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Weekly Bestsellers: 27 March 2017

Three debuts this week, beginning with a new “Hogwarts Library” edition of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Arthur A. Levine), ranking #5 on the USA Today list.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 (Orbit) ranks on two lists, as high as #22 on Publishers Weekly‘s fiction hardcover list.

And the US edition of Andrzej Sapowski’s The Lady of the Lake (Orbit) ranks on two lists, as high as #19 on PW‘s trade paperback list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.02
WP
03.19
LAT
03.26
USAT
03.19
PW
03.27
Amz
(03.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.27)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 2         16 +      
Briggs, Silence Fallen 03.20.17 / 2 10 -8 [ 3 ]   43 -41 11 -9      
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 20 10 -1       xxx..      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 42 9 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 8 3 = [ 2 ] 2 = 23 +1 3 = 37 -13 95 -6 55 -26
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 2 9 -4 [ 4 ] 3 ++ 81 -16 8 -3 x    
Robinson, New York 2140 03.27.17 / 1       115 ++ 22 ++      
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 9 2 =     x 18 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 1       5 ++ 2 ++      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 1             20 ++ 100 ++
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 22     xx xxx 13 -3 xxx.. xxx xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 59     12 +3 123 = 10 -3 92 -2 47 +15 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 6 7 -3 [ 5 ] 1 = 70 -20 7 -3 x   x
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 34 14 -5 [ 6 ] 20 -15 108 -4 19 -8 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Hogwarts Library 03.27.17 / 1       36 ++        
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.02
WP
03.19
LAT
03.26
USAT
03.19
PW
03.27
Amz
(03.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.27)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 6             xx 18 ++
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 11 7 +2 [ 6 ] 3 +11 32 +10   6 +22   xxx..
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 55 xxx..   14 +       xxx..  
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 15     xxx.. 101 +       xxx..
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 294   [ 9 ] 4 -1 57 -10   93 -42 33 +38 33 -16
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               54 +1  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               90 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 121 -3   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 65             79 +17 26 -4
Sapkowski, The Lady of the Lake [tpb] 03.27.17 / 1       92 ++ 19 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.02
WP
03.19
LAT
03.26
USAT
03.19
PW
03.27
Amz
(03.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.27)
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Classics in Reprint, March 2017

* Anderson, Poul : The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 7: Question and Answer
(NESFA Press 978-1-61037-313-5, $32, 550pp, hardcover, February 2017, cover art Vincent di Fate)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 17 Feb 2017

Collection of 12 short novels and stories, the seventh in NESFA’s ongoing series to gather the best short works of Anderson.
• Contents include the title story, originally a two-part magazine serial later published as an Ace Double titled Planet of No Return (1956), and “To Outlive Eternity”, originally a two-part magaziner serial in 1967.
• NESFA Press’ site has this description and order page.
• Paul Di Filippo will review the book for Locus Online in April.

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Bowes, Richard : From the Files of the Time Rangers
(Lethe Press 978-1590216309, $18, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: Golden Gryphon Press, September 2005)

Time-travel fantasy novel, composed of 9 previously published stories, about Greek gods who recruit humans to be ‘time rangers’ with the ability to change history.
• This edition has a new introduction by Jeffrey Ford.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
• The book was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2007.

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Lee, Tanith : Delusion’s Master
(DAW 978-0756410940, $7.99, 272pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: DAW, September 1981)

Fantasy novel, third in the “Flat Earth” series of interconnected stories following Night’s Master (1978) and Death’s Master (179)
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.

