FALCONER
by John Cheever

This tale of a suburban man who gets 10 years for killing his brother manages all the sordid prison clichés you've ever heard—but in elegant prose. The cool, detached Cheever may drive a few readers stir crazy with his remote symbolism. (Knopf, $7.95)

WICKED LOVING LIES
by Rosemary Rogers

The successor to Dark Fires asks the question: Can a passionate girl named Marisa find happiness with Dominic Challenger, whose favorite recreation is taking her carnally? Ex-typist Rogers and her army of ardent readers seem to think so. (Avon, $1.95)

CHANGING
by Liv Ullmann

The Norwegian actress muses about her long affair with director Ingmar Bergman and her non-affair with Kissinger, but this is less a movie gossip autobiography than the perceptive, private scenes from the nerve-wracking life of a thoughtful woman. (Knopf, $8.95)

CONDOMINIUM
by John D. MacDonald

Where was Travis McGee when the wheeler-dealers put up this shoddy building? The consummate mystery writer, MacDonald turned this one out for disaster novel addicts who will love the Florida hurricane that wipes out a horde of unpleasant old folks. (Lippincott, $10)

THE SWORD OF SHANNARA, An Epic Fantasy
by Terry Brooks

Those who make a hobbit of reading Tolkien spinoffs can look forward to 726 pages of dwarfs, elves, gnomes and trolls. While the 33-year-old Brooks has overwritten and overplotted his first novel, it is still a marvelous place to get lost in. (Random House hardcover, $12.95. Ballantine paperback, $6.95)

THE FAN
by Bob Randall

A successful playwright (6 Rms Riv Vu, The Magic Show), Randall gives his first novel a Broadway backdrop: an aging Broadway star tries a stage comeback while a psycho admirer stalks her. Make sure the doors are locked before you start to read. (Random House, $7.95)

OLIVER'S STORY
by Erich Segal

Love Story meant never having to say he was sorry, so Segal returns with an even more naive and utterly inane sequel. What can you say about an author who wrote a novel that sold over nine million copies? (Harper & Row, $7.95)