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New UK Books : June – July 2017

* Baxter, Stephen : Xeelee: Vengeance
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473217171, £20, 352pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473217201
Xeelee #-

Far future SF novel, latest in Baxter’s long-running Xeelee series that began with Raft in 1991 and most recently included the collection Xeelee: Endurance in 2015.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Chait, Gavin : Our Memory Like Dust
(UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK 978-0857523686, £14.99, 400pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017

Near-future SF novel about African and Middle Eastern refugees fleeing war and environmental collapse.
• Penguin UK’s site has this description.

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* Haig, Matt : How to Stop Time
(UK: Canongate 978-1782118619, £12.99, 336pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Jul 2017

SF novel about an apparently 41-year-old man who has been alive since Elizabethan England.
• Canongate’s site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Hamilton, Peter F. : A Voyage Through Air
(UK: Macmillan Children’s Books UK 978-1447291169, £6.99, 336pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 13 Jul 2017
The Queen of Dreams #3

Young-adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Secret Throne (2015) and The Hunting of the Princes (2015), about two children who have been whisked into a faerie world.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Jacobs, John Hornor : Infernal Machines
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575124134, £16.99, 368pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
The Incorruptibles #-

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Incorruptibles (2014) and Foreign Devils (2016), about two mercenaries in an empire under attack.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* May, Elizabeth : The Fallen Kingdom
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575130500, $16.99, 320pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575130524
The Falconer #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Falconer (2013) and The Vanishing Throne (2015), about a Lady in 1844 Edinburgh who’s determined to hunt down the faery who murdered her mother.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Peek, Ben : The Eternal Kingdom
(UK: Macmillan UK 978-1447251897, $14.99, 688pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Jun 2017
The Children Trilogy #3

Epic fantasy novel, third in a series following The Godless (2014) and Leviathan’s Blood (2016), set 15,000 years after warring Gods have left their bodies across the world.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description with an extract.

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* Smith, Michael Marshall : Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
(UK: Harper Voyager 978-0008237912, $12.99, 364pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780008237936

Satirical fantasy novel about a girl who thinks her life is mundane.
• HarperCollins Australia’s site has this description with a sample.

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* Spark, Anna Smith : The Court of Broken Knives
(UK: Harper Voyager 978-0008204068, £12.99, 480pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 29 Jun 2017
Empires of Dust #1

Grimdark fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about an unconquered city in the world’s richest empire.
• Harper Voyager’s site has this post by the author about writing the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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New in Paperback: July 2017

Arden, Katherine : The Bear and the Nightingale
(Del Rey 978-1101885956, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, January 2017)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a Russian girl whose stepmother forbids her from honoring her childhood spirits.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Arden’s debut is an earthy, beautifully written love letter to Russian folklore, with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate in 14th-century Russia.”

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Ashby, Madeline : Company Town
(Tor 978-0765382917, $14.99, 288pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017

(First edition: Tor, May 2016)

SF novel set on a city-sized oil rig off the Canadian coast, about a series of murders that seem to implicate the only non-bio-engineered person on the rig.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed last year in Locus Magazine: “As a brutal murder mystery in a very detailed and convincing SF setting, Company Town never falters in its pacing, and introduces its more SFnal complications with considerable skill.”
• The novel placed 5th in this year’s Locus Poll for SF Novel.

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Black, Levi : Red Right Hand
(Tor 978-0765382498, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
The Mythos War #1

(First edition: Tor, July 2016)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a woman recruited by an Elder God at war with his fellows in a fight for humanity.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that Black is a pseudonym for James R. Tuck, and that the book is set in the Cthulhu mythos.

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Chu, Wesley : Time Siege
(Tor 978-0765377555, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Time Salvager #2

(First edition: Tor, July 2016)

SF novel, sequel to Time Salvager (2015), about a time traveler from the future trying to save his ravaged Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “The story’s intricate plotting, breathtaking battles, and hefty doses of cruelty, betrayal, sacrifice, courage, and hope culminate in a cliff-hanger that will leave readers longing for the next installment.”

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Forstchen, William R. : One Year After
(Tor/Forge 978-0765376725, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
One Second After #2

(First edition: Forge, September 2015)

SF thriller, sequel to One Second After (2009), about the effects on the US of EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) weapons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Haydon, Elizabeth : The Weaver’s Lament
(Tor 978-0765360328, $8.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Symphony of Ages #9

(First edition: Tor, June 2016)

Fantasy novel, ninth volume in a series following The Merchant Emperor (2014), and The Hollow Queen (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Hieber, Leanna Renee : Eterna and Omega
(Tor 978-0765370747, $8.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
The Eterna Files #2

(First edition: Tor, August 2016)

“Gaslamp” fantasy novel, second in a series following The Eterna Files (2015), about competition for a compound that grants immortality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Howard, Kat : Roses and Rot
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481451178, $16.99, 336pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jul 2017

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, May 2016)

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about two sisters who escape their cruel stepmother to attend a prestigious school where certain sacrifices need to be made.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Howard weaves a dark and enticing tale of sisterly bonds, fairy promises, and the price of artistic success in this lushly written debut fantasy set in the present-day U.S.”

