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Weekly Bestsellers, 24 April 2017

A new Star Wars novel by Timothy Zahn, Thrawn (Del Rey) debuts on three lists, ranking as high as #2 at New York Times and Publishers Weekly.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.30
WP
04.16
LAT
04.23
USAT
04.16
PW
04.24
Amz
(04.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.24)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 18 xxx..   19 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
El Akkad, American War 04.17.17 / 2   [ 10 ] 9 ++ x x      
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 12 7 -1 [ 6 ] 3 = 73 -15 7 -2 93 -22 xxx.. x
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 13 4 +1     xxx.. xx      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 5       145 -1 11 -4      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 5             87 -60 xxx..
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 26     xxx.. xxx.. 17 -6 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 63     13 = 130 +20 15 -2 x 52 -4 x
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 10 x   1 = xx 21 -6 xxx   xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 38 12 +   15 -11 40 + 12 +11 100 -43   xxx..
Zahn, Star Wars: Thrawn 04.10.17 / 3 2 ++     9 ++ 2 ++ x   61 -40
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.30
WP
04.16
LAT
04.23
USAT
04.16
PW
04.24
Amz
(04.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.24)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 10             58 +11 20 -1
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 15 10 -2 [ 7 ] 12 -11 44 =   8 +19   xxx..
Cline, Ready Player One [tpb] 06.18.12 / 90 xxx..   14 + xxx..   xxx..   xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 20 xxx..   xxx.. 77 +4   xxx    
Farland, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33 [tpb] 04.24.17 / 1       46 ++ 6 ++      
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 19     8 +4 85 -32       xxx..
Gaiman, Trigger Warning [tpb] 12.14.15 / 4     13 + xxx..        
King, End of Watch 04.10.17 / 3     x 90 -14 3 -1      
King, It 04.03.17 / 4       42 -15   58 -20 xxx  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 298     3 +1 x   92 + 29 -6 46 -22
Riggs, Library of Souls [tpb] 04.24.17 / 1       71 ++ 5 ++      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               66 +7  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               97 -2  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 100 +37   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 69             x 25 +19
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.30
WP
04.16
LAT
04.23
USAT
04.16
PW
04.24
Amz
(04.24)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.24)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.24)
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 in Paperback : March – April 2017

Anders, Charlie Jane : All the Birds in the Sky
(Tor 978-0765379955, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017

(First edition: Tor, January 2016)

SF/fantasy novel, the author’s first genre novel, about two childhood friends, one with magical powers and the other the inventor of a time machine.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from Locus Magazine is posted here: All the Birds in the Sky is one of the most surprising novels I’ve read this year, and for the most part one of the most delightful.”
• The book is currently a finalist for this year’s Hugo and Nebula awards, and won this year’s Crawford Award.

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Armstrong, Kelley : Forest of Ruin
(HarperCollins 978-0062071316, $9.99, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Age of Legends #3

(First edition: HarperCollins, April 2016)

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Sea of Shadows (2014) and Empire of Night (2015), about twin sisters who are the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood.
• HarperCollins’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Bauers, W. C. : Indomitable
(Tor 978-0765375452, $17.99, 368pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
The Chronicles of Promise Paen #2

(First edition: Tor, July 2016)

Military SF novel, second in a series following Unbreakable (2015), about a female space marine.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Belcher, R. S. : The Brotherhood of the Wheel
(Tor 978-0765380296, $17.99, 416pp, trade paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
Brotherhood #1

(First edition: Tor, March 2016)

Urban fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a secret society of truckers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Brotherhood never entirely yields to the lure of Americana, pop cultures, or regional cuisines. Deeper, older currents of dark fantasy and myth run through the book: the Forest and the Horned God; the Triune Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone).”

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Campbell, Jack : The Lost Stars: Shattered Spear
(Ace 978-0425272282, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
The Lost Stars #4

(First edition: Ace, May 2016)

Military SF novel, fourth in a new sequence related to his “Lost Fleet” series, following Tarnished Knight (2012), Perilous Sword (2013), and Imperfect Sword (2014) set on the Syndicate World of Midway.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author is John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell.

