How to get the BSFA nominees, and their Goodreads/LibraryThing stats

Slightly slow to get to the BSFA shortlists, as I had a busy few days, but here are the Goodreads / LibraryThing stats for the Best YA and Best Novel categories, compared with the long lists; and also links for them and for the nominees in other categories.

As usual, I have ranked the finalists in descending order of the geometrical average of their number of owners on Goodreads and LibraryThing, and also provided the average rating on both systems, bolding the highest in each category. I’ve also given Amazon links where I have them – I know, I know, evil big river, but I get a (pathetically) small commission from it…

The Best Novel list is curious. The top novel on the shortlist was 35th, just over half way down, on the long list ranking by GR/LT ownership, and the second novel was 30th; the other three were all in the bottom half of the long-list ranking and one was in 61st place out of 68. To be specific, more people appear to have nominated The Coral Bones for the BSFA Award than own it on LibraryThing.

 Goodreads LibraryThing
 ratersav ratingownersav rating
The Red Scholar’s Wake, by Aliette de Bodard8113.401044.06£9.99 from Amazon
Stars and Bones, by Gareth Powell10523.68643.29£8.01 from Amazon
City of Last Chances, by Adrian Tchaikovsky6264.05594.25£8.79 from Amazon
The This, by Adam Roberts2883.92543.90£9.99 from Amazon
The Coral Bones, by E.J. Swift134.545£9.72 from Amazon

The nominations for Best YA Book are much more in line with the long list, with 7 of the long list’s top 11 making the cut, and all of the top three.

 Goodreads LibraryThing
 ratersav ratingownersav rating
Only A Monster, by Vanessa Len170953.914633.60£7.49 from Amazon
Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, by Juno Dawson94813.884183.61£7.91 from Amazon
Violet Made of Thorns, by Gina Chen107013.633404.00£8.99 from Amazon
Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor, by Xiran Jay Zhao25794.17994.09£7.35 from Amazon
Unraveller, by Frances Hardinge8664.20674.27£11.99 from Amazon
Illuminations, by T Kingfisher10954.20504.10£12.99 from Amazon
Mindwalker, by Kate Dylan6814.20383.75£13.16 from Amazon

The Short Fiction shortlist includes three stories published as standalones, and two in magazines.

 Goodreads LibraryThing
 ratersav ratingownersav rating
Ogres, by Adrian Tchaikowsky19344.26664.06£25.00 from Amazon
Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances, by Aliette de Bodard2664.22334.15£8.50 from Amazon
Luca, by Or Luca143£11.55 from Amazon
“A Moment of Zugzwang”, by Neil Williamson (ParSec 4)£5.99 here
“Seller’s Remorse”, by Rick Danforth (Hexagon Magazine 11)free here

The Non-Fiction category includes two books and three online articles. NB that the books have higher ratings on Goodreads and LibraryThing than any of the other finalists in any other category.

 Goodreads LibraryThing
 ratersav ratingownersav rating
Terry Pratchett: A Life with Footnotes, by Rob Wilkins12544.721834.34£14.00 from Amazon
Management Lessons from Game of Thrones, by Fiona Moore45.003£19.95 from Amazon
“The Critic and the Clue: Tracking Alan Garner’s Treacle Walker“, by Maureen Kincaid Spellerfree here
“Preliminary Observations From An Incomplete History of African SFF”, by Wole Talabifree here
“Too Dystopian For Whom? A Continental Nigerian Writer’s Perspective”, by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpekifree here

Finally, six book covers for Best Art – I link to each and give thumbnail extracts here.

Alyssa Winans, cover of The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de Bodard
Manzi Jackson, cover of Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donal Ekpeki and Zelda Knight
Fangorn [Chris Baker], cover of Shoreline of Infinity 32, edited by Teika Marija Smits
Vincent Sammy, cover of Parsec 4, ed. Ian Whates
Miguel Co, cover of Song of the Mango and Other New Myths, by Vida Cruz-Borja
Jay Johnstone, cover of The Way the Light Bends, by Lorraine Wilson

Because I am a Clarke Award judge this year, I won’t comment on the Best Novel list and I won’t have time to read the Best YA Book finalists, but I’ll cover the other three in due course, starting with Best Art next Tuesday.