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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Best Modern Fantasy (Semifinal 1)

What is the best fantasy book or series written in the last 25 years?   

Holy crap everyone. I mean HOLY CRAP are there some tough choices to make as we close in on the final round.

We've finally reached the semifinals and man-oh-man do we have some behemoths slugging it out.

Everyone will get three (3) votes. The top four titles will go on to the finals.

Now is the time to make one small reminder. Many of the books in question have some kind of adaptation to the screen. It's time to stress that while CGI dragons are goddamned spectacular, this poll is about BOOKS, and writing, and not about how much Peter Dinklage fucking rules. So please vote for the best book, not the best thing you've seen on DVD.

The poll itself is on the bottom left of the side menus, below the "About the Author."

Also, for fucks sake, I know there are a lot of people on WAW's Facebook Page and the laws of large numbers are starting to dictate that a certain number of people won't read anything but the preview text before commenting that oh how could their very favorite fave not be here, but please know that 1) this is only half the titles in the semifinal round ("Oh my god how could American Gods not make it????" It did. It'll be in the second semifinal.), 2) there were rules that disqualified titles that came out before 1992 ("Why isn't Wheel of Time on here?" Because it's not modern according to the definition of this poll.), and  3) there have been twelve rounds getting to here and that was after the epic-est nominations process I've ever seen and I controlled literally NONE OF IT, so if a title got voted off the island or never got nominated, I'm really sorry, but acting like it is a crime it isn't on this poll might make you look a little foolish.

For mobile users you click on "web page view" and then scroll ALLLLLLLLLL the way to the bottom.

These semifinals will only be up a little over a week (we're going to end up going into December despite all my hopes and dreams, so I might as well give people a little more time) That means that the IP logging will expire. Since I can't really stop shenanigans, I encourage it. Vote early. Vote often.

9 comments:

  1. Um, where is The Wheel of Time on your list? Are people just not dedicated enough ( read as LAZY) to read it to know that it belongs at the top?

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    1. Not so much lazy as knowing that WoT's first book was published earlier than 25 years ago.

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    2. And also, not among the best

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  2. First book in series was published in 1990 so the series as a whole didn't qualify, and I don't think any of the individual post-1992 books (which would have qualified by themselves) were individually nominated.

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  3. I mean this his hard. JK Rowling Vs Jim Butcher. I almost wish that they were in two separate categories. Though my inner child begs to say Rowling did more for me as a reader, Butcher has captivated me as an author. For that my loyalty will go with him. Plus, come on the crap he puts Dresden through just for his own kicks... Winning.

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  4. How can I follow this poll, so I know when the second half and then the finals are posted? Facebook is not very reliable/prompt.

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    1. The most reliable way to follow WAW's posts are to subscribe in some way (down at the bottom of every page). There are a couple of other places here you can follow updates that aren't as unreliable as Facebook: http://www.chrisbrecheen.com/p/follow-me.html

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  5. Patrick Rothfuss is a game changer. Also love Erickson and Esselmont's MALAZAN Books

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