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Weekly Bestsellers, 4 July 2016

Stephen King’s End of Watch still dominates the charts, while Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Legend (St. Martin’s), latest in her “League: Nemesis Rising” series, debuts on two lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.10
WP
07.03
LAT
07.03
USAT
06.26
PW
07.04
Amz
(07.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.04)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 16 1 =   xxx.. xxx.. 22 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Cronin, The City of Mirrors 05.23.16 / 7 xx xxx x 94 -21 x xxx   xxx
Kenyon, Born of Legend 07.04.16 / 1       23 ++ 18 ++      
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 7 1 = 2 -1 9 -5 3 +2 1 = 46 -18 x 25 -6
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 9 3 +1     xxx.. xxx     xxx..
Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 10.05.15 / 17 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 92 + 98 +
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 41   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 54 -7
Pratchett/Baxter, The Long Cosmos (UK) 07.04.16 / 1             80 ++  
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 38     xxx.. xxx.. 10 +6 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 21           1 = 5 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 29             xxx.. 96 -64
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 40       xxx.. 11 +4 xx xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 48 xxx..     xx 9 +1 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 5       43 -10 1 = xx    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.10
WP
07.03
LAT
07.03
USAT
06.26
PW
07.04
Amz
(07.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.04)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 221   10 +   103 -11 xxx.. 27 +4 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 73 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 127 +11   xxx..   xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 13 x   15 + 59 +11 20 +1      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 19 xxx..     65 +15 xxx..   xxx..  
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 251 xxx.. xxx.. 9 +1 57 +7 xxx.. x 16 +1 xxx..
Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 volumes (UK) 03.31.14 / 29             74 + xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 96       137 +   16 -7 xxx.. 3 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 263   xxx..   123 -18   73 -18 73 -19 xx
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 57 xxx..   xxx.. 114 + xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 132 xxx..   13 -2 20 +7 xxx.. 61 -27 xxx.. x
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 22             40 +1 19 +11
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 30       xxx.. 14 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               47 +21  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 53 +15   x    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 28             50 -24 17 -1
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 14       xxx..   94 +   xxx..
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 15 xxx..             57 +3
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.10
WP
07.03
LAT
07.03
USAT
06.26
PW
07.04
Amz
(07.04)
UK:
Amz UK
(07.04)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(07.04)
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 July 2016

Aurealis

• Australian SF magazine, published irregularly since 1990; online for purchase since 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.aurealis.com.au/

Issue 91, 2016
• This issue has stories by Ika Koeck, Imogen Cassidy, and Carl Purcell.
• There’s also part 2 of an interview with Jennifer Fallon, and an essay by Claire Fitzpatrick.

(Sat 2 Jul 2016)

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Clarkesworld

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

July 2016
Issue 118, cover art by Lasse Perala
• This issue has fiction by Mike Buckley, Eric Schwitzgebel, John Chu, Jack Schouten, A Que, Linda Nagata, and Mary Rosenblum.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Michael Swanwick, and articles by Christopher Mahon and Peter Watts.

(Sat 2 Jul 2016)

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Galaxy’s Edge

• Bimonthly online SF ezine, beginning March 2013, edited by Mike Resnick
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Bimonthly
http://www.galaxysedge.com/

July 2016
Issue 21, $6.99
• New and reprinted stories in this issue are by Martin L. Shoemaker, Larry Hodges, Kij Johnson, Laurie Tom, Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Dantzel Cherry, Steve Pantazis, Nathan Dodge, and George R.R. Martin.
• There’s also the fourth part of a serialization of Leigh Brackett’s “The Long Tomorrow”.
• Joy Ward has an interview with Robert J. Sawyer, and there are columns by Barry Malzberg, Greg Benford, and Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett.

(Sat 2 Jul 2016)

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GigaNotoSaurus

• SF/fantasy long fiction, one story per month, beginning November 2010, current editor Rashida J. Smith
• Format: Online
• Frequency: monthly
http://giganotosaurus.org/

July 2016
• This month’s story is “The Sound a Raven Makes” by Matthew Scaleta.

(Sat 2 Jul 2016)

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Lightspeed

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

July 2016
Issue 74
• This issue has SF stories by Ted Kosmatka, Jilly Dreadful, Genevieve Valentine, and Seth Fried, and fantasy stories by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Kenneth Schneyer, A. Merc Rustad, and Spencer Ellsworth.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Alex Garland, book reviews by Andrew Liptak, and a movie review by Carrie Vaughn.
• Exclusive paid content includes a n ovella by Walter Jon Williams.

(Sat 2 Jul 2016)

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Nightmare Magazine

• Monthly horror e-zine, since October 2012, edited by John Joseph Adams
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://nightmare-magazine.com/

July 2016
Issue 46
• This issue has stories by Gavin Pate, Nick Mamatas, An Owomoyela & Rachel Swirsky, and Seanan McGuire.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by Tananarive Due, and a panel discussion of demonic possession.

