Locus Bestsellers, January 2018

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1) What the Hell Did I Just Read, David Wong (St. Martin’s) 1
2) Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US) 2 1
3) Vallista, Steven Brust (Tor) 1
4) The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf) 1
5) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 5
6) The Core, Peter V. Brett (Del Rey) 2 6
7) Children of the Fleet, Orson Scott Card (Tor) 1
*) A Plague of Giants, Kevin Hearne (Del Rey) 1
9) The Sea Peoples, S.M. Stirling (Ace) 1
10) Meddling Kids, Edgar Cantero (Doubleday) 2
1) Closer to the Chest, Mercedes Lackey (DAW) 1
2) Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) 1
3) A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam) 82 1
*) Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow) 10 8
5) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 49 3
6) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 28 4
7) Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick (Del Rey) 1
8) Treachery’s Tools, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor) 1
9) American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow) 4 10
10) 1984, George Orwell (Signet) 61 5
*) The Eternity War: Pariah, Jamie Sawyer (Orbit US) 1
1) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 11 1
2) The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 5 8
3) Death’s End, Cixin Liu (Tor) 2 3
4) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick (Del Rey) 2 10
5) A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam) 25 1
6) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 17 7
7) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 21 4
*) The Tiger’s Daughter, K. Arsenault Rivera (Tor) 1
9) It, Stephen King (Scribner) 1
10) A Lot Like Christmas, Connie Willis (Del Rey) 1
1) Welcome to Night Vale: It Devours!, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 1
2) Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey) 1
3) Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey) 5 2
4) Star Trek: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference, Christopher L. Bennett (Pocket) 3 1
*) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Gamma: Original Sin, David R. George III (Pocket) 1
*) Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 6

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyWhat the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong, book three in the John Dies at the End series, claimed first place on the hardcover list, followed closely by last month’s first place winner, Provenance by Ann Leckie. Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer (Tor), which was previously published in Arcanum Unbounded, was the new runner-up; we had 59 nominated titles, the same number as last month.

Long-running series topped the paperback list with Mercedes Lackey’s Closer to the Chest, book three of the Herald Spy trilogy and part of the 40+ book Valde­mar series, winning the top spot on the paperback list with a substantial lead over the 17th book in the Vorkosigan Saga, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold, in second. Jacey Bedford’s Nimbus (DAW), book three in her Psi-Tech series, was the new runner-up. There were 65 nominated titles, up from 60 last month. Note: number seven, Philip K. Dick’s Blade Runner, is actu­ally a media tie-in edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? with both titles on the cover.

N.K. Jemisin continued her Broken Earth trilogy’s dominance on the trade pa­perback list by again winning the top two positions. The Fifth Season came in first place, with twice as many votes as The Obelisk Gate. There were no new runners-up. We had 72 nominated titles, up from 62 last month.

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyWelcome to Night Vale novel It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor jumped to the top of the media-related & gaming-related list in its first month of publication, followed by the anonymously edited Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. There were no new runners-up; 32 titles were nominated, up from last month’s 24.


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), White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: October 2017

Note: book titles and covers on this page link to IndieBound, a network of independent booksellers, such as those that contribute to this list.

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