Shadowfever or Prospero Regained. Moning or Lamplighter. Bestselling, high-seeded, well-known series or scrappy underdog dark horse competitor.
These were the questions BSC readers faced as they voted to determine the best book of 2011 in the opinion of our readership.
Like any good championship should, our book tournament’s final round came down to the wire in a hotly contested battle.
We had questionable directions from the ref (yours truly). We had screams of foul play from the sidelines. We had an instant replay consultation.
If you didn’t catch the drama, I logged in yesterday morning to Moning’s dedicated fans expressing concern en masse over a possibly suspicious rate of voting for Prospero. I also found the following gracious email from J. Lagi Lamplighter:
Thank you so much for having my book be part of your tournament. It has been great fun, and I am utterly amazed at how well my book did.
However, I am quite chagrined to log on this morning and find out that I am ahead. The other book has taken all states except for three, and yet my book suddenly has more votes. Much as it would be fun to win, that doesn’t seem fair.
Could you possibly call the contest as of yesterday, when Shadowfever had 60 some% and I had thirty some %. That seems fairer.
However. I also had messages from some of Lamplighter’s fans explaining their voting strategies (including coordinated efforts from their gaming circles to vote during a marathon game-play). Whether it was in the proper competitive spirit or not, I did encourage revoting in my post, and it is the belief of the site admin as a group that no electronic cheating (in the form of a script or bot) was used to game the voting poll.
Therefore it is the decision of BookSpot Central to award a co-championship to Shadowfever and Prospero Regained. Two books and authors with such dedicated and active fan bases both deserve recognition and acclaim for that.
A very big congratulations to Karen Marie Moning and L. Jagi Lamplighter, authors of your best book(s) of 2011!