Weekly Bestsellers, 27 September 2021

Five new books published in mid-August appear on print bestseller lists this week, beginning with Joe Abercrombie’s The Wisdom of Crowds (Orbit), ranking #10 on the NYT fiction hardcover list.

Other debut titles are Kristen Britain’s Winterlight (DAW), Jay Kristoff’s Empire of the Vampire (St. Martin’s), Seanan McGuire’s When Sorrows Come (DAW), and Faith Hunter’s True Dead (Ace).

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New Books: 21 September 2021

Anderson, Taylor: Artillerymen: Purgatory’s Shore

(Ace 978-0-593-20071-1, $27, 496pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 21, 2021)

Alternate-world military SF novel, first in the Artillerymen series set in the world of the Destroyermen series. American soldiers from the time of the Mexican-American War get swept away to a deadly alternate Earth.

 

Bukowski, Helen: Milk Teeth

(Unnamed Press 978-1-951213-35-0, $26, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 21, 2021)

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Cover Reveal: Neal Shusterman’s Unwind Dystology

ALL FIVE BOOKS in Neal Shusterman’s New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology (Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, UnDivided, and UnBound) are getting brand new covers! Cover art by Simon Prades, https://www.simonprades.com.

 

After the Second Civil War, the Bill of Life was passed, stating that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of 13. But it allows parents to ...Read More

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New Books: 14 September 2021

Billingsley, Franny: The Robber Girl

(Candlewick Press 978-0-7636-6956-0, $18.99, 416pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 14, 2021)

Middle-grade fantasy/mystery novel about a girl who relies on her knife, but needs her wits when magical dolls give her three tasks.

 

Boyle, T.C.: Talk to Me

(HarperCollins/Ecco 978-0-06-305285-7, $27.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 14, 2021)

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New Books: 7 September 2021

brown, adrienne maree: Grievers

(AK Press 978-1-84935-452-3, $15, 206pp, formats: trade paperback, September 7, 2021)

Fantasy novella, the first in the Black Dawn series. A woman investigates the cause of a mysterious plague in Detroit that leaves victims in a permanent non-responsive state.

 

 

Hall, Coy: Grimoire of the Four Impostors

(Nosetouch Press 978-1944286293, $28, 250pp, formats:  hardcover, trade paperback, audio, September 7, 2021)

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Weekly Bestsellers, 6 September 2021

Two titles by Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles (Ecco trade paperback; first published in 2012) and Circe (Back Bay trade paperback; first published in 2018), previously untracked here, are added this week. The Song of Achilles is notable for ranking #1 on this week’s LA Times paperback list (and ranking on three other lists), not because a film or TV version is imminent, but apparently, according to Wikipedia, due
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Forthcoming Books Through June 2022

The Locus Selected Books by Author list has been updated on our Forthcoming Books page, with information from the September 2021 issue covering upcoming titles from genre houses slated through June 2022. Find out about your favorite authors’ upcoming books!

For the complete list of books by publisher, subscribe to our print magazine or purchase the September issue in print or digital editions, available September 1, 2021.

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New Books: 31 August 2021

Becker, Elayne Audrey: Forestborn

(Tor Teen 978-1-250-75216-1, $17.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)

A young, orphaned shapeshifter in a world that fears magic must risk everything if she hopes to save her only friend.

 

Brenchley, Chaz: Everything in All the Wrong Order: The Best of Chaz Brenchley

(Subterranean Press 978-1-64524-011-2, $45, 427pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, August 31, 2021)

Collection of 31 stories. Hardcover is a signed, ...Read More

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Magazines Received, August 2021

This list covers new SF/F/H print, online, and electronic periodicals (including regularly updated websites) seen by Locus magazine, focusing on those that publish fiction or reviews and criticism. To submit titles for listing on these pages, please send to Locus Publications, 655 13th St. #100, Oakland CA 94612 or email locus@locusmag.com.

Bourbon Penn

  • Erik Secker, ed.
  • Issue No. 24, August 2021
  • $12.95 print/$2.99 digital/free online, three times a year, 138pp,
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New & Notable Books, August 2021

Kalynn Bayron, This Poison Heart (Bloomsbury US & UK 6/21) Black girl magic and Greek myth infuse this young-adult contemporary fantasy novel about Briseis, an adopted teen with a power over plants that she hopes to learn to control when an unexpected inheritance gives her an estate full of deadly plants and secrets about her birth family.

 

J.S. Breukelaar, The Bridge (Meerkat Press 6/21) Meera, a part-human Made created ...Read More

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New Books: 17 August 2021

Anders, Charlie Jane: Never Say You Can’t Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times By Making Up Stories

(Tordotcom 978-1-250-80001-5, $26.99, 240 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 17, 2021)

Collection of essays on writing, society, politics, and how to flourish during the the present emergency.

 

Bova, Ben: Neptune

(Tor 978-1-250-29662-7, $28.99, 240 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 17, 2021)

SF novel, second in the Outer Planets trilogy, ...Read More

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New Books: 3 August 2021

Awad, Mona: All’s Well

(Simon & Schuster 978-1-9821-6966-4, $27, 368 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 3, 2021)

A theater professor dealing with chronic pain is given the ability to transfer her pain to others, and gets vindictive.

 

Azad, Nafiza: The Wild Ones

(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1-5344-8496-2, $18.99, 352 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 3, 2021)

Young-adult fantasy novel. A group of women known as the Wild Ones ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, July 2021

Sue Burke, Immunity Index (Tor 5/21) Near-future hard SF novel, a dystopian biothriller about three young women who discover they were illegally genetically engineered, even as the scientist who cloned them tries to find a cure for a deadly new disease and discovers a conspiracy. Though written before COVID-19 struck, this offers an insightfully familiar look at politics and pandemics – with some refreshing differences.

 

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New Books: 20 July 2021

Appel, John: Assassin’s Orbit

(Rebellion/Solaris US 978-1-78618-915-6, $14.99, 448 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 20, 2021)

Far-future SF mystery novel. An assassination threatens a planet’s vote to join the Commonwealth, and police and private detectives work together to uncover an old threat that could spark interplanetary war.

 

Ashley-Smith, J.: The Ariadne, I Love You

(Meerkat Press 978-1-946154-50-7, $10.95, 76 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, July 20, 2021) ...Read More

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New Books: 13 July 2021

Altman, Mark A., Gross, Edward: Secrets of the Force: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Wars

(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-23687-6, $29.99, 576 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 13, 2021)

Nonfiction book exploring the entire story of the Star Wars franchise from the beginning. Features the commentaries of hundreds of actors and filmmakers involved with and impacted by Star Wars, as well as writers, commentators, critics, executives, authors, film ...Read More

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New Books: 6 July 2021

Barry, Max: The 22 Murders of Madison May

(Penguin Random House/Putnam 978-00593-08520-, $27.00, 336 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 6, 2021)

Serial killer novel of parallel worlds. Reporter Felicity Staples investigates a murder and discovers that someone is killing Madison May in multiple universes.

 

Estep, Jennifer: Capture the Crown

(Harper Voyager US 978-0-06-302303-1, $16.99, 464 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 6, 2021)

Fantasy novel, the first ...Read More

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New Books: 29 June 2021

Bayron, Kalynn: This Poison Heart

(Bloomsbury USA 978-1-5476-0390-9, $15.99, 384 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 29, 2021)

YA novel featuring adopted teen Briseis, who has a power over plants. She only starts to learn the full extent of her power when an unexpected inheritance gives her a 40-acre estate full of deadly plants and secrets about her birth family.

 

deVos, Kelly: Eat Your Heart Out

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