Annal: 2008 World Fantasy Award for Novel

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 2008.

Book:Ysabel

Ysabel: A Novel

Guy Gavriel Kay

Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets—a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer’s son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works.

But the cathedral isn’t the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day—and it’s calling out to Ned…

Book:Fangland

Fangland: A Novel

John Marks

An acclaimed novelist and former 60 Minutes producer grandly reinvents the Dracula epic in the halls of a certain television news magazine. Written in the form of diary entries, e-mails, therapy journals, and other artifacts of early-twenty-first-century American professional-class life, Fangland manages both to be a genuinely—in fact, triumphantly—frightening vampire novel in the grand tradition and a, yes, biting commentary on the way we live and work now.

Book:The Gospel of the Knife

The Gospel of the Knife

Will Shetterly

Christopher Nix is 14 years old, and it’s 1969. His life is a turbulent echo of the times as he discovers sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll in the heart of Florida.  But into this struggle between the young long-haired hippie and the rednecks who’d just as soon kill him comes a strange offer that will completely change his life.

The Nix family is contacted by a mysterious benefactor who wants to send Chris to an exclusive private school, no expense spared. Mr. Jay Dumont claims that Chris’s grandfather saved his life during WWI, and though Grandpa Uvdall is dead, the debt remains to be paid.  But as Chris will discover, there is a great deal more to it than that. He will have to accept and understand the Powers that have surrounded his family all his life, and learn to use his own magical gifts, if he is to survive Dumont’s plan. …[more]

Book:The Servants

The Servants: A Novel

Michael Marshall Smith

For young Mark, the world has turned as bleak and gray as the Brighton winter. Separated from his real father and home in London, he’s come to live with his mother and her new husband in an old house near the sea. He spends his days alone, trying to master the skateboard, while other boys his age are in school. He hates the unwanted stepfather who barged into Mark’s life to rob him of joy. Worst of all, his once-vibrant mother has grown listless and weary, no longer interested in anything beyond her sitting room.

But on a damp and chilly evening, an accident carries Mark into the basement flat of the old woman who lives at the bottom of his stepfather’s house. She offers tea, cakes, and sympathy…and the key to a secret, bygone world. Mark becomes caught up in the frenetic bustle of the human machinery that once ran a home, and drawn ever deeper into a lost realm of spirits and memory.…[more]

Book:Territory

Territory

Emma Bull

Wyatt Earp. Doc Holliday. Ike Clanton.

You think you know the story. You don’t.

Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it.

Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. A magician can drain his friends’ strength to strengthen himself, and can place them between him and danger. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.

Jesse Fox left his Eastern college education to travel West, where he’s made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung, who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose inner…[more]

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