The Graveyard Book continues dominance of awards, picking up the prize for best novel
Neil Gaiman’s story of a boy raised by ghosts is continuing its dominance of this year’s book awards, picking up the Hugo best novel prize at the fantasy convention Worldcon in Montreal on Sunday night.
The Graveyard Book, which has already won America’s major children’s fiction prize, the Newbery medal, as well taking the Locus young adult award and scoring a World Fantasy award shortlisting, was voted in by members of the World Science Fiction Society as winner ahead of Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, Charles Stross’s Saturn’s Children, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi. Reviewing the book in the Guardian, Patrick Ness called it a “deathly delight”. “It’s hard to think of a more delightful and scary place to spend 300 pages,” he wrote, praising “the outrageous riches of Gaiman’s imagination”, where “every page is crowded with invention, both funny and scary” and where the “villains are a creation so creepy I would happily read a whole other novel just about them”.
Gaiman, who said he thought the prize should have gone to Anathem, had declined his Hugo nomination for Anansi Boys in 2006, partly because he had already won the prize three times and he wanted “to get more names on the ballot that weren’t [his]“, and partly because he felt “more comfortable when the things of mine that get Hugo nominations are marginally closer to SF than to pure fantasy”. This time round, he said that Charles N Brown, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Locus who died in July, convinced him to compete. “[He] told me not to decline the nomination. He was astonishingly firm and bossy about it, and while I had been wavering, after that call I emailed the administrator of the awards to let them know that I accepted,” wrote Gaiman on his blog. “I should have thanked Charlie, and I didn’t. So I am, here.”
The best novella Hugo went to Nancy Kress’s The Erdmann Nexus, Elizabeth Bear took the best novelette prize for Shoggoths in Bloom, while the best short story Hugo was awarded to Ted Chiang’s Exhalation.
Scalzi, who missed out on the best novel prize to Gaiman, picked up the best related book award for a collection of entries from his popular blog Whatever, Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded. “I think this is very seriously cool,” wrote Scalzi on Whatever, calling Gaiman’s win “an excellent choice”.
Read the whole article at Books
- Related Blogs on August 10
- ThinkFast: August 10, 2009 | The Hollywood Liberal
- Related Blogs on best novel
- The 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novel goes to….
- New Orson Scott Card novel announced by Tor Books | GamingAngels
- The Critics' Choice for Best Crime Novel of 2008 « The Mystery …
- 2009 Hugo Award winners
- Top 10 Movies as Good or Better Than Books They're Based On …
- Related Blogs on BST
- Related Blogs on Coraline
- Flying Saucer Jones » Coraline – In 3D No Less
- Film Review: Coraline | Trespass
- Coraline the movie – review
- Monday Movie Review: Coraline « Property of a Lady
- Related Blogs on Neil Gaiman
- Neil Gaiman Wins Hugo | EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian …
- Simply Audiobooks Blog » Blog Archive » Neil Gaiman Wins Hugo Award
- Neil Gaiman wins the Hugo « The Book Case
- Related Blogs on prize
- The Netflix Prize « Creativity & Innovation
- FashionDerek – for fashion designers to showcase their » Archive …
- London Met student wins fashion design prize for glove | eNewsWire
- Related Blogs on Star Tribune
- Access Vikings: » Blog Archive » Childress: Hutchinson is fine
- Twins Insider » Blog Archive » Twins-Royals: Pregame
- Around the Majors » Blog Archive » Monday update: Gardy fined …
- Twins Insider » Blog Archive » It's Slama-time at Rochester
- Around the Majors » Blog Archive » Central Intelligence: Meanwhile …
- Related Blogs on Twin Cities
- Twin Cities Film Log: 8/6 – 8/8/2009
- MnDialog » Blog Archive » Twin Cities Film Log: 7/30 – 8/2/2009