Weekly Bestsellers, 10 December 2018

George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones ranks on all lists this week.

Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.16 LAT
12.09 USAT
12.02 PW
12.10 Amz
(12.10) UK:
Amz UK
(12.10) Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.10) Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed 10×3 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100 Hardcovers Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone 03.12.18 / 40 6 +2 ...Read More Read more

New Books : 4 December 2018

Collections from N.K. Jemisin, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Scott Edelman, and Julie E. Czerneda on this week’s list of new books!

N.K. Jemisin’s first collection How Long ’til Black Future Month?, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s 15th collection The Dinosaur Tourist, Scott Edelman’s 6th collection Tell Me Like You Done Before and Other Stories Written on the Shoulders of Giants, and titles by R.S. Belcher, Cassandra Clare, Michael Cobley, Julie ...Read More

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Blinks: Slate on Jemisin, NYTBR on Jemisin, Wells, and others; Scott Edelman dines

» Slate: Tammy Oler: Changing the Lore: N.K. Jemisin is reimagining other worlds, and ours.

» NY Times Book Review: Amal El-Mohtar reviews Martha Wells, Maria Romasco Moore, Seth Dickinson

» NY Times Book Review: Laura Miller review N.K. Jemisin’s How Long ‘Til a Black Future Month?

» Scott Edelman dines with Jo Walton and comics legend Paul Levitz ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Mike Ashley’s Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet

Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet, edited by Mike Ashley (University of Chicago Press 978-0226575087, $17.00, 304pp, trade paperback) October 2018

Once upon a time, when book publishers first decided that there was a wealth of fantastical stories that deserved reprinting, buried in back issues of magazines, our field featured many expert spelunkers of pulp, editors who could delve deep into the substrata of ...Read More

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New Books : 27 November 2018

Military and thriller sci-fi rules this week’s list of new books with Bright Light by Ian Douglas, Abandoned by W. Michael Gear, A Pillar of Fire by Night by Tom Kratman, and The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Hazards of Time Travel and titles by Jacey Bedford, Genevieve Cogman, Ian Douglas, W. Michael Gear, Tom Kratman, Mercedes Lackey, and J. Barton Mitchell ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 26 November 2018

 

Two new sets of Harry Potter books debut on lists this week, both from US publisher Arthur A. Levine.

First, in paperback, Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the series first book in the US. And second, Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection, a boxed set of the first three illustrated volumes of the series, in ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Amanda Bridgeman’s The Subjugate

The Subjugate, by Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot 978-0857667717, $12.99, 400pp, trade paperback) November 2018

I have not had the pleasure of reading Amanda Bridgeman’s six-book Aurora series, nor her previous standalone novel, The Time of the Stripes. But if they are half as good as her newest singleton, The Subjugate, I will heartily search them out with the guaranteed prospect of enjoying them thoroughly. This new book ...Read More

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New Books : 20 November 2018

Police who can speak to the dead, bomb squads that defuse magical weapons. Or, if you prefer, we’ve got dragons from George R.R. Martin and a Pride-and-Prejudice-meets-wyverns. This week’s list of 6 new books:

George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History), Neil Gaiman’s Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World, and titles by Ben Aaronovitch, Mirah Bolender, ...Read More

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Blinks: Bradfield on Nevala-Lee; Burrow on Roberts; Edelman’s WFC speech

» LA Times: Scott Bradfield reviews Alec Nevala-Lee’s Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

» Guardian: Colin Burrow reviews The Black Prince by Adam Roberts – wonderful homage to Anthony Burgess

» Scott Edelman’s World Fantasy Convention Guest of Honor Speech, about inclusion ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Rudy Rucker’s Return to the Hollow Earth

Return to the Hollow Earth, by Rudy Rucker (Transreal Books 978-1940948324, $22.95, 270pp, trade paperback) August 2018

Like Adam Roberts, a peer whom he matches in speculative chops and daring, Rudy Rucker seldom repeats himself. Yes, he’s given us a couple of series—the Ware Tetralogy and the duology consisting of Postsingular and Hylozoic—but the bulk of his output has been singletons, with each book utterly different from all ...Read More

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New Books : 13 November 2018

Welcome, visitors to Earth! Tour our celestial arks; enigmatic schools of magic; a dangerous forest called The Circle; the Empire of Sand; and wherever it is that Jeff VanderMeer takes you, all in these 12 new books

Amazon.com’s Favorite SF/F book of 2018, Christelle Dabos’ A Winter’s Promise; the final “Novel of the Change” by S.M. Stirling, The Sky-Blue Wolves; a nonfiction study of the works of Jeff ...Read More

