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New Books : 30 May 2017

* Andrews, Ilona : White Hot
(HarperCollins/Avon 978-0062674791, $25.99, 416pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062289261
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062423610
Hidden Legacy #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Burn For Me (2014), about a detective in a magical society.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Andrews sets fully realized characters, killer action scenes, and a hot and sweet romance against a dynastic world of mages.”

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* Black, Jenna : Night Magic
(Tor Teen 978-0765380067, $17.99, 288pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 May 2017
Nightstruck #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a paranormal horror series following Nightstruck (2016), about a teenage girl in Philadelphia who opens a door between worlds.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Effectively blending grisly horror, teenage dilemmas, and a touch of romance, Black has built a genuinely scary city where the night literally has teeth.”

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* Brennan, Marie : Lightning in the Blood
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9201-5, $11.99, 128pp, trade paperback, May 2017, cover art Greg Ruth)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9143-8
Varekai #2

Fantasy novella, second in a series following Cold-Forged Flame (2016), about a woman’s struggle against her existence.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Brennan takes the opportunity to deepen Ree’s character and her yearning to find her people and belong. Ree’s hunger for self-realization adds depth to the rich worldbuilding and exciting action sequences.”

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* Hough, Jason M. : Injection Burn
(Del Rey 978-0553391312, $9.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553391305
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524780647
Dire Earth #4

SF novel, first book of a duology that is itself a sequel to the earlier trilogy The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge (all 2013), about two human expeditions to rescue captive aliens.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed Hough’s first two novels in 2013: “Hough stuffs his tale with a goodly number of classic SF elements that all work together in agreeable synergy.”

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* Reed, Kit : Mormama
(Tor 978-0-7653-9044-8, $25.99, 288pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01N3TK1EB

Supernatural fantasy novel about an amnesiac man drawn to an ancient home in Jacksonville run by a trio of aunts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and blurbs from Peter Straub, Tim Powers, and others.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 29 May 2017

Stephen King & Richard Chizmar’s novella Gwendy’s Button Box (Cemetery Dance) debuts on four print lists, ranking as high as #5 on the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.04
WP
05.28
LAT
05.28
USAT
05.21
PW
05.29
Amz
(05.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.29)
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 / 9         19 +      
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 2           27 -8 14 +17 23 -6
Crichton, Dragon Teeth 05.29.17 / 1           62 ++    
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 17 xx xx 20 -9 x 19 = xxx xxx.. xxx..
King/Chizmar, Gwendy’s Button Box 05.22.17 / 2 7 ++ 8 ++   5 ++ 7 ++ 92 -53   x
Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin 05.01.17 / 5       57 -27 8 + xx x x
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 18 8 -2     xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 9       xxx.. 12 +      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 9             xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 30     xxx.. xxx.. 24 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 68     8 +2 110 -29 7 + xxx.. 65 +24 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 15 xxx.. xxx.. 11 -8 xxx.. xxx xxx..   xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 43 xx xx 9 -2 145 -62 24 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.04
WP
05.28
LAT
05.28
USAT
05.21
PW
05.29
Amz
(05.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.29)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 15             1 +15 5 -3
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 20 1 = 1 = 1 = 9 -5 10 -3 5 -2   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 245   xxx..   140 -9 xxx.. 60 +38 xxx.. xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 25 xx xx xxx.. 143 -45   xxx..    
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 24     10 -1 27 -6 17 +7 74 -5 x xxx..
King, End of Watch 04.10.17 / 8     xx x 10 -1      
King, It 04.03.17 / 9     x 76 -15   xx xxx.. xxx
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 12 xxx..     82 -28        
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 113       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 91 +
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 303   xxx.. 8 -4 95 +7   43 +21 60 + 30 +7
Riggs, Library of Souls [tpb] 04.24.17 / 5       xxx.. 14 +      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.04
WP
05.28
LAT
05.28
USAT
05.21
PW
05.29
Amz
(05.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.29)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New Books : 23 May 2017

* Baldwin, Kathleen : Refuge for Masterminds
(Tor Teen 978-0765376046, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01M5IHSU9
Stranje House #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series following A School for Unusual Girls (2015) and Exile for Dreamers (2016), about a school for girls in Regency England.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Clare, Cassandra : Lord of Shadows
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1442468405, $24.99, 720pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442468429
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781442357143
The Dark Artifices #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a series following Lady Midnight (2016)about the Shadowhunters of Los Angeles.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview.

