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Periodicals, mid-August

The New York Review of Science Fiction

• Essays and reviews, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.; PDF and other electronic formats since Sept. 2012
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.nyrsf.com/

July 2014
Issue 311, Vol. 26 No. 11, 32pp
• This special “Science and Scientists” issue features a survey of medical myths in genre fiction by Christopher S. Kovacs and Susan M. MacDonald and an essay on Roman Scientifique by Brian Stableford.
• Reviews include Dan’l Danehy-Oakes on Jo Walton, James L. Cambias on Robert Silverberg, Alec Austin on Greg van Eekhout, Peter Rawlik on Sergei Lukyanenko, and Darrell Schweitzer on David Goudsward.
• There are also essays by Michael Andre-Driussi, Michael Bishop, and Mike Barrett.

(Mon 18 Aug 2014)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

• E’zine of hard SF fiction, nonfiction, and art, since 2012; edited by Sam Bellotto Jr.
• Format: Monthly
• Frequency: Online
http://www.perihelionsf.com/

August 2014
Cover art by Gart Paese
• Stories in this issue are by Megan Neumann, Andrew Hook, Brent Knowles, Seth W. Kennedy, Eric Del Carlo, Kurt Heinrich Hyatt, Marilyn K. Martin, Edward Morris, Malanie Rees, Tais Teng, and Leon Chan.
• Articles are by John McCormick and a “Popular Mechanics” reprint from 1923.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Thu 21 Aug 2014)

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Subterranean

• Fiction and reviews, since 2007; head editor William K. Schafer
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly issues; periodic updates
http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/

Summer 2014
• This final issue of the quarterly e-zine has stories by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Alastair Reynolds, Kat Howard, K.J. Parker, Jay Lake, Maria Dahvana Headley, Rachel Swirsky, Lewis Shiner, and Harlan Ellison®.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, especially recommending the Rachel Swirsky story.

(Thu 21 Aug 2014)

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The Dark

• Bimonthly online horror ‘zine, edited by Jack Fisher and Sean Wallace, since October 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.thedarkmagazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 5, cover art by Timothy Lantz
• This issue has stories by Stephen Graham Jones, Octavia Cade, Emily B. Cataneo, and Darja Malcolm-Clarke.
• Lois Tilton reviewed the issue here, especially recommending the Octavia Cade story.

(Tue 12 Aug 2014)

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New Books, 19 August

* Armstrong, Kelley : Visions
(Penguin/Dutton 978-0-525-95305-0, $26.95, 464pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698157101
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780698153561
UK edition: Sphere 978-1847445124 (Thu 14 Aug 2014)
The Cainesville Trilogy #2


Paranormal romance novel, second in a trilogy following Omens (2013), about a young adopted woman who discovers her real parents were serial killers.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The chilling ending leaves just enough unresolved to hook readers for the next installment. “

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* Gratz, Alan : The League of Seven
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765338228, $16.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466838505
League of Seven #1

Middle-grade steampunk adventure novel, first in a series, set in an alternate 1875 America. Illustrations are by Brett Helquist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, ” An enticing alternate history presents an America in which Native tribes have as much power and presence as Yankees, with politics of their own to navigate. Gratz has created an imaginative world with appeal far beyond its immediate middle-grade market.”

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* Karpyshyn, Drew : The Scorched Earth
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54936-5, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54989-1
UK edition: Del Rey 978-0091952853 (Thu 4 Sep 2014)
The Chaos Born #2


Epic fantasy novel by an author known for gaming and media tie novels, second in a series following Children of Fire (2013)
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book in the series a starred review, concluding “This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.”

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* Peek, Ben : The Godless
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-05002-1, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851221
UK edition: Tor UK 978-1447251248 (Thu 14 Aug 2014)
Children #1


Epic fantasy novel, first of a series, set 15,000 years after warring Gods have left their bodies across the world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Although this volume serves mainly to introduce the Children series, readers fond of open-ended epic fantasies set in vivid, and occasionally lurid, worlds will find it right up their alley.”

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* Saintcrow, Lilith : The Ripper Affair
(Orbit 978-0-316-18372-7, $15, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235532
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478983545
Bannon and Clare #3

Steampunk fantasy novel set in an alternate London, third in a series following The Iron Wyrm Affair (2012) and The Red Plague Affair (2013), about a forensic sorceress and an unregistered mentath.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an Open Book preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Part history, part steampunk, laced with magic and a healthy dose of Manners, this fantasy may evoke a certain bloody Jack, but Saintcrow takes as many liberties with that story as she does with the rest of her uniquely fascinating setting.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 18 August

Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land (Viking) debuts on three lists, ranking #1 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list.

