11Jan

Nights of Villjamur on the ALA RUSA 2011 Reading List

Hat-tip to Jeff VanderMeer for pointing this out (he was on the list too). So I’m on the American Library Associations’s RUSA Reading List for 2011, which I am reliably informed (by several people very quickly on Twitter) that it’s actually a pretty big deal, and for that reason it gets a blog post. Here’s the list of fantasy novels in full.

Winner: “Under Heaven” by Guy Gavriel Kay

And the shortlist was:

“Finch” by Jeff VanderMeer, Underland Press
“The Half-Made World” by Felix Gilman, Tor Books
“The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” by N.K. Jemisin, Orbit
“Nights of Villjamur” by Mark Charan Newton, Spectra

Congrats to everyone on the list!

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

3 comments

  1. Well done!

    And by the looks of it, you’re in fine company.

  2. Felix Gilman is a really nice person.

    Nights of Villjamur reminded of the humanism
    of George Nader’s “Chrome”.

    The last chapter of ‘The Robot Monster’ stars
    book is comparable to Bank’s ‘State of the Art’
    Most humans just don’t make the grade to be
    other than vicious animals.
    In some parts of NoV the magickal stuff might have been helped by Order of the Golden Dawn adepts.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the kind words.

    Interesting you mention the Order of the Golden Dawn – I did find their structure and secrecy to be absolutely fascinating. I remember reading Aleister Crowley’s 777 being entranced by the symbols and its esoteric nature.

    For my sins, I’m not that familiar with George Nader’s work…