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WWEnd Grand Master Reading Challenge: December Review Poll Posted at 10:00 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Grand Master Reading ChallengeWell, would you believe it? The Grand Master Reading Challenge has finally come to a close and this is the very last GMRC review poll! For December we featured 9 GMRC reviews in the blog and it’s time to cast your vote one last time for the best reviews.

Remember, you don’t have to be a GMRC participant to vote and the poll will remain open until January 15th so you have plenty of time to read any reviews you missed.

Winner gets the following:

  • GMRC T-shirt – your choice of colors so long as it’s black
  • GMRC button – you can never have too much flair
  • Set of WWEnd Hugo Award bookmarks guaranteed to hold your place in any paper book.
  • Book of your choice from the WWEnd bookshelf – winner gets a list of titles to pick from
  • Everlasting Glory – So you’ll have that goin’ for ya. Which is nice.

Runners up will get a GMRC button and a set of bookmarks. Thanks to all our reviewers and good luck!

And now for some final stats from RhondaK101:

Top Ten Books

  1. The Forever War – Joe Haldeman (27)
  2. The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester (22)
  3. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (17)
  4. Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke (16)
  5. To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Philip José Farmer(15)
    City – Clifford D. Simak (15)
    The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin (15)
  6. Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke (14)
  7. Dragonflight – Anne McCaffery (12)
  8. The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester (11)
    Foundation – Isaac Asimov (11)
  9. Tau Zero – Poul Anderson (10)
    Doomsday Book – Connie Willis (10)
    The Big Time – Fritz Leiber (10)
  10. 2001 – Arthur C. Clarke (9)
    Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement (9)
    Deathworld – Harry Harrison (9)
    Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein (9)

Top Ten Authors

  1. Isaac Asimov (56)
  2. Robert A. Heinlein (55)
  3. Arthur C. Clarke (48)
  4. Ursula K. Le Guin (46)
  5. Joe Haldeman (45)
  6. Ray Bradbury (39)
  7. Alfred Bester (37)
    Frederik Pohl (37)
  8. Connie Willis (34)
  9. Poul Anderson (33)
    Robert Silverberg (33)
  10. Clifford D. Simak (28)

Authors with Ten or More Titles Read

  1. Robert A. Heinlein (21)
  2. Robert Silverberg (19)
  3. Isaac Asimov (16)
  4. Poul Anderson (15)
  5. Ursula K. Le Guin (13)
  6. Frederik Pohl (11)
  7. Michael Moorcock (10)
    Jack Vance (10)

We’ll be back again with the poll results and a final GMRC wrap up. Thanks to everyone who participated for making it such a great reading challenge!


Jeremy F   |   02 Jan 2013 @ 20:47

Way to keep up with the stats and thank you so much RhondaK101! Those numbers are really great! I hope there is a way to keep track of similar info for the 2013 challenge. What say you, Dave? Also I assume your wrap-up post will have a final tally for how many completed the challenge and how many reviews were posted?

Dave Post   |   02 Jan 2013 @ 21:41

I’ll second the thanks for Rhonda! She jumped in did those all on her own month after month. We’ll certainly do some kind of stats for the WoGF but it’s completely wide open so I doubt they’ll take the same form as the GMRC stats.

The wrap up will have a list of everyone who completed the challenge and some stats too. I’m out of town tomorrow but I’ll try and get that together for Friday.

Rhonda   |   03 Jan 2013 @ 14:34

Thanks, Jeremy. I’m willing to do stats again but like Dave said I’m not sure what form they could take since the challenge is so open. Any suggestions?

Jeremy F   |   03 Jan 2013 @ 21:44

I’ll put some thought into it. I’ll bet there will still be some interesting stats to pull out of this despite the breadth of the field.

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