The Locus Bestsellers for April include top titles The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Tor), Dune by Frank Herbert (Ace), The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (Tor), and Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Del Rey).
|1)||The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||4||5|
|2)||Across the Green Grass Fields, Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)||1||–|
|3)||The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||9||8|
|4)||Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)||5||3|
|5)||Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||3||2|
|6)||A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||4||6|
|7)||Ready Player Two, Ernest Cline (Ballantine)||3||1|
|8)||Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)||5||9|
|9)||Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow (Tor)||1||–|
|10)||Trader’s Leap, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen)||1||–|
|1)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||48||1|
|2)||Neuromancer, William Gibson (Ace)||7||9|
|3)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||82||2|
|4)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||8||–|
|5)||1984, George Orwell (Signet)||15||7|
|6)||The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||24||3|
|7)||The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||2||–|
|8)||The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace)||16||–|
|9)||The Mage-Fire War, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor)||1||–|
|*)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||6||–|
|1)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||1||–|
|2)||The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||48||1|
|3)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)||6||5|
|4)||Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||29||–|
|*)||Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (Grand Central)||8||6|
|6)||The Dark Archive, Genevieve Cogman (Ace)||1||–|
|7)||The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu (Tor)||5||–|
|8)||A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||23||4|
|*)||The Mask of Mirrors, M.A. Carrick (Orbit US)||1||–|
|10)||The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US)||4||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, Charles Soule (Del Rey)||1||–|
|2)||Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||4||5|
|3)||Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil, James Swallow (Gallery)||1||–|
Coronavirus Edition: There is light at the end of the tunnel as the vaccine rollout begins. However, sales continue to be affected by in-store capacity limits, and bookstores are continuing to offer online sales, mail orders, and curbside pick-ups. Remember to support your local bookstores when you buy books.
On the hardcover list, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab moved to the top with a considerable lead over our second-place finisher, Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, book six in her Wayward Children series. Our new runner-up was standalone novel Persephone Station (Saga) by Stina Leicht. We had 34 nominated titles, up from last month’s 28.
The paperback list continues to be a bastion of old favorites, with Dune by Frank Herbert holding onto the top spot, followed by William Gibson’s Neuromancer. There were no new runners-up. There were 50 titles nominated, up from last month’s 28.
Recent release The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune jumped to the top of the trade paperback list over perennial favorite and last month’s top vote-getter N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner (Ace) was our new runner-up. We had 49 nominated titles, down from last month’s 55.
On the media and gaming-related list, Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule, the first adult book of new prequel series The High Republic, claimed the number one spot. Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising came in second. There were no new runners-up. We had 21 nominated titles, up from last month’s 19.
Data period: January 2021.
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From the April 2021 issue of Locus.
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