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Weekly Bestsellers, 8 August 2016

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuts at #1 on the Publishers Weekly list this week, and still ranks #1 on all three Amazon lists.

Also debuting: Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter (Crown) on three lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.14
WP
08.07
LAT
08.07
USAT
07.31
PW
08.08
Amz
(08.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.08)
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 / 21 2 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 2 14 ++     26 ++ 14 ++ x    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 12 10 -1 xx xxx 46 -10 8 -1 xxx xxx.. xx
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 14 4 =     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 43     xxx.. xxx 16 -3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 26       1 ++   1 = 1 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 33             85 + 93 -38
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 45       143 + 13 +2 75 -68 xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 38             16 -7 47 -45
Wendig, Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt 07.25.16 / 3 xx xx   xx 25 -4      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 1           3 ++   43 ++
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 53 xxx..     xxx.. 18 -4 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 10       x 9 -4 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.14
WP
08.07
LAT
08.07
USAT
07.31
PW
08.08
Amz
(08.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.08)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 226   x   68 +7 xxx.. 34 +3 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 78 11 + xxx.. x 142 +2   xxx..   xxx
King, Doctor Sleep 08.08.16 / 1 14 ++       19 ++      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 97     xxx.. 144 + xxx.. 98 +   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 256 x xxx.. 13 -5 141 -68 xxx.. xxx.. 33 -7 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 101       xx   x xxx.. 23 -9
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 268   xxx..   124 -5   65 +22 66 -30 57 +
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 62 xxx..   xxx.. 149 -33 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 137 xxx..   10 + 20 +4 xxx.. x x x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               32 -10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 66 +21   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK) 07.22.08 / 11             80 -32  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [tpb] 06.30.09 / 50     xxx.. 140 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               53 -6  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [tpb] 08.11.02 / 178 xxx..   xxx.. 126 +21        
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 20             70 -14 xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [tpb] 07.05.04 / 147 xxx..     147 + xxx.. xxx.. 49 +14  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               21 -8  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               44 -10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [tpb] 06.17.01 / 203 xxx..   xxx.. 102 +30   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 18 +14   78 -39    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 33             15 -1 21 -13
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 16       xxx..   68 -33   xxx..
Rowling, Quidditch Through the Ages (UK) 07.06.03 / 3             69 -37  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.14
WP
08.07
LAT
08.07
USAT
07.31
PW
08.08
Amz
(08.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.08)
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 August 2016

Apex Magazine

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

August 2016
Issue 87, cover art by Marcela Bolívar
• This issue has stories by A. Merc Rustad, Alexis A. Hunter, E.K. Wagner, Damien Angelica Walters, and A.C. Wise, plus a novel excerpt Erica L. Satifka.
• Poetry is by Mary Soon Lee, Rodney Gomez, Frank Tota, and Anton Rose.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with A. Merc Rustad and Marcela Bolívar.

(Sat 6 Aug 2016)

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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/

July 2016
Issue 92
• This issue has stories by Peter Cooper, LB Spiller, and Bentley A Reese.
• Non-fiction is by Gillian Polack and Lachlan Walter.

(Sat 6 Aug 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/

Jul-Aug 2016
Issue 53, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Tara Bush
• Stories in this issue are by Priya Sharma, Steve Rasnic Tem, Harmony Neal, Kristi DeMeester, Danny Rhodes, Stephen Hargadon, and Charles Wilkinson.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Gary Couzens, and Peter Tennant.

(Sun 31 Jul 2016)

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Clarkesworld

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

August 2016
Issue 119, cover art by Jaroslaw Marcinek
• This issue has fiction by Kali Wallace, Dale Bailey, Emily Devenport, Sean Bensinger, Ryan Row, Karla Schmidt, Tobias S. Buckell, and Madeline Ashby.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with N.K. Jemisin, and articles by Jason Ridler and Cat Rambo.

(Sat 6 Aug 2016)

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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/

July/August 2016
• This issue has stories by José Pablo Iriarte, Caroline M. Yoachim, Sunil Patel, Jamie Wild, and Beth Cato.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Terence Taylor, Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro, Steven Sawicki, and Gillian Daniels.

(Sat 6 Aug 2016)

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Fireside Magazine

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

Issue 34, 2016
• This issue has stories by A. Merc Rustad, Margaret Killjoy, and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry.

