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New Books, 30 June 2015

* Bee, Ishbelle : The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath
(Angry Robot 978-0857664426, $9.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664433
UK edition: 9780857664419 (Thu 4 Jun 2015)
Notebooks of John Loveheart #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a nonhuman little girl and her shape-shifting guardian in Victorian England.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The second volumne, The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl is due in August.

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+ Birmingham, John : Ascendance: Dave vs. the Monsters
(Del Rey 978-0-345-53991-5, $9.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345539922
David Hooper #3

Urban fantasy novel, third of a trilogy following Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters (Apr 2015), and Resistance: Dave vs. the Monsters (Jun 2015), about an oil-rig worker battling monsters.
• The Penguin Random House site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Birmingham injects a tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top sensibility into this action-packed adventure.” but advises, “New readers will have an easier time starting with book one.”

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* Cunningham, Bailey : Prize of Night
(Ace 978-0425261088, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698186972
Parallel Parks #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Pile of Bones (2013) and Path of Smoke (2014), about a park in Regina that turns into a magical native hunting ground after midnight.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Dunstall, S. K. : Linesman
(Ace 978-0425279526, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698187665
Linesman #1

SF novel, first in a series and apparently the author’s first novel, about the discovery of a mysterious alien ship in a galaxy where linesmen enable space travel.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Griffith, Clay, & Susan Griffith : The Undying Legion
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345540485, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345540492
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781101890165
Crown & Key #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following The Shadow Revolution (June 2, 2015), about werewolves in Victorian-era London.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The third volume is due next month.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2015 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607014546, $19.95, 576pp, trade paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 25 Jun 2015

Anthology of 28 dark fantasy and horror stories first published in 2014.
• Authors include Kelley Armstrong, Laird Barron, Yoon Ha Lee, Usman T. Malik, Brandon Sanderson, and Jeff VanderMeer.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Haydon, Elizabeth : The Hollow Queen
(Tor 978-0-7653-0567-1, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429942973
Symphony of Ages #8

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.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The excellent prose and close attention to the emotional states of beloved characters will please longtime fans, but new readers may wonder what the fuss is about.”

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* Helms, Alyc : The Dragons of Heaven
(Angry Robot 978-0857664334, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664341
UK edition: 9780857664327 (Thu 4 Jun 2015)
Dragons of Heaven #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about a street musician who inherits her father’s pulp hero persona.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Lindskold, Jane : Artemis Invaded
(Tor 978-0-7653-3711-5, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466830509
Artemis #2

SF novel, second in a series following Artemis Awakening (2014), about a distant pleasure planet rediscovered centuries after the Empire that built it has fallen.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “The big change-up in enemies make a lot of what went before seem pointless, but it also adds a bit of humor and some major twists that make this adventure highly entertaining.”

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Nagata, Linda : The Red: First Light
(S&S/Saga 978-1481446570, $27.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, July 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481440943
Red Trilogy #1

Near-future military SF novel , first of a trilogy, about a squad of high-tech soldiers in Africa.
• This isn’t a new book, but a reprint of the self-published 2013 novel that was both a Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial award finalist (see Linda Nagata). Simon & Schuster has the second and third books scheduled for later this year.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Nagata (The Bohr Maker) writes very good action sequences and the book moves well, even when its protagonist is pinned to a bed and relearning how to use his body. … Fans of thoughtful, cynical, and not particularly jingoistic military SF will love this book.”

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* Older, Daniel José : Shadowshaper
(Scholastic/Levine 978-0545591614, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015

Fantasy novel about a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her ancestral powers of shadowshaping.
• Scholastic’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Sierra’s masterful adaptability is most apparent in her language, which moves among English and Spanish, salsa and rap, formality and familiarity with an effortlessness that simultaneously demonstrates Older’s mastery of his medium.”

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* Palma, Félix J. : The Map of Chaos
(Atria 978-1-4516-8818-4, $27, 608pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781451688207
Map of Time #3

Science fiction thriller, third of a trilogy following The Map of Time and The Map of the Sky (2012), depicting three interconnected plots involving H.G. Wells and a challenge to recreate the alien invaders from The War of the Worlds.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “the wondrous final volume in Spanish author Palma’s speculative thriller trilogy” and concludes, “Palma displays a deft hand with this diverse group of characters and genres, blending them effortlessly into a fantastic yarn.”