Terry Goodkind’s Severed Souls (Tor) also debuts on three of the lists compiled here, ranking a notch or three below Grossman in every case.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.24
WP
08.10
LAT
08.17
USAT
08.10
PW
08.18
Amz
(08.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.18)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 13       85 -14 17 -1 xxx.. 95 -37 62 -19
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 230     xxx.. xxx.. 19 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return 07.14.14 / 2 xxx..   20 ++   xxx..      
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 9 18 -3 xxx.. x 90 +1 x xxx..   84 -35
Goodkind, Severed Souls 08.18.14 / 1 4 ++     23 ++ 9 ++      
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 3 1 ++     22 ++ 8 ++ xx   x
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 7 7 -3 7 + 4 -1 33 -6 6 -1 xx xx 93 -56
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 19 15 -3 xxx.. xx 72 -14 x xxx xxx.. 34 +7
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 5 x   3 +1 xx xx      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 24             72 -24  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 33 xx     xxx.. 23 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 99 8 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 52     xxx.. 16 +9 5 +1 68 -23 64 -21 18 +1
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 21       55 +46   x 73 +20 23 +47
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 7     8 +5 4 +5 1 = 22 -9   11 -5
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 120 xxx..   xxx.. 10 +10 xxx.. 40 -22 21 +13 38 -14
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.24
WP
08.10
LAT
08.17
USAT
08.10
PW
08.18
Amz
(08.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.18)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 66 -14  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 185   xxx..   92 +12 xxx.. 32 +2 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 120 10 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 21     12 + 12 +7 8 ++ 21 -2 88 +7  
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 6 xxx..   xxx..       16 ++  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 10 17 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 17 -1      
Grossman, The Magicians [tpb] 06.08.10 / 12 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 134 + xxx..      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 29 21 +3 xxx.. xxx.. 125 + xxx.. xxx..   xxx
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 9 xxx     xxx.. 21 -3      
Leckie, Ancillary Justice [tpb] 08.18.14 / 1             81 ++  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 33       3 +4 6 +1 18 +60   92 -53
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 163 13 +2 xxx.. 13 + xx xxx.. xxx.. 33 -5 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 43 8 +1 xxx.. 11 + 140 -24 x xxx 52 -12 99 +
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 170 24 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 179 4 = xxx.. 5 -1 86 -17 xxx.. xxx.. 36 +2 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 162 16 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 39 -7 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 21       147 -33   65 -22   10 -3
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 204   xxx..   115 +5   53 -4 59 +11 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 59     xxx.. 135 -46 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 62 xxx..   xxx 6 +9 10 +9 25 -9 47 +13 82 -31
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.24
WP
08.10
LAT
08.17
USAT
08.10
PW
08.18
Amz
(08.18)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.18)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.18)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Classic Reprints, August

* Anderson, Poul : The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 6: A Bicycle Built for Brew
(NESFA Press 978-1-61037-306-7, $29, 474pp, hardcover, August 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Aug 2014

Collection of 8 short novels and novellas, the sixth volume in NESFA’s ongoing series to gather the best short works of Anderson.
• Contents include the original magazine version of “Three Hearts and Three Lions” from 1953, and the humorous title story.
• NESFA Press’ site has this description and order page.

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* Clement, Hal : SF Gateway Omnibus: Iceworld, Cycle of Fire, Close to Critical
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575110151, £18.99, 432pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202078

Omnibus of three novels, first published in 1953, 1964, and 1964 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Delany, Samuel R. : The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch – Angouleme
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0819567185, $27.95, 256pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Aug 2014

Book-length analysis of a 1974 story, “Angouleme”, by Thomas M. Disch.
• This edition has an introduction by Matthew Cheney.
• The publisher’s description notes that this edition includes the author’s “corrected text”.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Farmer, Philip José : SF Gateway Omnibus: The Maker of Universes, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Dayworld
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575119581, $20, 528pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202108

Omnibus of three novels published in 1965, 1971, and 1985 respectively. The second title won the Hugo Award.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Knight, Damon : SF Gateway Omnibus: Far Out, In Deep, Off Centre, Turning On
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575111219, £20, 544pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202184

Omnibus of four short story collections, first published in 1961, 1963, 1965, and 1967 respectively.
• Orion’s site has this description.

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New Books, 12 August

* Bernheimer, Kate : How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales
(Coffee House Press 978-1566893473, $15.95, 158pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014

Collection of eight stories, by the author who won a World Fantasy Award for anthology My Mother, She Killed Me, My Father, He Ate Me.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Slate‘s Kady Waldman posted an essay/review, The Cabinet of Marvels, about the book.

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* Cole, Nick : Soda Pop Soldier
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-221022-7, $14.99, 360pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062210234

Near future SF novel about a gamer who fights for his corporation’s share of advertising space in an online combat sport arena.
• Harper’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: ” In all situations, he manages to be a tough, snarky warrior battling his corrupt society’s worst excesses. This is a cheeky and enjoyable effort from an author to watch.”

