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New Books, 24 May 2016

* Brooks, Terry : The Sorcerer’s Daughter
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54082-9, $28, 352pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345540836
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780804190725
UK edition: Little, Brown UK/Orbit 978-0356502236 (Thu 26 May 2016)
Defenders of Shannara #3


Fantasy novel, third in a series following The High Druid’s Blade (2014) and The Darkling Child (2015), set hundreds of years after the “Dark Legacy of Shannara” series (Wards of Faerie (2012), Bloodfire Quest (2013), and Witch Wraith (2013)).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Cronin, Justin : The City of Mirrors
(Ballantine 978-0-345-50500-2, $28, 624pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780804177641
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780739366547
The Passage Trilogy #3

Post-apocalyptic vampire novel, conclusion of a trilogy following The Passage (2010) and The Twelve (2012), in which a vampire plague is unleashed by a government experiment gone wrong.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The UK edition is due June 16 from Orion.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “this novel is a superb capstone to a modern horror thriller epic.”

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* Grimes, Linda : All Fixed Up
(Tor 978-0-7653-7639-8, $29.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851276
Ciel Halligan #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following In a Fix (2012), The Quick Fix (2013), and The Big Fix (2015) about a human chameleon who solves her clients’ problems by taking on their identities.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Moments of hilarity mix well with elements of intrigue and mystery to create a solid continuation of Ciel’s story, but the by-the-numbers love triangle adds little to the plot and ends up pulling the reader out of the well-developed world.”
• Carolyn cushman reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “Despite the odd allotments of time given to the different plot lines, this is another fun mystery – just don’t expect a tightly woven one.”

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* Mann, George : Ghosts of Karnak
(Titan Us 978-1783294169, $14.95, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016

Fantasy novel about ancient Egyptian forces invading New York City.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Marshall, Alex : A Blade of Black Steel
(Orbit 978-0316340663, $26, 544pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316340687
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909361
Crimson Empire #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following A Crown of Cold Silver (2015), about a female warrior facing five villains.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book, noting the author is “pseudonymous”, a starred review: “exceptional writing, a middle-aged warrior heroine, and organically infused gender nonconformity make this fantasy epic a first-rate trailblazer.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 23 May 2016

Don DeLillo’s Zero K (Scribner) debuts on two more print lists this week, ranking #1 at Los Angeles Times and #3 at Washington Post.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.29
WP
05.22
LAT
05.22
USAT
05.15
PW
05.23
Amz
(05.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.23)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 10 2 =   xxx.. xx 9 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Cronin, The City of Mirrors 05.23.16 / 1           36 ++    
DeLillo, Zero K 05.09.16 / 3 12 +1 3 ++ 1 ++ 150 -66 11 = xx   xx
Gray, Star Wars: Bloodline 05.16.16 / 2 14 -9 x   42 -30 15 -8      
Hill, The Fireman 05.23.16 / 1           92 ++    
Kenyon, Invision 05.16.16 / 2       x 11 -5      
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 1           90 ++   22 ++
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 3 1 =     41 -34 6 -3     xx
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 37   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 72 -4
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 32     xxx.. xxx.. 12 +3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 15           3 = 11 -1 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 34       xxx.. 10 = 82 +3 xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 42 2 =     118 + 8 +4 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.29
WP
05.22
LAT
05.22
USAT
05.15
PW
05.23
Amz
(05.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.23)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 8 12 +1   xxx.. xxx 19 =      
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses [tpb] 05.16.16 / 2 6 +2       19 ++      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 245 9 +5 xxx.. 11 + 54 +20 xxx.. xxx.. 50 -4 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 90       147 +   33 +4 xxx.. 11 +10
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 126 xxx..   xx 43 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 24       x 5 +3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               74 -9  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 69 +12   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 22             79 -2 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 9       xxx..   65 +   xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves [tpb] 05.23.16 / 1           38 ++    
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 58 1 =   xxx.. 62 +53 14 +5 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.29
WP
05.22
LAT
05.22
USAT
05.15
PW
05.23
Amz
(05.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.23)
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, April – May 2016

Barker, Clive : The Scarlet Gospels
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250056177, $16.99, 368pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016

(First edition: St. Martin’s, May 2015)

Horror novel involving two of Barker’s most famous characters: detective Harry D’Amour and the priest of hell Pinhead.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Where the machinations of Barker’s Hell are somewhat ordinary and something of a disappointment, its architecture and layout are something else. Barker’s vision of Hell is Dantesque in scale and scope, and he employs the same powers of description that he uses to fix unsettling images of carnage in the minds of readers to convey the awesome otherworldliness of its environs.”

