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SFFH on Bestseller Lists: 19 August 2001


A new Riftwar novel by Raymond E. Feist and William Forstchen, Honoured Enemy (Voyager), ranks in the top 10 of both UK lists this week; it debuted on the Times list last week at #10. Terry Pratchett's Thief of Time is #7 on both UK lists; after almost four full months, the London lists notes that 109,398 copies have sold to date.

Also new this week, Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion (Eos) debuts on Amazon's fiction list, as does Harry Turtledove's American Empire: Blood and Iron; the latter is on the NYT list for a second week.

PW has updated its childrenís lists for August. As usual, they donít include individual Harry Potter titles on their Childrenís Fiction Books list (though they do the Quidditch and Fantastic Beasts titles), but lump them together on a separate Childrenís Series list. This Series list, however, is no longer posted on the PW website, and so those indications are dropped from our chart from now on.

Title NYT
26 Aug
LAT
19 Aug
SFC
19 Aug
USAT
16 Aug
WP
19 Aug
WSJ
17 Aug
London
Times
19 Aug
PW
20 Aug
BookSense
20 Aug
Amz
(15 Aug)
Amz UK
[19 Aug]
Items compiled from each list 30 15 15 50 10 10 10 15 15 hc, 5 pb 25 10
Fiction hardcovers
Bradley, The Mists of Avalon                   x  
Bradley/Paxson, Priestess of Avalon                   x  
Bujold, The Curse of Chalion                   22 ++  
Colfer, Artemis Fowl 10 -1             5 -3 xxx..    
Feist/Forstchen, Honoured Enemy             9 +1       9 ++
Gaiman, American Gods x xxx.. 7 +5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 19 -11  
King, Dreamcatcher 28 -4 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xx xxx..
Pratchett, Thief of Time xxx.. xxx.. xxx..       7 =     xxx.. 7 =
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban 1 = xxx.. xxx.. 30 -3   5 +1 3 -- 6 =    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Goblet of Fire 2 = xxx.. xx 31 +1   4 = 4 -- 7 +1    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 6 = xxx xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. x -- xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 4 =   xxx..     xxx.. x -- xxx..    
Turtledove, American Empire: Blood and Iron 32 -3                 23 ++  
Weber/Ringo, March to the Sea x                    
Fiction paperbacks
Boulle, Planet of the Apes                   17 ++  
Bradley, The Mists of Avalon 35 -4     xx       x xxx 15 -13  
Harry Potter.. Poster Book 9 -1     x         x    
Keyes, The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory II: Rebirth 11 +4     16 -6       7 -2      
King/Straub, The Talisman 17 +1     23 +14           12 ++  
Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye             7 ++        
Koontz, Whispers xx     xxx..       xxx..      
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts... 5 +1 6 -5 xxx.. xxx..     5 3 +1 x    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban             4        
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Goblet of Fire             1        
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 2 = 6 + xxx.. 12 +1     3 -- 3 +2    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 1 = 3 +1 xxx.. 10 +1     2 -- 1 +2    
Rowling, Quidditch through the Ages 6 = 1 +1 xxx.. xxx..       4 +1 xxx    
Sachar, Holes 8 -1     xxx..       2 -1 8 -1    
Tolkien, The Hobbit   7 +   21 +14       14 -2 4 =    
Tolkien, Hobbit/LOTR   xx               4 +1 mm, 3 +3 tpb  
Tolkien, LOTR/The Fellowship of the Ring 21 =               8 =    
Watson, Jedi Apprentice: The Ties that Bind xx                    
Nonfiction paperbacks
King, On Writing 25 -3                    
  NYT LAT SFC USAT WP WSJ London PW BookSense Amz Amz UK
This cell color indicates rankings on children's bestsellers lists Italics indicates stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before

The table compiles SFFH books placing on general bestseller lists. The table shows 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)

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.

Note that some sources do not compile paperback bestsellers, and some exclude YA books (like the Harry Potter series) from their hardcover and paperback fiction lists.  

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