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I'm So Romantic

. . . and to prove it, I've been nominated by the Romantic Times BookClub Reviews Magazine Reviewers Choice Award in the Best Epic Fantasy Category.

Who'd'a thunk it? I'm scunnered.

Of course they give awards in, like, 45 categories ranging from Vampire & Werewolf Romance (2 separate categories!) to Medieval Historical & Sensual Historical . . . but still, as dear Oscar said, "There is one thing worse than being nominated, and that is not being nominated" - or something like that. And I didn't get the nomination - I mean, I'm Romantic, but not in a prize-winning way . . . .

The Award-nominating Review of TPOTS is here. It's actually very smart & good, as are all the RT reviews (I've just unearthed) of my books. Yay, RT! Who knew?

So do nominees get a Trinket? I would so love a Trinket from RT. I bet it's Pink.

Reviewers' Choice Awards honor the best books of the year. The winners and nominees are selected by our staff of over 50 reviewers representing the readers' voice in the women's fiction industry. Full list of nominees will run in the March issue of the magazine. Winners will be announced in their June issue and at their annual awards ceremony at the end of April.
That's the official word. But since my kindly editor sent me their PDF of the entire list, I'm free to congratulate fellow nominees:
Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Karl Schroeder, Tom Piccirilli. John Scalzi, Jo Walton (SF) + Sam Barone, Anne Bishop, Terry Brooks, Lois McMaster Bujold, Naomi Novik, Jeri Smith-Ready, Wen Spencer , Jacqueline Carey, Lynn Flewelling, Brandon Sanderson , Kelley Armstrong, Charles de Lint , Kim Harrison, Karen Marie Moning, Lilith Saintcrow (3 kinds of Fantasy).

Good luck to all of us!


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Jan. 14th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Huzzah and much rejoicing!!! Hope you win!!!
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
I honestly don't imagine I will, but as you can see I'm just thrilled to be nominated.
Jan. 14th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)

BTW, I read The Privilege of the Sword over winter break, and loved it. All the characters were wonderful, and it was great to revisit that world again.
Jan. 14th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! I guess someone else agrees with you . . . .
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)

Do let us know if there's a trinket, and if so, what it's like.
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
Qua? I'm nominated for what now?
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Would I take your name in vain, pal? I'll forward you the PDF with all the names.
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Jan. 14th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
It's quite appropriate, when you think about it. You've got the enjoyment of romanticism there, not to mention girls with romantic fantasies not being punished for them. Romance! It's in the air!
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
You always know the right thing to say. And it's true, too!
Jan. 14th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)

Also, OMG, a category entirely for Werewolf romance? Whee! Apparently, however, it is of recent parentage - only appears in the 2005 set. But yay, a whole category just for the werewolves! Squee!
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
RT Awards
Well, I'm not sure there's a Werewolf category this year - but there sure was last year! You can chart their past picks here:

Jan. 14th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
Excellent news! Congratulations.

Your book is sitting on the table and next up to be read.

And apropos of nothing - you appeared in my dream last night. You were holding a plate of raspberry pavlova and were most surprised and not a little concerned to find me suddenly in your living room. As well you might be!
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it was a prophetic dream. I love raspberries, and I hope you'll visit sometime!
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Jan. 14th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Well, since they couldn't be bothered to send nominees a personal letter, I somehow doubt a trinket will be involved either. But I've been wrong before. And congratulations! I can't wait to read Farthing.
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(no subject) - ellen_kushner - Jan. 14th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)

I just finished re-reading (again) TPOTS last night. Have I mentioned recently how much I love it?
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Not recently, no . . . . (heeeee!)
Jan. 14th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
There is a trophy you get, but only if you show up for the award ceremony.

I'm glad you liked the review--I really loved the book. :)
Jan. 14th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for dropping in!

Do they tell you beforehand whether you've won? I would love to go and be there for the ceremony and take home a glittering object, but it's rather a long way to go just to eat rubber chicken and pat a deserving friend on the back.

I really do love the review. I've seen a lot of them by now, and am fascinated with the ways people so kindly dance around the spoilers (or, in some cases, tromp on them with hob-nailed boots...!!! grrr....). I thought your synopsis was both accurate and elegant. And of course I'm delighted you loved TPOTS!

Just one question: What made you decide to classify it as "Epic Fantasy"?
(no subject) - apis_mellifera - Jan. 15th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 14th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Dr. Bear has done a more thorough breakdown of the nominees here
complete with links to their blogs.

What a fine public servant she is!
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Way cool. Hey Ellen, not only are we fantastic, we're epically fantastic. Whoo hoo!
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
The Mystical Ways of Nominations
Cool beans! I'm always curious as to how these things work. They come out of the blue, whiz by, and leave me scratching my head. If you don't know why you were nominated, how do you figure out why you don't win? (In my case, anyway, Always the bridesmaid . . . )

Good luck to us all!

Lynn ;-)
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Re: The Mystical Ways of Nominations
Remember this useful phrase:

"It's an Honor Just to be Nominated."

Repeat as needed, ad nauseam or someone puts you out of your misery.....

Honestly, though: I fckin hate not being nominated: passed over, as if you didn't exist . . . . It's lovely to win, of course. But take it from me; not being nominated sucks worse than not winning. Lots.

Also, having been close to the center of a few awards over the years . . . half the time it's either dumb luck, dumber statistics, or some committee's politics. You cannot actually make it make sense; you will only break your heart in trying,
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Jan. 15th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Double chocolate congratulations!
Jan. 16th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Regardless of how this contest turns out, TPOTS was one of MY best books of the year. I wrote a review, plus comments about Swordspoint, and posted it here. I feel some trepidation mentioning it because I'm not a reviewer by trade, but it's fairly long and detailed and complimentary, so I thought you might like to know about it.

Good luck on the award!
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
That really is an extraordinary review. You wrong yourself to be dismissive of it. You write wonderfully. Thank you for posting it, and for letting me know.

I do hope that you'll stick with KINGS at some point long enough to discover its charms. True, it is not a sequel, emotionally, to Swordspoint; but it has its own rewards. Here's a hint: follow the Students.

I hope we meet again sometime (another Wiscon?) - I see we have lots of booktastes in common, from Dunnett to Joann Sfar!
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Jan. 16th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you've read this romance book reviewer's review before, and may even have mentioned it, and may even have mentioned it on this page, and she may even have posted in your lj herself, or on this very page, with my excuse for possibly repeating old old news being that I am hyped up and slightly crazed from reading the review itself, but, to come to an end of this circumlocution, I was googling around in search of something else entirely and up came the words "Alec and Richard, two deranged bastards," and nothing else would do but that I post about it immediately. And there you have it.

TPOTS is good too. I should add.
Jan. 17th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Uhm... I don't think I've ever gotten high off reading a book review before. Now I'm afraid to read therem's.
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