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DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:34:21 AM »
Oooh, aaah, etc.

Who do we think will be on them?

(Also a backhanded way of promoting my spontaneous blog competition - if you make the best prediction, I'll send you an EPIC care package. Contents of my choosing.)

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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013, 10:38:06 AM »
Red Country is the only one I'm certain will be on there. The rest I'm not so sure (I'd have thought going by sheer popularity right now that The Blinding Knife and King of Thorns will be on there).

Any idea when the WFA shortlist is announced?
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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2013, 05:24:29 PM »
Apparently sometime in August? I'm curious, as it is historically a)  high quality and b) wacky. Should be fun.

I'm with you on Red Country, Blinding Knife, King of Thorns...


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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2013, 08:06:15 AM »
Apparently sometime in August? I'm curious, as it is historically a)  high quality and b) wacky. Should be fun.

I'm with you on Red Country, Blinding Knife, King of Thorns...

AGREED WITH THAT. I think it's close, but, for me, Blinding Knife was the best of the lot... Brent Weeks really, really raised the bar with that book. As most people know, going into it I wasn't quite sure what to expect either - I was pretty disappointed with Black Prism, so all the better! :)
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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2013, 10:53:34 AM »
I know it's the popularist poll but still would be a real shame if Weeks won. He's a pretty poor writer really. A ercrombie would be a good winner or even Mark Lawrence as would be a real talking point.
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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2013, 01:12:55 PM »
Gariath, if you'd read The Blinding Knife you'd quickly take that back. Brent's Writing, Characterisation, World Building, Plot Construction and just about everything else was spot on.

I'm not sure how Joe's Red Country did in terms of the community - it seemed to pass by strangely quietly... so I'm not sure he'll win (although I loved it). I'd love Mark to win, but I think do think the way that the DGLA works he'll struggle. That said, Helen Lowe won her category last year and I don't think anyone expected that.
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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2013, 01:19:19 PM »
I'd like to see King of Thorns win, and I reckon it stands a good chance (esp. with Mark's lobbying for it in social media) but I think Throne of the Crescent Moon might just take it.
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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2013, 07:41:52 PM »
And here they are:


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Legend Award
(Best novel)

Joe Abercrombie: The Red Country (Gollancz)
Jay Kristoff: Stormdancer (Pan Macmillan UK)
Mark Lawrence: King of Thorns (HarperCollins/Voyager)
Helen Lowe: The Gathering of the Lost (Orbit)
Brent Weeks: The Blinding Knife (Orbit)

Morningstar Award
(Best debut novel)

Saladin Ahmed: Throne of the Crescent Moon (Gollancz and DAW)
Miles Cameron: The Red Knight (Gollancz)
John Gwynne: Malice (Pan Macmillan UK)
Aidan Harte: Irenicon (Jo Fletcher Books)
Jay Kristoff: Stormdancer (Pan Macmillan UK)

Ravenheart Award
(Best cover art)
Didier Graffet and Dave Senior, for The Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
Dominic Harman, for Legion of Shadow by Michael J. Ward (Gollancz)
Clint Langley, for Besieged by Rowenna Cory Daniells (Solaris)
Silas Manhood, for The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks (Orbit)
Colin Thomas, for Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Pan Macmillan UK)
Stephen Youll, for The Black Mausoleum by Stephen Deas (Gollancz) 
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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2013, 07:44:48 PM »
Woof. My predictions weren't great - got exactly 3 in each category.

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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2013, 07:47:16 PM »
I got 3 in the first, and 4 in the next two (by virtue of luck). Noticed there were 6 finalists in Ravenheart instead of 5. Is that typical?
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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2013, 07:56:50 PM »
Woof. My predictions weren't great - got exactly 3 in each category.

If you go by Goodreads rating numbers for the books Hobb should have been in there (4500) then Canavan (2700), then Kristoff (2300) with Lowe the big surprise (150).

Past experience has shown the correlation to be loose though.

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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2013, 09:57:38 PM »
I got 3 in the first, and 4 in the next two (by virtue of luck). Noticed there were 6 finalists in Ravenheart instead of 5. Is that typical?

Must've been a tie?

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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2013, 10:00:25 PM »
Woof. My predictions weren't great - got exactly 3 in each category.

If you go by Goodreads rating numbers for the books Hobb should have been in there (4500) then Canavan (2700), then Kristoff (2300) with Lowe the big surprise (150).

Past experience has shown the correlation to be loose though.

Nice spot! And Lowe proved last year that she's got a pretty motivated fanbase. Plus, Kristoff's got some numbers... this could come down to the wire. Very exciting!

(Also, congratulations!)

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Re: DGLA Shortlists will be announced this weekend...
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2013, 11:55:56 PM »
Just read Red Country.  Would like to see it win out of those nominated, but it would be a bit like giving Scorsese the Oscar for Departed after not giving it to him for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas.  Yes, still a really great movie, but not as good as some of his past work.  But a way more deserving winner than the awful Brent Weeks, and sorry, but I find Mark Lawrence's campaign a bit, trying to think of the right word, not 'needy', that would be mean, but just a little ... ummmmm, god, someone give me the word.  Same way I find his highlighting of bad reviews or ratings given to his books, and asking for his fans to counter them.  Just wish he did it less, and concentrated more on talking about his projects, his charity work, and sharing positive reviews and positive things he has to say about other writers.
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