August 2015: New Releases in SFF to be excited about

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Here’s a look at a few of the coming attractions in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book market that look like something to be excited about.


nightmare charade

The Nightmare Charade (Mindee Arnette)

August 4th, 2015

YA Fantasy title, teenage magical creatures. Part of the Arkwell Academy series. I haven’t read any of the others, but it looks interesting enough to give it a try.





fifth seasonThe Fifth Season (NK Jemisin)

August 4th, 2015

Post apocalyptic story of a woman searching for her daughter that takes place “in a world that has suffered repeated extinction-level events, over millions of years, causing life (and magic) to adapt to the frequent upheavals”. NK Jemisin is one of those writers you want to pick up new stuff from whenever you see it, because it’s always something refreshingly different, with amazing well developed characters. A must buy on my list.



three moments


Three Moments of an Explosion (China Mieville)

August 4th, 2015

Everything this man writes is odd, but oh-so-good. This one’s a three story book full of weird stuff like “sentient oil rigs, flying icebergs, and a ladder into space.”






Alice (Christina Henry)

August 4, 2015

Looks like a twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Sounds twisted enough to be an interesting take, the description evokes images of the American McGee game.




kitty saves the world


Kitty Saves the World (Carrie Vaughn)

The very last installment in the Kitty Norville series, and who doesn’t love a good werewolf story?






chasing the phoenix


Chasing the Phoenix (Michael Swanwick)

August 11, 2015

Far future China, two con artists (one who happens to be a mechanical dog that walks upright) con their way into power and fame, with predictably troublesome results. Sounds odd enough to grab some attention.



london undergroundLondon Underground: A Thriller (Chris Angus)

August 11, 2015

Horror thriller, Nazi conspiracies and genetically altered super rats loose in the London sewers. I’m in.






zer0esZer0es (Chuck Wendig)

August 18th

I’ll be reviewing this one, as I’ve got a review copy. This looks to be a fast paced hacker story; hackers forced to work for the government find out too much, and try to bring things down and get out alive. Definitely excited for this one. Wendig writes stories that grab and shake you like a dog with a chew toy, snappy dialogue and plot twists are always abundant. One for the must read list.



deceptionsDeceptions (Kelley Armstrong)

August 18th, 2015

The next installment in the Cainsville series. I’ve got a review copy of this one as well, so you’ll definitely be seeing a review. This series has been chock full of mysterious strangers, fair folk, and mythology.





mechanicaMechanica (Betsy Cornwell)

August 25th, 2015

Looks to be a kind of Cinderella tale, but with mechanical horses, and the main character is a tinkerer. Rather than running off with the prince, this girl wants entrepreneurial backing. The hype behind this looks strong, it’s definitely one to check out for fans of steampunk.




That’s the highlights for August as I see them, but a full accounting of what’s to come can be found on Amazon, or a great page complete with a gallery of covers, here.

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JL JamiesonAugust 2015: New Releases in SFF to be excited about