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* Gregory, Daryl : We Are All Completely Fine
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-171-8, $14.95, 182pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014

Fantasy novel about a therapy group for victims of horror stories.
• Tachyon’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This complex novel—scathingly funny, horrific yet oddly inspiring—constructs a seductive puzzle from torn identities, focusing on both the value and peril of fear.”
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from the August issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; he concludes, “Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.”

(Tue 5 Aug 2014)
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+ Hager, Mandy : Resurrection
(Pyr 978-1-61614-909-3, $17.99, 361pp, hardcover, August 2014, cover illustration Jackie Cooke)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Blood of the Lamb #3

Dystopian YA novel, third in a series following The Crossing (2013) and Into the Wilderness (Jan. 2014), about a girl and her friends who escape a Pacific island domanated by religious apostles for an unsettled island.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The book was first published in New Zealand in 2011. The author’s site has this page about the trilogy.

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* Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Hellhole Inferno
(Tor 978-0-7653-2271-5, $27.99, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948227
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427235435
Hellhole #3

Military SF novel, third book in a trilogy following Hellhole (2011) and Hellhole Awakening (2013), about desperate colonists on a ravaged planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Booklist gave the first book a starred review, calling it a “militaristic sf story of galactic proportions”.

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* Hobb, Robin : Fool’s Assassin
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-553-39242-5, $28, 688pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-553-39243-2
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-54635-4
The Fitz and the Fool #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new trilogy, about two characters from her earlier novels, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Though a leisurely beginning slows the plot slightly, the fully realized characters and vivid prose show that Hobb remains a supremely talented author of epic fantasy.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “Where some fantasists specialize in ponderous trilogies with immense casts of characters, elaborately unimaginative world-building, and an overall aura of the ‘medievalesque,’ Hobb distills similar materials into a far more potent brew. However paradoxical it seems, her epics manage to feel intimate.”

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* Krinard, Susan : Black Ice
(Tor 978-0-7653-3209-7, $14.99, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429955959
Midgard #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series after Mist (2013), about a San Francisco woman who discovers her boyfriend is Loki and that she’s a Valkyrie.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Ringo, John : Islands of Rage & Hope
(Baen 978-1-4767-3662-4, $25, 416pp, hardcover, August 2014, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-303-4
Black Tide Rising #3

SF/horror novel, third in a series following Under a Graveyard Sky (2013) and To Sail a Darkling Sea (2014), about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Swenson, Patrick : The Ultra Thin Man
(Tor 978-0-7653-3694-1, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466829299

SF novel, the first novel by the editor of Talebones magazine, about intelligence operatives in a 22nd interstellar culture pursuing terrorists who crashed the moon Coral into its home planet Ribon.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the heart of the self.”

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* Wells, Jaye : Cursed Moon
(Orbit 978-0316228466, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316228459
Prospero’s War #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of a series after Dirty Magic (Jan. 2014), about a Magical Enforcement Agency.
• Hachette’s site has this description, with a preview function.

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+ Wooding, Chris : The Ace of Skulls
(Titan 978-1781168004, $14.95, 495pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Aug 2014
Tales of the Ketty Jay #4

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2013)

Fantasy steampunk novel, fourth in a series following Retribution Falls (UK 2009, US 2011), The Black Lung Captain (UK 2010, US 2011), and The Iron Jackal (UK 2011; US 2012), about sky pirates.
• The author’s site has this description and commentary about the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews of the UK Gollancz edition.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 11 August

— posted Monday 11 August 2014 @ 9:54 am PDT

Ilona Andrews’ Magic Breaks (Ace), latest in her Kate Daniels series, debuts on two lists, ranking as high as #16 on the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.17
WP
08.03
LAT
08.10
USAT
08.03
PW
08.11
Amz
(08.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.11)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Andrews, Magic Breaks 08.11.14 / 1       16 ++ 20 ++      
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 12       71 -16 16 -4 xxx 58 -1 43 +9
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 44       xxx.. 25 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 229     xxx.. xxx.. 18 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 8 15 -2   12 + 91 -15 16 -1 xxx   49 -27
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 2           x   31 +33
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 6 4 -2 [ 5 ] 3 -1 27 -17 5 -1 x x 37 -14
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 18 12 -2   x 58 -19 11 -3 xx xxx.. 41 +40
Koontz, The City 07.14.14 / 5 x     x 17 -3      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 4 22 -6   4 = x x      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 23             48 -3  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 32 x     xxx.. 22 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 98 8 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 51     xxx.. 25 -2 6 -2 45 +35 43 -5 19 +55
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 20       101 -11   97 + 93 + 70 -45
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 6     13 -6 9 -4 1 = 13 +2   6 +5
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 119 xxx..   xxx.. 20 = xxx.. 18 +16 34 +8 24 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.17
WP
08.03
LAT
08.10
USAT
08.03
PW
08.11
Amz
(08.11)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.11)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.11)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 30 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 52 +6  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 184       104 -10 xxx.. 34 +3 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 119 10 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 68       130 +8 xxx.. xxx.. 98 + xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 203 xxx..   xxx.. 37 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 20     x 19 +2   19 = 95 -6  
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 14 xxx   13 +2          
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 9 16 +4   xxx xxx.. 16 -2      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 28 24 -13   xxx.. x xxx.. xxx..   xx
Harrison, The Undead Pool 08.11.14 / 1 16 ++              
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 8 xx     xxx 18 -5      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 32       7 = 7 -1 78 -73   39 +53
Lynch, The Republic of Thieves 08.11.14 / 1 24 ++              
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 162 15 -5   x x xxx.. xxx.. 28 -7 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 42 9 -4   xxx.. 116 -6 25 -2 xx 40 -5 xx
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 169 23 -8   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 178 4 -2   4 +7 69 -9 xxx.. xxx.. 38 -16 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 161 17 -6   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 32 -3 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 20       114 -29   43 -17   7 -4
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 203       120 -8   49 -14 70 + xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 58     xxx.. 89 -12 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 61 xxx..   xx 15 -1 19 -3 16 +27 60 +11 51 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.17
WP
08.03
LAT
08.10
USAT
08.03
PW
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Category: Bestsellers

