Moving along to this week's incoming books:
First up is the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Ninth Letter, a lit mag co-published by UIUC's Department of English and School of Art & Design, which is far and away the best-looking lit mag I get. There's an amusing short piece by Steve Tomasula, and lots of other work by new authors to discover.
That's followed by the new issue of the irregularly published fantasy magazine Black Gate. Then there are the first two issues of a new British magazine, Polluto which bills itself as "The Anti-Pop Culture Journal." They've got a nice-looking selection of prose, poetry, and art, including contributions by Jeff VanderMeer and Rhys Hughes.
Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum returned from ALA and re-supplied amazon, so I now have my copy of Frequently Asked Questions, the newest Unshelved collection. Unshelved remains as funny as ever; I read this one cover-to-cover the night it arrived.
Night Shade Books has published the US edition of Greg Egan's new novel Incandescence. I don't know much about it, but I've enjoyed Egan's previous work. The UK edition of this is being published by Gollancz, but thanks are due to Night Shade publisher jlassen for doing another affordable US edition of an author unjustly neglected by the big US publishers.
Next up are the three Garnet Lacey books by Tate Hallaway (aka Lyda Morehouse), Tall, Dark & Dead, Dead Sexy, and Romancing the Dead. Comedic paranormal romance with a wiccan heroine. I've only read a few chapters so far, but I'm enjoying it.
Then there's Black Dog, Black Night, an anthology of contemporary Vietnamese poetry edited by Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover, published by Milkweed Editions. That's followed by Mandarins, a collection by Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa from Archipelago Books. These two were reviewed in the last print edition of Rain Taxi and sounded fascinating.
The wax-sealed letter is the latest installment in Catherynne M. Valente (catvalente)'s omikuji_project, a short story mailed out each month to suscribers. Since I happened to read the first couple installments by flashlight during power outages, I think I'll wait for the next power outage to read this one (with all the thunderstorms we've been having this summer, I'm guessing I won't have to wait too long).
The Pisstown Chaos is the third short comedic novel by David Ohle published by Soft Skull Press. Looks like this one features a flesh-eating parasite of some sort.
Ellen Datlow is, of course, one of the best editors working in the sf/f/h genres, so I'm quite looking forward to dipping into her newest anthology, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Then there are two new novels from Tachyon, Thomas M. Disch's The Word of God and Nancy Kress's Dogs. As I'm sure everybody reading this knows, tomsdisch committed suicide last weekend; he has long been one of my favorite authors, so it was a bit sad to receive this this week. If you haven't already, go read the obituaries by John Clute and Elizabeth Hand, and then go buy and read his books. Camp Concentration remains my favorite (it's one of the very few books I've actually read twice), but all of his books and stories and poems are worth reading.
Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes from the End of the World is the newest collection from Brian Keene and Delirium Books, set in the world of The Conqueror Worms, featuring giant man-eating earthworms. Always fun.
Ed Park's Personal Days is a short novel from Random House, a satire set in corporate America. It's been getting good reviews lots of places.
At Wiscon, I heard David J. Schwartz (snurri) give a fantastic reading from his new novel Superpowers. Five college students wake up one morning and discover that they've somehow acquired superpowers like superstrength and invisibility.
The new issue of Jupiter is their 5th-year anniversary special. They name each issue after one of Jupiter's moons; I'd thought they'd have run out by now, but apparently Jupiter has more moons than I thought (Chaldene is moon XXI).
What the Mouse Found is a new Charles de Lint collection from Subterranean Press, bringing together short stories he wrote for nieces, nephews and other children.
Stef Penney's first novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, is a murder mystery set in the Norther Territories in 1867. It won some awards in the UK and looks quite interesting.
And that's it for this week...