According to David Barnett, who compiled the list, the follow-up to Grey’s debut, The Mall, “equals – if not trumps – the disturbing, creepy horror of their first, while shining a harsh light on real life”.
The Ward is joined on the list by twelve other titles, including Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s The Long Earth, Jo Walton’s Among Others, Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds. The cover for Wendig’s Blackbirds was designed by South African illustrator Joey Hi-Fi and is nominated for two cover art awards.
Congratulations to Greenberg and Lotz!
Iain M Banks celebrates 25 years of his advanced intergalactic society The Culture with his ninth book in the series, The Hydrogen Sonata (Orbit, £20). It is epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution, and more fun than you’d expect an ultra-liberal space utopia to be. Another pair of big names, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, teamed up for The Long Earth (Doubleday, £18.99), a rollicking tale of almost endless multiple Earths, that neatly combined the big picture with personal stories.
From the near future to the 19th century, and Cherie Priest’s wonderful steampunk adventure Boneshaker (Tor, £7.99), which is the tale of a determined mother venturing into a zombie-infested Seattle to find her errant son. Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway (Heinemann, £12.99), is a high-octane pulpish spy thriller with more ideas per page than most novelists can dream up in a lifetime. It is highly recommended. And Danie Ware’s Ecko Rising (Titan, £7.99) is a curious genre-bender that thrusts its anti-hero from a dystopian future into a traditional, Tolkienesque fantasy world. It is more successful than not and marks Ware as one to watch.