(Sat 2 Jul 2016)

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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/

July 2016
Issue 32
• Stories in this issue are by Nicasio Andres Reed, K.L. Morris, Avi Naftali, and Natalia Theodoridou.

(Sat 2 Jul 2016)

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Periodicals, late June 2016

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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

June 2016
Issue 201-202, cover art by Martin Ende
Issue 201, posted June 9, has stories by Gwendolyn Clare and Alec Austin, a podcast by Catherynne M. Valente, and an archive story by Fran Wilde.
Issue 202, posted June 23, has stories by Ann Chatham and Luke Nolby, a podcast of Chatham’s story, and an archive story by Gemma Files.

(Thu 30 Jun 2016)

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Daily Science Fiction

• Original science fiction & fantasy emailed to you every weekday; debuted September 1, 2010; editors Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso
• Format: Online; email
• Frequency: daily
http://dailysciencefiction.com/

June 2016
• Stories posted in June are by Bud Sparhawk, Tony Ballantyne, Damien Angelica Walters, Marion Deeds, and others.

(Thu 30 Jun 2016)

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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/

July/Aug 2016
Vol. 131 No. 1&2 (whole #726), $7.99, 258pp, cover art by Mondolithic Studios
• This issue has a novella by Lavie Tidhar, novelets by Phyllis Eisenstein, David Prill, and David Gerrold, and short stories by Gregor Hartmann, Dominica Phetteplace, Oliver Buckram, K.B. Rylander, Bruce McAllister, and Betsy Phillips. There’s also a poem by John Philip Johnson.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering titles by Patricia A. McKillip, Lev Grossman, and others; a “Books” column by James Sallis, covering collections by James Morrow, Mary Rickert, and Jeffrey Ford; a “Films” column by Kathi Maio, covering 10 Cloverfield Lane; a “Science” column by Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty, about the solar system; a “Plumage from Pegasus” vignette by Paul Di Filippo; and a “Curiosities” page by Robert Eldridge, about Franz Werfel’s Star of the Unborn.

(Thu 23 Jun 2016)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

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

June 2016
Cover art by Martin Hanford
• Stories in this issue are by Margret A. Treiber, Preston Dennett, Barton Paul Levenson, Olga Godim, Fonda Lee, Harold R. Thompson, Samuel Van Pelt, and Brian Biswas, with shorter stories by C.R. Hodges, David Steffen, and Fred Coppersmith.
• Articles are by Erin Lale and John McCormick.
• There’s also a comic strip by Nicholas Gurewitch, an editorial, and a page of reviews.

(Fri 10 Jun 2016)

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Strange Horizons

• Fiction, art, articles, poetry, and reviews; founded September 2000; editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi through 2010, Niall Harrison beginning 2011
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Weekly; reviews posted three times a week
http://www.strangehorizons.com/

June 2016
• Stories posted in June are by Benjamin C. Kinney, José Pablo Iriarte, and S.E. Jones.
• Columns and articles are by Renay, Salik Shah, John Clute (reviewing titles by Ada Palmer and Emma Geen), and Kari Sperring.
• There’s also a Poetry Podcast, by Lora Gray, Rohinton Daruwala, Laura Madeleine Wiseman & Andrea Blythe, and Evelyn Deshane, and reviews.

(Thu 30 Jun 2016)

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Tor.com

• SF & fantasy fiction, reviews, commentary, founded 2008; staff includes fiction editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Daily
http://www.tor.com/

June 2016
• Original stories posted in June are by Brian Hodge, Aliette de Bodard, Harry Turtledove, A.J. Hartley, and Monica Byrne.
Excerpts are from works by Wesley Chu, David D. Levine, Matt Wallace, Victoria Schwab, and others.

(Thu 30 Jun 2016)

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Classic Reprints, May – June 2016

Baxter, Stephen : The Time Ships
(UK: Harper Voyager 978-0008134549, £9.99, 512pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 16 Jun 2016

(First edition: UK: HarperCollins, June 1995)

SF novel, a sequel to H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine and written to celebrate that novel’s centennary.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
• The book won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the British SF Association Award.

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• (Directory Entry)

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* Bear, Greg : The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear, Volume 1: Just Over the Horizon
(Open Road 978-1-5040-2145-6, $16.99, 370pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Apr 2016

Collection of 13 stories and one script, the first of three simultaneously published volumes that reprint the contents of The Collected Stories of Greg Bear (2002), complete with introductions.
• Stories in this volume include award winners “Blood Music” and “Tangents”. The screenplay, “Genius”, was written for the latter TV series Outer Limits but never produced.
• Open Road’s site has this description. The second and third volumes are Far Thoughts and Pale Gods and Beyond the Farthest Suns.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes about the stories that “all have been recently revised”, and concludes that the stories demonstrate “Bear’s talent for combining human reality with speculative possibility.”