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Cherryh, C. J. : Visitor
(DAW 978-0756412081, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Foreigner #17

(First edition: DAW, April 2016)

SF novel, 17th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), Protector (2013), Peacemaker (2014), and Tracker (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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• (Directory Entry)

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King, Stephen : End of Watch
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1501134135, $9.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, February 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017
Bill Hodges #3

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

Supernatural thriller, third in a trilogy following Mr. Mercedes (2014) and Finders Keepers (2015), about a brain injury patient who acquires deadly new powers.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Martinez, A. Lee : The Last Adventure of Constance Verity
(Saga Press 978-1481443524, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017

(First edition: S&S/Saga, July 2016)

Fantasy novel about a super-heroine who is tired of saving the world and looking forward to becoming ordinary.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Olde Heuvelt, Thomas : HEX
(Tor 978-0765378811, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017

(First edition: Tor, April 2016)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a Hudson Valley town haunted by a cursed 17th-century woman.
• The book was first published in Dutch in 2013; the translator here is Nancy Forest-Flier.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Riggs, Ransom : Library of Souls
(Quirk Books 978-1594749315, $11.99, 464pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Miss Peregrine #3

(First edition: Quirk, September 2015)

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a series following Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011) and Hollow City (2014), about a boy’s search for his grandfather’s childhood home, as inspired by vintage photographs.
• The publisher’s site has this page for the book.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Seay, Martin : The Mirror Thief
(Melville House 978-1612195599, $17.99, 592pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017

(First edition: Melville House, May 2016)

Historical supernatural thriller, the author’s first novel, about the invention of mirrors in 16th century Venice with parallel stories in 1958 Venice Beach, California, and present day Venice casino in Las Vegas.
• The publisher’s site has this description, which compares it to David Mitchell and Umberto Eco.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Smaill, Anna : The Chimes
(Quercus 978-1681445328, $16.99, 304pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a young orphan arriving in London in an era following a brutal civil war.
• Quercus’ US site has this description.
• The first edition was published in the UK by Sceptre in 2015, and was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
• The book won last year’s World Fantasy Award.

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• (Directory Entry)

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Stewart, Alex : Shooting the Rift
(BAEN 978-1481482417, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017

(First edition: Baen, April 2016)

Space opera SF novel, the author’s first novel under his own name, about a man cast out by his family who becomes caught up in an interstellar war.
Stewart wrote a number Warhammer 40,000 novels under the pseudonym Sandy Mitchell.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed the book for Locus Online.

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New Books : 18 April 2017

* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-3502-4, $29.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2017, cover illustration Chris Foss)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481435031

Anthology of 18 far-future SF stories, of which 12 appear to be original to this book.
• Authors include Charlie Jane Anders, Becky Chambers, Adam-Troy Castro with Judi B. Castro, Karl Schroeder, and Linda Nagata.
• There’s a simultaneous trade paperback edition (978-1481435017).
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Designed to capture the cosmic scale of superpowered space comics in prose, this collection lands the cosmic element, though it’s hit-or-miss with the grandiosity.”
• Rich Horton reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine, especially recommending the stories by Charlie Jane Anders and Tobias Buckell.

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* Armstrong, Kelley : Missing
(Crown 978-0-399-55032-4, $17.99, 377pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399550348

Young adult thriller about a teenaged girl who suspects there’s something mysterious about the many teens who leave town each year, never to return.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “There are enough twists to keep any suspense fan happy, but it’s the deeper theme of trying to disentangle oneself from the place society says you belong that resonates strongest.”

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* Carr, Viola : The Dastardly Miss Lizzie
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-236312-1, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062363138
Electric Empire #3

Steampunk fantasy novel, third in a series after The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Feb. 2015) and The Devious Dr. Jekyll (Oct. 2015).
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Carr’s knack for atmospheric storytelling and fast pacing keeps things rocketing along toward an explosive, bloody resolution, and the dueling voices of Eliza and Lizzie give the tale a unique set of perspectives.”

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* Clark, D. Nolan : Forgotten Worlds
(Orbit 978-0316355773, $16.99, 624pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316355742
The Silence #2

Military SF novel, second in a series following Forsaken Skies (2016), about a Navy war hero who confronts an invading alien armada.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Golden, Christopher : Ararat
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-11705-2, $25.99, 320pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250117069

Supernatural fantasy novel about the discovery of a cave inside Mount Ararat.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “While the contours of the story line will be familiar to genre fans, Golden makes them feel fresh through solid prose, effective characterizations, and a willingness not to pull any plot punches.”

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* James, Elliott : Legend Has It
(Orbit 978-0316302371, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316302364
Pax Arcana #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Charming (2013), Daring (2014), Fearless (2015), and In Shining Armor (2016), about a cursed prince named John Charming.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Johnson, Jeremy Robert : Entropy in Bloom
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-895-8, $25.99, 280pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017

Collection of 16 stories, one of them original to this book.
• Night Shade’s site has this descripton with blurbs from Chuck Palahniuk and others.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Horror fans will find much to chew on, and these stories will certainly reach a wider audience. Johnson deserves to be a household name, as this superb collection makes clear.”

