Sunday, July 15, 2012

Battle of the Books, Spring 2012 :: Wrap-up

clapping handsThis concludes the Fantastic Reviews Spring 2012 Battle of the Books. Hope you enjoyed it!

Congratulations to The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner, winner of our Spring Bracket of the 2012 Battle of the Books! Let's give a round of applause for all the participating books!

To see the whole bracket, click here.

Sixteen (16) new books were featured. These books and authors may be new to you, but after reading Aaron's descriptions and battle reviews, I hope some of these books sparked your interest. There were a wide variety of books. I know that I, Amy, saw books that I'd like to read.

Book battles were decided on reading a sample of the book, many based on reading only 25 pages or 50 pages. So, given this format, if a book starts slow, it may have an uphill battle. And, of course, each judgment was subjective, based on which book the reviewer, Aaron, decided he'd rather continue reading.

All these books are now available. Listed below are all the books in the Spring 2012 bracket, sorted alphabetically by author. Click on the book title links to go that book's most recent book battle.

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)
The Faceless by Simon Bestwick (Solaris)
The Burning Man by Mark Chadbourn (Pyr)
Tempest by Julie Cross (Macmillan audio)
Hell Train by Christopher Fowler (Solaris)
Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt (Sand Dollar)
The Stolen Bride by Tony Hays (Tor/Forge)
Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. James (Harper Teen)
The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod (Pyr)
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus (Alfred A. Knopf)
Greatshadow by James Maxey (Solaris)
Blood Ocean by Weston Ochse (Abaddon)
The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees (William Morrow)
The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
Shadow's Master by Jon Sprunk (Pyr)
Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck by Eric G. Wilson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

This week we'll be announcing the bracket for the Summer 2012 Battle of the Books which I, Amy, will be judging, giving Aaron a little break. I'll be deciding book battles based on which books I most want to continue reading. The books I select as battle winners may or may not be what Aaron would have chosen. Stay tuned!


David Dunne said...

Now my reading list has increased! Fantastic!

Aaron Hughes said...

That's what we're here for, to give you an overwhelming reading list. Maybe cause some folks' nightstands to collapse . . .