(Sat 6 Aug 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/

August 2016
Issue 19, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by Robert Reed, Tobias S. Buckell, and Karl Schroeder.

(Sat 6 Aug 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/

August 2016
• This month’s story is “Good Breeding” by Megan Chaudhuri.

(Sat 6 Aug 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/

Jul-Aug 2016
Issue 265, cover art by Vincent Sammy
• This issue has fiction by John Schoeffstall, Dan Reade, Suzanne Palmer, Ken Hinckley, Andrew Kozma, and Robert Reed.
• Features include an editorial by Jo L. Walton 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.

(Sun 31 Jul 2016)

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Lightspeed

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

August 2016
Issue 75
• This issue has SF stories by Mercurio D. Rivera, Kameron Hurley, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Maureen F. McHugh, and fantasy stories by Kevin J. Anderson and Sherrilyn Kenyon, Adam-Troy Castro, Delia Sherman, and Tristina Wright.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Tim Powers, a movie review by Carrie Vaughn, and book reviews by Sunil Patel.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by C.S.E. Cooney.

(Sat 6 Aug 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/

August 2016
Issue 47, cover art by Jana Heidersdorf
• This issue has stories by Amanda Downum, Nicholas Kaufmann, G. Neri, and Lara Elena Donnelly.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by Livia Llewellyn, and an interview with C.A. Suleiman.

(Sat 6 Aug 2016)

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New Books, 2 August 2016

* Allen, Nancy Campbell : Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
(Shadow Mountain 978-1629721750, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Steampunk Proper Romance #-

Steampunk novel, one of a series of “Steampunk Proper Romance” novels by various authors.
• Shadow Mountain’s site has this page for the series.
• Huffington Post described the series as “Romance novels without the sex.”

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

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* Boffard, Rob : Zero-G
(Orbit/Redhook 978-0-316-26530-0, $9.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909736
Outer Earth #2

Near-future SF novel, second in a series following the author’s first novel Tracer (July 2016), about a member of the Outer Earth law enforcement team.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “As before, Boffard’s story moves lightning fast. The worldbuilding doesn’t always pass muster, but the action is tense and brisk, a fine beach read for thriller fans.”

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Bradley, Marion Zimmer, & Deborah J. Ross : Thunderlord
(DAW 978-0756410544, $27, 416pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698190702
Darkover #-

Fantasy novel set in Bradley’s Darkover universe, following The Children of Kings (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Card, Orson Scott, & Aaron Johnston : The Swarm
(Tor 978-0-7653-7562-9, $25.99, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466847811
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427273697
The Second Formic War #1

SF novel, first in a new prequel trilogy to Card’s Ender’s Game, following three volumes in “The First Formic War” ending with Earth Awakens (2014).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “It’s a solid continuation of the ongoing epic, moving all the pieces into place for the next entry.”

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Correia, Larry, & John Ringo : Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge
(Baen 978-1-4767-8149-5, $27, 320pp, hardcover, August 2016, cover art John Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-514-4
Monster Hunter Memoirs #1

Humorous fantasy novel, first in a new series following the five-volume ‘Monster Hunter” series, about a Marine private who dies in Beirut and is resurrected to become a monster hunter.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2016 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607014720, $19.95, 528pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016

Anthology of nine novellas first published in 2015, the second volume in an annual series.
• Authors include Nnedi Okorafor, Carter Scholz, and Usman Malik.
• Prime’s site has this description with the table of contents.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Harper, Steven : Bone War
(Roc 978-0451468482, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146310
Books of Blood and Iron #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Iron Axe (Jan. 2015) and Blood Storm (Dec. 2015), about two outcasts, one a half-human half-troll, the other a human slave.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Higgins, C. A. : Supernova
(Del Rey 978-0-553-39445-0, $27, 304pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553394467
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780451483874
Lightless #2

SF novel, second of a series following Lightless (2015), about a military spacecraft transformed by an artificial intelligence.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Descriptions of terraforming and the life of a black hole will satisfy fans of hard SF, but the main draw is the excellent, realistic portrayal of people struggling to cope with sudden change and its fallout.”

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Hunter, Faith : Blood of the Earth
(Roc 9780451473301, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698184480
Soulwood #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series set in the same world as the author’s 10 Jane Yellowrock novels.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “Not exactly urban fantasy, since protagonist Nell Nicholson Ingram lives off the grid in the Tennessee Appalachian mountains, it nonetheless has much of the flavor – and action – of the better urban fantasies.”

