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6th Annual BSC Book Tournament: Winner
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!
Sorry for the dumb question, what is the first book in the series that Shadowfever is in? I am going to buy it and Amazon doesn't show a book one. Also, if there is a series before i should start with first please let me know :)
The first book is Darkfever. Then Bloodfever, Feafever, Dreamfever, ending with Shadowfever. I hope you enjoy them :)
While you'll be fine just reading the Fever books, KMM also wrote a series of Highlander books and some of the history in those books plays a part in the Fever books. Two different styles but still some overlap. So, as a purist, I'd start with the Highlander books!
While I have to say that I do believe, based on observation over several hours, that an electronic method of automatic voting was used, I am glad that the situation was addressed. I was so impressed yesterday by Ms. Lamplighter's gracious comments that I purchased the first book in her series. After commenting that I planned to purchase the book on Facebook, several of my friends did so as well. So, all's well that ends well, and I appreciate the diplomatic way you chose to resolve the situation.
I am very pleased with J. Lagi Lamplighter's response to the outcry of foul play by KMM's fans. I was one of those fans checking in on the votes in those hours where it was clearly impossible that the votes swayed so quickly in the opposite direction. I am glad to hear an understandable explanation of what took place. Enthused fans can do outrageous things and KMM has some pretty world renown fans and for the level of our participation to be drowned out so quickly was concerning. Hopefully this will be a lesson to overzealous fans to be considerate of the spirit and intent of polls like this. I apologize for assuming the author would condone vote stuffing to that degree and am so pleased with the response and outcome. The Fever series is a phenominal and indepth series written by a very talented author. I will make the time to check out Prospero Regained and other work by this author.
I voted a couple days ago as a Karen M. Moning & Shadow Fever fan, and then I heard about some of the dilemna while browsing facebook today. I just want to say that the response from Ms. Lamplighter shows a level of class that usually filters into an author's writing style. I was already planning on getting the Prospero trilogy when I read the description of it on voting day. Now I am even more excited about reading it! I bet it will be an exciting and classy book just like it's author. I am grateful that both authors have such obvious talent, which is clearly evident in their fan bases. I am looking forward to enjoying Ms. Lamplighter's book and most likely joining her fanbase and meeting new book lovers. And I hope you to meet some new faces in Karen M's fanbase as well. Cheers to two great writers and both their loyal fans!
There was a lot of passion, anger, & hurt feelings on both sides. The admins of this site handled the situation well, & L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright is truly a class act. As a KMM fan I will admit that in the end, it was only L J Lamplighter's grace under fire that convinced me to purchase her books. I also agree that I did not like the polling process & hope that some changes could be made for future polling.
Ms. Lamplighter is a class act. I was impressed so much I went to Amazon and purchased book one of her series- it does looking interesting! I know others have done the same. I applaud Bookspot for researching the voting issue and their resolution. I don't how these automated voting things work but it seems that there should be a way to limit the number of times an individual can vote say to once a day or something.
I would like to say that despite whatever happened yesterday I am extremely impressed with the classy behaviour of L. Jagi Lamplighter. I might find myself reading the book just because of the comments that were made by the author.
Rebecca, LJ Lamplighter is a class act. She had nothing to do with the shennanigans and I think she handled it quite well. She was willing, and happy, to take second place to Karen and it was the site who decided to go with co champions. I really hope that karen's fans can find it in their hearts to not blame her for something completely out of her control. Also, you should read her books. They are worth the time! I know I am going out and buying Karens stuff right now.