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* Walton, Jo : The Philosopher Kings
(Tor 978-0-7653-3267-7, $25.99, 348pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466800830
Just City #2

SF novel, second in a trilogy following The Just City (Jan. 2015), about a city founded on the ideas of Plato’s Republic and populated by children and adult teachers from across history.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine, concluding, “As an SF novel, dealing head-on with the sorts of ideas that SF often claims to examine without examining them, it’s just enough of a provocative thought experiment to leave us wondering what on Earth Walton has in mind for the final volume.”

(Wed 24 Jun 2015)
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Weekly Bestsellers, 29 June 2015

Stephen King’s Finders Keepers is the highest ranking genre title on lists again this week, ranking in the top 10 on five lists, and #1 on the Publishers Weekly list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.05
WP
06.28
LAT
06.28
USAT
06.21
PW
06.29
Amz
(06.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.29)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bacigalupi, The Water Knife 06.08.15 / 4 xx   4 +7 xxx xx      
Hamilton, Dead Ice 06.22.15 / 2 x x   79 -72 18 -12      
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 15 xxx.. xxx.. 19 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 9 3 -1 4 +1 6 -1 7 -4 1 = 39 -19 x 26 -12
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 32   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 23 +1 x xxx.. x
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 4             31 +30  
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 50     xxx.. xxx.. 23 + xxx..   xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 6 20 -8 xx 7 -1 134 -22 25 -3 xxx..   x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.05
WP
06.28
LAT
06.28
USAT
06.21
PW
06.29
Amz
(06.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.29)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 196   7 +   100 -20 xxx.. 32 +5 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 128 9 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 08.15.06 / 7       xxx..     24 +53  
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 26 17 =     125 -4   77 +6    
Crichton, Jurassic Park 06.22.15 / 2       59 +17     x  
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 65     xxx.. 88 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 32     xxx.. 116 -11   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 50 xxx..   xxx..       69 -9  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 13 15 +3     109 +19 xxx..   xx  
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 7 xx xxx..   xxx 14 +2      
Koontz, The City 03.09.15 / 6 xxx..     20 + xxx..      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 78     xxx.. x 12 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven (UK) 05.11.15 / 5             58 +34  
Mandel, Station Eleven [tpb] 06.15.15 / 3 6 -2 8 = 2 +6 103 +6 10 =      
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 173 11 +8 xxx.. xxx.. 149 + xxx.. xxx.. 56 -22 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 58 10 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons [tpb] 11.11.13 / 3 xxx..     132 ++ xxx..      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 222 1 +4 xxx.. xxx 19 +17 xxx.. x 23 -3 xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 123 11 + xxx.. 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 23             27 -12 xxx..
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 169 17 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 60 -20 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 64       28 +23   21 -10 xxx.. 12 -11
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks [tpb] 06.29.15 / 1             42 ++  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 228   xxx..   123 +4   33 +7 xxx.. 94 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 17 xxx..     xxx.. 21 =      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 83 5 +1   xxx.. 133 -17 xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 105 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 19 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               50 +  
Sapkowski, Blood of Elves 06.29.15 / 1               65 ++
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 3 6 ++             27 +7
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 34 2 -1 2 -1 1 +9 11 -7 2 -1 8 +1 20 +2 22 -6
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 11 xxx..       18 +4      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.05
WP
06.28
LAT
06.28
USAT
06.21
PW
06.29
Amz
(06.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.29)
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]

Classic Reprints, May – June 2015

Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Windup Girl
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808217, $16.99, 480pp, trade paperback, March 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015

(First edition: Night Shade Books, October 2009)

New edition (with a new cover) of the author’s first novel set in a future Bangkok where calorie sources are scarce. This edition includes two related stories, “The Calorie Man” and “Yellow Card Man”, plus a Q&A with the author.
• The book won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.

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Bishop, Michael : A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire
(Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions 978-1933846491, $16.99, 260pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015

(First edition: Ballantine, February 1975)

Revised edition of the author’s first novel (originally published under this title in 1975, then revised in 1980 as Eyes of Fire and subsequently reissued under the longer title), about two brothers from Earth who become involved in a transfer of an alien population from one planet to another.
• Fairwood Press’s site has this description with blurbs from George R.R. Martin, Norman Spinrad, David Gerrold, and others.
• The author’s Wikipedia page has brief summaries of both editions and details of how the revision came to be.

