Popular mid-to-late 20th C. innovative fiction

In 1998, a short fiction collection from Dalkey Archive Press titled Innovations: An Anthology of Modern & Contemporary Fiction included at the end a “A Highly Eccentric List of 101 Books for Further Reading” selected by the editor, Robert L. McLaughlin, and sorted by author. Below, I’ve re-sorted those suggestions by the log of their current number of readers on Goodreads multiplied by the square of their current rating (treated as a percentage). As usual, I’ve omitted the Goodreads data itself.

1. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
2. Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
3. David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
4. Gabriel Garcia Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
5. Joseph Heller, Catch-22
6. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
7. Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
8. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of Night
9. Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch
10. Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
11. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
12. Don DeLillo, White Noise
13. Paul Auster, New York Trilogy
14. Mario Vargas Llosa, Conversation in the Cathedral
15. Günter Grass, The Tin Drum
16. Georges Perec, Life: A User’s Manual
17. William Gaddis, The Recognitions
18. Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars
19. John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor
20. Raymond Queneau, Exercises in Style
21. Alasdair Gray, Lanark
22. Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
23. Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds
24. Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
25. Manuel Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman
26. David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress
27. Richard Brautigan, A Confederate General from Big Sur
28. Thomas Bernhard, Concrete
29. Richard Powers, The Gold Bug Variations
30. José Donoso, The Obscene Bird of Night
31. Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren
32. Samuel Beckett, Murphy
33. William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
34. William Carlos Williams, Imaginations
35. Danilo Kiš, Hourglass
36. Steven Millhauser, Edwin Mullhouse
37. Carole Maso, AVA
38. Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Three Trapped Tigers
39. Josef Škvorecký, The Engineer of Human Souls
40. Carlos Fuentes, Terra Nostra
41. Robert Coover, The Public Burning
42. Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
43. Fernando Del Paso, Palinuro of Mexico
44. Alexander Theroux, Darconville’s Cat
45. José Lezama Lima, Paradiso
46. William T. Vollmann, The Ice Shirt
47. Janice Galloway, The Trick is to Keep Breathing
48. William H. Gass, The Tunnel
49. Tadeusz Konwicki, A Minor Apocalypse
50. Gilbert Sorrentino, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things
51. Joseph McElroy, Women and Men
52. Nicholas Mosley, Impossible Object
53. Harry Mathews, Cigarettes
54. Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jealousy
55. Donald Barthelme, Snow White
56. Kathy Acker, Empire of the Senseless
57. John Hawkes, Second Skin
58. B.S. Johnson, House Mother Normal
59. Jacques Roubaud, The Great Fire of London
60. D. Keith Mano, Take Five
61. Felipe Alfau, Chromos
62. Marguerite Young, Miss Macintosh, My Darling
63. Paul Metcalf, Genoa
64. Stanley Elkin, The Living End
65. John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire
66. Claude Simon, The Grass
67. Rikki Ducornet, Phosphor in Dreamland
68. William Eastlake, Castle Keep
69. Gert Jonke, Geometric Regional Novel
70. Karen Gordon, The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales
71. Robert Pinget, The Inquisitory
72. Henry Green, Back
73. Edmund White, Forgetting Elena
74. Ann Quin, Tripticks
75. Coleman Dowell, Island People
76. Christine Brooke-Rose, Thru
77. Julián Ríos, Larva
78. Juan Goytisolo, Makbara
79. Michel Butor, Mobile
80. Carol De Chellis Hill, Henry James’ Midnight Song
81. Curtis White, Memories of My Father Watching TV
82. Nathalie Sarraute, Do You Hear Them?
83. Brigid Brophy, In Transit
84. Gabrielle Burton, Heartbreak Hotel
85. Severo Sarduy, Cobra & Maitreya
86. Luisa Valenzuela, He Who Searches
87. Piotr Szewc, Annihilation
88. Ralph Cusack, Cadenza
89. Claude Ollier, Mise-en-Scene
90. Susan Daitch, L.C.
91. Julieta Campos, The Fear of Losing Eurydice
92. LeRoi Jones, Tales
93. William Demby, The Catacombs
94. Alf MacLochlainn, Out of Focus
95. Eva Figes, Ghosts
96. Reyoung, Unbabbling
97. Osman Lins, The Queen of the Prisons
98. Margaret Dukore, A Novel Called Heritage
99. Wallace Markfield, Teitlebaum’s WIndow
100. Charles Newman, A Child’s History of America
101. Alan Burns, Dreamerika!

