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Classics in Reprint, February 2017

Gibson, William : Count Zero
(UK: Gollancz 978-1473217409, £8.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Feb 2017

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, February 1986)

Second following, following Neuromancer (1984), in Gibson’s acclaimed cyberpunk trilogy, that ended with Mona Lisa Overdrive.
• The three novels, and collection Burning Chrome, are reissued in matching covers. Neuromancer was reissued in December; the other three books this month.
• Orion’s site has this description.
Neuromancer won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards; Count Zero was a finalist for both.

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Jeter, K. W. : Infernal Devices
(Angry Robot 978-0857666857, $9.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666864
UK edition: 9780857666840 (Thu 2 Feb 2017)
George Dower #1

(First edition: St. Martin’s, April 1987)

Fantasy novel, a proto-steampunk novel, about a Victorian watchmaker who agrees to repair a mysterious device for the Brown Leather Man. It was followed by Fiendish Schemes (2013), with third volume Grim Expectations forthcoming in June.
• This is the book’s 30th anniversary edition.
• This edition has Jeter’s 2011 introduction.
• Angry Robot’s site has a description with a preview function.

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Nowlan, Philip Francis : Armageddon 2419 A.D. and The Airlords of Han
(Dover 978-0486795409, $9.95, 160pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 15 Feb 2017

New edition of two stories from Amazing Stories later combined and published in 1962 as Armageddon 2419 AD, about Anthony “Buck” Rogers who travels by suspended animation to an oppressive 25th century.
• Dover’s site has this description and order page.

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Swanwick, Michael : In the Drift
(Dover 978-0486809410, $12.95, 208pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 15 Feb 2017

(First edition: Ace Special, February 1985)

New edition of Swanwick’s first novel (originally published as part of the second Ace Specials series), in the Dover’s series of “Doomsday Classics”. It’s an alternate future history about a disaster zone a century after the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.
• Dover’s site has this description with a Google previews.

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New Books : 21 February 2017

* Dayton, Arwen Elys : Disruptor
(Random House 978-0-385-74411-9, $18.99, 368pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780385378598
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780804167673
Seeker #3

Young adult fantasy novel, final book in a trilogy following Seeker (2015) and Traveler (2016), about three teenagers from a Scottish estate who travel through space and time.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Worldbuilding can be sketchy, but Dayton excels at creating memorable characters, among them Maud, the ‘Young Dread,’ an ageless child whose mysterious clan is linked to the Seekers.”

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* Dornbusch, Betsy : Enemy
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-864-4, $25.99, 308pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017
Seven Eyes #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Exile (2013) and Emissary (2015), about a man banished from his kingdom after being falsely condemned for the murder of his wife.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Adventurous swordsmanship, derring-do, and relentless dodging from onslaughts flow satisfactorily from page to page, but those who haven’t read the previous volumes will find this one confusing in the extreme.”

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* Eames, Nicholas : Kings of the Wyld
(Orbit 978-0-316-36247-4, $14.99, 544pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316362467
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478915355
The Band #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a band of mercenaries.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “The world is rich and exciting, with every classic fantasy monster on hand and a few delightfully horrifying new ones. Moreover, the plot is emotionally rewarding, original, and hilarious, and boasts a satisfying conclusion while leaving room for future books. Eames clearly set out to write something fun to read, and he has succeeded spectacularly.”

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* Elison, Meg : The Book of Etta
(47North 978-1-5039-4182-3, $14.95, 314pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01JOEK5Y8
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1536614275
The Road to Nowhere #2

Post-apocalypse novel, sequel to the author’s Philip K. Dick award winner The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (2014), about a woman in a world where women are scarce making a difficult journey.
• Amazon’s page has a description and “Look Inside” previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Elison continues to startle her readers with unexpected gender permutations and fascinating relationships worked out in front of a convincingly detailed landscape.”

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* Hogan, Ruth : The Keeper of Lost Things
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062473530, $26.99, 288pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062473578
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062660541

Contemporary fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a man who collects lost things, in honor of his late fiancée, whose keepsake he lost.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.

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* Lyons, Susan W. : Time’s Oldest Daughter
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-61976-105-6, $18, 248pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 20 Feb 2017

Religious/mythical fantasy novel about God, Satan, Sin, and Death.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description.
• Faren Miller reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: ” This Divine Comedy can be genuinely comic (raucous and vulgar, with a great cast of caricatures) yet manages to slip both wise and touching moments into its sly insights about life, the universe, et cetera.”

