Best Book Ever?? - The Results

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Postby pip » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:48 am

The best book option is fine but Richard is looking for a list from 1 - 39 . :lol:
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Postby meerkat » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:51 am

oh uggber! Well then, whatever number Fifth Elephant is!
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Postby pip » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:00 pm

You pick the numbers based on your preference :roll:
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Postby RJH » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:58 pm

It is all explained in the first post, you get the list in order of release dates from the first post and then put a number from 1-39 next to each book with 1 being your favourite book and 39 being your worse, you can only use each number once and then you explain why your picked number 1 and 39. :)

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Postby meerkat » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:33 pm

Ah, but as Tony and others may tell you, I rarely read the rules! :roll:

Ok, I'll go back in and do it!
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Postby RJH » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:22 pm

Thanks it makes for interesting ready :D
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Postby RJH » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:43 pm

Just over a week to go to get your list in if your doing it, people, come on make a choice :D
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - You Decide

Postby Teppic » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:40 am

I hadn't forgotten, I've just sent you mine. Let me know if you don't get it, I know we've just moved to the new boards, so don't know what the PMs are like.

Looking forward to seeing the results. :clap:
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - You Decide

Postby RJH » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:48 pm

Thanks pal and only a few days left peeps
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - You Decide

Postby author3 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:45 pm

What day are you going to post up the list? :violin:
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - You Decide

Postby RJH » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:53 pm

I will be publishing the results on the 1st of December, I may spread it over a few days or do it in one post, not decided yet, I am still collecting data and the results are very interesting, still over 24 hrs to get your choices into me.
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - The Results

Postby RJH » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:13 pm

The results are in and here is the list:

39 – The Colour of Magic (445)
38 – The Light Fantastic (439)
37 – Eric (438)
36 – Making Money – (424)
35 – Unseen Academicals (417)
34 – Sourcery (380)
33 – Wintersmith (351)
32 – Monstrous Regiment (346)
31 – Moving Pictures (344)
30 – The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents (343)
29 – The Last Hero (332)
28 – I Shall Wear Midnight ( 328)
27 – Soul Music (325)
26 – The Last Continent (324)
25 – Equal Rites (321)
24 – Pyramids (312)
23 – Mort (304)
22 – A Hat Full of sky (301)
21 – Snuff (285)
20 – Interesting Times (278)
19 – The Wee Free Men ( 258)
18 – Reaper Man (251)
17 – Carpe Jugulum (249)
16 – Thief of Time (244)
15 – Hogfather (241)
14 – Going Postal (222)
13 – Witches Abroad (205)
12 – Men At Arms (203)
11 – Lords & Ladies (202)
10 – Thud! (201)
9 – Wyrd Sisters (200)
8 – Maskerade (186)
7 – Feet of Clay ( 182)
6 – The Truth (181)
5 – Small Gods ( 177)
4 – Guards! Guards (176)
3 – The Fifth Elephant (174)
2 – Jingo (151)
1 – Night Watch (73)


For those wanting to know how the list was worked out, please read on. To work out the results I added each books score up and the book with the lowest score would be the most popular and the book with the highest score would be the least popular; for example, if 10 people sent there list in and each one placed Thud at 39, the book would score 390 (10×39) and would be placed in last place and if the same 10 people placed Eric at number 1, the book would score 10 (10×1) and placed 1st. So I hope that makes sense, to keep the results fair only lists 100% completed were counted.

Full story and more details here: http://bricksandbooks.co.uk/2011/best-b ... e-results/
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - The Results

Postby Penfold » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:05 pm

Good work and very interesting reading RJH. Thank you for taking the time and effort to do it! :D

I know I didn't vote (there was no way I would be able to list all the books in order of preference) so my opinion shouldn't count for much (in the same way as people who don't vote in elections and then go on to criticize the government voted in.) I was, however, quite surprised to see "The Amazing Maurice" and "I Shall Wear Midnight" so low down on the list as I personally would have placed them much higher. Is it because, do you think, that they are considered as 'childrens books'? (hate that term, btw, and much prefer the description as 'young adult'.) :think:
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - The Results

Postby RJH » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:17 pm

Thanks Penfold. I'm not sure but it does make you wonder.
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Re: Best Book Ever?? - The Results

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:11 pm

Nightwatch was my runner up but CoM & LF wasn't rock bottom because I generally 'mitigate' them as being conceptual scene-setting books that don't deserve to be castigated for being 'poorly written' (comparatively) because they had to do the pioneering so they don't come out bottom of the heap.

I think there is something in the 'young adult' factor - I'm not a Tiffany fan either though so those books I'm biased on straight off and, because they're not going to be so 'raw', I don't rate Maurice for instance quite as much as it's not so 'gritty' I suppose?
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