Saturday, April 27, 2013

Battle of the Books, Bracket Six

Announcing Bracket Six of the Fantastic Reviews Battle of the Books!

Battle of the Books continues with Bracket Six. For why we decided to do a Battle of the Books, click here. For the rules, click here.

Previous Battle of the Books winners have been Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner, The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis, The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi, and Harmony (alt.human in the UK) by Keith Brooke.

Aaron will review and judge Bracket Six, which features a new group of sixteen (16) contenders. (Amy pulled together and formatted all the book cover graphics.)

We've selected four "seeded" books -- four we are especially looking forward to (marked with asterisks) -- placed one seeded book in each quarter of the bracket, and then filled in the rest of the bracket randomly.  Here are your matchups.

First Quarter of Bracket:

Ari Marmell
False Covenant
Clay and Susan Griffith
Vampire Empire:The Kingmakers

Ross S. Simon
The Snow
Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
Earth Unaware

Second Quarter of Bracket

Sam Sykes
The Skybound Sea
Nancy Kress
After the Fall Before the Fall During the Fall

B.V. Larson
Rachel Coles
Pazuzu's Girl

Third Quarter of Bracket:

Tim Lebbon
London Eye
Liz Williams

James S. A. Corey
Caliban's War
Robin D. Laws
Blood of the City

Fourth Quarter of Bracket:

Bernd Struben
The13th Zookeeper
(Strider Nolan)
Megan Powell
No Peace for the Damned

Ian McDonald
Be My Enemy
Rowena Cory Daniells

To see the whole bracket, click here.

Some notes on the field:
-- Several of the books are difficult to classify, but by my best count, 6 are science fiction, 4 high fantasy, 3 urban fantasy, 1 YA fantasy, 1 YA science fiction, and 1 horror.
-- The field is comprised of eight men, five women, and three collaborations (James S.A. Corey is two people).
-- The contestants include 5 books from Pyr, 2 from 47North and 1 each from established publishers Orbit, Paizo, Prime, Solaris, Tachyon, and Tor and small publishers Damnation, JournalStone, and Strider Nolan.
-- 4 of the books are labeled as book one of a series, 7 are books continuing an existing series, 1 is a tie-in to the roleplaying game Pathfinder, and the rest appear to be stand-alone books.

We will begin announcing results on Wednesday, and try to make a Battle of the Books post every other day from then until we are done. Best of luck to all the competitors!

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