Selected SF/F Previews for 04/2014

As usual, I’ve sampled all the available Amazon previews linked via SFSignal’s monthly round-up of new SF/F, and I’ve chosen a few to highlight.

  • M. A. C. Farrant, The World Afloat: Miniatures. I’m not sure how these micro-fictions came to be labeled SF/F, but the ones in the preview are pretty good—quirky, amusing, and slightly surreal. I don’t know if I’d stick with these comparisons after reading more of the stories, but the first names that came to mind as reference points were Lydia Davis, Donald Barthelme, and Robert Walser.
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Valour and Vanity. The latest in Kowal’s Glamourist Histories begins with a really nice examination of an ancient work of glamour. I like this Regency fantasy series a lot, and I’m sure I’ll read this installment of it eventually.
  • Christopher Priest, The Islanders. One of two books by Priest listed this month (the other is The Adjacent, which gave me a sort of creeping feeling of paranoia), I guess The Islanders is just now coming out in paperback. I had not previewed it before and didn’t realize it had formal qualities reminiscent of the Dictionary of the Khazars or Invisible Cities, to which all I can say is yes.
  • Nathan Hawke (a.k.a. Stephen Deas), The Crimson Shield. I’ve enjoyed other work by Deas, and I’m surprised to see him working under a pen name—often the sign of a mid-list author looking to get renewed attention—because I thought he was reasonably popular. Anyway, here he has begun a sort of Viking-inspired trilogy that strikes me as moving into K. J. Parker’s territory: low-magic fantasies with snappy writing and robust characters living through episodes inspired by history.
  • Daryl Gregory, Afterparty. Neither SF about drugs nor SF about religion are even remotely things I go looking to read, but I have to admit the preview for this novel, which combines both themes, seems pretty well-written and engaging.
  • Lynn Flewelling, Shards of Time. I’ve long heard that Flewelling’s Nightrunner series was worth checking out, but I think this preview of the seventh book was the first thing I’ve actually read by her. It had a warmer, friendlier tone than I had expected of a book about a roguish fantasy duo (?), and after a few pages that reminded long-time readers about where the series stands, it quickly got down to the business of a reasonably intriguing adventure.
  • Sergei Lukyanenko, New Watch. I guess like most folks I first heard positive things about the Night Watch series when the first movie was released. It’s sort of a Russian urban fantasy thriller or polizei procedural (?). At least one other book in the series has been listed at SFSignal as a new release in the past 6-7 months, but I believe I skipped mentioning it because the preview didn’t show quite enough to convince me. Now, the fifth book’s preview is similarly oblique in some respects, but I’ve seen enough to be persuaded I should go back and try the first book or two in full.
  • Michael J. Ward, The Eye of Winter’s Fury. Choose-your-own-fantasy-adventure novels are often not well-written, so the bar for impressing me with one is set pretty low. The preview for this third book in the DestinyQuest series strikes me as not too bad, and I’m glad to see the form revitalized, so I’m sold. Apparently, only the first book is available from Amazon US, but perhaps Canadian or UK sources will work.
  • Katherine Addison (a.k.a. Sarah Monette), The Goblin Emperor. Monette is another fairly popular SF/F author whom I’m surprised to see taking on a pen name, but this book is getting a lot of positive attention, so maybe it helped. I’m afraid I had to read the first part of this preview twice to reboot my tolerance for the pronouns thou, thee, and thy in fantasy fiction, but once I got over it, everything else about the prose seemed reasonably fluid, allowing me to see what there is to like here: a fantasy story that begins exactly where it should and launches into matters of political intrigue immediately with none of the typical “ordinary world” introductions to the characters or the setting. Other reviewers say you should read the appendices about how names work pretty early on, though.
  • Robin Riopelle, Deadroads. Wikipedia says there are still 26,000 speakers of Louisiana French alive today, so I guess this novel’s frequent use of it in scenes set in the near past is plausible, but forgive me if I’m suspicious of whether a Canadian writer may have romanticized or exaggerated it a little. Anyway, this seems like a decent contemporary urban fantasy about siblings who have special powers or duties connected to dealing with ghosts and who have to track down a murderous one or something.
  • Jenna Helland, Theros: Godsend, Part I. I’ve never read a Magic: The Gathering novel, so I don’t know if this one is typical, but it did a pretty good job at what I would expect from one: leaping into very unrealistic but interesting fantasy situations as quickly as the imagery on the cards does. In this case, there was stuff right away about gods fighting in the sky that I took a while to try and picture for myself, and I liked a few other details that likewise featured the simple, colorful qualities of the game. Apparently, whatever edition of MtG this story is based on has a Greek mythology flavor to it, and that comes through strongly, but I think a number of things about it are original too. Anyhow, at two bucks and 124 pages, the cost of being wrong about this seems low.