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* Kent, Lester : The Seventh Sun
(Forge 978-0-7653-8222-1, $25.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466886575

Ecologically thriller, the author’s first novel, about a global conspiracy to conceal an underwater threat to aquatic life.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Lester has a confident voice that works as well for delivering business and technical plot concepts as it does for action sequences…”

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* Samatar, Sofia : Tender: Stories
(Small Beer Press 978-161873-126-5, $24, 273pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731272

Collection of 20 stories, two of them original to this book, divided into two groups, “Tender Bodies” and “Tender Landscapes”.
• Small Beer’s site has this description with blurbs and the table of contents.
• The publication date on the Amazon page is incorrect; the book was available last week.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The theme of this provocative collection, including the far-future dystopian vision of “Fallow,” is most clearly evident in “A Girl Who Comes Out of a Chamber at Regular Intervals,” a scalding too-near-future indictment of a culture rushing headlong to embrace the mixed contents of the Pandora’s box of communication technology.”

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* Shea, Kieran : Off Rock
(Titan 978-1785653384, $14.95, 240pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017

Humorous SF novel about a bank heist set in space.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven
(Solaris 978-1781085622, $19.99, 500pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781849979337

Anthology of 28 science fiction and fantasy stories first published in 2016.
• Authors include Nina Allan, Alex Irvine, Rich Larson, Ken Liu, Ian R. MacLeod, Sam J. Miller, and Lavie Tidhar.
• Rebellion’s site has this description of the UK edition.
• Jonathan Strahan has this post listing the complete table of contents.

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* Wolf, Deborah A. : The Dragon’s Legacy
(Titan 978-1-78565-107-6, $24.95, 320pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Dragon’s Legacy #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy and the author’s first novel, about a desert tribe dreamshifter protecting her daughter from assassins.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Wolf’s opulent visual imagination and sly humor thoroughly overcome a slow start and some other pacing issues.”

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 17 April 2017

— posted Monday 17 April 2017 @ 10:41 am PDT

Omar El Akkad’s American War (Knopf) debuts on three lists, ranking as high as #10 on the Washington Post list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.23
WP
04.16
LAT
04.16
USAT
04.09
PW
04.17
Amz
(04.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.17)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 5         23 -4      
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 44 9 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
El Akkad, American War 04.17.17 / 1   10 ++   119 ++ 17 ++      
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 11 6 -3 6 -4 3 -2 58 -22 5 -1 71 -9 xxx 76 +13
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 5 x xx 5 -2 xx x xxx..    
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 12 5 =     xxx.. x      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 4       144 -29 7 -2      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 4             27 +17 xxx
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 25     xxx.. xxx.. 11 -1 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 62     13 +3 150 + 13 -2 86 -16 48 -3 100 +
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition 10.05.15 / 67       xxx.. xxx.. 72 + xxx.. xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 9 13 -4 x 1 +1 x 15 -4 xx   xxx..
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 37 x xxx.. 4 +8 x 23 -6 57 +   xxx..
Zahn, Star Wars: Thrawn 04.10.17 / 2           32 +52   21 +19
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.23
WP
04.16
LAT
04.16
USAT
04.09
PW
04.17
Amz
(04.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.17)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 9             69 +19 19 +18
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 14 8 -1 7 -6 1 +1 44 -18   27 +30   xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 19 xxx..   xxx.. 81 ++   xx    
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 18     12 -5 53 -5       xxx..
King, End of Watch 04.10.17 / 2     15 ++ 76 -32 2 +2      
King, It 04.03.17 / 3       27 -10   38 +36 xx  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 297   xxx.. 4 -1 105 -1   xxx 23 +15 24 +7
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               89 -11  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UK)               96 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK) [tpb] 06.27.06 / 24             98 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               73 -16  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               95 -1  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 137 -2   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 68             63 + 44 -8
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.23
WP
04.16
LAT
04.16
USAT
04.09
PW
04.17
Amz
(04.17)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.17)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.17)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, mid-April 2017

— posted Saturday 15 April 2017 @ 2:10 pm PDT

Aurealis

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

Issue 99, 2017
• This issue has stories by Alan Baxter, Michael Earp, and Aaron Emmel.
• Nonfiction includes Gillian Polack on Australian storytelling, and Chris Large and Russell Kirkpatrick on cartogramancy.

