Amph The Favorite SFF Book Tournament Nominations Thread- help checking for duplicates, please!

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  1. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Welcome to the nomination thread for our favorite Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Tournament!

    The field size will be determined by how many nominations there are, so don't feel like you can't post more nominations because of however many there have been previously. The plan is to format the tournament so that all nominations are included, without cutting any out before voting begins.

    The guidelines for posting nominations are as follows:


  2. No more than four nominations per post, and no back to back posting of nominations. Feel free to nominate more books after someone else has had a turn, though. In other words, you can post four books in one post, let someone else post, and then post four more.


  3. Nominations will be strictly by book, regardless of series. Hence, as an example, Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King would be three separate nominations.


  4. When nominating a book, include both title and author, so "Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien", not merely "Return of the King"


  5. If possible, include a link to some site identifying the book (such as wikipedia or Amazon)


  6. Star Wars books may NOT be included in nominations. Any other Science Fiction or Fantasy books, however, are fair game


  7. Remember that this is a favorite book tournament, not necessarily greatest or best. The only criteria is how much you like the book, not whether it was successful or anything else. Feel free to nominate any books you enjoyed, even if there are others you enjoy more - thats how the tournament becomes fun.


  8. I'm not going to put a definite time limit on nominations, but it will probably be at least two weeks. The end of nominations will be when nominations have slowed down significantly and we have a decent number for a tournament.

    Have fun, and start nominating!

    Locked since the tournament voting thread has been created
  9. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    RJ, this looks fabulous!! Thank you so much for the idea and for hosting [:D]

    And looks like I get to start off the nominations :p

    [link=http://sharonshinn.net/HTML/standalone.html]Summers at Castle Auburn[/link] by Sharon Shinn
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eye_of_the_World]The Eye of the World[/link] by Robert Jordan
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_(novel)]Sebastian[/link] by Anne Bishop
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_Study]Poison Study[/link] by Maria V. Snyder
  10. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master

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    Excellent thread! =D=

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Towers]The Two Towers[/link]* by JRR Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(novel)]The Black Cauldron[/link] by Lloyd Alexander
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix]Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix[/link] by JK Rowling
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Storm_of_Swords]A Storm of Swords[/link] by GRR Martin

    *I feel I must express my objection to the artificiality of dividing the singular novel Lord of the Rings into three parts, which was a publishers' conceit at the time of publication, and not the author's intention nor method of creation. There, I've said my peace!

  11. Trika_Kenobi Jedi Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Icarus_Hunt]The Icarus Hunt[/link], by Timothy Zahn
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystal_Shard]The Crystal Shard[/link], by R.A. Salvatore

    I'll just have to second a mention for Two Towers and refrain from linking to more Drizzt stuff. :p Zahn and Salvatore are my cup o' tea, obviously.
  12. Raven Administrator Emeritus

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    I'll add some.

    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Locke-Lamora-Scott-Lynch/dp/0553804677]The Lies of Locke Lamora[/link] by Scott Lynch; book one of The Gentleman Bastard's Sequence: It's got action, revenge, fantastic protagonists, amorality and sneaky morality, and a primary protagonist whose strength isn't sword or magic. Definitely one of my favorite SFF books ever written.

    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Final-Empire-Mistborn-Book/dp/0765350386/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240681200&sr=1-1]The Final Empire[/link] by Brandon Sanderson; book one of Mistborn: With apologies to books of the Gentleman Bastard's Sequence, this is my favorite ?heist? book in the fantasy genre. Brandon Sanderson's story initially is somewhat like an Oceans 11 or Italian Job set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, before turning into an action movie that'd make the Matrix cry with envy, and finishing with a final confrontation to put Star Wars to shame. And it does it without ever feeling like a junk-food book.

    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Beat-Dresden-Files-Book/dp/045146091X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240681935&sr=1-1]Dead Beat[/link] by Jim Butcher; book seven of the Dresden Files: Jim Butcher's books are a mix of action, tragedy, humor, and long term character development. Page for page, in my opinion, there is no better entertainment in the SFF genre. Dead Beat is quite possibly the best of them. Butcher packs a lot into each book, and Dead Beat is no exception: he covers zombies, necromancers, polka, magical enforcer wizards, a valkyrie, a fallen angel or two, faeries, ghosts, a couple of vampires, a pack of werewolves, and quite possibly the greatest use of magic in any book, comic, movie, or video game EVER (the raising of [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_(dinosaur)]Sue[/link]).
  13. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_of_the_King]Return of the King[/link] by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Recluce-Book/dp/0812505182/]Magic of Recluce[/link] by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Engineer-Recluce-Book/dp/0812534050/]The Magic Engineer[/link] by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Fortress-Draconis-DragonCrown-Cycle-Book/dp/0553578499/]Fortress Draconis[/link] by Michael Stackpole
  14. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moira_J._Moore]Resenting the Hero[/link] by Moira J. Moore
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_Fine_Myth]Another Fine Myth[/link] by Robert Aspirin
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reader_and_Raelynx]Reader and Raelynx[/link] by Sharon Shinn
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reader_and_Raelynx]The Towers of the Sunset[/link] by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  15. Havac Former Moderator

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    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-Die-Matthew-Woodring-Stover/dp/0345421450]Heroes Die[/link] by Matthew Stover
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silmarillion]The Silmarillion[/link] by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horse_and_His_Boy]The Horse and His Boy[/link] by C.S. Lewis
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ender%27s_Game]Ender's Game[/link] by Orson Scott Card
  16. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memories_of_ice]Memories of Ice[/link] by Steven Erikson
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guards!_guards!]Guards! Guards![/link] by Terry Pratchett
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_Carbon]Altered Carbon[/link] by Richard Morgan
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmen]Watchmen [/link]by Alan Moore if it counts; otherwise
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magician_(novel)]Magician [/link]by Raymond Feist
  17. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master

