It was a close thing, but the fantasy and science fiction nominating committee turned in our shortlist today! You’ll have to wait until tomorrow (January 1) to see the list, but I think that we chose five really excellent books for the shortlist. All the shortlists will be announced on the Cybils site starting at around 9:15 AM; every 15 minutes another list will be posted. It’s so exciting to see it coming to fruition after months of hard work! After the lists are posted, the judging committees will get to work reading the shortlisted books and choosing one of them to be a winner.
Choosing only five books from the 88 nominated in our category was hard! There were so many excellent books nominated, and we each had our favorites, but in the end we came up with a great list that represents a good cross-section of readers in the genre. I’ll be blogging more about the process after the short list annnouncements, and undoubtedly, so will my fellow nominating committee members Erin, Gail, Kim, and Michele.
The following books have been reviewed by members of the fantasy and science fiction committees in the week between December 24 and December 31:
- Avielle of Rhia by Dia Calhoun: reviewed by Kim
- Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce: reviewed by Cassie
- Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer: reviewed by Kim
- The Last Dragon by Silvana de Mari: reviewed by Gail | Kim
- Silver City by Cliff McNish: reviewed by Gail
- Travels of Thelonious by Susan Schade and Jon Buller: reviewed by Michele
Keep up with the Cybils by subscribing to the feed at the Cybils site. Every day (except Sunday) we’ll be posting a new “review of the day” of a nominated book.