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Ahoy Mateys: Vote for the top 5 Modern Fantasies based on our exhaustive list

Lies of Locke Lamora - Lynch
25 (14.5%)
The Final Empire - Sanderson
17 (9.9%)
Retribution Falls - Wooding
8 (4.7%)
The Copper Promise - Williams
10 (5.8%)
Prince of Thorns - Lawrence
19 (11%)
The Black Prism - Weeks
8 (4.7%)
Storm Front (Dresden) - Butcher
8 (4.7%)
A Shadow in Summer - Abraham
3 (1.7%)
Going Postal - Pratchett
12 (7%)
The Heroes - Abercrombie
13 (7.6%)
Name of the Wind - Rothfuss
16 (9.3%)
Promise of Blood - McClellan
7 (4.1%)
Under Heaven - Kay
2 (1.2%)
Gardens of the Moon - Erikson
5 (2.9%)
The Night Circus - Morgenstern
4 (2.3%)
Perdido Street Station - Mieville
6 (3.5%)
Theft of Swords - Sullivan
3 (1.7%)
City of Blades - Bennett
6 (3.5%)

Total Members Voted: 40

Voting closed: September 06, 2016, 02:22:51 AM

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Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« on: September 02, 2016, 02:22:51 AM »
OK, guys. Here's the poll.
I took all the books with 2 or more seconds, and my own selection of books with 1 vote.
I took only 1 book per offer, so I removed some books where another from that author came in higher.
I added a book I like. Because. I own the poll. >:( ;D

You get 5 votes.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2016, 02:31:06 AM »
How do you create the poll and not vote :O

Either way, I chose...
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Promise of Blood by Brian T. McKlellan

For the record, I wanted to write down Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, and Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding, but I couldn't make it. Also, I was tempted to put down Stormfront by Jim Butcher, but I haven't finished the series yet.

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2016, 02:48:00 AM »
Here are my votes:

Locke Lamora
Prince of Thorns
The Heroes
Copper Promise
City of Blades
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2016, 02:49:48 AM »
My votes went for (no particular order):

Prince of Thorns
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Copper Promise
Perdido Street Station

It's a very good mix of different approaches to the genre - and actually the only 5 of the list I've read. So I guess Gem Cutter is well served.

Prince of Thorns --> Grimdark. The only first person of the five. If you thought Abercrombie was gritty, then you can't go wrong with Mark Lawrence. The story is really dark, amazing protagonist voice and awesome, awesome prose.

The Lies of Locke Lamora --> Low fantasy? Third-person with flashback chapters through a single character. A genius kid pretty much works his way to lead a gang of thieves that disguises as priests of an order and do cons that would make Yellow Kid, Barnum or Victor Lustig proud. Also extremely funny.

Mistborn: The Final Empire --> High fantasy? Third person with multiple POV. Extremely detailed magic system and worldbuilding. Probably the best plot twists of the bunch as well.

The Copper Promise --> Sword and Sorcery? Third person with multiple POV. A rogue, a knight and a mage walk into a bar... Has the feeling of classical S/S where people explore the world uncovering its secrets, but with a modern touch to update it. Good humor too.

Perdido Street Station --> Weird Fantasy/Steampunk. Third person with multiple POV and one in First. Humans live in a huge city with a lot of other species (giant insects, demons, garudas, robots, etc). Add in not quite so modern technology and a bunch of magic and mix all those races and in a crazy city and you will get Perdido Street Station. It starts with a foul-mouthed scientist having sex with his insect girlfriend and he gets a job to make a wingless garuda fly again. While he tries his experiments, things go a bit wrong...     
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2016, 02:56:27 AM »
Prince of Thorns
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Copper Promise
Perdido Street Station
Mine are the same as Lanko's except for the last book, where I voted instead for Black Prism (and no prizes to guess who gave it the current second vote.. eh, ultament? ;) )

I think Weeks gives you a really great magic system, fast action, twists that will leave you screaming, and then wanting more and more.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2016, 03:08:23 AM »
pssst.  poll owner.  i believe it's McClellan, not McClennen.

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2016, 06:30:20 AM »
As Gem Cutters into military Fantasy we should have a topic on that,nominate your best military fantasy.

I just voted for Locke he doesn't need to read anything else.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2016, 07:07:09 AM »
Gone with Lanko 's list. Find it hard to leave Pratchett out but somehow it's in a space of its own and like apples and pears.

That is a really top list, useful for future to recommend to new members who ask. Hard to leave some out and stick to five.  Have read 12 on list, all great.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2016, 09:41:23 AM »
So hard to choose! I went with:

Lies of Locke Lamora - Lynch
The Final Empire - Sanderson
Retribution Falls - Wooding
The Black Prism - Weeks
A Shadow in Summer - Abraham

Also wanted to vote for:

The Copper Promise - Williams
Promise of Blood - McClellan
Theft of Swords - Sullivan
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2016, 11:03:13 AM »
Seems to be a lot missing - haven't even read most of that list, but I do read "modern fantasy". Now and then. I should have probably participated in the nominations!

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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2016, 12:59:06 PM »
As Gem Cutters into military Fantasy we should have a topic on that,nominate your best military fantasy.

I would love this.  It wouldn't count for modern but I hope he's read the Black Company books.

My picks were:

Lies of Locke Lamora
Gardens of the Moon
Black Prism
City of Blades
Storm Front

I would have normally gone with Heroes (at the expense of what I'm not sure) but as GC as already indicated that he's read that one it freed up a vote for me.

Wait...why did we go with City of Blades rather than City of Stairs if we were limiting it to first books?  I mean the whole series so far has been very good so I would be voting for it anyways but Blades is the second book.

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2016, 01:48:07 PM »
As Gem Cutters into military Fantasy we should have a topic on that,nominate your best military fantasy.

I would love this.  It wouldn't count for modern but I hope he's read the Black Company books.


I actually prefer black company to malazan and I love malazan mind you I just love Glen Cook whatever he writes

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2016, 03:58:19 PM »
Seems to be a lot missing - haven't even read most of that list, but I do read "modern fantasy". Now and then. I should have probably participated in the nominations!
I do wonder if sometimes we here tend to focus on a select few titles, but when I also notice the very broad interests and suggestions coming out of the nominations thread, I don't really mind that much if people follow this poll as a start and then branch out...
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2016, 04:43:13 PM »
Well we could only nominate 2 , I could have nominated a lot more different books.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2016, 05:39:53 PM »
As Gem Cutters into military Fantasy we should have a topic on that,nominate your best military fantasy.

I would love this.  It wouldn't count for modern but I hope he's read the Black Company books.


I actually prefer black company to malazan and I love malazan mind you I just love Glen Cook whatever he writes

Go and read black company Gemmy

I've got the first three Black Company books, just haven't read them yet.