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Weekly Bestsellers, 30 January 2017

Two titles debut this week, beginning with Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark (HarperCollins), first in a new YA series, ranking #1 on YA lists at New York Times and Publishers Weekly; and Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong (Delacorte), the conclusion of her Fever series, ranking as high as #4 on the USA Today list.

Meanwhile, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four, since ranking #6 at Amazon.com a week ago, has climbed to #1 and remains there, while other dystopian novels by Atwood, Bradbury, Huxley, Lewis, and Orwell have become increasingly prominent on all Amazon lists this past week.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
01.29
LAT
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USAT
01.22
PW
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Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
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Canada:
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Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 14 7 +2       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 9 xx 9 + 3 = 138 -14 21 -1 xxx..    
Clare/Brennan, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy 11.28.16 / 9       xxx.. 23 -2      
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 17       xxx.. 24 = xxx..   xxx..
Graceffa, Children of Eden 10.17.16 / 12 6 +     xxx.. xxx..      
Moning, Feversong 01.30.17 / 1 6 ++     4 ++ 7 ++      
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 1 1 ++     9 ++ 1 ++      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 04.11.16 / 5     17 +     xxx..    
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 14     xx 60 -7 4 -1 x 28 = x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 18       xxx 13 -5 xxx.. xxx.. 74 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 51     5 +2 20 -2 3 -1 56 +4 23 -2 x
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 52             xxx.. 94 +
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 6 4 +2       x      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 26 2 +1 1 = 1 = 13 +10 4 -1 25 -4   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.05
WP
01.29
LAT
01.29
USAT
01.22
PW
01.30
Amz
(01.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.30)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 2             67 +  
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 3       130 -52   24 +44    
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 240   xxx..   x xxx.. 31 +46 xxx.. 41 +
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 13     10 + xxx..       xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning [tpb] 12.14.15 / 3     xxx.. 34 +104        
Huxley, Brave New World 06.23.14 / 3           19 + 47 ++ 65 ++
Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here 01.30.17 / 1           6 ++ 32 ++ 23 ++
Liu, The Three-Body Problem [tpb] 01.16.17 / 2       104 ++   xx    
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 24 2 =       x   42 +12  
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 48   3 +   xxx..   44 ++ 86 ++ 12 +
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 286   xxx..   105 +   1 +5 8 +43 2 +8
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 162 xxx..   xx 92 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               85 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               48 +7  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 86 -2   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 36       xxx..   xxx.. 68 +10  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 57             xxx.. 21 +15
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.05
WP
01.29
LAT
01.29
USAT
01.22
PW
01.30
Amz
(01.30)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.30)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.30)
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, late January 2017

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/

January 2017
Issue 216-217, cover art by Jinxu Du
Issue 217, posted January 19, has stories by Tony Pi and Cae Hawksmoor, a podcast story by Eleanna Castroianni, and an archive story by Derek Künsken.
Issue 216, posted January 5, has stories by Claire Humphrey (with a podcast) and Eleanor Castroianni, plus an archive story by A.B. Treadwell.

(Sat 28 Jan 2017)

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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/

Jan-Feb 2017
Issue 56, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Joachim Luetke
• Stories in this issue are by Scott Nicolay, Eric Shcaller, Danny Rhodes, Eugenia M. Triantafyllou, Charles Wilkinson, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, and Ian Steadman.
• Columns are by Lynda E. Rucker, Ralph Robert Moore, Gary Couzens (film reviews), and Peter Tennant (book reviews, including an interview with Stephen Volk).

(Thu 26 Jan 2017)

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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/

January 2017
• Stories posted in January are by J.D. Pendergrast and Tanya Breshears, plus flash fiction by Carie Juettner, James Reinebold, Nicola Young, Marissa Lingen, and many others.

(Sat 28 Jan 2017)

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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/

Jan-Feb 2017
Issue 268, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Dave Senecal
• This issue has fiction by Julie C. Day, Christien Gholson, Michael Reid, Mel Kassel, Val Nolan, and T.R. Napper.
• Features include an editorial by artist Dave Senecal, columns by Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan, David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits, a book review section (including a best of 2016 roundup), and film reviews by Nick Lowe.

