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Goodreads Choice Awards: Fantasy Nominees

Goodreads Choice Awards

So the Goodreads Choice Awards have started and you should go vote! However, I was really surprised when I excitedly went over to the Fantasy section and barely recognized any of the nominees! Now, I’m not someone who obsesses a bunch with the releases each year, but still, I was a little surprised, and feel a sudden need to do a Choice Awards marathon…. Let’s break this list down….

    1. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin AhmedThrone of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed – I’ve seen this book around a couple of times, and it is clearly fantasy from the cover art, title etc. There wasn’t much hype in the blogosphere that I detected, but it looks like it could be fun, so I think I’ll try to read it before the year is through, just so that I can actually participate in the voting….
    2. The Traitor Queen by Trudi CanavanThe Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan –  I really don’t recall hearing any or seeing anything about this one prior to the Goodreads Choice Awards. Looks like it could be epic fantasy, probably is from the title, but didn’t get much buzz from the blogosphere. It says that it is the third in a series, so that will probably keep me from being able to catch up on this one. Anyone been reading this series?
    3. The Killing Moon by The Killing Moon by N. K. JemisinN. K. Jemisin This cover definitely looks familiar from traditional advertising, but I just hadn’t realized it was fantasy I guess. I also haven’t seen any reviews for it around the blogosphere, which makes it hard for me to judge. Has anyone read it?
    4. Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan – This one is completely unfamiliar to me. I’ve definitely never seen this cover or heard of it before, even in a book haul post. I’m just not really sure about this one…. Thoughts?
    5. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen KingThe Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King – Wait, Stephen King writes fantasy? Who knew! Apparently this is a continuation of a series he concluded in the early 2000’s, but you don’t need to have read the previous novels to understand The Wind Through the Keyhole. That jaguar looks pretty awesome, I have to say. This one is probably going to be added to the marathon Goodreads Choice Awards Fantasy list :). Though again, didn’t see this on anyone’s blog previously, so I’m not really sure where it came from….
    6. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow WilsonAlif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson – And yet again, another book that I really don’t recall seeing until the Goodreads Choice Awards Fantasy section showed it off…. The title certainly sounds fairly fantastical, though the cover is doing this bright yellow thing that doesn’t actually reveal much to me accept a possible middle-eastern inspired setting…. I feel like I would have remembered seeing a cover that bright around the blogosphere…. Anyone?
    7. Casket of Souls by Lynn FlewellingCasket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling – Is it just me or is there historical fiction getting in my fantasy?? I’m sure that it is in fact historical fantasy that Goodreads people or someone decided fit better in fantasy than historical fiction but still ;-). I’m kidding, I don’t always judge books on their covers! I judge them on their summaries too ;-) and the summary clearly is fantasy that just happens to be an a typical historically inspired setting. In any case, once again, until this point, I had never heard of this book. Why is this the case??Bridge of Dreams by Anne Bishop
    8.  Bridge of Dreams by Anne Bishop – Whew! A fantasy author that I’ve actually heard of and read! I have severely mixed feelings about her previous work (ie she has written one of my favorite trilogy and one of my least favorite books), but still, progress! This is probably one of those cases where if I simply paid more attention to new releases, I would have had the opportunity to be all excited and request a copy from my library immediately, etc, etc, however, I live under a rock I like to call school sometimes. While I would like to add it to my marathon catch up list, it is 400 pages hardcover, so it just doesn’t seem like the greatest idea…. I’ll put it down as a maybe, and I would love to hear your opinion! Again though, I haven’t seen any reviews for it, so please tell me if I just missed them!
    9. The King's Blood by Daniel AbrahamThe King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham – And one more time with the big chorus of I’ve never heard of or seen this book…. That axe and the title make it seem pretty far to the epic fantasy side of things though, so at least I am confident I probably should have noticed it! Unfortunately it is the second in a series, so catching up just isn’t going to happen before voting ends…. Anyone else read this series?
    10. The City of Dragons by Robin HobbThe City of Dragon by Robin Hobb – Oo, dragons! That’s a plus, at least dragons are represented in one book this year :D. I have also heard of Robin Hobb and have a general recollection that she is a pretty naff writer yes? While this is the third in the series, I think the series will go on the TBR pile, so even though I won’t be able to read it in time for voting, I’ll be able to enjoy an apparently well-liked series :). Though again, didn’t see any buzz about this one around the blogosphere, is this just because it’s not YA do you think?
    11. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham JoyceSome Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce – Well, if it really is some kind of fairy tale, then it certainly belongs in the fantasy section ;-). I got nothing though, no idea who this author is or what people in the blogosphere think about it because I don’t think I’ve seen anyone talk about it at all…. It also just doesn’t grab me as the type of book I want to read, so I’ll probably pass…. How about you?
    12. King of Thorns by Mark LawrenceKing of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – Well, kings are usually in fantasy…. Can’t say thorns are special for fantasy, but I’m not biased against them. Basically, another book I haven’t heard of, that seems like a fairly typical epic fantasy, could be interesting, but it is the second of a series, so I probably won’t have time to catch up. Have you read Prince of Thorns, the first book? Have you even heard of this series? I haven’t!
    13. The Women Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde – The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper FfordeOmg, Thursday Next!!! So, I grew up with my parents listening to Thursday Next audiobooks on road trips. For those of you who haven’t read the Thursday Next novels (or listened to them randomly in snippets while sleeping in the back seat and/or playing Pokemon), Thursday can jump into novels by reading them and goes on missions to fix things when they go wrong because other people can also jump into novels. She gets to meet all sorts of awesome classic characters, and these books are wonderful for book lovers :D. I haven’t been good at reading the Thursday Next novels, but I might have to now that I’ve been reminded :D.
    14. The Blinding Knife by Brent WeeksThe Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks – Well the cover is lovely! What is with all of these sequels though?? This one is another second book, leaving really no way for me to have any chance of voting intelligently this year. And yet again, I can’t even go with what other reviewers that I trust think, because I just haven’t seen any reviews. Did I miss yours? Please link me up! From the summary though, I think I might give this series a try when I have time (which is kind of a hilarious concept).
    15. The First Confessor by Terry GoodkindThe First Confessor by Terry Goodkind – Terry Goodkind?? I know that name :D. How reassuring, for a second there I was starting to think that I had slipped into an alternative reality where all authors’ names were different >.>. Oh wait, this is the fantasy list, not the sci-fi list :D. In any case, I have yet again, failed to have actually heard of this book, but I do have a general impression that Goodkind is a good author, and it’s the fist book in the series!!!!!! So, I’m going to be seeing if the library has a copy :D. I’m excited.

