And The SciFi/Fantasy Winner? Ptolemy's Gate!
Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud has won the first Cybil for science fiction and fantasy! I was happy with our short list, but I am absolutely delighted with this choice for winner. I thought this book was a "nearly perfect balance of character, plot, situation, voice, and just about everything." I cannot say enough about how good this book is.
And you know I don't love just any book that's published.
One of the things I learned on the nominating panel is that to be a successful fantasy (by successful I mean successful as a work, not in the marketplace) the fantasy world has to be very unique and very detailed. The world of the Bartimaeus Trilogy, (Ptolemy's Gate is the final book) is all that.
And Bartimaeus--what a great character.
And Ptolemy's Gate is a complete work, all by itself. It doesn't need its predecessors.
Hey, I am just thrilled about this.
Check out the Cybils site for the winners in the other categories. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist won, too!
Wow. This is the most excited I've ever been about an awards announcement.