Locus Bestsellers, August 2017

  HARDCOVERS Months
on list
Last
month
1) Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor) 2 7
2) Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Ballantine Del Rey) 1
3) The Gathering Edge, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen) 1
4) The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor) 3 1
5) New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) 3 2
6) The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey (Orbit) 1
7) The Berlin Project, Gregory Benford (Simon & Schuster/Saga Press) 1
*) Thick as Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner (HarperCollins/Greenwillow) 1
9) The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, H. P. Lovecraft (Chartwell Books) 2
10) Borne, Jeff VanderMeer (Macmillan/MCD) 2 9
*) Vanguard, Jack Campbell (Ace) 1
  PAPERBACKS
1) American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, Neil Gaiman (Harpercollins/Morrow) 28 1
2) The Dark Tower I:The Gunslinger, Stephen King (Plume) 4 3
3) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 25 9
4) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 44 4
5) Alien Education, Gini Koch (DAW) 1
6) Destroyermen: Blood in the Water, Taylor Anderson (Roc) 1
7) Magic Binds, Ilona Andrews (Ace) 1 2
8) Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace) 12
9) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 78 2
*) Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (Signet) 1 1
  TRADE PAPERBACKS
1) Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley) 1
2) American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, Neil Gaiman (William Morrow) 2 10
3) City of Miracles, Robert Jackson Bennett (Penguin Random House/Broadway) 1
4) A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab (Tor) 8 5
*) All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor) 1
*) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 39 2
7) Borne, Jeff VanderMeer (HarperCollins Canada) 1
*) Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit) 12
9) Take Back the Sky, Greg Bear (Orbit) 1
*) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 13 5
  MEDIA & GAMING RELATED
1) Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey) 2 2
2) Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, James Luceno (Del Rey) 4
3) Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, 20th Anniversary Edition, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey) 3 5
4) Star Wars: Aftermath, Chuck Wendig (LocusBooks) 17 3

 

Cory Doctorow’s latest standalone novel, Walkaway, leapfrogged from sev­enth place last month to the top of the hardcover list, barely edging out Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (book three in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy) which took second place. The new runner-up was Cold Welcome by Eliza­beth Moon (Del Rey), the first book in the Vatta’s Peace series. There were 53 nominated titles, down from 54 last month.

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman remained in first place on the paperback list, with almost twice as many votes as second place finisher The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows (Angry Robot), book two in the Manifold Worlds series, was the new runner-up. There were 69 nominated titles, up from 58 last month.

Guy Gavriel Kay’s Children of Earth and Sky nabbed the top spot on the trade paperback list in its first month of release with a respectable margin over American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman, which came in second. There were no new runners-up. We had 73 nominated titles, up from 68 last month.

Last month’s second place finisher Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn moved into first place on our media-related & gaming-related list, with Star Wars: Catalyst by James Luceno claiming second. Alien: Covenant, the of­ficial movie novelization by Alan Dean Foster (Titan), was the new runner-up; 25 titles were nominated, up from 20 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: May 2017

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