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Weekly Bestsellers, 2 March

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (Knopf), to be published tomorrow, is selling well on the Amazon sites, ranking as high as #2 today on Amazon UK.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.08
WP
03.01
LAT
03.01
USAT
02.22
PW
03.02
Amz
(03.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.02)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Abercrombie, Half the World 03.02.15 / 1       102 ++        
Brown, Golden Son 01.19.15 / 5 xxx..   18 +1 xxx..       xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 28       62 -2   xxx..   xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 4 9 -3 x 7 -5 x x x   x
Ishiguro, The Buried Giant 03.02.15 / 1           14 ++ 2 ++ 15 ++
Koontz, Saint Odd 01.26.15 / 6 17 -4 xxx xx 96 -38 x     xxx..
Link, Get in Trouble 02.23.15 / 2     11 +1          
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 14 xxx   13 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 126 11 +2     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 17     x 135 -19 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Robb, Obsession in Death 02.23.15 / 2 6 -3 5 -1 17 ++ 11 -7 x      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 79     xxx.. 67 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 146 xxx..   xxx.. 39 -1 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 7 14 -3     xxx.. xxx..      
Yancey, The 5th Wave 05.13.13 / 28 10 +4   xxx.. xxx.. x xxx.. xxx..  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.08
WP
03.01
LAT
03.01
USAT
02.22
PW
03.02
Amz
(03.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.02)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 17       121 -19 xxx..      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 49     xxx.. 34 +1 xx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 17     13 + 37 +3   x    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 33 xxx..   xxx..       34 -2  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 9 19 -1     xxx.. x      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 61     xxx.. 149 -45 x xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 205 12 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 120 xxx.. xxx.. 15 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 48       xxx..   80 -1 xxx.. 45 -10
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 217   xxx..   xxx..   99 + 98 + 75 -24
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 66     xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 79 ++    
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 88 xxx..   xxx.. 80 -5 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               53 +42  
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 17 7 +1 xxx.. 1 = 74 +4 x 89 -15   80 -22
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.08
WP
03.01
LAT
03.01
USAT
02.22
PW
03.02
Amz
(03.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(03.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(03.02)
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 February

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/

April 2015
Vol. 135 No. 4, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Daniel Romanovsky
• This issue has novelettes by Bond Elam and Ramona Louise Wheeler, and short stories by Ron Collins, Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini, K.J. Zimring, Adam-Troy Castro, and Mjke Wood. There’s also a “Probability Zero” vignette by Guy Stewart, and a poem by Ken Poyner.
• The science article, by Richard A. Lovett, is about the New Horizon spacecraft reaching Pluto. There’s also a special feature, by Stanley Schmidt, about “Hiding the Info-Dump”.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Ian Randal Strock, an “Alternate View” column by Jeffery D. Kooistra, and “Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Sun 15 Feb 2015)

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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/

March 2015
Vol. 39 No. 3 (whole #470), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Paul Youll
• This issue has a novella by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, novelettes by Kathleen Bartholomew & Kage Baker and Gregory Norman Bossert, and short stories by Suzanne Palmer, Kit Reed, and Gwendolyn Clare.
• There also poetry by Barbara Duffey, Ruth Berman, and Jane Yolen.
• Departments include an editorial by Sheila Williams, a “Reflections” column by Robert Silverberg, “Lost in Translation II”; and “On the Net” column by James Patrick Kelly, “Curation, Please!”; and book reviews by Paul Di Filippo.
• Note: this issue has a printing error that cut off the first page of Suzanne Palmer’s cover story; the full story is available here.

(Fri 27 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
Issue 166-167, cover art by Takeshi Oga
Issue 167, posted February 19th, has stories by Bruce McAllister and C. Allegra Hawksmoore, a podcast of last issue’s story by Rich Larson, and an archival story by T.F. Davenport.
Issue 166, posted February 5th, has stories by Stephen Case and Rich Larson, a podcast of a story from two issues ago by Tamara Vardomskaya, and archival podcast of a story by Marie Brennan, and an archival story by Stephanie Burgis.

(Fri 27 Feb 2015)

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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 2015
Issue 44, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Martin Hanford
• Stories in this issue are by Simon Avery, Priya Sharma, Jackson Kuhl, E. Catherine Tobler, and Tyler Keevil.
• Columns are by Stephen Volk, Lynda E. Rucker, Tony Lee, and Peter Tennant.

(Sun 15 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
• Stories posted this past month are by Stephanie Burgis, Caroline M. Yoachim, Rich Larson, and others.

