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SFFH on Bestseller Lists: 3 June 2001

Terry Pratchett’s Thief of Time (HarperCollins US; Doubleday UK) remains the one SFFH bright spot on bestseller lists, at least in the UK; otherwise, SFFH presence on all lists is very spotty, with even Stephen King slipping off most lists after just two months with Dreamcatcher. Pratchett's book has sold an estimated 57,399 copies so far in the UK, according to the Times of London.

The most notable title of SFFH interest is Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Random House), which has resurged in the weeks following its Pulitzer Prize win. It's not tracked on this page since it's not a genre SFFH book, but this week it ranks #3 at LAT, #5 on Amazon, and #1 in San Francisco.

New this week: the paperback of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ranks #8 on Amazon's fiction paperback list.

LAT updates its occasional children's bestseller list this week, with three Harry Potter books still on the list.

This cell color indicates ineligible titles, e.g. YA titles excluded from fiction lists, or no paperback lists This cell color indicates stale data; e.g., children's bestseller lists updated only monthly
Title NYT
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3 Jun
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1 Jun
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1 Jun
3 Jun
4 Jun
4 Jun
(30 May)
Amz UK
[2 Jun]
Items compiled/total on list 30 15 15 50 10 10 10 15 15 hc, 5 pb 25 10
Fiction hardcovers
Bradley/Paxson, The Priestess of Avalon 26 +3                 24 ++  
Colfer, Artemis Fowl 3 = ch hc             5 ++ ch fic 14 (runner-up)    
Jacques, Castaways of the Flying Dutchman xxx.. ch hc         xxx..   6 -2 ch fic xxx..    
King, Dreamcatcher 4 -1 xxx xxx.. 44 -11 xxx.. 6 +9 6 +1 8 -3 xxx x 7 -1
LaHaye/Jenkins, The Mark 22 +4 xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. xxx  
McCaffrey, The Skies of Pern 31 -4   xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   xxx.. xxx.. 17 =  
Pratchett, Thief of Time xxx.. x 12 -2       1 =     xx 1 =
Pullman, The Amber Spyglass xxx.. ch hc   xxx.. xxx..   xxx..   10 -2 ch fic xxx.. ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Azkaban 2 = ch hc xxx.. ch x 46 -5   10 -2 3 ch hc 1 = ch series 10 + ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Goblet of Fire 1 = ch hc xxx.. ch xx x   12 -2 1 = ch hc 1 = ch series xxx.. ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 9 -1 ch hc xxx ch xxx.. xxx..   xxx.. 4 ch hc 1 = ch series xxx.. ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 8 -2 ch hc   xxx..     xxx.. 2 ch hc 1 = ch series xxx.. ch    
Van Lustbader, The Ring of Five Dragons xx                 x  
Weber/Ringo, March Upcountry xxx                    
Weis/Hickman, Dragons of a Lost Star xxx         xxx..   xxx..   xx  
Williams, Otherland: Sea of Silver Light xxx..   14 ++             xx  
Fiction paperbacks
Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy                   8 ++  
Jacques, The Legend of Luke xxx.. ch pb             x ch fic      
Keyes (Greg), SW New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory 1: Conquest xxx..     xxx..       xxx..   xxx  
Pullman, The Golden Compass               x ch fic      
Pullman, The Subtle Knife               xx ch fic   xxx..  
Rowling, Fantastic Beasts... 5 -1 ch pb 6 -5 ch xxx.. xxx..       1 = ch fic 4 -1 ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Secrets 3 -1 ch pb x ch xxx.. 28 +1       1 = ch series 7 = ch    
Rowling, Harry Potter.. Stone 2 +1 ch pb 4 -1 ch xx 25 -1       1 = ch series 5 +1 ch    
Rowling, Quidditch through the Ages 4 +1 ch pb 1 +1 ch xxx.. xxx..       2 = ch fic 8 -3 ch    
Sachar, Holes 6 = ch pb     xxx..       4 -1 ch fic xxx.. ch    
Tolkien, The Hobbit                 10 =    
Tolkien, Hobbit/LOTR   xx ch               13 +1  
  NYT LAT SFC USAT WP WSJ London PW BookSense Amz Amz UK

The table compiles SFFH books placing 15th or higher on general bestseller lists (30th or higher on the combined USA Today list). The current rank of each book and the change since last week are shown, where:
   = same as last week
   + or - with number: difference since last week
   + back on list
   ++ new on list
   x no longer on list (number of x's: weeks off list)

Columns show ranks on lists from, respectively, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Publishers Weekly, BookSense, (fiction lists), and Amazon UK (fiction lists). All lists rank hardcovers and paperbacks separately, except for the USA Today list, which is a single list combining fiction and nonfiction in all formats. Some books are on separate general [nonfiction] lists (gen), children's lists (ch), trade paperback lists (tpb), or mass market paperback lists (mm), as indicated.  

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