on list
1) A Memory of Light, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1
2) Ever After, Kim Harrison (Harper Voyager) 1
3) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 19 3
4) Cold Days, Jim Butcher (Penguin/Roc) 3 1
*) Great North Road, Peter F. Hamilton (Ballantine Del Rey) 1
6) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 7 2
7) Tiger by the Tail, John Ringo & Ryan Sear (Baen) 1
8) Impulse, Steven Gould (Tor) 1
9) A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction, Terry Pratchett (Transworld/Doubleday UK) 3 8
10) Imager’s Battalion, L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor) 1
1) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 31 1
2) A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 28 6
3) A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 27 4
4) A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 28 3
5) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (Del Rey) 38 2
6) Snuff, Terry Pratchett (Harper) 3
7) The Bride Wore Black Leather, Simon R Green (Ace) 1
8) Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW) 1
9) Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor) 33
10) Earthbound, Joe Haldeman (Ace) 1
1) Redshirts, John Scalzi (Tor) 1
2) World War Z, Max Brooks (Three Rivers Press) 32 3
3) Nexus, Ramez Naam (Osprey/Angry Robot) 1
4) Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor) 5 5
5) Blood and Bone, Ian C. Esslemont (Transworld/Bantam UK) 1
*) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin) 30 1
1) Star Wars: Scoundrels, Timothy Zahn (LucasBooks) 1
2) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations, Book III: The Body Electric, David Mack (Pocket) 1
3) Star Trek: Allegiance in Exile, David R. George III (Pocket) 1
4) Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, Christie Golden (LucasBooks) 2 5
5) Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice, Stephen Baxter (Ace) 1
1) Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken, Oliver Bowden (Ace) 3 2
*) Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns, Dave Gross (Paizo) 1
3) Dead Space: Catalyst, B. K. Evenson (Tor) 1
4) Halo: The Thursday War, Karen Traviss (Tor) 4 1
5) Warhammer 40,000: Ravenwing, Gav Thorpe (Black Library) 1


A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson exploded into first place on the hardcover list this month, hitting number one on every bookstore’s list that reported hardcover sales to us. Kim Harrison’s Ever After debuted in second, with the new runner-up This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong (Dunne), out of 46 titles nominated, down a bit from the 53 we saw last month.

George R.R. Martin ruled the paperback list once again, with A Game of Thrones taking first place and A Clash of Kings taking second. The runner-up was Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (Tor) with 60 titles nominated, up from last month’s 53.

Redshirts by John Scalzi scored the number one spot on the trade paperback list this month by an enormous margin. The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest (Tor) was the new runner-up, with 40 titles nominated, up from the 37 we saw last month.

Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Scoundrels debuted in first place on the media-related titles this month, and there was no new runner-up. There were 15 titles nominated, down from last month’s 22.

Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken by Oliver Bowden and Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns by Dave Gross tied for first in the gaming-related titles, with Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: Angel Exterminatus by Graham McNeill (Black Library US) as the new runner-up. There were 20 titles nominated, up from the 13 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),

Saint Mark’s,

Toadstool (2 in NH),

Uncle Hugo’s (MN),

University Bookstore (WA)

White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: January 2013.


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