Yeah, this is newsworthy because I've been so overwhelmed with work and Christmas that I've been reading off my TBR shelves. I know. I should be reading off them, anyway, but the library is so full of pretty things. I got so excited about getting out yesterday that I went to two libraries.
My experience indicates that the Cybils do their job. (Does its job? What is that word, anyway?) Because I saw Skulduggery Pleasant on the SciFi and Fantasy Finalists list, I picked it up when I stumbled upon it at I'm a Reading Fool's library. I probably would have passed it by, otherwise, because "skulduggery" isn't a word that's a big draw for me. But I'm enjoying the book. I also picked up Faradawn, Book 2 in The Fog Mound trilogy because I liked Travels of Thelonius, the first book in the series, when it was on the Cybils' SciFi/Fantasy reading list the year I was on the panel. And, finally, I was delighted to see Hellbent, another Cybils' nominee from last year, prominently displayed with the new books. Hellbent will definitely be of interest to older teens and deserves attention.
On a less happy note, I brought home a book I've seen being discussed on one of my listservs only to realize today that it's written by someone who wrote a book a few years ago that I absolutely hated. I'm not feeling good about that.
This has nothing to do with my trip to the library, but I just found a recent review of another 2006 Cybils SciFi/Fantasy contender.
Why do I keep bringing up my favorites from my Cybils year? Because they are my little lads, and I will take care of them!
Recognize that (nonCybils) reference? You will in another day or two.
I just wanted to chime in on the Cybils--I'm definitely reading from the short lists (more than one book from SFF, too).
You've got me very, very curious about what historical fiction you've been reading lately! And I hope you enjoy Skulduggery Pleasant as much as I did. I'm planning to booktalk it soon, and I hope I come up with something worthy of it.
I loved Skulduggery Pleasant; it made it into the small category of books that all three members of my immediate family really enjoyed. It felt like an almost perfect version of a tightly-written, purely FUN read.
I definitely liked it and will be blogging about it, probably later today.
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