The Votes are tallied and SFFWorld’s favorite book published in 2007 is…
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie. However, it was a close race this year because Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind was close on Joe’s heels. The gap between #2 and #3 was a bit wider, but our third favorite book was Reaper’s Gale, the latest in perennial favorite Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. The full list is as follows:
- Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (105 points)
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (96 points)
- Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson (63 points)
- Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb (54 points)
- The Lies of Locke Lamora* by S. Lynch & The Blade Itself* by J. Abercrombie (41 points)
- The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien (32 points)
- Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (31 points)
- The Thousandfold Thought* by R. Scott Bakker (28 points)
- The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente (21 points)
2 books by Scott Lynch and 2 books by Joe Abercrombie; their first books tied and were both on last year's list (#1 and #5 respectively).
The Bakker/Erikson/Hobb trifecta
Bakker was #2 in 2006, #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 2006, Erikson was #3 with The Bonehunters2005, #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 #4 in 2006 with Forest Mage, #5 in 2005 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
J.R.R. Tolkien is the oldest “rookie” to appear on the list
Newcomer Patrick Rothfuss made a big impression
Catherynne M. Valente didn’t appear on quite so many lists, but was very high those on which she did appear.
After a fairly stron showing last year, Naomi Novik completely disappeared from this year's list. Did people not read Empire of Ivory, were they tired of the "My Dears?"
* Indicates book appeared on last year's list. I'm considering revising the rules a bit, because this has been a trend over the past few years. Specifically this one:
It was published in 2007. This can be either the first Hardcover edition or the first paperback edition (for the paperback to qualify, it has to be the First paperback edition i.e. while In the Eye of Heaven was first published in US Hardcover in 2006, the US paperback was published in January 2007 so it falls within the criteria for a 2007 release).
I don't know whether or not people are voting for the same book two years in a row, or if the books are just that popular because some people wait for the paperbacks, but it is a telling trend. What exactly, I'm not sure. However, since Abercrombie's involved, my suspicions are raised even higher.
Seriously though, I am VERY open to suggestions about possibly changing things up a bit.
For the past results follow the links below:
Here is the Voting Thread.