2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

The Goodreads Choice Awards for The Best Books 2014 have been announced. Here are the results of interest to sf, fantasy and horror fans. (Click through to see the books that finished in the top 20.)

Best Fantasy of 2014
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (51,462 votes)

  • “After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies.“

Best Science Fiction of 2014
The Martian by Andy Weir (30,561 votes)

  • Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.”

John Scalzi’s Lock-In placed second with 14,953 votes. Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword placed 12th with 3,005 votes.

Best Horror of 2014
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice (21,909 votes)

  • “The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… “

Code Zero by Context 27 guest Jonathan Maberry ranked 7th with 7,864 votes. Puppies remained sad as Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter Nemesis finished in 10th place with 5,800 votes.

Best Graphic Novels & Comics 2014

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty (Penciller), Fabio Moon (Artist); (21,793 votes)

  • “In the film Serenity, outlaw Malcolm Reynolds and his crew revealed to the entire ’verse the crimes against humanity undertaken by the sinister Alliance government. In this official follow-up, circumstances force the crew to come out of hiding, and one of their own is captured, setting them on another mission of rescue and resistance. “

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction 2014
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (53,247 votes)

  • “In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.”

Best Debut Goodreads Author 2014
Red Rising by Pierce Brown (15,208 votes)

  • “The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.”

Best Mystery & Thriller of 2014
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (41,453 votes)

  • “In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.”

Best Middle-Grade and Children’s of 2014
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (63,219 votes)

  • “Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.”

Update 12/03/2014: Added Rick Riordan book, per comment.

2 thoughts on “2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

  1. There is one other work of SFnal relevance on the list: Best Middle-Grade and Children’s was won by The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

    “Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.”

  2. My daughter would be horrified to hear I left out Rick Riordan. She’s a huge fan. And I just read the first series (Olympians) last week. Thanks for drawing it to my attention.

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