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1) Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson (Morrow) 32
2) The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King (Donald M. Grant) 1-
3) Dragon's Kin, Anne McCaffrey & Todd McCaffrey (Ballantine Del Rey) 1-
4) Exile's Valor, Mercedes Lackey (DAW) 1-
5) The Crystal City, Orson Scott Card (Tor) 1-
6) Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins) 31
7) Dune: The Machine Crusade, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson (Tor) 33
8) The Elder Gods, David Eddings & Leigh Eddings (Warner Aspect) 25
9) Mirror Mirror, Gregory Maguire (HarperCollins/ReganBooks) 1-
10) There Will Be Dragons, John Ringo (Baen) 1-
1) War of Honor, David Weber (Baen) 25
2) Chindi, Jack McDevitt (Ace) 1-
3) Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson (Tor) 33
4) Night Watch, Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch) 21
5) Crossroads of Twilight, Robert Jordan (Tor) 1-
6) Explorer, C. J. Cherryh (DAW) 1-
7) Exile's Honor, Mercedes Lackey (DAW) 22
8) Prey, Michael Crichton (Avon) 1-
9) Shadow Puppets, Orson Scott Card (Tor) 3-
*) American Gods, Neil Gaiman (HarperTorch) 144
*) Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer (Tor) 2-
1) The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin) 9-
2) The Return of the King, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin) 5-
3) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin) 24-
4) The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin) 332
5) Spin State, Chris Moriarty (Bantam Spectra) 21
1) Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force, James Luceno (Del Rey) 1-
2) Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy, Greg Keyes (Del Rey) 21
3) The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare, Chris Smith (Houghton Mifflin) 1-
4) Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Vehicles & Vessels, W. Haden Blackman (Del Rey) 1-
5) The Return of The King Visual Companion, Jude Fisher (Houghton Mifflin) 1-
1) Forgotten Realms: The Lone Drow, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 1-
2) Halo: The Fall of Reach, Eric Nylund (Del Rey) 45
3) The Thousand Orcs, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 91
4) Halo: The Flood, William C. Dietz (Del Rey) 82
*) Forgotten Realms: Insurrection, Thomas M. Reid (Wizards of the Coast) 1-

Quicksilver dominated the hardcover category, with the next several titles in close competition with one another. New runner-up: Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory's The Outstretched Shadow (Tor). We had 57 nominees, down from 66 last month.

War of Honor led the paperback category by a solid margin. New runner-up: The Drowning World by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey). Nominees: 71, well down from 98.

The Silmarillion beat out The Return of the King by one point in the trade paperback category. There was no new runner-up. Nominees: 42, down from 55 last month.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force led the media-related titles by a good margin, and Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy made a strong showing as well. Nominees: 34, up from 24.

Forgotten Realms: The Lone Drow devastated the competition with nearly three times as many votes as Halo: The Fall of Reach. Nominees: 21, down from 23.

Compiled with data from Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton (USA), Basilisk Dreams (Canada), Borderlands (CA), Borders Bookstores (USA), Heroes & Dragons (CO), Lone Star (TX), Midtown Comics (NY), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Pandemonium Books & Games (MA), John W. Rollins, Bookseller (MI), Saint Mark’s (NY), The Stars Our Destination (IL), Toadstool (2 in NH), Totem Bookshop (WA), Uncle Hugo’s (MN), University Bookstore (WA), White Dwarf (WA). Data period: November 2003.

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