SF/F Mass Market Paperbacks of Note. September 15, 2012

Alexander, Cassie. Moonshifted: An Edie Spence Novel. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780312553401. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

As a nurse in County Hospital’s secret paranormal ward, Edie Spence (Nightshifted) finds herself at the center of a war between two werewolf packs.

Cobley, Michael. Seeds of Earth. Orbit: Hachette. (Humanity’s Fire, Bk. 1). Sept. 2012. c.640p. ISBN 9780316213981. pap. $7.99. SF

After a devastating and unanticipated alien war, Earth sent out colony ships to preserve humanity. The human colony on Darien has coexisted peacefully with the indigenous Uvovo for the past 150 years, but now a power struggle for control of the galaxy threatens the amity. A space opera series opener by the author of the Shadowkings trilogy.

Hughes, Alex. Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel. Roc: Penguin. Sept. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780451464750. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Expelled from the Telepaths’ Guild for substance abuse, Hughes’s protagonist gets a job as a psychic consultant for the DeKalb County Police Department in Atlanta, GA. When a series of murders seems to involve telepathy, the evidence suggests a deeper conspiracy. First entry in a promising psychic fantasy series.

McGuire, Seanan. Ashes of Honor: A October Daye Novel. DAW, dist. by Penguin. Sept. 2012. c.368p. ISBN 9780756407490. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

The sixth outing for Faerie-blooded October “Toby” Daye (One Salt Sea) takes her on a search for a friend’s missing child—a hunt made more difficult by the girl’s ability to teleport.

McKinney, Joe. Mutated. Pinnacle: Kensington. Sept. 2012. c.368p. ISBN 9780786029297. pap. $7.99. HORROR

In McKinney’s fourth zombie plague novel (after Flesh Eaters, Apocalypse of the Dead, and Dead City), the dead now outnumber the living. As the few human survivors band together for survival, they discover that the undead are doing the same, working in groups to satisfy their need for human flesh.