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New Books: 30 August 2016

* Belanger, Michelle : Harsh Gods
(Titan 978-1783299546, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Shadowside #2

Paranormal fantasy novel, second in a series following Conspiracy of Angels (2015), about demonic possession.
• The author is “a nonfiction author, a member of the vampire community, and a psychic seen regularly on the television series Paranormal State.”
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Black, Holly, & Cassandra Clare : The Bronze Key
(Scholastic Press 978-0545522311, $17.99, 256pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Magisterium #3

Middle-grade fantasy novel, third in a series following The Iron Trial (2014) and The Copper Gauntlet (2015), about a teenaged boy on summer break from the magical world of the Magisterium.
• Scholastic’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “The strange, subterranean Magisterium is vividly rendered, and a string of ominous revelations will leave readers eager for future installments.”

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* Boffard, Rob : Impact
(Orbit Us/Redhook 978-0316265355, $9.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316265331
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909934
Outer Earth #3

Near-future SF novel, third in a series following Tracer (July 2016) and Zero-G (Aug 2016), about a member of the Outer Earth law enforcement team.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Brockway, Robert : The Empty Ones
(Tor 978-0-7653-7968-9, $24.99, 288pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466869318
The Vicious Circuit #2

Urban fantasy novel, sequel to The Unnoticeables (2015), about angels who meddle in human affairs, a punk in 1977 New York City, and a stunt woman in 2013 Hollywood.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Brockway, a senior editor at Cracked, throws caution to the wind in this foul-mouthed, hard-drinking adventure, which reads like a collaboration by Hunter S. Thompson, the Sex Pistols, and H.P. Lovecraft.”

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* Clark, Alan M. : A Brutal Chill in August
(Word Horde 978-1939905253, $15.99, 300pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

Horror novel about the first victim of Jack the Ripper.
• Word Horde’s site has this description.

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* Davis, Hank : Things From Outer Space
(Baen 978-1-4767-8166-2, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-523-6

Anthology of 20 stories about alien creatures.
• Two stories, by David Afsharirad and Sarah A. Hoyt, are original to this book.
• Other stories are by H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Silverberg, John W. Campbell, Jr., Peter Watts, Chad Oliver, Clifford D. Simak, and others.
• Baen’s site has this description with several samples.

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* Durfee, Brian Lee : The Forgetting Moon
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-6522-9, $25.99, 800pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481465243
The Five Warrior Angels #1

Epic fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about an army invading Five Isles, the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review, mentioning that Durfee is “an illustrator for Tolkien Enterprises and other large-scale SF and fantasy projects”, and comments, “Durfee’s artist’s eye and fertile imagination populate this complex tale with fascinating beings such as the fey elf-like Valle, sinuous needle-toothed merpeople, valiant doomed townsfolk, and assorted oghuls (which are surely descended from Tolkien’s orcs).”

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* Estep, Jennifer : Unraveled
(Pocket 978-1501142215, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501142260
Elemental Assasins #15

Urban fantasy novel, 15th novel in the Elemental Assassin series (not counting a couple novellas), about assassin Gin Blanco in the southern city of Ashland.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Martin, George R. R., & Melinda M. Snodgrass, eds. : High Stakes
(Tor 978-0-7653-3562-3, $27.99, 560pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466824355
Wild Cards #23

Collaborative fantasy novel, 23rd book in the Wild Cards series, about humans who have been mutated by an alien virus into various sorts of superheroes.
• Coauthors include Melinda M. Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh, and Ian Tregillis.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This is a wild ride of good, blood-pumping fun that packs a surprisingly emotional punch for a book that looks on the surface like just another superhero adventure.”

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* McGee, Katharine : The Thousandth Floor
(Harperteen 978-0-06-241859-3, $18.99, 448pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062418616
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062570130
Thousandth Floor #1

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel and first book in a series, about several teenaged residents of a thousand-floor tower in 2118 Manhattan.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The simultaneous UK edition has a different cover.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Replete with romance, jealousy, and enticing future fashions and tech, McGee’s story delivers more than enough drama and excitement to hook readers and leave them anticipating the next book in the trilogy.”

