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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The BEST Stand-Alone Fantasy Book--FINAL ROUND

Last round's best performer.
What is the BEST stand-alone Fantasy novel?  

This is it!  The final round.  

From nearly twenty choices (of your nominations), we are down to eight.

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). 

For the final round, everyone only gets two (2) votes.  Your vote will be less "diluted" if you only vote once, but if you simply can't decide, you have the extra vote available.  

Removed from the poll this round will be:

The RiddleMaster of Hed by Patricia McKillip
The Book of Night With Moon by Diane Duane (a shame--this was one of the authors who was aware of the poll)

Good-bye wonderful books.  I salute you!

I'm getting a lot of emails from people who are upset that this title or that title is not on the poll.  Remember, the nomination process has concluded, but 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 you can always BE a part of the nomination process, and B) stand alone fantasy will eventually come back around as the poll subject, and you'll have the chance to get in on the nomination.

Use whatever criteria you wish for voting.  Some of you have strongly objected to the "stand alone" status of the first books in a series.  Feel free to object with your vote.

So bookmark this blog and be a part of the next poll!

I'll leave this poll up for a couple of weeks.  Usually it's hard to get people voting after the first week, even with a final round, and it just turns into a


  1. More people need to read A Book Of Night With Moon so they will know how awesome it is. Cat wizards! CAT WIZARDS!!

    p.s. - Diane Duane reads your blog? oooOOOooo...

    1. That would be awesome, but I think she was just made aware of the poll. She commented on a post over on G+.

    2. Hey, I wander through from time to time. :)

  2. I haven't read all of these, but enough to have cast my vote.

    Tiny correction to the poll: Marge Piercy's title is _Woman on the Edge of Time_: singular, not plural "Women".

    1. Thank you! I'm lucky I can edit these polls. This one has had a lot of unfamiliar titles, and I've made a shitton of mistakes.