Rachel Neumeier

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The Mythopoeic Awards Finalists for 2017

I’m always interested in this award, which tends to emphasize works that accord with my personal taste. Here are this year’s finalists in the adult novel category:

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Andrea Hairston, Will Do Magic For Small Change

Mary Robinette Kowal, Ghost Talkers

Patricia A. McKillip, Kingfisher

Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Cycle: The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; and The Raven King

Jo Walton, Thessaly Trilogy: The Just City; The Philosopher Kings; Necessity

The Mythopoeic Society handles series, as you can see, by allow a series to be eligible the year it is completed. Or a book within a series can be eligible if it stands alone. I haven’t read Jo Walton’s Thessaly novels, but I agree that none of the Raven Cycle books stand alone, so nominating it as a series seems like the way to go for that one.

Le me see, let me see… I’ve only read two of these finalists: the Raven Cycle and McKillip’s book. I attended a reading for Ghost Talkers and liked what I heard, but haven’t read it yet. I do keep meaning to read The Just City, which I have on my Kindle, I’m pretty sure. My guess is I’ll find it intellectually interesting but not necessarily emotionally engaging. We’ll see.

I do think that Kingfisher was not necessarily one of McKillip’s top ten works. I mean, I enjoyed it, of course. But I’m not sure it seemed cohesive to me. I liked it better the second time I read it, so maybe it will continue growing on me over time.

The Raven Cycle is beautiful and impressive and I loved it. I do think the ending was a bit weak, to be honest. Still, I can definitely understand why it’s on this list and I wouldn’t mind a bit if it won.

Anybody read Hairston’s book? That’s the one I haven’t heard anything about.

For the finalists in the other categories, click through to File 770 and check out the full list.

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