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Weekly Bestsellers, 12 September 2016

Both Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child slip on two or three lists this week, but both still rank very high, at #1 on at least one list each.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.18
WP
09.11
LAT
09.11
USAT
09.04
PW
09.12
Amz
(09.12)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.12)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.12)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Black/Clare, The Bronze Key 09.12.16 / 1         5 ++      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 26 4 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Cronin, The Passage 06.08.10 / 19 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 121 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 7 18 -2   11 -2 66 -15 24 -6 xxx..    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 17 xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx 19 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 19 7 -3     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Maas, Empire of Storms 09.05.16 / 2           46 -32 47 -33 x
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 48     xxx.. 102 +15 7 = xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 31     2 = 1 = 1 = 2 -1 4 -1 3 -1
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 50       xxx.. 14 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 6 2 -1 2 + 1 = 11 -3 3 -2 24 -14   x
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 58 xxx..     xxx.. 24 -4 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 15       xxx.. 13 -2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.18
WP
09.11
LAT
09.11
USAT
09.04
PW
09.12
Amz
(09.12)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.12)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.12)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 231   7 +   54 -12 xxx.. 41 -5 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 81 13 + xxx.. xxx xxx..   xxx..   xx
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 102     xxx.. 67 +4 xxx.. xx   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 260 xxx.. xxx.. 14 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx..
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 4 6 -1              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 273   xxx..   90 +7   90 -6 55 +9 86 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 67 xxx..   xxx.. 56 +4 xxx.. 83 +    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 142 xxx..   6 +1 7 -1 3 -1 50 -12 78 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               75 =  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 117 -5   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               54 -7  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               92 -10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 31 -4   84 -9    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 38             46 -4 18 +41
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 21       xxx..   51 -19   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.18
WP
09.11
LAT
09.11
USAT
09.04
PW
09.12
Amz
(09.12)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.12)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.12)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New Books, 6 September 2016

* Alexander, K. C. : Necrotech
(Angry Robot 978-0857666246, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, September 2016, cover art Cody Tilson)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666253
UK edition: 9780857666239 (Thu 1 Sep 2016)

Cyberpunk novel about a street thug involved in a conspiracy to change the human condition.
• The author has previously written as Karina Cooper. This book was previously announced as SINless.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description, with blurbs from Kevin Hearne, Stephen Blackmore, and others.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Beagle, Peter S. : Summerlong
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-244-9, $15.95, 236pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016

Fantasy novel about an enigmatic woman, Lioness Lazos, whose arrival in the Puget Sound affects both the residents and the weather.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishes Weekly gives it a starred review, calling it “Beagle’s strange and lovely lyric vision.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “It’s a pleasure to report that Summerlong, while somewhat modest in scope and just as fully grounded in convincing and amiable characters as Beagle’s short fiction, is not a disappointment. It’s a lovely, graceful, quiet meditation on matters of aging, families, art, love, relationships, and (since this is Beagle) Greek mythology.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Beaulieu, Bradley P. : Of Sand and Malice Made
(DAW 978-0756412098, $18, 240pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756412104
The Song of Shattered Sands #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following Twelve Kings of Sharakhai (2015), set in a great desert city rules by twelve immortal kings.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “The novel finally earns its length in a subterranean battle for control of a resurrected blood mage with a private agenda. Overall, this is an impressive performance.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Bennett, James : Chasing Embers
(Orbit 978-0316390699, $14.99, 464pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316390712
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478968184
UK edition: 978-0356506647 (Thu 8 Sep 2016)
Ben Garston #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about an ordinary man who is really a figure out of myth and legends.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Black, J. Patrick : Ninth City Burning
(Ace 978-1-101-99144-2, $27, 496pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101991459
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780735209275

SF novel, the author’s first novel, set 500 years after aliens have devastated Earth with universe-altering weapons called thelemity.
• Penguin’s site has this description with two video trailers.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Black is a fresh new voice who pays respect to the classics of SF in this enjoyable adventure debut.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Bledsoe, Alex : Chapel of Ease
(Tor 978-0-7653-7656-5, $27.99, 320pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851429
Tufa #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Hum and the Shiver (2011), Wisp of a Thing (2013), and Long Black Curl (2015), about people descended from Irish fairies who live in Appalachia.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “With his subtle, character-driven approach, Bledsoe skillfully fuses music, legend, and regional atmosphere to create something that feels like an unexplored corner of American mythology.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Clark, D. Nolan : Forsaken Skies
(Orbit 978-0316355698, $15.99, 608pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316355704
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478913955
The Silence #1

