Times Talk (6th June 2014)

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Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: Skin Game, the 15th book in the wildly popular Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, debuts in the top spot. A couple of weeks ago, Butcher’s publisher Roc had the genius idea of lowering the price of the e-books of the rest of the series to introduce new readers, leading to no less than seven of the books hitting the e-book bestseller list. That, along with a dedicated reader-base, has clearly paid off. Bravo, Roc! This helps to lessen the pain of the terrible TV adaptation just a little bit (although got to say, Paul Blackthorne was the perfect Harry). Speaking of authors with dedicated reader-bases, publishing powerhouse James Paterson (this time with Maxine Paetro) sits comfortably at number 2, 4 weeks after the release of the latest book in the Women’s Murder Club series, Unlucky 13. Clearly, rallying against Amazon hasn’t hurt his sales. Another popular author, Christine Feehan, debuts at number 3 with her latest novel Air Bound, while Clive Cussler pleases my grandmother with new release Ghost Ship (not related to the movie) at number 4.

Combined Print & E-Book Non-Fiction: We said goodbye to the wildly influential and truly unique Maya Angelou last week, whose most famous work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings takes the top spot comfortably. Debuting at 10 is author and hippie’s favourite Tom Robbins’s Tibetan Peach Pie, a memoir of sorts of his less than conventional life (If you haven’t seen Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, I implore you to continue avoiding it. It’s about a woman with giant magical thumbs, for crying out loud!)

Children’s Middle Grade: Rick Riordan, MG favourite, sits at number 3 for the 2nd week with the standalone e-book The Staff of Serapis, a 60 page crossover between both his Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series. Jennifer Donnelly’s Deep Blue, the epic mermaid series written based on ideas by Disney committee, remains in the top 15, although one can only assume that Disney-Hyperion were hoping it would dominate the list a little more, or at least beat Rush Limbaugh. We all hoped for that.

Young Adult: 5 women in the YA list this week (well, 6 women in 5 places) with E Lockhart’s critically acclaimed We Were Liars comfortably in the top 10 after 3 weeks. Dangerous Creatures, a spin-off of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful series, slides down a few spots from last week but remains in the top 15. With two spots open thanks to Kiera Cass moving to the series list, the lower half of the list has seen a lot more changes with each passing week, although all of the authors in the list seem to be established names of some kind or another. It’ll be interesting to see if any debut authors can chart and stay here.

Children’s Series: With the release of the final book in the Mortal Instruments series (well, final as of this moment, since the series was originally supposed to end 3 books ago), Cassandra Clare sits comfortably at the top of the list, above Veronica Roth’s juggernaut Divergent series and Kiera Cass’s The Selection, which stormed into the top spot upon the release of The One and looks set to remain in the top 10 for quite some time.

This week’s gratuitous pretty person is perennial favourite T0m Hiddleston. With a puppy. You’re welcome.

Tom Hiddleston Puppy

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