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Weekly Bestsellers, 24 November

Stephen King’s Revival (Scribner) debuts strongly on print lists, ranking #1 at New York Times, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.30
WP
11.23
LAT
11.23
USAT
11.16
PW
11.24
Amz
(11.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.24)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 3               71 +
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 237     xxx.. xxx.. 21 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 14       x   96 -7   xxx..
Faber, The Book of Strange New Things 11.03.14 / 3     17 ++   x xxx    
Gibson, The Peripheral 11.03.14 / 4 x   13 -7 xx x     xx
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 6 1 ++ 1 ++   2 ++ 1 ++ 16 -7 43 -10 8 -5
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 7   5 -2   x 10 -4 31 = 20 = 16 -3
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 4 6 -3 6 = 3 -2 x 6 -1 xx   xx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 113 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 3     6 ++ x 4 -1 18 -2 88 +14 39 -7
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 21     xxx.. x 8 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 7 10 -5 x 16 -12 x 14 -4 xx   96 -18
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 8 15 +     xxx.. xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.30
WP
11.23
LAT
11.23
USAT
11.16
PW
11.24
Amz
(11.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.24)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 3       x 10 +2      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 35     xxx.. x 11 = xx xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 9       xxx   67 = xxx 42 -4
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 3     x x   88 -14    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 20 xxx..   xx       26 +18  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 47     xxx.. x 9 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 35       xxx..   85 +   23 +18
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 4     9 +          
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 3 8 -1   7 -4 x 14 =      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.30
WP
11.23
LAT
11.23
USAT
11.16
PW
11.24
Amz
(11.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.24)
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]

Periodicals, mid-November

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

• Science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited, since April 2013, by Trevor Quachri
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.analogsf.com/

January/February 2015
Vol. 135 No. 1&2, $7.99, 112pp, cover art by John Allemand
• This double issue has a novella by Richard A. Lovett, novelettes by J.T. Sharrah, Stephen Lombard, Henry Lien, and Jay Werkheiser, and short stories by Chuck Rothman, David L. Clements, Arlan Andrews, Sr., Priya Chand, Jerry Oltion, Judith Tarr, Andy Dudak, Sean Vivier, and Lex Wilson. There’s also a “Probability Zero” vignette by Marianne Dyson
• The science fact article, by Stanley Schmidt, is about orbital mechanics.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Rajnar Vajra, an “Alternate View” column by Jeffery D. Kooistra, and a “Reference Library” book review column by Don Sakers.

(Thu 20 Nov 2014)

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

• Science Fiction magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.asimovs.com/

January 2015
Vol. 39 No. 1 (whole #468), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Randy Gallegos
• This issue has a novella by Allen M. Steele, a novelette by Rudy Rucker & Marc Laidlaw, and short stories by Christopher Rowe, Caroline M. Yoachim, Jay O’Connell, Peter Wood, and Sarah Pinsker. Poetry is by Trent Walters and Robert Borskil.
• Departments include Sheila Williams’ editorial, about Worldcon; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections”, about Richard Hakluyt; James Patrick Kelly’s “On the Net” column, called “Billions and Billions”; and book reviews by Paul Di Filippo.

(Thu 20 Nov 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/

November 2014
Issue 76
• This issue has stories by Meryl Stenhouse and Melanie Rees.
• There’s also an editorial, an essay on sacred cows, and reviews.

(Fri 21 Nov 2014)

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Bastion

• Monthly online SF magazine, since April 2014; editor-in-chief R. Leigh Henning
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.bastionmag.com/

November 2014
Issue 8
• This issue has stories by Alexander Jones, CJ Menart, B. Brooks, Rob Steiner, Jedd Cole, Michael Andre-Driussi, and Spencer Wightman.

(Fri 21 Nov 2014)

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

• Quarterly magazine of fiction and poetry, formerly Pirate Writings, published since 1992; edited by Edward J. McFadden III
http://www.dnapublications.com/fantastic/

November 2014
• This issue has an original story by Brenda Kalt, and reprinted stories by Alexandra Grunberg, Darrell Schweitzer, and Krystal Claxton.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro (covering all four versions of Invaders of the Body Snatchers), Steven Sawicki (books by Scott Lynch, Poul Anderson, and others), and Gilliam Daniels (current short fiction).

