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13 January 2002


Dean Koontz's One Door Away from Heaven (Bantam) rises on the lists it debuted on last week and appears on one more list this week. The paperback of Robert Jordan's Winter's Heart appears on two more lists, while the paperback of Anne McCaffrey's The Skies of Pern debuts this week on three lists.

On USA Todayís list, 10 of the top 11 titles — all but the #1 title — are by J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling. Eleven of the 25 titles on Amazon's paperback list are by Tolkien (Rowling seems to be excluded from this list), including two new titles this week, the first and second Book of Lost Tales. At L.A. Times the one-volume paperback edition of the trilogy, which ranked #1 last week, has been replaced by the three individual titles, ranking this week at #2, #10, and #9.

Publishers Weekly's children's rankings have been updated for January.

Title NYT
1.20
LAT
1.13
SFC
1.13
USAT
1.10
WP
1.13
stale
WSJ
1.11
London
Times
1.13
PW
1.14
Book
Sense

1.14
Amz
(1.13)
Amz UK
(1.13)
Items compiled from each list 30 15 15 50 10 10 10 15 15 hc, 5 pb 25 10
Hardcovers
Fisher, LOTR Visual Companion 22 -4           3     19 ++  
Goodkind, The Pillars of Creation 20 = xxx..   xxx..   xxx..   xxx   xx  
Harvard, Bored of the Rings             5 +1        
Jacques, Taggerung xxx   xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   6 -4 xxx..    
King/Straub, Black House 17 -6 x xxx.. x xxx.. x xxx.. x xxx.. x 10 =
Koontz, One Door Away from Heaven 1 +8     18 +7   3 +5   2 +3   5 ++  
Pratchett, The Last Hero             6 -3       3 =
Rice, Blood and Gold 23 -7 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xx  
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban 2 +2   xxx.. xxx..   10 +2   -- 12 +    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Goblet of Fire 1 = 11 + xxx 11 +1   1 +1   -- 3 +1    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 3 =   xxx.. xxx..   11 +2   -- xxx    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 4 -2 xxx.. xxx..     12 -5   -- x    
Salvatore, Sea of Swords 35 -1     xxx..   xxx..   xxx..   xxx..  
Sibley, LOTR Official Movie Guide 33                 21  
Tolkien LotR   x       13 ++       1 +2  
Tolkien LotR Collector's Edition                   4 +3  
Tolkien LotR Illus. Alan Lee                   9 +12  
Paperbacks
Card, Shadow of the Hegemon x               xxx x  
Carr, Killing Time 33 ++                    
Jordan, Winter's Heart 10 +3     23 +10       10 +1 6 ++ 17 ++  
King, Dreamcatcher 4 =     25 -5       12 -7 x xx  
Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye 7 -4 xxx..   22 -1 xxx..     11 -5 xx    
McCaffrey, The Skies of Pern 19 ++     40 ++       15 ++      
Perry, Tom Clancy's Net Force: Cybernation x     xxx..       xxx..      
Pratchett, The Truth             x       9 =
Pullman, The Amber Spyglass xxx..             9 -4 xxx..    
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts... 7 =   xxx.. xxx..       4 +1 xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban 3 = 4 +1 xxx.. 7 +2     9   1 +2    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Goblet of Fire             8        
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 2 = 7 + xxx.. 5 =     7 -- 2 =    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 1 = 8 = xxx.. 8 -4     6 -- 4 -3    
Rowling, Quidditch through the Ages 8 =   xxx.. xxx..       5 -1 xxx..    
Sachar, Holes 10 +     xxx..       8 = xxx..    
Sibley, LOTR Official Movie Guide 5 -2           8 14 ++      
Tolkien, The Book of Lost Tales                   13 ++  
Tolkien, The Book of Lost Tales 2                   20 ++  
Tolkien, The Hobbit   3 =   4 -1       3 = 2 = mm, 10 = tpb 7 = 7 =
Tolkien, Hobbit/LOTR       10 +1         xxx.. tpb 2 = mm, 1 = tpb  
Tolkien, LOTR   x (was 1) xx 3 +4 mm, x tpb 1 +5   4 -2 1 = 2 +2 tpb x mm, 18 +2 tpb 2 =,3
Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring xxx.. 2 =   2 = 10 ++   1 = 2 = mm, 9 -3 tpb 1 = mm, 5 +4 tpb 11 +6 1 =
Tolkien, The Return of the King   9 ++   9 +1     6 +1 5 +3 5 -1    
Tolkien, The Silmarillion                 8 ++ 4 +6  
Tolkien, The Two Towers   10 ++   6 +2     3 = 4 = 4 -1 mm, 8 tpb 9 ++ mm, 24 ++ tpb  
  NYT LAT SFC USAT WP WSJ London PW Book
Sense
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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