Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

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Comments: The rules of the Mythopoeic Awards allow for an entire series to be nominated for the award in the year that the last installment in that series is published. Given the fact that the primary works of fiction produced by the two most famous Inklings were published as series, this eligibility rule seems fitting. But in some years, like 2005, in which three of the five nominees in the Best Children's Fantasy Literature category were trilogies, this rule can seem to be the root cause of some rather ridiculous looking results.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Other Nominees:
Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker
Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
The Wizard Knight (The Knight and The Wizard) by Gene Wolfe

Best Children's Fantasy Literature

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

Other Nominees:
The Abhorsen Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen) by Garth Nix
Arthur Trilogy (The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing Places, and King of the Middle March) by Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Wise Child Trilogy (Wise Child, Juniper, and Colman) by Monica Furlong

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Janet Brennan Croft

Other Nominees:
Bareface: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's Last Novel by Doris T. Myers
Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings edited by Matthew Dickerson
Tolkien in the Land of Heroes by Anne C. Petty
Tolkien the Medievalist edited by Jane Chance

Myth and Fantasy Studies

Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography by Stephen Thomas Knight

Other Nominees:
Diana Wynne Jones: An Exciting and Exacting Wisdom edited by Teya Rosenberg
The Meanings of "Beauty and the Beast": A Handbook by Jerry Griswold
Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most by William Patrick Day

Go to previous year's nominees: 2004
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2006

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