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Preternatural Best Sellers in Hardcover

In Aliens, Books, Characters and Creators, Entertainment, Ghosts, Wizards/Witches/Pagans on 21 August, 2011 at 5:00 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). From Dragons, Vampires and even psychopaths, there is a little of something for everyone on this week’s list.

Hardcover Fiction

A Song of Fire and Ice

Returning to the Number 1 spot this week is A Dance with Dragons, the fifth addition to the popular series, “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R. R. Martin, the hunt for power and the ultimate prize of the iron throne is still on. In the wake of a devastating battle, it is still unclear as to what is in store for the fate of the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys Targaryen rules over a city of dust and waste as her enemies begin to surround her. Will the last of the House of Targaryen survive with the help of her three dragons, or is doom looming just over the horizon? Only time will tell as the Dance of Power begins to take its toll. (Ranked 1st overall on the New York Times and Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best seller list.)

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher is the thirteenth installment into the Dresden Files find Harry Dresden in a pickle. A mighty wizard detective, Harry doesn’t let anything, not even a little thing called death, stop him from trying to help his friends when he’s in danger. Now if only he could overcome the annoying lack of body and magic in order to succeed. Published by ROC Hardcover, a smaller section of Penguin Group. (Ranked 6th overall on the New York Times and 5th on the Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best seller list.)

Debuting on the best sellers list this week is Christie Golden’s Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension. With control of the Galactic Alliance at stake, factions form to try and stake their claim. Meanwhile the Jedi’s limits are tested as they must prevent galaxywide devastation and prevent a cunning and purely evil entity from ascending to become a god. Published by LucasBooks. (Ranked 7th on the New York Times and Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best seller list)

Also debuting on the bestsellers list, is The Magician King by Lev Grossman. In the sequel to the popular The Magicians, the new High Kings and Queens of Fillory find that living the life of a royal isn’t always what it is believed to be. Bored with his new found Quentin embarks on a quest that doesn’t go exactly as planned. How will he manage to get out of the trouble he’s stumbled in to? Published by Viking, a smaller sector of the Penguin Group. (Ranked 8th on the New York Times and 9th on Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best seller list.)

The final spot on this week’s list belongs to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Retribution. Living his life, one foot in the grave, William Jessup Brady was surprised to be saved from death by a Greek goddess. Now bond to her as one of her Death-Hunters, he’s given his immortal soul to protect those he once considered prey. Published St. Martin’s Press. (Ranked 10th on the New York Times and 11th on Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best seller list.)

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.

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 19th overall on the NYT bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction.)

Falling from the top position on the list is Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen. This is a 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 27th on the New York Times overall non-fiction bestsellers.)

Ever wonder why Maenads believe so strongly in Dionysus that they will themselves into becoming immortal? Or if there is life after death? Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, expresses his theory on the birth and actualization of beliefs. From superstitions, believing in aliens to economic and political beliefs, this book doesn’t discriminate in its analysis of beliefs, regardless of how realistic or bizarre they may be. Published by Times Books. (Ranked 31st on the NewYork Times best seller list)

We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations for beliefs follow.

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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