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Monday, July 22, 2013

Poll: The BEST Stand Alone Fantasy Novel

Choosing this image for the poll is in
no way intended to get you to vote for
The Mists of Avalon as the best book.
If you want to vote for one of the other
sub-par books, you shouldn't feel like
this picture of sheer awesome is, in any way
influencing you.
(Note: We are now on to round two which has fewer choices and only four (4) votes per person.)

The poll itself is at the bottom of the left hand "widgets" (the menus, ads, share buttons, and such that run down the left side of the screen).  It's big and long and black (hur hur).  

Everyone gets FIVE (5) votes for the first round.  

And be careful.  The poll is actually so long, it's longer than a screen at normal resolution, so there may be more choices if you scroll down.

Also the nomination process has concluded, so if you think it's a travesty that something you would consider to be the best fantasy novel ever is not on this poll, feel free to leave a comment, but the poll will stay as it is.  HOWEVER I encourage you to stick around as A) I'm pretty much always running some kind of similar poll (we'll be doing horror next), and if you care that much, you might actually like it here, and B) fantasy will eventually come back around and you'll have the chance to get in on the nomination.  

I'm going to try something a little different with this poll.  Normally with this many nominations, I would break up the poll into "semi-finals" and then run a final poll of those winners.  However, I'd like to try a different tack this time to account for how many people right now are sort of just "passing through."  I think it will work, but it might be an abject failure.  Let's throw some spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.

Here's how this one is going to work (you should pay attention--there will be a quiz):  Everyone gets five votes (yes 5), so you can make sure several different titles get some love.  At the end of each of this week (one week from Tuesday) I will trim down the three choices that have the fewest votes and reset the poll.  (Then you will only have four votes.)  This should minimize some of the affect that passers by have as only the people who keep coming back each week will really be able to influence which titles move on to the next rounds.  I'll do this twice more, removing one vote and three choices.  If I did my math right, the last round you should have eight books left and two votes.  I'll leave that poll up for a little longer than a week.

Here are the books that will be contending for BEST stand alone fantasy.  You may use ANY criteria you deem fit to decide which is worthy of your vote.  Remember that I was lenient with the definition of "stand alone," so if you feel like something here could NOT stand alone, you are welcome to not vote for it.

The Mists of Avalon by Marian Bradley
The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Hallowed Hunt by Bujold
Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Book of Night With Moon by Diane Duane
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The RiddleMaster of Hed by Patricia McKillip
The Twelve Kingdoms Sea of Shadow by Fuyumi Ono
Yarrow by Charles de Lint
Lions of Al-Rassan by Gavriel Kay
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Into the Dream by William Sleator
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Philosopher's Stone) by J.K. Rowling
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


  1. Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett, because while I haven't eaten my meat, I DO want some pudding. But not the British "pudding." Ew. Butterscotch, please.

  2. Why does Guy Gavriel Kay get two? I mean, it's good stuff and all, but it doesn't really seem fair.

    1. I just wrote what folks wrote in. Neil Gaiman also got two.

  3. Goodness! Thank you for including me in this, for whatever reasons. :)

    1. You're very welcome!! One of my readers nominated your book, so I put it on the poll. :)

  4. Mists of Avalon is actually the only one on the list I've read. *shrugs sheepishly*