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Liu, Ken : The Wall of Storms
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481424318, $17.99, 880pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
The Dandelion Dynasty #2

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, October 2016)

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following The Grace of Kings (2015), inspired by legends of China’s Han Dynasty.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Liu’s characters are a delight, the worldbuilding is unusual and impeccable, and the writing is smooth and luminous. This tale of divided loyalties, deadly ambition, and ‘silkpunk’ technology delivers enough excitement and sense of wonder to enchant any fan of epic fantasy.”
• The book placed 3rd in this year’s Locus Poll for Fantasy Novel.

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Palmatier, Joshua : Threading the Needle
(DAW 978-0756412470, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jul 2017
Ley #2

(First edition: DAW, July 2016)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Shattering the Ley (2014), about the magical city of Erenthrall, hub of a ley line system that links it to the rest of the world.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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Priest, Christopher : The Gradual
(Titan Us 978-1785653056, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, September 2016)

SF novel about a composer in a fascist state searching for his brother, who has been sent to war. The setting is that of the author’s several Dream Archipelago books.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “In effect, what Priest has done – and he did much the same thing in The Islanders – is to literalize not just a metaphor (as we keep hearing about in SF), but to literalize an entire narrative technique involving the management of time. … Priest literally puts his narrator through such time shifts, and the effect is both dizzying and firmly grounded, even as it leads toward a conclusion which is, if a bit more conventional than we’ve come to expect from Priest, thoroughly satisfying.”

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books : 25 July 2017

— posted Tuesday 25 July 2017 @ 10:39 am PDT

* Aguirre, Ann : Vanguard
(Feiwel & Friends 978-1250089823, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250089830
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427285560
Razorland #4

Young adult dystopian SF novel, fourth book in a series following the trilogy Enclave (2011), Outpost (2012), and Horde (2013),
about a girl raised as a Hunter in an underground world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Andrews, Ilona : Wildfire
(HarperCollins/Avon 978-0062697448, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062289285
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062683854
Hidden Legacy #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Burn For Me (2014) and White Hot (May 2017), about a detective in a magical society.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly said about the previous book, “Andrews sets fully realized characters, killer action scenes, and a hot and sweet romance against a dynastic world of mages.”

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* Bakker, R. Scott : The Unholy Consult
(Overlook Press 978-1-4683-1486-1, $28.95, 640pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Aspect Emperor #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following The Judging Eye (2009), The White-Luck Warrior (2010), and The Great Ordeal (2016).
• Overlook’s site has this description.

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* Christopher, Adam : Killing Is My Business
(Tor 978-0765379207, $25.99, 288pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466867161
Ray Electromatic Mysteries #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following short fiction Brisk Money (2014) and novels Made to Kill (2015) and Standard Hollywood Depravity (March 2017), about the world’s last robot, a former private investigator now turned hit-man.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Colin, Emily : The Dream Keeper’s Daughter
(Ballantine 978-1-101-88431-7, $160, 480pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101884331

Fantasy novel about a woman whose boyfriend vanished eight years before, now experiencing disturbing phone calls and other mysterious events.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a splendid mix of time travel, romantic yearning, and moving on after grief.”

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* Elliott, Kate : Buried Heart
(Little, Brown 978-0316344418, $17.99, 480pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316344401
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478916178
Court of Fives #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Court of Fives (2015) and Poisoned Blade (2016), about an upper-class girl in a divided world of commoners and patrons.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Likitalo, Leena : The Five Daughters of the Moon
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9543-6, $17.99, 224pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765395429
The Waning Moon #1

Historical fantasy novel, first book of a duology, inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last days of the Romanov sisters.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The second book, The Sisters of the Crescent Empress, is due in November.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A fantasy landscape both familiar and otherworldly comes to life in this absorbing, imaginative tale.”

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Assassin’s Price
(Tor 978-0765390479, $27.99, 528pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390493

Fantasy novel, eleventh volume in a series following Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), Imager’s Intrigue (2010), Scholar (2011), Princeps (2012), Imager’s Battalion (Jan. 2013), Antiagon Fire (2013), Rex Regis (2014), Madness in Solidar (2016), and Treachery’s Tools (2016) — where some have the magical skill to visualize things and make them real.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Shaw, Vivian : Strange Practice
(Orbit 978-0-316-43460-7, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Dr. Greta Helsing #1

Humorous fantasy novel about a doctor for the undead, first in a series and the author’s first novel.
• Orbit’s site has this post about the book.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shaw has plenty of room to both to continue developing the relationships inside the ensemble cast and add more quirky players in the planned sequel.”

