The Ranting Dragon Locus Poll Voting Guide (and Giveaway)

Those of you who visit us on a regular basis may know that we have been running a Locus challenge, where we have encouraged everyone to read as many Locus-recommended books of 2010 as possible. Now it’s time to vote in the annual Locus poll (you don’t need to be a subscriber to vote). As extra incentive, three lucky voters will have the chance to win a slew of 2011 books and a six-month electronic subscription to Locus!

The Ranting Dragon Voting Guide

We couldn’t read every recommended book, but of the ones we have, we compiled the following voting guide to aid you, should you need help filling out the poll. (Entries marked with an asterisk are suggested write-in votes; some books are rated but not yet reviewed; some books are rated by a different staff member than what was previously published on this site.)


Novels: Science Fiction
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  1. The Passage, Justin Cronin
  2. Feed, Mira Grant
  3. Yarn, Jon Armstrong
Novels: Fantasy
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  1. The Broken Kingdoms*, N. K. Jemisin
  2. Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
  3. The Desert Spear, Peter V. Brett
  4. Horns, Joe Hill
  5. Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
Young Adult Books
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  1. Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness
  2. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  3. Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card
  4. Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones
  5. Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
First Novels
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  1. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N. K. Jemisin
  2. Spellwright*, Blake Charlton
  3. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu
  4. The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
  5. Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal


Other Categories

Although we do not have a voting guide for these remaining categories, you may view the recommendations/nominees by clicking on the below links:

Collections | Anthologies | Non-fiction/Art
| Novelette | Short Story
| Publisher
| Artist

If you’re interested in having us publish your voting guide, please let us know!



We also wanted to thank the following publishers (and associated publicists) for offering their books to our readers in connection with our challenge:

Candlewick; ChiZine; Dalkey Archive; G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Harper; Little, Brown; Orbit; Peter Owen; Picador; PS Publishing; Pyr; Razorbill; Scholastic; Small Beer; Tor

Please keep them in mind when you vote for best publisher.

We would like to thank Kekai Kotaki and Betsy Mitchell for granting us interviews. Please keep Kekai Kotaki* in mind for (write-in) best artist and Betsy Mitchell for best editor when you vote!

More thanks are owed to Mary Robinette Kowal for her donation of signed bookplates to our pledges, to Ken Liu and D. M. Cornish for their kind words and support, and to all those who participated in and/or promoted the challenge.

Finally, we thank Locus magazine for its support and general awesomeness.

And now, the part you’re waiting for:


The Locus Poll Giveaway

Three lucky U.S./Canada winners will snag the following set of 2011 Tor titles, courtesy of the wonderful Tor Books:

Green, Jay Lake
The Unremembered, Peter Orullian
After the Golden Age, Carrie Vaughn
The Sea Thy Mistress, Elizabeth Bear
Shadow Chaser, Alexey Pehov
Among Others, Jo Walton
Home Fires, Gene Wolfe

Three additional international winners will win a six-month electronic subscription to Locus magazinethe magazine that every science fiction/fantasy lover should subscribe to.


  1. Vote in the Locus annual poll and fill out the survey by April 15, 2011. Please read the instructions carefully. You don’t need to be a subscriber to vote. This may be a long process, but we hope you feel it’s worthwhile.
  2. After you vote, save a copy of the voting confirmation page, either as an html or pdf or text file. If we draw your entry, you’ll have to e-mail us this confirmation page before we’ll count you as a winner.
  3. Fill out the form below by April 15, 2011, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. We’ll ask for your full name and mailing address only if your entry is drawn.

Good luck!


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About Benni Amato

Benni was born in a theater playing Star Wars, and has loved science fiction and fantasy ever since. She did go through a non-fiction phase, but now that her 50-70-hour/week job keeps her plenty occupied with non-fiction, she escapes when she can into the world of fantasy. Though clinically cleared of ADHD, Benni requires constant engagement, whether through good pacing, character development, or world-building. And while she would like to believe that she has more discerning taste than a child, she considers herself otherwise a good measure of whether a book will hold a child’s attention and do well if the movie rights are sold.

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  1. Thanks for the voting guide. I just published my review of Horns by Joe Hill on my LJ (and Goodreads & LibraryThing & Twitter for good measure lol). I loved it! Very scary! I give it a solid 4.5/5 if not higher. So thanks again for the giveaway. I must go cast my ballot…

  2. Very cool! I didn’t think to save my confirmation, but I have more than enough books as it is. 🙂

  3. I forgot to save my confirmation as well. Oh well. 😉

  4. If anyone has voted but failed to save the confirmation page, just e-mail me and let me know ( and go ahead and enter the giveaway. (Of course, if I’ve already given you the go-ahead, no need to e-mail me again.) Thanks so much for participating!

  5. If anyone has voted but failed to save the confirmation page, just e-mail me and let me know ( and go ahead and enter the giveaway. (Of course, if I’ve already given you the go-ahead, no need to e-mail me again.) Thanks so much for participating!

  6. I voted! Thanks for the guide.

  7. I think everyone should vote for the Diane Wynne Jones book that’s up (Enchanted Glass) because she recently passed away and I’m sure it would be an honor for the family.

    Thanks for the voting guide, I was very happy to see The Passage by Justin Cronin on the list – made sure to vote that book #1 in that category – it was FANTASTIC!

  8. Done and its was awesome though I was a little lost on the short stories as I am not a fan of them.

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