(Sat 15 Apr 2017)

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Intergalactic Medicine Show

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

April 2017
Issue 56, cover art by Rhiannon R.S.
• This issue has stories by E. Catherine Tobler, Shweta Sundararajan, Brian Trent, Steven R. Stewart, Matthew Shean, and Daniel Rosen.
• There’s also an interview with and vintage fiction by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.
Columns include science fact by Randall Hayes and book reviews by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.

(Sat 15 Apr 2017)

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Interzone

• SF magazine, currently bimonthly, published since 1982, co-founded by David Pringle; edited since 2004 by Andy Cox
http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/

Mar-Apr 2017
Issue 269, £4.99, 96pp, cover art by Dave Senecal
• This issue has fiction by Sean McMullen, Tim Akers, Richard E. Gropp, Christien Gholson, and Steve Rasnic Tem.
• Features include an editorial by Steve Rasnic Tem, columns by Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan, David Langford’s “Ansible Link” news and obits, a book review section, and film reviews by Nick Lowe.

(Thu 13 Apr 2017)

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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

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

May/June 2017
Vol. 132 No. 5&6 (whole #731), $8.99, 258pp, cover art by Maurizio Manzieri
• This issue has novelets by Shannon Connor Winward, Richard Bowes, Matthew Hughes, and R.S. Benedict, and short stories by Brian Trent, Kelly Jennings, Gregor Hartmann, Zach Shephard, John Schoffstall, Leah Cypess, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. There’s also a poem by Mary Soon Lee.
• Departments include Charles de Lint’s “Books to Look For”, covering Justine Larbalestier and others; Elizabeth Hand’s “Books”, covering Laura Miller and others; a “Plumage from Pegasus” vignette by Paul Di Filippo; a science column, Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty, “Robots on the Road”; a “Television” column by David J. Skal, covering Westworld; and a “Curiosities” page by Mark Esping, about a 1961 book by Annabell Krebs Culverwell.

(Mon 10 Apr 2017)

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The New York Review of Science Fiction

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

December 2016
Issue 340, Vol. 29 No. 4, 32pp
• This special “Scientific Inquiry” issue features a 1999 talk about Gregory Benford, by John Foyster; and an essay by Lee Weinstein about vegetable-animals hybrids.
• Other essays are by Michael Andre-Driussi, about Alas, Babylon; Andy Duncan, introducing his master’s thesis; Brian Stableford, about Nicolas Ségur; Victor Grech, about Avatar and Dances with Wolves; and Donald M. Hassler, about Jules Verse.
• The one review, by A.P. Canavan, is about Wynonna Earp, Season One.

(Wed 15 Mar 2017)

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Perihelion Science Fiction

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

April 2017
Cover art by Daniel Beaudin
• Stories in this issue are by Amy Sisson, Kathleen Molyneaux, Ronald D. Ferguson, Geoff Nelder, Tom Berlow, Chet Gottfried, Brandon Klimack, and Anya Ow. Shorter stories are by Stephen L. Antczak, Jack Ryan, and Matt Dovey.
• Articles are by Eric M. Jones and a science fiction trivia challenge by Ray Hamel.
• There’s also a new Machineguy comic strip by Sam Bellotto Jr. and Gart Paese, an editorial, and a page of reviews by Carol Kean and Joshua Berlow.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books : 11 April 2017

— posted Tuesday 11 April 2017 @ 2:29 pm PDT

+ Anderson, Darran : Imaginary Cities: A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between
(University of Chicago Press 978-0-226-47030-6, $22.5, 576pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 6 Apr 2017

Nonfiction study of cities, including those from SF and fantasy, inspired in part by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.
• It was first published as Imaginary Cities in the UK by Influx Press in 2015.
• The publisher’s site has this description with quotes from reviews of the UK edition.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments that Anderson ” investigates this curio shop of cities in essays that explore themes of community and identity, mythical past and speculative future, and utopia and dystopia.”

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* Beal, Clifford : The Witch of Torinia
(Solaris 978-1-78108-513-4, $9.99, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Tales of Valdur #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Guns of Ivrea (2016), about a war to overthrow the king by splitting the One Faith into factions.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly called the first book a “merrily anachronistic adventure.”

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* Durst, Sarah Beth : Journey Across the Hidden Islands
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion 978-0544706798, $16.99, 352pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780544707344

Middle-grade fantasy novel about twin sisters encoutering threats on their way to pay their respects to the kingdom’s dragon guardian.
• Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s site has this description with a Google preview.

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* Farland, David, ed. : L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33
(Galaxy Press 978-1-61986-529-7, $15.95, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-61986-528-0

Anthology of winners and finalists in the Writers and Illustrators of the Year contests.
• Included are essays by L. Ron Hubbard, Anne McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Todd McCaffrey, and Bob Eggleton.
• The publisher’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of classic science fiction will find much to appreciate here.”

