I am pleased to announce that Steampunk.com’s 2010 Book of the Year is Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

There was no restriction on publication date, so Boneshaker was eligible to win despite being published in 2009. There was also no restriction on author’s having more than one book on the ballot and two books by Cherie Priest earned places on the final ballot. Over 200 ballots were received during the week-log voting period.

The final rankings were:

  1. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  2. Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
  3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  4. Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino
  5. The Morrow Stone by Ren Cummins

Congratulations to all of the nominees and thank you to everyone who participated in selecting the book of the year.

The Breakdown

As described in the earlier posts, the voting and counting system here is the same as used for the Hugo Awards. In this system, voters rank the nominees from most preferred to least preferred. Counting first looks at the most preferred choices. If one nominee has more than half the votes, it wins. If not, the nominee with the fewest votes is eliminated and those votes are distributed to the next most preferred valid choice. This repeats until one nominee has more than half the votes.

To figure second place, the same system is used, but the first place winner is eliminated as a valid choice. Third place also eliminates the second place winner, etc.

Here are the breakdowns for each round.

First Place

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (winner) 57 57 73 86 118
Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino 59 59 59 62 72
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 34 34 35 49
The Morrow Stone by Ren Cummins 34 34 34
Dreadnought by Cherie Priest 17 17
No Award 1

Second Place

Dreadnought by Cherie Priest 54 54 64 102
Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino 63 63 71 86
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 47 47 61
The Morrow Stone by Ren Cummins 36 36
No Award 1

Third Place

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 80 80 104
Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino 70 70 85
The Morrow Stone by Ren Cummins 42 43
No Award 2

Fourth Place

Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino 105
The Morrow Stone by Ren Cummins 67
No Award 5

Fifth Place

The Morrow Stone by Ren Cummins 150
No Award 11