Day 4 of Smugglivus
Who: Angiegirl (Angie), solo blogger that runs the EEEEVIL review blog, Angieville. (Why EEEEVIL? Because Angie is single-handedly responsible for quadrupling Thea’s TBR this year.)
Angie’s blog is one we stalk for book recommendations–she always has some great find we never would have heard of otherwise. Not only does Angie have the hookup for young adult fiction and awesome fantasy books, but her reviews are clear, concise, and still all-encompassing of the text in question.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you the fabulous Angie!
Can I just say how fun it is to be here at Smugglers Central! I was honored to get Thea and Ana’s invitation to be with you guys today. While mulling over ideas for Smugglivus, I hit on something similar to Tia and decided to give out awards in various categories for the best of ’08. Therefore I’m excited to be hosting the first ever Bard Awards. The Bards honor outstanding achievement in the publishing industry. Thus far winners are determined by a single round of voting by one thoroughly unbiased, extremely enthusiastic reader. 😉 So without further ado, let’s get started handing out the awards for 2008.
And the Bard goes to….
Best Performance by a Heroine in a Recurring Role: Mercy Thompson for Iron Kissed
She’s made of awesome. ‘Nuff said.
Best Debut Performance by a Heroine in a Leading Role: Sirantha Jax for Grimspace
Jumpin’ Jax’s got more than enough bravado, self-doubt, and naked emotion to fuel any number of books and win any pilot’s heart. March doesn’t stand a chance and neither do we.
Best Performance by a Hero in a Tall, Dark, and Brooding Role: Nicholas Brisbane for Silent in the Sanctuary
He’s furtive, distrustful, less than forthcoming. And when he’s around life feels somehow larger.
Best Performance by an Antihero in a Leading Role: Poe for Rites of Spring (Break)
He’s just so snippy and awkward and fun to hate. I love him so very, very much.
Best Adapted Fairy Tale: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Gorgeous storytelling. Who’d have thought Rumpelstilstkin could be so compelling?
Best Comedy: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Hamlet on unicycles…she slays me.
Best Performance by a Villain: Leck of Monsea for Graceling
Seriously, the dude scared the crap out of me.
Best Unpronouncable Character Name: Prince Mochriadhemiach for The Mage’s Daughter
In my mind, I say MEE-OSH, and I leave it at that. Who knows for sure?
Best Performance by an Angstpuppy in a Leading Role: Luke Dillon for Lament
Sexy as sexy. That’s Luke.
Best Fresh New World: Dru Pagliassotti for Clockwork Heart
Steampunk/romance/urban fantasy treat complete with metal-winged icarii.
Best New Take on Some Old Vampires: Jeri Smith-Ready for Wicked Game
Obsessive-compulsive vampire DJs clinging to sanity by a thread. As creatures who might eat you go, they’re just so vulnerable.
And last, but not least…
Best Author Pimping: Ann Aguirre for her fabulous sell of Moira J. Moore‘s Hero series: Resenting the Hero, The Hero Strikes Back, and Heroes Adrift
Thank you, Ann. You’re absolutely right. Moore is one of the best authors you’ve never heard of. Highly recommended for fans of Lisa Shearin.
As for my 2009 Must Be Mine list…what can I say? It’s long. It’s growing (thanks to you guys)! So I’ll settle for leaving you with a few long-awaited highlights, bright and in color.
Hark? What’s the creaking sound you hear? That would be Thea’s amazon cart, chock full of books to try. Thanks Angie!
Next on Smugglivus: Karen of Karen Mahoney’s livejournal
M.December 29, 2008 at 8:08 am
Yay Grimspace! Yay Nicholas Brisbane! Now running to find that funniest character (whom I’d never heard of before….)
Carolyn JeanDecember 29, 2008 at 8:27 am
Metal Winged Icarii? Sign me up. Thanks for the award run-down!