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Chiang, Ted : Stories of Your Life and Others
(Vintage 978-1101972120, $16, 304pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016

(First edition: Tor, July 2002)

Collection of 8 stories, first published from 1990 to 2002, include awards winners “Tower of Babylon”, “Story of Your Life”, “Seventy-Two Letters”, and “Hell Is the Absence of God”.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description, which alludes to the forthcoming film version of the title story, recently retitled Arrival and due for release in November.

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* Hoyle, Fred : Three Classic Novels: Ossian’s Ride, October the First is Too Late, Fifth Planet
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473210950, £12.99, 656pp, trade paperback, April 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 28 Apr 2016

Omnibus of three SF novels, first published in 1959, 1966, and 1963 respectively, by the renowned UK astronomer.
• Orion’s site has this description.

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Moorcock, Michael : The Condition of Muzak
(Titan Us 978-1783291830, $9.95, 240pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 May 2016
Cornelius Quartet #4

(First edition: UK: Allison & Busby, 1977)

Contemporary SF novel about a hip 1960s superhero, Jerry Cornelius; final book in a four book sequence following The Final Programme, The Cure for Cancer, and The English Assassin.
• Titan’s site has this order page.

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Smith, Clark Ashton, edited by Scott Connors & Ron Hilger : A Vintage from Atlantis: The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Volume 3
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808514, $17.99, 352pp, trade paperback, May 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016

(First edition: Night Shade Books, November 2007)

Collection of fantasy and “weird fiction”, third of five volumes publishing stories chronologically, with stories in this volume originally published from 1931 to 1933.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.

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Tevis, Walter S. : The Man Who Fell to Earth
(Orion/Gollancz 978-1473213111, £9.99, 208pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 28 May 2016

(First edition: Fawcett Gold Medal, 1963)

SF novel about an alien from a dying civilization who comes to Earth to try to save his species from extinction.
• Orion’s site has this description.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the book.

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Wyndham, John : The Chrysalids
(Orion/Gollancz 978-1473212688, £12.99, 208pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 9 Jun 2016

(First edition: Ballantine, 1955)

SF novel set in a post-apocalyptic future about telepathic children in a fundamentalist culture terrified of mutations.
• The novel was first published as Re-Birth in the US; The Chrysalids was the UK title.
• Orion’s site has this description.

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New Books, 28 June 2016

* Arnold, Kyle : The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick
(Oxford University Press 978-0-1997-4325-4, $19.95, 240pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 1 Jun 2016

Nonfiction study, by a clinical psychologist, about how Philip K. Dick’s personality and experiences influenced his writing.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Psychologist Arnold tries to do many things at once in this ‘psychobiography’ of SF author Philip K. Dick. He accomplishes some, but falls short on others.”

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* Christian, Claudia, & Morgan Grant Buchanan : Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator
(Tor 978-0-7653-3774-0, $26.99, 496pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466835733

Alternate history novel set in a future in which the Roman Empire never fell.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt, and blurbs from Kevin J. Anderson, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Mike Resnick, and others.
• Co-author Christian is an actress known for her role on Babylon 5; this is her first novel.
• The Publishers Weekly review is not enthusiastic.

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* Fintushel, Eliot : Zen City
(Zero 978-1-78535-350-5, $11.95, 136pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 24 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-78535-351-2

Short SF novel with Buddhist influences about an outsider, Big Man, trying to gain entrance into the City.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Fintushel’s goal is never to mock or deride Buddhism itself, but rather to expose the ways in which the Eightfold Path is corrupted by human nature; in that regard, this book succeeds brilliantly, deftly weaving a tragic romance that’s about all of us, and none at all.”

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+ Heitz, Markus : Devastating Hate
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1623657048, $14.99, 608pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Legends of the Alfar #2

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, June 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Righteous Fury (2014), 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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* Kadrey, Richard : The Perdition Score
(Harper Voyager 978-0062373267, $25.99, 384pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062373281
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062471956
Sandman Slim #8

Urban fantasy thriller, eighth in a series following Sandman Slim (2009), Kill the Dead (2010), Aloha from Hell (2011), Devil Said Bang (2012), Kill City Blues (2013), The Getaway God (2014), and Killing Pretty (2015), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Kroese, Robert : The Big Sheep
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-08844-4, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250088451

SF novel, first in a series, set in a Disincorporated Zone of Los Angeles in 2039, about a private investigator searching for a missing genetically altered sheep.
• Macmillan’s site has this description (which says the book “is perfect for fans of Philip Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!, and Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.“) with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the author “demonstrates his creative imaginative worldbuilding in this sci-fi mystery series debut set in 2039 Los Angeles.”

