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Monday, November 01, 2010


So, congratulations...

...to China Mieville, my fellow shortlistee and winner of this year's World Fantasy Award for The City and the City.

Also congratulations to the other shortlistees: James Enge, author of Blood of Ambrose, Caitlin R. Kiernan, author of The Red Tree, Jeff VanderMeer, author of Finch, and heck, while we're at it, congratulations to me as well.

I'd like to say something intelligent about the entries, but regrettably I can't: I heard about the shortlist the day before going into hospital for an induction and have been getting to grips with motherhood, and postnatal PTSD as well, ever since, so my reading time is currently a bit reduced. However, to get that far they have to be good books (In Great Waters is awesome, listen to the sound of my voice, you are feeling sleepy and want to buy lots and lots of copies...), so anyone who's looking for a fantasy novel will I hope take note.

So, cyber-handshakes all round and congratulations to everyone.

"In Great Waters" was most definitely awesome. When I saw how much later the release date was in the U.S. I decided I'd just preorder it from the U.K. and it was well worth the extra expense! U.S. copies got to be gifts for various friends and family members. ;)
Aw, thanks. :-)
For what it is worth (given that I didn't have a vote in the matter) I thought "The City and the City" had a great conceit but that the book didn't deliver on it.

Your writing, on the other hand, has never failed to delight.
@kutay -- If you go to bookdepository.co.uk, they don't charge you shipping and you can still get the early UK releases. :-)

(I do not work for them!! But I love them to BITS and think all book lovers should know of them.)
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