Military SF novel, first in a series, about a Navy war hero who confronts an invading alien armada.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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+ Cogman, Genevieve : The Masked City
(Roc 978-1101988664, $16, 384pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101988671
The Invisible Library #2

Alternate history fantasy novel, second book of a trilogy after The Invisible Library (June 2016), about a mysterious Library that collects books from different realities.
• The third book, The Burning Page, will be published in December.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book Za starred review: “Reminiscent of the works of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman, Cogman’s novel is a true treat to read.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Cox, Richard : The Boys of Summer
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-878-1, $15.99, 436pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016

Supernatural coming-of-age novel about a boy who survives a 1979 Texas tornado and wakes four years later.
• Night Shade’s site has this description, blurbs, and an excerpt from the Booklist review: “This beautifully written supernatural thriller will no doubt remind some readers of Stephen King’s It, and perhaps also of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River, but make no mistake: this is no knockoff. Cox’s story is vibrantly original and his characters are intricately detailed.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Czerneda, Julie E. : The Gate to Futures Past
(DAW 978-0756408701, $26, 416pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698190047
Reunification #2

SF novel, second in a trilogy following This Gulf of Time and Stars (2015), set in the same universe as the author’s Clan Chronicles.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Flint, Eric, & David Carrico : The Span of Empire
(Baen 978-1-4767-8153-2, $26, 576pp, hardcover, September 2016, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-520-5
Jao Empie #3

SF novel, third in a series following The Course of the Empire (2003) and The Crucible of Empire (2010), both by Flint and K.D. Wentworth.
• Baen’s site has this page with links to several chapter excerpts.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Johansen, K. V. : Gods of Nabban
(Pyr 978-1-63388-203-4, $17, 576pp, trade paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016

Fantasy novel about a fugitive slave and the assassin he has freed from ghostly possession.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “…Johansen fills the scene with a myriad of finely drawn characters and breathtaking landscapes. Johansen’s latest is not to be missed.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Maas, Sarah J. : Empire of Storms
(Bloomsbury 978-1619636071, $18.99, 704pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781619636088
Throne of Glass #5

Young-adult fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Throne of Glass (2012), Crown of Midnight (2013), Heir of Fire (2014), and Queen of Shadows (2015), about a teenaged assassin inspired by Cinderella.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with quotes from reviews of the earlier books.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* McGuire, Seanan : Once Broken Faith
(DAW 978-0-7564-0810-7, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101601822
October Daye #10

Urban fantasy novel, tenth in a series about October (Toby) Daye, a half-human, half-faerie private investigator in San Francisco, following the author’s debut novel Rosemary and Rue (2009), A Local Habitation (2010), An Artificial Night (2010), Late Eclipses (March 2011), One Salt Sea (2011), Ashes of Honor (2012), Chimes of Midnight (2013), The Winter Long (2014), and A Red Rose Chain (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The emotional core of the series is stronger than ever, with the action being immediate and visceral. McGuire quite satisfyingly continues the ongoing story while telling an intense and entertaining tale in its own right.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Remic, Andy : Twilight of the Dragons
(Angry Robot Us 978-0857664570, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, August 2016, cover art Lee Gibbons)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664587
UK edition: 9780857664563 (Thu 1 Sep 2016)
The Blood Dragon Empire #2

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following The Dragon Engine (2015), about five war heroes who have discovered a cache of unhatched dragon eggs.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Shawl, Nisi : Everfair
(Tor 978-0-7653-3805-1, $26.99, 384pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466837843

Alternate history novel, the author’s first novel, in which British socialists and African-American missionaries purchase the Congo from its Belgian colonizers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Shawl deftly wields a diverse cast of characters to impressive effect, taking readers from the Victorian era to WWI and its aftermath. This highly original story blends steampunk and political intrigue in a compelling new view of a dark piece of human history.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the September issue of Locus Magazine: “…the novel unfolds with deep intellect, epic sweep, and an unsentimental historical insight that remains all too rare in the genre.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Spencer, Wen : Project Elfhome
(Baen 978-1-4767-8180-8, $25, 480pp, hardcover, September 2016, cover art Dave Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-521-2
Elfhome #5

