Best of 2014: LA Times, A.V. Club, Wall Street Journal

A couple more mainstream lists this week. The LA Times delivers a Holiday Book Guide with both a Fiction and a SF/Fantasy section. Their selections are pretty standard:

The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell

Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes
Bathing the Lion, Jonathan Carroll
The Peripheral, William Gibson
Revival, Stephen King
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
Mapelcroft, Cherie Priest
Lock In, John Scalzi
Annihilation/Area X, Jeff VanderMeer

Except for some unusual love given to Maplecroft and The Three-Body Problem, that’s basically what we’ve seen from most other mainstream lists.

The A.V. Club also gave a “Best of 2014” list, covering all genres. SFF did remarkably well, with the following making the cut (out of 17 total books listed):

The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
The Martian, Andy Weir
The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman
Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson

These two lists pretty much reproduce what we already know from my Mainstream Meta-List: mainstream outlets love Mitchell, and after that Weir, VanderMeer, Grossman, etc., compete for the next spots. These mainstream lists don’t dig deeply enough into SFF to recognize books like City of Stairs. As such, these mainstream lists won’t correlate to the Hugos/Nebulas, but they will sell books, and selling books will improve award chances. I expect Mitchell, etc., to do very well come Nebula season.

Update: Just found a list from the Wall Street Journal. No dedicate SFF list, but The Martian by Andy Weir made the General Top 10.


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