Board game rank change report for 2015Q2

On July 1, I compiled the usual stats on board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past quarter. Standard caveats about recategorization, new editions (etc.) apply.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
188 (+180) Patchwork
189 (+131) Fields of Arle
356 (+144) The Voyages of Marco Polo
384 (+104) XCOM: The Board Game
387 (+113) La Granja
395 (+105) Orléans

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
150 (+350) The Voyages of Marco Polo
161 (+339) Power Grid deluxe: Europe/North America
243 (+257) Elysium
291 (+209) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
036 (+464) Star Wars: Armada

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
070 (+430) Smash Up: Monster Smash
112 (+388) Star Trek: Catan
158 (+342) Love Letter: Batman
172 (+280) Nations: The Dice Game
180 (+278) Loony Quest
211 (+289) Cacao
232 (+268) Le Fantôme de l'Opéra
237 (+263) Welcome to the Dungeon
280 (+220) Arboretum

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
038 (+462) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
051 (+449) Star Wars: Armada
073 (+427) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
095 (+405) Specter Ops
098 (+402) Thunderstone Advance: Numenera
112 (+388) Baseball Highlights: 2045
147 (+353) TurfMaster
150 (+350) Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
192 (+308) XenoShyft Onslaught
205 (+295) Kingsport Festival
261 (+239) Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game
267 (+233) Article 27: The UN Security Council Game
276 (+224) Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King
280 (+220) DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil

Board game rank change report for 2015Q1

Earlier this week, I compiled the usual lists of the board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past three months. My standard caveats about recategorization, new editions (etc.) apply.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
032 (+331) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
078 (+142) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
120 (+122) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
139 (+361) Roll for the Galaxy
148 (+221) Sheriff of Nottingham
158 (+342) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
167 (+333) Alchemists
201 (+131) King of New York
220 (+193) Viticulture
257 (+220) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
269 (+165) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
280 (+220) Pandemic: The Cure
290 (+210) Arcadia Quest
305 (+195) Deus
320 (+180) Fields of Arle
327 (+173) AquaSphere
335 (+165) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
363 (+137) Kanban: Automotive Revolution
364 (+136) Mysterium
368 (+132) Patchwork

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
064 (+436) Roll for the Galaxy
097 (+403) Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
115 (+228) Fields of Arle
124 (+376) Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
236 (+264) Level 7 [Omega Protocol]
272 (+228) Paperback
275 (+225) Orléans

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
087 (+413) Nexus Ops
171 (+329) Diplomacy
281 (+219) Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
064 (+436) Paperback
181 (+319) Lost Legacy: The Starship
196 (+276) Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise
260 (+240) Samurai Spirit
272 (+228) VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
025 (+475) Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn
038 (+462) Ascension: Apprentice Edition
129 (+371) ApocalypZe Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
076 (+424) XCOM: The Board Game
109 (+391) Race! Formula 90
131 (+369) Scoville
167 (+333) Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
188 (+312) Fallen
189 (+311) Argent: The Consortium

The most highly rated films of 2014

As I’ve done in the past, I’ve taken each feature film IMDb counts as a 2014 release and multiplied its IMDb Bayesian average rating times its Rotten Tomatoes critic percentage. Excluded were films with fewer than 2000 ratings, films with fewer than 25 critic reviews, and all documentaries. And so here are the top ~50 films—all with a combined score over 6.0:

 Votes  IMDb  Bayes  RT%   RT%*B   Title
======  ====  =====  ===   =====   ===================================
 11646  8.8   8.635   96   8.290   Whiplash (imdb)
 89725  8.4   8.381   98   8.213   Boyhood (imdb)
 20608  8.7   8.608   93   8.005   Birdman (imdb)
 55829  8.1   8.076   95   7.672   Nightcrawler (imdb)
  2236  8.1   7.671  100   7.671   Leviafan (imdb)
171881  7.9   7.893   96   7.577   The Lego Movie (imdb)
 18801  8.4   8.315   90   7.483   The Imitation Game (imdb)
222804  8.1   8.094   92   7.446   The Grand Budapest Hotel (imdb)
357306  8.2   8.196   90   7.376   Guardians of the Galaxy (imdb)
325608  8.1   8.096   91   7.367   X-Men: Days of Future Past (imdb)
127592  8.0   7.990   92   7.351   How to Train Your Dragon 2 (imdb)
  9183  8.0   7.873   93   7.322   Pride (imdb)
  4788  7.7   7.529   97   7.303   Paddington (imdb)
215839  8.3   8.293   88   7.298   Gone Girl (imdb)
 10789  8.7   8.531   85   7.251   Kis uykusu (imdb)
  5349  8.2   7.965   91   7.248   Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (imdb)
  4852  8.3   8.028   90   7.225   Mommy (imdb)
252439  8.0   7.995   90   7.196   Edge of Tomorrow (imdb)
  5751  7.9   7.724   93   7.183   What We Do in the Shadows (imdb)
 35426  8.2   8.159   88   7.180   Big Hero 6 (imdb)
  3817  7.5   7.336   97   7.116   '71 (imdb)
200887  7.8   7.795   91   7.093   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (imdb)
  8546  7.5   7.417   94   6.972   Deux jours, une nuit (imdb)
301090  7.8   7.796   89   6.938   Captain America: The Winter Soldier (imdb)
  3727  7.0   6.939   97   6.731   Mr. Turner (imdb)
 31117  6.9   6.894   97   6.687   The Babadook (imdb)
  3913  7.5   7.339   91   6.678   Wild (imdb)
 20332  7.5   7.463   89   6.642   Calvary (imdb)
 32602  7.7   7.671   85   6.520   John Wick (imdb)
380387  8.9   8.894   73   6.493   Interstellar (imdb)
 22221  7.3   7.275   89   6.475   The Drop (imdb)
  9861  7.6   7.518   86   6.465   Foxcatcher (imdb)
 21628  7.0   6.987   92   6.428   Frank (imdb)
 73260  7.3   7.292   88   6.417   Chef (imdb)
148218  8.0   7.991   80   6.393   The Fault in Our Stars (imdb)
  4174  7.5   7.347   87   6.392   Still Alice (imdb)
 57398  8.1   8.076   79   6.380   The Raid 2: Berandal (imdb)
 31704  7.0   6.991   91   6.362   A Most Wanted Man (imdb)
  4162  7.3   7.186   87   6.252   The Good Lie (imdb)
  2845  7.1   6.999   89   6.229   Top Five (imdb)
 15750  7.7   7.641   81   6.189   The Theory of Everything (imdb)
  2570  7.5   7.279   85   6.187   Kraftidioten (imdb)
 21082  6.8   6.796   91   6.184   The Guest (imdb)
 96022  7.9   7.888   78   6.153   Fury (imdb)
  8651  7.5   7.418   82   6.083   The Book of Life (imdb)
 10267  7.0   6.974   87   6.067   The Skeleton Twins (imdb)
150296  7.2   7.197   84   6.045   22 Jump Street (imdb)

And here are the top documentaries, using the same criteria:

 Votes  IMDb  Bayes  RT%   RT%*B   Title
======  ====  =====  ===   =====   ===================================
  3317  8.1   7.778   98   7.622   Life Itself (imdb)
  2927  8.2   7.821   93   7.274   The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (imdb)
  3644  7.6   7.408   97   7.186   20,000 Days on Earth (imdb)
  2967  7.4   7.226   89   6.431   Bears (imdb)
  2969  7.7   7.451   81   6.035   Fed Up (imdb)

Board game rank change report for 2014Q4

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new quarter, so I’ve compiled lists of the board games that have shown large positive movement within BGG‘s top 500 in the past three months. The usual caveats about recategorization (etc.) apply. Incidentally, FiveThirtyEight put out a very interesting article yesterday featuring graphs of some BGG user rating data: how user ratings related to board games’ year of publication, maximum number of players, and average play time. Anyway, on to the lists.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
036 (+132) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
112 (+304) Five Tribes
159 (+331) Imperial Settlers
220 (+280) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
242 (+258) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
332 (+168) King of New York
363 (+137) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
369 (+131) Sheriff of Nottingham
382 (+118) Sushi Go!