(Fri 27 Feb 2015)

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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/

January/February 2015
Issue 256, £4.99, cover art by Martin Hanford
• Stories in this issue are by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, T.R. Napper, Pandora Hope, Christien Gholson, and Neil Williamson.
• Features include a “Spoilerama” commentary by Tony Lee, about the issue of spoilers; David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits; and columns by Jonathan McCalmont, Nina Allan, Tony Lee, and Nick Lowe.

(Sun 15 Feb 2015)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Fiction, reviews, and features; published since 1949; edited by Gordon Van Gelder
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.fandsf.com/

March/April 2015
Vol. 128 No. 3&4 (whole #718), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by David A. Hardy
• This issue has a novella by Bao Shu, novelets by Alice Sola Kim and Paul M. Berger, and short stories by Jay O’Connell, Charlotte Ashley, Brian Dolton, Nik Constantine, Sadie Bruce, Jonathan L. Howard, Jenn Reese, Kat Howard, and Henry Lien.
• Departments include an editorial note from Gordon Van Gelder about new editor C.C. Finlay; an editorial by Finlay; Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering titles by Annie Bellet; Michelle West’s “Musing on Books”, covering titles by Elizabeth Bear, Kazuo Ishigruo, and others; a “Films” column by Kathi Maio; and a “Curiosities” page by Paul Di Filippo, covering a 1952 book by Antoniorrobles.

(Tue 10 Feb 2015)

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On Spec

• Canadian magazine of the fantastic, since 1989; managing editor Diane Walton
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
https://onspecmag.wordpress.com/

Fall 2014
Issue 98, Vol. 26 No. 3, $6.95, 108pp, cover art by Jeff Ward
• This issue has fiction by Janet K. Nicolson, Brent Knowles, Jayme Allen, Al Onia, Melanie Marttila, and Allan Weiss.
• Nonficiton includes an editorial (about Harlan Ellison) by Diane L. Walton, and interviews with Jeff Ward and Janet K. Nicolson.
• Note that the ‘zine has a new website: https://onspecmag.wordpress.com/.

(Sun 15 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
Cover art by Jamie Noble
• Stories in this issue are by Francis Marion Soty, Sean McLachlan, Anne E. Johnson, James Aquilone, Timothy Gawne, Karl Dandenell, Nathan Ehret, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, A.L. Sirois, Richard Zwicker, and Michaele Jordan.
• Articles are byJ. Miller Barr and Eric M. Jones.
• There’s also a comic strip, an editorial, a page of shorter stories, and a page of reviews.

(Fri 27 Feb 2015)

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Star*Line

• Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA); edited by Marge Simon
http://www.sfpoetry.com/

Winter 2015
Issue 38.1, $5, 48pp, cover art by Kali Ciesemier
• This issue has poetry by Marijane Osborn, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Robert Borski, Jeffrey Park, Beth Cato, Mary Soon Lee, Bruce Boston, and many others.
• Features include an editorial by F.J. Bergmann, a President’s Message by Bryant D. Dietrich, and results of this past year’s Rhysling Awards.

(Sun 15 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
• Fiction posted this past month includes The Ticket Tacker of Cenote Zaci, by Benjamin Parzybok, Traveling Mercies, by Rachael K. Jones, and Linestone, Lye, and the Buzzing of Flies, by Kate Heartfield.
• Nonfiction includes an editorial welcoming new fiction editor Lila Garrott.
• There’s also a new Scores column by John Clute, about new books by Michael Moorcock and Richard McGuire.

(Fri 27 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
• Stories posted this past month include The Human Engineer by Jessica Brody; The Language of Knives by Haralambi Markov; Acrobatic Duality by Tamara Vardomskaya; Schrödinger’s Gun by Ray Wood; and The Hell of It by Peter Orullian.
Excerpts include those from works by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Datlow, Daryl Gregory, and others.

(Fri 27 Feb 2015)

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New in Paperback, January – February

Abercrombie, Joe : Half a King
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0804178419, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015
Shattered Sea #1

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, July 2014)

Fantasy novel, first book in a trilogy, about a second son who becomes king following the deaths of his father and brother.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “In a way, there is nothing much new in Half a King for anyone familiar with the long tradition of redress adventures, but that’s not really the point. Abercrombie is not out so much to revise the tradition, or to wallow in his world-building, as to celebrate a particular kind of storytelling…”
• The second book in the trilogy, Half the World, just appeared in hardcover.

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Bear, Elizabeth : Shattered Pillars
(Tor 978-0765379641, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Eternal Sky #2

(First edition: Tor, March 2013)

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Range of Ghosts (2012), set on a world resembling central Asia where various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The third book in the trilogy, Steles of the Sky, appeared last April and is due in paperback July 2015.

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Bishop, Anne : Murder of Crows
(Roc 978-0451466167, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
The Others #2

(First edition: Roc, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Written in Red (2013), about unearthly entities who rule the Earth and prey off humans.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, Vision in Silver, is due in March.

