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New Books, 7 June 2016

* Afsharirad, David, ed. : The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF 2015
(Baen 978-1-4767-8177-8, $16, 288pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-503-8

Anthology of 12 stories first published in 2015, second volume of a series following last year’s The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera.
• Authors include David Brin, Seth Dickinson, Sarah Pinsker, and Brad R. Torgerson.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Afsharirad has put together a refreshing military and SF anthology that will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers.”

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+ Baxter, Stephen, & Alastair Reynolds : The Medusa Chronicles
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-7967-7, $26.99, 416pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481479691

First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz, May 2016)

Hard SF novel, sequel to Arthur C. Clarke’s 1971 novella “A Meeting with Medusa”, about the discovery of creatures in the atmosphere of Jupiter.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The novel’s reach does come at the expense of some psychological depth, but fans of the authors’ other work won’t be disappointed.”
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online: “With this book, Baxter and Reynolds honor Clarke’s legacy at the same time as they point the way forward for the continuation of Clarke’s brand of optimistic SF which is no mere wish-fulfillment “competence porn” but also a clear-sighted depiction of both the virtues and vices of our species.”

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* Bishop, Michael, illustrated by Orion Zangara : Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls
(Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions 978-1933846583, $16.99, 292pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel since collaborative Muskrat Courage in 2000 (written with Paul Di Filippo), about the discovery of a mushroom realm beneath a Georgia department store.
• The book includes more than 60 illustrations by Orion Zangara.
• Fairwood’s site has this description with blurbs from Jane Yolen, Brad Strickland, and others. A limited edition hardcover is also available.

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* Clarke, Neil, ed. : The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume One
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-854-5, $17.99, 616pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B019E7O4FQ

Anthology of 31 stories first published in 2015, first volume in a new series.
• Authors include Robert Reed, Carter Scholz, Ian McDonald, Nancy Kress, Sam J. Miller, and Paul McAuley.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Cooper, Brenda : Spear of Light
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1-63388-134-1, $18, 400pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B014NW9SPI
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1504721035
The Glittering Edge #2

SF novel, second in a duology following Edge of Dark (2015), about an advanced society that has banished AIs to the edge of the solar system.
• Pyr’s site has this description.

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Eight
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-853-8, $15.99, 360pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01B6FJOO0
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1531864866

Anthology of 20 horror stories first published in 2015.
• Authors include Kelley Armstrong, Neil Gaiman, Laird Barron, Dale Bailey, and Adam Nevill.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Dolkart, N. S. : Silent Hall
(Angry Robot 9780857665676, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, June 2016, cover art Andreas Rocha)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665683
UK edition: 9780857665669 (Thu 2 Jun 2016)
Godserfs #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about five refugees and a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Dozois, Gardner, ed. : Mash Up
(Titan 978-1785651038, $14.95, 432pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B015BCTGXI

Anthology of 13 stories based on famous first lines from fiction or nonfiction.
• The stories were first published as audiobook Rip-Off! in 2012, and one of the stories, Mary Robinette Kowal’s “The Lady Astronaut of Mars”, won a Hugo Award for its publication by Tor.com in 2013.
• Authors include John Scalzi, Nancy Kress, James Patrick Kelly, Allen M. Steele, and Paul Di Filippo.

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* Drake, David : Death’s Bright Day
(Baen 978-1-4767-8147-1, $26, 320pp, hardcover, June 2016, cover art Stephen Hickman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-501-4
RCN #11

Military SF novel, eleventh in the “RCN” series following With the Lightnings, Lt. Leary, Commanding, The Far Side of the Stars, The Way to Glory, Some Golden Harbor, and When the Tide Rises, In the Stormy Red Sky (2009), What Distant Deeps (2010), The Road of Danger (2013), and The Sea Without a Shore (2014).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Durbin, Frederic S. : A Green and Ancient Light
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-4222-0, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481442244

Fantasy novel about a boy staying with his grandmother in a village threatened by war.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This gentle, engaging, and very personal coming-of-age story is mythic in its universality.”

