The Preternatural Post is launching a new series: Books! Movies and films are great, and we love them, but there is nothing like a book to really feed a person’s imagination. So today, 3 July, we are introducing the first of several weekly lists identifying the top-selling books in a variety of categories. We’re starting with hardcovers because, let’s face it, a hard bound book is what a book is. There’s a sense of permanence and timelessness to a hardback book that other forms just don’t have (although we will be listing those over the course of the week, too). The Preternatural Post’s book lists are compiled from the best-seller lists published by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. Now, let’s get this party started!
The Kingdom was the bestselling preternatural book (hardcover fiction) for the week ending 25 June, 2011. The Kingdom, by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood, tells the tale of treasure-hunting husband and wife Sam and Remi Fargo. This time, however, the Fargos (who also starred in Cussler’s Spartan Gold and Lost Empire) are looking for people, not treasure in a hunt that will take them to Tibet, Nepal, China, Bulgaria and other mysterious locales as they uncover secrets that could turn human history upside down. Oh, and there’s plenty of treasure to be found along the way. Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin. (Ranked Number 11 overall on both NYT and PW bestseller lists.)
Dead Reckoning, the 11th book in the popular Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mystery series by Charlaine Harris, takes the Number 2 spot among preternatural hardcovers this week. This time, Sookie, Eric, Pam and the whole Bon Temps/Shreveport crew discover that sometimes you don’t always get what you want and even when you do things don’t always work out the way you planned. Published by Ace Books, a division of Penguin, Dead Reckoning, takes readers deeper into a southern fried world were vampires (and shape shifters) have come out of the coffin that is both similar to and vastly different from that of the HBO original series True Blood which take their inspiration from the books. Read our review of Dead Reckoning. (Ranked Number 12 on the PW list and Number 13 on the NYT list overall.)
At Number 3 for the week is Hit List, the 20th book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s ground-breaking Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. Hit List finds U.S. Marshals Anita Blake (The Executioner) and Edward (Death) on the trail of a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest (hopefully, they aren’t after sparkly vampires or Native American werewolves). Published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin. (Ranked Number 17 by PW and Number 18 by NYT among bestsellers overall.)
The oral history of Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson lands in the Number 4 spot for the week. This is a surprisingly fun read exploring what happens when cutting edge technology meets murder in the not so distant future. Fans may remark on Robopocalypse’ similarities to Max Brooks‘ World War Z but this time the characters are literally harder. Published by Doubleday Publishing, legendary preternatural director Steven Spielberg is already reportedly in preproduction on the film adaptation tentatively scheduled for 2013 release. (Ranked 26th overall by the NYT.)
Rounding out the top five fictional tomes in hardcover with preternatural themes is The Witches of East End by Melissa De La Cruz (author of the Blue Bloods series). The Witches of East End is the story of three women living on Long Island with a family secret they have been hiding for generations. You see, Joanna, Freya and Ingrid are the latest in a long line of witches. A great read for this weekend, since one of the plot twists is the disappearance of a young girl…on the Fourth of July weekend. Published by Hyperion Books last month, The Witches of East End is a novel on the rise. (Number 34 overall among NYT bestsellers.)