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Blumlein, Michael : The Brains of Rats
(Valancourt Books 978-1941147788, $14.99, 184pp, trade paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 May 2015

(First edition: Scream/Press, September 1990)

Collection of 12 stories, the author’s debut collection. This edition has a new introduction by Michael McDowell.
• Stories, often on medical themes, include “Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report” and the title story.
• The book was a finalist for both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards.
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from contemporary reviews.

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* Chandler, A. Bertram : Gateway to Never
(Baen 978-1-4767-8047-4, $14, 656pp, trade paperback, May 2015, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 May 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-372-0

Omnibus of novels and stories about space merchant John Grimes, sixth volume in Baen’s series of Grimes collections.
• This volume includes novels Gateway to Never (1972), The Dark Dimensions (1971), and The Way Back (1976), plus several short stories.
• Baen’s site has this description, with links to sample chapters.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “We get vivid characters — Grimes is a salty, irascible softie, old-fashioned but empathetic, with a code of honor, but not inflexible — a solid plot and a negligible but not nonexistent quota of speculative bits.”

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Lee, Tanith : The Birthgrave
(DAW 978-0756411053, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698404533
Birthgrave #1

(First edition: DAW, June 1975)

Fantasy/SF novel, first of a trilogy and the author’s first adult novel, about an albino woman who awakens in the heart of a volcano.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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McDevitt, Jack : The Hercules Text
(Ace 978-0425276013, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, May 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698166851

(First edition: Ace Special, November 1986)

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about the detection of a signal from an alien race, and the impact of that signal on human culture.
• This edition is revised and has a new introduction.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The book won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

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Snodgrass, Melinda : The Edge of Reason
(Tor 978-0765376084, $16.99, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Apr 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429997072
Edge of Reason #1

(First edition: Tor, May 2008)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about an Albuquerque cop who becomes involved in an ancient battle between the forces of magic and religious fanaticism, and the cause of reason and technology.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The third volume in the trilogy, The Edge of Dawn, is due in August.

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* VanderMeer, Ann, & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. : Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology
(PM Press 978-1-62963-035-9, $15.95, 341pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Jun 2015

Anthology of 29 stories first published since the late 1960s.
• Authors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., Carol Emshwiller, Tanith Lee, and Octavia E. Butler.
• The publisher’s site has this description and order page.

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New Books, 23 June 2015

* Brooks, Terry : The Darkling Child
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54079-9, $28, 320pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345540805
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780804190671
The Defenders of Shannara #2

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.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Brooks’s fans and those who prefer their fantasy on a smaller scale will appreciate the more personal but still high-stakes turn in this famous world.”

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* de Rojas, Agustín : A Legend of the Future
(Restless Books 978-1632060358, $15.99, 240pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2015

SF novel, translated for the first time into English by Nick Caistor, by the “patron saint of Cuban science fiction”, who lived from 1949 to 2011. It’s about a damaged spaceship returning to Earth from a failed mission to Titan.
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Tor.com has this excerpt.

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* Golden, Christopher : Tin Men
(Ballantine 978-0-345-54885-6, $26, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345548863
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781101889404

Near future SF thriller about robot soldiers deployed by the US to keep control of a near-apocalyptic world.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Within its chosen limits, this is a wonderfully effective SF thriller.”

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* Holder, Nancy, & Debbie Viguié : The Rules
(Delacorte Press 978-0-385-74100-2, $17.99, 339pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780375983474
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780307942197

Young adult horror novel about teenagers participating in a scavenger hunt at an exclusive high school party.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

(Wed 27 May 2015)
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* Pratchett, Terry, & Stephen Baxter : The Long Utopia
(Harper 978-0062297334, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062297358
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062297365
UK edition: 978-0857521767 (Tue 23 Jun 2015)
Long Earth #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following The Long Earth (2012), The Long War (2013), and The Long Mars (2014), in which a process called Stepping gives humanity access to a series of parallel Earths.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the previous book, “Baxter and Pratchett remain in fine form, their collaboration producing another thoughtful page-turner.”