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* Norman, John : Plunder of Gor
(Open Road 978-1504034067, $23.99, 678pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781504034074
Gor #34

Sword and planet novel, 34th in the long-running series that began with Tarnsman of Gor (1966) and continued with DAW Books until Magicians of Gor in 1988. The series was notorious for promoting various philosophical theses that including the natural position of women as being subservient to men; see John Norman/Gor at Wikipedia for details.
• The novel DAW refused to publish, Witness of Gor, was eventually published in 2001, and has been followed by eight more novels, including this one, since 2008.
• Open Road’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Parks, Richard : Yamada Monogatari: The Emperor in Shadow
(Prime Books 978-1607014737, $14.95, 288pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Yamada Monogatari #4

Fantasy novel set in ancient Japan, fourth in a series following 2013 collection Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter, 2014 novel Yamada Monogatori: To Break the Demon Gate, and 2015 novel Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son.
• Prime’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gave the second book a starred review: “Yamada and his friends are well-rounded, believable characters, and the witty prose maintains mystery and suspense throughout. Playing with Japanese demonology and political scandal, Parks creates an absorbing and original tale.”

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* Sawyer, Jamie : The Lazarus War: Origins
(Orbit 978-0316386487, $9.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316386463
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909941
UK edition: 978-0356505497 (Thu 25 Aug 2016)
The Lazarus War #3

Military SF novel, third book in a series following Artefact (Feb. 2016) and Legion (May 2016), about warfare with an alien race in which human soldiers run suicide missions in simulant bodies.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 29 August 2016

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad retains the #1 position on three lists this week.

Not ranked very high, but notable for ranking at all: N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate (Orbit), the second volume in her trilogy that follows Hugo Award winner The Fifth Season, an award that has gotten a fair amount of press. It’s #126 on the combined USA Today list this week.

And Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still running strong, while various editions of earlier Potter novels have been moving up on the three Amazon lists in recent weeks.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.04
WP
08.21
LAT
08.28
USAT
08.21
PW
08.29
Amz
(08.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.29)
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 / 24 2 -1   xxx.. xxx.. x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 5 18 -4   x 42 +16 19 = xxx..    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 15 x   xxx.. x 16 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 17 7 -2     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 46     xxx.. 127 +13 8 +3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 29     2 -1 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 36             80 +18 xxx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 48       xx 16 -4 xxx xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 41             115 -73 xxx
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 4 1 = [ 1 ] 1 +1 7 -1 1 +1 7 =   xx
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 56 xxx..     xxx.. 24 -3 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 13       xxx.. 10 = xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.04
WP
08.21
LAT
08.28
USAT
08.21
PW
08.29
Amz
(08.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.29)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 229       48 +3 xxx.. 26 +13 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 80 xxx   x xxx   xxx..   85 +
Jemisin, The Obelisk Gate [tpb] 08.29.16 / 1       126 ++        
King, Doctor Sleep 08.08.16 / 4 9 =       13 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 100     xxx.. 74 +32 xxx.. 68 +   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 259 xxx..   x xxx xxx.. xxx.. 81 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 104       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 51 -2
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 2 5 +3              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 271       94 =   51 +19 46 +13 47 +44
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 65 xxx..   xxx.. 73 +13 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 140 xxx..   6 + 11 +9 2 = 85 + 73 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               38 +30  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 80 -10   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK) 07.22.08 / 13             88 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               67 +22  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 23             69 +24 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [tpb] 07.05.04 / 150 xxx..     xx xxx.. xxx.. 82 -2  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               29 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               54 +9  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 25 +3   69 -12    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 36             27 -4 14 +42
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 19       xx   73 +16   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.04
WP
08.21
LAT
08.28
USAT
08.21
PW
08.29
Amz
(08.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.29)
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]

Classics in Reprint : August 2016

Constantine, Murray : Swastika Night
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473214668, £9.99, 208pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Aug 2016

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, 1937)

Alternate history SF novel set 700 years after the Nazis took power and Adolf Hitler is worshipped as a god.
• “Murray Constantine” was a pseudonym for Katharine Burdekin (1896-1963).
• Orion’s site has this description.

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+ Jones, Stephen, ed. : In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus
(Pegasus 978-1681771458, $27.95, 752pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jul 2016

First US edition (UK: Robinson, 1994)

Reprint of The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein from 1994.
• Contents include a foreword by Neil Gaiman and three complete novels, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Other stories are by Paul McAuley, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, John Brunner, Karl Edward Wagner, and Kim Newman.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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Le Guin, Ursula K. : Always Coming Home
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473205802, £9.99, 544pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 14 Jul 2016

(First edition: Harper & Row, October 1985)

Anthropological SF novel about the Kesh, a matriarchal society in a far-future Napa Valley, and consisting of various stories, reports, and songs by the Kesh themselves.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this substantial entry about the book.

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McCammon, Robert : Swan Song
(Pocket 978-1501131424, $9.99, 928pp, mass market paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016

(First edition: Pocket , 1987)

Post-apocalyptic horror novel about the battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity.
• Simon and Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The novel won the Bram Stoker Award in 1988 (tying with Stephen King’s Misery).

