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Dracula – Thug Notes Posted at 9:08 AM by Dave Post

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Just in time for Hallowe’en.

4,000 Book Reviews! Posted at 3:22 PM by Dave Post

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WWEnd Top 25 Reviewers:

3. Allie (158)

Books Reviewed on WWEndLast week, Worlds Without End passed 4,000 book reviews! You may recall that at the end of January we announced 2,500 reviews which kind of puts into perspective how fast our review database is growing. We’ve had over 1,500 reviews posted in just 8 months! Our hats are off to our 331 members who have put so much time and effort into these great reviews and we want to especially recognize our top 25 reviewers who have gone above and beyond.

Click any avatar on the right to find a list of all the reviews for each of our top reviewers.  See our Books Reviewed on WWEnd list for all the books in our database that have been reviewed thus far.

Of course we know how you like your stats so we broke down the data for your entertainment and edification.

Book Reviews
Total Male Female
Total Reviews 4,014 2,494 1,615
SF Reviews 2,411 1,713 743
Fantasy Reviews 1,413 633 824
Horror Reviews 260 179 87
Actual Books Reviewed
Total Male Female
Total Books Reviewed 1,882 1,227 663
SF Books Reviewed 1,019 747 274
Fantasy Books Reviewed 729 375 360
Horror Books Reviewed 172 121 51
Authors Reviewed
Total Male Female
Total Authors Reviewed 736 430 306
SF Authors Reviewed 413 270 143
Fantasy Authors Reviewed 362 169 193
Horror Authors Reviewed 104 65 39

Please note:  The male and female numbers refer to the authors’ gender not the reviewers.  Some of the numbers above don’t match up exactly because some books are listed in more than one genre and some books are co-authored by male and female authors etc.

Most Reviewed SF Books:

Most Reviewed Fantasy Books:

Most Reviewed Horror Books:

As you can see, Science Fiction book reviews lead the way with almost 1,000 more reviews than in Fantasy while Horror, which is relatively new to WWEnd, lags far behind with fewer than 300 reviews to date. I would have guessed our Fantasy reviews would be closer to even with our SF reviews so those numbers are a little surprising.  There does not seem to be a whole lot of cross-over from SF/F to Horror but 259 still seems a bit lower than expected.

There is an interesting mix of old standbys and newer works in the most reviewed books lists. Ancillary Justice tops all books with 26 member reviews which is pretty amazing considering it came out just last year.  I like that The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination, both with 16 reviews each and both personal favorites of mine, made it into the top reviewed SF list.

The most reviewed SF books list is an even break between books by men and women authors whereas the Fantasy list is all women authors aside from Neil Gaiman and China Meiville.  The Horror list is more male dominated but it’s a much smaller number of reviews than the other lists.  I wonder how that compares to other sites?

What do you make of these stats?  What points of interest can you find in them?

Thanks again to all WWEnders for sharing their thoughts on the books they’ve read.  I hope visitors to our site find these reviews helpful in finding great books to read!

SF Manga 101: Eden – It’s an Endless World Posted at 3:45 AM by Glenn Hough

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eden1In an earlier blog, I mentioned that it was my intention to peruse the endless manga bookshelves to find the best SF and bring it to your attention. And by doing this, hopefully some quality SF manga would earn places right next to their top level USA SF counterparts.

To my own chagrin, I’ve discovered I didn’t need to look any further than my own bookshelves for this title. For a variety of reasons, none of which are any good, Eden made it’s way onto my shelf, but not onto my reading pile. That has changed. Eden is a manga we should pay attention to.

This is what Dark Horse has to say about the first volumes of Eden: It’s an Endless World.

Eden Volume One is both a brilliant love song to the post-apocalyptic survival genre and the beginning of a deep exploration on man’s role in the natural order. In the near future, a large portion of humanity is wiped out by a brutal, new virus that hardens the skin while dissolving internal organs. Those who aren’t immune are either severely crippled or allowed to live with cybernetically enhanced bodies. Taking advantage of a world in chaos, a paramilitary force known as the Propater topples the United Nations and seeks world domination. Elia, a young survivor searching for his mother, travels towards the Andes Mountains with an artificially intelligent combat robot. When he encounters a group of anti-Propater freedom fighters, a maelstrom of unique characters unfolds. Graphic, cyberpunk, and philosophical, Eden is a place where endearing heroes face a constant struggle for survival and violent surprises wait around every corner!

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Clarkesworld: Chinese Science Fiction Translation Project Posted at 9:18 AM by Dave Post

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There’s a whole world of great science fiction published in other languages. Help us translate and publish them in Clarkesworld!

