We did things a little differently this month, with a list of 10 books that were previously recommended and received substantial vote margins but did not win. Thanks to Andy for creating and managing the survey. The results are posted below. And the winner is ...
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka's nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it.
A list of 10 books was ordered by preference from first to last with the top selection receiving 10 points and the bottom selection receiving 1 pt. With four voters, there was a tie between Kafka and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The Trial received a first place vote and this was used as the tie-breaker. The total points received are below in blue and the orange bars show the expected votes based on their initial ranking (based on how close the books came to winning in a previous month's vote. Since The History of The Future and The Invention of Sound were defeated in run-off votes after tying for first in their respective months they are each expected to get 40 votes, etc. Interestingly, these two books didn't do very well, and Prisoners of Geography did much better than expected by its last place initial ranking.