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Ness, Patrick : A Monster Calls
(Candlewick Press 978-0763692155, $9.99, 240pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Candlewick, September 2011)

Young adult fantasy novel, “Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd”, about a 13-year-old boy who is visited by a monster with three parables, demanding that the boy respond with his own, true, stories.
• This is a movie tie-in edition, omitting the Jim Kay illustrations from earlier editions. Candlewick’s site has this description.
• The movie version opens October 21st.
• The original illustrated edition won a Kitschies Award for Best Novel in 2012.

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Piercy, Marge : Woman on the Edge of Time
(Random House/Ebury/Del Rey Uk 978-1785033780, £9.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Aug 2016

(First edition: Knopf , 1976)

Feminist utopian novel about a woman in a mental institution shown alternative utopian and dystopian visions of future society.
• This is a 40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the author.
• Penguin UK’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including a portion of the new introduction.
• Wikipedia has this plot summary.

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New Books : 23 August 2016

* Barnhill, Kelly : The Girl Who Drank the Moon
(Algonquin Young Readers 978-1-61620-567-6, $16.95, 400pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016

Middle-grade fantasy novel about a forest witch who raises the babies left every year as offerings by the townspeople.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt and an author essay.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “…Barnhill delivers an escalating plot filled with foreshadowing, well-developed characters, and a fully realized setting, all highlighting her lyrical storytelling.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “Though aimed at middle grade readers, this has plenty of marvels and tongue-in-cheek moments to keep older readers entertained as well.”

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+ Campbell, Ramsey : The Kind Folk
(Tor 978-0-7653-8245-0, $25.99, 224pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466887312

First US edition (UK: PS Publishing, September 2012)

Dark fantasy novel about a stage comedian who wonders about the truth of the magical tales told to him by his uncle when he was growing up.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Revered horror maven Campbell combines suspense, fantasy, and mystery in this short novel, which never quite hangs together…”

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* Cato, Beth : Breath of Earth
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-242206-4, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062422071

Fantasy novel about a young geomancer in an alternate 1906 in which the US and Japan have formed a confederation.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “well-researched and vivid fantasy.”

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* Charlton, Blake : Spellbreaker
(Tor 978-0-7653-1729-2, $26.99, 480pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429949576
UK edition: Harper Voyager 978-0007368914 (Tue 23 Aug 2016)
Spellwright Trilogy #3


Epic fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Spellwright (2010) and Spellbound (2011), about a young wizard whose dyslexia threatens his ability in a world where spells must be written out in text.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “There is significant emotional depth to the story, and ponderings on fate, love, and the purpose of human society give the novel some gravitas. Intricate plotting, strong characters, and a wonderfully imagined world make this a winner.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “we explore this colorful world where vibrant cultures mix, the magic is based on text, and lesser gods have to beg on street corners for prayers.”

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* Coles, Bennett R. : Ghosts of War
(Titan 978-1783294244, $14.95, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Virtues of War #2

Military sf novel, second in a series following Virtues of War (May 31, 2016), about the Terran military battling colony worlds.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Klune, T. J. : Crisped + Sere
(DSP Publications 978-1634770675, $17.99, 340pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Immemorial Year #2

SF novel, second in a series following Withered + Sere (April 2016), about a mute psychopath in a postapocalyptic America.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Leake, Jessica : The Order of the Eternal Sun
(Skyhorse/Talos Press 978-1940456423, $24.99, 308pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Sylvani #2

Romantic historical fantasy novel set in Edwardian London, second in a series following Arcana (2014), about a young woman exploring her magical talent to enter any scene that she draws.
• Talos’ site has this description.

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* Milford, Kate : The Left-Handed Fate
(Macmillan/Holt 978-0805098006, $16.99, 384pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781627796569

Middle grade fantasy novel about a boy and girl in pursuit of a mysterious engine they believe can stop the war between England and Bonaparte’s France.
• Illustrations are by Eliza Wheeler.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt, and quotes from reviews, including Kirkus: “Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking.”

