Catching Ballots with My Teeth…

… or at least one ballot: that of the World Fantasy Awards was announced this AM and I was genuinely shocked to see that Blood of Ambrose was among the nominees for best novel.

“And at the top of the list,” my son helpfully observed as I sat stunned, mutely pointing at the screen. Which is true, the list being alphabetical by author surname.

That the book would win seems extremely unlikely, given the other nominees. I don’t think this is false modesty, or even real modesty, just realism. But it does seem kind of unreal that a book which was deliberately designed not to be award-bait has been shortlisted for this most literary of fantasy awards.

Must be doing something wrong. Guess I’ll do it harder next time.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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One Response to Catching Ballots with My Teeth…

  1. Holly says:

    Nothing wrong with winning awards (or nominations) and fans/readers, who buy your books and make it possible for you to hang out and meet fans/readers and other writers and folk/filk at places like DragonCon! ;o)

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