Board game rank change report for 2014Q1

Every quarter, I compare the current board game rankings at BoardGameGeek with the rankings from three months ago to see what new games have appeared and what old games have enjoyed sudden surges in popularity. Games tend to climb the charts more slowly in the overall ‘Board games’ category, so I list them when I see a jump of +100 ranks, whereas in other categories I only note jumps of +200 ranks. Sometimes classic games are added to new categories and will jump up for probably no other reason. Also, I only keep track of the top 500 games in each category from quarter to quarter, so it’s theoretically possible for a game to gain ranks slowly and never show up. But with those caveats in mind, here are some lists of games that have popped up on the charts in the past quarter.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
014 (+143) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
051 (+109) Nations
059 (+228) Eldritch Horror
060 (+160) Russian Railroads
194 (+161) Lewis & Clark
220 (+232) Concordia
274 (+226) Glass Road
281 (+106) Amerigo
297 (+203) Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
318 (+167) Firefly: The Game
329 (+171) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
370 (+130) BattleLore (Second Edition)
373 (+127) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #3
378 (+122) Francis Drake
392 (+108) Bruxelles 1893
396 (+104) 1775: Rebellion
Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
199 (+301) BattleLore (Second Edition)
223 (+277) BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
273 (+211) A Study in Emerald
Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
019 (+481) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #3
020 (+480) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
043 (+457) BattleLore (Second Edition)
067 (+255) The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
165 (+335) Diplomacy
256 (+244) Sails of Glory
Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
055 (+445) Ingenious: Travel Edition
069 (+431) Mahjong
088 (+352) Steam Park
128 (+372) TurfMaster
151 (+349) Blueprints
222 (+278) Fantastiqa
287 (+213) Cinque Terre
Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
012 (+488) Warhammer: Diskwars
016 (+484) Dungeon Command: Blood of Gruumsh
021 (+479) Star Realms
109 (+318) Huntik: Secrets and Seekers Trading Card Game
114 (+386) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
058 (+442) Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
098 (+402) Space Cadets: Dice Duel
117 (+383) TurfMaster
156 (+344) Police Precinct
185 (+315) Leader 1: Hell of the North
203 (+297) CV
216 (+284) Silent Death
227 (+273) Galaxy Defenders
229 (+271) HeroQuest Advanced Quest
276 (+224) Dark Moon
289 (+211) Super Fantasy: Ugly Snouts Assault

Selected SF/F Previews for 03/2014

In an ongoing effort to discover more of what’s up in current SF/F, I’ve sampled all the available Amazon previews of new titles linked in SFSignal’s March round-up, and I’ve chosen a few to highlight.