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* Saintcrow, Lilith : Trailer Park Fae
(Orbit 978-0-316-27785-3, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316277839
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478903963
Gallow and Ragged #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, in which the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars, and trailer parks.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Saintcrow’s artful, poignant descriptions remain with the reader long after the tale’s end, as does the persistent sense of dark, unsettling unease.”

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* Yoss : A Planet for Rent
(Restless Books 978-1632060365, $15.99, 272pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2015

SF novel by the Cuban author Yoss (pen name for José Miguel Sánchez Gómez) about aliens who colonize Earth as a tourist destination. It’s translated from the Spanish by David Frye.
• The publisher’s site has this description with excerpts from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Yoss’s allegory of his native Cuba and the exploitation of its people is not subtle, and the prose tends toward textbook-like descriptions.” The review concludes, “some stories, such as the blistering ‘Performing Death’ and its protagonist’s excruciating, literally suicidal performance art, provide a wrenching depiction of the corrosive effects of prejudice and colonialism.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 22 June 2015

— posted Monday 22 June 2015 @ 9:47 am PDT

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Dead Ice (Berkley) debuts this week on four lists, ranking has high as #6 on the Publishers Weekly list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.28
WP
06.21
LAT
06.21
USAT
06.14
PW
06.22
Amz
(06.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.22)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bacigalupi, The Water Knife 06.08.15 / 3 x   11 -4 xx x      
Brooks, The Darkling Child 06.22.15 / 1       66 ++ 17 ++      
Hamilton, Dead Ice 06.22.15 / 1 7 ++ 10 ++   7 ++ 6 ++      
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 14 xxx.. xxx.. 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Johansen, The Invasion of the Tearling 06.22.15 / 1       78 ++        
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 8 2 -1 5 -4 5 ++ 3 -2 1 = 20 -7 49 -16 14 -3
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses 05.18.15 / 6 12 -2     xxx.. xxx..     xx
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 31   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 24 -3 69 +9 xxx.. 17 +14
Pratchett/Baxter, The Long Utopia (UK) 06.22.15 / 1             70 ++  
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 3             61 -24  
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 5 12 -5 x 6 -2 112 -42 22 -11 xxx   41 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.28
WP
06.21
LAT
06.21
USAT
06.14
PW
06.22
Amz
(06.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.22)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 195   xxx..   80 +47 xxx.. 37 -1 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 127 13 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 08.15.06 / 6       xxx..     77 -15  
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 25 17 +2     121 +   83 +    
Crichton, Jurassic Park 06.22.15 / 1       76 ++     97 ++  
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 64     xxx.. 96 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 31     xxx.. 105 +12   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 49 xxx..   xxx..       60 +28  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 12 18 +     128 +3 xxx..   x  
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 6 x xxx..   xx 16 -6      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 77     xxx.. 150 -14 10 +3 xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven (UK) 05.11.15 / 4             92 +  
Mandel, Station Eleven [tpb] 06.15.15 / 2 4 = 8 -3 8 ++ 109 +7 10 +4      
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 172 19 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 34 +32 xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 57 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 86 + xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 221 5 = xxx.. xx 36 = xxx.. 94 + 20 + xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 22             15 +20 xxx
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 168 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 40 +38 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 63       51 +14   11 = xxx.. 1 +1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 227   xxx   127 +7   40 +10 xxx.. xxx..
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 16 xxx..     xxx.. 21 -2      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 82 6 -1   xxx.. 116 +3 xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 104 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 16 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 2               34 -19
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 33 1 +6 1 + 10 -6 4 +62 1 +16 9 = 22 +1 16 -4
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 10 xxx..       22 +      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.28
WP
06.21
LAT
06.21
USAT
06.14
PW
06.22
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.22)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-June 2015

— posted Saturday 20 June 2015 @ 10:57 am PDT

Aphelion

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

June 2015
Issue 196
• This issue has a serial by Chris Dean and stories by George T. Philibin, Jill Hand, Sean Mulroy, Rejeev Prasad, and Emerson Fortier.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Sat 20 Jun 2015)

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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/

June 2015
Issue 24
• This issue has stories by Malon Edwards and Alex Hughes, a serial episode by Lilith Saintcrow, and flash fiction by Jeff Xilon.

