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    Oh, I was just wondering. I agree they probably wouldn't win, but they may not be at the bottom.
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    Okay, this is what I think we are going to have to do--and I think it will work beautifully. We will set up the "rounds" of the voting in weeks. For that week each book in the bracket will have its own thread/poll. The poll options for the thread will be a ranking of 1-5, with explanations for each number as to what it represents (good/bad, etc). At the close of the week the polls will end and the results will be tallied for each. From the polling results we will be able to devise an average score for each book and can then designate which books move on to the next round. Those that do not move on will be given a ranking based on their cumulative votes. These will not be posted in full until the end of the voting for all books, since we will use their individual scores to designate their overall ranking. This would continue each week until we are through all of the first rounds. Then we would begin the second tier of voting and so on from there.

    That's my idea, based on our needs and the capabilities of the site. What does everyone think?
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    I like it. Where will it be though?
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    A sub-forum in Path of the Beam.
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    Brilliant!



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    Great, Aaron! Dare we attempt a 'no point' type vote if someone's not read the book? Thinking it'd add to the stats, is all.


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    Good idea, A-jizzle.
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    A-jizzle?


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    I would do the "no point", but I think it would screw with the averages. So what I am going to propose is just that we put a line in there asking people to only vote for books that they have actually read. That way we are getting objective rankings. We then find averages for each individual book, based on the number of people who voted in its poll. That will then give us a score to use in determining whether it progresses to the next tier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    A sub-forum in Path of the Beam.
    Change of plans here...it would be a sub-forum in Cara Laughs.
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    "People, especially children, aren't measured by their IQ. What's important about them is whether they're good or bad, and these children are bad." ~ Alan Bernard


    "You needn't die happy when your day comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from beginning to end and ka is always served." ~ Roland Deschain

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    Wasn't thinking about it screwing up the averages, Aaron, but I agree. Guess I was hoping there was an easy way to exclude them. And Cara Laughs, it is!!


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    This is going to be great. As mentioned, people will be requested to only vote on books they have read.

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    I set out the initial rounds in the first post. We can use those, but they omit the non-fiction.

    Here's an updated listing we could use if we decided the non-fiction books should be part of this:

    Round 1 - Early 1970s:

    Carrie (1974)
    'Salem's Lot (1975)
    Rage (1977)
    The Shining (1977)

    Round 2 - Late 1970s:

    Night Shift (1978)
    The Stand (1978)
    The Dead Zone (1979)
    The Long Walk (1979)

    Round 3a - Early 1980s:

    Firestarter (1980)
    Cujo (1981)
    Roadwork (1981)
    Danse Macabre (1981)
    Different Seasons (1982)
    The Gunslinger (1982)

    Round 3b - Early 1980s:

    The Running Man (1982)
    Christine (1983)
    Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)
    Pet Sematary (1983)

    Round 4a - Late 1980s:

    The Talisman (1984)
    Thinner (1984)
    Skeleton Crew (1985)
    It (1986)

    Round 4b - Late 1980s:

    Misery (1987)
    The Drawing of the Three (1987)
    The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)
    The Tommyknockers (1987)
    Nightmares in the Sky (1988)
    The Dark Half (1989)

    Round 5a - Early 1990s:

    Four Past Midnight (1990)
    Needful Things (1991)
    The Waste Lands (1991)
    Dolores Claiborne (1992)

    Round 5b - Early 1990s:

    Gerald's Game (1992)
    Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)
    Insomnia (1994)
    Rose Madder (1995)

    Round 6a - Late 1990s:

    Desperation (1996)
    The Green Mile (1996)
    The Regulators (1996)
    Wizard and Glass (1997)

    Round 6b - Late 1990s:

    Bag of Bones (1998)
    Hearts in Atlantis (1999)
    Storm of the Century (1999)
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)

    Round 7a - Early 2000s:

    On Writing (2000)
    Secret Windows (2000)
    Black House (2001)
    Dreamcatcher (2001)
    Everything's Eventual (2002)

    Round 7b - Early 2000s:

    From a Buick 8 (2002)
    Wolves of the Calla (2003)
    Song of Susannah (2004)
    The Dark Tower (2004)
    Faithful (2004)

    Round 8a - Late 2000s:

    The Colorado Kid (2005)
    Cell (2006)
    Lisey's Story (2006)

    Round 8b - Late 2000s:

    Blaze (2007)
    Duma Key (2008)
    Just After Sunset (2008)

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    Depending if this enterprise is a success (and I don't see why it wouldn't be), I was thinking we could do this on an annual basis, too. Could even make up a trophy, a cup of some sort, that we would bestow upon the winner, and then have this again in a year (since most likely Under the Dome will be released by then, and, knowing King, maybe even something else). If so, we should perhaps come up with a catchy name, as well.

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    Oh, I like the idea of doing it every year! We could post the list up somewhere on the site - TDT.com's favorite SK book!



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    You're reading my mind, pablo.

    Thanks for coming up with this! I think it is an excellent idea, and we should definitely do it on an annual basis. It will be interesting to see how the tides of interest change over the years. I am trying to come up with a good name to brand it. Of course, any suggestions that members would like to post here are more than welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    Depending if this enterprise is a success (and I don't see why it wouldn't be), I was thinking we could do this on an annual basis, too. Could even make up a trophy, a cup of some sort, that we would bestow upon the winner, and then have this again in a year (since most likely Under the Dome will be released by then, and, knowing King, maybe even something else). If so, we should perhaps come up with a catchy name, as well.
    Great idea!
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    Love it !!

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    Yep, rock on Pablo - awesome idea!!

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    GREAT idea to allow the non-fiction as they have also held some of King's better works as far as his writing goes. I'm thinking that we will find that Duma Key may very well be one of the final four. Either that or it will be narrowly beaten by one of the DT books.
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    Anyone taking odds on this list? My Final Four pick is The Stand, IT, The Green Mile, and Duma Key. Can anyone give me odds here?
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    Decade-wise, I'd say those picks are close to mine, Sam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Catoe View Post
    Anyone taking odds on this list? My Final Four pick is The Stand, IT, The Green Mile, and Duma Key. Can anyone give me odds here?
    The early line:
    The Stand 3-2
    The Green Mile 3-1
    It 4-1
    Duma Key 9-1

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