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* Green, Simon R. : DR. DOA
(Roc 978-0451476937, $27, 352pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698407428
Secret Histories #10

Fantasy novel, tenth in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007), Daemons Are Forever (2008), The Spy Who Haunted Me (2009), From Hell with Love (2010), For Heaven’s Eyes Only (2011), Live and Let Drood (2012), Casino Infernale (2013), and Property of a Lady Faire (2014), and From a Drood to a Kill (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Horton, Rich, ed. : The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2016 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607014706, $19.95, 576pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016

Anthology of 30 stories first published in 2015.
• Authors include Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Vonda N. McIntyre, Naomi Kritzer, Brooke Bolander, Elizabeth Bear, Yoon Ha Lee, and Geoff Ryman.
• Prime’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Kashina, Anna : Assassin Queen
(Angry Robot 978-0857666062, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666079
UK edition: 9780857666055 (Thu 2 Jun 2016)
The Majat Code #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Blades of the Old Empire (2014) and The Guild of Assassins (2015), about a female warrior.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* King, Stephen : End of Watch
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-5011-2974-2, $30, 496pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781501134159
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781508211358
Bill Hodges #3

Supernatural thriller, third in a trilogy following Mr. Mercedes (2014) and Finders Keepers (2015), about a brain injury patient who acquires deadly new powers.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “King has dealt before with this novel’s different themes—endowment with dangerous supernatural powers, the zombifying effect of modern consumer electronics—but he finds fresh approaches to them and inventive ways to introduce them in the lives of his recurring cast of sympathetic characters, whose pains and triumphs the reader feels.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes : A Study in Sable
(DAW 978-0-7564-0872-5, $27, 320pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756411640
Elemental Masters #11

Fantasy novel about two agents of the wizard of London assigned to the neighbor of Sherlock Holmes.
• It’s the tenth book in the Elemental Masters series, following Fire Rose, Gates of Sleep, Serpent’s Shadow, Phoenix and Ashes, The Wizard of London, Reserved for the Cat, Unnatural Issue (2011), Elemental Magic (2012), Steadfast (2013), Blood Red (2014), and From a High Tower (2015)
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “As mysteries go, it’s not up to the standard of Conan Doyle’s own Holmes adventures, but the novelty and the magic in the mix keep things lively.”

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* Lawrence, Mark : The Wheel of Osheim
(Ace 978-0425268827, $27, 432pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101630952
The Red Queen’s War #3

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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* Nye, Jody Lynn : Robert Asprin’s Myth-Fits
(Ace 978-0425257029, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698188716
Myth #21

Humorous fantasy novel, latest in the long-running “Myth Adventures” series that began with Another Fine Myth (by Asprin alone) in 1978, with several later volumes co-written with Nye. This book is fourth in the “Griffen McCandles” series following Dragons Wild (2008) and Dragons Luck (2009) by Aspin alone, and Asprin & Nye’s Dragons Deal (2010).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Older, Malka : Infomocracy
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8515-4, $24.99, 384pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765385147
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427279484

Near-future SF novel, the author’s first novel, in which a search engine monopoly has created a global micro-democracy.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This intriguing thought experiment is perfectly timed to leave readers pondering the meaning of voting and representative government in the run-up to the 2016 elections.”
• Adrienne Martini reviewed the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: Infomocracy is full of interesting ideas that approach the world from an interesting angle that we’ve not really seen before. It doesn’t quite manage to hold itself together, but does send out strong signals that Older is a voice to watch out for.”

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* Rakunas, Adam : Like a Boss
(Angry Robot 978-0857664815, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664822
UK edition: 9780857664808 (Thu 2 Jun 2016)
Windswept #2

SF novel, second in a series following Windswept (2015), about a labor organizer dealing with a strike promoted by a phony religious leader.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs from Madeline Ashby and Ramez Naam.

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* Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, ed. : Galactic Games
(Baen 978-1-4767-8158-7, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, June 2016, cover art Dominic Harman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-504-5

Anthology of 20 stories about future sports competitions.
• Most of the stories are original to this volume. Authors include Seanan McGuire, Larry Correia, Esther M. Friesner, and Robert Reed. Reprints are by Randall Garrett & Robert Silverberg, Jack C. Haldeman II, Mike Resnick, Gene Wolfe, and George R. R. Martin.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several samples.

