turn rosy. With a 300,000-copy first printing.

 

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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