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    Here are four more greats in my humble opinion:

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Once_and_Future_King]The Once and Future King[/link] by TH White
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanth]Night Mare[/link] by Piers Anthony
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taran_Wanderer]Taran Wanderer[/link] by Lloyd Alexander
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silmarillion]The Silmarillion[/link] by JRR [and Christopher] Tolkien
  18. Sauntaero Jedi Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(novel)]Dune[/link] by Frank Herbert
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silmarillion]The Silmarillion[/link] by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_of_earthsea]A Wizard of Earthsea[/link] by Ursula LeGuin
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_Chronicles]The Martian Chronicles[/link] by Ray Bradbury
    and I don't know if it counts as sci-fi, but I have to at least mention [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_(book)]Nineteen Eighty-four[/link] by George Orwell

    Hard to choose from so many, so I just went with the classics.:D
  19. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master

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    Oh no! How could I have forgotten Earthsea? I have the covers of the original paperback printing hanging on my wall (since they fell off my copies about 15 years ago from over-reading!). I should revise my first list by removing the Potter book (excellent, but perhaps belonging to a lower echelon in my own personal canon) and replacing it with A Wizard of Earthsea.

    Thanks for the reminder, Sauntaero!
  20. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Remember, theres no limit to how many books you can nominate in total- just 4 at a time. So feel free to keep nominating more after other people post.

    Also, there's no benefit to multiple people nominating the same book - they all go into the same list. ;)
  21. soitscometothis Jedi Grand Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy]The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy[/link] by Douglas Adams
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Vor-Game-Lois-McMaster-Bujold/dp/0671720147]The Vor Game[/link] by Lois McMaster Bujold
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Light]Lord of Light[/link] by Roger Zelazny
    [link=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adversary-Saga-Exiles-Julian-May/dp/0330280317]The Adversary[/link] by Julian May
  22. jadesaber2 Jedi Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushiel%27s_Dart]Kushiel's Dart[/link] by Jacqueline Carey
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Princeps-Fury-Codex-Alera-Book/dp/0441016383]Princeps' Fury[/link] by Jim Butcher
  23. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_the_Shadows]Son of the Shadows[/link] by Juliet Marillier
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystic_and_Rider]Mystic and Rider[/link] by Sharon Shinn
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Red-Seas-Under-Skies/dp/0553588958/ref=pd_sim_b_1]Red Seas Under Red Skies[/link] by Scott Lynch
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Pillars-World-Tir-Alainn-Trilogy/dp/0451458508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240801892&sr=1-1]The Pillars of the World[/link] by Anne Bishop
  24. MrZAP Jedi Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring]Fellowship of the Ring[/link] by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit]The Hobbit[/link] by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four]1984[/link] by George Orwell
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_in_the_High_Castle]The Man in the High Castle[/link] by Philip K. Dick
  25. ezekiel22x Jedi Grand Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Condition_of_Muzak]The Condition of Muzak[/link] by Michael Moorcock
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_of_Tyshalle]Blade of Tyshalle[/link] by Matthew Stover
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_One_Tree]The One Tree[/link] by Stephen R. Donaldson
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gormenghast_(novel)]Gormenghast[/link] by Mervyn Peake
  26. The_Face Ex-Manager

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    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Crash-Bantam-Spectra-Book/dp/0553380958/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240865621&sr=8-1]Snow Crash[/link] by Neal Stephenson


    Everyone already said the other things I would have :p
  27. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    What about [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eyre_Affair]The Eyre Affair[/link] by Jasper Fforde?
  28. The_Face Ex-Manager

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    Well I didn't wanna pick one out of the series specifically, but yeah, sure.
  29. DarthVetinari Jedi Youngling

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    [link=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Watch-Discworld-Terry-Pratchett/dp/0552148997/ref=cm_lmf_tit_12_rsrrrr0]Night Watch[/link] by Terry Pratchett
    [link=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daggerspell-Deverry-Katharine-Kerr/dp/0006482244/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240868070&sr=1-1]Daggerspell[/link] by Katharine Kerr
    [link=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Northern-Lights-Adult-Dark-Materials/dp/0439994128/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240868183&sr=1-4]Northern Lights[/link] by Philip Pullman
    [link=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stardust-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0755322827/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240868283&sr=1-1]Stardust[/link] by Neil Gaiman

    I would have nominated one of the LOTR books, but lots of other people already have :p !
  30. ezekiel22x Jedi Grand Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scar]The Scar[/link] by China Mieville
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Tower_IV:_Wizard_and_Glass]Wizard and Glass[/link] by Stephen King
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road]The Road[/link] by Cormac McCarthy
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_Knight]The Wizard[/link] by Gene Wolfe
  31. Mikaboshi Jedi Grand Master

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragons_of_Autumn_Twilight]Dragons of Autumn Twilight[/link]/ Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragons_of_Winter_Night]Dragons of Winter Night[/link]/ Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragons_of_Spring_Dawning]Dragons of Spring Dawning[/link]/ Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion,_the_Witch_and_the_Wardrobe]The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [/link]/ C. S. Lewis

    Edited as per post below. :)
  32. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Chronicles of Narnia would be broken up into its respective books; so you can pick one to nominate there, and nominate more later if you wish. :)

    EDIT: and Horse and His Boy has already been nominated :)
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