August 6th, 2009

shen long

Noted for later book-buying

Over at SFSignal cherylmmorgan answers the question:

5. Which books do you think were missing from this year's list of Best Novel finalists?

Here are a selection of books that I would have liked to see on the shortlist ahead of some of the other books on the shortlist.

The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway; The Alchemy of Stone, Ekaterina Sedia; All the Windwracked Stars, Elizabeth Bear; The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie; An Evil Guest, Gene Wolfe; Memoirs of a Master Forger, Graham Joyce; Liberation, Brian Francis Slattery; Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory; Shadowbridge/Lord Tophet, Greg Frost; The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford; Last Dragon, JM McDermott; The Quiet War, Paul McAuley; The Two Pearls of Wisdom (Eon), Alison Goodman; An Autumn War, Daniel Abraham; Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin; Going Under, Justina Robson; Judge, Karen Traviss; Winterstrike, Liz Williams.

Here are a few more books that I have not read but have heard very good things about and which the voters might have considered:

The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness; House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds; The Dragons of Babel, Michael Swanwick; Nation, Terry Pratchett; Wits' End, Karen Joy Fowler; Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan; The Engine's Child, Holly Phillips; Half a Crown, Jo Walton.