Locus Bestsellers, May 2023
The Locus Bestsellers for December include top titles: Hell Bent, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron), Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace), and Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree (Tor).
|1)||Hell Bent, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron)||2||–|
|2)||Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)||7||2|
|3)||A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||13||–|
|4)||Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, Heather Fawcett (Del Rey)||2||9|
|5)||All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley)||8||–|
|6)||The Terraformers, Annalee Newitz (Tor)||1||–|
|7)||How to Sell a Haunted House, Grady Hendrix (Berkley)||2||3|
|8)||A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||7||4|
|9)||Fairy Tale, Stephen King (Scribner)||16||7|
|10)||Don’t Fear the Reaper, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)||1||–|
|1)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||72||3|
|2)||A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||99||–|
|3)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||27||1|
|4)||Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)||4||–|
|5)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||93||–|
|6)||Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||8||7|
|7)||Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (Morrow)||35||–|
|8)||Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron)||1||–|
|9)||The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien (Del Rey)||8||–|
|10)||Chapterhouse: Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||1||–|
|*)||Crowbones, Anne Bishop (Ace)||1||–|
|*)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||23||9|
|*)||The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace)||23||5|
|1)||Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree (Tor)||4||1|
|2)||A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||10||3|
|3)||A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||15||6|
|4)||Leviathan Falls, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US)||1||–|
|5)||A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||7||5|
|6)||A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||4||–|
|7)||The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury US)||15||4|
|*)||The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)||51||2|
|*)||A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)||1||–|
|10)||A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||2||–|
It was déjà vu all over again with Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo and R.F. Kuang’s Babel remaining in first and second place respectively on the hardcover list. What Price Victory? (Baen), book seven in the Worlds of Honor series edited by David Weber, was our new runner-up. We had 51 nominated titles, up from 43 last month.
Dune by Frank Herbert returned to the top spot on the paperback list with a respectable lead over George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones in second. There were no new runners up. Sixty-eight titles were nominated, up from last month’s 61.
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree remained at the top of the trade paperback list with an overwhelming lead over second place finisher, Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (Tor) was our new runner-up. There were 71 nominated titles, up from last month’s 62.
No media-related or gaming-related books received enough votes to make our list. We had 12 nominated titles, down from 17 last month.
Compiled with data from: Bakka-Phoenix (Canada), Book Moon (MA), Borderlands (CA), McNally Robinson (two in Canada), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Toadstool (two in NH), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: February 2023.
Note: book titles and covers on this page link to IndieBound, a network of independent booksellers, such as those that contribute to this list.
See this listing and more like it in the May 2023 issue of Locus.
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