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* Jones, Gwyneth : Proof of Concept
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9144-5, $14.99, 112pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-7653-8736-3

Short SF novel set on an overcrowded future Earth, where the government invests in science to enable travel to a distant planet.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with blurbs from Pat Cadigan, Gregory Benford, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “With this thorough portrayal of the environmental and social consequences of climate change and overpopulation, British SF author Jones gives a grim warning of the planet’s potential future and a tempting theory about its redemption.”

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* Maberry, Jonathan : Mars One
(Simon & Schuster 978-1481461610, $17.99, 448pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481461634

Young adult SF novel about a teen and his family chosen to colonize Mars.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Tristan is very much in the Heinlein tradition of young heroes, levelheaded and highly competent, with genius-level engineering skills.”

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* Mason, Zachary : Void Star
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux 978-0-374-28506-7, $27, 400pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780374709822

SF novel set in 22nd century San Franciso, where the wealthy prosper while poor refugees suffering the effects of climate change survive in the city’s periphery.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Patient readers who persist through the excessive layers of description will be rewarded with a vivid story, complete with a chilling and satisfying ending.”

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* Moon, Elizabeth : Cold Welcome
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-1-101-88731-8, $28, 448pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101887325
Vatta’s Peace #1

Sf novel, first in a series involving Kylara Vatta, her of the earlier Vatta’s War sequence that ended with Victory Conditions (2008).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Abounding with a new set of piratical baddies, ramped-up military slang, assorted betrayals, and echoes of Shackleton’s incredible cold-weather trek, this lengthy space opera alternates among Ky in the planet’s coldest regions…”

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+ Pollock, Tom : Our Lady of the Streets
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681443812, $14.99, 464pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Skyscraper Throne #3

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

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series after The City’s Son (2012) and The Glass Republic (2013), in which London is a battleground between opposing gods.
• The publisher’s site has this description of the UK edition.
Publishers Weekly gave the first book a starred review: “Gorgeously written and brimming with bizarre urban creatures, this darkly imagined and sometimes painful tale should delight fans of Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and Holly Black.”

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* Smith, Gavin : Special Purpose
(Solaris 978-1781085219, $16, 224pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017

Alternate history novel about a Russian virus released in Cold War era New York that creates a horde of zombies.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.

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+ Smythe, J. P. : Long Dark Dusk
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher 978-1681442037, 368pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
The Australia Trilogy #2

Young adult SF novel, second in a trilogy following Way Down Dark (2015), about a survivor of the starship Australia‘s return to and crashlanding on Earth.
• The UK edition was published in 2016.
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* Steele, Allen : Avengers of the Moon
(Tor 978-0-7653-8218-4, $26.99, 304pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 11 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466886445

SF novel reviving Edmond Hamilton’s Capture Future, as a man raised in isolation takes on the role in order to fight a plot to assassinate the president.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “affectionate pastiche of Edmond Hamilton’s mid-20th-century Captain Future space operas”.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers, 10 April 2017

— posted Monday 10 April 2017 @ 11:09 am PDT

Laini Taylor’s young adult novel Strange the Dreamer (Little, Brown) debuts on two lists, ranking #14 on the Publishers Weekly childrens’ frontlist fiction list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.16
WP
04.09
LAT
04.09
USAT
04.02
PW
04.10
Amz
(04.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.10)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 4         19 -2      
Cast, Moon Chosen 10.31.16 / 21 10 +       xxx..      
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 10 3 +1 2 = 1 +1 36 -2 4 +2 62 -14 xx 89 +17
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 4 13 = x 3 +1 x 18 -5 xxx    
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 11 5 -3     xxx 21 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 3       115 -75 5 -3      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 3             44 -21 xx
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 24     xxx.. xxx.. 10 +3 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 61     16 -8 x 11 -1 70 +3 45 +8 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 8 9 +3 6 +3 2 -1 91 +8 11 = x   xxx
Taylor, Strange the Dreamer 04.10.17 / 1       137 ++ 14 ++      
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 36 14 + xxx 12 -7 149 -25 17 +4 xxx..   xxx..
Zahn, Star Wars: Thrawn 04.10.17 / 1           84 ++   40 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.16
WP
04.09
LAT
04.09
USAT
04.02
PW
04.10
Amz
(04.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.10)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 8             88 -27 37 +18
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 13 7 -2 1 +1 2 +1 26 -10   57 -23   xxx..
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 243   9 +   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 17     7 +3 48 +67       xxx..
Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane [tpb] 06.16.14 / 27 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 102 + xxx..      
King, End of Watch 04.10.17 / 1       44 ++ 4 ++      
King, It 04.03.17 / 2       17 ++   74 -39 x  
Orwell, Animal Farm 07.20.03 / 52   xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 75 +
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 296   xxx 3 -1 104 -41   xx 38 -8 31 -5
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               78 -9  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               57 -8  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               94 -1  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 135 -3   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 67             x 36 -4
Stephenson, Seveneves [tpb] 05.23.16 / 6 xxx..   xxx.. 75 +   xxx..    
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.16
WP
04.09
LAT
04.09
USAT
04.02
PW
04.10
Amz
(04.10)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.10)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.10)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers

