The Best of Recent Fantasy Literature: the Mythopoeic and World Fantasy Awards

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Want to find the best fantasy books that have been published recently? Two sets of awards can help you out.


The finalists for the World Fantasy Awards were just announced, and the novel finalists are Jo Walton's Among Others, Stephen King's 11/22/63, George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons, and Lavie Tidhar's Osama. Read the full list of finalists here.

And this past weekend, the Mythopoeic Society gave out their yearly awards at Mythcon. The Mythopoeic society awards fantastic and mythopoeic (myth-making) literature, as well as scholarship about the Inklings (the literary / drinking society that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis belonged to). Because their goal is to highlight "new and transformative mythologies" the books they award have a lot of appeal for readers looking for mythic and fairy-tale underpinnings and complex mythic world-building. They also include whole series of books after their completion, as well as stand-alone books, recognizing that it sometimes takes a while to tell one story.


Check out our review of the winning novel, The Uncertain Places. The novel finalists are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday), The Heavenly Fox by Richard Parks, Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente and Among Others by Jo Walton.

The full list of winners of the 2012 Mythopoeic Awards is here.

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Is Martin finally going to win an award for the most influential fantasy series of the last 20 years? Not that he needs it, but at this point it's like Martin Scorsese.