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* Snipes, Wesley, & Ray Norman : Talon of God
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-266816-5, $27.99, 368pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062668189
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062681980

Urban fantasy novel, the first novel by both coauthors, about a skeptical doctor drawn into a battle against Satan’s army.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishsers Weekly review comments, “Debut novelists Snipes (star of the Blade vampire hunter film trilogy) and Norman bring a cinematic flair to the proceedings (including a “giant flying hell fortress”). The overall tone of the book is fundamentalist, but the authors broaden their audience by discreetly avoiding both explicit violence and thorny cultural issues…”

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* Sullivan, Michael J. : Age of Swords
(Del Rey 978-1-101-96536-8, $28, 496pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101965375
Legends of the First Empire #2

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series of five following Age of Myth (2016), about a race of gods, the Fhrey, worshipped by humans until one of the gods is killed by a human.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The unusual technological level and prevalence of thoughtful women as leading characters set this apart from other fantasies.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 24 July 2017

— posted Monday 24 July 2017 @ 10:07 am PDT

The 2012 trade paperback edition of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (Broadway) is selling well on all three Amazon sites compiled here, ranking #1 on Amazon.com this morning.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.30
WP
07.09
LAT
07.23
USAT
07.16
PW
07.24
Amz
(07.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.24)
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 / 51 8 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 10 3 -1     xx 20 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crichton, Dragon Teeth 05.29.17 / 9 x [ 10 ] x x 15 -1 xxx..    
Gabaldon, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall 07.03.17 / 4 9 +4 [ 4 ]   85 +11 10 +6     68 -11
Haig, How to Stop Time (UK) 07.17.17 / 2             15 -9  
Hearne, Besieged 07.24.17 / 1       106 ++        
Koontz, The Silent Corner 07.03.17 / 4 11 -2     49 -24 11 -3      
Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 10.05.15 / 19 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 77 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 76     11 -1 x 7 -2 xxx.. xx xxx..
Stephenson/Galland, The Rise and Fall of D. O. D. O. 06.26.17 / 3 xxx..   12 + xxx.. xxx..      
Stross, The Delirium Brief 07.24.17 / 1       101 ++        
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 51 xxx..   xxx xxx.. xx xxx.. 9 -1 xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.30
WP
07.09
LAT
07.23
USAT
07.16
PW
07.24
Amz
(07.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.24)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 23             8 -3 13 -8
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 28 3 -1 [ 2 ] 5 -4 8 +1 16 -5 9 -3   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 253       73 +12 xxx.. 62 -13 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 96 xxx..   xxx 83 +18   1 +53 6 ++ 3 +
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 20 xxx..     12 +11 9 +7      
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 3       62 +        
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 3           36 -35    
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 3               x
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 107     xxx.. 148 + xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 263 xxx..   xxx.. 5 + xxx.. xxx.. 39 + xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 33             56 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 115       xxx..   43 -7 xxx.. 36 -16
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 311   [ 8 ] 4 +1 54 -7   24 +2 45 +2 x
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 168 xxx..   xxx.. xx xxx.. xxx.. 95 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               82 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 109 -23   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 81             40 +13 57 +47
Sandford/Ctein, Saturn Run [tpb] 02.20.17 / 3       100 ++ xxx..      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.30
WP
07.09
LAT
07.23
USAT
07.16
PW
07.24
Amz
(07.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.24)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

Classics in Reprint: May – July 2017

— posted Friday 21 July 2017 @ 10:53 am PDT

Lee, Tanith : Night’s Sorceries
(DAW 978-0756411015, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698404496
Flat Earth #-

(First edition: DAW, April 1987)

Fantasy novel, fifth and final book in the “Flat Earth” series of interconnected stories following Night’s Master (1978), Death’s Master (1979), Delusion’s Master (1981), and Delirium’s Mistress (1986).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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Moore, Ward : Bring the Jubilee
(Open Road B06XWRST2B, $11.99, 204pp, ebook, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jun 2017

(First edition: Farrar, Straus & Young, 1953)

Alternate history novel in which the South wins the American Civil War; from 1953, this novel famously precedes Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, Harry Turtledove’s The Guns of the South, and many similar books.
• Open Media’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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North, Eric : The Ant Men
(Dover 978-0486814469, $11.95, 224pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 17 May 2017

SF novel, first published in 1955 by John C. Winston, about an expedition to Australia that discovers giant intelligent ants.
• Dover’s site has this description with a Google preview.