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* Schwab, V. E. : A Conjuring of Light
(Tor 978-0765387462, $25.99, 624pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765387486
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427288509
Shades of Magic #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following A Darker Shade of Magic (2015) and A Gathering of Shadows (2016), about a magical Traveler who can move among a series of alternate Londons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the previous book a starred review: “Tensions rise steadily, culminating with the exciting Element Games, and the finale will leave readers breathless. This is how fantasy should be done.”

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* Sharp, Chris : Cold Counsel
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9329-6, $21.99, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9328-9

Fantasy novel about a troll warrior trying to reclaim a mountain from goblin clans.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “There are fun moments in this human-free, Norse-inspired fantasy, primarily those involving Dingle, Neither- Nor, and the canine Wolf King, Luther.”

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* Tolkin, Michael : NK3
(Atlantic Monthly 978-0-8021-2543-9, $25, 320pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017

Post-apocalypse novel about survivors in Los Angeles of a global microbe that has erased humanity’s memories.
• Grove Atlantic’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “In his novels and screenplays, Tolkin has always exhibited a downbeat view of humanity, which is reinforced here in his bleak vision of the apocalypse, surely the most idiosyncratic since Ben Marcus’s The Flame Alphabet.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 20 February 2017

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology debuts on four print lists this week, ranking #1 at New York Times and USA Today.

Also debuting this week, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Vengeance (St. Martin’s), 10th volumne in her League: Nemesis Rising series, ranking as high as #14 on the Publishers Weekly list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.26
WP
02.05
LAT
02.19
USAT
02.12
PW
02.20
Amz
(02.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.20)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 12 xxx..   6 -3 xxx xxx xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 39 8 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 3 1 ++   19 ++ 2 ++ 1 ++ 8 -4 16 -9 6 -2
Harrison, The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death 02.20.17 / 1         18 ++      
Jae-Jones, Wintersong 02.20.17 / 1 3 ++              
Kenyon, Born of Vengeance 02.20.17 / 1 15 ++     30 ++ 14 ++      
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 4 1 =     121 -48 5 -1      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 17     xxx.. 113 -17 6 -1 xxx.. 55 +28 xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 21       xxx.. 21 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 54     10 +1 78 -4 4 +2 58 -7 47 -7 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 1           11 ++    
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 9 10 -5       xxx..      
Tolkin, NK3 02.20.17 / 1     15 ++          
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 29 6 -2 [ 1 ] 3 -2 46 -21 6 -1 76 -15   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.26
WP
02.05
LAT
02.19
USAT
02.12
PW
02.20
Amz
(02.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.20)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 6 5 ++ [ 6 ]   10 +27   17 -4   x
Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others [tpb] 11.14.16 / 9 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 35 +    
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 14     14 + xxx..       xxx..
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 6       x   x xx 62 -12
Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here 01.30.17 / 4   [ 4 ]   43 +50   x xxx x
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 51   [ 10 ]   x   xx xxx 59 -28
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 289   [ 1 ]   8 -7   9 -3 38 -17 29 -17
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 86 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 99 -14 xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 165 xxx..   xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. 100 -66 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               92 =  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               44 +4  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 114 -8   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 39       xxx..   xxx.. 56 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 60             xxx.. 15 +1
Sandford/Ctein, Saturn Run [tpb] 02.20.17 / 1         25 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.26
WP
02.05
LAT
02.19
USAT
02.12
PW
02.20
Amz
(02.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.20)
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-February 2017

Apex Magazine

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

February 2017
Issue 93, cover art by Adrian Borda
• This issue has stories by Nisi Shawl, Lyndsie Manusos, Rich Larson, Samuel Marzioli, and Amal El-Mohtar, plus Valentine’s Flash Fiction winners by Joanna Truman, Tonya Walter, and Rich Larson.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Nisi Shawl and short fiction reviews by A.C. Wise.

(Sat 18 Feb 2017)

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Aphelion

• Webzine of SF and fantasy; nonpaying; since 2001
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/

February 2017
Issue 214
• This 20th anniversary issue has fiction by Paul Lubaczewski, Glenn M. Diamond, Dan L. Hollifield, and others.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

(Sat 18 Feb 2017)

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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/

Issue 97, 2017
• This issue has stories by Catherine Moller, Melanie Rees, and Jamie Brindle.
• Nonfiction includes Deanne Sheldon-Collins on the year in Australian speculative fiction, Daniel Thompson on relativistic projectiles, and an interview with Cherry Wilder.

(Sat 18 Feb 2017)

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Forever

• Digital reprint SF magazine, edited by Neil Clarke, since February 2015
• Format: Ebook
• Frequency: monthly
http://forever-magazine.com/

February 2017
Issue 25, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Harry Turtledove, Elizabeth Bear, and Gregory Norman Bossert.