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Brennan, Marie : The Tropic of Serpents
(Tor 978-0765375087, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015
Natural History of Dragons #2

(First edition: Tor, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, second in a series after A Natural History of Dragons (2013), about a dragon naturalist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, Voyage of the Basilisk, is due in March.

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Briggs, Patricia : Night Broken
(Ace 978-0425256275, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Mercy Thompson #8

(First edition: Ace, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, eighth in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who’s also a car mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), Bone Crossed (2009), Silver Borne (2010), River Marked (2011), and Frost Burned (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Cambias, James L. : A Darkling Sea
(Tor 978-0765336286, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about scientists investigating a blind alien race that lives in the ice-covered sea of the planet Ilmatar.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Cambias writes with a light touch and occasional flashes of humor, and the science supporting his novel is sound and unobtrusive. This is an impressive debut by a gifted writer.”

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Drake, David : The Sea Without a Shore
(Baen 978-1476780412, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
RCN #10

(First edition: Baen, May 2014)

Military SF novel, tenth in the “RCN” series following With the Lightnings, Lt. Leary, Commanding, The Far Side of the Stars, The Way to Glory, Some Golden Harbor, and When the Tide Rises, In the Stormy Red Sky (2009), What Distant Deeps (2010), The Road of Danger (2013).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Elliott, Will : The Pilgrims
(Tor 978-0765381064, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Pendulum Trilogy #1

Alternate world fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a London journalist and a homeless drunk to discover a magical door to the land of Levaal.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Despite that premise, the maps, and a Dramatis Personae where humans coexist with gods and monsters, this first volume of the Pendulum trilogy shows its rebellious streak as early as page one.”
• The second volume, Shadow, just appeared from Tor in hardcover.

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Forstchen, William R. : Pillar to the Sky
(Tor 978-0765334398, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Near-future SF novel about the construction of a space elevator.
• This is the first novel in a partnership between Tor/Forge and NASA, NASA Inspired Workd of Fiction, to promote science and technology.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Mentats of Dune
(Tor 978-0765362636, $9.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Dune #12

(First edition: Tor, March 2014)

SF novel, the twelfth collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
• This book is second in a new trilogy following Sisterhood of Dune (2012).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Koontz, Dean : The City
(Bantam 978-0345545954, $9.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015

(First edition: Bantam, July 2014)

Historical novel novel with metaphysical elements about a musical prodigy’s life and experiences in 1960s New York City.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Kratman, Tom : Come and Take Them
(Baen 978-1476780429, $7.99, 816pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Carrera #5

(First edition: Baen, November 2013)

Military SF novel, fifth in a series following A Desert Called Peace (2007), Carnifex (2007), The Lotus Eaters (2010), and The Amazon Legion (2011), about military leader Carrera and his battles against Islamic terrorists and other threats on the world of Terra Nova.
• Baen’s site has this description and links to excerpts.

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Lain, Douglas : Billy Moon
(Tor 978-0765376848, $15.99, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015

(First edition: Tor, August 2013)

Fantasy novel about a real-life Christopher Robin. It’s the author’s first novel.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that “The narrative is laced with humor. … But the overwhelming poignancy, as Christopher prays to be allowed to ‘finally be an adult,’ is what gives this book its power.”
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: Billy Moon brings its two plot threads, neither one quite mainstream, together in a mix-up of fact and fancy, grand hopes and desperate fears, that might become powerful enough to tweak the nature of reality itself.”

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Moon, Elizabeth : Crown of Renewal
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345533111, $8.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Paladin’s Legacy #5

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, concluding book in the author’s “Legend of Paksenarrion” series and fifth in the “Paladin’s Legacy” series following Oath of Fealty (2010) Kings of the North (2011), Echoes of Betrayal (2012), and Limits of Power (2013).
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Moore, Christopher : The Serpent of Venice
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0061779770, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, April 2014)

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to Fool (2009), that combines elements of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “The Merchant of Venice” with Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Rawn, Melanie : Thornlost
(Tor 978-0765367204, $8.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Glass Thorns #3

(First edition: Tor, April 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Touchstone (2012) and Elsewhens (2013), about a magical theater group run by the son of aristocrats determined to reach high society with his talents.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The next book in the series, Window Wall, is due in hardcover in April.

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Sagara, Michelle : Touch
(Daw 978-0756408442, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Queen of the Dead #2

(First edition: DAW, January 2014)

Young adult urban fantasy novel, second of a series following Silence (2011), about a girl who, following the death of her boyfriend, discovers she can contact the dead.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Schwab, V. E. : Vicious
(Tor 978-0765335357, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, September 2013)

Fantasy novel about two roommates who experiment with superpowers in college, and later in life become nemeses.
• It’s the author’s first adult book after two YA novels.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and video trailer.

