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Offline cupiscent

GoodReads Choice final round for 2019
« on: November 21, 2019, 11:58:18 PM »
So, what do we think of the field of finalists that's emerged for the GoodReads Choice for fantasy this year?

I am all thumbs up for Priory of the Orange Tree so I hope it goes romping home. I note that Black Leopard Red Wolf is also up there.

I was particularly interested in this year's field because there's a common gripe that the category gets dominated by paranormal romance, and this year I'm only seeing two urban fantasies with likely significant romantic elements (though I imagine the Cassie Clare also has a significant romantic component) and they're from authors who have major followings.

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Re: GoodReads Choice final round for 2019
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2019, 04:40:08 AM »
I’ve only read one of them. How does Starless Sea get in there? It came out less than a month ago.
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Re: GoodReads Choice final round for 2019
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2019, 06:16:50 AM »
I’ve not read  any of them apart from Starless Sea

Only interested in one other book on the goodread list and  I  need to read book one before I can read Book 3 through.

Prefer the Tor list myself.
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Re: GoodReads Choice final round for 2019
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2019, 07:48:33 AM »
Gosh, of those I've heard of 3, didn't read any.

I like to think it reflects the variety and sheer amount of books in the genre published this year, but maybe it's just me.

It also confirms the idea that people live in bubbles: I thought other books would be hugely famous and successful because I'm always hearing about them, but there are tons of people who don't even know who those authors are.
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Re: GoodReads Choice final round for 2019
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2019, 12:10:55 PM »
I've heard of/seen the first eight, but haven't read any of those.

As for the Tor list, I've heard of about a third (mostly through Tor) but only read Children of Ruin and A Memory Called Empire and thoroughly agree they should be on the list.
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Re: GoodReads Choice final round for 2019
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2019, 12:13:56 PM »
Never heard of any of them even though I consider myself a good fantasy reader in Turkey :)
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2019, 12:20:20 PM »
Never heard of any of them even though I consider myself a good fantasy reader in Turkey :)

It’s a good job you levelled up to the next level when you joined up here where we can educate you to take back your new knowledge of fantasy to the masses.

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