The Locus Bestsellers for November 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 Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager US).
|1)||Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)||4||1|
|2)||A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||2||2|
|3)||Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)||5||9|
|4)||Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US)||11||6|
|5)||The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||11||3|
|6)||Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix (Berkley)||2||7|
|7)||A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||7||4|
|8)||The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US)||10||7|
|9)||The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison (Tor)||3||10|
|*)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||3||–|
|1)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||55||1|
|2)||Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||85||3|
|3)||Foundation, Isaac Asimov (Bantam)||6||2|
|4)||The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)||9||6|
|5)||Neuromancer, William Gibson (Ace)||12||8|
|6)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||7||–|
|*)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||14||6|
|8)||The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski (Orbit US)||10||8|
|9)||Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||11||–|
|10)||The Saints of Salvation, Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey)||2||5|
|*)||The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||30||–|
|1)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||8||1|
|2)||The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||1||–|
|3)||Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (Grand Central)||14||–|
|4)||Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||52||3|
|5)||House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||5||10|
|6)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)||11||4|
|*)||The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)||43||–|
|8)||Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)||3||3|
|9)||Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)||2||6|
|*)||Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury US)||6||7|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Starlight Enclave, R.A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager US)||1||–|
|2)||Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey(||10||–|
|*)||Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, Charles Soule (Del Rey)||6||2|
|4)||Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm, Cavan Scott (Del Rey)||1||–|
The top of this month’s hardcover list is a repeat from last month, with Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary taking first place followed by A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. Billy Summers by Stephen King (Scribner) was our new runner-up. We had 50 nominated titles, up from 49 last month.
On the paperback list, Dune by Frank Herbert held onto the top position by a wide margin over our second place finisher Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind (DAW). There were no new runners-up. Sixty titles were nominated, up from last month’s 54.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune stayed at the top of the trade paperback list, with a substantial lead over N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became. There were no new runners-up. There were 52 nominated titles, down from last month’s 58.
The media and gaming-related list was our only truly competitive list this month, with all the titles on the list in separated by one or two points. This month’s top position went to Starlight Enclave, the first novel in a new Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore. Charles Soule’s Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi and Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Heir to the Empire tied for second place. There were no new runners-up. We had 20 nominated titles, down from last month’s 22.
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: August 2021.
Note: book titles and covers on this page link to IndieBound, a network of independent booksellers, such as those that contribute to this list.
This report and more like it in the November 2021 issue of Locus.
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