08 February, 2011

Independent Literary Awards - WINNERS!

January was a quick month, I barely finished the shortlist for the Independent Literary Awards - Speculative Fiction in time (I finished How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe on January 31 in fact).

Here's the Shortlist:

Monsters of Men [US] [UK] - Patrick Ness
How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe [US] [UK] - Charles Yu
Dante's Journey [US] [UK] - JC Marino (my review)
The Passage [US] [UK] - Justin Cronin
Kraken [US] [UK] - China Mieville

And the Winner is...

And the Runner-Up is...

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Congrats to China MiƩville!

I've spoken to China, who btw is an awesome guy, and he's happy to be interviewed by the panelists (i.e. me, Jared from Pornokitch, and Jamie from Mithril Wisdom). Look for that to come probably early March.


Rebecca Chapman said...

Kraken - I like the sound of that. The only one on the short list I had read was the Passage, which I enjoyed.

Is Kraken related to Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes?

Bryce L. said...

Hi Becky - Kraken is pretty crazy and while I haven't read The Kraken Wakes I'm pretty sure Mieville's Kraken is completely different. It's about an underground London, cults, magic, guys with hands as their heads, and other really crazy stuff.

Recommended, but not what you think when you hear Kraken.

Passage was also pretty good. :)

Jamie Gibbs said...

Kraken is bonkers but also pretty damn awesome. Congrats to China for 1st place, and to Patrick for runner up (Monsters of Men was awesome too). Cheers Bryce, Jared and Gem being part of this too :D