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Levin, Ira : Rosemary’s Baby
(Pegasus 978-1681774664, $15.95, 256pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: Random House, March 1967)

50th anniversary edition about a Manhattan couple who move into a building of eccentrics, whose behavior turns sinister as Rosemary becomes pregnant.
• This edition has an introduction by David Morrell.
• Pegasus’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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New Books : 21 March 2017

* Allan, Jay : Flames of Rebellion
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-256680-5, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062566836
Flames of Rebellion #1

Military SF novel, first in a series, about rebels on the planet Haven revolting against Federal America.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* Asher, Neal : Infinity Engine
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-889-7, $26.99, 488pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
UK edition: Macmillan/Tor UK 978-0230750753 (Thu 23 Mar 2017)
Transformation #3


SF novel, third in a trilogy following Dark Intelligence (2015) and War Factory (2016), set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: a “””powerful work that transcends the borders of morality, existence, and spacetime itself.””

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* Baker, Mishell : Phantom Pains
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-5192-5, $29.99, 416pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481451932
The Arcadia Project #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Nebula-nominated Borderline (2016), about a Hollywood filmmaker who joins a secret organization in contact with Fairyland.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””Baker has a wonderfully subtle touch with delicate emotional, psychological, and romantic elements, and she builds a solid foundation of complex and interesting characterization upon which she layers heart-pounding action and a brilliantly twisty plot. Each word is deliberately chosen for maximum effect. Everything readers think they know about both worlds will be upended by this enthralling installment.””

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* Clarke, Cassandra Rose : Star’s End
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-4429-3, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481444316

SF novel about a family-run planetary system in which the eldest daughter prepares to take over the business.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “””The well-developed characters enhance this novel of grand ideas, bringing relatable human motives and vulnerabilities to a world in which industry, government, warfare, and space travel are inextricably intertwined.””

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* Cornell, Paul : Chalk
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9095-0, $17.99, 272pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9094-3

Fantasy novel about a bullied boy who discovers a West Country chalk horse at a site of ancient power.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Cornell weaves human and supernatural horror together in powerful and disturbing ways. Children of the ’80s will get a thrill from the music references, and the climax at the Fasley Grange School Halloween disco couldn’t be more perfect.””

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* Fujii, Taiyo : Orbital Cloud
(Viz/Haikasoru 978-1-4215-9213-8, $16.99, 528pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017

SF novel, first published in Japanese in 2014 and here translated by Timothy Silver, about space-based terror involving the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NORAD, and the CIA.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Lebbon, Tim : Relics
(Titan 978-1-78565-030-7, $14.95, 336pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017

Fantasy novel, first in a trilogy, about a black market for the remains of gryphons, faeries, and other fantastic creatures.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Lebbon’s visual imagination is good, and his experience with movie novelizations is amply evident…””

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* Scalzi, John : The Collapsing Empire
(Tor 978-0-7653-8888-9, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765388896

SF novel, first in a new series, about the discovering of The Flow, an extradimensional field that gives humanity access to the planets around other stars.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “””Scalzi’s storytelling centers on dynamic and quick-thinking players with strong personalities who engage in spirited social interactions, making the slightly dubious physics forgivable. Expect several future works set in this sprawling universe.””

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* Strickland, AdriAnne, & Michael Miller : Shadow Run
(Delacorte 978-0-399-55253-3, $17.99, 390pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399552540

Young adult SF novel about a prince-in-hiding who becomes a cargo loader on a starship whose captain holds the key to changing galactic civilization.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Weis, Margaret, & Robert Krammes : Spymaster
(Tor 978-0-7653-8107-1, $27.99, 576pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466877955
The Dragon Corsairs #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a female sailor hired to find a young man who claims to be the heir the throne.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 20 March 2017

Three titles debut prominently, beginning with Patricia Briggs’ Silence Fallen (Ace), latest in her Mercy Thompson series, ranking in 2nd place on three lists and in 3rd place on a fourth.

Mohsin Hamid’s surrealistic Exit West (Riverhead) also debuts on four print lists, ranking as high as #4 on the Washington Post list.