New in Paperback, August

— posted Saturday 9 August 2014 @ 1:13 pm PDT

Barker, Emily Croy : The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic
(Penguin 978-0143125679, $16, 576pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Viking, August 2013)

Fantasy novel, the journalist author’s first novel, about a woman who escapes into a fantasy world.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Barron, Laird : Occultation
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805148, $15.99, 246pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Night Shade Books, June 2010)

Collection of nine horror/dark fantasy stories, three of them original to this book, with an introduction by Michael Shea.
• The book was a Bram Stoker Award finalist, and it won a Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection.

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Choo, Yangsze : The Ghost Bride
(William Morrow 978-0062227331, $14.99, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062227386

(First edition: William Morrow, 2013)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a young Chinese woman in colonial Malaysia who becomes a “ghost bride” for a recently deceased young man.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The book was a finalist for this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards, and is currently a finalist for this year’s Mythopoeic Awards.

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Goyer, David S., & Michael Cassutt : Heaven’s Fall
(Ace 978-0425256206, $9.99, 560pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Heaven’s Shadow #3

(First edition: Ace, August 2013)

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Heaven’s Shadow (2011) and Heaven’s War (2012), about an enormous asteroid approaching the sun that is guided by aliens seeking humanity’s help.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Harrison, Kim : The Undead Pool
(Harper Voyager 978-0061957949, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Hollows #12

(First edition: Harper Voyager, March 2014)

Urban fantasy novel, twelfth and penultimate volume in the “Hollows” or “Rachel Morgan” series about bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan, following Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, and Ever After (2012).
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The final volume, The Witch With No Name, is due on September 9th.

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Hines, Jim C. : Codex Born
(DAW 978-0756408398, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Magic Ex Libris #2

(First edition: DAW, August 2013)

Humorous fantasy novel, second of a series following Libromancer (2012), about a magician with the ability to draw forth objects from books.
• Penguin’s site has this description, with a link to an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine, commenting, “It’s all packed together with lots of over-the-top action fought with weapons pulled out of books ranging from H.G. Wells’s SF and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, to the Vorkosigan series from Lois McMaster Bujold.”

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Johnson, Alaya Dawn : The Summer Prince
(Scholastic/Levine 978-0545417808, $9.99, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, March 2013)

Young adult fantasy novel set in futuristic Brazilian city Palmares Três, where artist June Costa and her best friend both fall in love with Enki, the new Summer King.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with several reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The book was a finalist for this year’s Andre Norton Award, and was on this year’s James Tiptree, Jr. Award honor list.

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Lambshead, John : Wolf in Shadow
(Baen 978-1476736617, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Baen, July 2013)

Urban fantasy novel about a Welsh girl who settles in London’s East End, where demons lurk in human form.
• This is the first mass market paperback edition.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Lynch, Scott : The Republic of Thieves
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0553588965, $7.99, 704pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Gentleman Bastards #3

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, October 2013)

Fantasy novel, third in the “Gentleman Bastard” sequence following The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) and Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007).
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page with excerpts from all three books and maps of the world.
• Adrienne Martini and Faren Miller both reviewed it in the October 2013 issue of Locus Magazine; Martini commented, “This world is rich in the tropes you’d expect from sword, magic-and-sea-based fantasy but Lynch makes the cunning witches, witty thieves, and saucy barwenches feel fresh. Lynch’s voice, which feels immediate and smart, is what draws you into his world; what keeps you there are his characters. Each is dimensional. Even the bit players who are shoved into the action simply to keep it moving along are distinct.”

