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Month: May 2006

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending May 14, 2006

Books
1The Clan Corporate (The Merchant Princes, Book 3) by Charles Stross (Hardcover)
2On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers (Trade Paperback)
3The Ocean and All Its Devices by William Browning Spencer (Signed Numbered Hardcover)
4Triskell Tales II by Charles de Lint (Hardcover)
5Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology by Steven Savile and Alethea Kontis (Hardcover)

Magazines
1Fantasy & Science Fiction
2Asimov’s
3Analog
4Postscripts
5Apex

Great week for new releases. Stross, Spencer, deLint, a Powers book back in print, and a relief anthology all at once. Elemental sales in hardcover were higher than anticipated and that’s excellent news for the editors and contributors. More copies should be arriving shortly, but the trade paperback is still in stock. Great cause and I’m proud to be selling this one.

That’s about it for today… I’m off to see if I can retrieve any data from my brother’s hard drive. The laptop melted a bit in the fire, but I think the drive may be salvagable. If I can get their photos and wedding plans off it, I’ll be very pleased.

-Neil

Thank God they weren’t home

Lightning struck and burned down my brother’s home yesterday. Fortunately, he was at a friend’s wedding at the time. There is a news story here and the people in the photo are my parents. What the article fails to say is that a propane tank on the front porch exploded moments after the house was struck. Pieces of the tank were found in a backyard across the street two houses down. My brother and his fiancee spend a lot of time on that porch. If they were home, it’s likely that they would have been there or in the room on the other side of the bay window that looks out onto the porch.

I was there most of yesterday evening and I have to say that despite not being able to save his house or his beloved dog Molly, the firemen were simply incredible. It’s been ruled natural causes and everything was explained to us in detail. Afterwards, I walked through the house with my brother and a firefighter friend of his. He’ll be able to save a handful of possessions. It’s heartbreaking. Molly was like his child and he put so much work into that house. There were many Martha Stewart jokes at his expense over the years.

He’s getting married in November. It would be amazing if they can get their home back before their wedding and if there is any way, I know family and friends will make it happen. Fortunately, we’ve heard excellent things about his insurance company, Allstate. We’ll know more later today.

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending May 7, 2006

Books
1Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (Hardcover)
2Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (Hardcover)
3Vellum (The Book of All Hours, Book 1) by Hal Duncan (Trade Paperback)
4The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle (Hardcover)
5The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Signed Hardcover)

Magazines
1Fantasy & Science Fiction
2Asimov’s
3Analog
4Weird Tales
5Cthulhu Sex Magazine

There were a lot of new books received in the last week, but the book that would have been number one (based on preorders) was sent off to Brian Keene to be signed. We’ve had more preorders for The Conqueror Worms than for any other book so far this year. Count on it to be #1 the week we get our box back.

Clarkesworld Bestsellers for the Week Ending April 30, 2006

Books
1The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Signed Hardcover)
2Night of Knives by Ian Cameron Esslemont (Trade Paperback)
3Broken by Kelley Armstrong (Paperback)
4A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Signed Hardcover)
5Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik (Paperback)

Magazines
1Fantasy & Science Fiction
2Asimov’s
3Analog
4Subterranean Magazine
5Cthulhu Sex Magazine

As expected, Ghost Brigades took the top spot this week. Kelley Armstrong and Naomi Novik are also new on the list this week. I’ve enjoyed earlier books by these authors, so I’m looking forward to having the time to read these. Has anyone here read either book yet?

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