Collection of stories set in the author’s Elfhome series, consisting of Tinker (2003), Wolf Who Rules (2006), Elfhome (2012), and Wood Sprites (2014), in which near-future Pittsburgh borders the land of the elves.
• Baen’s site has a description and links to several chapters.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Steinmetz, Ferrett : Fix
(Angry Robot 978-0857665737, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, September 2016, cover art Steven Meyer-Rassow)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665744
UK edition: 9780857665720 (Thu 1 Sep 2016)
‘Mancer #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Flex (March 2015) and The Flux (Oct 2015), about a battle between ‘mancers, devotees to various kinds of magic.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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* Stirling, S. M. : Prince of Outcasts
(Roc 978-0451417374, $28, 432pp, hardcover, September 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Sep 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101603390
Change #10

Alternate history SF novel, tenth in the “Change” or “Emberverse” series following The Sunrise Lands (2007), The Scourge of God (2008), The Sword of the Lady (2009), The High King of Montival (2010), The Tears of the Sun (2011), Lord of Mountains (2012), The Given Sacrifice (2013), The Golden Princess (2014), and The Desert and the Blade (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound
• (Directory Entry)

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Weekly Bestsellers, 5 September 2016

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

A new novel by Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms (Bloomsbury), to be published tomorrow, is selling well on all three Amazon lists today, ranking as high as #14.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.11
WP
09.04
LAT
09.04
USAT
08.28
PW
09.05
Amz
(09.05)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.05)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.05)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 25 3 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 6 16 +2   9 + 51 -9 18 +1 xxx..    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 16 xx xxx.. xxx.. xx 17 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 18 4 +3     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Maas, Empire of Storms 09.05.16 / 1           14 ++ 14 ++ 19 ++
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 47     xxx.. 117 +10 7 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 30     2 = 1 = 1 = 1 = 3 -2 2 -1
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 49       xxx 16 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 42             99 +16 xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 5 1 = xx 1 = 8 -1 1 = 10 -3   89 +
Winters, Underground Airlines 07.18.16 / 3 xxx..   13 +          
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 57 xxx..     xxx.. 20 +4 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 14       xxx.. 11 -1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.11
WP
09.04
LAT
09.04
USAT
08.28
PW
09.05
Amz
(09.05)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.05)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.05)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 230   xxx..   42 +6 xxx.. 36 -10 xxx.. xxx..
Brown, Red Rising [tpb] 05.02.16 / 2       135 +        
King, Doctor Sleep 08.08.16 / 5 14 -5       17 -4      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 101     xxx.. 71 +3 xxx.. x   xxx..
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 3 5 =              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 272   xxx..   97 -3   84 -33 64 -18 x
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 66 xxx..   xxx.. 60 +13 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 141 xxx..   7 -1 6 +5 2 = 38 +47 x xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               75 -37  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 112 -32   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               47 -18  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               82 -28  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 27 -2   75 -6    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 37             42 -15 59 -45
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 20       xxx   32 +41   xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 83 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 116 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.11
WP
09.04
LAT
09.04
USAT
08.28
PW
09.05
Amz
(09.05)
UK:
Amz UK
(09.05)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(09.05)
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, early September 2016

Aurealis

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

Issue 93, 2016
• This issue has stories by Si Wang, Meryl Stenhouse, and Michael Johnston.
• There’s also an interview with Francesca Haig.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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Clarkesworld

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

September 2016
Issue 120, cover art by Julie Dillon
• This issue has fiction by Jack Skillingstead, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Rich Larson, Liu Yang, Bogi Takács, Thoraiya Dyer, Tom Crosshill, and Nick Wolven.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Naomi Kritzer, and essays by Jason Heller and Kelly Robson.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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Fireside Magazine

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

Issue 35, 2016
• This issue has stories by Alexis A. Hunter, S.M. Mack, and Lauren M. Roy.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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Galaxy’s Edge

• Bimonthly online SF ezine, beginning March 2013, edited by Mike Resnick
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.galaxysedge.com/

September 2016
Issue 22, $6.99
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Martin L. Shoemaker, Thomas K. Carpenter, Nancy Kress, George Nikolopoulos, Eric Leif Davin, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gordon Eklund, Alex Shvartsman, John Helfers, David Gerrold, Larry Hodges, and Michael Swanwick.
• There’s also the fifth part of a serialization of Leigh Brackett’s “The Long Tomorrow”.
• Joy Ward has an interview with Peter S. Beagle, and there are columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

September 2016
• This month’s story is “Strange Dancemates” by Ephiny Gale.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

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

September 2016
Issue 52, cover art by Eugene Carter
• Stories in this issue are by Rebecca Birch, Deborah L. Davitt, H.G. Parry, David Steffen, Chris Phillips, and James Van Pelt.
• There’s also vintage fiction, and essay, and an interview by Mary Robinette Kowal.

