Locus Bestsellers, April 2018

HARDCOVERS Months
on list
Last
month
1) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 3 2
2) Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey) 1
3) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 3 1
4) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 3 6
5) Neogenesis, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen) 1
6) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 2 3
7) The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition, William Goldman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 3 7
8) What the Hell Did I Just Read, David Wong (St. Martin’s) 2
9) Emergence, C.J. Cherryh (DAW) 1
10) The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf) 4 5
*) The Cruel Prince, Holly Black (Little, Brown) 1
*) Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing) 1
PAPERBACKS
1) Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Del Rey) 1
2) The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor) 1
3) The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace) 1
4) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 3 1
5) Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace) 16 8
6) Death’s Mistress, Terry Goodkind (Tor) 1
7) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 52 2
8) The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot US) 3 3
9) A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam) 84
*) The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit US) 1
TRADE PAPERBACKS
1) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 14 1
2) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 24 2
3) The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 5 3
4) The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden (Del Rey) 1
5) The Lost Plot, Genevieve Cogman (Ace) 1
*) The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 7
7) Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing) 1
*) Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) 8 6
9) Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Del Rey) 4
10) Robots vs Fairies, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga) 1
MEDIA & GAMING RELATED
1) Welcome to Night Vale: It Devours!, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 4 3
2) Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary, Pablo Hidalgo (DK Children) 1 1
3) Star Wars: Aftermath, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey) 20
4) Star Wars: Bloodline, Claudia Gray (Del Rey) 6
5) Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey) 4 1

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson returned to the top spot on the hardcover list this month, followed closely in second place by Pierce Brown’s Iron Gold (book four of the Red Rising series). Dark State by Charles Stross, book two in the Empire Games series (Tor), was the new runner-up. We had 47 nominated titles, up from 45 last month.

Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Fate (book three in her Fitz and Fool trilogy), barely edged out The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi to win first place on the paperback list. The new runner-up was Convergence by C.J. Cherryh, book 18 in her long-running Foreigner series (DAW). 55 titles were nominated, up from last month’s 52.

The two top positions on the trade paperback list remain the same as last month, with N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season narrowly beating Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to take the top spot on the trade paperback list. There were no new runners-up. We had 74 titles nominated, up from 56 last month.

Welcome to Night Vale: It Devours! by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor moved to the top of the media and gaming-related books list with a respectable lead over the second place finisher Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo. There were no new runners-up. We had 28 titles nominated, down from last month’s 30.


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: January 2018


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From the April 2018 issue of Locus Magazine

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