on list
1) Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 4 1
2) This Census-Taker, China Miéville (Del Rey) 1
3) The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1
4) The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc) 5 2
5) A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 4 3
6) All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor) 1
7) Starbound, Dave Bara (DAW) 1
8) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow) 7 4
9) 1635: A Parcel of Rogues, Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis (Baen) 1
10) Saturn Run, John Sandford & Ctein (Putnam) 1
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 6 1
2) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 65 5
3) The V’Dan, Jean Johnson (DAW) 1
4) The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks (Del Rey) 2
5) Impulse, Dave Bara (DAW) 1
6) Strands of Sorrow, John Ringo (Baen) 1
7) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 29 2
8) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 26 8
9) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 12 6
10) The Long Utopia, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (Harper) 1
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 15 1
2) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 4 2
3) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 1
4) Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit) 5
5) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 25 4
*) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 16 5
*) Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman (Harpercollins/Morrow) 2 3
1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster (LucasBooks) 1
2) Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig (LocusBooks) 5 1
3) Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies, Kirsten Beyer (Pocket) 1
4) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ascendance, David R. George III (Pocket) 1
5) Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections, Jason Fry & Kemp Remillard (DK) 1
1) Forgotten Realms: Homecoming: Archmage, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 5 1
2) Assassin’s Creed: Underworld, Oliver Bowden (Ace) 2 2


On the hardcover list, Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor remained in first place, with China Miéville’s newest book, This Census-Taker, in second. The new runner-up was Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers (Morrow). We had 45 titles nominated, down from last month’s 51.

The Martian by Andy Weir again held off all challengers to the top of the paperback list. Second place went to perennial favorite George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. Drake by Peter McLean was the new runner-up. There were 66 nominated titles, the same number as last month.

On the trade paperback list, both Andy Weir’s The Martian and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy kept last month’s placements, taking numbers one and two, respectively. There were no new runners-up. There were 36 nominated titles, down from last month’s 37.

In media-related books, the Star Wars movie propelled the novelization Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster to an easy first place victory. Last month’s winner, Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig came in second. There were no new runners-up. There were 17 nominated titles, way down from the 36 titles nominated last month.

In gaming-related books, R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming: Archmage, came in first place followed by Assassin’s Creed: Underworld by Oliver Bowden in second. There were no new runners-up. We had 11 nominated titles, down from last month’s 16.

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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: January 2016.

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