(Thu 26 Jan 2017)

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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/

January 2017
• Issue 2 January has fiction by Su-Yee Lin, poetry by S. Qiouyi Lu, and a reviews section including 2016 in Review.
Issue 9 January has fiction by Kirsten Hall, poetry by Salik Shah, and reviews.
Issue 16 January, on the theme of resistence, has fiction by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lewis Shiner, Meda Kahn, Abbey Mei Otis, Anya Johanna DeNiro, and Samantha Henderson, plus poetry, essays on resistence, and reviews.
Issue 23 January has results of the annual readers’ poll, an article on pronouns by A. Watson, a podcast of January poetry, John Clute’s “Scores” column, and reviews.

(Sat 28 Jan 2017)

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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/

January 2017
Original stories posted in January are by Kelly Robson, S.B. Divya, Stephen Leigh, and Julianna Baggott.
Excerpts are from works by Ruthanna Emrys, Joe M. McDermott, Steven Brust & Skyler White, Ellen Klages, Nnedi Okorafor, and others.

(Sat 28 Jan 2017)

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Classics in Reprint, January 2017

Bujold, Lois McMaster : Borders of Infinity
(Baen 978-1476781938, $16, 240pp, trade paperback, January 2017, cover art Gary Ruddell)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jan 2017

(First edition: Baen, 1989)

Collection of three novellas in the Miles Vorkosigan Saga: “The Mountains of Mourning” (a Hugo and Nebula winner), “Labyrinth”, and “The Borders of Infinity”.
• Baen’s site has this description with a link to a sample chapter.

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* Davis, Hank, ed. : If This Goes Wrong…
(Baen 978-1-4767-8202-7, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, January 2017, cover art Dominic Harman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Dec 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-557-1

Anthology of 17 stories about the drawbacks of technological advances.
• Authors include Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak, Fritz Leiber, Lester del Rey, and Fredric Brown.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Hartwell, David G. : Age of Wonders: Exploring the World of Science Fiction
(Tor 978-0765393319, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765398130

Nonfiction overview of the science fiction field themes and culture.
• The book was first published in 1984; this edition is a reprint of the revised 1996 edition.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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Hodgson, William Hope : The Ghost Pirates
(Dover 978-0486811123, $9.95, 160pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 18 Jan 2017

(First edition: UK: Stanley Paul, 1909)

Horror novel about a haunted ship that becomes stranded at sea.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the book.
• Dover’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Laumer, Keith : Worlds of the Imperium
(Dover 978-0486808666, $9.95, 176pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 18 Jan 2017

(First edition: Ace Double, 1962)

SF novel about an American diplomat who is kidnapped and transported to a parallel universe.
• Wikipedia has this entry for the book with an extensive plot summary.
• Dover’s site has this description.

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Robinson, Kim Stanley : Icehenge
(Tor 978-0765389589, $8.99, 272pp, mass market paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jan 2017

(First edition: Ace, October 1984)

Sf novel, the author’s second novel, about a huge artifact discovered on the north pole of Pluto.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Smith, Clark Ashton : The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Volume 5: The Last Heiroglyph
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808835, $17.99, 316pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017

(First edition: Night Shade Books, December 2010)

Collection of 29 stories, fifth of five volumes in series arranging Smith’s fantasy stories in order of composition, edited by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger.
• Richard A. Lupoff provides an introduction. There are also appendices of story notes, variant scenes, alternate endings, etc.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function includes an excerpt.

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New Books : 24 January 2017

* Baxter, Stephen : The Massacre of Mankind
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473205093, £18.99, 464pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473205123
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781409166269

SF novel, an authorized sequel to H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, set 14 years after the invasion in that book.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Adam Roberts reviewed the book for The Guardian: “It’s Baxter’s best novel in a long time, and this may be because it reads like a genuine labour of love.”
• And Tor.com has a review by Niall Alexander: “the estate of H. G. Wells has authorised a superb sequel by science fiction stalwart Stephen Baxter which, while overlong, turns the terrific tale Wells told in his time into the foundation of something greater.”

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* Brust, Steven, & Skyler White : The Skill of Our Hands
(Tor 978-0-7653-8288-7, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466889736
The Incrementalists #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following The Incrementalists (2013), about a secret society whose members have worked for 40,000 years to make the world better.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The unclear source of the Incrementalists’ abilities makes this hard to categorize as fantasy or SF, but its examination of human responsibility in the face of inhumane policies strongly recalls some of Kim Stanley Robinson’s best work.”