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+ Taylor, Jodi : Just One Damned Thing After Another
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-868-2, $12.99, 348pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1

SF novel, first in a series, about time-traveling historians from St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research.
• The UK edition was published in August 2015.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The humor is plentiful, but the comic situations aren’t overly exaggerated. Max’s world is depicted in lush detail, mixed with appropriately interesting historical tidbits. U.S. readers will be impatient for later installments to make their way across the Atlantic.”

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* Tilahun, Na’amen Gobert : The Root
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-863-7, $14.99, 420pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
The Wrath & Athenaeum #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a former teen star living in San Francisco who learns he’s descended from the Gods.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 6 June 2016

Justin Cronin’s The City of MIrrors (Ballantine), the final volume of his Passage Trilogy, debuts strongly, ranking #1 on lists at New York Times, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly.

Also debuting at #1, on the PW list, is Rick Yancey’s The Last Star (Putnam), final book in his 5th Wave trilogy. The two previous books, until last week ranked highly on the New York Times young adult lists for hardcover and paperback, have been subsumed into a single #1 entry on the children’s series list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.12
WP
06.05
LAT
06.05
USAT
05.29
PW
06.06
Amz
(06.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.06)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brooks, The Sorcerer’s Daughter 06.06.16 / 1 17 ++     31 ++ 14 ++      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 12 2 =   xxx.. xxx.. 12 -3 xxx.. 60 + xxx..
Cronin, The City of Mirrors 05.23.16 / 3 1 ++ 1 ++   3 ++ 1 ++ 91 -60   84 +2
DeLillo, Zero K 05.09.16 / 5 xx xx 1 = xx x xxx..   xxx..
Hill, The Fireman 05.23.16 / 3 8 -7 x 3 ++ 43 -34 9 -6 xx    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 3           7 +16 21 +33 4 +4
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 5 1 =     112 -23 14 -4     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 34     xxx.. xxx.. 17 -6 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 17           2 -1 1 +8 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 36       xxx.. 11 -3 x xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 44 x     80 +58 6 = xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 1         1 ++ 34 ++    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.12
WP
06.05
LAT
06.05
USAT
05.29
PW
06.06
Amz
(06.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.06)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 217   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 48 +34 xxx.. xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 10 15 -4   xxx.. xxx.. x      
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses [tpb] 05.16.16 / 4 6 +3       x      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 247 8 = xxx.. 12 -6 44 +19 xxx.. xxx.. 28 +1 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 92       129 +   39 -15 xxx.. 38 +4
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 259   xxx..   xxx..   70 +10 xxx.. 52 +9
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 128 xxx..   14 + 26 +9 xxx.. 67 +19 xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 18             39 + 59 +33
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 26       xxx 8 -3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               100 -36  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 72 +58   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 24             56 +17 73 -43
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 11       xxx..   63 -22   xxx..
Sapkowski, Blood of Elves 06.29.15 / 5               46 +
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 12 xxx..             24 +
Stephenson, Seveneves [tpb] 05.23.16 / 3 15 -1     134 -58   xx    
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 60 x   xxx.. 36 +48 16 -2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.12
WP
06.05
LAT
06.05
USAT
05.29
PW
06.06
Amz
(06.06)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.06)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.06)
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 June 2016

Clarkesworld

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

June 2016
Issue 117, cover art by Vincent Laik
• This issue has fiction by Margaret Ronald, Sam J. Miller, E. Catherine Tobler, Zhang Ran, Michael Flynn, and Nancy Kress.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Guy Gavriel Kay, an article by Matthew Simmons about the microbiome, and an article by Alethea Kontis about publishing.

(Sat 4 Jun 2016)

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Forever

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

June 2016
Issue 17, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Nancy Kress, Paul McAuley, and Caitlín R. Kiernan.

(Sat 7 May 2016)

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GigaNotoSaurus

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

June 2016
• This month’s story is “Bronzeheart” by Lucy Stone.

(Sat 4 Jun 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/

June 2016
Issue 73
• This special “People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!” double issue has SF stories by Karin Lowachee, Nick T. Chan, Berit Ellingsen, JY Yang, Fabio Fernandes, Kevin Jared Hosein, S.B. Divya, Teresa Naval, John Chu, Sofia Samatar, Terence Taylor, Steven Barnes, and Vandana Singh.
• Nonfiction includes book reviews by Sunil Patel and pieces by Terence Taylor and Misha Nogha.
• Exclusive paid content includes another five stories, five flash stories, and several classic reprints.

