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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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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2016, 07:24:58 PM »
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.

I'd never stick Going Postal onto a Best Of list, but I might do with an Important list. It is a fantasy milieu that is very different form the one that most of us have grown up on but is just getting bigger and bigger. But then, arguably, without having read LoLL, LoLL serves the same purpose.

I'd have voted for Night Watch mind. Ah well.

Anyway, I'm not voting as I'm a luddite too and have no idea.

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« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2016, 02:36:34 AM »
I'd have voted for Night Watch mind.

Night Watch is a CORKER of a book, hands down, absolutely. Though I do wonder whether it would be as transcendentally amazing without the context of how Vimes got to here (so, as a stand-alone if one hadn't read the rest of the Guards sequence).

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« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2016, 02:52:26 AM »
I'd have voted for Night Watch mind.

Night Watch is a CORKER of a book, hands down, absolutely. Though I do wonder whether it would be as transcendentally amazing without the context of how Vimes got to here (so, as a stand-alone if one hadn't read the rest of the Guards sequence).

An interesting question. Amazing still, no doubt, but transcendentally? Hrm.

I suppose we could ask TGC if he minds being a guinea pig?  ;)
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2016, 03:20:43 AM »
I'd have voted for Night Watch mind.

Night Watch is a CORKER of a book, hands down, absolutely. Though I do wonder whether it would be as transcendentally amazing without the context of how Vimes got to here (so, as a stand-alone if one hadn't read the rest of the Guards sequence).

An interesting question. Amazing still, no doubt, but transcendentally? Hrm.

I suppose we could ask TGC if he minds being a guinea pig?  ;)
I wanted to start TGC on Vimes with Guards Guards but there was a time limit of not before 2000 which made this a slightly skewed poll. I put up Going Postal as a Discworld sample that would not need all the back knowledge that makes them so special and to see if he liked the style.

Agree with you both that Vimes books are some of very best and of them Nightwatch brilliant, but it is so much better with knowledge of the now Vimes. Honestly every time I write anything about how great Discworld is, I get a leaky eye still.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2016, 11:08:42 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!

haha-- I feel you, the list has 2 of my least favorite authors and it's missing 4 of my favorites

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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2016, 03:41:18 PM »
I believed most of the major series were covered in the nominations. The ones I hear people rave about anyway. There were several others nominated, but either no one had heard of them, or felt like seconding them. I'm surprised no one seconded Hounded, but it's probably the worst book out of all the Iron Druid books, so it's understandable how you wouldn't want to introduce someone to modern fantasy that way.

Based on the current grouping, I see The Copper Promise grouped with The Black Prism and Retribution Falls. From what I hear, Retribution Falls and Copper Promise have something in common, but Black Prism is way more serious than Ketty Jay. I know  people probably didn't intentionally vote that way, but it's food for thought.

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2016, 10:23:52 PM »
All right, Campers!
The vote is over.
40 of us voted! Wow, I really never thought that many folks would.  :)

And the winners of the 5 Best Modern Fantasy (since 2000) Poll are:

> Lies of Locke Lamora: 25 out of 40
> Prince of Thorns: 19
> The Final Empire: 17
> The Name of the Wind: 16
> Heroes: 13

That's certainly a great set, and I doubt many folks would argue that this list of 5 includes very excellent books. (Thought we know Elfy detests one of them.  ;))

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2016, 11:07:22 PM »
Does he detest one of the final five or one that got nominated? I'm so curious now. I'm guessing lies of Locke lamora ;-)
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2016, 01:23:59 AM »
That's certainly a great set, and I doubt many folks would argue that this list of 5 includes very excellent books. (Thought we know Elfy detests one of them.  ;))

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He's not the only one. The other one I don't mind, but it certainly wouldn't have made my list. Either way though, everyone should give these books a try to find out for yourself.

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2016, 02:42:57 AM »
All right, Campers!
The vote is over.
40 of us voted! Wow, I really never thought that many folks would.  :)

And the winners of the 5 Best Modern Fantasy (since 2000) Poll are:

> Lies of Locke Lamora: 25 out of 40
> Prince of Thorns: 19
> The Final Empire: 17
> The Name of the Wind: 16
> Heroes: 13

That's certainly a great set, and I doubt many folks would argue that this list of 5 includes very excellent books. (Thought we know Elfy detests one of them.  ;))

Thank you for playing our game!

@The_Gem_Cutter, you can now read and report.  ;D

I will begin just as soon as I can. I've decided my novel needs some more horsepower, so I am reviewing my library of writing books to devise a new plotline or three. That should take four days and about a billion notecards to get done.

I've read Abercrombie's Heroes (and everything else) so I am 20% there from the get-go. I've purchased the Prince of Thorns but not cracked it open yet, so I'll likely start there.

Thanks so much everyone for your input and advice! You've saved me so much effort. I am an incredibly finicky reader, but knowing I have people to share my experiences with ought to compensate. Besides, maybe if I gave these writers a chance, I might just enjoy myself. And understand, I don't defend my finicky nature, I just struggle with it.

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« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2016, 12:32:40 PM »
Does he detest one of the final five or one that got nominated? I'm so curious now. I'm guessing lies of Locke lamora ;-)

@Elfy adores Lies of Locke Lamora.
He has said many times that Lawrence's "Thorns" books are very, very much not for him.
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« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2016, 01:18:20 PM »
I know he love lies, didn't know about thorn through, I thought you were being jokey with lies.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2016, 12:25:46 AM »
I know he love lies, didn't know about thorn through, I thought you were being jokey with lies.
I'm not keen on Final Empire either. People have different tastes and it's wonderful that the genre is so varied now that it can cater for all of them.

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« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2016, 09:45:49 AM »
Does he detest one of the final five or one that got nominated? I'm so curious now. I'm guessing lies of Locke lamora ;-)

@Elfy adores Lies of Locke Lamora.
He has said many times that Lawrence's "Thorns" books are very, very much not for him.

And I thank him for it. Books are sold by passionate responses like that. It continues the conversation and helps an author enormously. I've had more people tell me they bought Prince of Thorns because of the damning review on Tor's site than because of any other review. The more angry the better!   ;D

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2016, 11:41:17 AM »
That is a pretty stellar list I may say, and I think I'd push Going Postal to be the sixth frankly, Pratchett deserves it.

And I've ready every one apart from The Final Empire, will have to dive into that before the end of this year I think.  ;D