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : The One-Eyed Man
(Tor 978-0765370419, $8.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Tor, September 2013)

SF novel, subtitled “A Fugue, with Winds and Accompaniment”, about a consultant investigating the fragile ecology of a colony world that produces life-extending drugs.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Novik, Naomi : Blood of Tyrants
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345522900, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Temeraire #8

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2013)

Fantasy novel, eighth and penultimate book in the Temeraire series about dragons used as weapons during the Napoleonic Wars, following the initial trilogy His Majesty’s Dragon, Black Powder War, and Throne of Jade, which collectively won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, fourth book Empire of Ivory (2007), fifth book Victory of Eagles (2008), sixth book Tongues of Serpents (2010), and seventh book Crucible of Gold (2012).
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, concluding, “All of this makes for a narrative almost as fragmented as the Captain’s mind, often intriguing yet not entirely satisfying in itself. But since there’s one volume left to go, there could still be a real conclusion – or at least a memorable turning point in the course of alternate history.”
• The final book, League of Dragons, is not yet scheduled.

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Sniegoski, Thomas E. : Walking in the Midst of Fire
(Roc 978-0451465467, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Remy Chandler #6

(First edition: Roc, August 2013)

Urban fantasy novel, sixth in a series about Remy Chandler, a private investigator who’s an angel on Earth in human form, following A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (2008), Dancing on the Head of a Pin (2009), Where Angels Fear to Tread (2010), A Hundred Words for Hate (2011), and In the House of the Wicked (2012).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Spencer, Wen : Eight Million Gods
(Baen 978-1476736693, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014

(First edition: Baen, June 2013)

Fantasy novel about a horror novelist whose compulsion toward violence leads her to battle with Japanese gods.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Category: New in Paperback

Periodicals, early August

— posted Thursday 7 August 2014 @ 10:34 am PDT

Apex Magazine

• Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, since 2005; current editor Sigrid Ellis
• Format: Online; Ebook formats
• Frequency: Monthly
http://apex-magazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 63, cover art by Cyril Rolando
• Stories in this issue are by Foz Meadows, Amanda Forrest, John Moran, and Erik Amundsen, with ebook/subscriber exclusives by Nene Ormes and Colin Adams.
• Poetry is by Bogi Takács and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with John Moran and Cyril Rolando, an article by Duane de Four, short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley, and an editorial by Sigrid Ellis.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Aurealis

• Australian SF magazine, published irregularly since 1990; online for purchase since 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aurealis.com.au/

August 2014
Issue 73
• This issue has stories by Daniel Baker and Allan Chen.
• There’s an article on selling e-books by Shane M. Brown, and reviews.
• The current issue page features the issue’s editorial.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

• Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews
• Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats
• Frequency: biweekly
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

August 2014
Issue 153, cover art by Tomas Honz
• This issue has stories by Michael Haynes and Rachel Halpern, an audio fiction podcast by Fran Wilde, an audio vault podcast by Kenneth Mark Hoover, and an archive story by Camille Alexa.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Clarkesworld

• SF and fantasy fiction, nonfiction, and podcasts, since 2006; publisher/editor Neil Clarke
• Format: Online; Ebook
• Frequency: Monthly
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 95, cover art by Julie Dillon
• Fiction in this issue is by Caroline M. Yoachim, Joseph Tomaras, Kat Howard, James Patrick Kelly, Naomi Novik, and Ian R. MacLeod.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Peter Watts, a column by Daniel Abraham, a concluding essay by Susan E. Connolly about gender in genre fiction, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Dreams and Nightmares

• Magazine of fantastic poetry, published since 1986, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://dreamsandnightmares.interstellardustmites.com/

May 2014
Issue 98, $5, 20pp, cover art by Michael Csontos
• This issue has poetry by F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, GO Clark, Sheila Kopaska-Merkel, Wade German, and others.
• David C. Kopaska-Merkel posts regular updates at the Dreams & Nightmares blog.

(Fri 1 Aug 2014)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

August 2014
• This month’s story is “Between Sea and Shore” by Vanessa Fogg.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Lightspeed

• Science fiction and fantasy stories, original and reprint, plus features; edited by John Joseph Adams; debuted June 2010; combined with former Fantasy Magazine since Jan 2012
• Format: Online; ebook
• Frequency: Monthly issues in ebook formats for purchase; weekly online updates free
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 51
• This issue has original SF stories by An Owomoyela and E. Catherine Tobler, SF reprints by Gardner Dozois and David I. Masson, fantasy originals by Tahmeed Shafiq and Kat Howard, and fantasy reprints by Ken Liu and Gwyneth Jones.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Christopher Moore and Elizabeth Bear.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes stories and excerpts by Sherwood Smith, Peter Watts, and Dru Pagliassotti.