  • Mark Smylie, The Barrow. Immediately upon reading this preview, I sent a bunch of my friends a one-line note: “Holy crap, it’s an Artesia novel!” At least three of us bought it instantly. Whatever its flaws may be, don’t mistake this first novel for a typical grim fantasy GRRM knock-off/D&D campaign journal. Smylie’s Artesia is easily the richest and most thoughtful sword & sorcery comic book I’ve ever read–the setting, plot, and characters are all amazing. The novel may be rougher. Certainly, there’s prolific cursing, and others’ reviews promise there are disturbing sex scenes, which I’d count as a negative. But Artesia was so good that it has bought Smylie an awful lot of latitude with me as a reader.
  • Brad Aiken, Small Doses of the Future: A Collection of Medical Science Fiction Stories. Aiken is a practicing physician, so these stories ought to be well-informed if nothing else. The preview seems well-written in a careful, precise sort of way. And I’m especially intrigued by the context, because this seems to be part of a relatively new series called Science and Fiction by Springer, a scientific publisher.
  • Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, The Time Traveler’s Almanac. Like The Weird, this seems to be the VanderMeers’ attempt at a comprehensive anthology synopsizing a very large SF/F sub-genre, and looking at the table of contents, I think they may have been successful once again. The stuff included in the preview reminds me how many old time travel stories are a little too pat and almost silly. But then we get some Ursula Le Guin, and I’m hooked.
  • Menna van Praag, The House at the End of Hope Street. What a charming magical realist premise: a woman is given an opportunity to stay in a house where many famous women have figured out what to do with their lives and where, apparently, their portraits on the walls will talk her through the same problem. The preview seems warm and inviting itself.
  • Andrzej Sapkowski, Baptism of Fire. This is the third novel in Sapkowski’s Witcher Saga, and the preview seems typical. I can see why these books are so popular in Europe. They’re clear, straightforward sword & sorcery stories that put dark magic and difficult ethical dilemmas into the foreground. They’re what Warhammer Fantasy novels seem to aspire to be.
  • Chris Wooding, The Iron Jackal. I’m not sure this is new even in the US, but it’s new to me. It’s the third in a series that I’ve heard described as a “steampunk Firefly,” and the preview fits that description pretty well, which means I’m sold.
  • Leslye Walton, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. This is a young adult magical realist novel in which a girl is born with wings. I’m not sure I like how the preview spends so much time on the multi-generational backstory. Fortunately, it delivers the magic right up front very vividly, and the multi-generational part is written well enough that I remain hopeful about the return to the main character.

Most popular Star Trek novels

To arrive at a rough guess of the popularity of all original Star Trek novels to date, I began with Wikipedia’s list of Star Trek novels, and I built Goodreads shelves for original novels related to each of the Star Trek TV series and one shelf for crossover/miscellaneous original fiction titles, separating out adaptations and young adult novels onto their own shelves as well. Then, I calculated the cube of the current rating for each novel (expressed as a percentage) times the log of the number of folks rating the novel, resulting in the rankings below. As usual, I’ve eliminated the Goodreads data, leaving only the orderings. YMMV.

The 57 most popular of 570 original Star Trek novels

  1. David Mack, Lost Souls (Misc.; Star Trek: Destiny, #3)
  2. Andrew J. Robinson, A Stitch in Time (DS9)
  3. David Mack, Mere Mortals (Misc.; Star Trek: Destiny #2)
  4. David Mack, Gods of Night (Misc.; Star Trek: Destiny #1)
  5. Diane Duane, Spock’s World (TOS)
  6. Peter David, Q-Squared (TNG)
  7. Peter David, Imzadi (TNG)
  8. David Mack, The Persistence of Memory (TNG; Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #1)
  9. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Federation (TOS)
  10. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy (VOY)
  11. Marco Palmieri, The Lives of Dax (DS9)
  12. Janet Kagan, Uhura’s Song (TOS)
  13. David R. George III, Raise the Dawn (Misc.; Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #7)
  14. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Prime Directive (TOS)
  15. A.C. Crispin, Time for Yesterday (TOS; Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2)
  16. Peter David, Stone and Anvil (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #14)
  17. A.C. Crispin, Sarek (TOS)
  18. Diane Duane, My Enemy, My Ally (TOS; Star Trek: Rihannsu, #1)
  19. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle (VOY)
  20. S.D. Perry, Unity (DS9)
  21. Peter David, Q-In-Law (TNG; Star Trek: The Next Generation, #18)
  22. A.C. Crispin, Yesterday’s Son (TOS; Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)
  23. James Swallow, The Poisoned Chalice (Misc.)
  24. David Mack, A Ceremony of Losses (Misc.)
  25. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide (VOY)
  26. Peter David, Gods Above (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #13)
  27. Diane Duane, Doctor’s Orders (TOS)
  28. Peter David, Requiem (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #9)
  29. David Mack, Silent Weapons (TNG; Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #2)
  30. David Mack, Storming Heaven (Misc.; Star Trek: Vanguard, #8)
  31. Peter David, House of Cards (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #1)
  32. David Mack, Reap the Whirlwind (Misc.; Star Trek: Vanguard, #3)
  33. Christie Golden, Homecoming (VOY; Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming, #1)
  34. Peter David, Renaissance (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #10)
  35. Peter David, Restoration (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #11)
  36. Una McCormack, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice (DS9)
  37. Peter David, Once Burned (Misc.; Star Trek: The Captain’s Table, #5)
  38. William Shatner, Collision Course (TOS; Star Trek: Academy, #1)
  39. William Shatner, The Return (TOS; Star Trek: Odyssey, #2)
  40. Barbara Hambly, Ishmael (TOS; Star Trek, No 23)
  41. Peter David, Being Human (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #12)
  42. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm (VOY)
  43. Greg Cox, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (TOS; Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #1)
  44. Peter David, Into the Void (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #2)
  45. Peter David, Fire on High (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #6)
  46. Julia Ecklar, The Kobayashi Maru (TOS; Star Trek: The Original Series, #47)
  47. Peter David, End Game (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #4)
  48. Jean Lorrah, The Vulcan Academy Murders (TOS)
  49. Jeri Taylor, Mosaic (VOY)
  50. John de Lancie, I, Q (TNG)
  51. Margaret Wander Bonanno, Strangers from the Sky (TOS)
  52. Peter David, The Two Front War (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #3)
  53. Peter David, After the Fall (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #15)
  54. Greg Cox, The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 2: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (TOS; Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #2)
  55. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book Two (DS9)
  56. Peter David, Dark Allies (Misc.; Star Trek: New Frontier, #8)
  57. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book One of Two (DS9)