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Blinks: Amazon’s Best of 2018; NYT on Shaun Tan, YA fantasy; Alec Nevala-Lee essay and review; LA Times review; Scott Edelman dines

» Amazon’s Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2018 are led by Christelle Dabos’ A Winter’s Promise

» NYT Book Review: Hugo Lindgren’s Everyday Weirdness reviews Shaun Tan, including his new book Tales From Outer Suburbia

» NYT Book Review: Marjorie Ingall reviews YA fantasies by Nova Ren Suma, Neal & Jarrol Shusterman, Alex London, Kendra Fortmeyer

» NYTRB last week: Alec Nevala-Lee on What Isaac Asimov Taught Us About ...Read More

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New Books : 6 November 2018

This long list of new books lets us discover the monsters within, with surgically reformed murderers, screaming angels, vampire mothers, a voidwitch, fractured fairy tales, garden of eldritch delights, airborne zombie plague, and Someone Like Me

Dave Hutchinson’s Europe at Dawn, Glen Hirshberg’s Nothing to Devour, Andy Duncan’s collection An Agent of Utopia, and titles by Tamara Berry, Amanda Bridgeman, M.R. Carey, James Alan Gardner, Christopher Golden, ...Read More

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New Books : 30 October 2018

Explore the end of the world in this list of 12 new books: an uncharted sea, a border wall. Impending cataclysms, post-apocalypses, and humanity’s war with aliens.

Stephen King’s Elevation, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition illustrated by Charles Vess, Lavie Tidhar’s Unholy Land, and titles by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Shaun Barger, Seth Dickinson, Victor Godinez, Jonathan Maberry, Garth Nix & Sean ...Read More

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Blinks: PW’s Best Books of 2018; Reviews in NYT and WP; John Scalzi’s favorites

» Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2018 includes SF/F/H titles by Sam J. Miller, Mary Robinette Kowal, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Rena Rossner, Nicky Draden, Lavie Tidhar, and C.L. Polk; the YA list includes Tomi Adeyemi, Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, Tillie Walden, and others

» NYT Book Review: Gilbert Cruz reviews Stephen King’s Elevation; Danielle Trussoni reviews horror from Sarah Perry, Edward Carey, Ellen Datlow, John Ajvide Lindqvist, and Andrew ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Ellen Datlow’s The Best of the Best Horror of the Year

The Best of the Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow (Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-983-2, $17.99, 432pp, trade paperback) October 2018

In the hurly-burly of making literature—writing fiction, buying it, editing it, publishing it, selling it, promoting it, reviewing it—one’s focus is always on the immediate. Tasks to do, commitments, hopes and aspirations, victories and defeats, what’s new now, the latest thing. Faddish trends can intrude, ...Read More

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New Books : 23 October 2018

What character will you choose from this week’s new books? A Green Rider, a mage-in-training, a geomancer, a holy soldier, a teenaged assassin, an amateur magician, a boarding house full of outlaw scientists, or a storyteller accused of witchcraft?

Alec Nevala-Lee’s nonfiction Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Red Moon, and ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan

Thin Air, by Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey 978-0345493125, $28, 544pp, hardcover) October 2018

I was bowled over by Richard Morgan’s debut, Altered Carbon, and the sequels—Broken Angels and Woken Furies—that fleshed out the saga of Takeshi Kovacs. Exciting, gritty, muscular nth-generation cyberpunk, self-aware yet not archly ironic or parodic, they took the tropes of that subgenre and amped them up to reflect the harsh realities ...Read More

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New in Paperback : October 2018

Young protagonists rule this list of new October paperbacks, with books by Nnedi Okorafor, Garth Nix & Sean Williams, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Rae Carson, and Orson Scott Card

Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior, Sam J. Miller’s Blackfish City, James S.A. Corey’s Persepolis Rising, and titles by Pierce Brown, Orson Scott Card, Rae Carson, Susan Dennard, Mercedes Lackey, Sarah J. Maas, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Garth Nix & ...Read More

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New Books : 16 October 2018

These 10 new books are a fantastic mix of horror, space stories, and magic. Find Cthulhu, space pirates, and Elemental Master Sherlock Holmes all on this week’s list!

Gardner Dozois’ anthology The Book of Magic, Steven Erikson’s Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart, John Scalzi’s The Consuming Fire, and titles by Lila Bowen, Paula Guran, S.T. Joshi, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Mercedes Lackey, Tim Major, and R.E. Stearns. ...Read More

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