(Fri 11 Jul 2014)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

August 2014
Issue 23, cover art by Reiko Murakami
• Stories this month are by Desirina Boskovich, Tia V. Travis, Ben Peek, and Simon Strantzas.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Daniel Knauf and a column by Lucy A. Snyder.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Quantum Muse

• Science fiction, fantasy and alternative stories and artwork, based on writers’ group submissions and critiques, since 1998; current lead editor Tim Goyette
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.quantummuse.com/

August 2014
• This month’s stories are by Harris Tobias, Jessica Baumgartner, Michele Dutcher, and Rocky Hutson.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Gordon Rowlinson.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Star*Line

• Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA); edited by Marge Simon
http://www.sfpoetry.com/

Summer 2014
Issue 37.3, $5, 48pp, cover art by Gregory Schulte
• This issue has poetry by Wade German, James S. Dorr, Lauren McBride, Robert Borski, Matthew Wilson, and many others.
• Features include an editorial by F.J. Bergmann, a President’s Message by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, small press reviews, a column on Stealth SF by Denise Dumars, and an “In Memoriam” by Bruce Boston about Steve Eng.

(Thu 7 Aug 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 5 August

— posted Tuesday 5 August 2014 @ 1:31 pm PDT

* Abraham, Daniel : The Widow’s House
(Orbit 978-0316203982, $17, 544pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
The Dagger and the Coin #4

Military fantasy novel, third of a series following The Dragon’s Path (2011), The King’s Blood (2012), and The Tyrant’s Law (2013), about resistance to the lord regent of a young king.
• The author’s site has this description. Orbit’s site has this excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave the previous book starred review: “This smart, absorbing, fascinating military fantasy, exciting and genuinely suspenseful, will keep readers on their toes.”

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* Anders, Lou : Frostborn
(Random House/Crown 978-0-385-38778-1, $16.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-38780-4
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0-553-39584-6
Thrones and Bones #1

Middle-grade fantasy novel, the author’s first and first of a series, about a farmboy obsessed with the board game Thrones and Bones who’s forced to flee with a half-human, half-frost giantess.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series.”

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+ Asher, Neal : Hilldiggers
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805117, $15.99, 560pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, July 2007)

First US edition of a 2007 stand-alone novel in Asher’s Polity universe.
Skyhorse Publishing still does not have information on Night Shade titles.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews of the 2008 UK paperback edition.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the novel.

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* Berg, Carol : Dust and Light
(Roc 978-0-451-41724-4, $16, 480pp, trade paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Sanctuary #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series that began with Flesh and Spirit (2007) and Breath and Bone (2008), about a pureblood sorcerer with the magical ability to identify the dead.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “With an impressive command of language, sure-handed plotting, and perceptive characterizations, Berg traces the arc of Lucian’s arduous quest to solve the murders of several illegitimate royals.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, calling it a “powerful, involving fantasy.”

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* Blackmore, Stephen : Broken Souls
(DAW 978-0-7564-0942-5, $7.99, 272pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698175327
Eric Carter #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Dead Things (2013), about a necromancer who returned to Los Angeles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s page for the book has a link to a preview.

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* Blake, E. C. : Shadows
(DAW 978-0-7564-0760-5, $19.95, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698150782
The Masks of Aygrima #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Masks (2013), in which the Autarchy of Aygrima has been cut off from its overseas trading partners.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review of the previous book mentioned that Blake is a pseudonym for Edward Willet, author SF novels such as The Helix War (2012), and concluded, “Sharp characterization, a fast-moving plot, and a steady unveiling of a bigger picture make this a welcome addition to the genre.”

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+ Egan, Greg : The Arrows of Time
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-487-5, $26.99, 364pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Orthogonal #3

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, November 2013)

Hard science fiction novel, third of a trilogy following The Clockwork Rocket (2011) and The Eternal Flame (2012), set in a universe with unusual physical laws (e.g. light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy).
• Gollancz’ site has this description of the UK edition.
• The Publishers Weekly review finds the book overwhelming: “Egan buries the series’ underlying concept in an afterword; the prose is so dense (“Perhaps a physicist will find a way to transform our positive luxagens into negative ones”), and the hard science so hard, that very few will comprehend either.”
• Egan’s site has this page about the series, and an excerpt of this book that includes diagrams.

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* Esslemont, Ian C. : Assail
(Tor 978-0-7653-2998-1, $29.99, 544pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948616
UK edition: 978-0593064481 (Thu 14 Aug 2014)
Malazan-Esslemont #6

Fantasy novel set in the Malazan Empire, the world co-created by Esslemont and Steven Erikson, author of the 10-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series.
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This is the sixth book by Esslemont, following Blood and Bone (UK 2012, US 2013). This book is more-or-less simultaneous in both countries.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Gannon, Charles E. : Trial by Fire
(Baen 978-1-4767-3664-8, 1515, 640pp, trade paperback, August 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Caine Riordan #2

SF novel, sequel to Nebula Award finalist Fire with Fire (2013), about an intelligence operative battling superior aliens and traitorous corporations.
• Baen’s site has this description (click the back link if necessary to see it) with links to several chapters.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The charm of Caine’s harrowing adventure lies in Gannon’s attention to detail, which keeps the layers of political intrigue and military action from getting too dense.”