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* Lore, Pittacus : United as One
(Harper 978-0062387653, $18.99, 480pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062387677
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062448576
Lorien Legacies #7

Young adult SF novel, seventh and concluding volume in the series that began with I Am Number Four (2010), about nine alien children from Lorien hiding out on Earth from evil Mogadarians.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview.

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* Niven, Larry, & Steven Barnes : The Seascape Tattoo
(Tor 978-0-7653-7873-6, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466863354

Fantasy novel about a Swordsman and a Sorcerer in perpetual mortal combat.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The stakes are satisfyingly personal and global…”

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* Schutt, Bill, & J. R. Finch : Hell’s Gate
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-241252-2, $26.99, 384pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062412546
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062471963

Historical SF thriller about the discovery, in 1944, of an empty, marooned Japanese submarine deep in the Brazilian jungle.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The authors adeptly balance science and suspense, and a detailed afterword lays out how much of the story line is based in history. Michael Crichton fans will be pleased that the ending leaves room for a sequel.”

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* Skovron, Jon : Hope and Red
(Orbit 978-0-316-26811-0, $9.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316268134
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478909538
The Empire of Storms #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first adult novel, about two orphaned children who team up to take down a fracturing empire.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a
starred review: “Skovron’s eye for characterization and situations is exceptional, raising this from a fun ninja and pirate mash-up to a compelling coming-of-age yarn that genuinely merits a multivolume treatment.”

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* Stross, Charles : The Nightmare Stacks
(Ace 978-0425281192, $27, 400pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698195271
Laundry Files #7

Fantasy novel, seventh in the author’s “Laundry Files” sequence following The Atrocity Archives (2004), The Jennifer Morgue (2006), The Fuller Memorandum (2010), The Apocalypose Codex (2012), The Rhesus Chart (2014), and The Annihilation Score (2015), about British secret service agent Bob Howard battling Lovecraftian horrors.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Sullivan, Michael J. : Age of Myth
(Del Rey 978-1-101-96533-7, $26, 432pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101965344
Legends of the First Empire #1

Epic fantasy novel, first in a series of five, about a race of gods, the Fhrey, worshipped by humans until one of the gods is killed by a human.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “The bloodshed and political machinations are mild by grimdark fantasy standards.”

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* Tobler, E. Catherine : The Kraken Sea
(Apex 978-1-937009-40-3, $11.95, 128pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 18 Jun 2016

Fantasy novella about a 15-year-old orphan with reptillian features who moves to a strange new home with a kraken in the basement.
• Apex’s site has this description and order page.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Shifting supernatural borderlands inspire awe and ancient gods mirror very human desires in a fear fable that balances complex philosophy with relentless, image-packed action.”

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* Valentine, Genevieve : Icon
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-2515-5, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481425179
The Persona Sequence #2

Near-future SF thriller, second in a series following Persona (2015), about a diplomat who has survived an assassination attempt.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this desription with a link to Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The focus on Suyana’s day-to-day existence nicely displays the how politics can become reality TV, but it also makes the diplomatic maneuvering and politicking curiously distant and hard to follow.”

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* Yaszek, Lisa, & Patrick B. Sharp : Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction
(Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-7624-8, $29.95, 432pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-8195-7625-5

Anthology of stories and essays by female writers, artists, and editors, a book in the “Early Classics of Science Fiction” series from this publisher.
• There’s also a hardcover edition (978-0-8195-7623-1) for $90.
• Wesleyan’s site has this description and the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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Weekly Bestsellers, 27 June 2016

Stephen King’s End of Watch remains #1 on three lists, debuting on the LA Times list this week only at #4.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.03
WP
06.26
LAT
06.26
USAT
06.19
PW
06.27
Amz
(06.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.27)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 15 1 =   xxx.. xxx.. x xxx.. xxx xxx..
Cronin, The City of Mirrors 05.23.16 / 6 x xx 14 -5 73 -36 23 -10 xx   xx
Hill, The Fireman 05.23.16 / 6 xx xxx.. 17 -5 x x xxx..    
Hubbard, Battlefield Earth 06.27.16 / 1       150 ++        
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 6 1 = 1 = 4 ++ 5 -4 1 = 28 -12 83 -40 19 -9
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 8 4 -1     xxx xx     xxx..
Martin/Garcia, The World of Ice and Fire 10.13.14 / 40   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 47 +
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 37     xxx.. xxx.. 16 +1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 20           1 = 5 = 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 28             xxx.. 32 +18
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 39       xxx.. 15 = x xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 47 xxx..     x 10 -1 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 4       33 -12 1 = x    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.03
WP
06.26
LAT
06.26
USAT
06.19
PW
06.27
Amz
(06.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.27)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 220   xxx..   92 +7 xxx.. 31 +3 xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 72 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 138 +5   xxx..   xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 12 14 +   xxx.. 70 +5 21 +      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 18 xxx..     80 -8 xxx..   xxx..  
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 250 xxx xxx.. 10 -1 64 +2 xxx.. 92 + 17 +17 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 95       xx   9 +31 xxx.. 2 +1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 262   xxx..   105 +7   55 +2 54 + x
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 131 xxx..   11 + 27 -1 xxx.. 34 +18 xxx.. 86 +
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 21             41 +5 30 +
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 29       xxx.. 13 -1 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               94 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               68 +27  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 68 -19   93 +    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 27             26 +33 16 -2
Sapkowski, The Last Wish 06.15.15 / 14 xxx..             60 +
Weir, The Martian [tpb] 11.10.14 / 81 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 127 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 63 xxx..   xxx.. 112 -41 xx xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
07.03
WP
06.26
LAT
06.26
USAT
06.19
PW
06.27
Amz
(06.27)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.27)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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New Books, 21 June 2016

