Congratulations to Laini Taylor, who on her personal website writes: "Daughter of Smoke and Bone has been nominated for the Andre Norton Award, which is the award given by the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) to a young adult book. It's the YA counterpart of the Nebula Award, which is one of those height-of-acheivement-in-the-field awards that one dreams of. Making the short list is such a thrill, and it is a daunting list of competitors, including the stunning Chime..."
Others: Andre Norton Award Nominees for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Books~
- Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile)
- Chime, Franny Billingsley (Dial Books; Bloomsbury)
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Hodder & Stoughton)
- Everybody Sees the Ants, A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
- The Boy at the End of the World, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
- The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)
- Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson (Orchard Books; Carolrhoda Lab)
I've enjoyed so many of the YA and general fiction books in this genre this past couple of years. And this is an area of fiction I wouldn't have touched by yards before Harry Potter opened a new door for me. Kurt Vonnegut had slammed a door in my mind, or something! :[ I'm sorry Kurt fans, he wrote some weird syfy for a 17 yo to read in 1988!!
Happily, YA fiction has made a difference in my assessment of all syfy and fantasy novels. So, I'm much more open to "exploring new worlds" through them these days.
Who are your favorite authors in this genre? Which books have you liked best this past year? Which book turned you on to syfy/fantasy?
If you were nominating a best book such as those above, what would you choose???