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* Nothlit, Albert : Light Shaper
(DSP Publications 978-1634765688, $17.99, 340pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Haven Prime #2

SF novel, second in a series following Earthshatter (March 2016), about a rebellious artificial intelligence in one of the surviving Haven cities following Earth’s destruction.
• DSP’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Scott, Michael, & Melanie Ruth Rose : Mirror Image
(Tor 978-0765385222, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765385611

Horror novel about a mirror that feeds on human souls, and the wealthy Los Angeles shop-owner who buys it at auction.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Thomas, Sheree Renée : Sleeping Under the Tree of Life
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-61976-111-7, $12, 128pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Aug 2016

Collection of short fiction and poetry, volume 50 in the publisher’s series of “Conversation Pieces”.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description with numerous blurbs by Andrea Hairston, Mike Allen, and others.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Her poems are imbued with rich, sensual imagery and range over subjects mundane, fantastical, and somewhere in between…”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 22 August 2016

— posted Monday 22 August 2016 @ 12:21 pm PDT

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad climbs to #1 on two lists and ranks #2 on two other lists.

And Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains #1 on three print lists and and all three Amazon sites today.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.28
WP
08.21
LAT
08.21
USAT
08.14
PW
08.22
Amz
(08.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.22)
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 / 23 1 =   xxx.. xxx.. 25 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 4 14 +1   12 ++ 58 -12 19 -3 xxx    
Kenyon, Dragonmark 08.15.16 / 2 x     x 20 -6      
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 14 18 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 141 -63 14 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 16 5 -1     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 45     xxx.. 140 + 11 +6 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 28     1 +2 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 35             98 -9 xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 47       x 12 -10 xx xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 40             42 -12 xx
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 3 1 +3 1 +1 2 ++ 6 +4 2 +1 7 =   x
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 55 xxx..     xxx.. 21 +1 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 12       xxx 10 +1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.28
WP
08.21
LAT
08.21
USAT
08.14
PW
08.22
Amz
(08.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.22)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 228   xxx   51 +24 xxx.. 39 -14 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 79 xx xxx.. 14 + xx   xxx..   xxx..
King, Doctor Sleep 08.08.16 / 3 9 +1       13 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 99     xxx.. 106 +2 xxx.. x   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 258 xxx xxx.. 6 +2 xx xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 103       xxx..   xxx xxx.. 49 -20
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 1 8 ++              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 270   xxx..   94 +26   70 -10 59 -21 91 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 64 xxx..   xxx.. 86 +24 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 139 xxx..   x 20 -1 2 +1 xxx x xxx
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 19 xxx..   15 + xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               68 -20  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 70 -37   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               89 -24  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 22             93 -36 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [tpb] 07.05.04 / 149 xxx..     x xxx.. xxx.. 80 -20  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               34 -12  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               63 -11  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [tpb] 06.17.01 / 205 xxx..   xxx.. 148 -85   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 28 -14   57 -2    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 35             23 -5 56 +2
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 18       x   89 -44   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.28
WP
08.21
LAT
08.21
USAT
08.14
PW
08.22
Amz
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Canada:
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Category: Bestsellers

New in Paperback, August 2016

— posted Friday 19 August 2016 @ 11:07 am PDT

Aycliffe, Jonathan : A Shadow on the Wall
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808576, $13.99, 200pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: UK: Severn House, February 2000)

Horror novel about an unspeakable force unearthed during the renovation of an ancient English church.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The novel was a finalist for the International Horror Awards in 2001.

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Bova, Ben : Death Wave
(Tor 978-0765379511, $8.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Star Quest #1

(First edition: Tor, November 2015)

Hard SF novel, follow-up to Farside (2013) and New Earth (2014) and first of a trilogy, about explorers to another solar system who discover evidence of a wave of radiation from the galactic core heading toward Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Canavan, Trudi : Angel of Storms
(Orbit 978-0316209243, $15.99, 608pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Millennium’s Rule #2

(First edition: Orbit, November 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Thief’s Magic (2014), about a sentient book in a world where magic powers an industrial revolution.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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de Bodard, Aliette : The House of Shattered Wings
(Roc 978-0451477644, $16, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Roc, August 2015)

Fantasy novel about rival Great Houses in a late 20th-century Paris still devastated by the Great War.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “…it’s all the more remarkable that Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings reads not quite like any fantasy you’ve read before, with or without fallen angels.”
• The book won this year’s British SF Association award for best novel.

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Flint, Eric, & Walter H. Hunt : 1636: The Cardinal Virtues
(Baen 978-1476781693, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ring of Fire #22

(First edition: Baen, July 2015)

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Gaiman, Neil : American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition
(Harpercollins/Morrow 978-0062472106, $9.99, 784pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, June 2001)

Contemporary fantasy novel about old gods vs. new, staged as a road trip across modern America. This 10th anniversary edition is updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, and a special introduction by the author.
• HarperCollins’ site has this page for the book, with a description and preview.
• The novel won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker awards.
• Wikipedia has this entry with a long summary and background on influences.