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
104 (+396) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
214 (+286) Lords of Vegas
221 (+279) Xia: Legends of a Drift System
258 (+242) Abyss
263 (+237) Alchemists
272 (+228) Pandemic: The Cure
273 (+227) Patchistory
278 (+222) Panamax

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
010 (+490) War of the Ring (first edition)
075 (+425) The Battle of Five Armies
151 (+349) Warhammer: Diskwars
160 (+340) 1944: Race to the Rhine
222 (+278) Warmachine
257 (+243) Wir sind das Volk!
268 (+232) Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
030 (+470) King of New York
038 (+462) Sheriff of Nottingham
062 (+438) Abyss
066 (+434) Pandemic: The Cure
079 (+421) Eight-Minute Empire: Legends
094 (+406) Colt Express
138 (+362) Timeline: Diversity
144 (+356) Evolution
150 (+350) Port Royal
161 (+339) Black Fleet
170 (+330) Riff Raff
171 (+329) Pantheon
174 (+326) La Isla
200 (+300) Patchwork
220 (+280) Indigo
271 (+229) Red7
295 (+205) Viva Topo!

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
007 (+493) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
009 (+491) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
037 (+463) Blue Moon
059 (+441) Warmachine: High Command
075 (+425) Nature of the Beast: City vs. Suburb
099 (+401) Adventure Time: Card Wars – Finn vs. Jake
103 (+397) Battle Scenes
166 (+334) Shadowrun Duels

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
023 (+477) Star Wars: Imperial Assault
057 (+362) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
073 (+427) Legendary: Villains – Marvel Deck Building Game
082 (+418) Arcadia Quest
088 (+237) The Battle of Five Armies
097 (+403) Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death
101 (+399) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
126 (+374) Mysterium
142 (+358) Evolution
222 (+278) Greenland
223 (+277) The Battle at Kemble's Cascade
227 (+273) Thebes: The Tomb Raiders
290 (+210) Assault on Doomrock

Popular SF/F/H Novels of 2014

In 2014, SF Signal noted the upcoming appearance of over 3400 titles: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December.

To prepare the lists below, I looked each title up at Goodreads, eliminating those for which Goodreads had no data or a publication date prior to 2014. Then I ranked the remaining ~2100 books by the cube of their current score (expressed as a percentage) times the log of the number of voters. Finally I broke them up into somewhat arbitrary categories to yield the “top X” lists below, and as usual, I removed the actual Goodreads data, leaving only the ordering. Note that this procedure significantly favors books released earlier in the year.

Here’s a key to the abbreviations and terminology:

  • F = Fantasy
  • H = Horror
  • PR = Paranormal Romance
  • Sequels = Titles likely to draw on information arising in earlier, related books by the same author
  • SF = Science Fiction
  • UF = Urban Fantasy
  • YA = Young Adult

Top 25 SF/F/H (Non-Sequels, Non-YA, and Non-UF/PR)

  1. Brian Staveley, The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne)
  2. Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
  3. Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs
  4. Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes: A Novel
  5. M.R. Carey, The Girl With All the Gifts
  6. Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor
  7. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
  8. Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
  9. Josh Malerman, Bird Box: A Novel
  10. Sebastien de Castell, Traitor’s Blade
  11. William Gibson, The Peripheral
  12. Daniel Suarez, Influx
  13. Stephen King, Revival: A Novel
  14. John Scalzi, Lock In
  15. Daniel Price, The Flight of the Silvers
  16. Nick Harkaway, Tigerman
  17. Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy)
  18. Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel
  19. George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, Rogues
  20. Dean Koontz, The City
  21. M. D. Waters, Archetype
  22. Peter Watts, Echopraxia
  23. Robin Spriggs, The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom
  24. K. J. Parker, Academic Exercises
  25. John Joseph Adams (ed.), The End is Nigh

Top 25 SF/F/H Sequels (Non-YA and Non-UF/PR)

