There’s a great reader poll over at Tor.com that’s been floating around this week.  The question is, what do WE think are the best Science Fiction/Fantasy books to be published in the last decade? (2000-2010 and yes, they know that’s 11 years.) 

 

To get our votes counted we have to comment on the blog post right here. (Voting ends after Friday 1/14)  Here’s the list of books currently in the lead. I need to do some reading it seems.

 

Anyway, because you can list as many books as you want, I made a biggish list when I voted. I decided that ‘Best’ for me means that the reading experience was fantastic.

 

My votes:

 

The Name of the Wind – Pat Rothfuss

Curse of Chalion – L.M. Bujold

Fool’s Fate – Robin Hobb

Sunshine – Robin McKinley

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

Inda – Sherwood Smith

 The Fox – Sherwood Smith

The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett

 

Curse of Chalion isn’t Bujold’s best book (in my opinion) but it’s the best one that was published in the last 10 years. The rest of these really were some of my very best reading experiences during the past decade. *loves*

 

As I submitted my votes, I realized that I had a couple other lists in my head.  Of course I’m going to inflict them on you here.

 

My list of books that I wish I could have included, but they just barely missed the date range (alas):

 

Enchantment – Orson Scott Card

To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis

A Civil Campaign – Lois McMaster Bujold

Memory – Lois McMaster Bujold

 

 

The list of books that everyone else seems to be voting for over there which I have also read but did NOT vote for:

 

1.  Jonothan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke

See, I loved this book! I really enjoyed it and I thought it was brilliant. But it was a bit of work for me and I wasn’t….stirred. You know? Just shaken. 🙂

 

2.  All the books by Brandon Sanderson

The dude has published his ENTIRE (not tiny) adult bibliography in the last decade. There’s a lot to go on. I’ve read about…80% of it (not counting the Wheel of Time) and again, I liked it. It was brilliant. No one can match him for world-building and the sheer mind-blowingness of his story-telling. (The end of the Mistborn trilogy, people? o_0) However, his characters continue to be two dimensional dialogue machines. I haven’t read his newest epic (The Way of Kings) which is supposedly the first in a long line of epics to come, so I don’t know if he’s improved…we shall see.

 

3.  Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

This is the only Scalzi I’ve ever read and, were it not for his effusive profanity in some spots, I’d run out and read everything EVER. In fact, I’m still considering it. This book was hilarious, brilliant, and terribly exciting. I really enjoyed it and marveled the whole time at how…tight his writing is. It’s so direct and fast and comfy to read. However, it was just fun for me…like an action movie. It felt like Heinlein at his best (though the dialogue is even better) but it wasn’t the best book of the decade. It irks me that it’s in first place just because he mentioned it on his blog (that I read)…and so, I’m afraid that I’m being a little contrary. Sue me.

 

Anyway, it’ll be fun to see what lands in the top 10. I think the coolest thing about this is that I can look at the top 20 and all the comments and make an epic reading list of my own. How nice!!

 

What will you vote for?  Speak up in the comments!