2009 Red Tentacle (Novel)

The City and the City

The City & The City
China Miéville
Tor

"What Mr. Miéville has done is simply this: take a simple creative idea - the stuff of any magazine story or Creative Writing 101 - and make it into a mind-bogglingly delicious novel. And the intricate plot? The empathetic character? The philosophical progression? He does those as extras. Mr. Miéville casually includes what most authors strive, and fail, to achieve. That's crossing the line from skill to genius." (Full Review | Purchase)


Finalists

Best Served Cold

Best Served Cold
Joe Abercrombie
Gollancz

"Best Served Cold is packed with engaging characters that pin the reader from the first page and refuse to let go. Through their dark hours and their (brief) moments of brilliant triumph, Monzcarro, Shivers and Cosca are funny, fascinating, inspiring and painfully, wonderfully human. Although it is a treat for the reader to explore Mr. Abercrombie's world, the real pleasure is in the company we get to keep while doing so." (Full Review | Purchase)


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Quirk

"Dance, carp, match-make, introspection, ZOMBIE, dance, explore countryside, match-make, ZOMBIE. Already oft-imitated but never equalled, this is a naughty little spin on a Big Book that has raised the profile of the publisher, zombies and, arguably, genre as a whole." (Full Review | Purchase)


The Magicians

The Magicians
Lev Grossman
Viking / William Heinemann

"Mr. Grossman's well-orchestrated mixture of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and C.S. Lewis' Narnia is a fascinating and unusual read. This year's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Magicians is carefully-crafted and excellently well-written - a breakout hit that appealed genre and non-genre fans alike. It is an unusual, mature look at magic and its practitioners." (Purchase)


The Selected Works of TS Spivet

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
Reif Larsen
Harvill Secker

"Beautiful, infinitely re-readable, sensitive and fun - one of those books that blurs the boundaries. Or, to be more precise, it is science fiction, but for the sake of sanity and sales, no bookstore will shelve it as such. Even as a physical object, this is a book that both stretches and defies traditional definitions of the form." (Full Review | Purchase)