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Dragonmark
(St. Martin’s 978-1250092403, $27.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250092410
Dark-Hunter #26

Supernatural romance novel, 26th volume (by Wikipedia’s count) or 20th volume (by the publisher’s count) in the bestselling “Dark-Hunters” series, following Retribution (2011), Time Untime (2012), Styxx (2013), Son of No One (2014), and Dragonbane (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Laine, Susan : Skyships Over Innsmouth
(DSP Publications 978-1634769891, $14.99, 200pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

SF/horror novel aboaut survivors of a cataclysm that wiped out humanity’s memories, returning to Earth and using an obscure book as a guide to possible survivors.
• DSP’s site has this description.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* McGuire, Seanan : Full of Briars
(DAW 9780756412227, $1.99, 60pp, ebk, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
October Daye #-

Urban fantasy novella in ebook form only in the October Daye series, most recently A Red Rose Chain (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Meadows, Foz : An Accident of Stars
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-585-0, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665867
UK edition: 9780857665843 (Thu 4 Aug 2016)
Manifold Worlds #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about a woman who falls through a hole in reality and lands in a magical realm on the brink of civil war.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Meadows’s gloriously dramatic and intricately detailed first novel for adults features a trio of young women in a fascinating fantasy setting.”

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* Offord, Kerryn : 1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz
(Baen 978-1-4767-8160-0, $16, 528pp, trade paperback, August 2016, cover art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-516-8
Ring of Fire #-

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Eric Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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• (Directory Entry)

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+ Pinborough, Sarah : The Language of Dying
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681444369, $15.99, 144pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016

First US edition (UK: PS Publishing, July 2009)

Short fantasy novel about a woman sitting by her father’s bed during the last hours of his life.
• This is a new edition of a book published by PS Pubishing in 2009 (978-1-906301-82-8), described here. Quercus published this edition in the UK in 2013.
• Quercus has this page about the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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* Taylor, Travis, & Les Johnson : On to the Asteroid
(Baen 978-1-4767-8152-5, $24, 352pp, hardcover, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-515-1

SF novel about asteroid miners whose manipulation of an asteroid to bring it closer to Earth threatens the planet.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Tchaikovsky, Adrian : Spiderlight
(Tor.Com 978-0765388360, $19.99, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765388353

Fantasy novel about a battle between the Church of Armes of the Light and the forces of Darkness.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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

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* Wagers, K. B. : Behind the Throne
(Orbit 978-0-316-30860-1, $14.99, 432pp, trade paperback, August 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Aug 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316308595
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938477
The Indranan War #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a gunrunner who becomes heir to a galactic empire.
• Hachette’s site has this description
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Taut suspense, strong characterization, and dark, rapid-fire humor are the highlights of this excellent SF adventure debut.”
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “I can hardly wait for the sequel. I could use more fun space opera.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 1 August 2016

