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SFFH on Bestseller Lists: 24 September 2000


Battle of the Terrys: The strongest SF or fantasy book on bestseller lists this week, aside from Harry Potter, is Terry Goodkind's Faith of the Fallen. Terry Brooks's The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch has entered the Amazon list this week, but has slipped on three lists, and not entered several other lists at all.

PW, LAT, and London Times all update their occasional childrenís bestsellers lists this week.

Eddings has dropped off Londonís list after 11 weeks, while JG Ballard makes the list this week at #10.

The Amazon UK lists do not appear to have been updated in the past two weeks.

To Track or Not To Track: The table below does not track some literary books with SF components. Example: Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which is on several lists now (and #1 at SFC). But we will track T.C. Boyle's A Friend of the Earth, which seems to be legitimate SF (a tale set in the future) even if it is by a literary writer. Boyle debuts on two lists this week.

James Luceno's next Star Wars paperback shows up on the pre-publication bestseller lists this week.

The New York Times, which has split its Children's Bestseller list into three portions, only one of which is run in the print NYT Book Review each week, has planned to post all three portions weekly on its website. But it hasn't happened yet. The table indicates which rankings are stale and which are updated this week.
This cell color indicates forthcoming books: Amazon US/UK not-yet-published (NYP) rankings This cell color indicates ineligible titles, e.g. YA titles excluded from fiction lists, or no paperback lists This cell color indicates stale data; e.g., children's bestseller lists updated only monthly
Title NYT
1 Oct
LAT
24 Sep
SFC
24 Sep
USAT
20 Sep
WP
24 Sep
WSJ
22 Sep
London
Times
24 Sep
PW
25 Sep
BookSense
25 Sep
Amz
(20 Sep)
Amz UK
[25 Sep]
Items compiled/total on list 15/30 15/15 15/15 30/100 10/10 10/10 10/10 15/15 15 hc, 5 pb 15/25 10/10
Fiction hardcovers
Ballard, Super-Cannes [UK]             10 ++        
Banks, Look to Windward [UK: Aug]             8 -2        
Boyle, A Friend of the Earth                 11 ++ 25 ++  
Brooks, Ilse Witch [UK: Aug] 10 -3         x   12 -5   9 ++ 5 NYP
Eddings, The Redemption of Althalus             x       2 =
Feist, Krondor: Tear of the Gods [US: Dec; UK: Sep]                     x NYP
Gaiman, American Gods [UK: Nov]                     42 ++ NYP
Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen [US, UK: Aug] 11 -6 4 +2 14 -5 x 7 -2 x xx 11 -6 x 8 -4  
Heaney trans., Beowulf xxx.. xxx.. x -- xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. gen xxx.. xxx 20 -2  
Herbert/Anderson, Dune House Harkonnen [US: Oct 3]                   19 +3 NYP  
Jacques, Lord Brocktree [UK: Sep]   5 ++ ch             5 = ch    
Jordan, Winter's Heart [US, UK: Nov]                   2 +1 NYP 9 -1 NYP
LaHaye/Jenkins, The Indwelling 12 -4 xx   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx   15 -5  
LaHaye/Jenkins, The Mark [US Nov]                   1 +1 NYP  
Martin, A Storm of Swords [US: Oct]                   10 -1 NYP  
Pratchett, The Truth [UK: 9 Nov]                     7 -3 NYP
Pullman, The Amber Spyglass [US: Oct; UK: Nov]                   7 = NYP 21 -18 NYP
Rice, Merrick [US: Oct; UK: Oct]                   6 = NYP 15 + NYP
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban 2 = ch 4 +5 ch 3 +1 9 -1 x 3 =   1 series = 4 = ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Goblet of Fire US UK 1 = ch 3 -2 ch 2 -1 4 +1 x 1 +1 1 = ch 1 series = 3 = ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 4 = ch 1 +6 ch 15 -5 xxx.. x 10 -3   1 series = 6 +2 ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 3 = ch   8 -3   x 7 -2   1 series = 7 -1 ch    
Yolen/Teague, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? 3 = ch-pic xx ch           2 -1 ch-pic      
Fiction paperbacks
Harris, Hannibal x xxx..   x xxx..   x xxx xxx.. xxx.. 4 =
Herbert/Anderson, Dune House Atreides xx     xxx..              
King, Hearts in Atlantis 12 -3     29 -7 xxx..   xxx 12 -3   21 -4 3 =
Koontz, False Memory [UK pb 3 Aug]             xx        
Luceno, Star Wars...Jedi Eclipse                   21 ++ NYP 26 ++ NYP
Martin, A Clash of Kings 29 +2                 20 ++  
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban [UK]             4 -1 ch        
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets [US pb 15 Aug] 1 chpb   1 +1 1 = x   3 +1 ch 1 = ch series 2 = ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 2 chpb 2 +3 ch 3 = 3 -1 x   2 = ch 1 = series 1 = ch    
Sachar, Holes 3 chpb     xxx       1 = ch 8 -1 ch    
Stephenson, Cryptonomicon     x           xxx tpb xxx..  
Tolkien, Hobbit/LOTR                   12 +6  
Nonfiction
King, On Writing                   5 +5 NYP 31 ++ NYP
Shapiro, J.K. Rowling, The Wizard Behind Harry Potter 4             2 chnf xx ch    
  NYT LAT SFC USAT WP WSJ London PW BookSense Amz Amz UK

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
   nyp Not-yet-published (pre-ordered)

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, BookSense, Amazon.com (fiction lists), and Amazon UK (fiction lists). 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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