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* Crilley, Paul : Department Zero
(Pyr 978-1-63388-201-0, $17, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017

Fantasy novel about a crime officer who discovers a secret multiverse and the reality of everything H.P. Lovecraft wrote about.
• Pyr’s site has this description with excerpts from reviews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Lovecraft fans might have a lot of fun with this one, but those looking for deeper engagement will need to look elsewhere.”

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* Goodkind, Terry : Death’s Mistress
(Tor 978-0-7653-8821-6, $29.99, 512pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765388223
The Nicci Chronicles #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series that centers on one character from the Sword of Truth series.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book “is more of an episodic ramble than a classic fantasy quest.”

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* Kemp, Paul S. : A Conversation in Blood
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0553392005, $27, 272pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553392012
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780735285750
Egil & Nix #-

Fantasy sword & sorcery novel, third in a series following The Hammer and the Blade (2012) and A Discourse in Steel (2013, both published by Angry Robot), about an adventurer and a priest whose attempts to retire keep getting interrupted.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Klages, Ellen : Passing Strange
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8952-7, $14.99, 222pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-8951-0

Short fantasy novel about six women in a 1940s San Francisco that’s hosting a World’s Fair.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Klages folds history and the modern world into a thoroughly satisfying novella that’s rich in detail, warm in regard, and clever in execution.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the January issue of Locus Magazine: Passing Strange may be the most fully developed and richly detailed of all of Klages’s stories for adults, but it never feels like it needs to be a longer novel, and despite the fascinating side-trips into the World’s Fair or those painfully exploitative nightclubs, its plot unfolds with the same clarity and focus we’ve come to expect from Klages’s stories. This may be, and probably is, her finest short work to date.”

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* Newman, Kim : Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories
(Titan 978-1781165706, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
UK edition: 978-1781165706 (Wed 1 Feb 2017)

Collection of 19 stories featuring famous characters such as Jack the Ripper, Jekyll and Hyde, etc., including an original story, “Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899”.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Price, Susan : A Sterkarm Tryst
(Open Road 978-1504021760, 524pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017

YA time-travel novel, third in a trilogy following The Sterkarm Handshake (1998, winner of the Guardian Prize) and A Sterkarm Kiss (2003), about a 21st century Time Tube that reaches sixteenth-century Scotland.
• Open Road’s site has this description.

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* Toner, Tom : The Weight of the World
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-159780-875-0, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
Amaranthine Spectrum #2

SF novel, second in a series following The Promise of the Child (2016), set among post-human worlds in the 147th century.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Toner’s richly layered sequel to 2015’s The Promise of the Child is a sprawling space opera likely to remind readers of complex works such as Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun.”

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Weekly Bestsellers, 23 January 2017

Susan Dennard’s Windwitch (Tor Teen), second book in her YA series The Witchlands, debuts on two lists, ranking as high as #2 on the New York Times‘ Young Adult Hardcover list.

Meanwhile, George Orwell’s perennial bestseller (especially during summer months, along with Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451) Nineteen Eighty-four (Signet) ranks #6 this morning on Amazon.com, #10 on Amazon Canada. (The highest the title has ever ranked seen by this page previously is #31, on July 21, 2014.)


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.29
WP
01.22
LAT
01.22
USAT
01.15
PW
01.23
Amz
(01.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.23)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 13 9 -2       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 8 x x 3 -1 124 -38 20 -4 xxx..    
Clare/Brennan, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy 11.28.16 / 8       xxx.. 21 -6      
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 16       xxx 24 -5 xxx..   xxx..
Dennard, Windwitch 01.23.17 / 1 2 ++       14 ++      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 13     x 53 -18 3 -1 97 -41 28 -7 120 -39
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 17       xx 8 = xxx xxx xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 50     7 +3 18 +19 2 +1 60 -19 21 +11 50 +29
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 5 6 +       25 ++      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 25 3 +2 1 = 1 = 23 -1 3 +1 21 -1   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.29
WP
01.22
LAT
01.22
USAT
01.15
PW
01.23
Amz
(01.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.23)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 2       78 ++   68 +3    
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 239   xxx..   126 + xxx.. 77 + xxx.. xx
Gaiman, Trigger Warning [tpb] 12.14.15 / 2     xxx.. 138 ++        
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 23 2 -1       20 =   54 -13  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 285   xxx..   xxx..   6 + 51 +42 10 +
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 161 xxx..   x 100 -22 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               90 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               55 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               88 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 84 -4   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 35       xxx..   xxx.. 78 -13  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 56             xxx.. 36 -19
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.29
WP
01.22
LAT
01.22
USAT
01.15
PW
01.23
Amz
(01.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.23)
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, mid-January 2017

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/

January 2017
Issue 20
• This issue has new stories by Sarah Saab and and Lisa L. Hannett, and reprint stories by Ray Cluley and E. Catherine Tobler.

