Again via Dave Langford comes this link to the British Fantasy Society‘s list of recommended SF&F books for consideration for the annual awards (the site is being revamped at the moment but the online voting should be up shortly). I would highly recommend anyone who enjoys a good book to get on over and have a browse at some of the titles because there are some bloody good books on there, including a number I’ve highlighted here over the last year such as Alan Campbell’s Scar Night (a wonderfully dark and disturbing fantasy), M John Harrison’s Nova Swing (serious mess-with-the head stuff), Tim Lebbon’s Dusk (putting the dark into dark fantasy), Brian Ruckley’s Winterbirth (brilliantly solid debut), Jeff VanderMeer’s Shriek: an Afterword (can’t say enough good things about Shriek or any of Jeff’s books), Margo Lanagan’s Black Juice (an utterly gorgeous and moving collection of short stories that went to my heart and head in equal measures) and Neal Asher’s Polity Agent (inventive and action-filled SF with intelligence) to pick out but a few worthy titles (and also Mr Langford himself with his The End of Harry Potter?).
(cover to John Picacio’s Cover Story, published Monkeybrain Press, recommended in the Best Art section of the BFS)
I spotted some SF&F writers in there who are also comics scribes as well, such as Mark Chadbourn for Jack of Ravens (always a pleasure to see new work from Mark) Neil Gaiman for the Fragile Things collection and Mike Carey for the first Felix Castor novel Devil You Know (if you haven’t started this series yet you need to), while the Best Artist category boasts recommendations of such luminaries as Ted Naifeh for the Cover of Alabaster and John Picacio for Cover Story: the Art of John Picacio. Even if you aren’t going to be voting I’d strongly suggest this list as a very good place to look for some very fine reading suggestions.