(Fri 21 Nov 2014)

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

• Original and reprint SF & F; edited by Warren Lapine
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/

November 2014
• This issue has an original story by Brenda Kalt, and reprinted stories by Alexandra Grunberg, Darrell Schweitzer, and Krystal Claxton.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro (covering all four versions of Invaders of the Body Snatchers), Steven Sawicki (books by Scott Lynch, Poul Anderson, and others), and Gilliam Daniels (current short fiction).

(Fri 21 Nov 2014)

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Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

• Semi-annual small-press magazine subtitled ‘an occasional outburst'; published/edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
http://www.lcrw.net/lcrw/index.htm

December 2014
Issue 31, cover art by Ursula Grant
• This issue has fiction by Jessy Randall, Goldie Goldbloom, Kathleen Jennings, Owen King, and Sarah Micklem.
• There’s also a poem by Lesley Wheeler and an essay about community-supported agriculture by Nicole Kimberling.

(Sat 15 Nov 2014)

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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/

October 2014
Issue 314, Vol. 27 No. 2, 32pp
• This special “Sex and Memory” issue features an essay by Brian Stableford, “Speculative Sex: The First Gropings”, and an appreciation of Fred Pohl by Fruma Klass.
• Reviews include Michael Levy on Stephen R. Donaldson, A.P. Canavan on Ian C. Esslemont, Dan’l Danehy-Oakes on Daryl Gregory, Joe Sanders on Peter Watts, and Fran Wilde on Eileen Gunn.
• There are also essays by Michael Andre-Driussi, Emily Hosokawa, and Mariano Villareal, and an editorial by Kevin J. Maroney.

(Fri 21 Nov 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/

November 2014
Cover art by Jesse Jennings
• Stories in this issue are by Francis Marion Soty, David R. Bunch, Alan Rader, Nick Nafpliotis, Barbara Krasnoff, Henry Szabranski, A.L.
Sirois, Anthony Langford, Guy T. Martland, Frederick Obermeyer, and Louis Shalako.
• Articles are by Ricardo L. Garcia and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Fri 21 Nov 2014)

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Shimmer

• Fantasy fiction, since 2005; senior editor E. Catherine Tobler; electronic only since issue 19
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Bi-monthly
http://www.shimmerzine.com/

November 2014
Issue 22
• This issue has fiction by Alix E. Harrow, Carlie St. George, Craig DeLancey, and Kelly Sandoval.
• There’s also an editorial by E. Catherine Tobler, and an interview with Alix E. Harrow.

(Fri 21 Nov 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/

November 2014
Issue 6
• This issue has stories by Sara Saab, Eric Schaller, Patricia Russo, and Naim Kabir.

(Fri 21 Nov 2014)

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Uncanny

• Magazine of SF and fantasy, since 2014; edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://uncannymagazine.com/

November/December 2014
Issue 1, cover art by Glen Dara
• This debut issue of a new bimonthly e-zine is releasing half its content for free online in November, and half in December.
• This issue has fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, with a classic fiction by Jay Lake. Poetry is by Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar, and Sonya Taaffe.
• Nonfiction includes essays by Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Christopher J Garcia, a Worldcon Roundtable featuring Steven H Silver and others, and interviews with Maria Dahvana Headley, Deborah Stanish, Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, and Christopher Barzak.

(Fri 21 Nov 2014)

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New Books, 18 November

* Doctorow, Cory : Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age
(McSweeney’s 978-1-940450-28-5, $22, 218pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Nov 2014

Associational nonfiction book about copyright and creative success in the digital age.
• There are forewords by both Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer.
• McSweeney’s site has this description with a link to a podcast with Cory Doctorow talking about the book.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Equal parts manifesto and field guide, Doctorow’s primer for artists and creators delivers a healthy dose of clarity to the debate.”

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* Dubé, Peter : Beginning with the Mirror
(Lethe 978-1-59021-027-7, $15, 168pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 25 Oct 2014

Collection of 10 stories “about Love, Desire and Moving Between Worlds”, according to the cover subtitle.
• Elizabeth Hand provides an introduction.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Many of the stories contain implicit or explicit gay romance and eroticism, adding an extra dimension to the explorations of self. While this work definitely isn’t for everyone, Dubé’s method of tap-dancing on the edge of magical realism with weighty language is admirable for its artistry if not its accessibility.”