(Sat 20 Jun 2015)

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Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

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

June 2015
Issue 32, $5, cover art by Debbie Eylon
• This issue has fiction by Henry Wessells, Alyc Helms, Kodiak Julian, Joe M. McDermott, Henry Lien, Joanna Ruocco, Dylan Horrocks, and Jade Sylvan.
• Poetry is by A.B. Robinson and Gilliam Daniels. There’s also an essay about asparagus by Nicole Kimberling.

(Fri 5 Jun 2015)

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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/

July/Aug 2015
Vol. 129 No. 1&2 (whole #720), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Jill Bauman
• This issue has a novella by Rachel Pollack, novelets by Tamsyn Muir, Van Aaron Hughes, and Matthew Hughes, and short stories by Richard Chwedyk, James Patrick Kelly, Oliver Buckram, Betsy James, Naomi Kritzer, and Gregor Hartmann.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, on titles by Alex Bledsoe and others; a “Books” column by James Sallis, on a novel by Laura van den Berg; a “Films” column by Kathi Maio, covering Cinderella and Merchants of Doubt; a “Science” column by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty, “Traveling Through Time”; a “Plumage from Pegasus” vignette by Paul Di Filippo; and a “Curiosities” page by Bud Webster, on a book about denim with text by Peter Beagle.

(Mon 8 Jun 2015)

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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/

June 2015
Cover art by Gart Paese
• Stories in this issue are by Lee Budar-Danoff, R.A. Conine, Juliana Rew, Rhett C. Bruno, Eric Del Carlo, Genevieve Williams, John Hegenberger, Alan Garth, Jamie Lackey, Adam Gaylord, and James E. Guin.
• Articles are by John McCormick and Eric M. Jones.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Wed 10 Jun 2015)

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Category: Periodicals

New in Paperback, June 2015

— posted Thursday 18 June 2015 @ 10:36 am PDT

Bear, Greg, & Gardner Dozois, eds. : Multiverse: Exploring the Worlds of Poul Anderson
(Baen 978-1476780597, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, June 2015, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015

(First edition: Subterranean Press, April 2014)

Anthology of 13 original stories based on the works of Poul Anderson.
• Authors include Nancy Kress, Stephen Baxter, Terry Brooks, Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Larry Niven, and Gregory Benford.
• Baen’s site has the table of contents and a description.
• Rich Horton reviewed the book last year in Locus Magazine, especially recommending the story by David Brin.

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Coe, David B. : Spell Blind
(Baen 978-1476780825, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Case Files of Justis Fearsson #1

(First edition: Baen, January 2015)

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about an Arizona private detective who uses magic in his hunt for a serial killer.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Daniel, Tony, & David Drake : The Savior
(Baen 978-1476780757, $7.99, 576pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
The General #10

(First edition: Baen, September 2014)

SF novel set on the planet Duisenberg, where an Egyptian-like culture has developed and a young hero tries to lead the planet out of the galactic dark ages.
• It’s the tenth book, following The Heretic (2013), in a series called The General written by S.M. Stirling and others from outlines by Drake (according to Wikipedia).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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de Castell, Sebastien : Traitor’s Blade
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher US 978-1623654009, $14.99, 300pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
The Greatcoats #1

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

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about a troupe of travelling Magisters now reviled for having failed to prevent the overthrow of their king.
• Quercus’ site has this description of the UK edition, published in March 2014.
• Tor.com has an excerpt.

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Flint, Eric, & Charles E. Gannon : 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
(Baen 978-1476780603, $8.99, 880pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Ring of Fire #21

(First edition: Baen, June 2014)

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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Green, Simon R. : Property of a Lady Faire
(Roc 978-0451414328, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Secret Histories #8

(First edition: Roc, June 2014)

Fantasy novel, eighth in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007), Daemons Are Forever (2008), The Spy Who Haunted Me (2009), From Hell with Love (2010), For Heaven’s Eyes Only (2011), Live and Let Drood (2012), and Casino Infernale (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Hellhole Inferno
(Tor 978-0765362605, $8.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Hellhole #3

(First edition: Tor, August 2014)