(Sat 9 Jul 2016)

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Lightspeed

• Science fiction and fantasy stories, original and reprint, plus features; edited by John Joseph Adams; debuted June 2010; combined with former Fantasy Magazine since Jan 2012
• Format: Online; ebook
• Frequency: Monthly issues in ebook formats for purchase; weekly online updates free
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/

September 2016
Issue 76
• This issue has SF stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Sean Williams, Alec Nevala-Lee, and An Owomoyla, and fantasy stories by Maria Dahvana Headley, Tim Pratt, Jaymee Goh, and Christiopher Barzak.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Kameron Hurley, a media review by Sunil Patel, and book reviews by Amal El-Mohtar.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by Peter M. Ball and a novel excerpt by Nishi Shawl.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

July 2016
Issue 335, Vol. 28 No. 11, 32pp
• This special “Recursive Fantasy” issue features an essay by Brian Stableford about Fay Ouroucoucou, and a review of Catherynne M. Valente by Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen.
• Other reviews are Robert Guffey on Harlan Ellison, Greg L. Johnson on Elizabeth Bear, Michael Levy on Lavie Tidhar, Christopher S. Kovacs on Henry G. Stratmann, and Joe Sanders on David Walton.
• There are also essays by M. Thomas Gammarino, on modernism and SF, Mike Barrett, on Allison V. Harding, and Mariella Scerri and Victor Grech, on artificial intelligence in medicine.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

September 2016
Issue 48
• This issue has stories by Adam-Troy Castro, Rachael K. Jones, Maria Dahvana Headley, and Usman T. Malik.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by Nick Mamatas, and a panel discussion about witches.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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Shimmer

• Fantasy fiction, since 2005; senior editor E. Catherine Tobler; electronic only since issue 19
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Bi-monthly
http://www.shimmerzine.com/

September 2016
Issue 33
• Stories in this issue are by Fran Wilde, Lora Gray, Ryan Row, and A. Merc Rustad.

(Sat 3 Sep 2016)

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Periodicals, end of August 2016

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

• Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews
• Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats
• Frequency: biweekly
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

August 2016
Issue 205-206, cover art by Marek Hlavaty
Issue 2015, posted August 4, has stories by Raphael Ordoñez and Samantha Murray, and an archive story by Garth Upshaw.
Issue 206, posted August 18, has stories by Claude Lalumière and Jeremy Sim, and an archive story by Derek Künsken.

(Wed 31 Aug 2016)

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Daily Science Fiction

• Original science fiction & fantasy emailed to you every weekday; debuted September 1, 2010; editors Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso
• Format: Online; email
• Frequency: daily
http://dailysciencefiction.com/

August 2016
• Stories posted in August are by Tony Ballantyne, Curtis C. Chen, Robert Reed, Caroline M. Yoachim, Sarina Dorie, and others.

(Wed 31 Aug 2016)

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Strange Horizons

• Fiction, art, articles, poetry, and reviews; founded September 2000; editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi through 2010, Niall Harrison beginning 2011
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly; reviews posted three times a week
http://www.strangehorizons.com/

August 2016
• Fiction posted in August is by Alena Indigo Anne Sullivan, Shira Lipkin, Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein, and Leo Mandel.
• Nonfiction includes a column by Eleanor Arnason, and interview with artist Melissa Pagluica, a Scores column by John Clute, covering Ariel S. Winter, Tom Gauld, and Nina Allan; an interview with Leo Mandel; and a conversation with Jo Walton and Ada Palmer.
• There’s also poetry, reviews, and an editorial by Niall Harrison about the ‘zines failure to achieve diversity.

(Wed 31 Aug 2016)

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Tor.com

• SF & fantasy fiction, reviews, commentary, founded 2008; staff includes fiction editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Daily
http://www.tor.com/

August 2016
Original stories posted in August are by Rajnar Vajra, Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling, Cixin Liu and Ken Liu, David Drake, Sarah Porter, and Alex Bledsoe.
Excerpts are from works by Cixin Liu, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Brad Beaulieu, Kij Johnson, Cherie Priest, and others.

