First, a huge congratulations to Jane Rogers and The Testament of Jessie Lamb - a Kitschies' Red Tentacle finalist and 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award winner! Ms. Rogers is an amazing writer and we're delighted by the ACCA's decision.
The Kitschies are taking part in the Society of Author's Worlds of Tomorrow at Foyles (22 May, a few tickets still left - go!). To support the event, we'll be dedicating the next two weeks of the blog to a discussion of children's books (also, young adult books, adult books for kids, kids' books for adults and everything in-between). We've got a great line-up of guests and features, and it promises to be a blast.
The adorable tentacles (you can see them on the left) were drawn by Sarah McIntyre, one of the event's hosts and organisers. We love them.
Meanwhile... the last two weeks' reviews:
- Matthew Bradley's Adultery in Suburbia (1964) (and how hell is other people – in Ohio)
- William King's Blood of Aenarion (2011) (and world-building the fall of empire)
- Helen Lowe's The Heir of Night (2011) (and making the hard things easy [with magical rangers])
- Peter Orullian's The Unremembered (2011) (and how quantity doesn't mean quality, especially with Chosen Ones)
- Brandon Sanderson's The Alloy of Law (2011) (and the difference between 'very good' and 'great')
We wrapped up our reviews of the David Gemmell Legend Awards' shortlists on Friday with some concluding thoughts. The discussion in the comments is great; how do you think epic fantasy should be represented in awards?