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The BSFA Best Novel long-list: Goodreads/LibraryThing rankings

The BSFA Long List is out. Here are the 56 (!) Best Novel nominees, ranked by the product of their number of owners on Goodreads and LibraryThing.

Goodreads LibraryThing
reviewers av rating owners av rating
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke 27,961 4.34 1,033 4.26
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin 24,512 4.01 990 4.08
Network Effect by Martha Wells 22,649 4.43 729 4.42
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones 15,259 3.8 486 4.06
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 13,520 4.3 465 4.21
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini 10,990 3.9 411 4.26
Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell 9,187 4.04 464 4.08
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty 13,803 4.53 279 4.32
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow 9,894 4.15 374 4.16
Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis 9,418 3.89 271 3.6
Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin 7,136 3.65 189 3.56
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook 5,260 3.8 171 3.81
Burn by Patrick Ness 4,401 3.82 196 3.98
The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey 3,744 4.11 207 4.03
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata 4,323 3.62 166 3.63
The Silence by Don DeLillo 3,824 2.8 184 2.86
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal 3,075 4.45 187 4.49
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez 2,626 4.11 172 3.94
The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson 1,725 4.02 211 4.02
Afterland by Lauren Beukes 2,208 3.31 142 3.47
The God Game by Danny Tobey 2,758 3.74 113 3.68
Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack 2,236 4.07 93 3.93
Saints of Salvation by Peter F Hamilton 2,509 4.46 63 4.32
The Last Human by Zack Jordan 1,473 3.71 99 3.54
The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky 1,581 3.92 82 4.39
Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott 932 4.03 116 4.08
88 Names by Matt Ruff 1,046 3.44 66 3.21
Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow 736 4.11 73 4.13
Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang 574 3.43 83 3.5
Light of Impossible Stars by Gareth L. Powell 847 3.95 56 3.65
Beneath The Rising by Premee Mohamed 437 3.68 60 3.67
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison 308 3.75 57 3.56
Mordew by Alex Pheby 220 3.92 54 3.4
Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston 183 3.75 58 3.5
Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock 274 3.58 27 3.44
Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen 245 3.85 29 3.17
War of the Maps by Paul McAuley 194 3.8 35 3.5
Space Station Down by Ben Bova & Doug Beason 270 3.39 18 3.33
Ghost Species by James Bradley 330 3.84 11 3.75
Comet Weather by Liz Williams 81 4.46 38 4.25
Noumenon Ultra by Marina J. Lostetter 164 3.94 11 -
Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu 143 3.73 5 4.25
Saving Lucia by Anna Vaught 87 4.01 8 -
Liquid Crystal Nightingale by Eeleen Lee 39 3.56 17 4.25
The Breach by M.T. Hill 86 3.52 7 3.25
People of the Canyons by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear 71 4.13 8 -
The Evidence by Christopher Priest 49 3.37 11 5
Threading the Labyrinth by Tiffani Angus 47 4.04 10 5
Fearless by Allen Stroud 51 4.04 7 4.25
Dark Angels Rising by Ian Whates 35 3.86 9 4.33
King of the Rising by Kacen Callender 75 3.59 3 -
Greensmith by Aliya Whiteley 23 4.13 6 3.5
Analogue/Virtual by Lavanya Lakshminarayan 13 4.31 7 -
Water Must Fall by Nick Wood 8 4.25 8 1.75
Ivory’s Story by Eugen Bacon 7 4.29 6 4.67
Club Ded by Nikhil Singh 3 4.67 2 -

This is of limited predictive value, but does give a sense of how far these books have penetrated the wider market.

Three books are in the upper quartile of all four metrics - Piranesi, Network Effect and The Empire of Gold. Striking how poorly The Silence seems to have landed with readers.

Last year's winner was 5th out of 46 in the equivalent table, which is rather better than 16th out of 45 on the corresponding ranking of the 2018 long list; 27th out of 48 in 2017, and 26th out of 34 in 2016, So this table is of limited predictive value.
Tags: bsfa 2020, goodreads/librarything stats
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