Tag Archive: World Fantasy Award

Dec 01

Savages by K. J. Parker

K J Parker’s Savages is escapist fun about the fall and the rise and the fall and the rise (maybe) of Empire told with a wry sense of humour. As this is my first taste of Parker at novel length (I read one of his award nominated novellas a couple of years back) I can’t …

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Nov 29

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes is a beautifully written book – it came as no surprise to read in the author bio that Anna Smaill is a poet – with a post apocalyptic setting that is imaginative and ambitious in concept but makes only a modicum of sense in execution. Smaill conceives of a post-disaster London where the …

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Nov 24

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant is my first taste of Kazuo Ishiguro’s work and on reflection possibly not the best place to start.  Intellectually I enjoyed the novel, especially the second half, but some uneven character work made the beginning section a real slog.  In particular, the first third of the novel is mostly focussed on the …

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Aug 12

Book Review: Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer

What’s It About It’s the third and final book in the Southern Reach series.  Do I need to say more? Representative Paragraph The majesty of the natural world – the known and the unknown… Once, from this vantage, [Saul Evan’s had] seen something vast rippling through the water beyond the sandbars, a kind of shadow, …

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Aug 08

Book Review: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

What’s It About This is second novel in the Southern Reach trilogy and follows directly on from the events of Annihilation.  All you need to know is that a new head has been appointed to lead the Southern Reach (the pseudo government entity that keeps a check on Area X).  His name is John Rodriguez …

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Jul 31

Book Review: My Real Children by Jo Walton

What’s It About [The back cover blurb is long so I’m just cutting and pasting the last paragraph] Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history. Each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan’s lives…and of how every life means the entire world. …

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Jul 09

The World Fantasy Award shortlist for Best Novel has been announced…

… and it includes the following five books. Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor (Tor Books) Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs (Broadway Books/Jo Fletcher Books) David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (Random House/Sceptre UK) Jeff VanderMeer, Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Originals) Jo Walton, My Real Children (Tor Books US/Corsair UK) …

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May 20

Book Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

What’s It About Maia is the only son of the fourth wife of the Emperor of the Elflands.  Following his mother’s premature death, the Emperor (not the most loving of fathers) banishes him to a household in the middle of nowhere to be mentored by an abusive cousin.  And then one morning Maia wakes up …

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Nov 12

And The Winner of The World Fantasy Award is…

… Sofia Samatar with Stranger in Olondria. In my round-up of the award I picked Neil Gaiman as the winner and I’m glad to have been proven wrong.  Stranger in Olondria is wonderful novel, with lush prose and a fascinating setting.  You can read my review of it here.  Congratulations to Sofia and all the other category …

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Oct 09

So Who Is Going To Win The World Fantasy Award? (Best Novel)

The World Fantasy Award will be announced later this month at the coincidentally named World Fantasy convention. The Best Novel nominees for the award are: Richard Bowes, Dust Devil on a Quiet Street (Lethe Press) Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Tor Books) Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End …

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