Sunday, December 08, 2013

Battle of the Books, Bracket Six :: Wrap-up

We have completed Bracket Six of the Fantastic Reviews Battle of the Books. There were good matches along the way, involving a number of  books worth reading. Hope you had a good time and heard about about some new books and authors!

Congratulations to Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey (aka Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck), winner of Bracket Six of the Battle of the Books!  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.

Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (Tor)
Pazuzu's Girl by Rachel Coles (JournalStone)
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (Solaris)
Vampire Empire: The Kingmakers by Clay and Susan Griffith (Pyr)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
Technomancer by B.V. Larson (47North)
Blood of the City by Robin D. Laws (Paizo)
London Eye by Tim Lebbon (Pyr)
False Covenant by Ari Marmell (Pyr)
Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald (Pyr)
No Peace for the Damned by Megan Powell (47North)
The Snow by Ross S. Simon (Damnation)
The 13th Zookeeper by Bernd Struben (Strider Nolan)
The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes (Pyr)
WorldSoul by Liz Williams (Prime)

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. Perhaps we introduced you to a few new books. Only one book can win each battle, and 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 Bracket Seven of Battle of the Books. We have another sixteen books lined up for the next competition.  Aaron is taking a break from Battle of the Books.  I, Amy, will be judging and reviewing Bracket Seven. We'll be announcing the new group of contenders soon.

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