The 20 most popular of 195 original Star Trek: TOS novels

  1. Diane Duane, Spock’s World
  2. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Federation
  3. Janet Kagan, Uhura’s Song
  4. Judith Reeves-Stevens, Prime Directive
  5. A.C. Crispin, Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2)
  6. A.C. Crispin, Sarek
  7. Diane Duane, My Enemy, My Ally (Star Trek: Rihannsu, #1)
  8. A.C. Crispin, Yesterday’s Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)
  9. Diane Duane, Doctor’s Orders
  10. William Shatner, Collision Course (Star Trek: Academy, #1)
  11. William Shatner, The Return (Star Trek: Odyssey, #2)
  12. Barbara Hambly, Ishmael (Star Trek, No 23)
  13. Greg Cox, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #1)
  14. Julia Ecklar, The Kobayashi Maru (Star Trek: The Original Series, #47)
  15. Jean Lorrah, The Vulcan Academy Murders
  16. Margaret Wander Bonanno, Strangers from the Sky
  17. Greg Cox, The Eugenics Wars, Vol. 2: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #2)
  18. Diane Duane, The Romulan Way (Star Trek: Rihannsu, #2)
  19. Diane Carey, Best Destiny
  20. J.M. Dillard, The Lost Years (Star Trek: The Lost Years, #1)

The 12 most popular of 120 original Star Trek: TNG novels

  1. Peter David, Q-Squared
  2. Peter David, Imzadi
  3. David Mack, The Persistence of Memory (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #1)
  4. Peter David, Q-In-Law (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #18)
  5. David Mack, Silent Weapons (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #2)
  6. John de Lancie, I, Q
  7. Peter David, Vendetta: The Giant Novel
  8. David Mack, A Time to Kill
  9. Diane Duane, Dark Mirror
  10. David Mack, The Body Electric (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #3)
  11. Keith R.A. DeCandido, A Time for War, A Time for Peace
  12. David Mack, A Time to Heal (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time, #8)

The 6 most popular of 57 original Star Trek: DS9 novels

  1. Andrew J. Robinson, A Stitch in Time
  2. Marco Palmieri, The Lives of Dax
  3. S.D. Perry, Unity
  4. Una McCormack, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice
  5. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book Two
  6. S.D. Perry, Avatar Book One of Two

The 4 most popular of 39 original Star Trek: Voyager novels

  1. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Unworthy
  2. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: Full Circle
  3. Kirsten Beyer, Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide
  4. Christie Golden, Homecoming (Star Trek: Voyager: Homecoming, #1)

The 2 most popular of 13 original Star Trek: Enterprise novels

  1. Andy Mangels, The Good That Men Do
  2. Christopher L. Bennett, Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures

