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SFFH on Bestseller Lists
15 May 2000

Greg Bear's Star Wars novel Rogue Planet enters two lists this week, most notably PWs list at #4 and the Wall Street Journal list at #5.

PW has updated its children's lists for May. Harry Potter remains the #1 series bestseller, while Louis Sachar's Holes (first published in 1998!) rises to #1 among (nonseries) children's fiction bestsellers. (It's just out in paperback.) Jacquess The Legend of Luke has dropped off the PW list, as it did from other lists weeks and months ago.

Other drop-offs from the table: Stephen King's paperbacks The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and The Green Mile; and the hardcover US edition of Terry Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant.

Amazon.com's SF genre bestseller lists -- not compiled into the table below -- are split into separate hardcover and paperback lists beginning this week. Greg Bear's book leads the hardcover list; Ballantine's boxed Tolkien set leads the paperback list. Bear's book also leads Amazon.co.uk's SF list, but is 3rd on the SF list at Barnes & Noble dot com, after Tolkien and the Weis/Hickman DragonLance novel.

Title NYT
14 May
LAT
14 May
SFC
14 May
USAT
11 May
WP
14 May
WSJ
12 May
London
Times
14 May
PW
15 May
Amz
(10 May)
Book
Sense

15 May
Items compiled/total on list 15/30 15/15 15/15 30/100 10/10 10/10 10/10 15/15 15/25 15/15
Fiction hardcovers                    
Bear, Star Wars: Rogue Planet       21 ++   5 ++   4 ++    
Clark MH, Before I Say Goodbye 1 = 6 -3   7 -3 1 ++ 2 -1   1 = 5 -3 4 -1
Danielewski, House of Leaves   10 +                
Heamey trans., Beowulf 8 +3 3 +1 2 +3 -- x 13 +1 xx gen 12 -3 4 -1 2 =
McCaffrey, Pegasus in Space (31 -5)                  
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban 5 -1   15 -6 23 -4 3 +1 4 =   1 series =   (1) ch =
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 4 -1   8 -4 16 +1 5 -2 3 -1   1 series =   (1) ch =
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 11 -4   xx   xx 12 -4   1 series   (1) ch =
Sachar, Holes --   xx         1 ch +1    
Fiction paperbacks                    
Hubbard, Battlefield Earth (23 +1)     (39 -8)            
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 10 -2     9 +2 8 -4     1 series   (1) ch =
  NYT LAT SFC USAT WP WSJ London PW Amz Book
Sense
  This cell color means the title is not eligible for this list; e.g. the paper does not have paperback list, or apparently does not include YA books on its general fiction lists
  This cell color means the data is stale; e.g., a children's bestseller list only updated once a month

The table compiles SFFH books placing 15th or higher on general bestseller lists (30th or higher on the combined USA Today list). The current rank of each book and the change since last week are shown, where:
   = same as last week
   + or - with number: difference since last week
   + back on list
   ++ new on list
   x no longer on list (number of x's: weeks off list)
   () below cut-off but noted anyway
   -- previously noted anyway but now nowhere in sight

Columns show ranks on lists from, respectively, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com (fiction lists), and BookSense. All lists rank hardcovers and paperbacks separately, except for the USA Today list, which is a single list combining fiction and nonfiction in all formats. Some books are on separate general [nonfiction] lists (gen), children's lists (ch), trade paperback lists (tpb), or mass market paperback lists (mm), as indicated.  

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