(Sat 21 Jan 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/

January/February 2017
• This issue has stories by Wendy Nikel, Tamoha Sengupta, K.A. Rochnik, LaShawn M. Wanak, and Mike Resnick.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Steven Sawicki, Adam-Troy Castro, Terence Taylor, and Gillian Daniels.
• A message from publisher Warren Lapine explains the reason for the ‘zine’s closing, with one more issue to go.

(Sat 21 Jan 2017)

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MOSF Journal of Science Fiction

• Nonfiction, peer-reviewed journal from the Museum of Science Fiction, managing editor Monica Louzon; since January 2016
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: three/year
http://publish.lib.umd.edu/scifi

January 2017
Vol. 1 No. 3, cover art by Thomas Stoop
• Third issue of the new peer-reviewed nonfiction journal published by the Museum of Science Fiction, dated December 31, 2016 on the masthead and 2017 on the TOC. Each item is available in PDF, EPUB, and html formats.
• This issue has articles by Victor Grech, Mariella Scerri, and David Zammit; Moira O’Keeffe; and Alisha Grace Scott. There are also book reviews by Alexander Cendrowski and Dr. Vivian Strotmann.
• There’s also an editorial by Monica Louzon, and a set of comments “Reflecting on Science Fiction” by Sam Maggs, Hope Nicholson, Gavin Miller, and Cecil Castellucci.

(Sat 21 Jan 2017)

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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/

January 2017
Cover art by Ron Sanders
• Stories in this issue are by Derrick Boden, M. Luke McDonell, Frederick Obermeyer, Jez Patterson, K.C. Ball, Eric Cline, Karl Dandenell, Kathleen Molyneaux, Beth Cato, Alexandra Grunberg, and Drew Williams.
• Articles are by Joshua Berlow and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip by Kimberly Mattia, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Sat 21 Jan 2017)

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New in Paperback, January 2017

Asher, Neal : War Factory
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808828, $15.99, 476pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Transformation #2

(First edition: Skyhorse/Night Shade Books, May 2016)

SF novel, second in a trilogy following Dark Intelligence (2015), set in the author’s Polity universe.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.

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Bara, Dave : Starbound
(DAW 978-0756410674, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jan 2017
The Lightship Chronicles #2

(First edition: DAW, January 2016)

Military SF novel, second in a series following Impulse (2015), about Peter Cochrane and the H.M.S. Starbound investigating of a mysterious space station.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Dennard, Susan : Truthwitch
(Tor Teen 978-0765379290, $9.99, 432pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Witchlands #1

(First edition: Tor/Starscape, January 2016)

Young adult novel, first of a series, about a a Truthwitch and a Threadwitch in a land facing war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The second book in the series, Windwitch, was just published in hardcover.

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Hemstreet, Patrick : The God Wave
(Harper Voyager 978-0062419521, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jan 2017
The God Wave Trilogy #1

(First edition: Harper Voyager, May 2016)

SF novel, first book in a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a neuroscientist who has discovered how to access the dormant power of 90% of our brains.
• Harper’s site has this description with a sample.
• The second book, The God Peak, is due in August.

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Hill, Joe : The Fireman
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0062200648, $18.99, 768pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jan 2017

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, May 2016)

Fantasy thriller about a plague of spontaneous combustion that spreads across the US.
• Harper’s site has this description with a sample.

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Kadrey, Richard : The Everything Box
(Harper Voyager 978-0062389558, $16.99, 384pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Coop #1

(First edition: Harper Voyager, April 2016)

Supernatural fantasy novel, first in a series, about a contemporary thief who comes into possession of a device lost by an angel who’d meant to destroy the world.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• Adrienne Martini reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: The Everything Box is filled with West Coast fantasy noir, complete with spells, vampires, and thieves….”

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Marshall, Alex : A Blade of Black Steel
(Orbit 978-0316340700, $16.99, 576pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Crimson Empire #2

(First edition: Orbit, May 2016)

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following A Crown of Cold Silver (2015), about a female warrior facing five villains.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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Palmer, Dexter : Version Control
(Random House/Vintage 978-0307950352, $16.95, 512pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017

(First edition: Pantheon, February 2016)

SF novel about an unsettled woman whose husband has invented a “causality violation” device.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function and quotes from reviews.

