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:
Science Fiction Novel: Embassytown, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan).
Fantasy Novel: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5), George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
First Novel: The Night Circus, 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!
Young Adult Book: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)
I’ve already read the short Kindle book, The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland–For a Little While: A Tor.Com Original, and found it charming and fresh. The delicious illustrations in that book, as well as in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, 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 (A Study in Sherlock)
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: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Collection: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)
Non-fiction: Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, 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.
Art Books: Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)
Artist: Shaun Tan
Editor: Ellen Datlow