(Sat 18 Feb 2017)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

• Fiction and interviews, since 2005; publisher and executive editor Orson Scott Card, editor Edmund R. Schubert
• Format: Online, subscription access
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/

February 2017
Issue 55, cover art by Andres Mossa
• This issue has stories by M. Bennardo, Samuel Marzioli, Allison Mulder, Anna Zumbro, Michelle Ann King, and H.L. Fullerton.
• There’s also an interview with and vintage fiction by Laura Anne Gilman,
Columns include science fact by Randall Hayes and book reviews by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.

(Sat 18 Feb 2017)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by C.C. Finlay
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.fandsf.com/

Mar/Apr 2017
Vol. 132 No. 3&4 (whole #730), $8.99, 258pp, cover art by Bryn Barnard
• This issue has a novella by Richad Chwedyk, novelets by Robert Grossbach, Matthew Hughes, and Albert E. Cowdrey, and short stories by Arundhati Hazra, Cat Hellisen, James Sallis, and and Eleanor Arnason. There’s also a poem by Ruth Berman.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering Amber Lynn Natusch, and Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton, and others; Michelle West’s “Musing on Books”, covering Cixin Liu, Aliette de Bodard, and others; a “Science” column by Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty, about robots; a “Films” column by Kathi Maio, discussing Arrival; and a “Curiosities” page by David Langford, about an 1879 book by Mrs. Oliphant.

(Wed 15 Feb 2017)

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Mothership Zeta

• Quarterly digital magazine, since October 2015; editor Mur Lafferty
• Format: Digital
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://mothershipzeta.org/

Issue 6, 2017
Cover art by Elizabeth Leggett
• Fiction in this issue is by Sarah Crowe, Matthew Claxton, Shveta Thakrar, J.R. Dawson, S. Zahedi, Madeline Ray, Miranda Suri, and Anna F. Humphrey.
• Nonfiction is by Alex Acks, Jeremy Brett, James Patrick Kelly, and David Simms.

(Sat 18 Feb 2017)

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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/

February 2017
Cover art by Aaron Jasinski
• Stories in this issue are by Jude-Marie Green, Gregor Hartmann, Jason L. Corner, J.A. Becker, D.K. Latta, Gregory L. Noris, Brian Biswas, and Shaun O. McCoy, with shorter stories by William Suboski, Judy Upton, and Seth Chambers.
• Articles are by Eric M. Jones and Sam Bellotto, Jr.
• There’s also a comic strip by Doug Warner, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Sun 19 Feb 2017)

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New Books : 14 February 2017

* Beagle, Peter S. : In Calabria
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-248-7, $19.95, 176pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017

Short fantasy novel about unicorns appearing to a lonely man in southern Italy.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Beagle’s kindly fable shows how a man who seems to have nothing can really have everything—with just a touch of magic.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “…even if In Calabria is a fairly slight contribution to the Beagle cannon, the lovely, modulated language and the underlying compassion for people with small dreams who find themselves confronted with big ones remains intact.”

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* Brodsky, Jordanna Max : Winter of the Gods
(Orbit 978-0-316-38591-6, $26, 480pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Olympus Bound #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Immortals (2016), about the Greek gods living in contemporary New York City.
• Orbit’s site has this post about the book with a link to book site OlympusBound.com with a video and an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This is a satisfying adventure that remains true to the spirit of the original myths while granting them several millennia of weight, consequence, and even regret.”

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* Carey, Jacqueline : Miranda and Caliban
(Tor 978-0-7653-8679-3, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765386809

Fantasy retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The foreordained pattern of the play mixes beautifully with Carey’s intricate characterization and eye for sensory detail, building mercilessly to dazzling, and devastating, tragic effect.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “This version of The Tempest explores new territory on Prospero’s isle, since most of it occurs before the play begins.”

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* Danielewski, Mark Z. : The Familiar: Volume 4: Hades
(Random House/Pantheon 978-0375715006, $26.95, 880pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017

Fourth volume in an Experimental metafictional novel, following One Rainy Day in May (May 2015), Into the Forest (Oct. 2015), and Honeysuckle & Pain (2016), about nine characters in various countries
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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* Duncan, Dave : Portal of a Thousand Worlds
(Open Road 978-1-5040-3875-1, $18.99, 482pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017

Alternate history fantasy novel set in a 19th century Imperial China.
• Open Road’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says that Duncan “does a better job than most in his genre at creatively restructuring historical gender roles, and his bone-dry wit is at the top of its class.”

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* Erickson, Steve : Shadowbahn
(Blue Rider Press 978-0-7352-1201-5, $27, 320pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780735212039

Literary alternative history novel in which the Twin Towers reappear in South Dakota 20 years after 9/11.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with numerous blurbs and quotes from reviews
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Unusually structured and daringly written, Erickson’s gem of a novel is equally challenging and rewarding, spinning out thread after thread of story before skillfully tying them together in a satisfying climax.”