Several isolated debuts this week, since they appear on a single list each without appearing on any others: most impressively, Michael J. Sullivan’s Age of Myth (Del Rey), #2 on the Washington Post list; Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants (Del Rey), #47 on the USA Today list; and Gail Carriger’s Imprudence (Orbit), #131 on the USA Today list. But none of them appear on any other lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.07
WP
07.31
LAT
07.31
USAT
07.24
PW
08.01
Amz
(08.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.01)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Carriger, Imprudence 08.01.16 / 1       131 ++        
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 20 2 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Crouch, Dark Matter 08.01.16 / 1           67 ++    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 11 9 -3 x xx 36 -14 7 -1 xx xxx.. x
Liu/Liu, The Three-Body Problem 08.01.16 / 1               4 ++
Lore, United as One 07.11.16 / 4       129 -45 25 -8      
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 13 4 =     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Neuvel, Sleeping Giants 08.01.16 / 1       47 ++        
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 42     xxx.. xx 13 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 04.11.16 / 4     xxx..     3 +    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 25           1 = 1 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 32             xxx.. 55 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 44       xxx.. 15 = 7 + xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard 08.05.08 / 36       xxx..   44 +    
Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (UK) 08.05.08 / 37             9 + 2 +
Sullivan, Age of Myth 08.01.16 / 1   2 ++            
Wendig, Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt 07.25.16 / 2 x x   x 21 -14      
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 52 xxx..     xxx.. 14 -1 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 9       109 -34 5 +2 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.07
WP
07.31
LAT
07.31
USAT
07.24
PW
08.01
Amz
(08.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.01)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 225   7 +   75 -8 xxx.. 37 -3 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 77 xxx.. xxx.. 13 -2 144 -14   xxx..   xx
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 4       xxx..       87 ++
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 255 10 = xxx.. 8 -3 73 -26 xxx.. xxx.. 26 +1 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 100       x   105 -54 xxx.. 14 -3
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 267   xxx..   119 -12   87 -16 36 +5 xx
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 61 xxx..   xxx.. 116 +21 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 136 xxx..   x 24 -1 xxx.. 93 -16 93 + 89 -9
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 26             11 + 17 -14
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               22 +59  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 87 +53   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (UK) 07.22.08 / 10             48 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               47 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [tpb] 08.11.02 / 177 xxx..   xxx.. 147 +        
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 19             56 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [tpb] 07.05.04 / 146 xxx..     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 63 ++  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               13 +25  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               34 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [tpb] 06.17.01 / 202 xxx..   xxx.. 132 +   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 32 +21   39 +    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 32             14 +46 8 +10
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 15       xxx..   35 +   xxx..
Rowling, Quidditch Through the Ages (UK) 07.06.03 / 2             32 ++  
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 17 xxx..             93 +
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 82 xxx.. 5 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.07
WP
07.31
LAT
07.31
USAT
07.24
PW
08.01
Amz
(08.01)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.01)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.01)
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Periodicals, late July 2016

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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

July 2016
Issue 203-204, cover art by Martin Ende
Issue 203, posted July 7, has stories by Mishell Baker and Rachael K. Jones, with an archive story by Aliette de Bodard.
Issue 204, posted July 25, has stories by E. Catherine Tobler and Benjanun Sriduangkaew, with an archive story by Rebecca Campbell.

(Sat 30 Jul 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/

July 2016
• Stories posted in July are by Mari Ness, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, James Van Pelt, Alex Shvartsman, and others.

(Sat 30 Jul 2016)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

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

July 2016
Cover art by Frad Fraunfelter
• Stories in this issue are by Eric Del Carlo, Jeremy Szal, Santiago Belluco, Mord McGhee, Eamonn Murphy, Rick Novy, Brad Preslar, and Michael Andre-Driussi, with shorter stories by Darren Goossens, Jason M. Harley, and Devin Miller.
• Articles are by Chett Gottfried and Andrew R. Boone.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 30 Jul 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/

July 2016
• This weekly ‘zine is hosting a Summer Special, “Our Queer Planet”, with cover images for each week’s posts. Stories posted in July are by Vajra Chandrasekera, Sara Norja, S. Qiouyi Lu, and Gabriel Murray.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with artists Alex Araiza, O Horvath, and Slimm Fabert, and columns by Penny Stirling, Vajra Chandrasekera, Yoon Ha Lee, Fabio Fernandes, Nicasio Andres Reed, Steve Berman, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Keguro Macharia.
• There’s also a Queer Roundtable with Rose Fox, Cynthia Ward, and others; poetry; and reviews.

(Sat 30 Jul 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/

July 2016
Original stories posted in July are by Douglas F. Warrick, Dennis Danvers, Paul McAuley, and Nina Allan.
Excerpts are from works by Max Gladstone, Ramsey Campbell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Cixin Liu, Nisi Shawl, and others.

(Sat 30 Jul 2016)

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New Books by the Strugatsky Brothers, Agustín de Rojas, and others

* de Rojas, Agustín : The Year 200
(Restless 978-1-63206-051-8, $18.99, 640pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Jul 2016

SF novel, first published in Cuba in 1990 and here translated into English by Nick Caistor and Hebe Powell, set in a future in which the Communist Federation has defeated the Capitalist Empire.
• The publisher’s site has this description, which calls it the author’s “magnum opus.”
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed: “De Rojas is perfectly willing to ask hard questions, and this struggle for the soul of humankind’s future will leave readers thinking long after the last page is turned, but as a work of fiction, it never quite comes together.”

