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Subject: Poll: YOUR Favorite SF/Fantasy Books of 2009? -- CLOSED! Results at Bottom
Date Posted: 1/17/2010 3:28 PM ET
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I want to know what YOU thought were the best science fiction and fantasy books of last year. I will collect votes from this board and the other SF and Fantasy boards I belong to, then post for all to see!

Some short rules: ONLY books published for the first time in 2009 will count -- no paperback reprints of 2008 hardcovers! However, you CAN vote for a book that was ORIGINALLY published in 2009 in mass market -- you do not need to vote only for hardcover and trade paperback novels. I will also accept votes for books that were totally OUT OF PRINT and reissued in 2009. Also, if you are not in the U.S., please note where you are from so I can look up the proper publication information.

If you are unsure if a book was published originally in 2009, you can still vote for it, but note that you are unsure and provide an alternate vote if I have to throw that one out.

Finally, please do NOT vote for more than three books; this is meant to make you really choose your favorites, and besides, I don't need MORE tabulating to do! I will toss out any votes that extend beyond my three-book limit, except in cases like I described above.

(Also, please only vote in one place! So don't vote here and on the SF board. . . they are the same poll! And if you've already voted on Shelfari, where I'm also a member, please don't vote here as well, as that will just confuse me, lol.)



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Date Posted: 1/17/2010 3:29 PM ET
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Incidentally, and so that you all can see how it's done, here are my top 3:

1. Naamah's Kiss, by Jacqueline Carey

2. Matter, by Iain M. Banks

3. The Sharing Knife: Horizon, by Lois McMaster Bujold.

 

(And don't worry, even though I'm posting my votes in multiple places as examples, I will only count them once.)

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 7:36 PM ET
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I'll have to think on this one.  I rarely read really new books.  My top 3 may be the only 2009 books I've read.

 

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 7:51 PM ET
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Ann: LOL, yeah, the only reason I was able to vote is that somehow I squeezed in 7 or 8 new books. . . a rarity for me! But if you feel like those three were really some of the best books you read last year, then you can certainly vote for them! And of course, if you thought one or two of them wasn't really that good, you can just vote a top 1 or top 2. The limit is simply three to make my book-keeping simpler. :)

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Date Posted: 1/17/2010 9:03 PM ET
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  1. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  2. Finch by Jeff VanderMeer
  3. Makers by Cory Doctorow
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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 7:37 AM ET
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My two favorite books were Wake by R. Sawyer and Time Travelers Never Die by J McDevitt.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:53 PM ET
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Alison: In that order, so 1. Wake and 2. Time Travelers Never Die? Or reversed?

Subject: Favorites
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 5:57 PM ET
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That order.  Wake was my favorite book last year. 

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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:22 PM ET
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I already knew I don't read much new release science fiction, living maybe 2-3 years behind the curve in the used paperback universe.  Since I don't keep track of the year each book was written, I went to locusmag.com, and reviewed the new release summaries week-by-week back all the way through 2009.  There was not one that I had read yet.  :(   All I accomplished was to add a bunch more to my wish list.  Thanks a lot.

-Tom Hl.



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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:36 PM ET
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LOL, so sorry about that. . . ;)

I must admit, I'm discovering a flaw in my extremely non-scientific poll: through various websites I've collected eleven peoples' votes, and they overlap on exactly 4 books. Well, maybe if I just keep the voting open LONGER that problem will rectify itself. . . I hope!

Subject: 2009
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 10:05 AM ET
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So I looked at my amazon transactions for the year and NONE of the 'new' SF books I ordered were from 2009. Except for 2 books for my kids: Simon Green -The Spy Who Haunted me (which I haven't read and at this point don't plan to) and Modesitt -Imager (which was just -eh) I wonder if you opened this to the 'best of the decade 2000-2009' you might get more responses. You might get a lot more variety or maybe less. I'm going to the library today. I'll see if any there were from 2009.

 

and now I have to go check out wake and the others...I was already planning on reading Finch but I need to get the previous books first.



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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:19 PM ET
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Yeah, I was thinking of doing a best of the decade list afterwards. . . but I think I'll leave this open 'till the end of the week and see if I can drum up a few more responses.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 10:54 PM ET
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Best of the decade would be very hard!  I don't read all that many new releases, but besides Under the Dome (which I pre-ordered) I borrow from the "New Book" section of the library.

Subject: RESULTS!
Date Posted: 1/23/2010 7:43 PM ET
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So, after receiving votes from people on four different websites, here are the results of my highly nonscientific poll:

1. The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
2. The City and the City, by China Mieville (tied)
    First Lord's Fury, by Jim Butcher (tied)
4. Naamah's Kiss, by Jacqueline Carey (tied)
    Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett (tied)
6. The Sharing Knife: Horizon, by Lois McMaster Bujold
7. Purple and Black, by K.J. Parker
8. Bone Crossed, by Patricia Briggs

Despite getting votes from as many places as I could think of, there was surprisingly little overlap in the voting, so to avoid having a list where 8 books were tied for 10th place, I did not include the breakdown of those books that received a vote from only one person. Thanks for participating!