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October 31, 2004

Posted by Teresa at 06:42 PM * 41 comments

Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw just won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. We are very happy.

Comments on Howie!:
#1 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 06:44 PM:

Are the other winners up somewhere yet?

Congratulations, Jo!

#2 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 06:57 PM:

Hear, hear!

Great news for all involved --

#3 ::: Andrew Sigel ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 07:29 PM:

Congratulations, Jo! Well deserved!

#4 ::: Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 07:41 PM:

Tom: Cheryl Morgan has a list. I think Locus does, too.

#5 ::: Janice Gelb ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 07:49 PM:

Yay! Looks like the train trip was worth it :-> Congratulations to Jo.

#6 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 08:13 PM:

Yaaaay, Jo! I'll have to move this back in time, I'm currently reading in 1999.

#7 ::: Michelle Sagara ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 08:54 PM:

Congratulations, indeed! I hope someone took pictures <g>.

#8 ::: elizabeth bear ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 10:03 PM:


#9 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 10:19 PM:

WOO F_ING HOO!!!!! Wonderous wonderful!

#10 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 11:06 PM:

Oh, well done, Jo! (Alex liked the book too....)

#11 ::: Lenora Rose ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 11:16 PM:

Yes! Congratulations, Jo.

#12 ::: Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 11:19 PM:

Congratulations, Jo!

#13 ::: Lydia Nickerson ::: (view all by) ::: October 31, 2004, 11:43 PM:

Sometimes life is very, very good. This is one of those times. Jo, it's such an amazing book, I'm so glad it won.

#14 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 12:12 AM:

Well, Yay! Brava, Jo! Couldn't happen to a niftier book. I really loved T&C.

#15 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 04:28 AM:

Yay yay yay yay!

*dances around*

#16 ::: Alter S. Reiss ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 04:41 AM:

Mazel Tov, Jo!

#17 ::: Adrian Bedford ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 05:18 AM:

Here in Australia we're also pretty chuffed to hear that Oz writer KJ (Kirsten) Bishop's novel, The Etched City, was also nominated for that same award. It's a big deal here, and a shot in the arm for the Oz sf/f industry.

#18 ::: Ken MacLeod ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 06:30 AM:

Congratulations, Jo!

#19 ::: Rivka ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 07:10 AM:

And well deserved, too! Congratulations, Jo.

#20 ::: Harry Connolly ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 09:59 AM:


#21 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 10:31 AM:

Here's the Locus link (with photo): -- and let me add my congrats, and pleasure that such a fine book won.

#22 ::: Jason ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 12:05 PM:

Congratulations, Jo! Haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but it's been sitting on my shelf, eyeing me, for a while now. It'll happen soon, I hope.

#23 ::: Kait Mackenzie ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 12:09 PM:

Congratulations Jo! More incentive for me to pick up that particular book. =)

#24 ::: Yoon Ha Lee ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 02:33 PM:

Huzzah! And a fine book it is, too. :-)

#25 ::: Mris ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 02:48 PM:

I shall promptly go buy a copy for all my friends and relations for whom I haven't already bought a copy.

Err. I think that might just leave Mom. But I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

#26 ::: jennie ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 02:56 PM:

Waes Hael!

and zowie!

I lift my mug to you.

#27 ::: L.N. Hammer ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 03:00 PM:

Again, congrats Jo! (Shameful confession: I'm only a third in, having left it at home before heading to WFC, but since Framley Parsonage is my third-favorite Trollope, I've enjoyed every page.)


#28 ::: Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: November 01, 2004, 06:21 PM:

Many many pictures were taken, a fair amount of champagne consumed, and Sharon Sbarsky was sitting next to me updating the WFC site during the awards so the other winners will definitely be there.


#29 ::: Kevin Andrew Murphy ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 04:54 AM:

Congrats to Jo, and also to Greer and Bruce and all the other winners. I got to hold Bruce's when he brought it out to the courtyard to show it off (heavy thing), and Greer and Jo had theirs in the bar. Jo's was displayed in front of the cover flat enlargement from the Tor party, while Greer had given Lovecraft the blinking pendant from the Gem books promotion as a bolo tie.

It was a great con, and great fun to see everyone.

#30 ::: Janeyolen ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 08:15 AM:

Jo (and editor)--I have been handselling this book in two countries!

I love it.

I hope there's another book in that world.

And I am so jealous of the genius that invented it.

Finally, I am thrilled that the committee was smart enough to give it the Ugly Statue. (By the way, my daughter in law knitted a rasta hat with dreadlocks for my statue, and it much improves his looks.)


#31 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 10:27 AM:

Jane, if you think that statue is ugly, you should see the Coveted Balrog Award.

#32 ::: janeyolen ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 01:06 PM:

Oh--I have seen the Balrog but don't own one. So I have no suggestions.


#33 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 04:29 PM:


Now maybe some bookstore near me will finally stock it! *grumble*

#34 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 04:41 PM:

I just scored the only copy owned by the San Mateo county library system. As of yet, no holds, but I'll definitely try to get through it before my 3 weeks runs out.

I'm one of those people who has a huge, irrational bias against books with dragons in them, and especially with dragons in the cover art. Which is kind of funny for a man with a rather large tattoo of one on his left shoulder. Maybe this will be the book that puts the bias to rest.

Congrats to all involved.

By the way, who's Howie?

#35 ::: Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 05:09 PM:

Jane: Rumour has it that there may, in fact, be TWO more books in that world. Not that I'd know anything about it.

Larry: Howie is H. P. Lovecraft. The H was for Howard. The award is a particularly ugly rendition of that not particularly attractive man.


#36 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: November 02, 2004, 05:14 PM:

Ahhh, thanks MKK. I was struggling under the assumption that it was some sort of exclamation of joy. Which it actually was, under the circumstances.

I don't think too many people use ol' HP's name so gleefully, making it just a tad ironic.

#37 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: November 03, 2004, 04:08 AM:

Jo has been open about this on her LJ, which is pretty easy to find, so I feel few qualms about repeating this here:

One of Jo's three current projects-in-various-stages-of-progress is a YA fantasy with the working title of Amea which is set in the same world but a ways away and much earlier.

She has also mused aloud about doing a Great War book set in that world. ("It would be more three-dimensional....") But no actual words yet, so far as I know.

She has said that she's not going to do any more comedy-of-manners-with-dragons; that anyone who wants that can do as well or better by reading Trollope while imagining that the characters are her dragons. I'm not sure that I agree, but I can't really argue.

Her actual next book is called Farthing and is an alternate-history mystery; our esteemed hosts can tell you more about when it'll be out than I can.

#38 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: November 03, 2004, 11:47 PM:

I heard the Farthing reading at Worldcon, and, well, let's just say I want that book, now, or possibly sooner.

#39 ::: Kai Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2004, 12:26 AM:

The book is under limited discussion at the Gene Expression Science Fiction weblog:

#40 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: November 04, 2004, 02:10 AM:

It's already out of print in hardback (according to Baker and Taylor) and you may want to find a used one at this point, or wait for the paperback.

#41 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2004, 01:41 AM:

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I scored my library system's only copy of Tooth and Claw. Well, it took me a couple of chapters to warm up to it, but I eventually found myself devouring it in only a couple of evenings. Most entertaining. I'd definitely like to see a bit more from that particular universe. My only disappointment is that I finished it before my plane trip next week.

I seem to have gotten past my dragon-bias.

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