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Walton, Jo : What Makes This Book So Great
(Tor 978-0765331946, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015

(First edition: Tor, January 2014)

Nonfiction collection of reviews, from those posted on Tor.com since 2008, of classic SF and fantasy books.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the lengthy table of contents.
• The book is included on the 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List.

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Weber, David, & Eric Flint : Cauldron of Ghosts
(Baen 978-1476780382, $15, 592pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Crown of Slaves #3

(First edition: Baen, April 2014)

SF novel, third in a series set in Weber’s “Honorverse” following Crown of Slaves (2003) and Torch of Freedom (2009), set on the liberated slave planet of Torch.
• Baen’s site has this description, with links to several chapters.

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Wheeler, Ramona : Three Princes
(Tor 978-0765335982, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Alternate history novel in which the Egyptian Empire survives into the 19th century of Our Lord Julius Caesar.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Williams, Mazarkis : The Tower Broken
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805469, $15.99, 330pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Tower and Knife Trilogy #3

(First edition: UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, November 2013)

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following The Emperor’s Knife (2011) and Knife-Sworn (2012), set in an empire plagued by a ‘Pattern’, concerning palace schemes to take control once the Pattern affects the Emperor.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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New Books, 24 February

* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : Wastelands II: More Stories of the Apocalypse
(Titan US 978-1783291502, $14.95, 336pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015

Anthology of 30 stories, a follow-up volume to 2008’s Wastelands.
• Authors include Robert Silverberg, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jack McDevitt, George R.R. Martin, Nancy Kress, Junot Diaz, Cory Doctorow, and Tananarive Due.
• Adams’ site has this description with links to the table of contents and numerous online story sources.

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* Carman, Patrick : Quake
(HarperCollins/Tegen Books 978-0062085900, $17.99, 288pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062086013
Pulse #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a trilogy following Pulse (2013) and Tremor (2014), about classmates in 2051 who develop their telekinetic powers.
• HarperCollins’s site has this description.

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+ Elliott, Will : Shadow
(Tor 978-0-7653-3189-2, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429943123
Pendulum Trilogy #2

First US edition (UK: Quercus, July 2012)

Alternate world fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following The Pilgrims (Australia 2010, UK 2011, US 2014), about a London journalist and a homeless drunk to discover a magical door to the land of Levaal.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Faren Miller reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine, noting that “this is a middle book [of a trilogy] – raising more questions than it
answers.”

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* Frater, Rhiannon : Dead Spots
(Tor 978-0765337153, $16.99, 416pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466831247

Horror novel about a grieving woman who stumbles into a dead zone between the worlds of the living and the dead.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Breathless action and deep emotions carry this solid horror-fantasy, a fusion of Joseph Campbell and Stephen King.”

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* Goss, James : Haterz
(Solaris 978-1781083017, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
UK edition: 9781781083000 (Thu 12 Mar 2015)

Near-future SF novel about a man who tries to rid the internet of annoying people.
• It’s the author’s first independent novel after several Torchwood and Doctor Who novels.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* Khoury, Jessica : Kalahari
(Penguin/Razorbill 978-1595147653, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698151048

Young adult SF novel about five teens stranded in the Kalahari desert who encounter a silvery lion infected with a deadly virus.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Khoury’s favorite story elements are all on display, including the talented but isolated heroine, evil corporate scientists, and a wilderness setting. … it’s an enjoyable biological thriller that will appeal to Khoury’s existing readership.”

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* Lethem, Jonathan : Lucky Alan and Other Stories
(Doubleday 978-0-385-53981-4, $24.95, 176pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-385-53982-1
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1-101-91342-0

Collection of nine stories, first published in The Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.
• Random House’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “…the stories use absurdity, satire, or incongruity to contrast the quotidian.”

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* McAuley, Paul : Something Coming Through
(UK: Gollancz 978-1473203938, £20, 384pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 19 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473203969

SF novel set in a devastated near future, about aliens who arrive to provide humanity access to 15 other worlds.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine, noting that the alien Jackaroo first appeared in several McAuley short stories. He concludes, “The novel is efficiently enough plotted to satisfy both those readers who have been wanting more about the Jackaroo culture from those tantalizing stories, and those who may have never heard of the Jackaroo but know a good plot machine when they see one. It’s a clever ploy, and if the result is a somewhat lighter entertainment than McAuley’s Quiet War series, it’s also more tightly plotted and has more interesting characters than his earlier thrillers.”

