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The bestselling preternatural hardback books of the week

In Books, Dragons, Shape Shifters, True Blood, Vampires on 22 July, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Looking for something good to read? Being a bestseller doesn’t automatically make a book a great read, but chances are, preternatural fans will find something to enjoy in these 8 books (five fiction, three nonfiction).

Hardcover Fiction

Dead Reckoningthe 11th book in the popular Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mystery series by Charlaine Harris, takes the Number 1 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 14 on the NYT list and Number 15 on the PW list overall.)

The Kingdom moves down a spot this week to Number 2. 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 17 on the PW list and Number 18 on the NYT list.)

Dragon's Time
Dragonriders of Pern series

Dragon’s Time makes its debut as the third preternatural book in this week’s listing. A sequel toDragongirlDragon’s Time is the seventh book in the Drangonriders of Pern series, written by mother and son duo, Anne and Todd Mccaffrey. Faced with the effects of a plague that ran rampant among the dragons, a pregnant Lorana sets out on quest to find a solution of their now, dire situation. After sacrificing her own queen dragon, will she find the strength to possibly make an even greater sacrifice to save them all from the threat of the Thread? Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House. (Ranked Number 21 by  NYT and 24 by PW among best sellers overall)

Read an excerpt of Dragon’s Time here.

At Number 4 for the week is Hit Listthe 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 21 by PW and Number 23 by NYT among bestsellers overall.)

The oral history of Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson rounds up the list in the final 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 24 overall by the NYT and 25 by PW overall among bestsellers.)

Read our list of bestselling nonfiction books in hardcover 

Hardcover Nonfiction

We were sad, but not entirely surprised to find there was a lack of preternatural-related books in this week’s Hardcover Nonfiction.

Topping the list is Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen. This is an compelling and at times revealing account of the most famous military installation that doesn’t exist. Once considered science fiction,Area 51 is full of myths and conspiracy theories that captivated imaginations for much of the last half of the 2oth century. Based on interviews from those who have lived and worked there, this is the first non fiction book chronicling the history of Area 51 in a fascinating eye-witness narrative demonstrating that fact can be as gripping as fiction and sometimes even more incredible. Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Books Group. (Ranked Number 14 by NYT and Number 23 by PW among overall non-fiction bestsellers.)

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman explores the mysteries of the brain beyond (beneath, behind?) the conscious mind. Eagleman, a renowned neuroscientist, reveals the truths, or at least parts of the truth, to many surprising mysteries in what turns out to be a very engaging and oddly easy read. Incognito is published by Pantheon Books, a division of Knopf Doubleday. (Ranked 32nd overall on the NYT bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction.)

The Compass of Pleasure: How our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good by David J. Linden (a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins) completes this weeks list and has a place on any preternatural fan’s journey to self-discovery. The Compass of Pleasure is an entertaining and enlightening look at the relationship between pleasure and addiction (can you say…Twitter?) published by Viking Press, a division of Penguin. (Number 34 overall on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction best seller list.)

That’s it in hardcover fiction and nonfiction for this week. Which ones have you invested in? We’d love to hear your thoughts so leave us a comment below (since we aren’t Sookie and can’t read your mind)!

The Preternatural Post’s book lists are compiled from the best-seller lists published by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly

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