* Chen, Curtis C. : Waypoint Kangaroo
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-08178-0, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250081797
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427280718

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a spy who has access via a “pocket” to an empty parallel universe.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with blurbs from James Patrick Kelly, Charlie Jane Anders, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Chen’s debut keeps the plot twisting as the story builds to a powerful climax, leavening the suspense with Kangaroo’s droll quips. This book is an auspicious start for its author and his wisecracking series.”

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* Dunne, Rachel : In the Shadow of the Gods
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-242813-4, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062428158
Bound Gods #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about mortals battling to save their world from two banished gods.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The interesting concept will keep readers involved as the story gradually unfolds. With at least two sequels planned, this installment is mostly setup, but Dunne’s polished prose and well-rounded characters make it a strong start.”

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* Godfrey, Daniel : New Pompeii
(Titan Us 978-1-78329-811-2, $14.95, 352pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016

SF thriller, the author’s first novel, about a technology to transport matter from the past that has enabled the retrieval of the city of Pompeii and its population from just before the volcanic eruption.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Debut novelist Godfrey puts in a lot of historical detail, comparing and contrasting the modern and ancient political schemers looking to turn situations to their own advantage. The ethics of time travel are also explored with intriguing results.”

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* Grant, Mira : Rise: A Newsflesh Collection
(Orbit 978-0316309585, $25, 656pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316309561
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478938446

Collection of 10 stories, including two original novellas, set in the future of novels Feed (2010), Deadline (2011), and Blackout (2012).
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Haydon, Elizabeth : The Weaver’s Lament
(Tor 978-0765320551, $26.99, 352pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429949224
Symphony of Ages #9

Fantasy novel, ninth volume in a series following The Merchant Emperor (2014), and The Hollow Queen (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Hickman, Tracy, & Richard Garriott : The Sword of Midras
(Tor 978-0765382306, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466886803
Blade of the Avatar #1

Fantasy novel, prequel to role-playing game Shroud of the Avatar.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Husberg, Christopher B. : Duskfall
(Titan 978-1783299157, $14.95, 560pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Chaos Queen Quintet #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about an amnesiac man rescued from the sea.
• Titan’s site has this description.

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* Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Born of Legend
(St. Martin’s 978-1250082749, $28.99, 736pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250082824
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427275790
The League: Nemesis Rising #9

SF romance novel, ninth in a series that began with Born of Night (2009) and included most recently Born of Betrayal (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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* Khorana, Aditi : Mirror in the Sky
(Razorbill 978-1-59514-856-8, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101999028

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel, about the discovery of an alternate, mirror planet to Earth.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Debut author Khorana keeps the science fiction elements of her story light, using Terra Nova more as a metaphor for the distortions of social image versus the true self…”

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* Shriver, Lionel : The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047
(Harper 978-0-06-232824-3, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062328267
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062472649

Near-future SF novel set beginning in 2029, about the impact on an American family of economically devastating US debt.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description which say, “Down-to-earth and perfectly realistic in scale, this is not an over-the-top Blade Runner tale. It is not science fiction.”
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shriver’s imaginative novel works as a mishmash of literary fiction and dystopian satire.”

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* Tremblay, Paul : Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
(Morrow 978-0-06-236326-8, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062363282
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062471925

Horror novel about the impact on a family of the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “This stunning and tantalizing work of suggestive horror is sure to please admirers of Stephen King and Peter Straub.”

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* Wallace, Matt : Pride’s Spell
(Tor.com 978-0765390004, $16.99, 240pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390011
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427280947
A Sin du Jour Affair #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Envy of Angels (2015) and Lustlocked (Jan. 2016), about a New York catering firm for the supernatural community.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the previous book a starred review: “Magic and humor combine with delicious results in this unusual, wildly fun novella.”