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* Fleskes, John, ed. : Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
(Flesk Publications 978-1-933865-58-4, $45, 304pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Nov 2014

Twenty-first annual yearbook of fantastic art, with reproductions of works by over 300 artists, this year with a new editor.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page. There’s also a trade paperback edition.
• The book includes artwork by this year’s winners in various categories, as listed here on the Spectrum Fantastic Art site. Artists include James Gurney, Shaun Tan, and Donato Giancola.

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* Herbert, Frank : The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert
(Tor 978-0-7653-3696-5, $29.99, 704pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-4668-2987-9

Collection of 37 stories first published from 1952 to 1979, plus one story original to this book.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Heritage of Cyador
(Tor 978-0765376138, $27.99, 528pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466861015
Recluce #18

Fantasy novel, 18th book in the Saga of Recluce following Arms-Commander (2010) and Cyador’s Heirs (May 2014), set a generation after the fall of Cyador.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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+ Wallace, Sean, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry
(Running Press 978-0-762454-66-2, $14.95, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-47211-076-3
UK edition: 978-1472110626 (Thu 18 Sep 2014)

Anthology of 25 fantasy stories, mostly by authors who arose over the past decade.
• Authors include Jay Lake, K.J. Parker, Aliette de Bodard, Saladin Ahmen, Scott Lynch, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Yoon Ha Lee, and Naomi Novik.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The 25 contributors to this superior anthology have all mastered the considerable challenge of fantasy worldbuilding in the confines of the short-story.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 17 November

Titles by Anne Rice and Patrick Rothfuss that debuted last week debut in turn on two additional lists this week, those of Washington Post [whose site does not update every week] and Los Angeles Times. Rice’s Prince Lestat is #1 this week at LAT.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.23
WP
11.16
LAT
11.16
USAT
11.09
PW
11.17
Amz
(11.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.17)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 236     xxx.. xxx.. 21 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 13       52 +1   89 +   xxx..
Faber, The Book of Strange New Things 11.03.14 / 2         24 ++ xx    
Gibson, The Peripheral 11.03.14 / 3 17 -8   6 ++ x 25 -12     x
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 5           9 -2 33 -9 3 +6
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 6   3 ++   32 -25 6 -4 31 -14 20 -10 13 -12
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 3 3 = 6 ++ 1 ++ 16 -8 5 -1 x   x
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 112 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 2       8 +4 3 -1 16 +6 102 -39 32 +9
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 65     xxx.. 94 +8 xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 20     xxx 92 +23 6 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 132 xxx..   xxx.. 79 +10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 6 5 -3 10 ++ 4 ++ 61 -55 10 -7 x   78 +18
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.23
WP
11.16
LAT
11.16
USAT
11.09
PW
11.17
Amz
(11.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.17)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 69       101 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 2       119 -5 12 -2      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 34     xxx 18 +4 11 -3 x xxx xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 8       xx   67 -12 xx 38 -12
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 2     10 -1 37 +2   74 +8    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 19 xxx..   x       44 -7  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 46     xxx.. 54 +2 8 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 191 19 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 34       xxx..   xxx..   41 +73
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 74 xxx..   xxx.. 113 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 2 7 +1   3 ++ 139 ++ 14 +4      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.23
WP
11.16
LAT
11.16
USAT
11.09
PW
11.17
Amz
(11.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.17)
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]

New in Paperback, November

Anthony, Piers : Esrever Doom
(Tor 978-0765366887, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Xanth #37

(First edition: Tor, October 2013)

Humorous fantasy novel, 37th in the popular, pun-filled “Xanth” series, following Luck of the Draw (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Baxter, Stephen : Iron Winter
(Roc 978-0451419194, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Northland Saga #3

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, August 2012)

Alternate history novel, third of a trilogy following Stone Spring (2010) and Bronze Summer (2011).
• This book is set in 1315, as the nation of Northland, rescued centuries before from the ocean by a great Wall, faces a cooling world climate.
• Penguin’s site has this description, with a link to an excerpt.

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Blake, E. C. : Masks
(Daw 978-0756409470, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Aygrima #1

(First edition: DAW, November 2013)

Fantasy novel, first of a series, in which the Autarchy of Aygrima has been cut off from its overseas trading partners.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The second book in the series, Shadows, was published in hardcover in August.

