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Strange Horizons Columns: All The Big Kids are Doing It, by Karen Healey
In the grand and lazy tradition of end-of-year columnists everywhere, here are my personal favourite SFF young adult books of the decad
books  list  best-of-the-year  decade  2000s  young-adult  sf 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Blographia Literaria: The Millions List: Judging the Judges
The writer-heaviness of the list accounts, I think, for the high number of short story collections included. I have my own opinions of the relative merit of story collections to novels, but suffice it to say that I find writers' rapturous passions over a competent short story to be a little overheated. The "ZOMG every word is perfect" aesthetic just grates on me. Sorry.

The writer-heaviness also, I think, accounts for why so many of the works included are of the hybrid variety—"literary fiction" that cleverly incorporate genre (SFF, thriller) elements—while there are so few (actually none) books which are actually categorized as genre fiction.
writing  lists  best-of-the-year  criticism  judgment  literature  fiction 
september 2009 by tsuomela

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