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Grant, Mira : Chimera
(Orbit 978-0316381000, $16.99, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Parasitology #3

(First edition: Orbit US, November 2015)

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Parasite (2013) and Symbiont (2014), about genetically engineered tapeworms designed to attack disease that instead attack their hosts.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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Hair, David : Unholy War
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681444987, $14.99, 688pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Moontide Quartet #3

(First edition: UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, October 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Mage’s Blood and The Scarlet Tides (both 2013), about war between two continents.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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Holland, Cecelia : Dragon Heart
(Tor 978-0765337955, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor, September 2015)

Fantasy novel about an ancient royal family threatened by a growing Empire in the east and a powerful dragon in the sea.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Liu, Cixin : The Dark Forest
(Tor 978-0765386694, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Remembrance of Earth’s Past #2

(First edition: Tor, August 2015)

SF novel, second in a trilogy following The Three-Body Problem (2014), about humanity preparing for the arrival of invading Trisolarians in four hundred years.
• The translator is Joel Martinson.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Liu, Ken : The Grace of Kings
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481424288, $16.99, 656pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
The Dandelion Dynasty #-

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, April 2015)

Epic fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about rivals for the throne of an unpopular emperor.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: The Grace of Kings [is] one of the most important, surprising, and sheerly enjoyable fantasies this year.”
• The novel was a finalist in this year’s Nebula Awards, and won this year’s Locus Award for best first novel.
• The next book, The Wall of Storms, is due in October.

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McDevitt, Jack : Thunderbird
(Ace 978-0425279205, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ancient Shores #2

(First edition: Ace, December 2015)

SF novel, sequel to Ancient Shores (1996), about a working stargate discovered in North Dakota.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Meluch, R. M. : The Twice and Future Caesar
(DAW 978-0756410858, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Merrimack #6

(First edition: DAW, August 2015)

Military SF novel, sixth in the series about the USS Merrimack, in a 25th century with American and Roman interstellar empires battling an alien threat called the Hive, following The Myriad (2005), Wolf Star (2006), The Sagittarius Command (2007), Strength and Honor (2008), and The Ninth Circle (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Simmons, Kristen : The Glass Arrow
(Tor Teen 978-0765336644, $9.99, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

(First edition: Tor Teen, February 2015)

Young adult dystopian novel set in a future in which women have become property, only to be owned and bred.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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van Eekhout, Greg : Pacific Fire
(Tor 978-0765380449, $14.99, 336pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Daniel Blackland #2

(First edition: Tor, January 2015)

Fantasy novel set in an alternate Los Angeles, sequel to California Bones (2014), about an osteomancer, who who consumes bones to gain power.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “Van Eekhout’s scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative… “

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Weber, David, Timothy Zahn & Thomas Pope : A Call to Arms
(Baen 978-1476781563, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Manticore Ascendant #2

(First edition: Baen, October 2015)

Military SF novel, second book of a series set in Weber’s Honorverse, following A Call to Duty (2014).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 16 August 2016

— posted Tuesday 16 August 2016 @ 12:47 pm PDT

* Connolly, Tina : On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-56-9, $17.99, 300pp, trade paperback, August 2016, cover art Kazuhiko Nakamura)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

Collection of 25 stories and 3 poems.
• Fairwood’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “The 28 fantasy stories, vignettes, and poems in this enticingly varied first collection range in mood from the giddy to the somber, but all are distinguished by their author’s skill at pursuing ideas to their logical extreme.”

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* Jemisin, N. K. : The Obelisk Gate
(Orbit 978-0-316-22926-5, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316229289
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478964391
UK edition: 978-0356508368 (Thu 18 Aug 2016)
The Broken Earth #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Fifth Season (2015), set on a world whose sole continent is split by a great red rift.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In this compelling, challenging, and utterly gripping work that combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, Jemisin draws readers deeper into the extraordinary setting and characters she introduced in The Fifth Season.”

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* Johnson, Kij : The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
(Tor.Com 978-0-7653-9141-4, $14.99, 176pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765386519

Short fantasy novel about a teacher at a women’s college whose student elopes with a dreamer from the waking world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Superb worldbuilding and gorgeous prose will hold readers rapt… Utterly irresistible.”

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* Kowal, Mary Robinette : Ghost Talkers
(Tor 978-0-7653-7825-5, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466860735

Fantasy novel about a World War I group of mediums called the Spirit Corps.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The well-drawn characters and the story’s gripping action and deep emotion will captivate readers.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine, contrasting the book to the author’s earlier works: “[T]his apparent standalone is even more brutally direct about the horrific death tolls of Britain’s Great War (World War One), showing its ghosts as they see themselves in their last moments.”