(Sat 4 Jun 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/

June 2016
Issue 45, cover art by Daniel Sherekin
• This issue has stories by David Tallerman, Lucy Taylor, Marc Laidlaw, and Rena Mason.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Joyce Carol Oates and a column by Dale Bailey.

(Sat 4 Jun 2016)

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New Books, 31 May 2016

* Arnason, Eleanor : Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-61976-095-0, $19, 392pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 1 May 2016

Collection of 12 stories about the hwarhath, the only intelligent species humanity has encountered so far.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description with a blurb by Gardner Dozois and quotes from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Arnason’s aliens are almost uniformly bisexual, and forbidden from engaging in heterosexual love beyond what’s needed for procreation. This behavior allows Arnason to adapt timeless folkloric tropes to her own modern, progressive, and wholly original reality, which comes alive in her precise, classically beautiful prose.”
• Rich Horton’s review in the April issue of Locus Magazine said “These are magnificent stories, wise, witty, science-fictionally fascinating, moving. This may well end up being the story collection of the year.”

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* Brooks, Mike : Dark Run
(S&S/Saga 978-1-4814-5954-9, $24.99, 352pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481459556
Keiko #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a ship full of con artists and soldiers of fortune traveling among Earth’s interstellar colonies.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of rip-roaring space adventures will greatly enjoy this one.”

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+ Esslemont, Ian C. : Dancer’s Lament
(Tor 978-0765379443, $29.99, 416pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466868588
Path to Ascendancy #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a prequel trilogy to the author’s Malazan Empire series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The UK edition was published Feb. 25th by Bantam.

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* Gaiman, Neil : The View from the Cheap Seats
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-0622-6226-4, $26.99, 544pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062262288
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062417190

Collection of nonfiction essays.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with excerpts.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The most meaningful piece is titled simply ‘Make Good Art’—the 2012 commencement address for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. … With this volume, Gaiman has shown that his nonfiction rivals his much-lauded fiction.”

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+ Guran, Paula, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu
(Running Press 978-0-7624-5620-8, $14.95, 512pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016

First US edition (UK: Robinson, April 2016)

Anthology of 25 original stories based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
• Authors include Laird Barron, John Langan, Yoon Ha Lee, Michael Shea, John Shirley, and Sandra McDonald.
• Running Press’ site has this description.

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* Hairston, Andrea : Will Do Magic for Small Change
(Aqueduct Press 978-1-61976-101-8, $21, 472pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 1 May 2016

Historical fantasy novel about the grandaughter of the author’s 2011 novel Redwood and Wildfire.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description with blurbs from Tananarive Due, Daniel José Older, and others.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The entire work is filled with magic, celebrating West Africans, Native Americans, art, and love that transcends simple binary genders. Hairston’s novel is a completely original and stunning work.”

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* Hurley, Kameron : The Geek Feminist Revolution
(Tor 978-0-7653-8623-6, $26.99, 272pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765386250

Collection of essays, including several original to this volume.
• Contents include Hugo-winning essay “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” from 2013.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “She writes in an exquisitely crafted yet deceptively casual, profanity-laced style, linking her experiences to universal issues with rousing conviction.”
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “This is a readable collection, eloquent, persuasive, and angry. There’s an audience out there for work like this, work that speaks to the frustrations of feminists only just realising how little geekdom is exempt from the prejudices of the wider cultural context…”

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+ Peek, Ben : Leviathan’s Blood
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-05003-8, $28.99, 448pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851238
The Children Trilogy #2

First US edition (UK: Macmillan/Tor UK, April 2016)

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following The Godless (2014), set 15,000 years after warring Gods have left their bodies across the world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “innovative in concept but long-winded in execution.”

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* Saadia, Manu : Trekonomics: The Economics of ‘Star Trek’
(Inkshares/Pipertext 978-1-9417-5875-5, $22.99, 280pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016

Nonfiction study of the post-scarcity 24th-century economy as depicted in the various Star Trek series and films.
• Inkshares’ site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Like Star Trek itself, the book is about more than spaceships and aliens; it illuminates the present by showing a future to strive for.”