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* Hand, Elizabeth : Fire
(PM Press 978-1-62963-234-6, $13, 111pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 10 Feb 2017

Short collection of fiction and nonfiction in the publisher’s “Outspoken Authors” series. The title story is original.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* James, Vic : Gilded Cage
(Del Rey 978-0-425-28415-5, $20, 368pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780425284131
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524722982
Dark Gifts #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first book in a series, about magical aristocrats in modern England.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Brisk plotting, sympathetic characters, and plenty of intrigue will keep readers on the edges of their seats, eager for the next book in a very promising series.”

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* Jordan, Sophie : Rise of Fire
(HarperTeen 978-0062377678, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062377692
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062661234
Reign of Shadows #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a series following Reign of Shadows (2016).
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* Saunders, George : Lincoln in the Bardo
(Random House 978-0-8129-9534-3, $28, 368pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780812995350
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780553397574

Literary fantasy novel, the first novel by an author known for short fiction, about Abraham Lincoln’s grief over the death of his 11-year-old son.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Two sad strains, the spirits’ stubborn, nostalgic attachment to the world of the living and Lincoln’s monumental sorrow, make up a haunting American ballad that will inspire increased devotion among Saunders’s admirers.”

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* Tem, Steve Rasnic : Ubo
(Solaris 978-1781085110, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
UK edition: 978-1781085103 (Thu 9 Feb 2017)

SF/horror novel about a resident of a prsion or camp called Ubo where he is forced to portray various figures from Earth’s violent history.
• Solaris’ site has this post about the book.
Locus Online Roundtable posted Tem’s The Long Gestation Period of UBO in January.

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* Wells, Dan : Ones and Zeroes
(Harpercollins/Balzer + Bray 978-0062347909, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062347923
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062661258
Mirador #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a series following Bluescreen (2016), set in 2050 Los Angeles where everyone can be online 24 hours a day via a device, a djinni, implanted in their head.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 13 February 2017

— posted Monday 13 February 2017 @ 11:00 am PST

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology moves up in rank on all three Amazon lists this week; look for it to debut on print lists next week.

Washington Post has instituted a subscriber paywall allowing only four articles per month to non-subscribers, which will likely prohibit further compilation of its list on this page.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.12
WP
02.05
LAT
02.12
USAT
02.05
PW
02.13
Amz
(02.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.13)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 16 9 -1       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 11 xxx..   3 +3 xx xx xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 38 7 +2   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 11 xxx..   19 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 2           4 +2 7 +3 4 +7
Johnston, Star Wars Ahsoka 10.24.16 / 12 10 +     xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 30             73 +  
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 3 1 =     73 -31 4 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 16     xxx.. 96 -7 5 -1 xxx 83 -37 x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 20       xxx.. 18 -5 xxx.. xxx.. x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 53     11 -4 74 +12 6 -3 51 +9 40 -8 xxx
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 8 5 +1       xxx      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 28 4 -2 [ 1 ] 1 +1 25 -5 5 -2 61 -20   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
02.05
LAT
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USAT
02.05
PW
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Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Aaronovitch, The Hanging Tree 02.13.17 / 1       102 ++        
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 4             54 +45  
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 5   [ 6 ]   37 +38   13 -12   65 -15
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 242       144 -33 xxx.. x xxx.. xx
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 5       103 -44   89 -40 x 50 -11
Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here 01.30.17 / 3   [ 4 ]   93 -50   28 -5 xx 67 +
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 50   [ 10 ]   148 -30   x xx 31 -5
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 288   [ 1 ]   1 =   6 -3 21 -9 12 -7
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 85 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 85 + xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 164 xxx..   xxx.. x xxx.. xxx.. 34 +57 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               92 -19  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               48 +6  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 106 -5   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 38       xxx..   xxx.. 61 +15  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 59             xxx.. 16 +2
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.12
WP
02.05
LAT
02.12
USAT
02.05
PW
02.13
Amz
(02.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.13)
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

New in Paperback, January – February 2017

— posted Saturday 11 February 2017 @ 11:27 am PST

Bishop, Anne : Marked in Flesh
(Roc 978-0451474483, $8.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
The Others #4

(First edition: Roc, March 2016)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Written in Red (2013), Murder of Crows (2014), and Vision in Silver (2015), about unearthly entities who rule the Earth and prey off humans.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Briggs, Patricia : Fire Touched
(Ace 978-0425256299, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017
Mercy Thompson #9

(First edition: Ace, March 2016)