Military SF novel, third book in a trilogy following Hellhole (2011) and Hellhole Awakening (2013), about desperate colonists on a ravaged planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Lackey, Mercedes : Blood Red
(DAW 978-0756409852, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Elemental Masters #9

(First edition: DAW, June 2014)

Fantasy novel about Rosa, a mage in the Schwarzwald forest of 19th-century Germany.
• It’s the ninth book in the Elemental Masters series, following Fire Rose, Gates of Sleep, Serpent’s Shadow, Phoenix and Ashes, The Wizard of London, Reserved for the Cat, Unnatural Issue (2011), Elemental Magic (2012), and Steadfast (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Lawrence, Mark : Prince of Fools
(Ace 978-0425268797, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
The Red Queen’s War #1

(First edition: Ace, June 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a new series set in the Broken Empire, about a prince, 10th in the line for the throne, who is sent on a deadly mission by his grandmother, the Red Queen.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Mandel, Emily St. John : Station Eleven
(Vintage 978-0804172448, $15.95, 352pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015

(First edition: Knopf, September 2014)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel about a troup of actors in the year after a pandemic destroyed civilization.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The novel won this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award.
• The author’s bio stresses that “St. John’s my middle name. The books go under M.”

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Miller, Karen : The Falcon Throne
(Orbit 978-0316120104, $16, 720pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Tarnished Crown #1

(First edition: Orbit, September 2014)

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series, about strife within a divided kingdom.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Reynolds, Alastair : On the Steel Breeze
(Ace 978-0425256336, $8.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 May 2015
Poseidon’s Children #2

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, September 2013)

SF novel, second in a trilogy following Blue Remembered Earth (2012), about mankind’s expansion into the universe on generation ships.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this summary.
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Ryan, Anthony : Tower Lord
(Ace 978-0425265635, $18, 624pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Raven’s Shadow #2

(First edition: Ace, July 2014)

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following Blood Song (2013), about the Sixth Order, a band of warriors who defend their realm and its faith.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Watts, Peter : Echopraxia
(Tor 978-0765328038, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015

(First edition: Tor, August 2014)

SF novel, sequel to the author’s acclaimed Blindsight (2006).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Wexler, Django : The Shadow Throne
(Roc 978-0451418074, $7.99, 624pp, mass market paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Jun 2015
Shadow Campaigns #2

(First edition: Roc, July 2014)

Military fantasy novel, second of a series following The Thousand Names (2013), about a colonial garrison trying to survive a rebellion.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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New Books, 16 June 2015

— posted Tuesday 16 June 2015 @ 11:36 am PDT

* Carlson, Amanda : Pure Blooded
(Orbit 978-0316404358, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316404372
UK edition: 978-0356504063 (Thu 18 Jun 2015)
Jessica McClain #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Full Blooded (2012), Hot Blooded (Apr 2013), Cold Blooded (Oct 2013), and Red Blooded (2014), about a woman who becomes the first female werewolf.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Fletcher, Michael R. : Beyond Redemption
(Harper Voyager 978-0062387035, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062387059

Fantasy novel about a world where people called Geistrekranken can manipulate reality.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “In this disturbing and original fantasy, set in a dark world run by the Theocrats, perception is reality, and altered perceptions can alter reality. The most insane, labeled with Germanic diagnoses, are also the most powerful….”

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* Fujii, Taiyo : Gene Mapper
(Haikasoru 978-1-4215-8027-2, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015

SF novel set in a post-Internet future, about a genetically modified rice plant may have been sabotaged.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Fujii builds a new kind of cyberpunk novel that’s well grounded in the physical world and modern computing. The extrapolations of new technology and the increasing strain on resources both come across as natural continuations of the modern world.”

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* Jama-Everett, Ayize : The Liminal War
(Small Beer 978-1-61873-101-2, $16, 179pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00XGX2J6G
Liminal People #2

Fantasy novel, follow-up to the author’s first novel The Liminal People (2012), about a man who can heal, or hurt, with his touch.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and a link to an excerpt on Tor.com
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Jama-Everett writes with such cyclonic energy and verbal legerdemain that occasionally the plot has to be taken on faith, but the noir-infused verve of the telling makes it all work.”

