PR Griffin wrote: I take issue with awards being given to writers who aren't great writers (I know it's my opinion but really some of his passive and telling is atrocious.)
Interesting thoughts. Mind you, I still haven't had a chance to read more than the first few sample pages of this book. It brings up a peeve of mine, however. It seems like the sci-fi/fantasy 'industry' isn't really keen on recognizing good writing if it's in the urban fantasy realm. If it absolutely has
to recognize the subgenre that is currently keeping the genres afloat economically, then it chooses the most literary
writers it can find to acknowledge.[cough] mieville bacigalupi[/cough] Then again, the 'industry' is an unsettling coupling of two genres that don't tend to like each other much (thinking of the SFWA weeding out qualifying fantasy markets while bending themselves in two a few years ago to preserve sci-fi markets paying the same rates
as the fantasy markets they were disqualifying -- have always thought since then that fantasy should have its own organization so it didn't have to sit in the back of the nerd bus anymore).
PR Griffin wrote: His endless use of adverbs...argh! Sorry sorry, a pet peeve of mine is being recommended authors as stellar new voices only to find they are a one trick pony- in Mieville's case the city as a construct of his imagination (which occurs in all his books)
Uh-oh. I'm not a fan of that either.