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Russell, Eric Frank : The Mindwarpers
(Dover 978-0486814476, $9.95, 160pp, mass market paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 21 Jun 2017

SF novel, first published as a magazine story in 1956, then as With a Strange Device in 1964 in the UK, and then with this title in 1965 in the US from Lancer Books, the edition reprinted here by Dover.
• It’s about workers at a Cold War weapons factory and a plot to implant false memories.
• Dover’s site has this description with a Google preview.

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* Simak, Clifford D. : The Thing in the Stone and Other Stories
(Open Road B0713WNPTZ, $7.99, 287pp, ebook, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jul 2017
• SF Encyclopedia: Clifford D. Simak

Collection of 10 stories, including the Hugo and Nebula nominated title story from 1970, and Hugo nominated “Construction Shack” from 1973.
• This is the 12th volume in Open Road’s “complete short fiction” of Simak that began in 2015. It has an introduction and story notes by David W. Wixon.
• Others also just published are volume 10, The Shipshape Miracle and Other Stories, and volume 11, Dusty Zebra and Other Stories.

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* St. Clair, Margaret : The Hole in the Moon and Other Tales
(Dover 978-0486805627, $14.95, 256pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 19 Jul 2017

Collection of 17 stories by an author who also published, beginning in the 1950s, as Idris Seabright; edited and with an introduction by Ramsey Campbell.
• Dover’s site does not yet have a page for this book.

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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books : 18 July 2017

— posted Tuesday 18 July 2017 @ 3:48 pm PDT

* Casper, Susan : Up the Rainbow: The Complete Short Fiction of Susan Casper
(Fantastic Books 978-1-5154-1027-0, $34.99, 452pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017

Collection of 24 stories first published from 1983 to 2003, with one story previously unpublished, by the author who died this past February. Michael Swanwick provides an introduction, Andy Duncan an afterword.
• The publisher’s site has this description with the table of contents and quotes from reviews. There’s also a trade paperback edition (978-1-5154-1028-7) for $19.99.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed it for Locus Online: “It is a testament to the high regard in which she was held that this commemorative volume was so quickly assembled and issued.”

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* Demchuk, David : The Bone Mother
(ChiZine Publications 978-1-77148-421-3, 300pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771484220

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about the last mythical creatures of Eastern Europe.
• ChiZine’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This extraordinary debut novel crosses borders and boundaries, stretching across continents and years in a series of interwoven stories and vignettes.”

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* Gerrard, David Burr : The Epiphany Machine
(Putnam 978-0-399-57543-3, $27, 418pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399575440
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524775735

Contemporary fantasy novel about a machine that tattoos personal revelations on its users’ forearms.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This is a wildly charming, morally serious bildungsroman with the rare potential to change the way readers think.”

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* Haspil, Michael F. : Graveyard Shift
(Tor 978-0765379627, $24.99, 352pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466869226

Urban fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about two Miami vice cops, one a former pharaoh and mummy, the other a vampire born in ancient Rome.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Hudson, Gabe : Gork, the Teenage Dragon
(Knopf 978-0-375-41396-4, $24.95, 380pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781524732479

Humorous fantasy novel, the author’s first novel (following short story collection Dear Mr. President), about an adolescent dragon student at the WarWings Military Academy.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Dave Eggers, Gary Shteyngart, Ben Marcus, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Hudson’s cleverly plotted and executed tale allows for a number of insights into the beastly adolescent behavior that can bedevil humans of all ages.”

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* Khanna, Rajan : Raining Fire
(Pyr 978-1-63388-273-7, $18, 271pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
Falling Sky #3

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, third in a series following Falling Sky (2014) and Rising Tide (2015), about survivors of a plague who live in airships.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…the airships, slavers, cannibalistic Ferals, and visceral action scenes make this a worthy culmination to the series.”

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* Levine, David D. : Arabella and the Battle of Venus
(Tor 978-0-7653-8282-5, $25.99, 416pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466889507
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427291141
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby #2

Alternate history SF novel, second in a series following Andre Norton winner Arabella of Mars (2016), about a British colony on Mars a century after the first expedition there in the late 1600s.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This interesting piece of speculative fiction draws on venerable imaginings of distant worlds while still feeling fresh and original, especially to the younger readers who are its most likely audience.”

