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Weekly Bestsellers, 12 January

The highest ranking paperbacks this week are Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library, ranking #1 on the L.A. Times list, and Andy Weir’s The Martian, moving up a notch to #2 on the New York Times list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.18
WP
01.04
LAT
01.11
USAT
01.04
PW
01.12
Amz
(01.12)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.12)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.12)
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 / 21       27 +4   x   xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 25 xxx..   xxx.. 145 -29 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 13 6 -2 [ 5 ] x 38 -24 5 -2 xx xx xxx
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 7 12 +2   20 -8 79 +21 18 +2 xx    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 14   [ 7 ] 13 ++ 121 -74 9 -2 x x x
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 15 x   14 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 11 18 -7   xxx.. x 15 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 120 9 +1     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 10     10 +1 45 -24 9 -5 x xxx.. xxx
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 72     xxx.. 29 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 28     xxx.. 58 -18 2 = xxx   xx
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 139 xxx..   xxx.. 22 +6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sanderson, Steelheart 10.07.13 / 15 11 +     xxx.. xxx..      
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 24       39 -2 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.18
WP
01.04
LAT
01.11
USAT
01.04
PW
01.12
Amz
(01.12)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.12)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.12)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 76       105 -33 18 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 207 xxx..   xxx.. 100 +8 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 10       66 +7 7 +2      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 42     xxx.. 8 +2 10 -3 xx xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 16       114 -59   x xxx.. x
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 10     xxx.. 14 +5   x    
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 24 19 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 6 17 -12     x 11 -7      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 54     xxx.. 57 -4 12 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 55 11 -1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 198 7 -5   xx 129 -40 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 116 x   11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Murakami, The Strange Library [tpb] 12.15.14 / 5 14 -4   1 +1   xxx..      
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 8 11 ++   12 -1          
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 65     xxx.. 111 -13 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 81 xxx..   xxx.. 23 +1 15 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 10 2 +1 [ 4 ] 7 -4 48 -5 11 -2 x   x
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.18
WP
01.04
LAT
01.11
USAT
01.04
PW
01.12
Amz
(01.12)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.12)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.12)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

New Books, 6 January

+ Aaronovitch, Ben : Foxglove Summer
(DAW 978-0756409661, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698151956
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780756410308
Rivers of London #5

First US edition (UK: Orion/Gollancz, September 2014)

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Midnight Riot (UK title Rivers of London), Moon Over Soho (both 2011), Whispers Under Ground (2012), and Broken Homes (2013), about a London police officer who can speak to the dead.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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

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+ Asher, Neal : The Technician
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805308, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00GMSNAEM

First US edition (UK: Tor UK, August 2010)

SF novel, a standalone novel in the author’s Polity universe.
• The author’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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

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Benson, Amber : The Witches of Echo Park
(Ace 978-0-425-26867-4, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101630433
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: B00Q72XLSS
Witches of Echo Park #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a secret network of witches that keeps the world in order.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This story of good witches versus cosmic evil makes up for its thin premise with vivid characters and tangled loyalties in a place where nothing comes easily.”

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

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* Brown, Pierce : Golden Son
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-53981-6, $25, 445pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
UK edition: 978-1444759013 (Thu 8 Jan 2015)
Red Rising #2

SF novel, second in a series following Red Rising (2014), about a color-coded caste society on Mars.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Dramatic battles with a real sense of loss, and a final chapter that slams into both Darrow and the reader, make this the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment.”
Entertainment Weekly gives it a rave review, calling it a “gripping follow-up to last year’s should-have-been-huge debut Red Rising and saying about this book, “Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you’d expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels—a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes.”

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

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* Campbell, John L. : Drifters
(Berkley 978-0425272657, $16, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Omega Days #3

Zombie novel, third in a series following Omega Days (May 2014) and Ship of the Dead (Oct. 2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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

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* Coe, David B. : Spell Blind
(Baen 978-1-4767-8024-5, $25, 320pp, hardcover, January 2015, cover art Alan Pollack)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-340-9
Case Files of Justis Fearsson #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about an Arizona private detective who uses magic in his hunt for a serial killer.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Coe may be on oft-trod ground, but he tells an entertaining story with a good mystery at its core.”

