Friday, January 11, 2013

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

clapping hands This concludes the Fantastic Reviews Summer 2012 Battle of the Books.  It took looker than expected to judge, but I hope you enjoyed it!

Congratulations to The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis, winner of our Summer 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.

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

Casting Shadows by J. Kelley Anderson (World Castle)
The Ultimate Game by Sean Austin (AAA Reality Games)
Pure by Julianna Baggott (Grand Central)
Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine (Pyr)
Destroyer of Worlds by Mark Chadbourn (Pyr)
Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper (Tor)
Silver by Rhiannon Held (Tor)
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller (Quirk)
The Games by Ted Kosmatka (Del Rey)
Faith by John Love (Night Shade)
Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove (Solaris)
The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (Henry Holt)
Fair Coin by E.C. Myers (Pyr)
The Mongoliad: Book One by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear &  five others (47North)
The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis (Tor)
My Vacation in Hell by Gene Twaronite (self-published)

Sixteen (16) new books were featured in this Battle of the Books bracket.  These books and authors may be new to you, but after reading my descriptions and battle reviews, I hope some of these books sparked your interest.

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 entirely subjective, based on which book the reviewer (for this bracket me, Amy) would rather continue reading.

Stay tuned for the delayed, but not forgotten, Fall 2012 Battle of the Books.  To see the already announced contenders in this new bracket, click here.  I, Amy, will continue formatting the book cover graphics and updating the bracket webpage.  Aaron will be taking back over as your reviewer for Battle of the Books.  Aaron says to look for the first result in the Fall Battle of the Books this Sunday, with new results going up every other day as long as he can keep it up.

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