It’s been a busy week for the Cybils nominating committee for fantasy and science fiction. We’re up to 65 nominations and reading as fast as we can. While we can’t possibly review every book we’re reading for the awards—it’s going to be hard enough getting them all read—the nominating committee is enjoying reviewing some of the books read. Here’s a wrapup of book reviews from the F/SF nominating committee for the last week. Note: these reviews don’t necessarily reflect how the books will fare in committee, so don’t study them too hard looking for clues about which books will make the short list. We’re looking at specific criteria for the awards, and in many cases we look at a book differently for a review than in evaluating it for the awards.
Gail Gauthier wins the award for the most books read and the most books reviewed this week. This week she’s reviewed:
- Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine
- Gideon the Cutpurse, by Linda Buckley-Archer
- Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
- Septimus Heap: Flyte by Angie Sage
- The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma
…and that’s only a fraction of the books she’s read! The woman is a reading machine!
Finally, I reviewed these books:
- The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
- The Good Fairies of New York by by Martin Millar
- Abadazad #1: The Road to Inconceivable by by J. M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog