More “Best of 2014” Lists: A fan list, Chicago Tribune, and the Barnes and Noble Holiday Guide

As we near the end of 2014, more and more “Best of” lists keep coming in. I’ve been collating these in my “Best of 2014” meta-lists found under “Metrics,” and I’ll try to update the list a couple times a month. Here’s what we have this week:, one of the biggest SFF sites, has posted an initial list of “Fan Favorites” that they’re calling the “A Non-Comprehensive-But-Awesome Accounting of Your Favorite Books of 2014”. This list is likely a strong indicator for the Hugo. Here’s the novels they have on the list (they also include non-fiction and collections):

Word of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson
My Real Children, Jo Walton
The Causal Angel, Hannu Rajaniemi
Steles of the Sky, Elizabeth Bear
He Drank, and Saw the Spider, Alex Bledsoe
Child of a Hidden Sea, A.M. Dellamonica
End of the Sentence, Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard
Fool’s Assassin, Robin Hobb
California Bones, Greg Van Eekhout
The Peripheral, William Gibson
The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell

A solid list, with most of my top Hugo contenders represented. The Martian isn’t up there, presumably because the book didn’t come out in 2014. Science fiction isn’t well represented, and neither Lock In nor Echopraxia make the list. Are we going to see a primarily fantasy slate for the 2015 Hugos?

The Chicago Tribune has their “Best of 2014” picks up. These are behind a pay-wall (you can register for 5 free views), so click at your own peril. They include a general “Best Books of 2014” and also a brief “Best Books for the Science Fiction” fan:

Mr. Mercedes and Revival, Stephen King, makes the main list
The Peripheral, William Gibson makes the SF list
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Genevieve Valentine makes the SF list

And that’s it. There are two collections on the SF list as well: The Year’s Best SF (real original, Tribune) and Monstrous Affections.

Lastly, Barnes and Noble has put up their “Holiday Gift Guide,” which operates as a de-facto Best of 2014 list. They are very mainstream and standard:

The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson
Cibola Burn, James S.A. Corey
The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman
The Witch With No Name, Kim Harrison
Lock In, John Scalzi
The Broken Eye, Brent Weeks
Half a King, Joe Abercrombie
Fools Assassin, Robin Hobb
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
The Perihperal, William Gibson
The Girl With all the Gifts, M.R. Carey
The Martian, Andy Weir
Red Rising, Pierce Brown

Some more speculative books show up on the general fiction list:
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
California, Edan Lapucki

A good week for William Gibson: he showed up on all three lists. Is he beginning to pick up steam? For all his accomplishments as a SF writer, he’s only won one Hugo and one Nebula, both for Neuromancer thirty years ago. Is he due for another one? Lastly, has anyone read California? I’ve seen it pop up a few times this last week. Is it a viable Nebula/Hugo candidate?

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