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* Molles, D. J. : The Remaining: Allegiance
(Orbit 978-0316404266, $10, 576pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316404273
The Remaining #5

Post-apocalypse zombie novel, fifth in a series following early volumes previously published as ebooks; this one has not been previously published.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Reichert, Mickey Zucker : Fields of Wrath
(DAW 978-0756408657, $25.95, 576pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Renshai #8

Fantasy novel set in the author’s long-running Renshai sequence, based on Norse mythology.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s Wikipedia entry has a detailed bibliography.

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* Schwab, V. E. : A Darker Shade of Magic
(Tor 978-0-7653-7645-9, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466851375

Fantasy novel about a magical Traveler who can move among a series of alternate Londons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Confident prose and marvelous touches—a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine—bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 23 February

— posted Monday 23 February 2015 @ 10:48 am PDT

The latest in J.D. Robb’s long-running near-future police procedural series Obsession in Death (Putnam) debuts strongly on four lists, ranking as high as #2 on the Publishers Weekly list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.01
WP
02.22
LAT
02.22
USAT
02.15
PW
02.23
Amz
(02.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.23)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Brown, Golden Son 01.19.15 / 4 xxx..   19 + xxx       xxx..
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 27       60 -9   xxx   xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 3 6 -2 9 ++ 2 ++ 149 -111 11 -6 99 -8   73 +
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 19 xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx 16 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Koontz, Saint Odd 01.26.15 / 5 13 -5 xx x 58 -16 9 -1     xxx..
Link, Get in Trouble 02.23.15 / 1     12 ++          
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 13 xx   13 -7 xxx xxx xxx..    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 20   xx xxx.. xxx.. 18 = xxx xxx.. 49 -5
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 125 13 +     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 16     18 + 116 +4 19 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Robb, Obsession in Death 02.23.15 / 1 3 ++ 4 ++   4 ++ 2 ++      
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 78     xxx.. 69 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 34     xxx.. 130 + 6 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 145 xxx..   xxx.. 38 -7 4 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 6 11 +1     xxx xxx      
Yancey, The 5th Wave 05.13.13 / 27 14 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.01
WP
02.22
LAT
02.22
USAT
02.15
PW
02.23
Amz
(02.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.23)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 16       102 -3 xxx      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 48     xxx.. 35 -13 x xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 16     x 40 -7   98 -2    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 32 xxx..   xxx..       32 -3  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 26 xxx.. xxx.. 8 + xxx.. xxx..      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 8 18 -4     xxx.. 13 -2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 60     xxx.. 104 -3 8 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 204 12 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 47       xxx..   79 -6 xxx.. 35 -21
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 47   10 +   xxx..       xxx..
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 216   xxx..   xxx..   x xx 51 +41
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 87 xxx..   xxx.. 75 -18 13 -7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               95 -2  
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 16 8 -1 xxx 1 +2 78 -6 16 -2 74 -11   58 +
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
03.01
WP
02.22
LAT
02.22
USAT
02.15
PW
02.23
Amz
(02.23)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.23)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.23)
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Category: Bestsellers

New Books, 17 February

— posted Tuesday 17 February 2015 @ 8:59 pm PDT

* Abercrombie, Joe : Half the World
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-8041-7842-6, $26, 384pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8041-7844-0
UK edition: Harper Voyager 978-0007550234 (Thu 12 Feb 2015)
Shattered Sea #2


Fantasy novel, second book in a trilogy after Half a King (2014), about a second son who becomes king following the deaths of his father and brother.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “splendid second installment” in the series, and comments, “Abercrombie has a knack for building characters with pathos and wit. Both plot and setting are believable, and readers will easily immerse themselves in Thorn and Yarvi’s world.”

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* Enge, James : The Wide World’s End
(Prometheus/Pyr 978-1-61614-907-9, $18, 375pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015
A Tournament of Shadows #3

Fantasy novel, third in a prequel trilogy, following A Guile of Dragons (2012) and Wrath-Bearing Tree (2013), to the author’s Morlock Ambrosius trilogy (Blood of Ambrose, This Crooked Way, The Wolf Age).
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Adventure, intrigue and straight-up exuberant sword and sorcery remain hallmarks of this enjoyable series.”

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* Hill, Will : Zero Hour
(HarperCollins 978-0007505845, $9.99, 704pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780007505876
Department 19 #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Department 19 (2011), The Rising (2012), and Battle Lines (2013), about a secret government unit attacked by vampires.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book in the series a starred review: “Hill hits the ground running in this explosive debut, an action thriller inspired by a genre classic.”

