Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Releases 8/7/12

Want to know why I love Tuesday? New alternate history books!

New paperbacks (and e-books)

The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

Description from Amazon.

Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen. 

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs. 

The game is afoot...

SS-GB by Len Deighton

Description from Amazon.

What if WWII went the other way? In this alternative-history novel, Deighton imagines a chilling world where British Command surrendered to the Nazis in 1941, Churchill has been shot, the King is in the dungeon, and the SS are in Whitehall. In occupied Britain, Scotland Yard conducts business as usual...only under the command of the SS. Detective Inspector Archer is assigned to what he believes is a routine murder case--until SS Standartenf├╝hrer Huth arrives from Berlin with orders from Himmler himself to supervise the investigation. Soon, Archer finds himself caught in a high level, action-packed espionage battle.

This is a spy story different from any other--one that only Deighton, with his flair for historical research and his narrative genius, could have written.

New e-books

The Alay Moors by R. Leslie Snyder

Description from Amazon.

A young girl slips from world to world, never sure where she is. Years pass and she wants only to go home, to return to the one place she ever felt she belonged. But she’s told that the world she wants to return to never existed. That none of the worlds did. Sci-Fi - Alternate history (‘Never Let Me Go’ meets ‘Westworld’)

All About Harry TurtleDove's Alternative History Novels by Abe Riley

Description from Amazon.

Harry Turtledove: His Life and His Career

If you've read one of Harry Turtledove's books, then you know how absorbed you can get while reading. Turtledove is an American novelist who writes alternative history, historical fiction and science fiction novels.

In this concise booklet, you will get a biography on Harry Turtledove and his life, learn about the amazing worlds of Harry Turtledove, receive vital information on the author, and read about Turtledove and his alternative history.

Get a more in depth look at this novelist.

Automatic Woman by Nathan L. Yocum

Description from Amazon.

The London of 1888, the London of steam engines, Victorian intrigue, and horseless carriages is not a safe place nor simple place…but it’s his place. Jolly is a thief catcher, a door-crashing thug for the prestigious Bow Street Firm, assigned to track down a life sized automatic ballerina.

But when theft turns to murder and murder turns to conspiracy, can Jolly keep his head above water? Can a thief catcher catch a killer?

Fishpunk by Rick Novy

Description from Amazon.

When Wisconsin Territory botanist Calvin Scholz receives a mysterious package from an old friend who recently came to an untimely demise, it sparks a wild adventure. The mid-1840s is a dangerous time, for the Americans are at war with Mexico.

Scholz survives attempts on his life as he tries to deliver the package to his friend’s brother, a Savannah ichthyologist interested in fish-powered machinery--ichthyotech. The situation grows increasingly dire, and Scholz finds himself aboard a riverboat in the Amazon Basin wilderness.

While this novel contains a fast-moving, original story, it is also a tasteful parody of the Steampunk movement. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, as well as a few compulsory bad puns.

Huckleberry's Hail Mary by K A Harris

Description from Amazon.


Eli Grubbs, small town newspaperman turned conscripted Confederate infantry corporal, leads three fellow soldiers through the woods of Central Virginia in the aftermath of the Battle of North Anna. The men are anxious to re-unite with what’s left of their regiment, but as night falls they turn their efforts to finding shelter instead. A well-hidden fissure carved high into a large rock formation offers the weary soldiers sanctuary and rest, but unbeknownst to them, it also hides a terrible secret. When liquor loosens Grubb’s lips, a mysterious Captain Huckleberry pushes all in with a plan to turn the tide of the war in the South’s favor for good.

Smudgy In Monsterland by Paul Rasche

Description from Amazon.

In the thousandth year of the Third Reich, a helpless orphan runs afoul of an increasingly bizarre series of evil-doers inside a giant amusement park orbiting Neptune. 

WARNING: This is a violent story. It includes massacres, stabbings, beheadings, amputations, people retrieving heavy boots from the other room just to be able stomp on someone else's head more effectively, disembowelments, falls from great heights, witches being burnt and countless beatings. 

WARNING: This is a strange story. It includes haunted yet dignified chainsaws, insane necromantic triplets, self-mutilation for the purpose of cartoon character emulation, important cakes, dark and secret religions and a war fought over the placement of a comma.

Tourists Welcome by Edmund Price

Description from Amazon.

Marcus Sabratus is a policeman in Romania, the former Roman Empire, a developing nation under one-party rule in a world where the Japanese language and Asian culture predominates.

With a new identity, Marcus is a dead man walking who will use blackmail, subterfuge and even the truth as he sets out for revenge on his oppressors who threaten not just him, but his family and everything he holds dear. He has allies now – a team of misfits like himself – but his enemies are among the most powerful in the country and they have just as much at stake: everything.

To fans, authors and publishers...

Do you want to see your work given a shout out on our New Releases segment? Contact Mitro at ahwupdate at gmail dot com.  We are looking for works of alternate history, counterfactual history, steampunk, historical fantasy, time travel or anything that warps history beyond our understanding.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a volunteer editor for Alt Hist and a contributor to Just Below the Law. His fiction can be found at Echelon PressJake's Monthly and his own writing blog. When not writing he works as an attorney and enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana.

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