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* Goodkind, Terry : Severed Souls
(Tor 978-0-7653-2774-1, $29.99, 560pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948449
Richard and Kahlan #-

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Omen Machine (2011) and The Third Kingdom (2013), concerning two characters, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell, from the author’s popular “Sword of Truth” series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Grossman, Lev : The Magician’s Land
(Viking 978-0-670-01567-2, 416pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101633533
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611762679
Magicians #3

Fantasy novel, concluding book of a trilogy that began with The Magicians (2009) and The Magician King (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and blurbs from George R.R. Martin and others.
The New York Times Book Review just ran this review by Edan Lepucki: ” ‘The Magician’s Land’ is the strongest book in Grossman’s series. It not only offers a satisfying conclusion to Quentin Coldwater’s quests, earthly and otherwise, but also considers complex questions about identity and selfhood as profound as they are entertaining.”

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+ Joyce, Graham : The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit
(Doubleday 978-0-385-53863-3, 288pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53864-0

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2013)

Fantasy novel about a man who takes a holiday camp job during the summer of 1976, amidst political and racial tensions. It was published last year in the UK as The Year of the Ladybird.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Precisely because Joyce is a master of dialogue and character, the artificial plot complications provided by the mystery of David’s unresolved past feel unnecessary, but, otherwise, his sweltering summer escapades make for a terrific and absorbing read.”

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* Kashina, Anna : The Guild of Assassins
(Angry Robot 978-0857665270, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, August 2014, cover art Alejandro Colucci)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665287
UK edition: 9780857665263 (Thu 7 Aug 2014)
The Majat Code #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Blades of the Old Empire (2014), about a female warrior.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Lackey, Mercedes, & James Mallory : The House of the Four Winds
(Tor 978-0-7653-3565-4, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466824201
One Dozen Daughters #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about a royal family with one son and a dozen daughters, who must fend for their own futures.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Parker, K. J. : Academic Exercises
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-609-0, $40, 536pp, hardcover, July 2014, jacket art Vincent Chong)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014

Collection of 10 stories and three essays, the author’s first collection. Contents include World Fantasy Award winners “Let Maps to Others” and “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong”.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Parker … deliver[s] all the cynicism, dry wit, and gray morality that fans have come to expect.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, describing Parker’s shorter fiction as “practically a master class in the form, a body of work that suggests an already accomplished artist refining a particular instrument while still experimenting with structure and technique. Parker’s familiar dry and mordant wit is still much in evidence, as is the meticulous attention to procedural matters and odd bits of microhistorical lore…”

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* Radford, Irene : The Wandering Dragon
(DAW 978-0-7564-0914-2, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101637364
Children of the Dragon Nimbus #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Silent Dragon (2013) and The Broken Dragon (Jan. 2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Richardson, Kat : Revenant
(Roc 978-0-451-46528-3, $25.95, 464pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698145603
Greywalker #9

Urban fantasy novel, ninth and final book in the series following Greywalker (2006), Poltergeist (2007), Underground (2008), Vanished (2009), Labyrinth (2010), Downpour (2011), Seawitch (2012), and Possession (2013), about a private investigator who died for two minutes and recovered with the ability to perceive the paranormal realm.
• Penguin’s site has this description
• The author’s website has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Shafer, David : Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
(Little, Brown/Mulholland Books 978-0-316-25263-8, $26, 432pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316252645
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478953876

Near-future comic SF novel, the author’s first novel, about three thirty-somethings and a battle between corporations trying to privatize all data and an online Underground resisting them.
• Hachette’s site has this description, which says the book is “in the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk”, with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Journalist Shafer hits all the right buttons in his debut as he mixes crime fiction, espionage, and SF in a darkly comic novel about paranoia and big business.”

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* Shepard, Lucius : Beautiful Blood
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-652-6, $40, 296pp, hardcover, July 2014, jacket art K. J. Potter)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014

Fantasy novel about the Dragon Griaule, subject of several stories over the course of Shepard’s career, beginning with “The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule” in 1984.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The volume brings the Griaule cycle to a very satisfying conclusion, leaving the reader wishing that Shepard had lived to tell more tales.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “There is more than enough material here for a novel three times the length of Beautiful Blood, but Shepard, for all his occasional flights of lyrical excess, was really a rather economical writer, and it may be that the novella was the most suitable arena for the kinds of stories he told, with enough space to intrigue us with characters and settings, and enough vacancies to leave us wanting more. Beautiful Blood, both fortunately and unfortunately, leaves us wanting more.”

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* Strieber, Whitley : Alien Hunter: Underworld
(Tor 978-0-7653-3154-0, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429922746
Alien Hunter #2

SF thriller, second in a series following Alien Hunter, about a police detective pursuing alien killers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Stross, Charles : Equoid
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-664-9, $35, 112pp, hardcover, July 2014, jacket art Steve Montiglio)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 31 Jul 2014

Fantasy novella in the author’s “Laundry Files” series about British secret service agent Bob Howard battling Lovecraftian horrors. It was published by Tor.com in 2013.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Laundry Files fans accustomed to more action-oriented spy riffs might be a little disturbed by the horror elements, but if they can stomach it, there’s plenty of traditional action (including a car chase and a close-quarters zombie fight) and Stross’s trademark wit.”