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* Hollins, Jon : The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold
(Orbit 978-0-316-30823-6, $14.99, 544pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316308250
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938439
The Dragon Lords #1

Humorous fantasy novel, apparently first of a series, about living in a world ruled by dragons.
• The Amazon description notes that Hollins is a pseudonym.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hollins’s seat-of-the-pants fantasy comedy snowballs wildly into a glorious disaster of fire, magic, multiple threats to people’s intestines, and fun—for the reader, if not the characters.”

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* Kenny, John, ed. : Decade 1: The Best of Albedo One
(Ireland: Aeon Press 978-0-9934682-0-9, $14.95, 184pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Apr 2016

Anthology of 13 stories first published in the Irish SF magazine Albedo One over the past decade.
• Authors include Gill Alderman, Tais Teng, Neil Williamson, and Mike O’Driscoll.
• The magazine’s site has this description.
• The book is also listed on Amazon.com.

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* Langan, John : The Fisherman
(Word Horde 978-1-939905-21-5, $16.99, 282pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Jun 2016

Horror novel about two widowers drawn to a mysterious creek in upstate New York.
• Word Horde’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed: “Shifting between past and present, Langan builds terrifying scenes…”

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* Strugatsky, Arkady, & Boris Strugatsky : The Doomed City
(Chicago Review Press 978-1-61373-596-1, $18.99, 416pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Jul 2016

First English translation of a political SF novel, written in the early 1970s and not published in Russia until 1988-89. It’s about an experimental city, populated by people plucked from various times in the 20th century, and run by inscrutable Mentors.
• The publisher’s site has this description, which calls it the brothers’ “magnus opus”.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The Strugatsky Brothers criticize not only Communism but all tyrannical governments in a startlingly original microcosm that captures humanity’s despair and resolve. … This unsettling and intelligent novel’s chief terror resides in its underlying ideas.”
• A hardcover edition is also available.

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* Tolmie, Sarah : Two Travelers
(Aqueduct 978-1-61976-103-2, $16, 200pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Jun 2016

Collection of two novellas, “The Dancer on the Stairs” and “The Burning Furrow”.
• Aqueduct’s site has this description with blurbs from A.M. Dellamonica and Amy Thomson.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Tolmie’s investigations of identity, place, and personal meaning are a delight to read and a great contribution to the genre.”

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Category: New Books

New Books, 26 July 2016

— posted Tuesday 26 July 2016 @ 3:16 pm PDT

* Bauers, W. C. : Indomitable
(Tor 978-0-7653-7544-5, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466847309
The Chronicles of Promise Paen #2

Military SF novel, second in a series following Unbreakable (2015), about a female space marine.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book is “is packed to the gills with visceral action scenes and military jargon.”

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* Black, Levi : Red Right Hand
(Tor 978-0-7653-8248-1, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466887602

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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* Craft, Mahlon F., illustrated by Kinuko Craft : Beauty and the Beast
(HarperCollins 978-0060539191, $17.99, 32pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016

Children’s book, a retelling of the classic fairy-tale, with illustrations by Kinuko Craft.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.

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* Crouch, Blake : Dark Matter
(Crown 978-1-101-90422-0, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016

SF thriller about an abducted quantum physicist who wakes into an alternate universe.
• Crown’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Excellent characterization and well-crafted tension do much to redeem the outlandish plot of this SF thriller…”
• NPR interviewed Crouch last weekend.

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* Gladstone, Max : Four Roads Cross
(Tor 978-0-7653-7942-9, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466868410
Craft Sequence #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Three Parts Dead (2012), Two Serpents Rise (2013), Full Fathom Five (2014), and Last First Snow (2015), about a magical Craftswoman in the city of Alt Coulumb.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives this, as it did for all four earlier books, a starred review: “Gladstone’s storytelling, worldbuilding, and character development are always singularly enjoyable, and that pleasure is enhanced here by the reunion with the richly drawn cast of his first sorcerous legal thriller. They, along with Gladstone’s writing, have grown, matured, and become even more interesting. This is a splendid continuation of a fascinating series.”

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* Merbeth, K. S. : Bite
(Orbit 978-0-316-30870-0, $9.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316308687
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938453

Postapocalyptic SF novel, the author’s first novel, about Kid, a 16-year-old girl, who joins a band of raiders in a lawless world.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “gleeful postapocalyptic gore-fest”.

