The Locus Bestsellers for October include top titles Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson (Morrow), Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow), and Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn (Del Rey).
|1)||Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)||2||1|
|2)||Wanderers, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey)||1||–|
|3)||Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf)||3||3|
|4)||A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley)||3||2|
|5)||This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)||1||–|
|6)||Eye Spy, Mercedes Lackey (DAW)||1||–|
|7)||The Rage of Dragons, Evan Winter (Orbit US)||1||–|
|8)||Tiamat’s Wrath, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||5||4|
|9)||Dark Age, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)||1||–|
|10)||Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||9||5|
|1)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||23||1|
|2)||Salvation, Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey)||1||–|
|3)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||70||3|
|4)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||30||4|
|5)||The Privilege of Peace, Tanya Huff (DAW)||1||–|
|6)||American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)||41||6|
|7)||Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||4||–|
|8)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||95||5|
|9)||The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||32||–|
|10)||The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace)||10||–|
|1)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||4||4|
|2)||The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)||33||–|
|3)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||30||9|
|4)||Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||23||5|
|5)||Babylon’s Ashes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||2||–|
|*)||The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit US)||1||–|
|*)||Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Titan US)||1||–|
|8)||A People’s Future of the United States, Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams, eds. (One World)||5||–|
|9)||Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||3||3|
|10)||The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||31||1|
|*)||Maiden, Mother, Crone, Gwen Benaway, ed. (Bedside)||1||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||1||–|
|2)||Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||9||2|
|3)||Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town, Adam Christopher (Del Rey)||2||3|
|4)||Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, Alexander Freed (Del Rey)||2||4|
|5)||Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, Claudia Gray (Del Rey)||4||1|
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson maintained its dominance of the hardcover list with a substantial lead over our second place finisher, Chuck Wendig’s new stand-alone novel Wanderers. The new runner-up was River of Night by John Ringo & Mike Massa (Baen), the seventh book in the Black Tide Rising series. We had 45 nominated titles, down from 47 last month.
On our paperback list, it’s déjà vu all over again with Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett holding onto first place in an easy victory over Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton (the first book in the Salvation Sequence), which came in second. Alex Stewart’s A Fistful of Elven Gold (Baen) was our new runner-up. There were 50 titles nominated, down from last month’s 54.
In a two-fer, Good Omens also nabbed the top spot on the trade paperback list, barely edging out Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem in second. The race for the top of the trade paperback list was extremely tight, with only five votes separating our first- and third-place finishers. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit US), the first book in the Witcher series, was our new runner-up. We had 76 titles nominated, up from 69 last month.
Book three in the Star Wars: Thrawn series, Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn, jumped to the top of the media and gaming related books list, while Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances stayed in second place. There were no new runners-up. We had 19 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), University Bookstore (WA), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: July 2019
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 October 2019 issue of Locus.
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