Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Battle of the Books, Bracket Five :: Final Four

Here we go! After completion of the second round, we're down to the Final Four in Bracket Five of the Fantastic Reviews Battle of the Books:

Railsea by China MiƩville vs. Harmony by Keith Brooke

Nightglass by Liane Merciel vs. The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

We hope you've enjoyed this tournament so far. This sixteen-book bracket, our fifth, contained books from across the genre. There were science fiction, contemporary fantasy, high fantasy, historical fantasy, and horror books. Hopefully some sparked your interest. I know there are books that I (Amy) would like to read. Now only four books remain.

Stopping reading good books after only 25 or 50 pages can be difficult, and so can judging between two completely different books, 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: Railsea, Harmony, and The Testament of Jessie Lamb. The dark horse of this group is Nightglass, which is a tie-in to the Pathfinder role-playing game.

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 great response to the Battle of the Books format. More brackets are to come!

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