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* Manieri, Evie : Fortune’s Blight
(Tor 978-0-7653-3235-6, $28.99, 384pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429960069
Shattered Kingdoms #2

Fantasy novel, second of a series following Blood’s Pride (2013), set in a quasi-Mediterranean region and involving Norlander warriors, fisherfolk forced into slavery, and desert-dwelling tribes.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The suspense, character development, and worldbuilding are all superior, and the ominous tone of the opening is sustained throughout, nicely setting the stage for the trilogy’s conclusion.”

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* McDougall, Sophia : Mars Evacuees
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-229399-2, $16.99, hcpp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062294012

Young adult SF novel about a group of kids evacuated to Mars following an alien attack on Earth.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The author’s site has this post about the book.

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* Roman, Peter : The Dead Hamlets
(ChiZine Publications 978-1771483162, $16.99, 200pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015

Fantasy novel about a deadly spirit killing off faeries, in the context of Hamlet, Macbeth, and Alice.
• ChiZine’s site has this description, with links to samples, and a book trailer.

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* Tchaikovsky, Adrian : Guns of the Dawn
(UK: Macmillan/Tor Uk 978-1447272670, £16.99, 700pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 12 Feb 2015

Stand-alone historical adventure.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description.
• The author’s site has this preview.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 16 February

— posted Monday 16 February 2015 @ 11:15 am PDT

Neil Gaiman’s collection Trigger Warning (Morrow) debuts on three print lists, ranking as high as #4 on the New York Times fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.22
WP
02.08
LAT
02.15
USAT
02.08
PW
02.16
Amz
(02.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.16)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 26       51 -5   xx   xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 2 4 ++     38 ++ 5 ++ 91 -21   x
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 18 xx   xxx.. xx 15 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Koontz, Saint Odd 01.26.15 / 4 8 -3 [ 4 ] 12 +5 42 -17 8 -4     xxx
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 12 x   6 + xx xx xxx..    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 19   [ 10 ] xxx.. xxx.. 18 +2 xx xxx.. 44 +42
Moning, Burned 02.02.15 / 3 x     x 25 -10      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 15     x 120 +7 17 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 77     xxx.. 63 -7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 33     xxx.. xx 7 = xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 144 xxx..   xxx.. 31 -4 3 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 5 12 -4     xx xx      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.22
WP
02.08
LAT
02.15
USAT
02.08
PW
02.16
Amz
(02.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.16)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 15       99 +4 xx      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 47     xxx.. 22 = 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 21       xxx..   xxx xxx.. 32 +50
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 15     13 +2 33 -1   96 -3    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 31 xxx..   xxx..       29 +4  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 7 14 =     xxx.. 11 +1      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 59     xxx.. 101 +9 9 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 203 20 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 46       xxx..   73 + xxx.. 14 +20
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 215       xxx..   92 + x 92 -27
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 12 xxx   12 +          
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 86 xxx..   xxx.. 57 +4 6 +7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               93 +  
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 15 7 -1   3 = 72 -7 14 = 63 +23   x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.22
WP
02.08
LAT
02.15
USAT
02.08
PW
02.16
Amz
(02.16)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.16)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.16)
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Category: Bestsellers

New Books, 10 February

— posted Tuesday 10 February 2015 @ 12:33 pm PDT

+ Aycliffe, Jonathan : A Shadow on the Wall
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805551, $26.99, 200pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015

First US edition (UK: Severn House, February 2000)

Horror novel about an unspeakable force unearthed during the renovation of an ancient English church.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The novel was a finalist for the International Horror Awards in 2001.

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+ Aycliffe, Jonathan : The Silence of Ghosts
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805544, $26.99, 192pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015

Horror novel about a World War II naval gunner, now an amputee, sent to recover at the family’s estate, along with his partially deaf sister.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The first edition was published by Corsair in the UK in 2013.

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* Barnes, Jonathan : Cannonbridge
(Solaris 978-1-78108-297-3, $9.99, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
UK edition: 978-1781082966 (Thu 12 Feb 2015)

Alternate history literary thriller about 19th century genius Matthew Cannonbridge, whom a 21st century scholar claims was a fictitious plant throughout English literature.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “A giddy synthesis of Gothic horror and dystopian satire propels this vividly plotted, cinematic genre-bender.”

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Carr, Viola : The Diabolical Miss Hyde
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-236308-4, $16.99, 464pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062363091
Electric Empire #1

Steampunk fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about the daughter of Dr. Henry Jekyll.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Carr’s steampunk debut is electrifying, memorable, and razor sharp.”

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* Elliott, Kate : The Very Best of Kate Elliott
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-179-4, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015

Collection of 12 stories and four essays. The stories were first published beginning in 1994, with one story original to this book. One story and all four essays first appeared online.
• Tachyon’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This collection serves beautifully both as an introduction to Elliott and as a treat for fans who want more of her marvels.”

