#SPFBO 2018 – My book list

Posted On 2 July 2018

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I recently posted (here) about the next Self Published Fantasy Blog Off that’s due to start in August this year and said I would update my blog with the list of books I’ll be checking out.  Below is the list of books and authors I’ve been assigned.

I will be posting all my book covers very soon and choosing my three favourite covers for this year’s competition.  Note to authors.  I will be taking the covers from Goodreads so if there is a more uptodate version that you want me to check out then please let me know.

Here’s my list of book and authors – an exciting looking list which I can’t wait to get started on:

  1. Phil Parker – The Bastard from Fairyland
  2. K.D Wloch – Paragon
  3. Christopher Percy – Dark of Winter
  4. David Joel Stevenson – Victor Boone Will Save Us
  5. Jacob Sannox – Dark Oak
  6. Melika Dannese Lux – Deadmarsh Fay
  7. Tim Marquitz – An Empire of Tears
  8. Craig Schaefer – Sworn to the Night
  9. J.C Kang – Songs of Insurrection
  10. D.P Woolliscroft – Kingshold
  11. Ben Myatt – Clockworld
  12. Andrew Einspruch – The Purple Haze
  13. Donna Maree Hanson – Argenterra
  14. Saffron Bryant – Shadow of a Slave
  15. Andrea Domanski – Crossfire
  16. Douglas Todd – How to go to Hell in 10,000 Easy Steps
  17. D.P Prior – Sorcerers’ Isle
  18. Andrew Lynch – Sanctuary’s Fiend
  19.  J.R Rasmussen – Forsaken Kingdom
  20. Viel Nast – Savage Swords
  21. Phil Williams – Under Ordshaw
  22. A.M Justice – A Wizard’s Forge
  23. Mike Sliter – Solace Lost
  24. Kent Corlain – Heart of the Destroyer
  25. Marcy Kennedy – Cursed Wishes
  26. Suzanne Rogerson – The Lost Sentinel
  27. Steve Thomas – The Sangrook Saga
  28. Ty Arthur – Light Dawning
  29.  Frost Kay – Rebel’s Blade
  30. Alice Sabo – High Barrens

Are you familiar with any of these??


17 Responses to “#SPFBO 2018 – My book list”

  1. Kay

    What a great thing to do! I’ll have to check out some of these authors myself 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, you should keep your eye on the progress – there have been some really good books in the past three year and this competition really helps to give them notice. Two books from the competition are on this year’s B&N best SFF list.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    This looks like a great list, there are some awesome titles!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m looking forward to them all – if I’ve learnt anything in the past three years it’s to keep a completely open mind and go into each read with no predetermined ideas.
      Lynn :d

  3. vacuouswastrel

    Most of the titles would make me not want to read the book – although of course that’s not always fair (I’m a big Robin Hobb fan but i’m always frustrated by how bad many of her titles are). It’s hard in fantasy, unfortunately, to find a title that’s not a snowclone.

    Ones I could tolerate here:
    – Paragon (bland but inoffensive)
    – Victor Boone Will Save Us (normally I can’t stand edgy ‘modern’ titles in fantasy – if the title tries too hard for attention it makes me think the rest of the book doesn’t merit it. But in this case, I think the title has enough innate rhythm, and is sufficiently weird and audacious, that I find it sort of intriguing).
    – Deadmarsh Fay (so over-the-top it becomes OK again. Although I wish it were ‘fey’, since that has more, and more interesting, possible meanings. Still, maybe they just don’t know the difference…)
    – An Empire of Tears (again, if you’re going to be Fantasy, you may as well be Peak Fantasy)
    – Kingshold (inoffensive)
    – Under Ordshaw (dull and a little cheesy, but still inoffensive and slightly intriguing)
    – High Barrens (probably my favourite of the titles. Well no, objectively I prefer Victor Boone Will Save Us as a title. But ‘High Barrens’ I think feels like the most promising of the titles (I’m pretty sure VBWSU won’t live up to its title’s promise). Suggestive and distinctive, without being too cliché).

    • @lynnsbooks

      We need to think of a list of good, original titles! That could either be good fun or extremely hard work. I’m looking forward to digging in, there were some good surprises last year.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    An impressively long and ambitious list, as always! I’m so impressed by how much work goes into SPFBO each year. I’m not familiar with any of these, but I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say about them throughout the competition!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Danya – this competition certainly seems to have gathered momentum which is great for the authors. I’m really looking forward to getting started.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, and we’re off to a start on another SPFBO! I’m not familiar with any of these books, but I recognize an author or two in this list. Good luck to everyone involved!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It doesn’t kick off (in review terms until August, and we’ve moved to a 10 month period instead of 12. There are some very good looking books so I’m excited for my books and for the finalists.
      Lynn 😀

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  7. sjhigbee

    Oh wow! Some of the authors are familiar, but I haven’t read any of these… I hope you thoroughly enjoy this selection, Lynn. Best of luck to all the entrants.

  8. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, unsurprisingly, I have never heard of any of these 😛 I just can’t believe the next round of SPFBO has come round already?! Good luck and happy reading! 😀

  9. bkfrgr

    Colour me intrigued! I haven’t heard of any of the titles/authors on your list, but I’m interested to hear whatever you have to say about them. Enjoy your reading – it sounds like you’re going to be super busy! 😀

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