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The Troupe

Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)

A piano prodigy in early 20th-century middle America explores the dark side of performance and family in this eerie and love-ly homage to smalltime vaudevillians and the country's heartland.

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The Killing Moon

N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Jemisin transports the reader to a fabulous Egypt-flavored realm where priests heal and kill through the power of dreams against a backdrop of dynastic politics and cultural revolution.

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At the Mouth of the River of Bees

Kij Johnson (Small Beer)

Johnson's long-awaited first collection is full of thought-provoking and often emotionally wrenching stories that traverse the spectrum of speculative fiction.

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The Games

Ted Kosmatka (Del Rey)

Kosmatka's debut is a gripping and gory near-future thriller in which genetic engineering and jingoism prove to be a terrify-ing combination.

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Wonders of the Invisible World

Patricia A. McKillip (Tachyon)

McKillip's splendid new fantasy collection showcases her extensive range, bringing the resonance of folklore to tales of terror, poignant allegory, humor, and love.

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The Shape of Desire

Sharon Shinn (Ace)

Shinn triumphantly recreates the paranormal romance with this dramatic and heartbreaking tale of a woman who falls in love with a shape-shifter's human form, but fears his animal form is a killer.

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The Weird

Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Tor)

This physically and figuratively tremendous collection of "weird" stories—a label that embraces the scary, strange, liminal, and interstitial—traces the nebulous genre's evolution from 1908 to 2010.

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