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

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* Gordon, Alex : Gideon
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-168737-2, $14.99, 432pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062091765

Fantasy thriller, the author’s first novel, about a woman who discovers her late father had a secret previous existence.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “impressive dark fantasy debut” and concludes, “Crisp and shiveringly disturbing prose, a solid plot, and well-developed characters all make for a deeply satisfying read.”

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

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* Green, Simon R. : Tales from the Nightside
(Ace 978-0-425-27075-2, $25.95, 320pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698136854

Collection of 10 stories, one original to this book, set in the author’s Nightside universe.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the table of contents.

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

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* Harper, Steven : Iron Axe
(Roc 978-0-451-46846-8, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698146297
Books of Blood and Iron #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series, about two outcasts, one a half-human half-troll, the other a human slave.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments that Harper’s “reinterpretations of trolls, giants, and fae folk give this series opener a fresh feeling, while his nods to Norse mythology and folklore root it strongly in fantasy tradition.”

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

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* Hendee, Barb, & J. C. Hendee : First and Last Sorcerer
(Roc 978-0451469304, $26.95, 352pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698154445
Noble Dead #13

Fantasy novel, thirteenth in the “Noble Dead” series following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, and Rebel Fay, In Shade and Shadow, Child of a Dead God, Through Stone and Sea, Of Truth and Beasts, Between Their Worlds, The Dog in the Dark (2013), and A Wind in the Night (2014), about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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

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* Hines, Jim C. : Unbound
(DAW 978-0756409685, $24.95, 320pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698151987
Magic Ex Libris #3

Humorous fantasy novel, third of a series following Libromancer (2012) and Codex Born (2013), about a magician with the ability to draw forth objects from books.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the previous book, “Hines supplies everything a reader needs—werewolves, ghosts, robot insects, a fire spider that eats candy, and homages to classic SF—for a very good time.”

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

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+ Kristjansson, Snorri : Blood Will Follow
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1623658724, $24.99, 400pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
The Valhalla Saga #2

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

Viking fantasy novel, second in a series following Swords of Good Men (2013).
• Quercus’ site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.

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

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* Lee, Sharon : Carousel Seas
(Baen 978-1-47673-696-9, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2015, cover art Eric Williams)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-341-6
Archers Beach #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Carousel Tides (2010) and Carousel Sun (2014), about a woman who returns to a small town in Maine and becomes involved in a faerie war.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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

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* Lord, Karen : The Galaxy Game
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-53407-1, $15, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-53408-8
UK edition: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1780876894 (Thu 1 Jan 2015)


SF novel about students at a school for the psionically gifted, set in the same future as the author’s previous novel The Best of All Possible Worlds.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Lord’s exploration of alien culture and character development overshadows any real action or sense of progress, making this a dry but intriguing offering.”

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

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* Love, John : Evensong
(Night Shade 978-1-59780-552-0, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

SF novel set in a near-future in which the UN keeps world order using biologically-enhanced operatives called “The Dead”.
• Amazon has the publisher’s description.
• The Publishers Weekly review is mixed: “The inventive blending of religion, commerce, and government is impeded by talky, impassioned trysts, and while the action, when it arrives, is given appropriate flourish, scant satisfaction can be derived from the accompanying revelations…”

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

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* Merz, Jon F. : Slavers of the Savage Catacombs
(Baen 978-1476736976, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, January 2015, cover art Sam Kennedy)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Shadow Warrior #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul (2013), about a young ninja.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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

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* Older, Daniel José : Half-Resurrection Blues
(Roc 978-0-425-27598-6, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698166790
Bone Street Rumba #1

Urban fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a new series, about “inbetweeners”, those who have half-resurrected from lives they no longer remember.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Older’s magical New York City is fresh and richly envisioned, a gritty and genuine urban setting rife with strange forces and thoroughly enlivened by the fixers, dealers, and supernatural creatures who inhabit it.”

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

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* Ringo, John : Strands of Sorrow
(Baen 978-1-4767-3695-2, $25, 352pp, hardcover, January 2015, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-339-3
Black Tide Rising #4

SF/horror novel, fourth in a series following Under a Graveyard Sky (2013), To Sail a Darkling Sea (2014), and Islands of Rage and Hope (2014), about a zombie apocalypse brought about by an airborne plague.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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

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* Sanderson, Brandon : Firefight
(Random House/Delacorte 978-0385743587, $18.99, 432pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-449-81840-4
The Reckoners #2

Young adult novel, second in a series following Steelheart (2013), about a group of corrupt superbeings called Epics, and the ordinary human Reckoners who fight them.
• Random House’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly called the first book “an absolute page-turner.”

