Saturday, February 16, 2013

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

clapping handsThis concludes the belated Fantastic Reviews Fall 2012 Battle of the Books. Aaron posted the book battles in this bracket swiftly, helping us to get back on schedule. Hope you enjoyed it!

Congratulations to The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi, winner of the Fall 2012 bracket of Battle of the Books!  There were some fierce battles along the way.  Let's give a round of applause for all the participating books!

To see the whole bracket, click here.

All sixteen of these books are now available. Listed below are the featured books, sorted alphabetically by author. Click on the book title links to go that book's most recent book battle review.

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little Brown)
Losers in Space by John Barnes (Viking)
Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont (Tor)
Cuttlefish by Dave Freer (Pyr)
Lance of Earth and Sky by Erin Hoffman (Pyr)
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson (Tor)
Zombie Bake-Off by Stephen Graham Jones (Lazy Fascist)
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Finding Poe by Leigh M. Lane (Cerebral)
Song of the Serpent by Hugh Matthews (Paizo)
Alexander Wisbal and the Hall of Heroes by Isaac A. McBeth (Tate)
Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy (Farrar Straus Giroux)
Further: Beyond the Threshold by Chris Roberson (47North)
Bloodthirst in Babylon by David Searls (Samhain)
Dark Magic by James Swain (Tor)
Auraria by Tim Westover (QW)

Some of these books and authors may be new to you, but after reading Aaron's book descriptions and battle reviews, I hope some of them sparked your interest. Only one book can win the bracket, but there were many good books in the competition.

Battle of the Books match-ups are decided based on reading a sample of the book. Most upon reading a mere 25 pages or 50 pages. So if a good book starts slow, in this review format, it may face an uphill battle. These matches are inherently subjective. Battles are decided based on which book the reviewer, Aaron, would rather continue reading.

Stay tuned for the next bracket of Battle of the Books. Another sixteen books are lined up waiting for their chance in the ring. Aaron will be reviewing. We'll be announcing the new group of contenders on Monday.

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