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Sanderson, Brandon : The Bands of Mourning
(Tor 978-0765378583, $8.99, 536pp, mass market paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Jan 2017
Mistborn #6

(First edition: Tor, January 2016)

Fantasy novel, sixth book in the Mistborn series following Mistborn (2006), The Well of Ascension (2007), The Hero of Ages (2008), The Alloy of Law (2011), and Shadows of Self (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Schwab, V. E. : A Gathering of Shadows
(Tor 978-0765376480, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Darker Shade of Magic #2

(First edition: Tor, February 2016)

Fantasy novel, follow-up to A Darker Shade of Magic (2015), about a magical Traveler who can move among a series of alternate Londons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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New Books : 17 January 2017

— posted Tuesday 17 January 2017 @ 11:25 am PST

* Clarke, Neil, ed. : Galactic Empires
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-884-2, $17.99, 621pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017

Anthology of 22 stories, first published from 2003 to 2014.
• Authors include Ian McDonald, Robert Silverberg, Yoon Ha Lee, Greg Egan, and Naomi Novik.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “This hefty anthology of imperial SF covers great space battles, small dramas within an empire, hopeless bureaucracy, and even living space stations, zooming in and out to capture every nuance…”

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* Germain, Shanna : Numenera: The Poison Eater
(Angry Robot 978-0857666352, $9.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, January 2017, cover art Ben Wootten)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666369
UK edition: 9780857666345 (Thu 19 Jan 2017)
Numenera #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a series based on the author’s RPG world.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Graham, Heather, & Jon Land : The Rising
(Tor 978-0765337917, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466836488
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427279491

SF thriller about an adopted high school football hero who, after his doctor and parents are murdered, seeks the truth about his real parents.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* McDermott, Joe M. : The Fortress at the End of Time
(Tor 978-0-7653-9281-7, $19.99, 272pp, trade paperback, January 2017, cover illustration Jaime Jones)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765392800

SF novel in which humanity has spread across the galaxies connected by ansible, about a newly cloned ensign stationed at an ancient alien Citadel.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The author has published earlier novels as by J.M. McDermott.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “introspective, oddly subdued far-future tale.”

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* Moning, Karen Marie : Feversong
(Random House/Delacorte 978-0425284353, $28, 560pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780425284360
Fever #9

Dark fantasy novel, ninth in the “Fever” series that began with Darkfever (2006), and fourth and final book in the spinoff series that included Iced (2012), Burned (2015), and Feverborn (2016).
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* Roth, Veronica : Carve the Mark
(HarperCollins/Tegen Books 978-0-06-234863-0, $22.99, 480pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062348654
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062642011

SF/fantasy novel, first in a new series set on a planet where everyone develops unique currentgifts, about two people whose gifts make them vulnerable to others.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Roth’s worldbuilding is commendable; each nation is distinct, interacting with the current in ways that give insight into her characters’ motivations. Amid political machinations and forays into space, Roth thoughtfully addresses substantial issues, such as the power of self-determination in the face of fate.”

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* Stross, Charles : Empire Games
(Tor 978-0-7653-3756-6, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466835160
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427288769
Empire Games #1

SF novel, first in a new series expanding the world of the Family Trade novels, about travelers between parallel universes.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Readers new to Stross’s saga might have unanswered questions, but this novel stands on its own. Stross roots his alternate histories and futures in discussions of privacy, democracy, and technology.”

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* Vaughn, Carrie : Martians Abroad
(Tor 978-0-7653-8220-7, $24.99, 288pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466886476

SF novel about Polly Newton and her twin brother who are sent from Mars to the Galileo Academy on Earth, despite her dream to be a starship pilot.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* White, Elle Katharine : Heartstone
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-245194-1, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062451958

Historical fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, that recasts Pride and Prejudice in a world of warriors, dragons, and wyverns.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Referencing Austen just enough to ground her characters, White fills her unusual fantasy world with plenty of interesting conflicts to fuel this tale of romance and heroism. Austen purists may find things to quibble with, but there’s more than enough originality here to please any fantasy reader.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 16 January 2017