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

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* Shepherd, Joel : Originator
(Pyr 978-1-61614-992-5, $18, 520pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015
Cassandra Kresnov #6

SF novel, sixth in a series following Crossover (2001), Breakaway (2003), Killswitch (2004), 23 Years on Fire (2013), and Operation Shield (2014), about a cyborg soldier.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Once again Shepherd delivers lightning-fast thrills and intrigue fueled by sharp extrapolation. Readers who can keep up with all the details of technology and intrigue will enjoy the ride.”

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

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+ Terrin, Pete, translated by David Colmer : The Guard
(Quercus/Maclehose Press 978-1623659004, $24.99, 256pp, hardcover, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Jan 2015

Near-future literary novel about two men guarding an apartment building where all the residents have fled.
• The book was first published in Dutch, then was translated and published in the UK in 2012. It subsequently won the European Union Literature Prize.
• Quercus’ site has this description of the UK edition.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides excerpts.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Terrin unabashedly invokes existentialist philosophy, and his vivid portrayal of characters gripped by unresolved fears and faced with absurd situations makes his work nectar for reflective readers.”

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

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Weekly Bestsellers, 5 January

The highest ranking hardcover and paperback titles on this week’s chart are again Stephen King’s Revival and Andy Weir’s The Martian, though the former title slips a bit on several lists, while Weir’s title moves up on several lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.11
WP
01.04
LAT
01.04
USAT
12.28
PW
01.05
Amz
(01.05)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.05)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.05)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 9               91 -10
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 20       31 +21   57 -9   xxx..
King, Mr. Mercedes 02.17.14 / 24 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 116 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 12 4 -2 5 -1 14 -7 14 = 3 = x x xx
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 6 14 =   12 = 100 +15 20 = x    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 13   7 =   47 -9 7 -1 45 -27 61 -48 69 -61
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 14 16 +4 xxx.. x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Murakami, The Strange Library 12.15.14 / 4 10 =   2 =   xxx      
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 10 11 +2 xxx.. xxx.. 80 +38 11 +2 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 119 10 =     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 9     11 +4 21 +1 4 -1 65 -28 xxx.. xx
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 71     xxx.. 38 +28 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 27     xxx.. 40 +9 2 +3 xx   x
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 138 xxx..   xxx.. 28 +31 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 23       37 +94 xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Tolkien, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set 01.05.15 / 1         19 ++      
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.11
WP
01.04
LAT
01.04
USAT
12.28
PW
01.05
Amz
(01.05)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.05)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.05)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 75       72 +21 19 -2 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Collins, The Hunger Games [tpb] 07.13.10 / 206 xxx..   xxx.. 108 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 9       73 +13 9 =      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 41     xxx.. 10 +5 7 +1 x xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 15       55 +6   84 -41 xxx.. 25 -9
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 9     xxx.. 19 +10   41 -5    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 26 xxx..   14 +       12 -7  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 23 19 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 5 5 -1     129 + 4 =      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 53     xxx.. 53 = 11 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Clash of Kings 04.19.11 / 167 14 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 54 10 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 197 2 +4 xxx.. x 89 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones [tpb] 04.05.11 / 115 17 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Martin, A Storm of Swords 04.19.11 / 166 20 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 41       88 =   80 -36 xxx.. 23 -6
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 7     11 -3          
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 64     xxx.. 98 +49 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 80 xxx..   xxx.. 24 +47 16 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 13 15 -7   xxx xxx.. xxx..      
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 9 3 +1 4 -1 3 = 43 +14 9 +1 55 +2   57 +20
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.11
WP
01.04
LAT
01.04
USAT
12.28
PW
01.05
Amz
(01.05)
UK:
Amz UK
(01.05)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(01.05)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Periodicals, early January

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/

March 2015
Vol. 135 No. 3, $4.99, 112pp, cover art by Dominic Harman
• This issue has novelettes by Adam-Troy Castro, Martin L. Shoemaker, and Brian Trent, and short stories by Erick Melton, Ron Collins, Marissa Lingen, Elisabeth R. Adams, Andrew Barton, Eric James Stone, and Ryan W. Norris. There’s also a “Probability Zero” vignette by Jay Werkheiser.
• The science fact article, by Steven L. Peck, is about what intelligent life in the universe will be like.
• Departments include a guest editorial by Jamie Todd Rubin, an “Alternate View” column by John G. Cramer, and “The Reference Library” book reviews by Don Sakers.