(Tue 26 May 2015)
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* Lotz, Sarah : Day Four
(Little, Brown 978-0316242943, $26, 352pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316242967
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478952299

Horror novel about passengers on a cruise ship that become stranded in the Caribbean.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
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* Munson, Sam : The War Against the Assholes
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481427746, $25.99, 272pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481427760

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a Chicago student recruited into a cell of magicians who are fighting the establishment.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Wells, Dan : The Devil’s Only Friend
(Tor 978-0-7653-8066-1, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Jun 2015
John Cleaver #4

Horror novel, fourth in a series about a 17-year-old sociopath, following I Don’t Want to Kill You (2011).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Top-notch writing and well-structured suspense elements keep the story moving briskly as John tries to manage his baser instincts, his emotions (or lack thereof) for Brooke, and the comic relief of unexpectedly becoming a dog owner.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 15 June 2015

— posted Monday 15 June 2015 @ 10:14 am PDT

Stephen King’s Finders Keepers (Scribner) debuts at #1 on four lists.

Also, the trade paperback edition of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (Vintage) also debuts on four lists, ranking as high as #4 on the New York Times list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.21
WP
06.14
LAT
06.14
USAT
06.07
PW
06.15
Amz
(06.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.15)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bacigalupi, The Water Knife 06.08.15 / 2 19 -3   7 ++ x 25 -6      
Corey, Nemesis Games 06.08.15 / 2       45 ++ 24 ++     x
King, Finders Keepers 03.30.15 / 7 1 ++ 1 ++   1 ++ 1 ++ 13 -4 33 -9 11 -3
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses 05.18.15 / 5 10 -1     xxx xxx     x
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 30   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 21 + 78 +12 xxx.. 31 +9
Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown (UK) 06.08.15 / 2             37 -12  
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 49     xxx.. xxx.. 22 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves 05.25.15 / 4 7 -2 10 + 4 -1 70 -30 11 -3 xx   x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.21
WP
06.14
LAT
06.14
USAT
06.07
PW
06.15
Amz
(06.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.15)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 194   xxx..   127 + xxx.. 36 +4 xxx.. xxx..
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 126 18 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 08.15.06 / 5       xxx..     62 ++  
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 24 19 =     xxx..   xxx..    
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 63     xxx.. 101 +6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 30     xxx.. 117 -7   xxx..    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 48 xxx..   xxx..       88 -5  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 11 xxx..     131 + xxx..   89 +6  
King, Revival [tpb] 05.18.15 / 5 20 -7 xxx   x 10 -5      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 76     xxx.. 136 + 13 = xxx..   xxx..
Mandel, Station Eleven [tpb] 06.15.15 / 1 4 ++ 5 ++   116 ++ 14 ++      
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 171 xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 66 + xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 220 5 +3 xxx.. x 36 +29 xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 21             35 +27 xx
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 167 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 78 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 62       65 +67   11 +6 xxx.. 2 +9
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 226   xx   134 +   50 -2 xxx.. xxx
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 15 xxx     xxx.. 19 -1      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 81 5 =   xxx.. 119 +7 xxx.. xxx..    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 103 xxx..   xxx.. xxx 15 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               90 +  
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 1               15 ++
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 32 7 -2 xxx.. 4 +8 66 -18 17 -1 9 +13 23 +51 12 +10
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.21
WP
06.14
LAT
06.14
USAT
06.07
PW
06.15
Amz
(06.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.15)
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Category: Bestsellers

New Books, 9 June 2015

— posted Tuesday 9 June 2015 @ 10:05 am PDT

* Blaylock, James P. : Beneath London
(Titan 978-1783292608, $14.95, 432pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Langdon St. Ives #4

Steampunk fantasy novel, fourth in a series about Langdon St. Ives following Homunculus (1986) Lord Kelvin’s Machine (1992), and The Aylesford Skull (2013).
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Site Dread Central has an exclusive PDF excerpt linked from this post.

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* Cato, Beth : The Clockwork Crown
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-231398-0, $14.99, 384pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Clockwork Dagger #2

Steampunk fantasy novel, second in a series following The Clockwork Dagger (2014), about a magical healer.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a link to a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Cato continues to defy expectations, moving the saga toward an unexpected, heartfelt conclusion, and the revelations about Octavia’s abilities are amply rewarding.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: The Clockwork Crown isn’t a simplistic EcoFable encouraging parents and their children to go out and hug a tree. Its villains aren’t that obvious.”