Periodicals, early April 2017

— posted Saturday 8 April 2017 @ 11:35 am PDT

Abyss & Apex

• Magazine of Speculative Fiction, since Jan/Feb 2003; editor-in-chief Wendy S. Delmater
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Quarterly
http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

2nd Quarter 2017
Issue 2Q, Whole #62, cover art by Mondolithic Studios
• This issue has fiction by Ryan Row, S.L. Harris, James Van Pelt, Mike Barretta, and Devan Barlow, plus flash fiction by Stephanie Lorée.
• There’s also poetry by John C. Mannone and several others, and small press book reviews.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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Apex Magazine

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

April 2017
Issue 95, cover art by Angelique Shelley
• This issue has stories by Walter Mosley, Sheree Renée Thomas, Chesya Burke, and Kendra Fortmeyer.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Sheree Renée Thomas and Angelique Shelley, and an essay about diversity by Tanya C. DePass.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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Aphelion

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

April 2017
Issue 216
• This issue has fiction by Mike Dorman, E.L. Knox, Christopher J. Ferguson, Mike Wilson, and others.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to more of the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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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/

April 2017
Issue 127, cover art by Eddie Mendoza
• This issue has fiction by Robert Brice, Bogi Takács, Vajra Chandrasakera, Juliette Wade, Fei Dao (translated by Ken Liu), Adam Roberts, and Michael Swanwick.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Ada Palmer and essays by Kelly Robson and Calden Wloka.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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The Dark

• Monthly online horror ‘zine, edited by Sean Wallace and Silvia Moreno-Garcia; since October 2013
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly
http://www.thedarkmagazine.com/

April 2017
Issue 23
• This issue has new stories by Erica Mosley and Kristi DeMeester, and reprints by Bruce McAllister and Lisa L. Hannett.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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Forever

• Digital reprint SF magazine, edited by Neil Clarke, since February 2015
• Format: Ebook
• Frequency: monthly
http://forever-magazine.com/

April 2017
Issue 27, $1.99, cover art by Ron Guyatt
• This issue has reprint stories by James Patrick Kelly, Nina Allan, and Carolyn Ives Gilman.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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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/

April 2017
• This month’s story is “The Wagner Trouble” by Julie Novakova.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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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/

April 2017
Issue 83, cover art by Odera Igbokwe
• This issue has SF stories by Joseph Allen Hill, Paul Park, Lina Rather, and Nancy Kress, and fantasy stories by Genevieve Valentine, Susan Palwick, Charles Yu, and Jess Barber.
• Nonfiction includes an interview with Aliette de Bodard, a movie review by Carrie Vaughn, and book reviews by Andrew Liptak.
• Exclusive paid content includes a novella by Michelle West, and a novel excerpt by Brian Staveley.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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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/

April 2017
Issue 55
• This issue has fiction by Eric Schaller, Premee Mohamed, Jenn Grunigen, and Molly Tanzer.
• Nonfiction includes an “H Word” column by John Langan, and an interview with Stephen Graham Jones.

(Sat 8 Apr 2017)

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Category: Periodicals

New Books : 4 April 2017

— posted Tuesday 4 April 2017 @ 5:17 pm PDT

* Cherryh, C. J. : Convergence
(DAW 978-0756409111, $26, 336pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698164277
Foreigner #18

SF novel, 18th volume in Cherryh’s long-running Foreigner series about humans and the alien atevi, following Deceiver (2010), Betrayer (2011), Intruder (2012), Protector (2013), Peacemaker (2014), Tracker (2015), and Visitor (2016).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Clarke, Neil, ed. : The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Two
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597808965, $17.99, 624pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017

Anthology of 27 stories first published in 2016.
• Authors include Ian R. MacLeod, Nina Allan, Sam J. Miller, Alastair Reynolds, Robert Reed, Rich Larson, and Ken Liu.
• The editor’s site has the table of contents.