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* Marmell, Ari : Dead to Rites
(Titan 978-1785650970, $14.95, 272pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Mick Oberon #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Hot Lead, Cold Iron (2014) and Hallow Point (2015), about a supernatural detective in 1932 Chicago.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Miyabe, Miyuki : The Gate of Sorrows
(Viz/Haikasoru 978-1-4215-8652-6, $26.99, 600pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

Fantasy novel, an adult sequel to the author’s YA The Book of Heroes (2010), about monsters from other worlds and a series of murders in Tokyo.
• The translator is Jim Hubbert.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Miyabe has some valuable points to make about misconduct and harassment on the Web, and how online personas can’t be distinguished from offline selves.”

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* Stokes, Paula : Vicarious
(Tor Teen 978-0765380944, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466876200

Young adult SF novel about two Korean sisters working as digital stunt girls for ViSEs, Vicarious Sensory Experiencies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Vaughn, Carrie : Amaryllis and Other Stories
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-62-0, $17.99, 310pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

Collection of stories, including the Hugo-nominated title story.
• Fairwood’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the author “displays impressive talent across a range of both styles and subgenres.”

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* Wendig, Chuck : Invasive
(Harper Voyager US 978-0-06-235157-9, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062351609
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062472670

SF thriller about an FBI consultant specializing in cutting-edge technology.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “With this cinematic thriller’s unusual setting, cinematic horror imagery, twisty plot, and grittily determined protagonist, fans of Michael Crichton will feel right at home.”

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* Yoachim, Caroline M. : Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World and Other Stories
(Fairwood 978-1-933846-55-2, $17.99, 298pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

Collection of 27 stories, two of them original to this book.
• Fairwood’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Her gift for reshaping and polishing dulled old gems makes Yoachim’s collection truly noteworthy.”
• The author has this Big Idea post today on John Scalzi’s site.

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* Zinos-Amaro, Alvaro : Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg
(Fairwood Press 978-1933846637, $16.99, 280pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

Collection of transcribed conversations with Silverberg, on subjects including travel, film, and opera.
• Fairwood’s site has this description with blurbs by Nancy Kress, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 15 August 2016

— posted Monday 15 August 2016 @ 11:31 am PDT

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains #1 on four lists and debuts on two more lists at #1 and #3 this week.

Colson Whitehead’s literary alternate-reality novel The Underground Railroad (Doubleday) debuts strongly on four print lists, ranking as high as #2 at Washington Post.

Two other debuts this week: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonmark (St. Martin’s) on three lists, and Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston’s The Swarm (Tor) on two lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.21
WP
08.14
LAT
08.14
USAT
08.07
PW
08.15
Amz
(08.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.15)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Card/Johnston, The Swarm 08.15.16 / 1       115 ++ 24 ++      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 22 1 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 3 15 -1     46 -20 16 -2 xx    
Kenyon, Dragonmark 08.15.16 / 1 12 ++     20 ++ 14 ++      
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 13 16 -6 xxx xxx.. 78 -32 12 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 15 4 =     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 44     xxx.. xxx.. 17 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 27     3 ++ 1 = 1 ++ 1 = 1 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 34             89 -4 x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 46       58 +85 2 +11 x xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard 08.05.08 / 37       69 +   xx    
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 39             30 -14 x
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 2 4 ++ 2 ++   10 ++ 3 ++ 7 -4   39 +4
Winters, Underground Airlines 07.18.16 / 2 xxx..   16 ++          
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 54 xxx..     xxx.. 22 -4 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 11       xx 11 -2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.21
WP
08.14
LAT
08.14
USAT
08.07
PW
08.15
Amz
(08.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.15)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 227   xx   75 -7 xxx.. 25 +9 xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 5     14 ++ xxx..       xx
King, Doctor Sleep 08.08.16 / 2 10 +4       13 +6      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 98     xxx.. 108 +36 xxx.. 99 -1   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 257 xx xxx.. 8 +5 x xxx.. xxx.. 79 -46 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 102       xxx   xx xxx.. 29 -6
Mitchell, Slade House [tpb] 08.15.16 / 1             95 ++  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 269   xxx..   120 +4   60 +5 38 +28 x
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 63 xxx..   xxx.. 110 +39 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 138 xxx..   10 = 19 +1 3 + xx 73 + xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               48 -16  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 33 +33   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK) 07.22.08 / 12             68 +12  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [tpb] 06.30.09 / 51     xxx.. 117 +23   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               65 -12  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [tpb] 08.11.02 / 179 xxx..   xxx.. 85 +41        
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [tpb] 07.25.06 / 94       137 + xxx.. xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 21             57 +13 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [tpb] 07.05.04 / 148 xxx..     119 +28 xxx.. xxx.. 60 -11  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               22 -1  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               52 -8  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [tpb] 06.17.01 / 204 xxx..   xxx.. 63 +39   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 14 +4   55 +23    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 34             18 -3 58 -37
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 17       138 +   45 +23   xxx..
Rowling, Quidditch Through the Ages (UK) 07.06.03 / 4             84 -15  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.21
WP
08.14
LAT
08.14
USAT
08.07
PW
08.15
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Amz.ca
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-August 2016