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* Zelitch, Simone : Judenstaat
(Tor 978-0765382962, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466890008

Alternate history novel about a sovereign Jewish state founded in 1948 in the territory of Saxony.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Kirkus review calls it “A philosophically resonant tale about the shaping, and force, of collective memory.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 20 June 2016

— posted Monday 20 June 2016 @ 10:47 am PDT

Stephen King’s End of Watch (Scribner) debuts strongly, ranking #1 on four print lists (with the fifth, LA Times, typically running a week behind the others).


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.26
WP
06.19
LAT
06.19
USAT
06.12
PW
06.20
Amz
(06.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(06.20)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 14 1 =   xxx.. xxx.. 22 -6 xxx.. xx xxx..
Cronin, The City of Mirrors 05.23.16 / 5 16 -5 x 9 -8 37 -17 13 -3 x   x
Cronin, The Passage 06.08.10 / 18 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 105 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
DeLillo, Zero K 05.09.16 / 7 xxx.. xxx.. 11 -8 xxx.. xxx xxx..   xxx..
Hill, The Fireman 05.23.16 / 5 x xxx 12 -10 109 -38 22 -4 xxx..    
King, End of Watch 05.23.16 / 5 1 ++ 1 ++   1 ++ 1 ++ 16 -9 43 -24 10 -4
Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury 05.09.16 / 7 3 -1     xx x     xxx..
Riggs, Library of Souls 09.28.15 / 36     xxx.. xxx.. 17 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 19           1 +1 5 -1 1 =
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (UK) 10.12.15 / 27             xxx.. 50 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 38       xxx.. 15 -2 94 + xxx.. xxx..
Yancey, The Infinite Sea 09.29.14 / 46 xxx     113 -22 9 -2 xxx..    
Yancey, The Last Star 06.06.16 / 3       21 ++ 1 = 78 -9    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.26
WP
06.19
LAT
06.19
USAT
06.12
PW
06.20
Amz
(06.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 219   xxx..   99 +28 xxx.. 34 = xxx.. xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 71 xxx.. xxx.. xxx 143 +   xxx..   xxx..
King, Finders Keepers 04.04.16 / 11 xx   xxx.. 75 + xxx      
King, Mr. Mercedes [tpb] 12.08.14 / 17 xxx..     72 + xxx..   xxx..  
Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses [tpb] 05.16.16 / 6 8 -2       xxx      
Martin, A Game of Thrones 12.28.10 / 249 xx xxx.. 9 -1 66 -16 xxx.. xxx.. 34 -5 xxx..
Martin, George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Set 03.31.14 / 94       x   40 +15 xxx.. 3 +5
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 261   xxx..   112 +30   57 -15 x 92 -20
Riggs, Hollow City [tpb] 03.09.15 / 56 xxx..   xxx.. 84 + xxx.. xxx..    
Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [tpb] 06.17.13 / 130 xxx..   xx 26 -1 xxx.. 52 +20 xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK) 07.06.03 / 20             46 -2 x
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [tpb] 09.16.13 / 28       xxx.. 12 -4 xxx..   xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               95 -44  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 49 -6   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 26             59 +39 14 +61
Rowling, Harry Potter Paperback Box Set [tpb] 06.08.15 / 13       xxx..   81 -13   xxx..
Yancey, The 5th Wave [tpb] 03.16.15 / 62 xxx   xxx.. 71 -23 x xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
06.26
WP
06.19
LAT
06.19
USAT
06.12
PW
06.20
Amz
(06.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(06.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Category: Bestsellers

New in Paperback, June 2016

— posted Saturday 18 June 2016 @ 11:26 am PDT

Fortune, Margaret : Nova
(DAW 978-0756410827, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Nova #1

(First edition: DAW, June 2015)

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a young woman who realizes she is a genetically engineered time bomb.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Green, Simon R. : From a Drood to a Kill
(Roc 978-0451414342, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Secret Histories #9

(First edition: Roc, June 2015)

Fantasy novel, ninth in the series about Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, who protects humanity from the forces of darkness, following The Man with the Golden Torc (2007), Daemons Are Forever (2008), The Spy Who Haunted Me (2009), From Hell with Love (2010), For Heaven’s Eyes Only (2011), Live and Let Drood (2012), Casino Infernale (2013), and Property of a Lady Faire (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The tenth book in the series, DR. DOA, just appeared in hardcover.

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Harris, Joanne M. : The Gospel of Loki
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481449472, $15.99, 288pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016

(First edition: UK: Gollancz, February 2014)

Fantasy novel about the rise and fall of the Norse gods, told from the persective of the trickster god Loki.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.

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Lackey, Mercedes : From a High Tower
(DAW 978-0756410834, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Elemental Masters #10

(First edition: DAW, June 2015)

Fantasy novel retelling of the story of Rapunzel.
• It’s the ninth book in the Elemental Masters series, following Fire Rose, Gates of Sleep, Serpent’s Shadow, Phoenix and Ashes, The Wizard of London, Reserved for the Cat, Unnatural Issue (2011), Elemental Magic (2012), Steadfast (2013), and Blood Red (2014).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The eleventh book in the series, A Study in Sable, just appeared in hardcover.

