Daily Archives: March 8, 2013

Ever heard of the Kitschies?

reader-roundup-squareThe 2012 Kitschies were announced last week awarding “year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre literature published in the UK.” The awards were founded in 2009 by the website Pornokitsch a site devoted to treating “genre fiction seriously and examine it thoroughly, for better or for worse.”

This year’s winners included:

  • Red Tentacle (Novel): Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (Thais R.’s  recommendation)
  • Golden Tentacle (Debut): Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  • The Black Tentacle (the discretionary prize for an outstanding contribution to the conversation surrounding genre literature): The World SF Blog

Thais R. described Angelmaker as “part spy novel, part steampunk, a little romance, and a lot of by-the-seat-of-your-pants action and apocalyptic fear” in her recommendation.

Karen Lord’s Redemption in Indigo has been on my list of titles to read since it debuted but I’m currently fascinated by her new novel The Best of All Possible Worlds.

Other recent nominees include a number of great titles, including those by perennial staff favorite China Miéville whose list of nominated titles include Embassytown (my recommendation), Kraken (my recommendation), and The City and the City (Sara D.’s recommendation) which won the inaugural Red Tentacle on 2009.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was a 2011 nominee that made Our Favorite Teen Reads of 2012 and will be read as a discussion title by the CADL’s SF Book Discussion this spring.

The 2011 Red Tentacle winner, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, was a patron-favorite with a phenomenal audiobook read by Jason Isaacs (known for Case Histories and his recurring role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies).

And the 2009 Red Tentacle nominee The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen (recommendation) was a pick by our Selection Specialist Sarah R.—especially for anyone who enjoyed The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.

Whatever the outcomes, the shortlists for the Kitschies make for fascinating reading and are all books worth talking about.

- Jessica T., Public Services Head at CADL Downtown Lansing