Fantasy novel, ninth in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who’s also a car mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), Bone Crossed (2009), Silver Borne (2010), River Marked (2011), Frost Burned (2013), and Night Broken (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Carriger, Gail : Imprudence
(Orbit 978-0316212205, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
The Custard Protocol #2

(First edition: Orbit, July 2016)

Steampunk fantasy novel set in the Victorian London world of the author’s Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless (2009), etc.), second in a series following Prudence (2015).
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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Harris, Charlaine : Night Shift
(Ace 978-0425263235, $9.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Midnight, Texas #3

(First edition: Ace, May 2016)

Fantasy novel, third of a trilogy following Midnight Crossroad (2014) and Day Shift (2015), about the residents of a small Texas town, who have various paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Hines, Jim C. : Revisionary
(DAW 978-0756409715, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Magic Ex Libris #4

(First edition: DAW, February 2016)

Humorous fantasy novel, fourth of a series following Libromancer (2012), Codex Born (2013), and Unbound (2015), about a magician with the ability to draw forth objects from books.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Jones, Stephen Graham : Mongrels
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062412706, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, May 2016)

Horror novel about a boy coming to terms with his itinerant uncle and aunt as they travel across the South.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview.
• John Langan reviews it last year in Locus Magazine: “The novel’s surprises continue to the very end, when it opens outward in unexpected and startling ways. One of the books of the year, Mongrels doesn’t linger in the mind: it races through it, eyes bright with the moon, breath hot in its mouth, paws thudding over the forest floor.”

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Kadrey, Richard : The Perdition Score
(Harper Voyager 978-0062373274, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Sandman Slim #8

(First edition: Harper Voyager, June 2016)

Urban fantasy thriller, eighth in a series following Sandman Slim (2009), Kill the Dead (2010), Aloha from Hell (2011), Devil Said Bang (2012), Kill City Blues (2013), The Getaway God (2014), and Killing Pretty (2015), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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Lyris, Sonia Orin : The Seer
(Baen 978-1481482370, $7.99, 928pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017
Seer #1

(First edition: Baen, March 2016)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a poor young woman who visions make her key to her ruler’s ambitions.
• Baen’s site has this description with a link to sample chapters.
• Tom Whitmore reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “It’s a big, ambitious, well-done medieval-style fantasy, and definitely not for everyone. If you’re the right person, it’s a difficult book to stop reading, because Lyris has an excellent ability to make the story flow.”

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McAuley, Paul : Into Everywhere
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473203990, £8.99, 432pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 9 Feb 2017

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, April 2016)

SF novel, sequel to Something Coming Through (2015), about aliens, the Jackaroo, who have provided humanity with technology to access other worlds.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.

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McIntosh, Will : Burning Midnight
(Random House/Ember 978-0553534139, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017

(First edition: Delacorte, February 2016)

Young adult SF novel about mysterious colored spheres that bestow various effects depending on their color, and a reseller of these spheres who comes across an unprecendented gold one.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review called it “an impressive YA debut” by the heretofore adult SF author.

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Neuvel, Sylvain : Sleeping Giants
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1101886717, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Themis Files #1

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, April 2016)

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about the investigation into a giant metal hand found underground in South Dakota.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Pierce Brown and Blake Crouch.

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North, Claire : The Sudden Appearance of Hope
(Orbit/Redhook 978-0316335966, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017

(First edition: Orbit/Redhook, May 2016)

Fantasy novel about a girl named Hope whom no one remembers meeting.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Palmer, Ada : Too Like the Lightning
(Tor 978-0765378019, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Terra Ignota #1

(First edition: Tor, May 2016)

SF novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a 25th century convict who works as a spiritual counselor in a society that has outlawed public practice of religion.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The next book, Seven Surrenders, is due in March.

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Pratchett, Terry, & Stephen Baxter : The Long Cosmos
(Harper 978-0062297389, $9.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017
Long Earth #5

(First edition: Harper, June 2016)

SF novel, fifth and final book in the series following The Long Earth (2012), The Long War (2013), The Long Mars (2014), and The Long Utopia (2015), in which post-humanity receives a message with instruction to build an immense artificial intelligence.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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Sullivan, Michael J. : Age of Myth
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1101965351, $9.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017
Legends of the First Empire #1

(First edition: Del Rey, June 2016)

Epic fantasy novel, first in a series of five, about a race of gods, the Fhrey, worshipped by humans until one of the gods is killed by a human.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books : 7 February 2017

— posted Tuesday 7 February 2017 @ 4:57 pm PST

* Ambrose, E. C. : Elisha Mancer
(DAW 978-0756409289, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698188532
The Dark Apostle #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Elisha Barber (2013), Elisha Magus (2014), and Elisha Rex (2015), about witchcraft in 14th century England.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.

