on list
1) Morning Star, Pierce Brown (Ballantine Del Rey) 1
2) Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) 1
3) The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 2 3
4) All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor) 2 6
5) A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 5 5
6) Kingfisher, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace) 1
7) Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper) 1
8) The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc) 6 4
9) Warheart, Terry Goodkind (Tor) 2
10) Calamity, Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte) 1
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 7 1
2) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 30 7
3) Dead Heat, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1-
4) The Skull Throne, Peter V. Brett (Del Rey) 1
5) The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (Del Rey) 1
6) Vision in Silver, Anne Bishop (Roc) 1
7) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 66 2
8) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 27 8
9) A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 47
*) The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) 7
1) A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab (Tor) 1
2) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 16 1
3) The Magicians, Lev Grossman (Plume) 5
4) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 17 5
5) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 5 2
*) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 34
1) Star Wars: Lords of the Sith, Paul S. Kemp (LucasBooks) 1
2) Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies, Kirsten Beyer (Pocket) 2 3
*) Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster (LucasBooks) 2 1
4) Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig (LocusBooks) 6 2
*) Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, Pablo Hidalgo (DK Children) 1


On the hardcover list, Morning Star by Pierce Brown (book three and the conclusion of the Red Rising trilogy) claimed the top position, closely followed by the latest book in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. The new runner-up was Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free by Randy Henderson (Tor). We had 45 titles nominated, the same number as last month.

For the fifth month in a row, The Martian by Andy Weir retained the top spot on the paperback list. Longtime fan favorite Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind took second place. The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin, the second book of her SPI Files series, was the new runner-up. There were 63 nominated titles, down from last month’s 66.

On the trade paperback list, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab nabbed the top spot and relegated Andy Weir’s The Martian to second. There were no new runners-up. There were 36 nominated titles, equaling last month’s numbers.

In media-related books, Paul S. Kemp’s Star Wars: Lords of the Sith took first place, followed by a tie in second place between the Star Wars movie novelization, Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster, and Star Trek Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer. There were no new runners-up. There were 15 nominated titles, down from the 17 titles nominated last month.

In gaming-related books, none of the nominees received enough votes to make our list. There were 21 nominated titles, up from last month’s 11.

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Compiled with data from

Bakka-Phoenix Books (Canada),

Barnes & Noble (USA),

Borderlands (CA),

McNally Robinson (2 in Canada),

Mysterious Galaxy (CA),

Toadstool (2 in NH),

Uncle Hugo’s (MN),

University Bookstore (WA),

White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: February 2016.

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