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+ Taylor, Jodi : And the Rest Is History
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-906-1, $12.99, 376pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #8

SF novel, eighth in a series that began with Just One Damned Thing After Another (June 2016), about time-traveling historians from St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research.
• The UK edition was published in in April.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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* Turtledove, Harry : Armistice
(Del Rey 978-0553390766, $28.99, 448pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553390773
The Hot War #3

Alternate history novel, third in a trilogy following Bombs Away (2015) and Fallout (2016), set in the aftermath of World War II.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 17 July 2017

— posted Monday 17 July 2017 @ 10:44 am PDT

Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time (Canongate) ranks high on the UK Amazon list this week. The US edition is due in February 2018.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.23
WP
07.09
LAT
07.16
USAT
07.09
PW
07.17
Amz
(07.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.17)
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 / 50 7 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 9 2 +1     x 16 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crichton, Dragon Teeth 05.29.17 / 8 12 = [ 10 ] 20 + 93 -1 14 -2 xxx..    
Gabaldon, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall 07.03.17 / 3 13 -8 [ 4 ]   96 -88 16 -11     57 -31
Haig, How to Stop Time (UK) 07.17.17 / 1             6 ++  
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 11 xxx..   19 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Koontz, The Silent Corner 07.03.17 / 3 9 -1     25 +2 8 -1      
Lore, Generation One 07.10.17 / 2 10 -8     x        
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 75     10 +1 97 +10 5 = xxx.. x xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 21 xxx..   11 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 50 xxx..   xx xxx.. x xxx.. 8 +2 xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.23
WP
07.09
LAT
07.16
USAT
07.09
PW
07.17
Amz
(07.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.17)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 22             5 = 5 +6
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 27 2 = [ 2 ] 1 = 9 +1 11 +1 6 =   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 252       85 -7 xxx.. 49 -17 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 95 xxx..   xx 101 +15   54 +44   xxx..
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 31     14 = 100 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 98 -52 xxx..
King, It 04.03.17 / 16     xxx.. 127 +2   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 19 xxx..     23 +6 16 +      
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 2       xxx..        
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 2           1 ++    
L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time 09.25.07 / 2               36 ++
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 114       xxx..   36 + xxx.. 20 +
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 310   [ 8 ] 5 = 47 +11   26 +2 47 +33 56 -14
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 86 -27   xxx    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 80             53 -4 104 -84
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.23
WP
07.09
LAT
07.16
USAT
07.09
PW
07.17
Amz
(07.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.17)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

New Books : 11 July 2017

— posted Tuesday 11 July 2017 @ 2:58 pm PDT

* Allan, Nina : The Rift
(Titan 978-1-78565-037-6, $14.95, 432pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-78565-039-0

SF novel about about a woman whose sister disappeared for 20 years and then returned claiming she spent the time on another planet.
• Titan’s site has this description
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Allan crafts mirrored portraits of two women at odds with their own lives coming into a more stable orbit around each other.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “…The Rift (the title could refer either to Julie and Serena’s alienation or to that magical portal between worlds) still leaves us with the unsettled but pleasant sensation of narratives, and indeed genres, in uneasy dialogue with one another, seeking some common ground.”

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* Brooks, Mike : Dark Sky
(Saga 978-1-4814-5956-3, $16.99, 352pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481459587
Keiko #2

SF novel, second in a series following Dark Run, about a ship full of con artists and soldiers of fortune traveling among Earth’s interstellar colonies.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Brooks writes action that is nearly nonstop and pleasingly varied while still allowing time for character description and development. This is a great space-rogue adventure in a setting with vast potential for further stories.”
• There’s also a hardcover edition (978-1481459570).

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* Brown, Christopher : Tropic of Kansas
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-256381-1, $15.99, 480pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062563828

Alternate history SF novel, the author’s first novel, in which the US has broken into warring territorites.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample and blurbs from William Gibson and Cory Doctorow.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Debut novelist Brown (editor of Three Messages and a Warning) brings a mordant sensibility to his depiction of a “flyover country” that is no longer willing to have its patriotism exploited and its land degraded for other people’s profits. His characters do not easily triumph, because he respects them too much to cheapen the costs that they must bear to succeed.”

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* Caine, Rachel : Ash and Quill
(Berkley 978-0451472410, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698180833
The Great Library #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Ink and Bone (2015) and Paper and Fire (2016), in which the Great Library of Alexandria has survived, the knowledge from its books distributed to the masses via alchemy.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Caine’s elegantly detailed descriptions bring Jess’s world to vivid life in a fast-paced, action-oriented plot that will leave readers breathlessly anticipating not just the next page but the next book in the Great Library series.”

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* Datlow, Ellen, ed. : The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Nine
(Night Shade Books 978-1-5107-1666-7, $15.99, 440pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017

Anthology of 21 horror stories first published in 2016.
• Authors include Peter Straub, Gemma Files, Brian Evenson, Siobhan Carroll, and Brian Hodge.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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* Dozois, Gardner, ed. : The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-fourth Annual Collection
(St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1-250-11924-7, $22.99, 704pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-250-11925-4

Anthology of 39 stories first published in 2016, with a long “Summation: 2016”, and several pages of ‘honorable mentions’ at the end.
• Authors include Lavie Tidhar, Rich Larson, Gregory Benford, Paul McAuley, Geoff Ryman, Sam J. Miller, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, and Ian R. MacLeod.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
• A hardcover edition (9781250119230, $40) is also available.

