Kadrey, Mansbach, Pratchett, Gaiman, and Hill on io9’s Anticipated 2013 Books List

2013 is shaping up to be a good year for sci-fi and fantasy books! io9.com has a great running list of the books to look forwards to in the coming months–congratulations to all the great Harper Voyager and Morrow titles penned by Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Terry Pratchett, Adam Mansbach, and Richard Kadrey! Here’s the low-down on their upcoming novels:

A Sandman Slim novel by Richard KadreyKill City Blues by Richard Kadrey (A Sandman Slim novel)

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, out of being Lucifer, and back to LA. But there’s still one teeny problem–mainly, he’s managed to lose the Qomrama Om Ya, a weapon from the banished older gods,who are _also_ searching for their lost power.

Stark’s search leads him to an abandoned shopping mall-a multi-story copy of LA-squatted by Lurkers and wretched, bottom of the barrel Sub Rosa families. They’ve formed little tribes that guard their tiny patches of their fake LA. Somewhere in the kill zone of the former mall is a dead man with the answers that Stark needs…. If he can get to him, get back out alive, and outrun the killers on his tail. July 2013.

Neil GaimanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

“They say you cannot go home again, and that is as true as a knife . . .”

A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered.

Wondrous, imaginative, impossible, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is classic Neil Gaiman and sure to capture the hearts of readers everywhere. June 2013.


Adam MansbachThe Dead Run by Adam Mansbach

Bestselling author Adam Mansbach delivers a high-concept supernatural thriller, mixing horror, action, and suspense into a blockbuster read.

On both sides of the border, girls are going missing. Then, later, other bodies surface, and a small-town police chief faces an investigation worse than any he’s ever seen before. Kidnapped teen Sherry Nicholls manages to escape from a maniacal cult, but freeing herself was the easiest part.. Meanwhile, in a Mexican jail, unjustly-imprisoned estranged father Jess Galvan accepts a devil’s bargain–transport a sinister package for the prison’s infamous Old Man across the border in 24 hours. If he can do so, he’ll be free and able to regain custody of his daughter. But there are more than coyotes in the desert, and as ancient evils resurface, everyone must face their deepest terrors. September 2013.

Nos4A2 by Joe Hill

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her dayglo blue Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her unusual ability because she knows that no one would believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself. And she knows it isn’t free. Each time she makes a trip across that bridge, a piece of herself is lost.

But Vic isn’t the only one with a special gift.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, their journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble-and finds Manx.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid to ever escape his unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget. But the end of one nightmare is just the beginning of another . . . because Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son. In a life-and-death battle of wills–her magic pitted against his–Vic McQueen is going to get her son back and destroy Manx once and for all. Or she’ll die trying. . . . April 2013.

The Long War by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

A sequel to the novel The Long Earth, this novel takes place generations after the previous book. A new, re-imagined America has been founded on a parallel earth called Valhalla–and Valhalla wants its independence from the Datum Earth! June 2013

To see io9’s full list, click here.




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