And Anne Bishop’s Etched in Bone (Ace), latest “Novel of the Others”, debuts on four lists, ranking as high as #10.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.26
WP
03.19
LAT
03.19
USAT
03.12
PW
03.20
Amz
(03.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.20)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Bishop, Etched in Bone 03.20.17 / 1 15 ++ 10 ++   18 ++ 16 ++      
Briggs, Silence Fallen 03.20.17 / 1 2 ++ 3 ++   2 ++ 2 ++      
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 19 9 =       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 16 xxx.. xxx.. 7 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 41 8 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 7 3 -1 2 -1 2 = 24 +2 3 -2 24 +2 89 -35 29 +8
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 1 5 ++ 4 ++   65 ++ 5 ++ 69 ++    
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 8 2 =     94 + 15 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 21     x xx 10 -1 xxx.. xx xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 23       xxx.. 23 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 58     15 + 123 +17 7 -1 90 -21 62 -12 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 5 4 -3 5 -3 1 = 50 -13 4 -2 84 -48   86 -21
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 33 9 -5 6 -3 5 -1 104 -15 11 -2 xxx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.26
WP
03.19
LAT
03.19
USAT
03.12
PW
03.20
Amz
(03.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.20)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 10 9 +1 6 = 14 -10 42 +29   28 -10   xxx..
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 7       83 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
McGuire, Magic for Nothing 03.20.17 / 1       132 ++        
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 293   9 -6 3 +5 47 -8   51 -19 71 -10 17 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               68 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               55 +2  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 118 +28   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 64             96 + 22 -3
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 41       xxx..   94 -15   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.26
WP
03.19
LAT
03.19
USAT
03.12
PW
03.20
Amz
(03.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.20)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Periodicals, mid-March 2017

Apex Magazine

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

March 2017
Issue 94, cover art by Caroline Jamhour
• This issue has stories by John Hornor Jacobs, Mary Elizabeth Burroughs, and Ken MacLeod.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with John Hornor Jacobs and Caroline Jamhour, books reviews, and short fiction reviews by A.C. Wise.

(Sat 18 Mar 2017)

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Aphelion

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

March 2017
Issue 215
• This 20th anniversary issue has fiction by Robin B. Lipinski, Jake Zawlacki, Walter G. Esselman, Colt Leasure, Susan Anwin, and others.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to more of the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

(Sat 18 Mar 2017)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

November 2016
Issue 339, Vol. 29 No. 3, 32pp
• This special “War at Literature’s Borders” issue features a review by Mark Scroggins of the four novels in Michael Moorcock’s Cornelius Quartet, and a review by Joe Milicia of John Joseph Adams’ anthology Invaders.
• Other reviews are by Kris Dikeman, on Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 2; David V. Griffin, on the film Creepshow; Martin Morse Wooster, on a book about UK fandom; and several books of “random reading” by David Langford.
• Other pieces are by Darrell Schweitzer, interviewing Albert E. Cowdrey; Mike Barrett, on The Worm Ouroboros; Brian Stableford, on S. Henry Berthold; Gustavo Bondoni, on Soviet SF writers; and Kevin J. Maroney’s editorial, on favorite comics from 2016.

(Wed 15 Mar 2017)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

• E’zine of hard SF fiction, nonfiction, and art, since 2012; edited by Sam Bellotto Jr.
• Format: Monthly
• Frequency: Online
http://www.perihelionsf.com/

March 2017
Cover art by Jung Sang
• Stories in this issue are by Lauren C. Teffeau, Tom Jolly, James Van Pelt, Eric Del Carlo, Tim Jeffreys, Dave Creek, Jez Patterson, and Benjamin Sonnek. Shorter stories are by L.L. Hill, Robin White, and Russell Hemmell.
• Articles are by Daniel M. Kimmel and The Wyss Institute.
• There’s also a comic strip by Casey Brillon, an editorial, and a page of reviews by Carol Kean and Joshua Berlow.

(Mon 13 Mar 2017)

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Uncanny

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

March/April 2017
Issue 15, cover art by Julie Dillon
• This issue has original fiction by Beth Cato, Stephen Graham Jones, JY Yang, Sarah Pinsker, and S. Qiouyi Lu, and reprint fiction by Kameron Hurley.
• Poetry is by Cassandra Khaw, Brandon O’Brien, Bogi Takács, and Lisa M. Bradley,
• There are also interviews with Stephen Graham Jones and Sarah Pinsker, and essays by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Sam J. Miller, Paul Booth, Dawn Xiana Moon, and Shveta Thakrar.

