The Locus Bestsellers for November include top titles Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing), Dune by Frank Herbert (Ace), A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (Tor), and Forgotten Realms: Relentless by R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager US).
|1)||Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)||1||–|
|2)||Peace Talks, Jim Butcher (Ace)||2||1|
|3)||The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||6||2|
|4)||Sucker Punch, Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley)||1||–|
|5)||Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s)||2||5|
|6)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||4||–|
|*)||Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)||2||6|
|8)||1636: The Atlantic Encounter, Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt (Baen)||1||–|
|9)||The Baron of Magister Valley, Steven Brust (Tor)||1||–|
|*)||House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||4||1|
|*)||The Tyrant Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson (Tor)||1||–|
|1)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||43||3|
|2)||The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||19||1|
|3)||Alien Secrets, Ian Douglas (Harper Voyager US)||1||–|
|4)||Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||10||2|
|5)||Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit US)||6||9|
|6)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||2||–|
|7)||1984, George Orwell (Signet)||11||7|
|8)||American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)||44||–|
|9)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||31||–|
|10)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||79||4|
|1)||A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)||4||–|
|2)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)||1||–|
|3)||The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||44||1|
|4)||This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)||5||8|
|5)||Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Vintage)||2||2|
|6)||The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)||4||3|
|7)||Deal with the Devil, Kit Rocha (Tor)||1||–|
|8)||Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||1||–|
|9)||Cibola Burn, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||5||–|
|*)||Nemesis Games, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||3||–|
|*)||The Oppenheimer Alternative, Robert J. Sawyer (Caezik)||4||6|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Forgotten Realms: Relentless, R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager US)||2||2|
|2)||Forgotten Realms: Boundless, R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager US)||4||–|
|3)||Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||8||4|
|4)||Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||17||–|
|5)||Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||9||1|
Coronavirus Edition: As of August, most of our bookstores have reopened, although, with consumers still wary of in-person shopping, most bookstores continue to offer books online, by mail order, and via curbside pick-up.
On the hardcover list, Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir barely edged out last month’s winner, Jim Butcher’s Peace Talks, to take first place. Our new runner-up was the latest book in the long-running Ring of Fire series, 1636: The Atlantic Encounter by Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt (Baen). We had 35 nominated titles, down from last month’s 37.
Frank Herbert’s Dune found its way back onto the paperback list, reclaiming the number-one spot from The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which moved into second. Sherwood Smith’s A Sword Named Truth (DAW), the first book in the Young Allies series set in the Sartorias-deles universe, was our new runner-up. There were 43 titles nominated, up from 42 last month.
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine took first place on the trade paperback list with a respectable lead over second-place finisher, Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth. Our new runner-up was Drowned Country by Emily Tesh (Tor.com Publishing), which concluded the duology she started with Silver in the Wood. Fifty books were nominated this month, resulting in a tie with last month.
R.A. Salvatore dominated the media- and gaming-related category with the latest two books in his Generations series, Forgotten Realms: Relentless and Forgotten Realms: Boundless, taking first and second place respectively. There were no new runners-up. We had 20 nominated titles, up from last month’s 13.
Data period: August 2020.
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From the November 2020 issue of Locus.
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