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Griffith, Nicola : Hild
(Macmillan/Picador 978-1250056092, $18, 560pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014

(First edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2013)

Associational (non-fantastic) novel about a king’s niece in 7th century Britain who becomes Saint Hilda of Whitby.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Neal Stephenson and others.
• The novel was a finalist for this year’s Nebula Awards.

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Hobb, Robin : Blood of Dragons
(Harper Voyager 978-0062116918, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Rain Wild Chronicles #4

(First edition: UK: Harper Voyager, March 2013)

Fantasy novel, fourth and final book in the “Rain Wild Chronicles” following Dragon Keeper (UK 2009, US 2010), Dragon Haven (2010), and City of Dragons (UK 2012, US 2013), and set in the same world as her Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies. It concerns a group of debilitated dragons, rejected by human culture, setting out to find their ancient home.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. : Dangerous Women, Volume 2
(Tor 978-0765368829, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014

(First edition: Tor, December 2013)

Anthology of 7 original stories, the second of three paperbacks that reprint the 2013 hardcover.
• This volume has stories by Lev Grossman, Megan Linkholm, Diana Gabaldon, and others.
• The third paperback volume will be published later this month.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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McDevitt, Jack : Starhawk
(Ace 978-0425260869, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Priscilla Hutchins #7

(First edition: Ace, November 2013)

SF novel, seventh book about former starship pilot Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchinson, following The Engines of God (1994), Deepsix (2001), Chindi (2002), Omega (2003), Odyssey (2006), and Cauldron (2007).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author now has his own URL, http://www.jackmcdevitt.com/.

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Merz, Jon F. : The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul
(Baen 978-1476736754, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014
Shadow Warrior #1

(First edition: Baen, September 2013)

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about a Japanese ninja who travels to Korea, where he encounters a lord who has raised an army of the undead.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Weir, Andy : The Martian
(Broadway 978-0553418026, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Oct 2014

(First edition: Crown, February 2014)

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about an astronaut stranded on Mars when his landing crew is forced to abandon him and return to Earth.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has 5470 customer reviews, averaging 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 11 November

— posted Tuesday 11 November 2014 @ 5:18 pm PST

+ Asher, Neal : Line War
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805285, $15.99, 576pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
Cormac #5

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, April 2008)

SF novel, fifth in a series that began with Gridlinked in 2001. In this book agent Ian Cormac investigates seemingly indiscriminate attacks by an AI entity on Polity worlds.
• The author’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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+ Jones, Stephen, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume 25
(Skyhorse/Night Shade 978- 1-62873-818-6, $15.95, 592pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
UK edition: 978-1472118707 (Thu 16 Oct 2014)

Anthology of 21 horror stories first published in 2013.
• Authors include Michael Marshall Smith, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Joel Lane, Lavie Tidhar, and Clive Barker.
• The book includes a 90-page introduction, “Horror in 2013″, and a 73-page necrology.
• The UK edition appeared in October; Amazon’s UK page has a “Look Inside” function providing previews, including the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review observes that “Jones’s acclaimed contemporary horror series celebrates its quarter-century with 21 stories from newcomers and veterans—primarily British and North American—who can find equal unease in a sunny holiday, a burnt-out lot, and the floodwaters at the end of the world.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it in the September issue of Locus Magazine; the review is posted here.

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* King, Stephen : Revival
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-4767-7038-3, $30, 416pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781476770406
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781442372764
UK edition: Hodder & Stoughton 978-1444789171 (Tue 11 Nov 2014)


Supernatural fantasy novel about a small town minister who loses his faith following the deaths of his wife and child, and develops an obsession with harnesing the power of electricity.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “King is a master at invoking the supernatural through the powerful emotions of his characters, and his depiction of Jacobs as a man unhinged by grief but driven by insatiable scientific curiosity is as believable as it is frightening. The novel’s ending—one of King’s best—stuns like lightning.”
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews it in the November issue of Locus Magazine, noting King’s many influences (which are acknowledged in the book): “But the writer whom King pays direct homage to is Arthur Machen, ‘whose short novel ‘The Great God Pan’,’ King writes on the dedication page, ‘has haunted me all my life.’ Machen’s tale, for those not familiar with it, is about a scientific experiment to lift ‘‘the veil’’ of perceived reality and get a glimpse of the real world behind it.”

