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Subject: Top 5 of 2010 -- UPDATED RESULTS AT BOTTOM!
Date Posted: 12/10/2010 2:19 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 2:19 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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Subject: favorites
Date Posted: 12/10/2010 3:27 PM ET
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Easy to pick this year as there weren't many 5 star books on my list.  Uh, I also did NOT read a lot of 2010 books this year, so a couple of these only got 4 stars from me.

1. Changes, Jim Butcher

2. Cryoburn,  Louise McMaster Bujold

3. The Truth of Valor, Tanya Huff

4. Echo, Jack McDevitt

5. Blackout, by Connie Willis



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/11/2010 9:15 AM ET
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Well, I am a little surprised to realize I haven't even read 5 that qualify.  I see 3 on my list that would count...maybe 4 if you weasel in a horror book with supernatural elements.  If so, my ranking would be:

1. Horns by Joe Hill
2. Starbound by Joe Haldeman
3. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell
4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
5. <empty>

Of those, Horns is the only one I consider excellent (I think it's my book of the year) and it probably shouldn't count. 

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Date Posted: 12/11/2010 11:06 PM ET
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Well, being a paperback reader, I'm afraid I'm about a year behind the curve on this, and have not yet read any books published in 2010.  However, one year late, here's my top 5 ranking of sf books I've read that were published in 2009.

  1. The City & The City, by China Mieville
  2. Galileo's Dream, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  3. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  4. Time Travelers Never Die, by Jack McDevitt
  5. Julian Comstock, A Story of 22nd Century America, by Robert Charles Wilson

But I guess I have no actual votes for the current thread.

Date Posted: 12/11/2010 11:44 PM ET
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Tom -- LOL, still an interesting list. Do you normally agree so closely with the major SF/F awards shortlists?

Subject: last year's favorites
Date Posted: 12/12/2010 9:02 AM ET
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It's not so much a matter of waiting for and then agreeing with the awards, as it is being too cheap to buy new hardcovers or even trade paperbacks. I'm aware of new releases, but it's often two or three years until I actually get my hands on a low cost copy. My one year old list(2009), consists mostly of the award winners/nominees that I made the effort to find through multiple libraries in my area (None of them are big). I don't have any other reads to rank above or below these. If I look back at my 2008 or 2007 titles, my coverage is more comprehensive. For example, right now I would really like to get my hands on Connie Willis's Blackout and All Clear, but I fear it will be a while longer.
Date Posted: 12/22/2010 1:40 PM ET
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My top SF of the year was The Last Ship by William Brinkley.  I can't believe this is the same author that wrote Peeper

Honorable mention to One Second After by William Forstchen.  A little too glorifying of the military for my taste, but in this book it really worked.

Subject: RESULTS!
Date Posted: 1/4/2011 6:29 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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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/6/2011 3:58 PM ET
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Did anyone mention Kraken by China Mieville?  Maybe it came along too late in the year, but I'm reading it now, and I think it definitely blows away anything else I read from 2010.

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 1:29 AM ET
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 Only one person. . . I think it is that it was a late release, and so the number of people who had read it was small.