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* de Bodard, Aliette : The House of Binding Thorns
(Ace 978-0-451-47739-2, $27, 368pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698409934
House of Binding Thorns #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The House of Shattered Wings (2015), about rival Great Houses in a late 20th-century Paris still devastated by the Great War.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Having fully crafted her world, de Bodard is now completely in control: she can move swiftly from gentle poetic touches to bloody Grand Guignol gestures, and she sure-handedly holds the reader by exposing the vulnerabilities and needs that drive even the seemingly all-powerful figures of rebel angels and ancient serpents to surrender to a higher collective power.”

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* Dolkart, N. S. : Among the Fallen
(Angry Robot 978-0857665706, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665713
UK edition: 9780857665690 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)
Godserfs #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Silent Hall (2016), about five refugees and a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.

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* El Akkad, Omar : American War
(Knopf 978-0-451-49358-3, $25.95, 352pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780451493590
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524779795

Near-future SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a second American civil war and its aftermath.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “El Akkad’s debut novel transports us to a terrifyingly plausible future in which the clash between red states and blue has become deadly and the president has been murdered over a contentious fossil fuels bill.”
• Michiko Kakutani reviewed it in The New York Times: “Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, “American War,” is an unlikely mash-up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young-adult dystopian series “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” From these incongruous ingredients, El Akkad has fashioned a surprisingly powerful novel — one that creates as haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy did in “The Road” (2006), and as devastating a look at the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in “The Plot Against America” (2004).”

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* Emrys, Ruthanna : Winter Tide
(Tor 978-0-7653-9090-5, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390912
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427288530
The Innsmouth Legacy #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about refugees from Innsmouth rounded up by the government in 1928 and taken to desert camps.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Emrys’s characters are more openly comfortable with the supernatural than Lovecraft’s horror-struck mortals, and her sensitive comparisons of Aphra’s experience to those of other confined and displaced peoples make the novel historically relevant and resonant.”

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* Flint, Eric, & Griffin Barber : 1636: Mission to the Mughals
(Baen 978-1476782140, $25, 432pp, hardcover, April 2017, cover art Tom Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ring of Fire #23

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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* Jacka, Benedict : Bound
(Ace 978-1-101-98852-7, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Alex Verus #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in a series following Fated (March 2012), Cursed (June 2012), Taken (Sept. 2012), Chosen (2013), Hidden (2014), Veiled (2105), and Burned (2016), about a London magician who can foresee the future.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Jacka is doing a splendid job in all respects, and this volume builds up to a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger climax.”

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* Jennings, Holly : Gauntlet
(Ace 978-1101988954, $15, 448pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698406971
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524756505
Arena #2

SF novel, second in a series following Arena (2016), about virtual gaming tournaments where competitors fight to the digital death.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Kessel, John : The Moon and the Other
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-481-48144-1, $27.99, 608pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481481465

Sf novel, the author’s first novel in some 20 years, about a matriarchal utopia on the moon.
• The novel incorporates Tiptree Award winner “Stories for Men” (2002).
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Kessel’s complex ideas and worldbuilding will appeal to any fan of character- and culture-driven speculative fiction.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the April issue of Locus Magazine: The Moon and the Other brilliantly balances character, social commentary, and hard SF in a novel of surprising density and depth of feeling.”

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* Lawrence, Mark : Red Sister
(Ace 978-1-101988-85-5, $27, 480pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
The Ancestor #1

Fantasy novel, first book in a new series about a secretive order of holy warriors.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The contours of the plot will feel familiar to genre fans—a young orphan, possessed of special gifts, receiving lessons in a cloistered community on how to realize her potential—but Lawrence makes it seem fresh through evocative prose and three-dimensional characterizations.”

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* Lee, Tanith : Redder Than Blood
(DAW 978-0756412517, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698404663

Collection of 19 stories that deconstruct familiar fairy tales, in the manner of her earlier work Red as Blood (1983).
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Matthews, Susan R. : Blood Enemies
(Baen 978-1-4767-8216-4, $16, 272pp, trade paperback, April 2017, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-572-4
Under Jurisdiction #7

SF novel, seventh in the series that began with An Exchange of Hostages (1997) and most recently included Warring States (2006), about the surgeon/inquisitor Andrej Kosciusko.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to sample chapters.