The 11 most popular of 109 miscellaneous original Star Trek universe novels

  1. David Mack, Lost Souls (Star Trek: Destiny, #3)
  2. David Mack, Mere Mortals (Star Trek: Destiny #2)
  3. David Mack, Gods of Night (Star Trek: Destiny #1)
  4. David R. George III, Raise the Dawn (Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #7)
  5. Peter David, Stone and Anvil (Star Trek: New Frontier, #14)
  6. James Swallow, The Poisoned Chalice
  7. David Mack, A Ceremony of Losses
  8. Peter David, Gods Above (Star Trek: New Frontier, #13)
  9. Peter David, Requiem (Star Trek: New Frontier, #9)
  10. David Mack, Storming Heaven (Star Trek: Vanguard, #8)
  11. Peter David, House of Cards (Star Trek: New Frontier, #1)

The 4 most popular of 38 original Star Trek young adult novels

  1. John Vornholt, Capture the Flag
  2. Rick Barba, The Delta Anomaly (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, #1)
  3. Rudy Josephs, The Edge (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, #2)
  4. Alan Gratz, The Assassination Game (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, #4)

Selected SF/F Previews for 02/2014

As part of my ongoing experiment to discover more of what’s up in SF/F as a whole, I’ve tried all the available Amazon previews of new titles linked in SFSignal’s February round-up, and I’ve chosen a few to highlight.

  • Andy Weir, The Martian. A fairly gripping survival thriller about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Surprisingly, he’s pretty phlegmatic about it and intends to survive the four years it’ll take to get rescued.
  • Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation. This appears to be a weird fiction take on Roadside Picnic. I have minor qualms about the prose, but I love the basic premise of explorers going into extremely mysterious and dangerous terrain that’s been mythologized because of past discoveries and extraordinary failures therein.
  • Charles Adler, Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction. This is sort of like a “physics of Star Trek” book, except it has a good bit more math in it and a much greater focus on written SF, making it more intriguing to me than most pop sci books about SF/F. I could definitely see this being used as a textbook in a “physics for poets” class.
  • Sharon Lee, Carousel Sun. The sequel to Carousel Tides, which I have not read yet either. It’s sort of an urban fantasy set at a beach town in Maine and featuring a carousel owner who is also part dryad? OK, well, that’s unusual. It’s also smoothly written and warm in tone, which is typical for Sharon Lee.
  • Daniel Price, The Flight of the Silvers. A very cinematic SF story about two sisters saved from death twice by some folks with strange powers. Somehow, I got sort of a Heroes or FlashForward vibe from it, but I may have imagined it—looking at the description, those shows may not reflect the direction the book goes in.
  • Ian McDonald, Empress of the Sun. This seems to be an exaggerated and somewhat campy YA SF adventure novel combining steampunk, parallel Earths, and the discovery of an Alderson disk. The first in the series is Planesrunner.
  • M. D. Waters, Archetype. A dystopic thriller about a woman whose memory and identity have been manipulated to make her an ideal wife in a society where women are scarce. I suspect the reader’s own experience of gender dynamics may be critical to appreciating it fully, but I can understand it having an audience.
  • Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me. Apparently, this is the conclusion to a YA series that’s kind of a big deal, although I had never heard of it. The prose is certainly distinctive, which is an accomplishment, but it’s pushed nearly to the point of self-parody. Still, part of what I’m doing here is learning about new things in SF/F, and when I went back and looked at the preview for the first book, Shatter Me, it became clear the series is at least noteworthy.

Selected SF/F Previews for 01/2014

Continuing a little experiment, I’ve tried all the available Amazon previews of new SF/F linked in SFSignal’s January round-up, and I’ve chosen a few to highlight.