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* Gratz, Alan : The Dragon Lantern
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765338235, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466838512
League of Seven #2

Middle-grade steampunk adventure novel, second in a series following The League of Seven (2014), set in an alternate 1875 America. Illustrations are by Brett Helquist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Greenwood, Ed : The Iron Assassin
(Tor 978-0-7653-3846-4, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466838895

Alternate history steampunk novel set in a non-Victorian London, about an inventor who creates a clockwork-enhanced corpse he calls the ‘Iron Assassin’.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Greenwood’s triumphant adventure is full of both brutality and psychological nuance.”

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* Hamilton, Laurell K. : Dead Ice
(Berkley 978-0425255711, $27.95, 576pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698140301
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781611764147
Anita Blake #24

Erotic fantasy vampire novel, 24th in the bestselling series about Anita Blake, vampire hunter, that began with Guilty Pleasures (2002) and most recently included Kiss the Dead (2012), Affliction (2013), and Jason (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Horton, Rich, ed. : The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607014522, $19.95, 576pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015

Anthology of 34 science fiction and fantasy stories first published in 2014.
• Authors include James Patrick Kelly, Robert Reed, Ken Liu, Alaya Dawn Johnson (whose story just won a Nebula Award), Kelly Link, Rachel Swirsky, and Cory Doctorow.
• Prime’s site has this description with a list of the contents.
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* Johansen, Erika : The Invasion of the Tearling
(Harper 978-0-06-229039-7, $24.99, 528pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Queen of the Tearling #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following The Queen of the Tearling (2014), about a young princess who has reclaimed her dead mother’s throne.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers enticed by strong female characters who seize control of their own destiny will forgive the story’s flaws.”
Entertainment Weekly just gave it a rave review: “Existing somewhere between The Handmaid’s Tale and an episode of Black Mirror, pre-Crossing America is a chilling security state on the brink of revolt, a world you want to explore as much as escape, and it brings this fantasy series much closer to home. A

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* Lewis, J. F. : Oathkeeper
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1633880542, $18, 381pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781633880559
Grudgebearer #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following Grudgebearer, about disputes between a race of former slaves and the race that enslaved them.
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* Nix, Garth : To Hold the Bridge
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-229252-0, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062292544
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062398123
UK edition: 978-1471404481 (Thu 4 Jun 2015)

Collection of 19 stories, including an Old Kingdom novella and stories set in the worlds of Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• Tom Whitmore reviewed it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “There’s more than enough good tales here to satisfy either a good youthful reader or an adult who remembers what is best about children’s literature.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry, Jack Cohen & Ian Stewart : Darwin’s Watch: The Science of Discworld III
(Anchor Books 978-0-8041-6898-4, $15.95, 346pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780804168991
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780804193672

First US edition (UK: Ebury Press, May 2005)

Nonfiction with fictional elements, exploring evolutionary theory in the context of wizards in Discworld who have accidently created “Roundworld”, i.e. the Earth. This is the first US edition.
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* Reynolds, Alastair : Slow Bullets
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-193-0, $14.95, 192pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015

Short SF novel set near the end of a far future interstellar conflict, about a soldier who is captured aboard a ship who passengers are waking from hibernation too soon.
• Tachyon’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “This is an odd tale, stylized and almost gothic in its sensibilities, reminiscent of Greg Bear’s Hull Zero Three in its willingness to mystify its audience and leave its shipboard mysteries unsolved.”
• Lois Tilton reviewed it for Locus Online: “Or it may be that their memories aren’t reliable, which is a thing we know about memories. But Scur’s story tells us that they need not limit or define a life, and at the moment she relinquished her own, she committed to what readers may recognize as an existentialist position…”

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* Rusch, Kristine Kathryn : Masterminds
(WMG 978-1-56146-625-2, $18.99, 384pp, trade paperback, June 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 3 Jun 2015
Retrieval Artist #14

Mystery/SF novel, 14th in the ‘Retrieval Artist’ series and eighth in the sequence beginning with Anniversary Day, concerning terrorists who threaten to destroy every dome on the Moon.
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• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “deeply satisfying” and concludes, “While it’s almost essential to have read the previous installments, this is a very strong payoff for the series.”

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