(Sat 18 Mar 2017)

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New in Paperback : February – March 2017

Abercrombie, Joe : Sharp Ends
(Orbit 978-0316390828, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017

(First edition: Orbit, April 2016)

Collection of stories, subtitled “Stories from the World of the First Law”, with some of the stories original to this book.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this post from 2015 listing the table of contents.

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Brennan, Marie : In the Labyrinth of Drakes
(Tor 978-0765377647, $16.99, 368pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
A Natural History of Dragons #4

(First edition: Tor, April 2016)

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series after A Natural History of Dragons (2013), The Tropic of Serpents (2014), and Voyage of the Basilisk (2015), about a dragon naturalist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Once again, the work is a delight. Its most appealing aspect isn’t the genre-bending riffs on genuine events so much as the level-headed outlook that people like Lady Trent bring to both fantasy and romance.”

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Das, Indra : The Devourers
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1101967539, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017

(First edition: Penguin India, 2015)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a college professor’s encounter with a mysterious stranger who recounts tales of an ancient race of people.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Lawrence, Mark : The Wheel of Osheim
(Ace 978-0425268834, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Feb 2017
The Red Queen’s War #3

(First edition: Ace, June 2016)

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Prince of Fools (2014) and The Liar’s Key (2015), about a prince of the Broken Empire.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Locke, Kate : The Queen Is Dead
(Orbit 978-0316334761, $9.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Feb 2017
Immortal Empire #2

(First edition: Orbit, February 2013)

Steampunk fantasy novel, second of a series following God Save the Queen (2012), in which Queen Victoria and other London aristocrats have become vampires and werewolves and are still alive in 2012.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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Oyeyemi, Helen : What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
(Penguin Random House/Riverhead 978-1594634642, $16, 352pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017

(First edition: Penguin/Riverhead, March 2016)

Collection of nine stories, four of them previously published.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with quotes from numerous reviews.

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Sawyer, Robert J. : Quantum Night
(Ace 978-0425256428, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Feb 2017

(First edition: Ace, March 2016)

SF novel about an experimental psychologist who develops a technique for identifying psychopaths, a quantum physicist who’s made a discovery about human consciousness, and a tide of violence sweeping the world.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• Sawyer’s site has this page for the book with quotes from reviews and background material.

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Staveley, Brian : The Last Mortal Bond
(Tor 978-0765336453, $17.99, 672pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3

(First edition: Tor, March 2016)

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Emperor’s Blades (2014) and The Providence of Fire (2015), about the daughter and two sons of a slain emperor.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Steele, Allen : Arkwright
(Tor 978-0765382160, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017

(First edition: Tor, March 2016)

SF novel about a seminal 20th century SF writer who, in his advanced years, creates a foundation to build a starship to colonize another planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Speaking of starship design and the prospect of space travel and colonization, I marvel at the synchronicity that produced this book right next to Carter Scholz’ Gypsy (reviewed last month) and to a whole line of contrarian depictions of humans-into-space that includes Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora and Charles Stross’s deflating robots-in-space books. Steele’s book is not a counter-argument so much as a counter-assertion…”

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Straub, Peter : Interior Darkness: Selected Stories
(Random House/Anchor 978-1101971222, $16.95, 496pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Feb 2017

(First edition: Doubleday, February 2016)

Collection of 16 stories drawn from three earlier collections with three stories previously uncollected.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Tremblay, Paul : Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
(Morrow 978-0062363275, $14.99, 368pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017

(First edition: Morrow, June 2016)

Horror novel about the impact on a family of the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The book is currently a finalist for the Bram Stoker Awards.