(Thu 1 Jan 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/

February 2015
Vol. 39 No. 2 (whole #469), $4.99, 112pp, cover art by John Jude Palencar
• This issue has a novella by Nick Wolven, novelettes by Michael Bishop, Elizabeth Bear, and Eneasz Brodski, and short stories by Derek Künsken and Leah Cypess. Poetry is by Marie Vibbert, Joshua Gage, Jane Yolen, and Thom Dunn.
• Departments include Sheila Williams’ editorial, about the Brooklyn Book Festival; Robert Silverberg’s “Reflections”, about “One-Hit Wonders”; and book reviews by Peter Heck.

(Thu 1 Jan 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/

January 2015
Issue 100, cover art by Julie Dillon
• This 100th issue has fiction by Aliette de Bodard, Tang Fei, Naomi Kritzer, Kij Johnson, Zhang Ran, Catherynne M. Valente, Jay Lake, Damien Broderick, and Karl Schroeder.
• Nonfiction includes a conversation with Xia Jia, an essay about Lucius Shepard by Jason Heller, an essay about Gamergate by Cat Rambo, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.

(Sat 3 Jan 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/

January 2015
Issue 19
• This issue has a story by Megan Grey, flash fiction by Laurel Halbany and Brent Baldwin, and serial episodes by Lilith Saintcrow.

(Sat 3 Jan 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/

January 2015
• This month’s story is “Greys of War” by Sara Puls.

(Sat 3 Jan 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/

January 2015
Issue 56
• SF stories in this issue are by Theodora Goss, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Michael Cassutt, and Jeremiah Tolbert. Fantasy stories are by Sequoia Nagamatsu, Aliette de Bodard, Matthew Hughes, and Ann Leckie & Rachel Swirsky.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with David X. Cohen, book reviews by Andrew Liptak, and an editorial by John Joseph Adams.
• Exclusive ebook/print content includes a novella by Paul McAuley and novel excerpts by V.E. Schwab and Karen Lord.
• None of the content is yet online for free, but the issue is available for sale in various e-formats.

(Sat 3 Jan 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/

January 2015
Issue 28, cover art by Brom
• This issue has stories by Kat Howard, Norman Partridge, Christopher Barzak, and Lucy Taylor.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with David Cronenberg, a column by Lisa Morton, and an editorial by John Joseph Adams.
• None of the content is yet online for free, but the issue is available for sale in various e-formats.

(Sat 3 Jan 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/

January 2015
Cover art by Richard Pantell
• This month’s stories are by John Henson Webb, Harris Tobias, Bill Kowaleski, Michele Dutcher, Edward Sullivan, and Astrid Nielsen.
• There’s also flash fiction and an editorial by Timothy O. Goyette.

(Sat 3 Jan 2015)

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Shimmer

• Fantasy fiction, since 2005; senior editor E. Catherine Tobler; electronic only since issue 19
• Format: Electronic
• Frequency: Bi-monthly
http://www.shimmerzine.com/

January 2015
Issue 23
• This issue has fiction by Malon Edwards, Megan E. O’Keefe, Alexis A. Hunter, and Angela Ambroz.
• There’s also an editorial by E. Catherine Tobler and interviews with all the authors.
• None of the content is yet online for free, but the issue is available for purchase in various e-formats.

(Sat 3 Jan 2015)

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New Books, 30 December

* Adams, Guy : For a Few Souls More
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781082881, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
UK edition: 978-1781082874 (Thu 15 Jan 2015)
Heaven’s Gate Trilogy #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following The Good the Bad and the Infernal (2013) and Once Upon a Time in Hell (2014), about a town that appears one day every hundred years, and is a doorway to Heaven.
• Solaris’ site has this description for the previous book, but nothing yet for this book.

