Having looked at the final list, I see it was a slight bit of the latter, but when I see Terry Goodkind's execrable SoT series coming in just ahead of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series barely making it, all I can do is shake my head and conclude that in aggregates, the selections are going to be baffling and full of shit, with only a few higher-quality yet more demanding reads breaking the monotony of the same old, same old, same old, old same.
It's almost like this was the Gemmell Awards, except the eligibility was extended for all published books available in English. So now that I've pretty much stated the obvious in noting my disdain for such things, what else is there to do? Should I develop a list of fictions worthy of entertainment/edification? That probably would be boring, since who really cares about lists these days? So I guess I'm just left wondering why I even bother reading such things and even trying to care a bit.