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* Nassise, Joseph : Urban Allies
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-239134-6, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062391353

Anthology of 10 original collaborative urban fantasy stories.
• Authors include Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden, Carrie Vaughn & Diana Rowland, and Kelley Armstrong & Seanan McGuire.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The tales lean more toward the darker fantasy or horror end of the spectrum, making for an occasionally gory spectacle. Readers will undoubtedly get a kick out of seeing their favorite heroes solving cases together and will enjoy being introduced to new characters and settings.”

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* Palecek, Willow : City of Wolves
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8975-6, $11.99, 112pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765387356

Historical fantsay novella, the author’s first book, about an Investigator for Hire and a lord whose body is found covered in bite marks.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Palecek smartly underplays the supernatural element and makes it feel integral to the setting … and the conclusion sets the stage nicely for future books.”

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* Sebold, Gaie : Sparrow Falling
(Solaris 978-1781083826, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jul 2016
Sparrow #2

SF steampunk novel, second in a series following Shanghai Sparrow (2014), about a spy/con-artist.
• Solaris’ site has this post about the book.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 25 July 2016

— posted Monday 25 July 2016 @ 3:04 pm PDT

A new Star Wars novel by Chuck Wendig, Aftermath: Life Debt (Del Rey), debuts on four lists, ranking as high as #7 on the overall Publishers Weekly list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.31
WP
07.24
LAT
07.24
USAT
07.17
PW
07.25
Amz
(07.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.25)
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 / 19 2 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 10 6 -1 6 + x 22 -3 6 -1 x xxx.. 63 +
Lore, United as One 07.11.16 / 3       84 -33 17 -6      
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 12 4 +3     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 44   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 89 -27
Mitchell, Slade House 11.02.15 / 15 xxx.. xxx.. 10 -3 xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 41     xxx.. x 12 -3 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 24           1 = 1 +2 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 43       xxx.. 15 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Wendig, Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt 07.25.16 / 1 9 ++ 9 ++   27 ++ 7 ++      
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 51 xxx..     xxx.. 13 -3 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 8       75 -5 7 -4 xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.31
WP
07.24
LAT
07.24
USAT
07.17
PW
07.25
Amz
(07.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.25)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 224   xx   67 +7 xxx.. 34 -8 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 76 xxx.. xxx.. 11 + 130 +6   xxx..   x
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 16 xxx..   xxx 104 -17 xxx      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 22 xxx..     134 -29 xxx..   xxx..  
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 96     xxx.. 122 + xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 254 10 +1 xxx.. 5 +5 47 -14 xxx.. xxx.. 27 -7 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 99       50 +12   51 -2 xxx.. 11 -5
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 266   xxx..   107 +33   71 + 41 -7 x
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 60 xxx..   xxx.. 137 -41 xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 135 xxx..   14 -6 23 = xxx.. 77 -18 xxx.. 80 +
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 25             xx 3 +6
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               81 -10  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 140 +   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               38 +7  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 53 +20   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 31             60 -17 18 +5
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.31
WP
07.24
LAT
07.24
USAT
07.17
PW
07.25
Amz
(07.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.25)
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Category: Uncategorized

Periodicals, 3rd week July 2016: Print Magazines

— posted Sunday 24 July 2016 @ 11:42 am PDT

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

• Science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited, since April 2013, by Trevor Quachri
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.analogsf.com/

September 2016
Vol. 136 No. 9, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by NASA
• This issue has a novella by Rajnar Vajra, novelettes by Suzanne Palmer, C. Stuart Hardwick, and Jacob A. Boyd, and short stories by Sarah Frost, Dave Creek, and W. Michael Beachy. There’s also a poem by Bruce Boston.
• The science article, by Edward M. Lerner, is part one about artificial intelligence.
• Departments include an “Alternate View” column by Richard A. Lovett, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Thu 21 Jul 2016)

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Asimov’s Science Fiction

• Science Fiction magazine; published since 1977; edited by Sheila Williams
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Near-monthly (10 issues/year)
http://www.asimovs.com/

August 2016
Vol. 40 No. 8 (whole #487), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Kinuko Craft
• This issue has novelettes by Jason Sanford, Matthew Claxton, and Sandra McDonald, and short stories by Sean Monaghan, James Alan Gardner, Kathe Koja & Carther Scholz, and Sieren Damsgaard Ernst.
• Poetry is by Michael Meyerhofer, Robert Frazier, Andrew Paul Wood, and Ken Poyner.
• Departments include an editorial by Sheila Williams, about “women of wonder”; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections” column, “The Software of Magic”; on “On the Net” column by James Patrick Kelly, “Thinking About Dinosaurs” and book reviews by Paul Di Filippo, covering titles by Judith Merril, Allen Steele, China Mieville, and others.