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* Thurman, Rob : Downfall
(Roc 978-0-451-46529-0, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101634684
Cal Leandros #9

Urban fantasy novel, ninth in the “Cal Leandros” series following Nightlife (2006), Moonshine (2007), Madhouse (2008), Deathwish (2009), Roadkill (2010), Blackout (2011), Doubletake (2012), and Slashback, set in a New York City inhabited by various preternatural beings.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Varley, John : Dark Lightning
(Ace 978-0-425-27407-1, $26.95, 352pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Aug 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698154421
Thunder and Lightning #-

SF novel, fourth in a sequence of Heinleinian-SF novels following Red Thunder (2003), Red Lightning (2006), and Rolling Thunder (2008). This book concerns a crisis aboard a starship heading for New Earth.
• Penguin’s site has this description. Varley’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly is not impressed. Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Weitz, Chris : The Young World
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-22629-5, $19, 384pp, hardcover, August 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Jul 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316226271
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478953968
Young World #1

Young adult novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about a plague that only teenagers survive.
• The author is best known as a screenwriter and film director, whose works include About a Boy and The Golden Compass.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Weitz offers a satisfying YA interpretation of the Greek classic Anabasis, brimming with grisly encounters and gallows humor. He also finds room to touch upon issues of race, class, commercialism, and sexuality in nuanced moments that are sharply juxtaposed with the near-constant dangers and seeming hopelessness of the larger picture.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 4 August

Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life debuts on two more print lists this week, now ranking in the top 10 of all five print lists compiled here.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.10
WP
08.03
LAT
08.03
USAT
07.27
PW
08.04
Amz
(08.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.04)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, City of Heavenly Fire 05.26.14 / 11       55 -10 12 -1 xx 57 -2 52 -5
Clare, City of Lost Souls 05.14.12 / 43       xxx.. 24 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 228     xxx.. xxx.. 14 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood 06.23.14 / 7 13 = xxx x 76 -9 15 -2 xx   22 -7
Grossman, The Magician’s Land 08.04.14 / 1           95 ++   64 ++
Harkness, The Book of Life 07.07.14 / 5 2 -1 5 ++ 2 ++ 10 -9 4 -3 58 -27 78 -8 23 -9
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 17 10 = xxx 20 -2 39 -11 8 = x xxx.. 81 -13
Koontz, The City 07.14.14 / 4 24 -4 xxx   87 -33 14 -2      
Lepucki, California 07.21.14 / 3 16 +   4 +6 145 + 21 -12      
Martin, A Feast for Crows (UK) 09.06.05 / 22             45 +14  
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 31 15 -2     xxx.. 18 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 97 9 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 50     xxx.. 23 -7 4 = 80 -30 38 +15 74 -25
Roth, Divergent Series Complete Box Set 03.31.14 / 19       90 +20   xxx.. xxx.. 25 =
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 5     7 ++ 5 -1 1 = 15 -3   11 -1
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 118 xxx..   xxx 20 -5 xxx.. 34 -8 42 +22 xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.10
WP
08.03
LAT
08.03
USAT
07.27
PW
08.04
Amz
(08.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.04)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atkinson, Life After Life [tpb] 01.20.14 / 29 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 58 -12  
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 183   xxx..   94 = xxx.. 37 +4 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 118 9 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 67       138 -8 xxx xxx.. x xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 19     14 -3 21 -4   19 +24 89 ++  
del Toro/Hogan, The Strain 07.13.10 / 7 17 =     x xxx..      
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 13 xx   15 -2          
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 8 20 -6 xxx.. xx xxx.. 14 =      
Harkness, A Discovery of Witches [tpb] 01.09.12 / 27 11 +12 xxx.. xxx.. 79 +7 xxx.. xxx..   x
King, Doctor Sleep [tpb] 06.23.14 / 7 x     xx 13 -2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 31       7 +5 6 +3 5 +10   92 ++
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 161 10 +1 xxx.. 12 + 150 + xxx.. xxx.. 21 +12 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 41 5 = xxx.. xxx.. 110 +2 23 = x 35 +5 x
Martin, A Feast for Crows 09.19.06 / 168 15 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 177 2 -1 xxx.. 11 -1 60 -8 xxx.. xxx.. 22 -3 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 160 11 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 29 +19 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 19       85 =   26 -7   3 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 202   xxx..   112 +9   35 +12 x xx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 57     xxx.. 77 +3 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 60 xxx..   x 14 -1 16 = 43 -11 71 -5 x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.10
WP
08.03
LAT
08.03
USAT
07.27
PW
08.04
Amz
(08.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.04)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

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