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Valente, Catherynne M. : The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home
(Macmillan/Square Fish 978-1250104014, $7.99, 320pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Fairyland #5

(First edition: Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, March 2016)

Young adult fantasy novel, fifth in a series following The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2009), The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012), The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (2013), and The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (2015), about a girl from Nebraska who travels to Fairyland. Illustrations are by Ana Juan.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books : 14 March 2017

— posted Tuesday 14 March 2017 @ 10:48 am PDT

* Fletcher, Charlie : The Remnant
(Orbit 978-0316279567, $16.99, 464pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316279581
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478940364
UK edition: 978-0356502960 (Thu 16 Mar 2017)
Oversight #3

Dark fantasy novel, third in a series following The Oversight (2014) and The Paradox (2015), about a group that guards the border between the mundane and the magic.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives the previous book a starred review: “Fletcher’s Victorian London is an atmospheric, creepily delicious concoction of alleyways and dark magic, mirror worlds where danger dwells at every turn, and nuanced, complex characters, all with their own story.”

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* Helmreich, Joseph : The Return
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-05219-3, $25.99, 256pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466853508

SF novel about an astrophysicist who returns from an alien abduction and denies that the abduction happened.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The plot takes some clever turns, though the ending doesn’t quite live up to the beginning, and Helmreich’s characters are satisfyingly multidimensional.”

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* Knaak, Richard A. : Black City Demon
(Pyr 978-1-63388-275-1, $18, 363pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781633882768
Black City #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Black City Saint (2016), about a guardian of the gate between the human world and Faerie, set in Chicago 50 years after the great fire.
• Pyr’s site has this description with blurbs from Mike Resnick and others.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The novel unfolds like a mystery as curious characters and mutilated corpses pop up, some with supernatural origins.”

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* Murad, Mahvesh, & Jared Shurin, eds. : The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories
(Solaris 978-1781084175, $15.99, 356pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
UK edition: 978-1781084168 (Thu 9 Mar 2017)

Anthology of 21 original stories.
• Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, K.J. Parker, Claire North, and Maria Dahvana Headley.
• Solaris’ site has this description and this post with blurbs and quotes from reviews.

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* Neumeier, Rachel : The White Road of the Moon
(Penguin Random House/Knopf 978-0553509328, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553509342

Young adult fantasy novel about a girl, with the ability to see ghosts, who runs away from her hated aunt.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Newman, Emma : Brother’s Ruin
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9396-8, $14.99, 192pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9395-1
Industrial Magic #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, first in a series, set in 1850 London where talented young mages are recruited by the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Urban fantasy enthusiasts might enjoy this novella, but several elements feel too familiar.”

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* Robinson, Kim Stanley : New York 2140
(Orbit 978-0-316-26234-7, $28, 624pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316262330
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478941224

SF novel about the effects of rising sea levels on New York City in the year 2140.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Readers open to an optimistic projection of how humans could handle an increasingly plausible environmental catastrophe will find the info dumps worth wading through.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “…the novel at times becomes such a tribute to the resilience and ingenuity of New Yorkers that the drowned Manhattan seems more intriguing than frightening, and a pretty attractive place to explore… [T]here have been more than a few environmental catastrophe tales set in a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting.”

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* Xue, Can : Frontier
(Open Letter 978-1-940953-54-0, $16.95, 470pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Mar 2017

Fantasy novel by a pseudonymous Chinese author, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping, about a young woman’s life in a surreal town where she attempts to unify the grand opposites of life.
• The publisher’s site has this description and an excerpt.
• The Kirkus review concludes, “Odd, atmospheric, and enchanting: a story in which, disbelief duly suspended, one savors improbabilities along with haunting images and is left wanting more.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 13 March 2017

— posted Monday 13 March 2017 @ 11:31 am PDT

Kristen Britain’s Firebrand (DAW), sixth book in her “Green Rider” series, debuts on two lists this week, ranking #17 on the Publishers Weekly fiction hardcover list.

