The Locus Bestsellers for August include top titles Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Ballantine), 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)||Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)||2||1|
|2)||Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)||3||2|
|3)||The Chosen and the Beautiful, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)||1||–|
|4)||The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||9||3|
|*)||The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US)||8||9|
|6)||Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||7||–|
|7)||A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||5||4|
|8)||The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison (Tor)||1||–|
|9)||Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US)||9||8|
|10)||Beyond, Mercedes Lackey (DAW)||1||–|
|1)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||53||1|
|2)||The Ruin of Kings, Jenn Lyons (Tor)||2||–|
|3)||Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||13||–|
|4)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||12||2|
|*)||The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||29||3|
|6)||The Last Emperox, John Scalzi (Tor)||2||–|
|7)||Penric’s Travels, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)||2||6|
|8)||Penric’s Progress, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)||2||–|
|9)||The Vanished Seas, Catherine Asaro (Baen)||1||–|
|1)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||6||1|
|2)||Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)||1||–|
|3)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)||9||–|
|4)||For the Wolf, Hannah Whitten (Orbit US)||1||–|
|5)||The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US)||3||3|
|6)||Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)||1||–|
|7)||The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)||1||–|
|8)||This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)||9||–|
|9)||Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (Grand Central)||13||4|
|10)||The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||51||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, Charles Soule (Del Rey)||4||–|
On the hardcover list, both Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir and Martha Wells’s Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries, Book 6) repeated their rankings from last month and remained in first and second place respectively. Our new runner-up was the concluding installment of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs (Dutton). We had 39 nominated titles, up from 38 last month.
Frank Herbert’s Dune retained its lock on the top of the paperback list with a solid lead over our second place finisher, The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. There were no new runners-up. Forty titles were nominated, down from last month’s 52.
On the trade paperback list, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune repelled all comers by gathering twice as many votes as its nearest competitor, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic. The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (Del Rey UK) was our new runner-up. We had 57 nominated titles, down from last month’s 63.
On the media- and gaming-related list, only Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, by Charles Soule (Del Rey) received enough votes to make the list. There were no new runners-up. There were 17 nominated titles, down from last month’s 19.
Compiled with data from: Bakka-Phoenix (Canada), Borderlands (CA), McNally Robinson (two in Canada), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Orca Books (WA), Toadstool (NH), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: June 2021.
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From the September 2021 issue of Locus.
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