5404RE: [mythsoc] Mythopoeic Awards
- Feb 27, 2002How about Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents in
the children's category? While it IS a Discworld novel, it's a stand-alone
one -- it doesn't tie in with any of the sub-series, like the Witches series
or the Death series, and it's really quite excellent. Rats creating their
own mythos -- now there's an interesting concept!
From: David Lenander [mailto:d-lena@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 5:19 PM
Subject: [mythsoc] Mythopoeic Awards
Thursday is the deadline for nominating books for the Mythopoeic Awards.
I don't plan to nominate Gaiman's _American Gods_ or Tim Powers' _Declare_,
though I expect that someone or some several will do so. But besides the
new Le Guin books, I'm having trouble thinking of adult candidates, even
though I have a sense that I've read more new books in the past year than
usual. If you've read any books from 2001 that might be considered
candidates, but don't plan to nominate them yourself, why
don't you respond to this list and suggest the titles? Even if you've not
actually read something by a reliable author, or about which you've heard
good things, can you mention some interesting titles to job my memory?
Among children's books, I can think of Claire's recommendation of Nancy
Springer's _Rowan Hood_, _Lirael_ by Garth Nix (what a terrific read!
Although it's rather obviously an in-between book, so it might be
disqualified until the sequel appears. It is a sequel to
_Sabriel_, which was not so obviously part of a sequence), _The Ghost
Sitter_ by Pene Griffin, Diane Duane's _Wizard's Dilemma_ (I haven't read
the latter, but read some positive reviews). More suggestions would still
be welcome. Is there a new McKillip book in 2001??
Also don't neglect non-fiction, that devoted to the Inklings or to general
fantasy or mythic studies. I'm sure that some of the recent books we've
mentioned here, like _Tolkien's Legendarium_, and _JRRT and His Literary
Resonances_, or the _Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales_ --or whatever Jack
Zipes' latest book is--will be on the final lists. In this case, of course,
books published over the past three years are eligible: 1999, 2000 and
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