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* Crichton, Michael : Dragon Teeth
(Harper 978-0-06-247335-6, $28.99, 304pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062473370
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062473400

Association historical novel, discovered after the author’s death in 2008, about paleontologists in the American west in 1876.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of Crichton’s historical suspense books, such as The Great Train Robbery, will be pleased.”

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* Gailey, Sarah : River of Teeth
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9523-8, $14.99, 176pp, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9522-1
River of Teeth #1

Alternate history novel, first of a series, about hippopotamuses imported to Louisiana in the late 19th century.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of seedy westerns will greatly enjoy this tale of gold-tusked hippos and the miscreants who ride them.”

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* Higgins, C. A. : Radiate
(Del Rey 978-0-553-39448-1, $27, 336pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553394498
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524782948
Lightless #3

SF novel, third in a series following Lightless (2015) and Supernova (2016), about a military spacecraft transformed by an artificial intelligence.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly said of the previous book, “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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* King, Stephen, & Richard Chizmar : Gwendy’s Button Box
(Cemetery Dance 978-1-58767-610-9, $28, 168pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017

Horror novella set in King’s town of Castle Rock, about a girl who meets a strange man.
• Cemetery Dance’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This bite-size gem of a story packs quite a punch, and the only complaint readers will likely have is that it isn’t longer.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 22 May 2017

— posted Monday 22 May 2017 @ 10:44 am PDT

Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Fate (Del Rey), third in her Fitz and the Fool trilogy, debuts on three lists, ranking #15 or #16 at New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

Also debuting, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadmen Walking (Tor), on two lists.

Amazon.com debuts Amazon Charts, weekly lists of most sold and most read — the latter ranked by daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners — fiction and nonfiction books.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.28
WP
05.21
LAT
05.21
USAT
05.14
PW
05.22
Amz
(05.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.22)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lord of Shadows 05.22.17 / 1           19 ++ 31 ++ 17 ++
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 16 x x 11 -9 139 -15 19 -6 xx xxx.. xxx..
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 8 xxx.. xxx.. 17 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Hobb, Assassin’s Fate 05.22.17 / 1 15 ++     16 ++ 16 ++      
Kenyon, Deadmen Walking 05.22.17 / 1       36 ++ 17 ++      
King/Chizmar, Gwendy’s Button Box 05.22.17 / 1           39 ++   95 ++
Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin 05.01.17 / 4       30 -27 x x 84 -11 97 +
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 17 6 -1     xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 67     10 +5 81 +46 x xxx.. 89 -28 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 14 xxx.. xxx.. 3 +3 xxx.. xx xxx..   xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 42 x x 7 +3 83 +35 20 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.28
WP
05.21
LAT
05.21
USAT
05.14
PW
05.22
Amz
(05.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.22)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 14             16 +22 2 +1
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 19 1 = 1 = 1 = 4 +4 7 = 3 +2   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 244   xxx..   131 + xxx.. 98 + xxx.. xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 24 x x xxx.. 98 -37   xxx    
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 23     9 +2 21 -5 24 -2 69 -22 83 -29 xxx..
King, End of Watch 04.10.17 / 7     x 142 + 9 =      
King, It 04.03.17 / 8     12 ++ 61 +25   x xxx.. xx
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 11 xxx..     54 -28        
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 53   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 91 +
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 302   xxx.. 4 +11 102 +   64 +18 x 37 -12
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 145 +2   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 73             xx 26 +9
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.28
WP
05.21
LAT
05.21
USAT
05.14
PW
05.22
Amz
(05.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.22)
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

Periodicals, mid-May 2017

— posted Sunday 21 May 2017 @ 1:36 pm PDT

Aphelion

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

May 2017
Issue 217
• This issue has fiction by Richie Billing, A.M.J. Lawrence, Rebecca Mix, Walter G. Esselman, Daniel C. Smith, 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.

(Sun 21 May 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 100, 2017
• This 100th issue has stories by David Tansey, Michael Pryor, Dirk Strasser, Geoffrey Maloney, Terry Dowling, Alex Isle, Stephen Higgins, and Rebecca Birch.
• Nonfiction includes Terry Wood on robotics and an interview with Dirk Strasser.

