Amph The SFF Favorite Book Tournament - THIRD Round Underway - Gaiman, Pratchett Divisions!

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  1. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Welcome to the Science Fiction/Fantasy Favorite Book tournament. A few notes before we begin:


  2. This is a favorite book tournament, not best book tournament. So don't vote based on which is considered better, but just vote for the one you like more


  3. Each round will last at least 24 hours, and possibly more depending on the number of votes received and my schedule. Later rounds (I will announce when this takes effect) will last at least 48 hours. Be sure to look at my most recent post for who is being voted upon currently. Votes for previous (or future) rounds will be ignored. You do not have to vote for every pairing in a round, however; you may abstain from some if you wish.


  4. Each book title will link to either a wikipedia article or some other page, such as amazon.com, to help you decide if you have trouble deciding which to vote for


  5. Feel free to discuss why you voted for a particular book, that is a large part of what makes these fun.


  6. Voting with socks is prohibited. Such votes will be discounted and the user barred from future voting. Obviously, if you're game-banned and using a sock, you can vote with the sock as long as you do not vote with your regular name as well.


  7. The bracket is divided into the Science Fiction League and Fantasy League brackets, each of which has 8 divisions named after various SFF authors. Most divisions have 9 teams in them, but the first five have 10. Each division will be narrowed down to 8 teams via opening round matchups (randomly selected and marked with a dash) and then the regular first round will commence. The ordering of the books in the list, which includes the selection for who is in the opening round, was done at random. Please note that no actual correlation is intended between League name, Division name, and books in that division. There may be a Science Fiction Author's Division in the Fantasy League, with books by other authors, both science fiction and fantasy - this will be the case many times over, in fact. Since the League/Division names are merely for reference, they hold no actual relevance.


  8. For most of the tournament, there will be 4 pairs of books to vote on at a time. As the field narrows, this will drop to two and eventually only one pair. One opening round set, however, will have 5 pairs


  9. I will post the updated bracket on occasion, though not every time the round changes. The bracket will be kept in the second post of this thread, and will be updated more frequently, though again, not every time.



  10. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Science Fiction League

    J.R.R. Tolkien Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm#Overview]Animal Farm[/link] by George Orwell
    [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/The_Dark_Knight_Returns]The Dark Knight Returns[/link] by Frank Miller
    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Neil-Gaimans-Neverwhere-Gary-Bakewell/dp/B0000A14WF/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1244580026&sr=8-2]Neverwhere[/link] by Neil Gaiman
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood%27s_End]Childhood's End[/link] by Arthur C. Clarke
    -[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/The_Man_in_the_High_Castle]The Man in the High Castle[/link] by Philip K. Dick
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elantris]Elantris[/link] by Brandon Sanderson
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stars_My_Destination]The Stars My Destination[/link] by Alfred Bester

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Towers]The Two Towers[/link] by JRR Tolkien

    Robert Jordan Division

    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Locke-Lamora-Scott-Lynch/dp/0553804677]The Lies of Locke Lamora[/link] by Scott Lynch
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idylls_of_the_King]Idylls of the King[/link] by Alfred Lord Tennyson
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverthorn]Silverthorn[/link] by Raymond E. Feist

    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Heroics-Beginners-John-Moore/dp/0441011934/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242344230&sr=1-1]Heroics for Beginners[/link] by John Moore
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farenheit_451]Farenheit 451[/link] by Ray Bradbury
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Martian_Chronicles]The Martian Chronicles[/link] by Ray Bradbury
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memnoch_the_Devil]Memnoch the Devil[/link] by Anne Rice
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistborn:_The_Well_of_Ascension]The Well of Ascension[/link] by Brandon Sanderson

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Naked_Sun]The Naked Sun[/link] by Isaac Asimov
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_of_the_Twins]Test of the Twins[/link] by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

    Isaac Asimov Division

    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(novel)]The Black Cauldron[/link] by Lloyd Alexander
    - [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Darkness_at_Sethanon]A Darkness at Sethanon[/link] by Raymond E. Feist

