on list
1) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J. K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine) 2 4
2) The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville (Ballantine Del Rey) 1
3) A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 10 6
4) Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin/NAL) 4 2
5) The Nightmare Stacks, Charles Stross (Ace) 3 1
6) The Perdition Score, Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager) 2 8
7) Betrayals, Kelley Armstrong (Random House Canada) 1
*) Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, Larry Correia & John Ringo (Baen) 1
9) The Swarm, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston (Tor) 1
10) A Study in Sable, Mercedes Lackey (DAW) 2
*) The Guns of Empire, Django Wexler (Roc) 1
1) The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc) 2 1
2) Fool’s Quest, Robin Hobb (Ballantine Del Rey) 1
3) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 35 4
4) Thunderbird, Jack McDevitt (Ace) 1
5) Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit Us) 4 3
6) American Gods, Neil Gaiman (HarperTorch) 19 7
7) The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow) 2 2
8) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 17 9
9) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 72 5
10) The End of All Things, John Scalzi (Tor) 3 8
1) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Harpercollins/Morrow) 4 2
2) The Obelisk Gate, N. K. Jemisin (Orbit) 1
3) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 15
4) The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin (Orbit) 2
5) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 23 7
6) Armada, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 3
7) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 36
8) Hollow City, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 4 9
*) Mechanical Failure, Joe Zieja (Simon & Schuster/Saga Press) 1
10) Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit) 8
1) Star Trek: Legacies: Best Defense, David Mack (Pocket) 1
2) Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey) 2 2
3) Star Trek: Legacies: Captain to Captain, Greg Cox (Pocket) 3 1
4) Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company, Alexander Freed (Del Rey) 3 4


Unsurprisingly, J.K. Rowling’s long-anticipated sequel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child dominated the hardcover list, followed by China Miéville’s The Last Days of New Paris. The new runner-up was Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone (Tor). There were 63 nominated titles, up from 57 last month.

On the paperback list, The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher remained in first place, with Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Quest (book two of her Fitz and Fool trilogy) in second. Bombs Away by Harry Turtledove (Del Rey), the first book of two in the Hot War series, was the new runner-up. There were 59 nominated titles, up from 54 last month.

Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves regained the top spot on the trade paperback list, with a wide margin over The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (book two in The Broken Earth series and the sequel to this year’s Hugo winner The Fifth Season). There were no new runners-up. There were 75 nominated titles, up from 69 last month.

In media-related and gaming-related books, the second book in the Star Trek: Legacies series, Star Trek: Legacies: Best Defense by David Mack, replaced last month’s winner, Star Trek: Legacies: Captain to Captain by Greg Cox, and took first place, while Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig held onto second. There were no new runners-up. 25 titles were nominated, down from 28 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: August 2016.

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