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* Egan, Greg : Dichronauts
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-892-7, $26.99, 312pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-59780-605-3

Hard SF novel set in a universe in which there are two dimensions of time and two dimensions of space.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Egan provides copious and necessary papers on the math and physics of world (there’s less information on the staggeringly weird biology), but even with that help, much of the science will make the plotting borderline impenetrable for anyone not already immersed in the concepts. … Egan may have out-Eganed himself with this one.”

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* Gray, Andrew Neil, & J. S. Herbison : The Ghost Line
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9497-2, $14.99, 144pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765394965

SF novel, the authors’ first novel, about a decommissioned ship known as the “Titanic of the stars” when it ran back and forth from Earth to Mars.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The final explanation could be more robust, but the story is still shiver-inducing, thought-provoking, and decidedly eerie.”

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* Hearne, Kevin : Besieged
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-399-18173-3, $27, 256pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399181740
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524779887
Iron Druid Chronicles #9

Collection of nine stories, only two previously published, about the 2000-year-old Druid subject of eight novels to date: Hounded, Hexed, Hammered (all 2011), Tricked (May 2012), Trapped (Dec. 2012), Hunted (2013), and Shattered (2014), and Staked (2016).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Hearne’s lighthearted approach and witty asides are amusing, and he also subtly digs at modern humans’ lack of love for the land and its conservation.”

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* Kenyon, Kay : At the Table of Wolves
(Saga 978-1-4814-8778-8, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481487801
Dark Talents #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, first in a series, about a woman with paranormal powers going undercover to stop the Nazi invasion of England.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: ” Kenyon’s finely tuned historical atmospherics and her sure-handed development of even minor characters make this novel a superb adventure, worthy to launch a distinguished historical fantasy series.”

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* Kress, Nancy : Tomorrow’s Kin
(Tor 978-0-7653-9029-5, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390318
Yesterday’s Kin #1

SF novel, first of a trilogy based on the 2014 Nebula and Locus award winning novella “Yesterday’s Kin,” about alien visitors to Earth who will not leave their ship.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Kress mixes contemporary issues of isolationism and refugee status with classic SF first-contact tropes, threaded neatly with solid scientific theory and speculation…”

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* Kritzer, Naomi : Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories
(Fairwood Press 978-1-933846-67-5, $17.99, 315pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017

Collection of 17 stories, including Hugo and Locus award winning “Cat Pictures Please”. Two of the stories are original to this book; they other were first published from 2000 to 2015.
• Fairwood’s site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Kritzer always focuses on ordinary people, whether they’re dipping one toe into weird waters or jumping in. Her work is indisputably speculative, but it’s a perfect entry point to the genre for readers who prefer fantastical and futuristic elements to stay more in the background, with human (and robotic) feelings always at the fore. This splendid treat is not to be missed.”

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* Lucas, Dale : First Watch
(Orbit 978-0-316-46907-4, $14.99, 416pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316469043
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478974758
The Fifth Ward #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a human in a city of elves and dwarves who joins the city watch to earn his freedom.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes about the characters that “there are echoes of Fritz Leiber’s classic Fafhrd and Gray Mouser tales in their relationship.”

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* MacNaughton, Laurence : A Kiss Before Doomsday
(Pyr 978-1-63388-267-6, $18, 295pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Dru Jasper #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following It Happened One Doomsday. (2016), about an amateur magicians in a world in which a handful of powerful sorcerers fight the forces of darkness.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Adventure and humor help to balance the story’s horror elements.”

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* Martin, Gail Z. : Scourge
(Solaris 978-1781085585, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Darkhurst #1

Epic fantasy novel, first in a series, about three brothers in a city of monsters.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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* Miller, Sam J. : The Art of Starving
(HarperTeen 978-0062456717, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062456731
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062683465

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a teenaged boy who discovers that eating less and less increases his paranormal powers.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Matt is a master at suppressing his urges, but there is nothing romantic about debut novelist Miller’s portrayal of anorexia; his descriptions are often graphic and disturbing, and discussion of Matt’s future is brutally honest.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “For a novel which for most of its length is pretty judicious in deploying the fantastic, The Art of Starving ends with a fairly surreal spectacle involving a lot of feral pigs and a revelation about the true nature of Matt’s powers, but Miller has by now earned the right to go a bit off the rails, and the novel ends up going exactly where he wants it to go, and where we do as well.”

