Locus Bestsellers, August 2015

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1) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow) 1
2) Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Ballantine Del Rey) 1
3) Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins/Morrow) 4 2
4) Day Shift, Charlaine Harris (Ace) 1
5) The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 7
6) The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf) 1
7) The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan, Jack Campbell (Ace) 1
8) The Skull Throne, Peter V. Brett (Ballantine Del Rey) 2 1
9) Oracle, Michelle West (DAW) 1
10) The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Simon & Schuster/Saga Press) 2 4
1) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 20 6
2) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 22 10
3) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 59 4
4) The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) 3 3
5) Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 3 2
6) The Hercules Text, Jack McDevitt (Ace) 1
7) The Witch With No Name, Kim Harrison (Harper Voyager) 1
8) Earth Awakens, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston (Tor) 1
9) A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 50
10) A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 44
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 7 1
2) The Girl With All the Gifts, M. R. Carey (Orbit) 1
3) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 8
4) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 17 2
5) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 13 3
1) Star Trek: Crisis of Consciousness, David Galanter (Pocket) 2
2) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Armageddon’s Arrow, Dayton Ward (Pocket) 1
3) Star Wars: A New Dawn, John Jackson Miller (Del Rey) 14 1
4) Star Wars: Lords of the Sith, Paul S. Kemp (LucasBooks) 5
5) Ultimate Star Wars, Ryder Windham (DK) 5
1) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex III: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 3 1
2) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex II: Rise of the King, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 6 2
3) Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: The Damnation of Pythos, David Annandale (Black Library) 1


Neal Stephenson’s new book Seveneves swept the hardcover list with a commanding lead over second place finisher Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels (St. Martin’s) was the new runner-up. There were 52 titles nominated, up from last month’s 48.

On the paperback list, old favorites dominated with George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons taking first place, followed by The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The first ‘‘new’’ release to make the paperback list was The Hercules Text by Jack McDevitt at number six. The new runner-up was Honorverse novel Shadow of Freedom by David Weber (Baen). We had 67 nominated titles, up from 59 last month.

For the seventh month in a row, Andy Weir’s The Martian held onto the top spot on the trade paperback list by a comfortable margin. However, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie lost its number two position to M.R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. Apex by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot) was the new runner-up with 40 nominated titles, the same as last month.

In media-related books, original series novel Star Trek: Crisis of Consciousness by Dave Galanter took first place over Dayton Ward’s Star Trek: The Next Generation: Armageddon’s Arrow. There were no new runners-up. There were 12 nominated titles, considerably down from 30 last month.

In gaming-related books, R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms Companion Codex books Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf and Rise of the King again took first and second place, although Rise of the King had to share sec­ond place with The Horus Heresy: The Damnation of Pythos by David Annandale. There were no new runners-up. We had 13 nominated titles, up from last month’s eight.

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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: May 2015.


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