on list
1) Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1
2) Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (Roc) 1
3) Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace) 1
4) Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) 2 2
5) Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper) 2 7
6) Morning Star, Pierce Brown (Ballantine Del Rey) 2 1
*) Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 5
8) A Gathering of Shadows, V. E. Schwab (Tor) 1
9) Kingfisher, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace) 2 6
10) The Courier, Gerald Brandt (DAW) 1
1) Chaos Choreography, Seanan McGuire (DAW) 1
2) Alliance, S. K. Dunstall (Ace) 1
3) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 8 1
4) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 67 7
5) The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Simon & Schuster/Saga Press) 1
6) The Lazarus War: Artefact, Jamie Sawyer (Orbit) 1
7) Red Planet Blues, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace) 2
*) The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (Del Rey) 2 5
9) A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 57
10) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 28 8
1) Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) 1
2) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 1
3) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 17 2
4) The Magicians, Lev Grossman (Plume) 6 3
5) A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab (Tor) 2 1
*) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 26
7) The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick (Mariner) 1
8) The Fold, Peter Clines (Broadway) 1
9) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 18 4
10) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 6 5
1) Star Wars: Dark Disciple, Christie Golden (LucasBooks) 1
2) Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig (LocusBooks) 7 4
*) Star Wars: Lords of the Sith, Paul S. Kemp (LucasBooks) 2 1
4) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex III: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 11
*) Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster (LucasBooks) 3 2


On the hardcover list, our top three books are newcomers with Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (book nine in the Mercy Thompson series) commanding a significant lead. Anne Bishop’s Marked in Flesh (book four in the Others series) came in second, with standalone novel Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer in third. The new runner-up was Mark Tomp¬kins’s The Last Days of Magic (Viking). There were 49 nominated titles, up from 45 last month.

Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire ended Andy Weir’s The Martian’s five month reign at the top of the paperback list and claimed first place. Second place went to Alliance by S.K. Dunstall. Magic Shifts (Ace) by Ilona Andrews (book eight in the Kate Daniels series) was the new runner-up. There were 68 nominating titles, up from 63 last month.

On the trade paperback list, Uprooted by Naomi Novik nabbed the top spot, while The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Ken Liu, translator) took second. The new runner-up was Peter Tieryas’s alternate history United States of Japan (Angry Robot). As a result of our decision to list ten books instead of five, there were 73 nominated titles, up from 36 last month.

In media-related and gaming-related books, new release Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden took the top spot and pushed last month’s first place finisher Paul S. Kemp’s Star Wars: Lords of the Sith into second place, tied with Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig. There were no new runners-up, with 28 nominated titles, up from 15 last month.

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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: March 2016.

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