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April 2012 Science Fiction nominations by Charles

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
 
  35 votes, 31.3%

The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman
 
  28 votes, 25.0%

WWW: Wake by Robert Sawyer
 
  20 votes, 17.9%

Rule 34 by Charles Stross
 
  19 votes, 17.0%

 
  10 votes, 8.9%


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message 1: by Charles (new)

Charles From my perspective, I guess I did a decent job of picking books I want to read, as I'm completely unable to decide which one I want to vote for. :-)


message 2: by Eric (new)

Eric Nice list. I voted for the one I've already bought but haven't read. It was a tossup between that and the one I'm on the waiting list for at the library. I might actually have it by then.


message 3: by Kenny (new)

Kenny Chaffin I've heard good things about the WWW series so voted for it. :)


message 4: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Echterling Unfortunately, I've only read one of these.


message 5: by Matt (new)

Matt Webster Great list it just introduced 5 new books to me.


message 6: by stormhawk (new)

stormhawk A friend of mine recently extolled the wonders of Charles Stross, so I'd consider this an excuse to give him a try.


message 7: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf Is there a list of what's won the various votes?


message 8: by Eric (new)

Eric JSWolf - if you click the Polls link near the top of the right column, you can see every poll ever run in this group.


message 9: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf It would be easier if someone could make a list of what's won.


message 10: by Eric (new)

Eric I think looking through the Bookshelf link for the group will do that. Sort it by "Date Started" to see what's been read when.

Geoffrey adds books to the bookshelf after they win polls.


message 11: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf Thanks.


message 12: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Gibson This was difficult. Good choices. I had to chose between Titan, WWW and Wasteland. I love the original idea of "The Old Man and the Wasteland" but in the end voted for Vonnegut. In some ways, "The Old Man" made me think of A Canticle for Leibowitz in the sense that an obscure text has greater misguided meaning after an apocalypse.


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

The only book out of place, IMHO, is Rule 34, but only because it's a sequel and I haven't read Halting State.


message 14: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey I was listing the runner up and the winner but I stopped adding the runner up sometime last year ....


message 15: by JSWolf (last edited Feb 02, 2012 07:53AM) (new)

JSWolf Geoffrey wrote: "I was listing the runner up and the winner but I stopped adding the runner up sometime last year ...."

Can you please remove the runner up as it gets confusing?


message 16: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie I love Vonnegut & Haldeman equally (for different reasons), but I've read Vonnegut more recently, so... I voted for "The Accidental Time Machine." Besides, the description and member posts made me want to read it soon.


message 17: by Paul (new)

Paul Vincent Wow - I haven't even heard of any of those! Now I have five more books to investigate and possibly add to my "To read..." list. Thanks :)


message 18: by Charles (new)

Charles I'm a bit surprised (but not in a bad way) that "Sirens" is almost making a run-off unnecessary so far. I'm also pleased to see so many votes: have we gained new members recently who got e-readers for Xmas? ;-)


message 19: by Charles (new)

Charles Greg wrote: "The only book out of place, IMHO, is Rule 34, but only because it's a sequel and I haven't read Halting State."

From the sample it didn't seem to be a sequel in the sense that it depended on knowledge of Halting State, so I cheated a bit. ;-)


message 20: by Phil (new)

Phil Mathies Recently read The Forever War by Haldeman and enjoyed his style. He's clearly a science nerd kind of like Neal Stephenson, (one of my favourites) so that's where my vote went.


message 21: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf Kurt Vonnegut is overrated. Joe Haldeman should win.


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

100 votes in a poll: this is a benchmark for the group.


message 23: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey It is. And Sirens is ahead by 9 but taking it down to where our smaller polls usually spread, thus may need a runoff ... thoughts?


message 24: by JSWolf (new)

JSWolf Kurt is highly overrated. Joe is so much better.


message 25: by Eric (new)

Eric The gap between #1 is twice the gap between #2 and #3. I don't know if a runoff is needed here. That seems to be a pretty significant lead for Vonnegut, despite (because of?) JSWolf's distaste.


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

I think we should establish some ground work on how or when we do a run off. Should we always to a run off if the leading book gets less than 50% of the totals? Or should there be something like if a book has a more the X% leading or X vote count, then we do a run off? I'm fine either way. As long as we get at least 30 days advanced notice, I'm fine with automatic run offs. Also, the nominator or moderator should decide tie breakers if we even need.


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