(Sun 21 May 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/

May 2017
Issue 24
• This issue has new stories by A.M. Muffaz and Eliza Victoria, and reprints by Samantha Henderson and Damien Angelica Walters.

(Sun 21 May 2017)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books : 16 May 2017

— posted Tuesday 16 May 2017 @ 12:00 pm PDT

* Campbell, Jack : Vanguard
(Ace 978-1-101-98834-3, $27, 336pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101988350
The Genesis Fleet #1

Military SF novel, first in a new series related to his “Lost Fleet” series, about the founding of the Alliance.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Campbell’s skillfully constructed tale keeps a riveting pace, making each character’s personal stakes into fundamental threads woven into a high-energy whole.”

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* Czerneda, Julie E., ed. : Nebula Awards Showcase 2017
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1-63388-271-3, $18, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017

Anthology of stories and novel excerpts from winners and nominees of the Nebula Awards given in 2016 for works published in 2015.
• Contents include short fiction winners by Alyssa Wong, Sarah Pinsker, and Nnedi Okorafor; an excerpt from the winning novel by Naomi Novik; an excerpt from the Norton winning novel by Fran Wilde; and other works by Amal El-Mohtar, Naomi Kritzer, David D. Levine, Sam J. Miller, Martin L. Shoemaker, Charles E. Gannon, and others.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review.

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* Golden, Christopher, ed. : Dark Cities
(Titan 978-1785655791, $22.95, 400pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017

Anthology of 19 original horror stories.
• Authors include tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, Paul Tremblay, Ramsey Campbell, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* MacLeod, Bracken : 13 Views of the Suicide Woods
(ChiZine 978-1-77148-411-4, $17.99, 280pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781771484121

Collection of 19 stories, including the title story.
• ChiZine’s site has this description, with blurbs by Christopher Golden, Paul Tremblay, and others.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “MacLeod’s prose is rich in detail, adding depth and color to each tale, whether a vignette or a longer piece.”

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* Rossi, Veronica : Seeker
(Tor Teen 978-0765382566, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1466887800
Riders #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second in a series following Riders (2016), about a young Army Ranger who survives death and becomes one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Smale, Alan : Eagle and Empire
(Del Rey 978-0-8041-7726-9, $30, 560pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780804177276
Clash of Eagles #3

Alternate history novel, third in a trilogy following Clash of Eagles (2015) and Eagle in Exile (2106), in which the Roman Empire discovers North America in 1218 A.D.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Smale’s hard-hitting and satisfying conclusion will be a must for his readers, as the trilogy will be for any fan of alternate history.”

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* Turner, Megan Whalen : Thick as Thieves
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0062568243, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062568274
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062679888
Queen’s Thief #5

Young adult fantasy novel, fifth in a series following The Thief (1996), The Queen of Attolia (2000), The King of Attolia (2006), and A Conspiracy of Kings (2010), about the thief Eugenides.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Although this immersive treat is billed as a standalone, those who have read the previous books in the series will get the most from it, as Turner fills out and enriches the expansive canvas on which she stitches her epic tale.”

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* Wallace, Matt : Greedy Pigs
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9320-3, $15.99, 192pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-9319-7
A Sin du Jour Affair #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Envy of Angels (2015), Lustlocked (Jan. 2016), Pride’s Spell (Jun. 2016), and Idle Ingredients (Feb. 2017), about a New York catering firm for the supernatural community.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Wallace’s imagination is boundless, and his wryly funny storytelling manages to be heartfelt and completely gonzo at the same time.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 15 May 2017

