I found out while I was at LibertyCon that I am on the short list for the Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel.
Voting for the short list is now open to everyone. The information is at the link above.
This is an honor because there were a lot of fantastic authors on the long list. The other finalists on the short list are Miles Cameron, David Guymer, John Gwynne, and Mark Lawrence. Of those the only one who I have read is Lawrence, but he is damned good. The man has skills. I’ve not read the book in question, but I loved Prince of Thorns.
I look forward to checking out the others, and I wish all of them the best of luck.
But more important than us writers, Larry Elmore is up for best artist (the Ravenheart Award). Because Larry Elmore is a living legend, and the nicest guy you will ever meet, I really want him to win.
I had not read any Gemmell novels until a couple of years ago. I was on book tour at the University Bookstore in Seattle, and Duane (every author who has signed there knows who I am talking about) was comparing my style to David Gemmell’s style. I said I had not read him yet, and Duane was like WHAT? And immediately gave me a copy of Wolf in Shadow to combat my cultural ignorance.
I’m glad he did, because it was really bad ass, and I read it on the next couple of plane rides. Then I related this story to Pat Tracy at Writer Nerd Game Night when I got home and his response was something along the lines of You Haven’t Read Gemmell Before WTF is WRONG WITH YOU!? (as he shook me violently, and Pat does Strongman competitions for fun)
So basically, Gemmell’s books are awesome. Don’t be a cultural ignoramus like I was most of my life, and go buy some of them.