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_of_the_King]Return of the King[/link] by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Icarus_Hunt]The Icarus Hunt[/link] by Timothy Zahn
    [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_Long_Dark_Tea-Time_of_the_Soul]The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul[/link] by Douglas Adams
    - [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_Study]Poison Study[/link] by Maria V. Snyder

    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Children_of_Hurin]The Children of Hurin[/link] by JRR Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistborn:_The_Hero_of_Ages]Mistborn: The Hero of Ages[/link] by Brandon Sanderson
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_(novel)]Sebastian[/link] by Anne Bishop

    Frank Herbert Division

    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Recluce-Book/dp/0812505182/]Magic of Recluce[/link] by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow_Rising]The Shadow Rising[/link] by Robert Jordan
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_and_Empire]Robots and Empire[/link] by Isaac Asimov
    -[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moira_J._Moore]The Hero strikes Back[/link] by Moira J. Moore
    -[link=http://www.watt-evans.com/thewizardlord.html]The Wizard Lord[/link] by Lawrence Watt-Evans

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silmarillion]The Silmarillion[/link] by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.
  11. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Opening Round:

    J.R.R. Tolkien Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood%27s_End]Childhood's End[/link] by Arthur C. Clarke vs [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/Elantris]Elantris[/link] by Brandon Sanderson vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stars_My_Destination]The Stars My Destination[/link] by Alfred Bester

    Robert Jordan Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idylls_of_the_King]Idylls of the King[/link] by Alfred Lord Tennyson vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverthorn]Silverthorn[/link] by Raymond E. Feist

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Martian_Chronicles]The Martian Chronicles[/link] by Ray Bradbury vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memnoch_the_Devil]Memnoch the Devil[/link] by Anne Rice
  12. Evil Incarnate Jedi Grand Master

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    Childhood's End
    Elantris
    Silverthorn
    The Martian Chronicles

    Evil.
  13. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    Abstain
    Elantris
    Idylls of the King
    The Martian Chronicles
  14. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    (will close this round soon, so get your votes in!)
  15. Jedi Vince Jedi Youngling

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    Childhood's End
    The Stars My Destination
    Idylls of the King
    The Martian Chronicles
  16. DRHJ9 Jedi Master

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    J.R.R. Tolkien Division

    Childhood's End

    Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

    Robert Jordan Division

    Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist

    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

  17. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master

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    J.R.R. Tolkien Division: Abstain / Elantris by Sanderson

    Robert Jordan Division: Idylls of the King by Tennyson / Memnoch the Devil by Rice
  18. The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus

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    The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Abstain from the rest.
  19. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    J.R.R. Tolkien Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood%27s_End]Childhood's End[/link] by Arthur C. Clarke 3, [link=http://www.amazon.com/Vor-Game-Lois-McMaster-Bujold/dp/0671720147]The Vor Game[/link] by Lois McMaster Bujold 1

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elantris]Elantris[/link] by Brandon Sanderson 4, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stars_My_Destination]The Stars My Destination[/link] by Alfred Bester 1

    Robert Jordan Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idylls_of_the_King]Idylls of the King[/link] by Alfred Lord Tennyson 3, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverthorn]Silverthorn[/link] by Raymond E. Feist 2

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Martian_Chronicles]The Martian Chronicles[/link] by Ray Bradbury 4, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memnoch_the_Devil]Memnoch the Devil[/link] by Anne Rice 1
  20. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Isaac Asimov Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(novel)]The Black Cauldron[/link] by Lloyd Alexander vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Darkness_at_Sethanon]A Darkness at Sethanon[/link] by Raymond E. Feist

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_Study]Poison Study[/link] by Maria V. Snyder vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Children_of_Hurin]The Children of Hurin[/link] by JRR Tolkien

    Frank Herbert Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moira_J._Moore]The Hero strikes Back[/link] by Moira J. Moore vs [link=http://www.watt-evans.com/thewizardlord.html]The Wizard Lord[/link], by Lawrence Watt-Evans

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirteenth_House]The Thirteenth House[/link] by Sharon Shinn vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_the_Shadows]Son of the Shadows[/link] by Juliet Marillier
  21. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander - I love this book :D I need to reread these; it's been a while. But I think this series was really my introduction to fantasy and I loved it :D Gave me chills.

    Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder - This too :D I was absolutely captivated the first time I read this - I think I started rereading right away 8-}

    The Hero strikes Back by Moira J. Moore - really funny, witty, sarcastic - all things embodied by the narrator. Desoite what the funny cover suggests, her style isn't like John Moore's, but it's worth a read (this is the second i the series).

    Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier - very hard since I love both, but I've loved this longer (and The Thirteenth House is my least favorite of the first 4 books in its series). It's the sequel to a book that's a take on the story about the girl whose brothers get turned into swans. Very lovely.
  22. Havac Former Moderator

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    Children of Hurin; abstain from the rest.
  23. Evil Incarnate Jedi Grand Master

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    this.

    Evil.
  24. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master

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    Asimov Division: The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (though IMO the entire Chronicles of Prydain series should be grouped together as one full "novel", since printed in mainstream-size print it comes out to about 500 pages, the average sci-fi/fantasy book length).

    Abstain from the rest.
  25. Mikaboshi Jedi Grand Master

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    A Darkness at Sethanon, by Raymond E. Feist
    The Children of Hurin, by JRR Tolkien

    Abstain on the others.
  26. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien

    Abstain on the rest
  27. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Isaac Asimov Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(novel)]The Black Cauldron[/link] by Lloyd Alexander 2, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Darkness_at_Sethanon]A Darkness at Sethanon[/link] by Raymond E. Feist 1

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_Study]Poison Study[/link] by Maria V. Snyder 1, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Children_of_Hurin]The Children of Hurin[/link] by JRR Tolkien 4

    Frank Herbert Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moira_J._Moore]The Hero strikes Back[/link] by Moira J. Moore 1, [link=http://www.watt-evans.com/thewizardlord.html]The Wizard Lord[/link], by Lawrence Watt-Evans 0

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirteenth_House]The Thirteenth House[/link] by Sharon Shinn 0, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_the_Shadows]Son of the Shadows[/link] by Juliet Marillier 1
  28. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Neil Gaiman Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanth]Night Mare[/link] by Piers Anthony vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Elf_Trilogy]Sojourn[/link] by R.A. Salvatore

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magician_(novel)]Magician [/link]by Raymond Feist vs [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

    Terry Pratchett Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eyes_of_Heisenberg]The Eyes of Heisenberg[/link] by Frank Herbert vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_Fine_Myth]Another Fine Myth[/link] by Robert Aspirin

    Terry Brooks Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coming_of_Conan_the_Cimmerian]The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian[/link] by Robert E. Howard vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirk_Gently%27s_Holistic_Detective_Agency]Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency[/link] by Douglas Adams
  29. Tiggermyk Jedi Youngling

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    Sojourn by RASalvatore
    Red Seas by Scott Lynch
    Another Fine Myth by Robert Aspirin
    Dirk Gently by Douglas Adams
  30. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    Night Mare by Anthony
    Red Seas by Scott Lynch
    Another Fine Myth by Robert Aspirin
    Dirk Gently by Douglas Adams
  31. Mikaboshi Jedi Grand Master

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    Sojourn by R.A. Salvatore
    Magician by Raymond Feist
    Abstain
    The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
  32. Havac Former Moderator

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    Abstain
    RSURS
    Abstain
    Dirk Gently
  33. Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master

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    Neil Gaiman Division

    Night Mare by Anthony (the best Xanth book by far, IMO)
    Abstain on Feist vs. Lynch

    Terry Pratchett Division


    Another Fine Myth by Aspirin

    Terry Brooks Division

    Coming of Conan by Howard (though Dirk Gently is a great book; this is a rather odd pairing!)
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