29Re: 1998 Fantasy Books
- Dec 6, 1998On Mon, 7 Dec 1998, Eleanor Farrell wrote:
> I'll start with Patricia A. McKillip's new book, _Song for the Basilisk_,I haven't read it yet, but the McKillip is definitely going on my
> which is one of the best novels I've read recently. If you read and like
> McKillip, this book fits nicely into her usual elegant style and succinct
> story plotting. But although a short book (a compliment!! I mean compared
> with these endless bookend series...), it has the breadth of her earlier
> classics like _The Forgotten Beasts of Eld_ and the Riddle-master trilogy,
> in that the world is a bit wider than the author usually creates and the
> events somewhat broader. I think it's the best book McKillip has written in
> many years.
> OK, guys, how about you? Plug your favorites!
nomination list. (My in-laws bought me a copy for Christmas when they
were visiting in September and my tyrannical wife is making me wait till
*then* to open it.)
I just got done reading RE Klein's "The History of Our World Beyond the
Wave" and it's going on my nomination list. This book hasn't gotten much
press, but I think it fits the criterion of being in the tradition of the
Inklings. (Ellie, I'm going to do a short review of it as soon as I get a
Overall, though, this felt like a slim year for nomination-worthy titles.
I culled this year's "Locus" and came up with only about 10 possibilities
-- and three of those were by one author (Sean Stewart). Did this feel
like a thin yeart to others?
I just received the latest issue of Locus with the forthcoming books list,
and next year looks to be thin also. There's a new Gaiman or two, but
that's about all that stands out in my mind.
Matthew Winslow mwinslow@...
"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading
them." - Joseph Brodsky
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