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* Rowe, Christopher : Telling the Map: Stories
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-132-6, $16, 269pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731333

Collection of 10 stories, one story original to this book, the others first published from 2003 to 2015.
• The new story is a companion to the author’s Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon nominated “The Voluntary State,” also included here.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with links to several stories and excerpts online.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…the book offers an immersive and original reading experience.”

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* Sniegoski, Thomas E. : Dark Exodus
(Ace 978-0-698-18552-4, $5.99, 359pp, ebook, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Demonists #2

Dark fantasy novel, second in a series following The Demonists (2016), about an exorcist who accidentally unleashes a horde of demons.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.

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* Stross, Charles : The Delirium Brief
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9466-8, $25.99, 384pp, hardcover, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765394675
Laundry Files #8

Fantasy novel, eighth in the author’s “Laundry Files” sequence following The Atrocity Archives (2004), The Jennifer Morgue (2006), The Fuller Memorandum (2010), The Apocalypose Codex (2012), The Rhesus Chart (2014), The Annihilation Score (2015), and The Nightmare Stacks (2016), about British secret service agent Bob Howard battling Lovecraftian horrors.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Russell Letson reviews it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “This is Stross in one of his darker moods, familiar from the atmosphere of Scratch Monkey, which remains for me a key to understanding his sensibility. I suspect that the political side of the book – the distress at the normal operation of the sausage-factory of government (alluded to in the epigraph) signals some of the real-world anxieties that stand behind this entire series.”

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* Vaughn, Carrie : Bannerless
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/John Joseph Adams 978-0-544-94730-6, $14.99, 288pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
Bannerless #1

SF novel, first in a series, about a population-controlled society that has survived the collapse of most of the United States.
• Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that the book is based on a story from the first issue of John Josephs Adams’s Lightspeed, and comments, “Vaughn skillfully portrays a vastly altered future America that’s almost unrecognizable decades after its total collapse; the reversion to a much less technological setting is a common element for the genre, but her focus on sustainability and responsibility is unusual, thought-provoking, and very welcome.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 10 July 2017

— posted Monday 10 July 2017 @ 9:53 am PDT

Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” collection Seven Stones to Stand or Fall (Delacorte) debuts in the top 10 on four lists.

Also, Pittacus Lore’s YA novel Generation One (HarperCollins) debuts on two lists, ranking #2 on the New York Times‘s Young Adult Hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.16
WP
07.09
LAT
07.09
USAT
07.02
PW
07.10
Amz
(07.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.10)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 15         25 -6      
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 8 3 -1     149 -76 18 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crichton, Dragon Teeth 05.29.17 / 7 12 -4 10 + x 92 -51 12 -4 xxx..    
Gabaldon, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall 07.03.17 / 2 5 ++ 4 ++   8 ++ 5 ++     26 -19
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 23 xxx.. xxx.. 18 + xxx.. x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Koontz, The Silent Corner 07.03.17 / 2 8 -6     27 -24 7 -5      
Lore, Generation One 07.10.17 / 1 2 ++     121 ++        
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 74     11 = 107 +11 5 +6 xxx.. 98 -11 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 20 xxx.. xxx.. 9 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 49 xxx.. xxx.. x xxx.. 25 -2 xxx.. 10 +21 xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.16
WP
07.09
LAT
07.09
USAT
07.02
PW
07.10
Amz
(07.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.10)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 21             5 -3 11 -5
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 26 2 = 2 + 1 +1 10 -4 12 +2 6 -2   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 251   xx   78 +4 xxx.. 32 +6 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 94 xxx.. xxx.. x 116 -4   98 -9   xxx
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 30     14 -10 98 -53 xxx xxx.. 46 +20 xxx..
King, It 04.03.17 / 15     xxx.. 129 -43   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 18 xxx..     29 +24 xx      
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 32             62 + xxx..
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 309   8 + 5 = 58 -7   28 -6 80 -24 42 +5
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 167 xxx..   xxx.. 87 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 59 +46   xx    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 79             49 +2 20 -5
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.16
WP
07.09
LAT
07.09
USAT
07.02
PW
07.10
Amz
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Periodicals, early July 2017

— posted Saturday 8 July 2017 @ 11:15 am PDT

Abyss & Apex

• Magazine of Speculative Fiction, since Jan/Feb 2003; editor-in-chief Wendy S. Delmater
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

3rd Quarter 2017
Issue 3Q, Whole #63, cover art by Mondolithic Studios
• This issue has fiction by Jon Rollins, Janet K. Nicolson, Brenda Kalt, Rich Larson, Adam Vine, and Jordan Taylor.
• There’s also poetry by Rebecca Buchanan and several others, and small press book reviews.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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Apex Magazine