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* Beaulieu, Bradley P. : With Blood Upon the Sand
(DAW 978-0756409746, $26, 672pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698152397
The Song of Shattered Sands #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a trilogy that began with Twelve Kings of Sharakhai (2015) (with Of Sand and Malice Made, 2016, being related but not part of the trilogy), set in a great desert city rules by twelve immortal kings.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “The novel finally earns its length in a subterranean battle for control of a resurrected blood mage with a private agenda. Overall, this is an impressive performance.”

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* Blackmoore, Stephen : Hungry Ghosts
(DAW 978-0-7564-0941-8, $7.99, 288pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197695
Eric Carter #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Dead Things (2013) and Broken Souls (2014), about a necromancer who returned to Los Angeles.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls the book “freewheeling and laced with smart-alecky banter.”

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* Clarke, Cassandra Rose : Magic of Blood and Sea
(Saga 978-1-4814-6172-6, $17.99, 544pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481461733

Omnibus volume of two young adult fantasy novels, The Assassin’s Curse (2012) and The Pirate’s Wish (2013), about a pirate princess.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google Preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book “is replete with assassins, blood magic, manticores, talking sharks, and pretty much anything else a reader might imagine.”

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology
(Pegasus 978-1-68177-321-6, $25.95, 336pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017

Anthology of 16 stories, mostly original, on avian themes.
• Authors include Joyce Carol Oates, Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Richard Bowes, and Seanan McGuire.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This collection isn’t for those with delicate sensibilities; awful things happen to just about everyone, and open-ended or ambiguous conclusions may frustrate some readers. Still, it’s a thought-provoking exploration of the theme.”

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* Delany, Samuel R., edited by Kenneth R. James : In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume 1, 1957-1969
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0819570895, $40, 720pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017

First in a series of volumes covering the journals Delany wrote beginning in high school and extending to 1969 San Francisco.
• Wesleyan’s site has this description with the table of contents and blurbs from Junot Díaz and Matthew Cheney.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Donnelly, Lara Elena : Amberlough
(Tor 978-0-7653-8381-5, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466893412
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427291530

Alternate history spy thriller, the author’s first novel, about a double-agent trying to protect his lover as a fascist revolution rises.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Donnelly’s masterly creation is richly imagined and moves at an unchecked pace, painting a layer of sumptuous indulgence over a society of corruption, vice, and oppression.”

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* Fischl, Eric Scott : Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show
(Angry Robot 978-0857666383, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, February 2017, cover art Steven Meyer-Rassow)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666390
UK edition: 9780857666376 (Thu 2 Feb 2017)

Historical fantasy novel set in 1878 Oregon.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Gaiman, Neil : Norse Mythology
(Norton 978-0-393-60909-7, $25.95, 304pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017

Retelling of the Norse myths, from Odin, Thor, and Loki, to the twilight of the gods in Ragnorak.
• Norton’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “In most of the stories, a consistent dynamic rules as one god tries to get something over on another god, but novelist that he is, Gaiman also provides a dramatic continuity to these stories that takes us from the birth of the gods to their blood-soaked twilight.”

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* Gannon, Charles E. : Caine’s Mutiny
(Baen 978-1-4767-8219-5, $16, 544pp, trade paperback, February 2017, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-561-8
Caine Riordan #4

Military SF novel, fourth in a series following Fire with Fire (2013), Trial by Fire (2014), and Raising Caine (2015), about an intelligence operative battling superior aliens and traitorous corporations.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Harrison, Kim : The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death
(Simon & Schuster/Gallery 978-1-5011-0871-6, $26.99, 448pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501108846
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781508211600
Hollows #14

Urban fantasy novel, a prequel to the thirteen-volume series that ended with The Witch With No Name (2014, HarperCollins).
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google Preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “It works well as fan service but relies heavily on the rest of the series to give its events meaning.”

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* Hurley, Kameron : The Stars Are Legion
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-4793-5, $26.99, 400pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481447959

SF novel about a war for control of a mass of world-ships called the Legion.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hurley gives the reader little, with both protagonists unable or unwilling to explain much. As they encounter the surprising practices … among the different layers of the world-ships, the reader shares their astonishment and anxiety.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “When the two principals finally reunite, though, The Stars Are Legion finally delivers powerfully – if disturbingly – on that space opera promise.”

