To start (and to state my conclusion), this is a fantastic book with brilliant worldbuilding that confounds traditional characterizations of nature, government, allegiances and magic. Nature is out to get you, vindictive and vengeful. The system uses gifted individuals like animals, their enslavement preordained and accepted by all as a part of the natural order of things. Selfishness and brutality are enshrined in a hybrid of law and religion known as stonelore, which also provides guidelines for… Continue reading The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Washington Post share their five best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015. Since they only choose 5 books, it forces an exclusion of a lot of inevitably excellent work, but provides a manageable reading list that’s worth comparing to the 2015 bookshelf to see if there’s one of these that has somehow slipped through the net.
The British Fantasy Awards nominees have been named. I’m quite fond of the way the BFS nominate – they have a democratic nominations process, but the juries can add two further nominees per category as egregious omissions, which means that if the voting public undergoes a collective neurological event and puts a bunch of dross on the ticket, the juries have the ability to claw back some respectability by adding a few candidates that deserve to be there,… Continue reading British Fantasy Awards 2015 Nominees