The Locus Bestsellers for August include top titles A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray.
|1)||A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley)||1||–|
|2)||Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf)||1||–|
|3)||Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (Ace)||1||–|
|4)||Middlegame, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)||1||–|
|5)||Tiamat’s Wrath, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||3||1|
|6)||Octavia Gone, Jack McDevitt (Saga)||1||–|
|7)||Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||7||4|
|8)||The Binding, Bridget Collins (Morrow)||1||–|
|9)||A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||13||–|
|*)||The Stiehl Assassin, Terry Brooks (Del Rey)||1||–|
|1)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||93||3|
|2)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||21||2|
|3)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||28||1|
|4)||Head On, John Scalzi (Tor)||2||7|
|5)||American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)||39||9|
|6)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||68||4|
|7)||Though Hell Should Bar the Way, David Drake (Baen)||1||–|
|8)||Magic Triumphs, Ilona Andrews (Ace)||1||–|
|9)||Embers of War, Gareth L. Powell (Titan US)||2||–|
|10)||Oblivion, Steve White & Charles E. Gannon (Baen)||1||–|
|*)||Relic, Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)||1||–|
|1)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||28||–|
|2)||The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||29||1|
|3)||Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||1||–|
|4)||The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)||32||3|
|5)||Children of Ruin, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit US)||1||–|
|6)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||1||–|
|7)||A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||2||10|
|*)||A People’s Future of the United States, Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams, ed. (One World)||4||3|
|9)||Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||21||2|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, Claudia Gray (Del Rey)||2||2|
|2)||Magic: The Gathering: War of the Spark: Ravnica, Greg Weisman (Del Rey)||1||–|
|3)||Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||7||1|
New releases dominated the hardcover list, with our four top finishers released in May, but Guy Gavriel Kay’s A Brightness Long Ago claimed first place, barely beating Ted Chiang’s new story collection Exhalation in second. The new runner-up was The Gordian Protocol (Baen), a new stand-alone from David Weber & Jacob Holo. We had 52 nominated titles, down from 54 last month.
Old favorites continue to take the top spots on the paperback list, with A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin in first place, followed closely in the number two spot by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. There were no new runners-up. There were 50 titles nominated, down from last month’s 64.
Not satisfied with nabbing the top spot on the paperback list, George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones narrowly edged N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season out of first place on the trade paperback list. There were no new runners-up. We had 47 titles nominated, down from 72 last month.
In media and gaming related books, Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray moved up from second last month and into first place with a substantial lead over second place finisher Greg Weisman’s Magic the Gathering: War of the Spark: Ravnica. There were no new runners-up. We had 21 nominated titles, 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 (NH), Uncle Hugo’s (MN), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: May 2019
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From the August 2019 issue of Locus.
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