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Lawrence, Mark : The Liar’s Key
(Ace 978-0425268810, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
The Red Queen’s War #2

(First edition: Ace, June 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Prince of Fools (2014), about a prince of the Broken Empire.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The third book in the series, The Wheel of Osheim, just appeared in hardcover.

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Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : Dragon in Exile
(Baen 978-1476781679, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 May 2016
Liaden #18

(First edition: Baen, June 2015)

SF novel in the authors’ long-running Liaden Universe series, following Trade Secret (2013).
• Baen’s site has a description with links to several chapters.

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Miéville, China : Three Moments of an Explosion
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1101884782, $16, 416pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2015)

Collection of 28 stories, 10 of them original to this book.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Miéville is as brilliant as ever in finding the necessary balance between narrative mode and unfettered invention.”
• The book is currently a finalist for this year’s Locus Awards.

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Milán, Victor : The Dinosaur Lords
(Tor 978-0765382115, $9.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
The Dinosaur Lords #1

(First edition: Tor, July 2015)

Fantasy novel about a world that mirrors 14th century Europe in which knights battle on dinosaurs rather than horses. This is the author’s first non tie-in novel in some 20 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The next book in the series, The Dinosaur Knights, is due in July.

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Ryan, Anthony : Queen of Fire
(Ace 978-0425265659, $18, 656pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
Raven’s Shadow #3

(First edition: Ace, July 2015)

Epic fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Blood Song (2013) and Tower Lord (2014), about the Sixth Order, a band of warriors who defend their realm and its faith.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Scalzi, John : The End of All Things
(Tor 978-0765376107, $8.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016
Old Man’s War #6

(First edition: Tor, August 2015)

SF novel, sixth book in the series that began with Old Man’s War (2005) and most recently included The Human Division (20013), consisting of four connected novellas plus a 24-page alternate ending to one of them.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Adrienne Martini reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Scalzi has become – both by his own design as well as by having some of it thrust upon him – a lightning rod for all of the political and social movements that are swirling around SF culture right now. So far, Scalzi’s ability to tell a pointedly sharp and compulsively readable story remains intact.”

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* Testa, Dom : The Galahad Archives, Book Two: Into Deep Space
(Tor Teen 978-0765383402, $16.99, 560pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
Galahad #2

Omnibus of young adult two novels, The Cassini Code (2010) and The Dark Zone (2011), third and fourth novels in a series of six, about a starship carrying 251 teenagers that escapes an Earth ravaged by a comet-borne virus.
• The first omnibus, The Galahad Archives, Book One: Leaving Earth, was published in February.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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Wendig, Chuck : Zer0es
(Harper Voyager 978-0062413178, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 31 May 2016

(First edition: Harper Voyager, August 2015)

Near-future SF novel about five hackers who are coerced into working for the US government.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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Wexler, Django : The Price of Valor
(Roc 978-0451418098, $7.99, 656pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016
The Shadow Campaigns #3

(First edition: Roc, July 2015)

Military fantasy novel, third in a series following The Thousand Names (2013) and The Shadow Throne (2014), about a colonial garrison trying to survive a rebellion.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Category: New in Paperback

New Books, 14 June 2016

— posted Tuesday 14 June 2016 @ 11:41 am PDT

* Anderson, Taylor : Destroyermen: Blood in the Water
(Roc 978-0451470638, $27, 448pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698162976
Destroyermen #11

Alternate history SF novel, eleventh in the “Destroyermen” series following Into the Storm, Crusade, Maelstrom, Distant Thunders, Rising Tides, Firestorm, Iron Gray Sea (2012), Storm Surge (2013), Deadly Shores (2014), and Straits of Hell (2015), about a World War II US battleship transported back in time to an era when two intelligent dinosaur species are fighting a war.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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+ Cogman, Genevieve : The Invisible Library
(Roc 978-1-101-98864-0, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101988657
The Invisible Library #1

First US edition (UK: Pan Macmillan, January 2015)

Alternate history fantasy novel, first book of a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a mysterious Library that collects books from different realities.
• The second and third books, The Masked City and The Burning Page, will be published in September and December. The first two books of the trilogy have already appeared in the UK.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Reminiscent of the works of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman, Cogman’s novel is a true treat to read.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: “…another first novel not content with standard genre tropes (even as it ranges from vampiric horror and fairy tale to steampunk).”

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* Hartley, A. J. : Steeplejack
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-8342-6, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
Alternate Detective #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first book in a series, set in a 19th-century South African world.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Hartley’s story is a thought-provoking blend of action and intrigue, with a competent and ethical heroine in Ang and a fully imagined setting whose atmosphere and cultural cues also play important roles. The result is an unforgettable page-turner built on surprises and full of potential.”

