Steve’s Reviews of World Fantasy Award Winners - Novels

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The World Fantasy Awards are given by the World Fantasy Convetion and are awarded by a panel of judges chosen by the attendees.  I included the fantasy novels after going through many of the Hugo and Nebula winners.

You can read my short reviews of the Hugo winners on this page.

 am also reading and reviewing the Nebula Award winners on this page. 

I am also reading and reviewing the P. K. Dick Award winners on this page.

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Seventies

1975 - Forgotten Beasts of Eld – McKilip

Weird romance like novel that seems more like a girl's fetish for plush toys.

 

1976 - Bid Time Return – Matheson

<<not read yet>>

 

1977 - Doctor Rat – Kotzwinkle

An over-extended sick joke that might have been bearable if the writing was better. 

 

1978 - Our Lady of Darkness – Leiber

<<not read yet>>

 

1979 - Gloriana – Moorcock

Non Typical eternal champion book, focusing on a fantasy version of Queen Elizabeth I.  A charming semi-romance.

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Eighties

1980 - Watchtower – Lynn

Competent writing hampered by a boring story

 

1981 - Shadow of the Torturer – Wolfe

<<not read yet>>

 

1982 - Little, Big – Crowley

<<not read yet>>

Oddly the Moorcock novel "Warhound and the World's Pain" didn't win.

 

1983 - Nifft the Lean – Shea

<<not read yet>>

 

1984 - Dragon Waiting – Ford

<<not read yet>>

I'm surprised that "Tea with the Black Dragon" didn't win

 

1985 - Mythago Wood – Holdstock and

1985 - Bridge of Birds – Hughart

<<not read yet>>

 

1986 - Song of Kali – Simmons

<<not read yet>>

I'm surprised that "The Vampire Lestat" didn't win

 

1987 - Perfume – Suskind

<<not read yet>>

 

1988 - Replay – Grimwood

<<not read yet>>

 

1989 - Koko – Straub

<<not read yet>>

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Nineties

1990 - Lyonesse: Madouc – Vance

<<not read yet>>

 

1991 - Only Begotten Daughter – Morrow

<<not read yet>>

 

1992 - Boy's Life – McCammon

<<not read yet>>

 

1993 - Last Call – Powers

I think the author watched way too much poker before writing up this book.  Not anything like as good as "Deviant's Palace".

 

1994 - Glimpses – Shiner

<<not read yet>>

 

1995 - Towing Jehova – Morrow

<<not read yet>>

 

1996 - Prestige – Priest 

A stage magician tries to keep a secret for 200 pages, but fails pretty early on.

 

1997 - Godmother Night – Pollack

<<not read yet>>

 

1998 - Physiognomy – Ford

<<not read yet>>

 

1999 - Antelope Wife – Erdich

<<not read yet>>

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2k and Beyond

2000 - Thraxax – Scott

<<not read yet>>

 

2001 - Declare – Powers and

2001 - Galveston – Stewart

<<not read yet>>

 

2002 - Other Wind – Le Guin 

Another late Le Guin novel that is a sort of finale to the Earth-Sea books.  Not so strident as "Tehanu", but the series has lost its charm.

I am surprised that "American Gods" didn't win

 

2003 - Facts of Life – Joyce and

2003 - Ombria in Shadow - McKillip 

This ended up as a deus-ex-machina that really ruined the storyline.  I'd preferred more info on the thinly described characters.

 

2004 - Tooth and Claw - Walton

A Victorian romance with dragons, this should have been a fan fic for the "otherkin" online, never published, read or awarded by real people.

 

2005 - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Clarke

See my review on the Hugo page

 

2006 - Kafka on the Shore - Murakami

A vaguely interesting surrealist melodrama.

 

2007 - Soldier of Sidon - Wolfe

Someone did their Egyptology studies and wanted to show off...

 

2008 – Ysabel – Kay

 <<not read yet>>

 

2009 – Shadow Year – Ford

<<not read yet>>

Tender Morsels – Lanagan (tie)

A kids book about rape, incest and insanity.  I think this author needs a therapist.

 

2010 – The City & the City - Mieville

See my review on the Hugo page

 

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