The Locus Bestsellers for September include top titles Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson (Morrow), Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow), The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US), and Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray (Del Rey).
|1)||Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)||1||–|
|2)||A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley)||2||1|
|3)||Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf)||2||2|
|4)||Tiamat’s Wrath, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||4||5|
|5)||Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||8||7|
|6)||The Stiehl Assassin, Terry Brooks (Del Rey)||2||9|
|7)||Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (Ace)||2||3|
|8)||Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey (Tor)||1||–|
|*)||The Grand Dark, Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager US)||1||–|
|10)||To Clear Away the Shadows, David Drake (Baen)||1||–|
|1)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||22||2|
|2)||The Hills Have Spies, Mercedes Lackey (DAW)||1||–|
|3)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||69||6|
|4)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||29||3|
|5)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||94||1|
|6)||American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)||40||5|
|7)||Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor)||54||–|
|8)||Magic Triumphs, Ilona Andrews (Ace)||2||8|
|9)||1637: The Volga Rules, Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett & Gorg Huff (Baen)||1||–|
|10)||NOS4A2, Joe Hill (Morrow)||1||–|
|1)||The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||30||2|
|2)||The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)||3||–|
|3)||Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||2||3|
|4)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||3||6|
|5)||Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||22||9|
|6)||A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 4, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen)||1||–|
|7)||Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (Vintage)||6||–|
|8)||The Gameshouse, Claire North (Orbit US)||1||–|
|9)||Empress of Forever, Max Gladstone (Tor)||1||–|
|*)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||29||1|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, Claudia Gray (Del Rey)||3||1|
|2)||Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||8||3|
|3)||Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town, Adam Christopher (Del Rey)||1||–|
|4)||Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, Alexander Freed (Del Rey)||1||–|
|5)||Star Trek: The Captain’s Oath, Christopher L. Bennett (Gallery)||1||–|
|*)||Timeless, R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager US)||3||–|
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson crushed all comers on the hardcover list, garnering almost twice as many votes as our second place finisher, Guy Gavriel Kay’s A Brightness Long Ago. The new runner-up was Jo Walton’s stand-alone novel Lent (Tor). We had 47 nominated titles, down from 52 last month.
Riding the wave of Amazon Prime’s recent TV adaptation, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett continued its climb on the paperback list, moving up one position from last month and claiming first place with a substantial lead over Mercedes Lackey’s The Hills Have Spies, book one in the Valdemar: Family Spies series. There were no new runners-up. There were 54 titles nominated, up from last month’s 50.
On the trade paperback list, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin moved back into first place with a respectable lead over Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars in the number two spot. There were no new runners-up. We had 69 titles nominated, up from 47 last month.
In media and gaming related books, Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray held onto first place, barely beating Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances in second. There were no new runners-up. We had 24 nominated titles, up from last month’s 21.
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), University Bookstore (WA), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: June 2019
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From the September 2019 issue of Locus.
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