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology still dominate lists, ranking #1 or #2 on four lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
03.12
LAT
03.12
USAT
03.05
PW
03.13
Amz
(03.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.13)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 1         13 ++      
Britain, Firebrand 03.13.17 / 1       109 ++ 17 ++      
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 18 9 -2       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 15 xxx.. xxx.. 12 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 6 2 = 1 + 2 = 26 -10 1 +1 26 -8 54 -9 37 -15
Mastai, All Our Wrong Todays 03.13.17 / 1     19 ++          
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 7 2 =     x 12 -5      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 20     17 -1 x 9 -7 xxx.. x xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 57     x 140 -43 6 = 69 +25 50 -15 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 4 1 = 2 + 1 = 37 -15 2 -1 36 -8   65 +28
Schwab, A Conjuring of Light 03.06.17 / 2 x   10 ++ x x      
Wendig, Empire’s End: Aftermath 03.06.17 / 2 11 -8     x 18 -14      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 32 4 +5 3 + 4 = 89 -27 9 +3 xx   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
03.12
LAT
03.12
USAT
03.05
PW
03.13
Amz
(03.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.13)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 5             87 +  
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 9 10 = 6 + 4 +2 71 -34   18 +22   xxx..
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 292   3 + 8 ++ 39 -18   32 -8 61 = 17 +84
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               57 -31  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 146 -33   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 63             xxx.. 19 +5
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 40       xxx..   79 +11   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.19
WP
03.12
LAT
03.12
USAT
03.05
PW
03.13
Amz
(03.13)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.13)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.13)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

New Books : 7 March 2017

— posted Tuesday 7 March 2017 @ 12:51 pm PDT

* Bailey, Robin Wayne, & Bryan Thomas Schmidt, eds. : Little Green Men – Attack!
(Baen 978-1-4767-8213-3, $16, 304pp, trade paperback, March 2017, cover art Dominic Harman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-567-0

Anthology of 19 mostly original stories; one story, by Robert Silverberg, is a reprint.
• Other contributors include Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Allen M. Steele, James E. Gunn, and Esther M. Friesner.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several stories.

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* Bishop, Anne : Etched in Bone
(Roc 978-0-451-47449-0, $27, 416pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698190450
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524756284
The Others #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Written in Red (2013), Murder of Crows (2014), Vision in Silver (2015), and Marked in Flesh (2016), about unearthly entities who rule the Earth and prey off humans.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “As always, Bishop spins an engrossing tale – and ultimately we get a sweet ending that those who’ve been following the series should really appreciate…”

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* Bledsoe, Alex : Gather Her Round
(Tor 978-0-7653-8334-1, $27.99, 320pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466891555
Tufa #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following The Hum and the Shiver (2011), Wisp of a Thing (2013), Long Black Curl (2015), and Chapel of Ease (2016), about people descended from Irish fairies who live in Appalachia.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Bledsoe comfortably inhabits the space where rural fantasy and magic realism overlap and makes it his own.”
• Liz Bourke reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: Gather Her Round is the fifth of these liminal Appalachian rural community fantasies, and like all of its predecessors, it’s an elegantly constructed murder ballad of a book.”

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* Briggs, Patricia : Silence Fallen
(Ace 978-0-425-28127-7, $27, 384pp, hardcover, March 2017, cover art Dan Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698195813
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524755768
Mercy Thompson #10

Fantasy novel, tenth in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who’s also a car mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), Bone Crossed (2009), Silver Borne (2010), River Marked (2011), Frost Burned (2013), Night Broken (2014), and Fire Touched (2016).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Briggs delivers her usual action and danger in the 10th Mercy Thompson urban fantasy, and adds a surprising playfulness.”
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “…this ends up being an entertaining adventure, the mood less fraught than in some of Mercy’s outings, with lots of little touches of humor to keep things fun.”

