The Locus Bestsellers for April include top titles Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, Scourged by Kevin Hearne, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove.
|1)||Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||3||1|
|2)||Through Fiery Trials, David Weber (Tor)||1||–|
|3)||The Winter of the Witch, Katherine Arden (Del Rey)||1||–|
|4)||Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch (DAW)||3||8|
|5)||Alliance Rising, C.J. Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (DAW)||1||–|
|6)||In an Absent Dream, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)||1||–|
|7)||How Long ’til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||2||2|
|*)||The Wicked King, Holly Black (Little, Brown)||1||–|
|9)||Alice Isn’t Dead, Joseph Fink (Harper Perennial)||1||–|
|*)||A Map of Days, Ransom Riggs (Dutton)||3||10|
|*)||Siege of Stone, Terry Goodkind (Tor)||1||–|
|1)||Scourged, Kevin Hearne (Del Rey)||1||–|
|2)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||64||1|
|3)||The Mongrel Mage, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor)||2||–|
|4)||The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||10||3|
|5)||Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor)||53||–|
|6)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||17||–|
|7)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||24||5|
|*)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||90||4|
|9)||The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien (Del Rey)||21||–|
|10)||Emergence, C.J. Cherryh (DAW)||1||–|
|*)||The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (Ballantine)||44||–|
|1)||The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||25||1|
|2)||Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US)||1||–|
|3)||Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Speak)||1||–|
|4)||A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||17||4|
|5)||Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||3||–|
|6)||Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)||1||–|
|7)||All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)||3||9|
|8)||Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)||5||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Firefly: Big Damn Hero, James Lovegrove (Titan US)||3||1|
On the hardcover list, George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood barely overcame our second place finisher, Through Fiery Trials by David Weber, to remain number one on the hardcover list. The new runner-up was Rewrite by Gregory Benford (Saga), a thematic sequel to Timescape. We had 47 nominated titles, down from 55 last month.
Scourged, the ninth book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, took first place on the paperback list with a decent lead over The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, one of the perennials on our bestsellers list. There were no new runners-up. There were 47 titles nominated, down from last month’s 53.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin remained at the top of our trade paperback list with a huge lead over Fonda Lee’s Jade City in second. There were no new runners-up. We had 63 titles nominated, down from 67 last month.
In media and gaming related books, only one book received enough votes to make our list, Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove. All the other voting was too diffuse. There were no new runners-up. We had 20 nominated tiles, 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 (NH), Uncle Hugo’s (MN), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: January 2019
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From the April 2019 issue of Locus.
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