Locus Bestsellers, August 2018

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1) Head On, John Scalzi (Tor) 2 1
2) Noir, Christopher Moore (Morrow) 2 2
3) King of Ashes, Raymond E. Feist (Harper Voyager US) 1
4) Artificial Condition, Martha Wells ( Publishing) 1
5) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit) 5 8
6) Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga) 2 4
7) The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US) 1
8) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 7 5
9) The Long Sunset, Jack McDevitt (Saga) 2 9
10) The World of Ice & Fire, George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia & Linda Antonsson (Bantam) 8
1) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 56 3
2) Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Broadway) 7 1
3) The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor) 4
4) Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace) 18 5
5) The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit US) 2
6) Tiassa, Steven Brust (Tor) 1
7) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 30
8) 1984, George Orwell (Signet) 6
9) The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger, Stephen King (Pocket) 9
10) Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor) 50
1) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) 22 7
2) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 18 5
3) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster) 47 3
4) A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab (Tor) 13
5) A Conjuring of Light, V.E. Schwab (Tor) 1
6) The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu (Tor) 1
7) The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 6
8) Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) 12 10
*) Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (Norton) 2 2
10) All Systems Red, Martha Wells ( Publishing) 1
1) Star Wars: Phasma, Delilah S. Dawson (Del Rey) 3
2) Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey) 8 1
3) The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition, Jason Fry (Del Rey) 2

Head On John Scalzi science fiction book reviewNo changes from the top of last month’s hardcover list, with Head On (John Scalzi’s sequel to Lock In) in first place, followed closely by Christopher Moore’s Noir in second. The new runner-up was Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey), the third book in The Themis Files. We had 43 nominated titles, down from 44 last month.

On the paperback list, perennial favorite The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss reclaimed the top spot with a comfortable lead, as Ready Player One by Ernest Cline dropped to second. The new runner-up was The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood (DAW). There were 47 titles nominated, down from last month’s 60.

On the trade paperback list, old favorites were back in force as first place went to The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu and second place to N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. There were no new runners-up. We had 69 titles nominated, down from 73 last month.

In media and gaming related books, Star Wars: Phasma by Delia S. Dawson just edged out Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn to take first place. There were no new runners-up. We had 21 titles nominated, down 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: May 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 August 2018 issue of Locus Magazine.
Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

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