2013 Goodreads choice awards

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Goodreads posted the opening round for the best book of the year, 2013 edition.  The list for the Fantasy category is (you can vote here):

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Forged in Blood by Lindsay Buroker
The River of No Return by Bee Rigway
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Last years winners were:
2012 - The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
2011 - A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
2010 - Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
2009 - Dean and Gone by Charlaine Harris

My vote is for Emperor of Thorn by Mark Lawrence but I think that The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch could win it.  What is yours?

8 comments:

Ghost said...

"A Memory of Light" for me. It's a good finish by Brandon Sanderson for a series that is already legendary.
On a different note, how did "The Companions" by R.A. Salvatore got on the list? It's not terrible but hardly one of the better books this year.

Larry Nolen said...

I much, much prefer Helene Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni to virtually all on that list, with only Gaiman's being in the neighborhood of being a liked novel. Most of the rest seem to be trash, to be honest.

Josh (Fixed on Fantasy) said...

Voted for Thorns too, but had to have a good think between it and Daylight War.

Antonakis said...

Emperor of Thorns also got my vote though I haven't read most of those in there.

Phil said...

@Ghost: I asked myself the same question about Salvatore's book... but I haven't read it, it's been a while since I picked up one of his books... any of them lately worth a read?

As for the list itself, the eligibility factors are:

We analyze statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book’s number of ratings to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Goodreads Author category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.

Ghost said...

He's writing Drizzt Do'Urden recently and while I won't call any of them bad, they're not as good as his earlier works

Prateek said...

My vote goes to Emperor.

Though Vicious was quiet good and so was Daylight.

Lizbeth said...

Larry, have you actually READ the others on the list? Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to call things trash if you haven't bothered to learn anything about them.

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