— posted Monday 16 January 2017 @ 10:41 am PST

Perhaps because of its mention in today’s New York Times article about President Obama’s reading habits, Cixin Liu’s The Three Body-Problem (Tor) ranks #53 on Amazon.com’s bestseller chart today — the first time this page has seen the book rank on that site.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.22
WP
01.15
LAT
01.15
USAT
01.08
PW
01.16
Amz
(01.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.16)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 12 7 +1       xxx..      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 7 20 -5 8 -3 2 -1 86 -10 16 -3 xxx    
Clare/Brennan, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy 11.28.16 / 7       xxx.. 15 -5      
Dashner, The Fever Code 10.03.16 / 15       xx 19 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Freed, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 01.02.17 / 3 11 =     123 +6        
Johnston, Star Wars Ahsoka 10.24.16 / 11 10 -5     xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Pratchett, The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories 01.16.17 / 1 8 ++              
Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis 12.12.16 / 6 xxx..   8 +3 xx 23 -7      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 12     13 -6 35 -23 2 = 56 -24 21 +3 81 -24
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 10.03.16 / 16       x 8 = xx xx xxx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 49     10 -5 37 -5 3 +2 41 +3 32 +1 79 -32
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 24 5 -1 1 = 1 +3 22 +1 4 -1 20 +5   xxx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.22
WP
01.15
LAT
01.15
USAT
01.08
PW
01.16
Amz
(01.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 1           71 ++    
Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others [tpb] 11.14.16 / 8 15 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Liu, The Three-Body Problem [tpb] 01.16.17 / 1           53 ++    
Ness, A Monster Calls [tpb] 08.22.16 / 22 1 +3       20 ++   41 -3  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 284   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. 93 -12 xxx
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 160 xxx..   14 + 78 -36 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xx
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 25 xxx..   15 -8 xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               60 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 80 +17   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set [tpb] 10.20.02 / 34       xxx..   xxx.. 65 -2  
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 55             xxx.. 17 +7
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.22
WP
01.15
LAT
01.15
USAT
01.08
PW
01.16
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
(01.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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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 : 10 January 2017

— posted Tuesday 10 January 2017 @ 2:50 pm PST

* Arden, Katherine : The Bear and the Nightingale
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1-101-88593-2, $27, 336pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101885949
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780399567179
UK edition: Random House/Ebury/Del Rey UK 978-1785031045 (Thu 12 Jan 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 gives 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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* Brin, David, & Stephen W. Potts, eds. : Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
(Tor 978-0765382580, $29.99, 336pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466888258

Anthology of new and reprint stories keying off the theme of Brin’s 1998 book The Transparent Society.
• Authors with new stories include Bruce Sterling, Karl Schroeder, and Cat Rambo; reprints are by Robert Silverberg, James Morrow, William Gibson, Damon Knight, and others.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt. Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews including the table of contents.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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+ Cogman, Genevieve : The Burning Page
(Roc 978-1-101-98868-8, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101988695
The Invisible Library #3

Alternate history fantasy novel, third book of a trilogy after The Invisible Library (June 2016) and The Masked City (Sep. 2016), about a mysterious Library that collects books from different realities.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “…readers will be fascinated by the ever-growing complexities of Cogman’s world. Fans will enjoy immersing themselves in the latest installment of this playful, entertaining series.”

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* Dennard, Susan : Windwitch
(Tor Teen 978-0765379306, $18.99, 384pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466867338
Witchlands #2

Young adult fantasy novel, second of a series following Truthwitch (2016), about a a Truthwitch and a Threadwitch in a land facing war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “While this is a dense read with a lot of moving parts, Dennard’s rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes.”

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* Gilman, Laura Anne : The Cold Eye
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-2971-9, $27.99, 352pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481429733
Devil’s West #2

Historical fantasy novel, second in a series following Silver on the Road (2015), about a young woman in the American west who goes to work for the devil.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Gilman crafts a fascinating vision of a magic-infested continent, set in an unsettled and unpredictable time. As she expands upon the imminent conflict among the various factions inhabiting North America and delves into the supernatural structure of the setting, she lays the groundwork for her increasingly capable heroine to come into her own.”

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* Liggett, Kim : The Last Harvest
(Tor Teen 978-0765380982, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466876309

Young adult fantasy novel about devil worship in a small Oklahoma town.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* McGuire, Seanan : Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9142-1, $15.99, 192pp, trade paperback, January 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765383884
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427289056

Urban fantasy novella about a woman who dies accidentally and finds she has to earn the right to pass on.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This tightly paced adventure will win hearts with a charming protagonist and a well-earned ending.”

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