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Bledsoe, Alex : Long Black Curl
(Tor 978-0765376558, $16.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Tufa #3

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Hum and the Shiver (2011) and Wisp of a Thing (2013, about people descended from Irish fairies who live in Appalachia.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Bova, Ben : Power Surge
(Tor 978-0765370211, $8.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

(First edition: Tor, August 2015)

Contemporary thriller about a science advisor in Washington DC fighting special interests.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Brooks, Terry : The Darkling Child
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345540812, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
The Defenders of Shannara #2

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, June 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The High Druid’s Blade (2014), set hundreds of years after the “Dark Legacy of Shannara” series (Wards of Faerie (2012), Bloodfire Quest (2013), and Witch Wraith (2013)).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Cambias, James L. : Corsair
(Tor 978-0765379115, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

SF novel, the author’s second novel, about two former MIT students who are on opposite sides of schemes to return shipments from space mining back to Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Liz Bourke reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “… you might find Corsair to be an entertaining near-future thriller. Its subgenre is one that should be appealingly familiar to readers of Walter John Williams’ Deep State or Tobias Buckell’s Hurricane Fever…”

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Campbell, Jack : The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan
(Ace 978-0425260555, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #5

(First edition: Ace, May 2015)

Military SF novel, fifth in the series following Dreadnaught (2011), Invicible (2012), Guardian (2013), Steadfast (2014), and six earlier books in the “Lost Fleet” series.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Chu, Wesley : Time Salvager
(Tor 978-0765377197, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016

(First edition: Tor, July 2015)

SF novel about a time traveler from a desperate future traveling into Earth’s past to recover resources without affecting the timeline.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Conroy, Robert : 1882: Custer in Chains
(Baen 978-1476781426, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016

(First edition: Baen, May 2015)

Alternate history novel in which General Custer survives the battle at Little Big Horn and becomes president.
• Baen’s site has the description with links to several sample chapters.

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Corey, James S. A. : Nemesis Games
(Orbit 978-0316334716, $16.99, 576pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
The Expanse #5

(First edition: Orbit, June 2015)

Space opera novel, fifth book of “The Expanse” following Leviathan’s Deep (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), Abaddon’s Gate (2013), and Cibola Burn (2014).
• James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an OpenBook excerpt.

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Gilman, Carolyn Ives : Dark Orbit
(Tor 978-0765336309, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016

(First edition: Tor, July 2015)

SF novel about the exploration of a planet inhabited by a blind, sentient species.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Karen Burnham reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “In many ways this feels like a very old-fashioned kind of SF story. … Gilman is sophisticated in her development of both the sociological and physical implications and complications raised by the contact between the research team and the planet’s humans…”

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Gladstone, Max : Last First Snow
(Tor 978-0765379412, $16.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Craft Sequence #4

(First edition: Tor, July 2015)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Three Parts Dead (2012), Two Serpents Rise (2013), and Full Fathom Five (2014), about a magical Craftswoman in the city of Alt Coulumb.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Haydon, Elizabeth : The Hollow Queen
(Tor 978-0765344762, $8.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Symphony of Ages #8

(First edition: Tor, June 2015)

Fantasy novel, eighth volume in a series following Requiem for the Sun (2002), Elegy for a Lost Star (2004), and The Assassin King (2007), and The Merchant Emperor (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Maas, Sarah J. : A Court of Thorns and Roses
(Bloomsbury 978-1619635180, $10.99, 448pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

(First edition: Bloomsbury, May 2015)

Young adult fantasy novel, first book in a series, about a 19-year-old huntress, Feyre, who is abducted to the world of immortal faeries.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description.

