Annal: 1991 World Fantasy Award for Novel

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 1991.

Book:Only Begotten Daughter

Only Begotten Daughter

James Morrow

Morrow explores the difficulties facing God’s twentieth-century offspring, complete with virgin birth. Julie Katz is a New Jersey girl—the miracle child of a celibate Jewish recluse whose sperm sample, donated to an Atlantic City baby bank, spontaneously gestates.

Book:Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas the Rhymer

Ellen Kushner

A minstrel lives by his words, his tunes, and sometimes by his lies. But when the bold and gifted young Thomas the Rhymer awakens the desire of the powerful Queen of Elfland, he finds that words are not enough to keep him from his fate. As the Queen sweeps him far from the people he has known and loved into her realm of magic, opulence—and captivity—he learns at last what it is to be truly human. When he returns to his home with the Queen’s parting gift, his great task will be to seek out the girl he loved and wronged, and offer her at last the tongue that cannot lie.

Book:Good Omens

Good Omens

Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

Good Omens has a dire tale to tell. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are riding. The Antichrist is discovering his supernatural powers. An army of witchfinders is trying to find him and kill him. And an angel from heaven and a demon from hell are trying to make certain everything happens according to the ineffable plan. So why is this such a funny book? Because the Four Horsemen are really the Four Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse; the Antichrist, through a mix-up at birth, has been raised by a middle-class family, and is really just a nice, normal kid; the army of witchfinders consists of only two rather bungling men armed with stickpins. As for the angel and demon, they are drinking buddies who aren’t really sure they want the world to end. A riotous good laugh.” —Orlando Sentinel

Book:Mary Reilly: A Novel

Mary Reilly: A Novel

Valerie Martin

From the acclaimed author of the bestselling Italian Fever comes a fresh twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, a novel told from the perspective of Mary Reilly, Dr. Jekyll’s dutiful and intelligent housemaid.

Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary is a survivor–scarred but still strong–familiar with evil, yet brimming with devotion and love. As a bond grows between Mary and her tortured employer, she is sent on errands to unsavory districts of London and entrusted with secrets she would rather not know. Unable to confront her hideous suspicions about Dr. Jekyll, Mary ultimately proves the lengths to which she’ll go to protect him. Through her astute reflections, we hear the rest of the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, and this familiar tale is made more terrifying than we remember it, more complex than we imagined possible.

Book:Tigana

Tigana

Guy Gavriel Kay

This is that rare, spellbinding, novel in which myth comes alive and magic reaches out to touch us. Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered…

But years after the devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name…Tgana.

Against the magnificently rendered background of a world both sensuous and barbaric, this sweeping epic of a passionate people pursuing their dream is breathtaking in its vision, changing forever the boundaries of fantasy fiction.

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