Tuesday, 14 November 2017

SPFBO 2017 -- the finals!

300 contestants have been narrowed to 10 finalists.

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off finalists will be listed and scored on this page

The process of selection is now complete and is documented here.

Here's the scoreboard. The reviews, the books, and the blogs are all linked on this table. (click scores to get reviews)

* = Blogger chose this finalist
*= Blogger's top book.

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Esme has reviewed a vast number of the SPFBO 3 books on her blog, and scores the finalists thusly:

Where Loyalties Lie - 8.9
Crimson Queen - 8.8
Sufficiently Advanced Magic - 8.7
Chaos Trims My Beard - 8.5
Devil's Night Dawning - 8.5
Tiger Lily - 8.0
Jack Bloodfist - 7.8
The War Of Undoing - 7.7 
The Way Into Chaos - 7.5
Pilgrimage To Skara - 7.2

On The Nerd Book Review there are podcast interviews with a good number of SPFBO finalists.

Sonya M Black has a good number of interviews with SPFBO authors on her blog.

Blogger Jesse Teller has also interviewed a collection of SPFBO authors. 

Finalists from the past two years (red = 2015, black =2016):
Blood Rush 7.75
Paternus 7.30
Fionn 7.20
Larcout 6.70
Priest 6.30
Outpost 5.95

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  1. Zero women selected to date despite so many quality submissions. What a disappointing initiative. In this day and age fantasy MUST be a shinning light for inclusive and diverse writers. This will make a great article for the Guardian. Greetings from Tokyo.

    1. Five of the ten blogs selecting finalists are entirely run by women. Three have mixed panels, and only two are run entirely by men. They chose the books they they thought were best.

      Last year half the finalists were women.

      I'm sure all the contestants would welcome the added publicity of a Guardian article.

    2. I hate to break this to you, but K. Bird Lincoln is a woman. But by all means print that no women were chosen.

    3. The dog whistling in that anonymous post is as clear as day. 100% a troll trying to be edgy.

  2. This is the 21st Century. We should be looking at quality not gender. IMHO

  3. Well done to all the finalists and three New Year's cheers for Mark and the bloggers. Let us not forget that they put as much effort into SPFBO as the authors, and for no reward other than to make the world a better place.

  4. High praise to Kitty G's wonderful reviews, the only voice of reason of the lot. Want quality, watch Kitty articulate quality.

  5. Hey Mark! Thanks for listing my ratings! Funny thing is, those are my old scores. I got to 90 book in, and realized my spread of scores was only 5.9 - 8.9, and that didn't feel right. My rating system was new, so I went back and tweaked my scores for a new spread of 4.6 - 9.1


    Finalist ratings are now:

    Where Loyalties Lie - 8.91
    Sufficiently Advanced Magic - 8.83
    Devil's Night Dawning - 8.58
    Chaos Trims My Beard - 8.5
    The Crimson Queen - 8.5
    Jack Bloodfist 7.8
    The War of the Undoing - 7.66
    Tiger Lily - 7.5
    Pilgrimage to Skara - 6.91
    The Way into Chaos - 6.8

  6. When do you think we'll get the final tally Mark?