#9,731 in Books
#1,418 in Books
#62,465 in Books
#14,617 in Books
#6,353 in Books
#15,920 in Books #31,160 in Books
#67,542 in Books
#288,744 in Books #5,847 in Books
Tad Williams, Shadowheart - Amazon Rank: #4,228 in Books (to be released November 30)
Stephen Donaldson, Against All Things Ending - Amazon Rank: #396 in Book (October 19)
Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, Towers of Midnight - Amazon Rank: #5 in Books (November 2)
In this other list, I listed some of the books that I knew would be the bestsellers, along with a few books that have been praised on certain fantasy forums. I did not list any 2010 MMPB releases due to the time period between the stories' initial releases. What is interesting is that the megasellers that oddly enough have not received as much coverage on certain fora that I visit are the ones that are significantly higher than the Best of 2010 Editors' List above. I added Huso and Scholes' books because I have heard some bloggers and forum commentators say that these authors are writing "quality" works. What's surprising is that these authors have much lower numbers than the standard-issue volume X of series Y releases. I had thought the Huso and Scholes would have rankings half to one-third of their actual numbers.
So what does this show? Perhaps nothing more than publicity affects the numbers. Certainly the Best of 2010 list as a whole is selling at a decent clip but will never be close to megaselling status. But the books that aren't discussed that frequently on certain blogs and fora seem to be the best sellers, while what some might consider to be representative samples of "fine epic fantasy" being released this year are selling at a much lower rate than the authors in the Best of 2010 list, despite most of each subgroup being compromised of authors with three books or less.
Of course, statistics being what they are, these can be interpreted in multiple fashions.