2012 Locus Awards Winners Announced

More Great Reading Ahead…

I have many of these titles already on my To Be Read List. And now adding a few more!

The 2012 Locus Awards Went to:

[amazon_image id=”0345524497″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Embassytown[/amazon_image]Science Fiction Novel: [amazon_link id=”0345524497″ target=”_blank” ]Embassytown[/amazon_link], China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan).

[amazon_image id=”0553801473″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)[/amazon_image]Fantasy Novel: [amazon_link id=”0553801473″ target=”_blank” ]A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)[/amazon_link], George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)

[amazon_image id=”0307744434″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Night Circus[/amazon_image]First Novel: [amazon_link id=”0307744434″ target=”_blank” ]The Night Circus[/amazon_link], Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday).

I just bought this on Kindle yesterday. It’s now gone to the top of my To Be Read List (after I finish the three books I’m already reading…). Have I mentioned how much I like circuses? Gimme that cake!

[amazon_image id=”1250010195″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making[/amazon_image]Young Adult Book: [amazon_link id=”1250010195″ target=”_blank” ]The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making[/amazon_link], Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)

I’ve already read the short Kindle book, [amazon_link id=”B0055673VS” target=”_blank” ]The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland–For a Little While: A Tor.Com Original[/amazon_link], and found it charming and fresh. The delicious illustrations in that book, as well as in [amazon_link id=”B004GHN25S” target=”_blank” ]The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making[/amazon_link] are by Ana Juan, whose work I just love. I also have many of Valente’s other works on my shelf; this prolific writer seems primed to become a queen of modern mythic literature, herself, as you can see by the many awards and nominations her works have been receiving. I’m looking forward to reading more of her.

Novella: Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA; Clarkesworld))

Novelette: “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)

Short Story: “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman ([amazon_link id=”0812982460″ target=”_blank” ]A Study in Sherlock[/amazon_link])

Neil Gaiman is one of the best writers working in the fantastic, period. His works range from mythic, to children and YA books, to the graphic novels that started his career. There is probably something for everyone. If you haven’t read anything by him yet… run!

Anthology: [amazon_link id=”1250003555″ target=”_blank” ]The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection[/amazon_link], Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)

[amazon_image id=”B005N02USM” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Bible Repairman and Other Stories[/amazon_image]Collection: [amazon_link id=”B005N02USM” target=”_blank” ]The Bible Repairman and Other Stories[/amazon_link], Tim Powers (Tachyon)

[amazon_image id=”0819569372″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature[/amazon_image]Non-fiction: [amazon_link id=”0819569372″ target=”_blank” ]Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature[/amazon_link], Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)

I enjoyed this book, and think it’s an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about some of the writers creating amazing and accomplished works that defy easy genre categorization. Wolfe understands modern fantastic literature, which is something of a snake-flower, slithering into the cracks of realist literary bastions and blooming boisterously where “some people” least expect to see it.

[amazon_image id=”1599290588″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art[/amazon_image]Art Books:[amazon_link id=”1599290588″ target=”_blank” ]Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art[/amazon_link], Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)

Artist: Shaun Tan

Editor: Ellen Datlow

Magazine: Asimov’s

Publisher: Tor

Have you read any of the 2012 Locus Winners? Which were your favorites?

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  1. Lisa says:

    Yay, Night Circus!

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