  1. Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2)
  2. Brent Weeks, The Broken Eye (Lightbringer)
  3. Brian McClellan, The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy)
  4. Robin Hobb, Fool’s Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
  5. Anthony Ryan, Tower Lord (A Raven’s Shadow Novel)
  6. Lev Grossman, The Magician’s Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
  7. R. A. Salvatore, Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, I
  8. John Gwynne, Valor (The Faithful and the Fallen)
  9. R. A. Salvatore, Rise of the King: Companions Codex, II
  10. Scott Sigler, Pandemic: A Novel (Infected)
  11. James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn (The Expanse)
  12. Patrick Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things
  13. Charles Stross, The Rhesus Chart (Laundry Files)
  14. H. Paul Honsinger, For Honor We Stand (Man of War)
  15. Patrick W. Carr, Draw of Kings, A (The Staff and the Sword)
  16. Douglas Hulick, Sworn in Steel: A Tale of the Kin
  17. Jonathan L. Howard, The Brothers Cabal
  18. Ann Leckie, Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch)
  19. Sam Sisavath, The Fires of Atlantis (Purge of Babylon, Book 4)
  20. Hannu Rajaniemi, The Causal Angel (Jean Le Flambeur)
  21. John Ringo, Islands of Rage and Hope (Black Tide Rising)
  22. Django Wexler, The Shadow Throne: Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns
  23. Marcus Sakey, A Better World (The Brilliance Saga, Book Two)
  24. Peter F. Hamilton, The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth (Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers)
  25. Evan Currie, Out of the Black (Odyssey One, Book 4)

Top 25 Young Adult SF/F/H/UF/PR (Non-Sequels)

  1. Pierce Brown, Red Rising
  2. Leslye Walton, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
  3. Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles)
  4. Melissa Landers, Alienated
  5. Marie Lu, The Young Elites
  6. Rachel Hawkins, Rebel Belle
  7. Danielle Jensen, Stolen Songbird
  8. Joe Abercrombie, Half a King (Shattered Sea Series)
  9. Amy Engel, The Book of Ivy
  10. Maggie Stiefvater, Sinner (Shiver)
  11. Danielle Paige, Dorothy Must Die
  12. Katie Alender, Famous Last Words
  13. Victoria Scott, Fire & Flood
  14. Josephine Angelini, Trial by Fire
  15. Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird)
  16. Sally Green, Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy)
  17. Joseph Delaney, A New Darkness
  18. A.S. King, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
  19. Rae Carson, The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories
  20. Alisa Krasnostein, Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories
  21. R.C. Lewis, Stitching Snow
  22. Martina Boone, Compulsion (Heirs of Watson Island)
  23. Kiersten White, Illusions of Fate
  24. Julie Kagawa, Talon (The Talon Saga)
  25. Juliet Marillier, Dreamer’s Pool: A Blackthorn & Grim Novel

Top 25 Young Adult SF/F/H/UF/PR Sequels & Related Works

  1. Marissa Meyer, Cress (Lunar Chronicles)
  2. Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me (Shatter Me)
  3. Sarah J. Maas, The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass novellas
  4. Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
  5. Richelle Mead, Silver Shadows: A Bloodlines Novel
  6. Alexandra Bracken, In the Afterlight: A Darkest Minds Novel
  7. Laini Taylor, Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
  8. Neal Shusterman, UnDivided (Unwind Dystology)
  9. Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
  10. Veronica Rossi, Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky)
  11. Pittacus Lore, The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies)
  12. Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising
  13. Victoria Schwab, The Unbound (An Archived Novel) (The Archived)
  14. Gena Showalter, The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles)
  15. Cassandra Clare, The Course of True Love (and First Dates) (The Bane Chronicles)
  16. Julie Kagawa, The Forever Song (Blood of Eden)
  17. Ransom Riggs, Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Children)
  18. Cecilia Bernard, Inside Divergent: The Initiate’s World
  19. Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea (5th Wave)
  20. Kasie West, Split Second (Pivot Point)
  21. Erin Hunter & Dan Jolley, Warriors Super Edition: Bramblestar’s Storm
  22. S. J. Kincaid, Catalyst (Insignia)
  23. Jennifer Estep, Killer Frost (Mythos Academy Novels)
  24. Scott Sigler, THE CHAMPION
  25. Robin LaFevers, Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)

Top 5 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance (Non-YA and Non-Sequels)

  1. J. D. Horn, The Line (Witching Savannah, Book One)
  2. Christopher Buehlman, The Lesser Dead
  3. Simone St. James, Silence for the Dead
  4. Seanan McGuire, Sparrow Hill Road
  5. C. J. Burright, Wonderfully Wicked

Note: This category has only 5 entries, because nothing else that fit the category appeared above the 25th item on any other list. I have to look each title up manually to make a decision about how to categorize them, and I’m sorry, but I suspect it would be quite a lot of work to find 20 more given the available data. In fact, including some of these entries stretches the definitions of urban fantasy and non-sequel. Even taking the “sequel bump” into account (scores tend to go up for sequels as readers bounce off earlier books), the dearth of high-scoring titles in this category is a surprising result because urban fantasy sequels simply dominate the top 200 results. Perhaps SF Signal has overlooked some series starters this year. Or maybe it’s a very difficult field to get noticed in at first.

