The Hotties: 2011 Year-End Awards


Okay, we may not be as prestigious or glamorous as the Hugo, the Nebula, or the World Fantasy Awards, but winning a Hottie still means something, right!?! Well, maybe not but what the heck!?!

For the sake of posterity, I've also included my Top 10 SFF novels and the runner-up titles of the year in this post.

Without further ado, here are the 2011 Hottie Awards!

Top 10 Speculative Fiction Titles of 2011

1- Steven Erikson's The Crippled God [Tor, Bantam Press]
2- C. S. Friedman's Legacy of Kings [Daw, Orbit]
3- George R. R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons [Bantam Dell, Voyager]
4- R. Scott Bakker's The White-Luck Warrior [Penguin Canada, The Overlook Press, Orbit]
5- James S. A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes [Orbit]
6- Robert McCammon's The Five [Subterranean Press]
7- Joe Abercrombie's The Heroes [Orbit, Gollancz]
8- Patrick Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear [Daw, Gollancz]
9- Melanie Rawn's The Diviner [Daw]
10- Bradley P. Beaulieu's The Winds of Khalakovo [Nightshade Books]
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11- Robin Hobb's The Inheritance and Other Stories [Voyager]
12- Carrie Vaughn's Kitty's Greatest Hits [Tor]
13- Peter F. Hamilton's Manhattan in Reverse [Del Rey, Macmillan]
14- Jasper Kent's The Third Section [Pyr, Bantam Press]
15- Alastair Reynolds' Troika [Subterranean Press]
16- Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns [Ace, Voyager]
17- Jeff Somers' The Final Evolution [Orbit]
18- Brandon Sanderson's The Alloy of Law [Tor, Gollancz]
19- Brian Ruckley's The Edinburgh Dead [Orbit]

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

- Daw

With three titles in my top 10, a couple of New York Times bestsellers, and the World Fantasy Award for best novel this year, it looks as though Daw can still kick some serious ass!

FAVORITE SFF BLOG

- The Wertzone

Adam has always been a passionate SFF fan and he remains one of my most trusted sources when it comes to books!

BEST SFF MESSAGE BOARD

- Westeros

Honorable mention: SFFWorld.com

Hands down, the two most interesting and lively SFF message boards on the web!

MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT AWARD

- The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont

In terms of depth and scope, nothing even comes close to this series. I say that every year, I know, but it's true! Problem is, it was perhaps a bit too ambitious. Erikson will now need two additional trilogies to "complete" his portion of the tale. But hey, I'm not complaining! ;-)

MOST OVERRATED NOVEL AWARD

- China Miéville's Embassytown

I like Miéville, no doubt about it. But this one was sleep-inducing for the better part of the book. . .


MOST UNDERRATED NOVEL AWARD

- C. S. Friedman's Legacy of Kings

Friedman's The Magister trilogy is one of the very best fantasy series of the new millennium, and yet it sometimes feels as though I'm the only one who has read it. Give these books a shot, damn it!

BEST COVER ART AWARD

- Steve Stone's cover art for Steven Erikson's The Crippled God.

Awesome! I love it!

WORST COVER ART AWARD

- Matthew Hughes' The Other

Pure visual crap. . .


INTERVIEW OF THE YEAR

- R. Scott Bakker, part 1 and part 2

For the first time in his career, Bakker was actually spoilerish!

MOST PROMISING NEW VOICE AWARD

- Bradley P. Beaulieu

Although The Winds of Khalakovo suffered from a number of shortcomings, at times it was simply brilliant.

It looks as though Beaulieu could be the real deal. . .

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR AWARD

- Daw

For the same reasons stated for the Publisher of the Year award! It is obvious that the commercial success of Patrick Rothfuss has allowed them to experiment with new styles and directions, which is for the best. It doesn't hurt that all of their big names released novels this year as well.


UNEXPECTED SURPRISE AWARD

- James S. A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes

Honorable mention: Melanie Rawn's The Diviner

I didn't really know what to expect, but Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck really knocked the ball out of the park with this one!

MOST DISAPPOINTING NOVEL AWARD

- We have a three-way tie between China Miéville's Embassytown, Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path, and Peter Orullian's The Unremembered.

I had high expectations for all three, but sadly none lived up to them. . .


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: BEST DEBUT

- Bradley P. Beaulieu's The Winds of Khalakovo

Honorable mention: Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns

For a while, it looked as though Mark Lawrence would be cruising toward an easy victory. But December came and I read the Beaulieu. What can I say? Shit happens. It was a close call, but The Winds of Khalakovo ended up the victor.

Still, things are looking up for both authors!

THE LOIS McMASTER BUJOLD "THIS ONE WILL WIN AN AWARD OR THREE" AWARD

- China Miéville's Embassytown

Well, it's China Miéville. . .

MVP AWARD

- Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert, the heart and soul of Daw Books.

It goes without saying that 2011 was a terrific year for Daw. A smaller publisher, they don't necessarily have the means to always compete with the genre powerhouses out there. But Rothfuss' success demonstrated yet again how important it is to have a passionate publisher backing you and promoting your books. This commercial success has allowed Daw to explore new horizons, which bodes well for the years to come. It's nice to see them on top once again! Well-deserved!

13 commentaires:

Bob (Beauty in Ruins) said...

MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT AWARD
MOST UNDERRATED NOVEL AWARD
BEST COVER ART AWARD
MOST PROMISING NEW VOICE AWARD
UNEXPECTED SURPRISE AWARD
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: BEST DEBUT

Great categories, great choices - I can't argue with a single one.

Definitely echo to kudos to DAW, who really seem to be back on their game after a pair of lean years.

Baptiste said...

I agree or at least respect most of your choices, however, I must admit that Embassytown, while a far cry from Scar or even Kraken wasn't all that bas in my eye.

Anonymous said...

Still glad you have TCG as number 1, it’s my all time favorite fantasy book. In a series of extremely epic books this one managed to take it up another few notches.

Cecrow said...

What do Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck have to do with the Unexpected Surprise award?

Cursed Armada said...

I'll second bob here and agree that these categories are awesome!

Jason said...

I loved Embassytown. Personally, I would rank it near the top of my "Best of" list. I was really engaged by the sheer alieness of the hosts, the discussions of languge, the whole concept of being an Immerser.

Greyweather said...

"What do Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck have to do with the Unexpected Surprise award?"

James S. A. Corey is their collaborative pen-name.

Daniel Abraham said...

"What do Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck have to do with the Unexpected Surprise award?"

James S. A. Corey is their collaborative pen-name.


Surprise!

(C'mon. It was right *there*...)

Anonymous said...

All sounds good... except Westeros: "You aren´t allowed to discuss this here, it´s already been done back in -06 so f*ck off fl00b!" Wonderful place really...

RobB said...

Your awards list Pat is a good starting point for discussion, Pat.

I can agree with two or three books in your top 10 and maybe one in the next 10.


I can see why you named DAW publisher of the year and though I'd go a different route, I can't argue with the successful year DAW had in 2011.

I can agree with one of your "DISAPPOINTMENTS" but vehemently disagree with another (Abraham).

I'll be posting my Year in Review, probably, early next week.

Patrick said...

Looking forward to your 2011 year in review, Rob!

Fabien Lyraud said...

I regreat you've no award for short forms.
I've read strong stories and novellas at Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.

Darkstar said...

I like that you mention DAW - they are gorgeous!