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message 1: by Al "Tank" (last edited Jan 24, 2012 10:17AM) (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments Here's something you may want to participate in if you like/read eBooks:

An eBook publisher has started a poll here on Goodreads to find the best eBook published in 2011.

You can add books and/or vote for any book(s) you think are great.

The winning book in each category (fiction/non-fiction) gets an award and a seal they can use in their promotion and on the cover of their book.

Any publisher's books (or Indi's). No porn nor erotica.

I posted a few (which amounts to a vote by the way) and so have a number of other people so far. A children's picture book is currently holding down first place, but the poll isn't over. Maybe we can get a SciFi book up there.

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Well, I added a few .... I was surprised at the small number of books I've read that were published this year ...

message 3: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments Yeah. I have the same problem. Being an old fart (er, senior citizen), I have a tendency to re-read older stuff in my library. But occasionally, something new catches my eye and, being on an eBook kick right now, I try to get it in a digital version. And some really good stuff is only available as an eBook.

message 4: by Charles (last edited Dec 06, 2010 05:01PM) (new)

Charles (nogdog) Just for the halibut I added the only four books I could come up with that were published in 2010 and for which I rated at least 4 stars -- I couldn't find any for which I gave 5, but then I'm a tough audience. Maybe Surface Detail will make it on to the list later this week. :-)

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Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments If you like military SF, try "The Fighter Queen" saga (unless sex and violence bother you, it's rated "R"). Start with "The Fighter King" since that's the first in the chronological series.

Being an eBook, you can download the start for free (a fair portion of the book). It's available at

If you prefer something a bit less intense, "Queen Mab Courtesy" by Bruce Davis is a great read and I fell in love with his dwarf protagonist (plucky little guy).

message 6: by Donna (new)

Donna (donnahr) I added the five that I rated at least 4 stars that were published this year. I had heard of very few of the other ones.

message 7: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments I'm in the same boat, Donna. But bear in mind that there are over 300,000 new titles published in all formats each year, so it's unlikely that anyone will be aware of even 1/2% of them.

Think of this contest as an opportunity to be aware of new books that might actually be worth reading (but then, that's what Goodreads is all about; right?).

message 8: by Patrick (new)

Patrick O'Connor | 70 comments Good Vibrations -- Book 1 of the HaChii Concatenation (Indie e-Book) was published this year. It has only two reviews on Amazon, but both are five stars.

message 9: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments So Patrick, if you think it's deserving of the award, go to the voting page and add it.

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Patrick O'Connor | 70 comments Can I do that if I'm the author?
(conflict of interest, but confident in the quality of my own work)

message 11: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments Why not? Politician vote for themselves. If the author won't vote for his own work, why should anyone else?

message 12: by Al "Tank" (last edited Dec 13, 2010 04:55PM) (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments The lead has changed. The children's book is now in 3rd place and something called In All Things is number one.

The leading SF Book (Star Marine) is in 8th place.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! Science Fiction should be first. We need to come to the rescue of our genre and come up with a new SF eBook (published this year) that can take the top spot.

I liked Star Marine, so I included it. I've done my part, so it's up to the other folks in this group to help hold up the honor of SciFi. Come up with a sure winner or vote for one of the SF books (assuming you've read it) already there.

message 13: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Long (valeriejlong) | 17 comments Sorry - I do write SF, published this year, but erotic, too, so I won't qualify. 8-)

message 14: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments The definitions of erotica and porn are rather difficult to corral. If the "story" is a thin wrapper for erotica or pornography, it's fairly easy to spot.

However, there are thousands of books published every year that include "adult" scenes as part of a well fleshed out plot. For instance, it's hard to call to mind a modern "romance" novel that doesn't contain adult material. However, the average romance novel would not be thought of as "porn" by the average romance fan.

However, if the story is mainly a series of scenes that graphically depict human (or alien?) coupling/rape/etc. with very little material in between, you might be safe to assume it's porn.

For instance: John Bowers' Fighter Queen saga (currently 5 books) contain quite a bit of sex in them, but they don't qualify as "porn" or "erotica" because they are mainly science fiction adventure/action novels.

Hope this helps.

message 15: by Al "Tank" (last edited Dec 28, 2010 08:35AM) (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments We still have the same problem with the poll. A romance novel, In All Things, is still hogging first place.

Are we in the SF community going to stand for this? NO! Get out there and vote for your favorite SF eBook. Let's show the world that SciFi is alive an healthy.

message 16: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Long (valeriejlong) | 17 comments Al wrote: "The definitions of erotica and porn are rather difficult to corral..."
Hi Al,
that helps - and yet, there are not just "adult", but very graphic scenes in my plot, the reason for which only becomes transparent between the 4th and 6th sequel, so even if I offer mainly a lot of true action plot I'm reluctant.

If, however, anyone else feels inclined to add one of mine - go ahead!
Cheers, Valerie

message 17: by Donna (new)

Donna (donnahr) Has anybody heard of Feed? It won the best Science Fiction Book award and it's gotten really good reviews. It's about viruses gone wild, which I am fascinated with in the real world. But it also has...zombies. Not something I've ever had an interest in. But the people who love this book, really love it, so I'm intrigued. So has anyone read it or heard anything about it?

message 18: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments Hey! The poll closes this weekend. If you haven't voted for your favorite 2010 eBook, you only have until Sunday to vote.

The leads have changed several times, so you can indeed change the outcome with your vote (especially in the non-fiction category where the voting is thin).

message 19: by Al "Tank" (new)

Al "Tank" (alkalar) | 231 comments Doing it again for Best eBook of 2011. 8 days left to vote!

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