Wednesday, January 16, 2008

First Annual Adult Genre Fiction Awards

ALA's Reading List Council (of which Perrot's own Mirja Johanson was a 2007-08 committee member!) has debuted a new list of award winners-- outstanding genre fiction titles from last year. The winners of this new award in each of eight categories are:

The Second Objective, by Mark Frost
Bestselling author Mark Frost makes a triumphant return to fiction with this riveting World War II thriller, based on a shocking real-life German operation run by "the most dangerous man in Europe."

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
This powerful debut novel follows the story of Kvothe, the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

Historical Fiction:
The Religion, by Tim Willocks
"A thrilling plot, polished dialog, and a satisfying denouement herald this remarkable work as one of the best historical novels of the year." -Library Journal

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill
Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. . .

Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin
In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

Natural Born Charmer, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Quarterback Dean Robillard takes to the road during the off-season, and finds Blue walking along in a beaver costume. Blue is cautious when it comes to love, but her defenses are no match for a determined competitor like Dean.

Science Fiction:
In War Times, by Kathleen Ann Goonan
Sam is a young enlisted soldier in 1941 when his older brother is killed at Pearl Harbor. Afterwards, Sam promises that he will do anything he can to stop the war. While in training, Sam is seduced by a mysterious female physicist that is teaching one of his courses, and given her plans for a device that will end the war, perhaps even end the human predilection for war forever. But the device does something less, and more, than that.

Women’s Fiction:
Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen
In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and of the extraordinary people who tend it.

[Click on each book title to view the item in the catalog and place a hold.]

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