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Friday, March 11, 2011

A couple of things worth reading

I should have a few reviews to post next week, but for the time being here are a couple of things I've come across during the week.

Firstly, an excellent conversation (hosted by Amazon) between two of the biggest names in Fantasy, Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss (who featured strongly on the blog a week or so ago). These guys have written two of the biggest releases of the past six months (both in sales and literal size - they define 'doorstop Fantasy epic'); The Way of Kings (Sanderson) and The Wise Man's Fear (Rothfuss). Enjoy the link.

Secondly, major Speculative Fiction publisher TOR ran a vote over on their official blog to find the 10 most popular releases of the decade (not limited to TOR releases at all). Here is the main page and official results.

I think the results are very interesting. They show diverging tastes and there was no runaway, landslide winner, considering that the number one book got 295 of 10 000 votes. I also think that there's a slight skewing towards the winner, Old Man's War, because of Scalzi's online presence and occasional writing work on the blog, but on a ballot done for fun and interest it hardly matters.

For each of the top ten a fairly prominent figure in the community did a review of sorts for the book. Some of my favourites include The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss), Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson) and A Storm of Swords (George R. R. Martin).

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