>From: David Lenander <d-lena@...>
>I can say that there are at least 2 series nominated for the Children's
>Mythopoeic Fantasy Award this year that rank above Harry, and one that may even
>be in my top ten, and I wasn't even aware of it (as a series) before this year's
>nominations: The Kingdom books by Cynthia Voigt. These are _Jackaroe_, _On
>Fortune's Wheel_, _The Wings of a Falcon_ and _Elske_. Wow. They're young
>adult books, and actually wouldn't have been out of place on the adult ballot.
>They're also marginally fantasy, primarily seeming to exist in some alternate
>history that never was. But they're fabulously written and I haven't read
>anything else quite like them.
Boy, talk about different strokes for different folks! I found the
Voight books so incredibly boring, I couldn't imagine how they even
got on the first ballot, not to mention the second. I also found
_Elske_ highly inappropriate for the children's award, beginning as
it does with a brutal rape of a young girl. I would never give such
a book to a minor. And, of course, they're not fantasy and "the
kingdom" is incredibly generic. I think they're poorly written (as I was
reading _On Fortune's Wheel_, I was struck as to how much it felt like
_Jackaroe_) and I've read all too many things like these and better.
I enjoyed the Pierce Circle of Magic books, but they were much less
than the Harry Potter book. (I did think that _Skellig_ and _The Folk
were very fine, though.)