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* Arnason, Eleanor : Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies
(Many Worlds Press 978-0-9903934-0-5, $24, 192pp, hardcover, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 27 Dec 2014

Collection of five stories about magical Icelandic beings.
• The publisher’s site has this description with blurbs by Terry Bisson, Pat Murphy, and Nisi Shawl.

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* Perry, Steve : The Tejano Conflict
(Ace 978-0425273494, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698150713
Cutter’s Wars #3

Military SF novel, third in a series following The Ramal Extraction (2013) and The Vastalimi Gambit (2014), about a mercenary group in the 24th century.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Powell, Gareth L. : Macaque Attack!
(Rebellion/Solaris 978-1781082867, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00P6UEU9G
UK edition: 978-1781082850 (Thu 15 Jan 2015)
Ack-Ack Macaque #3

Alternate history novel, conclusion of a trilogy that began with Ack-Ack Macaque (2012) and Hive Monkey (2014) , about a cigar-chomping monkey now working as a pilot on a nuclear-powered Zeppelin.
• Solaris’s site does not yet have a page for this book.

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+ Taylor, K. J. : The Shadow’s Heart
(Ace 978-0425258255, $7.99, 464pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
The Risen Sun #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Shadow’s Heir (2013) and The Shadowed Throne (2014), about a woman born a half-breed of the Northern kingdom and the Southern people.
• The Australian edition from Dymocks was published a year ago.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Vaughn, Carrie : Low Midnight
(Tor 978-0-7653-6869-0, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Dec 2014
Kitty Norville #13

Fantasy novel, thirteenth book in the series following Kitty Steals the Show (2012), Kitty Rocks the House (Apr. 2013), and Kitty in the Underworld (Aug. 2013) about werewolf radio talk show host Kitty Norville.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “rowsing” and concludes, “Vaughn keeps the twists and turns coming in this fast-paced, delightful paranormal mystery.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 29 December

— posted Monday 29 December 2014 @ 7:06 am PST

The highest ranking hardcover and paperback titles on this week’s chart are Stephen King’s Revival, ranking as high as #2 on the New York Times list, and Andy Weir’s The Martian, ranking as high as #3 on the Washington Post and LA Times lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.04
WP
12.28
LAT
12.28
USAT
12.21
PW
12.29
Amz
(12.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.29)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 8               81 -63
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 19       52 +6   48 +   xxx..
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 11 2 +1 4 +1 7 +5 14 = 3 = 49 -19 99 + x
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 5 14 +4   12 +6 115 +15 20 = 69 +30    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 12   7 =   38 +4 6 +1 18 +7 13 +10 8 +4
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 13 20 + xxx.. 9 +1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Murakami, The Strange Library 12.15.14 / 3 10 -1   2 +1   xx      
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 9 13 -2 xxx.. xxx 118 +1 13 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 118 10 -5     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 8     15 -10 22 -2 3 + 37 -16 xxx.. x
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 70     xxx.. 66 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 26     xxx.. 49 +12 5 + x   90 +
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 137 xxx..   xxx.. 59 +10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Tolkien, The Hobbit 12.03.12 / 22       131 + xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.04
WP
12.28
LAT
12.28
USAT
12.21
PW
12.29
Amz
(12.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.29)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 12 14 +              
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 74       93 +38 17 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 8       86 +57 9 +      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 40     xxx.. 15 +10 8 + 59 +10 xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 14       61 -5   43 + xxx.. 16 -7
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 8     xxx.. 29 +11   36 +21    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 25 xxx..   xxx..       5 +12  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 22 20 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 4 4 -1     xx 4 -3      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 52     xxx.. 53 -4 10 + xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Dance with Dragons 10.28.13 / 53 19 + xxx.. xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 196 6 +13 xxx.. 11 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 40       88 +60   44 -9 xxx.. 17 -7
Pynchon, Inherent Vice [tpb] 08.24.10 / 6     8 +          
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 63     xxx.. 147 -48 xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 79 xxx..   xxx.. 71 +22 21 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 12 8 +   xx xxx.. xxx..      
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 8 4 -1 3 = 3 +1 57 +33 10 +1 57 ++   77 -9
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
01.04
WP
12.28
LAT
12.28
USAT
12.21
PW
12.29
Amz
(12.29)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.29)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.29)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, late December

— posted Saturday 27 December 2014 @ 4:21 pm PST

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/

December 2014
Cover art by Sam Burley
• Issue 163, posted December 25, has stories by Sam J. Miller and Matt Jones, with a podcast of the former, plus an audio vault podcast by Rajan Khanna and an archive story by Seth Dickinson.
Issue 162, posted December 11, has stories by Marissa Lingen and K.C. Norton, with an audio vault podcast by T.D. Edge and an archive story by Steve Rasnic Tem.

