Locus Bestsellers, June 2018

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1) Burn Bright, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1
2) Lake Silence, Anne Bishop (Ace) 1
3) Child of a Mad God, R.A. Salvatore (Tor) 2 4
4) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 5 1
5) A Call to Vengeance, David Weber, Timothy Zahn & Thomas Pope (Baen) 1
6) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 5 7
7) Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey) 3 3
8) Good Guys, Steven Brust (Tor) 1
*) If Tomorrow Comes, Nancy Kress (Tor) 1
10) Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor) 1
1) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 54 9
2) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 5 3
3) Tricks for Free, Seanan McGuire (DAW) 1
4) The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot US) 5 7
5) The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace) 3 1
6) The Swarm, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston (Tor) 2 9
7) Red Sister, Mark Lawrence (Ace) 1
8) Arcanum Unbounded, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1
9) The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor) 3 5
10) Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 2 2
1) Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) 10 1
2) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 26 5
3) Area X, Jeff VanderMeer (HarperCollins) 1
4) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 16 7
5) Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson ( Publishing) 1
6) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 45
7) Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 14
8) The Strange Bird, Jeff VanderMeer (MCD x FSG Originals) 1
9) The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, Stephen King (Scribner) 3
10) New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US) 1
1) Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey) 6 1
2) The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus (Feiwel & Friends) 1
3) Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition, Jason Fry (Del Rey) 1
4) Star Wars: Ahsoka, E.K. Johnston (Lucasfilm Press) 5
5) Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey) 7

New releases topped the hardcover list with Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (book five in her Alpha and Omega series), vaulting to the top of the list with a substantial lead over Anne Bishop’s Lake Silence, a novel set in her world of the Others, in second. The new runner-up was Tomi Adeyemi’s young-adult debut novel Children of Blood and Bone (Holt). We had 54 nominated titles, up from 52 last month.

Perennial favorite Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind returns to the top of the paperback list, followed by Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The new runner-up was The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks (Del Rey), the latest paperback released in his long-running Shannara series. There were 54 titles nominated, down from last month’s 58.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer held onto the top of the trade paperback list by a respectable margin over second-place finisher Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. There were no new runners-up. We had 78 titles nominated, one up from 77 last month.

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn remained at the top of the media and gaming related books, while Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus’s noveliza­tion of The Shape of Water came in second. Dan Abnett’s latest entry in the Warhammer 40,000 series, Warhammer 40,000: The Magos (Black Library), was the new runner-up. We had 22 titles nominated, up from last month’s 20.

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: March 2018

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

From the June 2018 issue of Locus Magazine
Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

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