I'm kind of itching to pick up Dark Jenny right now (which I received this week, still no sign of The Crippled God) but I'll try to finish The Unremembered first. I didn't have much time to read in the last two weeks so progress is slow but I'm more than half way through.
Best SFF Novels of the decade
Tor.com posted the final results for their poll on the Best SFF novels of the decade. Here they are:
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi - 295 votes
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman - 270 votes
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - 231 votes
- Blindsight by Peter Watts - 221 votes
- Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey - 194 votes
- A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin - 179 votes
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke - 167 votes
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson - 141 votes
- Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson - 125 votes
- Perdido Street Station by China Mieville - 124 votes
Final line penned (er – keyboarded) this morning – The Cold Commands is a wrap! As they say in Spanish, Cha-Chan!!!
Of course, this is all slightly deceptive. There’s actually a fair bit of work still to be done. The rough cut goes out to Simon Spanton at Gollancz tomorrow, and I now have to back up and read the whole manuscript through from scratch, trying to form some kind of overall impression of where we’ve been and what we’ve ended up with. There’ll be tweaking, there’ll be proofing, there’ll be polish to layer on – less at the front end than the back, since the earliest sections have been buffed smooth with a couple of years of constant revisiting and revising as the story inched its way forward. The back end, though, is probably still altogether too cask-strength rough and ready in places. Will need tempering.
Have a nice week!