(Thu 21 Jul 2016)

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Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

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

July 2016
Issue 34, cover art by Kathleen Jennings
• This issue has fiction by Amanda Marbais, Marco Kaye, John Richard Saylor, Barbara A. Barnett, and Michelle Podsiedlik.
• Poetry is by Hazel Crowley, Stephen Burt, Molly Gloss, Holly Day, David W. Pritchard, Neile Graham, Anne Sheldon, and A.B. Robins.
• There is also a nonfiction piece by Nicole Kimberling, about cooking with pumpkins.

(Fri 22 Jul 2016)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books, 19 July 2016

— posted Tuesday 19 July 2016 @ 2:38 pm PDT

+ Allan, Nina : The Race
(Titan 978-1-78565-036-9, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016

First US edition (UK: Newcon, 2014)

Near future SF novel about a woman, involved in illegal smartdog racing, whose niece goes missing.
• Titan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Strong writing and the layering of realities gives the book a mental hook akin to the best alternative history fiction, and just chasing down the various meanings of the title will keep readers fascinated for hours.”
• The book was a finalist for several awards, including the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: “For all its intricate narrative linkages and loopbacks, the novel presents us with a world which is thoroughly seductive and ominously credible, and a degree of narrative sophistication as impressive as anything I’ve seen in recent SF.”

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* Carriger, Gail : Imprudence
(Orbit 978-0316212212, $25, 368pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
The Custard Protocol #2

Steampunk fantasy novel set in the Victorian London world of the author’s Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless (2009), etc.), second in a series following Prudence (2015).
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Ford, Jeffrey : A Natural History of Hell
(Small Beer Press 978-1-61873-118-0, $16, 256pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016

Collection of 13 stories.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with quotes from reviews, blurbs from Joyce Carol Oates and others, and the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Some stories are told in the modern era; others are set in unspecified periods. Each tale gently twists perceptions, diving down into the ordinary and coming back out with a thoughtful nugget of the extraordinary.”

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607014713, $19.95, 528pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016

Anthology of 30 dark fantasy and horror stories first published in 2015.
• Authors include Damien Angelica Walters, Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Gemma Files, Ken Liu, Dale Bailey, and John Langan.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Jones, Carrie : Flying
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3657-6, $17.99, 256pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466828490
Flying #1

Young adult SF novel, first in a series, about an alien-hunting cheerleader.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Frequent twists and plentiful action keep the story moving briskly with only a few instances where disbelief needs to be suspended.”

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* Olson, Melissa F. : Nightshades
(Tor.Com 978-0765388506, $15.99, 208pp, trade paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765388490

Short fantasy novel about an agent for the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations, tasked with investigating vampires.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Power, Stephen S. : The Dragon Round
(Simon & Schuster/Simon451 978-1-5011-3320-6, $26, 336pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781476794617
Dragon Round #1

Fantasy adventure novel, the author’s first novel, about a ship captain, marooned on a desert island, who finds a baby dragon.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Power adeptly mashes together Horatio Hornblower–style adventure with the art of training dragons and a hint of backstabbing treachery for a thoroughly enjoyable tale.”

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* Revis, Beth : A World Without You
(Penguin/Razorbill 978-1-59514-715-8, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101627846

Young adult fantasy novel about a boy suffering delusions he can travel through time.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The siblings’ perspectives capture the family’s daunting emotional, financial, and clinical challenges, conflicted feelings, and growing mutual compassion, creating a story that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful.”

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* Schultz, Jamie : Sacrifices
(Roc 978-0451467461, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698140936
Arcane Underworld #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Premonitions (2014) and Splintered (2015), about a team of thieves with paranormal powers.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Turtledove, Harry : Fallout
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-553-39073-5, $28, 432pp, hardcover, July 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553390742
The Hot War #2

Alternate history novel, second in a series following Bombs Away (2015), set in the aftermath of World War II.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Readers can take one thing away from the whole shebang: war is hell.”

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Category: New Books


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