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Friday, June 25, 2021

Best Stand Alone Book (That is Technically Part of a Series) [Results and Some Meta]

[This blog is about to go on vacation until July 6th. There will be one post next week to make up for yesterday, and there might be a surprise or two along the way. Plus, I'll be doing a little bit of work each day behind the scenes, so you may notice some edits happening to some of my "ever growing lists," and Patrons will likely get some updates. Social media posting will also be sporadic and light, and mostly but for already-mentioned exceptions, I'll be posting reruns and enjoy my vacation.]

The results of our book recommendations are in, and it was a REALLY good list of really amazing books. I even got a few for my own TBR pile.  Thank you to SO many people for participating and making this our best book recommendation post yet. Results will go onto our massive compilation post in the next few days.

On to the results…


Favorites (Remember, there was no voting, so the only "order" I've put them in is how many seconds they've gotten.)

Dune - F. Herbert, 5

Annihilation - Vandermeer 3

Startide Rising, D. Brin 2

Consider Phlebas - I. M. Banks 2

The Forever War - J. Haldeman 2

All Systems Red - M. Wells 2

Hyperion - D Simmons 2

Oryx and Crake, M. Atwood 2

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - D. Adams 2

Small Gods - T. Pratchett

Heroes Die - M. Woodring Stover

Neuromancer - W. Gibson

The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi

Vurt - J. Noon

This Alien Shore - C. S. Friedman

Foundation - I. Asimov

Robot Dreams - I. Asimov

The Warrior's Apprentice - L. M. Bujold

The Three-Body Problem - L. Cixin

The Sparrow - M. D. Russell

Emergence - David R. Palmer

This Alien Shore - C. S. Friedman

Who Fears Death - N. Okorafor

Crescent City - Sarah J. Maas.


Undersung Heroes (not the "best" but books folks think everyone really ought to read):

The Stainless Steel Rat, H. Harrison, 2

Emergence, D. R. Palmer

That Irresistible Poison, A. Hazard

Not Your Sidekick, C. B. Lee


Go sit in the corner

Incredibly problematic author is incredibly problematic, but I will report the results of our nominations as they were written: Ender's Game - O. S. Card 5

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