Now that the dust has begun to settle on this year's Awards, I thought people might be interested to know just who made it into the TOP 20 of the Longlist - who was narrowly pipped at the post for a Shortlist position... The following list IS in vote order...

BLOOD OF ELVES - Andrzej Sapkowski
THE HERO OF AGES – Brandon Sanderson
THE WAY OF SHADOWS - Brent Weeks
THE LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS - Joe Abercrombie
HEIR TO SEVENWATERS - Juliet Marillier

THE TWO PEARLS OF WISDOM - Alison Goodman
THE KINGDOM BEYOND THE WAVES - Stephen Hunt
HAVEMERCY - Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
THE PAINTED MAN - Peter V. Brett
TOLL THE HOUNDS - Steven Erikson

GLADIATRIX - Russell Whitfield
EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD - Adrian Tchaikovsky
GRACELING - Kristin Cashore
KING'S SHIELD - Sherwood Smith
HELDENHAMMER -Graham McNeill

THE STEEL REMAINS - Richard Morgan
WRATH OF A MAD GOD - Raymond E. Feist
WOLFBLADE - Jennifer Fallon
THE SOLDIER KING - Violette Malan
MAGIC BURNS - Ilona Andrews


What's very encouraging to my mind, is that there are many authors on the list who DO NOT have a strong web presence, or legions of established fans (as some internet pundits have implied or predicted) In fact, (correct me if I am wrong) there are at least SIX debut novelists on the list - which is very gratifying to see.

As the Members here know, we've had great comment and feedback in particular on 'The Two Pearls of Wisdom' The Painted Man' and 'Empire in Black & Gold.'

Also, exciting from my point of view is that there are SEVEN female authors in the top 20 (speaking as a female Fantasy author myself).

A special mention too, for 'Gladiatrix' by Russel Whitfield - published by a small independant publisher in Newcastle - Myrmidon. I know Russ is a massive Gemmell fan & was very happy to be on the Longlist - kudos to him and his Editor for polling so high... and it's a terrific book to boot!

Guess what? It seems to me that readers and fans voted for THE BOOKS THEY ENJOYED! Also, people have gone out and read books from the ist that they otherwise might have missed out on. We may even have made some new Fantasy readers... That makes my day & makes the DGLA worthwhile.

What do you think guys?

Pax.
Debbie

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Comment by ediFanoB on July 2, 2009 at 17:34
Debbie,
thank you for information. I find the list quite interesting. I read six books from this list. Another four books are either on my shelf or on my list.
I agree that most people voted for the author and/or book they liked and they didn't follow the criteria. But to be honest that wasn't unexpected for a public vote.

Anyway I have to say thank you because based on the shortlist I read the superb Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. And there are still mor books from the longlist which I want to read.

I look forward to the next long list

Kudos and a big thank you to Debbie and all people who have been involved!!
Comment by PeterWilliam on July 3, 2009 at 14:02
I certainly picked up at least two books from the long list that I might not have otherwise. For the first go at it, this award has hit the ground running. I love everything that I have seen, thus far, surrounding what this award is doing for fantasy fiction.
Comment by Satima Flavell on July 3, 2009 at 14:18
There must be twenty fine authors there, Deborah, and they can all be proud of their achievement - as can your team for such a sterling effort in bringing the Award to a succesful conclusion!

Did you know there is another new release called Gladiatrix? It's by Aussie author Rhonda Roberts. I must look out for the one by Russell Whitfield to see how he has interpreted the same theme!
Comment by drosdelnoch on July 3, 2009 at 15:09
Pretty interesting placings to be honest. Thanks for putting up how it went Debs.
Comment by Liz on July 3, 2009 at 16:13
I know every single one of these books - I may not have read all of them but I know the writers and the books, having seen them being reviewed and interviewed on a variety of blogs. I love the genre and think these titles just goes to show the variety and talent in the marketplace today.

Well done to all the long-listers. I am sure being longlisted won them some more readers.

So, what's the plan for next year then? *cheeky grin*
Comment by brett on July 3, 2009 at 18:36
This is a great list and the even better part is that I already have most of these on my wishlist (or have them already)!
Congrats to all the authors and thanks to you Deborah for keeping us all informed.

Now I'm off to pick up more books!
Comment by Alli on July 3, 2009 at 20:05
There are at least four names in the top 20 I'm delighted to see and hopefully I'll get a few more read before the next longlist is out! I love that I'm now looking at books I'd never before have picked up and I'll make more of an effort next year to read all the books on the shortlist before casting my vote (so many books so little time!).
Comment by Robert Grant on July 6, 2009 at 17:47
I'm still reeling from the news that Blood of Elves won (you can read my review here: http://tinyurl.com/mmjup8) but now that I've seen the full list I'm actually stunned that it even made the shortlist. I've actually read 75% of what's on it and there's half-a-dozen books on here that are so much better.

I'm sorry, political correctness has never really been my thing, but no-one else seems to have had any kind of reaction to the news at all (unless indifference counts as a reaction) so maybe it's just me, but come on! Can you really look me in the eye and tell me that it was a better book than The Last Argument Of Kings? Empire In Black And Gold? Graceling? The Steel Remains? I'd love to know what the criteria were and how that decision was reached because as far as I'm concerned it beggars belief.
Comment by Deborah J Miller - Award Administrator on July 7, 2009 at 0:27
Hi Robert - all the information on how the voting is done & what the criteria is, is available on the front page - scroll down to "How the Award Works" and also, there's a PDF in the right-hand column which explains our decision to go for a publicly voted Award. Also, there are notes in the Forum about "Things to Consider before casting your vote." (or similar title).

At the end of the day, voting is always going to be subjective - what people consider to be "better" is difficult, nay impossible(!) to quantify. Obviously lots of people hold 'Blood of Elves' in very high esteem. Personally, I enjoyed it immensley - it did have a strangely old-fashioned charm & humour & when I'd finished reading it, I felt an affection for the characters. Is it better technically? Does it have great pace, great characterisation? These are things for the voters to debate over - and hey, if they read more books whilst they're weighing things up, that can only be a good thing!

For me, as the Award Organiser, our triumph in our first year was really that
a/ The Fantasy readers picked such a brilliant and diverse Shortlist
and b/ that so many people voted & engaged with the process... :-)
Comment by Satima Flavell on July 7, 2009 at 1:10
Judging of such contests is always subjective, whatever method is used. Friends who have read for awards that depend on critiquing rather than voting tell horror stories of how sometimes the winner is a compromise candidate because the judging panel is evenly split over two books. So the book that would have been third is given the prize!

I didn't care for Blood of Elves, either, Robert, but when all's said and done, a voted award boils down to personal taste and author loyalty. All the books have had more exposure as a result of the award and to be shortlisted is no mean feat. I hope publishers take it on board and add stickers to the shortlisted books that say "DGLA finalist" or whatever. That will raise public awareness of the award and maybe get people to try an author they wouldn't have read otherwise. After all, if we don't read widely, we can't know what we really like, can we?

I hope the DGLA continues and takes its place alongside the Hugo and Nebula awards as a commendation that shouts, "This book is among the best".

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