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Moore, Christopher : Secondhand Souls
(Harpercollins/Morrow 978-0061779794, $15.99, 368pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
A Dirty Job #2

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, August 2015)

Humorous fantasy novel, sequel to A Dirty Job (2006), in which the souls of the dead in San Francisco are disappearing.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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Okorafor, Nnedi : The Book of Phoenix
(DAW 978-0756410780, $15, 240pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

(First edition: DAW, May 2015)

SF novel, prequel to the author’s World Fantasy Award winner Who Fears Death, about a genetically-accelerated woman who realizes her home in New York’s Tower 7 is a prison.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The book is currently shortlisted for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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Reed, Kit : Where
(Tor 978-0765379832, $15.99, 240pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Apr 2016

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

SF novel about a couple, David and Merrill, who are separated when everyone in their South Carolina town except David disappears.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Too much resolution can seem trite and facile (as in Stephen King’s Under the Dome), while too little can leave readers simply frustrated. Reed brings off the balancing act pretty well, but her main concern – as was King’s in his novel – lies in exploring the reactions of individual characters, and in particular in the relationship of the individual to the community.”

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Robinson, Kim Stanley : Aurora
(Orbit Us 978-0316098090, $9.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016

(First edition: Orbit, July 2015)

SF novel about a generation ship on its way to Tau Ceti.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Orbit’s site has an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Kim Stanley Robinson novels are never about only one thing, so when he addresses a familiar SF trope or subgenre, you can expect matters to get slippery. He interrogates and unpacks assumptions, asks previously unasked questions, and often rethinks the mode of storytelling itself.”
• The book is currently a finalist for this year’s Locus Awards.

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Stephenson, Neal : Seveneves
(Harpercollins/Morrow 978-0062334510, $17.99, 880pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016

(First edition: Morrow, May 2015)

SF novel about a handful of survivors who escape the annihilation of Earth, and their progeny 5000 years later who return.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine, concluding that by the end “mostly we get some surprising plot developments back on the slowly reviving Earth. Those are surprises that might lie just on the sharp edge of credibility, like that question of whether he can bring humanity back from its radically underpopulated brink, but it’s an edge that Stephenson has been treading throughout the novel, and which in the end lends it a genuinely moving, tragic, and epic scope.”
• The book is a currently a finalist for this year’s Hugo and Locus awards.

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Stirling, S. M. : The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth
(Roc 978-0451467577, $16, 650pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

(First edition: Roc, June 2015)

Anthology of 16 original stories set in the editor’s “Change” (aka “Emberverse”) series of novels, in which humanity rebuilds following an apocalypse in which all technology has disappeared.
• Authors include Harry Turtledove, Walter Jon Williams, John Barnes, Jane Lindskold, and John Birmingham.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Tremblay, Paul : A Head Full of Ghosts
(Harpercollins/Morrow 978-0062363244, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016

(First edition: William Morrow, June 2015)

Horror novel in which a 14-year-old girl’s descent into madness results in a hit reality TV show.
• HarperCollins’ description compares it to Mark Z. Danielewski, John Ajvide Lindqvist, and Shirley Jackson.
• The book just won this year’s Bram Stoker Award for best novel.

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Weber, David : The Sword of the South
(Baen 978-1476781273, $18, 560pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Sword of the South #1

(First edition: Baen, August 2015)

Fantasy novel, first book in a series set in the author’s Bahzell Bahnakson/War God universe.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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West, Michelle : Oracle
(Daw 978-0756410100, $8.99, 784pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
House War #6

(First edition: DAW, May 2015)

Fantasy novel, sixth in “The House War” series following The Hidden City (2008), City of Night (2009), House Name (2011), Skirmish (2012), and Battle (2013) about a city besieged by worshippers of the Lord of the Hells.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Wilson, Robert Charles : The Affinities
(Tor 978-0765384447, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

(First edition: Tor, April 2015)

Near-future SF novel in which increasingly powerful social media groups, called Affinities, threaten traditional social and political institutions.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Wilson has always written strongly humanistic tales of relationships within SF frameworks, and sometimes the SF itself is mostly a way of exploring the ways in which we cope, or fail to cope, with change. This may be Wilson’s grand theme, and it’s no less skillfully handled here than in his more spectacular slingshot novels.”