— posted Saturday 13 August 2016 @ 11:00 am PDT

Aphelion

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

August 2016
Issue 208
• This issue has a serial by David Ulnar-Slew, and short stories by Allison Wall, Ryan Daff, Konstantine Paradias, J. Cameron Kuban, Rodica Bretin, Daniel C. Smith, and Ray Prew.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Sat 13 Aug 2016)

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Liminal Stories

• Semi-annual online magazine of fantasy, horror, and literary fiction, since 2016; senior editors/publishers Shannon Peavey and Kelly Sandoval
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Semi-annual
http://liminalstoriesmag.com/

Spring/Summer 2016
Issue 1
• Debut issue of a new semi-annual online ‘zine.
• This issue has stories by A.C. Wise, David Tallerman, Trevor Shikaze, Joseph Allen Hill, Nazifa Islam, and Octavia Cade.

(Wed 10 Aug 2016)

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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/

Sept/Oct 2016
Vol. 131 No. 3&4 (whole #727), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by David A. Hardy
• This special David Gerrold issue features two novellas and an autobiographical essay by Gerrold, plus a tribute essay by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
• Other fiction is a novelet by Geoff Ryman and short stories by Sarah Pinsker, Peter S. Beagle, Desirina Boskovich, Ian Creasey, Lisa Mason, Leah Cypess, and Steven Popkes. There’s also a poem by Aimee Ogden.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering titles by Seanan McGuire and others; Michelle West’s “Musing on Books”, covering Leonard M. Schoen and others; a “Films” column by Kathi Maio, discussing The Lobster; and a “Curiosities” page by Robert Eldridge.

(Tue 9 Aug 2016)

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Mothership Zeta

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

July 2016
Issue 4, cover art by Wendy Xu
• Fiction in this issue is by M. Darusha Wehm, Russell Reed, Jamie Wahls, S.B. Divya, Amy Griswold, Barry Charman, and Beth Goder.
• Nonfiction is by Pamela L. Gay, James Patrick Kelly, Sean R. Robinson, Karen Bovenmyer, and Rachael Acks, plus an interview with Carla Speed McNeil.

(Sat 13 Aug 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/

August 2016
Cover art by Lissanne Lake
• August content includes a story by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and poems by Lyndsey Silveira and Ada Hoffmann.

(Sat 13 Aug 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/

June 2016
Issue 334, Vol. 28 No. 10, 32pp
• This special “For a Better Future” issue features an essay by Victor Grech and Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley about diplomacy in Star Trek, and an essay on French Utopian fiction by Brian Stableford.
• Reviews are by Russell Blackford on Ian McDonald, Eugene Reynolds on Jo Walton, A.P. Canavan on Steven Erikson, and Martin Morse Wooster on a John Joseph Adams anthology.

(Sat 9 Jul 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/

August 2016
Cover art by Gart Paese
• Stories in this issue are by Sean Monaghan, Jude-Marie Green, Matt Thompson, Tim McDaniel, Peter J Larrivee, Marc Rokoff, KJ Hannah Greenberg, and Brandon Ketchum, with shorter stories by Robin Wyatt Dunn, Jeffrey Abrams, and Michael N. Farney.
• Articles are by Carol Kean and Sam Bellotto Jr.
• There’s also a comic strip by Winston Blakely, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Wed 10 Aug 2016)

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The Dark

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

August 2016
Issue 15, cover art by Tomislav Tikulin
• This issue has original stories by Kristi DeMeester and Rhonda Eikamp, and reprinted stories by Steve Rasnic Tem and Gemma Files.

(Thu 11 Aug 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books : 9 August 2016

— posted Tuesday 9 August 2016 @ 1:38 pm PDT

* Damico, Gina : Wax
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 978-0-544-63315-5, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780544633186

Young-adult fantasy novel about a 17-year-old girl who discovers the local candle factory is filled with wax sculptures of people.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a deliriously off-the-wall tale of small-town horror”.