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

July 2017
Issue 98, cover art by Quentin Castel
• This issue has stories by Rich Larson, Eric Schwitzgebel, and Kai Ashanti Wilson, with a novel excerpt by Daniel I. Russell and a vault story by Ekaterina Sedia.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Eric Schwitzgebel and Quentin Castel, essays by Daniel I. Russell and Kristi DeMeester, and short fiction reviews by A.C. Wise.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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Aphelion

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

July 2017
Issue 219
• This issue has fiction by Stephani Maari Booker, Thomas Wm. Hamilton, Ray Prew, Walter G. Esselman, Jonny Edward, and others.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to more of the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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Aurealis

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

Issue 102, 2017
• This issue has stories by Marlee Jane Ward, James Rowland, and Leigh Harlen.
• Nonfiction includes pieces by Gillian Polack, Claire Fitzpatrick, and Michael Pryor.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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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/

July 2017
Issue 130, cover art by Eddie Mendoza
• This issue has fiction by Zhang Ran, Rich Larson, Robert Reed, Bo Balder, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Joe Haldeman, and Lavie Tidhar.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Carrie Vaughn and articles by Matt Jones and Fran Wilde.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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The Dark

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

July 2017
Issue 25
• This issue has new stories by Kelly Stewart and Osahon Ize-Iyamu, and reprint stories by Nadia Bulkin and Michael Harris Cohen.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

• Original and reprint SF & F; edited by Warren Lapine
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/

2017
• This ‘zine’s final issue is a special “People of Color Take Over” issue, guest-edited by Nisi Shawl. Contents are accessible from the drop-down menu in the upper right.
• Original stories and essays are by Darcie Little Badger, Maurice Broaddus, Christopher Caldwell, Stephen Graham Jones, Minsoo Kang, Su-Yee Lin, S. Qioyui Lu, Erin Roberts, and Terence Taylor.
Previously published items are by Jennifer Marie Brissett, Nalo Hopkinson, Alex Jennings, Tonya Liburd, Henry Lien, Jermaine McGill, Paul Miles, Irette Y. Patterson, Tlotlo Tsamaase, Eliza Victoria, Alberto Yáñez, and E. Lily Yu.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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Forever

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

July 2017
Issue 30, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Robert Reed, Dale Bailey, and Aliette de Bodard.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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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/

July 2017
Issue 27, $6.99
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Stephen Lawson, J.P. Sullivan, Jody Lynn Nye, Edward M. Lerner, Rachelle Harp, Lou J. Berger, Michael Swanwick, Leena Likitalo, Paul Di Filippo, Kay Kenyon, Gregor Hartmann, Gordon Eklund, and Jack McDevitt.
• There’s also the first part of a serialization of Joan Slonczewski’s Daughter of Elysium.
• Columns are by Robert J. Sawyer and Gregory Benford.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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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/

July 2017
• This month’s story is “The War on Space and Time” by Octavia Cade.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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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/

June 2017
Issue 57, cover art by Nick Greenwood
• This issue has stories by Stephen Lawson, Gerri Leen, Megan Lee Beals, James Edward O’Brien, and Michael D. Winkle.
• There’s also an interview with and vintage fiction by David Brin.
Columns include science fact by Randall Hayes and book reviews by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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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/

July 2017
Issue 86
• This issue has SF stories by John Grant, Chris Beckett, E. Catherine Tobler, and James Tiptree, Jr., and fantasy stories by A.G. Howard, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Adam-Troy Castro, Will Ludwigsen, and Debbie Urbanski.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Carrie Vaughn, book reviews by Andrew Liptak, and a movie review by Carrie Vaughn.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by Laura Anne Gilman and novel excerpts by Carrie Vaughn and Wendy N. Wagner.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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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/

July 2017
Issue 58
• This issue has fiction by Caspian Gray, Stephen Graham Jones, Caroline Ratajski, and Cynthia Ward.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by Nathan Carson, and an interview with Richard Kelly.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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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/

July 2017
Issue 38
• Stories in this issue are by Martin Cahill, Andrea Corbin, Heather Morris, and Victoria Sandbrook.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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Uncanny

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

July/August 2017
Issue 17, cover art by Kirbi Fagan
• This issue has original fiction by Seanan McGuire, Kat Howard, Maurice Broaddus, Mary Robinette Kowal, Cassandra Khaw, and T. Kingfisher, and reprint fiction by Aliette de Bodard.
• Poetry is by Joyce Chng, Shevta Thakrar and Sara Cleto, Chloe N. Clark, and Rose Lemberg.
• There are also interviews with Maurice Broaddus and Mary Robinette Kowal, and essays by Sarah Gailey, Dimas Ilaw, Sam J. Miller, and Alasdair Stuart.

(Sat 8 Jul 2017)

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