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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2019, 08:13:43 PM »
I am really enjoying The Witcher series at the moment.  Onto the second book now.  So would nominate The Last Wish.
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2019, 01:42:21 PM »
Now I must join the Facebook group and ask about "Eye of the World" ;D

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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2019, 10:57:25 PM »
Are we (ie UK) *really* that different from America??

Tor just published their reviewers' choice of 'best books' (see HERE) and I hardly know anything!

There are many books that get US publishing that sadly never seem to get published in the UK. (From purely things I've seen, I would say the UK market/publishers are preferring things that are more traditional or grimdark fantasy, whereas the US market is leaning harder into "weird", into space opera and sci-fi, and into non-traditional fantasy settings and approaches.) It's been really interesting to me, in particular, to see which of my agent siblings get UK deals and which only get US deals.

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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2019, 10:36:09 AM »
My joy at actually seeing the title "Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2019" in the Guardian's 'best books' section soon deflated when I realised that apart from mentioning Abercrombie's and Morgenstern's latest, every single book is SF or dystopian >:(

Where is all the amazing fantasy published this year???

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/30/best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-of-20
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2019, 11:08:17 AM »
Whenever I hear Dystopian I turn off having  no interest in those sort of books at all.

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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2019, 02:34:48 PM »
My joy at actually seeing the title "Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2019" in the Guardian's 'best books' section soon deflated when I realised that apart from mentioning Abercrombie's and Morgenstern's latest, every single book is SF or dystopian >:(

Where is all the amazing fantasy published this year???

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/30/best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-of-20

I am sure I saw Black Leopard, Red Wolf there.
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2019, 07:05:58 PM »
We should have a separate list for the  the forum we have better taste then the facebook members  ;D


Would be interesting to see the difference between those lists.


Facebook group is going on about a new book there found called The Left Hand of God and most of them like it. A complete lack of taste over there.

Only @ScarletBea likes it here 😉 when we were at Waterstones together she kept picking it up and hiding it.

Really we should have two separate  lists 😛 

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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2019, 07:10:11 PM »
Whenever I hear Dystopian I turn off having  no interest in those sort of books at all.

I'm a fan of some Dystopian... like Wheel of Time and The Broken Empire. ;D
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2019, 07:22:46 PM »

My joy at actually seeing the title "Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2019" in the Guardian's 'best books' section soon deflated when I realised that apart from mentioning Abercrombie's and Morgenstern's latest, every single book is SF or dystopian >:(

Where is all the amazing fantasy published this year???

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/30/best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-of-20


I think the issue is that there weren't many 'big' standalone or series-opening fantasy books this year. A lot of good finales, but the list goes more for standalones or book ones.
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2019, 08:25:21 PM »
We should have a separate list for the  the forum we have better taste then the facebook members  ;D


Would be interesting to see the difference between those lists.


Facebook group is going on about a new book there found called The Left Hand of God and most of them like it. A complete lack of taste over there.

Only @ScarletBea likes it here 😉 when we were at Waterstones together she kept picking it up and hiding it.

Really we should have two separate  lists 😛

No one reading Eye of the World on the facebook group?
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2019, 10:03:30 PM »
I am sure I saw Black Leopard, Red Wolf there.
Isn't that dystopian too?

I think the issue is that there weren't many 'big' standalone or series-opening fantasy books this year. A lot of good finales, but the list goes more for standalones or book ones.
Stop using good arguments against my rant ;) Still, I think in a list you can refer to a great book 1, or a great trilogy ending, encouraging people to look for the rest.

And Eclipse, are they really reading *that* awful book? With so many good books around, what a waste of time and effort... ::)
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2020, 07:58:47 AM »
They've just published the list on the main site, here
http://fantasy-faction.com/2020/best-of-2019

In previous years the list was pretty aligned to mine, or at least I'd read most of all.
This year I've only read 6 of the 50, with 2 more books number 2 of trilogies I'm doing but haven't read yet.

I'll have to read the blurbs with more attention, but there aren't that many more that catch my eye (say, around 10). I don't know if I'm getting picky or set in my ways or what, hehe
Anyway, all my 4 nominations are on the list, at least :P
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2020, 09:11:28 AM »
They've just published the list on the main site, here
http://fantasy-faction.com/2020/best-of-2019

In previous years the list was pretty aligned to mine, or at least I'd read most of all.
This year I've only read 6 of the 50, with 2 more books number 2 of trilogies I'm doing but haven't read yet.

I'll have to read the blurbs with more attention, but there aren't that many more that catch my eye (say, around 10). I don't know if I'm getting picky or set in my ways or what, hehe
Anyway, all my 4 nominations are on the list, at least :P

No I feel the same way and I have different taste to you as well, a f-f forum list would be better then what there come up with , might be a bit snobby but I think we way more knowledgeable about fantasy then the Facebook lot who have only just discovered the wheel of time series.
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2020, 09:22:36 AM »
These are books published in 2019, though, so it's necessarily different to a more general 'best of' list.
I read a lot of "older books" (from the last 5 years or so), rather than just the latest releases.
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Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2020, 09:30:37 AM »
There seem to go for a lot more self published books then there used too as well.
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