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* Neuvel, Sylvain : Waking Gods
(Del Rey 978-1101886724, $28, 336pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101886731
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524773984
Themis Files #2

SF novel, second in a a series following Sleeping Giants (2016), about giant robots invading Earth.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* North, Claire : The End of the Day
(Orbit US/Redhook 978-0-316-31674-3, $26, 416pp, hardcover, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316316767
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478941231
UK edition: 978-0356507347 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)

Fantasy novel about a man named Charlie who visits people before they are visited by Death.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine: “With its fragmented structure and occasionally self-consciously meditative prose, The End of the Day might puzzle some who enjoyed the thriller plotting of The Sudden Appearance of Hope, but at its best it reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer.”

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* O’Keefe, Megan E. : Inherit the Flame
(Angry Robot 978-0857664969, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, March 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664976
UK edition: 9780857664952 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)
Sands of Aransa #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Steal the Sky and Break the Chains (both 2016), about two conmen planning to steal an airship from the oasis city of Aransa.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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* Priest, Cherie : Brimstone
(Ace 978-1-101-99073-5, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101990742

Historical fantasy novel about a soldier damaged by his experience in the Great War, and a Florida clairvoyant who believes she can help him.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “In this pitch-perfect penny dreadful, Priest evokes the strangeness and charm of early-19th-century Florida and the fortitude of two spectacular protagonists.”

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* Yatsuhashi, Keith : Kokoro
(Angry Robot 978-0857666185, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, April 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666192
UK edition: 9780857666178 (Thu 6 Apr 2017)
Kojiki #2

SF novel, sequel to Kojiki (2016), about a prince from a planet descending into religious civil war who uses a sentient armored suit to reach Earth.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.

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Category: New Books

Weekly Bestsellers: 3 April 2017

— posted Monday 3 April 2017 @ 11:10 am PDT

John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire (Tor) debuts on two lists, ranking has high as #17 on the Publishers Weekly fiction hardcover list.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.09
WP
04.02
LAT
04.02
USAT
03.26
PW
04.02
Amz
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UK:
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(04.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon 03.13.17 / 3         17 -1      
Briggs, Silence Fallen 03.20.17 / 3 x xx   116 -73 24 -13      
Chabon, Moonglow 12.05.16 / 17 xxx.. xxx.. 12 + xxx.. xxx.. xxx..    
Clare, Lady Midnight 03.21.16 / 43 9 =   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Gaiman, Norse Mythology 02.06.17 / 9 4 -1 2 + 2 = 34 -11 6 -3 48 -11 x 106 -51
Hamid, Exit West 03.20.17 / 3 13 -4 5 + 4 -1 129 -48 13 -5 xx    
Roth, Carve the Mark 01.30.17 / 10 2 =     xx 18 =      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 2       40 -35 2 =      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 03.27.17 / 2             23 -3 x
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay 10.31.16 / 23     xxx xxx.. 13 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 02.15.16 / 60     8 +4 150 -27 10 = 73 +19 53 -6 xxx..
Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo 02.20.17 / 7 12 -5 9 + 1 = 99 -29 11 -4 95 +   xx
Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire 04.03.17 / 1       25 ++ 17 ++      
Shusterman, Scythe 12.05.16 / 12 6 +       xxx..      
Tolkin, NK3 02.20.17 / 3     14 +          
Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 08.08.16 / 35 x xx 5 +15 124 -16 21 -2 xxx..   xxx..
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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WP
04.02
LAT
04.02
USAT
03.26
PW
04.02
Amz
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UK:
Amz UK
(04.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
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Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (UK) 01.09.17 / 7             61 + 55 -37
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [tpb] 01.16.17 / 12 5 +2 2 + 3 = 16 +16   34 -28   xxx..
Eggers, The Circle [tpb] 05.05.14 / 18 xxx..   xxx..     96 ++    
Gaiman, American Gods [tpb] 03.24.14 / 16     10 + 115 -14       xxx..
King, It 04.03.17 / 1           35 ++ 28 ++  
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 295   xx 2 +2 63 -6   x 30 +3 26 +7
Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind 04.15.08 / 27 xxx..   13 + xxx.. xxx..      
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (UK)               69 +  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)               49 +5  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (UK)               93 -3  
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 132 -11   xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (UK) [tpb] 03.23.15 / 66             99 -20 32 -6
Sapkowski, The Lady of the Lake [tpb] 03.27.17 / 2       x x     71 ++
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
04.09
WP
04.02
LAT
04.02
USAT
03.26
PW
04.02
Amz
(04.02)
UK:
Amz UK
(04.02)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(04.02)
This cell color indicates rankings on children’s bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data — rankings from one or more weeks before — and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]

Category: Bestsellers


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