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* Isaacson, Nathaniel : Celestial Empire: The Emergence of Chinese Science Fiction
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7668-2, $24.95, 240pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7669-9

Nonfiction study of Chinese science fiction, from the late Qing Dynasty through the New Culture Movement.
• Wesleyan’s site has this description with the table of contents, and blurbs from Istvan Csicsery-Ronay and others.
• There’s also a hardcover edition (978-0-8195-7667-5) for $80.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Jae-Jones, S. : Wintersong
(St. Martin’s Griffin/Dunne 978-1-250-07921-3, $18.99, 448pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466892040

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about an 18-year-old girl who travels into the Underground to rescue her sister from the Goblin King.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “While Jae-Jones writes beautifully about the magic of love, the power of music, and the importance of free will, she gives short shrift to the more elementary aspects of her story…”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “Jae-Jones plays her own games by reimagining and recasting him [The Earl-King] as the heroine’s young violin-virtuoso brother (not a composer in his own right), while still invoking the full passion of the time when Baroque gave way to early Romantic – and the world changed.”

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* Mastai, Elan : All Our Wrong Todays
(Dutton 978-1-101-98513-7, $26, 384pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101985144
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524734688

Time travel novel, the author’s first novel, about a man from an alternate 2016, a techno-utopia like that imagined by 1950s SF, who becomes stranded in our own 2016.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Mastai has fun with all the usual conventions of time travel and its many paradoxes, and the cherry on top is his dialogue, reminiscent of Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
• Adrienne Martini reviews the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “…So I will say no more about the plot because, man, does it twist and shift in all of the best ways. This is a science fiction love story that is by turns funny and wistful and smart, while remaining fully invested in how being human feels.”

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* Sagara, Michelle : Grave
(DAW 978-0756409074, $18, 464pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101637401
Queen of the Dead #3

Young adult urban fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Silence (2011) and Touch (2014), about a girl who, following the death of her boyfriend, discovers she can contact the dead.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Savory, Brett : A Perfect Machine
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-630-7, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666314
UK edition: 9780857666291 (Thu 2 Feb 2017)

SF novel about a future city in which Runners and Hunters stage a nightly ritual.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Spencer, Wen : The Black Wolves of Boston
(Baen 978-1-4814-8246-2, $25, 480pp, hardcover, February 2017, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-559-5

Historical fantasy novel about werewolves and witches over 300 years in New Amsterdam and Boston.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Spinrad, Norman : The People’s Police
(Tor 978-0765384270, $27.99, 288pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765384294

Near-future SF novel about three people in New Orleans, a cop, a brothel owner, and a TV star/voodoo queen, whose lives come together in a TV studio.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s page has a statement from the author.
• Paul Di Filippo will review the book for Locus Online later this month.

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* Taylor, Travis S. : Kill Before Dying
(Baen 978-1-4767-8207-2, $25, 336pp, hardcover, February 2017, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-556-4
Tau Ceti #5

Military SF novel, fifth in a series following One Day on Mars (2007), The Tau Ceti Agenda (2008), One Good Soldier (2009), and Trail of Evil (2015).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Wallace, Matt : Idle Ingredients
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9003-5, $15.99, 192pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9002-8
A Sin du Jour Affair #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Envy of Angels (2015), Lustlocked (Jan. 2016), and Pride’s Spell (Jun. 2016), about a New York catering firm for the supernatural community.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “his story is darker and a bit more serious than previous installments. Wallace’s imagination is still as wonderfully twisted as ever…”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 6 February 2017

— posted Monday 6 February 2017 @ 9:48 am PST

Terry Goodkind’s Death’s Mistress (Tor), first in a new fantasy series, debuts on three lists, ranking as high as #10 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list.

Also debuting is Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology (Norton), on sale tomorrow and already ranking high on all three Amazon lists.

