[POLLS] The Geek's Favourite Novels/Stories, Round 5: The Top 10
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The contest continues to determine the favourite/highest rated books (novels/stories) in the collective view of the geek. I've not gone just for novels because I'd also like to cover novellas/short stories/linked short stories/graphic novels if people wanted to nominate them.

There were 371 books in the contest to begin with. Last round the Top 20 battled it out:
[POLLS] The Geek's Favourite Novels/Stories, Round 4: The Top 20
You can see the nomination and discussion thread here:
The Geek's Favourite Novels/Stories: Nomination and Discussion Thread

This round takes the Top 10 books based on average rating from the last round, though they also needed to receive a minimum number of ratings to qualify to ensure that the results are relevant to The Geek.

I've split these 10 books into 2 brackets using the round four scores to even out the quality. The best books judged by average rating will progress to the final round. They will also need a higher minimum number of votes to progress to ensure that the results are relevant to The Geek.
I will amalgamate the results from all the brackets, so there is no limit to the number who can progress from each bracket - or a guarantee that any will progess from a group.

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Voting is over for this round, find the FINAL here:
[POLLS] The Geek's Favourite Novels/Stories: The Final
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1. Board Game: The Analyst Game [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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So what happened in the fourth round? The main measure used for qualification for this round was Average Rating. To calculate this I awarded points for each rating: Best (4), Awesome (3), Great (2), Good (1), Okay (0), Bad (0). In addition books needed a minimum number of votes to ensure the results are relevant to The Geek.
I don't publish the results of the average ratings to retain some mystery to the contest.

These books just missed the cut for the Top 10:

Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
Animal Farm - George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Top 10 by Most 'Best' Votes:

1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
2 Dune - Frank Herbert
3 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
4 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
5 A Song of Fire and Ice - George RR Martin
6 1984 - George Orwell
7 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
8 The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
9 The Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10 Animal Farm - George Orwell

This list is a straight count of the books getting the most 'Best' ratings in the last round. All but one of these make the cut for the Top 10, Animal Farm missing it.
The Top four in this list have been the same for the last three rounds, with just the order changing.
Dune continues its rise, up from 3rd to 2nd..

Top Ten Most Okay/Bad Votes (of those in the Top 20)

33 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
30 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
29 A Song of Fire and Ice - George RR Martin
28 Animal Farm - George Orwell
28 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
27 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
27 Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
25 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
23 Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut
22 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The number is the number of Bad or Okay votes they got.
Four of these make the cut for the Top 10: Ender's Game, A Song of Ice and Fire, Hitchhikers and Lord of the Rings.

Top 10 Most Rated (aka Most Well Known)

1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
2 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
4 Dune - Frank Herbert
5 1984 - George Orwell
6 Animal Farm - George Orwell
7 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
8 The Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
10 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

This is a straight count of ratings. Only three of these don't make the cut for the Top 10: Animal Farm, Hamlet and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Least Known Stories in the Top 20

1 Guards, Guards - Terry Pratchett
2 The Sandman series - Neil Gaiman
3 The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
4 The Count of Monte Cristo - A. Dumas
5 Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Only one of these makes the cut for the Top Ten: The Name of the Rose.

In the nomination thread I asked people to nominate their single favourite book. 82 users did so. 8 of these remain in the Top 10.
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2. Video Game: The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4333]
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A quick note on how the brackets work. Firstly the books have been allocated to the brackets based on their results in round 2 and the brackets have been equalised.

The voting process is simple. Rate all the books you have read and then upgrade a single one in each bracket from "Awesome" to "Best". If you don't have an "Awesome", don't choose a "Best".
Please do not rate books on the basis of the movie or the reputation of the story/author. Please just rate the ones you have read!

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Rate the books you have read, select only 1 "Best" in each bracket
  Best Awesome Great Good Okay Bad Haven't Read
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
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Note: A Game of Thrones is the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire.

As the contest tightens up this is the first round that LotRs has gone up against any of these other books. Can they make a dent in its "Best" votes dominance?
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3. RPG Item: The Black River Emerald [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Rate the books you have read, select only 1 "Best" in each bracket
  Best Awesome Great Good Okay Bad Haven't Read
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
1984 - George Orwell
The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
The Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Dune and The Hobbit had an incredibly close contest when they went head to head last round. This is the first round that either of them has gone up against 1984 which was the top of its bracket. There isn't room in the final for all of them....
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4. Board Game: Catch 22 [Average Rating:5.22 Unranked]
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These five books came 11th to 15th, but their average scores were incredibly close. Here they take each other on to try to better their final position.

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Rate the books you have read, select only 1 "Best" in each bracket
  Best Awesome Great Good Okay Bad Haven't Read
Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
Animal Farm - George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
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