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* Sawyer, Jamie : The Lazarus War: Legion
(Orbit 978-0316386456, $9.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316386449
The Lazarus War #2

Military SF novel, second book in a series following Artefact (Feb. 2016), about warfare with an alien race in which human soldiers run suicide missions in simulant bodies.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The third book is due August 30.

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* Shepherd, Mike : Vicky Peterwald: Rebel
(Ace 978-0425266595, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101617335
Vicky Peterwald #3

Military SF novel, third in a spinoff series to Shepherd’s long-running Kris Longknife series, following Vicky Peterwald: Target (2014) and Vicky Peterwald: Survivor (2015).
• Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Sniegoski, Thomas E. : Savage
(Simon Pulse 978-1-4814-4373-9, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481443753
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781508215103

Young adult SF thriller about a storm that turns animals on a small island into weapons.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Pet lovers may blanch at the violence perpetrated by and against animals—strong-stomached horror fans are the most likely audience.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 30 May 2016

— posted Monday 30 May 2016 @ 10:35 am PDT

Joe Hill’s The Fireman (Morrow) debuts strongly, ranking as high as #1 on the New York Times list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.05
WP
05.29
LAT
05.29
USAT
05.22
PW
05.30
Amz
(05.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.30)
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 / 11 2 =   xxx.. xxx 9 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Cronin, The City of Mirrors 05.23.16 / 2           31 +5   86 ++
DeLillo, Zero K 05.09.16 / 4 x x 1 = x 22 -11 xxx   xxx
Gray, Star Wars: Bloodline 05.16.16 / 3 x xx   91 -49 23 -8      
Hill, The Fireman 05.23.16 / 2 1 ++ 2 ++   9 ++ 3 ++ x    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 2           23 +67 54 ++ 8 +14
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 4 1 =     89 -48 10 -4     xxx
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 38   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 70 +2
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 33     xxx.. xxx.. 11 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 16           1 +2 9 +2 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 35       xxx.. 8 +2 99 -17 xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 43 2 =     138 -20 6 +2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.05
WP
05.29
LAT
05.29
USAT
05.22
PW
05.30
Amz
(05.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.30)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 216   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 82 + xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 70 xxx.. xxx.. 10 + xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 3       28 +        
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 9 11 +1   xxx.. xxx.. 21 -2      
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses [tpb] 05.16.16 / 3 9 -3       23 -4      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 246 8 +1 xxx.. 6 +5 63 -9 xxx.. xxx.. 29 +21 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 91       x   24 +9 xxx.. 42 -31
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 258   xxx..   xxx..   80 + xxx.. 61 +
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 127 xxx..   xxx 35 +8 xxx.. 86 + xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 17             xxx 92 +
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 25       xx 5 = xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               64 +10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 130 -61   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 23             73 +6 30 +
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 10       xxx..   41 +24   xxx..
Stephenson, Seveneves [tpb] 05.23.16 / 2 14 ++     76 ++   x    
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 59 1 =   xxx.. 84 -22 14 = xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.05
WP
05.29
LAT
05.29
USAT
05.22
PW
05.30
Amz
(05.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.30)
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Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late May 2016

— posted Sunday 29 May 2016 @ 11:50 am PDT

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/

May 2016
Issue 199-200, cover art by Martin Ende
Issue 199, posted May 12, has stories by E. Catherine Tobler and A.T. Greenblatt, an archive podcast by Fran Wilde, and an archive story by Ian McHugh.
Issue 200, posted May 26, is a double issue with stories by Kameron Hurley and Seth Dickinson posted now, stories by Catherynne M. Valente and Yoon Ha Lee to be posted June 2, two podcasts, and an archive story by Chris Willrich.

(Sun 29 May 2016)

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Black Static

• British fantasy and horror magazine, debuting 2007 (formerly The Third Alternative), edited by Andy Cox
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/

May-Jun 2016
Issue 52, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Martin Hanford
• Stories in this issue are by Carole Johnstone, Damien Angelica Walters, Robert Levy, Michelle Ann King, and Ralph Robert Moore.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Gary Couzens, and Peter Tennant, whose book review section includes an interview with Paul Meloy.