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* Leake, Jessica : Arcana
(Skyhorse/Talos 978-1-940456-14-0, $24.99, 272pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00NS42GSO

Romantic historical fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, set in Edwardian London.
• The author’s site has this page for the book with a link to the first chapter.

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* Liu, Cixin, translated by Ken Liu : The Three-Body Problem
(Tor 978-0-7653-7706-7, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466853447
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427251992
Three-Body Problem #1

SF novel by “China’s most beloved science fiction author”, about a military project to contact aliens, who in turn plan to invade Earth. It’s the first volume of a trilogy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China’s most celebrated genre writers.” The review concludes, “Liu impressively succeeds in integrating complex topics—such as the field of frontier science, which attempts to define the limits of science’s ability to know nature—without slowing down the action or sacrificing characterization. His smooth handling of the disparate plot elements cleverly sets up the second volume of the trilogy.”
• Tor.com has a review by Niall Alexander: “If you can look past The Three-Body Problem’s uninspiring protagonist—’a man named ‘humanity,’’ per the postscript, and perhaps that’s the problem—you’ll find an almost phenomenal first contact novel with riffs on any number of other important issues. Particularly in the prologue, and latterly in the last act, The Three-Body Problem’s setting is tremendous; its science startling; and its fiction, finally, fascinating.”

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* Sherman, Delia : Young Woman in a Garden
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-091-6, $16, 312pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618730923

Collection of 14 stories, first published from 1987 to 2011. It’s the author’s first story collection.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with the table of contents and quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Readers who enjoy sophisticated modern fantasy fiction, both light and dark, will greatly admire Sherman’s skill with a variety of narrative forms and the gentle touch of her magic wand.”
• And PW includes the book on its list of Best SF/Fantasy/Horror of 2014.

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* Wilce, Ysabeau S. : Prophecies, Libels, and Dreams
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-089-3, $16, 241pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618730909

Collection of 7 interconnected stories, subtitled “Stories of Califa”. Two of the stories are original to this book.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with the table of contents, reviews, and blurbs from Elizabeth Hand, Paul Park, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Magic and mundane mix and crash like a party falling in with a bar fight; sigils might be dug out of a mine alongside gold nuggets, and settlers die by daemon attack as often as by high-noon showdown or an Apache knife. Historical fantasy fans will want to saddle up with Wilce’s boisterous and skewed chronicle.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 10 November

— posted Monday 10 November 2014 @ 5:21 pm PST

Recently-released titles by Anne Rice, William Gibson, Patrick Rothfuss, and National Book Award finalist Emily St. John Mandel debut prominently on various print lists. Highest ranking is Rothfuss, #2 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list.

Meanwhile — though these weekly posts have advised over the years that they do not attempt to compile *all* children’s and young adult novels that are in any way science-fictional or fantastic, since many of them are without their authors being associated with the SF/F community in any way, these pages have now begun to include titles to Rick Riordan and James Dashner that have not previously been listed here…


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.16
WP
11.02
LAT
11.09
USAT
11.02
PW
11.10
Amz
(11.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.10)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Collins, Mockingjay 02.16.10 / 235     xxx.. xxx.. 25 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 12       53 -20   xx   xxx..
Gibson, The Peripheral 11.03.14 / 2 9 ++     41 ++ 13 ++     152 -62
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 4           7 +9 24 +27 9 +19
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 1     16 ++          
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 5       7 +127 2 ++ 17 -13 10 +1 1 +2
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 11 xxx..   12 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 2 3 ++     8 ++ 4 ++ 71 -38   84 ++
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 111 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 1       12 ++ 2 ++ 22 ++ 63 ++ 41 ++
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 64     xxx.. 102 -14 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 19     xx 115 -13 5 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 131 xxx..   xxx.. 89 -19 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 5 2 ++     6 ++ 3 ++ 92 -49   96 -79
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 7 15 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.16
WP
11.02
LAT
11.09
USAT
11.02
PW
11.10
Amz
(11.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.10)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Andrews, Burn for Me 11.10.14 / 1 14 ++              
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 1       114 ++ 10 ++      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 33     xx 22 -11 8 -1 93 -23 xx xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 7       x   55 -15 x 26 +9
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 1     9 ++ 39 ++   82 ++    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 18 xxx..   10 -7       37 -9  
Leckie, Ancillary Sword [tpb] 11.10.14 / 1     11 ++          
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 45     xxx 56 -22 6 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 33       xxx..   xxx..   114 -35
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 1 8 ++       18 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.16
WP
11.02
LAT
11.09
USAT
11.02
PW
11.10
Amz
(11.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.10)
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]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early November

