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Subject: Top 5 of 2010 -- UPDATED RESULTS AT BOTTOM!
Date Posted: 12/10/2010 2:18 PM ET
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It's that time of year again! What are your top five science fiction OR fantasy novels published in 2010?

Note: I will be using a weighted voting system, so PLEASE rank your top 5! Don't say "in no particular order" because I will simply DECLARE that your order. ;)



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Date Posted: 12/10/2010 2:18 PM ET
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Mine are:

1. Bone and Jewel Creatures, by Elizabeth Bear
2. The Bird of the River, by Kage Baker
3. The Empress of Mars, by Kage Baker
4. Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold
5. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin

I actually read nine books published this year! I'm so proud of myself! :D



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Date Posted: 12/10/2010 5:31 PM ET
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I've read 2 fantasy novels this year that were actually published this year.  Both were excellent, so I have no qualms about recommending them in a best-of-the-year poll.  Here they are in ranked order:

1.  The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

2.  Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson

 

Date Posted: 12/10/2010 9:52 PM ET
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Wow.  I've read more books published in 2010 than I thought.  8 so far.

Several are books I wouldn't recommend, while others are books in a series that are  good parts of the series but don't stand alone well.  That leaves me with 3.  And while I enjoyed them, only one really belongs on a top 5  list. 

1. Half Made World by Felix Gilman
2. Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

(edited to add in Cryoburn now that I broke down and finished off the series!)



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Melanti -- So strict! :D I've been meaning to check out The Half-Made World. . .

Date Posted: 12/11/2010 7:42 AM ET
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You should try it.  Part steampunk, part alternate history, part distopian society.  Though it does end rather abruptly, so I really hope there's another book planned.

I was going to list three books.  I wrote them down, looked at them, and it just didn't look right to put them on the same list. 

I'm sure if I'd read Cryoburn already it would have made my list, but I'm saving it and Diplomatic Immunity for later.  And I really need to sit down and read some Baker and Mieville.  I haven't tried either yet.  So many authors, so little time.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 1:16 AM ET
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This was my first year as a parent, so my reading time took a sharp decline.  After a quick glance at my shelves, I see that I only read two SF/Fantasy books published this year!  My order:

1) Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim #2)

2) Changes by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #12)

I loved both of them, although neither books stands up that well on its own; too much back story is lost without the rest of the series. 



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 Changes was really great.  I can't wait for Ghost Story. (Just 4 more months to go!)  But you're right, it just can't be read alone.  Some of the other Dresden Files books can easily stand alone, but this one in particular - there's too much going on that references earlier books.

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 6:53 PM ET
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My top five reads for the year are:

1.  Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Series

2.  Naamah's Kiss by J. Carey

3.  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

5.  Sabriel by Garth Nix

 

Published in 2010 (Only three I would list):

1.  The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop

2.  Naamah's Kiss by J. Carey

3.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



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Date Posted: 12/19/2010 2:26 AM ET
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 R.E.K. -- Naamah's Kiss was published in 2009. . . Naamah's Curse in 2010. Did you mean Curse? (For the purpose of this highly un-scientific poll, I'm only counting first publication dates, not paperback publication dates -- unless the book is only published in paperback of course.)

Subject: RESULTS!
Date Posted: 1/4/2011 6:30 PM ET
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  All right! After polling groups in three different book-related websites, I have results! The top 10 books published in 2010 are:

1. The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson: http://www.shelfari.com/books/12992103/The-Way-of-Kings
2. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins: http://www.shelfari.com/books/12992816/Mockingjay
3-tie. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin: http://www.shelfari.com/books/5861773/The-Hundred-Thousand-Kingdoms
3-tie. Changes, by Jim Butcher: http://www.shelfari.com/books/12124676/Changes
5. Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor: http://www.shelfari.com/books/12805485/Who-Fears-Death
6-tie. The Black Prism, by Brent Weeks: http://www.shelfari.com/books/12856210/The-Black-Prism
6-tie. All Clear, by Connie Willis: http://www.shelfari.com/books/13931223/All-Clear
8-tie. CryoBurn, by Lois McMaster Bujold: http://www.shelfari.com/books/14950972/Cryoburn
8-tie. Naamah's Curse, by Jacqueline Carey: http://www.shelfari.com/books/12848968/Naamahs-Curse
8-tie. Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson: http://www.shelfari.com/books/13845810/Towers-of-Midnight

Honorable Mentions go to:
Rise of the Fallen, by Robert Stanek; The Desert Spear, by Peter V. Brett; Blackout, by Connie Willis; Horns, by Joe Hill; and Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay.

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 Yup, 'fraid so. But Naamah's Curse made the list! :)

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 11:03 PM ET
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I wish someone would give me a full time job reading books just so I can catch up on all of this.

Unlike the lists of award winners, at least I've heard of all but one of these!