(Fri 27 May 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/

May 2016
• Stories posted in May are by Robert Reed, Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold, Craig Lincoln, A. Merc Rustad, and others.

(Sun 29 May 2016)

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Interzone

• SF magazine, currently bimonthly, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/

May-Jun 2016
Issue 264, cover art by Vincent Sammy
• This issue has fiction by Tyler Keevil, Malcolm Devlin, James Van Pelt, Rich Larson, and Gwendolyn Kiste.
• Features include an editorial by Elaine Gallagher and columns by Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan, David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits, a book review section, film reviews by Nick Lowe, and DVD/Blu-ray reviews by Tony Lee.

(Fri 27 May 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/

May 2016
• Stories posted so far in May are Tegan Moore’s How High Your Gods Can Count, Sarah Pinsker’s Left the Century to Sit Unmoved, and J.D. Moyer’s The Beef.
• Columns and articles include Vajra Chandrasekera on two SF novels about Aztecs, Gillian Polack’s letter to Tiptree, and Andrea Phillips on moral ambiguity.
• There’s also poetry and reviews.

(Sun 29 May 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/

May 2016
• Original stories posted in May are by Theodora Goss, Brit Mandelo, P. Djeli Clark, and Dennis Danvers.
Excerpts are from works by Tim Lebbon, Ian Cameron Esslemont, Kameron Hurley, and others.

(Sun 29 May 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

New UK Books, May 2016

— posted Thursday 26 May 2016 @ 9:52 am PDT

* Deas, Stephen : The Silver Kings
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575100626, £9.99, 576pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 May 2016
Memory of Flames #7

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy that began with Dragon Queen (2013) and seventh overall in the series that began with The Adamantine Palace (2009), set in a land where dragons are violent creatures subdued into servitude by human masters.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The novel was released as an e-book in June 2015.

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* Foyle, Naomi : The Blood of the Hoopoe
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher B0118ZQIBK, £9.49, 336pp, ebk, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 May 2016
The Gaia Chronicles #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a series following Astra (2014) and Rook Song (2015), about a girl in Is-Land who learns the truth about her home and the Non-Land “infiltrators” she’s been taught threaten it.
• This is a e-book edition; a trade paperback is due in February 2017.
• Quercus’ site has this description of an £18.99 paperback edition with a May 5th publication date, but that edition isn’t listed on Amazon.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* MacLeod, Ken : The Corporation Wars: Dissidence
(UK: Little, Brown UK/Orbit 978-0356504988, £12.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780356504995
Corporation Wars #1

SF novel, first in a series, about a reincarnated soldier and mining robot that has gained sentience fighting in a far-future A.I. war.
• Little, Brown’s site has this description.
• The US edition is scheduled for November 29, 2016, as a paperback.
• Niall Alexander had this preview at Tor.com in February.

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* Newman, Peter : The Malice
(UK: Harper Voyager 978-0007593163, £14.99, 464pp, hardcover, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780007593187
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780008170950
The Vagrant #2

Post-apocalyptic fantasy novel, sequel to The Vagrant (2015), about warriors in a desolate landscape following humanity’s destruction.
• HarperCollins UK’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Tingey, Sue : Cursed
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1784290788, £8.99, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 5 May 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781784290771
The Soulseer Chronicles #2

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following Marked (2015), about a paranormal investigator who’s had a ghost girl as a companion since she was born.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Category: New Books

New Books, 24 May 2016

— posted Tuesday 24 May 2016 @ 10:20 am PDT

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 23 May 2016

— posted Monday 23 May 2016 @ 9:41 am PDT

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


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

New in Paperback, April – May 2016

— posted Thursday 19 May 2016 @ 1:47 pm PDT

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

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

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

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

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, August 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, June 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Ace, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, July 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Baen, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Orbit, June 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, July 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, July 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, June 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Bloomsbury, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, August 2015)

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

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

(First edition: DAW, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Orbit, July 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Morrow, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Roc, June 2015)

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

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

(First edition: William Morrow, June 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Baen, August 2015)

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

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

(First edition: DAW, May 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Tor, April 2015)

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

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

(First edition: Baen, February 2015)

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

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