I know the suspense is killing you, so without further waiting, here’s the winner. This probably comes as no surprise if you read through the comments on the post. I want to say up front that I appreciate the votes and comments. I even got a few by email. By the way, the reason I didn’t use a reader’s poll was that I wanted your comments so I could understand why you promoted the book(s) you did.
I don’t often get into a bind like this, but I’ve had a hell of a time finishing books before I start something new and shiny. I know I’m not alone in this, but I never, ever used to start a book until I’d finished the one in hand, or declared it a Did Not Finish (DNF) because I really didn’t like it enough to continue.
Here’s how you voted: (you can click to enlarge)
So I’ll get back to reading The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories edited by Otto Penzler. I’m about two-thirds of the way through the book now, and it’s packed with good stuff, but I’m planning to read only a story or maybe two stories a day (every day!) until I finish it. In addition to the short stories I’ll be reading another Robert Barnard novel for the December single author FFB. When I finish that I’ll go to the top voted novel, Caliban’s War or the second rated novel (the much shorter) Uncomplaining Corpses. I want to continue with the daily short story if I can manage it. I tried last year and dropped out. I’ll get the stack of books read, hopefully before the end of the year.
Once again, thanks for all the votes and comments, everyone!