I’m just going to note that I haven’t read ANY of these and acknowledge that that’s a shame and move on. Still, considering that I’m going to be at WFC this weekend — I’m driving to KC as you read this, probably — I thought at least I’d mention the nominees. Have any of you read any of these? What should I add to my (massive, obviously) reading list for last-minute reading in 2023?
In the absense of having read anything whatsoever, I’m rooting for Spear solely because I think Griffith is such an amazing writer.
Saint Death’s Daughter by C. S. E. Cooney
Spear by Nicola Griffith
The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings
Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R. F. Kuang
Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia
The House of Drought by Dennis Mombauer
Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk
Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum
Pomegranates by Priya Sharma
“The Devil Don’t Come with Horns” by Eugen Bacon
“Incident at Bear Creek Lodge” by Tananarive Due
“The Morning House” by Kate Heartfield
“Telling the Bees” by Kat Howard
“Douen” by Suzan Palumbo
And the judges this year were: Dale Bailey, Kelly Robson, Ginny Smith, A. C. Wise, and Ian Whates. I’m not familiar with any of them either.