Annal: 1998 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Results of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in the year 1998.

Book:The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

A.S. Byatt

The magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine—a world renowned scholar of the art of story-telling—and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty shop in an Istanbul bazaar. As A.S. Byatt renders this relationship with a powerful combination of erudition and passion, she makes the interaction of the natural and the supernatural seem not only convincing, but inevitable.

The companion stories in this collection each display different facets of Byatt’s remarkable gift for enchantment. They range from fables of sexual obsession to allegories of political tragedy; they draw us into narratives that are as mesmerizing as dreams and as bracing as philosophical meditations; and they all us to inhabit an imaginative universe astonishing in the precision of its detail, its intellectual consistency, and its splendor.

Book:Giant Bones

Giant Bones

Peter S. Beagle

With the unique touch of a master, Peter S. Beagle has crafted this collection of six amazing novellas set in the same fantastic world as his bestselling classic The Innkeeper’s Song. Brimming with all the stylistic majesty and dazzling inventiveness that have earned him comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Giant Bones brings to life characters from the author’s previous works as well as new heroes with their own stories to tell.

“Lal and Soukyan” follows the last perilous escapade of a legendary mercenary duo now in their twilight years, while “The Last Song of Sirit Byar” tells the tragic truth of the kingdom’s most celebrated bard. In “Giant Bones”, a family legend takes on new meaning for an impressionable child, and the troupe of performers in “The Tragical Historie of the Jiril’s Players” find themselves trapped in a dangerous world of royal intrigue. With these and two other extraordinary tales, Peter S. Beagle draws us into his wondrous and magical world.

Book:The Gift (Patrick O'Leary)

The Gift

Patrick O'Leary

A story within a story, The Gift is a story of innocence betrayed and magic rejected. Tim is robbed of his childhood, and Simon is tormented by hearing made too acute. Both are victims of The User of the Night, once a boy like them, now pathetically twisted by his own ambition and by Tomen, a malevolent creature of magic. Together Simon and Tim must rid their land of the magic that has been misused by Tomen and The User.

Book:Neverwhere

Neverwhere

Neil Gaiman

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won’t stop for him, his hundred rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power…[more]

Book:Trader

Trader

Charles de Lint

A novel of loss, identity, and, in the strangest of places, hope.

Leonard Trader is a luthier, a maker of guitars. Johnny Devlin is chronically unemployed. Leonard is solitary, quiet, responsible. Johnny is a lady-killer, a drunk, a charming loser.

When they inexplicably wake up in each other’s bodies, Johnny gleefully moves into Leonard’s comfortable and stable existence, leaving Leonard to pick up the pieces of a life he had no part in breaking.

Penniless, friendless, homeless, Leonard begins a journey that will take him beyond the streets of the city to an otherworld of dreams and spirits, where he must confront both the unscrupulous Johnny Devlin and his own deepest fears.

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