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+ Foyle, Naomi : Seoul Survivors
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1623650186, $14.99, 320pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

SF novel about a bio-engineer who retreats to the mountains above Seoul as a meteor called Lucifer’s Hammer is about to destroy Earth.
• The UK edition appeared in February 2013.
• Quercus’ site has this description.

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* Hearn, Lian : Lord of the Darkwood
(FSG Originals 978-0374536336, $13, 240pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374715038
The Tale of Shikanoko #3

Fantasy novel set in medieval Japan, third of a four-book series, all being published this year.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “This fast-paced tale of dynastic change intriguingly sets up the remaining three books in the series.”
• Faren Miller’s review from the May issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; “Hearn’s lead character gripped my attention from the start – leaving me eager to see how it plays out in the next books.”

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* Hieber, Leanna Renee : Eterna and Omega
(Tor 978-0-7653-3675-0, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466829268
The Eterna Files #2

“Gaslamp” fantasy novel, second in a series following The Eterna Files (2015), about competition for a compound that grants immortality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Hieber creates an intriguing supernatural underworld, with the late 19th century providing an engaging backdrop for scandals and dangers.”

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* Kristoff, Jay : Nevernight
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-07302-0, $25.99, 448pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466885035
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427279644
Nevernight #1

Epic fantasy novel, first of a series, set in a land where three suns almost never set.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling, and satisfying.”

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* Mamatas, Nick : I Am Providence
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-835-4, $15.99, 256pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016

Fantasy novel about a horror writer attending a Lovecraft convention in Providence, Rhode Island, where a novelist is murdered.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Mamatas provides a heartfelt homage to Lovecraft lore, perfectly captures the antics of conventioneers, and comments on the cutthroat politics of online publishing and the recent discussions of Lovecraft’s bigoted views.”

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* Miéville, China : The Last Days of New Paris
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54399-8, $25, 205pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345544001
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780735286917

Fantasy novel set in a 1950 surrealist Paris where Nazis and the Resistance continue to fight.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Knowledge of surrealist art is not necessary to enjoy this odd, action-filled tale, but it helps. An appendix explains the sources of the dozens of manifs mentioned in the story.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “There are moments when one gets the sense that The Last Days of New Paris tries to pack in all the detailed study of Surrealism that Miéville has been saving up for years, but its vision of, as one photographer character puts it, ‘a city where art hunts,’ is as vivid a portrayal of the disruptive and revolutionary nature of art as I’ve seen in quite a while.”

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* Swanwick, Michael : Not So Much, Said the Cat
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-228-9, $15.95, 285pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016

Collection of 17 stories, first published from 2008 to 2014.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Each of these 17 stories is a gem, beautifully written, expertly plotted, with brilliantly developed characters. This is as good as short speculative fiction gets.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “Swanwick opens it out in unexpected ways, and demonstrates as consistently as anyone now working that the craft of the literary short story and the materials of SF and fantasy can not only be compatible, but impressively synergetic.”

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* Swenson, Patrick : The Ultra Big Sleep
(Fairwood Press 978-1933846606, $27.99, 316pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016

SF novel, sequel to The Ultra Thin Man (2014), about a private detective in a future where the eight worlds of the Union have been attacked by mysterious aliens, the Ultras.
• Fairwood’s site has this description. There’s also a trade paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly gave the earlier book a starred review: “Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the heart of the self.”

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* Wareness, Noah : Meatheads: How to DIY Without Getting Killed
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483889, $16.99, 300pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771483896

Post-apocalyptic SF novel set in zombie-infested San Angeles.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.

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* Wexler, Django : The Guns of Empire
(Roc 978-0451477323, $28, 480pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698409460
The Shadow Campaigns #4

Military fantasy novel, thirfourthd in a series following The Thousand Names (2013), The Shadow Throne (2014), and The Price of Valor (2015) about a colonial garrison trying to survive a rebellion.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Whitehead, Colson : The Underground Railroad
(Doubleday 978-0385542364, $26.95, 304pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780385537049
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524736255

Alternate reality historical novel in which the slave-era “underground railroad” is a literal network of tunnels and track beneath southern states.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description, noting the title is the current Oprah Book Club selection.
Publishers Weekly has this profile of the book and its author.
• The book was reviewed by Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times: “a potent, almost hallucinatory novel that leaves the reader with a devastating understanding of the terrible human costs of slavery. It possesses the chilling, matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved,’ Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Misérables’ and Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man,’ and with brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift.”

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