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Anne McCaffrey 9 16.36%
David Eddings 6 10.91%
David Weber 6 10.91%
Eric Flint 3 5.45%
Gene Wolfe 4 7.27%
George R.R. Martin 22 40.00%
Guy Gavriel Kay 11 20.00%
Mercedes Lackey 5 9.09%
Robin Hobb 9 16.36%
Steven Erikson 18 32.73%
Terry Pratchett 14 25.45%
Other Author 15 27.27%
I don't want to discuss other authors. 6 10.91%
Other: Jim Butcher 14 25.45%
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Many have expressed a desire to discuss Sanderson's work. As to other authors, I'd like to know how much support there is for other authors before I create that author his/her own sub-forum. Therefore - we need a poll.

Btw - I realize there are some series where there are multiple authors. For now I think it is worthwhile to go down the author route, but I'm not against polling specific series/universes too.

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Okay, so I voted (obvs), but still not convinced that we need seperate fora for seperate authors beyond BS...

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Okay, so I voted (obvs), but still not convinced that we need seperate fora for seperate authors beyond BS...

Whatever you decide to do, oh benevolent dictator, is alright by me!
I think you are right, but I'm just making sure. It will be a matter of many fans saying they want to discuss another author's work and then testing it out.
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I voted other author. Did you leave out Brandon because it's too obvious or did you forget him?
Otherwise, no books I'd like to discuss.

Edit: nevermind the above...
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I voted for Erikson, but I'm not sure there's too much of a point now. He's finished and will publish the final book in January, though still plans on a few ancillaries.

I think Sanderson could potentially become the main forum once the new series is in full swing and we're "done" with WoT.
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I voted for Erikson, but I'm not sure there's too much of a point now. He's finished and will publish the final book in January, though still plans on a few ancillaries.

I think Sanderson could potentially become the main forum once the new series is in full swing and we're "done" with WoT.
I voted for all of them. to be frank, I enjoy reading the discussions more than posting about them. I don't really have a lot to say about theories, but I enjoy talking about different books and whats good or bad about them.

Take Mercedes Lackey, can't stand to read her stuff. It drags and it's boring to me, but if you like it, then I'm ok with it being discussed. Heck, you might hit on something that makes me decide to give her a try again. Not Janny Wurts though...never Janny Wurts. I have a tattoo on the inside of my eyelids, when I close them I can read "Just Say NO to Janny Wurts."
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I want some hardcore David Eddings theories:

1. How was Garion so oblivious?

2. What would happen if a Cherek ran into a Thalesian?

3. Durnik meets Kurik: Does the world implode?

4. What's up with Beldin anyway?

5. Where's Zedar and what's he up to?



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I voted, but I kinda agree with Ishara, that we probably don't need a sub-section for each author. I think a simple format of Author: Book title: Thread title should probably work quite well, and then you won't end up with a bunch of fora that hardly get used
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Therefore - we need a poll.
Aside from the fact that some authors are prolific and have a plethora of series and standalone books -- Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes LAckey, Eric Flint, etc -- what we need is participation, not polls.

Participation both demonstrates true interest (as opposed to a "Must Answer Poll" reflex) as well as self-selecting between author, series, universe or some other grouping.

I'd be more inclined to participate in a genere-based "Space Opera" forum than in separate E.E 'Doc' Smith, Honoverse, John Ringo, 'John Carter of Mars,' etc, sub-divisions, if there was enough other posters interested in discussing that particular sub-genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Participation could also lead in directions we haven't considered -- I'm not a big fan of 'Horse$#t and Holsters' but some SF and Fantasy (time travel, alternate timeline, etc) cross-over into Western fiction; fantasy series like The Dresden Files and Glen Cook's Garret, PI, and SF Series like Asimov's Foundation series, cross-over into the Mystery genre.
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Some authors are incredibly prolific but their stuff is so straightforward that there isn't much left to discuss other than "I really liked it" or "I'm not such a fan." Eddings, for example. Other authors are a lot deeper but haven't put out such a huge volume. I don't think either kind would really need their own separate forum. They'd work just fine as individual threads. Authors like Butcher or Pratchett (or Zelazny, who wasn't a choice but should have been) have a lot of books out that either contain mystery plots or allusions to folklore or stuff that's just straight-up trippy and confusing, and I think those are the ones that lend themselves to a lot of discussion.
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Read The Warded Man recently thought it was pretty good
The sequel to the Warded Man is pretty good, too.

Which brings up a separate forum that IS needed; New Books/Authors and Reviews.

Those discussions need to be separated because they tend to be spoilerish -- it's hard to write a decent review without being at least a bit spoilerish. New books in established series or by established authors would generally go in more specific forums, but we need a place to promote less-established authors and new books/series, like the Warded Man.
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Dunno about that; it's easy enough to mark threads as containing spoilers, and it's more effective to promote new authors in a forum that people are actually likely to check regularly rather than a sub-forum that won't get much traffic.
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voted for Erikson. but I agree with Crispin's point.

seeing as the Crippled God will be the last "main" book I don't think it needs it's own forum. then again Erikson might start a new series after the Malazan books though.
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Let's just play it by ear and see how it goes!
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I actually agree with someone on here. A single forum with seperate threads, I think much like we do here. Only problem I see is who/whom is gonna select the author/series/book to 'discuss.' Maybe a list to start with Pops giving Tam authority to select? Or a list of 3 or 4 that we vote on then start down that list based on popular vote. I'm game, even if I don't go there often, cause I don't read as fast as you guys now. My night work and 10 to 12 hour shifts really throws a crimp into my reading time. But we do need to begin to work toward keeping this group together someway, somehow.
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Basically just Sanderson for me. I have no burning desire to discuss any others, despite being a big fan of a few of them.
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Both approaches work. I think having someplace to go to look specifically for something/somebody new (as opposed to continuations of established series/authors) is more useful than picking new recommendations out of the clutter of general discussions. If we're not going to segregate and separate certain discussions from the general muddle, why bother with an "other literature" forum in the first place? Just put everything non-wot into a single non-wot forum and be done with it.
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