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+ Heitz, Markus : Righteous Fury
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1623658830, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Legends of the Alfar #1

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about the älfar, a race of warriors planning to attack the elves, dwarves, and humans.
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Henderson, Randy : Finn Fancy Necromancy
(Tor 978-0765378088, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466859135

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a man trying to prove his innocence after being convicted of necromany and exiled from the mortal world for 25 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The entertaining style and breakneck pace nonetheless make it easy to fall into Finn’s world for a fun, if flawed, getaway.”

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* Hieber, Leanna Renee : The Eterna Files
(Tor 978-0-7653-3674-3, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Division Omega #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a special division of police working for Queen Victoria in search of a compound that grants immortality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with a video book trailer.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This initial entry is mostly set-up, leading to a frustrating cliffhanger with very little resolved or explained, but Hieber has a knack for creating authentic Victorian atmosphere and colorful personalities that will keep readers coming back for more.”

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* McClellan, Brian : The Autumn Republic
(Orbit 978-0-316-21912-9, $26, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316219105
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478929338
Powder Mage Trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Promise of Blood (2013) and The Crimson Campaign (2014), about a Field Marshall whose country’s capital city has been captured by a foreign invader.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “McClellan is unafraid to show tragic consequences and he wisely resists tying up his plot into a too-neat conclusion, allowing some character deaths and glimpses of the unending work of nation-building.”

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* Simmons, Kristen : The Glass Arrow
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3661-3, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466828780

Young adult dystopian novel set in a future in which women have become property, only to be owned and bred.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with a video trailer.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “A world where girls and women are commodities to be sold and resold is frightening enough; more chilling are the girls who embrace their fate or the women who participate in the system for profit and status.”

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* Wells, Jaye : Deadly Spells
(Orbit 978-0-316-22842-8, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316228411
Prospero’s War #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series after Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon (both 2014), about a Magical Enforcement Agency.
• Hachette’s site has this description, with a preview function.

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* Wright, Rebecca Adams : The Thing About Great White Sharks and other stories
(Amazon/Little A 978-1477821077, $14.95, 182pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015

Collection of 15 stories, some previously published. One story appeared in Daily Science Fiction, and the author is a former slush reader for Clarkesworld.
• Amazon’s page has a description, blurbs from David Anthony Durham and Kij Johnson, and a preview function.
• The author has a Big Idea on John Scalzi’s blog today. (She was one of Scalzi’s students at Clarion.)
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The 15 stories in Wright’s debut story collection cover everything from futuristic flora and fauna to literary farce. What helps this divergent volume cohere is her abiding interest in the emotions that remain constant even as technology, epidemics, and death transform the world we share.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 9 February

— posted Monday 9 February 2015 @ 9:25 am PDT

Samantha Shannon’s The Mime Order (Bloomsbury), second in her Bone Season sequence, debuts on three lists, ranking as high as #11 on the New York Times list.

Neil Gaiman’s collection Trigger Warning (Morrow) ranks on a couple Amazon lists today; look for it on print lists in another week or two.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.15
WP
02.08
LAT
02.08
USAT
02.01
PW
02.09
Amz
(02.09)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.09)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.09)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 25       46 -5   x   xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 02.09.15 / 1           70 ++   15 ++
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 29 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 144 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 17 x xxx.. xxx x 11 +4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Koontz, Saint Odd 01.26.15 / 3 5 -2 4 = 17 -12 25 -9 4 -1     xx
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 11 10 +4   x x x xxx..    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 18   10 + xxx.. xxx.. 20 = x xxx.. 86 -30
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 18 xxx.. xxx.. 16 +2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Moning, Burned 02.02.15 / 2 20 -15 x   122 -116 15 -10      
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 124 14 -3     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 14     19 +1 127 -26 15 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 76     xxx.. 56 -12 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 32     xxx.. x 7 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 143 xxx..   xxx.. 27 -13 5 -3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Firefight 01.19.15 / 4 8 -2     x x      
Shannon, The Mime Order 02.09.15 / 1 11 ++     116 ++ 18 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.15
WP
02.08
LAT
02.08
USAT
02.01
PW
02.09
Amz
(02.09)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.09)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.09)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Briggs, Night Broken 02.09.15 / 1 10 ++              
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 14       103 -19 x      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 46     xxx.. 22 -7 x xxx xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 20       xxx..   xx xxx.. 82 -42
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 14     15 + 32 -10   93 -20    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 30 xxx..   xxx       33 -13  
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 6 14 =     xxx.. 12 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 58     xxx.. 110 -46 8 -5 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 202 19 -7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 45       xxx..   x xxx.. 34 -12
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 214   xxx..   xxx..   xx 98 + 65 +
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 85 xxx..   xxx.. 61 -9 13 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 14 6 = x 3 = 65 -3 14 +3 86 -29   60 -32
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
02.15
WP
02.08
LAT
02.08
USAT
02.01
PW
02.09
Amz
(02.09)
UK:
Amz UK
(02.09)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(02.09)
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, early February