(Sat 27 Dec 2014)

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Jupiter

• UK science fiction magazine, edited by Ian Redman
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.jupitersf.co.uk/

October 2014
Issue XLVI, £2.75, 52pp
• This issue, named Carpo after the moon of Jupiter, has fiction by Ray Blank, Lou van Zyl, Andrew Hook, Rod Slatter, Richard Foreman, and Chris Bailey.
• The issue can be ordered individually from the magazine’s back issues page.

(Sat 27 Dec 2014)

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Jupiter

• UK science fiction magazine, edited by Ian Redman
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.jupitersf.co.uk/

July 2014
Issue XLV, £2.75, 52pp
• This issue, named Helike after the moon of Jupiter, has fiction by Richard Ulrich, M.J. Edwards, Alfred Searls, and Greg McColm.
• The issue can be ordered individually from the magazine’s back issues page.

(Sat 27 Dec 2014)

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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/

December 2014
• Fiction published in December includes Kenneth: A User’s Manual by Sam J. Miller, The Dying Embers by Inkeri Kontro, and Nkásht íí by Darcie Little Badger.
• Articles and columns include John Clute’s Scores, reviewing Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things; a column by Cassandra Khaw; a column by Renay; and the Strange Horizons Book Club, addressing Fire in the Unnameable Country by Ghalib Islam.
• And there’s a Podcast of December poetry, by Kythryne Aisling, Sara Norja, Thato Angela Chuma, and A.E. Ash.

(Sat 27 Dec 2014)

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Terraform

• Weekly online SF magazine, edited by Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans, since November 2014
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly
http://motherboard.vice.com/terraform

December 2014
• New online short fiction venue that debuted November 17th; since the end of November posts include King Tide by Allson Willgus, Attack of the Giant Ants, by Rudy Rucker, Disconnect by Cassandra Khaw, Locus Stop on the Floating Train by E. Lily Yu, and Four Days of Christmas by Tim Maughan.

(Sat 27 Dec 2014)

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Three-lobed Burning Eye

• Magazine of speculative fiction, since 1999; editor Andrew S. Fuller
• Format: Online
• Frequency: twice/year
http://www.3lobedmag.com/

December 2014
Issue 26, cover art by Rew X
• This issue has fiction by Claude Lalumière, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Mari Ness, J.M. McDermott, DeAnna Knippling, and Keffy R.M. Kehrli.

(Sat 27 Dec 2014)

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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/

December 2014
• Original stories posted this past month are Skin in the Game by Sabrina Vourvoulias, Father Christmas: A Wonder Tale of the North by Charles Vess; Burnt Sugar, by Lisa McBride; and A Long Spoon by Jonathan L. Howard.
Excerpts are from books by Jo Walton, Michael Moorcock, Johanna Sinisalo, and others.

(Sat 27 Dec 2014)

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Category: Periodicals

Classic Reprints, December

— posted Friday 26 December 2014 @ 4:27 pm PST

* Chalker, Jack L. : Jack L. Chalker SF Gateway Omnibus
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575097711, £20, 672pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473202177

Omnibus of three novels: Midnight at the Well of Souls (1977), Spirits of Flux and Anchor (1984), and The Identity Matrix (1982).
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Heinlein, Robert A. : The Man Who Sold the Moon/Orphans of the Sky
(Baen 978-1476737058, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, December 2014, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Nov 2014

ERROR — 1st edition not found

Omnibus of a short story collection (from 1950, with an introduction by John W. Campbell, Jr.), whose title story is about the first moon mission, and a short novel (1963, combining two novellas first published in 1941) about a generation starship.
• This edition has an introduction by William H. Patterson, Jr., and an afterword by Mark L. Van Name.
• This is a mass-market reprint of Baen’s 2013 trade paperback edition.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to Heinlein’s introduction to the collection and to his timeline.