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Zahn, Timothy : Cobra Outlaw
(Baen 978-1476781433, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
Cobra Rebellion #2

(First edition: Baen, February 2015)

SF novel, second in a new series, following Cobra Slave (2013), about the Cobra, nano-tech enhanced warriors built to defend humanity against aliens.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 17 May 2016

— posted Tuesday 17 May 2016 @ 11:37 am PDT

* Ashby, Madeline : Company Town
(Tor 978-0-7653-8290-0, $24.99, 256pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466889859

SF novel set on a city-sized oil rig off the Canadian coast, about a series of murders that seem to implicate the only non-bio-engineered person on the rig.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers are left with a resolution that’s original but feels forced into too few pages to work properly. This is a small blemish in an otherwise very solid page-turner.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “As a brutal murder mystery in a very detailed and convincing SF setting, Company Town never falters in its pacing, and introduces its more SFnal complications with considerable skill.”
• The author has a Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog today.

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* Castle, Jack : Europa Journal
(Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1770531062, $14.95, 280pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 15 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781770530911

SF novel about World War II pilots who disappear in the Bermuda Triangle and whose traces are found on Jupiter’s moon Europa in 2168.
• The publisher’s site has this description

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* Denning, G. S. : Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone
(Titan 978-1-783299-71-3, $14.95, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016

Fantasy novel about Dr. Watson’s dimwitted but demonically powerful companion.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “delightfully absurd”.

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* Divya, S. B. : Runtime
(Tor.Com 978-0765389794, 128pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765389787

SF novella about a day-long race, for cyborgs, across the Sierra Nevada.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There’s enough here to justify a much longer story; in its current form, it doesn’t quite go far enough.”

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* Hemstreet, Patrick : The God Wave
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-241950-7, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062419545
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062561503
The God Wave Trilogy #1

SF novel, first book in a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a neuroscientist who has discovered how to access the dormant power of 90% of our brains.
• Harper’s site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a strong debut reminiscent of Ben Bova’s classic work.”
• File 770 has this interview with the author about the book.

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* Hill, Joe : The Fireman
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-220063-1, $28.99, 608pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062200655
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062443786

Fantasy thriller about a plague of spontaneous combustion that spreads across the US.
• Harper’s site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hill has followed 2013’s NOS4A2 with a tremendous, heartrending epic of bravery and love set in a fully realized and terrifying apocalyptic world, where hope lies in the simplest of gestures and the fullest of hearts.”

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* Howard, Kat : Roses and Rot
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-5116-1, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481451185

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about two sisters who escape their cruel stepmother to attend a prestigious school where certain sacrifices need to be made.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Howard weaves a dark and enticing tale of sisterly bonds, fairy promises, and the price of artistic success in this lushly written debut fantasy set in the present-day U.S.”

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* Ingram, Dayna : All Good Children
(Lethe 978-1-59021-589-0, $15, 202pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 13 May 2016

Young adult SF novel about a 14-year-old girl attending a summer camp, in a world where women are bred like cattle by alien overlords.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Ingram’s supporting cast is also well-rounded, and the action moves along at a fast clip. This novel is at once refreshing and thoughtful, and a great addition to the genre.”

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* Irvine, Ian : The Summon Stone
(Orbit 978-0316386876, $16.99, 624pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316386869
The Gate of Good and Evil #1

Epic fantasy novel, first in a new series, set in the world of earlier series View from the Mirror.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Orbit’s site has this excerpt.

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* North, Claire : The Sudden Appearance of Hope
(Orbit/Redhook 978-0316335997, $27, 480pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316335973
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478960928
UK edition: 978-0356504520 (Thu 19 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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* Sapkowski, Andrzej : The Tower of Swallows
(Orbit 978-0316273718, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316273763
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938743
UK edition: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473211568 (Thu 19 May 2016)
The Witcher #4


Fantasy horror novel, fourth novel in a series following Blood of Elves (2008), The Time of Contempt (2013), and Baptism of Fire (2014), about sorcerer Geralt de Riv, basis for the Atari videogame The Witcher.
• Note the UK edition has a slightly different title.
• This book was first published in Polish in 1997.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781084373, $19.99, 624pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781849979320
UK edition: 978-1781084366 (Thu 5 May 2016)

Anthology of 27 science fiction and fantasy stories first published in 2015.
• Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Greg Bear, Kelly Link, Sam J. Miller, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Alyssa Wong (her Nebula-winning story).
• Rebellion’s site has this description of the UK edition.
• Jonathan Strahan has this post listing the complete table of contents.