Top 25 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Sequels (Non-YA)

  1. Jim Butcher, Skin Game (Dresden Files)
  2. Ilona Andrews, Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels)
  3. Diana Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander)
  4. Kim Harrison, The Undead Pool
  5. Patricia Briggs, Night Broken (Mercy Thompson)
  6. Kim Harrison, The Witch with No Name (Hollows)
  7. Darynda Jones, Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson)
  8. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion: Chronicles of Nick
  9. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born of Fury (League Novel)
  10. Anne Bishop, Murder of Crows: A Novel of the Others
  11. Darynda Jones, Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson Series)
  12. Nalini Singh, Shield of Winter (Psy/Changelings)
  13. Jeaniene Frost, Up from the Grave (Night Huntress)
  14. Deborah Harkness, The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy)
  15. Seanan McGuire, The Winter Long (October Daye)
  16. Faith Hunter, Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock)
  17. Kevin Hearne, Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles
  18. Christine Feehan, Dark Wolf (Carpathian)
  19. Larry Correia, Monster Hunter Nemesis
  20. Patricia Briggs, Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson
  21. Faith Hunter, Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock)
  22. Chloe Neill, Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires)
  23. Jonathan Maberry, Code Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel
  24. Larissa Ione, Revenant (Lords of Deliverance)
  25. Chloe Neill, Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires)

Top 25 Miscellaneous Works (Comics, Etc.)

  1. Joe Hill, Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega
  2. Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan 14
  3. Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan, Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1
  4. Ian Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare Trilogy)
  5. Wizards RPG Team, Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)
  6. Bryan Lee O’Malley, Seconds
  7. Zack Whedon, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
  8. Tom Taylor, Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2
  9. Ben Hatke, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures
  10. Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1
  11. Kieron Gillen, The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1
  12. Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2
  13. Ian Doescher, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return
  14. Gene Luen Yang, The Shadow Hero
  15. Gene Luen Yang & Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift Part 2
  16. Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto 68: A Shinobi’s Dream!
  17. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale
  18. Tom Taylor, Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1
  19. Wizards RPG Team, Monster Manual (D&D Core Rulebook)
  20. Tim Minchin, Storm
  21. Marvel Comics, Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread
  22. Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn, Alex + Ada Volume 1
  23. Hayao Miyazaki, Art of Princess Mononoke
  24. Terry Pratchett, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction
  25. Bill Willingham, Fables Vol. 20: Camelot

Board game rank change report for Black Friday 2014

Every year, in anticipation of holiday shopping, I run a special report on all games that have appeared in the data I’ve collected quarterly from BGG since January 1. Most of these games have already shown up in the quarterly reports, but sometimes a game will advance in the rankings too slowly for me to catch it in a snapshot. A few showed up before January 1, because sometimes a game will continue advancing gradually for a while (particularly as it works its way to the very top). And there are definitely a few games here that are old but that show up because they were recategorized or whatnot. Anyway, there are still a lot of games that have done well in BGG’s rankings in 2014.

Fast, positive movers among 'Board games':
007 (+150) Caverna: The Cave Farmers
027 (+260) Eldritch Horror
039 (+121) Nations
042 (+178) Russian Railroads
054 (+446) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
072 (+283) Lewis & Clark
080 (+372) Concordia
097 (+403) Star Realms
111 (+389) Splendor
134 (+366) Five Tribes
145 (+116) Forbidden Desert
174 (+326) BattleLore (Second Edition)
178 (+322) BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
180 (+320) Istanbul
185 (+315) One Night Ultimate Werewolf
195 (+139) Targi
200 (+142) Coup
201 (+299) Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
205 (+295) Glass Road
212 (+288) Imperial Settlers
221 (+279) Bruxelles 1893
228 (+159) Amerigo
241 (+259) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
243 (+257) Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
245 (+255) 1775: Rebellion
258 (+227) Firefly: The Game
286 (+214) Rococo
307 (+193) Francis Drake
312 (+188) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
318 (+182) Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
331 (+169) Freedom: The Underground Railroad
334 (+166) Among the Stars
337 (+163) Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
338 (+162) Quantum
343 (+157) Madeira
358 (+142) Terror in Meeple City
362 (+138) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
366 (+134) A Study in Emerald
380 (+120) Pax Porfiriana
391 (+109) Bang! The Dice Game
392 (+108) Coal Baron