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* Moorcock, Michael : Elric: The Moonbeam Roads
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575106598, $12.99, 1008pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 9 Oct 2014

Omnibus of three novels, Daughter of Dreams (2001, first published as The Dreamthief’s Daughter), Destiny’s Brother (2003, first published as The Skrayling Tree, and Son of the Wolf (2005, first published as The White Wolf’s Son), in the ongoing series of definitive Moorcock titles from Gollancz. These three comprise the final volume of the Elric collection, and all have been revised since first publication.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Thomas, Lee : Stained
(Lethe 978-1–59021-070-3, $20, 343pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 31 Oct 2014

(First edition: Wildside Press, 2004)

10th anniversary edition of the author’s first novel, about a sadistic killer called The River Rat.
• The novel won a Bram Stoker Award for first novel.
• Lethe’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

(Mon 8 Dec 2014)
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Category: Classic Reprints

New Books, 23 December

— posted Tuesday 23 December 2014 @ 5:21 pm PST

+ Barclay, James : Once Walked with Gods
(Gollancz 978-0-575-08503-9, £15.95, 408pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Oct 2014
Elves #1

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, August 2010)

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy (already followed by Elves: Rise of the TaiGethan (2012) and Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura (2013) in the UK), in which elves are enslaved by humans.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “a sensational fable of political upheaval, treachery, and redemption in the world of Calaius.”

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* Gaiman, Neil, illustrated by Chris Riddell : The Sleeper and the Spindle
(UK: Bloomsbury 978-1408859643, £12.99, 72pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Oct 2014

Short children’s novel that reimagines elements of fairy tales Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Hair, David : Unholy War
(UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1780872032, £14.99, 688pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 30 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781780872049
Moontide Quartet #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Mage’s Blood and The Scarlet Tides (both 2013), about war between two continents.
• Quercus’ site has this description. There’s also a simultaneous hardcover edition.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Haley, Guy, ed. : Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction
(Firefly 978-1-77085-264-8, $29.95, 576pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 11 Sep 2014

Nonfiction guide to the greatest creations of science fiction, divided into five historical sections, and focusing on media SF.
• Firefly’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine: “But despite the jacket copy’s unlikely claim of being ‘‘definitive,’’ it’s probably unfair to dwell on how limited or incomplete Sci-Fi Chronicles is as a reference; books like this are really made to be flipped and browsed and wallowed in and gifted, and the sharpness and color of the enormous number of illustrations – sometimes as many as 12 or 14 to a page – make this an enjoyable time-killer, especially if you have a really good magnifying glass.”

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* Kent, Jasper : The Last Rite
(UK: Transworld/Bantam UK 978-0593069554, £14.99, 480pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Oct 2014
Danilov Quintet #5

Historical vampire novel, final volume of a quintet following Twelve (2010), Thirteen Years Later (Feb. 2011), The Third Section (Oct. 2011), and The People’s Will (Jan. 2014), spanning Russian history from 1812 to 1917 as Russian agent Aleksei Danilov battles creatures called the voordalak.
• The publisher’s site has this description.

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* Newton, Mark Charan : Retribution
(UK: Macmillan/Tor UK 978-0230766846, £18.99, 400pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Oct 2014
Drakenfeld #2

Fantasy crime novel, second in a series following Drakenfeld (2013), inspired by Ancient Rome.
• Pan Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Tor.com has this review by Niall Alexander, who comments, Retribution is ultimately on a par with its predecessor, but it works for different reasons than Drakenfeld did. Given the ubiquity of the grim and the gritty, I was sorry to see Newton go back to the dark side after the refreshing lightness of his last.”

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* Pratchett, Terry : Mrs. Bradshaw’s Handbook
(UK: Transworld/Doubleday UK 978-0857522436, $12.99, 144pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 9 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473509849
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781473525405

“Nonfiction” guide, in Pratchett’s long-running Discworld series, to railway sites and destinations as written by one Mrs Georgina Bradshaw.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Sheehan, Anna : No Life But This
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-0575104778, £8.99, 320pp, trade paperback, December 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 18 Dec 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575104785
UniCorp #2

Young adult SF novel, a stand-alone sequel to A Long, Long Sleep (2011, a Golden Duck Award nominee), about a girl who slept a hundred years on an interstellar voyage.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Tidhar, Lavie : A Man Lies Dreaming
(UK: Hodder & Stoughton 978-1444762921, £18.99, 288pp, hardcover, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 Oct 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781444762969
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781444762952

Alternate history SF novel in which Adolf Hitler works as a London private-eye in 1939.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from the November issue of Locus Magazine is posted here; “What really haunts the novel is not the ghost of Hitler, but that dreaming figure, borrowed more closely from our own history than from Tidhar’s fake one, and the disarming shadow of an anti-Semitic fascist regime emerging in England itself in 1939.”