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* Van Young, Adrian : Shadows in Summerland
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483834, $16.99, 350pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483841

Historical fantasy novel about a man in 1859 Boston who photographs spirits (roughly based on the real-life story of William H. Mumler).
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 16 May 2016

— posted Monday 16 May 2016 @ 10:53 am PDT

Several titles debut this week, most prominently Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury (Bloomsbury), second volume of a YA fantasy series, ranking #1 on the New York Times Young Adult list and #7 on the combined USA Today list.

Also: A Star Wars novel by Claudia Gray ranks as high as #5, on the NYT list; Don DeLillo’s Zero K ranks as high as #11, on the USA Today list; and titles by Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.22
WP
05.15
LAT
05.15
USAT
05.08
PW
05.16
Amz
(05.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.16)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 9 2 -1   xxx x 11 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
DeLillo, Zero K 05.09.16 / 2 13 ++     84 ++ 11 ++ x   x
Gray, Star Wars: Bloodline 05.16.16 / 1 5 ++ 10 ++   12 ++ 7 ++      
Harris, Night Shift 05.16.16 / 1       37 ++ 21 ++      
Kenyon, Invision 05.16.16 / 1       24 ++ 6 ++      
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 2 1 ++     7 ++ 3 ++     x
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 36   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 68 +
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 31     xxx.. xxx.. 15 -5 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 14           3 +1 10 -2 1 +1
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 26             xx 57 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 33       xxx.. 10 -2 85 +1 xxx.. xxx..
Stiefvater, The Raven King 05.09.16 / 2       x 9 -8      
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 41 2 =     xxx.. 12 -3 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.22
WP
05.15
LAT
05.15
USAT
05.08
PW
05.16
Amz
(05.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.16)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 7 13 =   xxx.. xx 19 -1      
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses [tpb] 05.16.16 / 1 8 ++              
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 244 14 + xxx.. xx 74 +31 xxx.. xxx.. 46 -4 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 89       xxx..   37 -4 xxx.. 21 +6
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 257   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 84 +
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 125 xxx..   x 38 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 16             x 60 +
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 23       138 -46 8 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               94 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 18             88 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (UK) 07.19.04 / 41             99 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               65 +29  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 81 -19   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 21             77 -18 xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 80 xxx.. xxx.. 11 + x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 57 1 =   xxx.. 115 -2 19 -4 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.22
WP
05.15
LAT
05.15
USAT
05.08
PW
05.16
Amz
(05.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.16)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-May 2016

— posted Saturday 14 May 2016 @ 10:18 am PDT

Aurealis

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

Issue 90, 2016
• This issue has stories by Marlee Jane Ward, Nick Nedelijkovic, Alex Hardison, and Jeffrey Paul.
• There’s also an interview with Jennifer Fallon, and essays by Daniel Thompson and Michael Pryor.

(Sat 14 May 2016)

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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/

May/June 2016
• This issue has stories by Terence Taylor, Fraser Ronald, Sunil Patel, Allen M. Steele, and David G. Blake.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Terence Taylor, Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro, Steven Sawicki, and Gillian Daniels.

(Sat 5 Mar 2016)

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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/

April-June 2016
Issue 2.4, cover art by Gary Every
• April content posted are a story by Roshani Chokshi and poems by Theodora Goss and Virginia M Mohlere.
• May content posted are a story by Amy Aderman and poems by Sandi Leibowitz and Carina Bissett.