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* Butler, D. J. : Witchy Eye
(Baen 978-1-4767-8211-9, $25, 576pp, hardcover, March 2017, cover art Daniel Dos Santos)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-565-6

Alternate history fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about the 15-year-old daughter of an Appalachian war hero in a world where magic works and the emperor controls dragons, shapeshifters, and the undead.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Sarah is the epitome of the downtrodden hero who refuses to give up until she gets what she needs, and her story will appeal to fantasy readers of all stripes.”

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* Christopher, Adam : Standard Hollywood Depravity
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9183-4, $14.99, 144pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765391827
Ray Electromatic Mysteries #3

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Brisk Money and Made to Kill, about the world’s last robot, a former private investigator now turned hit-man.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “For series fans and noir readers who consider the journey more important than the destination, there’s enough here to satisfy.”

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* Claycomb, Ann : The Mermaid’s Daughter
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062560681, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062560698
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062673718

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, retelling Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”, about a 25-year-old opera singer in Boston haunted by phantom pain in her feet.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* Fortune, Margaret : Archangel
(DAW 978-0756412937, $25, 464pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197817
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780451486639
Spectre War #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a series following Nova (2015), about a young woman who realizes she is a genetically engineered time bomb.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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+ Hamilton, Alwyn : Traitor to the Throne
(Viking 978-0451477859, $18.99, 528pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698411708
Rebel of the Sands #2

Young adult fantasy novel, sequel to Rebel of the Sands, about a 16-year-old girl fighting to liberate her desert nation.
• The UK edition was published in February.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Hamilton successfully mingles romance with thrilling stakes, and hints at a welcome sequel.”

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+ Henderson, Randy : Smells Like Finn Spirit
(Tor 978-0765378125, $29.99, 448pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466859159
The Familia Arcana #3

Fantasy novel, final book in a series following Finn Fancy Necromancy (2015) and Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free (2016), about a man returning to the real world about 25 years imprisonment in the Fey otherworld.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Kalfar, Jaroslav : Spaceman of Bohemia
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-27343-5, $26, 288pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316273404
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938750

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about the first Czech astronaut on a trip to Venus, where he conducts philosophical conversations with a possibly imaginary giant spider.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Written in an erudite comic style, the novel boldly switches tones like a spacesuit built for multiple planetary atmospheres: from the historical to the domestic, from out-of-this-world fables to brutal terrestrial reality.”

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* La Farge, Paul : The Night Ocean
(Penguin 978-1-101-98108-5, $27, 400pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101981108

Alternate history novel about a psychiatrist pursuing the disappearance of her husband, who was obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft’s association with a gay teenage fan in Florida.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review signed by Peter Cannon: “Like Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu,” the novel consists of several sub-narratives, ranging widely in time and place. But instead of a revelation about humanity’s diminished place in an impersonal universe, La Farge delivers insights into the human need to believe in stories and the nature of literary fame, while consistently upsetting readers’ expectations.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: The Night Ocean is a fabulous novel, in the quite literal meaning of that: it’s about tricksters and literary hoaxes and secret identities, but it’s really about the fables we make to construct, or discover, or invent ourselves, and about how much we can really get away with.”

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* Maresca, Marshall Ryan : The Holver Alley Crew
(DAW 978-0756412609, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756412616
Streets of Maradaine #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series paralleling two other series also set in the port city of Maradaine, about two brothers who fall back on thievery following a fire that destroys their shop.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* McClellan, Brian : Sins of Empire
(Orbit 978-0316407212, $26, 624pp, hardcover, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316375122
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478929345
Gods of Blood and Powder #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series set in the same world as the author’s Powder Mage trilogy, set in the capital city of a young nation where insurrection threatens.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* McGuire, Seanan : Magic for Nothing
(DAW 978-0-7564-1039-1, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698183544
InCryptid #6

Urban fantasy novel, sixth in a series following Discount Armageddon (2012), Midnight Blue-Light Special (2013), Half-Off Ragnorak (2014), Pocket Apocalypse (2015), and Chaos Choreography (2016), about a crytozoologist who’d rather study ballroom dancing than the monsters of the world.

Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine: “…it all comes together for a lot of fast-paced, goofy fun.”

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* Palmer, Ada : Seven Surrenders
(Tor 978-0-7653-7802-6, $26.99, 400pp, hardcover, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466858756
Terra Ignota #2

SF novel, second in a series following Too Like the Lightning (2016), about a far future in which a convict works as a spiritual counselor as part of a conspiracy to maintain global stability.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Where Palmer succeeds is in her rich description of a world where sexuality is an intrinsic part of politics and gender is an archaic, dying construct, as well as her allusions to breaking the connection between church and state despite those who cling to religious fervor.”

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* Rieder, John : Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7716-0, $22.95, 224pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7717-7

Nonfiction study about how science fiction and other genres are distinct from classical genres such as the epic, tragedy, comedy, satire, etc.
• Wesleyan’s site has this description with blurbs from Mark Bould, Sherryl Vint, and others, and the table of contents.
• There’s also a hardcover edition (978-0819577153) for $75.

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* Sparks, Cat : Lotus Blue
(Skyhorse/Talos Press 978-1-940456-70-6, $15.99, 388pp, trade paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781940456737

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a caravan crossing a barren desert world littered with ancient war machines.
• Talos’ site has this description with blurbs from Peter Watts, Jack Dann, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The mood is relentlessly bleak.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, noting the inevitable Mad Max comparisons: “her fine first novel Lotus Blue, set in a far future Australian wasteland, is as evocative of Terry Dowling’s Rynosseros stories, with their neat sandships, or even of David R. Bunch’s surreal Moderan stories, as it is of George Miller’s monster truck rallies. The setting, in fact, is violent and inventive enough that it almost serves as an additional character…”

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* Wells, Alex : Hunger Makes the Wolf
(Angry Robot 978-0857666444, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Mar 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666451
UK edition: 9780857666437 (Thu 2 Mar 2017)

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about an orphan member of a mercenary bike troop on a desert world run by a company with a monopoly on interstellar travel.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 6 March 2017

— posted Monday 6 March 2017 @ 11:36 am PDT

Two titles debut this week, beginning with V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light (Tor), this in the Shades of Magic series, ranking as high as #6 on the New York Times list.

And a new Star Wars novel by Chuck Wendig, Empire’s End: Aftermath (Del Rey), ranks as high as #3 on the NYT list.

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology still dominate lists, ranking #1 and #2 respectively on three separate lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.12
WP
02.26
LAT
03.05
USAT
02.26
PW
03.06
Amz
(03.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.06)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 17 7 +       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 14 xxx..   8 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 40 10 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 5 2 = [ 2 ] 2 -1 16 -3 2 = 18 -4 45 -19 22 -10
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 6 2 =     132 +13 7 +      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 19     16 + 50 -3 2 + xxx.. 100 -10 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 22       xxx.. 21 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 56     11 -2 97 -24 6 + 94 -10 35 +17 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 3 1 = [ 1 ] 1 ++ 22 -13 1 = 28 -7   93 ++
Schwab, A Conjuring of Light 03.06.17 / 1 6 ++     46 ++ 11 ++      
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 11 6 +1       xxx..      
Wendig, Empire’s End: Aftermath 03.06.17 / 1 3 ++     13 ++ 4 ++      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 31 9 = [ 6 ] 4 -2 62 -12 12 -3 x   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.12
WP
02.26
LAT
03.05
USAT
02.26
PW
03.06
Amz
(03.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.06)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 8 10 -5 [ 1 ] 6 -1 37 -9   40 -21   xxx
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 291   [ 2 ]   21 +2   24 -13 61 -14 101 -63
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 26 xxx..   13 + xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               73 +10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               26 -6  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               83 -3  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 113 -6   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 41       xxx..   xxx.. 70 -4  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 62             xxx.. 24 +8
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 39       xxx..   90 +   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.12
WP
02.26
LAT
03.05
USAT
02.26
PW
03.06
Amz
(03.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.06)
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