The ballots have been cast and the votes have been counted (I know I took longer than expected, sorry. Life kind of intruded) and YOU the members helped to decide what our favorite books from 2006 were. A total of 44 ballots* were cast and the results are as follows:
The Lies of Locke Lamora in First Place as the book we enjoyed the most.
Second place goes to R. Scott Bakker's The Thousandfold Thought.
The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson showed impressively at number 3
Forest Mage by Robin Hobb landed the #4 spot
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie finished off the top 5 at #5
So, our top 10 looks like this:
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
- The Thousandfold Thought by R. Scott Bakker
- The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
- Forest Mage by Robin Hobb
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
- His Majesty's Dragon/Temeraire by Naomi Novik
- TIE!Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer and Vellum by Hal Duncan
- The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes
- TIE!Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Blindsight by Peter Watts
Some interesting notes:
Of the 44 ballots submitted, The Lies of Locke Lamora appeared on 22 (half!). Of those 22 ballots, it was the #1 (out of five) on 0 ballots. For The Thousandfold Thought , those numbers are 15 and 4, respectively.
4 of the books are debut novels.
As is often the case, the top books were fantasy.
Naomi Novik missed the top five by one point.
There has been a great deal of consistency over the years.
The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes was #7 in 2004. If this polling had taken place for the 2003 books, I don't doubt The Briar King would have made the list.
Bakker was #1 in 2005, both #6 and #10 in 2004 (The Warrior-Prophet and The Darkness that Comes Before++).
Stephen Erikson and Robin Hobb always have strong showings.
In 2005, Erikson ranked #10 with Memories of Ice, #10 in 1004 with Midnight Tides, #5 in 2002 with Memories of Ice and #2 in 2001 with Deadhouse Gates.
Robin Hobb was #5 last year with Shaman's Crossing, #1 in 2004 with Fool's Fate, #1 & #4 with Golden Fool and Fool's Errand++ and #4 in 2001 with Fool's Errand
The check out the past results follow the link-a-dinks below:
*ballots being defined as response to the voting thread
++ in past years, some authors have had books appear in different years and different books appear in the same year because of the timing of books being published in the UK vs the US or because people base their vote upon reading the mass market paperback, foten released a year after the hardcover
Participation has grown quite a bit over the past few years on the voting threads, and as such, we've been a bit more strict about what we allow. Also, as the participation has grown, so have we amended the voting rules alloting more points for the top book and expanding from 3 to 5 books in the voting thread.
For whatever reason, this wasn't done in 2003.