— posted Monday 15 May 2017 @ 10:31 am PDT

Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Wings and Ruin (Bloomsbury), third in the YA fantasy series that began with A Court of Thorns and Roses, debuts prominently on two lists: #2 on the Publishers Weekly Children’s Frontlist Fiction list, and #3 on the combined USA Today list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.21
WP
05.14
LAT
05.14
USAT
05.07
PW
05.15
Amz
(05.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.15)
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 / 8         25 -3      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 19 xxx.. xxx.. 18 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 15 14 -5 9 -3 2 +3 124 -27 13 -2 x xxx.. xxx..
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 23 xxx..     137 + xxx..     xxx..
Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin 05.01.17 / 3       3 +67 2 ++ 76 -42 73 -46 x
Revis, Star Wars: Rebel Rising 05.15.17 / 1 2 ++       14 ++      
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 16 5 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 8       xxx 16 -4      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 8             xxx xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 29     xxx.. xxx.. 24 -7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 66     15 -3 127 + 12 -1 xxx.. 61 +5 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 13 xxx.. xxx.. 6 -4 xxx.. x xxx..   xxx..
Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire 04.03.17 / 3     8 = xxx.. xxx..      
VanderMeer, Borne 05.15.17 / 1         20 ++      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 41 15 -2 10 -5 10 -7 118 -46 16 -3 xxx   xxx..
Zahn, Star Wars: Thrawn 04.10.17 / 6 x xx   145 -52 22 -2 xxx..   xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.21
WP
05.14
LAT
05.14
USAT
05.07
PW
05.15
Amz
(05.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.15)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 13             38 -18 3 =
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 18 1 = 1 = 1 +1 8 -3 7 +1 5 -1   xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 23 10 -1 10 -2 xxx.. 61 -14   xx    
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 22     11 +2 16 +15 22 ++ 47 -4 54 -4 xxx..
Hunter, Cold Reign 05.15.17 / 1       29 ++        
King, End of Watch 04.10.17 / 6     13 + x 9 -2      
King, It 04.03.17 / 7       86 -20   73 +1 xxx.. x
King, The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger 07.13.03 / 10 xxx..     26 +        
King, The Gunslinger [tpb] 05.08.17 / 2           89 -51    
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses [tpb] 05.16.16 / 9 xxx..     51 ++ xxx..      
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 301   xxx.. 15 -11 x   82 -1 96 -52 25 -2
Riggs, Library of Souls [tpb] 04.24.17 / 4       xxx 19 -9      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 147 +   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 72             x 35 +19
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.21
WP
05.14
LAT
05.14
USAT
05.07
PW
05.15
Amz
(05.15)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.15)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.15)
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 in Paperback, May 2017

— posted Saturday 13 May 2017 @ 11:40 am PDT

Andrews, Ilona : Magic Binds
(Ace 978-0425270707, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Kate Daniels #9

(First edition: Ace, September 2016)

Urban fantasy novel, ninth in the “Kate Daniels” series following Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds (2010), Magic Slays (2011), Magic Rises (2012), Magic Breaks (2014), and Magic Shifts (2015), about a female mercenary in a magical Atlanta.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Bear, Greg : Take Back the Sky
(Orbit 978-0316223959, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
War Dogs #3

(First edition: Orbit, December 2016)

Near-future SF novel, third in a trilogy following War Dogs (2014) and Killing Titan (2015), about an interstellar war whose alien protagonists have come to Earth and Mars.
• Hachette’s site has a description.
• The book is currently a finalist for this year’s Locus Awards.

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Coe, David B. : Shadow’s Blade
(Baen 978-1481482424, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Case Files of Justis Fearsson #3

(First edition: Baen, May 2016)

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Spell Blind (Jan. 2015) and His Father’s Eyes (July 2015), about an Arizona private detective who uses magic in his hunt for a serial killer.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Crouch, Blake : Dark Matter
(Broadway 978-1101904244, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017

(First edition: Crown, July 2016)

SF thriller about an abducted quantum physicist who wakes into an alternate universe.
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DeLillo, Don : Zero K
(Scribner 978-1501138072, $16, 288pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017

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

Literary SF novel about a billionaire who invests in technologies to conquer death.
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Gaiman, Neil : The View from the Cheap Seats
(Morrow 978-0062262271, $17.99, 544pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 May 2017

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, June 2016)

Collection of nonfiction essays.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with excerpts.
• The book is currently a finalist for this year’s Locus Awards.