I heard about the Clarkesworld KickStarter project on The Coode Street Podcast and was reminded of it by SF Signal this morning.  Clarkesworld is seeking funding to make translated fiction a part of every issue going forward.  Thev’re reached their initial goal already so the Chinese fiction is a go.  Now they’re stretching out to add fiction from other countries as well so they still need more funds.  Check out their Kickstarter page for full details and to pledge!

 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Trailer – “The Mockingjay Lives” Posted at 11:51 AM by Dave Post

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in theaters in 11/21 and the ladies in my house are breathless with anticipation.  My 13 year old daughter has gotten my wife hooked on the series and I have to admit I did enjoy The Hunger Games film quite a bit more than I expected. We’ll be watching Catching Fire this weekend for sure now that this trailer has dropped. What do you think of this series?  The books and the movies?

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Mockingjay

The Entire SF Masterworks Series Reviewed Posted at 12:11 PM by Val

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Fanzine Big Sky cover issue 3We do love our lists on Worlds Without End and I think it is fair to say that the Gollancz SF Masterworks series stands out among the ones we’ve added so far. You can argue with the selection of course, and many of us probably have, but it is a remarkable series of books, with numerous award winning novels and books that changed the direction of Science Fiction.

In honour of LonCon 3, which was held last month, Peter Young, editor of the electronic fanzine Big Sky launched a project to get reviews, in the widest sense of the word, on each individual title and collect them in a special edition. Well, two special editions. The list was simply too long to contain in one volume.

These books are among the most discussed novels in the genre and this gave him plenty of material to choose from. In fact, I don’t really want to think about how much material he had to wade through to make his selection. What he was looking for, in his own words, was this:

Plenty of words have been written about all the titles on the SF Masterworks list. In compiling this fanzine, I probably read thousands of reviews, in magazines, fanzines, websites and blogs. Quickly, a form of mental shorthand was set in place for the kind of reviews I wanted to showcase here. I knew instinctively what I particularly didn’t want: the kind of nonanalytical review that fills almost every corner of Goodreads; similarly, at the other extreme, when a reviewer takes pains to come across as exceedingly academic, I just kinda… zoned out.

What I was looking for can be summed up as well-written ‘opinion / context / commentary’ as opposed to something resembling a ‘formal review’ template, and something akin to a ‘four star’ rating rather than a gushing ‘five’. And of course, the more original, the better.

The result is a collection of opinion form authors, editors, critics and bloggers in a wide variety of styles. The list of names in the table of content is impressive and among them are several Worlds Without Ends regulars. Peter put in a lot of effort to collect some of the most interesting stuff that is out there. The result is something I highly encourage you to check out.

Both issues (numbers 3 and 4) are available for free download here.

Monsters: Dark Continent Trailer Posted at 8:05 AM by Dave Post

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So, after the success of Monsters, the budget for the sequel apparently went through the roof.  I have to say I think it looks pretty good but what I liked about the first movie was that your didn’t really see the monsters until well into the film.  I suspect that was a budget constraint as much as it was an artistic decision to heighten the anticipation and horror but heighten the anticipation and horror it did.  This trailer makes it look like it’s going to be all monsters all the time.  Monsters on the horizon.  Monsters up close.  Monsters racing alongside a jeep reminiscent of Jurassic Park.  Giant monster eyeball peering through a window.  Even a monster vs. junk yard dog fight.  There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.  Perhaps they should have called it “Monsters: In Your Face!”.

2014 Hugo Award Winner! Posted at 5:55 PM by Dave Post

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Ancillary JusticeHugo AwardWorldCon in London wrapped up this past weekend and the 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced.

In the novel category the oft awarded Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie took home the top honor.

You may note an expression of relief around the internet for the outcome in the novel category especially after so many well documented… shall we say “oddities” surrounding this year’s ballot?

This is the fourth win for Ancillary Justice out of 6 nominations.  Ms. Leckie also took home the 2013 BSFA, 2013 Nebula and 2014 Clarke awards.  Quite an impressive haul!

You can see the full list of winners in all categories on The Hugo Awards website.

What do you think of this result?

2014 Mythopoeic Award Winner! Posted at 5:09 PM by Dave Post

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The Golem and the JinniMythopoeic AwardThe Mythopoeic Society has announced the winners of this year’s Mythopoeic awards at Mythcon 45. The winner for adult literature is Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni (Harper).

You can see the full list of winners in all categories in the official press release on the Mythopoeic Society website.

Our congrats to Helene Wecker and all the finalists!

What do you think of this win?

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Posted at 2:51 PM by Dave Post

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To round out our trifecta of movie trailers we have The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Loosely based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, this is the third film to tell the story of Thorin Oakenshield and some other dwarves. Oh, yes. There’s a Hobbit in there somewhere too…