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* Humphrey, Claire : Spells of Blood and Kin
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1250076342, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016

Dark fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a Toronto woman who inherits her grandmother’s house, filled with a legacy of Russian folk magic.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Humphrey dissects the monsters who walk among us—and those hiding within our skins—with a critical yet understanding eye. This paranormal tale stands out even in its very crowded field.”

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* Lam, Laura : False Hearts
(Tor 978-0-7653-8205-4, $24.99, 384pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016

SF novel, the author’s first adult novel following a couple YA novels, a cyberpunk mystery about conjoined twins in late 21st-century San Francisco.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Alternating first-person perspectives from each twin, Lam expertly explores themes of identity, totalitarian governments, cults, mind control, and familial love.”

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* Lee, Yoon Ha : Ninefox Gambit
(Solaris 978-1781084496, $9.99, 384pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
UK edition: 978-1781084489 (Thu 16 Jun 2016)
The Machineries of Empire #1

Space opera SF novel, the author’s first novel and first book of a trilogy, about a disgraced captain trying to redeem herself with the hexarchate.
• Solaris’ site has this description with blurbs from Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, and others.
• Barnes & Noble, calling it a debut to watch in 2016, has this review by Renay Williams: “Confused yet? The learning curve on Ninefox Gambit shouldn’t be underestimated, although readers with a solid foundation in hard science fiction will have an easier time parsing the narrative. It’s a challenging story, tackling science fiction concepts we’re familiar with (spaceships and intergalactic war) while layering on purposefully obfuscated but compelling twists.”

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* Martin, Gail Z. : The Shadowed Path
(Solaris 978-1781084397, $9.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
UK edition: 9781781084397 (Thu 16 Jun 2016)
Jonmarc Vanhanian #-

Collection of stories about Jonmarc Vahanian, hero of the author’s Chronicles of the Necromancer series.
• Solaris’ site has this description.

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* McKillip, Patricia A. : Dreams of Distant Shores
(Tachyon Publications 978-1-61696-218-0, $15.95, 274pp, trade paperback, June 2016, cover art Thomas Canty)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016

Collection of seven stories, an essay, and an afterword by Peter S. Beagle.
• Three of the stories are original to this book.
• Tachyon’s site has this description with the table of contents.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Fans of exquisite prose and ethereal fantasy will need to own this.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the June issue of Locus Magazine: “Part of the reason a collection like this is especially intriguing is that, as McKillip herself points out in her essay, the romantic epic conventions of high fantasy have so often been the basic stuff of her novels, and watching her simultaneously manipulate, celebrate, invert, and challenge those conventions is a large part of her appeal.”

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* Novik, Naomi : League of Dragons
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52292-4, $28, 352pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780345522948
Temeraire #9

Fantasy novel, ninth and final book in the Temeraire series about dragons used as weapons during the Napoleonic Wars, following the initial trilogy His Majesty’s Dragon, Black Powder War, and Throne of Jade, which collectively won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, followed by Empire of Ivory (2007), Victory of Eagles (2008), Tongues of Serpents (2010), Crucible of Gold (2012), and Blood of Tyrants (2013).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This thrilling installment is packed with action and excitement, drawing the series to a delightful and satisfying close with plenty of twists, misadventures, and aerial combat along the way.”

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* Pratchett, Terry, & Stephen Baxter : The Long Cosmos
(Harper 978-0062297372, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062297396
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062297402
UK edition: 978-0857521781 (Thu 30 Jun 2016)
Long Earth #5

SF novel, fifth and final book in the series following The Long Earth (2012), The Long War (2013), The Long Mars (2014), and The Long Utopia (2015), in which post-humanity receives a message with instruction to build an immense artificial intelligence.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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* Remic, Andy : Return of Souls
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8402-7, $15.99, 176pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
A Song for No Man’s Land #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following A Song for No Man’s Land (Feb. 2016), about soldier during the Great War who finds himself battling shapeshifting enemies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Tor.com posted this excerpt.

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* Warom, Ren : Escapology
(Titan 978-1785650918, $14.95, 320pp, trade paperback, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a man who’s an expert hacker and thief inside virtual world the Slip, but who leads a miserable life outside it.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• NPR has this review by Jason Sheehan: “Ren Warom’s Escapology is a loud book. It thumps and howls and whistles and squirms. It’s a twitchy thing — won’t sit still for a second. It makes no sense sometimes. It’s derivative and odd, big and intimate at the same time, clunky and uneven and trope-heavy and manages to be both 2016 post-genre original and totally late ’80s cyberpunk samizdat page to page, sometimes line to line.”

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* Zieja, Joe : Mechanical Failure
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481459273, $24.99, 352pp, hardcover, June 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 14 Jun 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481459280
Epic Failure #1

Humorous military SF novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about an ex-sergeant who left the military to become a smuggler.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google Preview.

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