2017 National Book Award Winner for Fiction

The winner of the 2017 National Book Award for fiction is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. “Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by... Continue Reading →

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2017 Goldsmiths Prize Winner

The winner of the 2017 Goldsmiths Prize is H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker. The Goldsmiths Prize Chair of Judges, Naomi Wood, described Barker's book and why it merited this win: “Nicola Barker’s H(a)ppy is a structural marvel to hold in the mind and in the hands. Line by line, colour by colour, this dystopic utopia is an ingenious closed... Continue Reading →

2017 Man Booker Prize Winner

George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.  You may remember Saunders, known for his short story writing, for his story collection Tenth of December which was a 2013 National Book Award Finalist. 2017 Chair of judges, Lola Young, explains why they chose Saunders' novel: "The... Continue Reading →

2017 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Awards has chosen its five fiction finalists for 2017.  You can see the finalists in other categories on their site. Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman "Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross... Continue Reading →

2017 Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist

The Goldsmiths Prize had it's beginnings in 2013. According to their site, it was created to "celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form". The Goldsmiths Prize Chair of Judges, Dr. Naomi Wood, said of this year's shortlist: "Our six shortlisted... Continue Reading →

Artemis by Andy Weir

As soon as I found out Andy Weir had written a new book I knew I had to read it.  I really enjoyed The Martian, Weir's style and voice make for very entertaining science fiction reading.  As expected, I really enjoyed Artemis. Weir writes wonderful books that can be relied on for interesting and entertaining... Continue Reading →

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson was published in 2013 and won the Costa Book Award that year.  It was shortlisted for the 2013 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and a number of other awards that year and the following.  Many readers loved the book back then and I made a note to get to... Continue Reading →

2017 Hugo Award Winner

The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented in Helsinki this year and honoured the very best in Science Fiction.  Of the six finalists, the winner of the Best Novel went to The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin, the second novel of her Broken Earth Series.  This is Jemisin's second Hugo win in a row.  She... Continue Reading →

2017 Baileys Women’s Prize Winner

The 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction was awarded last night to Naomi Alderman for her fourth novel, The Power. The 2017 Chair of Judges, Tessa Ross, said: “The judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia... Continue Reading →

2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel

The Nebulas honour the best in science fiction and fantasy in a number of categories every year.  This year the honour of Best Novel went to Charlie Jane Anders. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders "A novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future. Childhood friends Patricia... Continue Reading →

2016 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel

The Bram Stoker Awards are awarded every year by the Horror Writers Association to writers of horror and dark fantasy.  This year the award for Best Novel went to John Langan. The Fisherman by John Langan "In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman’s Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving,... Continue Reading →

2017 Edgar Award Winners

The Mystery Writers of America have selected the best in the mystery fiction and non fiction genre with the announcement of the 2017 Edgar Award winners. Best Novel - Before the Fall by Noah Hawley "On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Ivey's first novel, The Snow Child, was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Nominee.   This lovely story is set in 1920s Alaska and I was initially drawn to it because it had been categorised as magical realism which is one of my favourite genres. This is a well written story about life; its obstacles and... Continue Reading →

2016 NBCC Award Winner

Louise Erdrich has won the 2016 NBCC award for her novel La Rose.  Erdrich has won the award once before in 1984 for her highly acclaimed novel Love Medicine. La Rose by Louise Erdrich "Louise Erdrich starts her latest novel LaRose with an incident other, less assured novelists might work up to with some throat... Continue Reading →

Review: Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer by William Gibson is a 1984 cyberpunk novel.  It was the first winner of the science fiction 'triple crown' when it was awarded the Nebula Award, Philip K. Dick Award, and Hugo Award in the same year.  I came to know about this novel through the All TIME 100 Novels list. "There is no... Continue Reading →

2016 Etisalat Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist is out and brings us 3 novels from the African continent.  This year two Nigerians and one South African are vying for the prize. The Seed Thief by Jacqui L'Ange "Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is... Continue Reading →

2016 NBCC Award Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2016 awards.  They have awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret Atwood.  The NBCC awards will be presented on the 16th March in New York.  I'm going to share the finalists for the Fiction category here but follow the above link to... Continue Reading →

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