Katiebabs a.k.a KBDecember 29, 2008 at 8:44 am
Ann Aguirre wins hands down for best debut author, book and heroine.
AngiegirlDecember 29, 2008 at 9:34 am
Thanks for the intro, Thea. I am EEEEVIL. Unrepentantly so, truth be told.
M, Maureen Johnson pretty much always has me at hello, but Suite Scarlett is sort of distilled, premium Johnson on crack. Couldn’t put it down, mostly because I was laughing too hard.
Carolyn Jean, I really was taken with the world Pagliassotti set up in Clockwork Heart. It was one of my first forays into steampunk and a resounding success.
Katiebabs, Ann is awesome isn’t she? When Grimspace came out last February I could tell it was gonna to be the start of something special.
rachelDecember 29, 2008 at 10:07 am
Loved the awards, Angie!
AnaDecember 29, 2008 at 10:41 am
I am starting to think this smugglivus idea was a bad one. I am feeling really bad about all the awesome books out there that I haven’t read yet. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
LiDecember 29, 2008 at 10:41 am
This is the first time I've seen the cover for Tap & Gown. I can't wait.
And all these Smugglivus posts are quadrupling the size of my TBR pile.
KateDecember 29, 2008 at 10:42 am
Hoorah for Nicholas Brisbane! I can’t wait for #3 next year…
AngiegirlDecember 29, 2008 at 11:06 am
Ana, I know how you feel. I kept this list to books published in ’08. But if I made one of authors I discovered for the first time in ’08 (who already have tons of published books), it would have some lovely names on it as well. Eva Ibbotson, Lisa Shearin, and Linnea Sinclair jump immediately to mind…
Li, what do you think? I quite like it. Has a nice Amy feel to me.
Kate, I am having a very difficult time maintaining any kind of decorum while waiting for SILENT ON THE MOOR. *checks calendar again*
miishDecember 29, 2008 at 11:23 am
Wow Angie, thanks so much for your list. I think I added most of them to my TBR list. (=
LiDecember 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Angie – I think that the T&G cover has a more grown-up feel to it, think it's Amy's lipstick 🙂
But yes, nice cover and suits the title!
AngiegirlDecember 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm
Miish, you’re most welcome! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Thanks to Smugglivus, my TBR list is growing as well.
KrisDecember 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm
There is a second Beka Cooper coming out??? How did I not know this?! *must write in diary*
Cool awards. Thanks Angie.
Ann AguirreDecember 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm
Wow, what a lovely thread. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad to hear that Jax has made a lasting impression and look forward to bringing you more of her adventures.
I rather suspect you’re going to be charmed by Corine in April, as well.
jaredelizabethDecember 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm
I have to say that I’ve being saying for decades that Angie would be famous some day….I’m just glad all these people love her as much as I do! Angieville rocks!
SciFiGuyDecember 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm
The Dru Pagliassotti was one of my favs this year and Briggs is always a winner.
HeatherDecember 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm
Stellar post–thanks for the fun!
AngiegirlDecember 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm
Kris, it’s been a long time coming but I, for one, can’t wait to read more about Beka (and hopefully Rosto). 😉
Ann, it’s all deserved and I am very much looking forward to meeting Corine.
Liz, I miss you. I don’t laugh nearly as much when you’re not around.
SciFiGuy, Clockwork Heart seems to have gone over well and I’m very interested in what she does next.
ChristineDecember 29, 2008 at 9:29 pm
I love Angie’s blog, too!
… and I think my wish list just expanded from reading this post!! 😛
I’m also a huge fan of Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson is by far my favorite heroine. Love her. But indeed… Sirantha Jax is nipping at Mercy’s heals! LOL As is Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’ UF series…
AngiegirlDecember 30, 2008 at 9:55 am
Heather, it has been fun, hasn't it? Smugglivus is awesome.
Christine, you make me smile. I love Kate Daniels too! Very excited to learn more about Kate. And Curran. And Kate & Curran…