— posted Sunday 9 November 2014 @ 2:06 pm PST

Apex Magazine

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

November 2014
Issue 66, cover art by Mark Greyland
• Fiction in this issue is by Rich Larson, Chikodili Emelumadu, Marissa Lingen, and Ginger Weil, with eBook/subscriber exclusives by Elizabeth Bear and Lavie Tidhar.
• There are also winners in a “Steal the Spotlight” contest, stories no more than 250 words long, by Robin Wyatt Dunn, M.J. Starling, Jesicca Walsh, Loreen Heneghan, and Christine Purchell.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with author Ginger Weil and artist Mark Greyland, an article by Ozgur K. Sahin on “Statistics vs. Story”, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Sun 9 Nov 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/

October 2014
Issue 157-159, cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet
• Issue 159, posted October 30th, has stories by Gemma Files and Hannah Strom-Martin, with an audio fiction podcast by Brynn MacNab.
Issue 158, posted October 16th, has stories by Gregory Norman Bossert and Brynn MacNab, with an audio fiction podcast by Gwendolyn Clare.

(Sun 9 Nov 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/

November 2014
Issue 98, cover art by Kuldar Leement
• Fiction in this issue is by Matthew Kressel, Robert Reed, Ken Liu, Pat Cadigan, and Ken MacLeod.
• Non-fiction includes an article on drugs in SF, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, an interview with Jo Walton, and a column of advice from Wesley Chu.

(Sun 9 Nov 2014)

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Galaxy’s Edge

• Bimonthly online SF ezine, beginning March 2013, edited by Mike Resnick
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.galaxysedge.com/

November 2014
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Leena Likitalo, Robert Silverberg, James Aquilone, Maureen McHugh, Alex Shvartsman, Jack Skillingstead, Ralph Roberts, Jack McDevitt, Marina J. Lostetter, and Lou J. Berger.
• There’s also the fifth part of a serialization of L. Sprague de Camp’s novel Lest Darkness Fall.
• There’s also an interview with Eric Flint, and columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Paul Cook.
• A message from the publisher on the site’s home page asks for voluntary contributions to keep the ‘zine going.

(Sun 9 Nov 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/

November 2014
• This month’s story is “From Stone and Bone, From Earth and Sky” by A.C. Wise.

(Sun 9 Nov 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/

November 2014
Issue 54, cover art by Jeremy Wilson
• This issue has SF stories by Sunny Moraine, Susan Petrey, Roz Kaveney, and Annalee Newitz, and fantasy stories by Gheorghe Sasarman (translated by Ursula K. Le Guin), Kat Howard, Matthew Hughes, and Jennifer Stevenson.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Nick Harkaway and Charles Stross.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes stories and excerpts by Ian R. MacLeod, Mira Grant, and Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu).

(Sun 9 Nov 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/

November 2014
Issue 26, cover art by Jeff Simpson
• This issue has stories by Maria Dahvana Headley, Karin Tidbeck, David Sklar, and David Morrell.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Leslie Klinger and a column by Eric J. Guignard.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novel excerpt by Micol Ostow.

(Sun 9 Nov 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 4 November

— posted Tuesday 4 November 2014 @ 2:15 pm PST

+ Baxter, Stephen : Proxima
(Roc 978-0451467706, $26.95, 480pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698142954
Proxima #1

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, September 2013)

SF novel, first of a duology, about a 27th century colonization of a planet circling Proxima Centauri.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Russell Letson reviewed the UK edition in the February 2014 issue of Locus Magazine, and included it among his favorite novels of 2013 in his year-in-review summary.

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* Bedford, Jacey : Empire of Dust
(DAW 978-0-7564-1016-2, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698173217
Psi-Tech #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about agent working for interplanetary mega corporations, who are implanted with telepath technology.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “promixing debut” and concludes, “Readers who crave high adventure and tense plots will enjoy this voyage into the future.”