(Wed 31 Aug 2016)

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New Books: 30 August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Bestsellers, 29 August 2016

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

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

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


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.04
WP
08.21
LAT
08.28
USAT
08.21
PW
08.29
Amz
(08.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.29)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 24 2 -1   xxx.. xxx.. x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 5 18 -4   x 42 +16 19 = xxx..    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 15 x   xxx.. x 16 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 17 7 -2     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 46     xxx.. 127 +13 8 +3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 29     2 -1 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 36             80 +18 xxx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 48       xx 16 -4 xxx xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 41             115 -73 xxx
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 4 1 = [ 1 ] 1 +1 7 -1 1 +1 7 =   xx
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 56 xxx..     xxx.. 24 -3 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 13       xxx.. 10 = xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.04
WP
08.21
LAT
08.28
USAT
08.21
PW
08.29
Amz
(08.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.29)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 229       48 +3 xxx.. 26 +13 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 80 xxx   x xxx   xxx..   85 +
Jemisin, The Obelisk Gate [tpb] 08.29.16 / 1       126 ++        
King, Doctor Sleep 08.08.16 / 4 9 =       13 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 100     xxx.. 74 +32 xxx.. 68 +   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 259 xxx..   x xxx xxx.. xxx.. 81 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 104       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 51 -2
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 2 5 +3              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 271       94 =   51 +19 46 +13 47 +44
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 65 xxx..   xxx.. 73 +13 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 140 xxx..   6 + 11 +9 2 = 85 + 73 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               38 +30  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 80 -10   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK) 07.22.08 / 13             88 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               67 +22  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 23             69 +24 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [tpb] 07.05.04 / 150 xxx..     xx xxx.. xxx.. 82 -2  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               29 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               54 +9  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 25 +3   69 -12    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 36             27 -4 14 +42
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 19       xx   73 +16   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
09.04
WP
08.21
LAT
08.28
USAT
08.21
PW
08.29
Amz
(08.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.29)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Classics in Reprint : August 2016

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

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, 1937)

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

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

First US edition (UK: Robinson, 1994)

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

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

(First edition: Harper & Row, October 1985)

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

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

(First edition: Pocket , 1987)

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

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

(First edition: Candlewick, September 2011)

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

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

(First edition: Knopf , 1976)

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

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New Books : 23 August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 22 August 2016

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

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


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.28
WP
08.21
LAT
08.21
USAT
08.14
PW
08.22
Amz
(08.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.22)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 23 1 =   xxx.. xxx.. 25 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 4 14 +1   12 ++ 58 -12 19 -3 xxx    
Kenyon, Dragonmark 08.15.16 / 2 x     x 20 -6      
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 14 18 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 141 -63 14 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 16 5 -1     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 45     xxx.. 140 + 11 +6 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 28     1 +2 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 35             98 -9 xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 47       x 12 -10 xx xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 40             42 -12 xx
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 3 1 +3 1 +1 2 ++ 6 +4 2 +1 7 =   x
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 55 xxx..     xxx.. 21 +1 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 12       xxx 10 +1 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.28
WP
08.21
LAT
08.21
USAT
08.14
PW
08.22
Amz
(08.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.22)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 228   xxx   51 +24 xxx.. 39 -14 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 79 xx xxx.. 14 + xx   xxx..   xxx..
King, Doctor Sleep 08.08.16 / 3 9 +1       13 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 99     xxx.. 106 +2 xxx.. x   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 258 xxx xxx.. 6 +2 xx xxx.. xxx.. x xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 103       xxx..   xxx xxx.. 49 -20
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 1 8 ++              
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 270   xxx..   94 +26   70 -10 59 -21 91 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 64 xxx..   xxx.. 86 +24 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 139 xxx..   x 20 -1 2 +1 xxx x xxx
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 19 xxx..   15 + xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               68 -20  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 70 -37   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               89 -24  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 22             93 -36 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [tpb] 07.05.04 / 149 xxx..     x xxx.. xxx.. 80 -20  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               34 -12  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               63 -11  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [tpb] 06.17.01 / 205 xxx..   xxx.. 148 -85   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 28 -14   57 -2    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 35             23 -5 56 +2
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 18       x   89 -44   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.28
WP
08.21
LAT
08.21
USAT
08.14
PW
08.22
Amz
(08.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.22)
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