Monday, June 16, 2014

Battle of the Books, Bracket Seven :: Final Four

We're finally down to the Final Four in Bracket Seven of the Fantastic Reviews Battle of the Books:

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman
River Road by Suzanne Johnson

Quantum Coin by E. C. Myers
The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross

We hope you've enjoyed this tournament so far. This sixteen-book bracket, our seventh, contained books from across the genre. There were science fiction, fantasy and horror books. To get to the Final Four, these books won their first two matches. The other books in the competition, and some of them were quite good, got knocked out of the running by a tough opponent, as in basketball's March Madness.

Judging between books, which can be totally different, based on reading only 25 or 50 pages can be difficult. But our Battle of the Books format allows us to sample and spread the word about many more new books and authors than we otherwise could.

In this bracket, three out of the four books which were "seeded" reached the Final Four. The unseeded book which made to the Final Four is River Road by Suzanne Johnson.

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. Several future brackets of Battle of Books are now in the hands of our reviewers, so check back for many more battles to come.

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