Meanwhile, the dystopian novels noted last week are placing on other lists: George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four has slipped to #3 at Amazon.com but ranks #1 on the USA Today and Washington Post lists; Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is #1 at Amazon.com this morning; and Huxley and Lewis debut on USA Today‘s list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.12
WP
02.05
LAT
02.05
USAT
01.29
PW
02.06
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
(02.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 15 8 -1       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 10 xxx x 6 -3 x x xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 37 9 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Clare/Brennan, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy 11.28.16 / 10       xxx.. 23 =      
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 18       xxx.. 24 = xxx..   xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 1           6 ++ 10 ++ 11 ++
Goodkind, Death’s Mistress 02.06.17 / 1 10 ++     53 ++ 12 ++      
Moning, Feversong 01.30.17 / 2 x     119 -115 x      
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 2 1 =     42 -33 1 =      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 15     xxx 89 -29 4 = xx 46 -18 78 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 19       xxx.. 13 = xxx.. xxx.. 86 -12
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 52     7 -2 86 -66 3 = 60 -4 32 -9 xx
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 7 6 -2       xx      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 27 2 = 1 = 2 -1 20 -7 3 +1 41 -16   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.12
WP
02.05
LAT
02.05
USAT
01.29
PW
02.06
Amz
(02.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.06)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 3             99 -32  
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 4   6 ++   75 +55   1 +23   50 ++
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 241   xxx..   111 + xxx.. 74 -43 xxx.. x
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 4       59 ++   49 -30 56 -9 39 +26
Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here 01.30.17 / 2   4 ++   43 ++   23 -17 x x
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 25 2 =       xx   100 -58  
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 49   10 -7   118 +   104 -60 x 26 -14
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 287   1 +   1 +104   3 -2 12 -4 5 -3
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 163 xxx..   xxx 120 -28 xxx.. xxx.. 91 + xxx..
Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear 04.15.13 / 5 xxx..   15 +          
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               73 +12  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               70 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK) 07.19.04 / 42             96 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               54 -6  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               85 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 101 -15   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 37       xxx..   xxx.. 76 -8  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 58             xxx.. 18 +3
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 85 xxx.. xxx.. 14 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.12
WP
02.05
LAT
02.05
USAT
01.29
PW
02.06
Amz
(02.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.06)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early February 2017

— posted Sunday 5 February 2017 @ 3:42 pm PST

Clarkesworld

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

February 2017
Issue 125, cover art by Benedick Bana
• This issue has fiction by Jack Skillingstead & Burt Courtier, Nin Harris, Simone Heller, Chi Hui, Cecelia Holland, and K.J. Parker.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Nnedi Okorafor and essays by Christopher Mahon and Genevieve Valentine.

(Sun 5 Feb 2017)

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The Dark

• Monthly online horror ‘zine, edited by Sean Wallace and Silvia Moreno-Garcia; since October 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.thedarkmagazine.com/

February 2017
Issue 21
• This issue has new stories by Emily B. Cataneo and Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and reprints by Michael Wehunt and Michael Harris Cohen.

(Sun 5 Feb 2017)

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Fireside Magazine

• Quarterly fiction and comics magazine, since 2012, edited and published by Brian White
• Format: Online
• Frequency: quarterly
http://www.firesidefiction.com/

January 2017
Issue 39
• This issue has stories by Troy L. Wiggins and Nino Cipri, and flash fiction by Alexis A. Hunter.

(Sun 5 Feb 2017)

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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/

February 2017
• This month’s story is “Finity” by Elaine Atwell.

(Sun 5 Feb 2017)

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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/

February 2017
Issue 81
• This issue has SF stories by Ian R. MacLeod, A. Merc Rustad, Seanan McGuire, and Jack Skillingstead, and fantasy stories by Kelly Barnhill, K.J. Bishop, Ashok Banker, and Brian Stableford.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Connie Willis, a media review by Christopher East, and book reviews by LaShawn Wanak.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by Bruce Sterling.

(Sun 5 Feb 2017)

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Mythic Delirium

• Quarterly fiction and poetry journal published and edited by Mike Allen; debuted 1998 as a biannual poetry journal, became quarterly in 2013
http://www.mythicdelirium.com/

Jan.-March 2017
Issue 3.3, cover art by Paula Arwen Owen
• Posted in February is a story by Darcie Little Badger, and poems by Beth Cato and Jane Yolen.
• Posted in January is a story by Morris Tanafon and poems by Lynn Hardaker and Beth Cato.

(Sat 7 Jan 2017)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

October 2016
Issue 338, Vol. 29 No. 2, 32pp
• This special “Ender and the Beast” issue features Leah Krippner on the textual history of Ender’s Game and Brian Stableford on Madame De Villeneuve and the origins of the fantasy novel.
• There are also essays by Barbara Bengels on what inspired SF writers to create future worlds, and by Terry Thompson, on a work by H.G. Wells.
• Reviews are by Joe Sanders, on Roger Zelazny, Dan’l Danehy-Oakes, on Michael Swanwick, and Michael Levy, on Kelly Barnhill.

(Fri 3 Feb 2017)

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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/

February 2017
Issue 53, cover art by James T. Robb
• This issue has fiction by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Lynda E. Rucker, Andrew Fox, and Jeffrey Ford.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by Anya Martin and an interview with J. Lincoln Fenn.

(Sun 5 Feb 2017)

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Persistent Visions

• Speculative Fiction Journal, with weekly story posts, since 2016; fiction editor Heather Shaw
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
https://persistentvisionsmag.com/

February 2017
• With weekly story posts since August 2016, recent posts are by Story Boyle (in January) and by Charles Payseur, E. Saxey, Philip A. Suggars, and Genevieve Williams (in January).

(Sun 5 Feb 2017)

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Category: Periodicals


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