All right, so in summary, I at least haven’t heard of most of these books. That to me says a few things: (1) Most of these books are traditionally published, and since I get all of my recommendations from bloggers, these publishers might be missing the blogger advertising opportunities they could get by sending out just a could ARCs. (2) I probably could pay more attention to at least what is coming out in traditional publishing, even if I don’t actually plan to purchase based on traditional advertising. (3) I kind of wish the Goodreads Choice Awards were broken into finer categories since some of these books seemed a little oddly placed to me, though I understand that it becomes impractical really. I’m also a little disappointed some of my favorite books this year didn’t get nominated, but I’ll live :).

Due to my inability to catch up with all of these books I haven’t read, and my conflicting desire to vote in the fantasy section, I’ve decided to do a write-in for Brandon Sanderson’s The Emperor’s Soul. I guess maybe because it is a novella, it wasn’t as popular? I’m honestly really surprised, since I just think Sanderson is the awesomest ;-).

What do you think of all these books? Have you heard of any of them?? I’m still just shocked that I haven’t heard of most of the Goodreads Choice Awards Fantasy nominations, given that fantasy is one of my two top genres, really my top if you are talking about recent books. I tend to only read older sci-fi, which is why I’m not even going to attempt to outline my bafflement at the sci-fi list!

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings-A

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Comments

  1. Posted the comment too quickly. Here’s a quick list:

    fantasyliterature.com
    fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com
    elitistbookreviews.blogspot.com
    tor.com
    staffersbookreview.com
    aidanmoher.com/blog

    There are a lot of others worth checking out but you should be able to find many of them in the blogroll (fantasybookcritic.com has a good list).

  2. I think one of the reasons why you may not have heard of Percepliquis is that this book actually is released two different ways (a six-book series then re-released as a trilogy that contains two of each book. The Riyria Revelations put out by Orbit that consists of:

    * Theft of Swords (The Crown Tower & Avempartha) ,
    * Rise of Empire (Nyphron Rising & The Emeard Storm (a 2010 nominee)
    * Heir of Novron (Wintertide & Percepliquis).

    So to any readers out there I don’t suggest you pickup Percepliquis as it is the last in a six-book series, instead you should start with Theft of Swords which is where the series begins. Perceliquis REALLY only exists for those that read Wintertide and want the last book without having to rebuy the 5th book.

    I hope I didn’t make this more confusing than it already is. For those that want to “try out my style” I have a free short story “The Viscount and the Witch” available on the various ebook platforms.

  3. Wow. I don’t know what blogs you visit or what kind of fantasy you read, but I’ve heard of 13 of these and can’t imagine anyone interested in fantasy could not have seen the vast majority in stores etc. I voted King of Thorns, a brilliant work of ficyion and absolutely not traditional fantasy.

    • Apparently I live under a rock D: Or mostly just follow YA blogs? Any fantasy blogs you can recommend? I’ve had trouble finding any!

  4. I don’t read a huge amount of fantasy – but Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth series was amazing, and The Confessor seems like a spin-off … I can’t believe I missed that he had published it. My husband loves TG too, so I’m buying this so we can read it together.

    I just finished the audiobook of Some Kind of Fairy Tale – it’s gotten mixed reviews, but I really liked it … let’s put it in the light fantasy category. And I have The Killing Moon by Jemisin – I’ve seen quite a few rave reviews for it. And both Throne of the Crescent Moon & the King book (which is a sort of prequel for The Dark Tower series which I loved) are on my to be read list.

    The others I hadn’t heard of before and probably won’t read … except for maybe Alif, because of the Middle Eastern aspect.

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