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The first and hopefully one of many to come edition of the David Gemmell award for Fantasy is heading to its scheduled Award Presentation on June 19th in London.
After a very long list of Nominees, the five book Short List has just been announced.
The five finalists are:
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
Fantasy Book Critic congratulates all the nominees and wishes them good luck.
Fantasy Book Critic reviewed The Way of Shadows HERE
The following are Liviu's personal comments on the David Gemmell award and the nominees and reflect his opinions as a co-editor of Fantasy Book Critic.
When it was announced, I welcomed the David Gemmell award as a necessary counterpoint to the better known sff awards like the Hugo Award which claims to reflect the tastes of the speculative audience while in reality being voted by a very narrow slice of the audience with specific tastes formed decades ago and failing to embrace the continuing evolution of the genre as well as cordoning the award from the tastes of the sff-loving public with high fees.
Fantasy fans are generally outraged and with good reason by the Hugo shortlists and the Gemmell award should give us a place to showcase our love of the genre.
As shown in my reviews which actually skew toward sf to some extent, I love sf a lot too, but considering how the speculative fiction genre has evolved in recent years toward a genre fantasy dominance in number of titles, sales and publicity, the well known awards are too skewed to "out of date" images of what the speculative fiction field looks like and the David Gemmell award is a necessary breath of fresh air in a stale field.
The David Gemmell award is open to the public, being free with a suggested registration to vote, though it is not necessary to do it, while the award coordinators are taking all precautions necessary to avoid repeat voting, vote stacking and such, to insure the fairness of the vote.
The shortlist has been chosen by *us*, the fantasy lovers, and I proudly voted for The Engine Child's by Holly Phillips, though after agonizing between that, The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney and The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.
When the voting opens for the Award itself, I will vote immediately for The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks since I loved the Night Angel trilogy immensely, I reviewed the first book as linked above and named the trilogy as my second genre fantasy "novel" of 2008 HERE
I loved the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and its first two books were in my top 5 sff novels for 2006 and 2007 respectively, with Before They Are Hanged, my top sff novel of 2007. However I felt that the ending of the trilogy, while good enough, failed to live up to the high bar of the first two books.
Of the rest of the Gemmell shortlist the only one of interest to me is Blood of Elves and I may read/review it here at some point, though I have been less than impressed by The Last Wish. However that was a collection, this is a novel, so I will give it a try.
So as soon as the voting opens, go and vote for the award!!!
12:34 PM | Posted by Liviu | | Edit Post