Monday, December 15, 2008

SFFWorld's Favorite 2008 Book

Voting is now open for
SFFWorld's Favorite 2008 Book

Here are the general rules

With 2008 coming to a close, we can start compiling what members of these forums thought was the best Speculative Fiction book(s) published in 2008.

As in the past we should keep this simple so the minimal criteria is as follows:

  1. You actually read the book between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008
  2. It was published in 2008. This can be either the first Hardcover edition or the first paperback edition (for the paperback to qualify, it has to be the First paperback edition i.e. while White Night by Jim Butchers was first published in US Hardcover in 2007, the US paperback was published in February 2008 so it falls within the criteria for a 2008 release).
  3. If the book was published by a small press publisher prior to 2008 and received a wider release through one of the Big publishers this year.
  4. If the book, (like Joe Abercrombie's Before They Are Hanged), was published by a UK/Australian publisher earlier (2007 in this case) and received a US release in 2008.
This topic resides in the Fantasy/Horror forum, since it is the forum with the most traffic. However, all genre books under the above criteria will be eligible: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror and all combination(s) of the three. I will be posting an announcement/topic to the whole site to get people who normally don't visit the fantasy forums to come here and post their choices.

Pick five (5) books you enjoyed the most. Points will be doled out as follows – 8 points for the best book, 4 points for 2nd best book, and 3 point for 3rd best book, 2 points for the 4th book and 1 point for the 5th book, such that:

  1. Book A by Rob 8 points
  2. Book B by Gary 4 points
  3. Book C by Hobbit 3 point
  4. Book C by KatG 2 point
  5. Book C by Dag 1 point
We can run this thing through the end of January, and I'll add up the votes/points and post the results in February.

Some other things to keep in mind:
  • Keep it only to your top 5 books.
  • If you feel only 3 or 4 books make your cut, that is fine.
  • Don't start a discussion explaining why you disagree with a person's choice... there are other topics for that... just post your top 5 and leave it at that. (I will be printing this whole thing once voting closes and I don’t want to have to go through reams of paper containing explanations)
  • Make sure you post in order of Preference... and if you post 7 favorites... only the top 5 will be used for voting tabulations. I know this is common sense... but trust me... it does and has happened.
  • Moderators/Admins WILL be deleting any large explanations as to why people chose their top 5 books.
  • Moderators/Admins will also delete any titles beyond 5
  • You can list a TIE for one of the five places; however, the points will be divided between the books. i.e. if you place Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson as tied for 3rd place, each book will only get 1½ points

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Go Vote!

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