Fast, positive movers among 'Strategy games':
062 (+438) Star Realms
070 (+430) Five Tribes
072 (+428) BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
098 (+402) Istanbul
105 (+249) Bruxelles 1893
119 (+381) Imperial Settlers
158 (+342) Freedom: The Underground Railroad
165 (+261) Madeira
175 (+325) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
204 (+296) Quantum
213 (+287) Lords of Vegas
214 (+270) A Study in Emerald
224 (+276) Castles of Mad King Ludwig
250 (+250) Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
296 (+204) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature

Fast, positive movers among 'War games':
018 (+482) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #3
021 (+479) Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2
024 (+476) BattleLore (Second Edition)
026 (+474) Fire in the Lake
053 (+447) Kemet
074 (+248) The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
115 (+385) Heroes of Normandie
135 (+365) The Battle of Five Armies
144 (+356) Sails of Glory
155 (+345) Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer
156 (+344) Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
168 (+332) 1944: Race to the Rhine
175 (+210) France '40
211 (+289) Dungeon Command: Heart of Cormyr
233 (+267) Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath
279 (+221) Cruel Necessity

Fast, positive movers among 'Family games':
009 (+491) Splendor
016 (+484) Istanbul
028 (+472) Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
061 (+379) Steam Park
075 (+425) Machi Koro
077 (+423) King of New York
085 (+415) Abyss
096 (+404) Nefertiti
102 (+398) Blueprints
117 (+383) Camel Up
118 (+382) Linko!
131 (+369) Carcassonne: South Seas
145 (+355) TurfMaster
151 (+349) Sheriff of Nottingham
160 (+240) CV
162 (+338) Port Royal
171 (+329) Colt Express
174 (+326) Riff Raff
191 (+309) Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension
198 (+302) Evolution
201 (+299) Coconuts
208 (+292) The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus
215 (+285) Fantastiqa
218 (+282) Indigo
231 (+269) Black Fleet
239 (+261) Timeline: Music & Cinema
240 (+260) Wok Star
247 (+253) Cinque Terre
258 (+242) Cube Quest
268 (+232) SOS Titanic
274 (+226) Asante
289 (+211) The Builders: Middle Ages
295 (+205) Tsuro of the Seas

Fast, positive movers among 'Collectible games':
005 (+495) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
006 (+494) Star Realms
008 (+492) Doomtown: Reloaded
009 (+491) Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
013 (+487) Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
014 (+486) Warhammer: Diskwars
017 (+483) Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men
024 (+476) Dungeon Command: Blood of Gruumsh
071 (+429) Nature of the Beast: City vs. Suburb
077 (+423) The Card Game of Oz
078 (+396) Weiß Schwarz
096 (+404) My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game
100 (+400) Mechwarrior: Dark Age
125 (+375) Mage Knight
128 (+372) Conquest Tactics
129 (+298) Huntik: Secrets and Seekers Trading Card Game

Fast, positive movers among 'Thematic games':
007 (+493) Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
026 (+474) Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
040 (+460) Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak
060 (+440) Thunder Alley
080 (+420) Galaxy Defenders
085 (+415) Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
101 (+399) Space Cadets: Dice Duel
106 (+394) Ascension: Rise of Vigil
114 (+386) Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients
117 (+383) Space Hulk (fourth edition)
128 (+372) Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
135 (+365) The Battle of Five Armies
143 (+357) Tragedy Looper
158 (+342) Arcadia Quest
160 (+340) Shadowrun: Crossfire
161 (+339) Zombie 15'
162 (+338) CV
167 (+333) Police Precinct
169 (+331) Heroes Wanted
174 (+326) Evolution
182 (+318) Shadowrift
202 (+298) Leader 1: Hell of the North
224 (+276) Mysterium
231 (+269) HeroQuest Advanced Quest
236 (+264) 1911 Amundsen vs Scott
237 (+263) Rivet Wars: Eastern Front
242 (+258) Silent Death
243 (+257) Thebes: The Tomb Raiders
255 (+245) Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom
277 (+223) Super Fantasy: Ugly Snouts Assault
279 (+221) Greenland
280 (+220) The Battle at Kemble's Cascade
291 (+209) King & Assassins
295 (+205) Might & Magic Heroes