(Sat 14 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Cover art by Ron Sanders
• Stories in this issue are by Arley Sorg, Eamonn Murphy, Emily McCosh, Stephen L. Antczak, Barry Charman, Trevor Doyle, Geoff Nelder, and James Van Pelt, with shorter stories by Robin Wyatt Dunn, Sean Mulroy, and Holly Schofield.
• Articles are by Terry Stickels and Eric M. Jones.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 14 May 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 10 May 2016

— posted Tuesday 10 May 2016 @ 11:20 am PDT

* Jones, Stephen Graham : Mongrels
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-241269-0, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062412713
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062471277

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.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While the episodic structure sometimes causes the novel to feel as aimless as its characters, it’s still an often moving portrait of a family struggling to survive in a world that “wants us to be monsters.” “
• John Langan reviews the book in the May issue of 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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* Kay, Guy Gavriel : Children of Earth and Sky
(Penguin/NAL 978-0-451-47296-0, $27, 427pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698183278

Historical fantasy novel set in a world inspired by Renaissance Europe.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “…Kay has enough schemes for a 10-book series. He wields plots and all-too-human characters brilliantly, in a world where nothing is as valuable as information. This big, powerful fantasy offers an intricately detailed setting, marvelously believable characters, and an international stew of cultural and religious conflict writ larger than large.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “Kay builds a convincingly human answer to the paradox that has long made the Renaissance so hypnotic, so alien, and familiar with its juxtaposition of crude brutality and magnificent beauty, of high manners and low betrayals, of emerging technology and stark primitivism.”

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* Kearney, Paul : The Wolf in the Attic
(Solaris 978-1781083628, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01EBDMXCO
UK edition: Solaris 978-1781083611 (Thu 5 May 2016)


Fantasy novel about a young Greek refugee who encounters C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in 1920s Oxford.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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* Lebbon, Tim : A Whisper of Southern Lights
(Tor.com 978-0765390233, $11.99, 112pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765384508
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427273925
Assassins #2

Short fantasy novel, second in a series following collection Pieces of Hate (March 2016), about a man cursed with a life long enough to hunt down the demon who killed his family.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Palmer, Ada : Too Like the Lightning
(Tor 978-0765378002, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858749
Terra Ignota #1

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.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The next book, Seven Surrenders, is due in December.
• Jason Heller posted this review on an NPR site this morning: “It’s a thrilling feat of speculative worldbuilding, on par with those of masters like Gene Wolfe and Neal Stephenson.” The review concludes, Lightning is in awe of the fundamental questions of human civilization, chief among them: Can society be engineered? And if it can, should it? Palmer doesn’t answer those questions, but she frames, ponders, and dramatizes them as only the greatest science fiction writers can.”

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* Palmer, Christopher : Castaway Tales: From Robinson Crusoe to Life of Pi
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7657-6, $26.95, 272pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7622-4

Nonfiction study of stories about castaways, in the publisher’s “Early Classics of Science Fiction” series, including works by J.G. Ballard, Iain Banks, and Terry Pratchett.
• Wesleyan’s site has this description.
• There’s also a hardcover edition for $80.

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+ Saulter, Stephanie : Regeneration
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher US 978-1681445175, $22.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
(R)evolution #3

First US edition (UK: Jo Fletcher, August 2015)

SF novel, third in a series following Gemsigns (2013) and Binary (2014), about the conflict between ‘Gems’, genetically-engineered humans created to overcome a plague, and the ‘Norms’ who would enslave or exterminate them.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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* Seay, Martin : The Mirror Thief
(Melville House 978-1-61219-514-8, $27.95, 592pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016

Historical supernatural thriller, the author’s first novel, about the invention of mirrors in 16th century Venice with parallel stories in 1958 Venice Beach, California, and present day Venice casino in Las Vegas.
• The publisher’s site has this description, which compares it to David Mitchell and Umberto Eco.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In sum, this is a splendid masterpiece, to be loved like a long-lost friend, an epic with near-universal appeal.”

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* Smaill, Anna : The Chimes
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher US 978-1681445342, $26.99, 304pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a young orphan arriving in London in an era following a brutal civil war.
• Quercus’ US site has this description.
• The first edition was published in the UK by Sceptre in 2015, and was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
• Niall Alexander reviewed it last year at Tor.com: “To call The Chimes striking is I dare say to underplay what might be the most distinctive debut of the decade.”

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* Stiefvater, Maggie : The Raven King
(Scholastic 978-0-545-42498-1, $18.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016
The Raven Cycle #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Raven Boys (2012), The Dream Thieves (2013), and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (2014).
• Scholastic’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives this, as it did all three previous books, a starred review: “The playful, imaginative force of Stiefvater’s writing works its magic once again, and most readers will finish this saga not with regret or disappointment but with hope.”

