We have quickly arrived at Final Four in the belated Fall 2012 Fantastic Reviews Battle of the Books:
Further: Beyond the Threshold by Chris Roberson vs. The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal vs. Auraria by Tim Westover
We hope you've enjoyed this tournament so far. This sixteen-book bracket, our fourth, contained a wide variety of genre books. Hopefully some sparked your interest. There were a number of appealing, well-written books. Now only four books remain.
Dropping good books after reading only 25 or 50 pages can be difficult, but this format allows us to sample and spread the word about many more new books and authors than we otherwise could.
Three of the four "seeded" books made it to the Final Four: Further: Beyond the Threshold, The Drowned Cities and Glamour in Glass. The dark horse of the group is Auraria, an independent book that has proved a surprisingly strong competitor, pulling off consecutive upsets over top-flight authors.
Thanks again to all the authors and publicists sending us great books to consider. If you're an author or publicist, click here for the rules and an address to send your book if you'd like to be included in a future bracket.
We have had a tremendous response to the Battle of the Books format. More brackets are to come, so stay tuned!