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Green, Simon R. : Dr. DOA
(Ace 978-0451476944, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Secret Histories #10

(First edition: Roc, June 2016)

Fantasy novel, tenth in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007), Daemons Are Forever (2008), The Spy Who Haunted Me (2009), From Hell with Love (2010), For Heaven’s Eyes Only (2011), Live and Let Drood (2012), Casino Infernale (2013), and Property of a Lady Faire (2014), and From a Drood to a Kill (2015).
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Kay, Guy Gavriel : Children of Earth and Sky
(Berkley 978-0451472977, $17, 592pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017

(First edition: Penguin/NAL, May 2016)

Historical fantasy novel set in a world inspired by Renaissance Europe.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Kay builds a convincingly human answer to the paradox that has long made the Renaissance so hypnotic, so alien, and familiar with its juxtaposition of crude brutality and magnificent beauty, of high manners and low betrayals, of emerging technology and stark primitivism.”
• The book is currently a finalist for this year’s Locus Awards.

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Lockwood, Todd : The Summer Dragon
(DAW 978-0756413125, $16, 512pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Evertide #1

(First edition: DAW, May 2016)

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a family that raises dragons for the political war machine.
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Maas, Sarah J. : A Court of Mist and Fury
(Bloomsbury 978-1619635197, $10.99, 656pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Court of Thorns and Roses #2

(First edition: Bloomsbury, May 2016)

Young adult fantasy novel, second book in a series following A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015), about a 19-year-old huntress, Feyre, who is abducted to the world of immortal faeries.
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Niven, Larry, & Steven Barnes : The Seascape Tattoo
(Tor 978-0765378743, $8.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017

(First edition: Tor, June 2016)

Fantasy novel about a Swordsman and a Sorcerer in perpetual mortal combat.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Ryan, Anthony : The Waking Fire
(Ace 978-1101987872, $18, 592pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
The Draconis Memoria #1

(First edition: Ace, July 2016)

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a trading syndicate that deals in the blood of drakes, a species now weakening.
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Category: New in Paperback

New Books : 9 May 2017

— posted Tuesday 9 May 2017 @ 3:08 pm PDT

* Benford, Gregory : The Berlin Project
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-8764-1, $26.99, 480pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481487665

Alternate history SF novel in which the atom bomb is ready by 1944, in time to stop Hitler.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Diagrams help illustrate the scientific concepts involved, and the story line is laced with stranger-than-fiction facts, such as the national security apparatus’s concerns that stories in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction were based on leaks of classified information.”

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+ Hardinge, Frances : A Face Like Glass
(Abrams/Amulet 978-1419724848, $19.95, 496pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B01MAXR63J

First US edition (UK: Macmillan, May 2012)

Young adult fantasy novel set in an underground city where people’s faces are blank, and expressions must be learned.
• Abrams’ site has this description with quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hardinge’s characteristically lush and sophisticated language will entrance readers, and she makes wonderful use of her singular setting and wildly eccentric cast to pose haunting questions about reality, artifice, and the things we attempt to conceal.”

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* Hobb, Robin : Assassin’s Fate
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-553-39295-1, $32, 864pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553392975
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781101912812
Fitz and the Fool #3

Fantasy novel, third book in a trilogy following Fool’s Assassin (2014) and Fool’s Quest (2015), about two characters from her earlier novels, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hobb’s exquisitely drawn characters, fast-paced plotting, and enthralling prose beguile readers through a blockbuster of an ending for this trilogy and for the overarching series.”

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Deadmen Walking
(Tor 978-0-7653-8568-0, $27.99, 384pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765385697
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427287199
Deadman’s Cross #1

Historical fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a dark warlord commanding a ship of Deadmen on a mission to keep the damned at bay.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This piratical tale is very heavily front-loaded with worldbuilding information, including a panoply of pantheons, but there’s still room for swashbuckling, death, glory, and just the tiniest hint of romance.”

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* Khaw, Cassandra : Food of the Gods
(Abaddon 978-1-78108-519-6, $15, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Rupert Wong #-

Fantasy novel, combination of two previously published ebook novellas, Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef (2015) and Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth, about a chef in Chinese Hell.
• Rebellion’s site has this post about the book.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This amazing book is perfect for foodies, readers of modernized mythology and light supernaturals, and fans of the smart, underpowered survivor who wins in the face of cosmic might and mundane brawn.”
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: Food of the Gods is well-paced, with at times stomach-curdling tension. Its energetic prose leaps off the page.”