— posted Sunday 8 February 2015 @ 1:03 pm PDT

Apex Magazine

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

February 2015
Issue 69, cover art by Loika
• Fiction in this issue is by Damien Angelica Walters, Lisa L. Hannett, Mary E. Lowd, Rhoads Brazos, Susan Jane Bigelow, and Brian Keene, with ebook/subscriber exclusives by Fran Wilde and Brian Keene.
• Poetry is by Leslie J. Anderson, John Philip Johnson & Salvatore B. Lombard, and Michelle Muenzler.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Brian Keene and Loia, an article on mysterious events by Ed Grabianowski, and short fiction reviews by Charlotte Ashley.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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Aphelion

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

February 2015
Issue 192
• This issue has serials and long fiction by J. Eckert Lytle and Dan L. Hollifield, short stories by John K. Webb, David Cleden, Mark Altenhofen, Stephen Faulkner, Brian W. Ball, Matt Kolbet, Roderick D. Turner, Ryan Sexton, Jeffrey Yorio, and J. Eckert Lytle.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
Issue 101, cover art by Atilgan Asikuzun
• This issue has stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Gwendolyn Clare, Kelly Robson, Rich Larson, Greg van Eekhout, and Nicola Griffith.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Liza Groen Trombi and Tang Fei, essays by Mark Cole and Dawn Metcalf, and an editorial.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
• This issue has original flash fiction by José Pablo Iriarte, Amanda C. Davis, and reprinted fiction and flash fiction by David G. Blake, Rebecca Lyons, and Rachael K. Jones.
• Nonfiction includes reviews by Carole McDonnell, Adam-Troy Castro, Steven Sawicki, and Gillian Daniels.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
Issue 20
• This issue has stories by Lisa Nohealani Morton and Nino Cipri, flash fiction by Thord D. Hedengren and Laura Lovic-Lindsay, and a serial episode by Lilith Saintcrow.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
• This month’s story is “Serving Girl” by Phoebe Harris.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

• Fiction and interviews, since 2005; publisher and executive editor Orson Scott Card, editor Edmund R. Schubert
• Format: Online, subscription access
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/

January 2015
Issue 43, cover art by Dean Spencer
• Stories in this issue are by Lon Prater, Sarina Dorie, Mjke Wood, Stephen Gaskell, Jamie Todd Rubin, and Kevin McNeil.
• There’s also a podcast of the McNeil story, and a letter from the editor.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
Issue 57
• SF stories in this issue are originals by Brooke Bolander and Caroline M. Yoachim and reprints by John Kessel and David Barr Kirtley; fantasy stories are originals by Maria Dahvana Headley and Will Kaufman and reprints by Mary Rickert and Adam-Troy Castro.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Ann Leckie, reviews by Sunil Patel, and an editorial
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes a novella by Elizabeth Bear and novel excerpts by Elizabeth Bear and Myke Cole.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

• Essays and reviews, published since 1988; edited by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, et al.; PDF and other electronic formats since Sept. 2012
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.nyrsf.com/

January 2015
Issue 317, Vol. 27 No. 5, 32pp
• This special “Super-Science” issue features a second essay by Brian Stableford on “Speculative Sex” and an essay by Mike Barrett about Matthew Hughes.
• Other essays include Michael Andre-Driussi on Robert W. Chambers’ “The Repairer of Reputations”, Dan’l Danehy-Oakes on Dhalgren at 40, Terry Thompson on E.M. Forster, and Mariella Scerri & Victor Grech on Murray Leinster.
• Reviews are John Crowley on Paul Park, Greg L. Johnson on Paul Cornell, and Darrell Schweitzer on Henry Kuttner.

(Thu 5 Feb 2015)

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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/

February 2015
Issue 29, cover art by Johnny Dombrowski
• This issue has original stories by Karen Munro and Carmen Maria Machado, and reprints by Halli Villegas and Brian Evenson.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Chuck Palahniuk, a column by Lisa Morton, and an editorial by John Joseph Adams.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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Quantum Muse

• Science fiction, fantasy and alternative stories and artwork, based on writers’ group submissions and critiques, since 1998; current lead editor Tim Goyette
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.quantummuse.com/

February 2015
Cover art by Richard Tornello
• This month’s stories are by Harris Tobias, James Turnbull, Rocky Hutson, and Richard Tornello.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Michele Dutcher.

(Sun 8 Feb 2015)

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