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* Teppo, Mark : The Potemkin Mosaic
(Resurrection House/Rota Books 978-1630230166, $23, 470pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016

SF novel about a black market dream doctor who suspects his own memories are being edited.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Tidhar, Lavie : Central Station
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-214-2, $15.95, 240pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 May 2016

Mosaic SF novel, comprised of previously published stories, about a spaceport in a future Tel Aviv.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Tidhar magnificently blends literary and speculative elements in this streetwise mosaic novel set under the towering titular spaceport.”
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from the April issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; “Somehow, Central Station combines a cultural sensibility too long invisible in SF with a sensibility which is nothing but classic SF, and the result is a rather elegant suite of tales.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 9 May 2016

— posted Monday 9 May 2016 @ 10:16 am PDT

Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King (Scholastic), fourth book in her YA fantasy series, debuts on two lists this week, ranking #1 on the Publishers Weekly‘s Children’s Frontlist Fiction list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.15
WP
05.08
LAT
05.08
USAT
05.01
PW
05.09
Amz
(05.09)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.09)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.09)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 8 1 =   xx 133 -48 5 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
DeLillo, Zero K 05.09.16 / 1           52 ++   71 ++
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 1               62 ++
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 30     xxx.. xxx.. 10 = xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 04.11.16 / 3     13 +4     xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 13           4 = 8 -3 2 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 32       xxx.. 8 = 86 -6 xxx.. xxx..
Stiefvater, The Raven King 05.09.16 / 1       15 ++ 1 ++      
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 40 2 =     xxx.. 9 -3 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.15
WP
05.08
LAT
05.08
USAT
05.01
PW
05.09
Amz
(05.09)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.09)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.09)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 69 x xxx.. 14 + xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 6 13 -9   xxx.. x 18 -13      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 243 xxx.. xxx.. x 105 + xxx.. xxx.. 42 +16 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 88       xxx..   33 +28 xxx.. 27 +17
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 124 xxx..   8 +1 36 -1 xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 15             63 -35 x
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 22       92 +18 4 -1 xxx   xxx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               86 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               94 -40  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               100 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 62 +12   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 20             59 = xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 79 xxx xxx.. xxx.. 141 -123 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 56 1 =   xxx.. 113 -91 15 = xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.15
WP
05.08
LAT
05.08
USAT
05.01
PW
05.09
Amz
(05.09)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.09)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.09)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early May 2016

— posted Saturday 7 May 2016 @ 11:30 am PDT

Apex Magazine

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

May 2016
Issue 84, cover art by Robert Carter
• This issue has stories by Stephen Cox, David K. Yeh, Maggie Slatter, and Lavie Tidhar, a novel excerpt by Chris Bucholz, and poetry by F.J. Bergmann, Ken Poyner, Janna Layton, and Christina Sng.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Stephen Cox and Robert Carter, and an essay by Lesley Conner.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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Aphelion

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

May 2016
Issue 206
• This issue has a long fiction by Randall Schanze, short stories by Tyra Tanner, E.A. Moore, George T. Philibin, Walter G. Esselman, Rick Witherow, Peter Cushnie, and Florin Purluca.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Issue 116, cover art by Peter Mohrbacher
• This issue has fiction by Cat Rambo, Robert Reed, Cassandra Khaw, Rich Larson, Luo Longxiang, Joe Abercrombie, and Sunny Morraine.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with James Gunn and essays by Andrew Liptak and Jason Heller.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Issue 33
• This issue has stories by Mari Ness, R.L. Thull, and Sofie Bird, plus flash fiction by Minerva Zimmerman and Caroline M. Yoachim.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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Forever