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* Klages, Ellen : Wicked Wonders
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-261-6, $15.95, 288pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017

Collection of 14 stories, first published from 2007 through 2014, with one story original to this book, and another story revised from first publications.
• Karen Joy Fowler provides an introduction.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The emotional impact of the stories is carefully managed in a way that’s meant to sweep readers up, not knock them down. The tie that binds these works together is humanity, lovingly and quietly explored no matter the genre.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “For decades, it seemed like Ray Bradbury was SF’s default poet of childhood, even though, with few exceptions (such as ‘‘All Summer in a Day’’), the girls in his evocative tales were notable mostly by their absence. I wonder if Ellen Klages is gradually assuming that mantle while redressing the imbalance.”

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* Kroese, Robert : The Last Iota
(St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne 978-1-250-08846-8, $26.99, 320pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250088475
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427286109
The Big Sheep #2

SF novel, first in a series following The Big Sheep (2016), set in a Disincorporated Zone of Los Angeles in 2039, about a private investigator and crimes linked to virtual currency called iotas.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The plot twists are both logical and surprising, with developments and motivations straight out of classic L.A. noir. Every part of the book simply works. The compelling story, memorable leads, and imaginative worldbuilding suggest the series has a long and promising future.”

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* Rustad, A. Merc : So You Want to Be a Robot
(Lethe 978-1-59021-641-5, $20, 234pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 6 May 2017

Collection of 21 stories, first published from 2013 to date, with two of the stories original to this book.
• Lethe’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Swaying freely between science fiction and fantasy, diverse in setting and tone, this debut collection by prolific short story author Rustad is creative, often whimsical, and deliciously inclusive.”

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* White, Corey J. : Killing Gravity
(Tor.com 978-0765396310, $14.99, 176pp, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765395085
The Voidwitch Saga #1

SF novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a psychic voidwitch pursued by a bounty hunter and left trapped in a dying spaceship.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This novella feels like a blockbuster… It’s perfect for an airplane ride or an afternoon on a beach, and this world is ripe for multiple sequels.”
• Liz Bourke reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “On the whole, Killing Gravity is a damn good read.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 8 May 2017

— posted Monday 8 May 2017 @ 11:17 am PDT

Paperback editions of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale hit #1 on two lists this week, and rank in the top ten on all five print lists compiled here.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.14
WP
05.07
LAT
05.07
USAT
04.30
PW
05.08
Amz
(05.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.08)
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 / 7         22 -2      
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 22 10 +       xxx..      
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 14 9 -3 6 -3 5 -2 97 -14 11 -3 95 -16 xxx.. xxx
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 7 xxx.. xxx.. 7 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin 05.01.17 / 2       70 ++   34 -23 27 -23 52 -30
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 15 6 -1     xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 7       xx 12 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 7             xx xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 28     xxx.. xxx.. 17 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 65     12 +5 xx 11 -3 xxx 66 -8 xxx
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 12 xxx xxx.. 2 -1 xxx.. 23 = xxx..   xxx..
Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire 04.03.17 / 2     8 ++ xxx.. xxx..      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 40 13 -1 5 -1 3 +1 72 -7 13 +1 xx   xxx..
Zahn, Star Wars: Thrawn 04.10.17 / 5 12 -8 x   93 -43 20 -9 xxx   xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.14
WP
05.07
LAT
05.07
USAT
04.30
PW
05.08
Amz
(05.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.08)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 12             20 +13 3 -1
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 17 1 +3 1 +1 2 +10 5 +9 8 ++ 4 +2   xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 22 9 + 8 = xxx.. 47 +19   x    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 56 xxx..   xxx.. 115 ++     xxx..  
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 21     13 + 31 +21   43 -7 50 -30 xxx..
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 8       xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 79 +
King, End of Watch 04.10.17 / 5     x 138 -28 7 -2      
King, It 04.03.17 / 6       66 -25   74 +25 xxx.. 74 ++
King, The Gunslinger [tpb] 05.08.17 / 1           38 ++    
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 134 xxx.. xxx.. 15 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 300   xxx.. 4 -1 144 -7   81 + 44 +1 23 +18
Riggs, Library of Souls [tpb] 04.24.17 / 3       xx 10 -3      
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 71             93 -5 54 -18
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
05.14
WP
05.07
LAT
05.07
USAT
04.30
PW
05.08
Amz
(05.08)
UK:
Amz UK
(05.08)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(05.08)
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]

Category: Bestsellers


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