The Locus Bestsellers for January include top titles Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson (Morrow), Dune by Frank Herbert (Ace), The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (Tor), and Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn (Del Rey).
|1)||Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)||1||–|
|2)||Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)||7||8|
|3)||Leviathan Falls, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||1||–|
|4)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||5||6|
|5)||The Last Graduate, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||3||1|
|6)||Under the Whispering Door, TJ Klune (Tor)||3||2|
|7)||Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor)
|8)||To End in Fire, David Weber & Eric Flint (Baen)||2||5|
|9)||Truth of the Divine, Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s )||2||6|
|10)||Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee (Orbit US)||1||–|
|*)||Perhaps the Stars, Ada Palmer (Tor)||1||–|
|1)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||58||1|
|2)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||10||7|
|3)||Eye of the World, Robert Jordan (Tor)||7||–|
|4)||Battle Ground, Jim Butcher (Ace)||1||–|
|5)||Foundation, Isaac Asimov (Bantam)||8||–|
|6)||Children of Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||4||9|
|*)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||16||4|
|8)||Jolene, Mercedes Lackey (DAW)||1||–|
|9)||Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Morrow)||32||–|
|10)||Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)||10||–|
|*)||God Emperor of Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||2||3|
|*)||A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (Clarion)||2||5|
|1)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||11||5|
|2)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||5||1|
|3)||A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||5||2|
|*)||The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US)||1||–|
|5)||The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)||2||4|
|6)||Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US)||2||3|
|7)||The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US)||5||–|
|*)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)||5||–|
|9)||This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)||10||–|
|*)||Ready Player Two, Ernest Cline (Ballantine)||1||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING RELATED|
|1)||Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||1||–|
|2)||Star Trek: Coda: Oblivion’s Gate, David Mack (Gallery)||1||–|
|*)||Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||20||–|
|4)||Star Wars Visions: Ronin, Emma Mieko Candon (Del Rey)||2||1|
|5)||Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good, Timothy Zahn (Del Rey)||2||–|
In its first month of release, Neal Stephenson’s new standalone novel Termination Shock jumped to the top of the hardcover list in a close race with our second-place finisher Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary. There were no new runners-up. We had 48 nominated titles, up from 46 last month.
Dune by Frank Herbert continued to dominate the paperback list, taking first place and followed by its sequel Dune Messiah. There were no new runners-up. Forty-five titles were nominated, down from last month’s 59.
On the trade paperback list, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune regained the top spot with Dune in second. Our new runner-up was Josiah Bancroft’s The Fall of Babel (Orbit US), book four in his The Books of Babel series. There were 57 nominated titles, down from last month’s 59.
On the media and gaming-related list, Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn barely edged out David Mack’s Star Trek: Coda: Oblivion’s Gate for first place. There were no new runners-up. We had 18 nominated titles, up from 16 last month.
Compiled with data from: Bakka-Phoenix (Canada), Book Moon (MA), Borderlands (CA), McNally Robinson (two in Canada), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Toadstool (NH), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: November 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 February 2022 issue of Locus.
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