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

May 2016
Issue 16, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Robert Silverberg, Ken Scholes, and Sam J. Miller.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Issue 20, $6.99
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Auston Habershaw, Kij Johnson, Zach Shephard, Nick DiChario, George R.R. Martin, Stewart C Baker, Jeff Calhoun, Jack McDevitt, Tina Gower, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Paul Di Filippo, and Sheila Finch.
• There’s also the third part of a serialization of Leigh Brackett’s “The Long Tomorrow”.
• Joy Ward has an interview with George R.R. Martin, and there are columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
• This month’s story is “Brushwork” by Aliya Whiteley.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Issue 72
• This issue has SF stories by An Owomoyela, Haris A. Durrani, Mari Ness, and Tora Greve, and fantasy stories by Tim Pratt, Seanan McGuire, Elizabeth Hand, and Wole Talabi.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Charlie Jane Anders, a movie review by Carrie Vaughn, and book reviews by Amal El-Mohtar.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by Hugh Howey and a novel excerpt by Paolo Bacigalupi.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

March 2016
Issue 331, Vol. 28 No. 7, 32pp
• This special “From Outside the Genre” issue features an essay by Saul-Paul Sirag about 1950’s Harper’s essay “The Jet Propelled Couch”, and a review by Arthur D. Hlavaty of Chris Offutt’s My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir.
• Essays include Michael Andre-Driussi on films of Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola, David V. Griffin on David Bowie, Christopher Cokinos on Cédric Delsaux, Mike Barrett on Ulric Daubeny, and David Langford on random reading.
• Reviews include Darrell Schweitzer on Daniel Grotta, Michael Levy on Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Dan’l Danehy-Oakes on Seanan McGuire.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Issue 44, cover art by Daniel Sherekin
• This issue has stories by Adam-Troy Castro, Joe Hill, Lisa Goldstein, and Sarah Langan.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Angela Slatter and a column by Molly Tanzer.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Issue 31
• Stories in this issue are by Arkady Martine, Bentley A. Reese, Rich Larson, A.J. Fitzwater, and Rachael Acks.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May 2016
Issue 12
• This issue has stories by Steve Berman, Kaaron Warren, Kali Wallace, and Angela Slatter.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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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/

May/June 2016
Issue 10, cover art by Galen Dara
• This issue has fiction by JY Yang, Seanan McGuire, Kat Howard, Kameron Hurley, Alyssa Wong, Haralambi Markov.
• Poetry is by Beth Cato, M Sereno, and Isabel Yap.
• There are also interviews with Kat Howard and Alyssa Wong, and essays by Foz Meadows, Tanya DePass, Sarah Monette, Stephanie Zvan.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

Print Periodicals, April – May 2016

— posted Thursday 5 May 2016 @ 10:50 am PDT

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/

June 2016
Vol. 136 No. 6, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Bob Eggleton
• This issue has a novella by Michael F. Flynn, novelettes by Bill Johnson and Christopher L. Bennett, and short stories by Marie Vibbert, C.S. Lane, Jay Werkheiser, and J.T. Sharrah. There’s also a poem by Robert Frazier.
• The science article, by Edward M. Lerner, is part two of a history of time travel.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Michael F. Flynn, an “Alternate View” column by Richard A. Lovett, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Wed 4 May 2016)

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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/

June 2016
Vol. 40 No. 6 (whole #485), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Dominic Harman
• This issue has a novella by Jay O’Connell, a novelette by Dominica Phetteplace, and short stories by Sarah Pinsker, Mercurio D. Rivera, Rick Wilber, and Paul McAuley.
• Poetry is by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, G.O. Clark, Geoffrey A. Landis, Tony Daniel, and Andrew Darlington.
• Departments include an editorial by Sheila Williams; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections” column, “My Trip to the Future”; James Patrick Kelly’s “On the Net” column, about Mars; and book reviews by Norman Spinrad.

(Wed 4 May 2016)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

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

May/June 2016
Vol. 130 No. 5&6 (whole #725), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Max Bertolini
• This issue has a novella by Pat MacEwen, novelets by Charlotte Ashley, Brian Trent, Albert E. Cowdrey, William Ledbetter, and Ted Kosmatka, and short stories by Rich Larson, Allora & Calzadilla and Ted Chiang, Joseph Tomaras, Susan Palwick, and Yukimi Ogawa.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, a “Books” column by Elizabeth Hand, a “Films” column by David J. Skal, and a “Curiosities” page by Paul Di Filippo.

(Mon 18 Apr 2016)

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Category: Periodicals


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