on list
1) Cold Days, Jim Butcher (Penguin/Roc) 2 2
2) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 6 4
3) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 18 3
4) The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit US) 3 10
5) The Long Earth, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (Harper) 4
6) Krampus: The Yule Lord, Brom (Harper Voyager) 1
7) Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois Mcmaster Bujold (Baen) 2 1
8) A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction, Terry Pratchett (Transworld/Doubleday UK) 2 6
*) The Twelve, Justin Cronin (Ballantine) 3 4
10) Dodger, Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins) 3 6
1) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 30 4
2) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (Del Rey) 37 7
3) A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 27 1
4) A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 26 3
5) Steel’s Edge, Ilona Andrews (Ace) 1
6) A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 27 6
7) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 7 10
8) Trapped, Kevin Hearne (Ballantine Del Rey) 1
9) Elemental Magic, Mercedes Lackey, ed. (DAW) 1
10) The Ascendant Stars, Michael Cobley (Orbit) 1
1) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin) 29 1
2) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 6
3) World War Z, Max Brooks (Three Rivers Press) 31 4
4) City of Dark Magic, Magnus Flyte (Penguin) 1
5) Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor) 4 5
1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design, Daniel Falconer (Harper Design) 1
2) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion, Jude Fisher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 1
*) The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne) 3
*) The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury, Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga (Thomas Dunne) 3 4
5) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations, Book II: Silent Weapons, David Mack (Pocket) 2 2
*) Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, James Luceno (LucasBooks) 5 1
*) Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, Christie Golden (LucasBooks) 1
1) Halo: The Thursday War, Karen Traviss (Tor) 3 4
2) Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken, Oliver Bowden (Ace) 2 2
3) Halo: Primordium, Greg Bear (Tor) 3 5
4) Halo: Glasslands, Karen Traviss (Tor) 13 1
5) Warhammer: Time of Legends: Neferata, Josh Reynolds (Black Library) 1


Cold Days by Jim Butcher moved into first place on the hardcover list this month, with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit moving to second (it was the month of The Hobbit, thanks to new movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). The new runner-up was The Silvered by Tanya Huff (DAW), with 53 titles nominated, up quite a bit from the 42 we saw last month.

George R.R. Martin kept first place on the paperback list with A Game of Thrones, but was thwarted for second place by The Hobbit. The runner-up was Supervolcano: Eruption by Harry Turtledove (Roc) with 53 titles nominated, up a tick from last month’s 52.

The Hobbit remained in first place on the trade paperback list this month. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday) was the new runner-up, with 37 titles nominated, down from the 41 we saw last month.

Daniel Falconer’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design debuted in first place on the media-related titles this month, and Star Trek: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn (Pocket) was the new runner-up. There were 22 titles nominated, up from last month’s 16.

Karen Traviss kept first place, but with a different book this month, Halo: The Thursday War, in the gaming-related titles, and there was no new runner-up. There were 13 titles nominated, down from the 15 we saw 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: December 2012.


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