  • Jo Walton, What Makes This Book So Great. I wasn’t fond of the same author’s novel Among Others in part because of the many unilluminating references to familiar books. But here, there are enough things to mentally praise or dispute as you read that it’s like shooting the breeze with an SF/F-loving friend.
  • Simon Morden, Arcanum. Very neat insertion of grim fantasy action into an interesting and relatively unused corner of semi-historical Europe.
  • Seanan McGuire, Indexing. I like the idea of a folklore index being especially meaningful in an urban fantasy world, and as usual, McGuire’s work is ultra-readable.
  • Marko Kloos, Lines of Departure. This is actually the second novel in a series, and the first (Terms of Enlistment) was on the January list too. But I liked the preview of the sequel best. It begins the story at a more intriguing place, and it seems to stand alone.
  • Joanna Wiebe, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant. Maybe it’s just that I like boarding school novels and tend to read them less critically, but I read the 73-page preview (minus a few “not included” pages) without noticing the time passing.
  • Karen Traviss, Halo: Mortal Dictata. The author’s Star Wars novels are extremely popular, and apparently, she’s doing well with Halo too, in spite of irritating a few fans with her treatment of one character. I have essentially no previous experience with the setting, but I liked the AI and alien characters here, and I’m persuaded there’s something interesting happening in Halo branded fiction in general (certainly the authors are famous: Greg Bear, William C. Dietz, Tobias Buckell, Eric Nylund, etc.).
  • Brian Staveley, The Emperor’s Blades. The prologue and the character names didn’t instill much hope, but later chapters were pretty fun, and this seems to be the fat fantasy that a bunch of folks are excited about this month.

The most highly rated films of 2013

As I’ve done in past years, I’ve taken the feature films that IMDb counts as 2013 releases and multiplied their IMDb Bayesian average rating times their Rotten Tomatoes critic percentages. Excluded were films with fewer than 2000 ratings, films with fewer than 20 critic reviews, and all documentaries. And so here are the top ~30 films—all that scored over 6.0:

Votes   IRaw    Bayes   RT%     RT%*B   Title
======  ===     =====   ==      =====   ===================================
31521	8.6	8.499	97	8.244	12 Years a Slave (imdb)
220952	8.3	8.287	97	8.038	Gravity (imdb)
41002	8.1	8.044	98	7.883	Before Midnight (imdb)
13099	8.1	7.941	96	7.623	The Past, a.k.a. Le passé (imdb)
4653	8.6	8.089	93	7.523	Her (imdb)
68849	8.1	8.066	93	7.501	Captain Phillips (imdb)
81273	8.3	8.266	89	7.357	Rush (imdb)
9505	8.0	7.809	94	7.340	Inside Llewyn Davis (imdb)
43115	7.9	7.856	93	7.306	American Hustle (imdb)
159357	8.2	8.184	89	7.284	The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (imdb)
9374	8.0	7.807	93	7.261	Dallas Buyers Club (imdb)
16064	8.1	7.967	90	7.170	Blue is the Warmest Color, a.k.a. La vie d'Adèle (imdb)
50570   8.1     8.054   89      7.168   Frozen (imdb)
9367	7.8	7.642	93	7.107	The Great Beauty, a.k.a. La grande bellezza (imdb)
15170	7.6	7.518	94	7.067	Fruitvale Station (imdb)
4576	8.1	7.735	91	7.039	Nebraska (imdb)
5950	7.9	7.648	92	7.036	Philomena (imdb)
7723	7.3	7.218	96	6.929	Enough Said (imdb)
27158	7.6	7.552	91	6.872	Blue Jasmine (imdb)
245632	7.9	7.892	87	6.866	Star Trek Into Darkness (imdb)
15028	7.5	7.430	92	6.836	The Spectacular Now (imdb)
6779	7.2	7.132	93	6.633	All Is Lost (imdb)
128729	8.1	8.082	82	6.627	Prisoners (imdb)
43054	8.7	8.620	76	6.551	The Wolf of Wall Street (imdb)
144990	7.6	7.590	86	6.527	The Conjuring (imdb)
48653	7.5	7.476	85	6.355	The Way Way Back (imdb)
78896	7.1	7.095	89	6.314	The World's End (imdb)
16809	7.8	7.704	81	6.240	Saving Mr. Banks (imdb)
170667	8.2	8.185	75	6.139	The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (imdb)
9942	7.2	7.150	84	6.006	Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (imdb)

And here are the top documentaries:

Votes   IRaw    Bayes   RT%     RT%*B   Title
======  ===     =====   ==      =====   ===================================
12483	8.1	7.934	98	7.775	Blackfish (imdb)
5715	7.8	7.567	100	7.567	Sound City (imdb)
3237	6.7	6.776	93	6.302	We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (imdb)