Locus Bestsellers, May 2017

  HARDCOVERS Months
on list
Last
month
1) A Conjuring of Light, V. E. Schwab (Tor) 1
2) Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (Norton) 1
3) Babylon’s Ashes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit) 3 1
4) The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death, Kim Harrison (Simon & Schuster/Gallery) 1
5) The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Simon & Schuster/Saga Press) 1
6) Death’s Mistress, Terry Goodkind (Tor) 2 3
7) All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai (Dutton) 1
8) The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden (Ballantine Del Rey) 2 6
9) Library of Souls, Ransom Riggs (Quirk) 5 10
*) The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, J. R. R. Tolkien (HarperCollins UK) 1
  PAPERBACKS
1) Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1
2) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 41 3
3) The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch (DAW) 2 4
4) Saturn Run, John Sandford & Ctein (Putnam) 1
5) The Ghoul Vendetta, Lisa Shearin (Ace) 1
6) The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 2 2
7) American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, Neil Gaiman (Harpercollins/Morrow) 25 1
8) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 22 5
9) Tempest, Mercedes Lackey (DAW) 3 6
10) Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace) 11
  TRADE PAPERBACKS
1) Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (Vintage) 4 10
2) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 10 3
3) Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit) 10
4) The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick (Mariner) 4 1
5) Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada) 2 4
6) The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin (Orbit) 7 6
7) Hollow City, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 9 9
*) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 28
9) Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) 10 7
10) Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com) 1
*) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 17
  MEDIA & GAMING RELATED
1) Star Wars: Bloodline, Claudia Gray (Del Rey) 4
2) Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey) 1
3) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight, Dayton Ward (Pocket) 1
4) Forgotten Realms: Homecoming: Archmage, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 6
5) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage, David R. George III (Pocket) 1

 

A Conjuring of Light (book three in the Shades of Magic trilogy) by V.E. Schwab barely edged out Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology to capture the top spot on our hardcover list. The new runner-up was The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer (Baen). There were 56 nominated titles, the same as last month.

Patricia Brigg’s Fire Touched (book nine in the Mercy Thompson series) took the top spot on the paperback list, followed by old favorite The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (book one in the Kingkiller Chronicle series). The new runner-up was Stephen King’s Night Shift. There were 57 nominated titles, up from 54 last month.

Returning to the top spot on the trade paperback list was Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, with Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem a close second. There were no new runners-up. We had 65 nominated titles, down from 69 last month.

Star Wars novels captured the top two places in our media-related and gaming-related list with Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray taking first place from Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End by a very close margin. There were no new runners-up; 22 titles were nominated, down from 30 last month.

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Compiled with data from

Bakka-Phoenix Books (Canada),

Barnes & Noble (USA),

Borderlands (CA),

McNally Robinson (2 in Canada),

Mysterious Galaxy (CA),

Toadstool (2 in NH),

Uncle Hugo’s (MN),

University Bookstore (WA),

White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: February 2017

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