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* Brenchley, Chaz : Bitter Waters
(Lethe 978-1-59021-577-7, $18, 252pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 3 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59021-578-4

Collection of 17 stories, with an introduction by Geoff Ryman.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Brenchley (House of Bells) charts the treacheries of the sea and the human heart in this haunting collection of new fiction and reprints, all of which emphasize queer male desire.”

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* Brennan, M. L. : Tainted Blood
(Roc 978-0-451-41842-5, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101612996
Generation V #3

Urban fantasy novel, third novel in a series following Generation V (May 2013) and Iron Night (Jan. 2014), about a down and out vampire faced with a threat to his family’s territory.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “wickedly clever” and concludes, “Brennan’s smart, sassy, and seductive vampire mythos injects fresh blood into a lethargic subgenre.”

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* Card, Orson Scott : Visitors
(Simon Pulse 978-1416991786, $19.99, 608pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442414297
Pathfinder #3

Young adult novel, third in a trilogy following Pathfinder (2010) and Ruins (2012), about a boy, Rigg, who discovers he has the power not only to see the past, but to change it.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Carriger, Gail : Waistcoats & Weaponry
(Little, Brown 978-0316190275, $18, 304pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316279611
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478955849
UK edition: 978-1907411618 (Tue 4 Nov 2014)
Finishing School #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series set in the same world as the author’s Parasol Protectorate novels, following Etiquette & Espionage (Feb 2013) and Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 2013), about a 14-year-old girl sent to a finishing school that includes the topics of death, diversion, and espionage.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an OpenBook excerpt.

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+ Clark, Simon : Secrets of the Dead
(Severn House 978-0-7278-8417-6, $28.95, 224pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 1 Nov 2014

Supernatural fantasy novel about a man investigating mummies inside an ancient Egyptian tomb.
• Severn’s site has this description.
• The UK edition appeared in July.

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* Czerneda, Julie E. : A Play of Shadow
(DAW 978-0756408312, $20, 608pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101610541
Night’s Edge #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following A Turn of Light (2013), about a pioneer town that overlaps into a magical world called the Verge.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly called the first book “charming character-driven fantasy”.

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* Erikson, Steven : Willful Child
(Tor 978-0-7653-7489-9, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00ILY5BY2
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480583207
UK edition: 978-0593073070 (Thu 6 Nov 2014)

SF novel that spoofs Star Trek, about the voyages of the starship Willful Child.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “heavy-handed”.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Green, Chris Marie : Another One Bites the Dust
(Roc 978-0-451-41700-8, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101600849
Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Only the Good Die Young (Feb. 2014), about a deceased woman, now a ghost, who becomes a private detective.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Murphy’s demon-haunted world can be a terrible place where innocents suffer, but also one where the dead may hope for justice from beyond the grave.”

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* Grinti, Mike, & Rachel Grinti : Jala’s Mask
(Pyr 978-1-61614-978-9, $18, 300pp, trade paperback, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014

Fantasy novel based on African and Polynesian folklore, about an island people who use magic to raid the mainland.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Supernatural horror, court intrigue, and intricate social allegiances breathe life into a familiar coming-of-age story that also includes plenty of forbidden sorcery and pulpy adventure.”

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* Harrison, Harry : Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!
(Tor 978-0-765333087, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014

Nonfiction memoir by the author of Make Room! Make Room!, Deathworld, The Stainless Steel Rat, and many other novels, who died in 2012.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Despite the book’s ramshackle construction, it succeeds in capturing Harrison’s warmth, humor, and philosophy for all SF fans to appreciate.”
• Russell Letson reviewed it in the October issue of Locus Magazine, concluding, ” I have had the good fortune to meet many of the writers of Harrison’s generation, including several who knew him well, but I never got to meet the man himself. This memoir makes me I wish I had – though maybe, thanks to his dedication to the written (and published-for-pay) word, maybe I have.”

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* Marillier, Juliet : Dreamer’s Pool
(Roc 978-0-451-46699-0, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698139169
Blackthorn & Grim #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a magical healer who has escaped prison, and her former prison mate.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Marillier’s fascinating narrative, based loosely on Irish myth and centered on women’s empowerment, never slips into sentimentality or untoward sensuality, delivering a tasteful feast for the imagination.”