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* Whates, Ian, ed. : Paradox
(UK: NewCon Press 978-1907069710, £12.99, 236pp, trade paperback, October 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 15 Aug 2014

Anthology of 15 stories, subtitled “Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox”.
• Authors include Pat Cadigan, Adam Roberts, Paul Di Filippo, George Zebrowski, and Robert Reed.
• NewCon’s site has this order page with the table of contents.
• Rich Horton reviews it in the December issue of Locus Magazine, recommending the Robert Reed story.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 22 December

— posted Monday 22 December 2014 @ 10:10 am PST

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (Knopf), published in September and on several end-of-year lists of best fiction of 2014, debuts on three lists this week, as high as #18 at New York Times.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.28
WP
12.21
LAT
12.21
USAT
12.14
PW
12.22
Amz
(12.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.22)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Atwood, Stone Mattress 10.06.14 / 7               18 +4
Dashner, The Death Cure 10.17.11 / 18       58 +7   xx   xxx..
Faber, The Book of Strange New Things 11.03.14 / 4     16 +   xxx.. xxx..    
King, Revival 10.20.14 / 10 3 +1 5 +1 12 +4 14 +2 3 = 30 -3 x 40 -10
Mandel, Station Eleven 11.10.14 / 4 18 ++   18 -1 130 ++ 20 ++ 99 -17    
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 11   7 =   42 +1 7 = 25 -1 23 +4 12 -4
Mitchell, The Bone Clocks 09.01.14 / 12 xxx.. xxx.. 10 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Murakami, The Strange Library 12.15.14 / 2 9 -1   3 ++   x      
Rice, Prince Lestat 11.03.14 / 8 11 = xxx.. xx 119 -28 14 = xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Hollow City 01.06.14 / 38 8 +     xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 05.14.12 / 117 5 +7     xxx.. xxx..      
Riordan, The Blood of Olympus 11.10.14 / 7     5 +5 20 = x 21 +2 xxx 51 -6
Roth, Allegiant 08.26.13 / 69     xxx.. 75 +7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Roth, Four: A Divergent Collection 07.07.14 / 25     xxx.. 61 -5 x 93 +   xxx..
Roth, Insurgent 05.07.12 / 136 xxx..   xxx.. 69 +9 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.28
WP
12.21
LAT
12.21
USAT
12.14
PW
12.22
Amz
(12.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.22)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Card, Ender’s Game 07.05.11 / 125 xxx.. xxx.. 13 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Collins, Mockingjay [tpb] 06.04.12 / 73       131 -45 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Kill Order [tpb] 11.10.14 / 7       143 -7 x      
Dashner, The Maze Runner 03.31.14 / 39     xxx.. 25 +2 x 69 +18 xxx.. xxx..
Dashner, The Maze Runner Series 09.29.14 / 13       56 -1   x xxx.. 9 +8
Dashner, The Scorch Trials [tpb] 11.10.14 / 7     xxx.. 40 +9   57 +41    
Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves [tpb] 03.10.14 / 24 xxx..   xxx..       17 +5  
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 21 20 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..      
Griffith, Hild [tpb] 12.08.14 / 3     10 +3          
Hamilton, Jason 12.15.14 / 2 10 -9     x x      
Koontz, Innocence 12.08.14 / 3 3 +1     x 1 +2      
Lowry, The Giver 09.02.13 / 51     xxx.. 49 +4 x xxx..   xxx..
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 195 19 +1 xxx.. x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 39       148 -6   35 +14 xxx 10 +9
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 62     xxx.. 99 + xxx..      
Roth, Divergent [tpb] 06.17.13 / 78 xxx..   xxx.. 93 +14 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 7 3 +1 3 +3 4 -1 90 -24 11 +1     68 -22
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.28
WP
12.21
LAT
12.21
USAT
12.14
PW
12.22
Amz
(12.22)
UK:
Amz UK
(12.22)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.22)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers


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