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* Martin, George R. R., & Melinda M. Snodgrass, eds. : Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel
(Tor 978-0-7653-3195-3, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014

Novel by various hands in the long-running Wildcards series in which an alien virus has turned a portion of the population into supermen.
• Authors include Michael Cassutt, David D. Levine, Walter Jon Williams, and Ian Tregillis.
• Macmillan’s site this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This feast of mystery and metamorphosis is best suited to readers already familiar with the series.”

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* McDevitt, Jack : Coming Home
(Ace 978-0-425-26087-6, $25.95, 368pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146501
Alex Benedict #7

SF novel concerning interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath, seventh in the series following A Talent for War (1989), Polaris (2004), Nebula Award winner Seeker (2005), The Devil’s Eye (2008), Echo (2010), and Firebird (2011).
• This book concerns a cache of artifacts from the early space age.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Metzl, Jamie : Genesis Code
(Skyhorse/Arcade 978-1-62872-423-3, $24.95, 336pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014

Near-future SF thriller about a designer drug, a rash of deaths of young women, and genetically enhanced babies.
• Arcade’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While the plot itself is standard, Metzl enhances it with a philosophical protagonist, scientific plausibility, and a keen sense of mood.”

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* Niven, Larry, Brad R. Torgersen & Matthew J. Harrington : Red Tide
(Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick 978-1-61242-132-2, $14.99, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Oct 2014

Anthology of four stories inspired by Niven’s 1973 novella “Flash Crowd”, about instantaneous teleportion, two by Niven himself, with one each by Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The lighthearted tone provides diversion, but fails to unify the independently written sections.”

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* Shinn, Sharon : The Turning Season
(Ace 978-0425261699, $25.95, 352pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101589755
Shifting Circle #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Shape of Desire (April 2012) and Still Life with Shape-shifter , about a women who keeps her lover’s shape-shifting identity from family and friends.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Williams, Sean : Crashland
(HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray 978-0062203243, $17.99, 480pp, hardcover, November 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Nov 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062203267
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062345820
Twinmaker #-

Young adult SF novel, second of a trilogy following Twinmaker (2013), about teens who use a teleportation technology to alter and improve their bodies.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book: “Williams spins a sprawling and complex tale, built on an impressively well-constructed premise and held together with intrigue and tension.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 3 November

— posted Monday 3 November 2014 @ 1:59 pm PST

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., and Linda Antonsson (Bantam), enters the USA Today list this week, and still ranks high after several weeks on all the Amazon lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.09
WP
11.02
LAT
11.02
USAT
10.26
PW
11.03
Amz
(11.03)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.03)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.03)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 11       33 +3   x   xxx..
Faber, The Book of Strange New Things 11.03.14 / 1           81 ++    
Gibson, The Peripheral 11.03.14 / 1               90 ++
Hamilton, The Abyss Beyond Dreams 11.03.14 / 1       148 ++        
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 3           16 +34 51 +39 28 +34
Martin, The Ice Dragon 10.17.06 / 3 5 +              
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 4       134 ++   4 +3 11 +2 3 -1
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 10 xxx xxx.. 12 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 1           33 ++    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 110 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 63     xxx.. 88 -21 11 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 18     x 102 -15 6 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 130 xxx..   xxx.. 70 -10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things 10.13.14 / 4           43 -23   17 +5
Salvatore, Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex II: Rise of the King 10.20.14 / 2     15 +          
Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue 11.03.14 / 1         14 ++      
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 6 15 -3     xxx.. xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.09
WP
11.02
LAT
11.02
USAT
10.26
PW
11.03
Amz
(11.03)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.03)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.03)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 32     x 11 -2 7 -1 70 -10 x xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 6       95 -13   40 -2 45 -4 35 -1
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 17 xxx..   3 +       28 -9  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 44     xx 34 -1 5 = xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 190 19 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 32       xxx..   xxx..   79 -10
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 73 xxx..   xxx.. 94 -28 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
11.09
WP
11.02
LAT
11.02
USAT
10.26
PW
11.03
Amz
(11.03)
UK:
Amz UK
(11.03)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(11.03)
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]

Category: Bestsellers


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